Now that the month of May is coming to an end. We wanted to share the snacks/treats we’ve been loving as of lately.
1. Smart Sweets Gummy Bears
These gummy bears help curve our sweet tooth without the guilt! I will link off their websites FAQ page. This bag is about palm size and comes in a sour or fruity flavor, I think they have more, but these are the only ones they had at our wholefoods. More options are available on their website. These are sweetened with stevia which is an amazing natural sweetener. Available on their website and at Wholefoods stores! Give them a try.
2. Dahlicious Lassi Organic – Alphonso Mango
If you’re a fan of yogurt kefirs or mango lassi drinks than you must try this! This taste just like a mango lassi, but loaded with tons of probiotics. This is one of our favorite ways to start off the mornings when we’re in a rush, just poor some into a glass and enjoy. We’ve only been able to find this at Wholefoods Markets. If you’re able to find this we suggest you give it a try.
3. Trail Nuggets PRO – Peanut butter & Cocoa
We’ve been on the search for protein bars that don’t contain a bunch of unknown ingredients these have the cleanest ingredients that we’ve been able to find so far. The ingredients are simple just: Dates, Peanuts, Pea Protein, Cocoa, Peanut Flour, Water, Coconut Sugar, Salt. We like to bring these on hikes or just keep some at work in the office just anywhere really. We by these by the box at Trader Joes I think its $17.99 for a 12 count.
4. Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes
These rice cakes are super convenient to have and we like to snack with them alone or use it as our toast for an avocado toast with an egg on top. Also we have topped it with a bit of peanut or almond butter, bananas and some local honey that we use to combat our allergies. We’ve been able to find these at our local Raley’s, Trader Joe’s, & Wholefoods.
Thank you for reading! hope you enjoyed.
Please let us know if you’re able to try these snacks. Also we would love any snack recommendations as well 🙂
We’ve been gone for a bit, but we have not forgotten about you all. We have just returned from holiday in Mexico, so for the month of July we were caught up preparing for our first international travel together as a couple. Which came with a bit learning curve for us, you know when you think you’re prepared but you never really know until you go through it kind of experience? Haha. . Yeah it was one of those times.
It feels good to be back and we wanted to share our trip and document it for ourselves also. Being our first international trip together to decided to go to Mexico because it wasn’t too long of a flight or too big of a time change for us. We stayed in Playa Del Carmen which is centrally located between Cancun and Tulum, Mx.
First arriving to Mexico we dealt with immigration then customs at the airport, after all of that chaos we finally stepped foot outside and were immediately hit with what felt like 98.2% humidity. It was seriously insane, we have never anything like this. Our camera lenses would fog up as soon as we went outside. It was different and pretty cool for us to experience.
Once we finally checked into the hotel we were completely worn out. Our flight landed were super early in the morning 5am in Mexico to be exact. Which meant we really landed 3am our time back in California, so we were tired for sure.
We had so many new experiences and we tried to see as much as we could during this trip so here are some pictures of our time there.
First place is breath-taking, Tulum we visited the old Mayan ruins and relaxed on a beach for as long as we could it was such a stunning magical and HOT place for us. As you can see in a picture we needed umbrellas for shade nonetheless, a must see!
We also visited Chichen Itza which was a much bigger scale Mayan ruin here we really got the chance to feel and be immersed into their rich history, culture, beliefs and rituals.
Up close look
Rubber ball they would use in their sacrificial game.
72 year old Mayan Women
Just to show you guys how humid it was our cameras would fog up the instant you took them out.
As you can see we were sweaty!
Took a ferry ride to an island near by Cozumel, did not capture too many pictures but we grabbed a quick dinner and also enjoyed some shops.
Visited Xcaret theme park, so much wild life and water activities in one park it was cool to see. A very refreshing trip.
Hope you guys enjoyed and Please leave any packing, international traveling tips and tricks in the comments! Oh, and we want to know if any of you have ever visited Mexico share your experience with us too. We would love to hear from you guys 🙂
We finally got out to experience Joshua Tree, located in Southern California. It was beautiful and we plan on returning one day for sure. This trip has been on our list for some time now, and we’ve heard that spring time down in Joshua Tree is the ideal time to visit because the flowers would be bloomed and the heat would not be as scorching since it is basically a desert climate. We camped at the first campsite as you enter the park Black Rock Campground it was called – this campsite was amazing it had potable water and running water in the sinks and toilets, which is kind of crazy for camping in our opinion, quite luxurious. But nonetheless it was a nice change from the campgrounds we frequent.
A very clean camp, and located near some awesome trails. We stayed for 1 day and 1 night, which was surprisingly enough time for us. There was an abundance of life from road runners, quails, to all different species of lizards and even an infamous desert tortoise that we could not find for the life of us. Various species of plants we’ve never seen before and unique terrain. We set up camp, hiked for a few hours and then came back and had dinner. The park is massive and filled to the brim with Joshua Trees at every turn. Joshua Tree is known for its unique huge rock and bolder formations as well as the Joshua Trees themselves. Unfortunately our campsite was not located close to these formations. But it was just a short 15 minute drive deeper into the park to Indian Cove Campground – to see a drastic change in landscapes.
We would definitely recommend Black Rock Campground if it is your first time visiting the park, for it offers many trails to hike and beautiful well maintain grounds. All campsites get booked up quickly, so we would recommend looking into reservations months in advance. Although once you go deeper into the park they do offer first come first serve campgrounds one of the most popular camps is Indian cove, and people love to visit camp and go rock climb, though you would have to bring your own drinking water since there is no running water that deep into the park. Next time we visit we would want to stay closer to the rock formations further away from city lights to get an amazing view of the stars.
Hope you all can enjoy the photos we were able to capture.
We are here again with a super quick and easy noodle recipe. Please keep reading for all ingredients and recipe. Raphy and I enjoy this for lunch or dinner. Yes this is a vegan recipe, and no we are not vegan so for my non-vegans please modify to your liking. We have had this with fish, shrimp and chicken and this recipe is great any way you change it up. So please try it out.
You will need the following:
Organic Millet brown rice ramen noodles
Fresh Basil (any fresh herbs you have)
Portobello Mushroom (any mushroom you like)
Organic salad greens
For the dressing you will need:
2 tsp – Soy sauce
1 tsp – Toasted Sesame oil
1/4 tsp – Hot chili oil (only if you want it spicy)
1 1/2 tsp – Fresh squeezed Tangerine/ Orange juice or (citrus of choice)
First make the dressing, combine all ingredients in serving bowl of choice mix thoroughly.
Boil noodles according to package instructions. Once noodles are cooked, drain and immediately (while still warm) add into bowl with the dressing. Mix well, until all noodles are coated.
Using the same pot as you boiled the noodles in, saute the mushrooms on medium heat with a splash of water (about 1 1/2- 2 tsp), and a pinch of salt (we use this method to cut down on oil.) But if you don’t really care too much about that than add 1/4 tsp of olive oil with pinch of salt. We’ve made them both ways and agree they taste no different in our opinion.
When the mushrooms are done to your liking, before you add them to your noodles place the fresh basil on top of the noodles so when you add the warm sautéed mushrooms it will wilt the basil.
Next add half an avocado, and top it all off with some of your favorite fresh greens.
Lastly, mix it all up and enjoy with your favorite beverage.
Thank you all so much for reading, til next time! 🙂
It is that cold time of year, and we thought we’d share some of our favorite and new teas with you. During the colder months we tend to go a little crazy with tea, don’t know why but it just offers the most comforting feeling for the two of us. Little did we know, when we pulled out our whole selection we had not realized how much we accumulated in such a short time. We have about 1-3 cups a day, (drinking lots of water in between) and of course in the evenings we try to avoid any tea that is caffeinated. I would say we are not your typical Tevana drinking people. Although they may have some tasty stuff, along with the support of Oprah. It is not worth the price of having their employees shoving their products down your throat. How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by the Tevana staff? Anyway, during the warmer weather we do enjoy lots of other teas and we will share them as the seasons change. So in this posts we will list the teas description and how/when and where we like to enjoy them, also we will include where you can purchase all of these.
Chai Tea is Raphy’s go to morning tea, since he has weaned himself off of having 3 shots of espresso each morning. This tea is a black tea, that has many spices including ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and star anise mixed in. Although every brand has their own combination of spices, so it can vary. Raphy will have this in the morning and sometimes during his lunch hour for a mid-day pick up. He likes to have it with a splash of soy milk and sometimes a bit of honey. This one we picked up at Raleys, but you can get this at any market.
Mint tea specifically peppermint is something we have when we have nausea, itchy throat, uneasy stomach. This literally is like drinking warm pepperminty water, you can add honey and a sliver of ginger for flavor. It is caffeine free and herbal tea. This one we picked up at Target.
Throat Coat is something we have anytime we are feeling a bit under the weather. It really helps calm the throat and keeps it from being so dry. The ingredients include echinacea root, and licorice root. It is caffeine free and is an herbal tea. Which can make the aroma you get when you steep this tea is quite strong, and unlike anything I can describe, it is not for your novices’ palette. It smells and has a sweetness to it. But no worries just add a lot of Manuka honey to your cup, and it shall aid you to gulp it down. This one you can pick up from Target or your local Vitamin shop.
Trader Joe’s Ginger Pear is so yummy, and during the summer months we found ourselves making sun tea with a few hibiscus leaves mixed in. Serve with a cup full of ice and some mint leaves. This tea is a white tea with chamomile, ginger root, and lemon peels mixed in. Definitely a crowd pleaser even when served warm with a splash of milk and honey.
This Trader Joe’s Irish breakfast tea is Raphy’s go to for when he is not feeling the spice of chai tea. He will reach for this black tea instead. Good for a mid-day pick up, this tea is great on its own or with some coconut sugar mixed in. This breakfast tea uses Assam tea leaves grown at high elevations according to Trader Joe’s. We like it because it comes in a bulk sized box with 80 tea bags for $2.99 usd. What a deal.
Vanilla Comoro this is a very new tea we’ve been trying out, firstly the packaging really drew us in because we could see ourselves reusing it of course. It is a decaffeinated black tea packaged in silken sachets which are very appealing to the eye. The black tea leaves are mixed with vanilla, so when drinking this tea on its own you sort of feel like your having a rich milky drink even when there’s no milk. When you add some honey or milk it literally tastes like a treat. So if you find yourself having a craving for something sweet but don’t necessarily want to have a candy bar or a patisserie just reach for a cup of this. This one we picked up at Target.
Roasted Rice Green tea, typically this tea is served in sushi restaurants. This green tea is very aromatically pleasing to us. It has toasted rice mixed inside so when you steep this tea you get that pleasing warm smell. We do not have this tea with honey or milk it is something we like just straight plain and simple. No additives needed. We mostly enjoy this warm, and not iced, or cooled. This one we picked up at our local Asian Market.
Chamomile, is an herbal with no caffeine and is so good before bed. And helps calm the mind and helps us sleep better. We like to have this tea with a bit of honey or just on its own. Usually we like to steep real flower buds, but when we aren’t able to find them or forget to order them we substitute with tea bags. We find that the real flower buds offer a much sweeter cleaner taste. But prepackaged will have to suffice for now. If you get the chance to buy the real deal we recommend it. You can pick this up at most grocery stores, the whole flower buds we like to order online through Amazon or whichever has the better deal.
Roasted dandelion root, is herbal and caffeine free this tea is good for stimulating the liver and supports digestion. I just really enjoy the flavor of this tea with some honey. I find it does help with digestion. I like to have a cup of this tea after a meal, it has sweetness with a slightly bitter roasted taste in the end. Which is why I do enjoy it with a bit of honey. This one we picked up at our local Vitamin shop.
Jasmin tea last but not least I did want to mention it comes in green or black tea and many combinations in between. I didn’t have a picture of it to post up, on the count that we finished all of it. But we love Jasmin tea, in any form it has a very floral taste and aroma. And it is not for everyone, but I grew up drinking this tea we like to enjoy it in the evening hours or for breakfast. You can usually get any form of this tea in your normal grocery store or we like to get our from a local Asian Market.
So that about wraps up all the teas we’ve been rotating through for these colder months. Please let us know if try some out and let us know your favorite teas or any recommendations you may have for us! 🙂
This drink is yummy and good for you all at the same time. We find ourselves making it more during the fall/winter seasons, but we definitely do make it all year-long. If you gravitate towards a chai tea lattes, and things of that herbal spicy nature you will probably enjoy this recipe. We first heard about this drink from Pinterest, we decided to try it out and ended up loving it.
Here are some benefits of drinking this lovely milk-tea concoction.
Turmeric offers anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Curcumin which is the active ingredient in the turmeric root, has been used in India for (Ayurvedic) medicinal purposes for centuries. According to google, inflammation in the body is very common, and it can be associated with arthritis, asthma ect.. studies have shown that turmeric can help fight gas, bloating, and indigestion. The black pepper is needed in this recipe for the body to better absorb the (curcumin) in turmeric. The ginger in this recipe adds to the flavor of the drink, but also has been known to help with sore throat, nausea and digestion. Coconut oil gives the drink a richer velvety mouth feel, and it is a healthy fat which has been shown to lower cholesterol and even whiten teeth. It also helps make the paste, a paste. Both Raphy and I grew up in a family as first generation Americans, our moms and grandmas always had little herbal and non-traditional (far from western medicine standards) remedies for just about every ailment. So we’re always up for trying anything that may help us feel better, before we have to resort to taking actual medicine.
First, we start by making a paste the paste can be stored in jar in the fridge for up to (1-2 weeks)
Golden Paste, you will need the following ingredients:
1/3 cup Turmeric Powder
1/3 cup Water
1 teaspoon Black pepper (needed for better absorption in the body)
1/2-2 tablespoons Coconut oil (Add as you go, you’re looking for a paste consistency)
In a stainless steel pot place on medium heat add the water, turmeric and black pepper in cook on a simmer until it forms a thick paste, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. (It will be quite thick) Remove from heat and stir in the coconut oil. Keep an eye on it, because I have burned the bottom of the pot a couple of times.
Remove from heat and add coconut oil
Jar it up
Golden Milk, you will need the following ingredients:
Take a stainless steel pot the same pot you used for the paste would be fine. On a low-medium heat add in your milk and golden paste. Then add the ginger in to steep. The key is to not let it boil. We want just a low simmer until the paste is dissolved for about 2-3 minutes. Poor into your favorite mug, and add honey, or a dash of cinnamon and coconut sugar on top. (fair warning some of the paste will settle to the bottom) That is just the nature of this drink.
Add ingrdients to pot
Golden Milk Time
Topped off with Coconut sugar and cinnamon, no honey for us tonight.
Hand a cup to someone you love.
Hope you all try and enjoy this recipe, Please let us know how you like it. We do a separate recipe for this drink that features fresh turmeric, but we decided to post a more affordable everyday version. (since turmeric can be costly where we live) If you want a separate post on it just leave it in the comments below.
ROHTO are Japanese brand eye drops that have been my savior as of late. This product has really been helping me with my itchy, red eyes. I’ve been having this problem on and off for a while now. (For those who don’t know, I am allergic to cats and I happen to live with 2 that I love unequally.) ROHTO eye drops have been popular for quite sometime. I guess they have a special Fresh-kick Technology which gives a cooling sensation to the eye. I even have prescription allergy eye drops that don’t offer me the instant relief these drops do. They have many kinds that offer different levels of “Cooling” they’re separated into symptom categories on their website:
Red– available in (Cool and Maximum strength)
Dry eye (Hydra)
But I’ve honestly never seen the Orange “Itch Relief” version one in stores, because I would’ve bought them with the quickness. I have only tried the Cool and Ice versions, and the Ice version really burned. So I reverted back to the basic Cool version with much pleasure. I recommend starting with this “Cool” bad boy (depicted below)
Anyways check these eye drops out if you need that instant relief and like that pepperminty feeling in your eye 😉