My Daily Ritual: Warm Lemon Water “Super Tea”

Hello everyone! It’s been a little while — I’m busy with some exciting things for this blog (coming soon!) but today I wanted to share a personal recipe of mine that I enjoy daily. It’s soothing, comforting, and really healthy, plus it’s great for you digestion! Perhaps by now you’ve heard that you should start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. Not only does drinking warm water help to rehydrate your system (our bodies are most dehydrated after we wake), it also aids in digestion, boosts the immune system, balances pH levels, and helps detox your body. But why stop at just the lemon?

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My recipe kicks things up a notch with grass-fed gelatin that provides protein and helps soothe and repair your digestive tract, along with coconut oil which is an incredible source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a kind of fatty acid that helps you burn more fat while lessening hunger, amongst a whole host of other health benefits. I find that oftentimes when I don’t have time for breakfast (I’m a big fan of the snooze button) I can just put this “tea” in my Contigo tumbler and I’m perfectly satisfied until lunchtime! During the colder months, I also make this when I get home. It’s my little moment of relaxation after a day of work and a hectic 20-mile Los Angeles commute. Continue reading

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Ooey Gooey Banana Samoa Cake (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

My younger sister just turned 21 – I am so excited! To celebrate this momentous occasion (and since I’m always on birthday cake duty) I decided to make her a cake. But being the indecisive little third child she is, she told me to “get creative and do whatever” each time I asked her what kind of cake she wanted…

Ooey Gooey Banana Samoa Cake (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) // Naturally Lindsey

So I did. And it was glorious.

Ooey Gooey Banana Samoa Cake (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) // Naturally Lindsey

She loves bananas and banana cake, so I decided to combine that with another favorite: Samoas. Yes, like the Girl Scout Cookie. The result is tender, moist banana cake layered with creamy banana coconut filling and flooded with ooey gooey caramel sauce and chocolate ganache. Needless to say, it was a hit.

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Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake

Confession: I love eggplant. Can’t get enough. It’s always been one of my mom’s favorite vegetables, and though I never ate it much as a kid, apparently that preference still got passed down to me somehow — but I’m not complaining!

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

I was craving some sort of Italian something, so I decided to take what was in my fridge and throw it together to make what ended up being a gorgeous layered eggplant “lasagna” — no gluten, no dairy, no nuts, seeds, or grains. Just vegetables and a little bit of homemade meat sauce, but you can omit the meat for a vegan/vegetarian option. Serious perfection.

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

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Raw Vegan Ginger “Bananavo” Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust

Happy Friday! Today is 3/14, aka Pi Day. So instead of doing my bi-weekly Food Feature Friday, I’ll be posting a pi(e) recipe instead! This pie isn’t your typical pie. It doesn’t contain any flour, butter, or sugar. There’s no milk or cream. Yet it’s one of the creamiest pies I’ve ever eaten. So what is it, you ask? It’s raw. And vegan. And as far as the internet has told me, this pie doesn’t exist. Yet. Execpt for in my stomach. Right now.

Raw Vegan Ginger "Bananavo" Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust // Naturally Lindsey

I’ve been wanting to make a raw vegan pie for a while now, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. While I don’t follow a raw or vegan diet, I do tend to incorporate raw/vegan foods into my diet fairly often — and who says your diet has to have labels anyway? Anything that’s healthy, delicious, and REAL is good enough for me. I also wanted the pie to be GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday! So it’s a Pi-Patrick’s Day Pie. That’s a thing, right?

Raw Vegan Ginger "Bananavo" Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust // Naturally Lindsey

I’d never used avocado in baked goods before, and the interwebz told me that Avocado Pie is a California “tradition” — but seeing as I’ve lived in California, oh I don’ know, my entire life and have never tried it before, I think they might be wrong. The traditional recipe calls for condensed milk which is obviously a big no-no if you’re dairy-free or vegan. So I decided to add cashews and banana instead. (P.S. Banana + Avocado = Bananavo… get it?)

Raw Vegan Ginger "Bananavo" Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust // Naturally Lindsey

So what’s it like? The avocado-cashew-banana base is thick and creamy and while it tastes ever so slightly of avocados, the ginger and banana definitely shine through. The subtly sweet cacao pepita (pumpkin seed) crust pairs perfectly with the soft spice of the filling. And all you need is a food processor to make it. What’s not to love?

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Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I have a secret. I’ve only eaten brussel sprouts twice in my life, this being one of them. Gasp! I know! How could such a veggie lover not have experienced such a wonderful vegetable?

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts // Naturally Lindsey

Well let’s be honest… up until the past few years brussel sprouts were, well, slightly less than glamorous in the food world. It was like one day they went from smelly and “ew” to totally posh and trendy (thanks in large part to bacon, I think). BUT there’s another reason I never had brussel sprouts before. My dad LOATHES them. I mean totally and completely hates them. They are the bain of his existence, hence they were never allowed in the house despite the fact that my mom didn’t mind them. Pretty funny, huh?

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts // Naturally Lindsey

Although there’s something even more peculiar. My dad is the reason I first tried them. One day he apparently got a little spark in him that made him go to Whole Foods (which isn’t exactly his type of store) and buy us dinner from the food counter. Orange glazed brussel sprouts were one of his picks, just to “give them another chance” — he spit them out as soon as he took a bite. I thought they were okay, but not great. A little sulfurous. Now I just think they weren’t cooked right, because these were delicious. Continue reading