My Classic Green Juice

July 13, 2015
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You may have noticed things look a little different around here.  We received a makeover! A new season and a new direction for the site called for a fresh design. What do you think? I hope you like it as much as I do!

It has been a few weeks since my last post, but for good reason. June was a crazy busy month for us and July is flying by as well. Highlights include:

  • A trip to Austin for my birthday. Complete with outdoor music, boating, lots of yummy food and great company. It is such a cool town!
  • Our wedding was on June 21st in Iowa. We shared a very intimate ceremony with our immediate families – just 12 of us in total. It was dreamy.
  • After returning home to NYC, we played tourists while showing my husband’s family all the sights.
  • We went upstate for two nights to relax poolside.
  • Yesterday we went on a day trip to Fire Island for some fun in the sun. I’m still washing sand out of my hair.

My juicing game hasn’t been up to scratch lately and last week I was paying the consequences. I spent 4th of July weekend recovering from a cold. I was feeling a little run down from all the traveling we’ve been doing (and all the fun we’ve been having). This juice has been the perfect remedy to mend me back to health.

My Classic Green Juice

Serves 1, yields about 12 ounces of juice

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 5 stalks of kale
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer and juice away.

Photo credit: my sister, Jenny Norris.

Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

May 25, 2015
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Today I’m sharing with you a simple recipe you can whip together in less than 20 minutes. This raw avocado sauce is so creamy, rich and satisfying. It also makes for the perfect dish to bring along to impress your friends at any Summer gatherings.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday! My long weekend has consisted of exploring navy ships for Fleet Week in NYC, lounging in the park and lots of rooftop hangs.

Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • whole wheat or gluten-free pasta, enough for two (I used quinoa and spinach gluten-free linguine)
  • 1 whole ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 small lemon, juice and zest
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in the pasta and cook according to it’s directions.
  2. While you are waiting for the pasta to cook, make the avocado sauce.  Place the avocado, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt into a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. When the pasta is done, strain and place into a large bowl. Pour the avocado sauce over and toss it until it is combined. Garnish with lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes.
  4. It is best served immediately, but it’s also great cold. Place any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Photo credit: my sister, Jenny.

PS – Happy Memorial Day! I want to thank all of our service men and women and their families. Sending you much love. xx

Imbibe Skincare Review

May 20, 2015
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Over the years, I have become increasingly more passionate in the area of natural beauty and have really worked on simplifying my beauty regime and the products I use on my body. It is no easy feat, but with time and a little experimenting, I’ve managed to whittle down my routine to a few basics. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions recently from readers asking what types of products I use and thought I would start a new series on the blog dedicated to sharing my favorite natural beauty products and skincare companies with you all.

I have a confession. I have struggled with acne and dry skin since my early teens. Even as an adult, I suffer from the occasional flare-up. With my wedding fast approaching (June 21st!! Ahhhhh!!), I was searching frantically to put an end to my skin woes.

Imbibe Skincare Review

Over the winter, I was introduced to Imbibe Skincare. Their products are organic, handmade and wildcrafted. The lovely founders, Alicia and Audrey, were inspired by the beauty of the Utah desert to create a skincare line using ingredients that are found in the wild. They practice sustainable and eco-friendly methods by sourcing their ingredients within the U.S. and in their backyard. That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

After using their products, I have noticed a total transformation in the overall appearance of my skin. My skin is clearer, firmer and smoother. Other people have complimented me on my glow too, which is a great feeling! I look forward to washing and moisturizing my face now because I know this stuff does just the trick to truly nourish my skin. I also feel like I’m being pampered at a spa every morning and night – the products are that luxurious.

Perfect 9 Balancing Oil Blend

This beautiful cleanser consists of avocado oil, sweet almond oil, kukui nut oil, rosehip oil, carrot seed oil, rosewood oil, rosemary oil, rose oil and geranium oil. The scent is divine and has an uplifting aroma. It really is the “perfect” mixture of oils for cleansing, clarifying and hydrating.

I use this before bed to remove makeup and grime from my face. Just wet the face and gently massage for 30 seconds and remove with a clean wash cloth by gently scrubbing the face. I’ll do a post soon about the oil cleansing method and the benefits. I’ve been doing it the last few years and I’m a huge fan! I also like using a small dab of the oil as a moisturizer in the morning after wetting my face with cool water and before putting on makeup. It leaves a dewy appearance which lasts all day.

Uplifted Regenerating Face Cream

I use this after washing my face with the Perfect 9 oil by placing a small amount of cream in my hand and rubbing it on my face. It gives a slight tingly sensation which is very pleasant and soothing. The cream also smells amazing!

Bright Eyes Hydrating Eye Cream

Even though I’m new to the eye cream world, this is a must-try in my book. It tingles the skin and instantly brightens the appearance of the eye area.

I look forward to trying some of their other products and sharing my thoughts with you!

Find something you’re interested in trying out? Go to Imbibe Skincare and use the code ‘figgyandsprout’ at checkout to receive 10% off your order!

 

Photo credit: my sister, Jenny.

Cherry Bomb Smoothie

May 18, 2015
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You know what, friends? It looks like Spring has finally arrived in NYC! In fact, there have been some pretty hot days here already. One way I combat the heat is with a cold smoothie. This one has been a favorite of mine for a while now.

Cherry season is right around the corner, so keep this recipe close when the time hits! Feel free to use frozen cherries until then. Cherries are packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits. They help support healthy sleep, help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the body and also aid in the recovery of muscles post-workout.

You’ll love how creamy, sweet and slightly tart this smoothie is. Kind of makes me want one right now… another one, that is.

Cherry Bomb Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 cup leafy green (I used spinach)
  • 3 Tbsp milled flaxseed
  • 1 avocado

Directions:

  1. Toss all ingredients in a high power blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy.

Note: Also delicious with a tablespoon of raw cacao for a chocolatey treat :)

 

Photo credit: My sister, Jenny.