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How to make pumpkin seeds: a quick & easy recipe

Arrash is VERY into Halloween—& Christmas, but we’ll save that for another post.

For weeks now, he’s been telling me, “We have to get our pumpkins. We have to carve our pumpkins”.

About a week ago, we finally picked up two pumpkins, kind of on the smaller side, from Trader Joe’s & we got carving tools from Walgreens.

I wasn’t totally into the idea at first, but once we got into it, I LOVE IT. Carving is super fun—& kind of relaxing too. I feel like all these activities we use to do when we were kids, like drawing, have this kind of meditative feel to them now. Don’t you think? They’re oddly relaxing.

[ Our pumpkins. Can you guess which is mine & which one is his? ]

Anyways, before we started, we decided to save our pumpkin seeds so we could roast them after we finished carving the pumpkins.

It was so much fun carving pumpkins & then winging a very fall-ish recipe together!

& we definitely winged it.

Here’s the recipe we threw together, literally…

What you need:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Butter (we used Kerrygold—if you want to keep it vegan, use olive oil instead)
  • Honey
  • Seasoning: pumpkin pie spice, paprika, pepper & garlic salt

& parchment paper! : ) 

Here’s the 2-part recipe (don’t get scared, it’s super quick & easy):

Part 1—in the skillet pan

  • Rinse the seeds, if they’re straight from a pumpkin, drain them, and put them in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, melt some butter in the microwave. Once melted, stir in some honey, and pour it over the pumpkin seeds.
  • Add your seasonings (pumpkin pie spice, paprika, pepper & garlic salt), & stir the pumpkin seeds.
  • Put some butter in your skillet pan and roast the seeds in the skillet on medium heat, stirring constantly (so the seeds don’t burn).
  • Add more honey & seasoning as you like : )
  • After the seeds are roasted the way you like them, turn it off, & move on to part 2.

Part 2—in the oven

  • Lay out some parchment paper on a baking tray and pour your seeds on top, laying them flat. We’re going to pop them into the oven to dry them out a bit. Heat the oven to 450, and, if you’d like, drizzle some honey over the seeds before popping them into the oven. (We did this & it was delicious! Kind of like an extra glaze.)
  • Taste test them & take them out as soon as they’re dry enough & taste the way you like them : )

We snacked on them immediately, after they cooled down just a bit, & put the leftovers in the fridge.

& let me tell you, they’re REALLLLY good coming out of the fridge.

We liked them best that way.

This recipe is inspired by Halloween, but it’s also perfect for taking to Thanksgiving dinner, which we’ll definitely be doing this year.

Let me know if you try this recipe, how you like it. & LMK, if this kind of loose recipe works well for you or if you’d rather have a more measured recipe in the future : ) I love hearing your feedback. Thanks for reading!

HAPPY (almost) HALLOWEEN! xx

<3,
Bita

[ My niece & nephew, Shireen & Nadav, made this for us with their 3D-printer (so cool!) since Arrash is obsessed with The Nightmare before Christmas. Super sweet of them! & so good. They’re 9. ]

Cooking essentials + cute bowls for snacking:

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How to curb your sugar cravings

This is my favorite way to do it: FRUIT.

Lately, I’ve been avoiding dessert—not cold turkey, just limiting it, so I’ve been picking up more fruit at the grocery store.

When I get a sugar craving, I grab some fruit—instead of a brownie. Simple, right?

Some of my favorite fruits to snack on are stone fruits (mostly nectaries & peaches), grapes, & of course, berries. I’m obsessedddd with berries. Antoxidents! & they’re SO yummy!

If your office is filled with chocolate & desserts, pack some fruit with you in the morning and snack on it when you want something sweet.

Another good go-to is apples with nut butter. I love the sweet + salty combo.

Okay, dish… What do you eat to curb your sugar craving?

<3,
Bita

Cute bowls make it more fun:

 

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A sweet treat without added sugar: apples + nut butter

My dad always says we have two stomachs—one for food, and another for dessert, so even if we’re full from food, he says we always have room for dessert. He has a HUGE sweet tooth.

I remember this one time we took a family trip to New Jersey and we were at this restaurant/bakery and I turn around & my dad and nephew are starring into this display full of pastries and their eyes are just beaming. Picture the heart eye emoji—that’s basically what they looked like.

I definitely inherited his sweet tooth, but every once in a while I’ll cut out sugar for a little bit. 

So I have a bunch go-to’s for when I’m avoiding sugar but still want something sweet.

This combo is one of my favorites: apples with nut butter.

When you’re picking your peanut butter or almond butter check the nutrition label, to make sure it doesn’t have any added sugar—a lot of them do. Almond butter & peanut butter are delicious on there own, & then you get some natural sweetness from the apple and it’s perfect.

Lately, I’ve been loving Justin’s almond butter. It only has two ingredients: dry roasted almonds & palm oil & I love the taste.

After I dip my apple in almond butter, I usually dip it into chia seeds, because they’re full of omega-3 and fiber. Sometimes I’ll also dip it into unsweetened coconut flakes just for fun.

LMK if you guys want more ideas like this. I love dessert, but I also have a ton of go-to alternatives.

Chat with you all tomorrow! : ) xx

<3,
Bita

Apple dividers + cute kitchen finds:

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How to make perfect (& easy-to-peel) hard boiled eggs

A little over a year ago, Arrash & I moved into our first place together and all of a sudden I couldn’t make hard boiled eggs anymore.

The shell kept sticking to the egg, so it’d take off half of the egg white when I peeled it.

It was so annoying and such a waste. It didn’t look pretty, as you can imagine, & it threw off the texture of the egg because the egg wasn’t smooth when I peeled it.

I couldn’t figure out what was different—the stove? the heat? the eggs?

I tried adding more salt to the water while I boiled it, but it didn’t work. It was still sticky. So then I thought: OLIVE OIL.

IT WORKED.

Now that we’re in our new place, I still use this trick. The other day I hard boiled eggs for us & Arrash even mentioned how easy they were to peel.

He said I should put it on the blog. Lol, I said, “I know” ; ) So here we are.

Such an easy tip:

To make perfect, easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs, bring water, salt & OLIVE OIL to boil. The olive oil is KEY for making it easy to peel.

Once the water’s boiling, add the eggs, and lower the heat to medium. I usually use a spoon to lower the eggs into water, slowly, one at a time. Depending on your stove, and how you like your eggs, you may want to cook the eggs for 4-8 minutes. If you want it softer or a bit runny, 4-6 minutes should work. After they’re cooked I put them in bowl of cold water to cool them down.

So simple.

Let me know if you give it a try, how it works for you : )

I love having hard boiled eggs in the fridge because they’re a great source of protein—6 grams per egg, which is 12% of the daily recommended value.

They’re easy to grab in the morning to have with coffee, or during the day as a snack, so I usually make a batch once a week.

They’re definitely one of those items we almost always have in the house.

Okay, I’m off to get ready for bed. I’m planning to start the day off early tomorrow—fingers crossed ; ) so I’m heading to bed a bit earlier. Sweet dreams! xx

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Big Sur + Carmel

[ Arrash & I in Big Sur ]

If you’re planning a trip to Carmel (even if it’s just a day trip), you have to check out these places.

Back in June, Arrash & I went to Carmel to celebrate my birthday & we discovered an amazing restaurant and two really cool wine tasting rooms.

Oh & we also tried to hike, but all the trails were closed because of the landslide that happened earlier in the year. Looks like some of them might be opening soon though if you want to check them out!

Since the trails were closed, we just parked on the road and walked by the shore. I loved it! It’s gorgeous there—definitely a great place for a date. If you bring a beach towel & some sandwiches, you can even just lay out at the beach.

Arrash told me to bring a change of clothes so we could go from hiking to dinner—again, apparently it’s a thing now, & luckily I knew exactly what to bring.

After we left Big Sur we went to Carmel for wine tasting. YUM!!

We went to Wrath and tried one of their tasting sets (is that what it’s called? LMK).

My favorite was the 2013 Pinot Noir. Here’s their description of it:

Wrath 2013 SLH Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands:
fresh palate with bright acidity highlight notes of cherries, dried herbs & raspberries

It was SO good. I usually steer clear of red wines (mostly to keep my teeth white, but also because I love a crisp white wine). But, I couldn’t have enough of this one. It was delicious. Possibly the best red wine I’ve ever had.

Next, we went to Scheid Vineyards, already a little tipsy—whoops ; ) My favorites there were their 2016 Pinot Noir Rose Estate Grown Monterey (a really delicious dry rose) & their 2016 Albarino.

Here’s their description of the Albarino:

2016 Albarino:
Pure and vibrant with lemon-lime aromas, flavors of ripe peaches and apricots, and mouthwatering acidity

Feeling even more buzzed (at least I was), we went to dinner at Montrio Bistro in Monterey—and I kid you not, I think about this one appetizer we had there alllllll the time. Seriously, all the time.

It was their “Mixed Mushrooms” with polenta.

It was so good we ordered it twice.

I randomly get cravings for it, so I’ve had to create some easy ways to get me through them.

Usually, I’ll get some mushroom soup from Whole Foods salad bar or this canned organic cream of mushroom soup, or I’ll sauté some mushrooms with olive oil, salt + pepper, and nutritional yeast. They do the job, but it’s obviously not the same thing. So hopefully we’ll go back there soon & I can order it again ; )

I also really love that their seafood is sustainable and they only use organic local produce. Big fan of that!

Okay, so next time you’re planning a trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, check out these places:

  • Wrath — try the 2013 SLH Pinot Noir
  • Scheid Vineyards — try their 2016 Pinot Noir Rose & 2016 Albarino
  • Montrio Bistro — order their “Mixed Mushrooms” with polenta (twice!)

LMK if you guys have some places we should check out in Big Sur/Carmel/Monterey. I’d love to check them out next time we’re there.

Okay, I’m off to finish my tea (Yogi Kava Stress Relief—Arrash says I should have this daily), & get ready for bed. Sweet dreams!

<3,
Bita

[ More pics from Big Sur – this place is gorgeous! ]

Hiking essentials:

 

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Let’s get nutty… A quick & easy breakfast ( or naturally sweet snack! )

HI GUYS!

If you’re following along on Snapchat you already know this is one of my go-tos for breakfast.

I LOVE starting my day with coffee, but not on an empty stomach so I always make a quick & easy breakfast to have with my coffee.

One of my go-to’s are hard boiled eggs, but sometimes I need to mix it up a bit—& this is perfect way to do it!

Lately, I’ve been putting almond butter, bananas, gr8nola, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice ( not pictured ) on toast & it’s SO delicious. You guys have to try it.

I like gr8nola because the ingredients are clean & simple ( I always check ingredients! )

Here they are, straight from the label:

whole grain oats, honey, organic virgin coconut oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried unsweetened coconut, flaxseed meal, sea salt, cinnamon, stevia leaf extract.

So good, right!? & it’s delicious.

P.S. If you prefer, you can of course use peanut butter instead of almond butter. I like both.

I also love that I typically have all these ingredients in the house—makes it easy to have breakfast.

[ My almond butter of choice right now ]

[ I always check ingredients… This one has only two: dry roasted almonds & palm oil. No added sugar! ]

[ YUMMMM… ]

I love having this breakfast because it’s filling ( but still pretty light ), easy to make & naturally sweet.

Sometimes I even make this during the day or at night when I want something sweet, but still healthy.

Okay, what are your go-to’s for breakfast? Let’s hear ’em : )

<3,
Bita

[ My Minty moosh ]

[ gr8nola yumminess! You can find it here. ]

gr8nola + coffee? YES, PLEASE!

 

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How to go from hike to dinner ( without taking a shower )

EEK, sometimes you gotta do it…

This past Valentine’s Day Arrash & I hiked Big Basin in Boulder Creek ( in Santa Cruz County ), & saw the “natural bridge” at the Natural Bridges State Beach.

& then we went straight to dinner.

Well, technically we stopped by a local restaurant for a drink and an app first, but the point is there was no time for a shower before our vday dinner.

Clearly, Arrash made the plans ; ) LOL

But really… That was part of the fun—hopping from one activity to the other, without spending too much time on hair & makeup.

It was refreshing.

& super exciting! ( it was mostly surprises )

So I had to figure out how to go from hiking to dinner at a restaurant without looking or feeling gross.

[ Arrash & I at the top of Big Basin ]

Here’s what worked for me…

If you’re going straight from hiking to dinner at a restaurant…

Bring these items with you:

  • Baby wipes to wipe your face ( & armpits, LOL, if you want to… Pretty sure I did )
  • Your makeup ( so you can apply fresh makeup before dinner )
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume ( a small bottle or rollerball )
  • A change of clothes for dinner… I recommend bringing a top that doesn’t cling too much and is sleeveless or has cap sleeves ( sleeves after a hike suck because you’re still warm & that can make you sticky… Or is that just me? ) I brought black skinny jeans that I could put on in the car and a vneck. Yes, we changed in the car… So stretchy jeans were KEY. For shoes I wore white Keds. I think going for a casual, effortless-but-cute look makes it SO much easier!

Also, remember to put on sunscreen—so important! 

If you can, choose a restaurant that’s not too fancy so you can get away with a casual look & be comfortable with it.

Avoid curls—choose a hairstyle you can’t mess up while hiking. I went with straight hair. Easy-peasy.

After the hike:

  1. Wipe your face & put on fresh makeup ( if you want to )—point is, don’t leave on old makeup or pile on more makeup without taking it off first. It’s not good for your skin since you’ve been sweating ( it’ll clog your pores ). And layering on more makeup never looks as good as a fresh face, don’t you think?
  2. Apply deodorant & perfume. I took my small perfume bottle but if you have a perfume rollerball that works too! I might do that next time.
  3. Put on your change of clothes & fricken enjoy that dinner. YOU EARNED IT! Have dessert too : ) I did!

Speaking of dinner & dessert… If you guys are in the Bay Area or planning a visit you HAVE to check out the restaurant we went to because I still day dream about the food. It was that good!

We went to Au Midi, a French restaurant in Aptos ( also in Santa Cruz County )

It’s kind of a hidden gem.

From the outside, you’d never know how amazing their food is. It’s drool worthy.

& the experience was perfect!

P.S. when we walked in we saw a lot of French people dinning there, which I always think is a good sign considering it’s a French restaurant. If you go to a Persian restaurant, for example, and there’s no Persian people there… You should find a different restaurant ; )

Here are a few snapshots of what we ate ( demolished )

[ Au Midi’s soup de jour ]

[ Au Midi’s Stuffed Zucchini & Sea Scallops entrees ]

[ Au Midi’s Bergamote dessert. OH MAN, this was good!!!! ]

We started with the soup de jour ( AMAZING! ), and then got two entrees to share ( so we could try more, hahaboth of them were delicious! ), and then we had dessert.

Oh, and we ordered a bottle of wine and some dessert wine, too, to pair with our dessert…

Does anyone else make noises when they eat something they really like? Because I do…

I’m kind of like Wally Mars ( played by Jason Bateman ) in The Switch.

& boy did I make noises eating that dessert… Not sorry about it : )

Okay, I’m off to shower. Chat soon!

<3,
Bita

[ Loved this wine! ]

“Hike to Dinner” vibes:

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Foods + drinks I always have in the house

Or at least I try to…

Sometimes I run out sooner than I expect.

But more often than not, you can find these foods & drinks in our house at all time, regardless of my food cravings or “food swings” ( LOL )

I’m VERY moody when it comes to food.

I get really into something and I’ll eat it day after day, meal after meal, and then, eventually, I’ll need a break so I won’t buy it for awhile.

I go through phases.

But THESE are my staples.

Most of these foods are nutrient dense, versatile and easy to enjoy.

They’re available & affordable year round, and stay fresh for a pretty long time—or they’re versatile enough that’s it’s easy to use them into different meals and recipes within their expiration date.

This list definitely helps me with grocery shopping & creating a healthy kitchen, so I’m hoping it helps you guys too! ( You can repin it here for convenience )

Okay, let’s dive in!

Perrier / Pellegrino

I’m OBSESSED with sparkling natural mineral water—& I like to drink it from a champagne flute as you might have heard ( LOL )

Personally, I prefer Perrier because it has larger bubbles, but I’m more than happy sipping either.

Also, there’s something super refreshing about having sparking natural mineral water at night or in the middle of the night when I wake up, which happens more often than I’d like, haha.

P.S. If you’re looking for a soda replacement, definitely try Perrier. It’ll make it easier to break the habit.

Coffee pods

Right now I’m obsessed with Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend—it’s a dark roast.

I have it every morning & I legit go to bed excited to wake up and have my coffee, through a stainless steel straw, of course ; ) It helps me avoid stains on my teeth & keeps my teeth white.

Coffee is also my favorite “pre-workout”. I have so much more energy when I workout after having coffee, than when I workout without it.

&… It keeps things regular.

You know you love coffee for that reason too, be honest.

Coconut creamer

All credits go to Arrash’s sister, Michelle, on this one!

Michelle ( Meesh ) introduced us to So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Creamer and it is so, so good!! Definitely a big reason why I look forward to my morning coffee, and why I prefer having coffee at home.

I stick with Original to avoid “natural flavors”.

I avoid them because “natural flavors” can refer to so many different things & I’d rather take out the mystery when it comes to food ingredients.

Tea

Okay, so, lately I’ve been starting my day with coffee & ending it with tea—usually peppermint tea. There’s something therapeutic about it, for me—and it helps me wind down for bed. It kind of signals my body and brain that it’s had dinner & it’s done eating… Which keeps me from binging / constantly snacking before bed.

Sometimes I’ll have a cup or two during the day too.

Very Persian of me, right? My parents sip Persian tea all day & night.

Peppermint tea is non-caffeinated so I feel good about having it at night. Plus, it’s delicious.

I drink my tea from a stainless steel straw. Gotta keep those teeth white ; )

Coconut water

I use coconut water in homemade juices & smoothies so I try to buy this in bulk too.

I’ve also been drinking it straight since from the bottle ( LOL ) since I started drinking Harmless Harvest—it’s SO good, and naturally sweet ( & pink ), so you can treat it like dessert ; )

Though it’ll never replace chocolate… Scroll down, dark chocolate is on this list, too.

I feel like Harmless Harvest is the closest you can get to fresh coconut water from a bottle.

A fresh coconut on the beach is pretty damn good, too. It’s the BEST.

I also love coconut water because it provides potassium.

Eggs

I’m a big fan of eggs because they’re versatile, easy to cook and full of protein.

I’m very particular about my eggs. I buy Vital Farms pasture-raised organic eggs from Whole Foods because they’re organic and have one of the most humane practices I’ve seen when it comes to hens and eggs.

How I use them:

I like to make hard boil eggs a couple times a week and keep them in the fridge to have with my morning coffee and / or to eat as a snack during the day.

I also love a quick omelet with spinach and sometimes, mushrooms + onions.

I’ll eat the omelet on it’s own or I’ll add it to toast to make an open-faced sandwich… Quick lunch idea you can fall back on! You’ve seen me make this on Snapchat if you’re following along : ) ( add me—username: joyfetti )

Cuties

I eat these like chips. Really.

They’re so good, plus, they’re in season during the winter when most of the fruits I’m obsessed with ( like berries ) are not. So, I’ve been eating a lot of these, which doesn’t help with my tooth sensitivity, but it’s worth it, with semi-moderation.

Also, I’ll usually put them out in an Anthropologie bowl during dinner parties so people can snack on something healthy if they want.

Another Persian move… We always have fruit on the table.

Bananas

What is a smoothie without a banana?

Really though…

I tried to make a smoothie without a banana once ( because I ran out—GAH! ) and it was NOT good. It was gross.

I know you can make a smoothie taste good without a banana ( Google told me ), but for now, I’m happy plopping a banana into my smoothies at all times. YUM! Plus, bananas provide potassium and magnesium.

I also like topping them with peanut butter & cinnamon for a quick treat, or putting them on toast.

& I also eat them on their own…

And I feel like that quote “never make eye contact while eating a banana” was something I should’ve learned a long time ago. Whoops.

Same with lollipops…

I got weird looks when I was eating a lollipop in downtown Burlingame Avenue last month. Anyone else experience this?

Apples

Apples are a great staple. I use them in homemade juices, add them to salads, or slice them up and dip them in peanut or almond butter.

I also bite right into them —Adam & Eve style.

Apples are great when I need something sweet or crunchy, and they’re a good source of fiber and magnesium.

Lemons

Okay, lemons… I LOVE lemons! ( Oprah Winfrey Weight Watchers ad moment HAHA you know what I’m talking about? LOL, I LOVE her! )

I add lemons to soup ( usually bone broth ), homemade juices, fish, and a bunch of other recipes like this shrimp ceviche recipe I’m totally OBSESSED with!

I’m also planing to get back into drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning… Anyone else doing this right now?

Read about the health benefits here.

Spinach

Spinach is SO versatile and full of nutrients like protein, calcium, iron and potassium.

I add it to omelets, pasta sauce, smoothies, homemade juices, yogurt ( after I cook the spinach ) and not surprisingly I use it as a base for salads, too.

Plus, you can freeze it if you buy too much, and can cook it / add it to the blender later, which is very convenient!

Frozen fruits

100% a staple! I buy these mostly for smoothies.

My favorites include strawberries, raspberries ( high in fiber ), blueberries, mango, pineapple, & peach. Berries are full of antioxidants and raspberries, in particular, are a good source of fiber.

Chia seeds

I add these to smoothies, my peanut butter, anything I can think of really… They have so many health benefits. They’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & they provide a modest amount of protein as well!

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for optimal health & wellness, and they’re also anti-inflammatory.

Ground flax seeds

I love these for smoothies & peanut butter.

I get ground flax seeds because it’s easier to absorb the nutrients when they’re grounded vs. whole.

Like chia seeds, they’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & provide a modest amount of protein.

Hemp seeds

I didn’t start eating hemp seeds until recently because compared to ground flax seeds and chia seeds they have more Omega-6 fatty acids ( which are pro-inflammatory ) than they do Omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s important to have a balanced ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in our diets.

A 1:1 ratio is ideal, but most people today are getting a 16:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 so it’s important to incorporate more Omega-3 rich foods in our diet.

This balance is really important for overall health.

BUT ( !!! ), I started eating hemp seeds because they have more protein than chia & flax seeds & they taste SO GOOD!

If you like nutty flavors, you’ll love hemp seeds! I especially love them in my smoothies for an added crunch & nutty flavor.

Nuts

Nuts are great to snack on & they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats.

I usually get raw, unsalted almonds ( which also provide calcium & magnesium ) & slivered almonds, and sometimes walnuts ( a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids ) and cashews.

I’m also a big fan of sunflower seeds though I try to limit them because they’re high in Omega-6 fatty acids.

I like snacking on them, adding them to smoothie bowls, and sometimes, salads and yogurt.

Nut butter

Pure nut butter, without the shitty ingredients…

Trader Joe’s and Justin’s are good options for delicious and healthy nut butters. I’m a big fan of peanut butter & almond butter.

I dip apple slices in it, spread it on toast, and sometimes have it straight from a spoon.

I know you do too ; )

Plus, the dogs love peanut butter!

Bone broth

My mom’s been making us bone broth for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite recipes of hers.

Being a chicken ( no pun intended ) and not wanting to making my own bone broth from scratch, I found some delicious store brands that aren’t full of junk and taste delicious with some added seasoning.

P.S. Seeing a pattern here? I always read ingredients.

My favorite brands right now are Epic Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth ( made with organic chicken ), which is shelf stable, & Bonafide Provisions Organic Chicken Bone Broth, which is frozen ( I just defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours )

I heat it up with pepper, pink himalayan salt & chili flakes, pour it in a mug & add fresh squeezed lemon—SO YUM!

Protein / nutrition bars

I love having protein or nutrition bars on hand for a quick snack ( or dessert, if we’re avoiding cake ; ) ) so I buy these in bulk too!

My favorites right now are Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Square Organics Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter.

What are your favorites? What should I try next?

Plant-based protein powders

I’m OBSESSED with Vega One—right now, we have the All-In-One Nutrition Shake in Natural and French Vanilla flavors, as well as the Vega Sport Performance Protein in Vanilla. I love that they’re protein based and taste amazing!

Dark chocolate chunks

So I have a sweet tooth…

I can limit my sugar intake and I’ve even gone months without dessert ( usually in preparation for a Vegas trip, LOL ) but I have low blood sugar so chocolate is basically my medicine ; )

I kid, kind of…

Sugar from fruits can help me from going dizzy when I’m low on sugar, but sometimes you just need some chocolate, you know? At least I do.

So I like to keep Whole Foods’ 365 Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks in the pantry. On a positive note, dark chocolate provides probiotics so it’s not only only good for your heart, it’s also good for your gut ; )

I add the chunks to my DIY goji berry trail mix and use them to make my chocolate covered almond haystacks—both of which I’ve made on Snapchat.

LMK if you want me to share these recipes on the blog?

& sometimes, I eat a few chunks from the bag : )

Dried fruit

If I need a quick treat… Something with natural sugar… I’ll reach for some dried fruit—usually dried apricot ( a good source of iron ), prunes or dried mango, without added sugar ( this is key! ) Fruit is naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add sugar. I also LOVE goji berries, which are a great source of antioxidants, and I’ll often add raisins ( & dried yogurt ) to my yogurt—raisins provide iron as well.

I always look for organic, unless it’s something with a think skin—like bananas & oranges.

Okay spill… What do you keep in your house at all times?

Would love to hear!

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: So Much Food & Catch Phrase

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[ Fresh coconut water on the beach. ]

This weekend definitely had a theme ⇢ lots of food—& A LOT of CATCH PHRASE ( my newest obsession! )

Do you guys know Catch Phrase?

For those who don’t… It’s a word guessing game—there’s usually two teams, and you’re trying to get your teammates to guess whatever word or phrase you’re given without saying the word or phrase… You have to explain it to them verbally.

You can find it on Amazon or you can use an app, like “Phrase Party” on your phone ( that’s the one we used ).

Once your team guesses the word or phrase correctly you pass it on to the other team, kind of like Hot Potato, and you keep doing that until the buzzer goes off. Whichever team is holding it when the buzzer goes off, looses the round.

Not surprisingly… We got super into it, and pretty LOUD. LOL. It’s really fun.

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[ ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktails at Shell Shock in Mountain View—SO GOOD! ]

To start the weekend we went to this DELICIOUS restaurant in downtown Mountain View called Shell Shock Restaurant on Friday, and it was perfect because I really wanted fresh seafood & a spicy / refreshing cocktail.

If you’re around Mountain View, you HAVE to check it out.

Order their ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktail if you like spicy drinks. It has Hornitos Plata, cucumbers, jalapeños, & fresh lime juice… It’s really good!

I spent Saturday with family… We BBQ’ed, caught up with each other, shared stories, and played Catch Phrase ( Phrase Party ) until a little after midnight. It got pretty competitive. ; )

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[ A HUGE Ponderosa lemon from my aunt’s backyard. ]

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[ A delicious Bloody Mary at Kitchen Story SF—spicy, just the way I like it. ]

The theme continued on Sunday. The girls & I went to brunch at Kitchen Story SF and then had a little picnic at Dolores Park… With more Catch Phrase. LOL. It’s addicting!

By the way, I felt very San Francisco-y spending the day at Dolores Park. AND… THERE ARE SO MANY CUTE PUPPIES THERE! I basically oohed & awwed the entire time we were there. Minty came with us too, obviously. ; )

But… Let’s not breeze through brunch because brunch at Kitchen Story is AMAZING.

Since I’m not having eggs ( aka no Benedict for me—I’ll share more about this soon ) I ordered their Veggie burger without cheese and without ailoi. It was DELICIOUS—so was their Bloody Mary. It was spicy, just the way I like it.

How was your weekend…? What are you looking forward to this week?

If you need a little pick-me-up or retail therapy ; ), check out these super cute home picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

xx,
Bita

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[ Check out my favorite home items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here. ]

Shop my weekend look + CATCH PHRASE ( LOL ):

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Sunday Splash: I Love the Sunday Snooze

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( My fav kind of donut ⇢ pink with sprinkles! )

Is it just me, or is there something super soothing about Sunday nights?

Am I crazy?

It’s just so calm & quiet… ( LOL… Do I sound old? )

This month has been very “go, go, go” because we’ve had so many great occasions to celebrate.

But today was definitely a change of pace because like most of my Sundays, it was actually calm ( except for the last few minutes of Game 7. Those were definitely NOT calm. )

This week, I’m looking forward to working on some new projects for JOYFETTI & JOY Consulting Co., getting back into a regular schedule ( hopefully with early mornings! )—& DETOXING, kind of… Mostly from booze & cake. ; )

A little activated charcoal lemonade sounds soooo good right now.

BTW, please LMK if you have a particular brand or place you like to get it from—I’d love to check it out!

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( Celebrating Minty‘s 2nd birthday! Check out her 1st birthday photoshoot here, and SUBSCRIBE on YouTube for her birthday video coming soon. : ) )

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( Me, this week… More reason to detox ; ) )

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( I love these earbuds for running & for listening to music ( usually Spotify ) while working on JF & JCC. PLUS, they come with an awesome case so they don’t tangle up in my purse. )

What are your Sunday nights like? Are you dreading Monday or looking forward to it? Would love to hear!

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday & Father’s Day!

<3,
Bita

 

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