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My BEST Tip for Drinking More Water!

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How to drink more water_Pellegrino, champ glass, and white roses_joyfetti.com

Guys! Being dehydrated SUCKS.

Don’t you agree?

When I’m dehydrated I feel sluggish, I eat more, & I don’t feel fully awake.

It’s not like I don’t like water ( I do! ) it’s just that some days I forget to drink as much as I SHOULD.

SO, I’ve developed simple tricks for drinking more water: I have two glasses right when I wake up ( the first with lemon, the second without ), I make it super accessible—i.e. there’s ALWAYS a bottle of Pellegrino &/or a bkr bottle with me at ALL times whether I’m working at my desk, in my car, working out, or running errands, and my weirdest “trick”… If I’m feeling REALLY dehydrated, I set my timer to a minute & “chug” until it goes off. ( LOL ) Weird…? Probably…?

BUT! My best trick is THIS:

Drinking from a champagne flute.

Trust me—it works!

There’s something about drinking from a champagne flute that makes it way more fun to drink water, so you end up drinking MORE.

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[ LOVEEEE the long stem on this champagne flute! ]

But just a little tip if you’re trying this at the office… Keep the Pellegrino bottle realllll close & make it KNOWN there’s only water in the flute. My sister asked me once if I was drinking champagne in the middle of day ( LOL no… It wasn’t brunch ; ) )… So there is that confusion.

BUT, try it out—let me know how you like it & if it helps you drink more water.

CHEERS! ; )

xx,
Bita

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[ Champagne flute found here—it’s a STEAL! ]

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[ Obsessed w/ white roses lately. ]

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Take me back to… Cleveland!?!

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When I think about traveling I picture breathtaking seascapes in Greece and charming cafes with bright, blossoming flowers, and fresh, mouthwatering foods.

What I don’t picture? Ohio.

BUT! I’d love to take another trip to Cleveland! I spent 6 days (& 5 nights) in Cleveland back in August for work and the city surprised me, in a good way.

They have a booming food scene, places like House of Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and gorgeous sunsets. Plus, there were two games happening while we were there so it was extra lively—I love when there’s lots of people out & about! (aka Summer ; ))

Charcuterie Board and Cheese Plate at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

So the food… OH. MY. GOD!! Urban Farmer. I went to Urban Farmer 3 times in less than 24 hours. IT WAS AMAZING.

Their Charcuterie Board + Cheese Plate… GORGEOUS. DELICIOUS. I can’t rave about it enough! If you’re following me on Instagram, you already know I’d travel back to Cleveland just for that. It was THAT good.

Even their simple, Local Greens Salad was AMAZING (it has popped quinoa! YUMMY!). Can you tell how much I enjoyed this place? Ha!

I flew into Cleveland on a redeye, and got in super early Tuesday morning, and was planning to head home almost just as early 5 days later.

Sunday morning was interesting… I missed my flight. I woke up 10 minutes before it was scheduled to take off. (We had a long night at Urban Farmer… LOL. We stayed at Westin most of the trip.)

I was furious at myself.

Upset.

REALLY upset.

I wanted to see Minty.

But after I had my little meltdown, I decided to make the most out of the day (the next flight to SFO wasn’t until later that night). So I showered, got dressed, and went downstairs to Urban Farmer (surprise!) for a relaxing & delicious brunch. Their team is amazing—so sweet, so thoughtful! They make the experience that much better.

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[Cool decor inside Urban Farmer]

Eggs Benedict and Fruit at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

Bloody Mary Bar at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

While I was chit-chatting with one of their hostesses, she recommended their Bloody Mary bar—I’m not one to turn down a recommendation, so I took her suggestion. ; )

You’d think with all the brunches I’ve had, I’d know what to do… NOPE! I was a deer in the headlights at the Bloody Mary bar. I had NO IDEA what to do. The first thing I put in my glass (they give you a tall glass with vodka & ice, and you build your drink from there) was an olive—BAHAHAAA! It was the only thing I recognized right off the bat. But once I poured in the tomato juice I got real creative (aka no inhibitions, at all.) I put in a TON of fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice, a TON of hot sauce (I only like ’em spicy!), and some other yummy looking ingredients, and of course celery, because that’s what makes it cute, more olives & a lemon for garnish. It was delicious & spicy. I think I did pretty well… What do you think??

Bloody Mary at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

If you’ve been to Cleveland (or live in Cleveland), LMK what recommendations you have for my next visit. Because I’ll definitely be back! (Hopefully after I visit Europe… ; ))

<3,
Bita

Make your own DIY Bloody Mary bar:

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Bikini Meals: Fresh, Minted Watermelon & Lime Juice

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My favorite drink to whip up this summer?

HANDS DOWN:

this fresh, minted watermelon & lime juice!

It’s so refreshing… So filling… & feels oh so summer-y!

Best part? It doesn’t cause bloating—so you still look & feel amazing in your sexy two-piece.

 

INGREDIENTS

+ 1 cup fresh watermelon, cut into cubes (this makes it easier to blend)

+ A handful of fresh mint (YUM!!)

+ Juice of 1 lime

RECIPE:

Throw all ingredients into a blender & blend! (For a few seconds…)

Ta-daaaaa! 😹 super easy!

 

Check back next Saturday for another fresh, Bikini Meals recipe!

Happy Weekend! 💋

<3,
Bita

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JOYFETTI Love List: Fresh, Organic Juice + Bougainvillea

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This summer, I’ve been craving fresh, organic juices like this one here, from The Plant Cafe in Burlingame. Truth: when I fly out of SFO I plan my flight (& day) around getting a juice from The Plant Cafe in Terminal 2 before I board… Because it’s THAT GOOD!! Really.

And… Lately, everywhere I look,

whether I’m walking with Minty, driving, or scrolling through Instagram,

I’m ALWAYS looking for: Bougainvillea (these beautiful flowers below 😍!!!)

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I’m OBSESSED with them—they’re SO gorgeous.

What are your little bits of joy? What are you loving this week? Tell me below! : )

xx

<3,
Bita

 

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Superfood Spotlight: Coconut Water

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So.

1st, a little throw back…

I vividly remember being in our small, teeny apartment in Pacific Beach (in San Diego, California) my first year out of college, and STARING at one of my friends with complete disgust (lol) and confusion as she casually chugged a huge (MASSIVE!) container of coconut water the morning after we all went out to the bars.

Fast forward 4 years and SEVERAL attempts of wanting SO BADLY to find some love for coconut water, I’ve FINALLY found a way (several ways) to enjoy it!

So why’d I try so hard to like it all these years? Because of it’s health benefits.

Coconut water experienced it’s moment in the spotlight a few years ago and during that time it was positioned as being liquid gold. Is it? No. But it does have valid benefits, including the following:

+ It’s great for rehydration

+ It’s rich in potassium (a 330mL/11.2 fl oz container of coconut water, like the ones pictured above, provide 19% of your recommended daily intake (rdi) of potassium. To put things into perspective, a medium-sized banana provides 12%)

Plus, it also…

+ provides calcium (4% dpi)

+ and magnesium (4% dpi)

So here’s how coconut water & I get along… 👯

I add it to my:

+ smoothies (<< this is by far my favorite way to enjoy it!)

+ healthy popsicles

+ & sometimes, my iced coffee

Easy/simple!

How do you enjoy your coconut water? If you drink it straight, more power to you… I haven’t gotten there yet. ; )

If you have a recipe that uses coconut water please link to it below—I’d love to check it out!

<3,
Bita

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Birthday Brunch @ Mission Rock Resort

Yellow umbrellas at Mission Rock Resort in SF

Brunch is my FAVORITE!

What’s not to love? You’re sipping an ice-cold coffee & cocktail (<< yes, both, haha), enjoying a delicious Benedict (mmmm), chatting with friends, and enjoying the sun and fresh air…

IT’S. THE. BEST.

Bloody Mary at Mission Rock Resort in SF

Lately, I’ve been a big fan of Mission Rock Resort. Their Fresh Dungeness Crab Benedict is DELICIOUS & their Bloody Mary (The Bacon Bloody) is one of the best I’ve had—plus, they’re by the water, which I LOVE!! And you can easily walk to AT&T Park from there.

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So to celebrate my birthday we kept it super casual and enjoyed some of my favorites: brunch, cake (mmm), rooftop pool/hot tub, and planting succulents << haha, aren’t these so cute & teeny!?

Here are a few more pics from the day : ) 💕

Minty peek-a-boo

Cutie Minty playing peek-a-boo 🙈

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Adorable birthday cards 💌

Birthday Cake

Cakeeeee!!

Speaking of cake…

Minty reaaaaally enjoyed her (doggie) cake during her bday photo shoot… And with her doggie friends last Saturday… And again, the next day on her birthday… Haha! So… It’s family detox time? LOL.

<3,
Bita

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Superfood Spotlight: Lemons & Limes

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Lemons & limes are arguably two of the most versatile, and accessible, superfoods!

 

Let’s take a look at some of their superpowers:

+ High in vitamin C (lemon > lime)

+ Good source of pectin fiber

+ Good source of folate (a B vitamin, also known as “folic acid”)

+ Reduce hunger cravings (hello, fiber!)

+ Help detoxify your body

+ Help soothe a sore throat (lemon)

Plus… They compliment and bring out the flavors in our favorite eats + sips—yum!

 

So, here are a few ways I enjoy these superfoods:

I add them to…

+ Water (hot or cold)

+ Tea

+ Fresh juice (OBSESSED with The Plant Cafe‘s “Healthy Sunrise” & “Immune Builder” juices!)

+ Homemade lemonade

+ Soup

+ Fish

+ Ceviche

+ Salsa

+ Guacamole

+ Salad

+ Quinoa

Pretty much anything, and everything😂—they’re super versatile!

 

How do you enjoy lemons & limes? If you’re thinking with a shot of tequila… Ah, you’re my kind of girl/guy! ; )

<3,
Bita

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SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: Chia & Ground Flax Seeds

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Ever since I discovered the health benefits of chia and ground flax seeds I sprinkle them on EVERYTHING.

Here are the 3 big benefits that stand out to me:

They’re rich in…

+ Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA)

+ Fiber

+ Magnesium

WIN/WIN/WIN!

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So, here are some fun, easy ways I incorporate these superseeds into my eats and sips!

I add them to:

+ Smoothies

+ Peanut butter (<< more on this tomorrow—can’t wait to share this one!)

+ Kombucha (<< I love GT’s raspberry kombucha with chia seeds)

+ Oatmeal

+ Jam/jelly

+ Yogurt

+ Granola/cereal

+ Protein shakes

 

How do you get your chia/ground flax seed fix?

<3,
Bita

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