Kombucha Mocktail

I don't know about you guys, but there are a WHOLE lotta people doing juiceless January (meaning, no alcohol for the entire month). I honestly don't drink all that frequently and really do enjoy a good cocktail or a glass of wine every so often, plus, January is my birthday month, so I am not one of those people. I do although, really love to substitute a delicious kombucha spritzer in place of an alcoholic beverage. I can't claim responsibility for this recipe, because that goes to momma Pauly who is the genius in the kitchen. Although I did put my own little twist on it. The great thing about this is that you can add vodka, or you can omit it, and honestly, you won't taste the difference either way. It's a great way to get away with looking like you're having a drink when you're not. Oh, and it's low in sugar, good for your gut, and just plain refreshing.

The Casual Classic | Kombucha Cocktail

One word of warning though... do NOT use a cocktail shaker when making this. I stupidly did so (not considering that kombucha was involved), and it exploded all over the kitchen. Oopsies!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup kombucha
  • 1/2 cup soda water
  • Juice from 1 full lime
  • Splash of coconut water
  • Muddled mint + fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 shots of vodka (optional of course)

Directions:

  1. Muddle the mint and a little bit of lime in the bottom of a glass.
  2. Combine the kombucha, soda water, coconut water and lime juice in the glass, add ice, and stir.
  3. Top with fresh mint leaves!

Life Lately

It's been quite a while since I've done one of these posts, but always fun to update you guys on the daily happenings and what's going on in my life lately. It's been a busy couple months to say the least! Lots of updates and new stuff going on that I can't wait to fill you all in on! You can also see daily updates on my Instagram

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In case for some reason you do NOT follow me on Instagram, you may not know about this update... We adopted a PUP!!! Her name is Luna, and we are beyond obsessed with this little girl. We've had her for about 4 months now, so this isn't new news, but wanted to make sure you guys all knew about it. We found her via Rescue Dogs Rock (an adoption agency in NYC), who were absolutely wonderful to work with. I'd highly recommend them if you're looking to adopt - they've got over 150 dogs available and some amazing options. Luna has settled in so well in NYC, and loves snuggles 24/7 (she sleeps with us every night and if we're on the couch, so is she). She already has numerous nicknames, which consist of: The Lune, Looney, Luna the Tuna, Toons, Tuna, Little Fish (don't ask), and the list goes on.

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Here's another shot... Just because.

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It was FREEZING in NYC over the weekend - almost unbearable with the wind! I trekked out to Brooklyn to do my absolute favorite workout class with a friend of mine. (Wearing this coat and these boots). 

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I've had such a travel bug lately. Nick and I were gone every single weekend in December - it was a bit ridiculous. One of the highlights was our weekend at this amazing dog friendly hotel in Vermont. Look at how happy Luna is on our road trip!! I've been carrying this bag non-stop since I got it for Christmas. It is just to DIE for. I wish I could have every color. These shoes are also the perfect travel flat! Coming up on the travel list is Vermont this weekend, Telluride in the beginning of February, Cuba in April, and then Napa Valley in May! Also if you're looking for some travel inspiration as well as the best road trip idea EVER, check out this post

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If you know me, you know I practically live on avocado toast (we eat it for dinner at least once a week if not more). This one is gluten free bread coated with coconut oil and a healthy dose of mashed avocado. I throw some hemp seeds on the avocado with a bit of himalayan salt, and a soft fried or poached egg on top. It is SO. GOOD. My new year's resolution this year is to clean up my diet even more. I've cut out gluten, limited dairy, and eliminated all refined sugars. Read more about some simple ways to get healthy and get your body back on track here!

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Another goal of mine is to improve my yoga practice, which to me means to start nailing the inversions! I signed up for an inversion workshop in NYC in February - join me!

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I got new shades, and I'm obsessed. They're so perfect (and were also on sale)! The above is a shot from our trip to Naples for New Years eve. We had such a blast relaxing, going to the beach, and checking out the local fitness scene. I love visiting local yoga studios - they're all so unique and usually end up being quite awesome. If you're ever in Naples, definitely go to the Yoga Loft. I LOVED the heated power yoga!!

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I made my famous Kombucha cocktails for New Year's Eve and they were a hit. If you're looking to have a drink, this is a super refreshing way to have a cocktail without the bad side effects or guilt. I'll post the recipe this week for you guys, so stay tuned!

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We FINALLY got some snow in NYC. There is nothing I love more than this city blanketed in some fresh snow. So beautiful.

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This was a super popular outfit of mine this month, and also one of my favorites. Funny thing tough was that it was something I just threw on last minute since I was trying to dress a little better than the leggings and oversized sweaters I had been wearing to work on repeat. I get in a little style rut in the winter sometimes because I tend to be on the cold side all the time, so the only things I like to wear are warm, soft, cozy, bulky, heavy items. Luckily for me (and unlucky for my wallet), I discovered Kit & Ace last year, which I am absolutely ADDICTED to. I got the scarf wearing here from them last year, but they have this version now, and a ton of great stuff on sale too. I may have just ordered these sweats as a birthday present to myself... Now I'll officially be wearing sweats to work on the reg. Sorry I'm not sorry!

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Adding on to the athleisure obsession above... I stumbled across Brazil Wear leggings recently, as well as a few other workout brands. I really have found myself just living in leggings and cozy sweats recently, but maybe that's due to the winter weather... I'm so excited that brands are coming out with some really awesome pieces that make you want to wear them outside of the gym! A few on my list are these awesome zipper leggings (NEED!!!) and this striped pair that have gone viral via Instagram. I have one go-to pair that I legitimately wear almost every day of the week (embarrassing - but I own more than one pair I swear!), which are the Lululemon Align pant. These are the softest, best leggings I've ever put on my body. Buy them.

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Last but not least, I wanted to fill you all in on some of my favorite scents I've come across recently. I've heard of Byredo, but never purchased because it was a bit on the pricey side. I had a friend who had about 10 of them, so I was recently trying on all the different scents. I fell in LOVE with "Mojave Ghost". Literally the best thing I've ever smelled. I know perfumes are pretty toxic, so I try to mix it up a bit with essential oils as well. The Ajai roll-on above is the most incredible scent. I also love Tata Harper's stress remedy for days I'm feeling a little wound tight.

Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta and Sage

Pumpkin Risotto / The Casual Classic

Gotta love a yummy comfort food, especially a "healthified" option! This isn't in the post holiday detox plan really (it's a little too carb heavy, plus there is some dairy), but it's a good recipe to save for those nights where you're just craving something warm and comforting... Or if you aren't detoxing post holidays, then whip this up right this instant! Honestly, all the ingredients in this are pretty darn good for you. I didn't use any cream, milk or butter for the risotto, and it still came out delicious and creamy. 

As usual, this dish is gluten free and could be dairy free if you want to omit that too. I usually don't see anything wrong with adding a little high quality/organic cheese to a dish every so often. Just don't make it a daily occurrence! Recipe below. Let me know how you like it!

Pumpkin Risotto / The Casual Classic

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice (I use Trader Joes organic wild, sprouted rice)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • Chopped pancetta (however much you want really)
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Large bunch of fresh sage
  • Organic chicken or bone broth
  • 1/2 cup grated or shaved parmesan cheese
  • Ghee
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper (Himalayan) 

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil & ghee in a large pan and add the onion. Cook until translucent. Add garlic cloves (minced or chopped very fine). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the rice and sauté for a couple more minutes so rice is slightly toasted. 
  2. Pour the chicken broth into the pan and cook per instructions for rice (for the rice I used, I believe it was 2 cups of broth for 1.25 cups of rice). Stir occasionally until all liquid has been absorbed (about 25 minutes).
  3. While the rice is cooking, in a separate pan, fry the pancetta until crispy. Remove from the pan, but don't remove the leftover fat. Use that to cook the sage and make it super crispy!
  4. Once the sage is done cooking, I threw the pine nuts into the pan and cooked them just a bit so they were crunchier.
  5. Once the rice is almost done cooking, add the canned pumpkin to the mixture and cook for a few more minutes until everything is heated and mixed well. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Once everything is ready, add the rice mixture to a bowl. Top with parmesan, pancetta, sage, and pine nuts, and enjoy!