Sunshine-Dusted Mango Quinoa Salad

 

Summer is prime mango season here in South Florida, and I never fail to enjoy every second of it. There are many things we aren't able to grow here during the summer months (like pretty much everything, except tropical fruit and herbs), and I so envy the summer farmer's market hauls of those of you living elsewhere, but picking mangos from the tree in my backyard is the perfect reminder of how lucky we really are. 

I wholeheartedly believe in eating not only in accordance with the seasons, but also in eating as locally as possible. It's always been a belief of mine that what grows naturally and abundantly in a region is designed to best fuel those living within that particular environment. Sweet, water- and fiber-rich, and vitamin-abundant mangos are the perfect antidote to our brutally hot Florida summers. I swear, I can feel my little cells thanking me with every juicy, drippy bite. 

Admittedly, I consume the majority of my mango haul either as is (maybe with a squeeze of lime) or blended up in a smoothie. But in the name of creativity - and truthfully, how to sneak mangos in for dinner - I stumbled upon this pairing that feels balanced and delicious in every way. It's sweet yet peppery and light but earthy. Aside from a few peak-of-season Florida mangos, the star of this recipe is Big Heart Tea's coveted Sunshine Dust - a fiery blend of stone ground turmeric, ginger, lemongrass, and peppercorn. The golden, sunshine-flecked dust is just the tempering the mangos need to create a truly delicious, savory dish. 

In true summer food fashion, this recipe requires no-fuss, is best served at room temperature, and somehow tastes even better as leftovers the following day. Wishing you all a beautiful, blissful, delicious, and sunshine-filled last few weeks of summer, from my corner of the Universe to yours!


SUNSHINE-DUSTED MANGO QUINOA SALAD

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup mango, diced (about 1 large mango)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp Big Heart Tea's Sunshine Dust
  • 5 tbsp high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Preparation: Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, whisking until smooth and well-combined. In a separate and larger bowl, toss quinoa with mango, red onion, and dressing. Finish with a sprinkling of cilantro. 


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Hibiscus Rose Beauty Latte

 

By now, most of you know that skin health is a major priority in my life, and that I'm meticulous about how I tend to my face. But to a large degree, how clear, glowy, and luminous our skin looks is a result of what's going on internally. Supplementing a diet rich in whole foods with those that work specifically to nourish the skin is key to achieving a fresh complexion and true inside-out radiance. And because you guys are loving on all things latte-inspired right now, I felt inspired to blend a latte with serious beautifying benefits using a few of my favorite, most potent skin-soothers. The result is this swoony, velvety hibiscus infusion laced with rosewater, collagen, pearl, and cult-favorite Beauty Butter.

HIBISCUSFor a cell-deep dose of anti-aging antioxidants and vitamin C. Hibiscus brightens and heals the skin, supports detoxification and elimination, tames excess heat and inflammation, and pacifies the always-in-overdrive nervous system for less stress and more bliss. All essentials for that coveted lit-from-within glow.

COLLAGEN | If you've yet to jump on the bandwagon, now is the time. Collagen is the main structural protein found in our skin and other connective tissues, and as we age the naturally-occurring levels within our body begin to decrease, causing skin to age, wrinkle, and dull. Supplementing with collagen helps to repair and heal damaged skin tissue, creates a plumping effect, and adds an overall glow. Collagen also serves to rebuild the digestive lining, in turn elevating our gut health, which is of course intimately connected to skin health.

ROSEWATER | When ingested, rosewater has a calming, cooling, hydrating, and inflammation-fighting effect on the skin. It also deeply nourished the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety for fewer emotionally-charged breakouts and bouts of inflammation.

PEARL | At first glance, supplementing with pearl sounds extravagant, expensive, and very much on the trendy, unsubstantial side. And while it does feel undeniably luxurious, it's not as costly as one would assume and is an ancient beauty ritual long revered in Asian cultures (who generally boast the most amazing complexions). Powdered pearl is rich in beautifying antioxidants, enzymes, and minerals, and contains signal proteins that stimulate the natural regeneration of collagen. After just a few days of consistent use, I always notice positive differences in my skin tone and clarity. 

BEAUTY BUTTERA favorite beauty-boosting treat for hydrated, clear, glowy skin. Pearl Butter's Beauty Butter is a mix of stone-ground and impossibly dreamy coconut butter (which alone is incredibly nourishing for the skin), antioxidant-rich pink dragonfruit, pearl powder, and collagen. Swoon.


HIBISCUS ROSE BEAUTY LATTE

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp organic hibiscus powder
  • 1 tbsp Bulgarian rosewater
  • 2 tbsp collagen peptides
  • 1/2 tsp pearl powder
  • 1.5 cups warmed unsweetened nut/seed milk 
  • 1-2 tbsp Pearl Beauty Butter (can substitute with regular coconut butter, if needed)
  • Optional: touch of raw honey

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a blender, and process on medium-high for 60 seconds. Pour, sip, and savor. 


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Alkalizing Chia Pudding

 

Somewhere along the line in the last year or two, I've transitioned into a full-fledged "morning person". Which is wild, because I used to loathe mornings. More on that journey here. I mention this because despite enjoying early mornings, it can still feel challenging to intentionally engage in my am routine (lemon water, sun exposure, meditation, skin care, latte) - which I so strongly feel sets a positive, grounded tone for the rest of my day - and have time to prepare a nourishing breakfast before having to dash out. And I know I'm not the only one. 

While I would love the luxury of sitting down to enjoy breakfast daily, the reality is that I'm often eating this first meal on-the-go. Most days, that means grabbing a jar of chia pudding that I batch-make at the beginning of each week. It's a true life saver. 

On they're own, chia seeds are rich in plant-based proteins and (the good kind of) fatty acids that the body relies on for energy production, mood support, and hormone stabilization. Once soaked, chia seeds expand in size, absorbing the liquid to create a pudding-like texture that, when ingested, provides deep cellular-level hydration and detoxification. Today's recipe elevates and expands upon these already impressive benefits to further alkalize, mineralize, energize, and detoxify the body, using one of my very favorite supplement lines - Elemental Wizdom

This groovy, high vibration company, based out of Beverly Hills of all places, is serving up some of the most unique, thoughtful, and quality-driven products I have ever tried. Their Metamorphosis Greens Powder is ultra cleansing, alkalizing, and energizing, and has become my go-to product for remineralizing on-the-go. I'm in the habit of adding a scoop to my chia pudding for a deeply nutritious grab-and-go breakfast, so I thought I'd share the simple yet potent recipe here.


ALKALIZING CHIA PUDDING

Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic chia seeds
  • 2.5 cups unsweetened mylk (almond, coconut, hemp, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2-4 tsp Metamorphosis Greens Powder 

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well for about 2 minutes. Once the mixture appears smooth and well combined, allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Stir once again, and then place in the refrigerator, stored within an airtight container. Allow to set for at least an hour, and up to 4-5 days. 

If needed, more sweetener can be added to taste. Enjoy as is or topped with your favorite fruits and superfoods. 


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The Solful Guide to Fast Food

 

It feels like everyone is squeezing in the last of their summer travel these next few weeks, and I've been receiving an influx of travel and food related questions. So! Channeling this little nudge from the Universe as an opportunity to share some of my personal tips + recipes for creating a wholesome 'fast food' experience while traveling, or simply running around town all day. 

PREPARE

All good things require a little prep work. Set aside a bit of time before you depart to gather and prepare a medley of snacks and meals. It truly is the easiest, healthiest option. And though it sounds obvious, so many of us fail to prepare in this way for travel, and then end up feeling frustrated and hungry. Nothing you find at the airport or on-the-road (even 'healthy' options) will measure up to what you can create in your own kitchen. I find that the moment I start traveling (whether by plane or car), my mind diverts to food, and the only real way to ensure I don't mindlessly indulge in shitty food is to stay full and satisfied with the good stuff. Go-to favorites of mine include chia pudding, avocado chocolate mousse, energy bites, sprouted nuts and seeds, washed and prepped fruits and vegetables, and hummus. All can be made and prepped the day before, carried on a plane, and stay fresh throughout the day.

GATHER

When I'm unable to prepare larger meals and snacks beforehand, and find myself at an airport or gas station in need of something substantial, I gather the most basic foods I can spot. Raw nuts and seeds are typically a pretty easy find, followed by a piece of fresh fruit. Referring back to travel tip number one, these options more often than not prove less nutritious than the proteins and fruits I keep at home (sprouted, organic, non-gmo, etc.), but make good stand-ins in a pinch. In way of beverages, opt only for spring water, unsweetened teas, unsweetened coconut water, and low-sugar kombucha. If you spot them, there are a few okay-once-in-a-while energy bars I recommend: Shanti Bars (the only ones I personally eat), Rx Bars, and Squarebars - though sometimes it makes more sense to buy these ahead of time and bring along.

PREVENT

Know that with traveling comes some degree of loss of control over what we're eating, so plan accordingly with ultra-nourishing supplements and dietary add-ins. I never leave home without an alkalizing green powder of some sort (because getting enough daily greens can be a struggle), an arsenal of adaptogenic herbs and tinctures for nervous system (i.e. energy, mood, and sleep) support, digestive bitters for any bouts of upset within that realm, thieves + citrus essential oils for immune support, and a medley of herbal teas for in-flight steeping. A few of my many favorites include this green powder for alkalinity, this herbal tincture for immune support, this tonic herb blend and ashwagandha for a nourished nervous system, and these digestive bitters for tummy support (for which you can use code UMBA17_MCCABE for 30% off and free shipping). Most of these can be added to bottles of water, coffee/tea, or straight into your mouth of easy, on-the-go consumption. You'll want to be sure you drink obscene amounts of water, to support the detoxification system and flush out anything less-than-ideal that you've consumed. All in all, I find these little boosters to keep my health afloat, even when my sleep schedule and diet have turned upside down. 

BLESS

By far the most esoteric tip of them all, but one I quite love. I'm not sure where I first learned this ritual, but it has become a daily habit that I rely on. Especially during times of travel or indulgence. Before consuming anything, I say a quick prayer/blessing over it. Basically asking the Universe to allow this food or drink to nourish my body and mind and to elevate my health in some way. I believe that even junky foods, once blessed, and if consumed with intention, will nourish + fuel our systems. On that same note, our digestive system is intimately connected to our emotions, so what is eaten during moments of stress, guilt, shame, and upset will almost always be improperly digested.