Vijitas- Vegan Fajitas with Cucumber Salsa, Avocado, Sour Supreme and Pickled Red Onions

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Tacos are sort of an instituion in Los Angeles and it really is no surprise considering there is such a large population of hispanics living in this city. I have always been a fan of their food and their culture but to be completely honest, I do not know too much detail about it except from what I have experienced here in Los Angeles. My mexican vacations have consisted mostly of body shots and bikinis in Cabo on spring break when I was in college. Thank god I am past that phase. phew.

Although I still love a cerveza from time to time, what I love most about mexican food is the use of herbs and spices to flavor the food. Chipotle peppers, chili pepper, cumin, cilantro, garlic, onions, I love it all. One of my all time favorite things here in Los Angeles are the mexican street vendors who sell fruit with spices and lime juice or better known as Ensalada de Frutas con Chile. It is like the best deal in town! You get a massive serving of watermelon, cucumber, mango, pinneapple, jicama with fresh lime and spices for $5-$7. I refer to these vendors as “the fruit man” and I always get so excited when I see their rainbow umbrellas on the street. #delicious    

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5 Delicious Avocado Recipes- Gucamole isn’t one of them!

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I love avocados. Not only are they tremendously healthy for you but they taste pretty good too! If you follow me on instagram then you know I eat them almost everyday. However, there was a time in my life when I not only thought they were gross but that they were so high in fat that they would make me fat. Boy, was I crazy or what!? 

You know what is also crazy? Tinder. Tinder is crazy. I was having a potluck dinner with some of my girlfriends, and we caught up over multiple glasses of red wine and girl talk. My one friend was filling us in on her most recent breakup with a guy who simply “played it too safe in life.” Eventually, I asked her how she met him and she responded quickly with “oh, we met on Tinder.” I looked at her completely puzzeled. “People actually use Tinder?” I responded in shock. And the entire table of girls started to laugh. Turns out all 4 of my girlfriends were using Tinder and it was of no surprise to them that I would be unaware of the apps popularity and user base. I am known for not being in the know about many things, celebrities, movies and dating apps included. Although I live in a bubble and under a rock I do know how to spot great ingredients and tell you about their nutrient content. 

So, back to Avocados…

Avocados are overflowing with health benefits including a high luten content that slows the degeneration of your eyes, is higher in fiber than any other fruit helping to keep you fuller for longer and aids in blood sugar regulation. Thats not all, one avocado has 35% more potassium than a banana (sorry naner), reduces inflammation and helps increase collogen production. Avocado’s are seriously one of natures most healthiest foods which is why I created 5 recipes using avocados so we all had even another excuse to eat more of them. I hope you enjoy! PS. The last one is my favorite.

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Butternut Squash Pizza, with Brown Butter Brussels & Carmelized Leeks- Vegan

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Its a couple of days before October so according to the calendar it is fall but the weather is only changing slightly so it is hard to really notice except by the date on the calendar. However, as I look out the window into the cloudy Sunday morning, listening to the birds churp, it feels like fall and I am calm and happy. I am house sitting at some friends for the next couple of weeks while they are in Europe which means I get to enjoy all the benefits of an actual house that my studio apartment does not offer including: washer and dryer, backyard with hammock, garden with organic vegetables, a TV, a driveway to park in, and two KITTIES! Oh, #lifeperks! Yes, I just started a new hashtag. Hopefully it catches on more the Gretchens attempt at making “Fetch” happen. 

Speaking of happenings! This pizza, although is still a work in progress, is delicious and I wanted to share the recipe. I was attending a potluck with my girls and I knew I wanted to bring something with brussel sprouts and butternut squash. I had planned on making a roasted dish of veggies but decided to step outside of the culinary comfort zone and turn my dish into pizza because really, what is better than wine and pizza with your girlfriends? nothing. 

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Cara’s Cabbage Salad- Vegan, Gluten Free

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Cabbage is under rated in my opinion. It might not be known as super healthy when compared to kale or spinach but it helps prevent against cancer, is great for weightloss and is food for your brain. Cabbage is also very hydrating and the crunchy texture has me grabbing for it whenever I want to make a delicious and refreshing salad. I tend to keep it pretty simple and balance out the flavors and textures with fresh herbs, almonds and avocados. 

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Blueberry Babe Smoothie- Raw, Vegan, Delicious End of Summer Recipe

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Who doesn’t love smoothies? Clearly that is a rhetorical question because I am hoping that everyone likes a good smoothie from time to time. Its a great way to get all sorts of nutrients into your body in an easily digestable way. By blending up the fruit and veggies, you are in a way starting the digestion process by breaking it down in to a liquid form. One more reason to love smoothies!

This is a smoothie I tossed together with some summer fruits that are unfortunately on their way out of season! I am really sad for summer to slip away but fully ready to embrace fall as I love everything it brings. 

What you need: 
1 1/2 cup blueberries
5-6 figs
1/4-1/2 cup water – for desired consistency
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2-3 big mint leaves
juice form one lemon
pinch cinnamon

Method:
Combine everything in a blender, turn on high until smooth and creamy. Garnish and serve. 

I hope you love this end of summer smoothie! What do you love most about transitioning to fall?
Xoxo,
Cara

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5 Foods for Naturally Healthy and Beautiful Skin – Beauty Tips

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Skin care creams seem to be getting more and more expensive these days and filled with less and less natural products. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time handing over $100 for 4oz of cream no matter what the promises are. I haven’t always taken a natural approach to beauty but I have found that switching up my diet and making sure I am eating certain things has given me the result I was looking for without breaking the bank. Lets be real, I am a girl on a budget and spend my money wisely. I am also a girl who believes that beauty is an inside to outside transformation. 

Skin is often totted as being a great indicator of someones health and diet. If the skin is smooth, moisturized and glowing chances are you are eating a diet rich in whole foods. If your skin is dull, covered in acne or discolored chances are you are eating a diet high in processed sugar and fat. Below is a list of my 5 favorite foods to eat for naturally healthy and beautiful skin. 

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A Few of My Favorite Things- A Series

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The beautiful chard wraps that got a non-veggie lover to eat some leafy greens!

Although, it is Thursday it is the last work day for me this week. I am taking a 3 full day plus evening seminar with Lankmark Education this week and I am very excited for what I am going to learn. I have specific goals I want to accomplish but I am also being mindful that I should not have too many expectations so as not to be let down, instead be pleasently surprised with that I do experience. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on a few things that have made me happy in the last week before entering into a focused and exciting weekend.

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5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Having an Eating Disorder- Food For Thought

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Since I started my blog, I began to reach out and explore some other food blogs from the foodies I follow on Instagram and in doing so I started to notice a common thread through many of us. Several of us now healthy food advocates struggled with eating disorders in the past. We all have an obsession with food that at some point in our lives was extremely unhealthy. Some are very vocal about it and some breifly mention it from time to time but I am inspired by all their stories as I relate to them on a very deep level.

I struggled with an eating disorder for 10 years from the time I was 15 and about to start high school, to 25 as a young woman working and living in Los Angeles. I am 26 now and recovered but it was a battle that lasted two years to get healthy and it took hitting rock bottom to finally realize I needed help. When I started to share with my closest friends and family about my eating disorder I realized that many of them had misconceptions about what an eating disorder actually is and then my boy friend shared this article with me and it inspired me to share this list of 5 things you might not have known about having an eating disorder.

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Raw Food Recap- 3 Day Raw Vegan Food Cleanse

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I, like many passionate foodies, have been inspired by the crazy beautiful energy that is Fully Raw Kristina. I am inspired by her committment to what she believes in and her constant generosity towards all life. I recently was watching a couple YouTube Videos of hers and decided I wanted to give raw food a try. My boyfriend and I decided to do a 3 day raw food cleanse together. What I learned not only about my diet, but about myself was surprising.

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Movie Theater Concessions Caras Way- Raw, Vegan & Healthy

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Growing up I used to go the movies almost once a week. I absolutely loved every aspect of seeing a movie from the massive screens, buttery popcorn, a soda as big as my head and a box of my favorite candies; usually Snickers, Milk Duds or Raisinets. Unfortunately, I rearely make it to the theater at all anymore but last weekend my boyfriend, Jaime treated me to Gardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome and I got so inspired that I wanted to remake all my childhood favorites in the CaRawr’s way: raw, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and delicious! Obviously the popcorn is not raw, but I made it vegan and healthy!

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Movie Theater Butter Popcorn

What You Need:
-3/4 cup popcorn kernels- organic
-2 Tbsp vegan butter
-1 tsp coconut oil
-pinch pink salt to taste

Method:
1. In a large pot that has a lid, melt the butter and oil then add the kernels put on the lid and let the magic happen.
2. As the popcorn is popping shake the pot to mix up the kernels and prevent them from burning.
3. Once the popping is 1-2 seconds apart turn of the heat and leave on the lid until the popping completely stops.
4. Transfer to a bowl, spinkle with pink salt if you’d like and enjoy!

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