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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Rollin With The Homies- Rice Paper Rolls

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Do you remember that part in Clueless when Ty hits her head on a light at a party and Elton helps her feel better by singing “Rollin with the Homies” to her? She sings it back to him and creates a wave like motion with her hands. Its the moment when Ty totally falls for Elton. Everytime I make rice paper rolls this scene runs through my mind and then I really want to watch Clueless. I sort of feel like Clueless is the 90’s cult classic that Mean Girls has become of the early mellinial. It’s one of those films that resonates with us Generation WHY-ers and reminds me what a special place in time we all grew up in. 

We have more freedom than any generation before us and an abundance of information is only a touch screen away. I also think about how lucky I am to have an abundance of healthy food available almost all the time. Maybe that readiness of organic vegetables is unique to sunny California where farmers markets occur daily but instagram sure makes it seem like organic veggies are accessable around the globe all the time. Either way, I am so grateful everyday for it; Healthy food is the key to a healthy life. 

So getting back on topic: Rice Paper Rolls…

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Rice Paper Rolls are like a more healthy and trendy version of a sandwich. Everything taste good and makes sense between two slices of bread just as everything tastes good and makes sense in a rice paper roll. Seriously, think outside of the box and put sweet potato in a rice paper roll and chances are I am gunna say “cool, I want to eat that.” Heck, I do want to eat that. If you want to put doritos in the rice paper roll more power to you. (I don’t actually eat doritos but who remembers those kids at lunch who put french fries and chips in their sandwiches? I can’t be the only one who had friends who did that)!! Anyways, I have become obessed with these things. Anything that is mean’t to be eaten with your hands is a favorite food of mine.

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 This post is an ODE to the Rice Paper Roll!

Lets be real though, rice paper rolls are gluten free, lower in calories and carbs then a slice of bread. They might not have the nutritional value of some whole grain, sprouted varities but the ingredients inside can surely make up for it. These little guys are gaining traction and I sware it is only a matter of time before they are available next to the egg salad sandwich at 7-Evelen. Ok, that might be a stretch but it’s totally possible.

Some of my favorite rice paper roll ingredients:
The Greens: Romaine, Spinach, Red Lettuce, Micro Greens, Sprouts
The Veggies: Cucumbers, Avocados, Carrots, Beets, Jicama, Sweet Potatoe, Zuchinni , Bell Pepper
The Grains: Quiona, Rice noodles, Brown Rice
The Herbs: Basil, Mint, Cilantro
The Protien: Tofu, Shrimp

My Favorite Dipping Sauce:
4 Tbsp tahini or raw peanut butter
1 Tbsp raw honey or agave
1 tsp sesame or peanut oil
1-2 Tbsp boiling water
whisk vigorously until emulsified

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A Few of my Favorite Things- The Series

This past week has been fun and rewarding. I chose to become a Group Leader in the Seminar I am participating in with Landmark and it has challeneged me to step outside of my comfort zone. I meet with my group each week and we have been discussing areas of our lives filled with conlaints and how they effect our everyday life. I never realized how much I complained until I was asked to examine them. I also started to write “Food For Thought” posts, Here and Here, and they have given me a place to share some things I’ve learned along the way which has proven to be personally rewarding. Here are a few other things currently making me smile.

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DIY Personilzed Mason Jars used for cocktails at a dinner party that my amazing friends TAP Creative hosted in their amazing home/backyard in Culver City. These mason jars, that Christina created are a little reminder at how little personal touches can really effect the outcome of what you are creating. I walked into their home and immediately felt special and important. The evening proved to be magical.

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Bike Riding through Malibu, Santa Monica and Venice with Jaime over the weekend.

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Birthday Cake: The childish and riduclous way the birthday boy decided to dig into his cake…

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Its Morphin Time! at power Morphicon with Jaime. He morphed into a real big nerd that day. 

These are a few of my favorite things from the last week. I love slowing down to acknowledge the little things in life that truly bring the biggest of joys. 
xoxo
Cara

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Neapolotian Ice Cream Cubes & My FIrst Recipe Feature on Empowered Womens Channel!

 

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It is with great excitement and joy that I write this post.  Today, for the very first time, a recipe of my mine is featured on another site (not including instagram). I am so happy to finally share this recipe with you all! Its one of my favorites.

Empowered Womens Channel has a mission and vision similar to that of my own. I want to inspire women (and men, heh) to live a life that they love where they are free to fully express themselves. I want to inspire people to treat their bodies with care and love making sure to feed it with beautiful, whole foods. Neapolotian Ice Cream Cubes fits the bill for the mission wholeheartedly! It is a fully raw, vegan, gluten free & paleo recipe that will not dissapoint.  You and your body will smile as you eat it.

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