Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BEAUTY BITES: COCONUT CASHEW CREAM LATTÉ

B E A U T Y   B I T E S  |  C O C O N U T   C A S H E W   C R E A M   L A T T É
A velvety concoction to beautify skin & boost brain health that is reminiscent of a warm white mocha . . .

I N G R E D I E N T S
Coconut Cashew Cream Latté
1 cup homemade cashew-cacao butter milk, recipe below
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut cream powder
1 tablespoon Tocos
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
A pinch of Pink, Real, or Sea Salt

Cashew-Cacao Butter Milk
2 cups of filtered water
1/4 cup of raw cashews
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 date or stevia, optional
2 tablespoons of cacao butter, grated
A pinch of Real or smoked sea salt


D I R E C T I O N S
Cashew-Cacao Butter Milk
I. Place the cashews to soak overnight in just enough filtered water to cover them with a pinch of salt & 1/4 teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar. This allows for the reduction of anti-nutrient phytic acids that block the absorption of minerals and vitamins.

II. When ready, drain & wash the cashews them place them in a high-speed blender along with two cups of filtered water to blend on high. You can filter it through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag once it has blended to a smooth consistency, but I like it as is. Add a date here if you're opting for it.

III. Pour the cashew milk into a sauce pan along with the rest of the ingredients on medium high. Once the cacao butter starts to melt, start whisking. The cacao butter will look oily at first, but keep on whisking it for about 5 minutes until it's well-combined. Alternatively, you can pour it back into the high-speed blender to blend on high.


Coconut Cashew Cream Latté
I. If the cashew cacao butter milk is not hot, warm it up along with the 1/2 cup of water.

II. Place the milk, water, and the rest of the ingredients in a high-speed blender to blend on high. Serve & enjoy immediately!

Monday, September 25, 2017

CURRENTLY CREASING №20


C U R R E N T L Y   C R E A S I N G
A collection of weekly reads to guide you through your days . . .

1 | Why food is an important part of political resistance
2 | On why navigating your 20s is hard & ambition in your 30s 

3 | Why immigrants shouldn't have to be talented to be welcome

4 | A woman-owned, organic, & made-in-California line

5 | How emotions are made

6 | An in-season Parisian bistro staple—simply make your own mayonnaise with avocado instead of canola oil, make a vegan version, or buy this one

7 | The trailer of Wes Anderson's new stop motion film after a decade-long hiatus

8 | Access to recycle an unlimited access closet of chic accessories, from Chanel to Céline

9 | A guide to cold-emailing anyone

10 | 10 ways to fight hate

11 |10 books on consciousness, death, & afterlife

12 | A poppy-hued carafe to make you drink more water

the T H O U G H T  O F  T H E  W E E K
"You can be lonely in a crowd,
a bed can feel emptier with the wrong person in it,
and a knitting circle won't fix your problems"

—hayley campbell, ON LONELINESS

Friday, September 22, 2017

BEAUTY BITES: 3 COFFEE ALTERNATIVES


B E A U T Y   B I T E S  |  3   C O F F E E   A L T E R N A T I V E S
An easy like Sunday morning guide to combat weekday fatigue without coffee or caffeinated tea . . .

G O L D E N   C A C A O   L A T T É
Profile note: Raw cacao contains theobromine, which touts many benefits including increased bioavailability of nitric oxide that aids in the circulation of blood as well as regulating brain activity

Ingredients
6 ounces of hot, sub-boiling plant-based milk, I prefer almond or coconut that's been diluted in half with water
2 tablespoons Crio Bru or Anandemide, the latter will impart an earthier note
1 tablespoon coconut manna
1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon suma powder, a flavour & energetic profile sister of maca that is a ginseng rather than a root
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, I prefer this brand as it's certified gluten-free
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8th teaspoon vanilla bean powder or extract
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of pink salt or smoked sea salt
Optional sweetener to taste, such as stevia

DIRECTIONS
I. Heat the milk on medium-high heat until it's hot but not boiling, which can tamper with the integrity of these sensitive plant matters.
II. Pour hot milk along with the rest of the ingredients into a high-speed blender to blend for about half a minute.
III. Serve your frothy latté & enjoy!


C A R A M E L   C H A I
Profile note: The Chai blend below not only imparts a sultry, peppery flavour but also contains four medicinal adaptogens—Lion's Mane mushroom, Astragalus, Tremella, & Cordyceps—that aid in mental & energetic focus.

Ingredients
3 ounces of hot, sub-boiling coconut milk and water
1 packet of chai
1 tablespoon cinnamon red maca almond butter
1 teaspoon raw coconut oil
Pinch of pink salt or smoked sea salt

Directions
I. I. Heat the milk on medium-high heat until it's hot but not boiling, which can tamper with the integrity of these sensitive plant matters.
II. Pour hot milk along with the rest of the ingredients into a high-speed blender to blend for about half a minute.
III. Serve your frothy latté & enjoy!


C O R D Y C E P S   C R E A M   L A T T É
Profile note: Cordyceps has been my long-time energiser bunny of sorts for marathon training. I usually drink it pre-run but this recipe is an indulgent, creamy option for refuel or a treat . . .

Ingredients
6 ounces of hot, sub-boiling plant-based milk
1 packet of Four Sigmatic Cordyceps
1 tablespoon coconut manna
1 tablespoon coconut cream powder
Pinch of pink salt or smoked sea salt
1 scoop of Collagen Powder, optional but will render a frothier latté
DIRECTIONS
I. I. Heat the milk on medium-high heat until it's hot but not boiling, which can tamper with the integrity of these sensitive plant matters.
II. Pour hot milk along with the rest of the ingredients into a high-speed blender to blend for about half a minute.
III. Serve your frothy latté & enjoy!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FARMACY: CLEAN BEAUTY STAPLES UNDER $50

F A R M A C Y   |   C L E A N   B E A U T Y   S T A P L E S   U N D E R   $ 5 0 
A compilation of my favourite clean beauty staples under $50 & the one thing I splurge on . . .

The Staples
Below are my long-time favourites in clean beauty, which with the exception of only a few, are all $50 or below. All the links are clickable, so shop on!

The Splurge
lthough my affordable foundational basics have their every day time & place, there is one thing that I do recommend splurging on. Every few months or so, especially during times of high sun exposure, I recommend getting a facial. Our skin deposits sebum or oil as we repeatedly sweat, stress, and expose it to the sun. The rays of sun pigment the oil, causing little black dots that you most likely have found around your T zone called sebaceous filaments (not blackheads, contrary to popular belief). Regular facials allow for the removal of these & consequently for your skin to properly breathe. 

Sara Damelio, founder of Skincando, giving an eco-facial at the D.C. area-based green beauty spa The Emerald Door Salon
A facial, like your skincare regimen, should also utilise clean ingredients. In the Washington, D.C. area, the Emerald Door Salon is my go-to & the premier green beauty spa. They stock their shelves with brands like locally- and woman-owned SkincandoSoul Sunday. For local readers, e-mail me for a special discount for an eco-facial or a Manicure/Pedicure. For green beauty products in general, I am head over heels over the Take Care shop in Georgetown, D.C., a serene haven with equally welcoming staff. For New Yorkers, my favourites are CAP BeautyHeyday.