SWEET kittea …

Curb that sweet craving with this tasty tea recipe (Disclaimer: adorable kitty will not appear if you make this). It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s creamy. It’s warming. It’s grounding. It’s delicious. 

  • 1/2 tsp licorice root (I bought mine here. You may be able to find in health food stores as well, in bulk herb/tea sections.)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (The company I linked to above also sells sweet cinnamon chips which could be substituted for ground.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Depending on the size of your mug, you may have to fill the rest of the mug with water so the herbs can steep in the liquid.)

Warm up almond milk/water on stovetop or in microwave. Place licorice root and cinnamon into a single cup tea strainer and pour the almond milk over the herbs. Cover and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Most of the cinnamon will sink to the bottom which makes for a very tasty ending, oooorrrr you could stir as you sip. Enjoy!

Additions if you want to mix it up: sprinkle of nutmeg; 1/4 tsp ginger; 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract.

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bacon-wrapped PLEASURE …

Whoever decided to wrap bacon around dates was a fucking GENIUS.

What you need to make this edible gift from the heavens: bacon (the real pig kind), dates (I use Medjool), raw/marcona almonds or cheese (or go crazy and do both). Pit the dates, stuff them with 2 almonds and/or cheese and roll some bacon around that bad boy. I like thick-cut bacon, so I only used half a slice per date. To keep it all together and for ease of eating, feel free to poke a toothpick through the center. Carefully place these little angels in a shallow oven-proof dish and cook in a 375 degree oven until the bacon reaches your crispy liking. And then prepare to be transported to a sweet and savory orgasmic place …

looks MATTER …

Check out my beautiful smoothie bowl … ok, I honestly have no idea what a smoothie bowl is. However, these are all things I would put in a smoothie, soooo … and I suppose I can call my dish whatever I want, right? Enough about the technicalities, let’s talk about how pretty it is. It’s all about the looks after all. Ok, fine … and the taste. Luckily it tasted as good as it looked. You wanna know what makes up this good lookin’ bowl of nutrition? I mashed up half of a ripe banana in some coconut milk, then added fresh raspberries, my homemade paleo granola, chia seeds and cacao nibs. Daaaaamn.

go NUTS !!!

Layers and layers of healthy goodness. You too can have this beautiful creation in a million different variations. I buy most of my dried goods from nuts.com and health food stores. And I like to mix up what I buy and try new things and then combine them all into my own random mix of trail. This one consists of: dried cranberries, raisins, dried pluots (plum/apricot hybrid), walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, tiger nuts (roots, not nuts), cacao nuts, banana chips, and roasted dried fava beans.

I do advise you to shake it up before eating … but then it doesn’t look as pretty as this. However, it tastes delicious and nutritious, and I suppose that’s what really matters ;)