smoked mozzarella salad

I wanted to make a cheesy joke about how the first time I shopped at Whole Foods Market it was love at first bite, but I couldn’t quite sort the logistics. Either way, if you’ve ever been to Whole Foods, you know what I mean; it’s the Target of grocery stores. You have no idea what healthy food you bought, but you somehow dropped your entire paycheck, am I right? Well they just put the most AMAZING (please imagine me shouting when you read that, but seriously, A-MAZE-ING) Whole Foods store four blocks from my house in Philadelphia and I’ll never have money anymore, but I’m gonna be so dang well-fed.

I think one of my favorite things about shopping there is the salad bar and prepackaged foods up near the check-out area, which are super handy for when I just don’t feel like cooking. The smoked mozzarella salad is my favorite item to purchase (and eat), but I had to give it up when I decided to commit to gluten-free life (is that a hashtag? #glutenfreelife). I decided to recreate it with gluten-free penne, and I’m beyond stoked to share it. The original recipe from the store includes spinach, but I always pick that out so I didn’t include it.

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summer salad

If you follow me on instagram you saw that I went out to eat at Capofitto the other day. Well while there we tried their Capra salad, and I fell in love (I also fell in love with their pizza, seriously go try it if you’re in Philly), basically deciding it’s going to be my go to summer salad. Eating out can get stupid expensive, so I took it upon myself to recreate it (with some artistic liberties). I think this super easy salad will be a summer fave for others as well, especially with the holiday upon us, and just summer in general, where everyone is craving something fresh!

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turmeric yogurt face mask

The last time I shared a face mask post it ended up being a hit (and one of my most popular posts), so I figured why not do another? I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with different homemade masks, and this time was no different. This mask is super cleansing and gets deep down in your skin with moisturize so you glow (I swear, my skin looked so good). All the ingredients are natural too, so you know there’s no crazy chemicals messing with ya. Here’s some of the benefits these ingredients offer:

  • Greek yogurt has lactic acid, which dissolves dead skin cells and helps boost collagen in deep layers of your skin, helping you look young and fresh.
  • Turmeric is good for treating acne because of it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helps regulate the amount of oil your face produces, AND helps stimulate cell growth.
  • Honey pulls moisture from the air and helps it get deep into the layers of your skin, while its enzymes help clarify your pores.

Basically, this mask is gonna help clear up your skin then keep you looking fresh and young. Honestly, if you don’t love it I think you made it wrong.

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simple cheesy taco rice

You ever make a recipe and it’s just… not quite what you imagined in your head? But you spite eat it anyway, because damn you just put so much effort in making it? Yea okay, that’s what happened the first time I attempted this recipe. It just ended up so plain. I mixed taco seasoning with rice expecting something amazing to happen and instead it was just so blahhh (obviously).

This time, I added a few extra ingredients and bam, success! It’s real quick and easy to make, and best of all, it’s gluten free! I’ve been trying to stick to a gluten free diet lately because of my hypothyroid issues, so finding easy gluten free recipes has been really important for me.

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bentonite clay mask
(this post features affiliate links, but was not sponsored! all thoughts are my own. ♥)

I’ve definitely been having one of those weeks (I got the flu! Or some crazy sinus infection). I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m feeling crappy, pampering myself is my go to; usually I chill out and do my nails while face masking and hanging out with Netflix.

A few weeks ago I bought myself some bentonite clay off amazon and figured now was as good a time as ever to try to it out for a homemade mask!

Well what is bentonite clay??

It’s a natural healing clay mostly composed of volcanic ash. The clay has been around for thousands of years, being utilized largely for is detoxifying health properties. I’d been reading a lot about using it internally because it can help settle your body’s pH level, as well as aid your digestive system, but bentonite clay also has a lot of benefits externally for your skin, including: View Post