Monthly Archives: April 2014

29 April 2014

Matcha Green Tea Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

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I’ve seen buckwheat pancakes floating around the health-food social atmosphere so I had wanted to see what all of this buckwheat hype is about. Adding bananas between each cake and topping it off with agave syrup and tahini seemed like the right thing to do! Obviously, they are not as decadent as your buttermilk pancakes slathered in butter and maple syrup but these are a delicious and healthier alternative! My main goal was to not use any animal by-products in this recipe so that I was making it vegan-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp of Matcha Green Tea Powder*
  • Egg substitute** (or you can use 1 egg)
  • 1 cup of cold Almond Milk
  • 1tbsp of Coconut Oil (and a bit extra for cooking)
  • 1 ripe Banana sliced
  • 2 tbsp of Tahini
  • Agave Syrup to taste

Method

  • Mix all of the dry ingredients¬† (flour & green tea powder) with a whisk in a bowl
  • Add in the egg substitute, almond milk and coconut oil
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth
  • Heat up a non-stick pan over medium heat and add some coconut oil to the pan
  • Pour about 1/4 cup of your pancake batter onto the pan
  • Cook for about 3 minutes or until you see bubbles forming
  • Use a spatula and flip your pancake, cooking for another 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from the pan onto a plate to cool
  • Repeat with remaining batter

Preparation

  • Layer your pancakes – Pancake, banana, drizzle of agave. Repeat as many or as little times as you want!
  • Top your stack of pancakes off with more banana, agave syrup and tahini dressing

Tips
*Substitute for raw cacao powder for chocolate banana pancakes!
**For this recipe, I used flax seed meal as an egg substitute. For one egg, soak 1 tbsp of flax seed meal in 2 tbsp of cold water for 3 minutes. Mix it together and there’s your “egg”!

And if you’re not sure if you’ll like the flavor of buckwheat, substitute half of what the recipe calls for with whole wheat flour or spelt flour!

17 April 2014

Nouveau Grunge

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Have you ever heard of Poshmark? A friend recommended it to me and I’m hooked! It’s an app/website where you can sell your used or new clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. I’ve recently cleaned out my closet so I tried selling some of my clothes through this system. I’ve made about $300 so far which is way more than what I would make at a yard sale or even at Buffalo Exchange. Some of my clothes I own I haven’t really worn so selling it for $1-$3 isn’t worth it sometimes. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?

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One of the items I purchased from a seller on Poshmark are these Doc Martens. I thought it was appropriate to tie a plaid flannel around my waist on my first time wearing these boots. I never got into the trend of tying a flannel around your waist but I found it to be a good way to add some shape to a simple t-shirt dress. The triangle necklace is a piece that I made and part of a not-so-secret project that I’ve been working on. Stay tuned for that!

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And here’s a closer look at the necklace. I’m excited to share more of this project with you all very soon.

 

2 April 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair “Conditioner”

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Lately, my life has consisted of work, half marathon training, Netflix and emptying out my closet. With the many things that make us busy in life I put my hair on the back burner. I haven’t had a cut in about 7 months so it is was time for a little bit of TLC.

As suggested by a handmade soap maker, apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is a great way to soften your hair. Naturally, I didn’t believe her. Vinegar…in my hair?! What? So right after my brief encounter with her beautiful and natural soaps and shampoo bars at a local flea market, I ran (but really I drove) to the closest Sprout’s and picked up a huge bottle of Bragg’s. When I got home, I did a bit of research on how to use this stuff in my hair. I created a basic mixture that I found online but after using this for a few weeks, I came up with my own recipe that works for my own hair.

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At first, it took me a while to get used to having the vinegar smell in my hair but once it dried, it went away. I use this mixture about 2-3 times a week when I wash my hair at night. I try not to use it in the morning in case I’m rushing out the door and I don’t have time for a quick blow dry. I make a jars worth of the “conditioner” and keep it in my shower for the week. I also put some in a spray bottle to use as a detangler on days when my hair needs a bit of help untangling.

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For the conditioner or detangler:
Mix 3 parts of filtered water with 1 part organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I added a couple drops of lavender essential oil to help with the smell and because lavender oil also conditions the hair.

How to use:
For the conditioner, pour it all over your hair and scalp after shampooing. Make sure not to get it in your eyes. Trust me, it stings! Leave it in your hair for a couple of minutes while you wash your face, brush your teeth, etc. Or you can just stand there in wait. Whatever floats your boat!

So the question most of you are probably wondering – does it really work? Yes! For me, it’s the best conditioner I’ve ever used. I saw a major change in my hair immediately. I also tested it after using Lush’s BIG shampoo, which is probably the most drying shampoo ever, and it worked better at conditioning my hair than the conditioner I usually use. My hair was shinier, softer and it felt cleaner. The ACV also helps remove build-up in my hair and scalp that I get from hair products that I use daily. If you can’t handle the smell of vinegar, this might not be for you. But for those who are looking for a natural conditioner for your hair, give this a shot! My friend also says that she uses this as a shampoo replacement and she doesn’t suffer from dry hair anymore.

If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think! Also share your own recipes and let me know what works for you.