Archive for February, 2014
We’re embarking on a month long physical and spiritual makeover to revitalize all aspects of our lives and pull ourselves out of this end-of-winter slump! Care to join? March Makeover 2014 calendar today and follow along! It’s small and simple changes like these that you can adopt and maintain in your daily life.
In addition to the daily tasks on the calendar, we will be posting grocery lists every Friday and delicious healthy recipes throughout the week. Below is week 1′s grocery list + recipes to get you started. We recommend buying organic and local whenever possible!
This Week’s Recipes
Quinoa Kale Salad
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Brown Rice Pasta with Garlic + Kale
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This Week’s Grocery List + Healthy Recipes
While here at purely elizabeth we believe you are what you eat, we also believe that overall health and well-being is about more than what you put in your body. March is National Nutrition Month and we want to dedicate it to bettering the health of ourselves, our relationships, our planet and our community.
Below is a calendar of daily tasks to complete and to strive to maintain in your everyday life. All month long we’ll be posting delicious vegetarian and gluten-free recipes, and each Sunday we’ll provide you with a grocery list so you can stock up on the necessary ingredients. We recommend trying to follow a plant-based diet throughout the entire month (that means filling your plate with as many whole grains, veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds as possible). Our recipes are just a jumping off point, so stock up your pantry and go nuts!
Along with recipes, we’ll also provide nutrition tips, and health + wellness advice (because it really is all about balance after all). Every Monday we’ll offer up one or two key practices to implement into your daily routine that week. Each day is intended to build upon the one before, helping us ditch those bad habits and leaving us feeling energized, happy and positive.
Download our March Makeover 2014, stick it on your wall + get ready for a new you!
Join Us In Our March Makeover
We’ve got yet another gluten-free giveaway for you today! We’ve teamed up with Canyon Bakehouse for their Month of Love–an entire month of yummy gluten-free giveaways! Canyon Bakehouse is a dedicated gluten-free bakery located in Loveland, Colorado that makes delicious breads and muffins.
Today’s giveaway includes our Ancient Grain Oatmeals and Hot Cereal + Canyon Bakehouse Cinnamon Raisin Bread.
Visit Canyon Bakehouse’s Facebook page now + enter to win!
Best of luck : )
Gluten-Free Giveaway With Canyon Bakehouse
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Purely Tuesday Inspiration.
Thank YOU New Beauty + Spa for including us in this gorgeous spring issue! They have a really great feature on embracing a well-rounded vegan diet. All of our products are certified vegan + made with nutrient and mineral-rich grains and seeds to nourish your body no matter what diet you follow!
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Purely Featured in New Beauty + Spa Magazine
Caroline Karasik, one of our amazing purely bloggers + the face behind Sincerely Caroline, recently released an all encompassing, no-frills gluten-free lifestyle book, The Gluten-Free Revolution. The book features recipes, fitness, DIY beauty and pretty much everything necessary to live a glamorous gluten-free life!
Today we’re not only sharing her recipe for these Frozen Chocolate Banana Peanut Bites, we’re ALSO giving away a copy of The Gluten-Free Revolution!
Visit our Facebook page to enter to win!
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites
Makes 24-26 bites
2 ripe bananas
2 cups vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup dairy-free milk (almond, coconut, hemp, etc.)
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed
1. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a baking mat. Set aside.
2. Slice each banana into 1/2 inch thick circles, then set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and milk over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat.
4. Drop banana slices into the chocolate four to five at a time, then remove from chocolate using a slotted spoon. Hold each banana over top of chocolate allowing excess to drip off before placing it onto the baking sheet. Repeat this process until all bananas are covered in chocolate. Sprinkle the chocolate covered banana slices with peanuts, then place tray in freezer for at least one hour, until chocolate has hardened.
5. Transfer frozen slices to a resealable container and place back in freezer until ready to serve.
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Frozen Chocolate Banana Peanut Bites + A Cookbook Giveaway
A DIY lip scrub to revitalize your chapped winter lips! This scrumptious recipe is contributed from our friends at Meow Meow Tweet, a small batch natural apothecary based in Brooklyn, NY. They also happen to make their own lip balms, along with candles, soaps and other fun treats–all 100% natural, vegan and plant-based.
Are you applying lip balm over and over throughout the day? A layer of dry, dead skin on your lips may be acting as a barrier, keeping the moisturizer from soaking in. Using a lip scrub once or twice a week, especially during these cold winter months, is a great way to improve the condition of your lips, allowing the wonderful healing and protective properties of your lip balm to soak in while also smoothing your lips so they are more shiny and vibrant when gloss or color is worn.
This is a simple recipe for a lip scrub that tastes as good as it smells. All you need to do is combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. This scrub can be stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Before you use the scrub, pull it out of the refrigerator and let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
made from Simple Kitchen Ingredients
¼ c turbinado or vegan brown sugar
¼ c cornmeal
1 t maple syrup
1 t virgin coconut oil, melted
½ t ground ginger
1 pinch ground cinnamon
Using a lip scrub is quick and easy. On wet lips, massage a teaspoon amount of scrub in small, circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Rinse (lick) off with warm water and pat your lips dry, before applying your favorite balm or lipstick.
For more DIYs and + scrumptious winter recipes, check out our Purely Winter Magazine–100% free to view + download.
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Edible Ginger Snap Lip Scrub
What are the different kinds?
We have four different varieties–all four are free of added sugar + flavored simply with organic fruits, nuts and seeds.
Ancient Grain Oatmeals (cook in 2 minutes)
Organic Cranberry Pumpkin Seed
Organic Apple Cinnamon Pecan
Ancient Grain Hot Cereal (cooks in 20 minutes)
Where can I buy them?
They are available exclusively in Whole Foods Markets nationwide or on our website of course!
What’s the buzz on the oatmeal?
Shape Magazine: Editors Top 10 Obsession
FitSugar: December Must Haves
Redbook: 10 Best Snack Ideas
10 Reasons Why You’ll Fall in Love with Our Oatmeal
I think everyone can agree that this has been a tough winter. It feels like everyday is either freezing cold, heavy snow, extreme slush or all of the above. With the storms of last weekend and the cold temperatures today, we are craving a comforting dinner that will warm our bodies! A nice home cooked dish, that we can enjoy before snuggling up to the Olympics. This pasta dish is exactly what we are craving–thick penne, mixed with juicy eggplant, swiss chard, spicy arrabiata tomato sauce, garlic and cheese. Since it is a holiday, enjoy it with a nice glass of red wine : )
Skillet Baked Pasta with Swiss Chard, Eggplant + Burrata
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 graffiti eggplant, diced into 2 inch pieces
2 cups swiss chard, cut into 1 inch ribbons
2 cups cooked gluten-free penne pasta
1 ½ cup arrabbiata tomato sauce
½ cup burrata cheese
In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and garlic. Sauté garlic until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add eggplant and stir for 5-7 minutes. Add swiss chard, pasta and sauce. Stir to combine until swiss chard is wilted. Top with sliced burrata cheese and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
Recipes to Pair:
For a healthy veggie to side dish to pair with this, try our Roasted Garlic Carrots or a refreshing Kale, Mache Salad with Artichokes. And for dessert try our Skillet Apple Cranberry Crisp or these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.
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Skillet Baked Pasta with Swiss Chard, Eggplant + Burrata