I’ve been coming down hard off my vacation high since returning from Phoenix on Wednesday. I just got the chance to upload my gorgeous pictures last night.
I am really surprised just how much I loved it in Arizona. No worries! I will sharing many more pictures and raving about it very soon!
In the meantime – since I restocked my fridge this week, I thought I would share my “Refridgerator Look Book.” I subscribe to a newsletter called Well and Good NYC , and they do feature in their Monday emails with various health and wellness celebrities.
My half size refrigerator in NYC:
It looks organized but there is a ton of stuff hiding and shoved in there back behind the organization. Since, I was restocking there are a lot of staples that are basically always in my fridge.
So Delicious Coconut Creamer
Silk Unsweetened Almond (staple – as of this year I usually make my own, but I prefer Silk if I don’t)
Flavored seltzer water – (staple) polar as the best flavors! pina colada, georgia peach, mint moijito
Liquid egg whites (staple)
lint dark chocolate truffles (behind the water filter)
Growler of KOMBUCHA – (staple!) it looks like beer, but the bar around the corner from me has Brooklyn Kombucha on tap. I get this filled every few weeks
Second Shelf (back left to right):
Container of dried dates (staple – great natural sweetener)
I’ve been really eager to join in on the fun. She has picked great feature ingredients already like artichokes, beets, and caper berries. This week it is dates. And ironically the scientific name of dates is Phoenix dactylifera, hehe ITS A SIGN!!
More health benefits of dates:
high fiber – good for digestion (great for me!)
good source of b vitamins
helpful for weight gain (another great for me!)
high in iron and potassium (great for sports nutrition
Because I was traveling, I did not get the chance to come up with any new recipes. But fortunately for me two of my favorite recipes include dates already!
First, cashew cookie bar – kind of like a larabar – 3 ingredients – but better. bb hates larabars – he loved these.
Homemade Cashew Cookie Bar (original post )
These bars are 3 ingredients (1 optional) and take 5 minutes to make. Not to mention much cheaper and the size of the bar is customizable. All you need is a small food processor.
Time – 5 minutes
Yield – 2 bars ( can easily increase recipe, but this was an experiment for me)
1/4 cup scant, unpacked whole raw cashews (my measuring cup was barely reaching full – so not an entire 1/4 cup)
2 large dates – chopped
sprinkle of unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
Add all ingredients and blend into a paste
Form into balls, bars, hearts, etc
Store in freezer/refrigerator
The calories and size are about that of a mini larabar. I store mine in the plastic wrap in the freezer and let them thaw a bit before enjoying.