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So There’s This Guy…..

17 Sep

So I’ve kinda been seeing this guy….his name is Joe.  I would be lying if I didn’t say it was love at first sight; he’s absolutely dreamy.  In fact, I just got back from a little day date with him…MAN my head is still spinning!

Trader Joe: You stole my heart a LONG time ago and I don’t think I’ll ever get it back…and thats OK with me 😉 .

If you are lucky enough to live in an area that has been touched by the golden hands of Mr. Joe, you know what I’m talking about!  Just when you think things couldn’t get better in that neck of the woods…BAMMMM he slaps you in the face with a rad new product (can you say COLD PRESSED COFFEE anyone!?).

Usually my cart is filled with the same suspects, but every once in a while I’ll live on the edge and try something new (9 times out of 10, I don’t regret that decision).  Unfortunately I am not able to try all the glorious goodies on the shelves because I have learned over the years that I have a very sensitive stomach.  Veering too far from the norm is never any fun in the long run, so I tend to stick by what I know will sit well.

That being said I thought I’d share a few of my favorite grabs when I’m sweeping through on a grocery rendezvous:

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BOMB Guac…complements pretty much ANYTHING!

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I always stock up on bananas…they are great as a post workout snack or frozen and thrown into a smoothie…just be sure to let them ripen for optimal nutrition….these guys wont be ready for a few days!

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This is one of my few forms of CRACK! Have you tried this on a banana!?!? SWOOOOON
Try it out and get back to me 😉
But on a more serious note, this is a great alternative to peanut butter which can be harmful to your cute ‘lil bod! Its extremely mucus producing…which is NO BUENO! Ickyyyyyyyyy

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Hummus has ALWAYS been a staple in my diet (especially since I don’t consume too much in the form animal protein), but this bruschetta is a recent discovery which makes me very happy! I love to throw a scoop or two on top of salads, fish or even a spoonful on its own (bruschetta soup anyone!? Yes, its that good!). Just don’t plan on planting a SMOOCH on anyone immediately after, as there’s lots of delicious garlic in there…great as an antibacterial…not so great for everyone else! And the olives are a no-brainer…great way to sneak a little bit of healthy fat into your life with MUNDO MUNDO flavor!

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Here it is…my ‘lil coffee secret! Although I don’t drink coffee every morning…when I am jonesing this is my go to (if I’m not able to get to my HEAVEN that is URTH CAFE!). Pour a bit of this magic over ice with a splash of H20, CREAMY almond milk and a drop of stevia and you have got yourself a fabulous little concoction!

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Almond milk…what did I do before I knew you existed!? Oh yah- I used to chug milk like it was my job! Now just the idea makes me feel icky deep down…
Joe has got my back with this FAB-U-LOUS dairy alternative…I’m a convert and I’m never going back 😉

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Veggies- TOTAL no brainer…YOUR cart should be OVERFLOWING with them!!!! Although I do tend to do half my produce shopping at the store and the other half at one of our AMAZING Farmer’s Markets in SoCal! (More on that another day!!!)

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Seaweed Snacks-don’t knock it ’till you try it! Since I’m pretty much Gluten Free, there aren’t too many snack foods that I can actually consume (that also don’t contain tons of extra foreign ingredients)…these little suckers come to the rescue in that category. When my roomie and I go shopping together it literally looks like we are preparing for the end of the World! The cart OVERFLOWS with cute little green packages…we’ve been known to clear a shelf!

Well, there you have it folks…I think my guy Joe is pretty GROOVY and hopefully if you get a chance to try these little gems you will too!!

…I’m off to go change my Facebook relationship status to ‘its complicated’ …because I know Joe is probably flirting with cuties like you too!!!

xoxo

S

Beautiful Weather and the Introduction of “Mess Bowls!”

16 Nov

Hola!!

This would be the lounge chair I am currently writing this post from!

And this would be the view from my seat!  There definitely are some perks to modeling!  I especially like that I have been able to move around a lot and experience many different ways of life.  I am certainly getting used to this! 😉

I made sure to bring my water with me to keep myself hydrated!!  Sometimes when I’m out during the day I forget to stay hydrated which is a MAJOR no-no!!  Every model knows that water is essential to keeping your skin glowing and cells hydrated!  It’s also been proven to help cut cravings.  Many times when you think your hungry, you are really just dehydrated!  I always reach for Smartwater when I have the choice…I definetly think it tastes better!  (And filled with electrolytes too!)

Now I hope I peaked your interest when I mentioned my “Mess Bowls!”  They are basically the best thing I have ever created and eat one at least once a day…if not twice!  It’s basically a BIG chopped salad, but once everything is mixed together it basically looks like a BIG MESS!!!  (and that is the way I like it!)

This one consisted of spinach

Nutritional Yeast (for amino acids and protein)

a scoop of hummus

I had doctored this one up with cilantro and zucchini in my Magic Bullet

A scoop of chickpeas and some red bell pepper!!

I put it all in my big (salad chopping) bowl (from Target) and used the big chopper and mashed it all together!  The end result tasted a bit like a nacho salad (because of the NOOCH and bell pepper combo!)

There are endless possibilities of what you can throw into these “Mess Bows,” and they will keep you satisfied for hours!!  I can’t think of a better way of getting in my greens for the day (…well, green smoothies are pretty amazing too!)

Hope you all had a GREAT day…and if you have a chance, give a Mess Bowl a try!!!!

Now Im off for a run!

Toodles 😀

Skin Care

31 Oct

Skin care is something that is constantly on our minds. Whether we are trying a new product, reading about it in a magazine, or seeing ads on television. Our society is constantly focused on perfection and new breakthroughs. As a model, skin care is obviously something I have to stay on top of because my job is to look good. This can be a challenge however because I and just like any other girl, and breakouts can creep up without any warning. Finding the right regimen can take lots of trial and error, but once you find what works for your skin, you will be on your way to glowing complexion

Growing up, acne was never a major problem for me. I would have the occasional breakout that any typical teenage girl encounters, but nothing that ever needed serious attention. This was true up until I moved to NYC. One thing that I have learned from living in different climates and pollutant levels, is that your surroundings play a huge role in how your body releases toxins and waste. If you are living in a major city, or in a place where you skin (the largest organ in your body) is not able to breathe, there’s a greater chance that you will have to deal with breakouts more frequently than someone living in a more rural area. Growing up in New Hampshire, I certainly did not have to deal with as much dirt and grime as I did in the NYC summer heat. Consequently my face broke out to an uncontrollable level which left me searching for any answer to the problem.

Pollutants in the air can be a large contributing factor to skin problems, but you also have to look at other areas of your life such as diet and stress levels. I know from personal experience that when I am stressed, it shows greatly on my face. I can tell that I am not sleeping properly from the heavy circles under my eyes, and blemishes will begin to appear on my forehead and chin…NOT CUTE! I am a strong believer that stress is one of the major killers in our society today. Although bad skin is not life threatening, it is a way for your body to signal to you that it is on over load and something has to change. Dealing with stress is always easier said than done, but finding your “outlet” will help you put things in perspective and give your body the break it deserves. For me, my outlet is yoga. I know that if I can get myself to a class and allow myself to relax, I will always feel better afterwards.

I have always wanted to try a class on the beach

Although one yoga class won’t clear up your skin over night, it will help take the burden of stress of your body. Over a period of time, this will help to alleviate breakouts and allow your body to focus on the major functions it is built to perform.

When thinking about how diet effects your skin, I am a big believer in you are what you eat…and drink! For the most part I stick to a clean diet filled with rehydrating fruits and vegetables. I am human however, and when I go home for a little R&R or over the Holidays I tend to indulge more than I normally would. Although it tastes good in the moment, I can usually tell a few days later that I’m not properly hydrated and sometimes my skin will flare up a bit. The best advice I can give for day-to-day life is something we have all heard OVER AND OVER again. DRINK YOUR WATER! It helps your body to flush any impurities out of your system and gives your face the elasticity and resilience we all desire :).

Aside from hydration (coconut water is also an excellent tool…I drink it almost every day!) eating foods high in vitamin C has been proven to help reduce breakouts and nourish your skin. Some great foods to include in your diet include oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, broccoli, spinach and cauliflower. I try to include at least one source every day to make sure I’m getting a good, healthy dose. 🙂

Aside from eating vitamin C, it is also a main factor of my skin care regimen. Back when I had my first ugly breakout I was trying anything to resolve the problem. I was being seen by a dermatologist who had me on crazy pills, creams and injections. Although I really try to stay off any form of medication if I can, I was desperate and needed results fast. I found myself getting very frustrated when s few weeks went by and I still did not notice a huge improvement. It was then that I was reading an article on the amazing benefits of vitamin C for your face, and I figured it was worth a shot. I went into Sephora that same day and asked for a product with the highest concentration of vitamin C. I left with a product by Ole Henriksen called Truth Serum and figured it was worth a shot. Within a week my blemishes started to fade and I noticed a significant difference. After two weeks I decided to stop using all the harsh products my Dr had prescribed and my skin was pretty much healed a month later.

I am not implying that this is the one and only way to clear your skin because every person is different. But if you or someone you know is battling with the problems that I did it is certainly worth a shot.

To complete my skin care routine I use the vitamin C cleanser, toner and revitalizing cream by Avalon Organics. I have been very happy with all of the products I have tried by them, and the best part is that you can find them all at Target! (Oh how I love that store!). I also use St. Ives green tea exfoliator, and Keihl’s Rare Earth deep classing mask about twice a week.

Although I try to keep my skin as healthy as possible, factors such as change in season and climate can sometimes cause problems. The best thing to do however is not stress out and know that it is most likely a temporary problem that will clear up with time!

Hopefully some of this information is helpful to some people. I will be sure to write a follow-up post with answers to any questions some may have. I also think it might be interesting to ask some of my “Model buddies” how they stay beautiful :).

Before I sign off I wanted to give a little update on my current location. I escaped NYC just as it was getting chilly and packed my bikinis for South Beach!!! It’s my first time here, so I have lots of adventuring to do!
Sending positive thoughts and SUNSHINE your way!

Xx
Sarah

Cooking up a storm!

3 Jul

You can always tell when I’m home…the refrigerator goes from unassuming to bursting at the seams with produce and “healthy food!”

For some reason I love going grocery shopping.  Even when I was in High School I took it on as my own little mission each week to go to the store and pick out the food we would have available in our house.  I was so excited when I went to our local Hannafords to find that they now sell Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in the large containers and carry Extra Virgin Coconut Oil!  I was even more excited to pick up a large supply of my favorite hummus…Joseph’s!! Although I love my Trader Joe’s extra creamy hummus…there is something special about Joseph’s that I was starting to miss!!  I can’t get it out in California, so I will be enjoying lots of hummus and veggies while I am home!

Even though I am not home for very long, I have been taking full advantage of putting my Mom’s kitchen to use!  It is always so much fun experimenting here because she has many ingredients that I normally wouldn’t buy to play around with on my own. Even though most of my concoctions turn out extremely yummy ;)…there is usually one that doesn’t make the cut (enter my attempt at making vegan brownies last night…shouldn’t have tried using whole wheat flour…I think I got too adventurous on that one!)

Whenever I get into the kitchen my goal is to make my food as healthy and as yummy as humanly possible!  I have been following many vegan blogs lately, so I have had inspiration coming from many different places.  Some of my favorite blogs to follow include Oh She Glows, Chocolate Covered Katie, and Loves Veggies and Yoga.

MMMMM Agave!

I have had my eye on these “ball” concoctions that many people seem to be enjoying.  They are delicious raw vegan treats that I have been wanting to play around with!  I got out my big bag of nuts, coco powder, coconut oil and agave and starting my mad scientist project.

My first creation is what Averie from Loves Veggies and Yoga calls raw cookie dough.  I took her recipe and put my own spin on it.  Instead of using agave in my “cookie dough” mixture I used dates.  I also decided to skip the chocolate chips and instead made my own coconut oil dark chocolate which I rolled the balls in and covered in coconut.  Then everything went to the refrigerator to set…and the result was a little piece of heaven in my mouth 😉

Some with coconut, some without

It was hilarious to watch my family try my “creation.”  They usually feel like…if Sarah made it, it most likely has a veggie hidden or tastes like tree bark ;).  But they are always good sports because they know how excited I get to share my experiments!  My dad looked at me after downing one of my Lentil Burgers (more on those in a moment) and asked…”whats for dessert!?”  When I offered him a ball he responded…”I’ll try it if it will make you happy.”  He was soon eating his words and quickly asked if he could have seconds (I guess I’m the gate-keeper to the raw vegan cookie dough balls).  They are great little treats because it’s all healthy fats that you are consuming, and because the sweeteners are natural, you won’t experience a crash later on in the day!  I also love the fact that I can eat chocolate and still be getting in my dose of coconut oil for the day!

Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Snow Balls

  • 1/3 C  Ground Oats
  • 1/3 C Cashews
  • 1/3 C Walnuts
  • 4-5 Pitted Dates
  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbs Dark Chocolate Coco Powder
  • Sprinkle of Stevia
  • 2 tsp Agave
  • 1/2 C coconut (optional)

In a blender add ground oats and nuts and combine until you have a nutty paste.  Add your dates and a couple drops of water and blend on high until everything is combined.  In a small dish microwave your coconut oil just long enough for it to melt (20 seconds?).  Stir in the coco powder, stevia and agave.  You will have a shiny chocolate sauce at this point.  Take scoops of your nut mixture, roll them into balls, roll in the chocolate and then cover in coconut.  Place them on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and put in refrigerator until the chocolate forms a shell.  Then enjoy!

You can also simply make your own dark chocolate with the same recipe that you roll the cookie dough balls in.  I made a small batch and set them in small cup cake wrappers…best dark chocolate I have ever had!  I also love the fact that the ingredient list is so small, and technically, its raw!!Although I do like my sweets, I have been experimenting with savory ingredients as well!  My family has been planning a cookout for this weekend to celebrate a myriad of things, and since I don’t eat meat I have been coming up with alternatives!  

Before I share my AMAZING lentil burger recipe, I have to brag a bit ;).  I am so proud and excited to announce that my mom just finished her Masters in Nursing program after almost 3 years of working two jobs and staying up until 2am most nights to complete her homework.  She is such an inspiration to me proving that you can complete anything you set your mind to (even when it seems impossible!).  She also has a big birthday on the 13….hmmm, Ill let the picture reveal the mile stone we will be celebrating.  Not only is it my mom’s birthday but my brother’s aswell!  He turns 17 on July 4th, and I am so happy to be home to celebrate with him!  (I can’t believe he will be a senior next year…I feel so old!)  We also have lots of family coming to town and within that group there are many more birthdays being celebrated!

Back to sharing fun meat alternatives!  I don’t eat meat, but I am also unable to eat soy because of a thyroid condition I have.  After doing much research on the topic I discovered that soy actually inhibits my medication from working properly, so I avoid it completely.  That being said, most of my protein comes from beans and legumes.  I had some steamed lentils in the fridge just begging to be used, so I whipped up a new successful creation!

Lentil Burgers

  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper
  • 2-3 Large Carrots (or big handful of baby carrots)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3/4 C Ground Oats
  • 1 1/2 C Steamed Lentils
  • Cummin
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Process first four ingredients in a food processor and then move to a saute pan.  Allow ingredients to sweat until most of the liquid steams off.  When done cooking add to a large bowl with lentils and oats.  Mix all ingredients together and add spices and salt to taste (I like lots of cummin in my food!).  Then shape into patties and cook in a small frying pan with a touch of coconut oil.  

I served mine with sliced avocado on top which was delicious! It would also be very tasty on a bun with some salsa or ketchup.  Whatever your heart desires!!

I have more things in the works, but I’ll save them for a future posting.  For now I have to run to go get ready for our guests!   Happy Saturday!!

xo Sarah


Boston your my home! (kinda)

2 Jul

Tuesday night I took the red-eye from LAX headed for Boston!  I was pleasantly surprised that the airport was relatively quiet and had no trouble checking in and getting to my gate.  You never know who you might run into or what kind of madness is taking place at such a large airport.  Last time I flew, Owen Wilson was on my flight!

I was very proud of myself for coming in at 47.8 lbs of luggage (just under the 50 lb limit!)  I was bummed out however, when I realized that I wont have any room for goodies I may want to pick up in NY.   This realization led me to my next brilliant idea…I will take another  piece of luggage from home before going to NY and then when flying back to California I will suck it up and pay the double bag fee.  It is crazy how expensive it is to travel these days! Although I am not THAT old, I do remember the days when you didn’t have to pay for your first piece of luggage, they offered you peanuts on the plane, and they gave you the whole can when serving your drink.

I got the biggest kick out of one of the announcements made before take off.  Apparently now on United flights, unless you are in “Prefered Coach,” you no longer even have the option of purchasing food on your flight.  So all of us sardines back in regular coach better suck it up or bring our own goodies!  Luckily I never fly without my own snackage 😉

An assortment of nuts keeps life interesting 🙂

I am always the odd one with a bag full of food when going through security.  Along with my cooking essentials that I can’t go anywhere without (coconut oil, Nooch, and kelp granules) I pack enough healthy options to tie me over through the flight and possibly the following day until I can get to fresh produce again.  Usually this consists of Fruit, vegetables, nuts, popcorn and sometimes my favorite “sea snax.”  I am always disgusted by the overpriced options that people call food, offered in airports.  Paying $8 for a sandwich that consists of a huge white roll,  mayo, a piece of cheese and a slab of meat does not scream dinner to me.  When flying it is more important than ever to make sure you stay properly hydrated and well nourished.  If you don’t, you will face a sluggish day when you touch down…and I didn’t have time to lag.  I had a VIP waiting for me at Logan and we wanted to take advantage of a beautiful day in Boston since I arrived so early in the morning.

Craig came to get me at LoganCraig was there to greet me!!!!!  I was so excited to see my “baby” brother again…it seemed like forever since we were last together (even though it was only back in April that we were Hilton Head)

I was very impressed at how well he drove in the city for not having much experience. It’s not always easy and can be very stressful.  We were on a mission though, so we headed towards the North End where we parked the car and grabbed some Starbucks.  Im not a total caffeine addict but for some reason I was craving an Americano when I landed…and a cup of Dunkins was not going to do the trick (I know, how can I call myself a New Englander and NOT like Dunkins!?)  I was taken off guard when we walked into the place and someone held the door for us.  This act of kindness was followed by many smiles, “Good Mornings,” and an overly happy staff. He looked like he was part of Starbucks ad in this one Did I just walk into the twilight zone….?  Oh no, I forgot, Im back in New England…This is normal behavior here!  I knew there was a reason I love coming home for a bit of welcoming New England energy!  Having spent the past two years in major cities I have become used to a high pace energy where most people don’t have the time to stop and say hi.  Although I love living in those areas as well, I do like to recharge my roots back at home before moving on to my next adventure.

For the day, our adventure led us to one of my favorite places in Boston…The Aquarium!!

I know I’m such a dork, but I love walking around the huge tank in the middle and watching all the fish go by.  It even proved to be an excellent place to play around with my camera.  For being a novice with a Digital SLR, I got some pretty neat pictures!

The penguins were cute but smelled pretty raunchy!

Craig's Favorite

For those who know me…Im not the biggest fan of Jelly Fish after my encounter with a portuguese man of  war a few years back.  But Craig still dragged me through the exhibit and I grabbed a few neat shotsAfter the aquarium we walked around Boston for a bit before heading over New England Medical Center to meet up with my mom!!!  I was super excited to see her!  I was exhausted however, so we called it a day pretty early and headed up to New Hampshire.  I got to sleep in my bed for the first time in months!  It felt so good to be home!!!

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