Kale Salad with Grilled Tofu & Mixed Veggies

Kale Salad with Grilled Tofu & Mixed Veggies

With it turning into spring, I’ve been cravings lots of fresh vegetables. I love that the days are longer, and I can’t wait for it to start getting warmer! This is one of my favorite salads recently because it’s so fresh, yummy, and filling. It’s a big mix of vegetables with my favorite “honey” dijon vinaigrette.

What you will need to make Kale Salad with Grilled Tofu & Mixed Veggies:

  • 1 bunch of kale, with the stems removed, and torn into small pieces. I like Tuscan kale for this recipe.
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/4 cup raw sauerkraut. Any flavor will work for this. Lately, I’m loving the Garlic and Dill flavor from Sonoma Brinery.
  • 1/4 cup of mixed sprouted beans
  • 4 oz tofu, grilled or raw
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper

What you will need to make “Honey” Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 fresh lemons, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink seasalt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup oil of your choice

How to make Kale Salad with Grilled Tofu & Mixed Veggies:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, massage the kale. Massage for at least 5 minutes to really break the kale down. It should turn a bright green during this process.
  2. Add in the vegetables, sprouts, sauerkraut, and sprouted beans. Feel free to adjust this combination to your tastes or what you have at home already.
  3. If you want to grill your tofu, this is a great time to do so. I cook mine on the stove top in a pan with a little bit of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Sometimes I also add basil and oregano. Feel free to eat your tofu plain though!
  4. Add in the tofu, sprinkle with cayenne pepper, and top with the ”honey” dijon vinaigrette.

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NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Cinnamon Girl Review & Swatches

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Cinnamon Girl Review & Swatches

It’s no secret that I love NCLA polishes. They are always coming out with new collections in some of the cutest colors! Recently, they released the Candy Coat collection. These textured polishes dry matte for a unique finish. I received the collection for review and am very excited to share my thoughts with you.

Claims: “Sweet and spicy, this shimmering red dries to a cinnamon sugar-like texture.”

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Cinnamon Girl Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Nitrocellulose, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, May Contain (+/-):, Bismuth Oxychloride, Oxides, Blue 1, Aluminum Powder, Red 34, Red 6, Red 7, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides, Violet 2, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Isobutylphenoxy Epoxy Resin

Pros: DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Formaldehyde free. Cruelty free and vegan. Wears well without a topcoat. You can make it shiny with a top coat if you don’t want to wear it matte. Very pigmented shade. Very matte finish.

Cons: Cinnamon Girl is not quite as sparkly as applied than in the bottle, but that is due to the very matte finish. It’s not immediately clear by the packaging that this shade dries matte so this may confuse those who don’t read the product description.

NCLA Candy Coat Polish in Cinnamon Girl Review & Swatches

The Verdict: This shade was so pretty! I loved the orange tint that it has. Cinnamon Girl is a very unique red. Applied in the pictures are two thin coats. As you can see, it’s very pigmented. I thought that the matte finish was fun. Especially combined with the unique texture.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Mystical House Mint Chocolate Lip and Body Butter Review

Mystical House Mint Chocolate Lip and Body Butter Review

With the transition into spring weather, my skin needs a little extra TLC. My lips feel constantly chapped and it’s time to get my hands and feet in tip top shape for spring. I have tried a few body butters from Mystical House before and have always loved the scents. When they offered to send me the new Mint Chocolate lip and body butter, I was so intrigued! It sounded delicious!

Claims: “The traditional use of shea butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn… Cocoa butter is a natural source of vitamin E as well as a beneficial treatment for chapped hands, feet, lips, pregnant skin and other skin irritations… Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-Fungal properties…”

Ingredients: Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, plant based oil blend, natural flavor oils

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. All natural and organic ingredients. Smells amazing and delicious! Travel sized container. Seals easily. Re-usable and recyclable packaging.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: This stuff smells so freaking delicious! Growing up, Junior Mints were one of my favorite candies. I loved the blend of chocolate and mint. Sadly, they aren’t vegan and I now miss them. The Mint Chocolate Lip and Body Butter from Mystical House smells exactly like they taste. I just want to constantly apply it because it smells so good! It’s super moisturizing as well. The formula is really smooth and creamy. Plus, the mint gives it a slight fresh and tingly feeling on your lips.

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Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein

Fruity smoothies are one of my favorite things in the morning. It feels like a reward to have one in the middle of the morning! After doing the Tone It Up plan for a while, I decided that I wanted to try Perfect Fit protein. It was created by the girls who founded Tone It Up. It comes in two flavors, is organic, and it’s also vegan!

Perfect Fit comes in two forms – a 50 serving bag or a package of 20 individual packets. I recently purchased the box of 20 packages because I wanted to give the protein a try. Perfect Fit is brown rice protein. I’ve tried it in smoothies and to make protein pancakes and was really happy with it. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet.

What you will need to make Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein:

  • 1 packet vanilla Perfect Fit
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • Optional toppings – unsweetened shredded coconut, raw cocao nibs, dried goji berries

How to make Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein:

  1. Add the Perfect Fit and frozen fruit into a blender, then pour the coconut milk over.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Top with unsweetened shredded coconut, raw cocao nibs, and dried goji berries if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

I love this smoothie because it gives the perfect tropical kick to any morning. This is especially nice during the foggy Bay Area mornings.

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LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

 

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

Finding fun and fresh polish colors can be a challenge. LVX is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish line that strives to bring the latest trends in fashion into the beauty world. They strive to bring seasonal colors to life in a way that also makes them timeless. I picked up a bottle of the color Deco – a cute coral shade from their summer 2013 collection.

Claims: ”Long lasting, chip resistant, smooth finish-high shine, chemical free & non toxic.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Formaldehyde free. Formaldehyde resin free. DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Made in the USA. Color is very true to that in the bottle. Does not chip easily, even without a top coat.

Cons: Limited color shades in each collection.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

The Verdict: This is one of my favorite polish shades! I also love the LVX formula. It holds up well, with or without a top coat. You also only need a couple of coats to get color that matches what’s seen in the bottle.

After trying LVX, I am interested in trying more of their shades. While the collections released each season are small, they are carefully curated. Each one contains great colors that are perfectly on trend, but also still hold up in later seasons.

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