New local favorite healthy food spot! 

Okay Pretty Organic Mommy gang,  I have been on the search for healthy spots to eat and recently bumped into a new spot called “delicious raw” I gotta say, I am pretty excited about this place because they truly cater to a crowd like us- seriously, they are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free! 


This local juice spot started off in 2013 with the vision and goal on trying to spread awareness and educate others about what ingredients go into our food and how our taste buds and health should never be compromised. They started off as just a local juice spot where they were known for exotic ingredients but 2016 was the year of food- delicious raw caters to everyone who is looking for healthier options as well as vegan, paleo and gluten free options. 

So let’s talk food! 


What’s so special about them? Well If you love bread, you are going to love this place -all of their bread is soy, gluten and nut free! The best part is the read is soft, moist and delivered fresh from a bakery in New York!  The bread is so good, I kid you not my toddler devoured his entire piece! 


Local favorites that I tried: pictured is the Vegan egg salad which is made with organic garbanzo beans, carrots and onions. This tartine pairs really well with the Thai turmeric bisc which has a base of butternut squash & Ginger. The open faced sandwich was nice, refreshing and not overwhelming. It’s perfect as a lunch option with the soup or as a light dinner. 


Favorite drink: the Pink pleasure – without a doubt – this sweet drink is made with beets, apples and oranges. What’s amazing about it is there are no refined sugars in it and it’s so incredibly sweet & refreshing! It has a vibrant pink color to it from the fresh beets without an overwhelming taste- some have even compared this drink to a version of healthy fruit punch! 


Now let’s talk about their coffees – These bad boys are super charged with ingredients such as maca and made with in house speciality nut milks. 

If you are into chai tea they also have their own version of a dirty chai which has raw cacao, chi seasonings and no refined sugars! Sweeten it up naturally with maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar- yumm! 

Ok guys, that was my experience with delicious raw – hope you guys enjoyed my pics and will check out this healthy and delicious spot soon! 

Xo,

Nataly Ezra 

Pretty Organic Mommy 

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with glazed red onions 

Mmmm glazed onions, balsamic and roasted anything sounds divine!


This dish is not only lick your fingers good but you will be glad you made it because there is absolutely no bad ingredients involved and it takes under 10 minutes to prep! How amazing is that?

Ingredients:

  • Brussel sprouts ( 2 pounds)
  • Red onion (1 medium/large)
  • Olive oil -2 TBSP
  • Honey – 1 TBSP
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1 1/2 TBSP
  • Mustard -2 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Pepper 1/2 tsp

Method:

Preheat oven to 425, while the oven is getting warm line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Take your red onion,  slice it in half and slice the rest of the pieces thinly enough to scatter throughout the pan. Grab 2 pounds of fresh Brussel sprouts and trim the end.

Once that’s done grab a small bowl and whisk all of the spices and wet ingredients, toss everything onto the baking pan and mix throughly.

Bake at 425 for 30- 35 minutes. Brussel sprouts should be cooked throughly and the onions should be nice and soft. Mix everything together, serve hot.


Optional: I like to make a little bit extra of the sauce so that I can use it as a drizzle right before serving the dish and giving it a quick mix!

Xo,

Pretty Organic Mommy

Honey Roasted Parsnips & Carrots 

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and so are the calories. Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s necessary to indulge but who says healthy can’t be just as delicious?

Today I’ll be sharing a few ways you can incorporate delectable side dishes, that you can serve without the guilt at your families feast this year!

This recipe is easy, quick and takes under 10 minutes to prepare!

Ingredients:

  • Organic Carrots  (10-16 medium/large carrots)
  • Parsnips (8-10 large parsnips)
  • Garlic cloves (15 cloves)
  • Sea salt or Himalayan salt (I used a few pinches I would say about half a tbsp more or less)
  • Honey – 1 TBSP
  • Olive oil – 2 TBSP
  • Water – 2 TBSP
  • “Braggs 24 herbs & spices sprinkle” 1 TBSP (if you don’t have this you can just use a dash of each: oregano, thyme, rosemary and onion powder.

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, once that’s done set it aside.

While the oven is preheating start peeling and cutting the parsnips and carrots into thick angled pieces, as pictured below:


Add in roughly diced garlic cloves, drizzle with honey, water, olive oil and seasonings. Mix everything together and roast on 400 for 50 minutes. Once your timer is up, heat up the oven to 475 and roast the veggies for an additional 10-15 minutes (until veggies become golden and a bit crispy on the sides)
Feel free to finish it off with a bit more of the spice mix and salt. I always like to drizzle the finished product with a bit of olive oil and honey.


This side dish is great as a make ahead dish in the morning and can easily be reheated in the oven on 375 for about 15 minutes to get nice and crispy again. Serve hot and enjoy.

xo,

Pretty Organic Mommy

My journey with Hypermesis 

Before I had my son I always envisioned pregnancy as one of the most beautiful times in a women’s life, unfortunately my pregnancy was far from ideal.

For starters my pregnancy didn’t start off as one of the happiest moments of my life -because, at the same time that I was celebrating the fact that I was going to be a mother, I also cried because my beautiful mother was deteriorating from leukemia.

Calling my mom to tell her the big news that I was pregnant was one of my biggest highlights! I still remember her voice until this day.  When she heard the news, she cried, she laughed and in that moment we shared our first moments, not just as mother and daughter but as moms.

Unfortunately as my pregnancy progressed I couldn’t continue doing simple activities or chores I once did such as visiting her at the hospital everyday or even taking a shower on my own, brushing my hair and even eating became impossible.

One morning right when I started approaching my 8 week pregnancy mark, I threw up more than usual, to be exact it was 18 times that morning. When my husband saw how I could not stop uncontrollably vomiting, he called my mom and desperately asked her if this was normal, laying on the bathroom floor desperate to feel better, I thought I would not survive my pregnancy. My husband rushed to the bathroom, picked me up and told me how my mom said that we should go to the emergency room right away, so we headed to the ER.

Malnourished, frail and desperate for relief, the nurses and doctors ran numerous blood tests, scans and check ups on me, all while I was hooked up to a few bags of IV fluids along with a drip line of zofran (a strong medication they give to cancer patients who suffer harsh side effects from chemo) as I laid in my hospital gown I couldn’t help but be confused on why they decided to give me the one medication my mother was on from her own side effects. Come to find out zofran was exactly what I needed to help stop my vicious cycle of constant vomiting and pain.

So after waiting for what felt like hours finally a doctor came in with answers, he told me what I had is medically known as: Hypermesis Graverdium. When I heard him say those words, the first thing I thought was the worst,  What was going to happen to me? What about my baby? Luckily before my thoughts got carried away he reassured us that the baby was healthy but unfortunately my body was not taking pregnancy so well, which is what caused my hormones to go all over the place and has caused me to throw up so much. He was confident that with weekly checkups, monitoring and taking my medications I would be okay and get through this nightmare. He warned us that it wouldn’t be easy but it would be worth it. 

As a nervous new mom to be, my first thoughts were that even though I desperately wanted a natural pregnancy, I knew that my babies health was first priority, so I sucked it up, did what I was told and took my medicine everyday until the day I gave birth. 
With constant monitoring, blood tests and nausea up until my third trimester I finally started growing stronger towards the end, all thanks to my medicine and doctors, except my mother became weaker. On my 7th month of pregnancy, my mom passed away.

Knowing that my mom would never be able to see me as a mother, meet my little boy or give me a helping hand after I’ve had a long or hard day was beyond painful, but with every sad tear my baby kicked to remind me to be strong for him. So, being strong was my only choice, again.


The day my son was born was the happiest day of my life, filled with so many happy and sad emotions. Emotions of relief that the fight with my own body was over, relief that I could stop taking medications everyday, but the emotions I felt were also sad. Sad because both my mother and father were not here to witness their daughter becoming a mom for the first time, knowing that my son will never have my parents as his grandparents ripped me apart from inside but I knew that everything I went through and endured in my pregnancy was worth it in the end for my pride and joy.

Now that my son is approaching his second birthday I decided I would share my story to encourage other mothers who may have HG or suffered from HG in past, to let you all know that you can get through this, you can fight and in the end it will all be worth it.

I also wanted to share this story so that I could share that through all of the pain, hardships and constant battle that I felt with  myself while going through HG, I am now ready to endure this again, except this time I will be more prepared.


I invite you to follow me on my journey on preparing my body to take on another pregnancy within the next 6 months to a year. I decided to wait at least 6 months because after researching and speaking with numerous naturopaths, doctors, and speaking with many women who have had healthy pregnancies after suffering from an HG pregnancy in the past, I am confident that I can help my body take pregnancy on as it should. I am confident that I can do this through a healthy protocol which will include: proper nutrition, elimination, gentle liver detox, a wide variety of supplements, medication on hand just case things don’t go as planned and the support from mothers like you, who are looking for answers too.

Stay tuned this week to see what supplements I plan to take and how I plan to do this. Do you want to read details on what I did to get through my daily struggles? Stay tuned and feel free to write your questions & comments below. 

Xo,

Pretty Organic Mommy

Pumpkin Doggy ice cream 

Fall is here and with the season come everything Pumpkin… So while we are treating ourselves to everything pumpkin I decided to make a yummy treat for my Lilly girl. 

Ingredients: 

  • Plain unsweetened yogurt or plain kefir 
  • Unsalted Peanut butter
  • Organic pure canned pumpkin (unsweetened)
  • Coconut oil  (optional) 

Method

Mix 1 can of pumpkin, 1 cup of yogurt and 4 table spoons of peanut butter, add in 2 table spoons of coconut oil and 5 table spoons of water mix well and place mixture into small Tupperware containers (now you can utilize the mini Tupperware that no one knows what to do with them) 

Once you have placed your ice cream in the containers, cover them up and freeze those bad boys up! Give them to your furr baby whenever and be prepared to get extra kisses! 

*all of the ingredients listed above are safe for dogs to consume, if your dog is allergic to one of the above ingredients – get creative and swap it out with something else. 


Xo, 

Pretty Organic Mommy 

Why you should be incorporating Kefir into your everyday diet! 

Kefir… A fancy word for yogurt? Nope, actually to put it into perspective Kefir is the Bentley of all yogurts, it’s loaded with nutrition, probiotics and vitamins; pretty much the power house of yogurts. 


So what exactly is it? Kefir is fermented milk that has a similar taste that resembles yogurt but with a more tart hint to it, believe it or not kefir is pretty delicious and just like yogurt you can purchase it in many different flavors . 

I personally like it in its original flavor so that I can sweeten it naturally with honey or maple syrup.

What are Kefir’s super powers? For starters Kefir is loaded with Probiotics AKA the “good” bacteria that helps keep our digestive system healthy and in check. With 70% of our immune system residing in our gut, keeping our bowels moving and healthy should be top priority. Doing this can be easy by incorporating Kefir into your everyday diet.

My favorite way to enjoy kefir is with organic honey, flax seed powder and a little bit of raw hemp seeds. I like to eat about one cup in a small bowl or sometimes served inside of a fresh piece of fruit such as fresh cut papaya or cantaloupe. 

Pictured above is kefir inside of a freshly cut papaya! 

I personally try to eat kefir every single day this way I don’t need a probiotic supplement. Along with all of kefirs powerful benefits it’s gentle enough for toddlers and kids tony tummys. So go ahead and get a bottle of Kefir, you won’t regret it! 

Xo,

Pretty Organic Mommy 

Finally, an expo that’s not all about sales, formula and diaper cakes! 

As many of you know I’m a pretty crunchy mom, this doesn’t mean I have a google medical degree (JK)  or that I think my natural ways are better… It’s just the way I choose to raise my son and it ends up being that most of my mama friends are moms that share similar if not the same values as myself. 


So the fact that I’m not the only crunchy mom out in the world today, I would say the biggest challenge most natural moms & moms who want to give the natural approach a chance deal with is trying to find products, people and companies with the same values and standards as our own.

I am not saying that other companies and products don’t hold high standards,  I’m just saying that I don’t feel like dabbing baby powder on my newborn and 10 years later find out that baby powder causes breathing problems, asthma and can even lead to lung cancer, and now the industry & hospitals are telling parents that they should avoid it. 

What I think the biggest challenge for parents who want to try out a natural approach is: Baby expos. Yes expos, I bring up expos because that’s where most moms, parents and soon to be mothers get their first glimpse at many products and resources out in the “never ending” baby product world. 

 My biggest challenge with all of these expos is when I go check them out and end up leaving with 100’s of samples of products I would never use for my little one or myself. This is also where most moms get stuck in the middle because, “hey the samples are free and the products are cute” and most likely the mommy to be is tired and doesn’t have the time or energy to research what better non toxic options are available. So the cycle begins. 

You may be thinking what’s the big deal? But the big deal is that most if not all products displayed at mainstream baby expos are made of either of low quality ingredients, outsourced and made in China or are filled with toxic chemicals,  that any mama who if given the right tools to look a little deeper into the labels and ingredients would never put them on herself or on her precious baby.

Problem is most products are manipulative and use marketing tactics such as “all natural” and moms who are busy or just don’t know any better fall for this, and this is what makes me upset because all of us should have a chance to give our babies the best products at the best prices without sacrificing their health… And it just so happens that I wasn’t the only one tired of this a few months ago two of my friends decided that enough was enough and they wanted to show parents and moms to be that their voices are heard, joining together they launched Eco Baby Expo. 


“Our mission is to bring families and expectant parents together with the latest natural, organic and Eco-friendly products and services from birth to adolescence in a non-judgement, fun and relaxed environment. We have something for the whole family from empowering pregnant moms about their birth options to teaching your littles about sustainability and all the stages in between!”

Eco Baby Expo was created by two amazing moms who tried endlessly to navigate the natural parenting methods on their own and decided to take it into their own hands. Thanks Eco Baby, from one crunchy mama to another we appreciate you! 

Save the date Eco Baby Expo will take place Febraury 11, 2017 at the Browar Convention Center. 


To check out Eco Baby click the link below:

www.ecobabyexpo.com
Xoxo

Prettt Organic Mommy 

Gluten free almond cookies

Nothing taste as good as a simple cookie, what’s even better is a simple cookie recipe that you can whip up in under 15 minutes (including bake time) to indulge in, give your little one or impress your family & friends. 


To make this yummy recipe check out the ingredients below. 

Ingredients:

  • Almond Meal –  2 cups (I used trader joes brand)  
  • Coconut sugar-  3 to 4 tbsp depending on your sweet tooth, I used trader joes coconut sugar brand 
  • Honey or pure maple syrup- 1 TBSP
  • Eggs – 2 eggs
  • Baking soda- 1 TSP
  • Salt- just a pinch 
  • Coconut oil- 5 TBSP
  • Vanilla extract- 1 TSP

Method
Preheat the oven to 350, once your oven is preheating line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a medium to large bowl. Make sure to mix really well s that there aren’t any clumps of baking soda and that the coconut sugar is evenly mixed in. Once everything is evenly mixed set your dry ingredients aside and grab another bowl so that you can mix all of the wet ingredients together (besides the coconut oil) 

Start with a small/medium sized bowl and mix in all of your wet ingredients besides the oil. Once the eggs and the rest of the ingredients are mixed together grab a small microwave safe bowl and scoop in the 5 TBSP of coconut oil, microwave the coconut oil for about 15-20 seconds. The oil should melt easily once mixed and warm to touch but not hot (you don’t want to end up with scrambled eggs when you add it into the egg mixture) so just to be saf let the oil cool down for just about 5 seconds. Now that it’s cooled down and melted whisk the coconut oil into your egg mixture. 

Now that all of your wet ingredients are combined add in your dry ingredients and mix together. You can also add in chocolate chips, walnut and raisens or any other goodies you want. I made this batch simple without anything but I will be adding in yummy goodies for my next batch this week. 

Go ahead and grab the baking pan that you lined up earlier with coconut oil and grab 1 TBSP or so of the cookie batter onto the lined parchment paper. Don’t worry if it looks perfect or not just make sure there is about 2 inches or so of room in between each cookie as these cookies really expand and get bigger. Once the cookie batter is lined up go ahead and pop these yummy treats in the oven for 12 minutes. 

Once the timer is up, let cool and serve with your favorite beverage (I had these with my milk and coffee in the morning) 

P.S my toddler ate about 3 of these the first day and 3 the following. I wasn’t sure if I should feel proud that they came out good or worried about him eating so many cookies but at least they were a hit! 

Xoxo

Pretty Organic Mommy 

Vegetarian Buddha Bowls


Mmmmm Buddha bowls… Just thinking about these delectable bowls puts a smile on my face. Not only beautiful, Buddha bowls are known as power house meals. Named after the Buddha himself, known as a spiritual guru, Buddha bowls are served and eaten from a bowl with a wide top signifying the Buddha’s belly!

When it comes to these beauties rest assured that they are filled with nourishing ingredients that will fill your mind, body & soul with comfort. 

Buddha bowls usually involve 4 or more different side dishes that come together as one meal. Best thing is you can always incorporate left overs from last nights dinner or another meal.


Pictured above is a vegetarian Buddha bowl starting from the bottom left I have roasted edamame, sautéed red onions, roasted sweet potatoes , garbanzo beans salad with cucumbers, tahini, lemon and tomatoes and the the side of that is some cauliflower rice and roasted tri colored carrots. Many Buddha bowls are accompanied by a sauce but I choose not to make one for the particular bowl since all of these sides have so much flavor in them already. 
One of my rule of thumbs for making Buddha bowls is get creative, have veggies in ways you wouldn’t normally eat them, cook with olive oil, avoid dairy and avoid frying any of your foods. Remember to pack your bowl with nutritious sides and don’t forget one of them should be a cold salad to balance it off. In the picture above mine was not your traditional salad but I got creative and made a garbanzo bean salad. 

Happy cooking! Hope this bowl inspired you. 
Xoxo

Pretty Organic Mommy  

Gluten free Pumpkin Cookies


Sometimes pumpkin cookies are a good idea even when it’s not pumpkin season. Actually thinking of it they’re always a good idea – except now you can enjoy making and eating pumpkin cookies without all the guilt. 
Below is my easy 5 minute prep time pumpkin cookie recipe. This recipe is simple, easy and healthy filled with good fats, high in fiber and made without any artifical sugars or gluten. With that being said these cookies are melt in your mouth good and best part is they are toddler approved!  

Ingredients 

  • Canned pumpkin 1/2 a cup  
  • Cinnamon 2 tsp 
  • Nutmeg 1/2 tsp 
  • Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp 
  • Baking soda 1/4 tsp 
  • Coconut Sugar 6 tbsp 
  • Coconut flour 1 cup 
  • Coconut oil 1/2 a cup 
  • Eggs (2 medium sized eggs)

Ingredients for Drizzle on top:  

Honey 1 tbsp 

Peanut butter 2 tbsp (if allergic use any other nut or seed butter )

Water 4 tbsp 
Method 

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all dry ingredients and set aside in a bowl. Take coconut oil and melt it on low in microwave for about 15 seconds, the oil should be in liquid form now-  let it cool and set aside. 

While the coconut oil is cooling in a separate bowl mix the two eggs together. Once eggs are whisked together add in the oil and mix again and now go on and add in all of the dry ingredients as well as the pumpkin and the vanilla extract. 

Once done prep a baking pan with parchment paper And start forming your cookies. Do this by taking about 1 tbsp of the cookie doughand form round balls, lay the balls onto your pan and flatten each cookie out since the cookies will pretty much stay in the shape you place it on the cookie tray. 

Bake cookies for 15 minutes.

Once cookies are in the oven it’s now time to make the delicious addicting honey drizzle! Simply mix the honey and peanut butter or seed butter of choice in a small bowl and add in 1tbsp of water at a time. The consistency you want is a thin but thick enough drizzle almost resembling a caramel sauce. 

Some of you may need another tbsp of water or some of you may not even need the full amount since all seed/nut butters and honey is made differently. 
Once cookies have baked take them out of the oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes until they are not hot or warm to touch since you don’t want the honey drizzle melting into the cookie. 
To drizzle the cookie simply take a spoon fool and get creative as if you are dripping it all over the cookies. Don’t worry it doesn’t need to be perfec, I promise this took me about a minute to do if that! 

 Once you have finished that place cookies in an air tight container in the fridge this way the topping will form. The cookies will need to stay cold or else the honey sauce will melt. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this recipe, let me know what you think of it and if this recipe is a winner at your house! 

Xoxo

Pretty Organic Mommy