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Sharing positive vibes✨ Real food for real life | Practical health + wellness 📍BOSTON | College Student | @riley_ford

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This quarantine has totally converted me to a homemade pizza kinda girl 🍕 We’ve been making homemade pizzas every week- it’s so fun to customize the flavors and surprisingly SO easy!⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ To add even more veggies 🌱, I’ve been using @otamotfoods essential sauce, which is packed with 10 different veggies and seriously tastes AMAZING! It’s available at @wholefoods markets this week 🎉⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ I used @simplemills crust, topped this with @miyokos vegan mozzarella, spinach, sautéed zucchini, artichoke hearts, garlic, basil, and then devoured! 🤤 #otamotfoods #otamot #gifted

It’s been a minute since I made some good toasts ✨ Sometimes there’s nothing better than a perfectly toasted slice with ALL the toppings 🙌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I used @foodforlife Ezekiel toast ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Topped with almond butter, blueberries, @navitasorganics cacao nibs, and cinnamon ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Topped with @siggisdairy vanilla, banana, @wedderspoon manuka honey, toasted walnuts, and fresh mint 🌿 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy weekend everyone! Hope everyone has some time to relax + get outside 🥰

Chocolate Banana-Zucchini Bread 🍌 In case anyone needs to change-up their quarantine banana bread recipe 😂 This took a couple tries to get right, but I think I finally got the best fluffy texture 🙌 I used buckwheat flour in this recipe, and I’ve been trying to experiment with it more often, so stay tuned! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Recipe (Vegan + GF!) 👇 Ingredients: •2 1/2 tbsp flax seeds + 6 tbsp water (let sit for a few mins) •1 1/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 4) •3/4 cup grated/strained zucchini (I recommend using a paper towel make sure you get the excess water out) •1/4 cup maple syrup •1 tsp vanilla •1/3 cup melted coconut oil •1 3/4 cup buckwheat flour •1 tsp baking powder •1 tsp baking soda •1 tsp cinnamon •1/2 tsp salt •1/3 cup chocolate chips •handful of crushed pecans (for topping) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment 2. Combine wet ingredients together and mix well 3. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl, then combine with wet ingredients and stir well 4. Fold in chocolate chips and mix 5. Pour batter into pan, top with pecans/extra chocolate chips if desired, and bake for 50-55 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Best enjoyed with lotsss of nut butter + some flaky salt 😊️

Do yourself a favor and make a charcuterie board this week 💫 I think charcuterie board making is honestly my new favorite hobby 😂 It’s so aesthetically pleasing, fun, and gives me something to snack on before dinner! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Made this with some of my favorites like @applegate turkey pepperoni, @miyokos farmhouse cheddar wheel 🧀 (first time trying this flavor and I’m obsessed!), cranberry goat-cheese, @simplemills sundried tomato crackers, and @cava hummus 🙌

Mint chocolate chip smoothie bowl 🌿⁣ ⁣ The most refreshing smoothie for hot days!! My mom and I are currently trying to grow an herb garden on our deck... it’s going pretty well except when we forget to water it, 😂 but I’ve been adding lots of fresh herbs to my meals lately, and it’s such a game changer!⁣ ⁣ Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl 👇⁣ • 1/2 frozen banana ⁣ • handful frozen kale⁣ • handful of fresh mint • 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in water⁣ • 1 tbsp almond butter ⁣ • 1 tsp maca powder ⁣ • 1 tsp cacao nibs ⁣ • 2 scoops @vitalproteins vanilla collagen ⁣ • 3/4 ice cubes ⁣ • blend with nut milk (I used @califiafarms vanilla), add your fav toppings, and enjoyyy

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ⁣ ⁣ If you can see a glimpse of it, I’ve had this sign on my wall for years. Cliche? Absolutely. But it’s really resonated with me this past week. I’ve felt overwhelmed by everything, felt like I wasn’t doing enough to support the #blacklivesmattermovement , felt like I was saying the wrong thing, and not knowing where to begin. Starting a new job and working remotely had its own challenges, and my stress was through the roof. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ A few things that have kept me grounded:⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ 1. Knowing that one small step forward creates momentum. Starting by signing a petition or reading an article about the history of racism. It’s not about judging yourself for how you’re contributing, it’s about taking steps to make lasting changes that inspire you to do more each day⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ 2. Quick sweat seshes. I can’t do much with my stress fracture right now, but it’s forced me to slow down and see what my body actually craves. I’m loving @melissawoodhealth workouts to start my day. They’re quick, super easy to fit into the day, and always make me feel so much more clearheaded!!⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ 3. Tea. Anyone who knows me knows that I loooove my herbal tea. I’ve been drinking at least two cups a day recently because it’s so comforting + helps me relax. I love @traditionalmedicinals everyday detox, peppermint, and @pukka relax teas 🙌🏻

Hello friends, I’m back to posting on my feed! After a week of reflection about the recent events affecting the Black community, I’ve realized how much I still have to learn about the persistent racism in this country. The more recent murders of Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have brought some of this structural violence to light, and it’s upsetting that it has took so long for me and our society as a whole to see these issues at the forefront.⁣ 🖤 ⁣ Going forward, it’s just as important to amplify Black voices (especially in the health/wellness community!!), and I’m going to try to do my part to continue to share Black content creators within this space as well as helpful resources. ⁣ ⁣ Yesterday, I made @sweetpotatosoul healthy magic cookies 🍪 and WOW they were truly magical 💫 I struggled to get a pic before everyone in my family devoured them! Highly recommend for an easy/healthy treat!

There are so many more important voices that need to be amplified right now. As part of #amplifymelanatedvoices I will be taking a step back from posting food on my feed from June 1-June 7th. This is a challenge created by @jessicawilson.msrd and @blackandembodied ⁣ ⁣ Thank you @emmysgoodeats for the nomination ❤️⁣ ⁣ I’m nominating:⁣ @kaleitwithkendra ⁣ @whatchristineeatss ⁣ @thesmilingut ⁣ @simply_unbeetable ⁣ @abbeeats

Sharing some of my thoughts...⁣ (photo by @lettersfrom4th)⁣ ⁣ 1. I’m don’t want to pretend that I’m doing an excellent job navigating the brutal events against the Black community- those that have occurred more recently or the systemic oppression over history. Recently, I have been made more aware of the plethora of great resources to educate myself on the racism that still exists in this country and issues that uniquely affect the black community. 📚I am committed to being "actively anti-racist”, rather than simply standing to be "against racism”. I also recognize that I still have a lot of work to do.⁣⁣ 2. Starting somewhere is better than not starting at all. While the wealth of information on this topic is amazing, necessary, and incredibly accessible, I have been paralyzed in the past few days about where to even begin. However, I’ve realized that starting somewhere is so much better than not starting at all. 💫 I believe in momentum and that one positive change will lead to many more.⁣ ⁣ 3. Creating a better and more equal world 🌎 for the future starts in our seemingly mundane actions. It starts in our dialogue between family members, close friends, and people in our community. It starts with being more aware of our words and actions in our day-to-day life. I truly believe that the impact of our actions on a small level can have an exponentially greater impact.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Wellness is about finding ways to be the best and happiest version of yourself. As a community who promotes these values, it’s intrinsically important to promote values of justice and equality. My heart hurts for so many Americans who are in pain right now.⁣ 🖤⁣ ⁣⁣ I am not posting this to be praised for doing so by any means. I want to use this platform to address meaningful and pressing issues.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here are a 3 ways that I am currently taking action (this doesn’t begin to scratch the surface, but this is where I’m starting):⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 1. Donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Massachusetts Bail Fund (links in my bio)⁣⁣ 2. @rachelcargle 30 Day Anti-Racism Course⁣⁣ 3. Beginning to consume some of the resources listed on @freckledfoodie Anti-Racism Resources blog post

Three words: Cookie Dough Butter 🍪⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ This stuff is insanely good- I’ve been slathering it on my toast, fruit, this @eatingevolved chocolate bar, and sneaking some spoonfuls all week 🤤 It’s loaded with lots Omega-3 fats from the walnuts and antioxidants from the cacao nibs. 🤜 Best of all, it takes less than 15 mins with only a few ingredients!⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Cookie Dough Butter ⚡️⁣ 1. Preheat oven to 350 and roast 1/2 cup raw walnuts and 1/2 cup raw cashews for about 10 mins (until the tops of the nuts appear to be oily)⁣ 2. Blend nuts in the food processor for about 5 mins, stirring in between until nuts reach a creamy/dripy consistency (it may take a while so be patient!)⁣ 3. Add in 1 tsp vanilla extract, a few pinches of sea salt and proccess⁣ 4. Add in 1/4 cup cacao nibs (I used @navitasorganics) and pulse a few times until blended⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ I hope you love this as much as I do!! 💛

Jicama -> The vegetable you didn’t know could be transformed into fries 🍟 Jicama fries coming atcha, and they will change your life! Jicama is packed with lots of prebiotic fiber for gut health and is a great veggie to add into your diet! These definitely rival sweet potato fries 😏 and have a similar sweet-like taste.. I paired them with my beet sauce I posted a few days ago and WOW it was the perfect combo! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ ⁣ How to make these ⚡️⁣ 1. Preheat oven to 400⁣ 2. Cut jicama into fry-shaped slivers, then toss with avocado oil, pink salt, pepper, and garlic powder ⁣ 3. Roast for about 35 mins, flipping halfway though⁣ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Enjoy with your favorite dip! I’d recommend something a little sweet to go with the flavors in the jicama 💫 Happy weekend my friends!!

Blueberry Muffin Baked Oats 💫 for when you’re craving a blueberry muffin, but don’t feel like making a whole batch 🙌🏻 Also perfect for using any blueberries that may go bad ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Recipe 👇 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Spray a mug or large ramekin with coconut oil and preheat oven to 400 2. In mug/ramekin, combine 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, a pinch of pink salt, a scoop of collagen (optional- I used @vitalproteins vanilla), 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 tbsp crushed walnuts 3. Top with more blueberries/walnuts if desired, bake for about 20 mins, and drizzle with your favorite nut butter for extra creaminess and top with flaky sea salt 🤤

Let’s talk morning routines.... two things that always make me feel ready for the day ⁣ 1. A nourishing breakfast ⁣ 2. Some sort of mindfulness/journaling ⁣ ⁣ I eat whatever I’m feeling for breakfast- sometimes that’s a huge green smoothie, sometimes it’s an oatmeal bowl, pancakes, or toast. I’m a huge breakfast person and can’t start my day right unless I feel fueled 💪⁣ ⁣ More recently, I’ve been doing more journaling and LOVE this 5 Minute Journal 💗 it has a few lines to prompt you, it helps me start my day with some intentionality, and seriously only takes 5 mins between the AM/PM portions 🙌🏻⁣ ⁣ I usually try to incorporate some movement into my morning routine, but I’m currently laying low because of my stress fracture. In the meantime, I’m trying to do my best to listen to my body and take some rest ⁣ ⁣ What’s your go-to morning routine?

Huge veggie salad topped with homemade 3 ingredient beet sauce 🌿 This sauce is UNREAL- I’ve been putting it on everything this week haha! It’s slightly sweet from the beets and goes great with raw + roasted veggies 🤤⁣ ⁣ Beet sauce 👇⁣ •1 cup frozen roasted beets (I got mine from @traderjoes)⁣ •1/2 cup @primalkitchen vegan mayo⁣ •2 tbsp lemon juice ⁣ •season with pink salt + pepper to taste⁣ ⁣ 1. In food processor, blend beets until puréed, then add mayo lemon juice, salt + pepper until well combined ⁣ 2. ENJOY and store in the fridge for up to a week an a half ⁣ ⁣ Salad deets 👇⁣ Spinach, roasted jicama fries, radishes, broccoli sprouts, cucumbers, and @wildbrine kraut, topped with avocado, beet sauce, fresh mint, flaky salt + pepper

Taco Tuesday, we meet again 🌮⁣ ⁣ Featuring last week’s dinner: @testkitchen flank steak tacos, on @sietefoods cashew flour tortillas, topped with allll the good stuff- tomatoes, avocado 🥑, salsa, @littleleaffarms lettuce, cilantro, lime juice, and @miyokoscreamery new pepper jack cheese (really good, but I’d recommend melting it first!)⁣ ⁣ I’ve been missing the social aspect of going out to eat SO much! I can’t say that I’m really missing the food (these tacos were unreal), but it’s so nice to put on some real clothes, go somewhere with a nice atmosphere, and catch up 😫 My friends and I have been having some ~socially distant~ hangouts, but it’s just not quite the same! Can anyone relate? ⁣ ⁣ Happy Tuesday everyone 💫

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