Allergy-Friendly and Delicious!

Allergy-Friendly and Delicious!

Safe + Fair is changing up the food game and I’m here for it. They create allergy-friendly foods at affordable prices (thank goodness) AND they donate 3% of sales to Stanford’s Allergy & Asthma research center.

Why I love them: Their snacks are delicious and affordable, they give back (always a huge win in my book) and have a variety of products (I need options people). Safe + Fair’s snacks are non-GMO and use real ingredients (yes, you can actually understand the ingredients on the label).

What exactly does Allergy-Friendly snacks mean? All of their products are nut-free. Each of their products are clearly labeled with a “free from” ingredients list so you know exactly what you’re consuming. Another thing to note: everything is made in a facility free from the allergens (I know nut free is a big one for people).

Do they actually taste good? YES! The snacks are delicious and I’ve been following the allergy-friendly recipes for the brownies. If you would like, you can use the regular recipe with eggs, milk, etc.

Sounds great, can I get a discount? YES! Safe + Fair is giving my readers 20% off with promo code GEENI20 AND right now they’re offering free shipping! Check out their goodies here.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Safe (+ Fair) Eating!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

My Trader Joe’s Picks

My Trader Joe’s Picks

I honestly love Trader Joe’s because they have unique items that you can’t find at your typical grocery store. I shared a few of my favorite items on Instagram and received some DMs asking for more recommendations, so I put together a list of my current “must-have” items. 
1. Cauliflower Gnocchi I feel like everyone is talking about TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi right now but it really is as amazing as people say! I cooked mine in a saucepan with water over the stove and added olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, cheese and asparagus. I can’t say enough good things about it! 
**Current Favorite**
2. Shells with Brie and Asparagus– Trader Joe’s frozen meals are always a win for me. I like to try new ones every so often because they’re usually delicious and good if you’re on the go. Other than TJ’s, I rarely buy frozen meals at the grocery store. 
3. Riced Vegetable Medley- This is a really great side dish that is quick and easy (just add a little EVOO and seasoning if you like).
4. Blueberry Lavender Almond Beverage This beverage tastes exactly like a blueberry muffin and I’m here for it. I use this flavored almond milk in my coffee, hot chocolate, and event tea lattes. I haven’t tried it yet, but I want to use it in a blueberry muffin recipe. 
Other items I usually pick up each TJ’s trip but not pictured:
*Teeny Tiny Avocados
*Organic Lemons Bag 
*Mahi Mahi Burgers
*Strawberry Probiotic Yogurt 
*Argentinian Red Shrimp
*Asparagus Risotto
Head to Trader Joe’s to check out these products for yourself. Let me know your recommendations below!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette
Himalayan Salt Block Cooking

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking

We all known Himalayan salt is a huge trend right now (salt lamps, caves, seasonings, etc.). My sister  recently gifted me a Himalayan Salt Block used for cooking and I am already in love.
If you’re a foodie or love to cook, you should definitely consider investing in one of these babies! You can purchase one at a specialty cooking store or online here. You can cook with your salt block on the grill or over a gas stove. If you want to serve cold dishes on the block you can chill it in the refrigerator. 
There are so many benefits to cooking with a Himalayan salt block:
•Adds healthy minerals to foods (Himalayan salt is better for you than table salt) 
•Enhances flavors of foods (no need to add a ton of seasoning to food- just a little EVOO)
•Holds heat longer (this is great if you are using your salt block to serve food on at a party)
•Antimicrobial
•Easy to clean

Happy Eating!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

Quick + Healthy Breakfast

Quick + Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult (and if you’re like me you enjoy it for dinner or a snack). One of my favorite things to make is a breakfast quesadilla. It’s quick and easy to make and you can customize it based off of your liking (or what you have in the house)! You will need flour or corn tortillas, eggs (I either do scrambled or a fried egg), vegetables and arugula. 
Try it out for yourself and don’t forget to tag me in your photos on Instagram @geenicolette

Happy eating!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette

A Berry Good (Easy To Make) Smoothie Bowl!

A Berry Good (Easy To Make) Smoothie Bowl!

Are you into the smoothie bowl craze as much as I am? Smoothie bowls are my FAVE, yet I don’t always want to go out to eat them. There are so many places that sell them, which is great when you’re on the go, but what happens when you wake up before those shops open or you’re craving a smoothie bowl when they close? I turned to my favorite store, Trader Joe’s to search for some ingredients to make my own smoothie bowl at home (and I was pleasantly surprised with what I found).
I had every intention of making my own base for the smoothie bowl until I found these Açaí Purée Packets. These packets make the whole smoothie bowl making process pretty seamless. You can defrost the packet and use it by itself, or you can mix it in a blender with fruits, yogurt, kefir, or whatever your preferred smoothie ingredients are.
I love chocolate anything, so adding cacao powder to smoothie bowls is a must for me. Check out the Fair Trade Cacao Powder from Trader Joe’s or you can find cacao powder at most other grocery stores. 
The Toasted Coconut Granola is my new favorite find from Trader Joe’s and I put it on everything, including my smoothie bowls. This stuff is well worth the money (I even add it on top of the dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Milk ice cream)! 
Top your smoothie bowl with your favorite fruits and voilà, it’s that easy! 
Happy Eating!!