June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s no secret that DC has some pretty nasty drinking water and every year when I get my water report I am horrified by the contaminants found in my tap water (arsenic!) so I always use a filter. It’s just a bonus when you find a product that has a purpose, a sleek design and is eco-friendly like the SOMA! The container is made of shatter-proof glass and the filter is a combo of coconut shells, silk and a plant-based (PLA plastic) casing so the entire product is compostable. It’s tiny, at 10.7 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, so it fits perfectly in my apartment-sized refrigerator and holds about 6 glasses of water. When I first picked up the empty container I thought it would be much heavier but it is very sturdy and once you fill it with water, it gets weighed down perfectly. The filters need to be replaced about every two months depending on how much water you use (they recommend replacing at 40 gallons filtered) and they offer a subscription service so you will never forget to buy them! I love the white original SOMA, below, but I really like the pop of color on the limited edition SOMA, above. For every limited edition SOMA purchased, the company will donate $12.50 to charity: water who helps bring clean drinking water to people in developing nations.
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat and please be sure to stop by again soon! XOXO Jen
June 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
This weekend I was stuck inside not feeling so great but I did manage to take a walk to Trader Joe’s and grab some ingredients to make cauliflower-crust pizza. I’ve been hearing about the creative ways you can substitute cauliflower for low-carb recipes (mashed “potatoes” and Alfredo sauce are two others I want to test) and I finally decided to give it a try! I LOVE pizza and would probably eat it every day if cheese and bread weren’t horrible for you in mass quantities! I ended up using a recipe I found from a blog called Glow, which of course I modified just a bit to suit my taste buds. I found this recipe to be worth the extra time it took to make because it was extremely tasty and so much healthier than regular pizza. In all fairness, I also made plain old pizza dough for my date and I just in case the cauliflower recipe didn’t turn out so hot–we both really enjoyed this version though and I vowed to make it again!
Have these items out and ready:
A lot of paper towels
Coconut Oil Spray (or any non-stick cooking spray)
1 head cauliflower, cut in small sections
1 cup low-fat skim shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Toppings for pizza (I used onion, pepperoni, green bell peppers, tomatoes)
1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Place cauliflower in food processor and process until the texture resembles rice or coconut shreds. Don’t over-process as this will leave you with mush. We don’t want mush.
3. Pour cauliflower in a large bowl and heat in the microwave for 6 minutes.
4. Grab your roll of paper towels and get ALL of the moisture out of the cauliflower. I was amazed at how much water was in there but it really needs to come out or your crust will have to bake longer or possibly suffer a mushy fate. I did this for a while and my crust wasn’t too sturdy at the end so take heed!
5. Mix 1/2 cup mozzarella, egg, garlic and salt and pepper into the cauliflower until it is well-mixed and becomes slightly sticky.
6. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet and spray with non-stick spray.
7. Place dough on the tray and flatten out so that the crust is even. You can expect your dough to have about a 12-14 inch circumference.
8. Bake the dough for about 30 minutes. The time may vary depending on how much water was left in your cauliflower–mine took about 35 minutes for the edges to start to brown.
9. Once the crust is ready, take it out and apply your sauce, cheese and additional toppings. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until cheese begins to bubble.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to try this recipe–I promise, as long as you add the garlic (sorry, Italian here!) you will love it! XOXO Jen
June 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Ever since I got my NutraBullet around the holidays I have become obsessed with making smoothies! I started reading about different types of additives to make my smoothies more filling and healthier, like chia and flax seeds, and then I read about matcha (or maccha) powder. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of green tea for years-it’s an energy and metabolism booster and cancer fighter on top of being tasty–and when I learned it came in a powder form, I was intrigued.
Matcha powder is made by grinding the entire green tea leaf which makes it more potent and therefore more beneficial than simply drinking the water that had the leaves in it. This prep also allows you to take in fiber, which is always a bonus! According to various online sources, you would need to drink ten cups of green tea to match the benefits you get from drinking one serving of matcha powder. There seems to be a lot of internet arguing going on as to the type of matcha powder one should consume but I think it’s safe to infer the most organic one with the least amount of additives would be the best one to try (your best bet would be to order it online).
I wasn’t able to find the powder at my usual grocery store stops (Giant or Safeway didn’t carry it and Trader Joe’s was out of their version) but I did happen to see the above delicious-looking ginger smoothie version at the new World Market at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Chinatown the other day. At $7.99 I decided it was worth a try since there are ten servings and it has ginger in it which is great for keeping your stomach calm. I was a little nervous the powder would be too strong for me because sometimes green tea makes me feel sick but it wasn’t at all! I mixed it with part almond milk, water and about five ice cubes in my NutraBullet and I had an amazing, light smoothie for breakfast! Next time I head to TJ’s I am going to check out their brand, especially since it’s $3.99 for 12 servings! I have felt very focused and satisfied today, so I’m curious to see how I will feel after a week of drinking these lattes!
Have you ever tried matcha? What do you think about this little green gem?
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you have an awesome, energetic day! XOXO Jen
June 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hi all! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend. Since it’s wedding season I thought I would put up a post dedicated to a gorgeous dress that was seen at a celebrity wedding over the weekend: Theia’s Emma cherry blossom ombre petal gown. Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem had a rustic wedding celebration at the San Ysidro Ranch where Linda donned the Emma gown. The designer was inspired by the Greek goddess of light and the dress is hand-embroidered with more than 100,000 laster cut petals, each of which is secured with a small glass bead. The V neck dress also has a long train behind it which looked absolutely stunning against the gorgeous backdrop during their nuptials. Looks like ombre is still in! I def am loving this look!
As always, thanks for reading!! XOXO Jen