You’re probably wondering where this blog title came from and how a day trip to NYC relates to dental care. And since I’m based 1.5 hours from NYC, you may also be thinking “are there no dentists near her?!?”

Well, there are. But nothing like Floss Bar. So let’s start with a bit of background.

Floss Bar invited me up to New York to check out their Union Square location and enjoy an on the house teeth cleaning. I made a day of it, because NYC in December? Sign me up! So festive and fun to explore the city this time of year.

My friend Jen works with the founders of Floss Bar, Jay and Eva. She helps them out with their marketing and social media. She filled me in on the concept of Floss Bar, knowing I’d love that it is rooted in making health more accessible to all. 

So off to NYC we went, and made a pitstop at Cha Cha Matcha for macadamia nut milk lattes (no coffee before a teeth cleaning!) and they were incredible. The space was absolutely adorable, with palm trees all over, pink everything, and plenty of photo opps. We followed that up with a quick lunch of burrito bowls with cauliflower rice and green juice at Hu Kitchen, and then we were ready to head over and meet the woman behind Floss Bar, Eva!

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Jen and I walked in and were immediately welcomed by Eva and Brittany – both cheerful and NOT holding a big pile of paperwork on a clipboard for me to fill out. Ever notice you’re alway stuck in the waiting room for a while at dentist appointments? Not this time. We used that time to take some silly photos with Instagram signs reminding us to “Stay Flossy”.

 

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I don’t usually have anxiety about visiting the dentist, but I certainly don’t feel at ease while I’m there. Usually, I feel a little pressured, as if they are upselling me or shaming my floss habits. Isn’t that the worst??

Not the case here. I felt totally chill, can ya tell?

Floss Bar took care of the logistics and paperwork all via email – super easy. I was able to complete everything from my phone on the commute there as well as manage my appointment time.

 

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Brittany was the hygienist who did my cleaning.  She was knowledgeable,very thorough in her evaluation and initial consult, and also hilarious. Seriously she had me laughing so hard when tools weren’t in my mouth, safety first. 

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 Ways Floss Bar Does Dental Differently:

In addition to all the sweet perks I listed above…

Floss Bar totally caters to the #hustlers out there.

Everyone who’s working outside (and possibly far beyond) the 9am-5pm schedule can fit their late night and weekend appointments into their routine. No more sick days or vacation days needed to take care of routine appointments, you can go to the dentist on YOUR time and actually chill on your precious week days off.

No Insurance, No Issue.

I have to bring up this perk, because as I turn 26 in less than a month, I had to secure my own health insurance for 2018 as I will no longer be covered by my parents. 

While being self employed absolutely has it’s benefits, and I truly wouldn’t wish for any other career, there is a level of security that a 9-5 job brings that I just don’t have. Knowing there are reasonably priced options like Floss Bar available to those who don’t have access to dental insurance is incredible in my opinion. A cleaning costs just $95 dollars . 

Dental health = overall health.

My trip to Floss Bar also taught me a lot about the impact my oral hygiene has on my overall health. My father has been ADAMANT about getting my 6 month cleanings ever since I was young, and while I always went reluctantly, now I understand his reason for it!

Did you know…

  • Over 80% of Americans have gingivitis, a preventable condition which causes our gums to swell and bleed and for us to walk around with open wounds as we eat, speak, kiss our loved ones, bite our finger nails, etc.
  • Our mouths have over 500 species of bacteria, which can enter the bloodstream through these wounds and cause damage over time to our pancreas, heart, lungs, immune system, and even unborn children. Remember, your mouth is the largest funnel for intake of all the harmful parasites in your environment.Read more on Floss Bar’s Blog: The State of Dental Care in America.

They’re young entrepreneurs making CHANGE to an otherwise stagnant industry.

Again, this could just be my passion for cool business concepts and entrepreneuship, but I enjoyed supporting Floss Bar knowing they are a start up working hard to bring a fresh perspective to their industry. Making change to an otherwise stale business model isn’t easy and I’m sure they’ve received some push back and had their haters! I’m so excited for them as they continue to open more locations. My fingers are crossed that Philly’s next on their list!

You can also read this blog post from Eva about her experience as a female entrepreneur in a male dominated industry. I loved her tips!

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Back to the grind…with pearly whites.

We wrapped up the day with a lap around the festive Holiday Market in Union Square Park, a quick dinner and glass of vino at ABCV and a SPRINT to our bus…which we missed by one minute. But oh well, luckily there was another the next hour and we made it home safe and sound… with clean teeth, of course.

You can check out Floss Bar’s Services here, as well as their locations! Be sure to follow them on social media as well. 

 

This post was sponsored by Floss Bar, however all opinions are my own. 

 

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Let’s get right to it…

Christmas is around the corner, and if you’re anything like me you haven’t even started your shopping! I’m excited to share some of the brands and products I’ve grown to love and trust. While this post is not sponsored, it contains affiliate links.

I think everything included would make incredible gifts, and I hope one of them works as the ultimate gift for your mama, your sister, wellness-obsessed BFF, or… yourself! Put it this way, everything listed is something I’d love to see under my tree! 

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STOCKING STUFFERS

My stocking stuffers are a little “woo woo” and certainly not a pair of socks or candy (what I used to always get in my stockings) but I love each and every one of these products. Grab one and take your wellness journey to the next level!

HUM Daily Cleanse

Great for detoxification, plus I love all things spirulina, so this is the best supplement (IMO). 

Happiness Planner

Planners are THE BEST. But Happiness Planner ain’t your everyday planner… it’s so helpful in manifesting new goals, setting intentions and showing yourself some love. Great as we prep for 2018!

Travel Crystal Set from Energy Muse

Energy Muse is my favorite brand for Crystals and all things “woo woo”. Their site is easy to navigate, search by crystal, and these pre-made travel kits are so cute to keep in your bag!

Also by Energy Muse – Sage Bowl Set: Feather and all! This kit is perfect for saging your space – get that energy moving!

Saje Pocket Pharmacy

THIS handy dandy thing has saved my life. I have it with me at all times, and it has oil roll on’s for everything.  From Peppermint Halo for headaches, to Stress Release, and Gutzy for upset bellies, I love love love the ease of this Pocket Pharmacy, plus it’s one of Saje’s most popular items!

Matcha Love

Matcha has replaced my love for coffee, which was no small feat. Matcha Love is my favorite brand to use in my lattes, and they have the best quality matcha. They have a great matcha starter kit complete with a bamboo whisk, perfect to gift!

Populum

CBD oil… let’s talk about it. I was skeptical as hell. But I have to say, it’s worked WONDERS for my anxiety and has helped my sleep. I only use Populum because I’ve found it is the purest and best quality Hemp oil. It’s completely non psychoactive, I PROMISE! Add this to a stocking stuffer… you’ll certainly spark some conversation! 

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FOR THE HOME

You guys may know I’ve been slowly but surely updating my home and “adulting”. Here are some favorites for around the home…

Art Naturals Oil Diffusor

I have 3 oil diffusors in my home. I’m that cray. I keep this one from Art Naturals in the living room while I work and absolutely love that it has a self timer + Bluetooth. I can jam out to great music and get my oils going. #vibes

Boll and Branch Organic Cotton Blanket

Organic and fair trade and COZY. I keep this cable knit throw close by in the winter months. 

Made In Non Stick Cookware

Best cookware I’ve owned. Read more and grab a great Brussels sprout recipe here

Cute Mugs from Anthropologie

Something about a cup of hot tea in a super cute mug, nothing better. Anthropologie has all the best mugs. I buy them individually, and mix and match rather than have a bunch of the same.  

Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp

Boho Vibes + air purification, what could be better? Get one of these, trust. 

Tomorrow Comforter

I recently wrote about my new bed from Tomorrow, and the comforter is my favorite. As well as the pillows.  I strongly encourage anyone to invest in rest. Use KALE for 100 off your purchase of 500 or more. 

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FOR THE YOGI IN YOUR LIFE

Because I’ve been in yoga teacher training, I’m thinking about yoga… a lot. The products below are all vinyasa tested and approved. 

Beyond Yoga

Their yoga clothes are my favorite. The high waisted yoga pants fit well and are always super soft. But beyond (hehe) the cute styles, Beyond Yoga has a really body positive message that totally resonates with me. 

Manduka Yoga Mats

Specifically, their new eQua collection, which highlights different artists. I have this gorgeous mat featuring Emily Quandahl’s abstract design, and I truly smile every time I use it. I don’t take it to the studio, but it’s great for a home practice if you know a yogi who appreciates a morning mediation or a quick at home flow. 

Healthy Human Life

 These bottles keep water super COLD. Awesome for hot yoga. I have the black marble looking design. 

Liquid IV

 Ok, sports drinks I USUALLY think are…silly. Water works! But I have to say Liquid IV has changed the game. Their hydration packets make 1 bottle of water equivalent to 3 bottles of water. I genuinely feel a difference when I drink them, and the acai berry is delicious. 

And they saved my life through YTT the past 2 months as I practiced very regularly and in the heat. 

Use SHEBEKALE15 for 15 percent off your order!

Infinity Strap

 Best strap, way easier to use than traditional, and great for learning arm balances. I am still using this strap to stabilize my shoulders when I practice shoulder stand. 

 

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For the Natural Beauty Buff

Who wouldn’t want new non toxic make up and skincare under the tree? I think testing out new products is so much fun, but also SUPER overwhelming because there are so many out there. Here are the ones I love and use on the regular..truly. 

Frank and Whit… Everything

 But specifically the new Laurel Hill Toner and their mineral soaks make great gifts. 

Everyone in my life knows I’m OBSESSED with the Frank and Whit products. They give back to dogs, their Philly based, they use minimal, plant based ingredients. I could go on and on. Use KALEINIT for 20% off any of their products… you truly can’t go wrong. Also feel free to read about my breakup with makeup here

Vapour Deodorant

 Hands down the best non toxic deodorant I’ve tried. No exaggeration, and yes it passes the hot yoga test. All the scents are great, especially the Palo Santo. I purchase mine through Credo Beauty. 

Coola’s SPF Primer

This primer goes on like VELVET, plus it has far better organic ingredients than traditional SPF’s. I apply it before my makeup.

Biossance Squalaene Peptide Eye Gel

This. stuff. works. wonders. I use it every morning, but especially the mornings I wake up a bit more puffy (perhaps a glass of wine or too much sodium…ya know?). I love the entire Biossance line, but the Peptide Eye Gel is definitely the shining star of their products. 

Humble Brush Bamboo Tooth Brush

Another great stocking stuffer…This company’s mission is awesome, and they give back to children who do not have access to dental care. It’s a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush with a cause

Wyld Facial Cleansing Sponge

Infused with charcoal (amazing for detoxifying the skin) this super cute sponge helps remove makeup and exfoliate. Plus the branding?? Gorgeous right?

Pureology Superfood Hair Treatments

Best treatment to use on your hair 1-2x per week. I alternate between the strength cure and hydrate. Read more about them here, and here

Also, use PUREKALE20 for 20 percent off their product on pureology.com – woo, savings!

 

Ok, that was QUITE the round up, and of course like everything I do it’s a tadddd last minute. Oh well…

Happy Holidays, babes!

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Ah, sleeeeepppp. Truly the best medicine.

I remember when I was younger and in college, (and believed I was invinsible) I thought sleep was just something I’d do when I had to, and I’d stay up super late all the time. I was always a night owl and still am if I don’t consciously prioritize my sleep!

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But now, I CHERISH sleep. Love it, look forward to it, and take full advantage of every minute I can get some shut eye!

The reason I created a PM routine is because it translates to my AM routine. I wake up refreshed, and then I am more likely to adhere to my schedule, get my body moving, and immediately nourish my body with good food, and my mind with better thoughts. It also calms me down, and gets me to let go of the day, and I treat my PM routine almost like an act of self care. It includes things that bring me comfort and joy, which is the best way to end the day.

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The 4 things I do 1 hour before bed – my PM Routine….

First, tea.

Every. Single. Night. Always. I turn on the kettle and go through my various teas and pick out a decaf option that’s calling to me. It usually is a cup of chamomile, peppermint, or some kind of floral herbal blend. Lately, turmeric is my favorite because it’s perfect for the winter months.

Get the essential oils going…

Everyone knows I love my essential oil diffusers. I have a few scattered around the house, each with different oils near them based on what I use more often in that room. For the bedroom I always have lavender, peppermint, and eucyluptus close. I like those for not only relaxation, but eucyluptus is great for stuffy noses if you’re not feeling well and having trouble sleeping!

I also use this  Essential Oil Sleep Remedy from Credo Beauty! I will put a drop on my wrists, or the palms of my hand and inhale, or even directly to my pillow. It’s such a calming scent!

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Make the bedroom cozy.

#Cozyvibes time. 30 minutes before bed I “prep”. This could be done by lighting a candle, or turning on my Himalayan Pink Salt lamp. Himalayan salt lamps are amazing for air quality and also improve sleep.

I pull my curtains closed, and take off the pillows we don’t sleep on. I set them aside neatly, because when I see them stacked up in the morning I am more likely to remake the bed. Weird? Also more on pillows and my favorite ones for sleep below.

Write 2-3 things I’m grateful for + 2-3 top priorities for tomorrow AM.

It’s a nice balance – part journaling, part practical. Writing 2-3 things I was grateful for that day is always a good way to reflect, and the list of most important to do’s helps me feel grounded before bed rather than allowing myself to start worrying about the day ahead! I do this in my phone, and have about 1,000,000 entries in my Iphone Notes app.

Then it’s iPhone away, and time to get a book out.

Something about reading a book in bed, it’s the best. Reading also makes me fall asleep FAST! Finally my thumbs get a break from texting and my eyes are straining staring at a screen.

Occasionally, I’ll listen to a podcast or audiobook (volume not too loud) for 15 minutes to start to put me asleep, so technically my phone is present, but not in my hand.

Also, I haven’t had a TV in my bedroom for 5 years and never ever, EVER, will again. Totally the wrong vibes you want to bring to your bedroom. Distracting, not relaxing or soothing – too much!

In fact, I try to be mindful of even bringing my laptop in the bedroom when I work from home. It’s tempting sometimes, because my new bed from Tomorrow is so damn comfy I could easily in it!

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Other MUST haves for great sleep and a PM routine:

Comfy Bed: Tomorrow hooked. it. up.

When my bed in a box arrived, I was SO excited. Not only had I been fascinated by the whole bed in a box trend, I had been sleeping on the same, only semi-comfortable bed for a couple years, and we upgraded to a king size! Score. Tomorrow has sleep down to a science. They have everything from mattresses, to pillows and bedding, to sleep monitors and drapes for your bedroom windows. 

I love that they focus on the environment of the bedroom as well. 

Our mattress in a box arrived and I couldn’t wait. The first night sleeping on our new mattress I instantly knew why everyone tells you to invest in a great, quality mattress. I now look forward to laying down every night. Sound silly?? Maybe… but I don’t care it’s just that comfy!

In addition to the amazing mattress, Tomorrow gifted us some micro fiber pillows which are incredible, as well as 500 thread count (so soft…like, hotel soft) sheets made from US grown cotton. Plus a comforter that is very warm and cozy. I’m always chilly when I sleep, and the comforter keeps me toasty and comfortable – not overly hot in the middle of the night . I can tell it’s not TOO heavy and will transition well to spring! 

Light Blocking Curtains: I never had anything but sheer curtains, and never felt like I needed to block the light because I didn’t think it effected me much. But my boyfriend is VERY sensitive to light when he sleeps and I will say, it’s a game changer. I don’t toss and turn before my alarm goes off, even though the sun is up! (7:45 is my wake up time, if anyone is curious…)

Fan or White Noise Machine: Something about the lull of a fan or a white noise app, they work wonders and keep the mind from wandering! They also cancel out any noise that might wake you up, like in my case the traffic. We live on a busier street!

Be sure to use KALE100 for 100 dollars off any purchase over 500 dollars from Tomorrow!

What do you guys do before bed to unwind and settle into a restful sleep??

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Adulting is…using quality cookware.

That’s what I’ve learned since starting my “adulting” journey and making my apartment into my first REAL home. Pretty proud of each adult addition I make, including new fluffy towels, quality pots and pans, and bed sheets that don’t look like they belong in a college dorm. It makes such a difference, and really brings a sense of pride when you start to invest in yourself and your home. I’ve been using pans from Made In Cookware, a US based cookware company –  and they are top notch. I swear my dishes TASTE better when I use their pans, and I’m excited to be partnering up with them to share this recipe!

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Give the gift of great food (and great cookware).

My current gift giving philosophy is totally quality of “coolness”. With the holidays around the corner, EVERYONE is thinking about the perfect gifts for loved ones.

I truly appreciate thoughtful and purposeful gifts that I will use often. New pans and other kitchen appliances may not be the most romantic, fun, or spontaneous gift… but they sure are useful. Learning to cook from home, meal prep for busy weeks, and gain confidence in the kitchen is a skill everyone will use for a lifetime. So if you’re looking for a gift for a first time home owner, or recent graduate, I’d seriously consider some quality cookware that will last them through recipe experiments.

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In addition to being high quality, non-stick (without harmful chemicals!) cookware, Made In Cookware is dedicated to giving back today in honor of Giving Tuesday. I love this initiative, as a home cooked meal is not something that everyone has access to, something we too often take for granted.

Starting today, and running through the end of the year, Made In will be giving back to American families in need. Made In has created an exclusive pan with a dark green nonstick coating  – and for every pan sold, Made In will donate 25 meals to children in our communities who need them most.

Pretty awesome, right?

You can shop this pan here. 

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Now, a little about the recipe using Made In!

This recipe is also perfect for anyone who’s starting to get invited to a lot of holiday parties, but doesn’t want to show up to the host’s house empty handed. And really, who needs yet another bottle of wine?? These balsamic brussel sprouts are DELICIOUS, made with only a few simple ingredients plus 1 pan. No crazy clean up, just simple, wholesome food.

The brussels fried up perfectly in this Made In Cookware pan, and the crunchy toasted pecans and dried cranberries were delicious additions suited for the winter months. It was obvious that the pan distributed heat very evenly, making the brussels evenly cooked and browned. This dish could be served as a vegan main course option, or as a side dish to bring to the holiday table. I brought it to my Friendsgiving celebration last week!

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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Brown Rice, Pecans and Cranberries

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  • Prep Time: 10h
  • Cook Time: 10h
  • Total Time: 25h
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic glaze/ reduction
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup brown rice, prepared
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. First prepare brown rice and set aside. Heat oil over medium-high. Add brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes. Add balsamic glaze and 1/4 cup water to pan and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes, stirring to coat the brussels sprouts. Remove from heat, and add to a bowl. Add brown rice, pecans and cranberries to bowl and toss all ingredients well to combine. Add additional salt, pepper, or balsamic glaze to your liking.

Be sure to check out Made in on Instagram – and shop their site this holiday season!

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This post was sponsored by Made In Cookware, however all opinions are my own.

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I used to FEAR going out without a little makeup on. Something, anything – a touch of concealer and mascara at the very least. And I didn’t wear it because I particularly loved applying makeup or had fun doing so, it was simply because my skin wasn’t clear. 

While I did not have acne, throughout college I would have breakouts that left me feeling super self conscious and I’d cover them with makeup as a way to mask the blemishes. But what happens when you relay on concealer and foundation rather than prioritize skincare? Your skin continues to breakout because of all the product, and it becomes a cycle rather than a solution. 

Since making changes to my diet, making simple swaps (like drinking TONS of water) + swapping old skincare products for new ones with cleaner ingredients, I’ve noticed a world of difference. It’s proactive rather than reactive, and feeling confident in my skin is well worth it. 

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Why I drink chlorophyll ..

Drink it?? That stuff from high school bio class? Yes, I’m talking about the same thing – and I didn’t find it in a lab, I get it at Whole Foods!

Today eating healthy (for the most part) and getting in my greens (like…kale obviously) is fairly easy. Green smoothies and salads are not foreign anymore, and my skin has certainly thanked me.

But like many wellness fanatics, it’s hard not to continue to crave new ideas. I like to find new tips and “weird” wellness hacks that make this lifestyle easier, or just more fun. Always good to switch it up, ya know?

Enter… chlorophyll water. My favorite everyday trick, and my favorite conversation starter.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know over the past six months or so I’ve been on a serious chlorophyll kick. I add it to my water bottles, making water a dark green color. Like, VERY green. It’s pretty hard to miss, but it also has a lot of benefits.

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What is it?? What are the benefits?

AHH science was never ever my strength so I’ll keep this brief!  Let’s start with what chlorophyll is…

It’s the green pigment found in plants that helps convert light into energy. It’s a powerhouse because it offers incredible health benefits – including skin benefits! 

Benefits include:

It’s detoxifying, and said to reduce inflammation

Protects healthy red blood cells

High in antioxidants

It’s Energizing

Great source of vitamins A, C, E and K 

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Chlorophyll for your skin?

So I’ve been sipping chlorophyll for a while but THIS was new uncharted wellness territory I had to explore, and when I found that Bioclarity uses it in their plant based products, I was curious to try!

I don’t breakout the way I used to in college, but I still have trouble with redness, blackheads around my T zone, and dryness when I’m not moisturizing enough. Since switching my skincare , I’ve always been hesitant to try things that are harsh or promise to clear breakouts and acne. In my experience I’ve noticed that’s just code for…”will dry the hell out of your skin.” No, thanks.

I immediately noticed that Bioclarity was non irritating and left my skin feeling smoother and more even, plus it’s very soothing! None of that irritation I had experienced in the past.   I loved that it included ingredients like oat kernel, and cucumber, because they a fantastic for sensitive skin like mine.

For me, doing my skincare routine is really a self care practice. I like when it has multiple steps and honestly enjoy those few minutes before bed to take care of me and wind down.

My Bioclarity Routine:

Bioclarity is a 3 step system, which you can then follow up with the 4th step for added hydration. Below are the steps, along with some of the awesome ingredients featured in each.

Step 1: Cleanse – Gentle, detoxifying and cleansing, this cleanser has green tea, soothing cucumber and chamomile. 

Step 2: Treat – The acne fighter and spot treatment, it contains calming oat kernel in addition to salicylic acid to clear up breakouts. 

Step 3: Restore –The BEST step of the system because of all the Floralux. That’s where the amazing chlorophyll is! This helps reduce redness and pore size. It’s green!! 

Optional  Step 4: Hydrate – SO hydrating, but not heavy. It’s a non-comedogenic moisturizer specifically designed for sensitive skin. Coconut oil has caused some major breakouts for me in the past, so I was excited to see this moisturizer included Argan, Olive, and Jojoba oil as well as chamomile.

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Want to try out Bioclarity for yourself? Use KALE for the 3 step system here.

And if you’d ever like to share your skin story with me, feel free to comment below, email me or reach out via IG!

Have you broken up with makeup, too? Or thinking about it? Let me know!

 

This post was sponsored by my friends over at Bioclarity, however all opinions are my own. 

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Woah, November is in full swing! When did this happen? Anyone else noticing their schedules are already filling with plenty of holiday “stuff”? Family festivities, “Friendsgiving” celebrations and office get togethers? I love this time of year, but it’s certainly social – which means I’d like to look your best.

In the Fall and Winter, you may notice you hair feels more weak, dry, and generally more difficult to style. This is due to the change in temperatures and the fact that there is less moisture in the air during these months. Combine the wintery elements with flat hat hair and you could easily feel discouraged and want to learn how to perfect a pony tail.

To care for your color, hair strength, and look holiday ready, I’m sharing the five ways I’m switching up my routine this fall, to preserve the health of my hair!

This post was sponsored by Pureology, however all opinions are my own! 

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Caring for My New Winter Color

In the fall and winter months, many of us ditch our soft highlights for a darker, more sultry color. I love coloring my hair a rich chocolate brown once the weather gets chilly, but I don’t want it to dull after only a few washes. Dry, weak strands of hair can not properly hold color. A moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is key, and I use Pureology products because not only are they vegan, they’re color safe as well. I love the Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner. They leave my hair well hydrated but not heavy.

Colder Temps? Turn DOWN The Heat

Hot styling tools combined with the harsh air becomes a lot for our strands to handle. Let your natural wave (or in my case, pin straight) hair do its’ thing this season. By avoiding the curling iron and blow dryer, you’re able to preserve the moisture in your hair and protect it.

If the thought of air-drying freaks you out, try my latest styling obsession. Pureology’s Air Dry Cream makes wash and go…actually work. I love the ease of it, and this product has simplified my hair care routine so much. It saves me time, while giving my hair a well deserved break from the heat.

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HYDRATE (Your Body and Hair)

You guys know I love Pureology’s Hydrate Sheer shampoos, and the Hydrate Hair Mask , but how about just… HYDRATING?

As soon as the temperature drops so does my thirst. I have to be more mindful of how much water I’m drinking in the fall and winter because I never feel as thirsty.

Be sure to always drink at least your body’s weight in ounces per day, but shoot for even more if you’re active! Staying well hydrated truly makes a world of difference in the tone of your skin and strength of your hair. Consider it the easiest (and cheapest) beauty trick, ever.

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Mask Weekly

You guys might have seen my latest recipes inspired by Pureology’s Hydrate and Strength Cure Superfood Hair Masks.

The masks have become a part of my weekly routine, and I’ve noticed my hair is softer, stronger, and more manageable. I used to experience horrible split ends in the winter, but since prioritizing deep conditioning and using the masks, and keeping up with regular trims, my hair is healthier even in the dry cold air! I like to rotate between the Strength Cure Mask with goji berry and olive oil and the Hydrate Mask with avocado and coconut oils.

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Eat a well balanced diet with hair superfoods

Products can work wonders, but beauty truly comes from within. What we eat literally rebuilds the cells of our skin, hair and nails, and internal organs. So let’s up the beauty foods, shall we? Protein, healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins like vitamin C and A are all crucial in preserving a summer glow through the fall, and keeping hair strong and healthy.

Here are some of my favorite superfoods that have beauty benefits:

  • Chia and Flax Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Nuts (almonds, and walnuts)
  • Berries (goji, blueberry, golden berries)
  • Spinach and leafy greens
  • Cacao
  • Seaweed – Nori, like the seaweed found in miso soup!

There you have it. Five simple tricks that actually save you time (no blow dryer needed) AND put your hair’s’ health first.

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No brown bag lunches.

One of my favorite parts about working from home, is that I can cook myself a fresh lunch, or prepare dinner so it is ready for later. 

I’m really grateful that I can take a midday break and whip up something fresh. But that doesn’t mean it’s a long drawn out process. In fact all I really have is about 20 minutes to cook, until I need to move along to the next thing. 

But that 20 minute break inspired this recipe, and along with a few simple ingredients, the best lunch I’ve created in a while. I will definitely be prepping the filling again for more lettuce wraps, or to top my salads.

One should never underestimate the power of a can of chickpeas, folks. With a couple fresh veggies and ten minutes to simmer in a slightly sweet sesame sauce, they become FAR from boring and are such a versatile staple to keep in your pantry.

These chickpea lettuce wraps are full of flavor, plant-based protein,  served on crisp butter lettuce wraps from Bowery Farming, and topped with almonds and fresh basil from Bowery as well. 

Eat Clean Greens, always!

Bowery is taking greens to a new level. They’re a modern farming company based in NY that grows product with ZERO pesticides, and use 95% less water than traditional farming practices (say WHAT??). 

Immediately I was interested in learning how this company has created such a sustainable way to farm. Because Bowery grows indoors in a controlled environments, and just 8 miles outside NYC, they are able to deliver the product year-round, within a day of harvest.  

There’s no denying our food industry is evolving, and Bowery is doing it right. They keeps the integrity of fresh, real food, while also using practices that help the environment and produce a healthier product. Their commitment to less wasteful organic farming practices is rad, and I couldn’t wait to try out their greens.

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How did they taste?

Delicious! Crisp and refreshing. They also kept very well in the fridge – nothing wilted for a week! Which makes sense, given how quickly they are delivered post-harvest.  The colors were vibrant and the peppery arugula was a great addition to salads and with eggs in the morning. Th butter lettuce inspired this chickpea lettuce wraps recipe, and the basil tasted like summer was at its peak!

chickpea lettuce wraps

chickpea lettuce wraps

Vegan Chickpea Basil Lettuce Wraps

  • Prep Time: 5h
  • Cook Time: 15h
  • Total Time: 20h

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Bowery Farming Basil, chopped
  • 1 10-12 Bowery Farming Butter Lettuce leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut nectar, or agave
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, soy sauce, or liquid aminos
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup almonds, crushed or sliced

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce (or liquid aminos/tamari), coconut nectar, hoisin sauce and vinegar, set aside. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Cook 4-5 minutes, until soft. Add chickpeas, and red bell pepper, allow to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the sauce and allow everything to simmer for 2-5 minutes. Serve filling inside lettuce leaves, and top with basil and almonds.

chickpea lettuce wraps

chickpea lettuce wraps

Be sure to follow Bowery Farming on Instagram to keep up with their innovative (and delicious) practices, and if you make this recipe, share it, tag #kaleinit and let me know what you think!! 

 

*** This post was sponsored by Bowery Farming, however all opinions are my own. **

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I’ve really stepped up my hair care game…

My hair has been on point these days thanks to the release of Pureology’s new hair masks.

I’m excited to be partnering with Pureology this fall to bring you recipes inspired by their newest hair masks. Last month, I featured a Goji Lime Smoothie, and you can check that out here!  Next up is a wintery dessert using chocolate, peppermint and avocado to make a creamy chocolate mint mousse!

** This post is in partnership with Pureology, as always all opinions are my own.  

What’s so super about avocados?

Avocados are what I like to call nature’s butter. They’re a great replacement for butter on toast, and lend a creamy texture to salads, dips, etc. I mean does anyone NOT like guacamole? I didn’t think so…

From a nutritional standpoint, avocado is great because it provides your body the following:

  • Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats
  • Tons of fiber
  • More potassium than a banana
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Great source of plant based protein

 

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As for the Hydrate Mask? It’s SO hydrating. Like, intense hydration which is ideal now that the weather is so cold! You may not realize, but the dry and cold air this time of year can do some damage to your hair and skin.

As part of the Pureology Hydrate line, it is formulated with all vegan ingredients to deeply moisturize, soften and manage unruly hair. It also smells ah-mazing and doesn’t contain any silicone, sulfates or parabens. All things I look for when choosing products for my hair and skin.  

How does avocado help you hair??

Because of the high levels of vitamins A, D, E and B avocado is deeply moisturizing. Avocado is also high in proteins, amino acids, magnesium, folic acid, copper and iron and can help with the damaged caused by excessive heat styling and even exposure to sun and chilly fall wind!

The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is even higher than extra virgin olive oil— making it incredible for your hair, and these fatty acids, high levels of antioxidants and vitamin E are easily absorbed into our scalp and hair shafts.

How / How often should you use the mask?

Simple. After shampooing, apply the mask from root to tip and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse! Your hair is going to feel silky and smooth and completely hydrated. As far as frequency, I typically use the mask 1-2x per week and rotate it with my Strength Cure Goji Berry Mask. Since it has been colder, my hair is needing the extra deep conditioning! You can use the mask more often if you have extra dry hair.

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Ready for the recipe? Wondering how I’m going to turn avocado into dessert?

Besides guacamole, there’s nothing I love more than chocolate and believe it or not, you can combine the two.

Chocolate Peppermint Avocado Mousse

  • Prep Time: 10h

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup vegan sweetener, agave or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract OR vanilla extract if you prefer!
  • pinch sea salt
  • fresh mint to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth and evenly mixed, occasionally scraping sides of food processor. Serve immediately and top with nuts, coconut flakes or fresh berries. If there are have leftovers, store in the freezer. Allow to thaw before eating or eat frozen like ice cream!

This guilt-free, dairy-free dessert can literally be made in the time it takes to use your hair mask! Be sure to follow Pureology over on Instagram, and check back in next month while I cover hair care routines for Fall!

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There’s no denying the SUGAR convo is at an all time high. Pun totally intended. I will say, I notice more than ever people are sugar shaming, and I don’t think that’s cool. I still have sugar on occasion and believe it’s totally OK to listen to your body and take things day by day. As we approach the holidays, there are even more sugar-filled treats readily available, so I figured this blog post would come just in time.

The greatest lesson is that not all sugars are created equal, and there are much better alternatives and ways modify your favorite comfort foods.

So rather than shame sugar, let’s embrace the Halloween / Holiday season, and just learn some simple swaps, and “survival tips” shall we?

made in nature sugar survival guide

Make your own treats / Come prepared.

Making your own treats and sweets is really the ONLY way to truly know what’s going into your desserts and candy. Obviously it’s less simple than picking something up at the store, and may require a dish or too, but the ability to use less refined sugars and ingredients is a definite plus.

To stay prepared, I suggest offering to bring a better-for-you dessert option to the next Halloween or Holiday party made with gluten-free flour, dark chocolate rather than milk or white chocolate, and coconut oils rather than vegetable or soy.

Not a chef? All good – desserts are the most fun to test in the kitchen, because even the “fails” are still dessert. Chocolate is chocolate am I right??

Fruit – Fresh AND Dried, is your friend.

You all know Made in Nature dried fruit is my bae. I love that their products are JUST fruit, no nonsense added. You’d be surprised, many dried fruits have added sweeteners and funky preservatives.  Is fruit not sweet enough, people? I keep my cupboards stocked with Made in Nature because I can easily add them to trail mix, oatmeal bowls, and baked goods.

Want to know my Made in Nature Staples?

  • Dates : Add 1 to a smoothie, make raw desserts with them, or enjoy one stuffed with almond butter (so good).
  • Dried Cranberries: Great to add to salads and holiday desserts.
  • Dried Apples: Perfect for fall, these are such a great snack. I also add them chopped up to overnight oats a lot, and hope to make an apple oatmeal cookie soon.
  • Dried Bananas: Ok, these are addicting. Dried bananas are low key delicious. Great plain as a snack or in trail mix with almonds, cashews and dark chocolate- YUM!

made in nature sugar survival

made in nature sugar survival

Learn your swaps.

My favorite sugar swaps are dates, coconut nectar, and coconut sugar.

Dates are great if you’re processing and want a sweet caramel flavor, coconut nectar is awesome because like honey, it’s a vegan option that is liquid and sticky – great for desserts, dressings and sauces. Lastly coconut sugar is my ABSOLUTE favorite. It’s a perfect 1 to 1 replacement for white sugar, and you can’t tell the difference, it tastes just like brown sugar. It makes it the most versatile for baking and also my favorite to stir into coffee.

Other “honorable mentions?”  I don’t use these all the time, but I like the following sugar swaps as well!

  • Monkfruit sweetener
  • Stevia
  • Manuka Honey

For more healthy swaps, check out this blog post where I break down dairy-free alternatives. 

SLOW DOWN.

I think more than anything, learning to eat mindfully has been the NUMBER 1. You can eat the most sugar filled treat occasionally if you do so mindfully and listen to hunger cues.

I can honestly say that I’m happier with one small “real” piece of cake, rather than a huge portion of something overly “healthified”. Because can we be real… a gluten-free, soy free, egg free, sugar free, dairy free brownie can end up tasting like cardboard.

Live a little. Healthy is a mindset, it ebbs and flows, and there are no rules.

Ready for a recipe?? These bites are simple to make – just throw it all in a food processor and you’ll have a candy substitute when you need justtttt a little something sweet to power through the rest of October.

Good Sugar Nut Butter Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Made In Nature dried raisins or cranberries
  • 3 Made in Nature dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds or hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • dash sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients (rolled oats through sunflower or hemp seeds). Set aside. In a small bowl, microwave the coconut oil until melted. Next warm the nut butter in the microwave or in a pan over medium heat until it becomes liquid. Whisk the maple syrup, nut butter and coconut oil, until well combined. Pour over the dry mixture and mix until everything is coated and combined. Add to a food processor and process for about 2 minutes . Roll into balls and refrigerate immediately. Chill for 1-2 hours.

 

made in nature sweets survival

 

Want something that’s ready to go – FIGGY POPS. Luckily, even if you’re not in the mood to make these bites, Made in Nature has a *sweet* alternative. Their figgy pops are also made from simple, real ingredients, and they even have nut butter filled flavors!

made in nature sugar survival

Be sure to follow Made in Nature over on Instagram, too!

** This post was sponsored by Made In Nature, however all opinions are my own!

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Well, I think it’s safe to say Summer is out and Fall is totally in! I’m a little bummed about it, considering sunshine, trips to the farmer’s market and beach days are some of my favorite things.

But fall flavors are in full effect, I’ve got plenty of holiday recipes to perfect, and I’ve been enjoying the fresh chill in the air.

**This post was created in partnership with Pureology. All opinions are my own.**

 

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Want to know what else is fresh this season? My hair care routine.

My hair has been receiving lots of TLC these days thanks to the release of Pureology’s new hair masks.

The best part of these masks? They feature some of my favorite superfoods. Trust me these masks are delicious (…for your hair, don’t worry).

The masks are the latest addition to their line of color-safe, vegan hair care products, and last week Pureology treated me to a full day of pampering. If you followed along on social media, you might have caught the awesome day on IG stories.

With the help of Pureology Global Artistic Ambassador,  Ruth Roche, my hair was transformed with a fresh haircut for Fall, and a mask treatment that left it feeling smooth, strong, and shiny. We ended the day of pampering with superfood smoothies, and I showed the team how a photo-worthy smoothie bowl is built.

Now I MUST share the recipe with you guys!

When we think of superfoods, we typically think of their nutritional benefits, which we’ll cover, but they’re also great for the health of your hair, skin and nails. We’ll cover that, too!

I’m really excited to be partnering with Pureology this Fall to bring you recipes inspired by the masks, and first up, I’ve got the Goji Berry Lime smoothie to pair with the Strength Cure Goji Berry Mask. It’s perfect for anyone who, like me, is not quite ready to let go of the sweet refreshing flavors of summer.

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What’s so super about Goji Berries?

Goji berries are pretty great because the provide your body the following:

–  As one of the most nutritionally dense fruits in the world, the goji berry contains 21 trace minerals, including calcium, zinc, germanium, selenium and phosphorus.

–  FULL of antioxidants, therefore they help boost the immune system and protect the body from inflammation.

–  Great for skin health, high in vitamin c (hello anti-aging!)

–  More beta-carotene than carrots, making them great for eye health

– Help Stabilize Blood Sugar

 As for the mask? I swear my hair feels stronger since using it regularly. It is part of the Pureology Strength Cure line, and is formulated with all vegan ingredients to repair breakage and damaged hair, leaving the hair looking and feeling healthier. Because I have fine hair and often fragile locks, I am seriously impressed and have noticed a difference in breakage since adding it to my weekly routine.

How do goji berries help you hair??

Goji berries boost collagen production which helps the growth and strength of our hair, skin and nails! They’re also rich in amino acids, which act as protein for our hair and adding goji berries to your diet (or hair care products) can help ensure your strands stay strong.

How / How often should you use the mask?

Simple. After shampooing, apply the mask from root to tip and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then rinse! Your hair is going to feel silky and smooth and completely hydrated. As far as frequency, I typically use the mask 1x per week, because my hair can easily become heavy and oily at the roots when I overdo the deep conditioners, but you can use more often if you have extra dry hair!

pureology goji berry mask kaleinit

Now let’s get to this recipe.

This smoothie totally tastes like summer, so keep frozen fruit on hand whenever you’re needing a mini vacay this fall.This smoothie has plenty of frozen berries, goji berries (goji berry powder is easiest to blend!), and tangy lime juice, making it refreshing and packed with antioxidants. Feel free to add vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, or hemp seeds to add even more protein and fiber.

pureology goji berry mask kaleinit

Next month I’m featuring a new superfood, new Pureology mask, and new recipe for you, and we’ll be covering how I keep my hair healthy in the Fall/Winter months. Stay tuned, loves!

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Ahh, back to school time!

I found myself staring at a sea of notebooks, binders and highlighters the other day while in the drug store, and I’m 25. No classes starting for me… yet I was mesmerized by all the new school supplies.

I think there is something about this time of year that gets us “gearing up” to go back to school, or maybe back to reality because summer is coming to an end and fall festivities are on the way. (NOOO say it ain’t so!)

I love when it is about to transition to fall. I notice I get more organized and value schedules and order a bit more compared to the season of long summer nights. I start to get in routines with my work, my fitness routines, and my meal planning and prepping. I’m more of a homebody in the fall and winter months, and spend more time cooking and preparing meals rather than eating out.

Working from home, I love that I have the ability to take a break from my computer, and make a delicious lunch rather than eat something out of Tupperware at my corporate desk. I use this afternoon brain break as a way to refuel (literally), and typically chop up a fresh salad, or make myself a sandwich. I tryyyy, to eat lunch without my computer or phone.  Emphasis on TRY. 🙂

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Which brings me to today’s recipe – a VEGAN Eggplant Bacon BLT. I partnered with Ozery Bakery to celebrate not only National Sandwich Month, but Back to School and got in the kitchen to perfect this creative take on a classic BLT.

To make a mean sandwich you need the following:

amazing bread – more on Ozery Bakery’s options below)

a spread or sauce – Cause, WHO WANTS A DRY BORING SANDWICH?!?)

crunch – amazing what a difference a crispy lettuce leaf can make

plus flavorful fillings, in this case, eggplant bacon.

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What’s Ozery Bakery?

Ozery Bakery is the brand behind my latest bread obsession, and it’s a family owned business that started as a sandwich shop over 20 years ago and is now sold throughout the US. I pick mine up at Whole Foods! While Ozery Bakery products aren’t gluten-free (I’m not 100 percent and firm believer in balance), they are non-GMO and contain no preservatives. They don’t add ingredients for color, extend shelf-life etc.  For that reason, they’re best kept in the freezer or refrigerator for freshness, and until ready to use.  They contain REAL food.

I like their rounds, The One Buns, are the best – no crust! I’ve always been like a picky 5 year old when it comes to crust, no thanks! I got a chance to try a couple of

I love the Organic Pre-Sliced One Buns best, because I like to eat as Organic as possible, but the multi-grain and flax are great as well.

I like that all of the One Bun products were super thin. Less bread means more sandwich flavor.

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Eggplant Bacon??

This is where things get interesting. When going vegetarian or vegan, it’s tough to imagine a substitute for the salty sweet taste of bacon, but it’s amazing what a little creativity and liquid smoke can do.

In the spirit of back to school, I wanted to make a sandwich that was a healthier take on a classic comforting lunchtime combo. Tomato are still ripe and delicious, and kids love bacon… perfect.

By combining paprika, maple and a hint of liquid smoke, the eggplant takes on the salty sweet flavor bacon lovers adore. Pan frying the pieces in oil brings that crispy-ness, but if you’d prefer not to fry, you can try baking them!

Eggplant Bacon BLT Sandwiches With Ozery Bakery One Buns
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For the bacon
  1. 1 Japanese eggplant OR 2 baby eggplants (large eggplants do not create thin slices)
  2. 1 tablespoon Tamara or liquid aminos
  3. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  4. 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  5. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the BLT
  1. 2-4 Ozery Bakery One Bun Organic Rounds
  2. 4-8 slices of eggplant bacon
  3. fresh tomato, sliced
  4. lettuce, tuscan kale, or arugula
  5. vegan mayo
Instructions
  1. First slice the eggplant by trimming the stem from the eggplant and using a vegetable peeler to make long, thin strips of eggplant by peeling vertically. Toss any pieces that are very seedy, or contain the peel of the eggplant. Next lay the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Combine the tamari, smoked paprika, maple syrup, and liquid smoke in a small bowl. Brush the eggplant slices on one side with the mixture, flip, and brush the other side. Next heat the olive oil in a large cast iron skillet or fry pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add 3-4 strips of bacon at a time, and fry until crispy.
  3. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined baking sheet and continue until all pieces are fried. Assemble BLT immediately, while hot!
  4. Toast the Ozery Bakery One Bun, spread some vegan mayo on each side and top with tomato, lettuce or arugula and eggplant bacon!
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This post was sponsored by Ozery Bakery, but as always, opinions are my own. 

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