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Join us as we celebrate the bright and sunny days of Summer ahead with swimwear specials, complimentary champagne and sweets. Enjoy 15% off all SolKissed Swimwear, and 10% off all other swimwear including L*Space, Majai, Mara Hoffman, and Mink Pink. Plus, it’s National Lei Day so everyone will receive a flower lei.

Blueberry Banana Greek Yogurt Pancakes by Running With Spoons

Photos Courtesy of Running with Spoons
Photos Courtesy of Running with Spoons

 

Author: Amanda @ Running with Spoons Yields: 1 serving, about 6­/7 pancakes

Ingredients

1/4 cup (60 g) plain Greek yogurt

1/2 medium, ripe banana (50 g or 1/4 cup [60 ml] mashed)

1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats*

2 large egg whites OR 1 large egg

1­/2 Tbsp (15­30 ml) unsweetened almond milk*

* 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup (35 g) blueberries, fresh or frozen

 

Instructions

1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat and coat it with cooking spray or oil. You want to make sure that it’s very hot before you start cooking your pancakes. 2. Add all the ingredients except for blueberries to a blender in the order listed and blend on high until the oats are fully broken down and the batter is smooth and frothy, about 1­2 minutes. Fold in the blueberries by hand and allow batter to sit for a few minutes so that it thickens up. 3. Pour batter straight from blender onto skillet until desired size of pancakes is reached and cook until the edges have set and bubbles begin to form on the tops of the pancakes, about 3 minutes. Using a spatula, flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is gone, making sure to coat your skillet again with oil between each batch. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

 

Notes
* make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need these to be gluten-free.
** start with 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of almond milk and only add a second if you feel the batter is too thick.
Be sure to check out Running With Spoons
http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2016/02/13/blueberry-banana-greek-yogurt-pancakes/

High Protein Vanilla Chia Pudding by Alyssa Rimmer

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Photo Courtesy of  Alyssa Rimmer / Author of Simply Quinoa
Photos Courtesy of Alyssa Rimmer / Author of Simply Quinoa

 

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoos chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Dash of stevia (or use 2 tablespoons maple syrup)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ¾ cup cashew milk (or milk of choice)

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients to a jar and stir together. Tighten lid and place chia pudding in the fridge to set, about 2 hours (or more).

2. Remove and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!

 

Make sure to head over to Simply Quinoa to check out all of her amazing Quinoa recipes! or follow her on IG @simplequinoa

Recipe by Simply Quinoa at http://www.simplyquinoa.com/high­protein­vanilla­chia­pudding/

 

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We’re having a party and you’re invited! Come celebrate our Lucky #7 Birthday Bash with us!!!! We’re slashing prices up to 80% off and showing off new arrivals (and we mean tons of new arrivals). Enjoy giveaways, a photo booth, signature cocktails, and a cotton candy machine! We’re also excited to welcome a special guest popup shop with Kim Khan from Love & Bisous Saturday April 16th.

Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card

Easily enter for your chance to win a $50 gift card to use during our Birthday Bash. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Visit us on Instagram and repost our birthday bash image
  2. Hashtag #LLBirthdayBash and @LilacAndLilies_Boutique
  3. That’s it! Good Luck!

Click here to visit us on Instagram to enter.

Coconut Mango Green Smoothie by Georgie From In It 4 The Long Run

This green smoothie is the perfect balance of creamy coconut and tropical mango. Top with toasted coconut chips and you have a breakfast (or snack) bursting with flavor and great texture

Photo courtesy of Georgie from In It 4 The Long Run

Coconut Mango Green Smoothie Georgie from In It 4 The Long Run

Coconut Mango Green Smoothie Georgie from In It 4 The Long Run

Photo courtesy of Georgie from In It 4 The Long Run

Coconut Mango Green Smoothie Georgie from In It 4 The Long Run

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 cup of frozen mango
  • 4-8oz of coconut milk
  • 1 scoop of plant based protein powder
  • Optional:
  • Coconut chips for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with coconut chips and enjoy.

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I may be a fashionista but a girl has to eat…..which is why I treated myself recently to a trip to Tuscany.  Ok, you called my bluff , I didn’t cash in my frequent flyer miles for a one-way ticket to Italy but I did strap on my finest pair of designer Italian heels and saunter down Las Olas Boulevard to the Tuscan Grill.  This charming and authentic Italian eatery offers a unique waterfront al fresco dining experience for all to enjoy!

I would quickly add this gem to your lust list for a future girl’s night out or a romantic date night with your Mr. Big as the restaurant’s cozy ambiance lends itself to long, intimate conversations over even longer tendrils of delicious, homemade pasta.

For starters, try the grilled artichokes, which were perfectly cooked and full of garden flavor. I complemented this dish with an elegant glass of Pinot Noir from their diverse selection of wines. Note: their signature cocktails were also recipients of Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence.

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Next, I enjoyed a deliciously healthy yet hearty grilled salmon accompanied by a crisp and bountiful salad, which paired perfectly with the wine.  From the prime aged steaks and veal chops to fresh local seafood, it was really hard to choose exactly what to order and the menu and the waiter’s recitation of daily specials, created by the exceptionally talented Chef Josh Welch, read like a food porn diary. So my suggestion is to bring lots of friends and divide and conquer for an impromptu tasting journey through Tuscany.

What does one wear for such a journey you may ask.  I draped myself in a floral maxi dress by Yumi Kim of course to compliment the al fresco dining experience.  As I mentioned in previous posts about our spring trends shoot for FOX’s Deco Drive show, floral is one of this season’s must have trends. I accessorized with another  current obsession – a Vanessa Mooney choker. It adds a slight edge to my feminine florals. Stack delicate bracelets up one arm and run a curling iron through your hair for effortless, beachy waves and you’re ready for a delightful evening out on the town.

Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa by Bakeaholic Mama

Bakeaholic Mama

Ingredients:
Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice (Fresh squeezed if you can)
A sweet sparkling wine ( I used Rose, something like Asti Spumante would also be great!)
A few fresh sage leaves
A wedge of grapefruit for garnish

Directions:

Place a couple sage leaves (torn in half)  at the bottom of each serving glass, fill with ice.

Add about 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, and top off with sparkling wine.

Serve with additional sage leaves and grapefruit wedge

Make sure to head over to www.bakeaholicmama.com for more recipes!

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes by Nagi from RecipeTin Eats!

This is not just two pancakes sandwiched with Nutella. This is a pancake STUFFED with Nutella. Find out how!! (It’s super easy!)

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes by Nagi from RecipeTin Eat

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes by Nagi from RecipeTin Eat

Photos courtesy of RecipeTin Eats
Photos courtesy of RecipeTin Eats

 

Pancakes stuffed with Nutella! Best eaten warm but still fabulous at room temperature. Great treat for special occasions! Makes 6 to 7 pancakes.
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 6 – 7
INGREDIENTS
  • 10 – 14 tbsp Nutella
Dry Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
Wet Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp milk (I used low fat)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
Other
  • 1 tsp butter, separated (2 x ½ tsp)
  • Sliced strawberries (optional)
Frozen Nutella Disc
  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper (parchment paper).
  2. Dollop 1½ to 2 tbsp of Nutella onto the baking tray and spread into a disc around 2½” / 6cm in diameter and ⅕” / ½ cm thick. (Note 1) Repeat to make 7 discs.
  3. Place the tray in the freezer until firm (around 1 to 1½ hours).
  4. Peel off the parchment paper. Keep the Nutella discs in the freezer until required (they soften quickly).
Pancakes
  1. Place the Dry Ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Make a well in the centre and place the Wet Ingredients in the well. Whisk until combined and lump free (stop whisking as soon as it is smooth, don’t over whisk).
  3. Melt ½ tsp butter in a non stick fry pan over medium heat. Once melted, wipe most of the butter off with a paper towel. (Note 2)
  4. Take 3 Frozen Nutella Discs out of the freezer just before you start cooking. (Note 3)
  5. Dollop ¼ cup of batter into the fry pan. Working quickly, place 1 Frozen Nutella Disc in the middle of the batter, then top with batter to cover the Nutella disc (Note 4).
  6. When bubbles start appearing around the edges (around 2 minutes), lift up the edge and make sure the underside is golden. Then flip and cook until the other side is golden.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter. Melt more butter in the pan after the 3rd or 4th pancake. You should be able to make 7 in total, but sometimes it makes 6 – depends on how much batter you use on top of the Nutella.
  8. Serve warm with sliced strawberries, if using. You could also serve with cream but I find that it’s not necessary!
NOTES

1. Don’t make the Nutella discs too thin otherwise they may break when you handle them. But on the other hand, don’t be too greedy and make them too big otherwise they will ooze out everywhere when you’re making the pancake!

2. Wiping most of the butter off is the secret to getting the first pancake an even golden brown rather than splotchy which is what usually happens!

3. The Nutella discs soften quickly. They need to stay firm in order to handle them. I work in 2 batches – take 3 Nutella discs out of the freezer, cook 3 pancakes, then repeat. I found that by the time I got to the 4th pancake, the Nutella discs were starting to soften.

4. I use a ¼ cup measure and fill it about ⅔ of the way up then dollop that on top of the Nutella. You don’t need a full ¼ cup of batter to cover the Nutella, the pancake becomes too big and thick. Use the edge of the cup to spread the batter to cover the Nutella. You have to work quickly because once the Nutella disc is on the batter, it melts quickly and it is almost impossible to spread batter on top of melted Nutella.

5. If you get a pancake that “bursts” and Nutella spills onto the fry pan, scrape the Nutella off before making the next one. Otherwise you’ll get burnt bits of Nutella on your next pancake!

Healthy No Bake Carrot Cake Protein Bars by TheBigMansWorld

These healthy no bake carrot cake protein bars taste exactly like a soft and fluffy carrot cake but in a healthy snack bar form! Packed full of protein, fiber and with no added sugar, it’s the perfect snack recipe to have on hand! Naturally gluten-free and vegan, there’s a tested paleo option for my paleo friends!

Photo courtesy of TheBigManWorld

 

Photo courtesy of TheBigManWorld

 

Photo courtesy of TheBigManWorld

 

Photo courtesy of TheBigManWorld
Photos courtesy of TheBigManWorld

 

For the bars
  1. 2 cups gluten free oat flour (For the paleo option, use 1 cup coconut flour and omit extra coconut flour)
  2. ½ cup coconut flour, sifted (Can sub for almond or more oat flour)
  3. ½ cup vanilla vegan, paleo or casein protein powder
  4. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)*
  5. 1 T cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp mixed spice
  7. 1/4 cup almond butter (can sub for any nut butter)
  8. ½ cup brown rice syrup (sub for maple syrup in the paleo version)
  9. 1/2 cup mashed carrots
  10. 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**
For the frosting (non paleo)
  1. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Can sub for 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice)
  2. 1/4 cup cream cheese (I used a vegan brand to keep it dairy free)
  3. 2 T + dairy free milk of choice
For the bars
  1. Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener, cinnamon, mixed spice and mix well.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the nut butter and liquid sweetener and heat until melted. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well. Add the mashed carrots and mix until combined- The batter should be crumbly.
  4. Using a spoon, add the dairy free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
  5. Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once firm, frost with frosting, if desired.
For the frosting
  1. In a small mixing bowl, add the vanilla protein powder and softened cream cheese and mix well. Using a tablespoon, add dairy free milk of choice until a thick batter is formed. Spread on protein powders and refrigerate until firm.
Notes
  1. * I omitted the sweetener as my vegan protein powder was sweetened
  2. ** Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
  3. Non-frosted bars can be kept at room temperature but I recommend them to eaten from the fridge.
By Arman @ thebigmansworld

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Name: Kim Khan
Company: Love & Bisous
Age: 35
Instagram: @loveandbisous
Website: loveandbisous.com

How did you get to where you are today?
They say life is all about timing. Since childhood, I’ve had a mild obsession with pretty things and always wanted to be my own boss. I was also craving a change of scenery from my 9 to 5 job. I wanted to create and bring some of my inspirations floating around in my head to life. It was my love of gift giving to my favorite people.

So, I researched and handpicked a selection of old with new artisanal goods, and put them together in a wooden gift box. A modern twist on tradition. I kind of ended up combining many of my loves into one profession: photography, food, pretty blooms, stationery, french inspired, and snail mail. It’s the personal thought that makes a gift really special.

Each gift box I curate for my clients are always brimming with loveliness. From brightly colored blooms, bottle of bubbly, crafty goodness, absolute deliciousness, to organic elements… the list is endless! Life is too short for boring gifts!

p.s. “Bisous” is the French word for kisses.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I’m Kim, owner + gift curator of Love & Bisous, based in Fort Lauderdale. L&B carefully curates high-end gift boxes filled with a collection of unique items for any holiday or special occasion and shares them near or far.

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How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I think you feel successful when you’re doing something magnificent that you enjoy. I take time to be thankful for what I do have instead of what I wish I had. So yes, I consider myself successful!

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
The day when I launched my small business. It’s wonderfully satisfying to be my own boss. I feel so blessed for all the incredible connections I’ve made through Love & Bisous and without them L&B would be nothing. I also look forward to working and helping people bring to life something that truly is one-of-a-kind. Their delight in their eyes is what makes my heart happy.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
To not take things personal that are out of my control. The more I practice that, the more at peace I’ll be with myself.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
Discovering places and people that I deeply connect with and taking the time to build a tribe that feels more like family than friends. I’m also working on new designs and products for Love & Bisous and have big dreams for expansion.

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Who has been your greatest inspiration?
One of the people I’m inspired by and adore is Lauren Conrad. She didn’t let the glitz of Hollywood get in her way to build an empire for herself. She worked her way up to be her own boss. I love how she remained so true to herself and she’s always put together nicely.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
I was overwhelmed with juggling between work, family and my personal needs. It’s easy to get sucked into the never-ending list of to-dos. A few deep breaths can do a world of good to shift my energy and bring some calm.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
I keep them separate by scheduling in my personal time into my planner. Giving my mind a break from a crowded week to unplugging from social media brainstorm sessions, puts me in a relaxation state of mind. I’m grateful that I have a hubby, family and a handful of close friends that support me. They’re my tribe. They keep me grounded.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
I remove negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. I believe that sometimes the most stressful day can be followed by an outstanding day.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
The feeling of being in a rush to get something done, my food allergies and flying. I have different approaches to a peaceful sorta calm when experiencing all the above. Yoga and meditation has helped tremendously.

What makes you happy?
My main squeeze, my hubby. Photographing, because I love the experience. My two furry chihuahuas. Nothing better than a little love through snail mail. The experience of reading an actual book. Beautiful blooms. A delicious charcuterie and cheese spread. Laughter is medicine. Shopping and scoring some unique finds. Pretty packaging. Celebrating life and those close to me who put the color in it.

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What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Follow your instincts. No matter how much you love your parents, they probably love you more. Without pain, you would never have grown. Things fall apart so that other things can fall together. Live to capture beautiful moments and sights.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
Is this a real business?

What is your favorite quote?
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert