Tag: coconut yogurt

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

This Greek girl cannot get enough Tzatziki! The creamy, cucumber and dill sauce goes with everything, seriously. Whether it is grilled veggies, salad, or kebabs, the list goes on. I first started to make my own Tzatziki for my husband, who has been dairy free since childhood. This is the version I make for my him, and nearly every family gathering. Enjoy this recipe, and do me a favor: Chop up some bell peppers or celery and dip them into your Tzatziki for a snack. You will fall in love instantly!

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki

Yields about 2 cups


 

Ingredients:

2 cups unflavored yogurt (I always use a clean, unsweetened store-bought version or I make my own coconut yogurt. You can also use goat or sheep’s milk yogurt if you tolerate it) 

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup dill, chopped

1 cucumber, shredded

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 lemon, squeezed

1/4 cup olive oil

Cracked pepper to taste


 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill for about an hour. Enjoy with veggies or my favorite grain-free crackers from Simple Mills! Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Note about the crackers: These are seriously so good, so good that they were in my hospital bag when I gave birth to sweet Nico! I love that they are made with sprouted seeds, making it easier for digestion. The original flavor is my favorite, but they’re all super yummy.

What’s In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

I love this interview I did with The Chalkboard Mag! They took a look in my fridge and I got to share a little about my love of all things Sweet Laurel! One thing that’s apparent here, is that I’m a veggie lover! Yes, I know Sweet Laurel is all about sweets, but let me introduce you to savory Laurel! I sure eat my fair share of veggies. If you have any questions about some of my go – to’s, leave them in the comments! xo, Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE:

Eat wholesome yet delicious food every day.


 

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:

Kale, coconut, chocolate, and crudité.


 

7 RECIPE STAPLES ALWAYS ON HAND:

For my recipes, pretty much any of them can be made if you have almond flour, coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, 100% maple syrup, organic eggs, coconut milk, and cacao.


 

MUST-HAVE MUNCHIES:

I am into accessible veggies: half an avocado, cut up celery, cucumber, carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. I am not a big snacker, but I am a big vegetable eater!


 

FAVE CONDIMENTS:

Our all-time favorite condiment is Sweet Laurel vegan caramel! Other condiments on the savory side I enjoy are Primal Kitchen Foods mayo and Kerrygold butter. Yes, butter. I developed a strong craving for it during my pregnancy, and I’ve been tolerating it well, so I enjoy it in moderation.


 

INGREDIENT THAT MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE BETTER:

When I cook, I love to use some delicious savory staples like garlic, Himalayan pink salt, apple cider vinegar and fun things like cayenne pepper. When I bake, a balance of moisture enriching, yet nutrient-dense ingredients make everything taste better. I work with five core ingredients at Sweet Laurel: almond flour, coconut oil, 100% maple syrup, organic eggs, and Himalayan pink salt. These are my star ingredients and the secret to a delicious grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free treat that tastes delicious!


 

GO-TO PROTEINS:

Organic eggs, wild-caught fish, organic chicken, turkey, and beef.


 

BEST BARGAIN:

I buy in bulk whenever I can through health food stores and co-ops. This is great for spices, organic nuts and other frequently used items and pricier items.


 

BEST LABEL-READING TIP:

I always check for whole-food ingredients. If the foods originate from earth and are used in their natural form, I’m good with them.


 

FAVE VEGGIE + WHAT YOU MAKE WITH IT:

This changes, but currently I’m obsessed with making kale chips in the oven. It takes just a few minutes, and my salty, crunchy craving is usually taken care of shortly thereafter.


 

MUST-HAVE PANTRY STAPLES:

Sweet Laurel vanilla extract. We make our own, grain- and gluten-free, with tequila!


 

CRAZIEST THING I BUY:

The $30 coconut yogurt. Jam packed with probiotics, a little goes a long way. I’m definitely addicted.


 

SWEETS AND OTHER INDULGENCES:

I indulge in 100% cacao from Chocovivo every day. It is not a sweet per se, but an indulgence for sure. Made from cacao beans and stone ground into chocolate right here in Los Angeles.


 

DAIRY OR NON-DAIRY FAVES:

Like I said, hooked on coconut yogurt.


 

SKIP LABELS THAT READ:

‘High-fructose corn syrup,’ ‘cane sugar,’ etc.


 

FAVORITE SPLURGE:

I love supporting small food businesses. From time to time I will go to natural food stores and just pick up a few random food products, just to try them out!


 

FOR LAST MINUTE ENTERTAINING:

I whip up my snickerdoodles! Just five ingredients and delicious.


 

FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP:

Erewhon Natural Foods, Rainbow Acres.


 

SIMPLE GO-TO RECIPE:

My brownies. Topped with our vegan caramel, you’re instantly in dessert heaven.


 

BEST FOOD MEMORY:

Making banana bread with my mom when I was five or six. I remember tasting the batter and being instantly hooked!

 

(Photo credit: Elsie Dardon)

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

When it comes to a bit of pampering, our face tends to get the most love. And for good reason, it’s our source of expression, connection, and communication. But, every so often it’s nice to give our body’s supporting players some attention, so today I’m sharing three of my favorite at home hair masks (these double as face masks, too). They’re all three easy to find ingredients or less, and each serves a different purpose. I hope you enjoy these luxurious at-home treatments as much I do!

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

DIY Hair Masks \\ Sweet Laurel

Clay + Essential Oils

For clarifying + volume


 

The idea of removing toxins has been growing trend over the last few years, and when something becomes a trend, that usually means there’s a lot of confusion about what it actually does. In the case of benotite clay, a clay composed of volcanic ash, it produces a strong negative charge when in contact with water, which supposedly bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. So when contacts a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay absorbs the toxins and release it’s minerals, like a giant sponge. Bentonite clay isn’t a cure-all, but it’s a great way to clarify your skin, and especially your hair – which soaks up environmental toxins throughout the day (like how your hair can reek of cigarettes hours after you sat at a bar).

For this simple mask, I added rosemary and lavender oil, mostly because of their beautiful scent, but also because of they are believed to help stimulate hair growth from the scalp.


 

2 tablespoons Benotite Clay

8 tablespoons water

3 drops organic rosemary essential oil

3 drops organic lavender essential oil


 

In a non-metal bowl (the clay reacts to metal), mix together the ingredients, adding more water if needed, to get a thick yogurt textured paste.

Section your hair  and apply the clay from root to dip, massaging into the scalp.  Let the clay sit on your hair for 20 to 25 minutes, but do not let it harden (hard clay is harder to remove). Rinse out all of the clay with warm water. Shampoo and condition as you normally would.


 

Avocado and Egg

For Hydrating and Softening


 

Avocado is a powerhouse of phytochemicals, antioxidants such as vitamin A, E, D, and B6, amino acids, and minerals like potassium, copper, iron, and magnesium. Combined with avocado’s luxurious texture, its moisturizing properties are fantastic for frizyy, dry hair that needs a shine.  The egg yolk also packs a multitude of nutrients, including B-vitamins, vitamin A, zinc, protein, and sulphur, which means in addition to moisture, you’re also soothing your itchy scalp and possibly promoting hair growth. These two ingredients have so many amazing qualities, and can transform your hair into princess level tresses.


 

1/2 avocado, pulp removed

1 organic egg yolk


 

Blend the avocado and egg yolk until you have a lump free paste (small lumps will get caught in your hair, and you’ll have to comb it out).

Section your hair and apply the mask from root to dip, massaging into the ends. Let the mask sit on your hair for 20 to 25 minutes. Rinse out all of the mask with cool water (hot water will cook the egg). Shampoo and condition as you normally would.


 

Coconut Yogurt and Honey

For moisturizing oily hair


 

Packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins, calcium, and protein, coconut yogurt has moisturizing properties that help control oily, greasy hair by washing away excess oil in the scalp and hair. Honey is a key ingredient in this mask, enlivening dry, dull hair. Combining them creates a powerful hair mask that is perfect for someone with an oily scalp.


 

1/4 cup Coconut Yogurt (recipe below)

2 tablespoons honey


 

Section your hair  and apply the mask from root to dip, massaging into the ends.  Let the mask sit on your hair for 20 to 25 minutes. Rinse out all of the mask with hot water. Shampoo and condition as you normally would.


 

Coconut Yogurt


 

2 cup organic coconut milk

1 capsule probiotic


 

Place coconut milk in a pot. Heat to 180 degrees. Allow to cool completely. Add probiotic.

Place in dehydrator for 5 hours at 110, or place in yogurt maker for 5 hours.  Place in fridge for 5-10 hours.