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Baby Beautycounter \\ Sweet Laurel

Beautycounter is my go-to for all things safe beauty. I don’t wear a ton of make up, but when I do, everything I wear is from Beautycounter.  I am happy to say Beautycounter is a company we’ve worked with regularly at Sweet Laurel. They have partnered with us at events, hosted workshops with us and shared our recipes!

I trust their products, and can confidently wear them without worrying about toxic chemicals seeping through my pores. Recently, I’ve re-thought everything I put on my face and body because I’ve been pregnant and breastfeeding for the past year. Make up and beauty products tend to have ingredients that are highly toxic, and unfortunately the United States does not monitor what companies put into their products. For example, the European Union has banned 1,400 chemicals from use in beauty products. That means beauty and make up products are far safer in Europe then in America! Fortunately, Beautycounter has come to the scene here in the states. Their goal is to create beauty products that are safe to use, sans chemicals, with high quality, long lasting appeal. As you can see, I love Beautycounter and what they stand for.

I was overjoyed last year when I discovered Beautycounter launched a baby line! I got my hands on a couple of their products, and have already used them on Nico! Nico has sensitive skin, so I’m super careful with what I use for soap, lotion, etc. Fortunately, the products have worked great for Nico, and we both love using them!

Baby Beautycounter \\ Sweet Laurel

Baby Beautycounter \\ Sweet Laurel

Baby Beautycounter \\ Sweet Laurel

Baby Beautycounter \\ Sweet Laurel

I highly recommend the diaper rash cream and gentle all over wash. They also have this roomy diaper bag! I don’t know about you, but for me, I always need more room in my diaper bag. This one sure does the trick!

Something else I love about Beautycounter is how spot on their packaging is. Always simple, chic and beautiful. They nailed it! I hope you are able to get your hands on Beautycounter soon! I know you (and your baby) will be glad you did. xo, Laurel

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)

Pistachio Rose White Chocolate \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Many of you know by now that I am slightly addicted to chocolate. I eat chocolate every day in one form or another, and it is usually 100% cacao from ChocoVivo, my favorite bean to bar chocolate shop in Los Angeles. We use their delicious chocolate in our cakes at the bakery as well.

Some days, I’m in more of a white chocolate mood. Enter cacao butter, chocolate’s better half. Cacao butter is the white fat from the cacao bean. It has that chocolatey flavor as well and when it is mixed with a bit of raw honey, it quickly turns into a super food and a super dessert. I originally made this Pistachio Rose White Chocolate with Shiva Rose, and I’m sharing it today on my blog with you. Enjoy this delectable version of white chocolate, mixed with fragrant dried roses and pistachios.

Photos by Kim Genevieve.

Pistachio Rose White Chocolate \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Pistachio Rose White Chocolate \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Pistachio Rose White Chocolate

Yields one 8 x 8 sheet of chocolate


 

Ingredients:

1 cup cacao butter, chopped

1 cup coconut milk powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons raw honey

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

1/4 cup pistachios, shells removed

2 tablespoons dried rose petals


 

Directions:

Line an 8×8 plate or pan with a sheet of parchment paper.

In a double boiler, melt cacao butter over low heat. It will look like melted butter. Off heat, whisk in the coconut milk powder. Continue to stir until completely smooth.

Add vanilla extract and salt to pot and stir. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Slowly stir in raw honey.

Pour white chocolate mixture onto piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with dried roses and pistachios. Place in refrigerator until solid. Break or cut into pieces. Keep refrigerated or frozen until serving. Enjoy!

SNOO \\ Sweet Laurel

The number one piece of advice people offered me when I was pregnant was to, ‘Enjoy sleep while you still have it!’ Now, this is a very good piece of advice, but one thing I have that they likely did not have is the SNOO, by Happiest Baby. The SNOO was recently invented by Dr. Harvey Karp, the author of bestseller Happiest Baby on the Block. This was one of the first books I read during my pregnancy with Nico, and it provided an excellent backbone to infant care and educated me on Karp’s ever popular 5 S’s. The 5 S’s are the essential tools for parents to use to calm their babies. The 5 S’s are Swaddle, Side or Stomach position, Shushing, Swing and Suck. I’ve found the 5 S’s work wonders for Nico. Nick especially loves to use all 5 S’s to calm Nico.

SNOO \\ Sweet Laurel

SNOO \\ Sweet Laurel

SNOO \\ Sweet Laurel

While these tools work very well during the day, at night, the SNOO is our best friend. The SNOO is the world’s first smart sleep that boosts baby’s sleep by imitating the rhythmic sensations they feel in the womb. It is truly an amazing invention! The goal of the SNOO is to solve the number one complaint of new parents: lack of sleep. The SNOO works to soothe a fussy baby by using a good swaddle, rocking motion and white noise. It is engineered to increase rocking and noise as the baby’s cry increases. Our baby is not super fussy, but we quickly noticed the benefits of the SNOO with Nico. At night, after I’ve fed Nico, burped him and changed his diaper, I put him in the SNOO sack (the swaddle built into the SNOO). I turn it on and it starts to play white noise and rock. Nico loves the movement and it helps him go to sleep faster.  I want Nico to get all the sleep he can get because that is when infants do most of their growing. If Nico falls asleep, then wakes within the hour before he needs to feed again, he will naturally fuss a bit. If this happens, the SNOO reactivates and starts to rock him again and increases the white noise. The white noise, rocking and swaddle mimic the way he felt in the womb creates a calm and sleepy baby Nico.

The SNOO is also safe! It comes with a built-in swaddle that doesn’t allow the baby to turn from his back onto his stomach, a fear many parents have with a traditional swaddle. Because the SNOO is only used until the baby is 6 months old or can roll over, the swaddle is built for babies to sleep on their backs only. We use the SNOO as a co-sleeper, and it is stationed right next to our bed. While I’d love for Nico to sleep on my chest all night (I frequently let him nap here, never overnight, however), I prefer to have him sleep in a crib, like the SNOO, while I am sleeping. When he is in there, I can rest peacefully knowing he is swaddled up and in his own bed, whereas something could happen to him on my bed.

While I still do get up 3-4 times a night to feed him, my sleep is maximized because I do not spend much time soothing him before he gets to sleep or worrying whether he is comforted or not. I know the rocking, white noise and swaddle make him feel secure, so I am a happy camper, who can get back to sleep!  Thanks to the SNOO, I am not suffering from sleep deprivation. I usually arise rested, and if I need a nap during the day, Nico goes into the SNOO and I go on my bed while he naps! Check out this video all about SNOO, or read more on their site.

xoxo, Laurel

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

I’m a Greek girl, so I just had to figure out a way to enjoy Spanakopita sans gluten and dairy! I made this with the beautiful Shiva Rose last winter. It has quickly turned into my favorite savory pie and is delicious year round. Enjoy my friends!

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

 

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Yields one 8X8 pan or 9-inch Tart pan


 

Crust


 

Ingredients:

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg


 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl, then slowly stir in coconut oil and egg. Stir to combine. If more moisture is needed, add a bit of egg. Press into the bottom of a pie or tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool.


 

Filling


 

Ingredients:

2 pounds of spinach

1 cup chopped leek or shallot

1/2 cup feta (I use 100% sheep’s milk feta as I am not sensitive to sheep’s milk. For a vegan cheese option, use Kite Hill!)

1/2 cup chopped dill

1/2 cup chopped mint

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 eggs


 

Directions:

Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add leek or shallot and saute. After about three minutes, add the spinach and cook. When spinach is fully cooked, stir in feta, dill, mint and cayenne pepper. Allow it to cool. Stir eggs and add spinach mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into pre-baked crust. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

To prep for Thanksgiving this year, I teamed up with the hostess with the most-ess, Molly Sims, to bring you one of my favorite savory recipes: Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart. This tart is so delicious and versatile, and can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner! I love popping in other flavors here too! I have made a version of tart with spinach, leek, dill, mint and feta for a spanakopita flavor, also delicious. Try this fall favorite of mine, and check out the video on Molly’s channel for step by step process! Enjoy!

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

 

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart with Zucchini Lattice 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo


 

Filling:

2 cups butternut squash, chopped into one-inch cubes

1 tablespoon coconut oil, avocado oil or ghee

2 cups of swiss chard, chopped

2 shallot

3 eggs

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves

2 teaspoons chopped chives

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 – 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 zucchini

1 prepared crust recipe (recipe below)


 

Steam butternut squash for about 20 minutes until cubes are tender. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chard and cook for 4 minutes. Set aside.

Peel 8 – 10 ribbons from the zucchini, set aside.  Chop shallot in quarters, then separate each layer.

In a bowl, crack the eggs and beat until egg whites and yolks are blended. Add herbs and spices, followed by shallot. Add chard and stir. Season with pink salt.

Pour into crust. Place cubes of butternut squash into veggie and egg mixture throughout tart.

To make lattice topping, peel 8 – 10 ribbons from the zucchini, set aside. Place four strips of zucchini across tart. Take another ribbon and slowly weave zucchini under and over the four strips. Repeat with remaining zucchini.

Bake for 30 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes for added crisp if desired.


 

Crust:

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

2 tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil

½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 egg


 

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix together all ingredients and press into tart pan with parchment paper. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool, then fill with tart ingredients.

Enjoy!