Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF : CBD Chocolate

If you know me, you know I love chocolate. I mean chocolate at any time of day is perfection. But is there a more satisfying moment then being snuggled up on our couch, noshing on decadent dark chocolate (#selflove)?

Lucky us, there is no better time to celebrate this seductive treat than Valentine’s Day. Whether you are treating friends, a lover or your badass self I have the trendy hack that is sure to impress without the stress.

CBD has become the buzz word on any newsfeed, coffee shop or health food store but what is all of the hype about?! The skimmed down version is that CBD has been found to be a cure all for anxiety, stress, pain relief, insomnia and PMS. Its calming effects without the typical “high” help you stay level-headed throughout your day or help you wind down at night. Manufacturers have been launching CBD products in almost every category due to its mild flavor and ability to be mixed easily into concoctions.

Since chocolate has antioxidants and well… makes everything that much better it is the perfect host for everyone’s new favorite oil.

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Sakara Life Hemp Chocolate ($39 30 chocolate pieces) and To Whom It May ($30 box of 4) are creating delicious CBD chocolate that you can purchase online. While Sakara goes the classic low sugar route, To Whom It May is creating elevated flavors that will drive your taste buds wild. The truth is these chocolates are delicious but it does take quite the chunk out of your wallet. So I have found a way to get the best of both worlds, making a cheaper version of CBD chocolate without sacrificing flavor.

I chose to flavor my bar with tahini swirls, thought I would tackle two trends in one with this cheap AF hack. But make it your own, adding mix-ins like chili powder, popped quinoa or toasted nuts.

CBD Chocolate Tahini Bark

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Ingredients

  • 1 72% dark chocolate bar

    * ( I used Trader Joes for the $ but chose your favorite bar! Tahini pairs well with raw chocolate too)

  • 1 tsp CBD oil

  • 1 tbsp Tahini

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • Pinch Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Over a double boiler melt chocolate with 1/2 tsp coconut oil. In a small bowl combine tahini with 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Microwave for 15 seconds to soften.

  2. Once chocolate is melted, stir in CBD oil. *CBD will evaporate at high temperatures so it is best to add off the heat.

  3. Pour onto a parchment lined sheet try to your desired bark size. Place into fridge for 5 minutes to chill.

  4. Drizzle the softened tahini onto the chocolate and swirl with a toothpick. Sprinkle with sea salt and place back into the fridge to harden.

  5. Cut into squares or break apart and enjoy!

So let’s break it down while our mouths are watering. My CBD Chocolate bark costs $4 per bar (9-12 pieces)!

  • Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate $1.79 for 3 bars

  • Tahini $7 per jar, $0.40 per serving

  • CBD Oil $37 , about $2 per serving

  • Coconut Oil $8, about $0.10 per serving

That is a savings of over $8 per bar. The other benefit of mixing your own batch is that you are in control, adding more or less CBD as well as mixing up the add ins! So get creative and share with me what you create!

Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF : Kitchari

Ready for the next must try trend that you can make easily and cheaply at home?! Well, Kitchari [kich-uh-ree] one of those dishes that you can never quite pronounce, but always ready for more. Kitchari is an ancient ayurvedic recipe that has gained popularity with the trends of detoxing, gut health and anti-inflammatory diets.

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Some have sworn this dish has reversed gut health, digestive problems and removing toxins from the body. Let’s see how these simple ingredients can really make these changes.

The Ayurvedic Diet - it is an ancient diet that is centered around food as medicine. The practice is designed around three ‘body types’ (or doshas), which each have their own set of food guidelines to follow. There is Vata, Pitta and Kapha. [ Find your own Dosha and learn more with this quiz ]. In theory each of the doshas require a different set of nutrients to perform at the optimal level and achieve balance. However, Kitchari is said to be ‘tri-doshic” which means it is a whole and balancing food for every person!

The winning combination of rice and lentils creates a complete protein when eaten together. Providing all of the amino acids your body needs to perform optimally aiding in stabilizing blood sugar, energy and mental clarity. Kitchari is known to improve your ‘agni’, which is known as your digestive fire. Your agni determines how you digest and absorb nutrients. An imbalanced agni can result in an accumulation of toxins and malnourishment. Adding Kitchari to your diet can help restore the balance in your gut and improve absorption.

Once proper absorption is achieved, toxins are unable to penetrate the blood stream and can be easily removed and eliminated by the body. And lucky you, this dish packs 15g of fiber per serving, so those toxins will be eliminated in no time!

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Kitchari can be used as a detox, similar to a juice fast, consuming kitchari for each meal throughout the day. Following this detox for up to a week allows your gut to fully reset and turn into a nutrient absorption machine. Or simply add kitchari into a healthy routine and add a serving or two to your week, for a mid week balance.

Ok ok you get it, its good for you, its protein and fiber packed and delicious. So without further ado here is another trendy, healthy and cheap AF recipe to add to your recipe book.


Kitchari

What you need:

  • Sauce pot

  • 1 c Yellow Lentils or Red Lentils

  • 1/2 c Brown Rice or White Basmati Rice

  • 4 c Vegetable Stock or Water

  • 2 tsp Cumin *

  • 2 1/2 tsp Turmeric

  • 1 tsp Fennel seed *

  • 1 tsp Coriander *

  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced

  • 1 tsp mustard seed *

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

* These spices can be whole or ground, if you are trying to stay on the cheap side reach for ground I won’t tell!

Instructions:

In the sauce pot add 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat, add all spices and allow to cook until fragrant.

  1. Add in rice, lentils and stock.

  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, until all of the water has been absorbed and lentils are cooked through.

  3. Serve immediately or cool and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Pro tip: Serve it up with wilted greens or steamed vegetables to give you an extra boost of nutrients

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Our homemade kitchari cost: $4.70 for 4 servings!

  • Yellow Lentils or Red Lentils $1.00

  • Brown Rice or White Basmati Rice $0.50

  • Vegetable Stock or Water $2.00

  • Cumin $0.15

  • Turmeric $0.15

  • Fennel seed $0.10

  • Coriander $0.10

  • Fresh Ginger $0.20

  • Mustard seed $0.10

  • Olive Oil $0.30

Ok, I’ll let you go to the grocery and get started on this detoxifying recipe.

Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF

Food Trends these days are changing by the post, Instagram has created a platform for healthy food trends to run rampant… and well, I love it. It is exciting that people are opening up to trying new foods, methods of cooking and changing their perspective on health.

Even though this new world of information is inspiring - lets be real - we can’t all afford to buy into $6 matcha, $10 juices and $25 salads on the daily, even if it is packed with the rarest spirulina. I know accepting reality is tough, but staying on trend can really break the bank. So let’s break it down, I am going to debunk some of the trendiest foods and make them cheap AF. This way we can get healthy, keep money in our pockets and always stay on trend ;).

From blended concoctions to fermented goods I am going to show you how to make it easy, healthy + cheap.

Here is what to expect: Delicious, hassle-free(ish) + healthy recipes complete with a priced out grocery list. Sure, I have my own list of trends I’m ready to debunk, but what fun is that? I want to hear what you trends you’re over paying full price for - shoot me a comment, email or slide into my DM’s - your choice, I’m ready for ya.

First up: A Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF Blended Edition

Time to demystify two juice trends who’s benefits live up to the hype but not always the price - Celery Juice and Ginger Shots.

Celery Juice

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There is no surprise this made my list, everyone is drinking celery juice… everyone. It took my a while to get on board because honestly, celery isn’t the most appetizing vegetable. And it is 90% water, so other than getting a hydrating boost how could celery really change my body?! But I tried it and I loved it - whether it is all in our heads or celery juice is the new kale the facts are facts: It is delicious, easy and frankly drinking it in the morning helps me rehydrate and feel cleansed throughout the day.

Celery juice is said to pack a punch containing vitamin C, folate, magnesium, calcium + electrolytes. It is not only a great way to flush your system in the morning but electrolytes and vitamin C make it a great remedy when you feel a cold coming on or refueling after a workout … watch out Gaterade!

Although a juicer is a great method for turning this goodness into liquid, us on a budget (and probably without kitchen space) need to find another way to reap the benefits. Luckily celery is pliable enough that by cutting through the cell walls it will release its juice. Time to pull out the blenders, whether its a Vitamix or Magic Bullet it is all the same when it comes to celery juice.

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What you need:

Instructions:

  1. Rough chop the celery into smaller pieces, place in the blender with a 1/4 cup water.

  2. Turn on the blender and let it liquify the celery.

  3. Strain the mixture and pour into a glass to enjoy!

Seriously that is it. 1 ingredient and 3 simple steps you will be on your way to a healthier, trendier you in no time.

Let’s see what you are saving!

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Pressed Juicery is now serving Celery Juice for $4/ 15oz bottle, while Jus by Julie is serving up celery blends for $8/ 16 oz bottle. While I LOVE these brands lets keep them for the splurge days.

Our homemade celery juice costs us : $1.89/ 16oz

  • 1 bunch Organic Celery $1.89

Well you know what that means… we just saved $2.11 for 5 minutes of effort and a whole lotta goodness.

TIP: Make it your own by adding lemon and ginger for added flavor and benefits without breaking the bank. The juice will last up to 4 days in the fridge, so make a large batch and keep it for the week!

Ginger Shots

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The health benefits of ginger have been around the block, but the hype hasn’t gone away. Ginger is a powerhouse root that not only adds an amazing fresh and spicy flavor to dishes but is a true rockstar for the gut, immune system and inflammation.

Ginger contains Gingerol, the bioactive compound in the root that is responsible for much of its medicinal benefits. Gingerol can help fight infections by preventing and reducing harmful bacteria in the body. The powerful antioxidants found in ginger can prevent and reduce cancer-causing free radicals, while combating the common cold. And for the gut, ginger can be used to help ignite your metabolism, improving digestion and irregularity. I know you don’t need more convincing but just in case — ginger’s anti-inflammatory compounds have been found to help prevent brain degenerating diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

To break it down we all need to be including ginger into our weekly (if not daily) routine. But being such a hot ingredient products can get pricey. So let’s give it a shot the cheap AF way.

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What you need:

  • Blender

  • Mesh Strainer or Nut milk bag

  • 3” of Ginger

  • Pinch of Cinnamon

  • Pinch of Cayenne

  • 1/4 tsp Honey

  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 3 Tbsp of Water

Instructions:

  1. Rough chop ginger. Place in a blender with apple cider vinegar, water, cinnamon, honey and cayenne.

  2. Turn on the blender and blend until everything breaks down and liquifies.

  3. Strain the mixture and pour into a glass and shoot it back!

Now for the savings

Pressed Juicery coming in hot for $4 for 2 oz of juice… and this is a good price. At boutique shops ginger shots can go up to $6 a pop.

Our homemade shot costs: $1.50

  • Ginger ($0.26/oz) $0.80

  • Honey ($0.46/oz) $0.10

  • Cinnamon / Cayenne ($1.50/ oz) $0.10

  • Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.50/ 16 oz) $0.50

Thats a savings of more than $2.50 without missing out on the goods.

Hope these tips help you incorporate healthy trends into your routine. Let me know what foods you want me to turn into Trendy, Healthy and Cheap AF necessities!