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Pumpkin Cauli-Oats

Keeping the cauli-oat train moving with my pumpkin cauli-oat bake! 70% of you said you haven’t tried my cauli-oat bakes yet and I’m wondering if y’all are scared of a little cauliflower. Trust me, you can’t taste it at all. It’s masked behind the oats, Chino Valley Ranchers pasturer raised eggs, and in this bake, the pumpkin purée, spices, and maple syrup. These bakes are perfect for meal prep, serves 4, and the whole family loves it. I was weirded out by the thought of cauliflower in my oats for years and reframed from jumping on this trend until earlier this year. My life was forever changed since then and I gladly eat vegetables for breakfast.

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Pumpkin Cauli-Oats:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups gf oats
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups nut milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of pink salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 banana for the top of the bake

Toppings:

  • Cocoyo
  • Figs
  • Almond butter
  • Cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Whisk or blend together eggs, nut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  • Mix dry ingredients (except the banana) together and combine with wet. Let this mixture soak for 30 minutes before baking for maximum flavor! You may skip to soaking if you’re in a hurry.
  • Pour mixture into prepped baking dish, slice the 1/2 banana on top, and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing and store in the fridge to eat the next few days!


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San Diego Staycation

When someone asks for a sip of your oat milk cold brew. Sorry, didn’t hear you!

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WHAT A WEEKEND. On Saturday we had a little staycation here in San Diego and it was just what our family needed. Both Joel and I have been insanely busy this entire year. Between his full time school schedule, his job, my job, and the job of being parents, we have felt burnt out. We have always loved traveling and going new places together. We bounced around the idea of where we should go and what would be best for Poppy. We came to the conclusion that a staycation just made the most sense. Poppy would get to nap in her crib, we weren’t spending money on a hotel, and we wouldn’t have to find a sitter for Aero. I am so happy we played tourist for the day! Started our morning at Ranch 45 for breakfast, swipe right to see our spread! Everything can be made gluten free at Ranch 45 which is pretty cool. Made our way to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar for a little swing sesh for Poppy, stopped for a quick bite at Beaming, Poppy napped at home while we worked out, went to the beach in Carlsbad, and grabbed dinner to go at the new Mendocino Farms in Bressi Ranch. If you’re itching for a little weekend adventure but don’t want to go far, try a staycation in your one town. You’re sure to find hidden gems that you didn’t know were there.

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Our Ranch 45 breakfast spread: gluten free seasonal berry pancakes, avocado toast with poaches eggs, a corned beef hash, and scrambled eggs and berries for Poppy. Not sure what was in those eggs but Poppy devoured them faster than I have ever seen her eat eggs!

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What would you choose out of our breakfast spread? Those pancakes were insanely good, just sayin. 


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Seedy Cauli-Oats topped with Craisins. In collaboration with Ocean Spray.

Is there a food that instantly takes you back to childhood? That’s Ocean Spray craisins for me.

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I remember each weekend going through my grandparents pantry searching for the bag of Craisins® Dried Cranberriesto eat by the handful. I think at one point they put the bag on a higher shelf just so I couldn’t reach them. I was obsessed!

Things haven’t changed because I still love these lil guys. They pack a punch of flavor and are great when added to a sweet or savory dish. I topped them on my seedy cauli-oats and it was just what this bowl needed. I’m sharing this seedy porridge bowl topped with Ocean Spray Craisins® Dried Cranberries over on my Pinterest. Get your pinning finger ready because you’ll want to save this recipe to make tomorrow for breakfast! Or for dinner tonight, no shame.

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Share you favorite craisin recipe and tag @oceansprayince #tinycraisinsmightyflavor and #CraisinsGiveaway for a chance to win a Ocean Spray goodie package. There are multiple winners so enter away and they’ll be announced on October 25th. What’s your favorite way to enjoy Craisins® Dried Cranberries? Cheers!


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When it’s pumpkin season but you live in San Diego.

When it’s pumpkin season but you live in San Diego.

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Grab your pumpkin latte, Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar, and your bathing suit because pumpkin season in San Diego means another month and a half of beach days. It did drop to 75°F last weekend so maybe a light sweater too. Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar is here (only for a limited time) and I could literally jump for joy. I wondered if Poppy would enjoy the Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar as much as me and then she ate the entire bar in one sitting. I guess that means no more sharing because she wants the entire bar every time now. I don’t blame her! What’s not to love about pumpkin pie in a bar form with no baking required?

Head to perfectsnacks.com to find them in a fridge near you. Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar before? #perfectaspie


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#WhatRobinFavors – August Top Five!

Poppy’s birthday month is coming to an end and I’m feeling pretty good about it. It’s true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. The most important thing that I have learned this last year is to take proper “me time”. Remember that “me time” looks different for everyone! My weekly spin class at Rush Cycle is my “me time”. Spinning makes me feel like myself and reminds me that I am strong no matter what stage of life I’m in. I felt strong in spin class pre pregnancy, while I was pregnant (I took Flywheel classes all throughout my pregnancy and even a class the day before I delivered Poppy!), and even more so postpartum. I’m not saying you need to take up spinning, even though it might change your life. I’m encouraging you to find something that empowers you and makes you feel darn good because you deserve it.

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Food: Homemade gluten free blueberry pancakes. These have been a huge hit for the entire family. I make a big batch to freeze and sometimes blend in some kale/spinach for an added veggie boost. These gluten free pancakes are great to dice up and stick in a stasher bag to bring with me for on-the-go snacks for Poppy. I know a lot of mom’s like O’s for their baby but I’m terrified Poppy will choke so these are nutritious and soft. Click here for the recipe!

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Drink: PEANUT BUTTER COLD BREW. I talk about this drink on the daily over on @WhatRobinEats but it continues to be my favorite drink ever. I used powder peanut butter but you can totally use regular peanut butter or another nut butter of choice. I’ve been wanting to change it up by adding tahini but I just love the peanut butter flavor so much. Maybe September will bring the tahini to the mix? That’s a big maybe. Click here for the recipe!

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Exercise: I recently started back on the stairmaster once every week and I’m really feeling it in my glutes! Besides spin, the stairmaster has always made me feel challenged but good. I like to do intervals and switch up my steps by skipping a step every other minute and stepping sideways and backwards. Be careful and don’t be afraid to hold on! Better safe than sorry until you get the hang of it. My goal is usually 20-30 minutes on the stairs depending on how sweaty I want to get that day.

Item to wear: I have been obsessed with my A New Day Sophia Strappy Slide Sandals from Target. I literally wear them with EVERYTHING. Sporty, dressy, pajamas, they go with my entire wardrobe. I’m not sure if Target still sells them but click here to see if they are in stock. If not, check Poshmark to see if someone is crazy enough to not love these and sell them to you. 

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Favorite of Poppy’s: Norah’s Shops bows. I’m always afraid head pieces are cutting off Poppy’s circulation. Am I squeezing her brains out just for fashion?! Norah’s Shop bows have never given me this nervous feeling. These were a gift from the owner and I refuse to put any other bows on her head! Easy to wash and she has yet to rip them off when wearing them. I’ll vouch for Poppy and say they are pretty comfy. Click here for her shop!

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And that is it for August! I welcome September with open arms and a belly ready for all things pumpkin spice. 


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Deodorant vs Antiperspirant. In collaboration with Secret Deodorant.

Did you know that deodorant and antiperspirant are NOT the same thing and just because a personal care label says “organic” doesn’t mean that it’s safer? This might come as a no brainer to some, but I had no idea. I’ve seen these myths floating around the internet and in collaboration with Secret, I’m digging deeper into both to share the facts.

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I never really sweat until I was pregnant. I could wear any product, or no product at all, because even after a hot yoga class I’d come out feeling fresh with no drop of sweat on me. Cue three months pregnant and that all went out the window. I was working up a sweat just walking to my hot yoga class! I couldn’t believe that I was sweating and smelling… like what?! I went through multiple products trying to find something that worked and didn’t understand why I was either sweating or smelling a little “off”. That is when I learned this: deodorant is designed to mask the scent of body odor created by sweat while antiperspirant is designed to prevent you from sweating quite so much.

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This was eye opening and made it easier for me to choose certain products for different activities of the day. This works for me, but it might not work for everyone else. Oh, you might be wondering about aluminum. I researched and the FDA, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, and National Cancer Institute have all refuted negative health claims. All this to say, do what works best for you and what you plan to get done that day. Having a few options never hurt nobody!

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One other thing that has stumped me was the trend of organic health and beauty products. Organic is all the rage these days. I’ve been digging deeper into my organic research to see what being “organic” really means. To my surprise I found that organic rules for personal care products are not as straightforward as those for food. The FDA regulates personal care products, but the agency does not regulate the term “organic” for personal care products. The organic label refers to the conditions under which an ingredient was grown, not whether it is safe for use. In addition, personal care products only need to be 95% organic to bear an official USDA Organic seal. I highly suggest that if organic is important to you that you look deeper than the seal on the front. There are personal care products that are 100% organic but they aren’t the only ones with the USDA Organic seal.

What is your go-to deodorant or antiperspirant? What about organic cosmetics? Something you look for or does that only matter to you when it comes to food? I’d love to know your thoughts on both below. Cheers!

 


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Shortbread GF Twix Bars, in collaboration with Skinny Dipped Almonds.

Been a little more TMI lately on my Instagram stories than usual but I’m glad y’all are interested. It’s not that I don’t want anyone to know what’s going on, I’m just not usually someone to talk about this to more people than Joel. I just think there is more fun stuff to talk about, like these shortbread twix bars by @kalejunkie. I understand now that there are SO many of you with a similar situation going on and this is giving you peace about having a baby of your own some day. I’m happy to share my story and let you know that all things are possible! I learned that even without a period I was still ovulating to get pregnant with Poppy naturally without any complications. I’m still waiting on all my bloodwork and ultrasound results to see if there is anything else going on but for now I’m having a period just like I remembered it three and a half years ago… Joy!

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Now onto these shortbread twix bars (recipe by @kalejunkie) that I topped with Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds. Like what they heck, these were so good I had two instantly!

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For the base:

  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter 
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer:

  • 1 dark chocolate bar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
  • One small packet Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds, slightly crushed
  • Pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together ingredients for the base layer in a medium size bowl. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 12 minutes. 
  • While the base layer is cooling, whisk together the ingredients for the caramel layer. Pour the mixture on top and use a spatula to make sure it’s even. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Remove from fridge and make the chocolate layer by melting the chocolate bar and coconut oil in the microwave. Pour on top and even out with a spatula. Evenly distribute the slightly crushed Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove from fridge and cut into 19 bars. EAT THEM ALL, or share with a friend. Aka share with me because these are already almost gone. 🙃⚡️