Creamy Turmeric Latte – {Anti-inflammatory}

Happy Saturday Everyone! Jumping right in today with a post on turmeric! …A few weeks ago, I had posted my turmeric latte on my IG story and got a lot of questions on exactly what I use to make it. It is super simple and I figured I might as well do a post on it because it has become a staple of mine! 
 
Turmeric
So I think one of the most widespread known facts of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties and its powerful active ingredient, curcumin. Everyone seems to have inflammation symptoms of some sort these days from digestive problems to joint inflammation, etc. etc. Rather than waiting until you have a problem, I suggest adding in turmeric whenever you can to try to fight inflammation from the get-go. In recent years, there is even more support that the antioxidant curcumin is able to counteract certain neurological diseases and prevent cancer.
 
Before you go out and buy the latest capsule or powder form of turmeric, I would definitely recommend going right for the root! I buy it at Whole Foods and I have found that they always have it in stock! One root lasts for about a week’s worth of lattes! 🙂 The powder form of turmeric is also an option (linked here!)
 
I love using organic almond milk because of the creaminess it gives this drink! I usually have it either as a post-dinner dessert or I will warm it and have it while rocking Thomas at night! ..it makes me nice and sleepy as well 😉
 
Turmeric Latte (Cold or Hot)
a creamy turmeric almond milk latte served either chilled or warmed
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 inch turmeric root
  2. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)
  3. dash of cinnamon (also helps stabilize blood sugar)
  4. optional: 1 tsp. honey or 3-4 drops stevia
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin off the root with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend thoroughly.
Notes
  1. When I use the powder form of this, I use 1/4 tsp. (level)
  2. To warm this, I blend all the ingredients and then warm in a saucepan. Whisk to create foam.
Alyssa Grieco http://alyssagrieco.com/
 
I do want to mention that if you are breastfeeding like myself, you should check with your doctor before adding any supplements, spices or herbs into your diet.
 
Aside from the turmeric lattes we’ve been sippin’, we finished off an amazing summer enjoying our little Thomas Jackson.  Not long ago, we returned from vacation in Long Beach Island and we are just getting back into our usual routine!  One thing I love about the change of seasons is the change in our daily activities.  While we spend the summer by the pool, I love doing other outdoor activities in the fall!   
 
^^Out to eat one night on vaca 🙂 
^^ A reader just like his daddy!! Each morning of vacation, they would read together!… it was precious!
The next post coming up is how I meal-prep for the week.  Stay tuned!!…bringing in the Fall strong!
 
xox,
Alyssa

Easy, Delicious Low-Carb Gluten-Free Burger Buns!

Well hello there!! An exciting day is here! It’s low-carb, gluten-free burger bun time!!!
 
Before I get into that, I know it has been a while since I posted… A lot has happened in life over the past few months… the biggest thing being that we welcomed Thomas Jackson into the world on April 25th! Motherhood has brought me so much joy – I simply can’t express how much I love him! We have so much fun spending our days together and especially taking our daily walks.  I’ve been taking leisure walks for years but got into even more of a routine once Thomas arrived. I joke (well…half joke) with T and tell him I could probably be car-less with the amount of walking I do. I do basically all my errands by walking! It’s awesome. Aside from that, it’s incredible to see how much Thomas has changed since we brought him home from the hospital!  It’s only been 2 months and he is already so alert and kicking his feet, babbling here and there… it’s hard to believe how fast he is growing and changing, but I can’t wait to see what these next few months hold!
 
I put a lot of my personal interests on hold as I know how fast these special moments with Thomas will fly by and I don’t want to look back and think I missed them!  With that said, I have opened myself up to a new world of working-out with a focus on efficiency so I don’t take too much time away from my baby… more to come on that.  I could go off on a lot of tangents here as I feel like I have so much to share, but I will hold off and get back to today’s post!!.. 
 
With tomorrow being the 4th of July, I thought there was no better time than now to share the best gluten-free, low-carb burger buns for your summer BBQ’! I’ve tried many different gluten-free buns and while I will often BYO if I am going somewhere and need a quick gluten-free option, I try to really focus on organic, whole foods and prefer to make them when I can! So many store bought products are processed and have a ton of ingredients/preservatives/etc.. I have been making these for quite some time now and actually enjoy them SO much more.  I make these with 6 simple ingredients and it takes about a minute!
 
Hope you all are enjoying the holiday weekend!!  We are heading up to the lake – one of our oldest family traditions and the first for Thomas! I hope he catches his first fish! 🙂 
 
Bring on the BBQ’s and enjoy!!
xox
 
 
low-carb, gluten-free burger bun
 
 
Easy, Delicious low-carb, Gluten-free Burger Buns
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Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 3 tbsp almond flour
  3. 3/4 tbsp grass-fed butter (I use Kerrygold)
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/8 tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Lightly toast the sesame seeds. I put them in a saucepan and cook until they start to brown.
  2. Put the sesame seeds on the bottom of a ramican.
  3. In a small separate bowl, whisk all of the other ingredients and pour into the ramican.
  4. Cook on high for 90 seconds.
  5. Turn the ramican over and let it fall out.
  6. Gently slice in half and then put in the toaster-oven until lightly toasted.
Alyssa Grieco http://alyssagrieco.com/

My Baby Shower!!

Hi Everyone!!

I’ve been wanting to do a quick post on the beautiful baby shower my mom and mother-in-law hosted for me a few weeks ago. It was truly the perfect afternoon, spending time celebrating our baby with my closest friends and family!  They kept the color scheme of the shower neutral, since we are being surprised with the gender… although I have my ideas — mother’s intuition ;). For those who know me, you know I am obsessed with grays and neutrals anyway, so it really has not been a problem when it comes to colors and planning.  I wouldn’t want it to scream boy or girl anyway!

T and I are so thankful to each and every person who came to celebrate with us and spoiling Baby B with love already. It was a memory celebrating our little one that we will cherish forever! <3

For those that came, my mom gave everyone a gender prediction card to fill out. She then put together a basket of “Alyssa’s favorite things” which whoever comes closest will get once Baby B arrives!  A few of my favorite things included in the basket are Lily’s chocolate bars, a Anthropologie Volcano candle, the BEST shea butter + lotion making kit (which I use to make my homemade body butter — post coming on this soon!) and a few other things.  I think T’s favorite part of the day was reading everyone’s predictions!  I, on the other hand, cant wait to see who wins it! 🙂

Now we are just waiting on Baby B! Hope you all have a fabulous rest of the weekend!!

xoxo,

Alyssa

 

Valentine’s Day Thumbprint Cookies

 
So… It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I wanted to share these amazing thumbprint cookies with you! This past week, in Jersey, we had a pretty big snow storm and I was unable to get into the office. Since it was the first snow storm this year, it was quite exciting! I am still basically a kid and snow days excite me a little too much ;).  I had been experimenting in the kitchen with these cookies for a while and figured that since Valentine’s Day was coming up, it was the perfect time to finish them up and post them!  It was seriously within a few hours after making them that T and I were left looking at each other like, “WHERE did they go!!?!??”.  I am all about clean cookies – basically anything delicious made without sugar that I can eat without feeling guilty. Not to mention, the side effects I experience when I do eat sugar and its addictive qualities. For these cookies, the base is almond flour and there’s no added refined sugar but just a few other simple ingredients. They are delicate and smooth in texture but have so much flavor with the raspberry preserves!  I know you will love them!
 
 
As far as Valentine’s Day goes, it’s an annual tradition that T has always surprised me with a special date night. I always know when we are going, just not where :). While it’s kind of unfortunate that this year it falls on a Tuesday, we are going to save our date night for this coming weekend. There’s just something about going out mid-week that disinterests me. I am always exhausted after a long day at work and also stick to pretty set weekday meal plan, where I prefer to enjoy myself on the weekend.  I will have to wait to share what our date looks like this weekend! 🙂
 
Enjoy!!!
 
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups super-fine almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup organic raw honey
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 2 tbsp almond butter
  6. 2 tbsp grassfed butter (melted)
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/4 tsp himalyan sea salt
  9. Raspberry preserves (I used Stonewall Kitchen - no sugar added)
Instructions
  1. In one bowl, add dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, add wet ingredients, excluding the preserves, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with mixer until smooth. Be careful not to over-mix.
  4. Chill dough in refrigerator for about an hour.
  5. Once the dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and make small balls (about the size of a nickel), with an indentation in the center (about the size of a pencil eraser - I used the end of a utensil). **These cookies expand in the oven so I prefer to make them small!
  6. Fill the indentation with jam.
  7. Cook for 14-15 minutes or until they start to brown.
  8. Enjoy!!
Alyssa Grieco http://alyssagrieco.com/

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!  I hope you all had a wonderful & safe New Year’s Eve! I cant believe we are already in 2017.  I feel like Christmas was yesterday!  It may have been the way the days fell this year – I am not sure, but I do know that it flew! 

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have never really been one for creating New Year’s resolutions.  I’ve seen it happen too much where people set very high goals or too many goals, often unrealistic, and then a short time goes by and these commitments are thrown by the wayside.  Setting these too strict resolutions is the fastest way to guarantee failure especially if you want to start 2017 focused and fired up!

I have always been a self-help guru so anything I can get my hands on that is motivating and inspiring I LOVE!  In today’s post, I am sharing  what I am doing and what I have encouraged my clients to do. Hopefully you will find it inspirational!  

I truly believe it is vitally important to go into the new year with a vision as to what this year will look like, so I am creating a vision board for all of the visions I have for the year.  A vision board is simply a goal setting tool to help you visualize your future.  Visualizing is one of the most powerful tools to make things happen.  This allows you to picture your dreams and goals you want to live out.  It can either be the starting point or something you are already working on!  It is the map to your success.  A successful year is going to look different for each of us so close your eyes and think of things that would create a successful year for YOU!

I recommend using Canva to create a vision board and use the “photo collage”.  You could always create one by hand, using a poster board as well. An example, for me, is de-cluttering.  I am always trying to find more ways to de-clutter our life here in the “B” family household.  One of my pictures on my vision board may be this:

 I find that when I de-clutter my whole mentality OF LIFE changes.  I am productive.  I have a clean mind with a clear focus.  I could go on and on about de-cluttering but I will stop here!!  The point is… we can all think of a few things that we want to have at our center and to be our focus.  You can put pictures, quotes, inspirational words — whatever speaks to you, but remember — there is beauty in simplicity so don’t clutter your photo collage with too much!  A few of my clients have photos of drinking water, dumbells, strike sugar and different health quotes to motivate them this year and instill habits, whether they are new or continued.

Once your vision is done, put it somewhere you will see it often to remind yourself of your goals on a daily basis!  Spend time each day thinking about the items on your vision board and thinking about how you will feel once you have, do, or become what is on the board!  We are all going to have setbacks so don’t let them get you down, just get right back up and back on track!  This is part of life.

I hope this has you thinking about YOUR 2017 with YOUR dreams, YOUR goals and YOUR ideal life!! Enjoy!! I would love to hear your feedback if you do it!  

 

xoxo,

Alyssa