Coconut Yogurt For Breakfast

Homemade is just always better. I know that making things at home is more time consuming than grabbing something already made at the store. But before we label something as "icky" or "gross" we always have to try the fresh/homemade version first. This goes for almond milk {stuff in the box is no where near as good as homemade/fresh}, coconut water {fresh young coconuts are amazing but the cans...not so much!}, and coconut yogurt {stuff on the shelves at Whole Foods aren't all that wonderful}

So before you stick out your tongue and frown at the idea of yogurt made from coconuts, try the homemade version first. You'll see why some people swear by it. My kids like it too, and shhh, they don't even know it's coconut and super healthy.

This recipe is full of natural electrolytes and probiotics {good bacteria for the healthy gut}!

BASIC VANILLA COCONUT YOGURT

Ingredients

4 young thai coconuts

1 cup of young thai coconut water

1/2 TSP Kefir starter OR 2 capsules of high quality probiotics

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 vanilla bean, scraped

1 Tbls maple syrup or honey

Directions

In a Vitamix, add all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy, like your favorite yogurt. 

Let sit at room temperature for about 15 hours. This will activate kefir starter and/or probiotics capsules. Refrigerate. Yogurt will last 3 days. Top with your favorite granola or fruit. 

Note: persimmons are wonderful with this yogurt. So are berries and kumquats when in season. Also, try almond extract, cacao, or even some extra lemon. For a heartier breakfast add granola or you can top it with sweeter fruits like, peaches, bananas, and so on. Enjoy!

And hooray for Worldwide Coconut Day - September 2nd! And if you can't get around to making yogurt at least grab a young coconut and cheers to that!

XOXO!

Juli

The Best Fresh Margarita Round-Up

Maybe it's Pinterest's fault or maybe this San Diego heat wave is making me think about margaritas. I'm not sure who to blame, but my craving is real.  So what better to share on this hot Wednesday than a round up of all the freshest, prettiest margarita recipes {from my favorite bloggers} that are made with only the cleanest, most exciting ingredients? I have never been a liquor drinker, even in college, because mixed drinks were always full of sodas, diet sodas, sugary juice, red bull or even weird food coloring. And that didn't appeal to me. 

Rosemary Ginger Margaritas // via WickedSpatula

Rosemary Ginger Margaritas // via WickedSpatula

source: WickedSpatula

On my 21st birthday I was in Cabo with my family. That's when I discovered the fresh margarita. Just lime, orange juice and tequila. That drink stuck and still to this day, it's the only mixed drink I order. Around here I'm known for my spicy grapefruit margaritas and my traditional lime margarita recipe - in fact, La Costa Resort calls my poolside beverage the Juli Marg. 

All the of the recipes I'm sharing today have the same basic foundation - lime, good tequila, ice and agave or simple syrup - plus really fun herbs, spices and other fresh flavors. These are all lower in sugar, healthier and more unique than your average restaurant marg. Click on the images to get the full details, more photos and the recipes. 

Strawberry Margaritas // via Gimme Some Oven

Strawberry Margaritas // via Gimme Some Oven

Fresh Blueberry Margs // via Love & Olive Oil 

Fresh Blueberry Margs // via Love & Olive Oil 

Spicy Jalapeno Margs // via Love & Lemons

Spicy Jalapeno Margs // via Love & Lemons

Sweet + Spicy Mango Chili Lime Margs // via Minimalist Baker

Sweet + Spicy Mango Chili Lime Margs // via Minimalist Baker

Blood Orange Margs // via DesignLoveFest

Blood Orange Margs // via DesignLoveFest

Fresh Peach Margs // via Gimme Some Oven

Fresh Peach Margs // via Gimme Some Oven

Watermelon Lime Margs // via Kitchen Confidante

Watermelon Lime Margs // via Kitchen Confidante

Shown above is the basic fresh {aka skinny} margarita ingredient base - add fresh ingredients that you have on hand and have fun, try your own combo. Let's hope this made your hot Summer day just a tad bit cooler. 

Enjoy

XOXO, Juli

Launch of BasilHealth + Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

For the past few months I have been working my tails off, with a few other, wonderful ladies, getting content together for the launch of BasilHealth. It's not often a tech company fuses the topics of natural living and disease prevention with medical research science and medicine. This is a very forward-thinking company that I'm proud to be apart of.

BasilHealth will be sharing even more very innovative things come Fall. But for now they are content only. As a main health and lifestyle contributor, I must admit, the content is pretty darn exciting {wink}. Each week we are sharing gluten-free recipes, releasing the latest health news, talking about our favorite products and also interviews with some of the coolest influencers. 

Check us out...and keep up to date with all the news and recipes by signing up. I also run the pinterest account - so follow us there as well! 

My strawberry rhubarb gluten-free muffins are kid- and adult- approved. Get the recipe over on the BasilHealth website

I'm also doing a ton of interviews with some of the coolest most inspiring health gurus out there. If you have any contacts or suggestions let us know. 

xoxo

Juli