Veggie Niçoise Salad + Superfood Toppings


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My friend, Laura thinks up most of my blog posts  Well, she asks really great questions. Like what do I carry in my purse and what do I put on my salads. 

I love Niçoise salads. Maybe it's the way the veggies are grouped together, or how much I love potatoes on my salads. Skip the tuna (or not) and throw all these delicious veggies together then load with toppings. 

Veggie Niçoise Salad

Serves 2

2 small radishes

2 small carrots

Handful of green or yellow beans

4 mushrooms, whatever kind you like

2 small-ish red potatoes

1 avocado  

Few handfuls of arugula, or any kind of lettuce you like

Cut the potatoes in half and boil until pierceable with a fork. Chop up all the veggies after washing. Assemble all the pieces starting with the arugula. Slice the avocado on top. Use your favorite dressing. My preferred? Simple lemon juice with a little extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper. 

And then throw on a bunch of toppings!

Black Sesame Seeds - High in calcium (1/4 cup has more calcium than a cup of milk!), magnesium and many other trace minerals necessary for proper body function. The hulled seeds do not have as many of the minerals so be sure to get actual raw black sesame seeds. Sometimes the cheap version are just hulled seeds burned.

Wakame Flakes - High in iodine which means they're a great addition for maintaining thyroid health. Wakame is also high in manganese, calcium, and other trace minerals which can ease PMS symptoms. 

Nutritional Yeast - Originally derived from the cast off yeast created from brewing beer, nutrional yeast is super high in B vitamins, including B12, and is a great source of protein. Sub in for parmesan since it has a slightly cheesy flavor.

Ground Flax or Chia Seeds - A little extra protein and a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids which keep inflammation down and lubricate everything from your skin to your joints.

Pink Himalayan Salt - With more trace minerals than standard table salt, the salts we once thought were fancy are now the best for us. Ditch the iodized salt and pick up some wakame flakes and pink salt instead. 

What's on your salad? Comment below or tag me on Instagram @lisammagee. Looking forward to seeing some superfood speckled salads soon! (Say that 5 times fast!)

Golden Milk + The Month of Action


This month is supposed to be a month of action. If you don't use the energy to move, it will move you. There's a lot I want to share with you, but as I don't have things all figured out yet, I'm going to keep it under wraps until I do. Needless to say I'm definitely looking at this summer season as a season of action. Let's put things into motion that we've been waiting to do for far too long. If you want to take that trip, go back to school, end whatever is not serving you, do it now. Sometimes it seems like we wait too long to do the important things, but maybe we just weren't ready. But I'm ready now. Let's go!

If you happened to catch my Instagram stories yesterday, you caught a glimpse at how I make an Ayurvedic beverage called golden milk. It's pretty trendy right now (even Starbucks has a version), but with good reason. Golden milk is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory properties and warming spices. The important thing to remember when making this drink is the addition of fat and fresh ground pepper. Both help the body more readily absorb the ingredients, especially the turmeric. The recipe below is from my favorite Ayurvedic practitioner in the city, Noël Graupner. She does plenty of workshops in the city so be sure to check out her website if you're interested in learning more!

Golden Milk
2 cups cows milk or alternative (coconut or hemp are best)
1 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee
1 inch ginger, grated
2 inch turmeric, grated (you can use 2 tsp dry here if you don't have fresh)
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 black peppercorns, ground

optional
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 tsp nutmeg or cardamom
2-3 dates
*There is also an opportunity here to add in powdered herbs like ashwagandha, shatavari, astragalus ...

In a small sauce pan, add all ingredients and, over medium heat, stir constantly until spices are will integrated into the milk, about 5-7 minutes. You can also chill this and serve iced if it's too hot of a summer day!

Have you tried golden milk before? What's your favorite addition? If you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram @lisammagee!

Everyday Essentials


Little bag season is starting and nothing makes me happier than wearing a small purse instead of my backpack. I have a tendency to shove all sorts of things for winter into my backpack, especially when I need a place to put my gloves, hat, and scarf when I'm inside. For the summer I try my best to pair down to the bare minimum, which leads me to today's post: everyday essentials. I'm sharing the things I fit in my little bag that help me get through the out-and-about-all-day kind of days.

Baggu Bags - From the leather, Made in the US crossbody bag, to the foldable tote in its own carrying case, Baggu has me covered for little bag season. I try to always carry a tote because I really do not like getting plastic grocery bags. It's large enough to carry a lot of groceries and not crush things. 

Blue Avocado Reusable Produce Bags - I have three varying sizes of these mesh bags and they all roll up to fit into my Baggu crossbody. If you are trying to cut down on your plastic consumption, this is definitely the way to go. I don't always remember them, but when I do I am ecstatic that they can fit a bunch of kale, mushroom, and whatever else I might find in the produce aisle. (These seem to be possibly discontinued, but just search "reusable produce bags" and there are lots of options.)

Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters - ALWAYS in my bag. If I eat too much at a restaurant or start feeling gassy or nauseous, these bitters are my BFF. The fact that they come in a spritz make them that much more magical. I also like that I can buy a bigger container of bitters and then just refill the spritzer when it runs low. P.S. Bitters are just like they sound, bitter herbs steeped in alcohol (but they come in cider vinegar now!) which aid in digestion. 

Cocokind MyMatcha stick - A necessity from my dry hands to my dry lips (working on that inner hydration, but not quite there!). It has the best smell of any balm I've ever used. P.S. You can now find these sticks at Whole Foods in the New York area and in Louisiana!

Cocokind Raspberry Vinegar toner - Just made up this little glass spritzer with my new favorite toner this weekend, but it will be a mainstay come summer. I'm definitely a sweater (sweat-er?) and I'd like to avoid the sweat acne I inevitably get around my hairline during summer. 

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint - Apparently this is now discontinued (sorry! Try the Multistick!), but Bite makes my favorite lipsticks and tints with natural and organic ingredients, meaning when you inevitably eat your lipstick (as we all do consciously or not), you aren't ingesting harmful chemicals. I use my lip tint similar to the Multistick on my lips and cheeks if I forget to put blush on in the morning.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy - Another good spritz! This one is a combination of flower essences that aid in the reduction of stress and anxiety. New York City is full of stress, from missing the bus to being in a crowded train, and this little bottle helps your body deal with it. Delve into more information on the Bach Flower Remedies website. 

Handmade Salve - I made this salve with calendula-infused apricot kernel oil and rose geranium essential oil a while ago. It's a do-it-all salve from dry hands to elbows to hair ends. 

Foldover elastic hair ties - If it's not on my wrist, then it's in my bag. My former roommate, Sarah, made some for me and I'm eternally grateful for the introduction. I can't use any other tie now!

Teaonic glass bottle - Love My Liver tea is delicious and a great herbal flush to aid one of the hardest working organs, but it also is a tiny reusable bottle that I like to fill with homemade kombucha or tea. AND it just so happens to fit into my Baggu. Magic!

 

What's in your little bag? Any reusable items I should know about? Share in the comments below or tag me @lisammagee!