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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

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Eat The Rainbow

Pad Thai has always been a favorite of my and Dusty's, but restaurant versions are typically laden with oil, over-salted, and too sweet, not to mention, they may not be gluten-free!

Our Raw Rainbow Pad Thai recipe incorporates all of the colors of the rainbow in the form of fresh, seasonal veggies! Enjoy this quick & simple, nutritious & delicious, plant-powered, indulgence for lunch or dinner in no time at home!

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Count Colors, Not Calories

Raw, living, whole, and pure foods are positively nourishing and life-giving! If there's one thing I learned since going plant-based, it's that you can eat to your heart's content! Rather than counting calories, you're free to focus instead on incorporating all of the colors of the rainbow into your diet!


Raise Your Vibration

If you're in the area, be sure to check out Nebraska's first annual yoga, music, and plant-based food festival: High Vibe Festival in Omaha at Stinson Park and Aksarben Village, put on by Lotus House of Yoga! Dusty and I are honored to have been invited to share our knowledge and passion for a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle in two separate talks!

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In the AM, we will be discussing Finding Balance, and doing the 3 things we all do every day, that we could be doing better: EatMoveRest. We plan to expand on the importance of bringing your best self every day, by finding balance and practicing self-love and self-care. Come with an appetite for a Pin-worthy Pad Thai food demo, and watch as we whip up our rad, Raw Rainbow Pad Thai *wink wink* and show you a few fun, food tricks to make a Pinterest-worthy, nutritious meal. Time will be allotted for a Q+A and group discussion on plant-based diet, fitness, and mindfulness.

In the afternoon, we will be covering The Art of Living Raw, where we plan to touch on the importance of incorporating an abundance of colorful, living, raw foods into your diet, as well as other aspects of living raw, like being authentic, transparent, true to yourself, honoring your soul, and listening to your intuition. Our afternoon talk will be accompanied by an Insta-smoothie Bowl demo & tasting, where we'll show you how to make delicious, Instagram-worthy, Açaí and Pitaya smoothie bowls!


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Raw Rainbow Pad Thai

There are more than enough colors in this epic, plant-powered recipe to get your body revved up and ready to live! Enjoy this noodle-y, Asian-inspired delight alongside some tofu for added protein, or sliced mango for a tropical twist!

vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, rainbow-licious

 

ingredients:

veggies

  • 1 medium zucchini, spiralized or julienned
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup frozen, shelled edamame, thawed
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

sauce

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or nama shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 teaspoons pure maple syrup, agave (or other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

 

method:

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  1. Prep vegetables and add to large bowl and mix with hands.
  2. Place all ingredients for dressing in blender or mini processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour dressing into bowl with vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle with hemp seeds & sesame seeds and enjoy!

 

optional:

  • Add tofu for an extra kick of protein.
  • Add sliced mango for a tropical twist.
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Saturate Your Life

Feeling like you're in a slump? Eat the rainbow, brighten up your wardrobe, and add some color to your surroundings! Saturate your life for a quick and vibrant way to improve your energy, alertness, and happiness!

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe! Leave me a comment, let me know what you thought, and tell me how you plan to brighten up your life!

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

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Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

Also be sure to check out Parts 1 & 2 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice & Florence!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Tuscany

Grapevines + Fine Wines

The Road Less Traveled

When we were planning our trip, Dusty and I decided it would be a good idea to stay somewhere a bit more remote halfway through, to catch a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities. As much as I love to go, go, go, I knew in the back of my mind that we would enjoy the bliss of doing nothing for a couple of days. To really get off the beaten path, we rented a car!

With tensions running high, we buckled up, and hit the open road in our Fiat. To our surprise, the roads were well-paved, and we didn't get lost once--even on the winding, hilly trek to our Airbnb cottage in the middle of nowhere. I will say that I'm glad we opted for a vehicle with GPS and an international data plan for my iPhone!

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This Side Of Paradise

When we arrived, we were greeted by the homeowner, Ramona, and a bottle of Lapone Vineyard & Winery's finest. After being given a tour of the grounds and our private guest house, we were shocked and speechless--it was more than we could have ever hoped for!

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany

The old, stone cottage, accented with cherry red shutters was a picture right out of a movie. We lugged our bags to our bedroom and began to make ourselves at home. After snacking on some local cherries and figs, we made our way out to the back patio and followed the stone path leading us to the expansive lap pool overlooking the rolling vineyards. This would be our home for the next four days.

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To top it all off, I was greeted by a friendly feline on the property, that agreed to join me for a photo shoot. I think I made friends with at least one cat, each place we stayed!

Under The Tuscan Sun

As sunbeams shot across the bedroom the next morning, I felt my heart skip with excitement. I grabbed my phone to drop a pin on our location to make sure that I wasn't dreaming. I tip-toed across the cool, pale pink tiles and reached for my running shoes and made my way upstairs to rinse and chop some fresh fruit. Shortly after, my partner in crime joined me, and we enjoyed our breakfast in comfortable silence, gazing out the arched window at the expansive Italian hillside. This would turn out to be one of the best days of our lives.

There were no alarm clocks, no schedules or itineraries to follow, no tours to be at, just clear skies, sunshine, and plenty of time to do it right...Eat, Move, Rest. After breakfast, we took a right, heading out the driveway, which quickly turned to gravel. We ran up, down, and around, passing small, family farms with sheep ready to be sheared, ratty olive orchards, and never-ending rows of grapevines. We re-traced our steps home, shed our sweaty clothes, threw on our bathing suits, and made a B-line for the pool.

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Sunglasses, big hat, a good book, quiet music, and endless sunshine. As we stepped to the water's edge, I grabbed my phone, gave Dusty a playful shove, and caught a quick "Boomerang" as he made a splash. As he re-emerged, we died laughing, watching the video clip on repeat. We spent the next several hours enjoying the art of doing nothing.

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Grow Green

Olives, grapes, and figs were in abundance on the property, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't pluck a few!

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A Hilltop Village

Later that day, we hopped in our Fiat and drove a ways south to a tiny, hilltop village called Orvieto, where we explored the famous, black-and-white striped Duomo.  This region of Italy is technically considered Umbria, but to us, it was all Tuscany. We walked the narrow, quaint, and nearly motor-less streets lined with artisanal bakeries, chattering townsfolk, and hand-made linens. The majority of the shops were temporarily closed for a mid-day "siesta," or as they call it, a "riposo," and would re-open in the evening. Most of Italy embraces this extended lunch hour, and it provides tourists time to slow down and take it all in. As we wandered down the cobblestone road, we stumbled upon a group of budding musicians, serenading a crowd.

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As shops and restaurants began to re-open, we sat down to enjoy some delicious bruschetta and beautiful, ribboned avocado salads. Later on, we finally found a local produce market and stocked up on more fruit and veg to keep on hand, and some pasta and fresh bread to prepare for dinner. Three reasons we love to use Airbnb instead of booking a hotel: 1) we love to have a kitchen to cook in, 2) they are typically less expensive, and 3) they have more character and style!

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Flying High

On our way out of town, we made a pitstop at a park overlooking the valley below. We grabbed our cameras and walked along the path to have a look. To our left was a large, round, cement pad, where a group was wrapping up an outdoor yoga class--shortly after, was the real treat! An older man and a younger couple showed up with two wooden crates with holes drilled in the side. As the younger man placed a large, leather glove onto his hand, he reached into one of the crates to unveil a stunning, masked hawk. He removed the mask, blew his whistle, and the hawk took off and soared right over our heads. A few cues later, and the hawk was right back on the man's arm. It was apparent to us that no matter what career, job, or hobby, one had in this country, it was all done with such passion!

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Find Paradise Within

The main takeaway in Tuscany was that sometimes less is more. Often times, I feel more anxious when I'm doing nothing, as opposed to having too much to do. I like to visit cities, people watch, shop, eat, mingle, and meet, but out of every day abroad, that particular day we spent by the pool stuck out most to me. I can whip up almost anything delicious and nutritious in the kitchen, but I still haven't quite figured out what the recipe for a perfect day is--but I do know two crucial ingredients--love and laughter. 

Those types of days come as unexpectedly as a strong gust of wind, and just as quickly, they pass--but they are never forgotten.  

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Think Less, Feel More

Whether you're on an Italian holiday or right at home, practice the art of doing nothing--think less, and feel more!

Stay tuned for EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 4: Rome Away From Home, coming up next! We'll be bringing you more helpful insight on being plant-based abroad, as well as more food, fashion, and fun! Also be sure to check the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for the latest recap there! Until next time, explore more!

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence

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Greetings, and welcome to the five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy!

EatMoveRest In Italy: A 5 Part Series

EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights from the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

Also be sure to check out Part 1 for an Italian, plant-based primer, and a taste of Venice!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // POSITANO


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Florence

cradle of the renaissance

Winging It

Dusty and I aren't much for tours and itineraries--when we travel, we want to venture out into the unknown. We love to immerse ourselves in the culture and do as the locals do. It felt so freeing to wake up every morning without an alarm, enjoy a relaxing, fruitful breakfast, and step out the front door without a plan or a care in the world!

Traveling from Venice to Florence by train was a breeze, and as we continued to explore Italy, the feeling of fitting in began to surface. 

Sometimes you've got to wing it. Step to the ledge, spread your wings, and fly!

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Flourishing In Florence

Florence, or Firenze, to the locals, felt like the perfect symphony of old and new. Known as the "cradle of the Renaissance," this city holds a wealth of history, up against a bustling, modern mecca. Dusty and I could feel the pride and heritage alive and well, as we stepped out onto the streets to the sound of drums thumping and horns blowing. Hundreds of men and women marched by, dressed in classical garb from another era, smiles on their faces, with an eagerness to stun sightseers. 

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Modern History

Wandering onward, we caught ourselves, mindlessly crossing streets without looking both ways. After the quiet, narrow, motor-less corridors of Venice, the whizzing Vespas and automobiles were a bit of a wakeup call! We passed in and out of fashion-forward shops, and squeezed our way through busy streets, lined with mega-stores, and banners strung about, advertising fresh, modern art exhibits. So far, Florence seemed to have a bit of everything from every era, for everyone!

One of the most stunning sights of the city is the massive Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, better-known as the Duomo. Our stay in Florence would be brief, so we opted to marvel from the exterior, and skipped the lines to tour the interior. 

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As we rounded the mighty facade, we were met by a fresh fruit and juice stand! The cherries continued to satisfy, and the local produce was proving to be just as delightfully abundant as it was in Venice!

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Plant-based Paradise

This was the epitome of Florence--an age-old city with a fresh funk--we came to a flea market in a piazza, swamped with artisans and craftsmen, selling one-of-a-kind gems. We decided it was time to grab a bite before diving into the endless pile of treasures, and lo and behold, a restaurant right around the corner, titled #RAW invited us in. Who would've thought you could find a raw vegan restaurant right in the middle of the oldest cities in Italy?!

The ambiance was unique, refreshing, and almost otherworldly. We ordered one of everything on the menu--raw pad thai, a burger on a buckwheat bun, and a rainbow veggie wrap. We were more than full, but we of course saved room for dessert! We savored every bit of a peanut butter cup and a coconut ball followed by two scoops of delectable, dairy-free gelato. 

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Following our feast, we navigated the flea market and climbed the stairs to wander inside of an inconspicuous church. There was a service at 6pm, so we stuck around. The beauty of the Catholic Church is that no matter where you go or what language you speak, every Mass is the same. 

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Fine Dining In Firenze

We spent our next morning jogging and hiking to the top of Florence, for what is said to be the most stunning sight of the city--the Boboli Gardens. We enjoyed a bowl full of cherries overlooking the rooftops and rolling hills, and then weaved our way back down, taking notice of the ratty yet beautiful, age-old olive trees.

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Later that evening, we stumbled upon yet another fantastic vegan restaurant. Although we did not use the Happy Cow app to find this gem, I did a search for it and discovered that it was not yet listed. Check out the listing I contributed to Happy Cow to help future plant-eaters to discover and enjoy Nirvana Ristorante

We enjoyed exquisite, superfood salads followed by a marinara pizza. Dusty even found a gluten-free version of his favorite birra, Peroni!

Florence Is For Lovers

As we made our way back to our Airbnb, we were stopped in our tracks by the breathtaking view of the sunset overlooking the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge, and the Arno River below. Florence would be our shortest stay of the trip, and not until we got home did we begin to hear whispers inviting us to return. 

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Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence
Erin Stanczyk | Lifestyle Design | EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Foodies In Florence

Bold + Neutral

There was no in-between in Italy--it was either neutral linens in shades of white and beige, or bold brights, accented with pops of color. One thing was certain--less was more; the temperature was rising and sleeves were out of the question!

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Travel, Wander, Explore

Our biggest takeaway from Florence, or Firenze, was to "Wing it!" Sometimes it's best to do away with the itinerary and ditch the plans. Forego tours and lines for finding yourself amongst the locals, trusting that all will be well. Take notice of how life's synchronicities and serendipitous moments spontaneously arise!

The true magic happens when you let go.

Stay tuned for EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 3: Taste of Tuscany, coming up next! We'll be bringing you more helpful insight on being plant-based abroad, as well as more food, fashion, and fun! Also be sure to check the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for the latest recap there! Until next time, explore more!

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Erin

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EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 1: Vegans In Venice

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EAT MOVE REST IN ITALY

A 5-PART TOUR

Greetings, and welcome to our five-part blog series on our recent travels to Italy! Below you will find a handful of helpful information on delicious dining, fabulous fashion, and stunning sights of the 5 places that Dusty and I visited during our summer vacation abroad!

VENICE // FLORENCE // TUSCANY // ROME // Positano


Italy At A Glance

Leading up to our trip, Dusty and I were fairly nervous about eating plant-based abroad. The language barrier, we thought, would be a challenge in and of itself. On top of that, cheese and bolognese is the name of the game! On the flight overseas, we brushed up on our "hellos and goodbyes, pleases and thank you's, and, of course, our vegan-friendly, food-ordering skills!

Here's a quick primer in Italiano for the plant-based, vegan tourist:

  • Hello // Buongiorno or Ciao
  • Goodbye // Arrivederci
  • Please // Per favore 
  • Thank you // Grazie 
  • How much? // Quanto?
  • Fruit // Frutta
  • Vegatables // Verdure
  • Organic // Biologico or Bio
  • Vegan // Vegano
  • Without meat // Senza carne
  • Without cheese // Senza formaggio 
  • Without eggs // Senza uovo 
  • Without milk // Senza latte
  • Vegan? // Vegano?
  • Delicious // Delizioso 
  • Perfect // Perfetto

Plant-based Paradise

With a few basics, we successfully communicated with almost everyone, (most of whom also spoke English, fluently). We were thrilled and amazed at the prevalence of fresh fruit stands, open-air markets, and authentic, vegan Italian cuisine we stumbled upon, almost without going out of our way to do so!

We eat a high-raw diet at home, or as some like to call it, "Raw 'til 4," and we were able to do so in Italy, with ease. Each morning, we ate an all-fruit breakfast and grazed throughout the day on more fresh fruit and healthy salads while we wandered and explored. For dinner, we either cooked at our Airbnb, or found a restaurant with plenty of options--either way, we ate pasta and/or pizza almost every single night!

We had no problems avoiding animal products, but it proved quite difficult to avoid oil--especially olive oil! We do not consume any fats in the form of oil at home, but being that it's a staple ingredient in nearly every menu item, from salads to pasta sauces, we decided to ease up and enjoy. We went by two rules of thumb:

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," and "Do your best, and forget the rest!"

According my iPhone fitness app, we were walking nearly 20,000 steps per day, on top of our sight-seeing runs that we did about every other day; we were definitely working up an appetite! This was the first trip we went on that we didn't feel sluggish or sick from food or drink once, and we didn't gain a pound coming home! Yay, plant-power! We have learned to look at travel less as a time to overdo and splurge, and more as a time to improve ourselves and grow physically, mentally, and emotionally.


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VENICE

A CITY ON WATER

One word: picturesque. 

The canals, the bridges, and the buildings--everything about this city on water was the most unreal, dream-like place we've ever been!

We flew through the night, and as timing would have it, Dusty and I woke up in Italy on our 4th anniversary, June 8th. Venice, or Venezia, to the locals, was our first stop. We took a water taxi (think James Bond), weaving between gondolas through winding canals, until we arrived at our hotel's water entrance. To my delight, Dusty had arranged for an anniversary fruit platter that was awaiting us...he truly knows the way to my heart!

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Get Lost + Find Yourself

Our first word of advice from a local was that if we didn't get lost in the city on water, we weren't doing something right. We soon realized what she meant, as we walked through the tiny, maze-like corridors, exploring locals shops. Two of our must-see locations in Venice are: St. Mark's Square and the Venice Fish Market. St. Mark's Square is home to the breathtaking, Basilica San Marco, and is a central hang-out for locals and tourists.

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EATMOVEREST IN ITALY, PART 1: VEGANS IN VENICE
EATMOVEREST IN ITALY, PART 1: VEGANS IN VENICE
EATMOVEREST IN ITALY, PART 1: VEGANS IN VENICE

Eat More Plants

The Fish Market was such an incredible, open-air, seafood and produce market with an abundance of fresh, local fruits and vegetables. We were in heaven--to say the least! We stocked up on tons of juicy peaches, nectarines, apricots, berries, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, and greens to have on hand for breakfast and lunch. As our first experience with being 100% vegan overseas, we were delighted to find that it was not only going to be a breeze, but that it was going to be a real treat!

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Travel Is Connection

On our second visit to the market, we actually ran into one of our YouTube favorites, Guy Turland, of Bondi Harvest, from Australia. We flagged him down and had a quick chat, and he said to let him know if we were ever in LA, (where he now lives), and we'd shoot an episode together--we're holding him to it! ;) Unfortunately, we forgot to snag a photo with Guy, but be sure to check out his incredible YouTube channel!

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Classic Italian, Vegano-Style

One of the nights in Venice, we used the Happy Cow app, which I highly recommend for finding fabulous vegan dining when traveling. We found ourselves a delicious vegan pizzeria, Pizzeria L'Angelo, and ordered a veggie pizza to eat in the town square. On another night, we ate at a gorgeous, authentic Italian restaurant, and enjoyed bruschetta and pasta marinara--simple and delizioso!

We were also able to find a vegan gelateria, (that we of course, revisited), right by our hotel! Many gelaterias will have vegan options--your best bet is just to ask. You can say "vegano?" or "soya?" because many times soy milk is used as a dairy-alternative. Common dairy-free flavors appeared to be the fruity and dark chocolate ones--fragola (strawberry), limone (lemon), mango (mango), and cioccolato (chocolate).

Sunshine + Style

The weather was perfect--not a drop of rain, nothing but sunny skies, and temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees! Dusty and I agreed that we both overpacked. I brought pants and a few long-sleeve options with me that i never even came close to needing, in fact, I didn't wear my shorts or tanks, either! I'm glad I brought a handful of sundresses and sandals, because that's all I needed to stay cool and comfortable!

I also brought a couple of scarves for evenings, which came in handy, because most churches require you to cover your shoulders to enter. My other lifesaver was my sunhat, which pressed flat into my suitcase, and was perfect for beach and pool days. Dusty bought his first pair of Toms right before the trip, and he swears by them! I don't know how my feet never got sore in sandals, but I also made sure to have my Toms with me, just in case.

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Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.

The Bare Essentials

Our advice is to pack light especially if you're visiting Italy in the summer months. This way you'll also have room to bring things home--which, trust me, you will want to! Ladies, stick to flowy dresses, scarves, comfortable sandals and flats, and a sunhat. One other tip--my curling iron burned out a few days into the trip, so I recommend finding one when you get there. Guys, lightweight linens are the way to go--if you don't have any, buy them there! Every stop along the way, we found amazing, local, hand-crafted linen shops.

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Travel, Wander, Explore

Our biggest takeaway from Venice, or Venezia, was to "Get Lost & Find Yourself." Leave behind old thoughts and habits that aren't serving you, ditch the drama, loosen the reins, give up the control, and let things come to you! Be free!

Stay tuned for EatMoveRest In Italy, Part 2: Flourish In Florence, coming up next! We will be bringing you more helpful insight on being plant-based abroad, as well as more food, fashion, and fun! Also be sure to check the EatMoveRest YouTube channel for the latest recap there! Until next time, explore more!

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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream: An Herbal, Antioxidant-Packed, Bouquet In A Bowl

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Spring Has Sprung

April showers have brought on an abundance of promised May flowers! White tents are popped up in parking lots, brimming with leafy and flowering plants, bike paths and sidewalks are lined with the sweet scent of fresh blooms and treetops are aflutter with chirping birds and chasing squirrels. The farmer's market is in full swing and berries are ripe for the picking. 

The other night, the hubby and I were watching one of my favorite movies, It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, and I swoon every time I lay eyes on the dreamy, California home, garden, and bakery that Streep's character gets to call life. At one point in the movie, she mentions a bowl of Lavender ice cream, and the idea stuck with me.

Lavender makes the world stand still.
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LAVENDER

NICE CREAM

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Lavender Love

Lavender is known for it's stress and anxiety-relieving properties and its sweet scent evokes a calm and relaxed state of mind. On top of that, lavender can be used to heal minor wounds and burns, reduce acne, restore skin complexion, alleviate headaches, and aid in a restful night's sleep. For more on lavender its benefits, check out this quick, 3-minute video on NutritionFacts.org!

I'm a lavender addict--from dried sprigs sprinkled throughout our home, to essential oils wafting from my bed sheets to a calming cup of tea and a good book at the end of a long day. While at Open Harvest, our local co-op, I wandered through the herbal and supplement aisle to explore, as I often do. To my delight, I stumbled upon a large glass container of organic, dried lavender flowers, typically used for brewing your own tea. It was a 90-degree day, and all of a sudden, the idea of creating my own version of Lavender Nice Cream didn't sound half bad!

My cart was already lined with the obligatory assortment of berries that dominate my breakfasts and snacks, so I thought I'd use my favorite-of-the-moment, blackberries, to create the perfectly purple bowl of dairy-free, fruitfully delicious, Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

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Blackberry-Lavender Nice Cream

Nothing says spring has sprung, like a cool, frozen treat combining two of the season's finest--fresh-picked blackberries and luscious lavender. This bouquet of flowers in a bowl will leave you feeling blissed out, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!

raw vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, herbal, antioxidant-packed deliciousness

serves: 2 // time: 5 min

 

ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups blackberries
  • 4-5 frozen, ripe, freckled bananas
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1.5 cups hot water

method:

  1. Place lavender into tea ball or sachet and place in tea cup. Pour hot water over top and allow tea to brew for 8-10 minutes.
  2. While tea is steeping, add frozen bananas and blackberries to high-speed blender. 
  3. Add anywhere from a splash to the entire cup of tea into the blender, depending on the thickness you prefer.
  4. Scoop or pour into bowl or glass and sprinkle with a dusting of lavender. Top with blackberries and other fruit of your choice and enjoy!

notes:

  • If you don't have dried lavender, simply substitute a lavender tea bag or a couple drops of food-grade, lavender essential oil.
  • You may also brew the lavender tea ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator.
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The Perfect Mother's Day Delight

Related Recipe:

Raw Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake (this recipe also tastes great with love + lavender added in!)

Spring is here, the berries are bright, the lavender is abloom, and most importantly--Mother's Day is around the corner! What better way to say I Love You to Mom, than with a sweet treat, made specially for her! Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, and mom, I Love You! ;)

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DESIGNED FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE,

Erin

Erin Stanczyk