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the essential summer salad – a guest blog post

Hey guys!! I am SUPER excited to announce that I am starting a new guest blog post series over at Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

The first post that I’ll be sharing on their blog is a recipe for the essential summer salad.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe!

Ahhh Summer. The season of sun kissed shoulders, light that stretches late into the evening, and dining al fresco with meals where all you need is a simple main dish and a lovely salad to round everything out. And if you have a green thumb, it’s a salad that’s been made with freshly picked vegetables from the garden. Cue in the essential summer salad.

A salad that loves being paired with whatever’s on the menu, comes together in less than 10 minutes, and hosts a variety of nutritionally dense summer veggies that (if you have a garden) are probably going bonkers right now.

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bedtime turmeric golden milk bulletproof latte {paleo + gluten free + vegan option}

Well hey lovely people! How are you DOING?! Hope your week is off to a great start. Some of my favorite players are making an appearance in today’s post – turmeric, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon are all a part of this amazing bedtime turmeric golden milk bulletproof latte! And why should you be excited?

because golden milk is The perfect tonifying remedy for winding down at the end of the day.


Bedtime turmeric golden milk bulletproof latte is an amazing bedtime tonic made with warming spices and boosted with a dose of healthy fats to help you fall fast asleep!
I’ve been getting home late since starting my new job, like 10 or 11 at night (if I’m lucky!) and while I’m SO grateful to have my days free to work on this site and take care of myself, it’s been a little bit harder to wind down and get to sleep once I get home.

Sometimes I stay awake for a little while to bust out some work in the quiet and dark house, as it always tends to be a pretty productive time for me – there’s something about that stillness that allows me to focus like no other. But I don’t like staying up so late that I’m dragging to get out of bed in the morning. When I fall into that bad habit it always has a way of killing my morning yoga routine. Which if you can relate, tends to start a waterfall cascade of feeling like my day has totally fallen to bits and that I’m in no way living up to my potential. Yikes! that sounds pretty harsh when I write that down here.

I’m working on that whole self compassion thing.

I’ve known for awhile that golden milk can aid in relaxation, and therefore promote a good night’s sleep, so I decided to give it a try. Boosting this turmeric latte with an extra dose of healthy fats was this sort of intuitive thing that I started adding to my own little recipe to have an even easier time falling and staying asleep.. Come to find out after some research, having a little bit of fat before bed isn’t just some random thing. It really can help you fall and stay asleep by keeping your tummy is satisfied, and giving you that cozy sleepy feeling you get after finishing an especially satisfying meal.

I love it when my intuition is confirmed by scientific facts! Makes me feel like I’m tuning into my body in the right way. Our bodies have lots of messages to share with us if we create the space to listen!

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kombucha rose and fresh citrus margarita

Well Mexico has totally rubbed off on my kitchen agenda and I’m kind of loving it. I mean, without a week in Mexico I’m not sure we would be talking about kombucha rose and fresh citrus margaritas!!!

Kombucha rose and fresh citrus margaritas! Can a margarita be both delicious AND good for you? I think these prove that yes, they totally can.

And just in time for Cinco de Mayo 😛

Currently I’m sitting in my favorite little sunny coffee shop where I find I’m always the most productive (isn’t it strange how sometimes where you work affects how you work? I kinda love it), and I just finished editing these pictures. I was so deep into getting the kombucha pour shots looking just right, (and was obviously thinking about how delicious these margaritas were) that when I took a sip of my iced almond milk chai latte I totally expected it to be a margarita 🙂 Coffee shop margs? Maybe I’m onto something… 

  Kombucha rose and fresh citrus margaritas! Can a margarita be both delicious AND good for you? I think these prove that yes, they totally can.

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