Vibrant Guide: St. Pete, FL

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Hi friends. Welcome to my very first ‘Vibrant Guide’!

Here’s a little back story: My boyfriend is in his final year of medical school, therefore we have been and will continue to be traveling all over the country this year, so that he can audition at different hospitals. What I love about this, is getting to actually live in a new place for a month or so and truly get a feel for the area. We most recently spent the past two months in St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve decided to start creating Vibrant Guides aka a run down of all the places both vibrant (and pure) that you should check out should you ever find yourself in the area. Here we go!

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Grapefruit Avocado Basil Bruschetta

As I previously mentioned on Instagram, it’s certainly reaching to dub this appetizer ‘bruschetta’, but it just sounds nicer than calling it “a bunch of ingredients cut up and plopped onto a cracker”, you know? So, here we are: grapefruit avocado basil bruschetta. I developed this recipe in partnership with Truly Spiked & Sparkling, as I love their grapefruit & pomelo flavor and wanted to create an appetizer that complements it perfectly, and oh boy, this does.

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Skin Health Meal Prep

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As I’ve mentioned now a time or two, I used to struggle with hormonal cystic acne. Now, to say it 100% in past tense wouldn’t be entirely accurate, as I’m still ever evolving, and experimenting with different foods and activities that can make my skin condition fluctuate. So, while my skin is for the most part healed, I will still get one or two breakouts every now and then. This happens like clock work after a weekend ((like this past weekend, for me) of one too many cocktails, sugary indulgences and french fries, but, guess what? I’m okay with that. It’s called LIVING LIFE my friends. You can’t ‘eat clean’ and live a perfect healthy lifestyle all the time, you’ve gotta liveeee a little (I mean, actually YOU can do whatever YOU want and makes YOU feel your best, but this is how I feel and what I need sometimes to stay sane). Anyways, when this happens, I don’t panic…I know what my skin needs to bounce back as quickly as possible and get back to glowing healthy status. Enter: skin health meal prep…

 

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Majik Mermaid Bites

I’ve been trying to really cut back on my sugar intake lately, so I wanted to create a high fat treat that has almost no sweetener, but is still super decadent and keeps me satisfied. Enter: majik mermaid bites. These little nuggets of joy remind me of the ocean, they’ve got blue and green hues that come from blue majik and spirulina (hence the name!). They’re loaded with healthy fats from coconut, walnut, and MCT oil; plus lots of fiber from hemp and chia seeds. This recipe is super adaptable and easy to make, find it below:

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Goodbye Cystic Acne: How I Cleared My Skin

 

I’ve grappled with the idea of posting ‘before photos’ of my acne for a long time. It feels so personal/vulnerable/embarrassing…but then I have to ask myself: why do I feel ashamed? It’s not my fault that I struggled with cystic acne for so many years. Yet still, here I am, cringing a bit at the idea of putting these photos out there. I think it’s because, when you have become so used to hiding something for good chunk of your life, it never feels quite comfortable to expose it. I’ve decided that if I can help one person or give someone who feels helpless and hopeless, a bit of hope through posting these photos, then it’s worth it.

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Collagen Pancakes

How have I waited this long to try the whole “3 ingredient” pancake thing? I feel like I’ve been doing it all wrong thus far. For a while, I had a bit of sensitivity to bananas so I avoided these kinds of recipes, but after reintroducing them and feeling a-okay, I decided to give banana pancakes a shot. I used the classic recipe combo of banana, oats and egg, (I subbed egg whites since egg yolks trigger my hormonal acne) and I added some collagen peptides- these were ridiculously good. Recipe below:

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Inside My Fridge

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To say my fridge always looks like this would be a big old lie; here’s the truth: organization has never been my strong suit. In saying that, I want to shift gears and explain that even if something has never been your “strong suit” you can make it as strong as you’d like, you just have to make the effort. We often pigeon hole ourselves and define who we are based on long practiced habits- but guess what? They’re just habits and all habits can be changed. We can always change the status quo and decide to do whatever we want to do or be whoever we want to be through intention. I make the effort every day to try to be more organized, I’ll research organizational blogs or pick up little tips from my peers and adopt them- it’s always a work in progress.

Okay, enough about my habits. The point is: I’ve finally organized my fridge and gotten to a place where I’m better equipped to keep it that way. I will share with you some organizational tips, plus the items I always have on hand.

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