Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad makes an amazing picnic side or dessert! This sweet yet subtle mix of rice, carrot, coconut, spices and honey will have you looking at rice in a sweeter way. 

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This is my last post before I load my entire life into a truck, drive 35 minutes down the road, into a completely different state, then dump it all into a new set of walls.

But not just any walls, a house. A new house. That has our name on the papers. We bought a house!

I can’t believe it. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have found a partner that works so damn hard to make our dreams come true. We definitely have paid our dues, and this won’t be easy, but we’re making the dream happen. Lucky me.

I was recently asked to manifest a dream. But I couldn’t think of one in particular. I have a lot of dream blobs. Unformed wants and hopes, but I know that they’ll become clear sooner or later, and then I’ll chase them down. But, buying a house was my current dream, and worth mentioning (even though it wasn’t a new dream in that very moment).

But, I’m sure if you approach me sometime on Saturday afternoon, when it’s a record-breaking hot as hell day, I’m not going to be sporting this positivity. In fact, you’ll probably want to just keep driving. Or stop and help…yeah that’s a better idea.

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Wild Rice Salad (treatswithatwist.com)

Ok, now onto the recipe! Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad! I love love love this. It really doesn’t have an overpowering taste, so it works perfectly as a side in a big, grilled meal. OR as a dessert! I love adding a splash of almond milk to it and eating it like a cold porridge. So good. Enjoy!

Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad
Sweet Coconut Date Wild Rice Salad makes an amazing picnic side or dessert! This sweet yet subtle mix of rice, carrot, coconut, spices and honey will have you looking at rice in a sweeter way. (makes 4-6 servings)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup wild rice, uncooked
  2. 1 ¾ cups water
  3. 1 Tbs. coconut oil
  4. 1 large carrot, shredded
  5. zest and juice of 1 lemon
  6. 1 Tbs. unsweetened shredded coconut
  7. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  8. ¼ tsp. cardamom
  9. ¼ cup raisins (or golden raisins)
  10. ¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  11. pinch of sea salt
  12. 3-5 dates
  13. 2 Tbs. large coconut flakes (or more unsweetened shredded coconut)
  14. 2 Tbs. raw honey
Instructions
  1. ~In a sauce pan, cook the rice, water and coconut oil. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to a low simmer, place the lid on, and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
  2. ~Once the rice is finished, fluff it with a fork, then stir in the shredded carrot, lemon juice and zest, shredded coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, raisins and nuts. Add a pinch of sea salt.
  3. ~Refrigerate the mixture until cool. Plate it up, then top it with the dates (slice them up), coconut flakes, and honey.
Notes
  1. Try it as a porridge for dessert! Splash almond milk and more honey over the top!
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Acai Bowl

An Acai Bowl is the perfect way to enjoy an antioxidant-packed smoothie! It’s thick, slightly sweet and topped with lots of fun toppings! What a perfect summer treat!

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I had an AHmazing trip to Seattle this last weekend! I can’t wait to share with you everything I did. I don’t think I’ve been so happy since my Honeymoon!

We saw so many beautiful, natural sites and ate SO much good food, I had a stupid silly grin on the entire time.

Driving home from the airport was a bit of a terror, since we had to drive 5 hours (we fly in and out of St. Louis so my parents can dog-sit, which means we wake up at 3am and take the 6am flight) and a torrential downpour hit us with 70 (NO JOKE) miles-per-hour winds! It came down so rough and in sheets that you could NOT see through, that we had to come to a stop on the highway just to wait to see the lines on the road. Doesn’t take much more than that to wake you up!

Anyways! You may have noticed a little challenge I’ve been partaking in on Instagram. Thanks for not calling me a loser and unfollowing me, because I’m really a super cheesy person and it becomes SUPER obvious when I do challenges and have to explain my brain…which is why I tend to stick to artsy photos of things I love when I’m on Instagram. But, this one has been really making me focus on bettering myself. I love that it is very positive and about adding healthy habits into your life and making you feel more positive in general.

I resolved, after this crazy amazing birthday week, to cut down on sugar and do a sugar detox. I usually don’t have a problem, because a small treat here and there is usually plenty for me. Well, after all of the cake and treats from my birthday week and realizing that I tend to mindlessly chomp on anything chocolate-covered, I decided to make a conscious decision to scale back. I finished this last weekend feeling sick to my stomach, sluggish, grumpy, sick, worse skin than usual, and I’m pretty sure I have an ulcer (for serious). So, for the next few weeks, only deliberately planned treats, like wedding cake at an upcoming wedding or a special dessert date between my husband and me, are ok, which gives me balance and things to look forward to.

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Acai Bowl (treatswithatwist.com)
That being said, I’m replacing sugar (and honey drizzles and maple downfalls) with natural fruit for treats. So, my Acai smoothie Bowl really hits the spot for me. Hopefully this will keep the sugar withdrawls at bay.

An Acai Bowl is so packed with antioxidants and nutrients, with so many possibilities to add even more, that you’ll feel glowing, happy and bright afterwards. Acai isn’t a very flavor-rich or sweet superfood, so adding the toppings is the fun part! I love adding slivered almonds, fresh blueberries or bananas, some hemp seeds for protein, and coconut flakes along with a bit of crunchy granola. Really the possibilities are endless. I would normally add a good drizzle of local raw honey, but you can do that on yours and I’ll take mine without for awhile.

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Enjoy! And wish me luck on this crazy idea to sugar-detox! You can follow me on Instagram and see the other crazy things I’m getting myself into (like doing yoga poses in public, because in my head I am much more graceful than I actually am). 

Acai Bowl
Acai Bowls are antioxidant-packed smoothie bowls filled with the superfood Acai. The toppings are the best part, so don't skimp on those! Enjoy this summer treat all year long and you'll be glowing. (makes 1 bowl)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 packet of frozen Acai (Sambazon)*
  2. ½ banana, frozen
  3. ¼ cup almond milk
  4. Toppings: homemade or store-bought granola (no dried fruit**), hemp seeds, almonds, fresh fruit, unsweetened coconut
  5. Optional add-ins: spinach, spirulina, frozen berries, a scoop of natural protein powder (like Vega)
Instructions
  1. Blend the smoothie ingredients together until smooth. Push down the sides in your blender so it all comes together. You want it "spoonable" thick.
  2. Add toppings! Enjoy immediately!
Notes
  1. Notes: you’ll want this to be super thick, so just keep scraping down your blender until it’s all blended together.
  2. *If you don’t have frozen acai packets and want to use dehydrated acai powder, add 1 Tbs of the powder to your blender, along with ½ cup of frozen blueberries and the rest of the smoothie ingredients.
  3. **dried fruit will only turn rock-solid on top of this smoothie bowl, so it’s best to stick with fresh fruit and granola made of just oats and sees/nuts
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The Green Thing Smoothie

The Green Thing Smoothie is the most nutrient-dense, veggie-packed blended treat you can enjoy for snacks or meals, getting your veggies in without even trying! Be brave and customize it to make something all your own!

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First of all, thank you all SO much for the lovely, warm wishes you left for me Monday. I feel so loved. Between my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and right here, I felt surrounded by happiness on my birthday, and that was perfection.

Moving forward.

I’ve gotten really into smoothie making. I think it’s because I love my Vitamix blender so much. I get separation anxiety when I leave town and have to leave it on the counter (don’t worry, I think it’s coming with me on future trips…). I just love it.

Anyways, I’m getting more and more green with my smoothies. And I love being able to get a majority of my veggie servings down before lunch! Score. Point, me.

So, this is it.

The Green Thing Smoothie (treatswithatwist.com)

It’s The Green Thing.

I honestly call it The Green Thang…but I know that Thing is a bit more sensible for an official title. But, you say “thing,” I say “thang.” Just know that while you’re making your Green Thing, I’m making my Green Thang.

No biggie.

The Green Thing Smoothie (treatswithatwist.com)

It’s SO many veggies in one glass, you won’t even have to worry if you don’t see another vegetable for the whole day! 

The Green Thing Smoothie (treatswithatwist.com)

Here’s the best part! You can dramatically change the flavor with little tweaks, and not lose any of the valuable nutrients of the smoothie. You can drink it straight if you love it (woohoo), but if it’s too “green” for you, add a handful or two of honeydew melon, pineapple, banana, or berries! Just choose one, you can’t lose! You could even add 2 Tbs of cocoa powder!

What I love about making smoothies, is that they’re stress-free! You seriously just start adding what you know you love, and in the end you have an amazingly nutritious snack or meal. I like that the portion is so big, I can pour it into two jars and for snacks (and I usually add a little something extra to my snack time if I’m only drinking half), or I can add a scoop of protein (I prefer Vega or a plant-based protein) and enjoy it for a meal. Can’t beat that!

The Green Thing Smoothie (treatswithatwist.com)

Enjoy! And let me know what you love to add to your Green Thing! [Thang]

The Green Thing Smoothie
The Green Thing Smoothie is a nutrient-dense smoothie filled with so many veggies, you won't have to feel guilty if you don't see another vegetable for the rest of the day! Customize it with the optional add-ins and change the flavor into a more fruity treat! (makes one large smoothie meal or can be divided into 2 snack portions)
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Ingredients
  1. ½ large cucumber
  2. 1 large carrot
  3. 2 celery stalks
  4. 1/3 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
  5. 2 handfuls of spinach
  6. ¼ avocado
  7. ½ apple (I like red, but a green one would be bright and fab too)
  8. ½ frozen banana
  9. 1 Tbs. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  10. 1 Tbs. flaxseeds
  11. 1 tsp. spirulina (optional if you can’t find it)
  12. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  13. ice, if desired
  14. Optional add-ins: ½-1 cup of honeydew melon, pineapple, or berries; 1-2 Tbs. cocoa powder; scoop of Vega protein powder (or your favorite plant-based protein)
Instructions
  1. Chop any large veggies into larger chunks.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add more almond milk if you like a thinner smoothie, add ice if you like it thicker and icier.
Notes
  1. It's easier to blend a smoothie like this with a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec. I've never used a Blendtec, but I've heard great things about them. I love my Vitamix and highly recommend it. If you don't have a powerful blender, try blending the almond milk and spinach together first, then add the other veggies and smoothie ingredients to blend until smooth.
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It’s My Birthday!

It’s my birthday!!!

Take a few moments to party (I’ll be taking at least a week and a half…).

  Birthday Sprinkles

On turning 26.

Twenty-six. I am officially in my late twenties.

I promise I’m not going to get all “words of wisdom” on you because I realize how young I still am. Plus, I don’t feel like I’m in any position to impart much wisdom on you, despite my close friends’ tendency to summon me as Dr. King (I love that, but I’ll be the first to admit its illegal).

Anyways! I feel like I am officially that age. Where little kids look at you, call you Mrs. King, then go home and write in their diary about how when they’re old like you, they’re going to be married, have 4 kids and live in a mansion where they get massages all day long. Yup, here I am.

For my birthday I was going to make a killer awesome cake, but my cake pans and much of my kitchen are packed up already! I guess you could say we bought a house for my birthday (kind of makes the gift I’m getting for Steve for his birthday later this year look super L-A-M-E)! No worries though, we’ll go out for a slice of cake tonight to party party. Then we’re going to Seattle! Because I’ve never been, I’m addicted to coffee and I want a new adventure to start my 26th year.

I tend to treat my birthdays like a second New Years. I like to make new goals and resolutions for how I want to spend the next year of my life. This year involves a lot of kindness towards myself, natural homemade living, presence and positivity, and self-honesty. Also, a lot of Go-Getter spirit (hello, making dreams come true!).

So! Here’s to year 26! 25, you’ve been…trying. But I got married in year 25 so I’ll always treasure it. But 26 is going to be AHmazing. Send me something pretty (I have a list if you need help). Love you! And thank you for still being here with me! 

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream is a super simple, no churn ice cream, made without any dairy, minimal sugar and swirled with peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter).

  Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

I’m kicking this chia pudding thing up a notch. Do you mind?

Didn’t think so.

Because I made you ice cream.

Let’s talk trial and error here first. Don’t use almond milk. It doesn’t have enough body. And don’t use the nonfat coconut milk. It’ll be too icy. I’m not trying to be bossy, I just want you to learn from the rock hard mistakes I already made with this recipe. That’s why we’re friends.

You’ll make my birthday cake, and I’ll bring the ice cream, ok? Deal? [it’s on Monday…mark your calendar]

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com) And I’ll be honest, I didn’t just use peanut butter to swirl in here. I used a coconut peanut butter. Soooooo goooooddddd! Gah! Drool.

The texture is slightly icy but creamy because of the chia seeds and the full fat coconut milk. Really be generous with the vanilla, you won’t regret it. You have to let the ice cream set out to soften, but as soon as it is scoopable, you’re in for a real treat. 

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream (treatswithatwist.com)

Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Swirl Chia Seed Ice Cream is a super simple, no churn ice cream, made without any dairy, minimal sugar and swirled with peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter).
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can (15 oz) of full fat coconut milk
  2. ¼ cup chia seeds
  3. 3 Tbs. coconut sugar
  4. 2 dates
  5. 1 tsp. corn starch (or 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)
  6. 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  7. pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend together all of the ingredients except for the nut butter, until smooth.
  2. Pour your ice cream base into your ice cream container (I ordered some cheap ones off Amazon, but you can use a bread loaf pan lined with plastic wrap). Drop your peanut butter in the container and swirl with a knife.
  3. Apply the lid (or wrap tightly with plastic wrap) and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. When you're ready to scoop your ice cream, let it sit on the counter to soften (20 min or so). Scoop, enjoy!
Notes
  1. If your nut butter is quite thick, microwave it to heat it and thin it out, making it easier to swirl.
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