California Date Shake (Plant-Based)

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PSA: this is not a smoothie.

As a California-girl, I’m unsure how I had never heard of a Date Shake until a visit to Frankie & Jo’s in Seattle. The plant-based ice cream shop serves up on ode to the real-deal Palm Springs date shake in a dairy-free, vegan and paleo revival that tastes exactly like its dairy version.

Since my last trip to Seattle, I've been dreaming of Date Shakes, and quite frankly, dreaming of Coachella. In years past, it was right about now that my group of friends would start getting excited, making final prepping for the fun-filled Music and Arts Festival down in the Coachella Valley. It was also the unofficial start of warm weather season.

Date shakes are a well-known Coachella Valley desert. Although I've been to Palm Springs numerous times, I’ve never (officially) tasted these legendary shakes been to Palm Springs. (At least not that I'm aware of!) I heard about their deliciousness from friends, from strangers, from the Insta and Pinterest world. Dates blended into a milkshake? Sounds like absolute perfection. I knew right away that I needed to recreate the date shake at home.

You're going to love this thick and creamy plant-based California Date Shake made with dates, walnuts, and frozen bananas instead of ice cream. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and plant-based/vegan.

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California Date Shake (Plant-Based)

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Plant-Based

Recipe makes 2 servings

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What You'll Need

1/4 cup raw walnuts soaked for 2-4 hours

1/4 cup cashews soaked for 2-4 hours

6 Medjool dates pitted and soaked for 10 minutes

1 banana sliced and frozen

3/4-1 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

A pinch sea salt

5-7 ice cubes

Tools: High-Speed Blender (I used this brand)

What You'll Need To Know

Once the cashews, walnuts and dates have been soaked, drain and add them to a high-speed blender drained add them to a high-powered blender.

Add in the cashew milk, vanilla, ground cinnamon, salt, and ice cubes and blend on high until thick and creamy, about 60-90 seconds.

Pour and enjoy!

Lucuma Matcha Latte

I want to share my current warm-tonic-matcha-addiction with you. This Lucama Matcha Latter is so frothy, creamy and delicious. 

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There is something so delicious about Matcha, combined with lucama, collagen and a good source of fat that helps give me sustainable energy, optimal brain function, and focus. So much so, it'll make you not miss coffee.

You'll love that lucuma powder delivers plenty of health benefits when added to your favorite food or beverage, and has a slightly sweet taste to it. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.

lucama matcha latte

LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE

Makes 1 serving

What You'll Need

1 tsp Matcha (high-quality, I used Tea Bar brand)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder (I used MRM brand*)
1 scoop vanilla collagen peptides (I used Vital Proteins brand)
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
1 cup warm cashew milk
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)
1/4 tsp Ashwagandha (I used SunPotions brand)
1 tbsp Honey or 2-3 drops Stevia
1 pinch of sea salt

* Use promo code 'valerie' on MRM for 40% off your order.

What You'll Need To Know

1. Add the Matcha powder and hot water to a high-speed blender. Secure the top of your blender and blend for 30 sec.

2. Then add the Lucuma, collagen, coconut oil and ashwagandha, sweetner, sea salt and blend again.

3. In a small pot warm up the cashew milk and then add it to the blender as well. If you are using a VitaMix, skip this step and blend for 3 minutes until warm.

4. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

What's your favorite way to enjoy matcha?

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How To Tea Time Right

I love tea.

This might be a shocking revelation to my closest circle of friends and Instagram followers because everyone knows how much I live for a good cup of coffee. But, truth be told, I start my morning by seeping my own ginger-lemon tea and end my days with a peppermint tea before bed.

Two rituals I never really considered to be a part of well, my morning or bedtime ritual, since the American way of preparing is totally wrong compared to proper English teatime.

But what about teatime?

Ever wondered what it is exactly?

Keep reading!

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Before you start seeping your English tea, you must understand where this tradition came from.

One afternoon in the 1840s, Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, complained of that “sinking feeling” in her stomach.  She was brought a pot of tea and light snack in her boudoir to relieve her hunger pangs. The Lady loved her little snack so much that she began inviting her friends to join her and Anna must have been one popular gal, because before long, this pause for tea became a seriously fashionable social event.

Nowadays, we may not be not putting on our white gloves, heavy corsets to sip some tea at 4pm, but the tradition with some minor modern improvements still remains very relevant – especially when the late afternoon lethargy sinks in. Here are some Teatime tips on how to create that perfect afternoon tea service, and the best part of sitting down for teatime.

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Start with a loose leaf tea.

All teas come from the camellia sinesis plant of which there are two varieties—the small leaf China plant and the large leaf assam plant. Teas derived from the small China plant have a more refined, distinct flavor—but you should really choose a tea to your own personal preference—whether that be the traditional English Breakfast or a lighter white tea.

Water temperature matters.

Have you ever had a cup of tea that leaves your mouth overly dry? That’s because the water was too hot. Water should never, ever be at a rolling boil. For green teas, water temperature should be around 175 degrees and for black teas, water should be just below a boiling temperature.

Steep your tea carefully.

It’s crucial to properly steep your tea, or you won’t get the best possible taste. For green tea, steep for 2-3 minutes; black tea should be left for 4-5. If you are a fan of stronger tea, don’t steep your tea for longer—instead, add more tea leaves.

Bring out the tiered platter.

What sets a traditional British afternoon tea apart is the well-known tiered cake stand with scones, tea sandwiches, and small pastries. Scones should be served with clotted cream and raspberry jam; tea sandwiches should be thinly sliced with the crusts cut off. Typical sandwich fillings include cream cheese and cucumber, smoked salmon, and egg with mayonnaise.

Pay attention to your tea and food pairing.

Just like wine and food pairings, it’s important to pair the right tea with whatever you’re eating. When you choose a pairing, you want something that will highlight both the tea and the food. If you’re eating something pungent, like a smoked salmon tea sandwich, you’ll need a strong tea, like an oolong to stand up to it. English breakfast tea pairs well with the flavor of raspberry—so drink it with your scones and jam. Green tea goes well with chocolate because it’s grassy enough to match the slight bitterness of chocolate, but it also benefits from the sweetness of the chocolate.

Take your time.

Really, the best part about an afternoon tea service is the pace. We all lead such busy lives and we’re so used to just grabbing our food and going, but this is completely the opposite of that. Sit down, relax, and really enjoy your tea.


What's your favorite tea blend?

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Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.