Happy 4th of July!
Celebrate with an ultra hydrating, super healthy snack to cool you down after a fun day in the sun!

These super simple popsicles are made with hydrating coconut water and antioxidant filled berries. The best part? There is minimal prep in making these adorable little patriotic pops and only 3 easy to find ingredients!

Oh wait, even better… they’re vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and fat free! Go on, eat a few!

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Red, White, & Blueberry Popsicles
Serves 4

2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup blueberries
4 strawberries

Rince berries. Slice strawberries. Start by placing 4-6 blueberries in the bottom of each popsicle mold. Pour coconut water to the top of each mold. Add slices strawberries and cover with popsicles ends. Freeze overnight and and enjoy on 4th of July!

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!
xo catherine

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Hi bunnies!

I’m finally back from San Francisco and Orlando, so I am back to the grind of spinning and cooking up new recipes for you guys!

I wanted to share a fun healthy recipe for the 4th of July!

Colorful dishes are the healthiest. The more colorful, the better… and no, I’m not talking about Froot Loops. Vividly colored fruits and vegetables are filled with flavonoids and polyphenols; powerful antioxidants that will support your retina, mitochondria, brain cells, and aid the removal of toxins. You can get your daily dose from vibrant veggies such as beats, carrots, peppers, and red cabbage, as well as brightly colored berries, and fruits like peaches, oranges, etc.

To achieve optimal health, aim for 3 different colors of fruits and veggies everyday!

Not only are these kebabs filled with important vitamins and minerals, but they also tally up to a total of 4 different veggies (tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, and onion) of 5 different colors! Feed your brain, not just your tummy!

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Rainbow Veggie kebabs
Serves 4

4 cherry tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
2 mini white potatoes
2 mini purple potatoes
1 red onion

Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar

Wash and shop veggies. Place veggies in a container or large ziplock bag with olive oil and vinegar (enough to coat the veggies). Let the vegetables marinate for at least 2 hours. Place veggies on each skewer in rainbow order. Place each skewer directly on the barbecue and grill for 6-8 minutes per side or until veggies are tender.

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Congratulations to the winner of my Butter London Giveaway, Margaret! I cannot wait for you to get your Butter Box :)

I am off to one of my sister’s bazillion bridal showers this morning and after that I’m flying straight to San Francisco for 24 hours, and then leaving for Florida for a conference on Tuesday morning! The next month leading up to my sister’s wedding (July 19th) is going to be a serious whirlwind.

I picked up the new EMRF neon summer tanks, but I won’t be able to list them in my store until I get back from all of my crazy travels next week. Most of you already know, that this blog and store is run by me, myself, and I, so I didn’t want to post the new shirts and be unable to ship them for a week. I hope you guys understand! New shirts will be available soon though!

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Today’s recipe is for Crunchy Chia Energy Bites! I took double back-to-back classes at Full Psycle the other day and wanted to share my secret pre and in-between workout snack. When you do a really intense cardio session like cycling/spinning, you don’t want to eat something heavy before because you will feel absolutely terribly during class, and you don’t want to go starving because you will be terribly weak. It can be really hard to find a snack suitable for you and your chosen workout, but this is what I love!

These energy bites are filled with natural sugars and carbohydrates from Medjool dates, a little dose of protein and healthy fats from cashews, and omega 3 fatty acid from chia seeds. They’re light enough that you can have one or two a half hour before class and one in-between grueling workouts! They also make a great afternoon snack for adults and kiddos!

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Crunchy Chia Energy Bites
Makes about 8

1/2 cup cashews
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2+ Tbsps chia seeds

In a food processor, pulse the cashews and salt until they are broken into tiny pieces (do not pulse for too long, as it will turn into powder). Pit the dates and add them along with vanilla extract to the food processor. Blend the dates and cashews together until dough is formed. The mixture should stick together and be pliable. Remove the mixture and form into 1 Tablespoon sized balls. Roll each ball in a bowl of chia seeds. Store in refrigerator for snacking!

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Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean eating clean and working out. It means being happy, doing what you love, and pampering yourself. I am such a girly girly when it comes to fashion and beauty. I love doing my hair and make-up and think painting my nails is therapeutic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I change my nail color almost daily.

Since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking up new recipes for my blog and washing loads of dishes, nail lacquer doesn’t exactly last the longest. After trying gels repeatedly, I would still be left with broken brittle nails that took weeks to recover. I’ve tried tons of different polishes and although I love my collection of OPI and Essie, nothing lasts quite as long as Butter London!

Since I love Butter so much, they’ve generously provided this amazing little Butter box full of goodies for one lucky RFFMBT reader! The box includes a collection of six Nail Lacquers to keep your nails super glam, two Backstage Basics Lotions to keep your hands perfectly moisturized and smooth, and a super luxe Wink Eye Pencil.

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My mani is always put to the test when I’m working with my hands in the kitchen. After a round of cooking and dishes, I’m usually left with a messy mani and chipped polish, but I’ve noticed that Butter polishes stay much longer than other brands.

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I’m in love with Butter London’s new Flawless Gel Topcoat. It dries quickly and gives a super high shine that looks like a gel mani. It also protects your nails from chips and nicks twice as long as your average topcoat without weakening or damaging your nails like traditional gels.

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After doing dishes, I like to moisturize with Butter’s Backstage Basics Signature Lotion. It’s formulated with shea butter and antioxidants to hydrate and soothe your skin.

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One lucky RFFMBT reader will win a Butter box ($143 value)!
Butter box includes:
6 Butter London Nail Laquers in: KeenPikey (Dust-Up)TrifleHRHTitchy, and Anorak.
1 Butter London Backstage Basics Signature Lotion (6oz)
1 Travel Size Butter London Backstage Basics Signature Lotion (3.4 oz)
1 Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Earl Grey

Giveaway ends on Thursday, June 19th at 11:59pm PST.
Winner will be announced on Friday, June 20th.
*Must use a valid email address and be a US resident to enter.

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T H E    D E T A I L S
Photography // Jessica at Cardelucci.com
Nails // Butter London in HRH (Her Royal Highness)
Raglan Top // Sub Urban Riot
Bracelet // Cartier LOVE, & Pura Vida
Watch // Vintage Cartier Tank Francaise
Rings // Alex Mika

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Summer is upon us and all I want recently are smoothies! I guess that’s a good thing considering I could want candy or Nutella (my weakness). My friend Beth is obsessed with the PB Bowl at Nekter Juice Bar. We go at least twice a week to get our fav smoothie bowls, she gets the PB Bowl, and I get the Pitaya Bowl. Since she tells me everyday via text message how good this bowl is, I decided to try making a similar smoothie at home. Honestly, now I get why she craves it daily! At Nekter they use acai in the PB bowl, but because of my severe food allergy I had to pass on the acai, aside from that small change it turned out sooooo delish. I love the texture that Natural Delights Medjool Dates adds to smoothies. Plus it makes them dessert-like-sweet and super filling!

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Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Medjool-Date-Smoothie-6I love this little Gold Trophy Bowl from rachelgeorge.com. I’ve been getting really into food styling props, home decor, and office supplies recently. Is this what happens when you grow up? You get excited about bowls?! Well if this is growing up, I actually like it! I’ve been spending my days on the Rachel George website buying staplers and tape dispensers (and this mug), someone stop me now! If I haven’t disclosed this already, I also have a candle buying problem. I’m such a girl. haha.

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PB&J Medjool Date Smoothie
Serves 1

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
4 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend until smooth.

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