5 Tips To Wake Up Feeling Great

My 5 Tips to Wake Up Feeling Great are a combination of things to do before bed and things to do right when you wake up in the morning! These are 5 of the things I do daily in my AM and PM routines!

5 Tips To Wake Up Feeling Great - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I’m back again this week partnering with Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, to bring you today’s infographic! 

Whether it’s helping you on your clean eating journey, stocking your pantry, giving you tips to wake up feeling great, or giving you cleaner beauty and skincare ideas – I want you to be the best you!

I am so excited to be teaming up with Quitter’s Circle to show you my favorite ways to fuel your body and mind with healthy tips and recipes to help set you up for success! Having members of my family personally impacted with smoking, I am eager to help you help those around you! If you’re quitting smoking, you might need a few tips to get you going in the morning!

Quitter’s Circle is a great online resource with information from tips to avoid smoking in the morning, to articles on how to support your friends who are quitting smoking, and I am so excited to bring you even more ways to be confident, feel great, and glow from within!  

Here are my tips to wake up feeling GREAT!

1. Drink a big glass of water with lemon before bed and when you wake up: Help yourself wake up feeling hydrated and de-bloated! Avoid things life caffeine, wine, and chocolate before bed as these may disturb your sleep. *Stick with herbal tea or water!

2. Avoid blue light two hours before bed: Cellphones, computers, and TVs emit blue light and research has found that exposure to blue light suppresses the production of melatonin, a substance produced by the body which helps control sleep and wake cycles. To help you sleep, avoid using devices before bed or invest in blue light blocker glasses.

3. Avoid large meals before heading to bed: This can aid in proper digestion of food and give your digestive track a break until your morning meal!

4. Wake up right away: Don’t hit snooze! To help wake up feeling alert, get up right away when your alarm goes off.

5. Do some exercise: Getting active when you wake up may give you a boost to help start your day!

What do you do to wake up feeling great?

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own. 

 

BEYOND THE KITCHEN

Life Lately:

It’s been way too long since my Beyond the Kitchen posts! Let’s bring them back, shall we?

I recently did a book signing and a cooking demo here in the Boston area at Greentail Table in Newton, MA which was so much fun! They also have the CUTEST stuff for the home/kitchen. I’m obsessed!

Beyond the Kitchen - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

It’s finally feeling like SUMMER and I’m loving it! I was in NY last weekend with my family celebrating Mother’s Day, and then shooting videos for Simple Recipe Pro, my side project! In NY we ate lots of sushi pizzas and drank lychee martinis. My favorite. I MUST recreate that rice crust. MUST.

I came home and got my hair colored and went BLONDER! Summer blonde, am I right?

We’ve been cooking up a storm with lots of Summer recipes coming to LCK. So many that I am so excited about. Many of you have asked for some of my most popular recipes made nut-free, so we’re going to experiment with that for everyone!

My cookbook is also in Costco stores nationwide (for $21.99), which has been such a blast to see!

P.S. How cute is my nanny? She’s 94 and thriving, and makes my heart so happy!

Beyond the Kitchen - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions | Pin it

Mason Jar Layered Lunches | Pin it

Our Backyard Engagement Party | Pin it 

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries | Pin it 

What You May Have Missed:

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken & Veggies

Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte: Iced or Hot

Mint Chip Energy Bites

Melon Salad with Proscuitto 

MISC. from Around The Web:

This romper is SO cute and fits great

These Chia Bowls give me life

This Eye Shadow in Fawn/Night is my go-to

These floats for summer: donut and pizza

I’m getting this tick twister for Jax

Tahini brownies? I’m into it!

The best bronzer that’s also non-toxic!

My new summer sandals! I got them in Jute

My favorite little gift when a friend has a baby

This Lip sheer in Petal is my fav!

I love my CSA and love this post on 5 reasons to get one

I got these gummy molds for some fun recipes to come

This natural deodorant in Lemongrass works SO well!

Recipes we Recently Rephotographed:

Zucchini Linguine with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Fish Tacos with Tropical Salsa

Songs I’m Loving:

Drake – Passionfruit

Calum Scott- Dancing On My Own

Buddy – Shine

I’m the One – DJ Khaled

Follow My Spotify Playlist

Current TV obsession:

Suits. It’s so good!

Thanks for reading!! Happy Weekend!

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

This Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies dinner is a quick, no-fuss weekday dinner for all of you buffalo fans out there!

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

I am so excited to be back today partnering with Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, to bring you this hearty meal!

As I mentioned last week, although I’ve never personally been a smoker, members of my family still smoke, and I feel truly passionate about helping each and every one of you on whatever journey you may be on! Whether it’s trying to eat healthier, changing your diet for health reasons, quitting smoking cigarettes, or knowing somebody you’d like to help, I am here to help you on your journey and hopefully make your life easier!

Quitter’s Circle is a fabulous resource that provides motivational tips and a variety of information ranging from how much money you can save from quitting smoking, to articles on why you need a quit smoking support squad, and I am so excited to bring you even more ways to be confident, feel great and glow from within! And that’s just what this meal can do!

If you love all things buffalo like I do, you will absolutely fall in love with this meal! Tender chicken drumsticks paired with roasted buffalo cauliflower, roasted carrots, and green peppers all made in one sheet pan!

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

Who needs a crazy dinner prep and then the clean up after a workday? Not us! Minimal clean up is just the best, and that’s just one of the reasons you’ll love this meal. Plus, it makes for great leftovers!

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

 

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

Preparation 8 minutes 2017-05-26T00:08:00+00:00 Cook Time 60 minutes 2017-05-26T01:00:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings
Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl toss peppers and carrots with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl add cauliflower and chicken. Add remaining olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic granules. Toss with hot sauce, sriracha, and butter mixture until well combined. Place onto lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken if the veggies aren’t fully tender, and let veggies cook for an additional 20 minutes.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.

Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte: Iced or Hot

My new favorite drink is here! A Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte, made iced for the Spring/Summer or hot for the Fall/Winter! It is flavorful, sweetened just right, refreshing, nutrient dense, and made totally dairy-free!

Dairy Free Matcha Latte Iced or Hot

I am so excited to partner with my friends at Nuts.com to bring you today’s recipe. I love their matcha tea powder. It’s so fresh and vibrant! Today I’m showing you how to make a mean iced matcha latte, a hot matcha latte, AND matcha iced cubes!

Dairy Free Matcha Latte Iced or Hot

Confession: I’ve never been a huge matcha person until recently, and I am now fully currently obsessed! I cut out coffee and added matcha into my life and I am loving it. It’s packed with antioxidants, boosts memory, has detoxifying properties, and so much more. Now that it’s warming up here in Boston, the iced matcha latte has been on repeat daily.

Let’s talk… HOT LATTE:

The hot variation is made on the stove top and topped with steamed nut milk. I used cashew milk but any will do! LOOK at that delicious vanilla bean. Another Nuts.com win!

Dairy Free Matcha Latte Iced or Hot

Creamy, delicious, and just the right amount of sweet! It makes for a perfect coffee alternative.

Dairy Free Matcha Latte Iced or Hot

Let’s talk… ICED Latte:

The iced variation is made slightly different, by blending the ingredients together! It’s my new obsession. Especially with the matcha iced cubes!

Dairy Free Matcha Latte Iced or Hot

Creamy, delicious, vanilla bean matcha latte!

Dairy Free Matcha Latte Iced or Hot

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Matcha Tea Latte: Iced or Hot

Preparation 0:05 2017-05-26T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-05-26T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 2     adjust servings

Ingredients

Hot Latte

  • Makes Two 8-ounce mugs
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nut milk of choice, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 Vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/8 Cinnamon, more for garnish
  • Optional: 1 scoop Collagen Protein or protein powder of choice

Iced Latte

  • Makes: Two 12-ounce cups
  • 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon of boiling water
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Ice
  • Optional - honey or liquid sweetener
  • 1/2 Vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • Optional: 1 scoop Collagen Protein or protein powder of choice
  • Optional: top with frothed milk

Matcha Iced Cubes

Instructions

  1. For the hot latte: Place the matcha powder in your mug or a small bowl. Pour in the hot water. Whisk briskly in an up-and-down direction to make a thick, green paste. Pour the coconut milk, water, sweetener, and spices into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until warm, make sure not to bring the milk to a boil. Pour the matcha paste into the saucepan and whisk. Taste and adjust sweetener as desired. Optional: top with steamed milk.
  2. For the iced latte: Place the matcha powder in a small bowl. Pour in one tablespoon of hot water. Whisk briskly in an up-and-down direction to make a thick, green paste. Pour green matcha paste along with the rest of the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until well combined.
  3. Matcha Ice Cubes: Place the matcha powder in a small bowl. Pour in one tablespoon of hot water. Whisk briskly in an up-and-down direction to make a thick, green paste. Pour green matcha paste along with the remaining water into a blender. Blend on high until well combined. Pour into ice cube molds and freeze for 6 hours.

This post is sponsored by Nuts.com. All opinions are always my own! Thank you for supporting brands that help support Lexi’s Clean Kitchen!

Mint Chip Energy Bites

No Bake Mint Chip Bites - Lexi's Clean Kitchen & Quitter's Circle #ad

These Mint Chip Energy Bites are the perfect on-the-go snack. They’re easy to make, absolutely delicious, and require absolutely no cooking or baking.

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

I am so excited to be partnering with Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer, to bring you today’s recipe!

You all know how passionate I feel about helping you lead a healthier lifestyle. Since the day I started Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, that has always been my core mission. Whether it’s helping you on your clean eating journey, stocking your pantry, giving you tips to wake up feeling great, or giving you cleaner beauty and skincare ideas– I want you to be the best you!

Now, even though I’ve never personally been a smoker, I am so excited to partner with Quitter’s Circle, an online quit smoking community, to show you my favorite ways to fuel your body and mind with healthy tips and recipes to help set you up for success!

Having people in my family who smoke, I’ve seen firsthand the negative effects that can come from it. This has made me passionate about helping others – whether you smoke, or you know somebody you love that smokes – make positive, healthy changes to their lifestyle!

Quitter’s Circle is a fabulous resource that provides motivational tips and a variety of information ranging from how much money you can save from quitting smoking, to articles on why you need a quit smoking support squad, and I am so excited to bring you even more ways to be confident, feel great and glow from within!

 

These no bake energy bites are the perfect mid-day snack that you can grab in your hand and munch on. Easy peas-y, and gives you something to distract your hands and mouth on your work break!

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

No Bake Mint Chip Bites

Mint Chip Energy Bites

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-05-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-05-26T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 15 balls     adjust servings
No Bake Mint Chip Bites

Ingredients

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add dates to your food processor and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add in coconut flakes, walnuts, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Process until well-combined. Mixture should come together into a large ball.
  4. Roll the mixture into 15 roughly 1-inch balls.
  5. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes before storing in the refrigerator for up to one month.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.

Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing

Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing {Grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing inspired from a recent trip to Round Hill Jamaica will quickly become your new favorite salad dressing! It is flavorful, creamy, and bursting with fresh flavors!

Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing

A few weeks ago you may have seen on Snapchat and Instagram that we were in Jamaica at our absolute favorite resort, Round Hill. This was our second stay there, and it was just as fabulous as our first stay!

The understated luxury, quaint beauty, and small size of the resort are some of my favorite features, aside from the sunsets (see below), and the amazing, local and fresh cuisine. They even have Billy’s garden where they pick tons of their own fresh produce each morning!

Round Hill Resort

Each morning we started our day with a Tropical Green Smoothie and a big ‘ol breakfast plate. One of the breakfast highlights was the Round Hill salad. Fresh arugula from their garden, slivered almonds, segmented oranges, and the best Mint Chia Dressing.

For lunch they start you off with fresh plantain chips and their homemade tapenade (ah-mazing, we took two jars home), and I ordered the chopped jerk chicken salad one MULTIPLE days. So fresh and delicious!

My fabulous friends at Round Hill said I could s hare with you the Mint Chia Dressing since I adored it SO MUCH.

Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing

This dressing is…

Creamy

Tangy

Sweet

Flavorful

Fresh

Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing

Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing

Preparation 5 minutes 2017-05-26T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-05-26T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 8     adjust servings
Arugula Salad with Mint Chia Dressing

Ingredients

Mint Chia Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, add more as necessary
  • 2 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mint, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, more to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Everything Else

  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 oranges, segmented

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into your high-speed blender and pulse for 5 seconds.
  2. Slowly pour in olive oil while blending until smooth and creamy.
  3. Assemble salad and serve!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Chef Martin MM. Maginley from Round Hill Resort and printed with permission.

This is not a sponsored post. We did receive some complimentary meals and a few complimentary nights throughout our stay. All opinions are 100% always my own!