Letter from Lexi: October 2019

Happy October 1st! August and September were quite the whirlwind. We moved (!!!), we renovated a part of our home for our office (details coming this month), we got our second golden retriever puppy named LEO, we traveled for weddings, we had guests, birthdays, and more! Whoa, it’s tiring just reading that! Now that we are settled in our office and kitchen space, we have been cranking out and getting ready for ALL things Fall on the website. Testing our hearts out to make sure everything is delicious and just right for you! I am so excited for what’s coming this month, and I hope you are too!

You know Jax (left), but meet little Leo (right)!


What to expect this month:

FALL is here, and with that, all of those classic apple, pumpkin, soups, and comfort food dishes you are craving right now will be hitting the website.

A sneak peak of what is to come:

As always, this month will be jam packed with healthy new recipes, how to’s and guides to keep your kitchen and life filled with delicious food!

  • The BEST Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
  • How to Make Pumpkin Butter
  • Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  • Apple Cider Donut Holes
  • How to Make Pumpkin Puree
  • Easy Pumpkin Coffee
  • How We’re Organizing Our Kitchen
  • Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • and MORE!


What you missed in September:

Sweet

  1. Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Holes
  2. Gluten Free Apple Muffins
  3. Paleo and Vegan Caramel (VIDEO)
  4. Caramel Apple Upside Down Honey Cake
  5. Fudgy Paleo Brownies
  6. Baked Apple Pie Chia Pudding
  7. PB and J Oatmeal Energy Balls
  8. Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie
  9. Gluten Free Apple Galette (VIDEO)

Savory:

  1. Stuffed Pepper Soup
  2. Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
  3. Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup (VIDEO)
  4. Herb and Garlic Quinoa
  5. How to Cook Quinoa (VIDEO)
  6. Paleo Sloppy Joes
  7. How to Make a Nut Free Basil Pesto
  8. Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans

BONUS: Five posts that are trending right now:

  1. How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
  2. How to Cook a Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot
  3. How to Make Almond Milk
  4. Gluten Free Apple Pie
  5. How to Make Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
  6. Apple Cider Sangria [VIDEO]

Apple Cider Sangria


Five things in my shopping cart right now:

  1. This Everyday Cashmere Sweater.
  2. These flats in every color! I have one pair and I’m in love.
  3. This cozy fleece is on sale, and I’m finally pulling the trigger!
  4. Loving this inexpensive night out clutch.
  5. New rain boots, because my rain boots are old and worn!

Currently Reading:

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo: This book is a hefty 544 pages, but don’t let that intimidate you! You’ll be glad you had every single one of those pages to get to know the Sorenson family… and you may even find yourself wishing it was even just a litttttle bit longer when it’s time to say goodbye. In The Most Fun We Ever Had, you’ll meet David and Marilyn Sorenson and their four daughters. The story jumps back and forth through time and space, giving you a sweeping picture of how families and people change and come together over the years. 

I’m making my way through our fall book list!


Safer pick of the month:

This months safer pick is… a really good, high performing, and safer EYE CREAM. A good eye cream is essential for anyone over the age of around 23 (in my opinion) — something I wish I started sooner! I’ve been using this one for about 2 months, my mom as well, and I can’t sing it’s praises enough!

FEATURED INGREDIENTS TO KNOW ABOUT:

  • Retinatural Complex: Two powerhouse plant-derived ingredients combined and truly created a  scientific breakthrough. Bakuchiol has been shown to provide skin-care results that are comparable to retinolwithout harmful side effects such as skin irritation and increased sun sensitivity—and Swiss Alpine rose boosts the skin’s antioxidant defense.
  • Persian Silk Tree Extract (Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract): Proven in independent clinical studies to brighten the eye area, fade dark circles, diminish puffiness, and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.

See more of my safer swaps here and more of my skincare and make up favorites here!


Let’s CONNECT:

  1. The best way to never miss anything is to sign up for our weekly newsletter! Sign up here, and you’ll get just one email a week recapping everything that happened on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and more.
  2. Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay connected with us elsewhere! We are on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Also, our private Facebook group is a wonderful community!
  3. P.S. did you see… My cookbook is *STILL* on sale! I love seeing you all cook from it weekly, so keep tagging me, and snag a copy while it’s 35% off (for over 150 recipes, guides, and more)!

Until next month!!

XO,

Lexi

Letter from Lexi: August 2019

August is here! While some of you are making the most of summer, I will be moving! So while I am still relishing the summer nights, abundant CSA hauls, and warm weather, we have a hectic few weeks ahead!

We are saying goodbye to our first home, and starting the next chapter of our lives – both personally and with our businesses! I’ve shared a bunch of in-progress renovations with you all on Instagram stories (saved on my Instagram highlights too), and I can’t wait to take you along and show you the new house, what we are doing, how we are getting organized, and more! More to come, I hope you follow along the journey!

We're moving!

What to expect this month:

Even though we are moving and taking time to get settled, LCK won’t skip a beat, don’t you worry! August is packed with yummy treats, an entire mint week (SO excited), easy dinners, recipes using local and in season ingredients, and gearing up to get ready for Fall routines!

A sneak peak of what is to come:

As always, this month will be jam packed with healthy new recipes, how to’s and guides to keep your kitchen and life filled with delicious food!

  • Skirt Steak with Epic Green Sauce
  • Cajun Blackened Fish
  • Peach Fruit Leather
  • Gazpacho Soup
  • An entire week of HOW TO USE ALL THAT AUGUST MINT!
  • Eggplant Parmesan Bites
  • Zucchini Muffins
  • Herb Butter Sheet Pan Salmon
  • How to Boost Your Vitamin D
  • and MORE!

Garden


NSALE 2019 is almost over.

Here are my favorite items still in stock:


Currently reading:

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand: Bestselling author Elin Hidlerbrand is basically the queen of all things beach reading, and she’s done it again with her latest novel. The cover alone will make you want to put on your bathing suit and go for a swim, and the story it tells of a family experiencing the sixties will keep you busy for many summer hours. 

I’m making my way through this summer book list!


What you missed in July:

Check out these articles if you missed them:

  1. How to Make a Parchment Paper Sling
  2. How to Choose Cleaner Art Supplies for Your Kids 
  3. 7 Tips for Having the Best Beach Day Ever
  4. How to Have the Ultimate Wellness Retreat at Home 
  5. 8 Reasons to Take a Staycation This Summer
  6. Everything You Need to Know About Safer Sunscreen
  7. How to Use a Scale for Baking

Recipes you might have missed in July: 

Savory:

  1. Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries (VIDEO)
  2. Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken (VIDEO)
  3. Roasted Eggplant Dip
  4. How to Make Gluten Free Crackers
  5. Baked Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers
  6. Bruschetta Chicken (VIDEO)
  7. One Pan Moroccan Fish

Sweet:

  1. Raspberry Oat Breakfast Bars
  2. Chocolate Dessert Cups
  3. Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins
  4. How To Cut and Pick A Pineapple
  5. 2-Ingredient Strawberry Fruit Leather
  6. Gluten Free Graham Crackers
  7. Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake (with dairy free whipped cream)
  8. Gluten Free Biscuits
  9. How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream
  10. Berries and Cream Parfaits

Did you see our salad week? We shared some of our favorite salad recipes every day for an entire week in July!

  1. Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
  2. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (VIDEO)
  3. Chia Honey Lime Fruit Salad
  4. Taco Salad
  5. Classic Macaroni Salad

Let’s CONNECT:

  1. The best way to never miss anything is to sign up for our weekly newsletter! Sign up here, and you’ll get just one email a week recapping everything that happened on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and more.
  2. Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay connected with us elsewhere! We are on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Also, our private Facebook group is a wonderful community!
  3. P.S. did you see… My cookbook is *STILL* on sale! I love seeing you all cook from it weekly, so keep tagging me, and snag a copy while it’s 35% off (for over 150 recipes, guides, and more)!

Until next month!!

XO,

Lexi

Letter from Lexi: July 2019

Happy JULY, friends!

June was fun! We we’re on the move a bit! We went to NYC to celebrate Mike’s birthday with my family, then celebrated his birthday a bunch here in Boston! We also went camping in Ithaca, NY (well, glamping) and it was MAGICAL. So magical, I asked them for a discount for all of you! If you followed along, and want to experience Firelights Camp in Ithaca, use LEXISCLEANKITCHEN for 10% off your stay when you book!

This month we’re staying put for a good majority of the month, and I’m pretty excited about what we have going on!

What to expect this month:

Last month on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, we were on the move, sharing travel snacks and hacks, and this month we’re sharing all about a good STAYCATIONIt can be easy to get in that trap of biding our time between vacations, waiting for that next trip away or time away from work. Living this way can lead to disappointment with the life that happens in between. If you ask me, that time, those regular everyday moments are the ones that count the most and should be celebrated! So this month we are focused on investigating and sharing the beauty of staycations, time off taken in our own homes and enjoyment right where we are instead of traveling elsewhere. Not to mention, staycations can be a lot more practical than vacations and can be lots of fun!

Good reads coming up in July:

  • Safer Sunscreen 101
  • 8 Reasons to Take a Staycation This Summer
  • Travel Essentials I Never Leave Without (in case you’re on the move)
  • How to Have a Wellness Retreat at Home
  • How to Have the BEST Beach Day
  • My Favorite Restaurants in Boston

A sneak peak of some recipes coming up:

As always, this month will be jam packed with healthy new recipes, how to’s and guides to keep your kitchen and life filled with delicious food!

  • Classic Pasta Salad
  • Honey Lime Fruit Salad
  • How to Make Quinoa
  • One Pan Moroccan Fish
  • Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken Dinner
  • How to Cut a Pineapple
  • Paloma Cocktail
  • Chicken Caesar Burgers
  • Raspberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bars
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Gluten-free Biscuits
  • and MORE!

Safer Bug Spray

8 Things I’m loving right NOW:


Currently reading:

The Light in Summer by Mary McNear: Find yourself transported to the idyllic world of Butternut Lake, a summery retreat where main character Billy Harper feels most like herself. Follow Billy’s journey on Butternut Lake for one fateful season, during which she comes to terms with the past, faces changes in her relationships, and realizes that happy doesn’t always have to mean perfection.

I’m making my way through this summer book list!


What you missed in June:

June was all about being ON THE MOVE, so we had many articles to help your travels. Check out these if you missed them:

  1. Travel Friendly Store-Bought Clean Eating Snacks
  2. 15 Tips for Ultimate Summer Grilling
  3. 9 Tips for Healthier Summer Travel
  4. My Must-Have Travel Supplements
  5. 16 Must-Read Books for Summer
  6. How I Found a Therapist

Did you see our dairy free and vegan milk guide?

We tasted and tested so many dairy free and vegan milks to find the BEST and EASIEST ones for you to make at home! Check out the guide that dishes out all the details. Even if you aren’t dairy free these milks are nutrient dense and delicious so worth checking out!

  1. Vegan and Dairy Free Milk Guide
  2. How to Make Coconut Milk
  3. How to Make Cashew Milk
  4. How to Make Pecan Milk
  5. How to Make Oat Milk
  6. How to Make Almond Milk

Some other recipes you might have missed in June: 

Great dinner options:

  1. Sweet & Crunchy Thai Slaw with Chicken
  2. Strawberry and Mango Salsa Chicken
  3. Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus (video)
  4. Buffalo Chicken Burgers
  5. Garlic and Lime Marinated Flank Steak
  6. Easy Cucumber Salad with Lots of Herbs!
  7. Chopped Antipasto Salad with Chicken
  8. Tomato, Eggplant, and Chickpea Stew
  9. How to Make Vegan Cheese Sauce with a video and how to make it into the best dairy-free Mac and Cheese!

Breakfast ideas:

  1. Maple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
  2. Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups

All the sweet stuff:

  1. Gluten-Free Funfetti Blondies
  2. Gluten Free Lemon Bars
  3. Gluten-Free Cherry Pie Bars (video)
  4. 4th of July Blueberry Pie (Gluten-Free)

P.S. did you see…

My cookbook is *STILL* on sale! I love seeing you all cook from it weekly, so keep tagging me, and snag a copy while it’s 35% off (for over 150 recipes, guides, and more)!

Beach Day

Let’s CONNECT:

  1. The best way to never miss anything is to sign up for our weekly newsletter! Sign up here, and you’ll get just one email a week recapping everything that happened on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and more.
  2. Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay connected with us elsewhere! We are on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Also, our private Facebook group is a wonderful community!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here!

XO,

Lexi

Letter from Lexi: On the Move

June has arrived! May was busy busy with attending an awesome food blog conference, some news I *seriously* cannot wait to share with you already, baby showers, fun photoshoots, to Memorial Day weekend with family in New Hampshire; the month simply flew by. And that doesn’t count the 23 brand new posts on the site this month. Did you do the math, that’s a new post gone live most days throughout this past month! WHOA.

School is getting out if you have kiddos, the college kids are home, many jobs that offer Summer Friday’s have already kicked in, and we are all itching for Friday when we can be finally outside all weekend long. Are you with me?

What to expect this month:

Coming up this month on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, we’re are… on the move! With Summer arriving, we’re switching gears from last month’s entertainment focus inviting ’em in, to taking things outside! As June rolls in, a lot of people roll on out and deep dive into their summer vacations. Whether you have kids and are gearing up for the end of school, or whether you have been working SO HARD all year to try to take it easy or head on vacation during these warmer weather months, we are with you! As the days heat up we’re all just itching to get moving in some capacity so this month on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen we’re bringing your some content that I hope you’ll find helpful!

Good reads coming up in June for when you are on the move:

  • Travel Essentials I Never Leave Without
  • Staying Healthy While Traveling 
  • Our 2019 Summer Reading List
  • How to Find a Therapist
  • My Go-To Travel Supplements
  • Store-Bought Cleaner Travel Snacks

A sneak peak of some recipes coming up:

And as always, this month will be jam packed with healthy new recipes, how to’s and guides to keep your kitchen and life filled with delicious food!

  • Baked Egg Cups
  • How to Make Dairy-Free Milks At Home
  • Grilled Garlic and Lime Flank Steak
  • The ULTIMATE Blueberry Pie
  • How to Make Vegan Cheese
  • Peach Fruit Leather
  • Maple Oatmeal Bake
  • Grilling Guide
  • Fish Tacos
  • AND MORE!!

And P.S. if you’re still Father’s Day shopping, we have you covered with our gift guide here.


What I’m loving right NOW:


Go Watch…


What you missed in MAY:

May was all about inviting em’ in, so there were lots of articles about entertaining, hosting parties, and of course Mother’s Day. Check out these if you missed them:

  1. 13 Plants That Can Actually Purify Your Air
  2. 7 Things Moms Need to Stop Feeling Guilty About
  3. How to Pick Yourself Up If Mother’s Day Is Tough
  4. 6 Tips for Actually Having Fun When You Host A Party
  5. Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Did you know we had a full on TACO week in May? Check out these and start planning your next taco bar party!

  1. How To Host The Ultimate Taco Night
  2. Tequila Lime Shrimp
  3. 3-Ingredient Taco Slaw
  4. The BEST Margarita Ever!
  5. Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning
  6. 15-Minute Chicken Tacos
  7. Meatless Chipotle Mushroom Tacos
  8. 7 Layer Taco Dip
  9. Easy Homemade Refried Beans

And as always, there were tons of new and delicious recipes and how-to’s in May that I think you’ll be sad if you missed them. Here are the highlights:

  1. Paleo Orange Chicken
  2. Aperol Spritz
  3. How to Make Paleo Mayo
  4. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets
  5. How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in the Freezer
  6. How to Store Fresh Herbs in the Refrigerator
  7. Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
  8. Saucy Chorizo Skillet Baked Eggs
  9. Rose Sangria

P.S. did you see…

My cookbook is *STILL* on sale! I love seeing you all cook from it weekly, so keep tagging me, and snag a copy while it’s 35% off (for over 150 recipes, guides, and more)!


Let’s CONNECT:

  1. The best way to never miss anything is to sign up for our weekly newsletter! Sign up here, and you’ll get just one email a week recapping everything that happened on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and more.
  2. Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay connected with us elsewhere! We are on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Also, our private Facebook group is a wonderful community!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here! Here’s to another 6 years and beyond!

XO,

Lexi

Letter from Lexi: March 2019!

Happy March, Friends!

HOW is it already March? Are you asking yourself that too?

Last month on Instagram I shared a pretty big achievement. After working through some healing from a negative mindset surrounding health issues over the last year, I’ve worked hard to put myself in a pretty positive space recently. And while generally in society its frowned upon to talk up achievements, especially as woman, I’ve been feeling lately like maybe there needs to be some space for us to do it a little more!

We tend to spend a lot of time celebrating and helping others, whether it’s a family member, a partner, friends, co-workers, or even our dog (totally guilty on this one). While I’m all about this, I think it’s about time to think about and celebrate some of the achievements and successes that we’ve had ourselves. It’s so normal these days to push yourself to the brim and to put others before yourself. This makes it so easy to forget that YOU need and deserve some loving too!


International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th, so I think this is no better time that we make this month all about Celebrating YOU. Now don’t worry, we are not excluding the men here, we just really want to focus overall on how you can celebrate YOURSELF– to feel good, strong, and empowered. I know I’ve personally been working on this, so want to make this front and center this month!

I asked a bunch of you in our private Facebook group what is the one thing you do for yourself in the morning and I got so many great responses.

Here are some examples of what you do JUST for you:

  • Exercise
  • Coffee (a whole bunch of these)
  • Drink a big glass of water
  • Snooze the alarm (hey, me too!)
  • Pray
  • Meditate
  • Cooking

I loved talking about this because it reminded me, and hopefully the others who were in on the discussion, that it’s important to try to take some time each day to think about your needs. Even if it’s just 30 minutes before the chaos of the day begins! Early morning is a GREAT time to celebrate you (and all you’re about to achieve that day).

Lexi Davidson

Here’s what to look forward to this month to CELEBRATE YOU!

  • A month jam packed (as always!) with healthy recipes to nourish ourselves
  • How to Maintain Healthy Habits series
  • Achieving Healthy Glowing Skin from the Inside
  • 7 things to Stop Feeling Guilty about RIGHT NOW
  • And MORE!

Before I sign off, a few things:

  1. Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay connected with us elsewhere! We are on InstagramFacebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
  2. The best way to never miss anything is to sign up for our weekly newsletter! Sign up here, and you’ll get just one email a week recapping everything that happened on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and more.
  3. Three things I’m loving right now are…
  4. Last month we did our first LIVE cooking demo. You can see Kelli and I in the kitchen making our NEW Homemade Fluff, and plan on continuing to do more live, in the kitchen cooking with our team! Drop a comment if you have a recipe you’d love to see us make live!
  5. Don’t miss these brand new posts I think you may love:

XO,

Lexi

Letter From Lexi: Why I’m All For New Year Resolutions

Friends,

We are now well into 2019 and I know this is going to be a good, good year! But there has been something on my mind that I wanted to discuss. As the New Year came and went there has been so much more negativity around the idea of setting goals or resolutions. I’m hearing so much push back this year on the whole “new year, new you” mindset. I’ve heard a lot about NOT setting resolutions, not trying a Whole30 or cleaning up your diet, or the notion of “new year, same me.” But I feel the need to push back on this a bit.

Before I do, I’ll preface it by saying I TOTALLY GET where this attitude against New Year’s Resolutions is coming from! There is a lot of societal pressure to become some ideal version of yourself, and a lot of focus on weight loss and dieting come January 1. This is not what I’m advocating here. Setting goals does not mean that you are not okay exactly how you are right now. Please take that in for a second. Goal setting or setting intentions does not need to come from a place of what you lack in life as a person. It can come from a place of self-acceptance and self-love that you can and you do deserve the chance to improve your life and the lives of those around you.

Lexi Davidson Quote on Setting Goals

From my perspective, there is nothing wrong with wanting to kickstart your new year healthy, wanting to set some new goals and resolutions, trying something new that might better your life and create some healthy growth for yourself. On the flip side of the coin, you know yourself best. If setting a goal to eat healthier, or exercise more brings up more negative emotional energy or habits than positive, maybe that shouldn’t be on your resolution list!

So yes, I unapologetically am for YOU setting a goal for yourself, whether it be health-focused or not. For example, if setting goals or intentions makes you feel like you are inadequate as you are, then maybe the best resolution you can set is for more self-love and self-acceptance! And if you want to try a new way of eating or give a Whole30 a try to explore how different foods are affecting you, go for it!

If you do nothing else this year, may I offer you support to drown out the loud noise of advice and try to listen in to what YOU want? We’re lucky to live in this time and space where there are so many different tools and resources out there to help you live a healthy and happy life and I want to be here to cheer you on while we sort through making all of the right decisions for ourselves and our families.

Over on my Instagram post there was such a great discussion on this topic and I hope to spark one here today! So head on down to the comments and tell me your thoughts on this topic! Leave a note and tell me what your intentions are for the year!

Here’s to a GREAT new year!

Your friend,

Lexi


Tips for a Balanced Approach to New Year Intentions

  • Setting resolution or intentions for the new year is not to say you shouldn’t embrace your wins of 2018! Celebrate what worked for you last year and capitalize on what you learned.
  • Consider setting an intention! The difference being is that you can still choose a place your headed (otherwise known as a goal or resolution), such as spending more time with your children, but instead of focusing on the end result such as (play with my kids 1 hour a day) focus on being kind with yourself on the journey to get there and the actual time spent with the kids instead of setting a timer and making sure you’ve achieved the whole hour. Enjoy the time with the kids instead of beating yourself up if it was only 10 minutes instead of 1 hour.
  • Setting realistic goals is fun and healthy as long as you don’t put pressure on yourself! There is no need to be bummed out if you don’t reach them and no need to compare yourself to others and their goals.
  • If setting resolutions and intentions for the whole year is daunting think about setting goals for the month. And take it one month at a time! And it doesn’t need to be something big! Micro goals are good too! This might mean you are going to be more intentional about drinking water!  Whatever makes YOU happy.
  • I cannot say this enough: Resolutions are not just about diets.  A reader on Instagram said it perfectly, “The New Year’s Resolution has been muddied with exercising and eating right to lose weight for so long that it has become a source of negativity. But…a resolution can be ANYTHING you want it to be… It can be anything from deciding to brush your teeth more than once a day to buying a strangers meal once a month to walking outside and taking a deep breath of fresh air once a day. And yes this can be started at any point of the year, but some people find it fun and motivating to start with the first day of the year.”
  • And finally, if you feel you don’t want to change anything, that’s great too!

Aruba

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!