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Fresh 5 for Spring



Spring has sprung here in Sunny San Diego! I love walking outside and feeling the warmth of the sun, the smell of the beachy air and the sight of fresh lemons growing all around. During this time of year, I start to feel a renewed sense of energy and creativity. I didn’t use to pay as much attention to the way the seasons affected me but now that I do, I notice a big difference. It makes me appreciate the varying times of year and the different ways in which each season (yes, we have seasons in San Diego!) affects my mind, body and soul. In celebration of Spring, here are 5 ways I’m looking forward to harnessing the energy this season has to bring! 

1) Made Fresh: ZERO GUILT Strawberry Shortcake

What’s in season, you ask? Strawberries and basil! One of my favorite go-to recipes during spring is fresh, healthy and delicious (yes, delicious can be healthy) strawberry shortcake! I use a combination of velvety coconut cream, almond flour shortcake (gluten free) and a naturally sweet and tangy strawberry filling.

Ingredients:

Coconut Cream

    • 1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
    • 1 tsp. vanilla bean powder
    • 2 tsp. honey

Shortcake

    • 1 1/3 cups almond flour
    • 6 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
    • ½ tsp. sea salt
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • 2 “Neat Eggs
    • 3 sticky Medjool dates
    • 2 Tbsp. Organic pastures raw butter (or use 2 Tbsp coconut oil)

Strawberry Filling

    • 16 oz. Fresh, sliced strawberries
    • 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup
    • Dash of fresh lime juice
    • Fresh basil leaves for serving 

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Whip chilled portion of coconut cream with vanilla and honey with a hand blender and place in refrigerator.
    3. Let strawberries marinate in a bowl with lime juice and maple syrup while you bake the shortbread.
    4. Blend all shortcake ingredients in a Vitamix or food processor until smooth.
    5. Scoop out about ¼ cup of the shortcake mixture onto parchment paper and press down to make a flat circle.
    6. Bake shortcakes for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool.
    7. Once shortcakes are cool, assemble on a plate, layering with strawberry filling and coconut cream and adding fresh basil on top. Repeat as desired to make stacks!
    8. Sit down. Eat. Bliss out. 

2) Fresh Faced: CocoKind!

You guys! I am so excited about this product line called CocoKind. They have the most amazing products and are so clean I’m pretty sure you could eat them if you wanted to (I’ll look into that and let you know!). They have 3 face and lip treatments that are not only moisturizing with natural oils such as coconut, olive, and sunflower, but are also tinted with natural foods such as beets, matcha, tea and turmeric. How cool is that?!

3) Fresh Look: Lavender

Anything and everything lavender! I am loving this color lately and aspiring to redo my wardrobe (one day) to incorporate more color. Can I just play pretend for a moment? J I’m obsessed with this lavender dress from Moda Operandi. I can’t spend money like this, nor could most people (but all power to ya if you can!). It’s beautiful and if I could wear it I would (you know, on all those days I have the extra time and energy to get dressed up and go out - wink, wink), but for now I’ll just look at it and imagine it hanging in my closet. This one from Urban Outfitters is more up my alley - lavender with simple details and perfect for Spring!

4) Family Refresh: Flower Pressing

Flower pressing! This is so easy to do and kids love it. You can also teach them about gardening and the environmental life-cycle all while nurturing their creativity with this simple activity. Start by gathering flowers of your choice. Place them between 2 sheets of paper and then put them between 2 heavy books until they dry out. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach your kids about the art of patience J as, if they are anything like mine, they will have a tough time waiting to see the end result! Distraction, my friends. Distraction. Works almost every time. Until they’re about 5 years old that is ;)

5) Fresh Thinking: Let go.

Anything you can’t control is teaching you to let go.” Spring is usually about “spring cleaning” and that includes cleaning out thoughts and worries that don’t serve us. I’m working on letting go of things beyond my control (or things that take more energy to control than to let go). Especially when it’s not a top priority. With this new way of thinking, I can instead harness that energy to focus on my top priorities and leave the non-essential worries behind.

Hopefully this list adds a spring to your step ;) Now, get out there and enjoy the sunshine and freshness spring has to offer!

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Cassandra Curtis, Co-founder + Chief Innovation Officer, Once Upon a Farm

Cassandra is a mother of 3 girls. She lives in San Diego with her husband, daughters, 2 cats and a dog. Cassandra works full time as co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Once Upon a Farm and as a mom. In the rare free time that she does get, she loves to do Yoga (she's a certified yoga teacher!), cook healthy meals, run, travel and spend time with friends and family.