eats: 2 ingredient sweet potato & white bean veggie burgers {video}.

2 Ingredient Sweet Potato & White Bean Veggie Burgers

When snowed in and bored at home = make a vlog of your lunch. Naturally.

I’m actually pretty excited about how these turned out, especially considering how simple they are to make. I recently had a similar veggie burger at The Squeeze here in New York, so I tried to recreate it. These are vegan and gluten free, and they take under 20 minutes to make.

ingredients:
* 1 small can white (cannellini) beans, drained
* 1 medium to large sweet potato, cooked and peeled
* spices of your choice (I used black pepper, salt, ground mustard and paprika)
* coconut oil for frying
* OPTIONAL: use a flax egg to bind it better
* bread and toppings of choice – I used a gluten free english muffin, avocado, and baby kale

directions:
* mash the white beans and sweet potato as much as possible with the spices mixed in
* form 4 patties
* fry in a nonstick pan with coconut oil on medium heat for 4-6 minutes per side

This is the Potato Express I used (this thing is seriously awesome, haha).

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Have you ever made your own veggie burgers?

it is well | 1.26.15.

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IT IS WELL {WITH MY SOUL}

I mentioned a few weeks ago how my word of the year is SIMPLIFY, and since then I’ve really been trying to focus more on getting my mind in the right place before rushing into the day ahead. I’ve always tried to squeeze in productive mornings when I could, but lately I’ve made it an every day practice of being even more intentional with how I spent the first hour or two of my day.

Here are my top tips for making the most out of your morning. Whether you implement one or all six, I think you might find them helpful in your own life as well!

(if you’re a YouTube user, feel free to go ahead and subscribe to my channel!)

Mentioned in this video:
3 Tips For Keeping A Journal
Jesus Calling devotional

God’s Promises Day By Day devotional
Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith devotional

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IT IS WELL {WITH MY BODY}

I haven’t made mention of it here on GML yet, but a few months ago I started getting acupuncture for some hormonal issues I’ve dealt with for over 10 years. Through the process I’ve noticed that a lot of people have no idea how acupuncture actually works.

While there’s a lot more to it than just this, I thought I’d share this brief video where my doctor (Jingduan Yang) explains what acupuncture is in under 2 minutes. He does a great job of summarizing the general idea.

(Side note – I was thinking of planning my full acupuncture story soon. Is that something you’d be interested in?)

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Do you practice any of the morning rituals I suggested? What are some of yours?

scenes from the weekend.

It’s been for-ev-er since I did a scenes from the weekend post! A lot of you have been requesting more “daily life” -esque posts, so I’m going to start doing more of them again…starting now :)

Rewind to Friday where I spent the day with Jessi, lunching + working. We spent a few hours doing a photo shoot for Ben Amun jewelry, which I was also able to take home with me to wear later in the weekend (perks).

How gorgeous are these pieces?!

Ben Amun | gracie gordon | girlmeetslife.com

We had lunch at Friend of a Farmer (one of my faves), where we unintentionally celebrated National Pie Day. Shepherd’s Pie for me, Chicken Pot Pie for Jessi.

eats

Also on the EATS agenda for the weekend was:

* mixed berry smoothie bowl topped with shredded coconut, raw oats, cashews, and flax
* thee BEST version of Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had at Saxon + Parole (Virginia Surryano Ham, crispy potato parmesan cakes, poached eggs, yuzu hollandaise)
* sushi on sushi and tons of other deliciousness at Lure Fishbar for Rachel’s birthday dinner

Earlier on Saturday (I’m bouncing all over the place, oh well) we kicked off Rachel’s birthday celebration with a group of us taking SoulCycle together. It was my third class in a week, who am I?!

(BTW – pictured below are my good friends Natalie and Sydney. Not sure if I ever introduced them on GML yet :))

I spent most of today (Sunday) in bed getting caught up on a bunch of work + blog stuff. I wasn’t planning on doing that, but I’m really glad because a productive Sunday = a better Monday.

I fueled through with a healthy lunch from The Squeeze + this INSANELY good “Squeezuccino” of theirs. Definitely a new favorite.

The Squeeze

Then I did the normal Sunday thing – church, errands (stocking up for the big blizzard coming, eek!), and now I’m going to watch a movie and call it a day.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! xo

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What was a highlight of your weekend?

snapshots | 1.23.15.

Let’s catch up, shall we?

1) I’ve become obsessed with having flowers in the apartment as much as possible! They add so much…I dunno, happiness? Although I’ve learned that hydrangeas last all of about 2 days, boo.

2) Saturdays with my girl friends are pretty much the best ever. They’re a good reminder of how much I love living in NYC…you never know what to expect. Always an adventure.

3) That’s my goddaughter!!!!!! Her name is Nugget and she’s a Shiba Inu. Jessi and her husband Parker got her last week. I only met her once, but I’ve never loved a little creature more.

4) Oh ya know, just complaining about how cold it is. Give me 6 months and I’ll be complaining about how hot it is.

5) Just a little photo shoot prep. Whether I have a special someone or not, I always love Valentine’s Day.

6) So that sweater? I’ve had it for over a year, but apparently it got lost wayyyy in the back of one of my under-bed bins. Always fun digging up clothes you thought you lost, isn’t it? Oh, and I got a lot of questions about that lipstick – it’s Liv by Illamasqua.

7) Yep, I drank the SoulCycle Kool Aid. So fun, much sweat.

8) Early bird ticket sales end this month for She Is Free! If you’re a girl looking for an excuse to visit NYC, this is 100% it. Learn more about the conference at the She Is Free website.

9) Snapshot of my recent photo shoot with Samy Ruby. I love working with her. I also love being able to work from anywhere. In this case, Juice Press.

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I haven’t done a “what I’ve been eating” recap in a while, so here’s a little update.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve eating mostly Paleo-esque. By mostly I mean when I’m eating at home. When I’m out with friends I’m more flexible. Anyway, here are some of the meals I’ve had that I loved, in case you’re looking for some Paleo/Whole30 inspiration.

1) My version of Loaded Paleo Nachos, inspired by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

2) For something sweet – a combo of sliced banana, dates, almonds, coconut cream, and ground flax.

3) A veggie mix of roasted tomatoes, asparagus, and purple sweet potatoes (SO good) topped with fried eggs.

4) Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries – a serious Pinterest WIN, you guys. Must try!

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Last but not least, some this’ and thats…

1) Check out my latest SheKnows Experts post! 4 Failproof Ways To Dress For Success.

2) If you’re a podcast listener like myself, here’s a great sermon – This May Take A While.

3) It’s that time of year where I start freaking out because I’ve seen barely any of the films nominated for the Oscars…and swear I’m going to see them…then never do. Thumbs down to me.

4) I’m on a gallery wall kick lately. First it was the living room, and now I’m finally making my shoebox sized bedroom a little more presentable.

(…and yes, I am a jewelry hoarder.)

5) Let’s hear it for the WEEKEND! I’ve got a fun one planned, and I’m going to remember to document it for a long overdue scenes from the weekend post.

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What are your plans for the weekend? Have you seen any of Oscar nominees for best film (if so, which should I definitely see?!)?

 

life: the problem with the hustle.

hustle

A few weeks ago I shared how my word of the year is simplify. Since then, as I’ve been trying to simplify my life, I’ve found my mind spinning out of control more than ever.

I’m so dramatic. What I mean is that I’ve had more on my mind that I normally do.

As I was in a rainy cab ride on Sunday, I started to understand what was causing the disconnect. I started jotting notes in my phone to write this post.

What I realized was that simplifying my life goes against my constant need to hustle. I have this unshakable desire to always be bettering myself – to be working on making the things in my life bigger and better.

bettering my finances
bettering my relationships
bettering my body
bettering this blog

I stopped for a moment and started to think about how those things are what fill my mind almost all day, every day. Combine those thoughts with feeling inadequate and like I’m always “just this many steps” from achieving this ideal life and…it is EXHAUSTING, to say the least.

It got me thinking – how much hustle is too much hustle? Should we sometimes take a break from this constant need to better ourselves? Is it okay to be happy with our lives just the way they are in this very moment?

The truth is that sometimes hustling is actually striving, and being content doesn’t always mean you’re settling.

It seems as though we’re constantly being told two contrasting views on this.

One view is – be happy, thankful, and content with your life no matter what!

And the other is – good things come to those who hustle. Don’t dream it – do it. The best is yet to come.

So…which is it?? In New York the overwhelming mindset is the latter, and that’s what I’ve been latched onto for most of my adult life. But now I’m getting to the point where I see the value in that first mindset.

Don’t get me wrong – I definitely think it’s possible to balance the two, and that’s a balance hope to find soon.

But maybe sometimes there’s a time and a place to take a break from trying to be better…to just look at life for what it is right NOW, and stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to reach the next big thing.

“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13

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What are your thoughts? Do you consider yourself a content person? A hustler?

what i’m loving right now: what’s in my bag.

whats in my bag

Every so often I clean out and re-stash my massive handbag. I have my smaller purses that I carry when I’m out at night, but during the day I’m carrying around pretty much enough to survive on for three days.

In addition to the normal things (wallet, water bottle, iPad) here are a few things I always have on me + some new favorites.

1) Lavender essential oil – I just love the scent of lavender, and it has really great calming effects. Living in NYC, that definitely comes in handy.

2) Juicy Fruit bubble gum – because I’m five.

3) January issue of Vogue – I’m typically not the biggest fan of Vogue, but I loveeee Sienna Miller so will get just about any magazine she’s on the cover of.

4) Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo (powder) – I SWEAR by this stuff. It’s the best. Their spray is great too, but I think the powder works much better.

5) Moleskin daily planner – simple and small enough to carry around all the time. I know it’s 2015 and Google calendar exists buuuut this is just more straightforward for me.

6) Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream – I have this thing where I cannot stand the feeling of dry hands, so I must have lotion on me at all times. And since I’m obsessed with Clarins lately, this is my new fave.

7) mirror compact – because the one time you don’t check your teeth is when there’s going to be a big piece of spinach front and center.

8) MetroCards (for the subway) – I’m that person always swiping multiple cards, and losing multiple cards.

9) KIND Almond & Coconut bar – because hangry isn’t a good look on me.

10) NARS Belle Du Jour lipstick – thee best nude shade out there.

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What are some of your handbag essentials?

it is well | 1.19.15.

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IT IS WELL {WITH MY SOUL}

One of my favorite daily devotionals is Faith’s Check Book by Charles Spurgeon. I’ll be honest – it’s not the easiest read in the world. I often read mine out loud and very slowly to fully grasp it. But when I do, they’re literally life-changing.

Here is a devotional from last week (January 16th) that really hit home for me, and I thought it might for you too.


IT IS WELL {WITH MY BODY}

Over the past few years there seems to have been a huge shift in the “a calorie is a calorie” mentality. Reading books like The Calorie Myth and It Starts With Food was incredibly eye opening for me. Even though I had heard a handful of times that not all calories are created equal (anymore), I never fully understood why.

Those books were very helpful in explaining it, but this article 7 Common Calorie Myths We Should All Stop Believing from Mark’s Daily Apple broke it down even more. It’s definitely worth a read!

My thoughts – I hate to give the PC answer, but for me it really does come down to moderation and balance. I don’t think there’s one “perfect” way to eat because we’re all built completely differently. Maybe calories do matter more for some people than others. Maybe grains/fat/etc. affect one person completely differently than another.

But no matter how we choose to eat, I still think that balance is key. I’ve been finding that sticking to real foods (less grains, less sugar) is best for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ll never eat pizza again. I think as a society we’ve become so obsessed with weight and dieting that we just keep pendulum swinging from one mindset to another, and maybe that’s an even bigger issue than the mathematics of it all…

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What are your thoughts on the whole “is a calorie just a calorie” debate?

eats: easiest ever whipped coconut cream.

This trick for whipped coconut cream gets me every time. It’s SO easy and the result seems too good to be true. I think I first saw it on Pinterest, then was reminded of it via Katie and her killer vegan/sugar free recipes.

Not only is this stuff ridiculously good, but it’s also Paleo (Whole30 approved), vegan, and free of added sugar. Basically it’s healthy AF.

I posted this on Instagram the other day, but figured I should share it here as well.

Easiest Ever Whipped Coconut Cream

➳ put can of full fat coconut milk in fridge overnight
➳ the top part will thicken – scoop it out and leave the liquid
➳ you’ll be left with a thick coconut cream. beat or whip it for a lighter/smoother consistency
➳ use as frosting, a topping, or thin out with regular coconut milk for a yogurt-like breakfast like below

This beauty is (unseen) sliced banana topped with the coconut cream, warmed blueberries, ground flax and almonds.

Easiest Ever Whipped Coconut Cream (vegan, paleo, sugar free)

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Have you tried this whipped coconut cream? What are some of the best tricks/hacks you’ve learned from Pinterest?