Category: Nourish

NOURISH Inspiration Of Late

may 11, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: Nourish

I needed a week off (maybe more…) from doing two videos a week. Other competing priorities, and I’m always after the ever-elusive LIFE BALANCE. But in lieu of that today, I wanted to throw up a blog post! I’ve been perusing/reading more blogs since getting back into a more “traditional” work environment where I loosely adhere to the x amount of time of productive work/y amount of time letting your brain rest. Food blogs were the first kind I was ever engrossed with/followed regularly, probably around 2005/2006. That’s a story for another day, but I still follow some of those people today (101 Cookbooks, Detoxinista), and over the years have found more recent quality content (lately, Ambitious Kitchen). Enter the four recipes I have digitally dog-eared to make in the VERY near future.

1. Smitten Kitchen’s Everyday Meatballs

Please don’t ask why I’ve had a meatball craving the past week or so. I mean I usually crave red meat if it’s been a two or three weeks without out, and I most often will just get grass-fed ground beef from whole foods and make a basic meat sauce to have with gluten-free pasta. But give me all the meatballs now pls. I could easily make these gluten-free by making my own breadcrumbs from some Udi’s.



2. 101 Cookbook’s Spring Roll Salad

Vietnamese spring rolls, or nime chow, or whatever you want to call them – YES. These are my favorite to eat in the warmer months, either if I’m out to eat at some kind of pan-asian restaurant, or just picking them up at whole foods. My favorite ones are with shrimp, but shrimp is a no-no through my medical intuitive so now it’s chicken or tofu. I’m not supposed to do peanuts either, so technically the dipping sauce many come with is a no-go too, at least with any regularity. So for the peanut sauce dressing in this recipe, I’d just swap it out for almond butter. Not *exactly* the same I’m sure, but same general idea. Plus anything Heidi Swanson does is perfection to me, I’m a mega-fan and have all her cookbooks.



3. Detoxinista’s Easiest Cauliflower Pizza Crust

OK ok I know this is so white girl-super basic-ultra vanilla-pinteresy annoyiness, but I’m dying to finally try making a cauliflower pizza crust. Especially now that I avoid gluten, it seems like the time. I LOVE Detoxinista and have her cookbook, which has this recipe in it. It seems so much more doable that you can just use bags of frozen cauliflower that have been thawed in the fridge overnight, whizzed up in a food processor and rung out. Actually I think Trader Joe’s now even sells riced cauliflower because cauliflower and it’s many uses has been “discovered.” Anyway. This pizza crust looks kind of epic, honestly.



4. Ambitious Kitchen’s Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I wouldn’t have discovered this great food blog if it weren’t for an IG post Vanessa (TheBombshellSuite) did on these cookies. I MEAN HELLO. How insane do they look?! Ingredients look amazing and minimal, and the finished product just looks to die. There’s even a YouTube video! i imagine these freeze well, and you can just defrost as needed, or eat semi-frozen. Noms!




Let me know what’s on your To Make List – I’m always looking for things to bookmark!


What did I do before Vitacost?

december 2, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: alternative health + lifestyle, nourish, fitness

If you aren’t already initiated, Vitacost is an AMAZING warehouse-y kind of site that has insane inventory across tons of different categories (beauty products, household products, food, et cetera) and carries tons of great brands at very low prices. I’ve been shopping regularly on the site for at least a couple of years now, and I make 1-2 orders a month (free shipping after $49 and your order comes within like two days). They often run amazing deals on top of their already low prices, and there are often coupons floating for 10-20% off, yadda yadda yadda. Basically it’s like the online equivalent of couponing for me. Oh, AND you can add Ebates onto your order too, which is another 4% – 8% cash back! [shameless plug, if you’d like to sign up for Ebates or Vitacost through my “affiliate links”, you can here and here ! :) ]

So I just got a smallish order in the mail last week, and no other online shopping orders in sight so not enough to do a Mercedes Shops on YouTube – so I thought I’d just give you a quick peek on here:IMG_1140

I stocked up on the Vega Sport Recovery Accelerators because they were on sale ($17.99 a box, they’re usually $27.99!). I mix one of these packets into a blender bottle of water after I lift and it feels replenishing and hydrating. I’ve been forgoing the Vega Pre-Workout supplement in lieu of just having a single espresso shot prior to working out – cheaper, and just as effective.


I just finished up burning the Aloha Bay Money (red/root chakra) energy candle and needed another around so I went back to the Aloha Bay Love (orange/sacral chakra) energy candle. It’s burning right now as I type this, and j’adore.


I avoid regular gum because of the artificial flavors and fake sweeteners but I do like having Spry around for when I need a refresh. It’s sweetened with Xylitol, and while it’s probably not perfect, I think it’s a hell of a lot better than Trident.


Then I needed some Ceylon cinnamon (apparently if you frequently consume cinnamon, ceylon is better than what many of us would consider “regular” cinnamon which is another variety and can apparently be somewhat toxic? I read this somewhere years ago and it stuck. Ceylon also reminds me more of Mexican cinnamon so it makes me feel nostalgic and I enjoy) and maple syrup. The organic versions on Vitacost were significantly cheaper than at my Whole Foods, so when that’s the case I’ll buy things like this on Vitacost. I have the Vitacost app on my phone, so yes I often compare prices while at the grocery store…like a suburban stay-at-home mom.


And then I just stocked up on my favorite Macrobar flavor (Sesame + Date) and the two flavors of the Nothin’ But snack bars I hadn’t yet tried (Peanut Butter Banana Chunk and Lemon Ginger).

Already getting my cart ready for my next order!

morning cuppa tea, enhanced.

I’ve been an avid morning black tea drinker for awhile now. I used to have a pretty wicked coffee/espresso habit, but it just really whacks my body out and I knew I was drinking too much. I still have the occasional weekend cappuccino or cortado, but my morning beverage of choice is english breakfast tea. I’ve been loving yorkshire gold.

I ALSO love coconut oil, so I got the grand idea to start stirring in a teaspoon or so, after watching a youtuber I follow, Check In The Mirror, demonstrate this tip as a way to take coconut oil internally (something I’ve always meant to do, but with so many health habits in rotation, long-term adherence can be tricky):

I don’t want to take a full tablespoon yet every morning (apparently coconut oil can be detoxifying if you take too much suddenly), but a teaspoon stirred in is actually really nice.