Savor Pizza. Local Eats.

Before I started my healthy way of living, me and my husband went out regularly and tried different places.

After my daughter was born, a lot changed. I started watching what we are eating, learnt more about food, health, changed a lot in our diet and step by step we ended up going to a few local places who we really trust.

It might sound too boring for somebody, but to be honest we don’t really have a lot of time to go out, and if we do, we want to eat the fresh, delicious healthy food.

One of my favorite place in our area is Savor Pizza.

This place is UNIQUE!!!!

First of all, if you are looking for a fancy restaurant, don’t go there. This place is just a regular pizza place with a few tables inside and 2 tables outside.

If you are looking for the regular thick crust with pepperoni and  tons of cheese, don’t go there. This place serves the most delicious healthy pizza with organic ingredients, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Delicious and guilt-free food! They’re strictly healthy, but also strictly delicious!

Savor Healthy Pizza makes naturally delicious healthy gourmet pizza, pasta-style entrees, salads, and wraps. They’re all 100% HAND-MADE DAILY from NATURAL and ORGANIC ingredients, including their unique thin pizza crusts and sandwich wraps!

Order a wonderful prepared pizza to freeze (Have it delivered!) and bake later! And add a hot pizza with delivery to enjoy today and save the prepared pizza for later!

They support environmentally-conscious vendors and local farmers of natural and organic produce.

Rex and Val ( the owners, super warm and inviting couple) cook everything in front of you, so you can easily see what you will eat!!!!!

My favorite pizza is made of almond crust!!!!! This is the most delicious pizza I have ever tried.

If you are on a diet and worry about calories, you can check the nutrition facts on their website.

Their fresh made smoothies and sugar free dessert taste unbelievable!!!

For people who likes to have a glass of wine with their food: they don’t serve alcohol, but you are allowed to bring your own, and enjoy it with their delicious dishes:)

If you decide to go there you won’t be disappointed, because these people do magic in their kitchen!!!!

Unfortunately my pictures are not the best from this place, because I am always too busy to enjoy my food there, but I will still share one of them with you:

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Savor Healthy Pizza

430 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: (203) 939-1666

 

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Coconut Chocolate Cookie Bars. Vegan.

Sometimes it’s so easy to fix the delicious and healthy dessert at home. I always have some healthy ingredients in my pantry, so when my daughter or hubby ask for something sweet I am ready to make it.
This time the recipe was simple but it took me a few hours to make it, so people were waiting for their sweet treat almost by the end of the day.
These bars were delicious, but to my taste too sweet. It made our daughter super hyperactive and she couldn’t fall asleep that night:)
Anyway, if you want to make some dessert and it needs this sweet spike, go with Coconut Chocolate Cookie Bars.
Coconut Chocolate Cookie Bars.
vegan, gluten, refined sugars free recipe
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Ingredients
Crust:

¾ cup almond flour
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
½ Tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Layers

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
½ cup chopped pecans

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 Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a square (8×8) glass baking dish with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients for the crust in a large bowl and press firmly into the prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until your crust is golden brown in color. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. While crust is cooling, in a saucepan over medium heat bring coconut milk and sugar to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 45 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture has reduced by half. The coconut milk mixture should be thick reduced to about ¾ cup. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Pour the sweetened condensed coconut milk over the crust and spread to the edges. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the condensed milk, then the flaked coconut, and then the pecans. Using your hands, press the mixture down a tiny bit until the milk soaks upward into the layers. Place in oven (still at 350) and bake for about 20 minutes, until edges are browning a bit. Remove from oven and cool for 30 to 60 minutes on a cooling rack. Once the bars have cooled a bit, place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the bars to set-up for at least two hours (or overnight). If you’re in a rush you could put the bars in the freezer for an hour instead. After cooling, lift the parchment out of the pan and place bars on a cutting board or other flat surface. Cut bars and dig in!
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Valentine’s Day Princess Magic Wand

Valentine’s Day is coming and we start getting ready for this romantic, special holiday.

Our daughter is the real princess, so to make her games even more fun, I decided to fix some handmade magic wands for her.

Because Valentine’s Day is so close, I made them Valentine’s Day Princess Magic Wands.

The best thing about them, you can even use them for decorating your house.

I am on my way to finish a few more, but can’t wait to share with you this tutorial.

Valentine’s Day Princess Magic Wand.

Supplies:

Colourful bits of felt ( I had some left from my last project, but also got sparkly red one)
embroidery floss
wooden dowel sticks ( you can find them different sizes at any craft store)
wool or string (spun for wrapping the stick), I personally used sparkly string
wool fleece (for stuffing)
craft glue
narrow ribbon
pretty things to embelish with – think buttons, beads, shells.

It depends what you will use, but first step you wrap your wooden stick with the wool or sparkly string, using the craft glue. Start wrapping up the stick; you will cover in your blunt end as you go, add more glue every few inches but don’t be too generous or it will get messy and set hard and nasty.

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 Now for ribbons.
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Cut three, four, five lengths of narrow ribbon in whichever colours you like/have. Cut the ends on a diagonal so they are less likely to fray) then tie them all together in a knot close to one end.
Thread your needle with a new piece of floss (two strands the same colour you used to sew the outside edge) and knot the ends. Sew in and out through your ribbons around the knot til you are sure it is quite secure and sew it to the string to the stick a bit like you are sewing on a button. When you can give it a good strong tug and it doesn’t budge move on.
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Now for your top bit. Cut out two pieces of felt in the main shape and one smaller piece either the same shape or something else you fancy. Take one of the main pieces and attach the the smaller one however you like – make sure that you hide your knots and ends. After it is secure you can embelish a bit if you want to, or not. If you are making it for a child younger than three I would say not – all the pretty bits are choking hazards; but you could embroider some pretties on.

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When you are done sew the two main pieces together; first check where you want your stick to sit and starting just to the side of where it will come out, stitch up and around leaving about an inch or so open at the bottom/side for stuffing.
Using  your fingers stuff gently – aim for it to be firm but not fat – you can add a little right at the end before you close it if you need to.

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Keeping the thread attached; poke the stick up inside your wand top and give it a wiggle til it sits nicely. Holding it firmly against your beginning stitches begin sewing your hole closed by sewing into both the felt and the wool around the stick – you can stitch all aroudn the stick this way and then blanket stitch the last of the hole closed.

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Now give it to your little one and let her make as much wishes as she wants!!!!

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Happy coming Valentine’s Day!!!!!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Citrus Cashew Cream.

I am not a big fan of baking cakes, although I love eating them.

As soon as I turned enough years to be able to cook, I always wanted to learn how to make the most delicious, beautiful cakes. I remember my 15th Birthday, how I got ready for the party and I really wanted to have a special homemade cake for my party. My mom is not good at making cake, so our neighbor helped me to make the best vanilla, apricot cake. I was the happiest 15years old girl at that time.

Back to reality, I still struggle in the kitchen when it comes to bake a cake. Sometimes it turns perfect, sometimes I just want to cry, because of spending few hours in the kitchen and ending up with the disaster which supposed to be called a cake.

Yesterday, I just decided to try to make a cake again. I didn’t expect it to be perfect, but at least baked well inside.

Recipe that I used is very easy and IT WORKED!!!!!

Gluten, dairy, refined sugars free carrot cake.

I still used the eggs, but next time I will try to replace them with flaxseeds.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Citrus Cashew Cream.

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Ingredients:

1,5 cup gluten-free oat flour
1 cup almond meal or almond flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all-spice
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
4 eggs, whisked
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

chopped walnuts or pecans for decorating

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Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350*F and thoroughly grease and flour 2, 8-inch cake pan. Knock out excess flour. In a large mixing bowl stir your dry ingredients together until well combined. Lightly pat the grated carrots with a paper towel. In another mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the grated carrot. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir together with a large wooden spoon until just combined. Avoid over-stirring. Pour evenly into the cake pans and bake for 33-38 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Let cool for 15-20 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack and let fully cool before frosting. Cut in the middle to make 2 layers. Frost each layer, then sprinkle with nuts if desired.

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Cashew Cream:

2 cups raw (unsalted) cashews
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest ( you can use orange too)
1/3  cup unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1,5 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Soak the cashews covered in water in a bowl overnight or for at least 4 hours.  Or, cover cashews with water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat off, cover the pot and let sit for 1 hour.  Drain and rinse the cashews with cold water. Measure out 2 cups of the soaked cashews.  There will be extra, as they expand when soaked. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting with 1/3 cup milk. Blend until smooth, adding more milk until desired consistency is reached.  Scrape the sides of the blender as needed.

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Is your cosmetic safe?

The number of chemicals that you put on your skin and that are on their way into your body is amazing! What you put on in the shower can affect things beyond how your arms smell.

Did you know that your skin is your biggest organ? Most of the things that you put on your skin get absorbed and go into your body. Some of them stay near the surface, while others get absorbed into your blood stream and travel throughout your whole system.

When we talk about safe cosmetics, we aren’t just talking about make-up. The national campaigns for safe cosmetics talk about every personal product that you put on your body: deodorant, make-up, shampoo and conditioner, hair gel, nail polish, toothpaste, sunscreen, aftershave, cologne, the list goes on and on. Any personal care product or beauty product that girls or boys use is referred to as a cosmetic.

How can your shampoo or body wash not be safe when it’s supposed to help you stay clean? Right. The whole point of cosmetics – from toothpaste to sunscreen to chapstick – is to help you clean and protect your body. Unfortunately, in the past few decades, there have been large rises in chronic (long-lasting) diseases and changes in the way our bodies work.

Many scientists think that changes in our health – such as the increase in long-lasting diseases like cancer, puberty starting earlier, or reproductive problems in adult women – may be partly caused by all of the chemicals that we are exposed to every day.

How can this happen? Part of the reason is that there’s not enough government regulation in the cosmetic industry. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the same types of laws for things that we put on our body as it does for the things that we put in our body.

Without the government telling companies what they can and can’t put in their products, many companies pick chemicals that make their products smell better or look glossier without thinking about the health impacts of all those chemicals.

Safe Cosmetics are made from ingredients that have not been linked to cancer or birth defects. Doctors and environmental experts recommend that you avoid putting the chemicals listed below in your body.

Check around your house and see if any of your favorite cosmetics contain chemicals on this list.

  1. Butyl Acetate: prevents nail polish from chipping
  2. Butylate Hydroxytoluene: prevents colors from fading and changing too quickly
  3. Coal Tar: dissolves dead skin cells and controls itching in shampoo and hair dye
  4. Cocamide/Lauramide DEA: causes foaming in shampoo and bath products
  5. Formaldehyde: disinfectant and preservative in deodorant, nail polish, soap, shampoo, shaving cream
  6. Diazolidinyl Urea: helps the disinfectants (like formaldehyde) work
  7. Ethyl Acetate: liquid in nail polish, mascara, tooth whitening, perfume
  8. Parabens: group of chemicals that are preservatives and don’t allow bacteria to grow in your cosmetics
  9. Petrolateum (Petroleum): makes lipsticks shine, creams smooth, and softens skin
  10. Treithanolamine: keeps lotions, shaving cream, soaps, shampoos, and bath powders from clumping
  11. Triclosan: prevents bacteria on your hands from growing in your cosmetics, like on bars of soaps or deodorant
  12. Toluene: liquid part of nail polish and hair dye that makes it stick to your hair and nails and look glossy
  13. Talc: absorbs moisture and prevents powders like eye shadow, blush, deodorant from clumping in the containers
  14. Sodium Laureth Sulfate: helps the cosmetics stick to your skin
  15. Propylene glycol: keeps products from melting when it is too hot or freezing when it is too cold
  16. Phthalates: keeps color and scents dissolved in the nail polish, perfume, hair spray, and others

Safe cosmetics do not contain these chemicals (and many others). Check the label on the back of your cosmetics containers to see if your product is safe!

Here is my top 5 safe cosmetic list, that I regularly use:

1. Tarte Cosmetics Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara 0.24 oz.

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An Amazonian clay smart mascara that instinctively treats your unique lash concerns- working overtime to keep lashes hydrated, intact, healthier, and stronger, while delivering the appearance of voluminous lashes.

Formulated without : parabens, mineral oil,   phthalates,  sodium lauryl sulfates, gluten.

My favorite mascara!!!!! I have very sensitive eyes, and with this mascara I’ve never gotten any problems!!!!

2. Organic Lavender Remover

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This ORGANIC nail polish remover is soybean oil based and derived from American farm crops. It is packaged in biodegradable and recyclable materials and is NON TOXIC and NON CARCINOGENIC.

It is on sale in Whole Foods now, so you can get it for 50% off.

They also have great non-toxic nail polishes, that I am planning to try.

3. Mineral Fusion Natural Nail Polish, Citrus Cove, 0.33 Ounce

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Mineral Fusion is dedicated to making nail care healthy and effective while contributing to the wellbeing of our community.

Free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and butyl phthalate.

This nail polish on last at Whole Foods now too.

4. Desert Essence Soft Curls Hair Cream Coconut — 6.4 fl oz

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Made without:Animal Derived Ingredients or Animal Testing, Parabens, Artificial Dyes, Petroleum Compounds including Mineral Oil,Petrolatum and Paraffin,SLS,PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA,Glycols,Phthalates,EDTA.

Add a soft, weightless bounce to curls with this feather-light natural leave-in conditioner. Just a small amount of this silicone-free cream softens and moisturizes curly hair, making it silky smooth to the touch. Infused with 5 desert derived botanicals and coconut oil to strengthen hair and repair damage from environmental stressors and styling.

5. Elma and Sana 100 % Pure Organic Argan Oil Cold Pressed Virgin, Golden, 2 Ounce
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Elma and Sana golden argan oil 1 oz blue glass bottle with dropper 100% natural raw cosmetic argan oil is the perfect oil for the face, body, hair, and nails. Ideal for all skin and hair types, argan oil improves skin hydration. This non-greasy formula is fragrance-free and organically cold-pressed. Made from the nuts of the Moroccan argan tree, It is high in vitamin E and essential fatty ideal for all skin and hair types. Improve skin’s hydration. Non-greasy 100% raw organic cold pressed. 100% natural fragrance free. Benefits, Non-greasy, fast absorbing and moisturizes softens and nourishes eliminates frizz and adds shine to hair strengthen soft and brittle nails imported directly from ecocert certified women’s cooperatives from morocco.

The best skin moisturizer!!!!!

Raw Chocolate Almond Bars.

Raw Chocolate Dessert Again. It tastes as good as it looks.

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I use one special ingredient in the recipe this time: Coconut Manna.

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It is a whole-food product, meaning it is 100% coconut with very little processing. The difference between this and coconut oil is that coconut oil is put through a cold expresser process to get the oil out. Both are fresh-harvest coconut

It’s that are dried, but the Manna is ground into a very fine powder right after drying.  Then, they add some of their coconut oil.  Manna is lower in calories than coconut oil.  Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna contains 12% fiber and 9% protein, whereas coconut oil contains none.

You need to soften the product and mix thoroughly to truly appreciate the full spectrum of this amazing product.  It must be softened by achieving a temperature above 76 degrees and then mixed thoroughly. If you live in a warm climate, you won’t have to worry about softening.  To soften:

Run tap water to the very hottest setting, then fill a bowl and put the Manna container in the bowl for 10-15 minutes.  You may need to replace the water several times to get the butter real soft. Boil water in a tea kettle and pour into a large bowl, placing the mana jar in the center.  Allow it to soften.If you have a food dehydrator, open the lid of the Manna container and put it in the dehydrator on 105 degrees.   After 15 minutes, stir the Manna, and then put back in for another 15 minutes, then mix well before serving.

You can find it at any health food store, Amazon.com, Whole Foods. By the way, Whole Foods has it on sale most of the times.

Raw Chocolate Almond Bars.

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Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 cup dates
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
pinch sea salt

1. Put all ingredients in the blender and mix them together. Make the first layer of the bars, pressing your almond, chocolate dough into the form. Put in refrigerator while making toping. The bottom layer should be set up (but not completely hard) before adding the next layer.

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Coconut Layer

2 cups of dried, unsweetened, raw coconut

2/3 cup coconut butter, or Coconut Manna

3 tablespoons raw maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)

1. Place coconut in medium bowl.

2. Whisk coconut butter or manna, and agave. Pour over coconut and mix well.

3. Pat over first layer, top with chopped almonds and chocolate sauce( I mixed 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, with 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup)

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4. Refrigerate to set.

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Enjoy!!!!

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Green Moon Art Studio For Kids.

I mentioned before that our daughter, Sophia attends local art classes, and today I want to share with you our experience with this SPECIAL place.

Green Moon is a special place for children to grow and learn. At Green Moon, children from 18 months to 12 years can enjoy the exploration of art.

This place was Sophia’s first drop in experience, and I am so glad we made this choice!!!

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She started her Art Classes when she turned 2, and before that she wasn’t actually stayed without me at any place for more than 10 min. I was nervous leaving her alone for 45 minutes alone in a new place.

Because this place is SPECIAL in many ways, me, as a mother and Sophia loved it from the first sight:

1. The owners and all the teachers are friendly and nice. Children adore them!!!! I remember Sophia kept talking about Miss Gabby few months ago. I didn’t know who she is, but the only person she mentioned in her games, was Miss Gabby. Later, I found out, Miss Gabby is her lovely teacher from Green Moon.

2. During their Art Classes kids always do different kinds of activities including sensory play which is so important in this age.

3. Their project’s ideas never end. At the end of every semester I am waiting for my daughter’s art works, because I can really call them ART WORKS!!!!! I am proud of my 3 years old daughter who easily can decorate walls with her projects in our home. Thank you to GREEN MOON.

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4. The studio has been recently renovated, and now parents can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while waiting for their kids in the studio.

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5. Decor!!!!! I love, love, love everything that is in Green Moon: colors, little details for special themes etc. This place has the special Art atmosphere!!!!

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6. Every holiday they have special drop in programs, and if you don’t attend their classes regularly, you can just have fun joining their special events.

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100418047. They sell their own art supplies now too!!!!! Isn’t it cool to get some special art projects made in the local art studio for you little ones, or for a present ? I am so into supporting the local vendors and organizations, and knowing Green Moon’s  art supplies are: safe for your kids, unique, special; make me happy that Sophia has this great opportunity to have her art journey with Green Moon.

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If you are interested into their art projects, you can buy them from their Art Studio, or even better ORDER them ONLINE!!!!

All their products has the list of ingredients, and this way you can make sure your kids will use safe, fun art supplies.

Puppet Art Set

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Rainbow Dough Set.

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They also have: Bird House art set, Non toxic paints, Make your own Frame set, beads art sets etc.

One of my favorite ones ” Build your own Art Set”. You pick your own art supplies for your projects in their Studio:

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The Studio has different types of classes, summer camp( which we attended last summer), private events and birthday parties. Here is the full list of their services.

You can also find them following these links:

Green Moon Website

Green Moon Facebook

Green Moon Instagram

Thank you Green Moon to make my daughter loves art in a special way!!!!!!