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With no @oatly on the island, the solution is simple. You make you’re own #oatmilk. . . Which I did. Just now. With this no added artificial sweeteners or flavors or gluten recipe from @foodmatters :. . ► 1 cup rolled oats (I used @bobsredmill #organic + #glutenfree ). ► 3 cups filtered water + 1 extra cup for soaking. ► 1 pinch sea salt. ► Optional: 1 whole date, pitted or 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and/or cinnamon. . Method:. 1. Soak the oats in 1 cup of water for half an hour. This helps create creamy milk.. 2. Strain your soaked oats and add to a high-speed blender with 3 cups of filtered water, a pinch of sea salt and optional ingredients, if using.. Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy.. 3. Pour the mixture through cheesecloth or nut milk bag to separate the oat milk from the oats. This is optional, skip this step if you don't mind a bit of texture in your milk.. 4. Store your oat milk in a glass bottle in your refrigerator for up to five days. . Read more here 👉🏼 https://www.foodmatters.com/article/oat-milk-nutrition-benefits-and-how-make-it . . . . #melsblisscuracao #diymylk #oatmilk #foodmatters #homemademilks #glutenfree

Supporting my fellow insanely creative islander @kokolishicuracao with these fab scarves in 🐚 + 🌴. . When I saw them on her insta stories it was love at first sight. Next step is to start practicing some scarf deco skills 🙌🏼. . . . . #localbusiness #creativeartists #kokolishicuracao #melsblisscuracao #thisiscuracao #thisislandcuracao #scarvesfordays

The simple pleasures in life . 1. Coming home after a morning of running errants. 2. The reappearance of soft(er) and more abundant green grass when it’s the season for more rain. 3. A nice piece of sourdough baguette with organic old cheese by Landana (at @vandentweelzeelandia ) topped with homemade mango ginger jam from @hoficascora 4. It’s weekend 💃🏻 . . . . #simplepleasuresinlife #melsblisscuracao #thankful #gratitude #unnplugged #unpluggedthenaturalway

Mid-day matcha 🍵 to keep me going 💪🏼 and foamed to perfection in my @nespresso foamer. . What’s your fave to-go-to drink? . . . . #melsblisscuracao #matchaeveryday #drinks #matchalatte

Today was the last day for this year that the lovely @kdefreitas and owner of @8_the_experience did my hair before going on maternity leave mid November. She does my hair every 6 weeks and am super happy with her skills and conversations. . . Needless to say I wish her all the best for the remainder of her pregnancy. BUT, I also can’t wait until she’s back 🙊. Is that bad, Kim? She’s my hair therapist and lock whisperer 😆. . . But seriously @kdefreitas , may your baby arrive happy and healthy. I wish you joy, I wish you luck, I wish you a safe delivery. . Something else I started doing since last month is having my brows tinted for more definition. It’s a simple and fast procedure, and in my opinion a far better alternative to the painful microblading I had done 💯. So happy. . . . . #melsblisscuracao #browtinting #hairstylist #8theexperience #hairstyles #hairtherapy #thisislandcuracao #thisiscuracao #avedasalon

Easy, affordable and healthy-ish veggie pasta to make mid-week. . . During the week I love to prep meals that will last me at least two days, are quick and adaptable with add-ons. . We’ve been nomming on this brown rice macaroni since Monday and it still tastes damn good. It’s filled with veggies, fresh herbs and ground “veggie” meat. We topped it with organic shredded sharp cheddar cheese from @organicvalley . . Make yours here:. 1 (standard sized) bag of organic pasta. We used brown rice mac.. 1 jar of basil pasta sauce 2 large bell peppers (any color you like). 2 containers of organic mushrooms. 1/2 a bunch of fresh basil. 1 packet of ground “veggie” meat. Salt and pepper to taste. 2 tbsp avocado/olive oil . Preparations:. 1. Rinse and half the bell peppers. Take out the stem and chop in smaller pieces. I always cut them first in strips, then smaller pieces.. 2. Brush away any dirt from the mushrooms, half and then slice in thinner pieces.. 3. Rinse the basil, remove the leaves and chop up.. 4. Fill a large pan with water. When the water is boiling add the pasta and follow the instructions.. 5. Heat a large frying pan with oil [I like to use avocado oil as it doesn’t oxidate at higher temperatures] and add the mushrooms. Season with freshly ground pepper and sea salt. When done add the basil, stir and put the mixture in a bowl for later.. 6. Add a bit more oil to the frying pan and add the chopped bell peppers. Stir until soft. Add the ground veggie meat. Season with salt and pepper. When done add the mushroom mix and pasta sauce.. 7. When the pasta is done, pour off the water, add the veggie mix and combine.. 8. Load up in bowls and top with shredded cheese, fresh basil or whatever you want. . . . . #melsblisscuracao #pastameals #vegetarian #dinner #lunch #easymeals #bulkcooking #healthymeals #wednesdayinspo

Full Moon 🌕 Yoga last night with @movewithadri where we sweat, felt strong and worked on our inversions. . . I’m starting to feel more comfortable when practicing my head stands 💪🏼. . Thanks so much for your guidance and motivation Adriana 👏🏼. . . . . #melsblisscuracao #movewithadri #poweryoga #wellness #health #strongwomen #myyogacommunity #unnplugged #unnpluggedthenaturalway

For the first time in a long time I am starting to feel strong again both physically and mentally. . . It takes effort, yes, but I am loving the feeling. I am not a gym rat, but I do love my Pilates classes with @helen.griffith.pilates and powerful yoga asanas with @movewithadri Both are good for the body, mind and soul. . What makes you feel powerful 💪🏼? . . . #strongbody #melsblisscuracao #prevention #bonedensity #metabolism #quote #empowering #movement #yoga #pilates #curacao #excercise #health #wellness #motivation

An oldie but a goodie 🍌🍫🍒🍃. . @simplegreensmoothies inspired Cherry Chocolate Green Smoothie as a 💪🏼 power up (boy did I need it) for last night’s full moon HIIT yoga🌕. The energy was lit ⚡️. . . Ingredients [serves 2].: 2 cups unsweetened plant milk (I used almond but cashew would also taste really good), 2 cups baby spinach, 2 tbsp raw cacao powder, 1 cup frozen banana, 2 cups frozen cherries. First add milk and spinach, then add the frozen fruits and lastly the cacao. Feel free to add a pinch of salt, cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs and a scoop of collagen powder if you’re feeling like it. . . . . #melsblisscuracao #simplegreensmoothies #plantbased #smoothie #powerup #drink #yogaboost #unnplugged #unpluggedthenaturalway

Besides catching up with friends, the absolute highlight of my trip to @8_the_experience last Sunday was scoring a couple of @thelazy_loaf ‘s superb #sourdough loaves in support for #fundashonsintaros Breast Cancer Awareness. This beaut is called “Drunken Figs + Walnut Sourdough” 🤩. . I love bread. Always have. You guys know this. But, since a couple years I’ve turned into a bit of a bread snob and choose my breads/loaves very selectively. . . The bread I used to eat can be considered as air pockets. I could easily eat four slices. With a good country bread or sourdough you’ll only need one or two slices that will keep you satisfied far longer than conventional bread ever could. . . I love @thelazy_loaf ‘s bread so much and will stay true to them as long as they keep on making and selling them at pop-ups. Keep an eye out for their stories to find out where you can buy your own sourdough loaf 🍞. . 📸 by Aiden Muskus 👏🏼 . . . . #melsblisscuracao #thelazyloaf #localbusiness #realbread #fermentedbread #countryloaf #carbmonster #breastcancerawareness

Sunday salad to end my 2-day cleanse. To be honest, I haven’t eaten this many veggies in a while 🤷🏻‍♀️. I asked my hand 🤲🏼 model @bjorn_muskus to help out 😆. . . Salad deets [serves 2]: About 1 cup cooked quinoa dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, freshly cracked pepper, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika powder mixed with 2 hands full of baby spinach and topped with two oven grilled sliced bell peppers, 1/2 of a large avocado, a bit of feta cheese (optional), about 1 cup of cherry tomatoes and some dried goji berries. Bam! This was sooo good! . . . . #melsblisscuracao #cleanse #detox #salads #cleaneating #veggies #dinnerinspo #vegetarian #plantbased #veganfriendly

After my visit at Barbulette Blanku before our trip to Orlando I was advised to do a cleanse to solve the circulation issues in my legs. Every month just before my period I would get a very heavy feeling in both of my legs. It kind of resembles muscle pain and it won’t let me sleep at night without a painkiller, an epsom salt bath and some bio freeze rolled onto both of my legs to get rid of that restless feeling. . . Without saying anything to Jennifer and after having scanned my body she already knew that I had issues with my circulation and after explaining what happened every month she told me it had to do with my lymphs that filled up. . . A cleanse would help get rid of the toxin built up. Her advise was to drink prune juice for 3 days starting with 1 tall glass in the morning at 6am, followed by a tall glass of water 30 minutes later, followed again by a tall glass of prune juice 30 minutes later and ending at 8am with my last tall glass of water to kickstart my digestive system. This went down last Saturday and Sunday. I only did 2 days. It was very hard for me 🙊. Well, lemme tell ya. I stayed very close to the toilet until 4pm 😱. My body seemed to be very happy with this situation as it said go, go, GO!!!! 🤣 . I was to eat only (all the)fruits and veggies for three days. Drink lots of water and herbal teas. Needless to say I didn’t dare to consume so much during those eliminating hours 💁🏻‍♀️. I made salads, steamed broccoli (without salt but added olive oil and a bit of nutritional yeast...not sure if this was ok but it otherwise tasted very blah), made green smoothies. . . I soon realized how often I was standing in front of the fridge looking for something, anything. Then closed the fridge as all that I was eyeing I wasn’t allowed 😭. It was also very clear how many times I would snack on either dark chocolate, maybe something salty in the afternoon or a sandwich. Aaaaand how little veggies I’d actually eat. Green smoothies truly seem to help with this as we in general would otherwise not consume the necessary amount. It also appeared how much of the same veggies I would prepare. *To be continued in the comments . #melsblisscuracao #cleanse #detox

The commute back towards Miami started reaaaaally early and eventually turned up our stress level. Because: 1. Waking up at 4:30am. 2. No breakfast, as obvs everything was still closed. 3. Taking more than 4 hours to get to MIA Airport thanks to traffic, after we dropped off our rental car and were finally able to relief ourselves at the restroom 😳. 4. Checking in 30 minutes prior boarding, so no time to get that coveted 15 minute airport back neck massage or a matcha latte from Starbucks 😭. . . This was clearly not the way to start or morning and end our trip. By the time we got back home, we were exhausted. Never again 🙄. . . Tell me your travel woes. Ever missed a flight? . . . . . #melsblisscuracao #goinghome #familytrip #fallbreak #orlandotomiami #sunrise #travelwoes

When you are waiting for your next ride and the opportunity presents itself, you take a photo with a Disney character. No matter the age, it’s always fun. . . Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine & 👸🏻 Me 😆. Fun little shirt from @walmart and perfect for this day. #feelinglikeakidagain . . . . . #melsblisscuracao #themepark #disneyworld #animalkingdom #familytrip #fallbreak

The Expedition Everest ride in @waltdisneyworld Animal Kingdom 5 years ago scared the crap out of Aiden 🙊. Even though he is a thrill seeker, he didn’t want to go again. Awwwww. Now he loved it and I started screaming....again. That unexpected part....😱. . . . . #melsblisscuracao #themepark #disneyworld #animalkingdom #familytrip #fallbreak #thrillride