Why I’m Leaving My Job At LinkedIn

I haven’t talked much my full-time job as an Insights Analyst at LinkedIn much because it didn’t seem to be so relevant to a health and wellness blog (it kinda felt off brand, ya know?). That was my mistake thinking my personal journey doesn’t bring value to anyone else.

I want to share a bit more about me and my story because I think it’ll help you better connect to my mission and brand. And hopefully you find it interesting!

Soo my side hustle is going to become my full hustle. At least for now. I’m going to the wellness space for the next few months to see where it takes me next. Which means I’m leaving my job at LinkedIn in 3 weeks!

The background:

Like many of us in our mid-20s, I’ve always been someone who has had a plan and a set goal. It felt like life was all planned out for me until I started asking myself “Wait, is this how the rest of my life will feel like?” It was that nagging question that made me want to explore and take some risks. Which is odd because I’ve been so risk averse my entire life.

Though I may risk-averse, I am always honest with myself and those around me. If I’m feeling a certain way I can’t hide it. So when I started feeling a disconnected to my job (even when the company and the people were absolutely incredible) I knew I had to do something about it. I couldn’t fake it for much longer.

I knew I needed a change, and it took me a while before I figured out that I needed a HUGE change that makes me uncomfortable and pushes me to do something completely different. After months of thinking it through, I decided to quit my job to focus on my own wellness projects.

My wellness projects:

I have a feeling my journey will steer me in many different directions and there will be multiple ups and downs but there are three things in particular I want to focus on over the next few months:

+Growing the Citrus & Gold community: If you haven’t already checked out the C&G Girl Gang, you’re in for a real treat.
+Partnering with my mom to create a healthy Indian food recipe eBook: I’ll write a post on this soon!
+Gathering more knowledge: through certifications, consulting, and meeting others in the wellness space.

Sure I’m nervous, scared, and very uncomfortable but I’m also very happy & excited. This feels like the right decision and I am very grateful and privileged that I can take this leap. I encourage you to watch this space closely and I will be sharing many more updates and changes over the next few months. I can’t wait to take you along on this journey with me.

Berry and Beets Smoothie (My First Video!)

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Blogging used to be the bread and butter of this Citrus & Gold. Citrus & Gold was merely a blog last year — all I did was write. But now it’s grown to include a thriving FB community, a online book club (more details to come), events, a recipe e-book and much more.

I’ll fill you in on the details soon, but with all these other projects blogging consistently has been hard! I am still aiming for a weekly posts because blogging is what spear-headed all of these other projects. Sometimes I feel bad that I am not able to get to all the blog post ideas that are collecting dust in Evernote. But there will be a time and place for them all!

Writing is what helped me start my whole wellness brand and I have no desire to put the pen down anytime soon! However, (since I’m not doing enough already) I recently added one more extension to my brand…videos! I did my first video collaboration with So She Slays not too long ago and we created one of my favorite smoothies.

This smoothie is perfect for when you are craving a sweet treat but don’t want to compromise your nutrition! My roommate and I kind of accidentally discovered the wonders of beets in smoothies when we were trying to copy the Pressed Juicery’s Strawberry Almond juice.

Now this smoothie tastes nothing like that (the beets have a much more powerful flavor), it’s still delicious!

BERRY AND BEETS SMOOTHIE

Serving: 2 16 oz servings

1 cup of berries – frozen or unfrozen. After trying it a few times I think strawberries are the best for this.
1 beet: I bought mine steamed and peeled from Trader Joe’s
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 cup coconut water
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 scoops Vital Protein collagen peptides
3-4 ice cubes

Blend all of the ingredients and enjoy! It’s a super simple recipe that is perfect for summer :).

Introducing the C&G Girl Gang!

What started on a whim ended up being the best decision I could have made for Citrus & Gold. Introducing…the C&G Girl Gang!

The C&G Girl Gang is a community of women interested in making health and wellness a priority. It’s a forum for women to ask questions, share advice, and connect with other bad-ass women. I’m focusing on building awareness especially for South Asian women but all women are welcome . Sorry men, I don’t mean to exclude but I do want to create a safe, open environment for women specifically.

My mission is to help women take control of their lives to become healthier, happier, and bolder. As much as I like posting on my blog and social media sometimes I feel like the conversations are one-sided. I don’t get to hear what matters for YOU guys quite enough. Or if I do, the conversations end up being quite superficial. Blogging can be pretty lonely at times and I knew I wanted to create something that fosters authentic communication. So on a random Tuesday night I started a FB group, called it the C&G Girl Gang, created a header on Canva and there it was.

At first I thought there would be maybe 20, 30 friends interested but I’m happy to say we have over 150 women from all across the world in the group! It’s been so amazing seeing others connect and bond. One of my friends published a beautiful article on Brown Girl Magazine through connecting with a couple of girls in the group.

We are brainstorming meet-ups, book-clubs and much more! We are all so excited to how it transforms in a organic, authentic manner.

If you are interested in joining you can request access here. Hope to see you there .

Sunday Brunches with Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes

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birch bender paleo pancakes

What do you do when you are craving real pancakes? When protein pancakes or banana/egg pancakes just won’t do the trick? You turn to Birch Benders Paleo Pancakes.

There’s nothing better than whipping up a batch of pancakes over the weekend — it brings back so many great memories. Back in the day, my mom always stocked the pantry with the Costco sized Bisquick pancake mix. My brother and I would always load those with chocolate chips, fruit, and of course maple syrup.

Now if you are craving “real pancakes” I’d say just eat the damn Bisquick pancakes — don’t deprive yourself! However if you are like me where gluten and dairy don’t suit you, then Birch Bender’s Paleo Pancakes are the way to go.

I honestly wish someone had told me about these earlier. Truthfully I only discovered them after I read in some magazine that Jessica Biel (aka Justin Timberlake’s wife) eats them every week. Apparently influencer marketing works real well on me because I immediately ordered them on Amazon after reading that article. Hey, who doesn’t want to be like Jessica Biel?

I’m quite happy with my impulse buy since I can no longer imagine life without this pancake mix. It’s made completely from natural ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, eggs, and monk fruit for sweetness. I also like to add some Enjoy Life Chocolate Mini Chips to bring me back to my childhood :).

They are incredibly simple to make too – all you need is water! I like to cook them with a little bit of coconut oil.

I reached out to Birch Bender’s letting them know how much I love their mix and they were kind enough to send me a few packs! In fact, I am giving some out to you guys now. You can enter the giveaway on Instagram and enter by commenting the post and tagging two friends. You get a bonus entry just for commenting on this blog post!

I will be choosing a winner on Sunday July 9th so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Where to Find The Best  Salads in San Francisco

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Given that I’ve lived in San Francisco for over 3 years, its a bit of a surprise that I haven’t talked about San Francisco food yet. I mean, I even have a healthy food guide to NYC.

I want to talk about salads. Why in the world is it SO hard to find good salads when eating out? I don’t want your bowl full of lettuce with one tomato and ranch. And please don’t hand me a side of mixed green with a little balsamic.

Luckily we have it pretty good in San Francisco does take some searching to find salads worth the money. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite salads in San Francisco so you don’t have to search any further!


Where to Find the Best Damn Salads in San Francisco


+Blue Barn : Blue Barn offers so many beautiful salad choices and also gives you the option to create your own at Blue Barn. This is my go-to places at least once a week! I like to create my own (2x the roasted mushrooms please!) but this is another place where you can’t go wrong with the options.

+ The Plant CafeThe Plant has locations all over the city making it a convenient, healthy, choice. Try the Dino Kale Salad; the kale is massaged in lemon juice giving it a nice citrus kick. Oh and add salmon!

+ Roam Artisan Burgers: Believe it or not, this burger joint serves a damn good salad. Order the Farmer’s Market Salad and add a burger trio – you get three mini patties of the meat of your choice (I usually get turkey). The salad also has a generous serving of avocado. Yum.

+ Nourish Cafe: OK this have become my FAVORITE cafe since they opened their location in Nob Hill. From smoothies, salads, baked goods, and bowls — they have it all! The falafel salad is especially divine.

+ sweetgreen: Sweetgreen is basically the Chipotle of salads, but better. I usually make my own here too but I’ve tried the Spicy Sabzi and a couple of others and each did not disappoint.

I know there is so much more to be discovered but I’m someone who kinda sticks to my favorites. SF peeps – what salads in San Francisco would you recommend?

Sweet Potato Cashew Cream Sauce With Brown Rice Pasta

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sweet potato cashew cream sauce

This sweet potato cashew cream sauce recipe kind of happened by accident.

I was perusing through Mckel Hill’s book Nutrition Stripped when I stumbled upon a recipe for a butternut squash vegan cream sauce. It sounded so damn good that I was determined to make it that night (and I was excited because I had all the ingredients at home!).

Except when I got home I realized my butternut squash went bad :(. I was so invested in making it that I decided to go rogue and make the sauce with sweet potatoes instead.

With a few tweaks, here is what I got:

Sweet Potato Cashew Cream Sauce + Brown Rice Pasta

Ingredients:

8 oz brown rice pasta
1.5 cups peas (I used frozen)
2 small/medium sweet potatoes, about 2 cups
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or light coconut milk
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup cashews
½ cup vegetable or chicken broth (more or less depending on the preferred consistency)

Directions:

Sauce:

Soak cashews in water for 2 hours. If in a rush you can soak in warmer water for less time but do not put it in boiling water.

Preheat oven to 400F to roast the sweet potatoes.

Peel sweet potatoes and slice them to roast. Mix sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper into a bowl. Line tray with aluminum foil place sweet potatoes on tray. Pop it into the oven for 25 minutes.

Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking add them to your Vitamix (or a powerful blender) along with the nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, cashews, almond milk and chicken stock. Pulse slowly, and add more liquid if needed. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta:

Set water to boil and add a dash of salt. Once the water begins to bubble, add pasta and cook on medium/medium high for 15-16 minutes (or follow instructions for your pasta). Add peas to flash cook for 3 minutes and then strain water from pasta. Add a little olive oil to pasta if desired.

You can pour the sauce over the pasta and warm it on low heat. But I liked using a separate saucepan to keep the sauce and pasta separate.

The sweet potato cashew cream sauce would be a perfect topper for sautéed vegetables or zoodles!