Spring Cleanse

Spring time is a great time to begin cleansing your body of all those winter toxins. Remember all the comfort food you ate during the cold days to stay warm? Time to cleanse your body of it and prepare it for fresh ingredients and beach time. I will be sharing some of my favorite juices that I have done and some recipes I have found along the way that can help us all reveal that beach body to the world….

Today I am loving a little something green.

A bunch of celery along with a few leaves of kale and parsley will do the tick. Now sweeten it up with some green apple. To give it that extra zinger of flavor you can use 1 lime, 1 lemon, and a little bit of ginger. If you prefer it on the less sour side, just use either lime OR lemon, not both…flavor preference is up to you. Cilantro is also a great ingredient to add to any green juice.

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Quinoa Salad (easiest dinner idea!)

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Sometimes I want to eat simple, healthy, delicious, and something that takes little to no effort to make. That dish is a quinoa veggie salad.

Cook your quinoa as you normally would and let it cool off. While it’s cooling, chop up some fresh peppers (a variation in color is always fun), scallions, celery, cucumbers, zucchini, and shred some carrots.

Have a little olive oil and  fresh lemon to squeeze for the dressing and add a little spice with turmeric, Celtic salg and you’re done.. enjoy!

The Power of Fiuggi

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New Years Eve 2015

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Kale Lemon Soup

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The storm is coming and that means wet, cold, and just plain unpleasant weather. This type of day deserves an awesome healthy and hot soup to make it a little better using none other than my favorite ingredient; kale! I have made many different variations of this soup but one that I love is inspired by Nutrition Diva that features kale, lemon, and my own substitution of quinoa instead of rice.

The recipe follows as such:

1/2 pound fresh kale

2 cups organic chicken stock

2 cups water

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 cup quinoa

Juice from 1 fresh lemon (1/4 cup)

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions

2. Coarsely chop kale, discarding thick stems

3. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat oil over medium heat and add onion, cooking until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.

4. Add broth, kale, rice, lemon juice and zest to onions in soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and      simmer 30 minutes or until rice is tender.  (Add more water or broth, if needed.)  Season with salt and pepper.

Stuffed Cabbage 2 Ways

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This is a little follow up to my video from yesterday with a full description of how it’s made! I love my cabbage and love it stuffed; sometimes I crave it with a little meat and sometimes I want to have it vegan style. Both ways are delicious and just as easy to make.

For the meat version I am using organic beef and steamed rice cooked till ready and adding all my greens and spices including parsley, dill, and cilantro. I also include finely shredded onions and add some Celtic salt, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. Wrap everything in the leaves and cook in a pot till tender and ready!

The vegan version includes all the greens and spices but uses broccoli, peppers, celery, and carrots. Instead of the rice I am using quinoa.

To prepare the leaves, simply break them apart, place in boiling water till tender and scoop them out with a fork

The sauce you see is regular tomato sauce, Celtic salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and a pinch of all spice.

Quinoa Veggie Salad

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One of my favorite side dishes and salads to make involves good ole’ quinoa and some veggies. Super simple, really quick, and tastes like something you’ve worked on all day. I’m sharing my quinoa veggie salad recipe here:

  • Cook quinoa as per instructions. Add Celtic salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.
  • Saute onions
  • Chop up all fresh peppers except for green, red onions, green onions, and lots of dill.
  • Cube avocado
  • Mix everything into the quinoa as it is WITHOUT cooking any of the veggies (I leave the veggies raw in order to keep all the nutrients and vitamins alive)

It’s as simple as that! Enjoy your Monday night dinner 🙂

Cold Plunge

CONEY ISLAND, NY - JANUARY 1: People run into the water just off the Boardwalk January 1, 2014 at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear swim in the ocean.  (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
CONEY ISLAND, NY – JANUARY 1: People run into the water just off the Boardwalk January 1, 2014 at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear swim in the ocean. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

Taking a cold plunge in the ocean is something members part of the Polar Bear Club in Coney Island, Brooklyn do all year round but especially in the winter months when the water is at freezing temperatures. I, myself try to get into the ocean as much as possible throughout the year but I prefer my plunges in the summer.

The benefits of swimming in the ocean are plenty and one of the reason why I stay so healthy throughout the year. Natural sea salt water is above all else cleansing to the body and all our organs. It is healing to the skin by keeping it hydrated, salt water contains minerals and vitamins that produce antibodies for our immune system, and it helps with blood circulation..plenty of reasons to enjoy it all summer long; but for those who enjoy the freezing cold plunges in the winter have their reasons as well. (Livestrong.com)

One reason is that the freezing cold temperatures help to activate brown fat in adult men. Brown fat is a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it, and this may have important implications when it comes to weight loss.These cold plunges have also been known to reduce muscle inflammation and pain and speed up recovery time after an injury. The exposure to the freezing temperatures can also help with stress and disease tolerance.(http://fitness.mercola.com/)

So whichever season you prefer for your plunge…there is no wrong turn when it comes to the ocean. Let me know in the comments how you take your dips!

Cayenne Pepper on that please!

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When I want to add a little heat and flare to my dishes, there is only one spice I turn to and it’s one that so many people may already have as part of their spice collection; cayenne pepper. I add it to everything and anything that calls for a little extra spice and heat and besides the amazing flavor it adds, the benefits make it all the more worth while to cook with.

Global Healing Center gives a precise breakdown of a few of the health benefits including:

  • cayenne peppers anti-irritant properties
  • anti-cold and flu remedy
  • helps and prevent fungal pathogens
  • prevention of migraine headaches
  • anti-allergen
  • digestive aid
  • anti -redness properties
  • helps in the production of saliva
  • useful for blood clots
  • helps the body with detoxing
  • joint-pain reliever
  • has many anti-bacterial properties
  • some studies even show it can be an anti-cancer agent
  • supports weight loos and heart health
  • toothache remedy
  • Also a topical remedy for the skin to treat bites, sores, and wounds

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