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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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(Photo & recipe courtesy of the Cultureist)

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!

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.

Wellness Shot

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I have a few daily routines that I have mentioned in previous blog posts and here is yet another small but very significant part of my day that truly helps keep me focused, healthy, and running on tons of energy. This little wellness shot can be made at home or in many supermarkets that have a natural health food section like Key Food on Ave. U & 66th Street in Brooklyn, NY.

This here is my ginger, lemon, orange, cayenne shot. It is a little pick me up that I take in the morning on alternating days when I don’t have a wheat grass shot. I wanted to mention just a few benefits to keep in mind for your next morning when you get a chance to juice these ingredients.

The ginger in this shot is a natural remedy for an upset stomach and gives wonderful digestive relief. It also warms you up and helps to less any aches or pains you may have, especially those that can be onset by a cold or flu. Ginger naturally breaks apart mucus build up and relieves sore throats. The lemon is a natural dose of Vitamin C to help your bodies immune system stay on point. Cayenne pepper is yet another amazing remedy for cold or flu systems or just a way to perk up your body’s energy level. It helps with circulation, nausea, among many other symptoms. The orange slice as your chaser is just another little bonus with an extra dose of vitamin C!

(All facts based on mindbodygreen.com)

Almond Butter Celery Sticks

When cravings arise, my go-to snack is celery sticks with a spread of almond butter on them (posted on my facebook page for everyone to see!). I have a few reasons for choosing almond butter compared to the more popular choice of peanut butter and it mostly involves the preference in my taste but the health benefits are incredible!

Almond butter has a higher vitamin E content and it also has a higher magnesium content, which helps dramatically with the nervous and muscle system in our bodies. The iron content in almond butter is also significantly higher than in peanut butter which is amazing for healthier oxygen transport.

Try it out, let me know how you like it!

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Hearty Veggie Soup

On days like today; gloomy, foggy, chilly, and wet there are only two things that can make it better. One is to make a hearty vegetable soup for my kids and me and the other is to spend the day in banya on my day off…this has become somewhat of a ritual for me.

The soup recipe is so simple is doesn’t even require a recipe and literally anyone can and should definitely do it!

I simply take all the veggies I have in my fridge; which is always a slightly different variation (carrots, potatoes, zucchini,pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, kale, onions, etc). I clean then, peel them, and chop everything up. I add everything into boiling water with Celtic salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and saute some onions in the beginning to add.

This sort of soup is a great way to utilize your ingredients and get all the doses of vitamins and nutrients you need for a little energy boost on a grey day.

Kale Quinoa Salad

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Cooking is a passion but sometimes a good hearty and sweet salad is what I crave. Packed with everything I love and everything that’s good for you; this salad features 8 very simple ingredients!

  • Bunch of Kale
  • Cooked quinoa (any type works)
  • Dried cherries
  • Almonds
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Olive oil

Back to Juicing!

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My morning shot of nutrition begins with a freshly blended juice mix! Juices don’t have to be complicated and can be as little as 1,2,or 3 ingredients! Here is mine from earlier in the week:

  • bunch of organic Tuscan kale from Trader Joe’s
  • fresh pineapple
  • ginger root

Salmon, Quinoa, & Salad for Dinner!

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Simple, delicious, and fast is what dinner should be about in the middle of the week. This time it’s about a lot of Omega 3 and a whole bunch of vegetables.

For the quinoa mix, all you need to do is cook the quinoa as you normally would and just saute some onions, mushrooms, shredded carrots, and celery and add it to the quinoa. Then season with Celtic salt, cayenne pepper, and turmeric (or any spice of your choice)

For the salmon steak, you pan fry it as normal and drizzle with diluted teriyaki sauce (your choice; this helps to make it less sweet). Season with Celtic salt, paprika, and turmeric.

For your side cut up a fresh salad with every single veggie you love. In mine, I have red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, pepper, mushrooms, and cucumbers.

Organic Lentil Soup

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Snowy, cold days call for hot comforting soup for dinner! This is my take on organic lentil soup from a recipe I found on tasty-yummies.com. (photo credit tasty-yummies.com)

Ingredients I used:

  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 diced green pepper
  • Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 cups soaked lentil (optional to soak)
  • 8 cups organic vegetable broth (water is fine to use as well)
  • 1 large diced tomato

All ingredients are organic

Directions:

  • In a stock pot, heat the olive oil and then add cumin seeds and turmeric until the seeds starting popping around the pot. Add in onion, carrot, bell pepper, and salt and saute for 7 minutes until everything is soft.
  • Then add in the lentils, broth or water, tomatoes and bring everything to a boil. Once boiled, lower temperature and allow to simmer for 45 minutes while stirring. Cook everything until the lentils are tender and keep adding more water if the soup becomes too thick. Also add salt and pepper to your desired taste.
  • Garnish with scallion, tomatoes, spices, or anything else you like!