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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)

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.

Stuffed Artichoke

Stuffing any vegetable is always a good idea because of all the creative possibilities and easy to cook method. This recipe is all about the artichoke, which as you may know is a little more consuming to work than most veggies; unless you buy the delicious frozen and ready to cook artichokes!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen artichokes
  • Black wild rice
  • Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Tahina
  • Salt and cayenne pepper
  • Olive oil

Allow artichokes to defrost.

Cook rice according to instructions.

Chop up cilantro, pepper, and mix everything with the rice..

Fill artichoke with rice stuffing. Place all the artichokes in a baking dish and season the outside with salt and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle a little olive oil over the tops so they brown up. Drizzle tahina on top after everything is cooked through.

Set the oven to 325 and cook for 45 minutes or until the bottoms are tender.

Moroccan Soup with Couscous

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One delicious and really hearty dish I like is like a regular chicken soup but instead I add a whole lot of different and flavorful veggies to make it pop! This is perfect for family dinners where you are looking for sustenance and a quick meal in one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Pumpkin
  • Cilantro
  • 1 TBS. Hawaij Spice
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Hummus from a container (or soak chickpeas over night in water and use that)
  • Couscous (prepare separately)
  • Flanken chunks prepared separately (optional)

Everything gets cooked like you would a regular chicken soup and then you serve it over couscous; it’s that simple!

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Stir-Fry Dinner

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The holidays were tough! In the sense that you can’t escape all the delicious, traditional food of the culture. And so what if we all ate like pigs? There is no reason that we cannot get back on track now! All it takes is getting to the supermarket, doing some delicious, organic shopping and creating a meal from your fresh ingredients.Start your juicing and start your cooking and feel better instantly!

So, dinner should be delicious, packed with flavor, and be healthy all at the same time. Well, with a stir-fry that is exactly what the whole family is getting. The dish is the perfect solution to include more vegetables and less meat into the diet. It is also packed with color, flavor, and texture.

Tonight’s dinner is a chicken stir-fry over wild rice and includes:

  • Portobello mushroom
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Wild Rice
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Long hot peppers
  • Ginger
  • Low sodium Say sauce

1. Prepare your wild rice.

2. Add all veggie ingredients into a pan and add soy sauce. Cook for a little until al dente style.

3. In another pan, cook pieces of chicken over olive oil for a few minutes till full cooked.

4. Combine everything and serve over wild rice.

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Manuka Honey

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New day, new health remedy! This one involves Manuka honey and a little ginger root. When the two ingredients are mixed in warm water the combination is sweet and extremely beneficial.

Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush. The honey is believed to have healing agents and is sometimes used directly over a wound with a sterilized dressing. There are other marketed benefits for this honey:

  • Preventing and treating cancer
  • Reducing high cholesterol
  • Reducing systemic inflammation
  • Treating diabetes
  • Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections
  • Treating gastrointestinal problems

Try it, drink it, or use it over your next wound and let me know if you feel amazing!

 

Have an amazing day everyone!

(via WebMD)

 

Kid’s Meal

My body is my temple and I take care of with all natural and organic meals and ingredients but that also means that my kids follow in the same foot steps as they grow up. I want their strength and energy to come from a natural source and that begins at home. I’ve shared some of the items off my shopping list so now I want to share a meal I recently made for my son’s day at school.

The meal consists of red quinoa with some steamed veggies including peas, kale, brussel sprouts, and carrots. Snack features green apple wedges and sliced mango.

This is so simple and doable and it’s packed with enough flavor that your kids will absolutely love it!

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Loaded Smoothie

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Sharing another way to juice with a fully packed veggie and fruit smoothie!! Loaded with amazing ingredients and so completely delicious!! You get nutrients and vitamins from all the veggies plus the sweetness from some favorite fruit along with a little nutty kick!

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Green apples (peeled; unless you have a blender that will break the skin)
  • Strawberries
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts

 

Try it and let me know if you loved it as much as I did!

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

A Facebook friend of mine gave a perfect list of foods to keep in your home at all times. The foods on this list are the best choices to keep and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Most items on the list are used for cooking while others can be used for healthy and smart snacking. Here is the list below:

(Coincidentally, I have every single one of these items in my home ALL the time!)

FOODS TO HAVE IN YOUR HOME AT ALL TIMES
1. Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar
2. Raw organic honey
3. Ginger/Cinnamon
4. Organic frozen berries
5. Unsweetened almond milk/coconut milk and for a treat dark chocolate almond milk
6. Bananas (Freeze them if they get too ripe)
7. Raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazel nuts, brazil nuts
8. Mushrooms/ Onions/Garlic/Basil/Cilantro/Lemons/Limes
9. Sweet potatoes/Tomatoes
10. Romaine Lettuce/Kale/ Spinach/All Greens
11. Basically any fruit or veggie that you like (preferably organic)
12. Ezekiel Bread
13. Raw organic almond butter
14. Eggs
15. Quinoa/Kasha/Brown Rice/Beans
16. Amy’s No cheese pizza
17. Chia seeds/Flax seeds
18. Hemp Seeds
19. Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
20. Chicken, fish, meat only on RARE occasions and when I am making special dinners for my carnivorous boyfriend. LOL!!!!!

*** Buy only organic: apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, spinach, nectarines, grapes, blueberries, lettuce, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, summer squash and zucchini.

*** O.k. to buy conventional: asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, papaya, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), sweet potatoes.

(List courtesy of Michele Regev)

Kale Chips

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Health nuts like me tend to stay on the same course when it comes to healthy eating. My love for kale is pretty evident so do not be surprised when I tell you that I love eating kale as though they are chips; yes EXACTLY like the previous Brussels spouts chips recipe, I do the same thing to my kale leaves.

Super easy and with so many variations available, I never feel like I’m eating a low calorie veggie. My Vega has THREE amazing kale chip recipes that I will definitely have to try but my simple take on it goes as as follows:

  • Preheat oven to 320 F
  • Wash a bunch of kale leaves (as many as you want)
  • Toss with organic olive oil (just enough for a light coating), Celtic salt, and ground fresh pepper (amount varies to your taste)
  • Prepare a flat pan and baking sheet and spread all the leaves out flat in a single layer
  • Pop them into the oven for about 40 minutes or until they turn as crispy as you like them. (Once they begin to get crisp, they can over crisp very quickly so check on them in the last 10 min of baking)
  • Enjoy and store any leftovers in an airtight container (if you can resist)

Happy Healthy Lunching everyone!!

(photo courtesy of My Vega)