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Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

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 It’s here! 

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Cookbook!

I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares.  And the recipes!  Oh, my goodness.  Be still my beating heart.  (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).

If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know.  She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes.  Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes.  I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes.  We had much in common and became online friends.  She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life.  She is the “real deal”.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)

Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender.  Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners.  Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free.  Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection.  One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this,  leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc.  These recipes are so flexible and forgiving.  You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”. 

Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:

Antioxidant Avenger

Antioxidant Avenger

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Incredibly edible edamame dip

Incredibly edible edamame dip

You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.

raw chocolate-orange torte

Raw chocolate-orange torte

 I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now.  We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body.  This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.

 

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie
Serves 2
This blendsation tastes like ice cream and is a protein powerhouse containing spinach, almond butter, and hemp seeds. Pears pair beautifully with the earthiness of the other ingredients, and ginger wakes up the party. If your pears are really sweet, you could leave out the date. Note that the ginger mellows as the smoothie sits. So, if you are not a fan of its flavor, let the blend chill in the fridge for a half hour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
  2. 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
  3. 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
  4. 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
  5. 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
  6. 1/2 banana
  7. 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
  8. 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  9. 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  10. 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
  11. pinch of natural salt
  12. 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
  13. 1 date, pitted and soaked
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
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 At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on Amazon.com.  What a deal!  If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt!  It covers all the bases. 

Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world.  You are a rock star!

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

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FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

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In the interest of eating with the seasons, I have some gorgeous Fall fruits – that I came across at the grocery store (and on sale – SCORE!) that I wanted to share with you so that you could incorporate these little beauties into your seasonal dietary rotation.  The autumnal oranges and reds of the fruit hint at the fact that these fruits are ripe for the picking in the leaf-changing months (or in our case – already dropped).  Their nutritional profile is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Fiber and more. 

I was looking to change up my morning smoothie and with the Fall fruits sitting on my counter, I came up with this smoothie concoction.  Let me tell you, it’s a real winner.  Filling, sweet/tart and pretty too.

Let’s check out the star players in today’s Fall smoothie recipe.

Persimmons

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When choosing persimmons, keep in mind that there are two different varieties: hachiya, which are orange-red, shaped like acorns, and soft and jelly-like (feels like a water balloon) when fully ripe (this is the way you want it); and fuyu, which are yellow-orange, shaped like tomatoes, firmer when ripe, and can be sliced like apples.  I still like my fuyu persimmons soft and mushy – super sweet at this point.  Choose organic if you can.

Persimmons contain high levels of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. These nutrients are extremely important to protect eye retinal damage. Also it protects from cataract or age related macular degenerationPersimmon contains highly beneficial nutrients which protect from free radicals – which protects the body from common disease.

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Now, just one persimmon contains six grams of fiber (can we say healthy poop’s), which is already about a quarter of your recommended daily value. Fiber digests slowly, so it keeps you fuller longer.   The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, is responsible for another appetite-controlling feature: pectin helps regulate blood-sugar levels to keep them from spiking, which can help prevent blood-sugar-crash-related cravings.  My kind of fruit!!

** Note:  Eating persimmon fruit with an empty stomach can cause diarrhea. Also eating in excess also cause diarrhea due to its high tannin content. So be safe and eat persimmon in limited quantity or blended with other ingredients to buffer the effects.  Also, Diabetes patients should stay away from it as it contains high amount of sugar.

Cranberries

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I adore this tart, little berry because it is an all-star food, and with good reason. Cranberries contain a powerful cocktail of protective phytonutrients; plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds (flavonoids and phenolic acids) that act as antioxidants in the body.  I have you liking them too already, right? 

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.  In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract ( contains natural chemicals that act as antibacterial agents and preventing E. Coli which is the bacteria largely responsible for urinary tract infections, from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.)  AND Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).  Liking them more and more!  Again, choose organic if you can.  With the Holidays around the corner, they are available right now, so stock up while they are available – I am.  Keep an eye out for sales – That’s how I found mine.

This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more.  The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels.  It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.

 

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more. The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. organic cranberries
  2. 1 large organic orange - peeled - See NOTE below for TIP
  3. 1 organic persimmon - ripe - cut off top
  4. 1/2" knob fresh ginger root
  5. 2 bananas
  6. 3 TB. raw honey or liquid stevia to taste (8 drops) - I used NuNaturals brand
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder
  9. 1 cup organic coconut milk - canned
  10. 1 1/2 cups fresh water
  11. (optional) heaping TB. of greens powder of choice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until creamy and smooth. Top with favorite toppings if you so desire.
Notes
  1. If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding. You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe. If you don't have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container. I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals. Don't waste. Use as much of your food as possible.
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** Tip:  If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding.  You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe.  If you don’t have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container.  I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals.  Don’t waste.  Use as much of your food as possible.

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I wanted to share this picture of the dogs the morning I made this Fall Smoothie recipe.  They don’t usually line up all together like this so I thought it was sweet.

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From left to right: Meg, Gigi and Blackie. The furry kids say “WOOF” – Hello!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

I am THANKFUL for YOU!  xo

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My Healing Protocol for Candida

My Healing Protocol for Candida

My Healing Protocol for Candida

This post is long overdue to share with you all.  I have had many emails and friends asking me what I did to get my Candida overgrowth under control.  So, here it is.  Every little detail I researched, experienced and healed from.  I had candida for YEARS and didn’t know it.  I hope this post helps you on your quest to diagnose and heal yourself.   Be prepared – it is very long.

What is Candida?

Candida albicans (its official name) is a yeast that inhabits the mouths and intestinal tracts of all humans. That’s right! Everyone has candida. When you are healthy, the candida in your body lives in a symbiotic relationship with you. It will help to detect and destroy other harmful bacteria from harming your body, as well as helping to clean up any excess sugar that may be floating around in your bloodstream that your cells are not able to absorb.

Every time you eat, there will be a small candida “bloom” as the candida feeds on the sugars that are in your blood stream waiting to be ushered into the cell with the help of insulin to be used for energy. Then, once that sugar has been processed, the candida will reduce in number back down to their normal levels.

When there is an imbalance in blood sugar levels, candida will be given the opportunity to grow to a level that is not optimal for the human body.  It has the ability to morph into different structures and will take advantage of its host. 

While it is normal to have some candida in the gut, an overgrowth of candida is problematic. Like everything else, candida creates a byproduct. In this case, the byproduct of candida is toxic to the body. The more candida you have, the more toxicity it produces.  I had several of the symptoms listed below.   My symptoms were classic:  gassiness and bloating upon eating a meal – especially fruit, INTENSE itching all over body and especially in my nose (? I don’t know, but I did!) to the point it drove my crazy at times, lethargy, funked out, foggy headedness, stiff joints).

Candida  has been lead to several common issues such as:

  • Thrush – in the mouth or other areas of the body
  • Athletes foot
  • Poor Digestion (gas and bloating)
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme sugar cravings
  • Rectal itching
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Brain fog – lack of ability to focus the mind
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mood Swings
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Soar throat
  • Low sex drive
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain

Other imbalances in the body can cause similar symptoms as well.  I feel it is important to rule out other issues like gluten or dairy sensitivity, adrenal burn out, blood sugar imbalance issues, emotional issues and even general fatigue before diagnosing yourself with candida overgrowth.  There are always “layers” to our healing process.

If you have several of the symptoms for a candida imbalance, following some simple steps for re-balancing your body should help move you in a healing direction whether or not the root issue is a candida imbalance, or if the candida imbalance is a symptom of another issue.  If you are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned above, you may also want to go see a Naturopath or holistic practitioner just to be sure that there is not a deeper imbalance going on that needs professional attention. Never feel bad about seeking help. 

What Causes Candida To Grow Out Of Control?

There are several things that support a Candida overgrowth and thus lead to an imbalance.  Some of them include:

  • Blood sugar imbalances – Poor insulin receptivity of the cell or other reasons that keep sugars in your bloodstream too long.
  • Bacterial imbalance.
  • Over use of antibiotics without replacing lost beneficial bacteria (probiotics).  (All my life I had been off and on antibiotics till my early 30′s). I’m now 43.
  • A nutrient poor diet that is rich in refined carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.), processed foods, cola drinks, etc.
  • A compromised immune system
  • Birth control pill (I took for over 10 years when I was on it – have been off it since age 29).
  • STRESS! depletes everything in the body on a physical, cellular and energetic level.
  • Lack of sleep and poor sleeping patterns.
  • These two things (stress and poor sleep) in particular will compromise your good bacteria balance, as well as your blood sugar balance.

As you can see, the causes can be multifaceted.   Our bodies are very wise and have many systems in place to protect us from things becoming unbalanced. It is when the body becomes overloaded with influences that are counter-intuitive to health and balance that issues like candida arise.  Our bodies are brilliant energy sources and if we just listen more and pay attention to little nuances and symptoms of it speaking to us – we would be far better along our healing journey. It took me a long time to listen (or even be aware of the fact), so just take it one step at a time and “be there” for yourself.

Do I Have A Candida Overgrowth?

Questions to determine if you may have Candida Albicans

1. Have you used antibiotics or birth control pill in the last 2 years?
2. Do you have gas or bloating?
3. Do you have sugar cravings?
4. Do you have low blood sugar?
5. Do you have history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
6. Does your partner have a history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
7. Are you sensitive to smells?
8. Are you sensitive to alcohol?
9. Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctor cannot explain like; headaches, migraines, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, IBS (Irritable Bowel syndrom), itching, menstrual or sinus problems?
10. Do you feel fatigued all the time?
11. Do you have a hard time concentrating?
12. Do you just not feel right?

I had candida for several years (if not longer).  I sort of suspected it for several months, but the symptoms had gotten worse and (upon learning more about Candida), I thought it was worth a try to do a cleanse.  I was able to confirm that I “officially” had Candida from an iridologist back in April 2011.  Muscle testing can also be utilized by a qualified holistic practitioner, yet if you don’t have access to these avenues, there is a simple test to do at home.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to do the At Home Candida Spit Test.

Candida Spit Test

This is an easy way to test for yeast overgrowth in your gut. When you wake up in the morning (before you eat or drink anything or brush your teeth) fill a glass with room temperature water. Then work up at least a dime-size amount of saliva in your mouth and spit it into the glass of water. You will be watching what happens over the next 30-45 minutes, looking for where the saliva goes.

  1. If it stays on top it indicates that there is not excessive mucous in your mouth harboring candida.
  2. If it grows tentacles that hang down toward the bottom you have some candida in your gut that likely needs to be addressed.
  3. If it sinks to the bottom you likely have significant candida overgrowth in your gut and you need to take action.

OK!  So, if you suspect or you’re pretty sure you have Candida overgrowth to some extent, what to do about it?    It starts with altering the diet.  A few dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way to bringing your body back into the balance it naturally wants to be in. Remember that your body is designed for health. It wants to be and fights to be in balance. Choosing dietary and lifestyle habits that support your bodies natural balance will help lead your body back to balance.   You want to remove anything from the diet that will help feed candida albicans.

This includes:
  • all forms of sugar (white sugar, honey, maple syrup, dates, yacon syrup, coconut sugar, etc)   ** STEVIA is really the ONLY safe alternative and NuNaturals STEVIA was a life saver for me during this time (and still continues to be!)
  • gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, oatmeal) -  No crackers, breads, etc.
  • packaged or processed foods (including meats)
  • condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, pickles, mustard, soy sauce) – hidden sugars and refined ingredients.
  • dried or candied fruit
  • Reduce or Eliminate Dairy - Dairy is one of the worst offenders when it comes to candida imbalances.
  • alcohol (no beer or wine)
  • Vegetables that are high in carbs (potatoes, peas, corn, winter squash)
  • non-gluten grains.  ** I didn’t have quinoa or millet just to be sure.
  • nuts, and fruits should be limited.  ** (green apples, pears and bananas (yes, BANANAS are OK) in moderation.  Even the iridologist guy said bananas were OK when on a candida cleanse.  Good!
  • These are the basis of the diet.
 
So you’re thinking, “What the heck DID you eat?!”  I used the following protocol for 60 days and it got those little buggers under control – back to being my friend rather than my foe. 
 
1)  Lots of veggies!  Any way you want it:  steamed, raw, blended, juiced.  I stayed away from carrots and beets during this time, just to be sure!  Avocados are great!  I did a lot of steamed broccoli and roasted veggies during this time.  Sweet potatoes and winter squash are great baked with goat cheese.  Baking the carrots and beets really cut down on their sugar content, I put those in from time to time.  LOTS of salads!  See RECIPES page for ideas.
 
2) More protein.  (No meat for me!)  I did opt for some organic eggs in the form of HEAVY VEGGIE frittata’s once a week with a large green salad prior.  Just practice proper food combining.  Food combining is also a HUGE factor in digestive health and made such a HUGE difference for me when I implemented it.  Still does.
 
3) Herbal teas and tonics are fabulous at strengthening the system and body.  Boosts immune system and increases energy levels.
 
4)  Have regular colonics (talk with your therapist about this) the first few weeks to flush the candida out of your system quicker.  If you don’t have access to colonics,  just implement enemas during this time and you’ll be fine.    With the higher protein usage, I got constipated a little more, so the enemas were good.
 
5)  Taking food grade diatomaceous earth can assist in killing the candida and allowing it to be removed from the system.  You can mix it in water  and drink it (neutral taste) to incorporate it into your diet.  First thing in the morning and before going to bed – for best results.   DE is great at killing parasites in the body also.  I periodically add this to my dogs food to assist with critters in their gut.  You can also go to your local feed and seed store and purchase very inexpensively – just ask for FOOD GRADE quality.
 
6)  I took a product that did wonders at speeding up the KILLING of those little buggers and getting the population under control.  It is called A.D.P. by Biotics Research Corporation - it is emulsified oil of oregano -natural anti-fungal, anti-biotic.  I started with one tablet at every meal then after a week, I went to taking 2 tablets with every meal.   I still keep a bottle on hand to use if I ever feel the symptoms pop up – not very often at all.  Within a few days of these supplements and changing diet, I am back to normal.  Remember, listen to thy body. 
 
 7) Coconut oil was very helpful!  I started with 1 tsp./day and worked my way up to 2 TB./day.  You want to start slowly, b/c it is so effective, the “die-off” from the yeast might be too fast and you’ll experience really bad detox symptoms – you don’t want that! 
 
8) I also employed SWEATING to detox and cleanse more effectively.  Infrared saunas are nice or just get out in the sun and sweat.
 
9)  Reduce stress and rest more!  This means taking more time for yourself in a loving, compassionate, SLOWER way.  Learn to slow down by practicing deep breathing (your yoga practice should have this down for you), but practice it when you are traveling to and from work, during work, during food preparation, anytime that you can consciously be aware of it.  When you sit down to eat, relax before you put food up to your mouth so that your body is calm and NOT stressed.  Eat in awareness – slowly – chew more – act like it is foreplay – take your time with it – make your meal something that is beautiful to you and for your body (I know this sounds weird, but it has been helping me).  Take a bite, put down utensil and enjoy the food, enjoy your company and chat, make meal time fun, with no distractions of smart phone, internet, tv, chaos, etc.  Some good music in the background is great!   
*SLEEP – When you sleep your body is busy repairing damage, filtering out toxins, absorbing nutrients and generally healing. Without adequate rest it is very difficult for the body to bring itself back into balance. Try to aim for at least 7.5 hours or more, if you can swing it.
 
10) Take a quality probiotic to replenish the GOOD flora and bacteria in the body to help balance out bacterial imbalances, and help to fight candida.  I made almond milk kefir (see recipe link below).  Great way to drink your probiotics and it tastes great (especially with lemon or orange slices in it).

 
 
Here’s the green smoothie I made every a.m.:
(serves 1 +)
 
Tons of GREENS (kale, spinach or whatever you have) – more cilantro or parsley
1.5 cups of water (or almond milk kefir or coconut water kefir) – natural probiotic
2  bananas (less if you want)
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tsp. Spirulina
2 TB. chia seeds
NuNaturals Stevia to taste
Blend and enjoy!
 
I had some days where I felt sluggish and slow – it was a way my body was telling me to slow down, rest and let the healing occur.  This is part of the detox – cleansing the candida out of the system.  Don’t push yourself on these days.  Listen to your own intuition and not your ego. 
 
Once I felt comfortable that the candida was back in its box, I slowly started incorporating some quinoa into my diet and saw I how I felt/reacted.  I did the same for sweeter fruits (mangoes, pineapple, persimmons, etc.) in my green smoothies – as long as I didn’t get any symptoms or reactions, I continued with them.  Always listen to your own intuition and body response. 
 
 I know this is a lot of information, but once you get it down, it’s very do-able.  It’s only temporary and will spark you to get a bit more creative in your life.   Some of you will probably lose some weight during this candida cleanse.
 
I look back on it and say “Thank You” to my candida overgrowth and healing protocol journey. It taught me so much about myself, my lifestyle patterns and habits (that needed tweaking and changing), stronger connection with my body – deeper intuition and so much more.  So, embark on this cleanse with a positive attitude of “What can I learn about myself and draw from on a deeper level?” 
 
 What it boils down to:   having a balanced lifestyle is your best defense against a Candida overgrowth.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you. 
 
Don’t hesitate to connect with me if you have any other questions that I might be able to address for you. 
 

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Vitamix Certified Reconditioned SALE – till Dec. 2nd!!

Vitamix Certified Reconditioned SALE – till Dec. 2nd!!

Vitamix Reconditioned Machine SALE!

Certified Reconditioned Standard BlenderCertified Reconditioned Standard $299 – original price $329  View details HERE.

Oh yeah, baby!!  I just found out a few days ago that Vitamix has a SALE and I had to pass it on to YOU!   November is “Recon Month” at Vitamix and they have reduced the price on all certified reconditioned Vitamix machines.  Through 12/2 they have dropped the price by up to $30.

The picture above is for the reconditioned 5200 series model which I own.  I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT! I have had this wonderful piece of equipment in my life for almost 4 years.  It has changed my health – utilizing quality whole foods in a form that my body can digest easily and assimilate all the nutrients quickly and efficiently.  If there is ONE item that I had to keep in my kitchen – it would be my Vitamix.  I use it EVERYDAY – several (sometimes MANY) times a day. 

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I make a green smoothie every morning for breakfast! Fuels my body and cells with amazing nutrition, vitamins,minerals and antioxidants. Click picture for RECIPE.

Vitamix performs a meticulous, 17-point inspection to ensure that every Certified Reconditioned blender that leaves their warehouse will deliver the same performance and longevity that you’ve come to expect from Vitamix. Following this process, each machine receives two additional quality control inspections prior to shipment.  It’s practically BRAND NEW for a fraction of the cost!  Every Certified Reconditioned machine comes with a
5-year full warranty and a brand new cookbook package.

I recommend the reconditioned models to all my cooking class participants.  People always ask me what is it that they can do to make a difference in their health – I say invest in a VITAMIX.  It is the sure-fire way to investing in your health.  Check out all my healthy RECIPES to make this lifestyle easy, do-able and see/feel the results.

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Vitamix makes the most incredible blended soups! Click picture for RECIPE.

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My favorite TASTY Butternut Squash soup made in Vitamix. Had this last night. Click picture for RECIPE.

Certified Reconditioned Next Generation PackageCertified Reconditioned Next Generation $439 on sale!  View details HERE.

So, here is a chance to get a be-loved Vitamix in your kitchen NOW on sale. 

Be sure to use my coupon code #06-007555 TO RECEIVE FREE STANDARD SHIPPING! ( A value of $25 US/ $35 CAN). 

I am ALL about a deal and savings.  I love to share them out when I find them too.   Call customer service and ask them about their payment plan (3 payments) so that you can budget this little beauty into your life.

Spread the word to your friends, family and loved ones.  Give them a HINT (tell them or forward this post to them) for what you may want for an early Christmas gift.  :)

 Sale is good till December 2nd, 2013.

Savings to Make the
Season Bright!

Savings to Make the Season Bright

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Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe

Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe

Purslane – Do I Weed it or Eat It?

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I opt to eat it! 

This little weed is a nutritional powerhouse.  It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.  It is a good source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. I also has antibiotic properties. 

Omega-3s are a class of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Your body cannot manufacture essential fatty acids, so you must get them from food. Unfortunately, the typical American diet contains too few omega-3s, a shortage that is linked to a barrage of illnesses including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Purslane is native to India and Persia and has spread throughout the world as an edible plant and as a weed.   Many cultures embrace purslane as a food.

Purslane has fleshy succulent leaves and stems with yellow flowers. They look like baby jade plants. The stems lay flat on the ground as they radiate from a single taproot sometimes forming large mats of leaves.

Purslane can be eaten raw in salads or added to sandwiches along with lettuce. It can be steamed, sautéed, juiced or added to smoothies.  The taste is similar to watercress or spinach.  Purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slight lemony taste.

 

Purslane can grow anywhere, from backyards to gardens, sidewalks to driveways. A drought-tolerant succulent, purslane can grow in dry arid soils, but it prefers the fine textured soils of gardens or pathways, where you’re likely to find it.   As an annual, if the plant is allowed to go to seed, purslane will grow in your backyard or garden every year.

Before grazing in your yard or picking from someone else’s yard, be sure to wash the purslane thoroughly and make sure it is free of any pesticides (most IMPORTANT!)   Keep an eye out at your local Farmers Markets for this green weed.  I found some from a lovely Mennonite lady at my local farmers market – organic and fresh picked just the day before.  I was at her booth several weeks and asked what was the green baggie – she said PURSLANE.  I knew what it was and its benefits so I said “I’ll take all four bags.”  They were only $1 each.  I told her as long as she came across them in her garden/yard – most Mennonites grow naturally and organic – “pick those weeds and I’ll buy them”.  She lit up and said “My pleasure”.   In the meantime, I have been investigating my yard and have found some.  WHEEE!

Here’s my morning SUPER WEED SMOOTHIE!   My dad jokes with me about going out in the yard and getting grass clippings for my smoothies and salads – well, he isn’t wrong. I have dandelion leaves and purslane (wild weeds) from my yard and cilantro from garden in this smoothie. Incredible nutrition from it all. 

Super Weed Green Smoothie
This green smoothie is packed with superfood weeds such as purslane, dandelion leaves and cilantro from the garden/yard. I feel like Superwoman after drinking this green elixir and ready to take on the day. Easily digestible, detox friendly, alkalizing and TASTY!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 TB. chia seeds
  3. small handful fresh dandelion green leaves
  4. 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh purslane weed
  5. small handful of fresh cilantro
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. frozen mango chunks (BIG handful)
  8. small handful frozen pineapple
  9. NuNaturals liquid stevia (several drops) or your choice of sweetener - to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend till smooth in Vitamix (30 seconds or so) and top with favorite toppings - I used Navitas Naturals Trail Mix (goji berries, mulberry and goldenberry blend) and raw cacao nibs.
Notes
  1. May The GREENS Be With You and "Here's To YOUR Health!"
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Super Weed GREEN Smoothie

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Longevity Energy Tonic + Video

Longevity Energy Tonic + Video

Longevity Energy Tonic

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It’s TONIC time!  I have been creating a lot of new tonic recipes and wanted to share this one with you.  The other recipes I am saving for my TONIC ebook that I am working on.  It will be full of indepth information about tonic and longevity herbs, where to purchase them (top quality for BEST price), recipes and much more.  I am passionate about tonics and their benefits and it is due time to share all this acquired knowledge and share with you how to make your own.

What do think!?  Would you be interested in this book?   I would love your input, feedback and comments. 

Herbal tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health”.

In the meantime, let’s take a brief look at the ingredient list for this tonic and its benefits for you.  (*Click on the name and see where I purchase mine).

Hemp seeds - Hemp seeds offer raw nutrition, rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch.  Hemp seeds contain more protein and omegas than a similar serving of Chia or Flax.  These seeds make a great alternative to milk – hemp milk.  They lend a creamy texture when blended with water.

Dandy BlendThe Easiest Way to Get Dandelion (Good for your liver) in Your DietRich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness. May provide increased energy – use with discretion before bedtime.

Raw Cacao PowderKing of cacao – Raw chocolate.  Cacao is increasingly being consumed for its nutritive and health enhancing properties as it has been in many cultures for thousands of years.  If you feel exceptionally good when eating it, you can thank the “bliss” chemical anandamine along with theobromine and phenylethylamine for boosting your mood. Pure cacao powder also contains a good dose of magnesium, which plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart.

Gynostemma Extract powderGynostemma is a sweet and slightly bitter herb. The list of benefits of this “magic grass” as it’s called are amazing. It has a strong anti-fatigue affect, strengthens the mind, increases vigor, improves digestion, eases pain, strengthens the immune system, fights off pathogens and helps reduce inflammation.  An adaptogenic herb, this means It helps to calm the system when overactive and stimulate when under active or depressed.

Maca (Gelatinized) - The maca root has potent adaptogenic properties helping each body differently based on individual needs. Maca is most often regarded as a powerful stamina booster, libido enhancer, hormone regulator and exhaustion buster. Unique alkaloids found in maca, called Macainas, have been shown to nourish and support the endocrine system, which regulates many of the body’s important functions. Maca also provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols that can support general health and immune function.

Astragalus Root powderAstragalus herb is thought to boost overall vitality. In Chinese medicine it has been historically used to promote healing and reduce fatigue.

TriphalaTriphala is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Translated as “three fruits”, it is composed of the dried fruits of amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. Containing five of the six tastes (all but salty), Triphala readily removes excess vata, pitta and kapha from the body, bringing balance and proper functioning to the system. It is commonly taken as a daily supplement to help maintain balance of the doshas.

Organic Ghee Ghee is essentially clarified butter, which means it has had the milk solids and water removed.  Ghee helps with digestion, prevents inflammation, promotes intelligence and memory and lubricates the body’s connective tissues, promoting flexibility. Modern Western medicine has found that ghee resists free radical damage, and that it contains phenolic antioxidants that are known help strengthen the immune system. Ghee is also lactose-free and contains no salt.

Chaga mushroom ( I used as a tea base for this recipe) -  Chaga mushroom can be used as a remedy for chronic inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, stomach illnesses and improving the immune system.

Longevity Energy Tonic
This creamy tonic is loaded with energy enhancing and longevity herbs. You will feel ready to take on the day in a balanced and energetic way. If you need a "pick-up" drink in the mid-afternoon, this is THE ONE!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups liquid of choice (water, herbal tea, nut or seed milk of choice)
  2. 1/4 cup hemp seeds (Manitoba Harvest)
  3. 1 tsp. Gynostemma extract powder (Vimergy)
  4. 1 tsp. Maca - gelatinized (Navitas Naturals)
  5. 1 TB. Dandy Blend
  6. 1 tsp. Astragalus Root powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. Triphala (Banyan Botanicals)
  8. 1 tsp. or more Raw Cacao powder (Navitas Naturals)
  9. pinch of cayenne
  10. 1 tsp. coconut oil (Nutiva) or ghee (Ancient Organics)
  11. NuNaturals liquid stevia - 8 drops or to taste
  12. pinch of pink himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and BLEND till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Pour into a saucepan and heat on LOW for a few minutes to desired temperature. Enjoy!
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Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie + Video

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie + Video

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie

 

I love starting my mornings off with a HUGE Green smoothie.  This one has been a favorite of ours lately.  With all the lovely sweet mangoes in season along with pineapples, it’s just a winner!  I love pairing the tropical taste of the fruits with the healing and detoxifying properties of zesty cilantro.  Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.

Cardamon is a lovely aromatic spice. In terms of Ayurveda, cardamom increases Pitta dosha and decreases Vata and Kapha.  It is a heart tonic and an expectorant for respiratory diseases.  While it is called for in a wide range of conditions, owing to its carminative properties, one of its most common uses is for digestive health, including the relief of indigestion and flatulence.

This smoothie is packed with Alkaline rich greens, powerhouse superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fatty acids, protein and more!  ALL easily digestible and assimilable.  Tastes like a tropical paradise.   Now THAT’S how to start off your day right! 

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is packed with Alkaline rich greens, powerhouse superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fatty acids, protein and more! ALL easily digestible and assimilable. Tastes like a tropical paradise. Now THAT'S how to start off your day right!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cup fresh water
  2. 3 LARGE cups of organic Kale (or your choice of greens - organic spinach is nice)
  3. 1 large handful of cilantro
  4. 2 bananas
  5. 1 mango
  6. 1 cup fresh pineapple
  7. 2 TB. chia seeds
  8. 1 knob of fresh ginger root
  9. 1 tsp. cardamon powder
  10. several drops of NuNaturals liquid stevia (to taste) - optional
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy. Pour into large cups and top with toppings of choice ( I used raw cacao nibs, fresh/local bee pollen and mulberry/goji berry mix). So satisfying and filling.
  2. May the GREENS be with You and Be Inspired!
Notes
  1. Feel free to substitute kiwi or apple for the pineapple. Make it your own!
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How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

DIY Coconut Butter + Video

 

I ADORE coconuts!  I am a fiend when it comes to the sweet water upon cracking a fresh young thai coconut open.  The meat is creamy and perfect for smoothies, puddings, and ice creams.   Then the dried coconut flakes are fantastic sprinkled on top of green smoothies, in a warm oatmeal, mixed in superfood protein bars, raw granola, and more!  I went for YEARS without trying the much talked about “coconut butter” or AKA “coconut manna”.  I didn’t think I was missing out on much.  It’s a pricey item in the stores so I just glossed over it.  Then, recently in a store, I came across a jar that was discounted and I thought I would give it a try. 

Upon opening the jar, I was lured by the sweet, creamy smell (yes, I smell in textures and such).   I immersed the spoon into this thick luscious cream and put it into my mouth.  I melted!  “Where have you been all my life.”  OMG!  NOW I knew what people were raving about when they spoke of coconut butter.  It was all I could do to NOT eat the entire small jar.  It’s a sure–fire way to get the maximum concentration of rich, velvety coconut flavor and texture in each bite.

Coconut butter is not like coconut oil.   Coconut oil is made from the extracted fat of the coconut meat, whereas this butter includes the fibrous shreds of the coconut meat, just in dried form.  Coconut butter solidifies around 70 degrees, and it is best used as a topping on anything from savory to sweet dishes. It can also go from melted to solid and back again without adverse effects — and you don’t even need to store it in the fridge!

 Coconut butter can be made in a food processor but will take approximately 10 minutes.  That is where a high speed blender helps out (time and efficiency).  Make it however you can, but MAKE IT!

 Coconut Butter

* makes one small jar *

What You Need:

Ingredients

3 cups organic, dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes (Bob’s Red Mill Coconut flakes and see source link below)

Equipment

Vitamix blender or a food processor

Instructions

1. Process the Coconut – Put the dried coconut in the blender. Mix on high speed, scraping down the sides with the tamper for approximately 1 minute (give or take) until a thick paste is formed.  OR Put the dried coconut in a large food processor, then turn on and process until it’s buttery smooth, about 10 minutes.That’s it.  Scrape this lovely cream into your mouth a small glass jar and use as needed. 

* Tip:  Always use unsweetened shredded coconut — never the sweetened, sulphured or low fat kind. So read your labels carefully.  Make sure your coconut is fresh by starting with an unopened bag.

Coconut flakes

 

Getting creamy in the Vitamix in no time!

 

Ready to go into a jar – YUM!

 

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Coconut butter is great spread on top of bread and muffins,  added to soups, in desserts, in smoothies, as a nut milk substitute, as any nut butter substitute, in tonics, raw puddings, raw cheesecakes and by the spoonful. Have fun with it in your own kitchen.  It is fantastic stuffed into a medjool date with raw cacao nibs – I KNOW!! 

Now, WATCH the video and see how easy it is to make your own.

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Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies

Rich HEALTHY Chocolate Brownies

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I was going to wait and share this recipe with you on Friday, but then I thought “Hell,no!  I am doing it TODAY!”  You lovely souls NEED this decadent, gluten-free, healthy, AMAZING chocolate brownie recipe NOW.  Recipe adapted here from the Detoxinista

I am offering a healthy cooking class this coming Saturday, May 18th and it is focusing on ALMONDS and the many ways to use them in a plant-based diet.  From making your own almond milk, raw almond butter, Chocolate Basil Smoothie, Butternut Squash bisque, Thai Almond Dipping Sauce, coconut macaroons and a special add-on recipe for all attendees of class.  This class focuses on using every aspect of the almond – the nut and the left-over almond pulp – in the recipes.  It’s going to be great!  The class is already almost full.  :)

This fantastic brownie recipe caters to the very aspect of using “left-over” almond pulp.  The brownie came out light, moist and fluffy in texture but deep and intense with the chocolate flavor.  As you know, I love adapting recipes to make them BETTER and HEALTHIER (which the original is), but also to throw in some easy tricks and tips. Oh, are you excited or what right now?! 

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Tip #1 – When a recipe calls for applesauce – which contributes to a more moist final product and lends a natural sweetness factor – use an organic apple (skin is full of fiber and pectin),  cut into slices (don’t use core), put into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree for a few seconds – Voila – homemade applesauce that is raw, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and MORE that a store-bought, processed, “hidden ingredients” apple sauce will NOT have.  If you don’t have an organic apple, peel the skin off and you are still doing WAY BETTER than store-bought jars. 

Tip #2 – Coconut sugar is a much healthier alternative to Sucanat sugar, but I still like to use LESS in my recipes.  So, I like to do half sugar and half stevia if a recipe does require some sort of granular sugar for the recipe to come out right, but I still want the sweetness without all the SUGAR.  I highly recommend using NuNaturals stevia – it does not have the bitter after-taste that most processed stevia products have.   I use that Shit in everything! - From sweet to savory recipes.    Stevia is great for people trying to lose weight, have blood sugar issues or candida. I LOVE IT! 

Tip #3 – After making your almond nut milk, simply use the remaining pulp to create a healthy treat.  Please don’t throw it in the trash!   Left over almond pulp is a great substitute for flour in many recipes.  Two versions for drying:

  1.  Dehydrator -  spread your almond pulp out on a tray lined with a Teflex sheet (if not, the pulp will fall through the cracks) and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4 to 8 hours (longer depending on type of dehydrator used and moisture in environment).  I use an Excalibur 9 tray with timer and LOVE it!  Once the almond pulp is completely dry, Transfer dry pulp to a high-speed blender or food processor and buzz till a flour like consistency is achieved.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  That’s it!  I store the almond flour in a glass mason jar in my fridge, and use it as I bake. One cup of almonds used in almond milk will yield about 1/2 cup of almond flour.
  2. Oven – spread your almond pulp out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in oven set at lowest temperature setting – 200 degrees and “dry out” for 2 – 3 hours.  Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t toast too much.  Transfer dry pulp to a blender or food processor and buzz till a flour like consistency is achieved.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  

 

Decadent Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies
This fantastic brownie recipe caters to the very aspect of using "left-over" almond pulp. The brownie came out light, moist and fluffy in texture but deep and intense with the chocolate flavor. Serves an 8″x8″ pan.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  2. 1 small organic apple* (see tips below) or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  4. 7 drops of NuNaturals Liquid Stevia
  5. 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 large organic free-range eggs
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  10. 1/2 cup ground almond pulp*
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F, and line an 8″x8″ glass dish with parchment paper.
  2. Make your applesauce.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir well to combine into a thick batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the parchment-lined dish, and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are pulling away from the sides of the pan and the center is firm.
  5. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  6. The brownies are so rich and fudgy, you may find that they are difficult to slice without some of the fudgy middles sticking to the knife - I did.
  7. I recommend chilling the brownies in the fridge or freezer to make the cutting process go more smoothly, then allow to thaw to room temperature, if you like.
Notes
  1. Tip #1 - When a recipe calls for applesauce - which helps out with a more moist final product and lends a natural sweetness factor - use an organic apple (skin is full of fiber and pectin), cut into slices (don't use core), put into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree for a few seconds - Voila - homemade applesauce that is raw, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and MORE that a store-bought, processed, "hidden ingredients" apple sauce will NOT have. If you don't have an organic apple, peel the skin off and you are still doing WAY BETTER than store-bought jars.
  2. Tip #2 - After making your almond nut milk, simply use the remaining pulp to create a healthy treat. Please don’t throw it in the trash! Left over almond pulp is a great substitute for flour in many recipes. To prepare the almond pulp, you must dry it completely after making your almond milk. You can do this in an low-temperature oven, or dehydrator, then transfer the dried almond pulp to a blender or food processor, and process it into a light and fluffy “flour” texture.
Adapted from Detoxinista
Adapted from Detoxinista
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How To Eat Healthy While Traveling

How To Eat Healthy While Traveling

Healthy Travels

Well, I am now back home and settled in for awhile from my travels to Orlando, FL last week and from Charleston, SC this past weekend.    While in SC, I stayed with my friend, Sara Campbell in her beautiful home and was blessed to use her kitchen and cook for us all.  I did bring some basics with me while on the road traveling to her home (6 hour drive) and while staying with her at her place for a few days.  While in FL, I was gone for 5 days away from my kitchen, but I took my healthy eating along with me on the road. 

Some people say, “You travel with all this stuff!”  My answer:  This is my lifestyle.  It is how I live, thrive and prosper in my mind and body.  I don’t put myself or my health and well-being on the back burner for a few days/ week and go for total convenience in the outside world.    I have to be careful eating out at most restaurants because of gluten and many unhealthy ingredients are hidden in food, so you HAVE TO ASK and look out for yourself.  Again, my health and well being come FIRST and FOREMOST to me.  I have wavered in the past of NOT planning and taking certain ingredients/supplements/meals with me while traveling and experienced/ learned many hard lessons.  I don’t compromise anymore!  I actually went out and bought an inexpensive ($10) single unit burner/warmer so that I could heat up my meals and tonics in a skillet and small pan in the hotel room. It was small, lightweight and barely took up any room.  PERFECT!

So, let me show you how eating a healthy, plant-based diet can easily and economically be done.  It took some pre-planning, but it was SO WORTH IT. There are several STAPLES that I NEVER COMPROMISE with in my daily regime – they are my foundation: 

  • GREEN SMOOTHIES
  • SUPPLEMENTS
  • TEAS/TONICS
  • FRESH WATER
  • VEGGIES/FRUIT

Prior to my FL trip, I spent a day in the kitchen making meals and prepping.  I made a large batch of stir-fry veggie quinoa, roasted root veggies, made several smoothies, zucchini hummus, filled up several containers (4 gallons) of our fresh spring water (priceless!), filled baby jars with my tonic ingredients (so it’s easy – open jar, toss ingredients in Vitamix along with water – BLEND – warm in saucepan on electric burner and Voila!  Warm, healing tonic in several minutes), pre-cut cucumbers for dipping in hummus,  bags of misc. smoothie ingredients (apples,bananas,lemons,kale) with jars of chia seeds, Maca, cacao nibs, bee pollen and goji berries,  baked a dense seed/nut bread, pre-cut the loaf for ease and use, brought several avocados, my raw cacao superfood protein bars (a complete meal), miscellaneous teas, and supplements.  I brought a mini cutting board, knife and my travel cooler always has a small jar of himalayan salt, chipotle pepper and small utensils.  Of course, my VITAMIX went with me.  She always does!  :)

So, my first day on the road, I had everything I needed.  My morning smoothie, snacks, afternoon smoothie and plenty of veggie options for lunch with LOTS of fresh water.  When I arrived at the hotel and checked in, I took everything to my room and got my “kitchenette” set up and filled the mini fridge.  For dinner that evening, I heated up some of the roasted veggies in my skillet on the warmer plate and made a small kale salad.  It was wonderful!  Eating clean and feeling great!  I actually felt great from the 10 hour travel. 

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I stayed at the Radisson Hotel in Orlando, FL and was highly impressed with its cleanliness, friendly/helpful staff, beautiful room, large bathroom, Sleep Number beds, down comforter and much more. I would stay with them again if I ever go back to the area.  Fantastic experience.  My seminar was located about a mile away at the Peabody Hotel – can I just say “WOW!” What a place.   I loved being able to walk around everywhere. Orlando was clean, friendly and safe!

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With each day attending the seminar that went from  8 a.m. to 9 p.m (with a few breaks in between along with lunch and dinner break), I took my tea canister with tea inside and filled up with hot water provided at seminar, morning smoothie (which I made fresh each morning), lunch (bread with avocado/salt/chipotle pepper – YUM!), protein bars, water, stevia for sweetening tea.  A few nights, I would walk back to room for dinner and then walk back to seminar.

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Found some pretty flowers outside the hotel (jasmine in the center) to enjoy and liven up the room.

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Miscellaneous teas

 Leaving the room every morning at 8 a.m. with my 8 – 10 lb. briefcase (I got a good workout with the weight and walking), getting fresh air, stimulating exercise and greetings with friendly people passing by.  I didn’t mind carrying a brief case that weighed a bit – I had my goodies with me and I was prepared.  I felt good the entire time.   Several days in a row, when I was sitting outside enjoying the 85 degree, sunny weather during the breaks (it was COLD inside the rooms during the seminars) several women came up to me asking where I got the delicious looking food I was eating, avocados, and tea.  I told them I made it and brought with me.  They immediately said, “That’s brilliant!  I should have done that.  The food inside is not that good or healthy and costs WAY TOO MUCH.”  Yep!  There’s a reason I do what I do.  I offered some of my food to several people, who in turn took me up on my offer and I connected with some real nice people that way.  They left feeling inspired and motivated to plan ahead next time.  One lady, skipped one of the short seminars to go to a nearby Whole Foods to get a few basics to be prepared for the next few days.  Score!  I inspired someone new with just a 15 minute talk.  Made my day!!

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Tonic jars and supplements

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Smoothie makings

I took a small glass jar with some Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap and a sponge for cleaning my dishes in the bathroom sink every evening when getting back from the seminar for the day.  Easy and practical. 

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Top shelf: blueberry chia pudding, aloe vera gel for smoothies
Middle shelf: hummus, bread, apples/lemons, stir-fry veggie quinoa, 1 avocado, kale
Bottom shelf:more avocados, chaga tea for tonic base,roasted veggies, cucumbers, protein bars

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LOTS of fresh water.

By traveling with your own food and preparing it while at the hotel room, you save tons of money and your body thanks you for feeding it healthy, wholesome foods.  I did eat out two nights:  Once by myself – I had a large grilled veggie platter that was divine with a small glass of wine – sitting outside and enjoying “people watching”.  The last night in FL,  I had dinner with a new friend I made at the seminar.   The head chef at the restaurant was more than accommodating to fix me a lovely meal that was gluten-free and vegan inspired.  Just ask and see if places can do a few things for you according to your special dietary needs.  Most places will, especially GOOD places.  I enjoyed the dining experience with good company and great food. 

I had plenty of food for the whole trip (even my drive back home).  I didn’t have to stop and make poor choices along the way because I wasn’t prepared.  Preparation is KEY.  Once you start incorporating it into your routine, it becomes second nature.   It CAN be done with some planning and fore thought.  I look forward to traveling more knowing that it is quite easy and practical.   I hope this inspired you!

Do you ever plan ahead while traveling to keep your diet and lifestyle in check?  What are YOUR basics and foundation staples?

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