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Wed 15 Aug 2012
Clients always ask what we have for breakfast. “That’s simple,” I always answer.
Breakfast at my house is a smoothie.
Here is my recipe (although we change it up a lot, here are the basics):
Get creative… decide what tastes you enjoy. There are no hard fast rules. This makes a full blender (8 cups) so adjust accordingly.
- 6 oz of frozen organic spinach or 2 cups of fresh spinach
- ½ cup of org. blueberries (frozen or fresh; or 4-5 large strawberries; I try to stick with berries and just a bit to avoid excess sugars)
- 2 scoops of SunWarrior Vanilla or Chocolate (from Green PolkaDot Box)
- 1 teaspoon of stevia leaves (from Mountain Rose Herbs) … if you are using powdered stevia… you would use less. If it comes out bitter… you know you used too much
- 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon (I love cinnamon… if you don’t, use less. I always add some though as it helps to stabilize blood sugar which is good if you are adding the fruit)
- 6 Tablespoons of seeds (you choose…. Flax, hemp, or chia). (Try using just one seed type at a time… you can cycle through them; seeds should ideally be soaked overnight; you can also puree the seeds before adding the other ingredients to ensure they are broken down)
- I use 1 tablespoon of SunWarrior’s Ormus Greens (Green PolkaDot Box has the best price for these as well…. The bag is expensive… but lasts a long time and the quality is the best I have come across in green formulas anywhere)
- Optional: you could also try: cacao powder, carob powder, ginger powder, cardamom powder, vanilla powder (or liquid), more or different green veggies, just about anything.
Simply throw all of these ingredients into the blender and mix (I suggest blending the seeds first though to create a creamier consistency)!!
Please leave a comment and tell me what you add to your smoothies to change up this recipe
Mon 9 Jan 2012
Do you ever feel like the woman in the picture? Completely frustrated with trying to get your kids to eat healthy? Don’t despair.
Believe it or not, picky eating is a part of childhood. Yes, the whole picky-eating-thing is a developmental stage that young children go through. The good news is, you are not alone. Many parents are experiencing the exact same issue. Truth is, if you focus on healthy eating, your children do not have to be destined to be junk-food-a-holics. So, as they go through this developmental phase of their lives what can you do? (more…)
Tue 27 Sep 2011
I get this question a lot so, I figured I would address it.
In essence, the VitaMix is a super-duper blender and then some. I use the VitaMix and LOVE it! Literally, I use it several times a day. Not only is it fantastic for making smoothies, soups, stews, purees, nut butters, salad drrssings and flours, but it is also great for finely chopping veggies. It saves me a ton of time, a ton of money and makes healthy eating simple. I often joke with friends that I would be lost without it. (more…)
Sat 9 Jul 2011
In the first part of this post, I mentioned several of the reasons people give me for being complacent when it comes to their health. All reasons and justifications aside though, your health is incredibly important and you should strive to take good care of it. Other than some of the obvious reasons for caring for your health (e.g. live longer, feel better, look good, etc.), here are a few more to consider: (more…)
Sat 2 Jul 2011
With kids, it is hard to avoid candy. They get it from friends, family, at playdates, at birthday parties, and more. If you know me, you know that I dread having my kids even look at candy… forget eating it. Of course I do not want them to develop a complex about candy either so, I have to dissuade them from eating it very gently. My children already know that candy is a “red light” food and does not make their body big and strong but sometimes that is not motivation enough. Here is where the Candy Fairy enters. (more…)
Sat 7 May 2011
Yes, what you eat and drink can make a huge difference when it comes to seasonal allergies. Here are some things to indulge in: (more…)
Wed 19 Jan 2011
Are you ready to quit your diet? Have you just had it? Have the last few weeks been nothing but sheer misery and heartache?
Do not despair! Do not blame yourself! Blame your diet! (more…)
Fri 14 Jan 2011
1. Seaweed. Seaweed is not only low in calories, highly versatile (you can add it to soup’s, sprinkle it on foods, or even eat it roasted as a snack in place of chips… my kid’s love it this way), full of nutrients but, is can also promote weight loss as a result of its natural iodine content which stimulates the thyroid and may increase metabolism.
2. Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The fat-free diet fad may have given fat a bad name but the truth is, coconut oil is excellent for boosting the metabolism. How? Coconut oil contains medium-chained fatty acids. These acids are easily digested and therefore are converted into energy. As a result, metabolism is increased. Coconut oil can also (more…)
Fri 7 Jan 2011
In my last post, I talked a lot about calorie couting and the importance of forgetting it as a weight loss strategy. The question you may be asking yourself is: “Now what?” I could give you a whole list of tips and tricks (I guess that will have to be a future post) but there is one that deserves its own individual attention becuase it is so key. Here it goes: Read the labels on every food you buy that comes in a package.
Yes, I will say it again…. read the labels. Now, when most people think about reading food labels, they think about calories, fat content, maybe sodium count and perhaps protein and fiber. That is not what I am talking about though. You must read (more…)
Thu 6 Jan 2011
Want to lose weight? Stop counting calories! This is one of the things I feel strongly about when it comes to weight loss. Somewhere along the way we took our understanding of the connection between calorie restriction and weight loss and sailed away with it. Most diets now have a huge focus on calories. Some diets make you count the calories of everything you eat and others substitute points for the calories. Either way they don’t work! (more…)