Today’s green juice convinced one of my best friends to start juicing!

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I have a good friend who’s a real foodie. She loves interesting flavors but is not exactly a health nut. I was floored when I posted this on Facebook and then got a text from her that it inspired her to buy a juicer right away! She’s heard me yap about juice blends for years but she said it was the pairing of flavors in this one that won her over!

Here’s the magic:
Carrot, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño (kinda hidden in the pic) lemon, lime, red bell pepper and turmeric. I peeled my carrots, citrus fruits and the cucumber (only because this one wasn’t organic) and I only used about 1/4 of that jalapeño. Last time I used more in a juice, it was waaay too hot! Aye aye aye!

Enjoy. 🙂

Healthy workday snack

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Here is a healthy and filling snack that will keep you away from the vending machine when hunger strikes. I keep a container of sunflower seed spread at my desk and spread it over fresh celery. You could also try dipping carrots.

And yes, that is a dumbbell in the background. I keep a five pound hand weight at my desk and give my arms a little workout whenever I’m on a break/on hold etc. Gotta sprinkle that activity in anywhere you can get it, especially when sitting in a cubicle all day!

Gluten-free pancakes

Gluten free pancakes made with teff flour

Gluten free pancakes made with teff flour

These are delicious.  As in “OMG-put-all-the-pancakes-in-my-mouth-now!” delicious. I had no idea they would be so addicting.

I realize they didn’t turn out so pretty, but that has nothing to do with the ingredients and everything to do with my inability to properly flip a pancake. 🙂

Without further ado, here is the recipe:

2 cups teff flour (no need to sift)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp maca root powder (maca is good for hormone balance and your libido!)
1/2 tsp salt
2tsp melted coconut oil (I used Dr. Bronner’s organic whole kernel oil)
2 1/4 cups apple juice
1 tbsp vanilla

Technically you are supposed to mix the dry ingredients first and then add the wet, but I was in a hurry and tossed them all in together and mixed thoroughly.

Fry in coconut oil.  Makes 15 pancakes.

As a side note, I use coconut oil for everything.  Coconut oil consists of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which flush other fats out of your body.  It’s easily digested and absorbed and increases your body’s metabolic rate. Do some research, you’ll be impressed.  I probably eat at least 2-3 tbsp every day and while it may sound counter-intuitive, it really does help me stay trim.

I was going to serve these with maple or date syrup but they are so tasty they don’t even need a topping!  I think they will make a great take along snack too for work, hikes, etc. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Quick and healthy gluten-free lunch idea

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Today for lunch I had a bowl of brown rice mixed with a can of diced tomatoes (Rotel brand, mild). I used the ready-made rice from Trader Joe’s and tossed in some chopped parsley I had in the fridge. It would have been better if I’d had cilantro instead, so I’ll try that next time. I added a sprinkle of cumin for digestion and it was a tasty simple meal that kept me feeling full and balanced for the rest of my day.

Easy meals like these can be a life saver when you have to rush out the door for work and don’t have time to prepare anything the night before!

Weight loss juice

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I started my morning off with this super healthy green juice recipe by Drew Canole of FitLifeTV. Drew is one of my fitness heroes and I loveloveLOVE his juice recipes. His tonic is orange in the picture but mine turned out to be a pale green. Warning, although my drink didn’t take on the golden turmeric hue, my fingertips did…and my counter tops, and the floor! Turmeric is highly pigmented so anywhere this touches is likely to stain so be careful!

His recipe calls for enough veggies for a three days of juice, but I made a single glass using:

1 cucumber
1 red pepper
1 lime
1 bunch parsley
2 pieces of turmeric
1/4 jalapeño
pinch of black pepper
1 tsp chia seeds (add the last two at the end, and wait 10 min before drinking so the chia can “gel”)

This made about 12 oz and was actually so filling that I was only able to drink about 8, so I’m saving the rest for mid-morning. The jalapeño is not too hot, and gives the drink just enough kick to wake you up! I may even add more next time. 🙂

Guilt-free dessert, yes please!

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If you want a healthy dessert that’s paleo, gluten free and vegan, just toss three frozen bananas in the blender and blend until smooth. It helps to cut them up first, but that’s really it! I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and cardamom powder for added richness but it’s delicious just as it is – very creamy…better than ice cream even! I first learned of the recipe here while searching for ways to save bananas that are starting to go bad. I’ll never toss a too-ripe banana again!

Enjoy!

Full Moon Super Moon Juice!

Today we have a full moon in Aquarius. It is also a super moon, and is the closet the moon will be to the earth all year. Aquarius is a forward-thinking sign and the sign of change. Our emotions and energy are magnified today so let’s make the most of them to create positive change and initiate the steps necessary to bring about the life of our dreams!

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I began my day with a ten minute meditation, setting my intention that today my actions would be guided by Spirit. Then I was led to make this delicious, liver-cleansing and energizing beet-apple-carrot juice! Delicious!

Ingredients:
Two beets
Two carrots
One lemon
1 inch fresh ginger
1 bunch parsley
1 Fuji apple

Toss them into your juicer and marvel at that gorgeous vibrant pink color Mother Nature has provided! 🌈

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong…

…and start being positive about what could go right!

An easy way to check in with your life-compass and see which way you are heading, toward happiness or sadness, worry, etc. is to ask yourself, “Am I looking for what is right or what is wrong?” If you find you are focusing on the negative, steer that ship in the other direction without delay! Make a gratitude list, mentally or on paper. Really focus on how happy you are to have those things in your life and
why.

Happy people view problems as opportunities. It’s all a matter or perspective. How much better does it feel to think about how you could fly instead of how you could fall? 😊

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Healthy Veggie Nachos!

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I’m admittedly a nacho addict, but I try to limit my nacho intake to once a week. I also make them more nutritious by topping them with steamed veggies. I used cheese on these, but you can make these vegan by using dairy-free cheese. My favorite brand is Daiya – it melts like real cheese! I also frequently use Toffuti dairy-free sour cream. I think it tastes even better than regular sour cream.

To make this recipe, try:
*8-10 white corn chips
*1/4 c shredded cheese of your choice
*a generous portion of chopped steamed veggies ( I used broccoli, carrots, cauliflower)
*fresh summer tomatoes (these were from a friend’s garden!)
*optional: sprinkle with cumin for that authentic Mexican flavor and to aid digestion

Top with jalapeños, fresh salsa, sour cream, etc.

Delicioso!

Note: I am not affiliated in any way with the brands listed. It can take lots of trial and error to find good vegan subs so I just like to share what I love! Happy eating! ❤️