Friday, February 28, 2014

Fitness Friday:

Happy Friday ya'll!
Since it's Friday I want to drop a little Fitness tip. With the weekend coming you may find more time to get out and move; DO IT! I am hoping to get a run in this weekend! Staying fit is all about moving and making it happen! Even if it's a walk, a stretch, a bike ride, a workout dvd, or a jog.
I am so excited to share with you my new workout starting Monday. I all be doing the T25 workouts. I completed Insanity back in November and it was AWESOME. I found that the results were great, but I did find it was too time consuming for me, with kids at home, to try to stay committed to for long term. Plus, it really hurt my back some days. With that said it's a great workout and one that I will incorporate into my routine off and on! I would recommend it to anyone who may be interested, however you will need at least 1hr a day to complete it. That is why I am excited about T25.

This workout is designed to be intense for 25 mins straight! I can do 25 mins even with lots of little ones in the house and other daily demands. :) I am excited and I will keep you posted on my review as I go through it.

If anyone wants to join me; let me know :) Starting Monday! :)

Get Your Greens!

This smoothie is pacted full of da good stuff! Great for a breakfast, snack or energy before a workout!:) When you make a juice or a smoothie it's always good to have 80% or more GREENS! So make sure such you add those greens! 

Kale
Spinach
Mango
Apple
Orange
Hemp seeds

Get your greens! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

5 Reasons to Eat Less Meat: and Spegetti dinner

**Recipe below**
 I am currently apart of the Engine2 challenge, and meeting at whole foods where we are sharing recipes and advice on eating plant based. Last week the chef made this recipe from the E2 diet and it was great!
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The more I learn the more I realize the benefits of not eating and consuming large amounts of meat. There are so many studies out there showing the danger of meat, it's link to cancer, and other chronic disease.  Especially with the way the majority of meat is processed and raised, it is beneficial to limit it or remove it entirely from our diets. Two great resources to read up on are The Engine2 Diet and My BEEF with Meat by Rip Esselstin. 

~5 Reasons to Eat less or No Meat~
    1. Legumes, beans,  dark leafy greens, veggies and super foods like chia, hemp, and flax seeds have plenty enough protein for our body and healthy development!
    2.  Easier on bowels, digestion, and family budget
    3.  Consider Man's first diet….it was without meat (Genesis 2)
    4.  Proves to provide strength and true nourishment: Daniel  (Daniel 1)
    5.  Lessens heart decease,  and other fat and artery clogging decease including risk of cancer

No judgement if you do eat meat, I simply want to share the jewels the Lord has taught me. By no means do I believe you are less spiritual or in sin if your eating meat. I do however wish someone would have shared the danger of such food to my body and mind earlier in my life. So this is why I share it with you! The choice is yours! I love you regardless! 

Here is that recipe I promised…
Meatless Spegetti 
The NO Meat sauce is inspired from E2 recipe and I altered it a bit 
1 medium yellow onion chopped very small
8 oz wild mushroom
8oz white mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, minced
4oz tomato paste
1 large can tomatoes
1 tbs dry oregano
1 tbs dry basil
1 tsp dry thyme
1 tsp pepper (I only used about 1/4tsp)
1 tsp honey (you can use 2 or more dates instead)
16 oz cooked whole wheat or pasta of choice

Direction:
cook the onion in a nonstick skillet on high heat for 3 mins. Add chopped mushrooms and garlic, cook until mushrooms begin to release their juices. Stir in tomato paste to brown. Add tomatoes, and juice, breaking up as you add them. Add vinegar and honey, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens. Add seasonings. Let simmer for 5 mins. Serve over coded pasta. 

Salad: 
Mixed greens 
Kale
Lemon or lime
Tomatoes
Avocados 
Pine nuts

Directions: add mixed greens and kale to bowl of your choice. Slice avocado in half and scoop into the mixed greens. With very clean hands, remove rings, squeeze and gently mash the avocado into the salad as to become the dressing. Add the remaining chopped ingredients and squeeze half a lemon or lime over and toss. Top with the pin nuts and serve! 

Thanks for coming by! 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rainbow Shine Smoothie

Have you ever put rainbow chard in your smoothie? I just recently added rainbow chard to my juice. Because it was on sale I decided to try it instead of kale. It was great and I couldn't even tell the difference in the taste of the juice. Although I had never thought about adding it to a smoothie until this morning. Well, you definitely should give it a try if you have not! It actually is delicious and great health benefits too! How else are you going to get raw Rainbow chard into your diet?

Rainbow Shine Smoothie
2 leafs rainbow char 
1-2 cups frozen Blueberries 
1 orange
5-7 handfuls Spinach
3 slices of peaches
2 tablespoons Ground flaxseed 
* Water and a splash of Almond milk

It was very good! My suggestion would be to de-stem the Rainbow char and make sure you blend that well. You may want to blend the Char and water or milk by itself before adding the other ingredients. If you don't blend enough it can be stringy or chunky.

Hope you Enjoy!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cucumber Salad

This salad is for those days you don't feel like eating a full-blown salad or you just don't have the time to make one. It's a quick and healthy salad packed with live food that will see your body! 
The inspiration from the salad comes from some of my favorite food: Thai food! Whenever I go to a Thai restaurant I usually order a cucumber salad. The last time I was there I thought, "Why don't I make this at home, it's so simple!" So that's just what I did today! It was delicious!

Cucumber salad
This salad is delicious for a lunch, or as a side to add to dinner. For me today it was a quick way to eat lunch, get some life food in me without having to make a salad.

Ingredients:
Tomatoes diced
Cucumbers diced
Purple onion diced
Avocados diced
Apple cider vinegar
Almond butter
Agave sweetener 

Salad:
Mix the first four ingredients together in a bowl of choice.

Dressing: for the dressing mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of Allman butter and 2 teaspoons of agave sweetener mixed together and drizzle over salad.

After the dressing is added...

Hope you enjoy! 
What is your quick lunch?

Black Bean Soup

Ingredients:
Veggie broth
Celery
Carrots
Onion
Tomatoes
Black Beans
Cilantro

Top with:
Avocado
Cilantro
Diced tomatoes 
Limes (squeeze) 

*Add fresh corn tortillas sliced or put them in the oven until crispy to add a crush to the top! :) Yummy!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thrush: Natural Remedies

After connecting with a former student and discussing the topic of Thrush I wanted to share the Natural remedies that have worked for us.

When our first son Tre got Thrush I was a new Mommy and took the perscription given to me. Nystatin. I tried Nystatin at first, but after no success and discovery that there were side effects to the drug I asked my doctor if he could recommend a more natural approach to dealing with this yeast beast!  He then gave me the Gentian Violet.

*Side Note: This taught me to always ask for the most natural approach even in standard medical care some doctors will give a alternative to satin drugs. 

I did have pretty good results with the Gentian Violet. It's the purple stuff that you have to spread on the babies mouth and mamas nipples. It's effective, but it makes a MESS, and you pretty much have to stay home because of the staining of anything it touches. Yeek! I believe it's  still a better option then Nystatin. 

However...I didn't stop there... I started researching like crazy about natural remedies and found these things to be most effective....

Grape Seed Extract: You can buy this at Whole Foods or a like stores. I added 10 to 20 drops in a small mason jar and kept it on the changing table for up to a week. Each time I would change the baby (which is always a lot:) I would shake the jar, use a Q-tip and swab his mouth, sides of the cheek and tongue, then I would throw that q-tip away and get a new one and dip both ends and swab each of my nipples. Sounds crazy but it really kills it. But it takes about a week or two to start killing the yeast. So Continue the process for about month or until you notice both the white on his tongue and cheek going away and the itching on your nipples. In addition... 

* Vinegar: Use about 1/4 cup of vinegar in each wash you do of all the clothes, towels, and bedding! This will help cut the yeast and keep it from growing! I know it seems like a lot, but it is worth it! I still us vinegar in my laundry because it helped so much! 

Clean Freak: You want to be a little bit of a clean freak when it comes to any cloth in the house that will come in contact with you or the baby.  So, make sure you change your nursing pads, or bra and have a clean one every day! At night try to air out as much as possible (you the mama) :) 

*Diet: I noticed if you can eliminate cows milk and ice cream, and refined sugar it will help it go away faster! I replaced my cow's milk with Almond or Rice milk and it's pretty good! 

*Prayer: Of Course I was bathing it in prayer! Prayer Changes Things! :) I know that the Lord led me to these things as it is my hearts desire to take the more natural approach when possible. Plus, I just wanted to see them feel better and eat better! God is good and led me to these natural remedies and reminded me I can even bring Thrush to Him! :) 

I will be praying that your little precious gets over it fast! Feel free to ask or email any time! You can even text me 408-991-3292 I also post a lot of things like this on my blog(link under my signature)  if you ever want to check it out and this actually has inspired me to post about Thrush on my blog too! Thank you! 

Again, it was so good to here from you! Would love to here where God has taken you and what your up to? 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup

It was cold tonight so I decided to make a cauliflower soup recipe that I had seen, when I realized I didn't have a few of the ingredients. So I decided to make up my own recipe. Here's what I came up with was pretty tasty.
1 carton of hearty vegetable broth
1 head of cauliflower
1 onion diced
1 cup of wild rice
About 7 Diced fresh green beans
Three stocks of celery diced
For leafs of kale peeled and cut into small pieces
One or two sweet potato diced
1 teaspoon of thyme 
Garlic powder salt pepper to taste

Cinnamon Chocolate Oatmeal

* organic glutton free oats
* sliced organic apples
* cinnamon to taste
* few dark chocolate chips
* Chia seeds 

One of my kids who always has a harder time eating oatmeal said, "Mommy can we have this every morning!"

It's good to change it up every now and then! What is your change to your oatmeal?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Move, Move, Move!

So the weather has warmed up a bit here. thank the Lord, and that means it's time to get out and MOVE! What a difference the sunshine makes! Here are a few good reasons to get up and MOVE!
Few good reasons to MOVE…
1. Great for overall health/ life longer
2.  More focus
3.  More energy
4. Helps maintain a healthy weight
5. Relieves Stress
6. Help you sleep better
7. Happier and Healthier
Plus… * Outdoor activity exposes you to the sun and Vitiman D

This is just a little reminder of how important it is to move! Whatever you choose to do try to stay active at least three days a week! Your health and your body will thank you! 

What's your favorite way to get out and MOVE?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dinner: sweet potatoes +2 greens

Baked Sweet Potatoes
topped with: sautéed in veggie broth and brags amino acid...black beans, mushrooms, and bell peppers
with sautéed green beans and sliced cucumber 

Buying Organic on a Budget

Making the switch to Organic can be intimidating and overwhelming. I know when I first started it seemed impossible with our grocery budget to buy healthy, organic food.
 However, when I discovered the difference in quality and taste I had to make the most effort to make the switch. Just look at the tomatoes above. Can you tell which is organic by looking at it? I know you can taste the difference, but, WOW! You can see the difference too! (Left is organic Right: Conventional)

 So I began taking little steps and asking God for wisdom as I shopped. He provided answers and tips through a variety of people, books, websites, and good old fashion trial and error (experience).  

Here are a few ways I have found it helpful to buy organic on a budget….

1.    Organic on a budget: 
a.    Try to find a local organic co-op or farmers market. Groupon.com sometimes has coupons for local organic co-ops.
b.    Buy in season organic produce or opt for frozen organic if fresh is not available.
c.    Buy in bulk at Costco, Whole Foods, Organic Roots, or Sprouts  
d. Meal Plan: Planning out your meals and buying the ingredients you need for the week will save you from overbuying and wasting food and money.
e. Remind yourself: A $5.00 bag of organic apples is money better spent then a $5.00 bag of chips, a quick pull through the drive thru, or a box of ice cream bars!

2.    Where to Buy Organic
a.    Costco: Believe it or not Costco has a large selection of organic items. Here is a list of a few of the MANY organic options available at Costco, but there are more so go check it out! *Sam’s club does not carry as many organic products as Costco at this point.
                                              i.     Bread
                                            ii.     Flaxseed
                                          iii.     Quinoa
                                           iv.     Coconut oil
                                             v.     Carrots (big and small)
                                           vi.     Spinach
                                         vii.     Kale (sometimes)
                                       viii.     Frozen blueberries
                                           ix.     Frozen green beans and other veggies
                                             x.     Milk
                                           xi.     Eggs
                                         xii.     Blueberries, Raspberries and other fruit seasonally
                                       xiii.     Hummus
                                       xiv.     Peanut butter

                                         xv.     Raisins

What are your tips for shopping organic on a budget? 
Thanks for coming by! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mix and Match Smoothie

Nothing like starting your day out right! For me making a fresh glass of Juice or Smoothie is essential to the start of my day. I would say it does for me body health wise, what reading my Bible does for me spiritually. It's a jumpstart to a great day! It gives me the tools and mindset to move forward making positive and life giving decisions! It's weird how that works, but it is so true! 

Your body, like your soul, needs nourishment in the morning to equip it for the day ahead! 

Smoothies make a great breakfast,  snack or even a pre or post workout energy boost. Today we put a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It turned out delicious. 
 Can you guess something we put in our smoothie today? 
Yep… Lemon (Lemon is a great addition to a smoothie packed with nutrient. Lemons are one of the alkalizing foods that promote health in your body; so squeeze one into your smoothie today! 
Little Bit of This and That Smoothie: (this recipe made enough for our family of 6)
* Organic Spinach (3 or more handfuls: Costco or Trader Joes) 
* Frozen sliced Organic Peaches (found these at Costco)
* Frozen Organic Mangos (Trader Joes)
* Frozen Organic Blueberries (Costco)
* 1-2 tablespoons ground Organic Flaxseed (Costco)
* 1 Banana
* 1 Orange
* One Apple
GMO free Almond Milk (Costco)
* Water

This Smoothie is packed full of nutrient and a variety of fruit and veggies
 makes it a great start to your day. 

Start your day with God's word and a rich and nursing smoothie or juice! 
Hope you enjoy!

What's your most recent smoothie recipe consist of?