Tuesday, April 29, 2014

P2X- Tips and Shopping List

Hey all! Can you believe our challenge is almost here!  Only 2 More Days until P2X!
YEAH! I am so excited! Are you? 

Well as I have been getting ready I have had a few of you emailed me with some great questions. I want to share some of those questions, and it also got me thinking about some things you will need as a base to start your challenge.

The majority of my items I buy at Costco, because I can get more for my money. Here is a photo of a few of my costco buys, but I wanted to show you the Chia sees, Hemp Seeds, and Flax Seed. You can also click HERE to see another post about buying at Costco for a plant based focus.

Shopping List:
Fresh greens
Fresh Fruit
Frozen fruit of choice
Flaxseed mill
Hemp Seeds
Chia Seeds
Any added Vitamin like "C" "B"
** Hemp seeds, Chia seeds, and flaxseed will be great boosts to add to your smoothie for extra omegas, proteins, and antioxidants.

If I want to adjust the challenge, can I?
Taking the challenge is a time to focus and get more than the usual amount of fruit and veggies into our bodies. Therefore, if adjusting the challenge still meets this focus, then by all means, feel free.  Of course you can adjust to do what works for you. With that said the challenge focus here is to have two meals a day and snacks that are nothing but fruit and veggies, using the smoothies as a way to maximize the intake, and then one meal of normal, real, healthy food. If you want that to be breakfast instead of dinner, then by all means, do what works for you! Remember this is about being free, unchained to live healthy and whole as our created designed us to live.

What is the best way to do the smoothie if I am working? Will it keep well if I make ahead?
Taking it to work would totally be possible, by making extra the night before or even morning of, and putting it in mason jar with a tight lid. You want to make sure you fill it to the top and close the lid tight:). The smoothie's texture will change a tad from when you first made it, but it is definitely doable and worth it. You will also need to shake it at least 5-10 times before opening, so that it mixes back up as it will start to separate after sitting for a while. Oh, and I would recommend not keeping it more then 72 hours. It just doesn't taste so great, plus it has longer to oxidize and loose the nutrients.

If you work outside the home, I might take two smoothies and a salad with some type of beans included in my salad for protein each day. That way you could have your smoothie and salad for lunch and have an extra smoothie for your drive home or anytime you get hungry :).

Can I alternate between fresh juice and smoothies?
Absolutely! Just make sure you are either making your juice at home or buying it knowing that it is pure, cold pressed, NEVER pastured, and fresh juice with no sugar or additives. The Evolution brand is a great brand. Starbucks now carries it too, however its much less expensive at a grocery store! You can also stop into a Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other like store for fresh pressed juice. Just make sure you ask as buying processed juice really destroy the challenge of P2X. Juice and Smoothie bars are also very popular and are popping up everywhere so check your area. If you are in the Fort Worth area the Juice Junky is great option for a Juice bar that I recently found and LOVE.  Here are some questions to ask at the local juice/smoothie bar….

Smoothies and Juice:
Is it made with real fruit and veggies (only get it if it's real fruit/veggies)
Is it cold pressed and un-pasteurized
Is there anything added to it besides the fruit/veggies? If milk is added ask for water or a plant based milk, like Almond.

Thanks for the great questions. Let me know if you have any more! There is a tab on the right side of the  blog under the title Labels and then click on the word SMOOTHIES or JUICES for some Smoothie and Juice recipes if you would like. So excited to start this adventure with you all!

Go get those greens;) 

Friday, April 25, 2014

P2X challenge

Summer is right around the corner and it's a great time to have a health challenge. So for the month of June Unchained Health wants to encourage all of you to take the P2X challenge.  I know we can do it and it will be a great motivation and jump into this summer. We want to feel confident and free and proud of who we are. Most importantly free to live Unchained and appreciate the people God made us to be. So keep reading and come check it out; you will love it!
Starting May 1 we will embark on a Plant Based Challenge with 2 x's the benefits and focus!

the P- in P2X challenge will represent the "Plant Food" focus we will take each day.
the 2- in P2X represents the 2 weeks we will conduct this challenge
the X- in P2X represents the extreme focus and the eXtra challenge (if desired to take it:)

SAMPLE of the DAILY breakdown:
A plant based Smoothie or fresh juice (not from concentrate and if your buying it, cold pressed is best)

Smoothie or Juice
Fresh Salad or Plant based side

Anytime your hungry or need a snack have more juice or smoothie

Have a regular dinner as long as it is real food and has a healthy focus avoiding the X'ed foods listed below.

X'ed Foods:
During this two weeks we will X out these foods, meaning we will not allow them in to our bodies.
* Processed foods
* Fried food
* No refined Sugar

This challenge consist of getting loads of PLANT food into your body 2x's a day, for 2 weeks. P2X is a way to empower you to eat more GOD created LIFE giving foods, help your body detox, and to function at top performance. It is up to you which two meals to eat "Plant based smoothies or juices," but for two out of the three meals of the day we will consist of smoothie/juice and a small side, and then one "normal-real food" meal.  Your focus will be on food that is made by God and not in a lab.

However, the passion behind this blog is to have UNCHAINED HEALTH!  To live and be healthy, but be free! So, know that this is to promote health, not to make you feel guilty or obligated. This challenge is to encourage and spur us on toward health and wholeness through accountability and connecting. It's fun, it's a challenge, and it's detoxing for body, mind, and spirit! I hope you will join in!

Connecting & Accountability
Comments: Follow the blog and sign up in the comment section below on this post to join in. The comment section will provide feedback, encouragement, and accountability during these two weeks.  Each week I will place a new post with the focus of the week and you will be able to use the comment section for that week to encourage others, leave tips, and share any insight.  It will be our way of communicating without a forum:). So click "comment" and let's get started:).

Share: Each week we will have a focus and share a recipe. I would love to have you email me any recipes that you try that you would like to share with others via the blog.  I also would love to highlight one person from the challenge each week who is playing along. This person will share there tips, tricks, and any insight they have gained from P2X.  Come sign up below and tell us you're taking the P2X challenge with me and the others. It will be fun and it will be great to have accountability! Let's do this!

Feel free to add the P2 X challenge to your blog or email the link and information to friends. The more the better! At the end of this challenge May 15th I will post an opportunity for a reward/prize for all your hard work! So let's get to it!

Don't forget… 
to sign in and introduce yourself in the comment section below on this post!
to click FOLLOW on the right side of the blog to get all the updates
to share this with other
to comment and help create conversation
to check in weekly
to use some of the recipes on this blog for SMOOTHIES, JUICES, and PLANT BASED FOOD
your a beautiful son/daughter of the King
It's about being healthy and living UNCHAINED!

Let's P2X!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Orange and Green

Hey quick and simple and healthy dinner. Sweet potatoes with leftover chili (If you don't have left over chili use a mix of black beans) on top asparagus and artichokes. I boiled the artichokes in a little water and Rosemary and it really brought so much flavor. Then we dip our artichokes in Apple cider vinegar and is really good.
Hope you enjoy this quick and simple plant-based dinner.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Smoothie

What better way to start your eating off on Easter then a green smoothie. Getting those life giving nutrients into your body from the One who offers New Life!
 Luke 24

1-2 cups Mangos frozen 
7 handfuls Spinach
1/4 Banana

Happy Day before Easter!  Pray that you feel the joy of New life in Christ this Easter! 

T25 Beta Week 1&2

This second round of T 25 is called the Beta round. The Alpha round gives you a foundation and the Beta round is supposed to pick it up a notch and strengthen. 

The videos for the Beta round include...
Cardio core 
Speed 2.0
Rip't circuit
Dynamic core
Upper body focus

While I am definitely enjoying these workouts there are a number of the Beta round workouts that I need additional cardio workout with. For example the upper body focus and  and the dynamic core are great workouts, but for me I would add in additional cardio. For the Speed and Cardio core I would add some light weight training. However I definitely would recommend these workouts as I have noticed a increase in strength. 

Overall the first week of Beta I have felt very prepared for the workouts through the prior five weeks of Alpha training. 

I would love to know if any of you have done this and what your thoughts are.

In closing for this week. I still really enjoy this work out because of how quick it is. It literally gives you no excuse to not work out.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 layer Hemp Strawberry Toast

This can make for a great breakfast with a smoothie or a quick snack. 

Layer 1: Toast is Ezekiel Raisin Bread toasted

Layer 2: Almond butter

Layer 3: Sliced strawberries

Layer 4: Slight drizzle of honey

Layer 5: Sprinkled Hemp Seeds

Hope you enjoy this as a snack or to add to your breakfast fresh juice or smoothie!

What is your quick go to snack?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Citrus Kale Salad

This is my new favorite salad and a great spring into summer salad! Super easy and great for taking to a party, having for lunch, or adding to dinner. 
Juice of one orange
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon agave 
Salt and pepper if desired 

Red cabbage 
Green cabbage 
Seeds or nuts of choice  
Cubed avocado 
Dried cranberries ( for the healthiest option...make sure they are oil and no added sugar)

~ you can also buy the packages cabbage and kale mix at Costco and add more kale to it, because most the time it doesn't come with very much. But I don't recommend the pre-packaged dressing tag comes in it as it has TONS of harmful ingredients including soybean oil and since it doesn't state it's non GMO it probably is. So feel free to use my dressing, but please link back if you post it anywhere :) 

Hope you enjoy! Blessings! 

Mango Green

3 large handfuls of mixed greens 
2 oranges and 
1 cup of frozen mangoes
1 tablespoon flaxseed
Top with Hemp and chia seeds (smoothie sprinkles)
Add a fun straw to change it up:)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sippin on Beets

2 golden beets
5 carrots
1 apple
1 lemon
1/2 large cucumber 
5 handfuls of kale 

Beets are great for cancer prevention, help keep us hydrated, increase in energy, help prevent aging, they are anti-flamitory, help protect our eyes and so much more! 

The kids gobbled this juice down with not complaints! Love when that happens!

Hope you enjoy this juice! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lunch: Olive Relish Toast and Salad

* Beam me up Scotty dressing is from the engine 2.
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons any mustard 
1 tablespoon agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup and 
a smidge of water whiskey ingredients together

Juicing for a Big Family

Juicing for a big family can be tricky, but here are some of the tips that have helped me...
1. Get everyone involved: have the kids and anyone else who is willing help wash, cut, peal.

2. Expand: Juice one large bowl and divide it up for the family

3. Storage: Juice in bulk and store for 2 days in airtight glass containers

4. Spend Wisely: Buy produce in bulk

5. Prep: Wash, cut, and peel produce the day before using it

6. Plan ahead: Pre-bag the produce together that you will be using for each juice for the whole week

7. Juice alone: Juice when you are not cooking, peeping lunches, etc. Often times women try to multi-task in the kitchen, and I might say we do a darn good job, but juicing is a process that can be messing and time consuming so focus on juicing and then move to something else. Your more likely to enjoy the process!

These tips make juicing a much more enjoyable process that can realistically become part of your routine.

Watermelon Wonder

After my juice fast I have fallen in love with watermelon juice. This morning I created a new one another and wonder. This will consist of...
One lemon
One small watermelon
4-5 handfuls of spinach
2 handfuls of kale
1 cucumber 
This is so amazing and refreshing!
Get your greens!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Simple Plant Dinner

Tonight was a very simple dinner that consisted of steamed potatoes with Rosemary and garlic, vegan stuffing, and asparagus. It was quick, simple, and delicious. We added ketchup and hot sauce to our potatoes. 

What is a simple plant-based mail that you fix?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Green

While visiting with my dad, in the morning he wanted a very simple smoothie. This is what ended up being one of our favorites! Sometimes simple can be so great!
Get your greens!