Happy Easter Carrot Smoothie Recipe!

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The Easter Bunny will soon be here munching on his delicious and nutritious carrots!  Carrots are one of the most common and favorite vegetables in the world.  They are a root vegetable that has been cultivated for hundreds of years.  Carrots come in a variety of colors, and are now grown all over, although their native roots are in Asia.  The best part is these root veggies are jam-packed with  many nutrients!

The health benefits of carrots are plentiful:

  • Rich source of the powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, which helps maintain healthy skin and more
  • Good source of potassium, which can help maintain healthy sodium levels in the body, helping to reduce elevated blood pressure
  • Contain many beneficial phytochemicals, including falcarinol, which may reduce the risk of colon cancer and help promote overall colon […]

March is National Nutrition Month

 

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March is National Nutrition Month!  When it comes to following a healthy food plan, there’s no one diet that is right for everyone, so it’s important to follow a healthful eating plan that’s packed with delicious foods and that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind.  So if you didn’t follow through on any of your dietary New Year’s resolutions, now is the time to regroup!

Here are some helpful tips to consider when implementing an optimal eating plan:

  • Focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods (organic vegetables, grass-fed meats, raw dairy, nuts, etc.) from healthy, sustainable, local sources.
  • Include raw foods in your diet (raw veggie salads, raw nuts and seeds, etc.).
  • Avoid sugars (especially fructose).  When consumed in excess, sugar acts as a toxin and promotes multiple disease processes in your body, including […]

It’s National Green Juice Day!

 

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National Green Juice Day is observed every year on January 26 to inspire people to thrive by taking small sips toward a healthier way of living.  When many people admittedly have already broken their New Year’s resolutions at this point, National Green Juice Day encourages us to take one simple step for our health and wellness by drinking a green juice daily.

So grab a cold-pressed green juice or make your own at home for an easy and enjoyable way to meet your daily veggie goals!

Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies

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The holidays are upon us and we need  to keep our resolve in making the best possible food choices when attending parties and family get togethers.  Here are some simple strategies to follow:

Stick with your normal routine – if you know you’ll be attending a holiday party, don’t deviate from your typical dietary routine.  Skipping meals or trying to save calories doesn’t work.  Before you attend an event, consume a protein and healthy fat snack like celery sticks with nut butter or a protein shake.

Don’t waiver from your goals – if you want to maintain your weight and feel great, don’t indulge in sugar-laden and starchy foods.  Stay focused and do your best.

Host your own party – this is an excellent way to control food choices.  Or if attending someone else’s party, volunteer to bring a healthy dish.

Begin […]

Last Chance to Check Out the “Better Beyond 50” Webinar for Free!

Just wanted to let you know that if you missed any of the presentations from the “Better Beyond 50” Women’s Health Summit, you still have the chance to watch them all!

All 23 expert interviews are available to watch for free until midnight tonight (Wednesday, November 16th).

Watch the videos by clicking here: https://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/4865/3047

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to these speakers and have learned so much!!

Don’t forget, your chance to watch these videos for free ends tonight (that’s Wednesday, November 16th) at midnight.  Watch them now!

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I truly hope you have enjoyed the “Better Beyond 50” Summit. There is such valuable information in every interview and I have seen some of the bonus’s the speakers are giving away. Its great stuff…you won’t want to miss it!

 

Halloween Hangover Detox Smoothie

 

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So you overindulged with one too many Halloween treats last night?  Try this nutrient packed smoothie to help detoxify your body after excessive calorie consumption.

Detox Smoothie Recipe

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 INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or alternate milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach or kale, loosely packed, stems removed
  • small handful of parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the almond milk to a high-power blender and toss the banana slices, kale, and parsley in.  Blend on high. Add the strawberries and cucumber. Blend again until smooth. Add in more almond milk and/or ice for desired consistency.

Healthy Halloween Candy Bars

Paleo Chocolate Sunbutter Bars

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These bars are deliciously decadent and actually good for you!

(Makes 10 servings)

Ingredients

For the Sunbutter Dough

  • 1 1/2 Cups sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/3 Cup coconut flour
  • 1 Cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 Cup coconut sugar (may use stevia or xylitol for diabetics)
  • 1/2 Tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 Tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 1-3 Tbsp light coconut cream

For the Chocolate

  • 1-2 Cups 70% chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 Cup light coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs (optional)

Instructions

For the Sunbutter Dough

  • Stir together all of the ingredients for the dough, except for the coconut cream. It should be fairly crumbly.
  • Add the coconut cream, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together to form a ball.
  • Press the dough into a parchment lined 8×8 glass baking dish and […]

Healthy Recipes to Celebrate Food Day!

Super Green Power Smoothie

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Serves 1

1 large handful roughly chopped spinach

1 frozen peeled banana, cut into several pieces

1 cup unsweetened coconut water

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon flax oil

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely uniform in color and all the bits of green are pulverized. Serve immediately.

Raw Kale Avocado Salad

Serve this salad alone as a super food meal or with cooked quinoa.

Salad:

1 bunch curly kale, chopped (about 8 to 10 cups)

2 avocados, diced

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 6 to 8 hours

Dressing:

3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. In a smaller, separate bowl whisk together the […]

Food Day is October 24th!

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

October 24th is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet.”

Why Food Day?

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment.  Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.

The most important ingredient in Food Day […]

Gluten-free Upside-Down Apple Tartlet Recipe

You will love these scrumptious apple tartlets served warm from the oven and topped with a dollop of smooth coconut cream!
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Upside-Down Apple Tartlets
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla stevia
  • Filling
  • 6 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced, and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon  arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and place […]