Kale Chips for Cravings

Crave crunchy and salty food?

The next time you find yourself walking toward the chip isle in the grocery store, turn around and buy kale instead! It takes all of 16 minutes to make scrumptious kale chips and satisfy your physical cravings and emotional attachment to chips in a healthy way!

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* Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

* Wash your kale, referring to this method http://holisticchickblog.com/2013/05/28/quick-tip-prevent-food-borne-illness-with-vinegar/

* Break the kale apart into chip-sized pieces

* Spread the kale pieces out across a cookie sheet

*  Drizzle with coconut or olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt

* Bake for 15 minutes

* Remove and cool for a few minutes

* Turn on your favorite late night show, ENJOY your healthy snack, and be PROUD of yourself for taking this step!

 

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Almond Butter No Bake Cookies ( Sugar Free )

These are my kids all time favorite cookies! My mom makes them to have ready at all times whenever they go to her house, and she has graced us today by sharing her beloved secret recipe with the world 🙂

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Ingredients :

* 1 cup quick cooking oats

* 1/2 cup ground flax seeds or flax meal ( For a fresher, nuttier taste it is fun to blend your own! Do you have a coffee grinder? )

* 1/2 cup almond butter or natural style peanut butter

* 1/3 cup honey ( preferably local raw honey of course 🙂 )

* 1/2 cup raw cocoa nibs ( you can find these in your local health food store or online )

* 1 dash of sea salt

* 1 small splash of pure vanilla extract OR liquid vanilla stevia

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Directions :

#1) Simply combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and blend with a spoon or by hand until you have a very thick and “oaty” consistency.

#2) Roll out into 1″ balls and place on a plate.

#3) Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until cookies reach the desired firmness.

#4) ENJOY!

100 Day Juice Feast :D

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Did I tell you that I juice feasted for like, 15 days a while ago? No? Well, it was hard. It ended up being far more complicated that I had ever anticipated. While I originally wanted to juice for 100 days, ( lol ) I was quite miserable by day 15. This is not to say that it was a complete;y bad experience, no. I learned a lot and I actually do plan to fast/feast once a year from now on.

Physically I felt incredible. I just can’t emphasize that enough. It was euphoric just how wonderful and free my body felt. I have never had more energy, stamina or flexibility in my life! My skin was clear and my eyes were bright too. The part that was really draining was the loss of the emotional outlet that food had always provided. I could go on about that, but I feel that is another post entirely. Juice fasting also brings about almost another level of consciousness, or awareness of that consciousness, for the first time, which can be overwhelming at times.

Many are quick to wonder, “Why would you ever want to embark on such a journey of denial and discipline in the first place?”. As a health coach, after all, I encourage women to let go of the outdated perceptions that such principles are in the same realm of true healthy living and well being.

A juice feast is not supposed to be about denial and self control, however, although it does involve both in the beginning. A juice feast is a journey of detoxification and rejuvenation for both the mind and the body, and in idea, the spirit.

It’s been said that the body reflects the mind, and thus the mind reflects the soul. I’ve been told, and now experienced it firsthand, that juice feasting allows you to explore deeper emotional and spiritual truths behind the reasons we do what we do and feel how we feel.

I learned much about myself as an individual, and even more about myself as a parent and a wife. I am excited as well as apprehensive to have this experience again; I’m sure that the next time it will be a whole new one entirely.

Have you or would you ever juice feast/fast?

 

Immune Building Detox Smoothie

Looking for something absolutely delicious that is fairly low in natural sugar? Look no further my friend 🙂 This beautiful detoxifying smoothie will not only leave you glowing from the inside out, but will strengthen your immune defenses as well!

This recipe is Kid-Approved with a thumbs up, and is a great way to sneak in their daily alkalizing veggies 😉

Enjoy!

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* 3/4 cup of water

* 2 stalks of celery

* 1 large cucumber

* 1/2 or 1 avocado, depending on preference

* 1/2 lemon, peeled

* 1/2 green apple

* 1 red bell pepper

* 2 1/2 cups of raspberries, frozen or unfrozen

* Optional – For extreme immune defense, add 1 drop of doTerra Oregano oil

* 1/2 cup of lime “infused” chia seeds

        (   – 2/3 cup dry chia seeds

           – 2 cups of water

           – 3 or 4 drops of lime essential oil

           – soak for a minimum of 15 minutes    )

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Blend together the cucumber, celery, avocado, lemon, apple, bell pepper and raspberries with the water, Wild Orange and Oregano.

Stir in your lime flavored chia seeds after you are finished blending, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe serves 3 – 4 people. I do hope you enjoy, and be sure to subscribe for upcoming recipes!

Happy healthy eating!

XO

Moms Best Quinoa Salad

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Are you a quinoa fan? This ancient grain is incredible in that it is a complete protein that packs a heck of a nutrient-dense punch. There are so many wonderful dishes to be created using quinoa, and weather you are looking for a post work out meal, a lunch to take on the fly, or main course suitable for a family gathering – you name it and quinoa has your back!

Note ~ if you have tried quinoa int he past and did not like the taste, could it be that you did not know to rinse it before hand? The rule with quinoa is that you must always rinse the grains in your strainer before cooking, as this will rinse off the naturally occurring chemical that coats the outside. This chemical is not dangerous, but does taste bad. No soaking needed, as you rinse you will see the chemical bubbling off 🙂

Of my moms various quinoa salad recipes, this Thai variation is her absolute best creation by far. Thank you, Mom, for sharing your love in the kitchen 🙂

Ingredients –

* 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa

* 1-2 cups finely sliced/chopped red cabbage

* 1 red bell pepper, diced ( Get your vitamin C on! )

* 1 red onion, diced

* 1/4 cup green onion, diced

* 1 cup shredded carrots

* 1/2 cup shredded cilantro

* 1/2 cup cashew halves ( Please, soak them first! )

* Highly recommended optional – 1 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans

* Fresh lime, squeezed for tang

Dressing Ingredients –

* 1/4 cup cup all natural style peanut butter

* 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

*  3 tbs Bragg Liquid Amino ( Natural soy sauce )

* 1 tbs honey, preferably raw

* 1 tbs raw apple cider vinegar

* 1 tsp cold pressed sesame oil

* 1 tsp virgin olive oil

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Directions –

Step # 1 – Following the directions on the package, cook quinoa until done, or around 8 – 10 minutes.

Step #2 – In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Thai dressing and mix well.

Step #3 – In a large bowl, combine the quinoa and the dressing; stir well.

There you have it! The most delicious quinoa salad recipe you will ever get your hands on, and it is really that simple to whip together! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Eat happy, live happy!