Soul Organics

I am always elated to discover new health and wellness products to add to my morning smoothies. My goal is for my smoothies to be the best breakfast powerhouse as possible!  While researching spirulina, the ultimate green super food that I was excited to add to my health and wellness regiment, I discovered the company, Soul Organics.  After learning about their philosophy and products, I knew this was a company I wanted to support.  Here are some tidbits about Soul OrganicsContinue reading “Soul Organics”

Basil & Nasturtium Pesto

Spring is in the air and seedlings are sprouting!  This means, that before long, I will be enjoying an array of fresh herbs from our herb garden.  The thyme and lavender are just waking up from their winter’s rest.  Cilantro seeds have sprouted in the hoop house and soon will be a wonderful addition to freshly made salsa.  Flowers are calling and I am anxiously waiting to plant my borage seeds, saved from last year!  (Borage is a beautiful gift for the bees!)  What could top all of this?   Two words… basil and nasturtium.  Why, you might ask?  One word…PESTO! Continue reading “Basil & Nasturtium Pesto”

One of Those Days…

For those of you who have been consistently following my ramblings, you might recall me mentioning having a little health “hiccup” over the past 6 weeks. I’ve been trying to avoid surgery, but unfortunately, it was inevitable.  Last Friday, I had my little OR visit and I’ve been trying to be a good little patient and follow the doctor’s orders. Continue reading “One of Those Days…”

Guacamole Time!

I have a passion for avocados!  Can you eat too much chocolate? Yes!  Can you eat too many avocados? NEVER!  I love avocados in egg salad.  Avocados make smoothies a creamy delight!  But, my favorite way to consume avocados is in the form of guacamole!  Who doesn’t love avocados surrounded by fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions and a touch of lime?   Yum!  Continue reading “Guacamole Time!”

The Power of Kombucha

When I first heard the word “Kombucha”, it sounded like a term from The Lion King. I immediately found myself humming “Hakuna Matata”. This might sound odd, but my head is truly filled with song lyrics. One word can set me off on an entire musical extravaganza!  My family is so lucky! When Kombucha was mentioned, I did not want to seem clueless, so I nodded, smiled and as soon as I had the chance, started typing this crazy word into my phone.  I had to find out what all the hype was about. Continue reading “The Power of Kombucha”

My 3 Favorite Smoothies

As mentioned last week, I love smoothies!  I tend to be very creative with my smoothie process and just incorporate anything that sounds good, at the moment.  But, if you are just beginning the smoothie adventure, I am sure your would appreciate a few recipes.  So, this week, I actually measured my ingredients and wrote down my three favorite smoothie concoctions.  I hope they bring your tummy much joy! Continue reading “My 3 Favorite Smoothies”

Breakfast in a Cup – Part 2

As I was creating my morning smoothie, (chocolate-banana-strawberry, w/cacao power) I realized it might be helpful to share a bit more information about some of the ingredients I incorporate into my everyday “Breakfast in a Cup”.   Warning…if you have children, do not share the details of these ingredients with them.  In fact, lie to them!  When my kids ask me if there are any “sticks, twigs or dirt” (aka, health food) in the smoothie, I respond with only the basic ingredients-fruit & milk.  Now keep in mind, I am not encouraging you to lie to your children on a daily basis…just in the beginning.  Once you have them hooked on this outstanding breakfast choice, you can slowly begin to tell them about all of the nutritious ingredients you have been hiding in their smoothies!  By the way, I recommend sharing this truth at about age 20!

As you become hooked on hiding as many healthy foods in your smoothies as possible, you will probably become filled with excitement and want to tell your spouse and/or friends about these amazing ingredients…DON’T!    Keep in mind, your ultimate goal is for your family to be as healthy as possible, right?!  And, we all know that change can be difficult the older we become.  Take this process slowly…one healthy step at a time!

Wifey gives me more excuses than the kids do about why she does not like smoothies.  In fact, just for fun,  I have created a list of her top 10 excuses…

Wifey’s Top 10 Excuses for not Liking Smoothies

  1. She does not like the consistency.  (She loves milk shakes and malts!)
  2. She is not a fan of almond milk. (She eats almonds for a snack every day!)
  3. She does not like bananas.  (Last time I checked, there were other fruit options!)
  4. She is afraid of too much fiber.  (Really…?)
  5. She is afraid the chia seeds will stick in her teeth. (She owns a toothbrush.)
  6. She believes that anything green belongs only in salad.(Salad for breakfast??)
  7. She refers to spirulina as duck food. (It is 3.5 billions years old! It has to be amazing!)
  8. She prefers “chocolate” in the form of PB M&Ms. (M&Ms are not guiltless chocolate!)
  9. She refuses to eat something with “germ” in the name. (Wheat germ is not a germ!)
  10. She calls hemp “mushy green mash” that is used for making rope. (I have no words)

I think it is time to clear up a few misconceptions about these superfoods…

For some of the more difficult to find products, I have included links to Amazon.com.  I order many of these products through Amazon, for the prices are much cheaper than my local market.

Chia Seeds: The word chia is derived from the Mayan language, meaning “strength”.  These powerful seeds were used by Aztec warriors to increase energy and stamina.  Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor.  They can be used in smoothies, pudding, sprinkled on salads and added to baked goods.  Most importantly, they are loaded with Omega -3 fatty acids!

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Flaxseeds: The Latin translation for the word flax means “most useful”.  Since ancient times, flax has been used for intestinal problems. These wonderful seeds are packed with Omega – 3 fatty acids, while also providing fiber and protein.

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Wheat Germ: Wheat germ has a nutty flavor and is the heart of the wheat berry.  It is a great source of daily fiber and folic acid.  Wheat Germ is also packed with numerous vitamins and minerals. It is known to boost the immune system and has anti-aging properties.  Wheat germ can positively affect muscle development, stamina and healing.  Add this healthy goodness to your smoothies, baked goods or as a breading for chicken and fish.

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Hemp Protein Powder: Hemp seeds are a wonderful plant-based protein supplement.  Hemp contains 21 essential amino acids and is a powerful source of fiber.  This protein powder is perfect for smoothies, as well as baked goods.

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Spirulina: Spirulina is a single celled organism that is classified as a blue-green algae. It is over 3.5 billion years old and known to be one of the most complete food sources on Earth. It has antioxidants that will strengthen your immune system and over all heath and wellness.  Spirulina is known to detoxify and help balance PH levels, while providing fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to the body.  Holding over 60% protein, this superfood is the most digestible source of veggie protein. This can be tricky to find.  I order organic spirulina from Amazon.com.  Here is the link, if you are having trouble finding this in your local market: Organic Spirulina Powder – Vegan Protein, USDA Certified

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Matcha: Matcha is powdered green tea.  When you consume matcha, you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of its nutrients.  Matcha has 137x more antioxidants than brewed green tea.  Matcha is know for improving skin health, burning calories, detoxifying the body, enhancing mood/focus, preventing disease and lowering cholesterol/ blood sugar.  Once again, if you are having difficulty locating organic matcha, here is the Amazon.com link for Enzo’s Organic Matcha:  Matcha Green Tea Powder 4oz – Organic Vegan Milky Taste USDA Certified

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Cacao Powder: I like to think of Cacao powder as chocolate without the guilt!  Cacao powder is unprocessed and does not contain added sugar, thus retaining its key nutrients.   If you love chocolate, this powder is perfect for smoothies, shakes, coffee and baked goods.  Yum!!  I love this brand and have not been able to find it where I shop.  Thank goodness for Amazon.com!  Viva Naturals –  Certified Organic Cacao Powder, 1 LB  It also comes in “nibs”, which are a great replacement for chocolate chips in baking!   Viva Naturals – Organic Raw Cacao Nibs, 1 lb Bag

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Now you see exactly why these superfoods are worth a little fibbing to your family!  Keep in mind, there are many wonderful brands for these products.  The ones pictured above just happen to be my favorites!

Watch for my 3 favorite smoothie recipes in next Friday’s blog entry!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

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Breakfast in a Cup!

Breakfast has always been difficult for me. Getting up in the morning and chewing food just never worked. But, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It jump-starts the metabolism and prevents those afternoon energy dips that make me want to curl up with my favorite green blanket and hibernate. Eating breakfast not only protects my family members from potential crankiness, but protects myself from the notorious afternoon salty/sweet attack. For all of these reasons, I was determined to find a breakfast source that I could easily stomach, within the first hour of waking up. About 5 years ago, I discovered the perfect answer to my lifelong dilemma… The Smoothie! Continue reading “Breakfast in a Cup!”

Let’s Get Twisted!

Happiness is the smell of freshly baked bread!  I often remind myself that happiness comes from within, but it is always nice to have a friend to help out on those extra challenging days…why not bread!  For me, baking bread is another form of creativity.  How golden brown will the crust be?  What shape do I want to experiment with next?   (I have to admit, creating bread turtles brings out a lot of happiness in me!)  So, for this last winter weekend, before spring approaches, I thought my favorite braided herb bread recipe would be the perfect slice of happiness to share. Now, let’s get twisted! Continue reading “Let’s Get Twisted!”

Oh Chocolate, My Chocolate: Energy Bites

When I contemplate my top 10 favorite things in life, chocolate would probably fall in the top five. That rich, melty goodness that floods my body with warmth and happiness…Awwww, perfection! Chocolate and I have been friends for as long as I can remember…

Continue reading “Oh Chocolate, My Chocolate: Energy Bites”