THE BLUEBERRY

SUPERFOOD: Blueberries! Not only do they make any meal look seriously beautiful and healthy, they are definitely a fruit that needs to be in your daily diet. In my house, we love blueberries on top of our yogurt and in our daily smoothies. Blueberries contain 3.6 grams of fiber and natural sugars which are both a great source of carbohydrates. Blueberries also provide vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Check our favorite smoothie recipe that my girls love having 2-3 times a week!

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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup or handful of raw kale
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 3/4 cup of water or 100% all natural orange juice
  • 1 scoop of vegan protein
  • 1/2 of medium banana
  • 1/2 cup of ice chips

Blend and Enjoy!

New Obsession...JUICING

When I learned that juicing promotes healthy looking skin and juicing was like taking "live" vitamins, I was in! I love finding new ways to take care of my hair, skin and nails...especially when I can do it naturally. Hey, I'm a girl who's a little vain...nothing wrong with that.

I happened to stumble over a film on Netflix called "Hungry for Change". It caught my attention, because like everyone else, I want change, positive change in my life. 

The "Hungry for Change" film had an entire section on juicing and how juicing literally has saved lives. I don't want to get into detail because I want you to watch the film for yourself. The experts explained that juicing was the best way to get vitamins and nutrients in your system. Also, if you juice on a regular basis, you will noticed increased energy, healthier looking skin and can help promote weight loss. 

So, I got my juicer, got my organic fruits and "veges" and now I juice every day! Before juicing, I experienced the regular aches and pains of aging. My joints would hurt, my energy was low and no matter how much or little I worked out, something was always hurting. After juicing for a solid 2 weeks, my energy level sky-rocketed, the aches and pains were gone and my skin cleared up. I also noticed I didn't want ANY junk food and I wanted to workout even more (if that's possible).  Juicing motivated me to start eating super-healthy ALL the time. I didn't want anything else bad in my system. I had no desire for that occasional donut or candy bar (that part didn't last long but it did happen). LOL!

Remember, I am a baby when it comes to juicing so, as I mature, I will share. I try and use all organic fruits and vegetables. I suggest that you clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  Once everything is broken down into juice, save the compost for future smoothies. The compost is the fiber left over from juicing. Your body can always use a little extra fiber to lower cholesterol and regular blood sugar. Last, I suggest not drink more than a cup and half of juice. Remember, juicing is a live vitamin that goes straight to your blood stream and too much can keep you UP ALL NIGHT!

  • 1/2 Cucumber, 1 cup Kale, 2 small Carrots, 1 full Sweet Apple, 1 brocolli stalk, small piece of Ginger Root
  • 2 tall Celery stems, 1 cup Spinach, 1 Large Green Apple, Ginger Root, 2 small Carrots
  • 2 tall Celery stems, 1 cup Red Organic Kale, 1 Gala Apple, 2 small Carrots, Ginger Root, 4 large Strawberries

Benefits of Juicing:

  • Facilitates weight loss
  • Increases energy levels
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Promotes strong bones and a glowing complexion
  • May reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes

Finding the Right Juicer:

What juicer will work for you? When I started my research, there were SO MANY JUICERS to choose from! I needed one that was affordable, worked extremely well and was easy to clean. The Breville juicer was highly recommended on several juicing sites. The price range varies between $150 - $450. Even though I wanted to juicer to be easy to clean, I have to warn you, it is important to clean your juicer as soon as you are done using it. Get into that habit immediately to keep your juice clean, sanitized and ready for the next day. It's a LITTLE time consuming, but not really when it comes to making healthier lifestyle choices.Check out the link below and start juicing with me!  I've got my Dad, co-worker and a couple of friends to juice with me and they love it.

http://bestreviews.com/best-juicers

SNR's Super Berry-Chia Smoothie

I love coming up with new smoothies and learning about new fibers and fruits that anyone can really benefit from. This week's smoothie has chia seeds added to the mix, no juice because this one is almond milk based. I was impressed with the taste and I can't wait to make another one. This smoothie is great if you are having problems digesting your food and then letting it loose at the end of the day (if you know what I mean). This smoothie is packed with fiber, protein and yumminess. Try it and let me know what you think?

Protein Powder: promotes muscle growth / may lower blood pressure / may help reduce inflammation.

Almond Milk: aids in weight management / keeps the heart healthy / helps skin to glow and keeps bones strong.

Chia Seeds: loaded with antioxidants / high in quality protein / high in Omega 3 fatty acids and help maintain healthy weight.

Organic Honey: natural sweetener / aides in weight loss / source of natural energy / antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Greek Yogurt: high in protein / great probiotic / rich in calcium / great workout recovery snack.

Blueberries and Raspberries: high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Maganese and Fiber

Avocado Omelet

Let's EAT!

  • 1 large avocados
  • 3-4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese or goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh pico de gallo
  • 1 handful raw spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup your choice of meat if desired
  • Add olive oil to pan
  • Low heat pour beaten egg into pan
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes then flip
  • Add cheese, spinach, avocado and pico de gallo
  • Fold omelet and add slices of avocado on top
  • Enjoy. . .and share!

FOOD PREP

NO HASSLE AND EASY!

I finally did it and I am disappointed that I did not formally do it before. Yes, food prepping! I was getting really tired of buying my frozen lunches at the grocery store OR hoping to get left overs from the night before OR being a slave to purchasing fast food during lunch, which I try and avoid at ALL COSTS. I let too many weekends go by and never took the time to prepare my lunches! My thing was to throw something together quickly as I rushed out the door to work, but when it was time to eat lunch, I would look at it like "what the heck was I thinking?"! Yeah, you too?

So, this Sunday, I headed into my kitchen and just started cooking. I made a huge container of brown rice mixed with wild quinoa. I cooked an entire Trader Joe's bag of broccoli and chicken tenders in the oven. Trader Joe's sells small bags of sweet potatoes. I took the entire bag, clean, chopped, seasoned and cooked them in the oven. I also prepared black beans, Trader Joe's sweet corn and chopped raw spinach to prepare a couple of Mexican inspired meals. I was on a mission and it has paid off ALREADY! 

Prepping didn't take as long as expected and while I was working on part of the meals, the other parts were cooking. So, everything went smoothly. I think I was in the kitchen for about 2 hours and I have to admit, it was therapeutic in a way. I can't wait until next week! Here are the things I cooked this week so cooking during the week will not be such a hassle. Cook different things then mix and match so you do not have to eat the same thing every day. Try it and enjoy!

FOOD LIST:

  • Brown rice mixed with wild organic quinoa  (2.5 cups - rice cooker)
  • Trader Joe's bagged broccoli - (entire bag, steamed over the rice)
  • Sweet Potatoes - (entire bag chopped, seasoned & baked in olive oil, honey, brown sugar and cinammon)
  • Black beans
  • Sweet Corn
  • Chopped raw spinach
  • Pasta with homemade cream sauce
  • Baked Chicken Tenders