I wanted a treat this morning, so I made a dirty, but clean green smoothie.
2 cups of spinach (organic)
1 cup of water
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop Garden of life Raw Fit protein powder
2 tsp Hemp Protein High Fiber
1 tbsp Chia seeds
Blend and enjoy- please tell me what you think!
It’s important to make sure you are getting enough protein, but remember it doesn’t have to be from an animal source. The smoothie for today I focusing on keeping protein high and plant based.
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of kale ( 2.5 grams of protein)
Liquify in a blender
1 1/2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 scoop Raw Fit from Garden of life ( 28 grams per scoop)
3 tsp of Hemp Protein powder, high fiber. (11 grams)
1 tbsp No salt peanut butter (3.5 grams of protein)
Total of 45 grams of plant based, organic protein. This was shared between two people, but easily could be breakfast and mid morning snack for one.
Tell me what you think and your other plant based protein add ins.
In the beginning of my health journey, the food came easily. All the changes and research kept my kind busy and free from obsessing about have cancer or being sick. Almost a year later, choosing healthy food isn’t the issue, it’s been dealing with myself.
Living a green and organic lifestyle has been wonderful for me. To use labels, I am gluten free, meat free, fish free, dairy free and loving it. I can’t say I am a vegan because I eat eggs ( occasionally) and honey. Green smoothies and vegetables are my life now. I’m thankful for it. But, as always for me, I deal with stress or uncertainty the best way I know how. Food. I remember thinking in the summer, when I was still just healing and not dealing with as many stresses, “How could you over eat?”. The answer is clear. So I removed trigger food and have been working on limiting my portions. Even in a more natural diet, certain foods can still trigger me to eat more. I am working on it. Meditation and being aware of my eating help. I am trying to write my food down. I realized during a meditation today that I want to be free. That’s it. Figuring out what free means, is my next step. I do think that part of being free means not being controlled by food. So it’s time to work on that again. Maybe it’s time to venture back to Overeaters Anonymous….
Till next time friends!
Ahhhhhh… I’m so sick of “weight” in general. It seems most people I speak to are obsessed. It doesn’t matter if you are thin, fit, athletic, toned, chubby, overweight, big boned, obese or just a little pudgy. I have heard it from all angles. But they aren’t alone, I’ve had my struggles myself. Having once been over 400lbs, down to 205 ( at my lowest) and fighting my way out of the 220s now, I’m tired of fighting my body. I want my body to feel comfortable and healthy, at whatever weight size that may be. I’d like to be under 200 for health and athletic purposes, but I refuse to go crazy. As I’ve switched to a healthier lifestyle I realize that nutrients and not calories are what I should be counting. That my body needs healthy fats and glowing greens to perform the best it can. But why must I look down on my body because it isn’t losing weight the way I’d like it to. I’m eating clean and working out. Now I am learning to increase my protein levels. ( 1 gram of protein per every kilogram that you weight) Go online convert your weight to kilograms and viola. You will probably be shocked to learn how much protein you should be getting. All in all, I’m doing what I should be doing. Repairing my body, learning how to deal with stress and emotions, eating right, moving and excersising… So why do I feel defeated? Why do so many feel this way?
I feel we are being too hard on ourselves. Together let’s take these steps to rebuild and love the bodies we are in now.
First, stop comparing yourself to other people, it’s self-abuse. No one has battled your exact journey with your exact circumstances. Stop!!
Second, you will know in your heart if you are truly eating and working out to the best of your abilities, of you aren’t, make changes. Reach out.
Third, surround yourself with body positive people. Who aren’t putting you down or putting other people down around you.
Fourth, do something for yourself or your body everyday. Whether it’s mediation or yoga or gratitude journal… It’s all part of Your Healthy!!!
I may not be where I want to be in my head, but my body is where it wants to. Let the “weight” garbage out of your head. Think of your next goal, after weight loss, and do that.
It has been a little over two weeks since I decided to remove dairy from my life. I struggled with this decision for a while, especially since I love cheese. After everything I read, I decided why not? If I don’t see a difference or change, I can always go back to eating it.
So on August 9th, I stopped dairy altogether. Before then, all dairy that did come into the house was organic and labelled hormone free. We didn’t buy a ton of dairy though and only kept unsweetened almond milk in our fridge. I did have a Starbucks Chai latte every other day and would allow cheese on salads and vegetables when I would go out. I thought, hey I am meat free, fish free, gluten free… I gotten be able to eat something. I didn’t realize the “cheese” crap I was allowing in my body. Hind sight, I know. The days that followed initially going dairy free weren’t that rough. I’ve detoxed from worse. I did get a bumpy rash on my arms and chest. As well as acne on my face an body.
Going dairy free was easier than I would have thought. But a couple times, I came ultra close to eating dairy without even knowing it. Certain gluten free breads had it and other products as well. I had to learn to read all ingredients even closer. Since giving up dairy I have had it once. I went to a birthday party for my father and every single thing had dairy in it. I didn’t even realize it at first. The next day I broke out in bumps on my arms and chest again.
The strangest reaction has been the acne. Makes me wonder about all the hormones that is in dairy. The usual monthly hormones were calmer this month since avoiding dairy, but my skin has been breaking out and in new places. These breakouts have been big and cystic like acne that I can only associate to the detox. I read that it is closely connected to the hormones in the dairy and it’s effect on our bodies.
I know in time the acne will clear, I’m just happy to have realized its hormonal effects for me. I believe just removing it for a week and seeing how you feel when you re-introduce it, will determine if dairy is right for you.
Anyone else ever experience this?
Starting tomorrow, August 26th, We will be featuring a recipe every Sunday for meatless Monday. Instead of going with an easy pasta Primavera or breakfast for dinner recipe, we decided to go with an all raw recipe for the our meatless Monday guide. This weeks recipe features everything we had at home nothing had to be bought. You might have to buy a couple things, but here we go. ***Please soak raw almonds all day for the dressing.
*Any other veggies you would like
1/2 cup raw almonds (soaked)
1/3 water from almonds
3 frozen strawberries
1 tsp olive oil
Blend together- makes a creamy think dressing. It will look deceiving, pink and creamy, so you think it’s sweet. It’s not. Taste test with a veggie.
Smoothie: ( Serves Four 9 ounce servings
1 cup Dino kale
1 bunch of wheatgrass (optional)
3 Frozen strawberries
2 frozen bananas
1/3 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao
2 cups water
Blend water and greens first, liquify.
You probably think the bananas pictured above are to be frozen for banana bread. That’s the custom thinking when bananas start getting brown spots. Well I will be freezing them, but for smoothies of course.
Bananas are at their best for our bodies when they have these dark brown (freckles) on their skin. A fully ripe banana, brown freckles galore, produces a substance called TNF, which has the ability to combat abnormal cells.
As the banana ripens, it develops dark spots or patches on the skin. The more dark patches it has, the higher will be its’ immunity enhancement . This immunity enhancement is called TNF, which has anti-cancer properties.
The degree of anti-cancer effect corresponds to the degree of ripeness of the fruit, i.e. the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality…things that make you go hmmm.
I buy a bunch of bananas at a time and allow them to mature… Once the spots take over the banana, I take off the peel and break in half- place in a baggy and freeze them for my green smoothies.
By popular demand- cauliflower bites! Ever since cauliflower pizza entered into our family, my mother, sister and I have all played with the recipe to make numerous other yummy recipes. My sister tweaked the pizza recipe and viola, these delicous little bites were born. Thank you Alycia!
Here we go:
1/2 a cauliflower head
Garlic and/or garlic powder
1 cup shredded cheese
2 tsp oregano
Himalayan pink salt
Break cauliflower head and break into florets. Boil for 8 minutes, should be tender. Pour out water and allow them to cool slightly. Using a cheese grater or food processor grate the cauliflower.
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Once grated place in a large bowl, add eggs, cheese, oregano, salt, pepper- mix.
Place mixture into mini-muffin tins, press the center down using your thumb.
Cook for 8-10 minutes.
Put your favorite topping on them, pictured: pesto, fresh mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. At Aija’s we had goat cheese and tomato.
Then place into the broiler on high for a several minutes, until you are satisfied.
You can make the cauliflower base a head of time- just cook bites and allow them to cool, then freeze.
Here comes the good stuff…. Recipes from last night’s evening of health.
Here we go:
Raw Chia Pudding:
4 tbsp raw chia seeds
1 1/2 cups of hemp milk (vanilla unsweetened)- any dairy free milk will work, coconut or almond.
1 tbsp of agave or maple syrup or stevia
Mix all together in a bowl
Place in the refrigerator for an hour or so. I let mine sit and gelatinize longer
Sliced peaches and topped with frozen blueberries. I’ve even topped with almonds or raw cacao. A great idea was tossed my way last night- purée the fruit to layer in between.
Raw Energy Balls:
1 cup gluten free oats
1 1/2 tbsp of raw honey
1/2 tbsp of Maca powder
1 tbsp Bee Pollen
1 tsp Himalayan Pink salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp boiling water
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Then boil some hot water, place honey in a glass bowl. Once the water is boiling, use about 2 tbsp of water and mix I together with the honey. Once soft pour into the dry ingredients. Then add peanut butter. Make sure to mix together evenly, it will be a little dry. Next with your hands, yes you are going to get dirty, make little balls out of the mixture and place in a container with a lid. Place balls in the freezer for an hour- enjoy!
Raw Zucchini Noodles
Pesto ( Blend together basil, garlic, maple syrup or agave, salt and pepper)
Take zucchini- wash it and cut off hard end. Using a spirooli noodle maker or a peeler, make noodles. Once cut make sure to dry thoroughly.
Toss with pesto and add some tomatoes. Keep cold, and do not let it sit for too long, it will be come soggy.
Go Raw!!! Try and make 60% of your day or your plate raw fruits and vegetable. Enjoy!