Good morning! And welcome to your morning of fresh starts and healthy eating….Right? I know we were all perfect over the weekend right?! I think for most of us the weekend is a challenge to keep up with out healthy eating. We are invited to BBQ’s, pool parties, weddings and don’t forget patio drinks! Instead of stressing over a weekend of food and drinks, set yourself up with healthy snacks that are going to keep you fueled and help you resist whatever your temptation of choice maybe. And what about all the summer drinks? Well I’m a strong believer in moderation but I also believe people need to live, be social and not miss out on the occasional patio drink because your stressing about putting on that bikini. It’s actually scientifically proven that when we stress out over taking a break from our healthy eating we actually elevate our cortisol levels and cause our bodies to store fat. So lets all relax a little, have a glass of wine or that treat you have been dreaming about (on occasion.)
And when your not treating yourself, here are some power packed little balls to enjoy!
My friend Tasha, recently hooked me up with this delicious recipe.
These little guys take about 5 minutes to make and will satisfy that sweet tooth while giving you energy for your next workout.
1 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup apricots
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
Mix all ingredients together
Pour 1/2 cup coconut o flat surface
roll balls in coconut till covered.
These balls can be stored in the fridge for 7 days or placed in freezer for longer storage!
Happy Fashion Friday!
I hope you are enjoying the season of festivals and fashion as much as I am. If your looking for inspiration for your next festival look, head over to Designs and Dust and be inspired. My friend Alanna, recently gifted me with one of their beautiful capes and I was hooked. My summer will now be filled with Tye Dye dresses and a beautiful mixture of capes.
Have a wonderful weekend!
A weekendof fun, fashion, friends and dancing till your legs are sore!
Designs By Dust
The Perfect Finisher
Sometimes the best advice does come from friends. I recently made one of the smartest health decisions I have in awhile. After hearing how amazing Kimberly Snyders “Beauty Detox” book was from my friend Alanna and Tasha, I decided it was time to check it out. What pushed me to actually go out and buy it was the change I saw in their bodies and faces over the course of a couple of months. Their skin has never looked this good and their overall physical bodies are looking leaner and healthier. I feel like there are hundreds of amazing health tips I want to share with you from this gem! But like Kimberly says in the book “start small and add the good as you go.” So lets start small and add some good to your day. One of the greatest things I learned from this book was the importance of eating alkaline first. At each meal, no matter what the whole meal will entail, we always begin by putting an alkaline food first in the body-either ripe fruit, raw vegetables or salad. This includes breakfast. Alkaline foods contain a great deal of fiber. Fiber acts as a cushion to help slow down glucose absorption in the bloodstream and prevents our blood sugar levels from becoming elevated and erratic. Fiber also fills us up and helps diminish our physiologic cravings. Now most of us have been taught to eat through our day heavy-light. Why is this wrong? In Beauty Detox, Kimberly gives an example of our bodies like a route. If you put a sixteen wheel truck and the front of your traffic line your going to slow down everyone traveling, right? Well this is exactly how our body process food. When we place meat and heavy starches and the beginning of our day we are going to slow down our food from passing through us properly and being absorbed correctly. Juice is the purest food of all, since it is not a solid food but a liquid, and should be always be consumed on an empty stomach so that it can be absorbed into the body first. Green drinks are an amazing way to bring our bodies back to its alkaline state and set our day up for success. They are loaded with nutrition, minerals and balance your body to fight against your cravings. Kimberly is famous for her “glowing green smoothie” and the positive effects in has on the body. I started drinking this smoothie 1.5 weeks ago, and no word of a lie my energy levels have risen so much I feel as though I’m addicted to this shake. I feel balanced through my day and all my cravings for sugar and unhealthy carbs have been eliminated. Sounds like the magical drink right? Although everyone’s results are going to vary, I encourage you to blend this shake up and give it a shot!
Glowing Green Smoothie
What you will need-
1 1/2 cups of water
1 head of organic romaine lettuce
small bunch of organic spinach
3-4 stalks organic celery
1 organic appls
1 organic pear
1 organic banana
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 bunch organic cilantro
1/3 bunch parsley
Place items in your Vitamix, blend on high speed for 30 seconds and enjoy!
Fresh herbs, like cilantro and parsley, have wonderful cleansing properties and can help extract heavy metals and other toxins out of our body. If you do add herbs start small and work your way up. The first couple days I drank this shake, the detox effects were really strong do to the fact that I went full throttle right out of the gate. This amount will make about 60 ounces (a couple servings worth) and is good for 2 days in the fridge. Start with 16 ounces and work up to 30.
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I can’t believe it has been almost a month since my last blog post! My apologies ! This past month has been filled with many activities, teething, dental work (me) and welcoming the heat of summer . With summer comes the farmers market, fresh vegetables, fruit and many experiments in the kitchen. I love food that burst with flavour and leaves you turning your nose up to that bag of M&M’s you have hidden under all your vegetables..
Lately I’ve been craving blackened salmon and decided to attempt my own version of this yummy dish. When I started looking up recipes I quickly realized that there are many unhealthy versions of this dish out there. I decided to experiment with some spices and it came out amazing and without all the sodium and butter that your traditional recipe will call for.
2 TBSP ground paprika
1 TBSP cayenne pepper
1 TBSP onion powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp oregano
1TBSP coconut butter
3 TBSP E.D Smith’s no sugar added Maple Syrup
Place salmon on a sheet of foil, spread Tbsp of coconut butter evenly over salmon. In a small bowl mix all your spices together and then evenly dust them over your fish. Drizzle your maple syrup over your fish, fold foil over the salmon and place in oven on 350 for 15 minutes.
Ok now that you have made the most amazing sweet and spicy fish, why not top it off with an incredible frozen treat…
3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 tbsp cinnamon (if you want it more minty flavour leave this out)
6 mint leaves
1 large handful of spinach
stevia to desired sweetness
2 cups of ice
Blend on high speed for 30 seconds and enjoy~~*