Monday, June 29, 2015

Yes. You HAVE TO WORKOUT!

There is no way around it. If you want to be leaner and healthier and more fit and live longer, you have to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.  

You don't have to kill yourself doing strenuous workouts that leave you unable to move the next day. (That's my preference, but to each his or her own.). You can just add walking to your daily routine. 

If you are currently sedentary, just add in a daily walk before breakfast and after dinner.  It's cheap and easy. No gym membership required.  Cut back your consumption of animal products. Eat more fruits and vegetables and smile!  

No...this simple routine won't get you in the best shape of your life but it's a good place to start and will help you live longer and stronger.  

It's easier to smile and be happy when you can move around in your life and aren't overweight and in pain. 

Once you are up for a challenge, incorporate more intense workouts that make you sweat and swear.  I promise it will not only be worth it, it will be fun!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Food Haul Savings RULE!

Do not underestimate the power of a food haul!

I went to the local Asian market and stocked a completely empty pantry the other day.  All this produce and food cost me $55!  I got a case of mangoes for $7 (9 mangoes ....1 is not pictured cus I ate it....sue me. LOL)

This will last me a week and my family a week. 

Check out local ethnic markets. You can save bundles of money if you work it correctly.  Stay in the produce area....not the aisles. I saw a small container of Tide laundry detergent for $16?!!  Nuff said. 

Anyway....you see all this lovely abundance.  Can you say "Nice!!!!!"

Nom nom!!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beach Bag To Go!

Packing healthy snacks when you're going to be outside all day can be a challenge.  When I'm at work I have access to a fridge.  I take my blender with me to make smoothies if I want. It is way easier to manage my healthy lifestyle when I'm in one place. Even easier with electricity. Lol!   It's also pretty easy in a car or if I'm out and about all day. The cooler bag keeps things cool in an air conditioned car and I can always stop at a grocery store if I need a snack.  

But what do you do if you are going to be outside all day in the heat? What if the only foods around are unhealthy beach treats like funnel cake and hot dogs?

Here's how I survive the beach feast!---

I pack a freezer bag with some goodies to tide us over for the day. Thankfully my kid is usually so excited about the beach and the water play, he doesn't even notice the funnel cake truck and ice cream shoppe. 

To prep I make some raw crackers out of carrot pulp the day before.  I also put some glass bottles (half full) of filtered water in the freezer to use as ice packs in the cooler bag. Fill them in the morning with more water and Bonus! They melt throughout the day and serve us up with fresh cold water all day. 

The snacks I pack are fresh fruits, crackers, brown rice cakes, frozen water, figs and dates, Kind bars, some sprouted raw nuts, paper towels and cloth napkins for clean up and empty plastic bags for trash and fruit seeds.  I also take some of my son's favorite organic tortilla chips. 



Normally I would also pack a small paring knife for fruit that needs to be peeled and also some bananas, cut up celery, cucumbers and carrots, if I have them on hand. 

We do indulge in some standard treats at the beach but it's not an all out fat feast for days on end. I try to buffer some of our less healthy choices with fresh raw ripe fruits and veggies as well as some other healthful goodies so that we can enjoy the sunshine AND health on our vacation. 

Carpe diem!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fruits and Veggies are Gross!

Whether I buy conventional or organic fruits and veggies, I give them a soak in apple cider vinegar and filtered water.  I know it's impossible to avoid all the chemicals in the world, but I try.  Oh do I try!

I separate organic and conventional and wash them in their own segregated baths so as not to mix up chemicals where there are none.  I don't trust them to co-mingle. LOL

Here are some berries and plums set out to soak for about 30 minutes to remove waxes and pesticides. 

I use 1 part ACV to 10 parts water.  

Just to totally make you want to puke, here is what was in the basin after removing the fruit. 


Gross!

The moral of the story....wash your fruits and veggies.  E'nuff said. ;-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How To: Blueberry Pancakes

A few people have asked me how I turn bananas and fruits and nuts into pancakes. It's so easy it makes me laugh.  So here's my attempt to teach you my favorite raw recipe ever. This is my adapted version from Mimi Kirk's cookbook.  Mine is easier.  ;-)  

Try it!  You will LOVE IT!!

Tools you will need - a bowl, spoon, measuring cup, dehydrator or oven on low temp. (200 degrees with door cracked)

Food you need for 2 servings - 2 bananas, 1 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup walnuts.  (I eat the whole recipe with a bowl of fruit.) 


Step one & two - Break up the bananas in a bowl.  Add crushed nuts to it. 


Step three --- Smash the bananas and nuts. 

Step four -- Gently fold in blueberries 

Step Five -- drop the mixture by the spoonful into rounds onto a dehydrator sheet. 

Dehydrate overnight on 115. You can flip them in the morning if you want.  And let them dry for a few minutes on the other side. I'm all about easy though...I rarely flip mine. I can't be bothered with all that. It's bad enough they take 6-8 hours to "cook". Lol 

You can also try this in a low temperature oven.  I haven't.  But I'm sure it would would work just fine.  Try baking for 30 minutes to and hour on 200 with the door cracked. 

Serve with maple syrup, honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg or both!

Here's a tip: Get a cheap dehydrator online. A round one is fine. You don't need a $300 Excalibur.  I don't have one and I make out fine without it. If you get a dehydrator it will make eating healthy a lot more fun for you. 

Bon Appetit! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Coffee Coffee Coffee! Almond Mylk Coffee!

This is my favorite "healthy" coffee. 

Newman's Organic coffee blended with homemade almond mylk topped with nutmeg. 

The almond milk is sooooo easy to make. Your version will taste so much better than the store kind.  You will be mad you ever drank that stuff in the box!   I promise. 

Soak the almonds overnight in filtered water.  (I use raw almonds because the nutrient profile is higher in raw nuts vs roasted ones where the heat has destroyed a lot of the healthy properties.) 

Rinse the almonds in the morning. 

Put one cup of almonds into a high speed blender. 

Cover with 2-3 cups of water. 

Add 1 tsp of vanilla. (Muse pure vanilla not fake flavor please)

Add 2 tbsp of maple syrup or raw sugar. More if you like it very sweet. 

Blend until creamy.  

If you don't have a high speed blender, pour the remaining liquid into a strainer over a bowl to remove the pulp. 

Store in glass bottles.  Shake before each use. 


This will keep for a week in the fridge.  

Creamy wonderful exotic deliciousness!  

Drink up!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

What I Ate Today - Fresh and Organic Style!

One of the hardest things for a lot of people to overcome is how to eat healthy on the go. 

I have to say that living a whole life style is not that difficult if you are committed and don't care what others think. My coworkers have teased me about my green drinks. laughed at my big bag of fruit and marveled at my huge salad bowl. I truly don't care.  That's the first step.  I could not care any less about what others think about how I eat and neither should you. 

One time a colleague of mine said "how can you drink that green sludge?"  I replied "how can you drink that brown chemical concoction?" I was drinking homemade grape and apple juice.  She was drinking what I call the "toxic cocktail" - Coke or Pepsi, one of the brown sodas the vending machine produces. Yuck!  At least I know what's in mine and mine can't clean a car engine.  GTFOHWTBS! I don't ask people about their food or ridicule their choices.  I expect the same in return. But if you poke me, I bite. 

Anyway.......

Here is an example of what I pack to take to work with me when I am not gonna be able to get out for lunch or dinner. I buy in bulk of course!  Then I prep everything the day before. 


Here I have about 3 or 4lbs of fruit, one 32 ounce jar of fresh strawberry and watermelon juice, one 16 ounce jar of watermelon and celery juice, one 32 ounce jar of lemon water.  I also throw some figs, nuts and dates in a ziploc bag to snack on. (Not shown here)

Everything gets packed in watertight containers and put into a reusable shopping bag so I can cart it off to work. If I am catching a train or going to be in the car all day, I would have put this in a backpack lined with a plastic bag and a towel in the rare instance that anything spills.  I also sometimes will pack the fruit in ziploc bags to save space. Use a cold pack and a thermal type bag if you aren't going to be indoors and able to put your food in a fridge. 

Easy peasy!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Post Workout Recovery Meal

Here is my post run meal from today. I am training to do a 5K and need good nutrition to recover from my running.  This is important for me because I am still lifting weights and lifting really breaks you down. You need good nutrition to give your body what it needs to rebuild stronger.  

I stopped spending money on canisters of protein and meal replacements and started focusing on whole foods.  Way way way cheaper!!!  And the plus is that I have found that my recovery is faster when consuming these whole food shakes.  So it's a win win for me!

This was a quick meal I whipped up in the blender instead of juicing. My smoothie was consumed first followed by a huge bowl of fruit.  Notice the big beautiful strawberry in the middle.  It was shaped like a heart before I cut the leaves off.  Sooooo pretty and soooo yummy!



Post Run Smoothie

1 cup cold green tea 
1 cup blueberries
1 cup spinach
1 cup pineapple 

Add more filtered water or coconut water to achieve the consistency you desire and blend for about 1 minute on high or go longer to get it smooth.  I use a lot of liquid because I wanted a very juicy consistency.  

This smoothie is full of dark fruits and veggies to aid in recovery.  The green tea is a metabolic fat burning boost.  The pineapple makes it sweet!  

Enjoy and Slurp!