I’m sucker for carbs. Huge. There’s got to be a little Italian blood somewhere in me because pasta and breads are my weakness. I rate carbs above sweets. Unfortunately, I don’t have the body of twig, so I basically have to watch what I eat and white wheat has to be eliminated from my diet or they end up on my handles. Of course that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy pasta dishes. I just have to make healthy swaps. So, I am over at How Does She today sharing my favorite pasta alternatives. I also included my three go-to basic pasta sauces that uses fresh ingredients. They are so yummy and I make big batches and put it on roasted veggies and meat. Check it out.
Cleansing week continues, and I wanted to share a few things I include to take it a step further and enhance and recharge my body. When you are detoxing and ridding your body of toxins, it’s not unusual to find yourself experiencing feelings or emotions that have actually stored and settled in your body. You may notice your body opening up and de-stressing and moving into a mode of balance and ease. For that I like to go the extra mile and include frequent warm baths with epsom salt and lavender oil while drinking a huge glass of water with a few drops of Slim & Sassy essential oils. I also try and take a few yoga classes each week and make sure to get outside and go for a walk while taking deep breaths. Think positive thoughts and give thanks for the good in my life.
Happy February! This week is Cleansing week. I’m going to give you some of my insider resources each day to having a successful cleanse. Currently I am on week two of cleansing with a group of friends, and I am so proud of their success and mine! It’s amazing what you can accomplish in just one week when cleansing! I like to cleanse at least three times a year–beginning of year, right before summer and right before the holidays. It keeps me in check with my body and weight, and over all it makes me feel really good about myself. I have completed numerous cleanses from master cleanse to all liquid to cutting out certain food groups to a month long cleanse–so I feel like I have some experience in cleansing! The cleanse my group is doing is currently a cleansing plan I have put together from a number resources from below.
I say before you do you do a cleanse to ask yourself what are you trying to accomplish–is it to lose weight, detox off sugar or caffeine, rid of an ailment, increase your energy. And then do your research on which cleanse you want to do to help complete your goal. Then find a support group (friends or family or an online group), which is very important! Your chances of cheating or dropping out are slim if you have group members checking on your wellness every day.
When cleansing make sure to buy all organic and raw. Cut out processed foods and try to cut out anything synthetic going into your body. It’s best to start a cleanse when you know you won’t be traveling, having a birthday party or event coming up, holiday etc. The months I like to cleanse are January, April (after spring break) and beginning of October. But at the same time, life happens and it’s okay to just start and say “no” to foods or drinks that aren’t apart of your cleanse.
- SimplyHealthful Coach– great read to prepare you for cleansing. Cleansing Part 1, Cleansing Part 2
- David Wolfe–raw food, super nutrition. He has a lot of great books and programs to follow.
- Dr. Young–microbiologist and nutritionist. He puts the science behind eating and drinking healthy. His diets are alkaline base. I refer to his books and programs all the time.
- John Douillard–aruveda based with products and cleansing programs.
- Ultimate Reset--a gentle monthlong cleansing program
- Simple Green Smoothies–really yummy healthy raw recipes along with a cleansing program
Clean eating is on my mind since I’ve got some extra holiday weight to lose. So my workout regime increases and my calories decrease. And therefore I tend to eat more protein powder. While I love my morning smoothie, I have been trying out alternative recipes using protein powder that don’t require me to pull out my blender. I shared my 5 favorite protein powder recipes over at How Does She. If you love protein powder, check out my post.
Want something sweet and chocolate-y but without the guilt? I recently shared one of my favorite evening snacks over at How Does She that I like to indulge in when I need something sweet but don’t don’t want to kill a day’s worth of clean eating. Sipping on hot chocolate during the winter months is my favorite but my recipe uses Cacao Powder and natural sweeteners. Head over to get the recipe!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’m in the kitchen baking up the most yummiest healthy pumpkin pie. You wouldn’t believe by the taste that it is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free pie. All in one! This recipe is perfect for those with allergies or wants to stick with their diet. Check out my post on How Does She.
It’s pumpkin season! And do you know what is my favorite way to eat pumpkins?? No, it’s not pumpkin pie or pumpkin ice cream. Although I love that too! Guess again? It’s in my morning protein shake! Yum, Yum! Head over to How Does She to get my recipe for a healthy pumpkin pie protein shake without the sugar and calories.
I’ve got an awesome giveaway that will keep your motivated throughout the holiday season. Or get you back on your feet eating healthy and losing weight after the holiday season…if you choose to indulge in all the holiday yummies. I’ve teamed up with Fit Mama of 6, who is a coach for Beachbody, for a Motivate Yourself Giveaway (#motivateyourselfgiveaway). The giveaway is mostly on instagram, but comments on my blog, facebook page likes and facebook shared pages is also included in the giveaway. Also, if you share the giveaway on your blog, please let me know! The package deal is AWESOME and a $400 value! If you know any of the Beachbody products then you will be all over the goodies that are included in this giveaway. I’m a huge fan and have done the Ultimate Reset a few times and LOVE Shakeology. Best protein shake!
When Fall comes we love to go apple picking and all the yummy baking that follows after. I did a fun post over at Or So She Says about our Southern apple picking experience. And I included in the post a a chart that shows which apples are best to use in your different baking recipes. So head over there to print up your chart before you head out to apple pick! And don’t forget to check out my past posts that list my favorite apple pie recipe.
We just got back from our annual Vegas trip to see family, and one of my favorite things to drink is my mom’s yummy homemade almond milk. We love it and it’s so sweet and healthy! My kids like it on their morning cereal or just an afternoon treat. My mom told me I need to start making it for my family, and I gave the excuse that I didn’t have the recipe…which leads me to this post! We made the milk in her outdoor kitchen. It’s that simple. With a little preparation, this easy recipe is just a click of the blender.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup raw almonds
4 cups of Filter water
About 4 dates
1tsp. of vanilla
Strong blender like Vitamix or Blendtec
Raw almonds. If they aren’t raw, the almonds are irradiated meaning less nutrients and more chemicals. Soak the almonds in filtered water over night in a quart-size jar. Why soak? Soaking plumps them up, and it’s a way for the almonds to sprout and bring life to the nut, which means more nutrients. You will see on the end of the almonds a white little spot on the pointy end which means it is starting to sprout.
After soaking, measure out 1 cup of almonds and pour into your blender.
Isn’t she the cutest! Here are some fun facts I learned about my mom while making some homemade almond milk (but really I already knew).
- She doesn’t follow a recipe. It’s all in her head! Just throw it all in and blend!
- She would make a fresh batch of almond milk every morning while we were there.
- She said you can strain the milk through cheesecloth to get rid of the pulp, but you would lose some of its nutrients. However, she is so kind to strain the milk for her most pickiest grandchildren, aka my kids. 🙂