Spinach Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan

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Spinach Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Parmesan

This asparagus soup tastes luxurious, yet no cream — just veggies, broth and a hint of Parmesan puréed to silky perfection.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus bottom ends trimmed

  • 1 large handful spinach leaves

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 medium yellow onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Salt and Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • Handful fresh herbs, such as thyme, dill or basil (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. Do not brown; reduce the heat if necessary.

Chop the asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces.

Add the chopped asparagus to the pot, along with the chicken broth, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Add the spinach and simmer for 10 additional minutes

Purée the soup with an immersion blender until completely smooth. Bring the soup back to a simmer and stir in the lemon juice and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. To thicken the soup, allow it to simmer, uncovered, until the desired consistency is reached.

Ladle the soup into bowls top with a sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh herbs (if using), and freshly ground black pepper.

Forest Berry Salad

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FOREST BERRY SALAD

6 cups of organic girl protein greens (or greens of choice)
2 cups mixed fresh organic berries: raspberries, blueberries and quartered strawberries
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
handful torn basil leaves
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Instructions:
Measure out greens into a large bowl.
Make the dressing: in a medium bowl whisk the vinegar and honey together, then slowly drizzle the olive oil into the bowl while continuously whisking. Whisk until dressing is emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle dressing over the greens, season with a little salt and pepper and toss. Place half of the greens in two separate bowls or plates. Layer 1/2 berries, 1/2 crumbled goat cheese, 1/2 chopped walnuts and 1/2 torn basil on each plate of greens then add the remaining half of the greens and layer remaining half of ingredients on top. Drizzle a little more dressing on top if desired.
Serves 2. Add cooked chicken to the salad to make it a full meal.
Enjoy!

Fitness Fuel: What To Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

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Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what?

Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be. 

Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery - and feel better!

Fuel the machine

Skipping your pre- workout fuel is the equivalent of hitting the road with an empty gas tank. You may get off to a good start, but you’ll likely be running on fumes in no time.

When you feed your body with the right nutrients before your workout, you’ll be able to lift more, run longer & faster, and speed up your gains. Plus you’ll feel so much better doing it!

So, what should you be eating Pre-workout?

Since our body’s preferred energy source is carbohydrates, your pre-workout fuel should be higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein and fat.

Protein and fat are harder for our body to digest, and this uses up extra energy that we could be putting toward our workout.

Aim to eat about an hour before your workout to give your body time to digest and absorb the nutrients.

Here are a few Pre-Workout options that work well for pre-strength or pre-cardio workouts:

●      Wholegrain rice cake with 1 Tbsp nut butter

●      Small apple and a handful of raw nuts (or nut butter)

●      ½ cup of plain oatmeal with berries

Sports Drinks or Water?

Just plain water will do the trick during your workout. Experts recommend drinking between 3-8 oz of water every 15 minutes during your sweat session.

Also, you can hold off on the sports drinks unless you’re exercising for 90 minutes or longer, or are exercising in extreme heat.

Sports drinks help to replace carbohydrates and electrolytes but are not necessary for the average gym goer.

Why not skip the sugary, neon-blue commercial sports drink all together and just whip up your own for longer, sweatier workouts?

Just grab a ½ cup pure orange juice, top with filtered water and add a pinch of sea salt or pink salt. You’ve got a DIY electrolyte replacement drink for a fraction of the cost and infinitely healthier ;-)

What to Eat after a Cardio Session

It is still recommended that you eat your post-cardio snack 30-60 minutes after finishing up.

However, you’ll be using more carbohydrate stores during a sweaty cardio workout (think running or spinning) than you would during your lifting session.

This is why you’ll need to eat a snack or meal that is 3:1 or 4:1 carb to protein ratio - similar to your pre-workout ratio.

Try one of these snacks after your next cardio workout to replenish your carbohydrate stores (glycogen) used and to help you recover faster:

●      Sprouted grain toast and nut butter

●      Whole grain crackers & 2 Tbsp hummus or bean dip

●      Small banana or apple slices and a handful of raw nuts or seeds

What to Eat After Strength Training or Lifting Weights

Once you finish that last rep, pat yourself on the back and then fuel up on the protein!  

Aim to eat within 30-60 minutes post workout to help your body recovery and to build those muscles you’ve been working so hard for. This meal should be approximately a 2:1 ratio of protein to carbohydrates.

Here are a few examples of a balanced “post-lifting” meal:

●      Grilled chicken breast or sliced deli turkey with vegetables

●      1-2 hard boiled eggs, small salad

You’ll also love this delicious smoothie - packed with protein, fiber and the anti-inflammatory benefits of tart cherries!

RECIPE

Very Cherry Recovery Smoothie

1 cup of non-dairy milk of choice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice (unsweetened, less processed)

1 handful of fresh or frozen tart cherries (frozen will have a thicker consistency)

1-2 tbsp of chia seeds or hemp hearts

1 handful of greens (spinach or baby kale work well here)

2-3 ice cubes (more if you’ve used fresh cherries)

Blend, enjoy and watch those muscles grow!

REFERENCES

LiveStrong: Post Workout Carb-Protein Ratio

The Washington Post: The Best Way To Eat Before & After Exercise

CBC.ca: Sports Drinks Unnecessary, Counterproductive For Most People

 

Mango Lassi Smoothie

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MANGO LASSI SMOOTHIE

2 cups organic frozen mango
1 cup plain full fat kefir
1 cup milk of choice
2 tsp maple syrup
1 pinch cardamom

Instructions:

Place first 4 ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle cardamom on top and enjoy!

2 servings

Edamame and Cilantro Dip

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups edamame (thawed)

  • 1/2 cup cilantro

  • 1/8 cup olive oil

  • 1/8 cup tahini

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (more to taste)

  • 1 Tablespoon tamari (more to taste)

  • 1 Tablespoon water

Instructions

Everything goes in the food processor! This dip will keep in the refridgerator for 5 days.

What That Number On The Scale Really Means

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What that number on the bathroom scale really means

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction - or not quickly enough in the right direction! 

Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:

1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.

2| When you wake up after fasting - usually for around 12 hours, you're completely dehydrated and at your lowest weight of the day. This is why it’s recommended to weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you’ve voided, and before you eat or drink anything.

3| Speaking of voiding… you can experience daily weight fluctuations of 1-3+ lbs due to waste that could be lingering in your large colon. Who knew poop could be so heavy?

Be sure to keep the poop moving with plenty of fluids, plant-based fiber and targeted supplementation, if necessary. (Great recipe below that is delicious and supports your digestive system)

4| Your scale doesn't just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, organs, water, and as you just learned - poop!

When you lose weight, it doesn't necessarily mean that you've lost body fat as the average bathroom scale has no way of telling you what bodily tissues you've lost. Weighing “skinny” on the scale does not always translate into healthy off the scale.

The more muscle you have the more energy your body burns, even when you're just sitting around - due to the fact that it’s a metabolically active tissue. That's one reason why a fit, active person is generally able to eat more than say the chronic dieter who is unknowingly breaking down and losing muscle.

5| Likewise, the scale can't tell if you've gained muscle.

Building muscle makes it possible to drop clothing sizes (and lose inches) without a significant change, if any, in scale weight.

THINK OF IT LIKE THIS: a pound of muscle is like a small, compact brick, whereas a pound of fat is like a bulky, lumpy pillow. So that's why when you gain muscle and lose fat, your figure appears slimmer and more firm - but your scale weight may not change much.

6| It might be your HORMONES!

Some women can gain up to 10 lbs right before or during their period. No joke. This is because of the natural drop in Progesterone just before your period often causes digestive issues like water retention and constipation. (Let’s not forget how heavy poop can be!)

Our bodies also tend to lose Magnesium in the days before menstruation, which drives our Insulin levels up leading to an increase in food cravings - especially for sugar.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that keeps blood sugar levels in check but is also considered a fat storage hormone.

THE BOTTOM LINE: these yo-yoing numbers have nothing to do with your long-term progress and they are just part of the journey.

Simply do your best to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle and understand that daily weight fluctuations are completely normal!

“The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it.

It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength or love.”

— Steve Maraboli

REFERENCES: New Health Guide: Weight Gain During Period

RECIPE: Here’s a fresh, high-fiber, plant-powered recipe to keep that digestive system happy and moving along as it should.

Papaya Avocado Berry Salad - serves 2

Combine the following in a medium bowl:

  • 1 medium papaya, diced

  • 1 medium avocado, diced

  • ¾ cup jicama, diced

  • ⅓ cup fresh berries, sliced or whole

  • 2 Tbs or 4 halves walnuts, chopped & toasted

Then make the dressing:

Berry Balsamic Salad Dressing

  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries, frozen thawed ok (like blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries)

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tbs fresh citrus juice (like lemon, lime or orange juice)

  • 2 tsp honey, unpasteurized

  • 1 tsp Dijon or spicy mustard

  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan Pink or Grey/Celtic Sea salt

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

( Optional additions: to kick your dressing up a notch, add 1 small clove garlic, chopped and/or 1 Tb finely chopped fresh thyme leaves.)

In a blender or mini food processor, puree berries. Place a small strainer over a bowl. Pour pureed berries into strainer, pressing with the back of a spoon to remove the seeds. Return pureed berries to blender or food processor.

Add all remaining ingredients except oil; process until smooth. Add the oil slowly (by teaspoons), again until smooth. Taste, then add more honey, salt and pepper if desired.

Gently toss the salad with 2-3 Tbs of the dressing. Enjoy!

Easy Mango Corn Salsa

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Ingredients

  • 2 Mango (peeled and cubed)

  • 2 cups Fresh Corn

  • 2 tbs Red Onion (finely chopped)

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (finely chopped)

  • 1/4 cup Cilantro (chopped)

  • Juice and zest of 1 lime

  • Sea Salt to taste

  • jalapeno slices (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, torn

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut off the cauliflower stems, then place the heads cut-side down and slice into 1/2-inch-thick steaks. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Transfer to the oven and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, flipping after the first 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the pine nuts to a dry medium saute pan and toast over medium heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the raisins and butter and season with salt. Cook, tossing, until the butter has melted and coats the pine nuts and raisins. Off the heat, stir in the parsley.

Transfer the roasted cauliflower to a serving platter. Pour the pine nut-raisin mixture over the top. Season with salt.

Healthy Dijon Potato Salad

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This mustardy potato salad is perfect for your weekend BBQ!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds red new potatoes

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 6 scallions, chopped

  • ½ cup chopped parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped dill

  • Salt and pepper

Place the potatoes in a large stockpot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool. When cool, cut the potatoes in half.

Combine the vinegar and mustard in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.

Add the potatoes to the vinaigrette, and mix gently but thoroughly. Toss in the scallions, parsley and dill. Salt and pepper to taste.


Everything You Need To Know About Omega -3 Fats

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There’s a lot of talk about healthy fats these days. People are including more fat in their diets and forgetting about the fat-free diet crazes of the past.

You’ve probably heard about omega fats in the mix, but what exactly are they?

What are Omega Fats? Do they all perform the same function in our bodies?

Omegas are a group of fatty acids known as Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. They’re numerically named based on their chemical composition.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids (EFA’s). The body is capable of producing some fatty acids on its own, like Omega-9 - meaning you don’t need to get them from food.

But the fatty acids the body can’t create on its own must be obtained from food, and therefore, are considered essential. Both fats are needed for good health, but most diets contain an abundance of omega-6 and not enough omega-3.

This skewed ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 is considered a cause of chronic inflammation that can lead to scary stuff, like heart attack and stroke.

A 1:1 ratio is ideal for keeping inflammation at bay, but it’s estimated that most people have a ratio closer to 20:1!

Low intake of Omega-3’s means most people are missing out on the major health benefits of this essential fat.

The protective qualities of Omega-3’s include:

● Improved immune system function

● Decreased inflammation

● Decreased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, and depression

● Improved triglyceride and cholesterol values

● Critical role in human development – the brain and retina contain lots of omega-3 in the form of DHA

Which foods are the best sources of Omega-3’s?

Omega-3’s actually include several types of fats, including:

· ALA (alpha linolenic acid) – found in plants, like nuts and seeds

· DHA/EPA – found primarily in fish

The best sources of ALA include flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts.

Canola and soybean oil are also good sources of ALA, but these oils aren’t the healthy options since they quickly oxidize and turn rancid, which promotes inflammation and cancels out any beneficial effects of the omega-3s they contain.

While meat and dairy aren’t a good source of omega-3s, it’s worth noting grass fed meat and dairy contain higher amounts of omega-3s than conventional grain fed meat.

ALA needs to be converted into EPA or DHA by the body for it to be utilized. This process is pretty inefficient, with estimates of 1-20% of the ALA we consume being converted into a usable form.

Although it would be hard to meet all your omega-3 needs only with sources of ALA, flax, chia, and walnuts are still healthy fats with lots of other good-for-you vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Since fish contains the ready-to-use EPA/DHA form, it is recommended that most people obtain their omega-3’s from fatty cold water fish, like salmon, tuna, herring, and sardines.

Did you know fish don’t actually produce the omega-3s they contain? Instead, algae makes EPA/DHA and fish accumulate the fat from the algae they eat. Cool fat fact!

How much Omega Fats should we be eating? Do I have to eat fish or take fish oil?

While there are no official recommendations for daily omega-3 intake, it’s thought most people can meet their basic omega-3 needs by consuming fish 2x/week.

To avoid taking in too much mercury, a toxic heavy metal in fish, you should alternate the types of fish you eat and limit varieties known to be high in mercury.

If you choose not to consume fish because of mercury or other concerns, it’s best to supplement with fish oil or, if you’re vegan - try algae oil. Fish and algae oils don’t contain mercury as a result of processing.

It’s generally considered safe to consume up to 3 - 6g of fish oil per day. If you include a high quality fish oil supplement and a variety of sources of healthy fats in your diet, you don’t have to worry about counting omega-3s.

People who are managing symptoms of heart disease or other illness may benefit from even higher, therapeutic doses of omega-3’s.

However, high doses of fish oil could interfere with blood clotting. If you’re currently taking blood thinners or have surgery scheduled, you should check with a healthcare provider before supplementing.

References

Healthline - Omega 3 Fatty Acids: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

National Institutes of Health - Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Precision Nutrition - All About Fish Oil

Precision Nutrition - All About Healthy Fats

Recipe: 

Chia Pudding Serves 2

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, such as almond or coconut

  • ¼ cup chia seeds

  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or honey (depending on how much sweetener you like to use)

  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup mixed berries, for topping

  • 2 tbsp raw walnuts, chopped (for topping)

Combine milk, chia seeds, sweetener, and vanilla in a mixing bowl and whisk until well-combined. Alternatively, you can place ingredients in a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine.

Refrigerate chia pudding at least 2 hours or overnight. Portion pudding into bowls. Top with fresh berries and chopped walnuts.

Shakshuka

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Shakshuka has more than a few things going for it.....It’s fun to say, easy to make, and tastes and delicious. The word shakshuka comes from Arabic, meaning, “a haphazard mixture” or “all mixed up.”

This middle eastern dish highlights poached eggs in a hearty, spiced tomato and pepper sauce. I add spinach for the extra veggie power - I love the bright green color in the red sauce, and it’s an easy way to make an already healthy meal even more nutritious. I topped the dish with feta cheese, avocado slices and fresh cilantro.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika

  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne, or to taste

  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes with juices, coarsely chopped

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, more to taste

  • 1 handful of fresh spinach, chopped (optional)

  • 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 6 large eggs

  • Chopped cilantro, for serving

  • Avocado slices, for serving

  • Hot sauce, for serving

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook slowly until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; simmer until tomatoes have thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in spinach and allow to wilt

Make a well in the tomato sauce and gently crack egg into the well. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle generously with cilantro and feta cheese and serve with hot sauce and avocado slices

Please let me know how this recipe turns out for you in the comments! I love hearing from you!

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Arugula Pesto

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Pesto is one of my favorite condiments to keep on hand in the fridge. Try this easy variation to brighten a pasta dish, toss with roasted veggies, or serve with crudite’ or crackers.

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Arugula Pesto

Blend all ingredients in the food processor:

  • 2 cups fresh baby arugula

  • 1/2 lemon juiced

  • 1/8 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

  • 9 large basil leaves

  • 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp pressed garlic

  • 1/8 cup + 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


Cleansing Broccoli Detox Soup

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One of the new recipes from my most popular program….….The 10 Day Body Reset Detox!

Cleansing Detox Broccoli Soup – Packed with all the good stuff, this light, healthy and beautiful soup is the perfect way to kick-start a cleanse! Smooth and silky, this soup comes out so good and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, separated

  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cups chopped leek — approximately 2 stalks

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, pressed

  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, separated

  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, separated

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 6 cups broccoli florets (approx. 2 crowns)

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 cups spinach

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1/4 cup tahini

  • Cilantro to garnish

Directions

1. Put one tablespoon of olive oil into a large pot over medium heat, allow to heat up for about 15 seconds.

2. Add in and sauté the onion and leeks together for 15 minutes.

3. Add in the garlic, 1 teaspoon sea salt, cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and one more tablespoon of olive oil and stir well, allow to cook together for 7 minutes.

4. Add in the broccoli and combine thoroughly for one minute, cover with broth and heat until the liquid boils, only allow to cook for a maximum of 15 minutes.

5. Reduce the heat and add in the spinach, coconut milk, lemon juice and lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. Stir well for at least a minute then stir in the tahini.

6. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.

7. Serve warm topped with an olive oil drizzle, a pinch of sea salt, some fresh cilantro and lemon zest.

*Optional – If you like a little more texture to your soup, steam or roast a few extra broccoli florets and add in before serving.

Registration is now open for the 10 Day Body Reset Detox, starting May 6. I only offer this program two times per year….So don't miss your chance to join my most popular program. It's the next best thing to working with me one-on-one in my coaching practice!

Do you want more energy, relief from aches, pains and other ailments, a lean body & a healthy glow?

The 10 Day Body Reset is a step-by-step, 10-day journey that will teach you how to detoxify your body, ignite a process of deep healing, discover what food makes you feel the best, and create a sustainable way of eating that will support you on your journey to vibrant health and longevity.

 Are you in?

Are You Ready For A Reset?

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One of the things that I love most about my work is the stories I hear every day of lives changed by healthy living! It’s such an amazing process that I feel privileged to witness on a regular basis.

I am so excited to share one of these “Success Stories” with you:

The beautiful and talented, Ali Margo (AKA, The Aspen Princess) signed up for my 10 Day Body Reset wanting to lose a few pounds, but ended up gaining so much more! Read about her experience below - Her journey to better health and transformation is one that many of us can relate to.

"I have struggled with my weight all my life and tried many diets, cleanses and detox programs and always find that they are not sustainable in the long term, either because they are too extreme, or because they require that I buy an expensive drink mix product or supplement, but mostly because I simply don’t enjoy it. Lisa’s 10 Day Body Reset Detox was the first program I have done that empowered me to discover new foods I really love; to learn to prepare healthy meals and treats from scratch; and to overhaul my eating habits and my kitchen cabinets! But the most powerful result, other than weight loss, increased energy, and better sleep was that the chronic knee pain I’d been suffering from for almost six months virtually disappeared. I haven’t needed any pain medication since I started the cleanse almost three weeks ago. Finally, this was the first program I’ve done that I finished and wanted to continue. Because of the results, I am motivated to eat this way for the rest of my life, but also because the food I’m making happens to be so delicious, my family loves it too, and so we all benefit. Thank you, Lisa for having such a positive impact on our lives!"
~ Ali

More results you can look forward to on the 10 Day Body Reset:

  • Increased energy

  • Improved mental focus

  • A healthy glow, and shiny hair

  • Sleep better

  • Improved libido

  • Feel better in your clothes

  • Kick-start weight loss

  • Eliminate cravings

 

Registration is now open for The 10 Day Body Reset starting Monday, May 6. I only offer this program two times per year….So don't miss your chance to join my most popular program. It's the next best thing to working with me one-on-one in my coaching practice!

Do you want more energy, relief from aches, pains and other ailments, a lean body & a healthy glow?

The 10 Day Body Reset is a step-by-step, 10-day journey that will teach you how to detoxify your body, ignite a process of deep healing, discover what food makes you feel the best, and create a sustainable way of eating that will support you on your journey to vibrant health and longevity.

 Are you in? My 10 day Body Reset starts May 6th.

Roasted Carrot Hummus

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Roasted Carrot Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 medium chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • Pinch fine sea salt

  • 1 small garlic clove

  • 3 packed tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or more to taste

  • 1 can chickpeas. (reserve the liquid)

  • 1/4 cup tahini

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste

  • 4 tablespoons chickpea liquid or water, (more if needed)

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons untoasted sesame oil or light olive oil, to taste

  • 3/4 teaspoons fine sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a roasting pan with parchment paper.

  2. Spread the diced carrots on the roasting pan. Toss them in the teaspoon of oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Roast for 30-35 minutes, until carrots are fork-tender and slightly blackened.

  3. Place the garlic and fresh dill into a large food processor. Process until minced.

  4. Drain the chickpeas over a small bowl, reserving the liquid.

  5. Next add the drained chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, chickpea liquid/water (4T), oil, and salt. Process until smooth.

  6. When the carrots are ready, add them to the food processor

  7. Process the mixture again until smooth. I like to let the machine run for a couple minutes so it gets as smooth as possible. Taste and adjust ingredients as desired. Feel free to add more dill, lemon, salt, oil or liquid/water depending on your preferences.

  8. Serve the hummus with a sprinkle of ground cumin, coriander, and fresh minced dill, plus a drizzle of sesame or olive oil.

Chef Ottolenghi's Marinated Rack Of Lamb With Cilantro & Honey

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Spring is here! The days are getting longer, the weather is warmer, and everyone seems to be in a good mood!

With Passover and Easter coming up, you may be planning your menu for get-togethers with family or friends. If so, I'm sharing this recipe from Chef Ottolenghi's "The Cookbook" with you in mind!

This Marinated Lamb With Cilantro And Honey is the perfect entree for your holiday dinner. A delicious, flavorful Mediterannean dish that I loved instantly. And your family will love it too, trust me

Why I Love This: Lamb is a nutrient-dense meat; it’s a great source of protein, healthy fats, and iron. It’s also rich in essential B vitamins like B12 and B6, which promote a healthy nervous system, and zinc, which supports a healthy immune response.

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Marinated Rack Of Lamb With Cilantro & Honey

Yield: 4-6 Servings

  • 2 ¼ lbs Rack Of Lamb (1 kilogram).

  • ⅓ Cup Parsley (20 grams)

  • ½ Cup Mint leaves (30 grams)

  • ⅓ Cup Coriander leaves (cilantro) (30 grams)

  • 4 Garlic Cloves

  • 2 Tablespoons Ginger Root (15 grams)

  • ½ teaspoon of Salt

  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (50 grams)

  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce (60 grams)

  • 3 Chiles (seeded. I used Serrano)

  • ½ Cup Vegetable oil (120 grams)

  • 3 tablespoons of Honey

  • 2 tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons of Water

The marinade is super easy to make. Marinate overnight.

  1. Make sure most of the fat is trimmed off the lamb, leaving a uniform thin layer that will keep the meat moist and add to the flavor

  2. Use a very sharp knife to separate the rack into portions of two or three cutlets.

  3. Blitz together all the remaining ingredients in a food processor and then pour over the lamb and making sure every piece is well covered.

  4. Place in a non-metal container or Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400. Heat up a heavy cast-iron pan, preferably a ridged grill pan. Remove the meat from the marinade and shake off the excess. Sear well on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes.

    Meanwhile, heat the marinade in a small saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Put the chops on serving plates and serve the sauce in a separate bowl. Both the chops and the sauce can be served hot or at room temperature.

Thinking Of Going Dairy Free? Here Are My Go-To Substitutes

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If you're reading this, you likely are or are considering going dairy-free. You may have an intolerance, have been told to eliminate dairy, or just want to have less of it.

Either way, dairy is not an essential nutrient, and there are lots of things you can have instead.

These include not just milk, but also yogurt, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream!

Dairy-free products are becoming more and more popular. Nowadays you can easily find them in the grocery store. But read your labels! Some contain way too much sugar, or other ingredients you may not want to eat or drink.

I've put together some simple recipes to make delicious dairy-free foods right in your kitchen.

Delicious dairy-free milk

There are a number of milk alternatives out there, including almond, soy, coconut, rice, hemp, cashew, and flax milks.

Dairy-free milk is actually so easy to make and flavor yourself. You can make milk out of just about any nut or seed. You can even make alternative milk out of grains like rice, oats, or quinoa. And you can flavor them too.

It just takes a high-powered blender, some water, and cheesecloth to filter out any remaining bits.

For flavoring, you can add a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom, or vanilla extract. You can also sweeten your milk with soaked dates, maple syrup, or honey.

See my 3 favorite nutmilk recipes below!

If you want to make a dairy-free cream, just blend your nuts, seeds and/or grains with 1 cup of water instead of 2 for a thicker, creamier, dairy-free milk. Another recipe below!

Delicious dairy-free yogurt

Soy yogurt is probably the most common dairy-free store-bought yogurt available, followed by coconut.

Technically, with the right yogurt starter probiotic culture, you can make yogurt out of any dairy-free milk. The most common one to ferment into yogurt is coconut milk. But you can use almond milk or other nut or seed milk.

The trick here is with the fermentation. Follow the instructions on the label of the yogurt starter culture, and enjoy delicious dairy-free yogurt in a few days.

Delicious dairy-free butter alternatives

Nut and seed butter is a fabulous substitute for dairy butter. Plus, they have the bonus of fibre, protein, and other nutrients that real butter doesn't have.

Have you tried coconut oil? It’s a great dairy-free substitute for butter. You can fry with it, or even bake with it. You can even use it to pop popping corn in a pot on your stove.

I love the mild flavor of coconut oil in anything I bake with bananas. It tastes better than butter anyway.

Delicious dairy-free parmesan

If you haven’t tried nutritional yeast, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much it tastes like grated parmesan. Plus, it contains some B vitamins as well.

It’s a salty, cheesy, flaky powder that you can use wherever you want to add a pop of savoury flavour to any dish.

TIP: After you've popped your popcorn, sprinkle it with a bit of nutritional yeast for a salty, cheesy flavor.

Delicious dairy-free puddings

Did you know you can make a delicious and thick pudding without dairy? That's right; the plant kingdom has some natural thickeners that are full of fiber.

You can make a chocolate pudding with avocado. Take one whole avocado and blend it up with ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup dairy-free milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup to taste. Then add dairy-free milk to thin if desired.

For chocolate chia pudding, use ⅓ cup chia seeds and place in food processor with 1.5 cups dairy-free milk. Wait for 5-10 minutes until the seeds soak up the liquid. Then add ¼ cup cocoa powder, tsp vanilla extract, and honey or maple syrup to taste. Blend into a smooth pudding.

Delicious dairy-free ice cream

N’ice cream is another delicious dessert made with frozen bananas. I’ve included the recipe for this below.

Conclusion

Dairy-free is easy! Making delicious dairy-free yogurt, milk, butter, parmesan flavour, and even pudding and ice cream is simple.

Are you going to try any of these recipes? Do you have a great one to share as well?

Let me know in the comments below.

Chocolate Almond N'ice Cream

Serves 2

  • 2 bananas, chopped and frozen

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened

  • 2 tbsp almond butter, unsweetened

    Instructions

1 - Add chopped frozen bananas to a food processor. Pulse or lightly blend until almost smooth.

2 - Add cocoa powder and nut butter. Pulse or lightly blend until mixed.

Serve immediately & enjoy!

Tip: Try different nut and/or seed butter. Or instead of cocoa powder and/or seed butter, use just the bananas with a ½ cup of frozen berries. The recipe combinations are endless.

Homemade Hemp Milk

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hemp seeds

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 1 or 2 dates, pitted (optional)

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:
In a high speed blender, blend hemp seeds, filtered water, salt, dates, and vanilla (if using) until smooth and creamy. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Brazil Nut Milk

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brazil nuts, soaked overnight, then drained

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:
In a high speed blender, blend soaked brazil nuts and filtered water on high for about 2 minutes. Strain brazil nut milk through a nut milk bag. Rinse the blender pitcher, and pour in brazil nut milk. Add sea salt, vanilla extract, and blend to combine. Store in a large glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Almond Milk

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • Pinch of sea salt

  • 2 or 3 dates, pitted (optional)

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

    Instructions:
    In a high speed blender, blend almonds and filtered water on high for about 2 minutes. Strain almond milk through a nut milk bag. Rinse the blender pitcher, and pour in strained almond milk. Add sea salt, dates, and vanilla extract (if using), and blend to combine. Store in a large glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

References:

https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-great-dairy-debate/

https://www.thepaleomom.com/5-easy-swaps-favorite-dairy-products/

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dairy-substitutes

https://yumuniverse.com/plant-powerful-dairy-free-milk/

 

Citrus Beet Salad

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Roasted Beet Salad: Sweet, Colorful and Delicious!

I love to make a light meal out of a cool and refreshing roasted beet salad, and this one comes complete with a sweet and citrusy vinaigrette, plenty of plant protein and creamy goat cheese!

  • 4 Roasted Beets (roasting directions below)

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa (uncooked, dry)

  • 2 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • ½ Navel Orange (juiced)

  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard

  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)

  • 2 cups Arugula or Baby Spinach

  • 1/4 cup Radishes (finely sliced)

  • 2 Carrot (medium, peeled into ribbons)

  • 1 cup Chickpeas (cooked, from the can)

  • 1/4 cup Goat Cheese (crumbled)

  • 1/2 cup Mint Leaves (chopped)

Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC). Wrap the beets in foil and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Remove the beets from the oven and once they have cooled, rinse them under cold water and peel them. Once they are peeled, cut into quarters.

Cook your quinoa on the stove according to package directions, and set aside.

Make the dressing by combining the olive oil, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, dijon, salt and pepper in a jar. Mix well.

Add the arugula or baby spinach to a bowl and top with beets, quinoa, radishes, carrots, chickpeas, goat cheese, and mint. Drizzle dressing over top and enjoy!

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Energizing Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

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This naturally sweet matcha smoothie is a healthy, antioxidant-filled breakfast or great afternoon pick-me-up.

Matcha is very finely ground, high quality, green tea powder. It’s sweeter than steeped green tea and is super healthy because all of those amazing green tea antioxidants are more concentrated.

Energizing Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (your choice, no added sugar)

  • 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder (start with less if you’re new to matcha - it packs a kick!)

  • 1 frozen banana

  • Ice cubes (optional)

  • 1 large handful of spinach or kale (optional, but recommended)

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until desired smoothness is achieved. Sip and enjoy!


4 Ways To Beat Fatigue.......Naturally

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4 Easy Ways to Beat Fatigue...Naturally!

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next - literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.

The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.

Get off the blood sugar roller coaster

One of the simplest ways we can boost our energy is to stabilize blood sugar. When we don’t eat enough food throughout the day or when we eat foods that are higher in sugar, our energy levels bottom out.

You can balance your blood sugar, and boost your energy naturally by:

● Eating every 3-4 hours gives your body the nutrients and fuel it needs to keep your blood sugar - and energy levels steady

● Consuming foods that are low on the glycemic index (think fruits and veggies, whole grains) instead of the higher sugar white breads and pastas.

● Eating protein with every meal to slow down the release of carbohydrates into your bloodstream. Protein is broken down and released slower so you’re less likely to have a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash.

Move your body

When you’re tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise. However, as hard as it can be to get your butt off the couch, it’s one of the best things you can do to fight fatigue.

And, it turns out that you don’t even have to commit to a long workout!

A California State University study concluded that even a brisk 10-minute walk can increase your energy for up to 2 hours.

So when you feel that afternoon slump coming on, skip the coffee and lace up your running shoes instead.

Up your sleep game

It may seem obvious that lack of sleep causes fatigue. However did you know that the quality of your sleep can have an even bigger impact on your daily energy? Even slight disturbances in our sleep can affect how rested we feel the next day.

Here are a couple of tips for a more restful sleep:

● Avoid tech in the bedroom, or within 1-2 hours of bedtime. Even the small amount of light, especially the blue light emitted from devices, interrupts your body’s circadian rhythm. Your brain still thinks it’s daytime and won’t wind down.

● Avoid caffeine late in the day - or avoid all together if this is a problem for you

● Try to create a regular sleep/wake schedule to help your body develop a sleep routine = good sleep hygiene.

● Take a hot epsom salt bath, and enjoy a cup of hot herbal tea before bed

● Dab a bit of calming lavender essential oil on your temples before bed or put a few drops on your pillow. Breathe in the calm.

Drink up

Before you reach for that coffee or energy drink to perk you up, consider switching to plain old water. While caffeine is usually the first choice for busting out of an energy slump, it can be dehydrating.

And then there’s dehydration. Even mild dehydration impairs our concentration, decreases our mood and zaps our energy.

How do you know if you may be dehydrated?

Check the color of your urine. If it’s the color of straw, you’re good to go. If it’s a darker yellow color, it’s time to drink up.

If you’re still craving a caffeine hit, try the Energizing Matcha Smoothie recipe below.

Matcha gives a longer lasting energy boost than coffee. It doesn’t hit you hard and then cause you to crash. Plus the recipe really is delicious!

Recipe: Energizing Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (your choice, no added sugar)

  • 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder (start with less if you’re new to matcha - it packs a kick!)

  • 1 frozen banana

  • Ice cubes (optional)

  • 1 large handful of spinach or kale (optional, but recommended)

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until desired smoothness is achieved. Sip and enjoy!

References

Glycemic Index Foundation - https://www.gisymbol.com/about-glycemic-index/

California State University Long Beach, Public Affairs & Publications - https://web.csulb.edu/misc/inside/archives/vol_58_no_4/1.htm

National Sleep Foundation - https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/what-good-quality-sleep

Time.com Health Land - http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/19/bad-mood-low-energy-there-might-be-a-simple-explanation/