Special Waves and Warm Welcome to all you new Blog followers! So glad to have you here. I can't wait to hear from you and get to know you. Please join me over on Facebook too --- click the link on the right side of this post. I just can't get enough of all you lovelies! xoxo ********** So, last week I completed a 10 Day Detox with a great group of people. I designed the Detox to be gentle by reducing stimulants like caffeine and sugar before cutting them out, then using a clean dietary approach to support the body’s natural detox pathways. Gotta tell ya… my Detoxers were ROCKSTARS! Most lost 4 pounds during the 10 days and one SuperStar dropped 7 pounds and was absolutely glowing. I confess that I feel a bit guilty to have kept the 10 Day Detox on the hush, but I’m ready to share a secret with you --- (you’re truly the first to know!) --- On March 4th I am launching my next program: “10 Weeks to a Healthier You!” Because I work really closely with my clients, I am only opening 15 spots in this exclusive program. I will be accepting applications from people who are ready to make some healthy habits a reality, so if this is you, be on the lookout for an update with all the deets tomorrow. I have great bonuses and goodies for all you Early Birds who want to jump right in! Just think --- you can be on your way to achieving any of your New Year’s weight loss resolutions in time for Mother’s Day! Build on the momentum of love from Valentine’s Day and give yourself this gift. Promise I’ll be back tomorrow with more so you can get in on the goodness. (You’re totally worth it!) Phew! Now that I’ve let my secret slip, I feel much better! (Here’s the song in my head --- “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it…”) Back to business ~ I meant to post and share the love before Valentine’s Day, but life got busy with classroom parties and lots of valentines to prepare. I want all of you to feel the love so this post is a host of pics and recipes from the detox. Simple meals make me happy and keep me healthy and they can do the same for you! Foods that support detoxification are tasty, colorful and filling, but don’t take my word for it… try it yourself and let me know what you think! Breakfast = Breaking the Fast Liquid nutrition in the form of smoothies and juices is a fabulous way to FLOOD your cells with nutritional love! Mixed Berry Blast
1 cup frozen mixed berries 1 frozen banana 3 kale leaves, stems removed A big handful or two of baby spinach, washed (go for two cause you're a rockstar!) 1 - 1½ cups almond milk Put everything in the Vitamix or blender and whiz
until quite smooth. My Beeting Heart Juice
1 large organic beet, scrubbed 1 large organic cucumber 3 kale leaves, stems removed 6 swiss chard leaves, stems removed 3 large carrots, peeled 1 red apple Cut all the veg in pieces that will fit in your juicer. Juice according to your juicers directions or blend in a Vitamix and strain using a nutmilk bag or several layers of cheesecloth. [caption id="attachment_706" align="alignleft" width="256"]
Juice shots for my boys and the pint glass for me![/caption]
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Juicy Smiles from my 6 year old![/caption] Mid-day and Evening Meals Go for 80% raw and 20 % cooked whole foods for your lunch and dinner meals. Raw foods provide live enzymes and accessible nutrients. Cooked whole foods provide the comfort of warmth and variety in texture. Simple Salad for 4
8 cups of mixed salad greens (mesculin greens, kale, romaine, spinach, chard, frisee, red or green leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, endive, mustard greens, beet greens, dandelion greens) 4 cup diced veg of your choice (tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, red or green onion, celery, carrot, mushroom, beet) 1 diced avocado 1/4 cup of hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds or sesame seeds ¼ cup chopped cashew, almond or brazil nuts ¼ cup fresh herbs (dill, basil, cilantro, parsley, mix of thyme/oregano, mint) 2 cups mixed fresh fruit (optional, but great for variety) The possibilities with salad are never ending. I use a variety of greens for lots of color and texture. Family Friendly tips:
*** Just think, it’s as easy as P-I-E ~ Praise Involve Encourage!
- Let you kids choose the veggies and fruits for the salad.
- Once your greens are washed have your kiddos tear the leaves into fork friendly pieces.
- Fill it up! We have a large oval platter that is great for serving salad family style. How much salad do you need? It is really easy to judge once you’ve served salad family style a few times because you will be able to eye-ball it based on your experience. I know that if we fill up the platter with greens, pile on the veg and add the toppings that the whole thing will go… so all I need to say is “Fill it up” and my people can have fun while practicing a healthy habit.
- Let your kids serve themselves if they are old enough to manage a fork. It’s a life skill. I find that my kids take what they need and it’s usually more than I would have put on their plates.
- Pour on the props! Praising the kiddos (and any reluctant adults at the table) is a great way to ensure that they will feel good about making healthy choices. Praise builds confidence, so when they try a new combo, give them credit and ask them how things taste and if they would make the same salad again.
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Simple Salad for 4[/caption] [caption id="attachment_711" align="alignleft" width="640"]
Simple Salad for 4 with Beet Hearts and berries[/caption] Raw Bowl with Beans
1 cup raw mushrooms, sliced 2 cups kale or spinach, stems removed and leaves sliced into strips ¾ cup raw sauerkraut (homemade or one like Bubbies) 1 cup cooked beans of your choice (homemade is great; no sugar if using canned beans) Triple Nut Veg Burger
1 large onion, quartered 2 stalks celery, quartered 1 clove garlic 1/2 cup almonds 1/2 cup cashews 1/2 cup walnuts ½ cup hemp seeds 1 bunch parsley, stems removed 2 slices gluten free, dairy free millet bread or GFV breadcrumbs ¼ cup nutritional yeast 1/2 tsp sea salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup lemon juice ½ cup white beans (optional, makes patties a firmer texture) Put onion, celery, garlic, nuts, seeds and parsley into your food processor and pulse until everything is fine but not a paste. Tear the GFV bread into pieces or add the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and pulse again. Add lemon juice a little at a time to get the mixture to a consistency that you can shape into patties. Heat a cast iron skillet (or your favorite skillet) and place ½ cup size patties on until one side is golden, then flip. Serve. An alternative to cooking these bad boys is to shape them and pop them into your dehydrator. The flavor remains bright and the texture becomes much firmer than what you get in the skillet, even with the bean option. I like the non bean burger, dehydrated and crumbled into lettuce leaves with salsa for a tasty taco like yum. ***Depending on the size of your veggies you should get at least 6 patties, likely a few more. [caption id="attachment_712" align="alignleft" width="640"]
Triple Nut Veg Burger[/caption] Tomato Vegetable Soup ~ you may want to double this one and freeze half
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped red onion ¼ teaspoon sea salt 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup shredded carrot 1 cup chopped celery 1 24-ounce jar diced tomatoes or 2 lbs fresh tomatoes, diced 5 cups low-sodium vegetable stock (gluten free) 2 cups cooked white beans, drained and rinsed ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp cayenne, chipotle or smoked paprika (optional) fresh parsley leaves, garnish Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté for a few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.