Simple, Easy, Chia Gel

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Chia Gel

The newest thing in healthy foods lately are chia seeds. Yes, these are the same chia seeds you would slather on the head of a terra-cotta animal and watch them grow. Who knew? Native Americans knew apparently…in fact, the best known distance runners in the world come from a tribe called The Tarahumara. They consume chia seeds in a drink called Iskiate (a blend of chia seeds, water, citrus juice, and agave nectar). The claim is that they can revive struggling athletes with small amounts, making chia seeds ideal for distance runners.

These little seeds add rich omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber to any drink or meal. They also keep you full for hours, which makes them a great weight loss tool.

To Begin You Will Need:

  • Measuring cups
  • Large 16-32oz bottle with lid
  • Chia Seeds

To make Chia Gel:

Add 1/3 Cup of Chia Seeds to every 2 Cups of water

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Once you have added the desired amount, (I usually double the recipe and store in fridge for later use) Make sure the lid is on tight. You want to shake the container vigorously to avoid clumping of the seeds.

Allow 90 seconds to pass and shake the container again.

Let seeds set for a few minutes and Voila! Simple, Easy, Chia Gel.

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Drink. Eat. Enjoy. Happy Trails.

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Mean Green Juice (The Tastiest, Healthiest, Recipe!)

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This is my most favorite juice! If I could drink it every day, I would! Try it, and let me know what you think.

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You will need:

  • juicer
  • juice container
  • measuring cup
  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • strainer

Ingredients:

  • 6 leaves kale
  • 8 stalks celery
  • 2 C spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples (green or red)
  • 1in Ginger
  • 1 Lemon

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Optional Ingredients:

  • 1-4 Clementines (or oranges)
  • Mint Leaves (to taste)

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Advice:

Adding more celery or cucumber won’t change the flavor of your juice too much. Don’t be weary about adding a little extra if you have it and don’t want it to go to waste.

Adding more apples and oranges will make the juice sweeter.

Be careful with the amount of ginger you add, it can make or break the whole juice. If you don’t like ginger at all, the juice tastes great without it too!

Kale can be substituted with swiss chard.

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to the juicer and catch it with the measuring cup, add the measuring cup to the juice container. When completed, add a little water to the juicer until the spout runs clean. Add this water to the juice container.

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Drink up! and think to yourself, “Happy, Thank You, More Please!”

DIY Pillow Mist: Lavender

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I love this pillow mist! It’s a great way to add that extra something to help you fall asleep, and it’s incredibly easy to make.

You will Need:

  • 2 1/2 – 3 oz empty spray bottle
  • 15- 20 drops of essential oil (I used lavender, but you can use any essential oil you prefer)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • small funnel (optional)

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Mix all ingredients and shake well.

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Easy breezy, sleep well.

Tabouli Salad

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Tabouli Salad is one of the most healthy meals you can eat, and it’s one of my favorite foods. It is vegan, however, it goes great with salmon or as a side dish to any meal.

Here’s my favorite recipe. It yields 6-8 servings

You will Need:

  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • large tupperware container
  • sauce pan with lid
  • fork
  • blender

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Ingredients:

  • 1 C couscous ( I use plain, garlic and olive oil is fabulous too)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (my rule is, you can never have too much)
  • 1/2 C fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Bunch parsley
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber

Optional:

  • red onion

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Preparation:

  • prepare couscous according to instructions on box/bag
  • whirl olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in blender. Once mixed add mint leaves, salt, and pepper
  • chop parsley
  • core, seed, and chop tomatoes
  • chop cucumber
  • pour dressing over couscous and toss to combine well
  • add parsley, tomatoes, cucumber and stir
  • serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Even a few bites makes you feel so good.

Eat Healthy, Be Happy, Love Yourself.

5k Playlist

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Like most people, I sometimes lack the motivation to begin a workout. I have often been asked, “How do you run on a treadmill? It’s so boring”. Well, it is boring, no getting around that, except when you have an awesome playlist.

Some of these songs, I would never listen to at home or on the radio, and some of them I listen to all the time, anywhere. I think when you’re running it’s the beat that keeps you going. The most effective running songs have approximately 120-180 BPM or beats per minute.

I love to discover new songs that motivate others. If you have some, please leave a comment and share. Here is the playlist I made when I ran a 5k in November. I was really excited about it because I ran this 5k faster than any of the races I ran in high school (10 years ago) I hope you like it.

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  1. Burning Down the House – Artist: The Talking Heads, Album: The Best of Talking Heads
  2. I’m Not Contagious – Artist: Chromeo, Album: Business Casual
  3. Electric Feel – Artist: MGMT, Album: Oracular Spectacular
  4. Heads Will Roll – Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Album: It’s Blitz
  5. Good Life – Artist: One Republic, Album: Waking Up
  6. Another One Bites the Dust – Artist: Queen, Album: Queen Greatest Hits
  7. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) – Artist: Michael Jackson, Album: Thriller
  8. Blow – Artist: Ke$ha, Album: Cannibal
  9. SOS – Artist: Rihanna, Album: A Girl Like Me
  10. Great DJ – Artist: The Ting Tings, Album: We Started Nothing
  11. Break My Stride – Artist: Matthew Wilder, Album: I Don’t Speak the Language
  12. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Artist: Daft Punk, Album: Musique Vol. 1 (1993-2005)
  13. Shake It Up – Artist: The Cars, Album: The Cars Greatest Hits
  14. We Are the Champions – Artist: Queen, Album: Queen: Greatest Hits

Happy Trails…

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Carrot, Apple, Clementine Juice

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Juice for Health!

About a year ago I came across a Netflix documentary that changed the way I eat vegetables. The documentary is called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead! I know the name sounds discouraging, however, the content within made me a healthier person. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead! is based on a man with a mission to become healthier. He tries juicing (and only juicing, no chewable food) for 60 days. Long story short, he loses weight (60 lbs), rids himself of his chronic autoimmune disease, and helps others become healthier (and happier) along the way. I would like to share some of my favorite juice recipes with you in order to become healthier and happier together!

You will Need: 

  •  juicer

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  •  juice container
  • measuring cup

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  • cutting board
  • sharp knife
  • 8 carrots (large)
  • 1 Apple (any kind)
  • 1 clementine (peeled)

*All food is preferred and recommended USDA Certified Organic or home garden grown without pesticides.

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Preparation:

  • Wash all of your produce thoroughly (even on packages that say “Prewashed”). This will ensure food poisoning stays out of your life!
  • Cut the tops off of your carrots. This prevents a “dirty” taste to your juice (trust me). It is a preference whether or not you peel your carrots, I do not. I don’t think it affects the flavor.

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  • Slice up your apple to fit in the juicer. I like to cut them into 4-5 pieces so it is easier on the juicer. It is not necessary to core your apples, just toss them right in!

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  • Peel the clementine and separate into two sections. Do not juice the peel, citrus peels have a very bitter, strong taste.

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You are Ready to Start Juicing!

  • Place your measuring cup under the juice spout
  • Put ingredients into juicer one at a time

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  • When the cup is full, add it to your juice container and continue your juice adventure.
  • When you have completed juicing your ingredients, swish some water (preferably filtered) around in your measuring cup and add that water to the juicer. This will ensure all of your nutritious juice ends up in your container. Add water until juicer spout runs clear, add contents of measuring cup into juice container.

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  • This recipe makes about 3 cups of juice
  • I doubled the recipe and filled my juice container

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  • For best results, drink your juice right away and absorb those healthy enzymes! 
  • If you don’t always have the time to make juice daily and want to keep it in the refrigerator (like me), it has a shelf life of about a week.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and it causes you to say aloud, “Happy, Thank you, More Please”, when you taste it. 

Dave’s Panang Curry

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Tonight we were going to try stir fry, however, once we prepared the vegetables we realized it morphed itself into the perfect panang curry ingredients instead! We were unsure of how it would result, but Dave is a sauce ninja magician. It turned out unexpectedly phenomenal, and I would like to share it with you. It’s super healthy and delicious.

You will need:

  • Cutting board
  • Sauce pan
  • Skillet (2 if you have them for better timing)
  • Spatula and stirring spoon or whisk
  • Chef’s knife

Ingredients: (Chop to preference)

  • garlic
  • red onion
  • scallions
  • sweet peppers
  • snow peas
  • summer squash
  • pineapple
  • mixed exotic mushrooms
  • spinach
  • bean sprouts
  • cubed extra firm tofu
  • safflower oil
  • coconut milk
  • fish sauce
  • peanut sauce
  • red curry paste
  • lemon juice
  • (you can also add lemongrass and bamboo shoots, we did not have any this time)

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How to prepare the Reduction:

  1. Caramelize diced onions and chopped garlic in safflower oil using skillet
  2. Add enough marsala to cover the bottom of the pan
  3. Heat to reduction, then add peanut sauce, a few dashes of fish oil and set heat to low

Meanwhile

  1. Heat a few cups of coconut milk (enough to cover the veggies) and 1 1/2 tbsp of red curry paste in sauce pan, stir well. Do not allow sauce to boil.
  2. Fry cubed tofu in safflower oil in a separate skillet until lightly brown

Add these items to coconut milk mixture in order:

  1. completed reduction sauce
  2. chopped pineapple
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  4. lemon juice to taste (we used a couple tablespoons)
  5. fried tofu cubes
  6. remainder of fresh chopped vegetables

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Heat to desired temperature, but keep the vegetables crisp and tasty!

Feel free to masticate!