Food Friday – Strawberry Avocado Chop Chop

Happy Friday Friends! This one is promising to be a tasty, spring-infused salad. Up here in the Pacific Northwest we have yet to see the sun, but we heard on the news that it’s actually spring time up here! So why not implement a flavorful spring-inspired dish to at least embrace the season in the mouth!

This is a HUGE favorite in our house and we serve it with a side of Avocado ‘crack’ Dressing…because once you start you just can’t stop! (Yes, we’ve been known to lick the bowl).

Here’s what you’ll need to get started on the dressing:

  • 1 Sweet Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro, diced
  • 2 Medium Ripe Avocados, chopped
  • 1 Lime, squeezed
  • Pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Cups Water

For the salad:

  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and chopped
  • 2 Medium Ripe Avocados, chopped
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro, rough chop
  • 1 Cup fresh strawberries, diced

In a blender combine all dressing ingredients and blend until combined. Add vinegar and slowly add water while blending until you get the preferred consistency. Less water will allow for this to be a great dip, more water will give it a dressing-like consistency.

Toss all of the salad ingredients together. The pour over dressing to desired liking, or serve on the side. Enjoy!

Food Friday - Mint Chocolate Pudding

Food Friday – Mint Chocolate Pudding

Chia Seed Mint Chocolate Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mint Chocolate Pudding (serves 6):

  • ¼ cup chia seeds, whole or ground
  • 1 can whole-fat coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 5 tbsp  cacao powder, unsweetened
  • Stevia or other low-glycemic sweetener
  • 5 large mint leaves

Instructions

Empty the of can of coconut milk in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add to blender whisked coconut milk, cacao powder, stevia and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and the mint leaves are blended completely into mixture. Pour back into large bowl and stir in chia seeds. If you prefer a smoother texture, use ground chia seeds (note: ground chia seeds may taste bitter). Let sit for 10-15 minutes however, ideally overnight in the fridge. Then top with a few fresh raspberries and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mint Chocolate Pudding, Protein Packed (serves 6)

  • 1 TBSP Collagen powder
  • 1 can full fat, coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp  cacao powder, unsweetened
  • Stevia or other low-glycemic sweetener
  • 5 large mint leaves

Instructions

In blender mix together entire can of coconut milk, cacao powder, stevia and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and the mint leaves are blended completely into mixture.  Pour into a medium sauce pan and whisk while simmering on low for about 5 minutes to melt the coconut milk and dissolve into the mixture.  When warm pour back into blender.  Turn on blender on a slow setting and slowly pour in the 1 TBSp gelatin. Blend for 30 seconds.  Pour into serving size cups.

Place in the fridge for several hours then enjoy!

Note: For those of you who aren’t sensitive to vanilla, a tsp of vanilla extract can help to really smooth out the flavor texture in this and allow the chocolate to pop just a tad bit more. 🙂

Friday Food – St. Patty’s Day Green Soup

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As most of you are gearing up for some Jameson and typical St. Patty’s Day foods, we thought we’d give you a healthy alternative to still keep you healthy but allow you to be green!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

5 Zucchini’s

1 bunch, fresh parsley

1 lb fresh green beans

8 Celery stalks

5 Kale leaves

2 Cups Water

Salt & pepper, to taste

St. Patrick's Day Soup - Vegetable Prep

Begin by prepping all of the vegetables (rinse, drain, cut off ends) and then rough chop. In a large stock pot then layer the all the veggies starting with celery, green beans, zuchinni, kale and top with chopped parsley. Pour in water and steam for 10-15 minutes. You want to only lightly steam the vegetables until they are tender, but are still a vibrant green. Make sure to not overcook as you’ll lose some of the valuable nutrients. Then taking the entire pot’s contents put into a large blender, Vitamix or food processor. Make sure that the ingredients only fill about half of the container to allow for expansion, as hot foods can explode. If need-be, blend in batches.

St. Patrick's Day Soup - Cooking

Blend until smooth, garnishing with carrots, cilantro or cucumber slices and salt & pepper to taste.

This makes great leftovers and can be stored in the fridge up to 4 days, or in the freezer for longer periods of time.

St. Patrick's Day Green Soup

Happy, Healthy St. Patrick’s Day!

Friday Food - Pho Recipe, Blissfully Healthy

Friday Food – Homemade Pho

Homemade Pho

Gluten & Dairy-Free

Serves 4-6

For a hearty, healthy night in with family. This dish combines all the senses with aromatics, full flavor and beautiful coloring. The broth can be prepared all day and all other ingredients can be added before serving. For quick go ahead, consider making chicken breasts ahead of time and storing in fridge. Pull out when preparing all of the toppings and allow to warm on counter. Broth will help to reheat chicken to warm for eating.

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or meat of choice. In a large frying pan add one tablespoon of olive oil and cook meat until cooked through and tender. Move to side and allow to sit for 3 minutes for juices to redistribute. Slice lengthwise in thin strips.

Broth:
  • 2 qts. Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Star Anise
  • 1 Tbsp. Coriander
  • Black Pepper Corns
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Fennel Seeds
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ginger root, peeled and sliced thinly (5 slices, appx.)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • Himalayan Sea Salt (to taste)
  • In a crock pot, pour in bone broth. Place spices & herbs in cheese cloth and tie tightly. Cook broth on low for 12 hours. Remove spice & herb packet, and disregard. Check broth to make sure any seeds haven’t settled in broth. Remove with slotted spoon if needed.
Suggested toppings:
  • Pea pods
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Bean sprouts
  • Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Basil, julienned
  • Rice Noodles

Cook rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and place in ice bath. Toss in ice water to stop cooking and to keep them from sticking.

Place noodles in a bowl, add chicken or meat, and choice of toppings. Ladle broth over everything. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

Are Healthy Foods Harming You?

Are Healthy Foods Harming You?

  • Do you hurt all over and cannot find the reason?
  • Are you tired of being so tired?
  • Have you tried everything to feel better without seeing results?

You might be surprised to learn the root cause could be what you’re eating, even if you eat well. Based on the experience of specialists in Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) these have four possible root causes. In this blog we will talk about the first root cause: Food Sensitivities

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I don't want to be fat anymore!

I Don’t Want To Be Fat Anymore.

“I don’t want to be fat anymore but I don’t want to do the work to lose the weight. I am just stuck! How do I get motivated again?! I need something to get excited about. Something to motivate me or do it for me.”

Here is the truth, you cannot buy motivation.

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Why Try Again?

WHY TRY AGAIN?

“Why try again? I have gained the weight back too many times!”

“What makes this time any different? I have failed so many times, I am not worth the effort or the money to do this again…I will just gain the weight back anyways.” Sound familiar? Depending on how many times you have lost the weight and gained it back you may absolutely have lots of reasons not to try again. You may even have plenty of reasons that you are not ‘worth it’ to take the time, and do what it takes to release the weight for good.

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When Willpower Doesn’t Hold Out

Behavior change is a process, and people often approach change from all the wrong angles.

BJ Fogg, a Stanford University professor, talks about 10 mistakes people make when trying to change their behavior.

Here is one of the mistakes:

Relying on willpower for long-term change. Imagine willpower doesn’t exist. That’s step #1 to a better future. Willpower is based on trying to control your behavior. Willpower is white-knuckling it. Willpower is temporary.

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Resisting Setting A Goal?

Do you struggle with wanting to set a weight-loss goal but you find you’re not ready to follow through with it?

Be compassionate with yourself and let go of any “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” thoughts as you go through your day today. Your journey to FREEDOM starts with self-forgiveness then moves to acceptance.That in itself is a great gift to yourself today. Accept that this is where you are in your journey, the progress you have accomplished and the work left to be done. This stops the tug-of-war inside.

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Can you eat and enjoy food?

Can I Enjoy Food Without Emotional Ties?

This last weekend at our New Year, New Lifestyle Event I was asked a great question: “Is there a time when overeating is not emotional eating? That you are eating food simply because you enjoy it?”

My response?

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