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Food Friday – Breakfast Sausage Bites

This week we’re focusing on the quick grab-n-go recipe, breakfast sausage bites! But don’t just leave these to breakfast, these little taste bites can be enjoyed as a quick snack, a hearty lunch alongside some steamed veggies or even for dinner over some zoodles alongside a side salad. The possibilities are endless!

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Food Friday – Coconut Quinoa

Happy Easter!

With the holiday’s coming, it can sometimes induce stress, anxiety or a ‘oh well’ attitude around food. Do you find that you tend to feel this way? We know that the holiday isn’t so much about food but about spending time with family and yet we put a lot of emphasis and stress on food causing all sorts of mental blocks for those of us who are emotional eaters.

So, this weekend, make a plan for yourself and stay on track! Here’s one of our favorite easy go-to’s. Serve it for breakfast, lunch or as a snack. You might consider making a big ol’ batch and bringing it with you to your upcoming even, this way you know there will be one thing you can eat and you can feel like you’re contributing as well!

Coconut Quinoa
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional)
  • stevia or xylitol to taste preference

Soak quinoa in water for 20 minutes. Rinse and strain (this will help with removing the bitterness that can plague quinoa).

Cook with a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water. For example, 2 cups quinoa, 4 cups water.
Bring water to a boil.
After water is boiling add a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, and quinoa. Cover and turn off heat. Quinoa is done with water has absorbed and can be fluffed with a fork.
Add shredded coconut, cinnamon and stevia/xylitol to taste.

Top with blueberries

quinoa is a great substitute for a higher protein breakfast. For more added protein add in a scoop of your favorite clean protein powder (avoid whey, whenever possible!)

 

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. 🙂

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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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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Do you know how to lose weight?

Do you know how to lose weight?

Do you know how to lose weight?

Do you know that if you consistently ate healthier and moved your body more you would most likely lose weight? Yes, of course!

Most of the women I work with know what the basics are to losing weight. Over the past eight years I have worked with smart and educated women just like yourself! I have coached women in a variety of professions from teachers, executive directors, stay-at-home moms, nurses, marriage counselors and even nutritionists.

Why is it that both you and these other women know how to lose weight, but you’re not doing the behaviors that would result in weight loss? You may even be a professional dieter and know all the calorie levels and portion sizes of food. The truth is that it is not a knowledge issue.

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What is Food Sensitivity testing?

Do you know if you have food sensitivity issues?
  • How is your body responding to the food you eat?
  • Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, indigestion, skin rashes or joint pain?
  • Are you having trouble losing weight and keeping it off?

What most physicians won’t tell you is that your diet could be causing some–if not all–of these symptoms.

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