My journey started the day I became a MOMMY. From the very beginning I had such a strong desire to feed my children the best. And thus I started my quest to find out what exactly is the best. In doing so, I not only found how to feed my children but also how to feed myself. One of my greatest joys as a Mommy is when I cook an extremely healthy meal and my family not only eats it, but asks for seconds. Does my family eat perfect? I wish I could say yes. Unfortunately the real world comes into play. But there is a power in knowing what is perfect...A power in knowing what foods cause disease...A power in knowing how my family and I can live a long healthy life together. Join me on my never-ending journey of eating that healthy meal and never feeling guilty about asking for seconds.
· 1 -You actually have a “favorite” leafy green (collard, mustard, chard, kale etc.)
· 2 - You’ve tried making your own almond milk
· 3 - You know longer know what a good price for chicken breast is
· 4 - You refer to plant milk as “MILK” and the other stuff as “COW’s MILK”
· 5 -You’ve tried tempeh and seitan and can actually pronounce them
· 6 - The death of your blender might be more traumatic than the death of a family member
· 7 - The foods you “used to eat” can now send your body into a frenzy with even so much as a bite
· 8 - Maple syrup, stevia and agave nectar are common household sweeteners (as opposed to “the white stuff”)
· 9 - You bring your own “meat” (ie bean burgers and veggie dogs) to the neighborhood BBQ
· 10 - Quinoa, kale and a can of beans are your too-busy-to-make-dinner-go-to-meal
Wow, look at you now…Veteran Mommy! It doesn’t necessarily mean how long you have been doing it, but rather how determined you are in keep yourself as clean and healthy as possible. You have discovered the power of food and you have experienced how truly satisfying it is to eat right…for all aspects of your life. You have discovered a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes is the secret to feeling great. Meat, dairy, processed foods (including processed flours, sugars and fats) are no longer calling your name, as you barely recognize them as acquaintances anymore!
You have unveiled the mind-body connection within you and have learned that a clear mind is directly linked to a clean body. You have stayed the course and have been rewarded with a vibrant and energetic life! You have discovered that true health isn’t merely the absence of disease but the presence of vigor, vitality, and a love of life.
You continue to be on the lookout for things that might need a little tweaking. You are familiar with the benefits of fasting and juice fasting. You probably own a brush for drybrushing, and a colonic doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies like it once did. The power of greens is a dominant force in your life, and water has become your BFF. With your alkaline-diet and your ability to meditate your way through stressful times, you have gathered an arsenal to stave off disease. You are a leader now, and the planet needs more leaders like you. Take the wonderful knowledge that you have worked for and be a beacon to all those around you. (Your skin naturally glows, so your light is easy to detect). You are now the teacher …watch for those that are seeking your guidance….and give freely of what you have discovered!
It's the beginning of that wonderful time of the year when asparagus is in season. You can purchase this green vegetable year round but spring is the best season for fresh asparagus. Crops are harvested from late February to June, with April being the prime month.
I thought I would share my favorite ASPARAGUS recipes!
My local supermarket had a wonderful deal on strawberries this week. Not only were they are good price, but they were HUGE!!!! My first thought when I saw them was..."These would be perfect for CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES!"
Since I didn't have any healthy chocolate in the house, I ended up using the Chocolate BASE I used for the SNICKERS BAR recipe (found here) and I came up with this super yummy treat!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
5 TBS Coconut Oil, melted
4 TBS Cocoa Powder
2 Teaspoons Maple Syrup (I actually think I did a full Tablespoon)
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
8 LARGE Strawberries
Melt the oil over low heat on stovetop or in microwave. Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Dip each strawberry into the mixture (I dipped a few time to coat the berry well). Place on wax paper and place in refrigerator. In about 15 minutes, you will have a yummy treat your whole family will love.
So I went to a GIRLS NIGHT and was asked to bring an appetizer. What better than a KALE SALAD!!!
I definitely received some funny comments...but I left that evening having a full belly of disease fighting DARK LEAFY GREENS!
I have made this salad a couple times and used different dressings I have had on hand...you can be creative with what you put on top! Have fun :) (I know it's hard to believe, but KALE can be fun...I promise!)
Kale and Red Cabbage Salad
I wanted to make a fun TREAT for my kids today. I have been a stickler lately about sugar in our home and, let's just say, I have been grately encouraging my kids to eat healthy. (They might call it something different, I'm sure). I want to teach my children why we want to eat those vegetables and why we want to stay away from processed foods AND today, I wanted to make them a treat made from WHOLE FOODS (nothing processed)- that I think actually tastes better than a snickers bar!
My mother shared this recipe with me a month or so ago, and I finally got around to making it. (I believe she found this on oatmealwithafork.com). If you have coconut oil, maple syrup and dates on hand- you can pretty much make these. The recipe might look a little hard...but it is super easy! My kids helped me make them and they loved the 3 layer instructions. The pictures aren't the best, but believe me- this dessert is really good! Hope you enjoy!