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A Calorie Is Not Just a Calorie to Your Cells

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Wishing you all a very healthy New Year! Make a commitment this year to eat more food that will increase your health, and kick the processed foods and food that your body doesn’t thrive on to the curb! Resolve to listen to your body, and if it is achy, lethargic, anxious, tired, sleep deprived, overweight, has brain fog, poor digestion, muscle loss, or skin issues,  make a decision to change that this year. Food feeds your cells which turn over at an incredible rate. What you eat becomes your blood and cells. Once you begin a really good and healthful eating program for the purpose of lifestyle change (not a diet!), poor quality and processed food will no longer taste good to you. It takes times for your taste buds to change, so stick with it longer than a few weeks. I promise you will begin to crave delicious, real food all the time, love it and never look back!

You are so worth it! 🙂

Sandra Shields, Health Coach (Sam)

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Make Your Own Grape Electrolyte Beverage

It is easy to make your own electrolyte beverage when you have a need for some extra hydration and don’t like the less than stellar ingredients in some of the brands available out there, like artificial dyes and refined sugars that you normally wouldn’t put in your system.  An electrolyte drink can be helpful to prevent dehydration and soothe the tummy with cold and flu season coming up, after an intense sweat session, or during, ahem, a colonoscopy prep where you can only consume clear liquids and jello in certain colors!

Make Your Own Electrolyte Beverage

I recently had a colonoscopy to prep for, and the handout they give you for what you can consume for a whole day without being dehydrated, really hungry or drinking a lot of processed beverages that aren’t  good for you seemed daunting.

After a little research, I put together an electrolyte drink using organic white grape juice to help me stay hydrated, so I didn’t feel weak after the procedure. The white grape juice met the criteria for clear with no red or purple colors and helped balance electrolytes with the sea salt and baking soda.  I also made my own jello using Vital Proteins gelatin, ice pops, and sipped on herbal teas and clear broth.

Grape Electrolyte Beverage

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Good Water

1/4 Cup of White Grape Juice

1 Tablespoon of Clear Honey

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Whisk all the liquids together, and refrigerate.

This is a very easy and inexpensive way to make an electrolyte beverage with good ingredients that are handy right in your pantry. You can change out the juices as desired and come up with flavors of your own!

  • If you are on a sodium restricted diet, talk with your doctor before consuming an electrolyte beverage.

Have a great day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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There is No Such Thing as Failure

No Such Thing as Failure

As long as you are living and breathing, there is no such thing as failure. There is always room for change, improvement, success, reached goals, healthier lifestyle, that new thing you always wanted to happen but it just didn’t for whatever reason.

To stay on track with changes you want to make in your life it can be helpful to find an accountability partner, keep your eye on the goal, surround yourself with people and things that inspire you, make a Vision Board and put it where you can see it every day, make a list of steps you can take to implement your success. Keep adding and changing things on your vision board as you grow, change and get closer to your dream (great article on how to make one and why they work!) , have a calendar dedicated to steps you are taking daily and give yourself a sticker on the days you do well. Don’t quit. Keep going. Believe that you can!

Everyone has as least one thing at any given point in their lives that they would like to change or do. Things like stronger relationships, being a better …………., making a move, overcoming fear of ………………….., more energy, improved health, eating healthier, health challenges, career and many more.

I have completely changed many areas in my life. Many times when I was stuck, it was because I needed to move forward even though I was afraid of making a mistake or failure of what the future would hold. The alternative to moving forward is staying where we are in our lives and never fully realizing our potential.

On another note, you know I am a huge fan of getting in those vegetables! Here I am holding a beautiful bouquet of Kale! I made this into delicious Pizza Kale Chips or you could make Cheesy Kale Chips! Click on them to get the recipe from my recipe index. A delicious way to get in your greens! If you don’t have a food dehydrator (kale chips are just not the same when made in the oven), consider making the purchase, or swap out your junk food craving for purchased kale chips.

Kale Bouquet soon to be Kale Chips!

Kale Bouquet soon to be Kale Chips!

 

Have a wonderful, adventurous, courageous day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

 

You’ve Got the Beet! – Day 7 – Seven Days of Smoothies

Today is the final smoothie recipe of the Seven Days of Smoothies series! You’ve Got the Beet! has a respectable amount of fiber from figs (6% per medium fig). Sweet delicious figs also contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, Iron, Vitamins B, C, Selenium, Phosphorus and Zinc. There are two colorful vegetables incorporated into today’s smoothie, (you guessed it beet, and also carrot). Strawberries are a low sugar addition to this smoothie and provide over 140% RDA of Vitamin C. Choose your favorite dairy free milk to add, and don’t forget the protein!

You've Got the Beet Smoothie - Day Seven, Seven Days of Smoothies

You’ve Got the Beet Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Cup Frozen Strawberries

2 Turkish Figs (soak them if they are not soft for ease in blending)

3 Baby Carrots

1 Slice of Beet (about a Tablespoon)

1/2 Cup Dairy Free Milk

2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Juice Concentrate

1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Blend it thoroughly to incorporate those figs! Then add:

2 Tablespoons of Grass Fed Gelatin or Your Favorite Protein Powder (add after initial blending and blend just until incorporated to prevent foaming).

Here is a recap of the smoothies shared during the Seven Days of Smoothies! When rotated into your routine, they will keep you from getting into a rut with food choices, and help you include a colorful array of nutrients into your diet!

Razzleberry Rad – Day 1

Blue Bumbleberry – Day 2

Orange U Sweet – Day 3

Kale Me Later – Day 4

Chocolate Mocha No Moo – Day 5

Creamy Dreamy Tropical Ginger – Day 6

You’ve Got the Beet! – Day 7

Blue Bumbleberry Smoothie – Day 2 – Seven Days of Smoothies

We are at day 2 of Seven Days of Smoothies! Today’s smoothie is rich in Anthocyanins! They are the blue, violet, and red flavonoid pigments found in plants. Anthocyanins are good for your eyes and cancer protective among many other benefits. I have also included Maca which is beneficial for hormone balance in both men and women. It is an ancient Peruvian Superfood!

Blue Bumbleberry Day 2 Seven Days of Smoothies

Blue Bumbleberry Smoothie – Day 2

Ingredients:

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1/2 Cup Frozen Blackberries

1 Tablespoon Maca Powder

1 Tablespoon Blueberry Juice Concentrate (I found a smaller bottle at my local grocery store, but this is the brand I used)

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons of Grass Fed Gelatin or Your Favorite Protein Powder (add after initial blending and blend just until incorporated to prevent foaming)

Blend all the ingredients together until very smooth. Then add the gelatin or protein powder and blend briefly.

Blue Bumbleberry

Fuji Apple Pecan Beet Salad With White Balsamic Vinaigrette

I will admit it! I am a total salad crazed nut! I love to nosh on it! I never get tired of salad and have been eating them my whole life! You can totally chock them full of all different kinds of healthy ingredients and endless variations! So, I never get bored. You can make an entire meal of a salad with some kind of protein added, or make it a lighter side salad.

A useful tip when you are trying to lose weight or keep from gaining it back, is to fill your plate once with your meal, including salad. If you are still hungry and want to go back for seconds, make it more salad. It fills you up, and you are getting more vegetables and greens which can help reduce cravings.

Fuji Apple Pecan Beet Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Today I have a recipe for an Autumn salad that would be really wonderful served with Thanksgiving Dinner. It has a completely seasonal Fall vibe with fuji apple, golden beets and shallots. The white balsamic vinaigrette has just the right tanginess and compliments the sweet apple.

Fuji Apple Pecan Beet Salad with White Balsamic Vinagrette Bowl

Fuji Apple, Beet Pecan Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients for Salad:

1 Head of Butter Lettuce

1 Head of Iceburg Lettuce or Baby Romaine

1 Fuji Apple

2 Medium Golden Beets

1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Shallots

1/4 Cup Raw Pecans

White Balsamic Salad Dressing:

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of White Balsamic Vinegar (I used 12 year old aged)

1 Teaspoon of Honey

1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt, plus more for the beets

1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper, plus more for the beets

(Mix all the dressing ingredients together with a whisk until emulsified.)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375º degrees. Rub the beets with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil each and sprinkle with some extra salt. Roast whole in the oven for 45 minutes until they pierce easily with a fork. (this can be done in advance).

Peel the beets and dice into small bite size pieces. Place the beets into a small bowl and toss with 1 Tablespoon of the balsamic dressing and 1/2 teaspoon of himalayan pink salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Set aside.

Wash and spin your lettuce, tear into bite size pieces, and place in a salad bowl. Thinly slice the shallots, and dice the fuji apple into pieces the same size as the beets.

Add the shallots, apple, beets and pecans to your salad. When you are ready to serve the salad, toss with the remaining salad dressing.

You are ready to serve a beautiful Autumn salad in a bowl! This salad contains healthy fat from the olive oil and pecans, fruit and vegetables! But, most of all it is delicious!

Fuji Apple Pecan Beet Salad with White Balsamic Dressing

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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