1 cup greens, either spinach, or arugula, or spring mix are all great in this salad
Whisk together 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. Add a pinch of sea salt plus pepper to taste. Layer in a quart size mason jar or container in this order: dressing, halved grape tomatoes, sliced radishes, shredded red cabbage, sliced yellow pepper, chopped avocado, and then grilled chicken. Fill the rest of the jar with greens. Perfect for travelers!
It's summer! I'm hearing a lot from my clients that it is one invitation to a party or gathering after another. What to do? Will alcohol really sabotage all my hard work? Sorry...but the answer is yes. When you're trying to lose weight, alcohol is a number one enemy. Simply, alcohol can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. It releases estrogen into your bloodstream, promotes fat storage, and decreases muscle growth. As soon as you have a drink, your body eats up all the glycogen (which is your stored glucose) which makes you hungry and reduces your inhibitions. So you're more likely to grab the chicken wings or plate of nachos at happy hour. Plus, alcoholic drinks contain many more calories than people think. For example, a 20 ounce serving of beer can pack 250 calories, while a 6 ounce glass of wine contains 120. With that being said, there are some healthier choices out there.
Stick to organic alcoholic beverages when possible. Bring a bottle of organic red w...
Of course we all want beautiful radiant skin. And maybe you invest in really good night creams, drink lots of water, wear sunscreen...all the things that you read about that you should do to benefit your skin. But even with all these great efforts did you know that there are foods in your diet that could be keeping your skin from looking its best? So here are a few of the foods that I feel really can dull complexions and I'll give you some swaps so that you can “eat or drink this instead” to obtain the GLOW!
Swap your coffee for hot water with lemon. Having hot water with lemon will give you the same hot mug full of comfort as a cup of coffee but it's loaded with beauty benefits. Lemon provides vitamin C as well as enzymes shown to help regenerate liver tissue. Since your liver is your main detoxifying organ, the more detoxified your body is the more beautiful your skin will become. Coffee on the other hand is dehydrating and can overload your liver with caffeine. Plus the water wil...
Directions: Add the berries and almond milk to the Vitamix and blend at the lowest variable speed, taking about 10 seconds to increase the dial to full speed. You make have to do this 2 or 3 times and turn off the blender in between to push the berries down. Add small amounts of water to blend to a sorbet consistency (the amount of water will depend on the berries you use).
Don’t over blend as the heat/friction of the mixing will melt the sorbet. Serve immediately in dessert glasses and garnish with a few whole berries and/or a few sprigs of fresh mint. Enjoy!
I changed up my morning routine slightly...having a bowl of fresh fruit in the mornings since such a delicious selection of fruit locally now that the days are warmer. Then following up with this vanilla smoothie that tastes similar to...wait for it...cake batter! You can thank me later:)
Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth:
2 cups water
1 serving vegan vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Protein Powder)
1/2 small frozen banana
2 heaping tablespoons almond butter
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ﬂax seeds
a few ice cubes
A handful of raw organic spinach is also wonderful in this smoothie, you just won’t get that pretty vanilla color.
While there are lots of ways to boost energy, here are a few simple ones you can start working into your life right away. These methods provide long-term results, giving you increased energy for your life, not just one day or a couple of hours.
1. Watch What You're Drinking
Caffeine and coffee and sugar are instant gratification. But these short-term solutions leave you feeling worse after they’ve run their course. Depend on these for too long and you could end up overtaxing your adrenal glands, which—guess what—makes you feel even more exhausted, and imbalances your body. Get long-lasting energy first thing in the morning from a balanced breakfast. Examples include a green smoothie (a blend of fruits and vegetables). It provides the vitamins and minerals you need to kick start your day, plus fiber to keep you full until your next meal and prevent a blood sugar spike. Or choose an omelette...throw some spinach, and tomatoes in for a healthy dose of veggies.