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What’s for dinner?

I often find myself starving and not in the mood to cook. So the other night I decided to make some soba noddles and veggies. YUM. Soba noddles are made out of buckwheat. Buckwheat has a lot of fiber and usually less calories than regular pasta. It is common in the Asian world and has been linked to living a healthier, disease free life. If you purchase the right kind, it is not highly processed which is another plus. Try it out with sauce, vegan butter, or just garlic.

I decided to saute whatever veggies I had in my freezer which turned out to be a delicious and nutritious meal. As you can see below, I sauteed green beans and leeks. Once soft, I added kale for a few more minutes. Season with garlic, sea salt, and a tad of vegan butter for a rich taste.

Add to the soba noddles!

The great thing about these noodles is that they rock hot or cold. I had these for lunch the next day in my salad. It was a perfect combo! Try soba noodles this week!

XOXO,
D.

I have been looking for a natural makeup remover. Thought I would give this a try since Jesica mentioned she uses coconut oil. I was shocked by how much LOVE it! Sure, it makes your skin a bit greasy but it totally beats red burning eyes from chemical removers! Thanks Jesica!

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Coconut Oil

This post is about the many uses for coconut oil.

Contains: pure, organic, extra virgin coconut oil. (is solid at room temperature, liquid when in the palm of your hand or heated otherwise)

Description: Coconut oil boasts many health benefits from its healthy Omega fats. One of the good fats, lauric acid, makes up about 50% of coconut oil. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in human breast milk. It supports healthy metabolism and is being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. Some researchers predict that lauric acid will become as well known in health circles as Omega-3 is today.

My personal favorite product that Nutiva makes is their Coconut Oil. This stuff is the real deal and is exponentially beneficial to both the inside and outside of your body. If you have ever read the ingredient list on, say, body lotion…

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Healthy Baked Falafel

Here is a recipe for healthy falafel. You can fry but I prefer to bake. I am continuing to improve this recipe so check back for an update.

What ya need:
1 can Garbanzo (chick) beans. Or approx 2 cups fresh
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch parsley (approx 1/4 – 1/2 cup)
1 tbls cumin
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbls olive oil
1 tbls water
1 tsp kelp seasoning (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup flour and more for rolling (I used whole wheat but you can use any you like)

This is the kelp seasoning I use. I actually put it on almost everything including pastas, rice, veggies, and salads.

Kelp is a form of algae that is very good for you. Kale has high levels of vitamins,  A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as a number of minerals, trace elements, and amino acids. It helps improve the immune system, maintain a healthy metabolism, digestive system, may reduce blood pressure, and aids in healthy skin. You can buy kelp powder, tablets, and flakes.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375.

Add all of the ingredients above to a food processor. Process for about a minute until it is well combined and has formed a paste.

Coat cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

Form into balls and roll onto excess flour to coat. Place on cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes on each side.

Enjoy on a salad, in a pita with hummus, or alone!

XOXO,
D.

Green juice 2.0

If you have read my previous juice post you know my love runs deep.
I usually make juice the night before for the next few days. Raw, fresh vegetable and fruit juice using a centrifugal juicer (like the Breville Juice Fountain) will only last for 24-48 hours in the fridge in an air tight container. I prefer glass so I use empty bottles of Synergy raw kombucha (very tasty and super healthy!)

Anyway, here is what I made tonight:

Kale
Rainbow chard
Cucumber
Dandelion greens
Bok Choy
Apple

I also added some carrots later to ensure both bottles were filled to the top

Enjoy!

XOXO
D.

Hit the refresh button with green juice

Green Juice Refresh

Nothing is better than a fresh green juice after a 4 mile run with my hubby. I thought I was going to die for most of it but I made it and I feel great. Running with a buddy is so great for motivation!

Check out my refreshing after-run juice and make sure you get out and move your body today! Exercise is beneficial for every single part of you.

Juice:
a few collard greens
some dandelion
1 cucumber
2-3 bok choy leaves
swiss chard
1 lemon
2 green apples
tsp of spirulina

Insert all but spirulina into juicer. Add the spirulina powder to the juice and shake it well to dissolve the powder.

Experiment with your greens until you find a good balance. Rule of thumb for juices is 1 piece of fruit for every 3 veggies.

What is spirulina? Well, it is algae, which grows in the ocean, AND a superfood! It is 60-70% protein (depending on the type) and is also a perfect protein. That means that it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids that humans need. It is used as a dietary supplement by many because of its immense benefits:

Boost the Immune System
Improves Digestion
Reduces fatigue
Builds Endurance
Cleanses the body by clinging to free radicals
Boost Energy Levels
Control Appetite
Maintains Healthy Cardiovascular function
Supports the Liver and Kidneys
Reduces Inflammation
Reduces Allergies

Nutrex – Organic Spirulina: this is a trusted brand and it’s organic!

xoxo
D.

Juicing

You may have heard people say that they “juice” and thought to yourself, “What the hell does that mean?” It usually means that the person prepares nutritious homemade juices from fresh fruit and vegetables.

When I began my journey to health, I found juicing to be a really important part. It gave me energy, filled my body with nutrients and vitamins, and made me feel refreshed. It was a great way to ingest all the fruits and vegetables that I couldn’t eat during the day.

Think of it as stripping out the most vital nutrients from a plant and sending it on a one way road into your body. Because you remove the pulp (fiber) when you juice, there is nothing to inhabit direct absorption of all the vitamins and minerals. However, smoothies are very beneficial as well (with pulp). The fiber that is ingested is great for digestion. Due to the pulp, it may take a bit longer for your body to reap the benefits of your smoothie. That is why I prefer juice. It’s also a personal preference because I like the consistency and texture of juice better than smoothies.

Some benefits (among many others) that come with daily juicing:

  • clear skin
  • higher energy levels
  • less fatigue
  • alkaline body free of disease
  • improved digestion
  • graceful aging
  • Cleansing of toxins

Here are some juicing tips:

  • For ultimate benefits, juice is better digested in the morning on an empty stomach. Try to go as long as possible without eating or drinking anything else to let your body absorb the deliciousness.
  • Rule of thumb is 3 veggies to 1 fruit (don’t forget all the sugar that is in fruit)
  • Try to buy organic. You don’t want your body directly absorbing chemicals and pesticides with those nutrients. Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen
  • Shop around. Club stores (Sam’s, Costco), farmer’s markets, produce stores, Whole Foods, WalMart. Check prices, quantities, and quality!
  • Juice it all! Many people throw out kale stems, for instance. I juice them! Why not?

Looking for a juicer? They can be quite pricy. I love my Breville Juice Fountain because it’s reasonable priced, easy to clean, and efficient. Not willing to shell out the cash yet? I used a blender then strained the smoothie through paint straining bags to remove the pulp and extract the juice. It was cheaper. But a little more time consuming.

Breville Juice Fountain

P.S. Just received this e-mail from “Hungry for Change figured I would share:

“…this week we’re featuring Jason Vale. Jason learnt from his own health issues just how much one can benefit from juicing daily. He suffered from psoriasis, eczema, insomnia, asthma, hay fever and was also a heavy drinker and smoker. After adding in a couple of juices per day he began to notice dramatic changes, seeing a fast improvement in his health! His body was finally getting what it needed. His 7-day juicing program has allowed him to see many others heal their bodies too. Find out more here: www.HungryForChange.tv/Juicing

XOXO
D.