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January 2015

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Quinoa Bowl

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This has become a favorite dish in our family. It is hearty, healthy, and my husband loves it, and I find it delicious. Best of all, it is one of the quickest and simplest dishes to make, and I usually never make two bowls the same. Every one of my quinoa bowls have been unique and different, usually depending on what I have in my fridge.

The key ingredients in this dish is obviously quinoa, and poached eggs. As for all other ingredients, chop up the veggies you have in your fridge, toss in the seeds you have in your pantry, and lightly toast any nuts you might have in stock. You can add goat cheese, feta cheese, or any other cheese you would like. You can also add fish, seafood, or meat. Just remember the point is to keep it healthy, so don’t overload it with dairy and dressings. I usually don’t do any dressing besides a sprinkle of sea salt.

Here are two of my favorite ones:

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For this Bowl I used Tri-Color Quinoa, 2 poached eggs, grated beets, grated carrots, baby chard, baby spinach and baby kale, yellow bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and dill. I topped it off with apricot goat cheese and sea salt. It’s a perfect combination of raw and cooked and it tasted delicious!

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For this bowl I used white quinoa, 2 poached eggs, grated carrots, baby spinach, baby kale, and baby chard. I topped it off with toasted pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. Served with a green juice, made of kale, baby greens, green apple, pear, ginger, celery, cucumber and carrot, it was a perfect, light brunch, and a great meal before hot yoga!

I do really want to try a bowl with squash and pumpkin seeds next. So get creative, use your imagination, and design your own quinoa bowl. Share your recipes with me, I would love to try what you come up with. And have a Happy New Year!

Sunday

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October 2014

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Colors of Autumn

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Fall is here and so is one of my favorite salad combinations! Roasted Delicata squash and roasted pumpkin seeds. If you haven’t tried it, your autumn is incomplete. It is very simple, hearty and delicious!

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Heat up the oven to 450. Slice the Delicata squash into very, very thin slices. Almost chip-like. (No need to peel it) Place them onto a pizza pan, season with sea salt. Let them roast, until the edges start looking slightly brown, and the squash looks almost dry.

Roast the pumpkin seeds, and even if they are roasted, warm them up on a pan.

And there you have it. You can add this combo to your favorite salad mix, along with some feta, or goat cheese, tomatoes, some olive oil and sea salt and enjoy! Simple, hearty, vibrant, and best of all delicious!

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Sunday

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August 2014

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Seared Scallops & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

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My motto when it comes to cooking and health, is the less you cook it, the more healthy it probably is. I prefer my diet to be 80% raw, and if I do cook, my dishes are usually about 80% raw. This is one of my favorites because I love seafood, and I love, love, love, seared scallops!

I didn’t photograph the step by step for this recipe because it really is that simple.

What you will need:

1 pound of large, dry sea scallops (Wild Caught)
coconut oil
salt
pepper
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 avocado
1 tomato
Romaine lettuce leafs
cilantro
1 lemon
(You are more than welcome to add your own veggies to the recipe, you really can’t go wrong)

First, cook your quinoa and sear your scallops.

To sear scallops:
Heat your pan about 1 minute on medium heat, add the coconut oil until hot and melted, season your scallops, and place them in 1 row unto your pan, let them sear about 3 minutes on each side, until they are crisp and almost firm to the touch. When both sides are golden, transfer the scallops unto a plate.

Now put it all together.

Take the lettuce leafs, fill them with quinoa, add sliced tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, and top it off with the seared scallops, squeeze a little lemon juice on it. You can use a sauce for it if you’d like. A good peanut sauce would probably be delicious and I will probably try it next time. This time I had them plain and they were juicy, savory and light!

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Sunday

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August 2014

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10 Days of Juicing!

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During these 10 days remember to be drinking lots and lots of water! Juicing does not replace water intake. Get at least 8 hours of sleep. You can add  apples, pears, lemon, lime, mint, and ginger to any juice. If you will be working out, doing hot yoga, or visiting the sauna, drink coconut water or celery juice to re-hydrate.

This should not be a gross experience, so don’t just chug the juice. Instead, relax, pour yourself a glass or a bowl (if it’s not really sweet, as if you would a soup) and eat it with a spoon. Chew your juice, because even though it is liquid, the body still recognizes it as solid food, and if you don’t chew it, you can get an upset stomach. Try to taste and recognize all the flavors, and appreciate every one of them. If you don’t like a certain juice or flavor, change the juice. Add an apple or a pear for sweetness, take out a fruit or veggie if you hate it, or create your own combination. There are people who feel weak and lifeless on this fast, and that’s because they don’t like the taste of it, and try to go hungry for most of the day instead of playing around with different flavors. You should have at least 5 juices a day.

Listen to your body, if this is not for you, then stop. If you would rather do smoothies, do it. If you’d rather start your day off with a green smoothie, do it. If you need food, have a salad, avocado, or a light soup and get back on the juicing fast.

Day 1.
Have a warm glass of water with lemon. In about 20 minutes have your fist juice. I like to prepare all my juices in the morning and keep them chilled in the refrigerator, especially if I know my day will be busy. If you are working, you can take it to work with you in a jar, which is super convenient.

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Mid-Morning Juice

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Lunch

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Mid-Afternoon

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Dinner

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Finish your day off with an herbal tea and get a good night’s rest. Only 9 more days to go!

Day 2.
Again, start your day off with a warm glass of water or an herbal tea. Then drink your morning juice. This one is very sweet, but delicious!

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After an hour of hot yoga, I needed something light, refreshing and hydrating. Some of the best fruit/veggie for hydration are apples, celery and cucumber, so I combined them all into this vibrant juice.

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This next recipe may be a little too bitter for you, if you aren’t an avid juicer. So if you’d like add beets, carrots and maybe skip the ginger.

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For my mid-day snack I had one of my favorite and one of the most simple juices. This is a perfect juice for every summer day! Watermelon juice. I like it with pulp, so I just blend it on high in my Vitamix, pour into a container and enjoy! Usually I like to mix in some fresh mint, but I didn’t have any today.

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Dinner

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Finish your day off with a lemon water or an herbal tea with some honey, get a good nights rest and you have 8 more days to go!

Day 3
The third day is supposed to be the hardest, so if you’re feeling like giving up, remind yourself why you started this in the first place. Start the day with a warm glass of lemon water or an herbal tea. My first recipe today is delicious and sweet!

Morning
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Mid-Morning

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I was craving tomatoes the entire day today, so for lunch instead of juicing my tomatoes, I threw about 4 large tomatoes into my Vitamix and blended it on high for about a minute, until it looked smooth and juicy. I seasoned it with a dash of pepper and sea salt and it was delicious!

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Mid-Afternoon

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Dinner

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Finish your day off with a warm glass of lemon water or a cup of herbal tea and get a good nights rest! Only 7 more days to go!

Welcome to the 4th day of juicing! Start your day off with a warm glass of lemon water or herbal tea.

Morning

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Mid-Morning

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For lunch, I again, was craving tomatoes. And I am a huge fan of tomato juice and V8. So I decided to make up my own recipe, and it turned out delicious! I love spicy, so if you aren’t a spicy fan, omit the jalapeño, or use a smaller portion. If you want it more spicy, add more jalapeño. I like my tomato juice with pulp, so instead of juicing the tomatoes, I juiced all the other ingredients, and added the juice to the tomatoes in my Vitamix. Blend on high for a minute, and enjoy over ice, with a dash of salt and pepper.

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I absolutely love the combination of strawberries and cucumber, and this recipe is very smooth and pleasing to the palate.

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Dinner

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Wind down with a glass of warm lemon water or an herbal tea and get a good nights rest. You have only 6 more days to go!

Day 5.
Start your day off with a warm glass of water, or an herbal tea.

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Mid-Morning

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Saturday

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August 2014

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Pre-Juicing Preparation

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to eat is art It’s hard to just jump into a 10 day juice fast without any preparation. The first time I tried, I failed, because my body was not used to the drastic change. So take five days before you begin your juice fast and prepare your body.

Cut out white flours, fried food, fast food, sugar/desserts, processed meats, alcohol, and slowly give up on coffee.
Add soups, salads, and smoothies with a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butters (with no added sugar), whole grains, beans and legumes.
Substitute your meat for wild caught fish. And by the end of the 5 days, most of your proteins should come from nuts, legumes, and beans.
Quit all dairy gradually, switch over to nut milks. If you are a cheese lover, switch over to goat cheese.
Do drink lots of water and stay hydrated. You should divide your weight by 2 and drink that in ounces.
Do get at least 8 hours of sleep!

You are more than welcome to get creative and come up with your own recipes throughout these five days. I will however share some of my favorite ones throughout the day with you. I will keep updating this same post, throughout the 5 days, so just keep checking back in!

Day 1. I started off my day with a glass of warm water infused with fresh squeezed lemon juice. It was such a beautiful, bright day outside that I couldn’t resist bringing my yoga mat out on my balcony and doing some light yoga and some Pranayama breathing exercises. Engaging your body in just a few breathing exercises in the morning will wake up your body and give you energy for the day. After my light workout, I had one of my favorite morning juices. It is very hydrating!

What you will need: 1 Green apple, 1 Cucumber, 1/2 inch Ginger 1 Lemon (I juice mine in the peel)

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For lunch I made up Avocado Boats. Avocado is probably one of my favorite foods. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
What you will need:
1 avocado
1/4 of a bell pepper
1 handful of diced tomatoes
1 stem of green onion
5 leaves of basil
1 handful of chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Cut the avocado in half, carefully scoop out the avocado, and mash it in a bowl with the other ingredients. Carefully transfer the salad back into the avocado boats and enjoy!

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For dinner I had a cold tomato soup with wild caught shrimp. It does have an acquired taste, and if you don’t like the taste of onions, you might have to play around with it. This is my goto soup because it is so light, simple and delicious.

What you will need:
1 cup plain low fat plain Greek yogurt
1 organic ripe tomato, quartered
1/2 shallot peeled
2 stems fresh dill
1 cup wild caught cooked shrimp

Place all ingredients EXCEPT the shrimp into your Vitamix or blender. Blend until smooth. Portion the shrimp into the center of a soup bowl and pour the cold soup over it. Garnish with dill or cilantro. Enjoy!

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Throughout the day I consumed a lot of water, and other fruits and veggies. And I did have a couple of squares of 80% dark chocolate. I can’t wait to create more fun and healthy recipes tomorrow!

Day 2.
Today I had about a gallon of water before and during my morning hot yoga class. I probably should have eaten breakfast before, but I woke up late and didn’t have time for anything but water. After all the heat and sweating, all I craved was an ice cold shower and fresh fruit, which inspired my breakfast!

Fruit Pebble Cereal
What you will need :
5 organic strawberries
1 handful organic blueberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon raw honey

As you would with a cereal, combine it all in a bowl and enjoy the nutritious breakfast!

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For lunch I had a delicious Tomato Basil Soup .

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For my mid-day snack I created a Zucchimus. Basically it’s a hummus made from zucchini and it’s delicious!

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What you will need:

2-3 chopped and peeled Zucchini
1/3 cup tahini sauce
1 can organic chickpeas
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
5 basil leaves
6 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Slice up all your favorite vegetables, dip and enjoy!

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For dinner we went out to Purple Cafe with friends and I had something so delicious that I will try recreating as soon as possible. It was a ball of goat cheese, rolled in crushed hazelnuts, served with warm cranberries, and thin crisps.

Day 3.

I started off my day with a fresh citrus juice!
What you will need: 2 grapefruits, 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 inch ginger

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For breakfast I combined almond butter, fruit and a hint of basil to create these delicious and satisfying sandwiches!

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For lunch I  had a salad from one of my favorite combinations. Beets and goat cheese!
What you will need: 2 medium sized cooked beets, fresh bell peppers, 1/4 of a red onion sliced, warm, slightly roasted walnuts, goat cheese, cilantro to garnish.
Mix and enjoy!

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Day 4.

I woke up craving something sweet and since I had plenty of fresh, organic strawberries, I went with a simple strawberry and banana smoothie.
What you will need: 5 Strawberries, 1 banana, half a cup of water, light ice. Blend, enjoy.

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