RECIPE: Nice Cream Milkshake

I scream and dream of ice cream.  In fact, I just polished off a pint , with little help, last night.  Not ideal I know, but it was all natural.  (Plus, do as I say, not as I do, right?) Thankfully, I have this healthy, easy recipe to curb the ice cream cravings:
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In a blender combine:

1 cup ice

1 can Lite Organic Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp chia seeds (flax seeds could work too and you could get away with no seeds, but that’s the healthy part!)

1-2 Tbsp of organic honey (depending on how sweet you want it)

optional cinnamon and/or a tiny dash of sea salt (try it!)

UM, ….YUM!

***If you add the chia seeds afterward and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, it’ll thicken up, more ice makes it thicker too; It’s still gonna be more milk shake than Ice cream, but still delicious!

RULE: Shop Farmer’s Markets

As I kid, I remember my friend Kendall’s dad getting up super early on Saturdays to go a “farmer’s market”. I wasn’t’ familiar with this term or this place that was 40 miles away; and I certainly couldn’t fathom why someone would set an alarm to wake up before the sun, to drive an hour to this ‘farmer’s market’ just because they had ‘the best tomatoes’.  To an adolescent, that’d be like canceling a day of summer break to get up early to go the dentist to buy toothpaste.  It didn’t make sense.

But I now know better.

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Now, let’s be clear, I’m not setting my alarm for these excursions, but I do love going to farmers markets! They are social, bright, vibrant clusters of people who care about their health, their community and supporting the farmers who work so hard to grow the most deliciously wonderful food, that you cannot find in grocery stores. The produce at farmers markets really does taste BETTER!  I love seeking them out when I travel.  It’s a great way to explore a city and see the locals.

Usually they occur on Saturday mornings (and I may or may not be hung over) usually there is music and there are almost always SAMPLES! Don’t mind if I do!

The food is better, less expensive and it’s just a cool thing to do with your weekend!

So I encourage you to seek out markets near you and buy your produce there regularly.

(The picture here is from a market in Split, Croatia, a bit of a commute, but lovely and delicious just the same!)

RECIPE: Corn and Cumber Salad (or Salsa)

This Dish is super easy, colorful, and healthy. It’s delicious atop a bed of greens, as a chutney on fish, as a salsa with chips, or all by itself!  Serve at room temperature or cold.  Great to whip up in a flash if you need a quick dish for a party, for your self or for your kids!

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Mix together

1 can organic corn

1 chopped cucumber

1/2 6 oz sleeve of goat cheese

1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

RECIPE: Italian Chicken Casserole

Who likes Italian food!? Who wants an Easy, Healthy, Tasty supper that doesn’t disappoint?! If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, keep reading. If you answered “no”, then, well, I just don’t know what to do with you.

1 large bag of thawed frozen chicken strips (hormone free of course)

1-2 cups chopped mushrooms (I totally cheat and get pre-washed, pre-sliced from Trader Joes)

3-6 ounces of cheese of choice (pictured here is a soft brie-like cheese, but you could just sprinkle mozzarella)

1 -2 jars all natural tomato sauce

1-2 cups spinach (optional, but not really, since greens keep you young, verdant and cancer free!)

1/2 cup chopped onions (optional, but oh so tasty and good for you, so include ’em, mmkay? mmkay.)

basil, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper to taste ( so, a lot!)

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pre heat oven to 350

placed thawed chicken strips in oven safe casserole dish

add veggies

pour sauce on top (as much or as little as you please; I use at least one jar)

sprinkle spices on top (as much or as little as you like; I use ~ 1 Tbsp red pepper and basil ~ 1/2 Tbsp salt & pepper)

sprinkle cheese on top (as much or as little as you like; I use enough for thick covering, ~ 1 cup )

cook for 15-20 minutes (until chicken cooked thoroughly, of course)

serves at least 4 but more like 8 depending on how much chowing down your crew does!

RANT: Stop Skin Break Outs!

I suffered (and still do) with annoying acne breaks outs most of my life
I have tried birth control, antibiotics, topicals, retinA, regular facials, topical bat feces (just kidding, but I felt like I had tried everything!)
Finally a Naturopath told me what I kinda’ already knew:
Your skin is a filter and when the organs (liver, kidneys and bowels) that normally do your filtering (of chemicals and toxins and hormones) get over worked, then those things build up in the skin.
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Soooo the best things you can do for your skin:
#1 water water water water and then some more water (filtered) to flush out the bad and plump up your skin cells
#2 eliminate anything toxic:
sugar free chewing gum, canned beverages (they are full of  chemicals, even if they say “no preservatives” etc, they still have artificial ingredients),  anything with ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, non-natural cleaning products and skin care products with dyes, fragrance or parabens, etc)
#3 more leafy greens:
celery, cucumbers, spinach, kale, etc—to detoxify your body. Are you tired of hearing me say it? Greens are so good for you! Anti-aging, cancer fighting, healthy delicious greens!
#4 consider doing a cleanse :
I have a favorite 2 week cleanse by Integrative Therapeutics or try daily detox with Yogi DeTox tea and Hepasil from USANA
#5 de-stress. We are all go go go all the time, which cranks up your cortisol (stress hormone) which can wreak havoc on your body. Salt and sugar cravings, poor sleep, irritability and skin break outs ensue. So relax, breath, go for a walk, sit and do nothing (when’s the last time you just did nothing!?)

RECIPE: Salmon and Goat Cheese Appetizer

Got a party to hit and don’t know what to bring? Or hosting a roof-top or backyard BBQ and want to bring your A-game and keep the menu healthy, but only have 3 minutes to spend on an app? Have I got the recipe for you.

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You need:

2-4 oz Store bought, pre-packaged wild Alaskan salmon

3-6 oz of prepackaged goat cheese

Crackers (your choice, but I love these on rice crackers)

1 bunch of cilantro

 

To prepare:

smear a very small amount of goat cheese on to 20-30 crackers

tear a small amount of salmon and place onto smeared crackers

tear a piece of cilantro and place atop salmon

voila! you are the master-elegant-app-preparing-party throwing queen! or king!