Posts tagged ‘juicing’

April 22, 2014

Move. Sweat. Hydrate. Nourish.

Someone, somewhere, spread a vicious rumor that being fit and healthy was difficult. In order to be considered fit, you have to eat clean always, never taste a pastry again, wake up ready to “train mean” every day, and, oh yes, you must have a favorite protein shake. We’re not robots, nor are we consistent. Our lives become uncontrollable in an instant, and our schedules are exhaustive. Sometimes, we choose the pizza and wine over the organic chicken, spinach, and blueberry salad.

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“I don’t care what you did last night. I care what you do on a consistent basis.” I mentioned this to a client once, who was kicking herself over making poor food choices at a party. Too often, we degrade ourselves, and our healthy efforts, after a mere slip-up. I’m not sure where we learned this self-destructive behavior, but we’ve gotten really good at it. Life is meant to be lived. Being healthy is a journey… a lifestyle. Be careful you’re not missing out on life’s best memories because you’re too focused on “being healthy.”

I’ve had the opportunity to spend lots of time with family this month, and I am forever grateful. I managed to stick to my healthy lifestyle for the most part, but I also took the cookie my niece handed me (and ate it.) I also shared an egg and bacon taco with my other niece, so she didn’t have to finish it all herself. We celebrated a birthday with chocolate cake (and butter cream icing), and cookie dough ice cream—the real stuff, full dairy. And the wine… yep, between four sisters the wine and stories flowed.

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My inspiration comes from Pinterest pins and photos like these I find on my favorite blogs.

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A little spinach, kale, lime, celery and green apple keeps everything sunny-side up.

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Spinach salad creations are a favorite past-time of mine!

I enjoyed the time with family, and now I am enjoying being creative with my salads and juicing this week. It’s fun! I created a new spinach, hummus, egg salad combo, and for extra zest one day, I added dried cherries. Yum! I exchanged spinach for arugula for a different spicy taste. If you haven’t smashed macadamia nuts in a baggie and sprinkled them atop your salad greens before, try it immediately. Delish! I stocked up on frozen tropical fruits for a cooler touch to my green drinks. Juice your favorites then blend the juice with several frozen chunks of mango, papaya, pineapple, or watermelon for something cool, crisp, and refreshing.

Being healthy means being alive, and being alive is getting exciting. There’s a lot to do, so be good to yourself, stay committed to your health, and have a little fun with it. Move. Sweat. Hydrate. Nourish. And smile through it all… Cheers! Lacey

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March 3, 2014

Sweet Nékter

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Just what I needed–beautiful purple juice (The Cure)!

Hi, Friends! It’s Brooke here, and I want to share with you my latest addiction: Nékter Juice Bar! I sure do love my caffeine, but I know I drink too much of it. So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to nourish myself enough to step away (gradually) from my beloved stimulant. I love how happy, fresh, and alive I feel after drinking a fresh-pressed juice, so I started looking for juice bars near my neighborhood. Whole Foods makes amazing juices, but they are pricier than I’d like. And if I had more sense and time management skills, I would plan ahead and juice more at home. But when I’m on the move and I need some TLC, it’s Nékter to the rescue!Healthy History

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Nékter Juice Bar founders, Steve and Alexis Schulze, opened their first store in 2010 with the simple idea of providing a neighborhood juice bar where everyone could enjoy delicious, healthy fruit and veggie juices at reasonable prices. Turns out people were starving for stellar nutrition on the go—Nékter now has 26 stores and counting! Thankfully, the only store outside of California just happens to be down the street from me in Dallas—yippee! One of my client friends even surprised me with a Nékter gift card out of the blue. What a beautiful gift of health—pure plant love.

Recently, as I prepared to get out of my car and grab a juice, I watched customers come and go from the store and I was struck by Nékter’s resemblance to a hummingbird feeder, with creatures zipping in, alighting briefly for nourishing sweet nectar (!), then buzzing away. Somehow, things just feel right when life imitates nature.

Smoothies, Cleanses, and Other Treats

The Cure and spicy kale chips--nutritious and delicious!

The Cure and spicy kale chips–nutritious and delicious!

In addition to the fresh juices, Nékter offers raw vegan smoothies as well as bowls of blended fruit with bananas, granola, and other tasty bits. If you need a good crunch to offset the smooth juices, they offer nuts, trail mix, and my favorite—spicy kale chips! For an easy way to detoxify your life and kick start your path to better nutrition, Nékter offers 1-, 2-, 3-, or 5-day juice cleanses with a handy cooler thrown in. Be sure and check out the Snider Plaza location (near SMU): http://www.nekterjuicebar.com/ You’ll be SO happy you did. 🙂

Homemade Delight

My favorite juice is The Cure, and I love getting it when I’m beset by allergies or changing weather, which is often. It’s a gorgeous deep purple-red color, it’s bursting with antioxidants, and it’s delicious! Here’s my take on this tasty treat:

The Cure

(Makes 16 oz. of juice)

  • 1-1½ small beets, raw and scrubbed
  • ½ small head of broccoli, with stem
  • 1 large handful curly parsley
  • 2-3 kale leaves
  • 1 red apple, small
  • 2 handfuls red grapes
  • 4 celery stalks, with leaves

Cut produce to fit the feeder tube of your juicer. Add pieces of fruit and veggies to your juicer, collecting the juice in a medium-to-large measuring cup or pitcher. Once finished juicing, stir and enjoy!

Here’s to health, love, and juicing,

Brooke

grow through life

 

February 11, 2014

Busyness, Juicing, and One-handed Blogging

ImageLet’s be real for a sec… I don’t always eat clean. And I drink alcohol. And coffee. Aaaand I just made Valentine’s S’mores with my niece. (Pausing for reactions and gasps…) When life hands me curve balls, I have my go-to items, products, and recipes to keep me on track. I have the ideals I strive to maintain–eat spinach every day, juice or have a daily smoothie, take my OneBode enzymes and multi-vitamin, and stay away from sugar (loops on the S’mores). Some days are filled with variables out of my control, which is why I carry a fiber supplement in my purse (a drink and supplements for variety on the road), Spark packets (for when I can’t even wait for the coffee to brew before starting my day), ImmuneCleanse (to boost my immune system even when I’m not getting the immune-boosting foods I need.) Supplementing is a way of life for me, and I think it’s fine to use helpers now and again. It’s the consistent choices you make that will appear in the mirror, on your skin, and in how well you function.  

2014 has started off to be one big curve ball, and I’m proud to say all of my helpers still don’t disappoint. I even managed to lean up and gain some muscle as a bonus. As I type this, I am sitting in an airport terminal unable to find a decent meal, so Advocare’s Raw Meal bar is the winner. I have my protein powder with me, but let’s face it, there’s no neat and classy way to prepare that in a crowded terminal. I’m leading a metabolic purification challenge group right now, so I’ve packed my travel smoothie blender to get my greens in. (The travel juicers available are still too cumbersome for me.) The day just goes better when it begins with juiced or blended greens. I blend in protein for heartier meals, fiber for filling snacks, and sometimes even frozen fruit for a different texture every so often. I think nutrition is better blended. Don’t buy it? Try it! I dare you! I wasn’t a believer, at first either. Now, I’m sorry I wasn’t more disciplined sooner. Note that if we ever have a business meeting together, we will probably meet in a juice or smoothie bar. 

Even during these hurried,crazy seasons of life, I still love sitting down to a home-cooked meal with my husband. It’s become even more cherished since we are such an on-the-go family right now. Using a little help to fill in the nutritional gaps in between these precious meal times helps us blend family, career, success, and… well, life well. 

My latest favorite blended creations

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The Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • Apples – 5 medium (3″ dia) 910g
  • Celery – 2 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 128g
  • Oranges (peeled) – 2 fruit (2-5/8″ dia) 262g

 

  

 

ImageLean Green Aid

Ingredients

  • Apples (granny smith) – 4 medium (3″ dia) 728g
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 192g
  • Kale – 2 leaf (8-12″) 70g
  • Lemon (peeled) – 1 fruit (2-1/8″ dia) 58g
  • Spinach – 4 cup 120g

 

Liver Refresher

Ingredients

  • Apples – 4 medium (3″ dia) 728g
  • Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, small (4″ dia) 141.75g
  • Lime – 1 fruit (2″ dia) 67g

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A-Game Drink

Ingredients

  • Apples – 3 medium (3″ dia) 546g
  • Celery – 4 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 256g
  • Ginger – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia) 6g
  • Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-1/8″ dia) 29g
  • Spinach – 5 handful 125g
  • Protein powder – 1/2 serving

 Oh and by the way… I typed, prepared, and posted this blog with one hand, as I rocked by new baby niece to sleep with the other arm. Yes, I have my super hero cape on. Cheers!  –Lacey

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January 29, 2014

Quality Maintenance

You’ve heard the terms high maintenance and low maintenance, but I’d like to introduce: Quality Maintenance! You can imagine the debate I’ve sat smack in the middle of for most of my adult life:

When is someone considered high maintenance?

Being “raised” on the Texas pageant stage doesn’t help grow my low maintenance perception… Neither does being a professional spokesperson. For that matter, neither does being a Healthy Housewives Team Member. (Especially on weeks where we have a photo shoot or appearance booked.) From the outside, I’d say some days I appear downright high maintenance. Not true! I’d like to share some of my Low Maintenance Momma Tips with you, so you can be high maintenance in disguise with me.

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Skin Care

I use Dial Bar Soap on my face. (I’ll pause for the gasps.)

A Dermatologist shared this tip with me as a way to detour breakouts and combat my combination  (I say, oily) complexion. When I travel, I cut the bar in half (or in fourths for smaller for quick trips) for easily packing and use on the road.  (I do use a super-secret face oil afterward that moisturizes and protects my youth. This is proprietary info at this time.)

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Body Care

Coconut Oil is my skin lotion, lip balm, teeth brightener, hair moisturizer, cuticle softener, foot scrubber (when melted to a liquid and mixed with sea salt). When I travel, I put a few scoops into a small container and I’m set.

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Hair Care

I try to go 3-4 days without washing my hair. Before you judge my nastiness factor, let me say that I have super dry hair. I’d even add a ‘duper’ to that. I wash my hair one day, style the next day, style the following day with a spray of dry shampoo on my roots, and if I need/can, I’ll even do an up-do the following day—then wash my hair again.  I use Kenra brand dry shampoo and hair spray. LOVE IT! No it’s not all-natural, but it works. If you find something all-natural that works as well, let me know. I’ll give it a try! (I haven’t found one yet.)

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Nourishment

I don’t have time to cook, or prepare food every day. Rather, I don’t make the time. It’s not worth it to me, because I know I can get the nourishment my body needs from blended nourishment (I am a juicing queen—it takes a total of seven minutes from start to finish, especially if you cut produce ahead of time and store in your fridge. I make time for this. It’s a self-commitment and conscious decision. I will hang up with you to get my juicing in.) and supplements. Call it what it is—it’s my life and it works for me. The Standard American Diet (SAD) hasn’t impressed me in a while, and sadly, it appears to be getting even more difficult to find convenient, organic options sprinkled among my daily activities and obligations. (I love traveling to the West Coast—most airports there have a few all-organic food stands to choose from.) OneBode whole foods supplements travel well and have a permanent spot in my luggage and purse. Lectro Life’s ImmuneCleanse and UltimateO2 products are also daily consumables. I find a smoothie or juice bar as often as possible when I am out and about. Drinking my ideal ratio of carbs, protein, and fat is fine with me. I have stuff to do!

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Relaxation

I exercise daily (I’m worth 30-50 minutes and so are you.) and yes, it’s a stress reliever. I love my Lectro Chi Premier Foot Spa and soak my feet while reading the mail, news, or a good book. (Let’s not lie, some times I am on a conference call… but it’s still relaxing if your feet are soaking in warm, ionized water.) Sometimes I’ll just stare into space and hold one of my pups. Depends on the day I’ve had. I do share massage swaps with my husband. He rubs my shoulders and neck, and I rub his back. We also give each other bonus points for quality time.

DISCLAIMER: I occasionally treat myself  to a massage or pedicure with a girlfriend or for special occasions (PMS). My hair IS high maintenance. I own that one.

Feeling and looking your best doesn’t mean you get a speed pass to high maintenance status. Be kind to yourself, be real with others, and invest your time wisely. As I learned just this week as I said goodbye to a loved one, life is way too short and you just never know what tomorrow will bring. Celebrate the moment right now—for this moment is your life. Maintain your quality, sassy self without stressing!   –Lacey

January 7, 2014

Keepin’ It Cool in 2014

Keepin’ It Cool in 2014

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Who knew chilling out would be so tough some days?

The new year came and went, and not much changed, did it? If you’re like most people, you’re hopeful that, as the ball drops, so will your stress levels, pounds, and worries. After all, it’s a brand new year; a clean slate; or something I heard often this year, a new chapter and blank page in your life’s book.  Something I focus on with my clients is the concept of mini goals and small steps. I think you should dream big, aspire to great things, and expect excellence from yourself. However, I also feel that a lot of mini goals equal big accomplishments.

I also believe in daily positive affirmations. I have post-it notes on my bathroom mirror to remind me of fundamental truths, core values, and admirable character traits I want to emulate with my daily work. I can’t control what the day will bring, but I can control how I’ll react. I react to everything better when I nurture my holistic health—when my body, mind, and spirit are on their A-game.  When I feel negative emotions creep in, I have several go-to actions I take. I’ll share those in another blog. For this one, I want to share a snapshot of simple ways to keep your cool and get back on track when you have a physical, mental, or emotional set-back.

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Flavored Ice Cubes

When you’re moody, sad, hungry, irritated, stop what you’re doing immediately, pour a glass of iced water and drink. Did you know ice is an anti-inflammatory property? Our bodies get inflamed quickly during periods of trauma and stress. Plus, many times we allow ourselves to get dehydrated throughout the day. Both problems solved! Not a fan of plain water, create a collection of flavored ice cubes. Here are some of my favorites:

Berry Nice

Fill an ice cube tray halfway with pureed raspberries (or your favorite berry) and freeze. Top with water then freeze again. Top with almond milk and you have a perfect cube for your next cup of iced English tea.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Fill your ice cube tray with lemonade mixed with thinly sliced basil leaves and freeze. Awesome in water and tea!

Spa Time

Juice cucumber and lime together and pour mix into your ice cube tray. Now you can escape for a bit by adding these to a glass of water.

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Grab a magazine, book, or ear buds and relax while you detox!

Soak Your Feet

When panic or negativity strikes, reset your body with an ionic foot soak. This procedure works to detox you at the cellular level, helping you cope with internal strain. Find an Ionic Cleansing Professional in your area or grab your own device here to use in the privacy of your own home. (Training is required and provided.)

Treat Yourself

A fan of juicing? Do you miss summertime? My answer to both is YES! When I am feeling crabby or blue, I reach into my freezer for a homemade popsicle. Depending on your taste preferences and needs, you can create a myriad of tasty possibilities to help you chill out for a moment and think a bit clearer. Fill popscicle molds with one of the three recipes for ice cubes above, or for a treat, here’s a good recipe:

Berry Cool

Puree your choice berry and fill the mold with half of the puree and half almond milk, then freeze to enjoy as desired (or needed.)

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Stay cool, friends! –Lacey

November 8, 2013

HEALTHY PLACES I EAT AT IN DALLAS FREQUENTLY

Dallas offers all kinds of healthy eats!

Dallas offers all kinds of healthy eats!

Being a trainer, my clients always ask me what do I eat and where do I go eat at on a regular basis. So I am going to give you the name, my favorite dish, and the link so you could check them out.

 

Love how they tell you where they got the recycled materials at Snappy's.

Love how they tell you where they got the recycled materials at Snappy’s.

Snappy Salads: I go a few days a week for lunch to Snappy Salads. This is the “fast food” that I eat. I get to make my own fresh salad. They have a lot of organic choices and they even make the dressing in house. I love how they are very involved in the community and they have lots of recycled items such a table tops and napkins. Companies that car about the environment AWK! I am a plant-powered healthinista, so I make sure I eat fresh whole foods every day. My usual is a vegan salad-spring mix lettuce, cucumbers, celery, carrots, tomatoes, black olives, quinoa, chick peas, and beets. I LOVE the chipotle lime vinaigrette made in house. It has lots of cilantro. YUM! http://www.snappysalads.com/

So many options at Salata!

So many options at Salata!

Salata: This is another build your own salad place but it has a slightly different flavor. The dressing is made in house and have different flavor. I get the same salad but the combination of ginger lime and fresh herb dressing. The two mix together rock the taste buds! http://www.salata.com/

Season's 52 has dessert for the healthy eater in mind!

Season’s 52 has dessert for the healthy eater in mind!

Seasons 52: I usually go here for dinner but meet friends here occasionally for lunch. What I love about this place is that they have a ton of vegan and vegetarian choices. They change their menu every season and they have a ton of organic/farmer market choices. Even their plates are calorie portioned. Each dinner plate is 450 calories. Oh, and the desserts are small. You can get 3 large bites or 5 small ones. Perfect for the one who wants dessert but not trying to make a meal of it. http://www.seasons52.com

The Juice Bar Menu

The Juice Bar Menu

 

 

The Juice Bar: I love this place for a quick snack. The have fresh made green juices and fruit smoothies for a quick pick me up. I usually get a skinny greens. LOVE! I like when someone else juicing my juice then me. LOL! Hate cleaning the juicer. Even though I will do it, I would rather buy one. http://www.thejuicebardallas.com/

Coconut Kale Enchiladas form Be Raw are to die for!

Coconut Kale Enchiladas form Be Raw are to die for!

Be Raw: This place is 100% raw vegan. They don’t cook anything. You can get tacos,
burgers, sushi, and green juices. My favorite dish is the coconut Kale
enchiladas with a green juice on the side. I get that almost every time. http://www.berawfoodandjuice.com/

 

FT 33 makes cuisine out of fresh farmers market food!

FT 33 makes cuisine out of fresh farmers market food!

 

FT 33: This place is in the Design District in Dallas. It as AH-MAZING! They shop local at the farmer market and they make cuisine with it. The menu changes daily due to what food is available at the Farmer’s market. You have to try the lemon martini made from fresh lemons. I always get their salad and a vegan dish. I have been a few times and every time has been DELISH! http://ft33dallas.com/

 

ENJOY,

Marzia