Posts tagged ‘nutrition’

March 19, 2014

Ocean Freeze; Still a Breeze

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We are at the beach house for Spring Break this year, and it’s freezing. Ok, not freezing, but around 40-55 degrees, and NOT laying-out-in-the-sun weather. Despite the Cape Cod-like days, I’ve retreated to my daily jogs on the beach. I don’t usually do the same exercise on back-to-back days (it’s healthy to shake it up and there are so many activity options!) but somehow, being close to the water helps me loosen my grip on my rules and routine. I’ll shake it up, so I am not working the exact same muscles every day—sometimes sprint drills, other days it’s a beach boot camp routine, and some times it’s a sand jog and then Yoga. It’s tough to beat a steady-paced therapeutic run along the shoreline, but most of us can’t stop what we’re doing and run to a beachside town somewhere.

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Just sayin’

If you’re in a spot where a coastline isn’t accessible, check out these meditative, beach-like artists for your playlist:

 

  • Jimmy Buffett (duh)
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Sheryl Crow
  • The Beach Boys
  • Elvis (I’m serious. Must be all of those old Elvis movies I watched.)

 Or simply search the words: top. beach. party. songs. 

Another tradition at the beach house is smoothies. Despite the cooler temps, I still made my favorites that I share below. There’s several farmer’s markets in the area, so fresh, organic produce is easy to find, and I pack my vanilla Advocare protein powder. (I also mix half a scoop of protein powder into steel cut oats with cranberries for a morning meal or snack. Yum.)

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Add some cinnamon if you want. I’m a cinna-addict!

1 cup spinach

1 cup frozen mango or peaches

1 cup freshly-juiced carrot juice (or store-bought organic carrot juice)

1/2 cup almond milk or coconut water

Shot of wheat grass

1 scoop of protein powder

 

 

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1 cup spinach

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup kale

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup raspberry or cranberry

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Squeeze one lemon on top and blend. Enjoy!

ImageFor you fellow Holistic hotties out there, download some Enya and take your meditation or Yoga practice to the beach at sunrise or sunset for a boost in your spiritual health walk. I’ve never felt closer to God than I do at these moments. This past trip gave me an especially relaxing session as I reflected on the Water Element. Symbolizing spirituality and wisdom, this therapeutic combination got me thinking about how the ocean is like life… or maybe it just reminds me of my life.

Read on and let me know if you can relate.

 

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  • Changes, like waves, are coming whether you want them to or not.
  • Sometimes, diving in is your best bet; then, you can start focusing on something else.
  • Let it go. It’ll drift where it’s supposed to go on its own.
  • The tide rises and falls by someone higher up than you. Why are you trying to control it?
  • The water is blue; the water is green, too. It depends on where you’re standing.
  • An overcast day at the beach is still a day at the beach.
  • It’s okay to spend some time by yourself. Some else may block your view.
  • Powdery, white sand is beautiful, until you have to run in it.
  • Protect yourself—remember the sun can burn you even if you don’t see it.
  • The ocean doesn’t belong to you, but the memories you take from it are all yours.

 Peace y’all, Lacey

 

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

 

  

 

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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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Be sure you receive a quality ionic foot soak. There’s too many cheaply made alternatives out there. I trust Lectro Life Technologies!

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

December 16, 2013

Healthy Holiday Snacking

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Morning, Friends! It’s Brooke here. ‘Tis the season for decadent holiday delights. This time of year is packed full of parties, gift exchanges, and general festive cheer that usually involve treats of the most delicious kind. But let’s be honest—it’s not just the sugar haze that warms our hearts when we give and receive these treats. We show our love and care for people in our lives by the cooking we do and the food we serve them. But we can also serve tasty morsels that bring a healthy heart, trim body, and joyful energy to those we care about.

A Simple Checklist

When you or your family need a boost between meals, think about this simple checklist as you assemble your snack. It’s not rocket science, so have fun with it!

  • Lean protein (whey or vegan protein powder, hummus, (healthy) bean dip, hard-boiled egg, low-fat Greek or plain yogurt, or edamame)—protein will help fill you up and satisfy your hunger
  • Healthy fat (nuts, seeds, avocado, or nut butter)—healthy fats also satisfy your hunger and keep your brain sharp and skin supple
  • Complex or non-starchy carb (whole grains, green veggies, or fruit)—these carbohydrates will boost your mood and give you clean-burning energy

Nutritious Nibbles

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Green smoothie or juice + nuts or seeds: Prepare 12-16 oz. of your favorite green drink and then grab 10-15 unsalted almonds, 10-15 walnuts halves, or 24 pistachios. You will feel amazing after this snack—so clean!

Apple and cheese plate: Thinly slice ½ organic apple, ½ organic pear, and 1 oz. hard cheese like Cheddar or Swiss. You can even add some slivered almonds or chopped dried cranberries to dress up this dish.

Grown-up popcorn: Prepare 3 c. air-popped popcorn, and then while popcorn is still hot, sprinkle with your favorite spices:

  • Grated parmesan and cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder and smoked paprika
  • Dill weed and sea salt
  • Cinnamon and stevia

Sesame carrots and hummus or bean dip: Roll some raw baby carrots in toasted sesame seeds and add a pinch of sea salt. For a pretty contrast, you can even roll the carrots in dill weed or lemon pepper (my fave!). Serve with your favorite hummus or bean dip. If you need a bit more substance to this snack, add some whole-grain or gluten free crackers.

Berries and spiced yogurt: Prepare 1 c. of your favorite winter berries or mix blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for a gorgeous power snack. Take 1 c. low-fat Greek or plain yogurt and mix in 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. ground cloves, and if desired, stevia (to taste). You can dip your berries into the yogurt dip or throw everything together in one bowl if you want to get really wild 😉

Five Spice Pistachios

Five-Spice Pistachios

For a really elegant and easy snack, try this killer pistachio recipe. It takes 5 minutes to prepare and about 45 minutes for the pistachios to dry after coming out of the oven. Can cooking be any simpler? My mouth is already watering!

Five-Spice Pistachios

  • 6 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 6 Tbsp. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 4 tsp. sea salt
  • 6 c. unsalted pistachios

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F.

Whisk orange juice, five-spice powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add pistachios; toss to coat. Divide between 2 large rimmed baking sheets; spread in an even layer.

Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until dry, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe shared from Eating Well: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/five_spice_pistachios.html

Ok, my friends. I hope you enjoy these ideas for ringing in the merry while keeping your belly nice and trim. If you have a favorite healthy snack recipe, please share: Brooke@healthyhousewives.com. I’m always looking for fabulous ideas to share!!

Blessings and joy,

Brooke

November 4, 2013

Hitting the Wall

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Is this you?

Ok, so you’re killing your workout at the gym, you’re feeling pretty good about life, jamming to your music, getting a good sweat going, and wait . . . that sweat doesn’t feel so good after all. You started feeling a little dizzy on the last set, but surely that was because you were really bringing it—you know, that icky exertion dizziness. But now, you’ve stopped your set and that feeling is still there. Cold clamminess spreads down your back across your skin, and a wave of nausea washes over you. Your heart starts racing as the sounds around you fade, and your fingers shake as you reach for your water—is this it? Are you really going to yak right there in front of everybody? For anyone standing in your 3-ft. radius, let’s hope not! You, my friend, have just hit the wall.

Exercise-Induced Hypoglycemia

This aptly named, totally gross-feeling phenomenon has another familiar name—exercise-induced hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Tales of this wall-hitting, or bonking, abound among runners, cyclists, and marathoners, but take it from me (who is none of these things)—it can very easily happen to you. All it takes is an unusual amount of activity one has not nutritionally planned for, or simply a normal amount of exertion in a poorly fed body.

What’s Really Going On?

The body’s main source of fuel is glucose, found most abundantly in carbohydrates. When you eat, the body stores glucose as glycogen in the muscles and the liver, ready to be used when needed. If you have not eaten well enough to fuel your body’s activities and replenish those precious glycogen stores, when you engage in high-intensity and/or endurance exercise, your body will tear through those energy stores and your blood sugar will soon plummet into those nasty “sugar shakes.” Depending on your own biochemistry, you may experience fatigue, nausea, shakiness, chills, clamminess, rapid heartbeat, fogginess, or inability to think clearly. Left untreated, these symptoms could progress into vomiting, disorientation, irregular heartbeat, and coma (especially dangerous for diabetics).

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The Solution

If you find yourself in the middle of this yuck-inducing episode during an event or other social occasion, ask for help. Tell someone around you what’s going on and that you need quick sugar—orange juice, chocolate milk, crackers, bread, or in extreme cases, candy. Something your body can digest FAST! I still remember this happening to me . . . twice . . . at a small gym I used to frequent. Once, I had to go search for the one staff member still there that night and beg for crackers. The next time, I thankfully had squirreled away an amazingly delicious chocolate chip cookie from work that day, and I ran down to my car to scarf it down. I’ve rarely been so embarrassed—I felt like some pathetic character having a crisis-point sugar binge in some after-school special right before she was wheeled away to a recovery program. All because I couldn’t be bothered to eat well enough before working out. I’ve learned my lesson—I always carry some little bar in my gym bag in case of another lapse in planning.

Fill Your Tank!

Even better is fueling up appropriately before working out. Here are a few good snacks to think about as you plan your active life:

3-4 hours before workout

  • Water
  • Oatmeal and scrambled eggs
  • Bowl of cereal
  • Yogurt
  • Baked potato
  • Rice with beans or other protein source
  • Pasta with tomato sauce
  • Fresh fruit
  • Bagel or bread
  • Sandwich with lean protein and cheese

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1-2 hours before workout (trend toward lower protein, higher carb, more easily-digestible food the closer you get to your workout)

  • Water
  • Fresh fruit
  • Bread or bagel with peanut butter or jelly (or my childhood fave—PB & honey sandwich)
  • Energy bar
  • Yogurt
  • Bowl of cereal
  • Granola

30 minutes before workout

  • Water or glucose drink
  • Fresh fruit

During your workout

  • Water or glucose drink

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Just be smart and take the time to feed yourself and fuel that beautiful body of yours. It will love you back, I promise.

Blessings and happy snacking!

Brooke

September 24, 2013

They won’t kick you out of the club….

I tend to follow the Paleo Guidelines of eating. It’s what works for me. Lots of meat and veggies and no grains or dairy. My body can tolerate the dairy, but the grains…well, over time I have definitely discovered I have a gluten sensitivity. I also never miss drinking my Shakeology…a shake that is filled with over 72 vitamins and minerals that is packed with dense nutrition. That shake is not technically paleo as the protein source is whey. People say to me all the time….”you drink Shakeology, but its not Paleo.” My response…”SO! They aren’t going to kick me out of the club!”

Whether you are vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, paleo or whatever other ways of eating there are out there, they are all just guidelines. There is no membership program and you aren’t going to get slapped with a penalty for “breaking the rules”. They are just that…guidelines. These guidelines give you a framework with which to define your eating. It might just be a tried and true system of what works for you. 

Don’t feel the need to be so strict with one way of eating. Do what works for you. What feels right for you. Eat what makes you feel satiated and full of energy. That is what matters most when it comes to eating, not the label attached! Image

August 6, 2013

I eat food….

“What do you eat?”–I must get that question a bajillion times a day. My answer is always, “FOOD!” I am not trying to be a smart a$% when I answer it that way, but its simply the truth. I don’t count calories. I know for a lot of people that works…but the problem is too many people look at the number versus the quality of the food. 100 calories of Oreos is still Oreos. For me, I like to just really think about the food that I am eating and putting into my body. The better the quality of the food and the more dense nutrition packed in there the more of it I can eat. I don’t necessarily have to worry about my portion control that way. Why? 

Did you ever wonder why you can sit down and eat an entire bag of chips or a an entire pizza pie and not be full?  Yet if you are eating a steak and sweet potatoes you fill up rather quickly with no room in your belly for more? Its because the steak and sweet potato are filled with dense nutrition which signals your body that its full. When you are eating those “empty calories” filled with zero nutritional value, your body requires way more to be satiated, at which point it never really is. So when I say I eat food, and I don’t have to portion or weigh it out, its because when you are choosing food that is whole and good for you, you will know when you are full. Its when you are choosing those items that are processed and have little to no nutritional value that you really have to weigh out your portions because otherwise you will overeat. 

Make better choices. Eat less food from boxes and more food from the Earth. So that next time someone asks you what you eat, you can say FOOD! Image

July 24, 2013

Be Raw, Y’all!

ImageOk, so I confess that I am not a full-time raw foodie; however, I dabble in the lifestyle every so often. Raw foods are some of the most nutrient dense choices and beneficial nourishment  options available. Some would say that raw foods are what we were intended to eat… others, however, prefer to cook what they eat. Whatever your preference, I challenge you to try some of these raw recipes and experience the benefits—if only temporarily—of raw foods. Why would you do that? 

ImageA raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. Contrary to popular belief, a person consuming a raw food diet draws enough daily calories from fruits, which are high in calories, along with liberal amounts of vegetables for their high mineral content, and small amounts of nuts and seeds.

ImagePeople who adopt this diet are often referred to as “raw fooders” or “raw vegans” (or in my case, when I am practicing this style of nourishment, “weird.”) Hey, you’re not really living unless you’re called “weird” or “odd” once in your life, right? Other benefits of taking this nutritional road less traveled (especially in America, where more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese and where 23.9 million children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese) include cleansing your internal organs.

How’s your liver these days? Have you checked in with your colon? If you’re experiencing any gastrointestinal issues, skin imperfections, exhaustion, or unexplained moodiness, your internal systems may be gasping and working overtime, trying to wash themselves of toxic gunk left over from the standard American diet. (Abbreviated to the S.A.D. diet by some) By consuming more raw foods, you basically eliminate any constipation or other “plumbing issues” you might be experiencing. You also reduce toxic build up because everything you consume now takes under 24 hours or less, to travel through your body and deliver nourishment appropriately.

Scared to take the raw plunge because you’re an athlete and you need your energy? You might like to know that athletes can perform successfully at an elite level by following a raw food diet. James Southwood, international kickboxing champion, Brendan Brazier, Canadian professional triathlete and Kenneth G. Williams, third at the Natural Mr. Olympia are all raw food practitioners. Likewise, Suzanna Strachan admittedly leads a vegan lifestyle of 75-90% raw and has demonstrated extreme athleticism in Ms. Fitness competitions and ex-model Carol Alt convinced her Russian hockey star husband Alexei Yashin to go raw. Apparently adding more raw foods to his diet increased his athletic performance!

Surely, you’re intrigued to give it a try. Think about it this way:

  1. You save time by not cooking
  2. You experience an inexpensive detoxification process
  3. You can make it a spiritual experience with prayer and fasting (consuming fruits and vegetables only)

In closing, here is a favorite Raw recipe to try—especially for you pizza-lovers. (Compliments of www.youngandraw.com)

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 Garden Veggie Crust

2 Local Red Bell Pepper

1 Small Sweet Yellow Onion

2 small Yellow Squash

4 Garden Carrots

2  Cups Sunflower Seeds

1 tsp. Paprika

1/2 tsp. Coriander

1/2 tsp. Cumin

1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt

Instructions: Process all of your ingredients in a food processor until you can form small sized patties. Place on your dehydrator sheets and form whatever shape you like, patties, bread etc. Let them dehydrate for 5-8 hours depending on how moist or crisp you’d like them to be. I recommend more crisp for a pizza recipe.

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pizza Sauce:

Half cup sundried tomatoes

2 small chipotle peppers *optional

2 small vine ripened tomatoes

1/4 tsp. himalayan salt

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup fresh basil

Instructions: Process or blend until the mixture is smooth and warm.

Pine Nut Parmesan

1/4 Cup Pine Nuts

1/4 tsp. Nutritional Yeast

1 Garlic Clove

Pinch of Himalayan Salt

Few dashes of onion powder

Instructions: Put ingredients into the food processor or blender and pulse/blend until you have a finely ground parmesan.

Not all recipes are this in-depth either… These days I am running to long days of filming or training, and nothing gives me a better combination of energy and vibrance (due to the sustainable ratio of protein, carbs, and fat) like an organic fruit and veggie nut smoothie or a crisp and satisfying spinach salad with quinoa and cranberries. YUM!

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In health and complete weirdness, Lacey Pruett

June 17, 2013

The Simple Life

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Hi, Friends! Do you ever have those moments where everything is working really well in your life? When events are spinning themselves out so smoothly that you swear (sassily and a bit smugly) that you really can do it all? I feel this way one day maybe every other week, if I’m lucky! Mostly I feel like the pieces of my world are like errant socks on laundry day—I reach down to grab a pile of dirty clothes to take to the washer, trying to gather all the whites, say, at one time. It’s a weird, OCD-ish game I play with myself, but if I manage to grab all the clothes at once without dropping any bits on the journey across the house, I win! Usually I end up dropping a sock or two, so then I lean down to grab the escaping footwear and more socks (unmatched, of course) jump out, along with a few panties. Aaaaack!

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We live in a busy, fast-moving world, and we are juggling a ton of things. Our days are filled to bursting, and sometimes just glancing at my calendar the night before makes me so anxious and panicked that I just wait until I’m back at the starting block the next morning, when I’m more mentally stable and armed with caffeine. Then the day starts, and GO, GO, GO! Things are moving along nicely, and then you remember you were supposed to call so-and-so. Then you make the call, and forget to allow for construction on your way to work. You miss your turn, and now you’re about to be late for a meeting. Lunch comes along and you haven’t packed a good lunch because you meant to go to the grocery store last night after leaving the gym and you just forgot. And so it goes. Before long, your equilibrium is off kilter and things snowball from there. If I find myself in a cluster like this late at night or for several days in a row, I quickly reach the end of my rope—tearful and exhausted, unable to cope with the smallest setbacks.

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In trying to help myself find my way back to sanity during these times, I’ve come up with a little TLC checklist—I call it my Love List. I use it to quickly check to see if I’ve taken care of myself well enough and to figure out where I’ve veered off course.

Love List

1. Nutrition: Have I eaten well enough today? Have I had healthy meals at the appropriate times? Did I get my snacks in? How do I feel right now? Have I eaten enough healthy food to get me through all my activities?

2. Exercise: Have I moved enough today? Have I enjoyed living in my body today? How does it feel? Have I challenged it enough? Does it need rest and care instead of unrelenting activity? Do I feel strong?

3. Sleep: Did I get enough sleep last night? How did I feel this morning? Did I feel rested or was I dragging? Am I feeling good now, or am I in a fog?

4. Water: How much water have I had so far? What’s my goal? How do I feel? Would having more water help me feel better right now?

5. Care of the Soul: Have I prayed today? Have I had enough uninterrupted time to think or dream? Have I done at least one thing that has nurtured my soul? What do I long to do? What would make me happy?

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The answers to these questions provide clues to what’s out of whack in my life. They also give me a structure to do one thing at a time to heal my crazy ways. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t go step by step, I soon get lost in the rat’s nest of mental and psychological chatter in my mind. By reviewing my Love List, I can breathe easier and get my grip back. Maybe this list (or your own special creation) will come in handy when you find yourself adrift.

Have a wonderful and simple week,

Brooke

June 4, 2013

The Healthiest Meal of the Day

So, I am not sure if you are aware, but I am a Team Beachbody Coach. Beachbody is the company that produces great workout programs such as INSANITY and P90X. But, we also have Shakeology, the healthiest meal of the day. I know, you are thinking, its just another shake, and there are tons of those out there. WRONG! This is so much more than that. With over 72 vitamins and minerals, this is a source of dense, whole nutrition that will increase your energy, lower your blood pressure, and keep you regular! It’s backed by the American Diabetes Association and is a 24 on the Glycemic Index. I take no other vitamins or supplements, just my daily Shakeology which I drink for breakfast. My hair is longer, my skin is clearer, and I am NEVER sick! My kids even love it. In fact, my oldest daughter always asks for Shakeology on testing days…she says she just feels better after drinking it. Shakeology is one  hundred percent natural and doesn’t have any added sugars, or chemically engineered vitamin sources. Everyone I love and care about drinks Shakeology, not because I sell it, but because I want them to live longer and happier. The other great part for me is that it curbs my sweet tooth. I get my daily chocolate fix in the morning, and then I have no trouble passing by a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or chocolate cheesecake. 

If you want to know more about Shakeology and what it can do for you, feel free to reach out to me at danielle@daniellehinson.com or visit my website http://teamfitandfunky.com. Not only do you get Shakeology but you get something even better, ME as your COACH! I am there to ensure your questions are answered and your goals are being met. 

I look forward to hearing from YOU! Image