Posts tagged ‘recipes’

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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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

December 11, 2013

A Homemade Holiday

ImageI’m the girl who gets super frustrated at how materialistic the holidays get. We just can’t help ourselves, and I’m at fault too! When I see the cute baby outfits, I think my nephews surely need one… along with the motorized truck, sing-a-long bedtime friend, and of course, they need fancy blankets, sheets, and towels. Bath toys! They need bath toys. I won’t even continue on with everything I see for my nieces. Good intentions, good-hearted gifts, but is it the reason for the season? You have to answer for yourself.

I fell for the trap again this year, but before I got to the check-out counter, I thought about how it would be fun to create something as a gift for those on my Christmas list. Further, how about something that will benefit them in a healthy way. I kept thinking as I drove home, and by the time I got home, I had four ideas. I went to work.

I don’t want to give away what I am creating for several folks on my list, but it’s meaningful, personal, and healthy, too! Here are a few ideas I ran across during my research, should you feel compelled to fight the urge to buy another (albeit beautiful) scarf for Aunt Sue. Be creative, have fun, and enjoy the magical reason for the season.   –Lacey

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Organic Body Lotion

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference (my faves: eucalyptus, lavender, vanilla)

1. Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar.

2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.

4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!

5. Use as you would regular lotion. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

Note: A litte goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nourishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema and for preventing stretch marks!

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Lotion Bars (better for travelistas!)

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
  • 1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency.)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve.
  • Optional: A few drops of your favorite essential oil(s)

Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl/jar over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:

Remove from heat and add the essential oils.

Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.

Carefully pour into silicon molds to harden.

Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts, or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

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All-Natural Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp Beeswax(use the pellets, they melt faster/better)
  •  6 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 1 T castor oil (for more “gloss,”)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp essential oil
  • Sliver of color (like a tiny sliver from a Burt’s Bee lipstick to tint it a little pink)

Directions 
1. melted wax, oil & butter in a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Heat until all is melted and can be stirred together.
 2. Remove from heat and add castor oil, honey & any scents/colors you wish
 3. Stir and stir. The honey doesn’t want to mix thoroughly with the oils, but keep stirring and you will get it combined pretty well. 
4. Pour fairly quickly into your containers.

So simple! Basically, just melt, stir and pour!!

Oh and something for the fur-loves of your life!

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Pumpkin Dog Treats 

Ingredients:

2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 cup pumpkin puree (one low in sugar)

2 eggs (I used 3 for more moisture)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

December 5, 2013

Winter Warm Me-Up Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Hey Everyone! Its a cold day here in Dallas and we have a big winter storm coming our way.  I have a slow day at the studio because one by one almost all of my clients have canceled on me for today.  Hmmm….

Well, honestly I don’t mind today because I’m going home to light a fire, finish putting the lights on my tree (yes I’m behind) and put on a pot of yummy, warm, delicious beef stew.  I bought all my ingredients yesterday because I hate going to the grocery store when its cold out! I also like to take shortcuts whenever possible i.e. little or no chopping!

So here it is! Enjoy and stay warm!

Winter Warm Me-Up Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 Large bag frozen organic stew vegetables
  • 1 Large bag frozen organic pearl onions (I use in place of potatoes)
  • 1 Small bag frozen organic green peas
  • 1 Bag snack carrots from produce section (already cut & peeled)
  • 1-1/2 lbs Grass-Fed Beef Stew Meat, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Gluten free flour
  • 1 can organic cream of mushroom soup (I use Whole Foods brand)
  • 1 can of water
  • 1 packet Simply Organic French Onion Dip Mix
  • 1 Large can Organic crushed tomatos
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ⅛ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Dash parsley
  • Light olive oil or organic canola oil best for high heat to brown the meat

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dredge the beef in gluten free flour (salt & pepper the flour first).
  2. Brown the stew meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Don’t cook it all the way through, just brown it on the outsides and don’t crowd your meat in the pan.
  3. Place stew meat and all other ingredients (except peas) in the crock pot, mixing to combine.  Add peas about an hour before serving.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. Stir every now and then and add water or beef broth for desired consistency.

This recipe is so delicious, easy and truly a comfort meal. Feel free to sub any of the vegetables for whatever you have on hand.  Serve with a tossed salad, crusty bread and Irish butter. Just a little! 😉

Kathy

Happy Holidays!

November 27, 2013

Holistic Holiday Nourishment

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‘Tis the season to pick up an inspiring, captivating book about 100 successful, goal-oriented women who overcome hurtful, heartbreaking and, in my case, life-threatening obstacles to achieve their personal and professional goals. Aspiring toward a position of influence is the driving force behind most young ladies who compete in pageants. In chapter 45 of the new book, Real Talk, Real Women, I discuss the ups and downs of competition and how entering a stressful environment with a foundation of self-esteem and confidence is imperative. Without first defining who you are and what you stand for, competition can consume you like a hungry lion, without mercy.

ImageLearning how to properly nourish my body propelled me into a healthier level of, well… life, quicker than I could say, “super foods!” I’ve never looked back.  Now, although I’m still fine-tuning my internal domestic goddess status, I enjoy creating healthy alternatives to some recipes. With a little creativity, I think I’ve created a good mix of healthy and favorite holiday fare for my family. Here are two dishes I’ll be making this Thanksgiving, and I’d like to share them with you. Tweet me @LaceyWPruett and let me know how yours turn out. It’ll be like we’re celebrating Thanksgiving together, from a far.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan 

Ingredients

            12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)

            1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

            1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

            3 garlic cloves, minced

            1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

            2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

            1/2 teaspoon salt

            1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples

Ingredients

            1/2 cup diced apple

            8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered

            2 tablespoons apple cider

            2 teaspoons olive oil

            1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

            1/4 teaspoon salt

            1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine apple and Brussels sprouts in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish. Add apple cider, olive oil, minced fresh thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; toss well. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until sprouts are tender.

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On stage during swimsuit competition at the 2012 Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, NV.

It wasn’t until I ran for Mrs. Texas United States title that I felt I was a healthy pageant competitor. I guess it worked to, because I won the title on my first try, and went on to place 4th runner up at the Mrs. United States pageant. Learning to nourish my body, mind, and spirit is probably my greatest educational experience to date, as without it, I may not be alive. This was the motivation behind obtaining my certification as a holistic wellness coach. I want to continue helping other young women understand the importance of looking inward to achieve overall beauty and success. It was also my main motivation behind leaving my 12-year corporate career to pursue a full-time career as a spokesperson for health and wellness. Now, I joyfully remind people that: “Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.” It’s not that food is the enemy, but in a world consumed by emotional eating and corrupt body image, it’s a kind reminder that no food item can fill an emotional void or need. Being mindful of this fact is one of the healthiest ways to celebrate the holiday season.

For more about my story and perspective on the healthy side of competition, check out the book at http://www.realtalkrealwomen.net/lacey-pruett/ and order your own copy this December on Amazon.com. Pre-sale opportunities and digital copies are available now at the link above.  Happy healthy holidays! Lacey

August 7, 2013

‘Tis the Season for… Cinnamon!

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‘Tis the season… for cinnamon! I promise I won’t chat holidays just yet, although who doesn’t like a warm house filled with the aroma of cinnamon apple pie? That yumminess aside, I love knowing about the benefits of one of my favorite spices: Cinnamon! Nothing reminds us of the holidays quite like cinnamon does, but let’s not save such greatness for just the holiday season. I dare you to incorporate cinnamon year-round. Here’s why!

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Cinnamon is one of the world’s oldest-known spices and has healing properties that rival many other products on your spice rack. It’s natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties make it easy to have a love affair with cinnamon. Go ahead! Smell it, taste it, wear it… indulge! Try to incorporate it into your everyday routine to reap the most benefits. Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions:

Brain Power Booster

It was found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Carry a cinnamon stick around with you, and take a whiff every so often to keep you focused at work or school.

Pain Reliever

Cinnamon is used to treat pain because it reacts with the hormone-like substance prostaglandin, which contributes to the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Sprinkle some in your bath water!

Diabetes Treatment

Studies have been conducted on diabetic patients, whom were each given one-quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon over 40 days, researchers observed that patients’ blood sugar levels fell as much as 30 percent.

Weight Loss

Because of cinnamon’s effectiveness in reducing insulin resistance – research reports that cinnamon triples insulin’s capacity to metabolize blood sugar – the spice can thus reduce hunger and sugar cravings, which leads to weight loss.

Menstrual Aid

Cinnamon has been used for centuries to help women with heavy menstrual bleeding. (You’re welcome!)

Circulation Booster

Cinnamon is commonly used to thin blood, which in turn increases circulation throughout the body. This not only helps to reduce pain in troubled areas but promises that oxygen is being supplied to the blood cells. Cinnamon is also a great dietary complement for heart attack survivors.

 Complexion Enhancer

Due to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities as well as its antioxidant power, cinnamon is effective in treating acne and skin blemishes. Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon with 3 tablespoons of honey, apply to the skin, and let the mixture sit for a few hours or overnight. Wash off with warm water.

Cold and Flu Reliever

Cinnamon is commonly used across East Asia and Europe as a warming herb for conditions involving the body to become cold. In these cases, cinnamon is combined with ginger to treat a cold or flu.

Yeast Infection Fighter

Cinnamon can be used to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. High blood sugar levels can lead to candida overgrowth, and cinnamon is helpful in lowering blood sugar levels. Cinnamon’s anti-fungal properties are also helpful in combating the effects of a yeast infection.

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My Favorite Cinnamon Uses

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If you have no time…

  • Add cinnamon to your vanilla protein shake
  • Sprinkle Cinnamon on apple or pear slices, dipped in cashew butter
  • Put cinnamon in your morning coffee to start your day off with zest
  • Having a spinach salad for lunch? Sprinkle some cinnamon on it!
  • Cinnamon on baked chicken shakes up an otherwise bland protein option

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If you have the time, here’s a favorite recipe…

Cider-Glazed Roots with Cinnamon Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds assorted root vegetables, peeled (see Tip) and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Make yourself a warm cup of herbal tea.

2. If using parsnips, quarter lengthwise and remove the woody core before cutting into 1-inch pieces. Whisk cider, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish until the sugar is dissolved. Add root vegetables and toss to coat. Cover the baking dish with foil. Now, add cinnamon to your cup of herbal tea, and sip.

3. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and stir the vegetables. Continue cooking, uncovered, stirring every 20 minutes or so, until the vegetables are glazed and tender, about 1 hour more. Ask someone about their day… husband, children, or call and put a friend on speaker phone. Tell her you’re cooking but wanted to chat–you’ll make her feel important and special.

4. Meanwhile, place walnuts in a small skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and add butter, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Stir until the butter melts and the nuts are coated. Spread out on a plate to cool slightly. Tell the family something fabulous is coming!

5. Transfer the vegetables to a serving dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon walnuts. Give your favorite pup (or husband) a taste and celebrate their gratitude over such a yummy treat.

 (recipe compliments of http://www.eatingwell.com plus my own additions)

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

July 10, 2013

Farmer’s Market Fun

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Nobody picked up the produce for today’s celebration. Fifteen family members were about to show up at my door step for a afternoon of fellowship, fun, and well, most expected some food. Everything was displayed and ready to go, until someone asked, “where are the veggies for this dip?”

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Thank goodness, we live about two minutes from our local Farmer’s Market, and since I needed some fresh air, I offered to make the run. Leaving two of my friends, mid-conversation, and leaving some haif-filled tea glasses, I broke “party host code” and left the party–temporarily. 

Five minutes at the Farmer’s Market left me refreshed, renewed, and possessing a fresh supply of locally-grown, organic, delicious produce. Here’s an in-depth perspective into what you you’ll find as you drive up to your local Farmer’s Market. I encourage everyone to give it a try; not necessarily when you have a house filled with party guests. 

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  • Friendly People: Everyone greeted me with a smile, and I instantly felt gratitude for purchasing locally-grown produce and homemade food products. It warms your spirit to know you’re supporting the local farmers and ranchers, economy, and encouraging a healthy, organic perspective in your friends and family. Positive vibes all around.
  • A Variety of Options: I went with produce on the brain, but I also found a nice nut/seed blend to display for my guests during conversation, in between meal times. I also found some favorite scented candles made from organic materials by a lady who lives in the town next to me. (I got her business card, because she happened to be there re-stocking.) I picked up several nut butters made by the family of the rancher who’s meat products are at the Farmer’s Market. (Who doesn’t need a good, organic cashew butter around for surprise house guests, and hungry teenagers?) I even walked away with a funny sign to display in our backyard that reads: Backyard Guests Are The Best. 
  • A Positive Spirit: Driving home, I reflected on my purchases, feeling proud and accomplished over my nourishing options for my family and guests. I also enjoyed so many friendly smiles and the renewed confidence that most people want to and try to do the right thing for their health and their family’s health. I also feel that maybe we’re all in this together, and by joining forces (and visiting our local Farmer’s Market often) we quite possible can create world peace.

Check out: http://www.localharvest.org to locate a Farmer’s Market near you and experience the joy for yourself. For now, I’ll just pray for a peaceful, enjoyable afternoon of house guests.  –Lacey Pruett

May 29, 2013

Time to Detox?

It's not a glamorous topic, but it'll make your health shine!

It’s not a glamorous topic, but it’ll make your health shine!

Hello friends… it’s your personal Detoxing Diva here, eager to help you move quickly from some not-so-great food and beverage choices this past weekend. I’ll start by professing: You didn’t do as much damage as you think, and it IS reversible. (Repeat often the next few days.) That said; let’s get to the good stuff.

Amazingly, I received an increase in orders for our Herbal Cleanse Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The fact this time period is right as folks are winding down there holiday weekend celebrations or making the challenging transition from “weekend mode” to “work mode,” leads me to think that lots of you are trying to un-do the weekend and get back on track with your clean eating and mean training. Let me help!

The reason I said our Herbal Cleanse is because I have a long-standing relationship with Advocare nutritional products, and the Herbal Cleanse product is an all-inclusive herbal detoxification system to “right-set” your body to cleanse itself of unnecessary toxins and to welcome the nourishing attributes of your diet and supplement choices. Good fats, bad fats; wholesome carbs, simple/bad carbs… who cares if it all gets stuck in your gut and intestines to rot?

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors--citrus and peach.

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors–citrus and peach.

Advocare’s WELL, TRIM, and ACTIVE lines helped me move from a flabby, skinny chick to a lean, mean, competitive machine. Okay, I’m not a machine, but I was a pretty good pageant competitor for several years, dropped 10 pounds of fat and gained muscle strength, completed two marathons and 12 half-marathons, and excelled in the corporate world for 12 years fueled with Advocare—and I’m not done yet! I retired my corporate heels to focus full-time on helping others find, create, and live their healthiest life. It’s now my job to make you aware of how important it is to detox your body regularly (among how to implement other healthy habits.)

Becoming an informed nutritional enthusiast, and an Advocare Advisor, helped me represent myself well whether I was on the marathon trail, the corporate stage, or the pageant stage—and everywhere in between. Advocare is one of several great supplement companies available to you, but I can only speak to the scientific research, NCAA-approved, athlete-endorsed attributes of Advocare’s products. For these reasons and more, I trust Advocare for myself, my family, and my clients.

        If an all-inclusive detoxification system isn’t your thing, here are some helpful tips to help your body rid itself of unnecessary toxins you may be carrying around. As for that over-indulging that may have occurred (you don’t have to tell me), don’t beat yourself up. Part of living life is enjoying the moment and not worrying about occasional slip ups. Dust yourself off and get back on the healthy road.Implement positive talk ASAP! Do not let one bad meal (or one day of forgetting you’re a health god or goddess) send you spiraling into a well of woes. Accept the past and fill your week with good, clean decisions.

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      Pick up some Essentia Water and chug-a-lug. People under-estimate the power of good clean, high-pH water and its ability to flush toxins quickly through your systems. Water is fuel for your digestive system. Don’t ever let your tank register empty!

      Put on your favorite workout attire and get moving. Exercise and sweating are both excellent detoxification strategies. This is the week to challenge yourself. Get after it!

      Detox your mind. When cravings hit, and you recall some of the treats you consumed over the weekend and start to miss the tastes—STOP! Food is not anyone’s true source of emotion. Something else is making you happy, sad, joyful, somber… figure out what it is and get to know yourself a little better. Consider jotting down some of your thoughts.

      Be fiber-friendly. Most Americans do not get enough fiber. Make it your mission to consume more fiber this week. An added perk will be speeding up the detoxification process for your body. Yay!

To check out Advocare’s Herbal Cleanse product, go to: www.fitandfunlifestyle.com. You can learn more about the system, ingredients, and what makes it so great for your body. As a treat for you, here’s one of my favorite fiber-friendly recipes using Advocare’s fiber drink powder. (You can also substitute your own favorite powdered fiber.)

A yummy way to get your fiber!

A yummy way to get your fiber!

Fiber Muffin Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS

6 packages Fiber drink

1 3/4 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix dry ingredients together. Then add the following ingredients:

1/3 cup honey

1 cup applesauce- the kind without sugar added

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk

Fold in one large chopped apple.

Spoon into a non-stick muffin pan or use paper muffin cups in your pan. This makes 12 muffins, and you may pile the batter up as they do not raise much. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes.

Happy detoxing, friends!  — Lacey