Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Easy DIY Tote Bag Tutorial in celebration of LA's Ban on Plastic Bags!


I am so excited to learn today that LA has approved a ban on plastic bags! This issue of over consumption of non-biodegradable materials HAS to stop, it is not sustainable, and plastics are laden with chemicals which - through out it's production and use, litter the environment with carcinogenic compounds poisoning everything it touches!

In celebration of this exciting new legislation, which will go into effect next year in LA - here is a simple DIY tutorial on how to make your own Tote Bag out of a T-Shirt! Get crafty with these simple steps, and upcycle an old shirt that was just sitting around anyway!

Have fun getting creative - and keeping plastic bags out of our environment!



Monday, June 17, 2013

My Top 3 Comfort Foods

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Lately I've been going through some ups and downs. I thought it would be fun to post about my favorite comfort foods. We all have those go-to, yummy, delicious 'splurge' treats we like to bake or buy when we are just in a funk - and want to get a little chocolate loving happening in our mouths to help lift our spirits. 

These recipes will get your saliva flowing and turn that frown upside down. Here are my top 3 comfort foods and their recipes! 

Yes, even health coaches get to splurge every once in awhile, we're human too! These are recipes I have found online and are some of my own, and I am excited to share them with you today. If I can make them, you can make them - hope you enjoy!

Now get ready to drool all over your keyboards, and start baking!

#1 Cookies
Cherry Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie

#2 Chocolate

#3 Tater Tots

What are your favorite comfort foods? 

Tell me in the comments below!


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mangosteen - Dragon Fruit *KISS* Smoothie

Feel refreshed and energized from this delicious and kissable smoothie!
Smooth, Sweet, Energizing, it will activate the lover in you and your sweetheart...

It will love you just as much as you will love it

Place ingredients in blender and blend for 1 minute!

1 ripe Dragon Fruit
1 Can Mangosteens - or 10 fresh Mangosteens
2 Manila Mango's
1 Tbs. Chia Seeds
1/2 tsp Kelp Powder
3 c. Water

Now go enjoy this refreshing tropical smoothie 
and share it with your lover 
then enjoy a sweet kiss of love and fruit together!


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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lychee Mango Smoothie

Cool down this summer with this SUPER easy and mouth watering smoothie! It will transport you to a tropical island oasis lounging beach-side, and with it's burst of natural sweetness you will truly wonder why you haven't tried this before!

I found both of these fruits at the local Asian market! Take a trip and find your closest Asian market or order some of these ingredients online. You HAVE to try this!

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Maple Glazed Roasted Eggplant Salad

Eggplant is in season right now, and it's a delicious compliment to many dishes adding a fresh new flavor to your palette, plus, it's full of anti-cancer properties! 

This Salad is super easy to put together, and all you'll need is the ingredients and a skillet! 

Check out the recipe below.

Also, I have included some information about the health benefits of Eggplants! It's something everyone should add into their diet now that they are in season.

Health benefits of Eggplant:

1. Great Brain Food- 

Research on eggplant has focused on an anthocyanin phytonutrient found in eggplant skin called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. In animal studies, nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform.

2. Rich source of Antioxidants -

The good news concerning eggplant is that the predominant phenolic compound found in all varieties tested is chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most potent free radical scavengers found in plant tissues. Benefits attributed to chlorogenic acid include antimutagenic (anti-cancer), antimicrobial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol) and antiviral activities.

3. Cardiovascular Health and Free-Radical Protection -

When laboratory animals with high cholesterol were given eggplant juice, their blood cholesterol, the cholesterol in their artery walls and the cholesterol in their aortas (the aorta is the artery that returns blood from the heart back into circulation into the body) was significantly reduced, while the walls of their blood vessels relaxed, improving blood flow. 

Nasunin is not only a potent free-radical scavenger, it is also a natural iron chelator. Although iron is an essential nutrient and is necessary for oxygen transport, normal immune function and collagen synthesis, too much iron is not a good thing. 

Excess iron increases free radical production and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Menstruating women, who lose iron every month in their menstrual flow, are unlikely to be at risk, but in postmenopausal women and men, iron, which is not easily excreted, can accumulate. 

By chelating iron, nasunin lessens free radical formation with numerous beneficial results, including protecting blood cholesterol (which is also a type of lipid or fat) from peroxidation; preventing cellular damage that can promote cancer; and lessening free radical damage in joints, which is a primary factor in rheumatoid arthritis.

Maple Glazed Roasted Eggplant Salad:

Prep Time: 3 Mins.
Total Time: 15 Mins
Serves: 1

1 Eggplant (sliced)
4 Tbs. Olive Oil
4 Tbs. Maple Syrup
1 tsp. sea salt
1.5 tsp. Cinnamon
6 Leaves Red Leaf Lettuce
1 c. Organic Corn


1. Heat skillet to medium high with 2 tbs Olive Oil, add sliced eggplant into
skillet (not overlapping each other, I was able to fit 3 slices in a small skillet at a time). Heat slices until a slight change of color occurs on both sides.

2. Pour about 2 tbs maple syrup over slices, and let slices saute in the skillet for about 30 seconds on each side - make sure to evenly coat each slice with the oil and maple syrup mixture in the bottom of the skillet.

3. Layer the Red Leaf Lettuce leaves on top of a large plate.

4. Place finished eggplant slices on top of leaves - and continue roasting the rest of the eggplant slices in the oil/maple syrup combination.

5. On my last set of slices - I poured in the corn and some more oil to cook the corn in the skillet. My secret flavor blast I added was some cinnamon and a bit of sea salt in with the corn and slices to cook together. Remove the remaining slices of Eggplant layer on top of lettuce. Garnish with Maple syrup and cinnamon.

6. Continue cooking corn until it's completely cooked - then layer corn around the eggplant slices.

 Serve Hot!

Now is a great time to try some delicious eggplant!

How do you like to eat eggplant?

~Peace and Love~


Monday, June 3, 2013

How To Make: Cream of Rice Cereal WITH KIDS! (GF)

We love Cream of Rice cereal at our house! I'm always looking for more ways to save money and stretch our dollars through out the month on groceries. I realized that I was spending money on something I could make myself - at over HALF the price, and get MORE bang for my buck!

Before I get into the tutorial on HOW exactly to do it - I want to cover some of the risks and health benefits of rice in your diet. 

Firstly, rice is at a high risk of being contaminated with arsenic from the soil and water it was grown in. I only recommend purchasing Organic jasmine rice, or organic brown rice from origins other than China, Mexico and the US - where the arsenic levels in their rice have been found to be the highest. 


#1 - It's naturally Gluten-Free!



STEP 1: 
Buy Organic Rice in bulk

STEP 2: 
Get a coffee grinder (we just use a small size)

STEP 3: 
Rinse the amount of rice you want to grind for 10 minutes then let dry on paper towel.

STEP 4: 
Grind Rice and store in labeled plastic bag or Storage container with lid in pantry.

~ 1 lb. of rice will grind 1lb. of cereal ~

How To Make: 
Cream of Rice Cereal WITH KIDS!

Watch our video below!

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