Wellness Wednesday: Sometimes you gotta make it work…

Peace Soulstars,

Let’s admit that we can all do better when it comes to diet.  This list of alkaline superfoods is just a helpful reminder that there are options when it comes to health!  By now,  most of us should know that healthy doesn’t mean boring and bland.   It’s mind over matter.  If you think it than it shall be.  It starts with changing your perception of food.

I get side eyes from time to time whenever I share some of my new discoveries like bee pollen for instance.  It looks odd to some and like nothing they want to put in their mouths but it is known for being one of the best superfoods out here.  Alone bee pollen does not taste good at all to me but when I add it to a bowl of coconut yogurt, fruit and granola topped with cacao nibs, it’s the bomb!

I make it work for me.  Mix those not-so-good-by-themselves foods with what you do like.  Make it work!  Don’t overwhelm yourself either. Pace yourself. At the end of the day,  you have to ask yourself:  Is this food feeding or fighting dis-ease?

Remember dis-ease cannot thrive in an alkaline body.  Don’t stress though.  Healthy doesn’t have to be stressful either.  If it’s stressful you just may need to take a different approach to find what works for you.  It’s that simple.

Love and light,

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Wellness Wednesday: Have a fruitful breakfast!

Peace Soulstars,

Fruit for breakfast was an on and off thing for me in the past but I’ve been making it routine to have fruit for breakfast!  Alongside my cuppa matcha green tea (yes, I’m that person who drinks hot tea in the summer), I have a mango and banana.

Sometimes it’s just a plate of an assortment of fruit.  It makes me feel good, satisfied (not full…there’s a big difference), and it just works.  How? Some benefits I’ve noticed personally: my energy and mental clarity have improved.

Check out a list of benefits of eating fruit for breakfast below from one good reason:

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Love and light,

Foodie Tuesdays: Kale with shrimp and quinoa!

Photo from Foodfash.com

Peace Soulstars,

If you can tell I’m all about meals that are healthy, quick, and easy to make but most importantly full of flavor!  This simple recipe features kale and quinoa which are both key energy foods.  Seasoned with a little salt, a pinch of cracked red pepper and lemon juice it’s sure to fill you up and have your taste buds singing.  I underestimated it until I took a bite after my taste tester (my ten year old daughter) gave me the heads up that this was a winner.  Anytime they ask for seconds you know you’ve done something right!

You know I tweak things a bit.  The only thing I did differently was turned this into shrimp and kale quinoa by adding more quinoa.  So, in a nutshell, I had shrimp and kale with my quinoa.  It was more filling that way in my opinion ;-).  As with any recipe I share, add or take away ingredients to your liking!  You can even make it as is.  Whatever you do, just enjoy!

Find the recipe here!

Foodie Tuesdays: Tuscan Bean soup

 

Easy Tuscan Bean Soup (30 Minute Mondays!)

What makes this a perfect comfort food meal for any day of the week?  It’s quick, easy to make, flavorful, and hearty!  I tried this recipe this week as a Sunday night meal due to my recipe fail on Saturday.  I had to redeem myself and I did because we all loved this tuscan bean soup.  I’m quite the fan of tuscan style food.  It’s versatile too! You can add some potatoes if you want.  You could also make this vegan style by skipping the cheese which would be a great option if you’re detoxing.  Soups are  detox friendly meals as long as they’re packed with veggies.  The crusty bread is a must though unless you’re against bread!  There’s something about these hearty soups and crusty bread that help us get through the winter.  Perfect for those cold, snowy or rainy winter nights!  Enjoy!  Recipe here!

Wellness Wednesdays: The “Mother” of all super foods!

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Many say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but what about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar which will do that and thensome?

Peace Soulstars,

Before the whole acv (apple cider vinegar) craze my mother has been the main pusher of taking acv for EVERYTHING.  lol…It’s actually a recurring joke in my household that anytime anything hurts or you get any kind of ailment my mother insists that you “Get the vinegar!”  “The vinegar” without a doubt being apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it.  The “mother” is a filmy looking matter that contains enzymes and nutrients that make acv beyond amazing in treating your body good.  Over 15 years ago (and beyond) my mother has been such an advocate for taking acv as a natural remedy for everything from high blood pressure to body aches and dental issues.  In fact, she is the natural remedy queen so it’s inevitable for me to have become a natural healer myself.  What can I say?  It’s in my dna!

I can honestly say that for the past six years I have been flu free despite maybe a bout of a cold here and there.  When my family gets sick we  never take over the counter medicine.  We stick to natural remedies that are highly unlikely to cause unpleasant side effects.  If I ever do get sick, it’s happens when I haven’t been taking my apple cider vinegar regularly.  I went a whole two years during grad school with no illnesses and I was stressed beyond measure.  I can only attribute it to my vitamins and acv tea which I drank almost daily during that time.  Oh yeah, and I haven’t had a flu shot since I was pregnant with my daughter which was over ten years ago!  ACV is a staple in my household for stomach issues, colds/flu prevention and treatment and I’ve also cured a wart my daughter had by using acv topically.

I like variety because I get bored easily so I use it in different ways.  The apple walnut salad from yesterday’s post includes an apple cider vinegar based salad dressing.  One of my favorites is a tea that I make from 2 tablespoons (1 tablespoon for newbies) of apple cider vinegar with raw honey and cinnamon.  If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add some ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mix.  I’ve also been brave enough to take a tablespoon of acv straight and chase it with a cup of water but it’s not for the fainthearted.  I can attest to many of the health benefits and I’m open to trying other ways to add acv to my daily routine.   For more acv info click here , here, and here!

Love and light,

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Foodie Tuesdays: Apple Walnut Cranberry salad!

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Photo from flavormosaic.com

This apple walnut cranberry salad is already packed with flavor but ingredients can easily be altered to your taste.  Instead of gorgonzola use feta or omit the cheese altogether.  Add honey to the homemade dressing for a touch of sweetness.  This salad is perfect alone or served with a main dish.  Check it out here!

 

Wellness Wednesdays: Health benefits of Cod Fish!

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Yesterday’s recipe called for cod fish along with shrimp in the italian fish stew. Did you realize that cod is pretty good for you?  I had no idea of all of the health benefits.  I was aware of Omega 3’s because it’s fish and omega 3’s are beneficial to your cognitive health which is why you see that it “protects against alzheimer’s and age related cognitive decline.”  Reading all of these health benefits makes me want to find more recipes for cod.  I like it fried too to be honest but I prefer it in the stew and baked.