DIY COCONUT YOGURT

I’m obsessed with COCONUT.  OBSESSED.  And OBSESSED with this COCONUT YOGURT RECIPE I’ve been making lately.  I like to make it on Sunday evenings and store it in glass jars for the week.  Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Coconut Yogurt

DIY Coconut Yogurt

DIY TOOTHPASTE VIDEO

Take a few minutes and see how incredibly easy it is to make toothpaste at home.  We’ve been doing this for a year and love it SO MUCH MORE that the store brands.  
P.S.  It also whitens the teeth!
Score.

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Open to US and Canada. After you enter, take a look at some of the videos and info I’ve added with ideas on how to use your coconut oil.

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Click HERE on how to use COCONUT OIL. 

Keep in mind that when you cook with coconut oil and it gets on your skin, or you use it in your personal products, it absorbs – like everything does – through your skin into your blood stream… and it’s GOOD FOR YOU!  This is another way we are getting rid of those harmful chemicals in our home.

Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil: http://coconutoil.com

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8 FOOD TO EAT EVERY DAY

put together a list of 
8 Foods You Should Eat EVERY DAY…
BLUE BERRIES
BLACK BEANS
TOMATOES
WALNUTS
CARROTS
SPINACH
YOGURT
OATS

This is a great list to check off everyday!  For the most part I eat SLOW-CARB, but I add in 1 smoothie a day that gives me these other foods for a balanced diet.  

theSMOOTHIE
1/4 cup carrot juice
lots of spinach!
frozen berries
greek yogurt
local honey
a little kale
1/2 banana
flax seeds
oatmeal
water

For more smoothie options, take a look at the
 SMOOTHIE SHOPPING LIST

Get your black beans and tomatoes in
and eat walnuts for a snack!

EAT FOR YOUR HEALTH PEOPLE!!!

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

HOMADE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
The fastest, easiest thing I make… and SO good!
 
theINGREDIENTS
2 boxes of organic, free range chicken broth
red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers
pkg of egg noodles
3 chicken breasts
baby carrots
celery
onion
1.  Heat broth to a boil and then add chicken.  I use frozen and drop it right in.  I love that I don’t have to touch the uncooked chicken 🙂

2.  Boil chicken about 15 minutes, and then add in diced bell peppers, celery, onion and carrots.  Cook 10 minutes.  Take out the cooked chicken and cut it up.   Add it back to the soup.

3.  Add egg noodles and cook according to the package.  I always add water.  I don’t ever measure… just want to make sure there is enough liquid to cook the noodles.  At this point, make it as soupy as you’d like by adding more water or broth.
And done!
Try this recipe for you, your family, or friends who get sick.  It’s LOADED with goodness!  And also make it when you are short on time and need something cozy for dinner.  For my friends who are sick, here are a few tips that can boost your immune system and help you kick the cold…
* SLEEP – at least 8 hours at night, and take a nap!  (That’s hard for me… HATE naps.)
* Nasal rinse at least 2 times a day.  This helps SO much.  This will help avoid sinus infection and other unwanted sick drama.  I always use purified water.
* Take a probiotic daily – BUY NOW
* Take a high quality multivitamin daily – BUY NOW
* Take omega 3 fatty acids daily – BUY NOW
* Drink Throat Coat Tea and Breathe Easy Tea as needed
* Eat foods that will power your body and will promote recovery – nutrient rich food!
* Keep a healthy hand sanitizer with you and your mini humans at all times!
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A SLOW-CARB MEAL: Breakfast for Dinner

Here’s a slow-carb meal that makes everyone in my house happy!
 
BREAKFAST for DINNER

thePREP
1. Saute’ onion and bell pepper 
(and any other veggie you want to throw in there) 
2. In a different skillet, saute’ SPINACH in COCONUT OIL.
3. Add eggs to the onion and peppers.
4. Prepare bacon.  I cooked bacon in the oven
 375 for 20ish minutes.  It was good!
 I add FLAX OIL to the eggs.
 
THIS IS MY KIDS PLATE
VERY GOOD and FILLING!
EVERYONE is HAPPY and HEALTHY 🙂

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TEST DAY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

I’m so proud of the hard work Taylor has put into school this year.  She has studied hard and it is paying off!  I’ve noticed a bit more focus and stress as she is walking through mid-term tests. I know that she has studied hard and is prepared!
 
Now it is my responsibility to make sure her 
BODY and BRAIN 
are fueled and ready!
 
 
I would have taken a better smoothie picture, 
but we were in the middle of the  
“MORNING RUSH”… you know what I am talking about! 
 LOL
 
theSMOOTHIE
 
kale
spinach
parsley
mint
oatmeal
coconut oil – buy it HERE
flax seeds
bee pollen
greek yogurt
honey
frozen fruit
1/2 banana
water
and to make it taste good…
1/2 cup OJ
 
That’s a power packed meal that she “ate” on the way to school!
 
Check out the 
for more healthy ideas on what to add.
 
*The picture shows the amount of food I use for 2 smoothies.  I make Taylor and Iver’s together, then make a quick one for me… using less fruit and no OJ.

 

 

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Smoothie Shopping List


I realized today when I was shopping at Trader Joe’s that I have a mental smoothie shopping list that I use.  I keep foods from this list in my kitchen so that my family can have a variety of smoothie options available to them.  So I’ve decided to put MY list down on “paper” and share it with you!  With smoothies, I encourage you to be creative!   Some are better than others, but soon you will find combinations you LOVE!  This happens to be my list, so feel free to add other foods to your list.


FRUITS 
bananas
apples
oranges
strawberries
rasberries
blueberries
blackberries
pineapple
mango
papaya
kiwi
dates
*If possible, choose ORGANIC and SEASONAL fruit.  If not, consider frozen fruit.  Also remember that fruit has a lot of sugar, so go easy and leave room for your green friends I list next!
 
GREENS
kale
spinach
parsley
cucumber
 
PROTEIN SOURCE
high quality time-release chocolate protein powder 
organic greek plain yogurt
almond butter
oatmeal
 
LIQUID
water
almond milk (we don’t have much dairy around here)
orange juice
coconut milk/water
and yes, coffee and herbal tea
 
EXTRA GOODIES
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honey
bee pollen
flax seeds
hemp seeds
spirulina
mint leaves
cinnamon
ginger
agave nectar
stevia
 



WHY I’M A FAN OF SMOOTHIES:

  1. Blending food takes care of the first step in digestion: chewing!  Food breaks down faster in the stomach.  It’s like a mini-vacation for your digestive system 🙂
  2. Smoothies offer a chance to “eat” food you usually wouldn’t eat.  For instance, I dislike Kale… a lot!  I’ve tried it different ways, it’s just gross to me.  One day I got brave and put a small amount in a smoothie.  Surprisingly I didn’t hate it!  In fact, I kinda liked it.  Slowly I began adding more and more kale.  Now I’m to the point where I crave it.  Yes, I’ve gone there!
  3. Smoothies offer a chance to sneak food to your kids body that they would NEVER imagine eating!  THIS REALLY WORKS!  At first my kids had no idea what they were “eating”, but by this point, they know I put all sorts of stuff in.  Both of my kids like their smoothie different ways, and I adjust them according to their preference.
  4. They are easy.
  5. They are fast.
  6. They are yum.
These are some of my favorite smoothies:
 
 BERRY GOOD SMOOTHIE
 
 
Please share the foods you add to your smoothies!

Fitness Vacation Recap 4: THURSDAY

the BEACH
Thursday morning we headed out to the beach… thinking it was warmer than it really was!  
But that didn’t stop us from the workout! HEHEHE… Seriously, my peeps were awesome!

OK, I was really cold!  I forgot my jacket!

the FISHERMAN
So this fisherman put out his line, and within minutes he was reeling something in…

 

It was very exciting to us!  I’m embarrassed to say that I clapped for him once he had the fish in his hand.  He looked over at us and said “Hi” with a head nod.
We then felt that we should go over to him to see the fish he caught.  

The Fisherman was really nice:  He showed us the fish and told us about it.  We learned that he works for a fishing magazine and gets paid to go up and down the Florida Coast fishing… “The Best Job!”  He was in this particular location because of the migrating fish.  We thought that was so cool!

Well, it became cooler a few hours later when we saw – from our balcony -what we think to be schools of fish migrating!  It was really hard to believe what we were seeing.  There were no clouds making shadows and the dark forms changed constantly!  
If anyone has any info on what we were seeing,  PLEASE share!  I would love to know more about this!

Oh and by the way, this is what that exact spot normally looks like- plus some surfers!
 Here is one more picture of this spot, plus me holding a really cool surfboard pretending to know what I am doing with it!  LOL
The dark shadows kept moving south for the next few hours, and then we never saw them again.  

the SNACK
This is me eating delicious Roasted Sweet Corn from MELISSA’S.  They are good as a salad topping, in trail mix and salsas, but we just ate them alone!  They make for a great SWEET TREAT, and we all agreed!
 Kay and Carolyn were eating a HEALTHY SNACK of chicken salad, veggies and hummus.

the MEAL
We had a LOT of wonderful zucchini from MELISSA’S to eat, and this is how we used them:

1) ZUCCHINI CHIPS
slice
toss in COCONUT OIL
add seasoning
sprinkle with parmesan cheese
350 degrees – cook 30 minutes
2) ZUCCHINI LASAGNA
Layer 
spaghetti sauce – diced zucchini – ricatta cheese 
Top with Parmesan Cheese

Here I did 3 layers. 
Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
 

3) ZUCCHINI PIZZA
We didn’t make this on our trip, but it is a great healthy way to eat zucchini.  
Find the recipe HERE.

Tomorrow I will let you in on our final day, FRIDAY.
SAND BAG WORKOUT
and
BEACH BLING

If you are interested in your own
 HEALTH & FITNESS VACATION
 e-mail me at
and we will talk!