5 minute smoothie

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Start your morning off right with this 5-minutes-to-make smoothie! 

Ingredients (all organic):

💚kale

💚half banana sliced

💚half packet acai

💚handful frozen mixed berry blend

💚tablespoon chia seeds

💚almond milk filled up to kale

💚pomegranate juice filled up to top

Such an easy recipe and so YUM ! You can find all of these ingredients at costco for cheap-just keep the fruits and kale frozen, chia seeds stored in your cupboard, and pomegranate juice/almond milk in the fridge. I like to wake up, drink a warm cup of tea with lemon, let it sit for about 10 mins then drink this smoothie. The warm water will kick start your digestive system and the smoothie will follow. Enjoy!!

How to scramble

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The less time you apply heat, the more nutrients vegetables retain. At least that’s what I’ve heard and it seems to be true! Whenever I overcook my veggies they don’t taste as good, and it only makes sense that the more alive something is the more nutrients it will have. Anyways! Here’s my scramble and how I made it ☺️ enjoy! *all ingredients are organic*

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions 
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 heaping handfuls of spinach
  • 2 heaping handfuls baby spinach (the spinach and kale should fill a large salad bowl uncooked because they cook down so much, but you can always add more if you need)
  • 2 eggs (can always add more)
  • Chili powder to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

How-to:

Turn the stove on medium head and add the olive oil. After about 45 seconds, add the garlic and onions then sautée for about 1-2 minutes. Add the spinach and kale and stir around until they cook down (about 3 minutes). Remove onions, spinach and kale mixed with the garlic from pan and place into separate bowl. Then add the eggs with a tbsp water into the pan. Stir to scramble and once the eggs are almost done cooking, add all veggies, including tomatoes and green onions, then stir together with spices. I chose chili powder, cayenne pepper and salt. Enjoy!  

 

OatMEAL that’s actually good

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Working full time, keeping the house clean, paying bills, trying to stay fit and healthy…this can all be difficult to time manage. However the one thing that we can’t go without paying attention to is that you must eat! Therefore, finding quick and easy recipes that you don’t have to make everyday is key. 

Welcome: the breakfast oatmeal casserole! Healthy, quick, and satisfying. Here is the recipe below, which can be modified in many ways (see my modifications below). I used all organic ingredients and swapped out the dairy where I could. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this an 8! Very easy, inexpensive, filling, and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups All Natural Oats
  • ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar 
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (dark chocolate)
  • 1 Cup Strawberries (raspberries)
  • ⅔ Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 2 Cups Milk (vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tbsp Butter (organic melt buttery spread)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 10×10 casserole dish generously with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the chocolate chips, & half the berries. Stir well and pour into casserole dish. Add the other half of the berries & chocolate chips to the top of the mixture. Then, slice the banana & add to top. Sprinkle on chia seeds. 
  4. In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg, butter, & vanilla. Whisk thoroughly. Pour on top of oatmeal mixture, making sure the all oats are soaked evenly. 
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Then, remove casserole & add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the top of the casserole for added sweetness (optional.) Bake for an additional 5 or 10 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown.

Some modification ideas:

  • Try adding chia or flax seeds to the mix
  • Lessen the sugar and butter
  • Swap one cup oats for one cup freekeh
  • Try different berries, like raspberries

Find the original recipe here. Enjoy!

 

What is Xanthan Gum & why is it in almost every processed food I see?

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Being conscious of what you put into your body requires reading labels and ingredients in all products. I’ve always read the “Xanthan gum” part of ingredients and been like, “hmm..this is in so many foods that it must be safe.” I never read too much into it, but after learning that msg has 50 different names, gmo corn can be found in many things as high fructose corn syrup, etc. I decided to do a quick search. Here’s what I found:

So what’s it for? Xanthan gum is a thickening and stabilizing agent used in foods, cosmetics, toothpaste and medicines to name a few. It can also lower blood sugar & cholesterol and stimulates the digestive tract (source). If you are gluten free, use store bought salad dressing, or use anything that needs to remain thickened or mixed, chances are you are consuming this on a regular basis. 

In scientific terms: xanthan gum is a polysaccharide secreted by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris (source). I get that we need to thicken foods or keep them mixed nicely, but seriously who was the first person to recognize that a certain kind of bacteria’s waste that produces rot on vegetables could be a useful sugar we could add in almost any food? So strange to me haha. 

Xanthan gym is derived from corn, wheat or soy and is usually only less than .5% of the product weight. According to FDA regulations, Organic products need only be 95% organic to carry the “USDA organic” seal. This makes me think then that our organic processed foods could still have some gmo ingredients from these little emulsifiers perhaps? I don’t know just something to consider as I thought “organic” meant 100% organic. 

So should you avoid it? If you are allergic to corn, wheat or soy then yes. I haven’t found any scientific studies that prove it to be harmful. However with most things we manipulate in a lab, add to foods and consume on a large scale, I would be careful. I have decided not to worry about it since it is in such small quantities. You gotta pick your battles, right? 

Aloha! Green Juice No Ka ‘Oi! Recipe below <3

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This Aloha green juice is made up of all organic & local ingredients from my favorite store in the whole world Down To Earth:

  • 2/3 bunch Kale
  • 1/3 bunch Dandelion Greens
  • 1/2 Large Cucumber
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 1 Fuji Apple
  • 1/2 papaya
  • 1/2 cup cold-pressed, organic Lakewood coconut juice

To make two batches (as seen here) just double the recipe!

No ka ‘oi means “the best” and follows a noun.

Aloha has many meanings including hello, goodbye, love and affection!

Namas’cray <3

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World Health Day!

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Happy World Health Day! Have you hugged a carrot today?

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

Wall of Wellness! Sore Throat & Cough Remedy

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This week’s ♥WALL OF WELLNESS♥

I’ve always turned to Robitussin or DayQuil or some sort of other medicine to heal me when I’m sick, but this time I did some research and tried to use Mother Nature instead! On day 1, I literally felt like I was a dragon breathing fire! I had to turn to a menthol cough drop and two advil to stop the pain (if anyone has any natural home remedies for pain, PLEASE share) I’ve also had a wet cough everyday with trouble breathing

For my wellness plan here’s what I did:

  • 6 wellness pills twice daily with a meal
  • 1 echinacea pill twice daily with a meal
  • 6 oil of oregano drops into 4 ounces water
  • Ginger/lemon/honey/echinacea or peppermint tea at least 6 times per day.
  • Added cloves of fresh cut garlic to each dinner I cooked
  • Also, LOTS of water!
  • Avoided dairy products and refined sugar foods (or at least tried – I can’t resist pizza and brownies at work! But i definitely coughed more when I ate those things) – this is actually very important! As soon as I ate refined sugar and dairy, my cough got way worse and more stuff would come up, leading to a worse sore throat. Eat alkaline foods us has kale, zucchini, carrots, etc. that will balance out your body and make it less acidic!

For the tea: use a peeler to get the ginger skin off of a 1-2 inch section, chop into tiny cubes. Slice lemon into half then quarter each half. Add two quarters lemon and 1-2 inches cubed ginger to pot of water then boil. Add echinacea tea bag and boiling lemon/ginger mixture into mug then sprinkle cayenne pepper and teaspoon honey into mug. Allow to cool a bit, then enjoy. I did this at least 6 times/day.

Oil of Oregano: I found out that Oil of Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics out there. I’ve been putting 6-7 drops into 3-5 ounces of water (don’t stir or shake-keep the oil in the middle in one place) and drinking quickly. It’s important to buy certain kinds with certain potencies, for example: I used organic wild Mediterranean oregano oil (origanum vulgare), it’s 80% carvacrol-this is important because carvacrol must be at least 60-80%, and because it is so potent it must be mixed with a carrier oil-this one is mixed with vitamin e and extra virgin olive oil.

It’s day 4 and my cough is subsiding, less stuff is coming up, and my throat doesn’t hurt half as bad!

Everyone Has Parasites! Part II

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Week Two of the Parasite Cleanse!

It is now the completion of week 2 on the Parasite Cleanse and man oh man do I have some updates for you!! Great things below, I suggest you check out each result so you know how my experience was and what to expect in yours! I decided not to bore you with my daily feelings/experiences (check out Post 1 if you want the intro), rather I’d share with you the exciting overall results!

If there is anything else you want to know, I welcome your feedback & questions! Ask away below..

How I ate and how this affected the cleanse: I started out eating like normal, just had fruit/oats for breakfast, salads for lunch and whatever I wanted for dinner (keep in mind, I am also a vegetarian so no meat on the cleanse). With the colon cleanse and all the fiber I was getting from my veggies, my bowel movements were happening 3+ times/day. I felt like I was really cleansing my body. Then by day 5 I had to go to a friend’s going away dinner, so I binged on pizza and pasta. This led me to make more poor choices in the following days full of bagels, more pizza, and refined sugars in the form of cake, ice cream and mochi and I tell ya, I really felt a difference. My bowel movements slowed to maybe once/day, they even almost halted, and the amount that was coming out was minuscule compared to the first handful of days because of the processed foods I was eating. I am a pizza person and I couldn’t resist a night out to celebrate with friends, but I regretted these decisions because I knew I was supposed to avoid sugars and processed foods. I felt like I wasn’t getting enough out of my cleanse, which led to…

Juicing!: I started juicing for the past 4 days and I am really feeling the benefits and changes!! My face is glowing, my skin is clearing, my tummy is flattening, and my energy levels are through the roof!! I feel like I can think clearer and enjoy my days more! My bowel movements have returned to multiple times a day in large amounts so I am so happy I’m finishing the cleanse strong. I highly recommend implementing cold-pressed, organic green juices into your daily meals while on this cleanse. I will include my recipes in another post (stay tuned). For now, check out this link for ideas. This is from “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” which inspired me to juice cleanse and it is amazing. Check it out on Netflix!

Skin: I have been told by multiple people that my face is glowing! I am so shocked because I honestly feel like it is too! My skin looks more moisturized, I have more color in my lips, and more pigment in my skin tone. I also have noticed my skin is clearing up – finally something that is working! Two places in particular, I have repeat offenders where even when I pop these pimples, without fail they return. I kid you not, these pimples are gone right now! I hope this isn’t one of those phases where I think it’s clearing but it pops back up, so I’ll keep you guys informed about that situation!

Energy: Levels are through the roof! Not many of you know this, but I work in an office Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm HST as a Recruiting Specialist/Account Manager. This job is so stressful, mundane at times, and really not anything I’m passionate about, so stress levels spike! Pre-cleanse, I was often/easily pissed off, snappy, annoyed, and exhausted despite my daily coffee routine. Post-cleanse I am still a little sluggish to get up in the morning (not so much a morning person myself) but once my eyes have finally settled into the open stage, I am wide awake, happy, and hilarious if I do say so myself – I have been cracking some funny jokes around work and everyone is noticing it, haha! This energy boost is making it hard to sit at a desk all day and work, BUT I am grateful for the change in mood, as work has been a complete stressful drag lately.

Parasite sightings: You guys, I apologize…I TRIED to dig and find worms to analyze and potentially take pictures of so I could share them with you, but I just don’t have the stomach for it! I would get queasy at the first attempt and just couldn’t stomach it. However, I still have seen the thin, stringy white worms on the outsides and the fact that I can see them on the outside makes me think there are TONS! I’ve lost count of how many, and I can only imagine how many are actually in there if I could really analyze, but

I am blown away at the results and how many parasites have come out.

If I’ve seen this many without digging, I can’t even imagine what’s really in there and all the different kinds (gross!) Here is a link to Google images of parasites, but beware it’s pretty graphic in my opinion: Parasites! And yes, these are what you actually see coming out of you! Don’t worry, they aren’t alive and you don’t feel them at all. If you are worried about this, feel free to ask me and I can go into more detail!

Still to come:

On my How To Post, you can find links to each product I used. The total cost of this cleanse was less than $40! (UPDATE: with the probiotics added, it increases the cos a bit. If you want to keep your cost low, talk with an associate at your local health foods store and ask them about a cost-effective probiotic.) If you opt out of the Ornithine and Arganine, it’s even cheaper. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions!

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