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4 Juices and a Shake, mmmm

26 Dec

Happy End of December!

Sometimes the same green juice gets a tad boring.  This week I’ve got four juices and a shake I’m making to ring in the new year in health.

I got the recipes from Juices101. The author broke down the amazing Blue Print Cleanse juices for us to DIY at home.


Green Apple


3 Romaine leafs
5 Celery ribs
1 Cucumber
3 Kale leafs
5 Parsley ribs
2 granny smith Apple
5 tbsp Spinach
1 oz Lemon juice

Pineapple Apple Mint


1/3 Pineapple
2 granny smith Apple
4 tbsp Mint (finely chopped)
1 oz Lime juice

Spicy Lemonade


424 ml Filtered Water
3 oz Lemon
0.5 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tbsp Agave Nectar / Honey

Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Lemon


3 Carrots
1 Fuji Apple
2 Beet
4 Celery ribs
1.5 tbsp Ginger
0.5 oz Lemon juice

and the shake

Cashew Nut Milk


467ml Filtered water
4.5oz Raw Cashews
1 tbsp Agave Nectar / Honey
1 tsp Vanilla bean (finely chopped)
1 tsp ground Cinnamon

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Click here to visit their site, order cleanses and more!

Happy New Year!!!!


Three Wellness Shakes

2 Dec

Every Sunday I get my goods for green juices and smoothies and make one grab n’ go snack from Elena’s Pantry

Cashew Kale Shake from  

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Walnut Milk-Date Smoothie by Aiden Mollencamp

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Green Smoothie by Kris Carr

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And for this week’s snack… Chocolate Espresso Power Bars 

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Three tips from clean living experts Kris Carr, Kimberly Synder, Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss Jones

6 Nov

These ladies all are experts in clean living and glowing from within.

While each has her own take on living a healthy, clean life, they also share some basic tenant of how to care for your body with food.

  1. Drink hot water with lemon in the morning. The warm water helps with digestion and lemon helps get things moving.  Add cayenne for an extra boost.
  2. Green juices are where it’s at. Juicing is amazing and green juices are that much better.  Fruit juices pack in natural sugar so you don’t want to overdo it and create an imbalance with too much fruit.
  3. Eat fruit alone.  Apparently it stimulates our bodies in ways that complicates digestion with other foods.

Basic green juice:

—> some kale+some spinach+an apple+half a lemon+ginger root (~ 1 inch)+ cucumber= perfection


Find their websites for more information here

Kris Carr                                            Kimberly Snyder                           Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss Jones






Superfood Number Two: Goji Berries (wolf berries, lycium)

20 Oct

Goji berries (wolf berries, lycium) are magical.  They taste great and  health food advocates swear by their benefits (especially for their anti-aging properties!).  I searched for evidence from Western medicine sources and the closest I could come is this entry from “Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.”

Regardless, I’ve been to Tibet where Goji berries naturally grow in abundance and seen how beautiful and young Tibetans look.  And we all know how Western medicine can be the last one to the natural healing party (acupuncture anyone?).

Liran Hirschkorn, a superfoods advocate and teacher with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, provides the benefits of incorporating Goji berries into your diet below.  If there are any studies or reliable Western medical sources to back up the claims I have added links to the right.


  • 18 different amino all 8 essential  (click here for more information on amino acids from the National Institutes of Health)
  • 21 trace minerals  (NIH minerals info)
  • vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E   (great information here on B vitamin benefits from Whole Living, and Vitamin E from NIH)
  • 13% protein
  • more iron than spinach
  • antioxidant Zeaxanthin good for eyes (study from Harvard on benefits for eyes)
  • 500% higher levels of vitamin C than oranges
  • 2-4x the antioxidant content than blueberries
  • #1 for anti-aging (naturally stimulates human growth hormone which wanes as we age, read more about human growth hormone from the Mayo Clinic)

Here’s a recipe for Goji Power Bars from Elena’s Pantry.  They’re yummy and gluten free.

I’d love to look like either one of these Tibetan beauties.  Goji berries here I come!

Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder: My review

11 Oct

I came across Kimberly Snyder’s book Beauty Detox Solution by way of recommendation.  Before buying it I googled it and there really wasn’t that much information besides her website available so here’s my quick intro.

  1. She’s legit.  Her advice is well-researched.  Most of it falls into the world of holistic health so it’s obviously not all backed by NIH studies, but she explains the source of all of her advice.
  2. It’s well organized.  I really like the format of the book. It’s easy to read and follow.
  3. It’s not a diet book or even really a detox book.   It’s a lifestyle book.  I like that because diets suck and detoxes sound painful.
  4. She’s gorgeous. I know the photo below was taken by a professional, but if I can look half that happy and healthy I’ll follow her advice STAT.

I’ll be posting as my life changes with following her advice!

Update November 6th:  This book is awesome for general tips on how to feed my body better, but the recipes have too many expensive ingredients and it’s too hard… I’ll keep trying!

Superfood Number One: Bee Pollen

25 Sep

I’ve been seeing this in some health foods but haven’t really been all that interested.

Until I had a smoothie made with bee pollen and it was AMAZING.

First it’s delicious, second I felt better after I drank it. Sold.

There are a lot of claims about what it can do for you but it definitely gives you vitality.

Add one tablespoon to your smoothie and enjoy!

My New Roots blog has more information here and Livestrong has LOTS of information here.