Pineapple Cilantro Green Smoothie

Pineapple Cilantro Green Smoothie

I know I’ve said this before, maybe as many as ten times before, but this is my new favorite green smoothie.  It all happened by accident when I bought cilantro instead of parsley at the store….I think the lack of sleep is catching up to me.  I wasn’t going to let the beautiful bundle of greens go to waste though!  Especially since cilantro is a wonderful detox herb.  I can feel like I am doing a little cleansing, but with four meals a day plus a smoothie.  ;) Cilantro is also a strong anti-inflammatory herb that naturally removes heavy metals like mercury, lead, and arsenic, from your body.  And who doesn’t need some of that out since we are all exposed at some point through environment, food, or medically!  Did you know some dental fillings have mercury, and so do most flu shots?  Scary thought. I used avocado in place of […]

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Maple Cinnamon Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Maple Cinnamon Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato

Brrr….it’s not snowing right now, but they are calling for a wintery mix tonight (Thursday) in Atlanta.  Right now, it’s just gray skies, windy, and rainy.  Not a pretty combination if you have to get out, but the perfect combo for curling up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot tea and a book.  Not that my kids and puppy will allow that, but it sure does sound nice.  A little daydreaming never hurt.  :) Time for something warm and comforting for dinner in this winter storm.  I chose sweet potatoes because they are so easy to make.  They take some time to bake, but it doesn’t require me to do anything…the oven does all the work.  Once they are done, cut it open and stuff it full of whatever you like, and voila – dinner is served!  Your options are endless with stuffed sweet potatoes – […]

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Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

Two things almost every endurance athlete drinks — coconut water and sports drinks.  Beware, they may not be good for you!  Coconut water has a slimy texture I can’t warm up to, but beside that most of them aren’t close to being ‘natural’.  Many sports drinks are full of artificial sweeteners, brominated vegetable oil  and colors, so make sure you read the labels closely.  With marathon training amping up and 5 classes a week at the yoga studio, I’m in need of electrolytes from a natural source! Many people think electrolytes are unique chemicals and found in only certain drinks, but they are everywhere.  Electrolytes are simply sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate.  These electrolytes work to keep the body hydrated, a balanced pH, rebuild damaged tissue and regulate nerve and muscle functions.  They are important for everyone, not just endurance athletes. Making your own electrolyte drink […]

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Raw Caramel Dip

Raw Caramel Dip

Life is busy with a new puppy, but only two weeks after adopting I can’t imagine life without Ember.  She’s cuddly, playful and so smart!  She is half lab, so she’s wild at times and loves to chew, but there is already a lot of energy in this house, so she fits right in.  My parents told me about a labrador adoption / rescue group several months ago, so I started following the on Facebook.  Puppy after puppy showed up on their Facebook page along with a description.  Occasionally, the words, “we rescued him from a kill shelter”, would appear in the description.  My heart broke instantly seeing those cruel words next to a beautiful, innocent face.  I had no idea when I would feel ready to go forward with an adoption, but like almost everything else I do, I trusted the right time would come.  It was a week […]

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From Processed Food Junkie to Real Food Junkie

From Fast Food Junkie to Real Food Junkie

Making the switch from eating processed foods to clean eating is not an easy one.  The artificial flavors, colors, MSG and other additives in processed foods are there for a reason – to get you addicted.  The switch will be hard, and at times it’ll seem impossible, but once you start to see and feel the difference you will never look back. I was guilty of going through a fast food drive-thru, indulging in a cheesecake slice that is large enough to feed a family, drinking soda and stocking up on frozen meals for many years.  I am American, after all.  Then in 2007, I was pregnant and started researching food and nutrition.  Deciding to make the switch from processed crap to food was easy since another life depended on it. When I first made the switch, I was overwhelmed with recipes and ingredients.  I didn’t know what mince or […]

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Blueberry Almond Green Smoothie

Blueberry Almond Smoothie

During the holidays, I met lots of new faces.  I’m now introduced by name and “she blogs about food and health”.  It’s pretty awesome to have this attached to my name!  The first question I get when someone finds out I’m vegetarian is, “how do you get protein and calcium?”.  Actually, I’m mostly vegan – with the exception of raw honey and occasional Greek yogurt, but when people look at me puzzled by the word vegetarian I usually just leave it at that.  I was never a big meat eater, so giving up meat was easy for me.  It’s been over four years since I started cutting out meat and dairy, but it’s only been in the last year that I’ve made the switch completely.  If you haven’t seen Food, Inc or Forks Over Knives yet, I highly recommend these documentaries.  They heavily influenced the changes in my diet and […]

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Black-Eyed Pea Soup {Lucky Bean Soup}

Black-eyed Pea Soup

Last year for New Year’s day I, along with millions of others, made black-eyed peas, and explained to my oldest daughter we eat them because they bring you luck for the new year.  Black-eyed peas instantly became known as lucky beans here, and the girls each enjoyed a large helping.  This year when we headed to the store to buy some lucky beans, I got the question every parent hears at least a hundred times a day…why?  Why do we eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day?  I had no idea how to answer.  It’s a good thing we have Google now!  I found an interesting article with the history of black-eyed peas, and some rules to eating the “lucky beans” on New Year’s day to make sure you get lucky. It’s been cold and rainy in Atlanta for the last week, and there is nothing better than a large bowl […]

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