Refuel with your Garden Green Smoothie!!
10 oz liquid
Vegan Vanilla protein powder
2 cups Power UP Greens
1 small granny smith apple
1/2 large cucumber
dash of cinnamon
Our body has a natural way of cleansing itself, and all we need to do is feed it the right nutrients to help it do its job.
Cleansing ( NOT FASTING ) supports our liver, kidneys, and metabolism, while reducing inflammation and ridding our body of toxins.
10 best cleansing and detoxifying foods.
1. Lemons: balances alkaline and acid levels / cleanses intestines.
-add fresh lemon juice to your water in the morning to flush out any toxins.
2. Dandelion Leaves: Supports our liver and kidney functions to filter out toxins
-drink daily in tea form, or purchase actual dandelion leaves and throw them into your morning smoothie, juice, or salad 2x a week.
3 Habanero Peppers: support metabolism (fat burner), increase circulation, cleanse our senses.
4. Filtered Water: SAFE, and flushes toxins from our body.Tap water is known to have antidepressants,antibiotics, shampoo, and plenty of other chemicals in it, so I don;t recommend drinking from your sink.
5. Ginger Root: aids in digestion and reduces inflammation
-add to salad, smoothies, chew on its own, or chop up and steep in a cup of warm water.
6. Green Tea: mild source of caffeine, non acidic, good for skin
7. Coconut oil: keeps blood thin, unlike other oils which cause blood to become “sticky”.
8. Raw Vegetables (esp. greens): detoxifies the body with vitamins,minerals, and enzymes.
9. Psyllium Husk: natural source of Fiber, cleanses intestines, aids in waste removal.
- add to protein shakes, pancakes, or smoothies with frozen fruit.
10. Be your own chef: wean out the bad and add the good.
-cook your own meals to ensure you are ingesting the best foods possible. Most restaurants use preservatives, vegetable oils, high amounts of sodium and other artery blocking additives that have no place in our body.
Start adding in these foods and cutting out the excess sugars and garbage from your day. Eat what benefits your body.
Last November I completely cut out coffee and dairy from my diet. I have also not had whey protein for almost a year due to feeling bloated and uncomfortable every time I had it.
I am not saying that everyone should do this, but after much trial and error, this is what I had found worked for me, and for many of my clients as well.
I have switched from coffee to green tea, coconut and almond milk, yogurt or ice cream in place of dairy, and Vegan protein has been my “go-to” for protein shakes.
In all honesty, my mind has never felt less cluttered, my focus has been ON, and my digestion has improved tremendously
I love the vanilla protein powder from Arbonne Essentials, and I recommend it to anyone looking to clean up their diet.
I use it as a replacement for a quick, but healthy meal on the go, or as the perfect post workout shake to keep me satisfied until dinner.
Not only is this powder packed with plant based proteins, vitamins and minerals, but it is low glycemic index, free of gluten, animal products or bi-products, artificial flavors, sweeteners or coloring, and is very easy on my stomach.
Basically everything that I look for in a protein powder.
Want to try it for yourself?
Leave a comment below to try a bag of delicious vanilla, or chocolate shake mix for a limited time special rate! You will feel satisfied, energized, and have better digestion, or your money back! (45 day money back/exchange)
And while we’re at it, why not cleanse other parts of your life as well?
lack of sleep
All of these negative stressors increase our cortisol and adrenaline levels, which cause extra weight gain, especially in our midsection. They also cause us to feel overwhelmed, unhappy, fatigued and extremely irritable.
Who has time for any of that?
A clean life is a happy life. Look better, feel better, be better. Period.
And I’m back!! Time is flying by!
So much wedding planning has been done, and I soon will be a bride in less than two months. Crazy!!
My shower was this past Sunday at L’ANDANA in Burlington, and it was absolutely breathtaking.
(party favors: Potted Herb Planet-basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage)
My place card table had a “love tree” centerpiece, which had 70 words hanging from it’s branches that Matt and I chose to describe our relationship.
When the guests arrived, they each took a word from the tree and brought it to their seat. While Matt and I opened gifts, I chose 5 words from a glass bowl and read them aloud. Whoever had a matching word got to pick an envelope off of the “Prize tree” which held dinner certificates to 5 different restaurants.
It was the perfect way to break up the gift opening portion of the shower, and to keep everyone from getting bored while eating dessert.
My florist, Michele Bernard, is the angel that took my ideas and brought them to life. She is phenomenal in everything that she does, from place cards, to flowers, to menu designs.
I am also FINALLY the owner of a Vitamix Blender and Omega VERT Juicer!
It’s the little things
SO.. besides planning a wedding, I have also been busy building my business with Arbonne.
Sharing my passions for health, fitness and business is what I THRIVE on, and I am now able to do even more of this while meeting a ton of new people in the process.
I am truly blessed, excited, and eager to change as many lives as I can, and my clients are loving their results from my 30 day Fit Kit.
It makes me so incredibly happy to see people take control of their lives and create something beautiful; a healthy future.
No more bloat, indigestion, or fatigue. No more crazy cravings,caffeine jitters, or feeling hopeless.
What I provide is VEGAN, easily digestible PLANT PROTEIN, GLUTEN FREE, NO CHEMICALS, NO ARTIFICIAL INGRIEDIENTS and NO GMOS.
It is also supported by the anti cancer institute, has a green commitment, AND has Medical Doctors on a scientific review committee from places like the Mayo clinic.
What more could you ask for?
Give me 30 days and begin to feel ALIVE again.
PLEASE email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are looking for a way to change your life, while LOVING the way that you look and feel from the inside out.
After a long, frigid Winter..Spring has finally sprung.
Cheers to new beginnings, better health, and even better weather!
I feel like my head is about to explode with all of the information that I want to send to the world.
Everyday I encounter frustrated individuals who are looking for a place to start on their journey towards a healthy future. They are overwhelmed, scared, defeated, and feel out of control, so I want to do everything that I can to help them by introducing an easier way to live a healthy life.
It’s not rocket science, and it shouldn’t feel like it either. It’s all about living and eating in a way that is recognized by our body, and this is done through NATURE.
Nature means something different to everyone. Some prefer plant based, while others love meat. Some drop $200+ dollars on a face cream with some natural ingredients, while other prefer to make their own face masks with brown sugar, coconut oil and sea salt.
However you want to live is fine. It is your life, and your body. But why would you want to bombard it with red dye #5, soy lecithin, artificial sweeteners, and tons of other unpronounceable, not found in nature ingredients that reek havoc on your body? This is not only from oral ingesting, but also through skin absorption from creams, shampoo and make-up.
Chemicals are everywhere, and we are constantly exposing ourselves to their harmful reactions.
So here is what I want YOU to do.
Go through your cabinets, your fridge, and your make up case. Check your kids vitamins, your husbands shave gel, even your pet’s shampoo.
What does the ingredients list look like? I guarantee you will be shocked at what you and your family have been ingesting through your mouth and your skin.
As a result, I have teamed up with Global company ARBONNE to help YOU and all of your loved ones find the right path with aromatherapy, botanically based cosmetics, plant based nutrition and so much more.
It is gluten free, vegan, contains no GMO’s, hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.
From their #1 line of Anti-aging products RE9 Advanced, Vegan pea protein and Vitamins to keep you energized, and Sun Care for those hot days on the beach, there is something for EVERY member of your family. Kids and pets included!
My family has been raving about the results they’ve received from ARBONNE, and many of them have been using their products for years. From better digestion, more energy, smoother skin, and an overall feeling of confidence, the results are endless.
Bottom line..I want YOU to feel this way as well.That is why I am sharing this with you today.
Check out ARBONNE’s website for more information, or contact me to help you get started on your new journey towards an unprocessed life. It’s a small step in the right direction that will lead to a lifestyle of natural health.
In other news, I started my month off by climbing 61 flights of the John Hancock Tower at the MS Climb To The Top event.
On March 1, 2014, participants will climb 61 flights of stairs to the top of the John Hancock Tower, New England’s tallest building. Climb to the Top is a unique event that raises funds to help the almost 18,000 people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that has no known cause or cure. Your participation in Climb to the Top provides help for today and hope for tomorrow through education, support, advocacy, and research funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter.
It was such a humbling experience, and it feels great to support those who really need it.
Before the climb, I gulped down one of my Energy Fizz Sticks for an added pep to my step.
If you have been following me, then you know that I have been off coffee since November, so this little packet worked perfectly to help me climb those steps with ease.
No jitters or post caffeine fog included
Let’s give March Madness a whole new meaning. It’s time to HEALTHY, CONFIDENT, and CLEAN!
Join me on this journey towards loving yourself more, and stepping out of the toxic clouds that fill your home with harmful chemicals.
Breathe the fresh air. Bring nature back into your life.
Throw It Together Turkey Chili
Two foods that I have been adding into my green smoothies are Maca Powder and Spirulina Powder
I received a bunch of emails asking what both of these super foods do, so I am here to explain.
Maca is a root vegetable that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru, and it has been used by Peruvians for centuries to aid in health, vitality…and libido.
Some benefits include;
Maca comes in powder form and pill form, and my favorite way to use it is in my green smoothies. It has a nutty flavor, but is not a taste that is very appealing. I like to mask it by adding frozen banana, strawberries, or a small granny smith apple.
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 handful of frozen strawberries
1 tsp Maca Powder
about 1/2 inch of ginger
1 Scoop vanilla Sunwarrior protein
a dash of cinnamon
2 cups of water.
Blend and enjoy
Do not let the color fool you.
Spirulina is natural blue-green algae found in high alkaline ponds and bodies of warm water in Africa and Central America. Ancient Aztecs used to skim Spirulina algae from the surface of lakes and use it for its powerful nutrient source and other amazing benefits.
It is made up of 60% protein, packed with all 8 essential amino acids, and full of Omega 3’s, B Vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. In fact, only 3 grams of Spirulina has the same about of enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients as 5 servings of vegetables. It also has the highest levels of natural beta-carotene.
No more orange skin from overdosing on carrots! Hello plant power!
Health benefits of Spirulina include;
I literally feel a buzz of energy whenever I consume it
I won’t lie and tell you that Spirulina tastes good, but once mixed into a smoothie, you won’t taste a thing! You can also take it in pill form, but I recommend the powder for easier absorption.
What makes Maca and Spirulina so amazing for our body is the fact that they are both FOOD, and not foreign substances (aka crazy colored pre-workout drinks and chemical filled supplements)
Our body knows how to digest and use Maca and Spirulina for exactly what they are meant to do.
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 small granny smith apple
1/2 inch of ginger
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 scoop Sunwarrior protein
2 cups of water
Blend and enjoy!
Both Maca and Spirulina are amazing additions to your green smoothies. You will feel energized, focused, and ready to tackle the day. I can vouch for that since it has been almost 2 months since my last cup of coffee!
Be sure to check with your doctor before consuming these foods, and always buy Organic. Maca powder is perfect for mixing into baked goods, and Spirulina gives any smoothie or juice an extra dose of nutrients.
You can find both items online, (use my code VOZ131 at iherb.com for $5.00 off of your first purchase) or at your local health food store.
Do you hear it?
The sound of cocktail parties, decadent desserts, fruit and nut baskets and the “it’s too cold outside to workout” excuses that are coming our way very soon!
That’s why this post is necessary right NOW. Go into the holiday season with a plan to stay on track, or at least, not go over board when surrounded by temptation.
Here are 5 tips to help you stress less as we enter into the land of chocolates, ribbon candy, and creamy martinis.
Tip # 1 Keep your schedule consistent.
If you workout 5 days a week, continue to do so. Keep attending that spin class, getting up for your morning run, and making healthy choices as you would any other time of year. If a party gets in the way of your evening workout, try and schedule it in the morning instead. Find the time to fit in both!
If you do attend an evening party, sign up for a fitness class for the next morning. This will keep you aware of anything that may hinder your early wake up call.
Tip # 2 Come prepared
Whenever I attend a party or small gathering, I always bring a bottle of my favorite wine or a healthy food option.Think vegetable platter with cucumber & Greek yogurt dip, a big salad with beans and quinoa, or even a healthy dessert. This way, I’ll know that there is at least one healthy “go-to” snack that I can choose from.
It also helps to have a small meal before hand. Attending a party on a empty stomach can lead to over eating and not making the best food choices. Be prepared.
Tip # 3 Keep each other accountable and create a challenge!
It always helps to have a friend give you that extra push when you can’t seem to find the motivation to workout. Plan one a night week to meet up with friends for a walk or fitness class. Make it a priority.
Also, create a challenge/goal amongst yourselves that must be met by January 1st. Be ahead of the “New Year’s Resolution” crowd, and be each others cheerleader!
Tip # 4 Hang up your prize.
Take yourself to the mall and buy a killer new dress that fits you NOW. This is your Holiday dress and looks amazing on you! Remember it when you feel like you’re about to go overboard on that snickers cheesecake. You want to look your best at the next party!
Tip # 5. Count you cocktails
Create a drink limit for yourself and stick to it. If your limit is 3, stop there. This will help you nurse each drink, and avoid extra empty calories..or a hangover. Speaking of, always have a glass of water after each drink to help keep your body hydrated.
Best Cocktail Choices: Champagne, Wine, Wine Spritzers (with club soda), or Clear alcohol with club soda and a lime/lemon.
The Holiday season is about family and friends coming together for celebrations.
Keep your schedule consistent, make the best choices in all situations, be prepared, and remember that this time of the year is short lived. Enjoy every moment of it.
1. Place chicken breast at the bottom of your crockpot. Top with chicken broth, rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper and sliced lemon.
2. Cook on high for 4-5 hours
I am finally finding the time to take a short break from packing and sit down with my morning coffee.
A peaceful Sunday morning coffee is essential. There is no rushing it.
Matt and I have to be out of our apartment by Wednesday, and it’s been a battle against time to get our house move in ready. But we’re getting there!
Picking paint is almost impossible. So many choices!
Luckily I am very happy with the colors that I’ve chosen. (chocolate mousses, hillsborough beige, and dusty road). All by Benjamin Moore.
Grab and Go meals have been a lifesaver…
Literally grab a piece of chicken, and go. (seasoned with no salt Mediterranean blend) You gotta do what ya gotta do.
Quick source of energy, straight from the jar
To fuel my Quick and Dirty Workouts that work the entire body in 30 minutes.
Because you CAN find the time!
And even when life becomes hectic, it is a priority to show up to my Spin classes with enthusiasm and a “ready to kick your butt” attitude. And nothing helps that momentum better than music.
OK, my coffee is done and now it’s back to packing!
What songs have you been loving lately?