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SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!

You guys, I have a little confession to make.  I really need to get this off my chest…  I am kind of addicted to taking shots right after I wake up. It has become a part of my daily routine.  I mean hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?  Before you go signing me up for the show Intervention, let me clarify.  These are alcohol-free shots…I’m talking about mega nutrient packed shots! These bad boys (or I guess I should call them ‘good guys’) will put a pep in your step, and provide you with a potent punch of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mojo.

If you are feeling run-down, a cold coming on, or just want a boost of energy, try taking one of these shots and you’ll be walking on sunshine!

Here are my 3 favorite shots:

1) Ginger-Lemon-Turmeric

  • 2-inch piece of Ginger, juiced
  • 1/4 Lemon, juiced
  • 1-Inch turmeric juiced, or 1 tsp. ground Turmeric

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Ginger– Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which diminish pain, fight cancer, and boost immune function. Historically, ginger has long been known to diminish GI distress and is also packed with antioxidants.

Lemon– This provides a concentrated dose of Vitamin C and boosts your immune system. Lemons act as a natural diuretic and detoxifier. They also aid in combating diseases and viruses.

Turmeric– I could rant about the health benefits of turmeric forever. In short, the main compound found in turmeric, curcumin, is known to inhibit cancer cell growth.  Other health benefits include potent anti-inflammatory, effective treatment for IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis relief, help for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, promotes heart health, and prevents Alzheimer’s disease. Yeah.. awesome sauce!

2) Ginger-Green Apple-Cayenne

  • 2-inch piece of ginger, juiced
  • A big splash of green apple juice
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

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Green Apple– Rich in antioxidants, regulates blood sugar, promotes healthy teeth, and boosts energy.

Cayenne– Increases metabolism, improves blood circulation, promotes heart health, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and fights cancer.

And last but certainly not least:

3) Wheatgrass

  • Wheatgrass, juiced (enough to fill shot glass)
  • I also like to add a splash of coconut water from time to time.

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Health benefits of Wheatgrass:

  • The most notable feature of the wheatgrass is its extremely high content of chlorophyll, approximately 70%, making it a superfood which is energizing and alkalizing.
  • It is a complete food and an outstanding source of vitamin C, E, K and B complex (even B12). It is also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, cobalt, germanium,, potassium, protein, and zinc.
  • Contains a wide variety of amino acids (about 17 types) as well as a plethora of enzymes
  • Boosts energy and mood
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts immunity
  • Promotes hair health
  • Purifies the blood
  • Anti-aging
  • Fights diseases, viruses, and cancers
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Regulates blood pressure

These are nutritional powerhouse shots which also have a potent flavor, just a heads up.

The added bonus of these shots: Hangover not included 🙂

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Green with Envy.

Today’s green juice is Kale-Spinach-Rainbow Chard-Parsley-Green Apple!
-4 handfuls of organic spinach
-I/2 bunch organic kale
-1/2 bunch organic Swiss rainbow chard
-1/4 bunch organic parsley
-2 organic green apples

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Even my cat is curious about this one…

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Juice Do It!

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10 Day Juice Fast- Complete!

I did it! I completed the 10 day juice cleanse on Friday. How I made it through Thanksgiving still baffles me, but I did it! The last five days of the juice fast were much easier than the beginning. I will say that there were two days that I did not drink enough juice and I noticed that my energy level was down. That being said, make sure you are drinking 5 to 6 juices a day to keep your energy at an all time high. You can read about the beginning of my fast here: 10 Day Juice Fast

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Tips for transitioning off of a juice fast/cleanse:

-Continue to drink LOTS of water
-Slowly transition back into eating foods
-Start by drinking 2 or 3 juices a day with one meal being fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
-Try to keep other foods to soups, smoothies, and salads to ease your digestive system back into motion.
-Don’t overeat. Eat smaller amounts of food throughout the day.
-Avoid dairy, meat, sugary foods, and whole grains the first week.
-Keep exercising.
-The more plant-based foods you can eat, the better!
-Keep drinking juice on a daily basis for optimal health!

I loved doing the 10 day juice cleanse! I now have more energy than I did before starting the fast. I have much better sleep patterns, waking up feeling rejuvenated and ready to go. I feel better overall and have noticed improvements in all facets of myself. I would definitely recommend a juice cleanse to anyone wanting to reboot their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It can enhance your life in more ways than you would imagine.

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Healthified Sweet Potato Casserole

Every Thanksgiving my mom makes this sweet potato casserole that is to die for, but unfortunately it’s loaded with butter and brown sugar. So, of course I had to set out on a mission to “healthify” the recipe. The results were amazing! This recipe is gluten free and has NO refined sugar and NO butter. This is great for Fall and especially fabulous for Thanksgiving (May want to double recipe for large parties)

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Ingredients:
-3 Large organic sweet potatoes aka yams
-1/4 cup local honey
-2 tsp. vanilla
-1 T cinnamon
-1 1/2 t. Nutmeg
Topping: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, 1 Tbs cinnamon, 1 Tbs honey

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce each sweet potato with a fork and bake for about 50 minutes on a baking sheet.
-Place peeled sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup honey, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg to bowl. Mix with electric mixer until smooth. Spread into square baking dish.
-For the topping: Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon cinnamon to the crushed pecans. Mix together and then spread across sweet potato layer.
-Bake at 375 for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

This recipe is delicious while not tasting overly sweet. Hope you enjoy!

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Broccoli-Cranberry Coleslaw

Like many, I am not a fan of typical coleslaw.  All of that mayonnaise is not appetizing to me.  But this recipe is easy, refreshing, and delicious.photo (1)

 

What you need:

  • 1 package Shredded Broccoli (You can find this in the salad section-I’ve found it at Publix and The Fresh Market)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup Brianna’s Poppy seed Dressing (I found this at The Fresh Market)

-All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.  I have yet to find someone who doesn’t love this recipe. I know you will love it! Happy Friday!

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Green Juice of the Day

Today’s delicious green juice recipe is Spinach-Green Apple-Pear! Juice on! 🙂
-6 large handfuls organic spinach
-2 organic green apples
-1 organic pear

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Sautéed Green Beans

I have discovered my favorite way to cook green beans! Throw a little bit of olive oil in a pan with your fresh green beans and lots of minced garlic, sauté for about ten minutes. I like to cook mine briefly so they are nice and crunchy! Add a tiny bit of sea salt after cooking. These are so flavorful, crisp, and delicious. You will definitely be going back for seconds.

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