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Breast Cancer Awareness< Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Is Among Us   

However, I would like to change it to…

Breast Cancer Prevention Month

Let’s think about this here. We are all AWARE of breast cancer. We are all AWARE of cancer in general.  So why the heck don’t we hear about how to PREVENT cancer. Isn’t that really what all this money we’re spending on pink ribbons should be going to?! I think so!  

What do you think of when you think of a cancer patient?  Do you EVER want to be a cancer patient? Do you ever want to go through with the kind of tormenting treatment that they suffer through? I think we all answer the same to these questions. NO!

We all want to live a cancer FREE life. We don’t ever want to have to go through treatment. We don’t want to go through that tormenting time where you wonder if you’ll even survive! No.  Yet all that money we donate never comes back to share with us how to avoid this (cancer)  in  life.

But there’s NOTHING we can do to prevent it

WRONG. There are definite ways to prevent cancer! Let’s get a few things straight.

1. Why don’t we know about this? Because no one makes money by preventing cancer, so no one spends money to spread the word and make this knowledge known. Also, some of what I will share is quite frankly controversial, because some big companies and lobbies have spent a lot of money to make you and everyone you know think otherwise.

2.  It’s hereditary. It’s genetics. This conclusion is more often used when  someone doesn’t know how to explain something, so they just assume it must be genetics. Based on science, cancer is only 2% genetic. Meaning if it is IN YOUR GENES and was passed on to you, there is only a 2% chance that THAT alone will give you cancer. 2%!!!!! That means there’s a 98% chance you won’t get cancer, unless an environment is created in your body for the cancer to grow and become CANCER.

3. Cancer grows in acidic environments. So if you keep your body from becoming acidic, you prevent cancer growth! Whoa! No really though, it’s that simple.   

4. What you eat MATTERS… A LOT! Sugar, highly processed foods, dairy products, and meats are your ACID forming foods.  When I watch what the typical person eats, it breaks my heart. I KNOW they’ll have a disease one day if they keep up their eating habits. Sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich for breakfast, turkey sandwich for lunch, and chicken and rice-a-roni for dinner. There wasn’t one non acid-forming food in that spread. Not one. That is a toxic diet!

5. GREENS, GREENS, & MORE GREENS.  There was no better food ever created than green vegetables. Kale, spinach, collards, arugula, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus and this list goes on!  Food that comes from a plant is a god-given food. It is food from the sun. It is food from the earth. It is ALKALINE-FORMING food. It is cancer-preventing food. It is disease preventing food. It is life saving food.  Eat some!

6.  Say no to dairy and meat (most of the time). This is the part no body want to hear. But I’m here to say it.  Studies have showed how eating 20% or more animal protein in the diet allows and speeds cancer growth. Eating less than 10% will not allow ANY cancer growth.  The same study done using plant instead of animal protein saw 0% cancer growth no matter how much protein was consumed. Think about this. ANIMAL PROTEIN CAUSES CANCER GROWTH! WHAT??? Yes, that is exactly what I just said. If you want to read more about it, check out The China Study by Dr. Colin T. Campbell.  (NOTE: this study was done on those predisposed to cancer and carried it genetically)

Dear friends, what have you learned about preventing Cancer, or any disease for that matter?  Eat a lot of veggies! And fruits and anything that is plant-based! It’s all alkaline-forming/cancer preventing. Avoid too much dairy and meats. I’m not saying you need to become vegetarian or vegan to necessarily prevent cancer or disease. It’s may be more of a “sure thing” that way, but you really just want to make sure that only 10% or less comes from those products.

None of us are perfect. But surely this is something to be thinking about when making your next food choice, because frankly FOOD MATTERS, a lot!

Share with me!

What have you learned?

Is this new to you or have you heard this before?

What do you want to implement right away?

It’s time to go be a healthy, happy, hot, and cancer-free babe!

Peace, love, and blessings

Vegan Dream Restaurant

I cannot even begin to describe how much I fell in love with Silly’s! Off the beaten path in Portland, Maine, hides the gem of a restaurant, Silly’s.  As I walk to the back patio, I oggle at the decor made from recycled junk.  Recycled doors painted in bright colors hinged together to make one side of the fence. Even an old toilet with flowers planted in it. Each table had a hot pink square lunch box toting its Silly name.

I’m not sure my uncle would appreciate being in this particular picture, so he’s blurred out! ha!

Now, let me tell you, my experience when ordering food at restaurants is usually something like this.  Is there a veggie burger? What are the side dishes? And is there a vegetarian section of the menu? If there is a Veggie section, it usually has 6 options tops! Basically it’s never hard for me to decide what I want to eat.

At Silly’s? Oh no! I’ve never wanted to order so many things off one menu in my life. Vegan garlic bread, bruschetta, hummus plate, vegan pizza, burgers, mac and cheese, falafel, vegan desserts too! I was sooo lost. I finally just asked what’s the most popular vegan item and went with that! And boy oh boy, it was better than I could have hoped!

I got the last one. The Zombie Burger.

House made veggie burgers? Made with black bean, sweet and white potato, and quinoa! Holy cow. (Minus the actual cow)

This thing was HUGE! The spicy sauce on here was so good!! Everything about this was delicious! Messy, but delicious.  I cannot wait to try and recreate this bad boy!  (I asked how to make the sauce, sounds super easy, so be ready to find it on here soon!)  I loved the texture of the veggie burger! They’re known for being like cardboard sometimes. Oh no! Not this one my friends!

If you ever find yourself in Portland, Maine, you MUST stop by Silly’s! You will find yourself full of healthy, happy, and hot goodness!

What’s your favorite vegan restaurant? 

Where is it?

Have you ever made your own veggie burgers?

 

Enough With the Protein Concern

As a vegetarian, the one thing you can be sure of is that someone, somewhere, likely more often than you’d like will ask you, “Where do you get your protein from?”  And as the educated vegetarian you are, you sigh, and silently ask yourself why people are so ignorant about food and nutrition, but then smile and respond kindly, “You know I get that question all the time, but I get it from nuts, legumes, beans, grains, veggies, and my favorite quinoa!”

Actually I didn’t always respond so kindly.  I used to be very defensive about my way of eating and very annoyed by how little people know about food and nutrition.

Now please understand that my annoyance is because I am so passionate about getting people healthy and I KNOW that the number one answer for 90% of health concerns out there is to fix what you’re eating. For me, becoming vegetarian(vegan at the time) fixed all my health concerns. Really though, it’s simply adding “real” food into your life: fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. and getting rid of the “fake” foods. Think anything in a box, can, or package: swiss cake rolls, hot dogs, lunchables, ravioli, Campbell’s soup, macaroni and cheese, etc. Becoming vegetarian or vegan just demands this switch from “fake” food to “real” food.

Now for this protein concern.

Let’s start with the basics here. If you are eating a 2000 calorie diet (you do not need to be counting calories by the way, but that is a whole other can of worms to talk about) you need 10-15% of those from protein.  Ok, so that’s 50-65 grams of protein each day. Seems like a lot right?

Not hardly! My vegetarian breakfast this morning had nearly 30 grams of protein in it! More than half of what I need for a whole day and that’s without bacon, sausage, ham, or any other kind of meat! And let’s be honest I’m a 5 ft tall girl. I’m sure I don’t need 2000 calories a day or 50 grams of protein.  I personally only need about 40 grams. I’m basically set for the day!

If I go back to my meat-eating days, my breakfast would have been an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich.  Follow that up with a turkey sandwich for lunch with chips and chicken breast for dinner with some rice-a-roni and broccoli and cheese.  That’s nearly 75 grams of protein. Almost double what a teenage girl my size should eat.  And let’s not even look at the lack of fruits and vegetables.

Ok, actually that’s exactly what I intend to do.  Why all the protein fuss? Why?! For the average American, that is the last thing they should worry about.  Now if you lived in a 3rd world country, protein should probably be a concern. However, that’s not the case here.  If you’re eating meat or cheese based food at all your meals that’s 50-70 grams easy.  Then we’ve got people drinking 1-3 protein shakes with it. That’s more than 100 grams of protein, but where are all the fruits and veggies?

So what’s the big deal?  Too much of a good thing? Yes, that’s what I’m saying. Eating excess protein causes digestive issues.  When your digestive system doesn’t work properly you store fat.  Not to mention the research on animal protein and cancer growth is a little scary. (Check out The China Study) You could be a work-out machine, chugging down protein shakes and eating a shload of animal protein AND actually getting fatter, sicker and still building muscles at the same time!

What’s the alternative?  Stop worrying about protein consumption. You’re getting enough. Really! Start worrying about getting enough veggies and fruits and other plant foods. Yes, plant-based is always my answer. That doesn’t mean you need to go vegetarian, but there are so many plant-based protein sources out there. What’s great is they’re also packed with the vitamins and minerals you find in fruits and veggies (because they’re plants too!).

Examples. Quinoa. Nut butters like peanut, almond, or hazelnut.  Almond or soy milk.  Nuts and seeds, especially hemp seeds.  Two slices of whole grain bread have 10 grams of protein.  Beans. Make a bean and rice burrito and get 17 grams there.  So many bean options, like hummus. YUM! 1 cup of cooked spinach equals 13 grams, but less than 100 calories. Seriously, there are so many plant sources of protein!!!!!

Try this! Instead of the old-fashion whey protein powder in the can (yes, whey is an animal protein) put a banana, a big scoop of peanut (or other nut) butter, some flax or hemp seeds, a handful of spinach or kale leaves, some cooked oats, almond milk, and some berries in a blender.  This will make a protein packed smoothie using REAL foods instead of some powder in a can! 🙂

It’s vegetarian. It’s vegan. It’s good for you. In fact it will fight off half the diseases out there and help you build muscle! Tell me that won’t make one happy, healthy, and hot… chick, dude, grandma, whoever?!

So, Enough with the protein concern!

What are your favorite plant-based sources of protein?

Any good protein-packed smoothies to share?

A Beautiful Morning + Recipe

What is the most beautiful morning to you?

Do you know what I mean?  For me, it’s waking up without any alarms blasting in my ears, yet not in the middle of the day either.  Those mornings when you went to bed at a decent hour and just naturally woke up as the sun started shining into your bedroom window.  Yeaaa that starts it for me.

Having enough time to do what you’d like to before leaving.  Not rushing.  Cooking a warm and healthy breakfast matched with fresh made juice. Making yourself a homemade avocado facial.  Doing some yoga in the morning sun.  Taking a warm relaxing shower.  Then taking the time to curl your hair and pick out a cute outfit.

A beautiful morning. How often do you give yourself a beautiful morning? Can’t remember? Well, maybe it’s time. I realize not everyone can do this daily or regularly, but can you do it one morning a week? A Saturday or Sunday? Go in to work an hour later than usual.

Let me tell you, I haven’t done this in a while.  I sort of lost it.  I DID do it today! My oh my, what a difference I feel with my life right now.  Taking care of yourself is so important!  Not just eating right, but treating your self right, with care.

I’ll share all the wonderful things from my beautiful morning.

Sweet Potato Home Fries and Greens with Mashed Avocado

Cut a sweet potato into cubes, like home fries. Then dice up half of a medium onion of your choice. I used a white onion. Put a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a heated saute pan. Throw in your sweet potatoes and onion. Add some salt and pepper to taste.  Cover it with a lid.

Meanwhile, mash up half an avocado with a fork.  (Save like a tablespoon of it though. You’ll see why ;))

Add some salt to your avocado.  I added a little bit of lime and cilantro too 🙂

When it’s almost cooked, about 20 minutes, sprinkle on some dried rosemary and add a handful of spinach or other green.  Stir. Cook until greens are wilted.

Looks Yummy!  And Healthy!

Cucumber, Apple, Orange Juice

Pretty simple. Just juice a cucumber, a green apple and an orange. YUM YUM!

Eat your breakfast in peace.   I like to dip my home fries in the avocado. It’s much healthier than my other favorite, BBQ sauce.

I had these beautiful flowers to admire while I ate.  I bought them for myself, but that doesn’t make a difference 😉  They’re still beautiful.

Avocado Facial 

I’ve shared this with you before, but take that left over avocado I had you save and mash it up really well.  Then smear it on your face! Leave it there for about 20 minutes and wash with warm water 🙂

It doesn’t look pretty but your skin will feel oh so good!

What do you like to do in the mornings to take care of yourself?

What gets your day started off right?

As always, be healthy, be happy, and wear it like a hot babe!

Lazy Cooking

I love cooking… most days.  Some days, the last thing I want to do is prepare a freakin’ meal.  I’m sure you’ve been there, or maybe you’re there most days. Hey, totally get it.  But let’s be honest, whatever you’re thinking about throwing in the microwave is just not good for you. Microwavable foods may be the worst thing we’ve ever created to eat, so just hold that thought…

Be prepared, this is easy!

All you need is a knife and some tin foil… and your oven… or grill.

My mom used to do this with potatoes. Well you can do it with any veggie out there.  Don’t want to do any chopping? Hey, grab a bag of the mixed frozen veggies, or pre-cut ones from the store. I won’t tell.

Take your cut up veggies and lay them on decent sized piece of tin foil.

Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Seriously that’s all you need.

If you’re feeling fiesty, add garlic or lemon, or whatever is looking good in your spice cabinet. Cumin! Curry! Cayenne! Whatever, it’s  your dinner!

Now to finish this.  Lift the two sides of foil together and wrap it. Then wrap the ends in and you’ve got a foil packet.

Put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Depending on what kind of veggies you’re cooking this may take a  little less or a little more time in the oven.

I did this with potatoes a couple times last week! Got great reviews from my friends!

Sweet potatoes and potatoes is my favorite mix!

Asparagus works great!

Or a whole mix of your favorites! Broccoli, cauliflour, carrots, onions, peppers, take your pick!

No dirty dishes! Just dump it on your plate and enjoy!

Now go be lazy, healthy, happy and hot!

Sloppy Joe’s Like My Mom Did… Kinda

I recently ran into a recipe in a magazine for vegetarian sloppy joes.  Instantly I go back to being a kid and eating this messy sandwich. Across the table my little brother has sloppy joe covering half his face and dang near his whole arm.

It’s time to get messy!

The recipe I ran into had cheese and black beans, which Brett isn’t much a fan of beans.  I instead think quinoa! Because I seem to think quinoa is the answer to everything lately. And so, I act on this idea in a few days time and now with great success I wish to share it with you!

Sloppy Joe’s Like My Mom Did… Kinda

When I cook traditional foods like this, I like to keep it as close to the flavor as what I grew up eating, which is why I gave it the name that I did. Only this bad boy is vegan!

1/2 c. red quinoa

1 c water

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

Extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tbsp)

salt and pepper

6 oz tomato sauce

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Dill pickle, garnish

Cilantro, minced, garnish

1. Cook the quinoa in water with cayenne and paprika for 20 minutes or until quinoa is sprouted.

2. Meanwhile saute the onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.

3. Add the cooked quinoa, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and apple cider vinegar. Stir until it is heated through.

Take some dill pickle slices and chop them up.  Mince some cilantro as well. These 2 things will really give this sloppy joe that wow factor. YUM YUM.

Put it all together on a bun and enjoy! Beware, it’s as messy as I remember it being 🙂

Eating these made the little kid inside me happy. It was messy. It was delicious.  I haven’t touched meat in more than 4 years so this to me- I could have sworn was the same thing my momma served me.

What are your favorite childhood foods?

Have you recreated them to be vegetarian/vegan friendly?

Please share! In the meantime live healthy, be happy, and go about your hot self!

Vegan on the Go

I grew up in an Indiana town. (Sung with Tom Petty’s Mary Jane’s Last Dance) 🙂 Sometimes I get so frustrated living in the Midwest because being vegetarian can be challenging, but being vegan is like being an alien.  If you’re from the Midwest you know what I’m talking about. If not, I envy you. 

These last 13 days being vegan has really made me appreciate the “diet” the way I used to.  I’ve been asking myself why I fell off the vegan bandwagon in the first place.  All I hear back is all the excuses I used to make. “I’m not home enough.” “It’s just too hard when I’m working” “If my friends would stop eating cheese I wouldn’t have this problem” “My family puts cheese in everything” etc. etc.

Well you know what? I’m over those days. I’ve been hanging out with my friends more these last 2 weeks than I ever have in the last 4 years.  Being with friends means going out to eat more. Now I’m a huge believer in home-cooked meals and would never complain if someone banded me from eating out ever again, but this is real life. We have friends; we socialize; we entertain; we…. eat out!

Vegan Friendly Dining

1. Panera Bread.  Cliche maybe, but there are 3 things that are vegan straight from the menu.  Pesto veggie soup, black bean soup, and the classic cafe salad. I’m sure you can have your way with any of the salads and a few of the sandwiches too.

2. Red Robin. Shhh don’t tell. But seriously every now and then I get a craving for those big fat burgers! Not the ones with actual meat, but just a big messy burger-esque sandwich.  Red Robin has vegan burgers that you can sub on any of their burger options. I asked for them to special make mine, ya know sauteed onions but not in butter… and they were totally cool! They also have one called, keep it simple, and it’s all vegan.

3. Taco Bell/Mexican. Yes my dear friends dragged me to taco bell. Not something I like to admit, but I was thinking about it and I think it’s really important for new vegetarians/vegans to know that it is out there. Taco Bell you can get a bean burrito fresco with no cheese. It’s pretty good for $.99.  And almost any mexican restaurant you can get veggie fajitas with salsa and guacamole and be the happiest little vegan ever!  Do be careful ordering refried beans or rice.  The refried beans are often cooked with lard. And the rice is often made with a chicken stock. Just ask to be sure. (The ones at taco bell are lard free believe it or not.)

4. Italian Restaurants. Pick your pasta. Add your marinara or red sauce or sometimes a white wine sauce. Load in the veggies.  Skip the cheese. Easy.  🙂

Don’t be a clammed up vegan. Get out there. Eat and be merry.

What are you’re favorite vegan meals out?

As a little bonus, I want to give you an update on my challenge.  First, I’m still a little salad challenged. Second, I have a new favorite smoothie. I call it blueberry pomagranite slam. Third, I’ve lost 2 pounds being vegan! I’m 5 foot and 112 pounds. It’s a big deal. And I feel great! Fourth, I LOVE hula-hooping. I’m spreading the trend everywhere I go. Check it out.

I’m Falling In Love

I had a moment as I was driving down the road. Apparently I come to most of my epiphanies while driving.  But, I did. I had a moment of just pure happiness and love and comfort and contentment.  I’m thing to myself, “I’m falling back in love with me!

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I got so excited! Thoughts just came rushing in my head; you’re happy, you’re getting married; you have great friends; you spend time with them; you have tons of fun; you’re doing what you love; you’re organized; you look great. Oh my gosh Maddi, this is the girl you remember and missed!

I know it sounds funny to say I’m falling in love with myself, but it’s true, or perhaps more accurately I’m falling back in love with myself. There is no one else on earth that I would trade my life for theirs.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have plenty of things in my life that are not so peachy. I promise you I do. But the good things are so much better than any of the bad things.  For instance, I’m poorer than I’ve been my entire life right at this moment, but I am at one of the happiest times of my life, if not the happiest.  I’m ok with that.

It breaks my heart to be leaving the company I worked with for the past 4 years, but that’s what I’m in the process of doing, and I don’t think I could say all this if I was still there full time. But I learned so much. I became this confident business woman. I overcame my fear of public speaking. I learned how to build a business from nothing. AND I learned that you, as a person, always need to be looking for ways to grow yourself. Thank you for that.

I think if you’re reading my blog, you’re probably already doing that yourself, but I ran across this in my school journal. I really believe that finding your happiness and falling in love with yourself is about finding your passion and knowing you’re right where you are supposed to be.

TRY THIS: Using all your talent and passion, what is one big contribution you would like to make to the world? Describe it in detail. Who  would be touched by your contribution and how would it affect them? How would it feel to make this contribution?

Me? I want to change the world. I want people to stop falling ill to heart disease and cancer and Alzheimer’s and diabetes and MS and osteoporosis and on and on. I want children not to suffer from diabetes, obesity, ADD, depression, anxiety, or especially cancer.

The studies are out there for plant-based eating. I’m here to spread the word and share the wealth of good health. That’s my intention every time I write, and every morning I wake up.

I’m living my passion, I’m eating my passion, I’m speaking my passion, and now I’m falling in love with me. I’m happy. I’m healthy. And darn it I’m hot too!

What is your passion?

What are you doing about it?

What do you need to fall in love with you?

Do the exercise and find out.

Banana Berry Smoothie Meets Garlic Bread

Five days complete in my 30 day challenge! It’s been going great!  I have so many things I want to share with you!  That’s what I get for waiting 5 days before posting :/ You’ll forgive me though, right?!

I promised you my veggie lasagna that’s so good you’ll never miss the traditional stuff… well turns out I didn’t buy lasagna noodles. whoops! I ended up making Veggie Stuffed Shells that once I get pictures, I will share.  But for now.. First thing is first!

Banana Berry Smoothie

I love the color of this smoothie.  It reminds me of grape soda 🙂

1 banana, peeled

1/4 c. almond milk

6 large strawberries

1/2 c. blueberries

1 handful spinach (or other leafy green)

1 Tbsp flax seeds

1/2 c.  ice

Add it all to your blender. Blend until smooth. Then enjoy!

Tip: I add banana and ice to almost every smoothie I make. Banana adds the creamy texture you’re looking for and ice makes it cold.

Salad Challenge

I’ll admit I’m still a little salad challenged, but let me share with you what’s been getting me through it.

1. Organic Spring Mix. This is chock full of more than 10 good-for-you greens including; arugula, spinach, beet greens, radicchio, endive, tango, red chard, and the list goes on. Those are just the ones I remember.

2. NUTrition.  This little mix here has almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, dried cherries, and granola. (I might be missing something, but who cares!) This stuff is so yummy. I’ve just been throwing it on top of my salads for some crunch and a yummy healthy kick. This right here is for the lazy salad maker! (ie: me!) Give it a try! Oh, and it’s great as a to-go snack by itself.

Now I did tell you I made Veggie Stuffed Shells instead of lasagna, since I can’t share that recipe with you just yet, I’ll give you one better. The real star of the show.

Guilt Free Garlic Bread

The trick here is you want to go to the bakery and buy a whole grain loaf. Any kind, Italian, French, whatever. WHOLE GRAIN.  Traditionally my mom made this with the sweet Italian bread, but we’re giving it that healthy ramp and going vegan with this bad boy!

1 loaf whole grain bread

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 c. Earth Balance buttery spread

(This is a vegan butter, I generally just call it butter)

3 cloves garlic, pressed

1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, rough mince

1. Combine EVOO, butter, and garlic in a bowl. (I do recommend a garlic press for this. You can see mine in the picture, but it allows the garlic to combine with the butter rather than be big clumps that I chopped up.) Mix until smooth. I just use a fork for this.

2. Turn your oven on to broil. Then continue to cut your bread into slices. Like above. Spread the garlic butter evenly over each piece.

3. Sprinkle with your fresh chopped cilantro. (Picture was taken at this step!)

4. Broil for about 3 minutes or until golden brown or butter is melted and bread is crispy!

I also use this same recipe for crutons, just cooked a little longer!

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. I’ll continue in my 30 day challenge. Good luck to those of you joining me!

In case you were wondering my hula-hooping skills are getting much better! haha 🙂

What are you waiting for?! Get  Healthy, Happy, and Hot! Eat these delicious foods!

Jumping for Joy with These Foods

Have you ever tried something that was “healthy” and found yourself gagging on the cardboard like substance with the health claim? Well let me tell you, I HAVE!  More times than I can count have one of my friends said to me, “You have to try this and it’s SO good for you.”  Meanwhile I try the food, give a smile and choke down the bite I took. Kind of like this —>

holding nose while eating

Now let me shed some light on you. If you don’t like it, DON’T eat it. I don’t care how healthy it is. (By the way most of the stuff people have had me try comes in a box or package and really isn’t THAT healthy) Now this is not the “ok” from me to abandon healthy eating. It’s a guideline. You want to find a way to eat/cook the food in a way so that  you truly enjoy it and if you can’t figure out a way to cook the food so you like it, then maybe it isn’t the right healthy food for your body. 

I pride myself in cooking healthy meals for my friends and getting awesome reactions from them. (I will admit most of my friends are carnivorous, junk food, midwest eating human beings so this is quite a feat!)

I will share some of these wonderful foods and recipes with you in a series of blogs. Here’s the first:

#1 GREEN Smoothies. Don’t like spinach? Kale? Collard Greens? You will never even know they’re there with this smoothie. I’ve probably shared this with 20 people and NEVER once have I had someone not want to steal my smoothie from me. Here’s what you do.

Green smoothie

 Take a BIG handful of fresh Spinach or Kale and put it                  in the bottom of your blender. Add a peeled banana and peeled orange. Then add about 1/2 cup of pineapple or mango. Top it off with 1 cup ice. Blend it up. Drink this in the morning and you will never need coffee again!

NOTE: I highly recommend a Vitamix blender for this, or any other GOOD quality blender. If your blender is leaving little leaves in your drink (not what we’re going for) try soaking them in warm water before you blend them.

Keep a watch for my next Jumping for Joy Food!

Do you have any amazingly tasty, and oh so good for you foods or recipes to share?