WELLNESS

Juice It Up

With the weather being so up and down lately most people I've spoken with are feeling drained,filling up on comfort food without much exercise,in result losing momentum with their New Year goals! So today I thought it would be a good day to post a few simple juicing recipes to kick start and boost our energy levels!



Detox with Beets
- 2 medium apples
-1 Beet
-4 medium carrots
-3 celery stalk
-1/2 cucumber
-1/2 (size of a thumb) of ginger root

place into the juicer and enjoy!!


Original V-8 Juice
-1/2 medium green bell pepper
-2 large carrots
-1/2 cucumber
-2 handfuls of parsley
-1 cup of spinach
-3 medium tomatoes

Throw those into a processor or into a juicer and serve!



Berry Good!
-2 large apples
-1/2 lime
-3 cups of strawberries

Blend or juice in a processor,serve cold! Can also be frozen for a nice cool summer treat!

Rainy Day Quick Meal!


With the rainy weekend looming over why not opt for a healthy and simple meal at home? This easy recipe requires only a few ingredients which makes running to the market easy. 

Mustard-Maple Roasted Salmon!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of light mayo
2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup 
4 5oz Salmon skinless fillets 
kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil
mix together in a bowl the mustard,maple syrup,1 tablespoon of cilantro and mayo.
Place fillets on baking sheet and sprinkle salt and pepper onto the fillets,about 1/4 teaspoon on each
Spread the mix in the bowl evenly over each fillet
Bake until cooked through,about 10 to 12 mins
Sprinkle the remaining cilantro over the salmon and serve!! 

There you have it! A gourmet meal in the comfort of your own home and without the trendy restaurant price! 

Brussel Sprouts,The Impressive Appetizer!

I've always been a big fan of brussel sprouts but recently had a dish that paired it with a creamy goat cheese....game over! It was so delicious that I had to make it at home and share this recipe! 

This recipe took me no time to prep and cook and has minimal ingredients! 



Ingredients:

-olive oil

-2 Handfuls of Brussel Sprouts

-Goat Cheese

-Pecans (optional)

-Caramelized Onions (optional)

-2 tsp of water+1 tsp of Honey combined

-Salt and Pepper


Directions:

In a large skillet,heat over medium/low heat. Wash and remove outer leaves from sprouts. Cut off ends of sprouts and cut into halves. Add sprouts to oil and season with salt and pepper,cook until caramelized,about 15 mins. Turn over and cook for another 10 mins,add water and honey combination then let cook over skillet for another 5 mins. Add Goat cheese,pecans and caramelized onions and serve immediately! 



Why Shop Farmers Markets?


In the last ten years Local Farmers Markets have doubled,making it that much more easier for us to have access to healthy and locally grown food! There are still a few that need some convincing or simple facts to make the switch from shopping a supermarket to a Farmers Market! Knowledge is power and we as consumers have the power to change anything, and that is pretty amazing!

-To many people a Farmers Market is where most people start when they take on a healthy New Years Resolution,shopping local produce seems to be a glimmer of hope for a new healthy habit! Creating a Community Around Healthy Food!

-It's a bit of a nostalgic place,since the beginning of civilization has built communities around buying,trading and selling food and other local goods! If it ain't broke why fix it?

-Farmers Markets are really the forefront of the 'Real Food' movement and revolution! We as consumers have the right to know where our food comes from and what is in our food,with more and more secrecy surrounding the industrialized production of food shopping a Farmers Market cuts out the middle man!

-City Meets Country,living in the suburbs or city we tend to be a little disconnected from the rural areas of our community,local Farmers live in those areas and when they drive into town for the Farmers Market we bridge the distance and pulling in those surrounding areas closer to us. Keeping our community tight knit!

-The Enviroment Thanks Us!,shopping local keeps our fossil fuels lowered when food and consumers travel a shorter distance.

-When Spending: When we spend a dollar at the Farmers Market we are ensuring that he or she will be getting 80 to 90 cents of every dollar we spend,strengthening local economy and also keeping our land thriving without it being sprawled with housing and shopping centers!

-Lastly,why not try shopping like a fancy character in a classic parisian movie!? Fresh Bread,fruit,veggies,flowers,honey,baked goods,jams,nuts etc soo much good stuff to shop from!

                                        Let's Make 2017 The Year of The Farmers Markets!!

An Easy Guide To Stick To Your New Year Goals!

We are a few weeks into 2017 and some of us are finding it a little difficult to stick to our New Year goals and resolutions! Here is a simple guide and tips to keep us on track and make this year the first year of success with many years to follow!


Make Small Changes:

Sometimes we make a giant list of things to do and goals with the expectation that it'll happen over night! When it doesn't we feel discouraged and slowly give up on the idea of accomplishing these goals. If one of your goals is to get healthy and lose 20lbs,try setting a goal of,I want to go to the gym three times this week! That can be accomplished and checked off your weekly goal list! Another goal is to save money,try setting a goal of "I will not eat out this week" when that is checked off your weekly list that can keep $20-40 in your bank account!


Have Some Citrus:

Believe it or not having a glass of OJ or Lemonade can replenish self control! Our brains run on glucose,drinks that are artificially sweetened wont give our brain that jolt of energy like having fresh cup of orange juice and lemonade!


Outwit Your Inner Rebel:

Instead of being crazy strict on yourself with rules like "I'm never having sweets again" or "I'm never using my credit card again" try giving yourself some room to be sensible, "I only have sweets or dessert when I am at a fancy dinner."

A List of Good Things:

Write down 100 things you are proud of right down to the smallest thing as in "I get out of bed even when I don't want to " Start off your goals with feeling positive about yourself instead of feeling overwhelmed with your "NEW YOU GOALS."

Write Down Your Goals:

Writing your goals down is the best way to increase your success rate! Of course daily exercise or anything that gets your blood flowing to keep you awake and present is always a plus!

These are just a few simple ways to keep going on your journey!! Happy New Year!! And keep up the good work!!

10 Ways To Keep Those Resolutions!


With the New Year approaching thinking of the things we didn't do or resolutions we didn't keep tend to weigh heavy on our minds. Luckily the New Year gives us that clean slate feeling,hope and drive to strive for something new,something better,something healthier for ourselves! Whatever your goals or resolutions maybe here are a few tips to help to keep us focused and strong during 2017 journey!

1. Be Grateful:
Supportive friends and family are the real deal when it comes to achieving your goals,of course they won't do the work for you but they will be there for you during the little feats,happy moments,unmotivated,frustrating and sometimes low times. Write down in a journal all the little things that makes them great to you,even if its just a simple text asking "how are you?"

2.Be Proud Of Yourself:
Making the decision to change for the better is the first step and the first thing to be proud of,making changes is a big deal,big or small. We create the life we want,as cliche as that sounds,it is so true! Start by making a list of all the things you accomplished in 2016,took a dream trip? promotion? lost weight? bought a house? ran a marathon? There are so many things that YOU made happen in your life! Seeing that list is a great start to a New Year!

3. Last Years News:
Making peace with our past is a powerful next step in our journey,right after making the decision to change or set positive goals! There are many things we wish we could undo,even from back in 2012 i'm sure. Truth is there is no point in worrying or dwelling on those things now. Unless we want to continue the same behavioral patterns that led us to prior mistakes then dwelling on the past will only replay itself out again in the New Year! LET IT GO! No need to forget but make PEACE with the past!

4. Plan, Plan, Plan:
Of course life is not a concrete plan but we can use a foundation of goals and direction to guide us through the fog of uncertainty. Time management is key,sometimes that means to disconnect from social media. Rest up,plan out your days by the hour,it's amazing what we can accomplish in 24hrs!

5. Don't Compare:
Comparison truly is the thief of all joy! Everyone is on their own journey,even if they have similar goals,or ideals we are all different and trust that there is plenty of room for each person to flourish to fly! Social media can sometimes make us feel as if we're not doing enough or don't have enough or the life we want isn't happening fast enough! Please be mindful that social media is NOT REAL LIFE! Everyone struggles,some people share their struggle and some people don't thats what makes us all different!

6.Accountability:
We all have that one friend or family member that 'tells it like it is' that is the kind of person we need to be with ourself and ask that friend or family member to help you. Open up about your goals to that person,ask to keep their words constructive but truthful during your journey! But accountability is crucial to goals and change! Punishment is not necessary if we are honest with ourself to begin with!

7.Help Others:
No need to put personal goals or resolutions to help others,we will have many moments of clarity during our journey,it's important that we share those moments and thoughts with others wanting to change as well. Our story with our struggles and solutions is a gift to other people wanting the same in their life! Be honest,don't sugar coat the journey!

                      Just minor things that will keep us strong and motivated in 2017!
                                                           
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

How Bout' Them Apples!?

Apple Cream Cheese Rose Tarts!

Want to bake the ultimate "fancy" holiday dessert without needing the fancy baking skills?? As in,it's one of the simplest recipes i've come across! You'll have to bake yourself a batch of these gorgeous Apple Roses!!


Ingredients: 
2 Puff Pastry Sheets
1/4 cup of Cream Cheese
3 tbsp of Sugar
Cinnamon 
1 Pink Apple
1 tbsp of Lemon Juice
3 tbsp of Water

Directions:
Take out the core of the apple and thinly slice the apple.
Combine the apple slices with lemon juice and water in a bowl,then microwave for 3 minutes.
Cool the bowl with ice water to be able to lay out the apple slices. Pat off excess moisture and set aside.
Roll out the puff pastry into 4 evenly pieces.
Spread cream cheese onto puff pastry and sprinkle sugar over the already spread cream cheese.
Arrange the apple slices across the puff pastry,slightly overlapping the apple slices and sprinkle cinnamon over the layered apples.
Fold puff pastry in half lengthwise and roll and place into greased muffin baking trays.
Bake for 40 mins at 375 degrees

Cool off and sprinkle powdered sugar *optional*