Morning Green Juice

Green Juice… you’re my best friend in the morning. Psssttt… don’t tell Coffee I told you that!

There is nothing better than slamming back a huge glass of kale, lemon and apple! It wakes me up, jump starts my day and allows me to feel grateful for this amazing journey I am on! Plus, it TASTES amazing!

And don’t get me wrong… I still drink my coffee :)

So what is my my AMAZING morning green juice? Let me tell you!

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Today I will make magic happen – Ways to keep yourself motivated!

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It doesn’t matter who you are, we ALL experience lack of motivation. When you first start a project, or an idea, or a new life change, you are EXTREMELY motivated and happy! You wake up feeling positive, gung-ho and ready to tackle whatever it is HEAD ON!

But… after a few days or weeks that lack-luster feeling starts to trickle in and you start to get in that vicious “I will do it later” mentality. That’s when later becomes a day, then a week, then a month and eventually you are back to square one again.

Don’t you think it would take less effort to actually just DO IT rather than start and stop again and again and again? Sure it would! But how? How can you stop the roller coaster?

Honestly, I have dealt with this my entire life. I am a master-procrastinator. I hate to admit it but it’s the truth. However I have developed some key habits to help me stay focused, motivated and to help me actually get shit done!

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{Recipe} Power Date Balls – Raw, Gluten Free

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I have been making date balls for years now. I just love them! I started making them when I had my first LaraBar – I loved the idea of dates and nuts all mixed together. It is a food marriage that is a match made in heaven!

I normally add chocolate and coconut… because anything with chocolate and coconut is a winner in my book! For this batch I simply combined medjool dates, almonds, coconut flakes and cocoa nibs. Simple perfection.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds, or toasted
  • 1 1/12 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup raw, unsweetened coconut – or toasted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs or dark chocolate chunks

Directions
In a food processor using the “S” blade, pulse the dates until they are medium sized chunks ( about 30 seconds ). Add almonds and pulse until a paste ( about 1 minute ). Add coconut and chocolate. Pulse until combined ( about 30 seconds ). You will have to scrape the sides of the food processor down as the date will become a paste and will not want to blend. I like larger chunks of almonds and coconut in my date balls so I wont over process.

Once the dough is the consistency of your liking, roll into balls. It is much easier if you wet your fingers before doing this. Place in a container and store in the fridge/freezer. I will have a few as dessert or crumble up over yogurt or as an afternoon snack.

Here is another recipe I created but this one is loaded with chocolate goodness :)

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XxOo Tasha

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Are salads healthy for you?

You say you eat “mostly salads” but you are still feeling puffy, not losing weight and possibly gaining weight.

Why?

Just because you have a bed of lettuce does not mean that you can pile on the cheese, croutons, beans, meat, dressing, etc. You would probably be consuming LESS calories and fat if you ordered a plain hamburger with no cheese and extra veggies!

ChilisQuesidillaSalad Image from TakePart’s 15 Worse Salads than a Big Mac

When choosing a “salad” keep it as RAW as possible and SKIP the dressing! A lot of times I will have a small amount of goat cheese or feta and that gives me enough flavor that I will not need dressing. You can also have a small scoop of hummus, too.

I do not measure my raw veggies but I will measure my beans, proteins and anything else that is NOT raw. (1/4 cup for protein/beans)

And remember: just because it is labeled “salad” does not mean that it’s healthy for you!

Now I know not all calories and grams of fat are the same. Healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, flax, etc. can also add up. However these fat’s are essential for your body. One of my favorite salads is my Raw Kale Salad which has a good amount of avocado in it. Calories and fat from whole, raw plant-based foods will ALWAYS be better than cheese, dairy and meat.

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Clean Eating and Healthy Salad Dressings

Avocado dressing

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water 

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Adjust the amount of liquid to obtain nice creamy dressing.

Almond butter ginger dressing

  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste

In a bowl whisk almond butter, olive oil, water and lemon juice until you receive smooth dressing. Adjust liquids if necessary. Add ginger and garlic. Mix well. Add salt to taste.

Herb dressing

  • 1 cup minced medley of fresh herbs: dill, parsley, cilantro, basil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Sea salt & black pepper taste

In a bowl mix herbs, spring onions and garlic. Add olive oil and balsamic. Mix gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Here is a list of salads from restaurants that contain MORE calories than a plate of pasta or hamburger!  http://www.livestrong.com/blog/10-restaurants-salads-deceptively-high-calories/

Pinterest has an amazing selection of Raw Salads – check them out!

Here is a link to some of my favorite RAW summer salads!

spinach Salad Spinach Salads are one of my favorite salads!

Remember to always eat consciously and healthy!

XxOo Tasha

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Recipe Round Up Friday!

Hey clean eaters!

Today I am doing a recipe round up featuring SOUPS! Soup is a healthy way to get in your veggies while adding warmth to your body on a cold winter day or evening.

Making soup is very therapeutic: the chopping, the stirring, the seasoning… I put a lot of love into every pot of soup I make! And my family can tell :) And for those that may be intimidated by making soup, let me tell you that soup is virtually indestructible! Just keep adding veggies and spices until you find the right balance and taste! I will say that soup is what I use when I have veggies that need to be used ASAP – everything in the pot and in a few hours you have dinner! Simple!

Here are some of my favorite soup recipes! Enjoy!

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Magical Healing Vegetable Soup – (My most popular soup recipe!)

Lentil Soup II

Vegetable Soup with Adzuki Beans 

Winter Vegetable Soup

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Gluten Free Noodles

Butternut Squash Soup

XxOo Tasha

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Ratatouille 2

Brrrrr!

It has been cold this winter! My bones are cold, my feet are cold, my hands are cold… but my stomach is nice and toasty! Why? Because I have heaps and heaps of hot Ratatouille in my belly!!!

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Big chunks of veggies, tomato broth and an amazing array of herbs makes this dish one of those meals that is great for lunch or dinner, alone of with a crowd. Want to come over and have some?

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~ Ratatouille ~
Makes roughly 3 quarts
Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

1 large can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
4-6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large eggplant (1 pound), cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large yellow onions, diced large
6 fresh garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 bell peppers (any color – I used red), seeded and diced large
2 large zucchini (1 pound total), diced large
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon oregano leaves
1 tablespoon basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the entire can of tomatoes on a baking sheet. Take a knife and chop them into 1/2 inch pieces. Drizzle with olive oil (approx 2-3 tablespoons), salt, pepper and died basil flakes. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

  • In a large bowl, toss eggplant with a good pinch of salt. In a large heavy pot, heat about 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, a pinch of salt and pepper and let cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until onions and garlic are soft, about 5 minutes. Add peppers and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes minutes. Season with salt and pepper and herbs.

  • The add tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bay leaf and water to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook partially covered until veggies are soft. Approx 20 minutes. Taste to see if you need to add any more seasonings. Serve with warm crusty bread and a salad.

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    XxOo Tasha

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    Grocery Haul – 1.10.15

    Hey guys! It’s time for me to post another grocery haul post! I shopped exclusively at Trader Joes – this was a pretty big one! I have a lot of recipes to try out this week!

    ( Please keep in mind that my family does not follow a 100% CLEAN lifestyle. We have snacks, chocolate and I do not restrict. While I follow a heavy plant based diet, not everyone in my family does. We have a well balanced and HAPPY household! )

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    When I do these I try to sort food by the type… but this time I just pulled everything out of a bag and snapped a picture!  Sorry if it is a little jumbled – I will post everything together below.

    Bag 1: Kashi cereal, bananas, Peanut Butter Dog Treats, dried cranberries, onions and garlic, avocado, butternut squash and veggie chips.

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    Bag 2: Cilantro, spring mix, black bean crisps, beets, organic tofu, Smart Dogs (vegan hot dogs), herbs (basil and oregano), chicken tenders, yogurt, peanut butter and coconut sugar.

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    Bag 3: Strawberry Apple Sauce, miso, chicken noodle soup, cilantro hummus, mac n’ cheese, pasta sauce, maple syrup, shredded parm, whole wheat tortillas, brussel sprouts, Joe-Joes, apple cider vinegar, crackers

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    Bag 4: zucchini, baby spinach, eggplant, blueberries, peppers, red onion, cucumber, sweet potatoes

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    Bag 5: unsalted plum tomatoes, goat cheese, string cheese, coconut yogurt, whole wheat waffles, frozen blueberries and strawberries, coconut oil, falafel, baby carrots, cheddar cheese, apple juice boxes

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    Bars – We love bars in our family! Organic fruit leather, Z-Bars, Larabars and a new (to me) Luna bar flavor!

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    I also picked up a bouquet of flowers – beautiful! I buy myself flowers quite a bit! No shame!

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    After all of the groceries were put away, I treated myself to a small glass of Cab. Flowers and wine… I treat myself well! ;)

    Grocery List Round Up:

    Produce
    bananas
    onions – both yellow and red
    garlic
    avocado
    butternut squash
    Cilantro
    spring mix 
    beets
    brussel sprouts
    zucchini
    baby spinach
    eggplant
    blueberries
    peppers
    cucumber
    sweet potatoes
    baby carots

    Protein
    organic tofu
    Smart Dogs (vegan hot dogs)
    chicken tenders
    peanut butter

    Dairy & Refrigerated Items
    yogurt
    miso
    cilantro hummus
    shredded Parm
    goat cheese
    string cheese
    coconut yogurt
    cheddar Cheese

    Pantry / Snacks
    coconut sugar
    herbs (basil and oregano)
    Chicken Noodle Soup
    Mac n’ Cheese
    pasta sauce
    maple syrup
    veggie chips
    black bean crisps
    Strawberry Apple Sauce
    whole wheat tortillas
    Joe-Joes
    apple cider vinegar
    crackers
    Kashi cereal
    dried cranberries
    Coconut oil
    unsalted plum tomatoes
    apple juice boxes
    fruit leather and bars

    Frozen Food
    waffles
    blueberries and strawberries
    falafel

    Other
    Peanut Butter Dog Treats

    XxOo Tasha

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