July 16, 2014

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

This is a super easy brown rice recipe that tastes wonderful on its own, or can be added to quesadillas, burritos and tacos.  This is another recipe that I frequently double so it can be used for multiple meals throughout the week. Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cups brown rice 3 1/2 - 4 cups water Zest and juice of 1-2 limes 1 tsp sea salt 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Recipe: In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add rice and stir to coat.  Let the rice brown in the oil for about 2 minutes, but do not let it burn.  Add in water, lime zest, lime juice and salt.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer…

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July 10, 2014

My Journey to Organic Skincare

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Let’s just put it this way, I don’t remember a time when I haven’t battled acne.  I mean, surely I didn’t deal with this problem in the 1st grade, right?  The point is, this has been a battle for me for a long time.  And not only is it the acne itself, but it leaves behind all kinds of scarring that causes it’s own insecurities, even when my face is clear.  I have tried every topical and ingestible medicine that they have come out with.  Sure, some things have worked for a while, but then they don’t, and I am back on the hunt. A couple of years ago, I just started to accept that I may never find the perfect skincare regiment and that…

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July 6, 2014

Roasted Vegetables

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At our house, we roast a side of vegetables at least twice a week.  The crunchy caramelization on the outside with the tender inside, is so delicious.  And roasting is, by far, one of the easiest ways to prepare vegetables.  You can eat these veggies along side chicken or fish, you can toss them into some brown rice pasta with a little olive oil, or you can add them to some leafy greens for a delicious salad.  Mmmm! I also highly recommend roasting vegetables for those individuals who might be new to healthy eating.  Roasted vegetables are much sweeter and more palatable for taste buds that are new to healthy eating. Give them a try and let me know what you think. Roasted Vegetables Ingredients: Fresh…

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June 18, 2014

Maya Angelou Quote

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This quote says a lot about my walk with nutrition and health.  The more I learn, the more responsibility I have to do and share what I know.  This is also why I have chosen to teach what I know through health coaching.  So that others then have the tools to do better themselves.

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June 13, 2014

Cheeseless Veggie Quesadillas

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All I can say is, “Mmmmm”!  These things are absolutely amazing and a new family favorite.  My guys didn’t even miss the meat or the cheese.  That’s what I call a big win! The key to making this recipe as simple as possible is to prepare the black beans and the cilantro-lime brown rice ahead of time.  I almost always make a big pot of both at the beginning of the week to make weeknight meal preparation a cinch. Another time saving trick is using Frontera Original Guacamole Mix.  Of course, making your own guacamole is the best, but I love using this mix when I am trying to save a little time in the kitchen.  The Frontera seasoning is all natural, has very few…

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May 30, 2014

10 Healthy Ways to Invigorate Your Water

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The body of an average adult is made up of about 60% water.  This is the main reason why staying hydrated is essential to a happy and healthy body.  Most people aren’t drinking enough H2O and are very inconsistent with their consumption.  Spicing up your water with fun and wholesome infusions can be an enjoyable way to ensure that you are staying hydrated and healthy.

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May 24, 2014

5 Ways to Exercise as a Family

Over the years, my husband and I have asked ourselves this question a number of times;   “Are we the only couple that actually enjoys spending time with each other and our family?” Actually, I don’t really think that most couples and families don’t like each other, I just wonder how some people can accept that one hour a day it enough “family time”.  Between the time my husband gets home from work each day, and the time our five year old goes to bed, we have less than three hours together, and I know a lot of families that have even less time.  We are consistently rearranging our priorities and schedules so that we can spend as much time together as possible.  One thing…

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May 20, 2014

Organic Herbal Tea

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Yay!  We finally ordered our new herbal teas and they were delivered yesterday.  What?  Did I just say that?  Honestly, I can’t believe I am even thinking that.  And I am even more surprised that my husband was so excited about them. Last year, when my husband and I started drinking herbal teas, it took us a while to develop a taste for them.  Our pallets were so accustom to sugary drinks like sweet tea and soda, that something like herbal tea tasted a little too earthy.  Just as people whose diets consist of mostly processed foods usually do not enjoy the taste of something as natural as vegetables.  Well, we pressed on because we were aware of the major health benefits of herbs… detoxification, natural…

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May 16, 2014

Self Care = Self Love

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Self-care is not only one of the most important things that you can do for your physical health, but it is also extremely important for your mental and emotional well-being.  As a busy mom, wife and health coach, most days the only "me time" I get to myself is in the bathroom.  I know this sounds funny, but think about it. Whether you are bathing, showering, brushing your teeth, skin brushing or doing your make-up, for most of us, these may be the only times during the day that truly belong only to us.  We have to learn to take advantage of them and make the most out of every second.  Stop looking at these tasks as a daunting list of things that have to be…

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Unacceptable Levels Documentray Review

Unacceptable Levels Documentary Review

Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us. This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a screening of the documentary film Unacceptable Levels.  What an eye opener!  The film explores…

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