Mark and I use our immersion blender every day! Mostly we use ours for blending up smoothies and drinks, but it has been known to be used to blend some soups, and homemade tomato sauce. Mark uses it to mix up his “kitchen sink” eye opening breakfast smoothie. He starts with his IsaLean Pro protein and adds in our powdered fruits and greens along with some blueberries and/or other berries. Me, I use it to mix up my “bulletproof” coffee: a tablespoon each of grass-fed butter and coconut oil added to my heated cold-press coffee and mixed to frothy goodness. Our sits on the counter and never gets put away because we use it literally every day.
What other uses can you think of?
This is an AWESOME way to get your kids to love having a healthy breakfast. Man, if my mom would have made these as a kid, I would have been begging for more! This recipe of the week, just like the Overnight Oats recipe from a couple weeks ago, doesn’t need a “recipe”, you can do whatever you want with it, just be sure to keep it with natural and low sugar ingredients. Heck on Sundays, why not even add in a few dark chocolate chips for a little extra treat? Or…use this as an evening snack when you are craving the real thing but don’t want to get off track!
Here are a few basic “rules”.
- You MUST start out with a banana sliced lengthwise on either side of the dish/bowl.
- Use cooked oats, cottage cheese or greek yogurt as the “ice cream”. You have have the “scoops” all the same or once of each!
- Top with a little more greek yogurt to look like “cream” or better yet, if you have access to a raw dairy in your area, whip up some raw milk cream!
- Top with any chopped real fruit of your choice
- If you must sweeten a little more, use REAL maple syrup or local raw honey (not the high-fructose corn syrup varieties you find at the grocery store).
- Don’t forget to add a few of your favorite chopped nuts!
This just goes to prove that eating healthy does NOT have to be boring. I think I’m heading to the kitchen right now to see what I can round up for a banana split!
I LOVE my IsaLean protein bars, not only for the taste, but for the natural ingredients that are in the bars. They are a “processed” food and do contain a higher amount of natural sugars, I have to be careful to not rely on them for my food, as I am suspecting I have a fructose sensitivity (yep, even the natural kind found in fruit). I am so grateful our company does not use soy protein in any of their products becasuse it is NOT the health food we’ve been told it is. From the Natural News Website:
Virtually all “protein bars” on the market today are made with soy protein. Many infant formula products are also made with soy protein, and thousands of vegetarian products (veggie burgers, veggie cheese, “natural” food bars, etc.) are made with soy protein. That soy protein is almost always described as safe and “natural” by the companies using it. But there’s a dirty little secret the soy product industry doesn’t want you to know: Much of the “natural” soy protein used in foods today is bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent known as hexane. Click here for the full article….
I LOVE my cleanse days! Now before you think I’m crazy and having to run to the bathroom every five minutes, our cleansing is not like that AT ALL! We are a whole body, cellular cleanse and it is so awesome to cleanse and feel amazing!!! Most people don’t know how good they can (and are suppose to) feel anymore. Just like your car needs an oil change to run efficiently so do our bodies. From our website:
Every day we’re exposed to toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the items we touch. Cleanse for Life helps give your body the nutrition it needs to cleanse itself naturally, and unlike other “cleanses,” laxatives or diuretics that can deplete your body, Cleanse for Life nourishes and feeds your entire body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals.
Deep and daily cleansing supports your mental and physical performance, resistance to stress and digestive health. It can also help protect your body from the cumulative damage of environmental toxins and oxidative stress.
Improved taste and technology: New and innovative extraction technology pulls more potency and flavor from each botanical. Increased potency allows for cleansing at the cellular level and greater protection against oxidative stress
Enhanced formula: Now with turmeric to assist the body with efficient detoxification. More burdock than before to assist the body with cleansing in the circulatory system.
I could explain it all day long, but this 6 minute video explains it so much better than I ever could:
Move over Chicken McNuggets….Tosca Reno has a version that uses REAL chicken, is easy and tastes so good even the kids will be asking for more! (Check out www.ToscaReno.com for for easy, healthy recipes!).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (20 to 25 nuggets)
- 3 x 6-oz / 170-g boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- ¼ cup / 60 ml oat bran
- ¼ cup / 60 ml wheat germ
- 1 Tbsp / 15 ml coarsely ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup / 60 ml coarsely ground almonds
- ½ tsp / 2.5 ml sea salt
- ½ tsp / 2.5 ml white pepper
- Pinch garlic powder
- ½ cup / 120 ml water or low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 232°C. Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or coating lightly with extra virgin olive oil.
2. Cut chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces, about 1½ inches square. Set aside.
3. Next, combine all dry ingredients in a large container with a tightly fitting lid. Shake well. This is your coating mixture.
4. Combine water and egg in a medium bowl. Dip each piece in the water-egg white mixture. Then dip each piece in the coating mixture. Make sure each piece is well coated.
5. Place on the baking sheet. When all of your chicken has been coated and your baking sheet is full, place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
Use the almond coating on larger strips of chicken breast to make chicken tenders for the adults!
I just about fell off my chair when I came across this article about fake blueberries. But then again, I’m not really surprised the more I learn about what is REALLY in our food, and what is not. Once again…READ YOUR LABEL! From the tv.naturalnews website:
The blueberries found in blueberry bagels, cereals, breads and muffins are REAL blueberries right? Wrong! Award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposes the deceptive chemical ingredients and dishonest marketing of “blueberry” products from big-name food and cereal companies. The blueberries, it turns out, are made from artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars. See more episodes at www.FoodInvestigations.com. (Click here to the whole article and investigative video)…
I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey, financial guru. I love his no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is approach to getting out of debt and on to creating financial freedom. I first downloaded the audio version of The Total Money Makeover, and followed it up with getting the hardcover version to reference easily when I need it. For those of us who are religious, Dave throws in references to the bible and shares why being poor really isn’t what God wanted for us. For those of us who are not religious, just skip over the bible references and listen in, he has some great advice.
When I was first introduced to his teachings, I thought it was a little cookoo to be putting money in envelopes, BUT it really does work. If you find yourself always having more month at the end of your money, being a little cookoo might be your answer. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Try something different. And as Dave says, if you don’t control your money, your money will control you.
Just like making changes in ANY area of your life, starting to take control of your money begins with one step. I liked Dave’s “Baby Step” plan. Step 1 is to create a $1000 Emergency Fund. Using the Law of Attraction principle, Dave says that if you don’t have an emergency fund, you know Mr. Murphy? The guy who says if anything can go wrong it will? Well, if we have the emergency fund, we won’t be so scared of Mr. Murphy and perhaps he won’t come visit us at all!
Now you can either love or hate Dave and his principles, but no matter what, get control of your money. I’ve struggled with this most of my life and admitting I needed help was my first baby step and I happened to find Dave and liked his style. You may like someone else’s….just get started on your way and start making the “hard” decisions now so your life can be “easy” in the future. Right now Mark and I don’t want to be 1700 miles away from each other, but we knew it was the smart financial decision to make. It is temporary and it is what’s best for our future. Pain is temporary…baby steps.
If you need help on getting your mind in the right place to get started, check out my mindset one on one coaching plans. Once you get your mind in the right spot, the rest will fall into place. I’d love to help you get on track to YOUR freedom. Just take a step.