Thursday, February 19, 2015

Take Care of Your Body!


Your body is your temple.  Take care of it, because your body is a gift from God.

"Ye are not your own: for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."—1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Great Snack: Snap Peas

A great snack option are snap peas.  Cook them or eat as snack.  They are sweet and makes for a great snack eaten raw.  Purchased these at our local farmer's market.  Give them a try.

Monday, February 16, 2015

We're So Excited!

We are so excited!  Last week we ran into a couple who purchased our cookbook and they told us that we were a great inspiration to them and helped them with their weight loss.  They both lost weight, the husband lost over 20 pounds! Wow.

We can not tell you how excited we were to talk to them about their results.  For this is our motivation,  helping others with their healthy living journey. We are so glad that God allowed us to be used in this manner.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Remember It Is Heart Health Month and We Just Wanted To Send This Little Reminder...

Don't forget to take care of your heart with this and other heart healthy treats.  See pg. 75 in the cookbook to make these delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

5 Steps to Healthy Eating

Of course this may be easier said then done, but this is the formula. :-)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quick and Healthy way to make Spaghetti Sauce

Instead of buying spaghetti sauce, which usually has a lot of added sugar, buy your favorite salsa (with real ingredients).  Add tomato paste if needed, to thicken.  Add a little sweetener if necessary.

Great Snack: Pizza Flax Snax

Found at Kroger

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Peanut Butter Variation

Lately we have been watching our salt (and possible MSG intake) and trying to reduce it as much as possible.  So for the peanut butter recipe on pg. 100, instead of using one canister of salted peanuts we used ALL unsalted peanuts and about 1/4 tsp of salt.  
(Add no more than 1/2 tsp of salt if necessary).

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Organic Red Kale

Found this at Kroger a few days ago.  I'm sure it will be good.  
But I know it can't be as good as dinosaur/black kale, but you never know...:-).

UPDATE:  Made this kale into kale chips.  It was good but not as good as the black kale as I suspected. lol

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

See some of the recipe photos

Click here to see a slideshow of some of the recipe pictures.

Smoothie Prep

Do smoothie prep as often as you like.  Buy lots of ingredients and make bags to last you for a while.  
When it's time to make a smoothie take a bag out of the freezer and let thaw for a few minutes.  Add ingredients to your blender along with your desired liquid like coconut or almond milk.  

When doing smoothie prep there are no wrong ingredients, the only criteria is healthy.  Have some broccoli that might go bad if you don't cook it?  Add it to your baggies.  Don't let anything go to waste.

Don't worry so much about the taste of the smoothie because of the ingredients, most of the time you won't taste anything but the sweet ingredients.  So add your needed veggies/leafy greens and then include some fruit to camouflage the taste and you are all set.  Note:  do not over do it on the sweet ingredients, you'll want to measure those.

When making the smoothies make sure you research and find the ingredients that you need the most.  For instance, if you are low in potassium you could add bananas or black strap unsulphured organic molasses.

Add some fun extras that are good for you like ground flax and chia seed, ginger, lemon, cooked beans, nuts(be sure to count them), cayenne pepper(a little goes a long way), etc.

How's Your New Year's Resolution Going?

35 days into the New Year. How is it going? 
Do you still have the same excitement you did on day 1?
Is eating healthy becoming taxing?
Is food prep too hard? 
Is eating out becoming difficult? 
Have you fell off the wagon?

Right now we just ask you to take a minute and breathe......Are you breathing?...... 

Assess your situation. 

Why are you eating healthy?
Do you feel better? 
Are you SURROUNDING yourself with others who are eating healthy? 

Become a part of Facebook pages, blogs, or other types of social media, etc. with many who have similar goals. Watch healthy eating programs. Find an ACCOUNTABILITY partner. It is so important that you address your ISSUES, if not you will revert to old habits. 

Remember if you have a bad day, if God allows you to see tomorrow, then you have a chance to try again. Be blessed we are rooting for you!

Fed Up The Movie

Have you tried to loose weight and failed? You count your calories... You make sure to eat your 100 calories meals and you don't see change. You exercise daily. What could be wrong...what are you missing? Watch this movie and become enlightened.

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Dinner For Today 1

Black eyed peas, Kale topped with red onions, Eggplant sauteed with almond flour and caramelized onions, and Lima beans.

Meals for the Entire Day

Pre-workout meal: Black beans with a little raw onion (a way to eliminate salt) and nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. Great way to start your day and have lots of energy for working out.

After workout meal pt. 1: Everything Salad pg. 38

After workout meal pt. 2: Green Beans, Collard Greens, Roasted Cabbage pg. 57, Broccoli and Carrots, Roasted Potatoes. Also ate (not shown) sunflower seeds, an orange, more roasted cabbage, a banana with water all day.

Pizza Done Your Way

The pizza is done with cauliflower as the crust, see pg. 28 for the recipe OR with the pretzel recipe used as a crust, see pg. 56. Note the pretzel crust has more of a authentic pizza crust texture. Lastly, all the pictures were topped with cheese-mozzarella or feta cheese. To make this pizza vegan omit the cheese and go for cheese sauce on pg. 85 or sprinkle nutritional yeast flakes on top.

Pretzel recipe used to make crust. See pg. 56

Calzone type pizza. To do this use the Cauliflower pizza recipe on pg. 28. After you add the sauce, put toppings on half of the pizza instead then cook in oven. After you take out of the over fold the crust over so that you have this calzone style pizza.

Recipe Variation Meatballs

We wanted to eat meatball subs so we....

used the meatball recipe pg. 54 and added the barbeque sauce recipe on pg. 83 and USED the pretzel recipe on pg. 56 to make the bread-instead of rolling out the pretzel sticks, just rolled the dough flat to make flat bread instead (and reduced the salt)...Also on the plate are sliced oranges and sautéed black kale (more about that later) with mushrooms and onions

Recipe Variation Seaweed Wraps

Seaweed snack variation-be mindful the amount of avocado you add. For a quick snack just use roasted seaweed and add your favorite vegetables on top. Paired with Basil Dip recipe pg.32, a little dip goes a long way.

Eating Out or On The Go Post 1

What to do when you are not at home. How do you plan? What do you order. What to think about ahead of time. etc. etc. Remember when you go out with others, it's not about the FOOD it's about the FELLOWSHIP!

This is what I ordered at a Mexican restaurant. Vegetarian Fajita (fajita dish without meat). No sour cream and all the extras on the side. I usually eat the lettuce and the tomatoes. Some of the beans and not the rice.

Recipe Variation Vegetable Patty

Veggie Patty Pg. 68. Changed recipe by adding some black beans.

Prepping For The Holidays

Prepping Vegetables
Vegetables Chopped
Blending sweet potatoes for pie pg. 81
Blended sweet potatoes ( I may have over blended, make sure not to do this :-)), some for now and some for another day (putting the plastic bag in the freezer). Sweet Potato pie recipe found on pg. 81

Cooked spaghetti squash, scooping out seeds. See pg. 103

Making Cornbread Stuffing see pg. 49 for recipe

Add Cornbread Dressing/Stuffing to baking dish see pg. 49 for recipe.

Making Pecan Pie Filling See pg.79  for recipe

See pg. 106 for crust

Finishing up desserts, see pgs. 72, 79, and 81

Adding foods to freezer bags to take with us for our Thanksgiving trip so that we will have healthy options. Pictured in bags are Brownies(72), Sweet Potato (81) and Pecan Pie (79), Black eyed peas, Red Cabbage, Spaghetti Squash (103), Cheese Sauce (85), Cranberry Sauce (86), Vegetable Patties (68), Cornbread Stuffing/Dressing (49) and Baked Beans (44). We freeze a lot of food for convenience. Who says healthy isn't convenient.

Make foods ahead of time and freeze. Simply thaw when you need it. Picture shows pecan pie-pg. 79 and brownies-pg. 72.