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My Way Taco Salad

15 Jun

Tomorrow is my birthday…

I think.

You see, at this moment I’m lost and confused as to the day, time, my name, when the last time I washed my hair, If I ate breakfast this morning, and what load of laundry I am on..I think it’s number 6.

To say my life is organized and completely under control is like saying I’m 6 ft. tall with blond hair, voluptuous lady lumps, and a great sense of style..

And if you didn’t get that last part, I’m 5’3″ with brown hair, no lady lumps but one huge hump, and I’ve seriously considered hiring a personal stylist.

And then today…

I’ve locked myself in the garage 2 times, and almost a 3rd.

. The first time was a close one, and Baby Boo was sleeping. Luckily for me I caught myself before I did. The second time I officially locked Baby Boo and I in the garage for a good hour until hubby got home, so we entertained out selves with the water hose…

And the third time, hubby was home and I again managed to lock myself in, so I banged on the door so loud that China could hear me..Except my hubby. Sports center was on..And men can only focus on one thing at a time..At least that’s what my mom always taught me.

Then to top it off I stepped in gum earlier in the day, and judging by it’s size, it was chewed by Godzilla.

And without noticing, I got in my car, starting driving, only to find my foot sticking to the peddles…Due to the Gum.

Everywhere..

And I won’t lie, I’m a little worried to scrape it off in fear of catching rabies or something like that..

(Have I ever mentioned how dramatic I can be?)

And now that I am sitting here, really praying for a hot warm bath, I can’t help but look forward to tomorrow. Because birthday’s are special..

Birthday’s mean spoiling..

And birthday’s mean..

Taking Baths.

Oh..

And eating everything that I want..All MY way 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday, BIRTHDAY addition..

MY WAY Taco Salad

Serves two

Ingredients:

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Avocado

Goat Cheese

Roasted Pepita Seeds

Roasted Corn (Recipe Below)

Lentil “Taco Meat” (Recipe Below)

Cinnamony-Cumin Salad Dressing (Recipe Below)

Directions:

(Roasted Corn)

1. Take an ear of corn and lightly coat with butter, 2 tsp. chopped garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

2. Wrap corn in tin foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 min. Then undo the foil, and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes. When done, take a knife and cut down the sides of the corn to get the little corn off. Set aside.

(Lentil “Taco Meat”)

1. Take 1 TB. Chopped Garlic, 1/2 C. Diced onion, and 2 TB. EVOO. Heat oil in pan, then add garlic and onion. Cook and stir for about 5 -7 minutes, or until a little golden. Lower heat to medium-low, then add 1 1/2 C. cooked lentils into pan with 1.5 TB. Taco Seasoning.

I made homemade seasoning, recipe from HERE.

2. Cook for an additional 5 or so minutes, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, remove from heat, and set aside.

(Cinnamony-Cumin Salad Dressing)

recipe from: Eat Drink and Be Vegan

1/4 C. EVOO

2 TB apple cider vinegar

2 TB Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients into a blender.

Salad Assembly

1. Start with the lettuce, avocado, corn, tomato, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and Lentil Meat.

2. Drizzle with dressing.

This Taco Salad was made MY way, but obviously you could do it YOUR way. Add what ever toppings you desire, such as sour cream, cilantro, chips, Peanut Butter (i dunno)..etc

I also paired this salad with Butternut squash seasoned with cinnamon and cilantro.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to eating my weight in watermelon.

Oh..

and a slice of Chocolate Cake at every meal.

That is unless…

I get stuck in the garage again..

Oh if we lived in a world of Greens and Pinks…

13 Jun

I love pink.

I love pink paint, pink toenails, pink ruffle bottoms for babies, pink clothes, pink makeup, pink household items, pink decorations, pink parties, pink glittler..

And pink food.

I am starting to notice a trend..

Pink Macaroons

Pink-ish Chai Chia Pudding

Ok, so it’s more purple..but whatev.

Pink Beet Hummus on Lunch Wraps

Pink Ingredients in Smoothies, Like this Chocolate Covered Berry Green Drink,

or this Cherry Chocolate Milk Shake.

Then there is Pink Wedding Cupcakes

 Pink Parfaits

And Pink Baby Boo’s

My husband calls me crazy, especially when I asked him If I could spray paint this beat up side table that we found at a garage sale for 3 dollars…

Pink.

He drew the line.

So I finally decided on a color  that we both agreed on..

It went from ugly beat up brown to this…

And then to this,

Lovely Lively Green.

It’s so vibrant, so fresh, so..ME??

Could Green Be the New Pink??

Green Muffins

Green Chai Milkshake

Fresh Squeezed Green Juice

Green Soup

Green Pancakes

Green Veggie Sammy

Green S’mores

Green Kale Chips

Are you overloaded??

And then..

For breakfast this morning I had A Green Fruit Bowl…

Disgusting looking yes?

Delicious tasting..

Of coarse..

Green Covered Fruit Bowl

Slightly Adapted from : The Kind Diet

Ingredients: (Fruit)

2 C. Mixture of Seasonal Fruit of Choice (I used strawberries, peaches, mangos, and blackberries

1/4 cup cereal (Recipe called for Kamut, but I didn’t have it, so I used a blueberry crunch cereal that we had)

2 TB. Coconut

Ingredients for the Green Dressing:

1 tsp. Spirulina

1 1/2 TB Non Dairy Milk

2 tsp. Peanut Butter

1 TB Orange Juice (I didn’t have so I used Mango Juice)

1-2 TB Pure Maple Syrup

Directions:

1. Add fruit and cereal in a bowl and set aside.

2. Mix dressing ingredients together until smooth/creamy. It shouldn’t be super thick or super liquidy.

3. Pour dressing over fruit, cereal and coconut and stir until everything is coated.

4. Enjoy The Green!

This has got to be my favorite thing besides Green Drinks…

Seriously?

Am I feeling okay??

Could GREEN be the new PINK??

Don’t Cry Baby Boo, Mama was just making a joke…

I think?

Chocolate Raspberry and Lemon Blackberry Macaroons

10 Jun

What happens when you live a little?

You don’t worry so much about picking up the toys on the floor 57 times a day. Instead you relax, sit on your hiney and play.

And while your sitting on your hiney, playing with toys you notice something in the nooks and craneys of the floor all covered with hair and dust…

Your toothbrush, which ironically has been missing for two days..

Living a little also means skipping on teeth brushing..If you didn’t know.

And then there is your kids.

We hussle and bussle them, making sure they know their ABC’s and 123’s, are coloring in the lines, and prompting them to keep  their food in their mouth and not on their shirt or the floor..

But do we let them live a little?

Hopefully so.

If that means letting them eat edible play dough even though you will most likely have to dig out a big chunk stuck to the roof of their mouth…

At least they can say they have done it.

Then at that time you will realize you can let them feel grown up and feed themselves, rather than spoon feed…even though without teeth there still isn’t much finger foods safe enough to eat…

And surprisingly you will learn things, while living a little.

Like the fact that your daughter loves tofu, and so do you. It’s soft, safe, and edible to eat which in turn makes you one happy Mama.

Now, while your Baby munches Tofu, you suddenly crave sweets.

You really want to bake, but you keep thinking about this hot summer weather, and the fact that you are going to have to get into a bathing suit sooner or later.

It can not be avoided no matter how hard you try.

But you keep thinking about sweets, and you don’t care what anyone says, nibbling on carrots just ain’t gonna cut it.

And then you realize.

Life is about living.

And you know that if you deprive and restrict your self 100% of the time, your setting yourself up for failure.

The more you tell your self NO, the more your going to feel YES.

And eventually you break in…give up…and fail.

So you say to yourself..

Today, I am going to live a little..

Today I am going to Bake and Eat…

Blackberry and Lemon Macaroons

Recipe By: Raxy

Changes to the original recipe: Subbed coconut extract for Lemon essential oils.

And you won’t stop there because you can’t have a day of ‘Living a Little’ without some chocolate!

Almond Chocolate Raspberry Macaroons

Adapted from Blackberry Lemon Macaroons 

2 C. Unsweetened finely shredded coconut

1/2 C. Almond Flour

1 TB + 1 tsp. Cocoa Powder

1/4 C. Coconut Oil

1/2 C. Maple Syrup

1/3-1/2 C. Mashed Raspberries

1 TB Coconut Milk(or other Non dairy milk)

1 tsp. Almond extract

dash of salt

Directions:

1. Blend all together and form into balls. Dehydrate 4 hours @ 105. OR set oven to lowest temp setting and watch carefully while macaroons bake.

And then your day is complete… 🙂

Well…Your day is, but it seems someone else still has some party left in her…

Go to town Baby Boo..

Because today is:


LIVE A LITTLE FRIDAY 🙂

Don’t forget to indulge today!

*This will be a post among many having to do with ‘Live a Little Friday‘ or LALF! It’s about not stressing over the calories, or the veggies, or the diets, but giving your self a little something to enjoy in life. Everybody needs to taste chocolate…and enjoy it!*

Pumkpin Chai Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Raspberry “Ice Cream”

7 Jun

Glass is half empty..Not half full..

When it rains..It freaking pours.

Not just raining on my parade, but snowing, windy, tornado-ing on my freaking parade.

And..

Blah Blah Blah ain’t gonna happen unless a Fat Lady is singing her great big heart out..

I’m a drama queen.

Laugh all you want, but if there is a scratch on my shin you bet your little hiney I’m wining to my Mama telling her how I will never ever ever be able to wear shorts again, and most likely should never leave the house until that scratch is gone.

Is that a true story?

I dunno, I’m kind of an exaggerator too.

So you see, yesterday I set out to bake brownies. ME of all people should be able to bake brownies.

But then, I got a little crazy and started throwing in random ingredients that most brownies don’t have,(but, I think should) and the end result came out okay…

BUT Hot Dang All Mighty they sure didn’t taste like a brownie.

So of coarse I cried, not over spilled milk, but cruddy brownies, and swore to everyone who could hear me that I would never ever ever cook again…

Unless a fat lady was singing.

And as I dramatized the whole scenario for my Hubby when he got home, he in no way humored my dramatic rant and instead told me ,”Honey, why don’t you try and look at the positive things in life..instead of all the negatives.”

Slap.In.The.Face.

Why are husbands always right??

(SHH DO NOT tell him I said that.)

How can I sit here and complain about poopy brownies, when I am so incredibly blessed to have the things that I have?

Slap again.

SO I quickly gathered what pride was left of me, and told my Hubby in return for is words of genius-ness I was going to make him the best afternoon snack he had ever had.

Fat lady singing or not…

Chai Chia Pudding with Cinnamon Raspberry “Ice Cream”

*For the Pudding*

1/2 C. Pumpkin Puree

1/2 C. Non Dairy Milk

2 TB Chia Seeds

1 scoop Vanilla Chai(or reg. Vanilla) Protein Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

1/4 tsp. Ginger

1/4 tsp. Allspice

*For the “Ice Cream”*

1 Frozen Banana

1/3 C. Frozen Raspberries

1 C. Spinach

2 TB. Non Dairy Milk

1 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Mix all ingredients for the pudding in a bowl until combined then set in fridge.

2. Blend “Ice Cream” ingredients into food processor until creamy. Remove Pudding from fridge, and get a tall glass/bowl.

3. Layer Pudding and Ice Cream until all are gone. Sprinkle with coconut if desired.

I prayed that this would make up for my little “episode” earlier..

And Luckily For me…

It did.

Why People Think I am So Weird

3 Jun

I have had my fair share of embarrassing moments in my life.

From loudly boofing during silent reading in 5th grade, to my bathing suit top falling off in a wave pool at my 8th grade end of the year swim party…

Some things you will just never forget.

And some people will never let you forget either.

Like the time in highschool when a couple of friends and I were reading a brochure on Hawaii, and learned what Pearl Harbor really was.

Thanks to everyone filling me in, I learned that Pearl Harbor was NOT a SHIP IN Japan that was BOMBED by the Japanese…

Or the time when I loudly shouted for all to hear that they should look at the birds sitting on the beach…When in reality they weren’t birds, they were rocks. I got glasses a couple weeks later.

Or maybe, we should talk about the time where someone told me I needed to change my blinker fluid in my car, and so I called a repair shop and asked if they had different colors for blinker fluid, because I really wanted pink.

And lastly, I’ll never forget being compared to Jessica Simpson for buying canned Tuna, only wanting Chicken..Because the dang bottle said Chicken of the Sea..

(And if you ask me, I think it’s rather stupid it says that. Chicken cans don’t say Fish of the Land)

I think you get the idea.

But recently, I haven’t been reminded of Flashing Teeny Boobes, or Fish in a can, it’s my cooking that tends to be the butt of every joke.

Everything from Vegan, to tree huggers, to organic freak, to heath nut..I’ve heard it all.

And for a while I was starting to worry that it was stopping people from being friends with me. I mean, who wants to hang out with someone that loves gaseous spinach and takes pictures of it…

Well my friends..Are you out there??

Because things are about to get a little more embarrassing when you find out what I put in these muffins…

Spinach and Squash Muffins w/ Lemon Glaze

*Despite the name, these are actually fairly sweet. No one would even guess they were good for you…AND that they contained Spinach and Squash.*

Ingredients:

Dry:

1 C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1/2 C Coconut Flour (or WHP)

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. Ginger

Wet:

2 C. Fresh Spinach

2 Small Yellow Squash finely grated (about 1 C. worth)

1/3 C. Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 C. Applesauce

1/4 C. Canola Oil

1/4 C. Non Dairy Milk

Directions: 

1. Mix dry ingredients together and set aside.

2. Using a food processor, add spinach and pulse until finely pureed/chopped. Add spinach plus the rest of the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.

3. Add wet to dry and fold until combined. Do not over mix.

4. Preheat oven to 350, and when oven is hot and ready, scoop batter into muffin pan (Can top with coconut)  and bake for about 20 minutes, or until center comes out clean and edges are golden.

Lemon Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp (maybe more) water

Directions:

Mix until combined. Drizzle on muffins.

Making/Keeping friends is getting more difficult every time I bake..

But if it’s any consolation, my Hubby had two of these fresh out of the oven smeared with butter…

And he still loves me..

And he loved the muffins..

And he also loves donuts…

Luckily for me, Hubby is stuck with me Forever..

He has no choice but to accept that if it involves me..

It ain’t gonna be normal!

Boof!

Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake

2 Jun

A lot of people ask me what I do during the day as a stay at home mom.

For starters, I appreciate you asking me and not my husband, because according to him I’m relaxing.. 🙂

Which is funny because this morning at 530 a.m., I spent a good 30 minutes washing a Baby from an unpleasant diaper change, all the while Mr. Know It All is snuggled up cozy in a warm bed snoozing away…

And I don’t know if you heard that first part..

530 a.m.

 For a while Baby Boo woke up a little after seven, but then decided that there just needed to be more time in the day to play, so recently it’s been 530.

I guess 530 wouldn’t be so bad, if I went to bed at a decent time and didn’t stay up to watch Monday’s episode of the bachelorette. (Any one else find the cellular phone salesman a little QT) Don’t worry, my husband doesn’t mind, he’s sleeping.

It’s been somewhat of a struggle for me to switch from Ari mode to Mom mode, and things that amuse me, really don’t amuse Baby Boo. (She’s not all that into Cell Phone Guy..)

But somehow we manage, and some days I look at the clock and say, it’s ONLY 11! And other days Hubby comes home and I’m still in my PJ’s, Baby Boo is nakie, and I am far from what you would call Pleasant smelling.

On the other hand, this little one masked any smell that may have come her way with a sweet scent of cinnamon.

The Cinnamon Challenge was so 6 months ago for Baby Boo.

She clearly finds joy eating it straight out of the Bottle.

Don’t even try and take it away from her.

You will pay the price.

Roughly 5 bucks, because that’s how much it’s gonna cost to buy more cinnamon once it’s spilled all over the floor in a tantrum rage to retrieve it back.

Luckily for me I had used the cinnamon for my breakfast prior to the Ms. Cinnabuns craving.

Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake

Inspired by the Amazing/Talented/Beautiful Mama Pea: Coconut Chai 

1/2 C. Coconut Milk

1 frozen Banana

6 Coconut Milk ice cubs

1 tsp. Ginger

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice (or Allspice)

1 TB Vanilla

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy. Reduce milk for a creamier shake, and add milk for a less thick shake.

Thank you Mama Pea for your inspiration.

Best. Drink.Hands. Down.

But then..As they always do..Things got a little crazy.

Since I was making this for breakfast I decided I needed a little bit of Greeeeennsss…

Coconut Vanilla Chai Green Drink Milkshake

Ingredients:

Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake

2 C. Spinach

2 Dates

Directions:

Blend until creamy and green 🙂

I HAD TO.

I’m sorry.

I know you are probably Green Drinked OUT..And EnOuGh with the milkshakes already!

Am I right??

Last one I promise..

Some of us just can’t take it anymore…

Driving Ms. Diva

31 May

Yesterday was a BeAuTiFuL Day!

I hope everybody had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. I am so grateful for this country we live in and for those who have served/are serving allowing us to enjoy the blessings of our free country.

This weekend we took time to smell the roses, and others took time to eat them..

We enjoyed the outdoors and played in the grass,

And then wished we hadn’t because grass makes you itchy..

We sipped fresh sqeezed juices that made us dream of summer,

Fresh Summer Green Juice

1 large cup watermelon

1 large cucumber

2 gala apples

1/2 inch ginger piece

2-4 stalks swiss chard (preference-more if desired)

And then every morning I found joy in making Green Smoothies for willing family members we were visiting,

Pumpkiny Green Smoothie

1. C. Non Dairy Milk

1/3 C. Pumpkin Puree

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 C. Spinach

2 Dates

3 TB Oats

2 TB Chia Seeds

1 Frozen Banana

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (or combo of cinnamon and nutmeg)

ice

I even got a little creative and added frozen carrots…

Carrot Green Smoothie

1 C. Non Dairy Milk

2 C. Spinach

3 TB oats

2 Dates

1 Frozen Banana

1/3 C. Frozen Carrots

1/3 C. Pumpkin Puree

1 tsp. Vanilla

2 TB Walnuts

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Ice

Things may have gotten even a little out of hand when I made No Bake Energy Cookies with SwIsS ChArD in them…

But crazy is ok with me, because we couldn’t get enough of these cookies.

I even tried baking them and they turned out better than I imagined!

These cookies were so tasty and delicious, yet I am debating whether or not to post the recipe.

(Do people really want Swiss Chard Energy Cookies??)

And last but not least Baby Boo got a Pink Car from G-ma and G-pa…

(I’m a little against the whole car thing, but as long as it’s pink…. 🙂 jk jk)

Everyone is a little nervous she is going to turn out to be a driver like her Mama…

For the most part, I would say things are looking up?

Wouldn’t you?

Rainy Soup for the Soul

27 May

Ready for a joke?

What do you get when you cross 3 days of rain + 1 Baby Boo + 1  Mama ??

Answer:

Little Helper in the Kitchen:

Broken dishes:

Broken Wisk-A-Mabober:

Yogurt in the Bathtub: (Don’t even go there)

Peeling the skins off Chickpeas: (P.S. I was doing a spell check and realized I almost left the L out of Peeling…)

And the most delicious soup I have had to date:

Zucchini, Sweet Potato, and Cilantro Soup

Recipe by: 101 cookbooks.

Changes I made from the original recipe:

-Instead of Potatoes I used Sweet Potatoes

-Added an extra 1/2 cup cilantro

-Added seasonings: Cumin, Paprika, Salt, and Pepper

-Topped with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Drizzled with “Cheeze Sauce”

-“Cheeze Sauce idea from OhShe Glows: 1/4 cup hummus, 1-2 TB non diary milk, and 2 TB nutritional yeast all mixed together.

Best. Soup.Ever.

Warm, inviting, delicious, comforting, creamy, and did I say delicious?!

Oh, and if you must know, the yogurt in the bath tub had to do with a dumb idea on the internet.

It was an “edible” finger painting activity that turned into an episode of wipeout..

and no not Baby Boo…

Rain Rain please go away..

Some of us are going crazy…okay?

Butternut Squash Pizza Crust-Healthy AND Gluten Free! :)

26 May

Let’s talk about Pizza.

I tried to make pizza one time when I was in middle school..

To this day my family hasn’t let me down from the shame. Want a little cooking tip?

‘When a recipe calls for a package of yeast, that means a little teeny tiny package…

NOT a costco size package.’


Ever since then, I just can’t get pizza dough right. I let it rise, but it never does.

I use whole grain flour but it’s too whole grainy.

And it’s never flaky..it’s more like a dense brick of carbs.

It really tickles me off, because I love pizza, but I most definitely don’t want to resort to a $5-10 Hot N’ Ready To Go To Your Thighs Pizza…

So what’s a diva to do..(Diva/Drama Queen-Same Thing)

This question, along with my prayers, were answered when I was on Jess from Healthy Exposures blog (Beautiful Girl.Beautiful Pics.Yummy Food.Check her out!) She talked about this sweet potato pizza crust that she found on Rawxy (Foxy Raw to be exact! She is amazing! Delicious Recipes too! Check her out also!!)

I was in AWE…To say the least. I had to make it.

So I did! I didn’t have sweet potato, but I had butternut squash, so I tweeked it just a tad…And You want to know the best parts!!

Completely Delicious!

SUPER easy!

Super Fast!

Delicious!!

Butternut Squash Pizza Crust with Veggie Toppings and Raw Parmesan Cheeze

Adapted from Rawxy

*Gluten Free, Vegan*

(For the crust:)

1 Cup Butternut Squash Puree

1/2 cup Coconut Flour (Can sub any other flour, but the amounts may be slightly different)

1 cup Brown Rice Flour

1 TB EVOO

1 TB Baking Powder

1 TB Dried Rosemary

Dash of salt

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients into food processor with dough blade. Combine until a dough ball forms. Roll out dough on prepared baking sheet or pizza stone. You can use all the dough, or wrap half  up and save it for later.

2. Then top with desired toppings. I started with a homemade cilantro avocado hummus.

Then an array of veggies, and of coarse olives. I also included shredded zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, and chickpeas.

Next, I added the most amazing and delicious Raw Parmesan Cheese, recipe also from the amazing Rawxy!

1/8 cup pumpkin seeds + 1/8 cup cashews + 1/4 cup nutritional yeast blended together into fine crumbs..A-maz-ing!

When ready, bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are brown/crispy.

Pretty much the only way I want to eat pizza from now on 🙂

Tonight was girls night since my Hubby is knee deep in studying, so I shared some with Baby Boo because the crust was perfect texture for her little gum-less mouth! She loved it!

Now we’re off to do more girly things..

I don’t care how little hair she has, I’m gonna find a way to curl it! 🙂

New Beginning-Detox

18 May

About a month before Baby Boo was born, I quite my job. I knew that I wanted to be a stay at home Mom, so there was no need for me to continue working. My plan was to take that time off and get ready for my new Baby, as well as rest as much as possible, because I knew I would have lack their of in the coming future. (Little did I know a lack their off would continue ten months later.)

Before I knew it I was bored. I had folded and refolded new born onesies, read more than enough about what to expect when the baby was born, and I wasn’t even getting any sleep since Baby Boo found the right side of my rib cage the most comfortable position.

I called my mom complaining, saying how much I wished Baby Boo would get here just so I could have something to do.

My mom told me to enjoy my time, because I would never.be.bored.again.

I laughed.

‘haha Mom what do you know??’

Ten months later…

My mom knows everything.

I have complained before about the lack of showers, lack of sleep, lack of clean house, lack of sleep, lack of cut clothes, lack of sleep..

So you obviously know I am no longer bored.

Tired..Not bored.

And although I wouldn’t have my life any other way, time flies, and before you know it your way behind in laundry, haven’t had a solid workout in a while, and your food is less than stellar..

So that is why I decided it was time for a..

New Beginning

Sometimes we just need to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves, all the while, starting over.

I need to repair my self and strengthen my mentality, my spirituality, my physicality, my emotions(lord knows I have many), and my overall health and wellness.

I re-evaluated and re-adjusted some of my goals, and I am ready to move forward and make myself a better Ari 🙂

Today I am going to talk about Goal Number 1:

Personal Detox/Cleanse

The reason I say ‘personal’ is because I have adapted this detox plans to fit my own personal needs that are best for me and my body. If you are considering a Detox, talk with a doctor, and weigh out all your options. Remember, I am not a doctor.. 🙂

  • Why A Personal Detox/Cleanse: It’s not just the overload of Sugar that has encountered my life in the past few days, but I have also recently felt bloated and crampy. I always eat well, but I feel it’s best to give my digestive system, as well as my whole body a good clean out, and a break. There is a great website that talks about the benefits of a Detox, Alaina Rose shared this with me and you can check it out HERE.
  • What’s the Plan: The plan for me is to stay away from Dairy, Meat, Gluten/Wheat, refined sugars, processed foods, and soy. Oh and Chocolate. (Tear). Most of these will be pretty easy to stay away from, but what I have noticed the most difficult to be is Wheat, Chocolate, and Soy.
  • How is it coming? : I didn’t realize how much my diet often consisted of carbs and…chocolate, until now. I am so happy I am doing this, because it’s helping me realize what I have been putting in my body, even when I thought I was doing a great job.
  • What have you been eating: Delicious.Delicious.Food. I am here to say that you can eat yummy clean food, all the while not sacrificing hunger and taste.
To start of I have had a fresh squeezed juice every day.
Sweet Blackberries Juice
3 carrots, 1 cucumber, 2 apples, 1/2 cup blackberries


Fresh squeezed juice can be kind of scary, but this one I feel would be GREAT for Newbies!
Newbies like Baby Boo..
She loved it! She kept wanting more..Little juice hog!
There also has been PLENTY of Green Smoothies 🙂
I cannot live a day with out one..
Chocolate Covered Berry Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 cups spinach (or greens of choice)
1/4 frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen Blackberries
1 frozen banana
chocolate protein powder(raw/vegan)
2 TB chia seeds


P.S. My favorite Protein Powder to date:
 Thank you to Liz who sent me these samples, I am in LA LA LOVE!
Want another Green Smoothie?
PB & Blueberry Green Smoothie
1 cup rice milk
2 cups spinach
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp. Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
2 TB Chia Seeds


This one taste like a PB & Jelly Sandwhich crossed with Blueberry muffin!
For snacks I have stuck with alot of fruits and raw veggies, but every once in a while I’ll crave something a little different.
Rice cake with a little bit of PB and homemade sugarless jelly!
Sugar-less Jelly?
How do you do that??
Quick Homemade Sugar Free Jam
1/4 cup raspberries
1 TB Chia Seeds
Mash together…and spread!
*If you want something a little sweeter like Jelly, feel free to add a little of agave/maple syrup.*


For main meals such as dinner and lunches, I try my best to include lots of veggies, protein sources from lentils and nuts and seeds, and a little bit of Gluten Free Carbs.
A salad I enjoyed today was a Kale Salad.
Kale can be somewhat scary, but I promise you it’s not. Kale is known to help aid in the detoxification process 🙂 It also has tons of nutrients, antioxidants, aids in digestion, and tons of vitamins.
Lemony Kale Salad
2 cups Kale
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1 tsp. Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Massage ingredients into kale until coated. Top with desired salad toppings. I did:
Blackberries
Tomatoes
Almonds
Carrots
Cranberries

*Goat cheese would be YUM YUM on this salad as well..Or some lemony chicken…Or Both!*
I have also been roasting a bunch of veggies to have on hand when needed.
I have even cooked up some brown rice, lentils and beans, and quinoa to throw in salads, wraps, and soups.
Like this salad, which is a bed of spinach, italian spiced quinoa, and roasted veggies!
I topped it with THIS sauce, but instead of using the pepper the recipe called for, I replaced it with sweet corn.
I loved it!! Sweet, yet Savory!
(P.S. Ashley From the Edible Perspective has great sources and recipes for doing a Detox! Definitely check her out!)
Hubby and Baby Boo even got in on the action.
Hubby’s dinner:
Spinach, Quinoa, Veggies, and Chicken.
Baby Boo’s:
Quinoa and Roasted Sweet Potato.
Happy Healthy Family 🙂
For now at least 🙂 Hubby made me make him homemade Mac N’ Cheese tonight to make up for his abundance of veggies last night…
I’ll get him someday 🙂
As for now I’ll continue to sneak hidden healthy tid bits in his food every so often…Kind of like what you do with 5 year olds..
Probably the hardest part of this whole detox has been the lack of sweets. It’s not like I pig out on sweets every day, but I always grab a bite of dark chocolate here and there to satisfy my craving..
I was beginning to worry I wasn’t going to be able to do it for two weeks..
That was until I created this little angel…
Vegan.
Gluten Free.
No Sugar.
No Dairy.
Detox Friendly.
And taste like chocolate..
.
🙂 Me Likey…
Recipe coming soon! 🙂 Have a great week!
*I am not a doctor. If you are considering a cleanse please consult a Doctor to establish the best choices for YOU personally :)*