Monthly Archives: March 2015

FOODSCOOP 2.0

Hi Healthy People!

I want to share with you the new site that I created called FOODSCOOP.  I’m still working out the kinks and invite comments and feedback from those of you who have been so supportive of my new journey into helping others simplify their health :). Thank you!! Thank You!!
This site helps you simplify your nutritional needs by searching for the food that supports the vitamins you may want to add to your diet, or the chronic condition you want to help out with whole foods. I also suggest alternate grocery items by categories that are healthier with less processed ingredients and sugar.
The intention is for it to be used, shared and shopped from either the computer or your phone!   This site can simplify your food choices and help you choose more wisely. I hope you find it super helpful and you can shop from my Amazon Store some of my favorite foods and supplements that I use.

 

FOODSCOOP.CO

Foodscoop.co

Foodscoop.co

Commit.

Hey Friends!

As you may have read from one of my earlier posts on Mushrooms I have made a commitment to eat them daily to support strong immune health and illness prevention. Mushrooms are proven to provide our body with this strong level of nutritional support. With 1 week left of March to go I have to say that I am feeling very proud about my commitment both physically and mentally. (Disclaimer: I skipped 1 day so far, It happens:)) I was originally inspired to commit to health with a specific food after participating in Cycle for Survival to help raise money for Cancer Research. This personal challenge  to eat something totally for the purpose of optimal health benefit got me thinking about how much easier it is to add good things into your life, then giving up unhealthy habits. Bad habits stick and its hard to trick ourselves unless we really believe in what we are doing.

How do we shift and change habits?

We try so hard not to eat “this”, and to stick to “that” diet, and stay away from “this” food group. Some of us have been dieting since grade school! A lot of this mind-set has us spinning in circles and over thinking decisions that should be so very easy and innate to make. When you shift your perspective about the quality of food that you will allow yourself to enjoy, it’s no longer about “holding onto the rails,” because you no longer want those ingredients inside your body.

Adding something to your plate that is nutritionally amazing for you is honoring yourself with an entirely new level of self-respect!  Avoiding foods no longer becomes a challenge, it becomes thoughtless.  You don’t want that stinky food that makes you feel stinky and smell stinky!

Think about how you want to feel, over how you want to look, and the choices become effortless.

I feel empowered after eating mushrooms daily ( not because I love them so much) because I know I’m doing something super healthy for myself and making a point of committing to it. I’m aware of this decision daily and it affects the other choices I make. It naturally crowds out the unhealthy foods.

SIMPLEFOODSCOOP

♥ Commit 1 week to a new food that is wholesome and full of nutrition. Check out the benefits of this food and why you should eat it.  Observe what starts to fall away as you fill your self with nourishing foods.

You can check out all the different ways that I have been eating mushrooms this month by clicking on my Instagram account! Hope to see you there commenting and posting as well:)

xx

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Happy St. Patricks Day.. now add some greens!

 

Hey Friends,

I’m really excited to be part of the wonderful and brilliant writing community at Fitlife.tv. An awesome website for all things related to Health, Fitness, Mindfulness and all things related.

Check out my new article on the mighty green watercress…

Happy St. Patricks day, and have some extra greens today!

The Healthiest Food that you are probably NOT eating.

watercress juice

 

Detox and Flat Belly Juice
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups of Watercress
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Whole Beet
  • 3 Watermelon Slices
  • 1 Teaspoon of Wheat Grass
  • ½ of an Apple
  • 2 Cups of your Liquid Preference (water, coconut water, or beet juice)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into your juicer and pour into a tall glass. Enjoy!

 

Its a Pill, Its a Plane, no its a Mushroom!

The magic healing powers really do lie in the mushroom people! Mushrooms can do a lot of things for the body; some are trippy and some are seriously, downright magical medicine. Why the mushroom talk? This past Sunday, I spent the entire day united with a group of caring individuals who were all bonded with the singular goal of sweating our butts off and cheering on our team mates as we participated in the culminating event for #cycleforsurvival.  It was a very powerful day, and the battle strikes a deep resonating chord with every one of us. We all want to kick cancers butt and wish for a cure. Throughout the day I thought a lot about what I usually think about; what more can we do for ourselves to radically improve self-care which can resonate and improve our health as we age?

While we raise funds and hope for a magic pill to be invented, what can we do right now?

We can start today by adding foods into our routine and shift our perspective on what it truly means to be healthy.  I’m not going to get into all the different types of mushrooms that are out there, but some are way more powerful than others. (Chaga) Eat the variety that you like, and eat them every single day, because here is how they affect your body and prevent cancerous growths.  Do you seriously dislike the taste of mushrooms? Many people really do, and I’m not sure I can eat them every day, so just in case, I ordered these supplements and you should too!

mushroom vitamin

 

Mushrooms Power Nutritional Scoop

Angiogenesis Inhibitors: Mushrooms inhibit and can stop the growth of blood vessels in cells.  Tumors need blood vessels to grow and spread to feed other cells. Synthetic treatments are available once cells are growing, but mushrooms block the growth of vessels when these cells are floating around in your body at the microscopic phase.

Antigen Binding Lectins: This is just amazing natural science here. Mushrooms bind to the abnormal cells and send them off into the immune system to destroy. Remember when Jacob imprinted on Renesmee, and forever they were connected? No? Yes, well same here; The digested mushroom imprints on the wayward cells, preventing them from spreading and connecting other cells inside the body. They are essentially “tagged” as sick, then gets sent off with its imprint for the immune system to recognize and destroy! This is pretty remarkable making the super power of mushrooms heavily researched.

If your interested in deeper reading about the research on mushrooms, and how they are proven to reduce breast cancers by over 50% and other clinical trials that have followed the magic of mushrooms, I recommend checking out  some of Dr. Fuhrman’s work or David Wolfe’s books on mushrooms as well.

My personal mission for March, is to eat 1/2 cup of mushrooms a day in the spirit of health, and cancer prevention. I’m calling it MARCH MUSHROOM MADNESS! Any interest in joining me? Share in the comment section your favorite mushroom recipes and snacks! Mushroom Pizza, anyone? #mushroommarch and share your pics!

FoodScoop:

I Sautéed a load of mushroom in my new cast iron skillet, ( that I am crazy for, thank you TJMAXX!) and am saving the mushrooms for the next few meals. Mushrooms repurpose well, you can throw them in the saute pan the next day, and day after that for 1 minute to reheat it up and it tastes just as good as it did on the first day!

 

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Fried egg over avocado toast with mushrooms and scallions. Five minutes and who cares if its just for you!

 

 

The Sweet Dairy Free, Gluten Free Hamantaschen

In honor of Purim and this widely popular Hamentaschen Recipe going viral here on the internet I decided to put my own spin on it, and have modified the recipe a bit to suit my food preferences.  For anyone else trying to create an added “healthified” spin on the recipe, let me know what you think!

I happen to have these ingredients on hand, because they all are staples in our home.

Here is the awesome original and here is how I deconstructed it to make it dairy free, gluten-free and vegetarian.

hamanstascehn2 Cups of Buckwheat ( which convert equally)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Butter instead of butter

1  Cup of Coconut Sugar instead of sugar

1/2 Cup of Water added

 

 

 

 

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I don’t eat refined sugar if I can control it, as such, it happens to be in these jams that I had in the house. As a replacement for myself, I filled 1/2 of the cookies with marinated berries. I used 1 cup of frozen berries and let them sit on the counter with 1/4 cup of coconut sugar and drip / drop of malted barley to marinate. This became the filling for my own Hamantaschen cookies and the other half of the cookies I used the fig jam.

When working with this flour it is very gummy and looks a little bit like mud, but don’t fear, just make sure you have flour on hand to keep it from tacking up. I haven’t made my own dough since making challah with a girlfriend a few years ago, so I feel pretty confident that this was a success!

 

A nutritional SIMPLEFOODSCOOP:

Buckwheat is a gut protecting immune boosting complete protein. It’s not even a grain, but is related to the Rhubarb family! It is loaded with central nerve supporting B-complex vitamins and minerals, and is naturally gluten-free. It has a really deep nutty flavor as well that is totally delicious!

imageThe recipe yielded less cookies because the dough is thicker and harder to manipulate. Besides, I was too impatient to work with the dough and wanted to eat them already! I left them in the oven to dry out a little more after turning it off after 20 minutes. They were really yummy! Enjoy the cookie from this snowed – in non- baker mommy and Happy Purim !

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Yum! Yum! Cookies!

Vitamin “K” Kicks Butt!

Are you getting your Vitamin K dose? Yes? Then terrific for you!  Are you unsure where to find your dose of this vitamin? Then please keep on reading! There are many whole foods out there that contain Vitamin K, but some are just better than others! Just by adding 2 cups of these kinds of foods daily can help your body soar to super health!

What are some Super “K” foods?

Kale
Broccoli
Spinach
Watercress
Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts
Basil
Scallions

 

Healthy Scoop Breakdown

Just 2 cups of any dark leafy green adds over 200% of your daily requirement!  Amazing!!

So just what can all of this Vitamin K actually do for you, and why should you be eating it?

  • Vitamin K rich foods increase your energy so you have more strength to power through your Spin, yoga and barre classes!
  • Essential to build strong bones so you can hold your body up long and straight!
  • Critical role in healing. K responds to injuries and help heal the body. Vitamin K will help your body bounce back from soreness and get to business!
  • Clears your skin up!
  • Decreases your chances for developing diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Recent studies are indicating that it can even help prevent diseases of the brain cells that affect memory loss!

Some Snacks that contains Vitamin K !

 Supeats Kale and Chia Chips                
 Trader Joes Dried Broccoli Florets
Greens Plus Bar Natural Chia

 

My super new Juice drink will serve up a yummy Vitamin K quenching dose of nutrients and flatten your belly too!

DETOX AND FLAT BELLY JUICE

2 Cups of Watercress
1 Cucumber
1 Whole Beet
3 Watermelon Slices
1 Teaspoon of Wheat Grass
1 Teaspoon of Cacao Nibs (not to be confused with Cocoa powder!)
2 Cups of your Liquid Preference (water, coconut water, or beet juice)

 

JUICE NUTRIENT SCOOP!

  • Anti-anemic watercress is high in iron, Vitamin K and vitamin C.
  • Anti-inflammatory and breath freshening cucumber.
  • Liver cleansing, acid reducing, antioxidant estrogen detoxifier of Beets.
  • Natural diuretic, fiber flowing lycopene filled Watermelon.
  • Sun nourishing and cleansing powers of Vitamin K filled Chlorophyll found in Wheat Grass.
  • Raw Dark chocolate is proven to support a healthy heart!

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Please be mindful of your Vitamin K consumption if you are under the care of doctors for blood thinners.

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