Acai berry protein pancakes

Obligatory protein pancake photo:

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Recipe:
1 cup gluten-free oats, powderized (easy in the vitamix)
1 cup acai berry protein powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup skim milk (or almond milk)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Mix all wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine. I let the batter sit for a few minutes for fluffier pancakes.

I use eevo in the pan too. Top with fresh fruit or a dash of powdered sugar. These are delicious and can be made ahead. They reheat nicely, and I love have a quick, healthy breakfast to fuel my workouts.

If you’d like a yummy, gluten-free way to start the day, give these a try. I enjoy the added taste and health benefits of the acai berry powder (antioxidants!) but any protein powder will do. Let me know if you give this recipe a try :)

100 Days of Fitness: final week

My 100 days of fitness is almost complete! My original plan was to finish on December 31st, but due to two missed workouts, I will finish on January 2nd, 2013. 100 days out of 102 :)

I have come full circle with this commitment. In the beginning, I was very enthusiastic to get to the gym. In the middle, there were a few days where I was looking for a day of rest, but in the final four weeks, my love of exercise took over big time! Now I’m sad this commitment is ending, and am trying to decide on my next fitness commitment. I’ll decide on a new commitment by the time I finish this one.

Here are two things that helped me get through this commitment with very little soreness – and, as a result, very little need for rest:

Pink Himalayan Salt

I am beyond obsessed! I have weaned myself off all anti-inflammatory OTC meds with this salt…20 minutes in a warm bath and any soreness or tightness are dramatically reduced. (disclaimer: yes, I sell this salt as part of my natural body care business, but even if I didn’t sell it I would promote it as a wonder recovery salt). Pink Himalayan salt contains 84 vital nutrients that help restore balance to the body, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, boron etc – my family is addicted :)

Chamomile essential oil

Chamomile essential is one of the most gentle and effective essential oils. I have been doing planks, using the TRX and working on my core every day during my 100 days of fitness. As a result, my neck and shoulders are tight…using chamomile essential oil with a carrier such as grapeseed oil or an unscented lotion has been a lifesaver. Chamomile has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, and immediately relaxes whichever body part I manage to overwork. If you tend to overdue or push yourself at the gym like I do, you should have this oil on hand.

Thanks for following my 100 days of fitness journey! Let me know your fitness goals :)

Eating like my body is my job: 2013

Detox Beet Smoothie

 

Starting my 2013 resolution early…eating like my body is my job!  Began with this detox smoothie with apple, beets, carrots, pineapple, honeydew, kale and organic vanilla protein powder. #yum

A green beauty search for a beautiful lip

Just ordered some products from Bite – has anyone ever used this brand? Our lips absorb everything, but these use no petroleum by-products or synthetic chemicals! I will report back after they arrive….

http://www.sephora.com/bite-beauty

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial

Find recipe below!

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial

DIY Facial Ingredients - Yogurt with antioxidants

Antioxidant and Probiotic Facial

Today I made a DIY yogurt facial mask with Greek yogurt (a great source of skin-healthy zinc) plus two super-powered antioxidants: cranberry and pomegranate.

Here’s why I love this facial recipe:

Greek yogurt  – a great base for facials n the winter, when you need gentle exfoliation. Yogurt is packed with probiotics and is a great moisturizer for dry skin.

Cranberries – a good source of vitamin C and a natural anti-inflammatory.

Pomegranates – contain a super antioxidant called punicic acid, which helps the skin defend itself from free radicals, which can cause premature aging.

To make the mask, I juiced 1/2 cup each of cranberries and pomegranate seeds before adding them to the yogurt. After mixing the blend, Emily and I applied the mask and left it on for @25 minutes.  (Cleanse skin thoroughly with a warm washcloth first).

This masks leaves my skin soft and make my pores seem less noticeable. It’s an easy mask to make – give it a try!

Check out my slide show below to see the ingredients and how the mask looks on my model, Emily:

Cranberry Yogurt DIY Facial.

Gluten-free Grilled Cheese

My first grilled cheese sandwich in years!  I am grateful (and a little worried)  about how good the new genius breads by Glutino Foods are.  http://www.glutino.com/our-products/genius-by-glutino/

Gluten-free Grilled Cheese

Health food? No, but made with eevo and heirloom tomatoes to make my grilled cheese a bit healthier than the traditional sandwich. Comfort food for the week :)

Roasted Vegetables with Goat Cheese

Roasted Vegetables with Goat Cheese/Prep

Here’s a recipe for delicious, healthy and festive holiday vegetable dish:

  • asparagus spears
  • red and yellow tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • organic goat cheese

Roast the veggies in the oven or on the grill with evoo and coarse ground sea salt. When veggies are still warm, top with organic goat cheese and enjoy as your meal or a side with a light fish. I use a lot of onions, which are great for the immune system.

roasted asparagus, tomato and onion with goat cheese

Diffusing Christmas Oils

Sometimes, for many reasons, a real Christmas tree is not an option. But so what if you can’t have a real tree? You can still enjoy that fresh fir aroma.

Due to some family allergies, we’ve had a 3 piece, pre-lit tree for years.

Yes, it may be a disappointment to purists…but it is a necessity in our house. The good news: putting the tree up is a breeze. (Notice I say this as if I have, in the past, actually put up a Christmas tree).

There’s nothing like that Christmas tree smell – here’s how I fake it. One rosemary tree + my essential oil diffuser recipe:

8 drops Ravintsara – part of the eucalyptus family
8 drops Siberian Fir
6 drops White Fir

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Love this smell, and all of these oils are great for respiratory health! I find these spicy, woodsy scents very uplifting – perfect for a busy holiday season.

Festive Morning Juice

I am in the holiday spirit this morning, so juicing with cranberries seemed appropriate. I added  blueberries, carrots, cucumber, dandelion greens and a splash of lemon.  The deep, rich color in this refreshing juice means it’s packed with antioxidants, and will give me the energy I need to have a productive day.  20121202-083201.jpg