Mexi-Guacamole, Ole!

 

This is quite possibly the easiest recipe to make and it is by far the tastiest way to use up avocado that is super-ripe! It only takes minutes to make and it loves to be dipped in tortilla chips or smothered on top of a turkey burger.

From a health point of view, avocados are a great source of a beneficial fat called oleic acid. Oleic acid helps lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. They are also full of Vitamin E which can help to reduce blood clotting and protect your skin cells from damage.

From a healthy snack or appetizer point of view, this guacamole can be devoured knowing that you are doing your heart (and tastebuds) a huge favor!

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Mexi-Guacamole
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4
 
The cilantro, lime and cumin give this guacamole a distinctly mexi-feeling!
Ingredients
  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • ½ Lime (for the juice)
  • 2 Plum Tomatoes (chopped)
  • ¼ Red Onion (chopped)
  • 2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Cracked Pepper (to taste)
  • Handful of Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
  • ½ tsp. Cumin
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients In a medium-sized glass bowl.
  2. Mix well until you are happy with the texture (it is delicious with big chunks or smaller ones!)
  3. Refrigerate for an hour or so for the flavors to mingle.
  4. Enjoy with tortilla chips!

 

Dilly Salmon Burgers

 

Summer’s finally here!

Here is a super quick alternative ‘burger’ that your whole family will enjoy.

Dilly Salmon Burgers

What You’ll Need:

1 tbsp. chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp. of water until gel-like (this takes about 5 minutes and doing this makes them dairy-free as it replaces 1 egg)

1/2 cup (whole wheat) bread crumbs

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

2 cans (213 g each) salmon, drained and bones picked out

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

2 tbsp chopped fresh dill or 1 tbsp. dill weed

2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

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1 tbsp coconut or grapeseed oil

Fresh buns or pitas

Toppings

Dollop of horseradish

Dollop of hummus (I used instead of mayo – optional)

Spinach, arugula or any of your favorite green lettuces

Tomato slices

Avocado slices

 

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Cooking Directions

In a large  glass bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients and thoroughly mix ingredients together to form 4-6  patties. You’ll need to shape them with your hands.

Heat the oil in a skillet and grill the patties, on each side, until golden brown; 5 to 7 minutes per side – keep in mind that these can be eaten raw due to their dairy-free nature so grill to warm or until they’re golden – up to you!

Top with your choice of extras – I’ve shown you what we used but you’re free to get crazy with your favorite burger toppings.

 

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20 Simple Tips to UpLevel Your Health. Today.

 

  • Eat seasonally, it is the freshest food around. The more fresh the food is, the more nutrients it contains, and the more your body will benefit from consumption.
  • Choose organic foods that are free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and herbicides.
  • If budget is an issue opt for the clean 15 list and avoid the dirty dozen.
  • Become a label reader and make sure you understand what is on the label. If you don’t know what is in your food, chances are it is processed junk.
  • Stay on the outer aisles when grocery shopping.
  • Visit your local farmers markets.
  • Hydrate your body.
  • Find something that you enjoy doing that relaxes you.
  • Stay physically active and exercise.
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28 days is all it takes to make permanent changes.

  • Take proper essential supplementation for your daily vitamins, as well as a 5 billion CFU probiotic with enzyme support.
  • Avoid: sugar, gluten, and processed foods.
  • Eat frequently, 5-6 small meals a day.
  • Try juicing or including smoothies into your daily routine, they are an excellent source of nutrients.
  • Try dry body brushing.
  • Try oil-pulling. (Both 14 &15 are naturals ways to daily detox the body).
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Eat because you are hungry, not because you are emotional or bored.
  • Enjoy your meal, chew slowly, and savor the bite.
  •  Try to include these foods to boost your mood: dark chocolate, bananas, protein, turmeric, berries, animal based omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Always remember there are always natural herbs and natural remedies to boost your mood in addition to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.

 

Stress – Don’t Let it Win – Choose Wisely!

 
Stress.

Yuck.

It take its toll on our bodies in so many ways – physically, emotionally and mentally.

It can impede our judgment and impair our decisions.

It can make a small situation an out-of-control one.

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It’s important to take some downtime and take care of YOU.

You not only deserve it, but when you’re feeling rested and recharged, you can accomplish more and support others better.

Here are 22 ways to take care of you – pick one that you can do today – and every day.

 

Make it a point to do something you love every day, no matter how small.

1. Get enough sleep
2. Take the time to prioritize your day each morning (what are the top 2 -3 things you want to get done today?).
3. Remember to schedule tasks/appointments, events as evenly as possible throughout the week.
4. Reduce time on the computer and TV
5. Take deep breaths during the day
6. Eat slower
7. Connect with family and friends
8. Take a vacations (or ‘staycation’)
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
10. Make time for yourself – enjoy a hobby or activity
11. Read a book or watch a movie
12. Exercise
13. Speak to yourself more kindly
14. Listen to music
15. Open your windows and blinds during the day
16. Remember your goals and aspirations
17. Enjoy a hot bath
18. Meditate, pray and/or do yoga
19. Get a massage or facial
20. Go on a walk
21. Focus on the positive
22. Keep a gratitude journal

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Take a moment, right now, and share with me, your top stress-busting technique in the comments below:

Zesty Lime, Spinach & Asparagus Salad ~ For Your Recipe Collection.

 

I’m going to jump right into it! As some of you may know, along with thoroughly enjoying my career as a holistic health coach, I am also working away on my Holistic Nutritionist diploma with the Alive Academy. This past Friday I took the 1st of 4 final exams and I’m proud to announce that I achieved a 92% on it! Woohoo!

For an exam, it brought me out of my comfort zone in a significant way. It was proctored which meant I had to first login to an online site where I then had to live chat with a proctor and activate the webcam on my computer so that she could watch me the whole time. Ugh.

As an introvert and HSP, you can only imagine the stress and grief that this brought me, in the weeks before, knowing this was a part of the exam process. I almost cancelled the appointment numerous times. So? Why didn’t I?

Because my desire to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist overrode my fear and my irrational thoughts surrounding the exam process. I put on an extra layer of deodorant and I reminded myself that ‘I am stronger than my fears’.

I wrote the exam. I aced it. I’m now looking forward to the next 3.

So much of our fear comes from the unknown. But, by pushing ourselves to try anyway, we can learn to move past the fear and embrace what we don’t know.

 So, with that being said, I went on to enjoy a fun-filled long weekend with my family. We went to my mother’s for dinner on Sunday and along with some Spicy Hummus Devilled Eggs, I also brought this absolutely delicious salad for us to munch on:

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Adapted from the Alive 2014 calendar

Zesty Lime, Spinach and Asparagus Salad

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp (raw) honey

1 lime, freshly juiced

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

Sea salt and Cracked black pepper to season

Begin by whisking together the vinegar and the honey. Slowly add in the remaining ingredients and store in a mason jar, in the fridge, until ready to use.

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What You’ll Need for the Salad:

8 cups of freshly washed spinach

8 spears of asparagus

1 package of sliced brown mushrooms

1/3 cup of slivered almonds

1/2 cup of dates, finely chopped

1/4 cup of goat cheese

Begin by lightly toasting the almonds and the asparagus in a touch of coconut oil. Set aside. Combine all of the remaining ingredients, except the goat cheese, in a big salad bowl. Top with the goat cheese (crumble it in your fingers and sprinkle on top), almonds and asparagus. Refrigerate until dinner. Toss with the salad dressing.

Gobble it up!

PS. this salad could easily be raw (don’t warm the almonds or the asparagus) and dairy-free (leave out the goat cheese).

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Don’t forget:

* My online health adventure, 28 Days to Fresh Living starts May 5th – register today and use the code FLVIP to save $10!

* In case you missed it, I announced the giveaway winners last week. Congrats to Gail Fuhlman who won herself a spot in the Spring session of the online version of 28 Days to Fresh Living and  thank you again to all those that took part.

 

28 Days to Fresh Living ~ Group Online Session ~ Registrations are Open!

 

What’s the difference between 28 Days to Fresh Living and another group coaching program that promises you that it can improve your digestion or help you to lose those last few nagging pounds?

With a ‘diet’ program, it always feels temporary and you spend all of your time thinking about fat, calories and what you’ll NEVER get to eat again. Most of the time you just end up feeling like you’ve somehow failed when you don’t accomplish your initial goals.

This vicious cycle needs to stop.

My 28 Days to Fresh Living group coaching program is unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.

This 28-day adventure teaches you how to eat foods that are healthy and delicious and how to add gentle movement (think in terms of an early morning walk or a gentle 20 min. yoga practice) and an element of mindfulness to each and every one of your future days.

And the best part?

Each day will be different. Each day will call to you to try something new. Each day will nourish your mind, body and spirit.

I promise that any thoughts of counting calories  or running for miles will fade fast.

Jodi has helped me many times with anything I have asked her and she freely shares her knowledge and you can see her passion for her business. She really cares about others and wants to help them however she can!   ~ C.G.

Instead, through weekly intention setting and small (very do-able) action steps, you’re going to transform how you live your life and how you look at food and exercise.

You will effortlessly meet your health goals over this 28 period; you will make long lasting changes.

I promise you that this program will thrill you in ways that you’ve never experienced. Your questions and concerns will be addressed within hours and your victories will be celebrated!

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Fresh living is achievable and it’s so worth the effort.

 

What’s Included?

•    My full support via private email for the length of the program – May 5th until June 2nd.

  • A weekly Facebook Q&A chat – each Thursday night at 8 pm EST – right in our private group! I will answer any of your questions – in real time – and if you miss it, they will be there for you to read through at your convenience.
  • A live group tele-conference call on Sunday, May 31st at 7 pm EST – we will discuss anything that you’d like about the program and everyone will get a chance to share their favorite parts and experiences. Bring your green juice and your journal – it’s going to be fun!
  • Using a private Facebook group, we will gather and I will share my favorite resources with you to enhance your experience! It will certainly include additional handouts, creative tools, kitchen tips and techniques, videos, links and even more recipes from my own extensive collection.
  • 4 weekly 15+ page e-books for each of the 4 pillars of the 28 Days to Fresh Living program:

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  • Each of these workbooks (1 per week) contain daily creative prompts – so that you get chunks of information daily – making it easy to apply these principles to your real life. There are also many added {optional} activities that can be done again and again such as journaling prompts and vision-boarding.
  • A 27+ page e-cookbook called 28 Days of Recipes  –  loaded with so many recipes that your eyes will pop and they’re gluten-free, full of superfoods and  family-friendly.
  • Herbal wisdom will be sprinkled throughout the session along with the benefits of eating close to the vine and locally.
  • We will also touch on how to live a bit more chemically-free - for the environment and your body.
  • A blank meal planner - allows you to create your weekly meals during and after the program.
  • A food diary – this will encourage mindfulness.
  • Shopping lists for each week – these list will make your shopping a breeze!

 

Jodi is a great facilitator, motivator and teacher. She influential, educated and very organized. ~ E.L.

 

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 * Click HERE to instantly download 8 sample pages from the program *

I’ve even created 6 BONUS handouts that you can choose from depending on your likes and dislikes. Look at these like your cheat sheets!

  1. 40 Snacks on the Go
  2. Gluten Free Substitutions
  3. How to Go Gluten Free
  4. The 101 on Portions
  5. The 101 on Vegetable Cooking Methods
  6. The 101 on Vegetarian Proteins

We will also explore how to:

∙      prep meals and store food properly

∙       love your kitchen and how to make it feel like home

∙       make healthy snacks, juices, smoothies

∙       prepare nourishing and delicious meals that are family friendly

∙       exercise with the right exercises for your body

∙       portion out your food so that you are always satisfied

∙       pick healthy foods and create a meal for yourself that will satisfy all your taste buds

∙       crowd out the stuff that isn’t serving you and bring back in the healthy goodies

∙       eat at restaurant and order off a menu so that you get the right dish

∙       eat the right protein of you are vegan or vegetarian or if you’d just like to reduce the amount of animal protein in your life.

∙       mix and match recipes galore and we will work together to make sure that you know all of the top food gurus before we’re done!

∙       continue long-term with the tools that you’ve learned – it’s proven that creative prompts help you to connect with the material on a much deeper level:

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Committing to a healthy life is now within your reach AND to make sure that your 2014 is a complete success, upon program registration, you will receive instant access to my private, Fresh Living community of women - where you’ll find more goodies and a tribe of fresh livin’ ladies waiting to meet you – valued at $19!

 

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 Let’s get you registered!

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* Please note that due to the electronic nature of my Fresh Living bundle, there are no refunds given. You will receive a welcome email with your FB invite and all of the links will be waiting for you there. You will have access to them for all of 2014, to work through at your own pace, from the moment you are added to the Fresh Living Community *

 

 

 

Join My 3-Day Cleanse ~ Your Liver Will Thank You.

 
Did you know that when you regularly indulge in processed carbs like white bread, big bowls of pasta, junk food, pop and alcohol, you liver converts most of these calories to fat and then stores them?

And then you know what happens if you aren’t active ~ at all or enough?

You gain weight. Plain and simple.

And, you are stressing out your liver with all the added work that you’re making it do.

 

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Take the time this Spring to give your liver a break – join me and my Fresh Living ladies on a short and sweet 3-day cleanse next week – we begin April 15th.

For $19 you’ll get this cleanse and a whole lot more – for all of 2014. Register today!

http://www.jodilebrun.com/fresh-living-community

Garlic Stuffed Loaded Sweet Potatoes ~ For Your Recipe Collection.

 
I have an extension collection of quick and healthy recipes stockpiled. I’m going to share them with you in my new ‘For Your Recipe Collection’ Series – some I’ve tried and some I’ve got on my wishlist to try also, so, if you try them and you love ‘em or hate ‘em, let me know in a comment below!

Garlic Stuffed Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Serves 3

2 large sweet potatoes
1 apple, diced
2 cups spinach
1 head of garlic, peeled & sliced
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Sea salt & pepper
Butter, for cooking

Preheat your oven to 425*.

Cut a slice in your sweet potatoes & toss them in the oven for about thirty minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt a bit of butter and add your whole garlic cloves, the apple and the spices. Cook on medium until the garlic begins to brown. Add the spinach and cook down.

When the potatoes are soft, pull them out and scoop out the middle. Be careful not to ruin the skins!

Toss this in the skillet and mix it all together until the potato has really mixed in. Put the mixture back into the potato skins, and put them back in the oven to crisp up.

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