Beat That Cold & Enjoy Some Down Time

 

It happens to me mostly in the Summer months for me and it happens to best the of us MAMAS -- sick days are just no fun. But why not make them fun? When you're run down your immune system tires and well, you get sick. So I like to think of my sick days as my body's way of telling me to go ahead and pamper up! 

Sick Day Recipe

After a GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP:

1) green juice - lots of vitamins and hydration

2) 2 poached eggs - good healthy fat and protein

3) tea with honey - honey helps coat the throat and herbal teas are soothing

4) lots and lots of water with lemon and cucumber - getting enough water is crucial

5) steam shower or steam room - a little sweat helps rid that bug

6) eucalyptus oil - helps you breath better. put water + oil in a bottle and spray while in steam or shower

7) follow up with a cold shower - gets your blood flowing and help clear your brain of the fog

8) maybe end the day with a good bowl of miso soup - lots of vitamins in there

Good luck! And enjoy your down time! Why not?

image credit for green juice 

Meredith's {Vegan} Pad Thai Amazingness

Meredith is amazing in general and today she completely blew me away with her Pad Thai recipe! She kills it in the kitchen and I'm so excited to share this with you. Here is her story:

Working in the food biz- doesn't always make for the most creative cooking at home. Sometimes when you think about food all day, you just want something really simple for dinner. We have a rotation of about 3 dishes that we always do variations of. 

But sometimes.... we mix it up! As I mentioned in my last post, we have a lovely intern Carly Gross here helping us this summer which gives me more ambition in the kitchen (does that rhyme?) and an extra set of hands. Not that you couldn't easily make this dish solo. It is very very easy.  

Anyways, the other night we made a lovely version of Pad Thai. It was absolutely a crowd pleaser, and not hard to put together at all.  It will certainly be a major player all summer long. 

The only special equipment need is a spiral slicer, but you could easily get away with doing a very thing julienne to the vegetables. 

We were serving 5 people so the recipe is kind of big- feel free to cut in half! 

Simple and delicious! 

We served it with an amazing bottle of chilled rose. 

Pad Thai Recipe
Serves 5

Vegetables / Salad

- 2 Zucchini’s, made into noodles with a spiralizer. Salt the zucchini for a least 30 minutes before serving. Rinse and drain. This takes the excess water out of the zucchini. 
- 3 Carrots, julienned 
- 2 Coconuts worth of meat, thinly sliced
- 2 Cups sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
-1 handful cilantro, chopped lightly
-Juice of one lime

Assembly

Toss vegetables with sauce. Garnish and serve immediately. 

Pad Thai Sauce

- 1 Cup Almond Butter
- Juice of half of a lime
- 1 Cup Coconut Water
- 1-2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated 
- 1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Red Chili, diced 
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil 
- 1 Tbsp Nama shoyu 
- 1 Tbsp White Miso 
- Salt to Taste 

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. 

Curried Cashews

Toss chopped raw cashews with a few teaspoons sesame oil, curry powder, and lots of salt. This MAKES the dish. If you don't like cashews you could sub almonds. 

Garnish 

Lime Wedge 
Cilantro 
Sesame Seeds 

And look at the set-up. Meredith is SO-COOL in SO many ways! {Thanks Meredith}!

Meredith's Skin Saver Smoothie :: Papaya, Nut Milk, Flax Oil

This recipes is a sneak peak from my new book. We had it today as the perfect mid morning pick me up. It is SO good. To me it tastes like creamy papaya pudding-  This combination is delicious for summer when the sun is hot, and we start baking our skin and taking out all of the moisture! 

Papaya is an amazingly rich source of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in the enzyme papin, making it powerfully beneficial to digestion. Almond Milk is rich in Vitamin E, and Flax oil is rich in Omega’s fatty acids 3 and 6. This smoothie is truly internal skin food.  

SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Serves 1-2 * I doubled the recipe to make 3. 

     ½ Large Papaya
      1 Cup Almond Milk
      1 Tbsp Flax Oil
      Few Tbsp Papaya Seeds {optional} 
      Handful Spinach {optional}

Blend all ingredients until smooth!

As usual- sip, relax and enjoy!

The Big Question: Smoothie or Juice? {Meredith Speaks}

One of the most common question we get from readers is Buy a Juicer? Or buy a Vitamix? Which is better, juice your veggies? Or blend your veggies? 

So, Meredith Baird has created a smoothie recipe, Beyond Beautiful Berry Protein Smoothie, as well as her explanation:

My answer is that they are completely different, she says.

Juice is a supplement. The nutrients absorb easily because there is no fiber to slow them down.Because they absorb so quickly I prefer (and recommend) juices that are very low in fruit and sugar. Generally juices aren't that filling. 

Smoothies are a meal. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.  Smoothies are a great way to combine fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins for a completely nutrient dense experience.There is no right way to make a smoothie. Throw ingredients in that make you happy! This is my most frequent (and favorite) combination. You can't go wrong with the combination of berries and spinach- so nutritious! 

Plus, Summer is on its way- and so are amazing smoothies! I don't know about you, but winter makes it really hard for me to get into smoothie mode. It might be because I live in Maine and frozen fruit seems counter intuitive in the winter (as it should!), or perhaps it is nice just to change it up a bit- either way, smoothies are an amazing way to really pack in the nutrition. 

Here is my concoction, try it, and then experiment with your own. 

Fruits and Veg
Serves 2 Large Smoothies 

2-3 Cups Frozen (or fresh) Berries - I always make sure that some blueberries make there way in! 
1 Young Coconut- Meat and Water 
1 Cup Brazil Nut Milk (or Nut Milk of your choice) 
2 Cups Spinach 

Supplements

 

  • Beaming Protein Powder - This is a proprietary blend of vegan protein made by or friends and colleagues at the Be Beaming cleanse squad in San Diego. I am LOVING it. 
  • 1 Scoop Green Vibrance 
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • Bee Pollen- *I like Bee Pollen on mine 

*If you like it sweeter, add a date or a few drops of stevia. 

Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth! (It helps if you put the spinach and liquid in first!) 

Sip, Relax and Enjoy!

Hydration Week & Brussel Sprout Chop

It's been a great week of serious hydration. I am happy to say that my skin looks much cleaner and my uneven and brighter. My skin definitely shines a bit more and dehydration wrinkles are minimal.

The best part of this week was the unexpected surprise - my dark spots {pigmentation} got a lot lighter. I wasn't planning on this happening, so I was very excited. 

This is my final post about it and I wanted share the details of the process because it was a really fun journey. I didn't "detox" per se or even juice "cleanse", but rather I focused on consuming less caffeine, sea salt, packaged foods and dairy and more fresh raw fruits, veggies, lots of water and green drinks without fully removing everything from my diet cold turkey. 

Here is a daily journal, in case you want to try something similar {if you do try something similar, please send me your feelings on it and if you noticed a difference.} No meat. I don't eat meat, so if you normally eat meat, you can add some fresh fish. Wes eats meat but he did a whole week of no meat. Try it. It can be fun for a change. 

Day 1

water + lemon
green juice x 2
ran 30 minutes outside 
more water + lemon

1 whole avocado {ate with a spoon} 

sprouted tofu {uncooked}
avo
brown rice 
seaweed 
little miso mayo 
no added sea salt

fresh young coconut
water + lemon x 2

kale salad
steamed artichoke {vegan dipping sauce}

water in the night

DAY 2 

little coffee {kids woke up at 5am}
lemon water 

pear, parsley, yellow beet, ginger cucumber juice

1 egg lightly boiled 
3/4 avocado
tiny tiny bit sea salt {man, i have a hard time w/o this}

lemon water
watermelon juice

raw collard wrap from PEACE PIES
1 dehydrated cookie

castor oil + steam room + whole body exfoliating brush + cold shower rinse

argan oil on face

HUGE kale, butter lettuce sprouted seed and nut salad
glass of wine
lemon water

bed

Day 3

ice water with lemon
green drink {frozen fruit, greens, stevia, citrus, ginger}

1/2 avocado
cucumber sliced

lemon water + cucumber
gym work out - 30 minutes
lemon water + cucumber

shower + steam room {oiled up my face and body} with hydrating hair mask
more lemon water + cucumber {while in the steam room}
ice cold cold shower

vegetarian sushi roll
kale chips

fruit + handful of sprouted walnuts 
fresh homemade almonk milk
raw brussel sprout chop topped with olive oil + toasted hazel nuts + peccorino

lemon water before bed

used the clarisonic on my face, covered it in argan oil

bed

---------------------------------- My Green Drink ----------------------------------

Hydrating Green Smoothie Recipe

1c frozen fruit {I did a mix of mango, pineapple & butternut squash}
1/2 cucumber
1" piece of fresh ginger
handful of parsley
handful of kale
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 lime, peeled
1 orange, peeled
1 tsp honey
1 dropper stevia
1/2c - 1c liquid {coconut water or water or almond milk or grapefruit juice}

Blend all of the above in a Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. Use the least amount of liquid and add more if needed.

-----------------------------------My Brussel Sprout Chop Salad---------------------------------

Brussel Sprout Chop

12 raw brussel sprouts or 1 bag Trader Joes shredded brussel sprouts
2 handfuls chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1/8c olive oil {or barely coated brussel sprouts}
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4c peccorino cheese, or to taste
sea salt & pepper, to taste

Chop or slice brussel sprouts, very thin. Mix in the olive oil and sea salt. Add lemon and peccorino. Toss and let sit about an hour. Add hazelnuts when ready to serve. It's so tasty. 

I created this salad after having something similar out on date night at a restaurant nearby. It was an italian restaurant. This dish is very Italian. If you don't like cheese, you might not like this salad. But it can be made vegan by adding avocado and more nuts or sprouted seeds! A different taste but all together still amazing. 

Enjoy! 

p.s. my mom made this and used it as a side dish for her lemon talapia fish. she said it paired up really well!