On Sunday, my mom and I bought tickets for the New Life Expo in Ft.Lauderdale. It is basically a day at the Broward Convention Center filled with all sorts of informative lectures and booths set up containing all sorts of holistic health and spiritual things/resources/services. We went last year and absolutely loved all that we learned while sitting in the lectures. The expo travels all across the US and Ft.Lauderdale, FL's turn is around March every year.
This year, we came home with a lot of goodies! We each: received 3 free books, each bought a Vitamix, and acquired a bag full of brochures/samples/ect.
The Vitamix blender was a something that I've wanted for a while now...
Also, now that I am working on a health coach certification starting this upcoming Monday, my husband thought it was an appropriate addition for my future endeavors :) ...aaand he also loved the fact that I can blend and heat homemade soup at the same time (My husband can eat soup all day, every day if that were an option.)
As soon as I got home from the New Life Expo
Getting busy with our new Vitamix...
Real men drink green smoothies too.
I love him and his amazing support that he gives me even though I think sometimes he thinks I am a crazy hippie. :)
I just remind him that good wives want to keep their husbands healthy so they can be around longer. He should worry when I start feeding him unhealthy foods... that won't ever happen though!
Monday morning: handful of raw baby spinach, 1/2 peeled lemon, 6 strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1/2 mango, peeled kiwi, 1/2 cup of water, tbsp of chia seeds
(FYI: chia seeds: more calcium than milk, more omega 3s than fish oil, and more antioxidants than blueberries!) I buy my Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds at Whole Foods for about $10 and they last my foreverrrrrr since you only use about a tbsp at a time.
Ava liked it too...
I made Avocado Tortilla soup! It was thick and delicious.
Avocado Tortilla Soup
(I added in all of the ingredients in at once because I didn't follow the directions properly. Oops. Still delicious just not chunky.)
Yesterday: waiting at the Atlantic bridge on the way to a beach play date
Breakfast Smoothie: whole banana, handful of raw spinach, 3 strawberries, 1/2 cup oats, cup of almond milk - blend.
Today after Mommy&Me class:
Not so green due to the blueberries, but sometimes your green smoothie isn't so green and that's okay! (I like to use our mason jars for smoothies. Trying to eliminate as much plastic chemicals as I can in daily use.)
As you can see, I've started adding some oraganic oatmeal to my breakfast smoothies along with almond milk. My friend, Jessica, gave me the idea and I am so happy that she did. It is perfect for mornings when you want something filling and really creamy. Plus, the oatmeal surprisingly gives it more of a "comfort food" taste and less of a fresh, green juice taste. Personally, I love all of my green smoothies with whatever ingredients I decide to use that day. But it is a nice, tasty change to have the creamy, comforting addition of the almond milk and the raw oats.
Jessica's breakfast smoothie recipe: DELICIOUS!
-Whole, peeled banana
-a few strawberries (stems on top and all! You want that green chlorophyll - you won't taste it)
-1/2 cup oats
-cup of almond milk
(I sneak a handful of greens in because I always like the benefits of greens even though you don't taste them with the oatmeal)
Thanks, Jessica! Baby Christian is going to thank you when he's old enough to have some :)
I recommend you try one for your on-the-go breakfast.
A lot of people don't have time to make breakfast in the morning and so they either
1. Don't eat and only have some coffee
2. Drive through/ pick up something not so healthy.
These smoothies literally take 1-2 min for me to make (depending on if I am using any ingredients that needs to be peeled).
It's grab, throw in the blender, blend on high for 15 sec, pour into your cup, and GO.
Now, I do still think that eating your nutrient dense foods is always a better option since your saliva during your chewing starts the entire digestive process. We are meant to chew our calories to break them down properly.
But if it's between chewing an egg mc'muffin or swishing/"chewing" around healthy smoothie to get the saliva going in your mouth before swallowing...
I'll take the 2nd choice any day!
Even if you don't own a heavy duty: Vitamix or Ninja kitchen system, bust out the 'ole hand blender that I used (and loved) before having a Vitamix or any normal kitchen blender. Anything works!
Okay, I'll wrap this one up here...
Now, I need to decide what soup I'm going to whip up for part our dinner tonight! :-)
I also saw this easy dressing and want to try it out for our side salads:
(This dressing calls for honey. Remember, most mainstream/processed "honey" is not just raw honey but contains things like GMO corn sweetener. Make sure to buy some organic/ raw honey for your home. I never knew that about honey either but it doesn't surprise me.)
I don't care what the FDA thinks... Some of these "approved" ingredients are not meant for human consumption!!!
This is a "fun" little article that my friend, Kaylyn, posted: Mind blowing...
Hope you all have a happy & healthy Wednesday!