The Ultimate Avocado Toast.

Hi! You! Yes you! Do you like avocados? Do you enjoy the feeling of dancing tastebuds? Are you a hungry person? Then you NEED this recipe in your life. Guys, this one’s a game changer.

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ULTIMATE AVO TOAST

1 slice of seedy bread

1-2 tbs goat cheese

1/2 avocado

1 small tomato 

pinch of chopped basil

large pinch of micro-greens or sprouts 

Toast bread. Spread goat cheese. Thinly slice tomatoes. Sprinkle basil. Loosely chop & lay out avocado. Sprinkle micro-greens/sprouts. Drizzle good olive oil. Sprinkle salt. Crack pepper. Eat. Die happy.

If I’m having this for breakfast, I’ll fry an egg on the top.

Until next time,

Claire

A Surprising Spring Smoothie.

Can you believe it’s been over a month since my last blog post? :-0 I can’t! The weeks are seeming to fly by quicker and quicker these days.

As the weather is getting warmer, I have been starting to crave fruit, yogurt, and fresh herbs. This cold, creamy drink is a perfect combination of these flavors. Let me know how to like it!

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SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1 banana (frozen or unfrozen)

1/2-1 whole peach 

1/4 cup frozen mango

a couple strawberries

small thumb of ginger

1/3 cup greek yogurt

spring of basil and mint

juice of 1/2 a lime

a couple ice cubes

optional: handful of spinach

Blend above ingredients with water and enjoy!

Until next time,

Claire

Recipe: creamy banana ice-cream.

This recipe is great for you acai bowl lovers out there or anyone looking for a healthy alternative to ice-cream. One of the things I love about this food is you can have it for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. Also, you can add frozen berries for whatever you’re in the mood for.

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BANANA ICE-CREAM (single serving)

-1-2 frozen bananas 

-dash of vanilla and cinnamon

-pinch of salt 

-a spoonful or two of thick greek yogurt 

blend in a food processor or high-speed blender

top with whatever you’d like: fruit, granola, nuts, seeds, honey, etc.

Until next time,

Claire

Green Glow Juice.

Ever since I bought my own juicer, I have been converted. Maybe you’ve strayed away from juice from past experiences, or maybe you are turned off from the price. Or maaaaybe you love juice, but have only been purchasing them pre-bottled. Trust me, once you make your own juice it is a religious experience. Now, I know a high-quality juicer is expensive, but remember that the pre-bottled $12 ones add up! Especially if you’re getting them regularly.

Before I get on to the recipe, I want t0 touch on some of the benefits of juicing. Green juice is all the rage, and for good reason! When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes rapidly enter your bloodstream to be absorbed. Juicing will facilitate weight loss, increased energy, strengthened immunity, strong bones, and glowing skin. So go, drink up!

As for when to drink juice, the is no “wrong time”, as juicing is gold for your insides. But, to maximize the benefits, drink on an empty stomach, or at least one hour before a meal. As I said, there are no “rules”, only suggestions. :-)

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GREEN GLOW JUICE

1 apple (i like Fuji and Granny Smith)

2 celery stalks

a thumb of ginger

1 cucumber

5 stalks kale (if you’re new to juice, do 3 stalks and then taste) 

juice of 1/2 lemon

optional: i like to add mint and/or wheatgrass 

Juice the following ingredients, stir, and don’t forget to serve with ice- this makes it really yummy!

Until next time,

Claire

Ultimate Energy Bites.

Hello, and happy almost-Friday! I finished my semester exams today and wanted to celebrate by making these healthy, no-bake, uber-delicious energy bites. They only really require two materials: a food processor and a spoon. I like to make a nice sized batch of these to last for the next week or two. They are the perfect thing to grab for that 4 o’-clock crash.

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Ingredients:

-handful of medjool dates (pitted)

-scoop of prefered protein powder. i like PerfectFit or Hemp protein 

-a handful or two of almonds and walnuts

-tbs of flax and chia seed 

-2 tbs coconut oil

-1-2 tbs cacao powder

-if you blend and consistency isn’t able to form, add more dates 

Use your hands to press down and roll these into balls. If you want to coat them in seeds and have them be a bit crunch just roll the ball you made in a seed mix with hemp, chia, and flax. Place balls into a bowl and store in the fridge. Enjoy!

Until next time,

Claire

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Having A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving.

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As we all know who celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s right around the corner. Thanksgiving should be a time to be thankful for the people and things in your life, and to spend that time with loved ones, but for a lot of us it has become something surround with angst. This feeling usually comes after (or during) having the big meal, and stuffing ourselves to the brim. In this post I am not going to tell you to make a super healthy meal or to avoid all your favorites. Because it is a such a problem for so many people to think they have to avoid food to feel good and healthy. When we try to fill up on tasteless, low-calorie food we deny ourselves of the singular, REAL, thing.

The key to having a Thanksgiving without guilt is to see food as the sacred thing which it is. It’s essential, not just for Thanksgiving, but all meals you eat, to savor each bite, eat slowly, and eat the real thing. Try eating a smaller portion of a substantial, truly nourishing meal of REAL food, REAL food that you actually want. See how you feel…see how you appreciate each bite so much more. See how you actually TASTE your food. See how you are not thinking about the meal but more so the conversation. See how your stomach doesn’t bloat and ache. See how YOU are in control of your body and how you feel.

Try taking a small bite, not a forkful of all the food on your plate-that will confuse and jumble your tastebuds, denying you from truly tasting your food. Chew that food slowly, and after you’ve swallowed pay attention to smell, texture, taste. Put down your fork. Have a drink of water. Talk to people, Listen.Ok, ok I know this may sound crazy to people or even seem like an aggravating way of eating to some of you. To us, this way of eating is so foreign, it is customary in many cultures, cultures where the population has a low obesity rate and longer-living citizens. When eating this way, you actually appreciate your food, you taste your food, you realize you don’t need as much substance to feel satisfied.

The last point I want to discuss is treating yourself, and eating what you want without guilt. So many of us feel GUILTY when we eat what we are craving, it could be pasta or a biscotti or a cookie. When you think about how “naughty” you’re being and how “bad” you’ll feel after you eat it, it COMPLETELY BLOCKS you from enjoying what you’re consuming. Why not try eating a small portion of what you really want and not feeling guilty. American women associate eating with sin and guilt. We should eat and prepare food with pleasure. But also not rely solely on food for pleasure.

This is your sign to feel enough- to know you are enough, to know you are in control, and to strive for balance.

Until next time,

Claire

Avocado and Egg Toastie.

Welcome to my most recent favorite breakfast or snack. This is a perfect thing to eat if your wanting a more savory treat. Go make this and tell me how you like (love) it!!

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what you need:

1/2 avocado

2 slices of nutty/whole grain bread (i love dave killers & ezekial)

2 organic eggs

olive oil

pinch of salt & pepper

(optional) cayenne pepper

For this foodgasmic recipe; toast up your bread, cook the 2 eggs (fried or sunny-side), mash avo, put it all together, add your seasonings and wah-bang!

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IMG_1534Until next time,

Claire

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