Clean Spring Cocktails

Maybe it’s because I just got back from Las Vegas, maybe it’s because today is the first day of SPRING…whatever the reason I have had “clean” cocktails on the brain.  By clean, I mean nothing from a bottle except for the booze.

Think: fresh squeezed green juice with celery, kale, apples, lemons, a little jalepeno mixed with a splash of vodka.  Or maybe freshly juiced grapefruit with a little tequila and a pink salt rim?  How about an earthy beet and blood orange juice with a bit of sparkling wine floating on top?  The possibilities are endless. Don’t want to juice or blend?  Buy cold pressed juice at the store and go to town.  I recommend Suja and Blue Print, personally. Save yourself the time and effort of juicing at home!

We all know fruit has a lot of sugar but here’s what I suggest: throw in some veggies, a splash of ACV, some soda water, minimize the amount of booze, and drink A TON OF WATER while imbibing…you are sure to have a fun night with a pretty forgiving morning. Just add a group of friends and PLEASE add some food as well. (Sidenote: I am notorious for not eating enough when wining with my girls, but I am making a big effort to change this!)  Hummus and pita, marinated olives, cheese with fermented pickles, and spiced nuts are my favorite “bar” snacks.

I recently found a solid recipe on A Healthy Life For Me for a Green Goddess Cocktail.  Um, hello?  It was like made for us, y’all.  With celery and cilantro among other goodies, this is one I plan to make ASAP. Find the whole recipe here.  Isn’t it gorg?  Photo by A Healthy Life For Me.

Photo by A Healthy Life for Me

 

Cheers to warmer temperatures, fabulous girlfriends, and feeling fine!

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In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day…

 

I am not much of a corned beef and cabbage kind of girl, but I want to serve something appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day.  That’s why this recipe from Eating Well appeals to me so much.  Made in the slow cooker using chicken thighs (my favorite part of the chicken) a little stout for flavor (and festivity!) and lots of veggies…it is savory, delicious comfort food at its best. I am going to skip the bacon, use whole wheat flour, and maybe throw in even more peas and carrots, but you do what you want!

It will be delicious either way.

Photo: Eating Well

 

Have a great week and happy St. Patrick’s Day guys!

 

xx,

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So, How Are Those New Year’s Resolutions Going?

We’ve made it to March.  Has anything changed since you made some healthy promises to yourself back at the beginning of the year?

Yes? Awesome, good for you.  NOW is usually the time that our motivation starts to dwindle, our progress may seem to plateau, and we sort of get a “whatever” attitude and slip back into old bad habits.

No?  Still struggling with drinking more water, less booze, more greens, less processed junk, moving more, sitting less aka the usual?  I hear ya.  Me too!

 

It is a constant work in progress.  And don’t you feel like there is always “something”?  Like an excuse? An event? An occasion?  To splurge and overindulge?  That’s what it always seems like for me.

And that’s ok!

 

Only one things matters as we try to get back to whatever we were aiming to improve a few months ago. BALANCE.

The point of this post isn’t to make you (us) feel worse about maybe not reaching certain goals just yet or “dropping the ball”, it’s to try and keep us all motivated, accountable.

Throw in an extra salad today, eat an avocado, stop by Millie’s for a dragon bowl, go for a walk at lunch time, soak up some Vitamin D when you can.  You deserve to put yourself first, to make your health a priority, and to feel and LOOK like the best version of you…ever.

 

 

Ok, enough with the feels!

Have a fabulous day, friends.

xo,

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The Healthiest Foods on the Planet

 

My husband and I used to have “Superfood Monday“.  When I say we used to, I think we did it like once. Maybe twice.  But it was a great idea! For dinner on Mondays our whole meal consisted of superfoods. So we are bringing it back.  This inspired me to google what are the healthiest foods on the planet.  You will find a lot of differing opinions in the search results but I liked this list from Fitness Magazine. There’s nothing crazy, everything is accessible to everyone, and the items all seem to be pretty tasty and satisfying.

So..stock your fridge and pantry and have these items around you all the time.  It’s sort of a no brainer.

Lemons– according to Fitness Magazine just one lemon has 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirement. Squeeze some in your smoothie, enjoy with warm water first thing in the morning, and add to your homemade salad dressing at dinner.

 

 

Broccoli– There is a massive amount of Vitamin K up in those stalks!  Enjoy it steamed, make a broccoli salad, or roast them with EVOO and salt and pepper.

 

Dark Chocolate– You’re welcome.  Great for reducing blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants. I have a piece after dinner, add some to my smoothie bowls, and put bits of dark chocolate in my oatmeal in the mornings.

 

Avocados– I eat an avocado almost every day. Loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and folate…it’s a superfood powerhouse.  Make guacamole (duh), avocado toast, or just add a little pink salt and eat the delicious meat straight from it’s own jacket.

 

 

Salmon– Right, we all know salmon is soooo good for us.  So eat more of it.  Wild caught is best and loaded with Omega 3s which we want and need.  Grill it, steam it, eat it raw at a great sushi place, whatever.  Up your intake of salmon ASAP.

 

 

For the complete list of the ten healthiest foods on the planet, click here and follow Fitness Magazine on instagram for more inspiration!

xo,

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