Yummy and Healthy Christmas Treats

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Finally…..something so cute and fun without all the crappy added sugar! BOTH of these ideas are so on point I wish I thought of them myself! I am so tired of all the green and red iced cookies that are so overloaded with harmful food dye they actually stain your tongue, your lips, and sometimes even your teeth! OMG people. The banana Santa has only a touch of processed sugar from the 1/2 a marshmallow, a teeny tiny marshmallow,  and the ONE M&M. The Grape Santa hat has only ONE MINI marshmellowhealthy. And the best part—-they are easy and your kids can make them with you or even for you. And guys, not just for kids. You know I’m dying to chow down on one of these super festive treats. Thank you cleanandscentsible for these AMAZING ideas.

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I’d give you the instructions but these are so easy and basic you don’t even need any. Have fun and enjoy DECEMBERRRRR! YAY.

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Lynchburg Community Market Spotlight: Shirley Carwile

This is worthy of reposting!  Go see Shirley on Saturday for all your holiday needs.  

Every year for Christmas I like to get something local for my neighbors, friends, and family (and something that could work as a hostess gift at holiday parties).  Last year I got some beautiful honey from the market and attached a tag listing ways that Douglas and I like to use local honey in our kitchen (salad dressings, marinades, on a cracker with cheese, etc).  This year I was talking to the blondes looking for a new idea and Tiffany suggested I contact Shirley Carwile at the Lynchburg Community Market.

So I did!

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And she’s the sweetest.  At her booth you can find jams, jellies, relishes, salsa, baked goods, even crafts and towels! She has been making these delicious creations for forty five years and selling at the market for twenty eight!  Incredible!  Go check her out, buy some jam, and learn more of her story. She was farm raised, has almost always had her own garden, and believes everyone should be able to have locally grown and home canned food. Her favorite thing about being at the market is the people!

Shirley is just one of many fantastic vendors you can meet and buy from at our awesome community market.  Go each week to try something new! Bread, cheese, produce, fruit, canned goods, sweets, chicken, eggs, anything you can think of!  Please support local farmers and creators whenever you can!

Thanks Shirley and the Lynchburg Community Market!  I know my people will be thrilled with their goodies from you this year!

xo,

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Thanksgiving recipes, hangover cures and helpful tips!

Here we go again! The Holiday Season is here- BRING IT. We have listed a few tips to get you through this Thanksgiving Holiday…   it’s all about the sweat, party, and Friday cure-  we got your back.

1) No one freak. HAVE FUN. Did someone say party? EAT, DRINK, AND HAVE FUN. Who cares? It’s the holidays. Just make sure you take care of yourself the day after. A few clients have expressed that they go to multiple dinners throughout the weekend with family and friends. If you are stuffed with turkey and stuffing and want to keep it lighter the rest of the weekend, check out the salad below. I will fill my plate with salad and then side it with the butterball turkey and stuffing. This way you eat and fill up on mostly greens but eat the rest of the meal in small portions. I do this because certain food gives me an equally painful hangover as drinking my kombucha-vodkas.<– (kombucha with a splash of vodka on ice)

BEC ideas from our favorite sites + favorite bloggers:

Dessert // No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie // OMG

Appetizer // Salad // Arugula, Fennel, Apple, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad // great uninvited dish.Can’t be mad at fall in a bowl. Who else will make this? NO ONE. = you will be loved.   A great example of what I would fill my plate with and side it with the butterball turkey!

Main Steeze // Gluten-free Stuffing // Quinoa stuffing looks AH-mazing. 

See something you like above but don’t want to go to the store? Let me help you out here… A great idea to destress the holiday preparation in our area (in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond and Northern VA area) is RELAYFOODS.  Who the heck has time to run to the grocery with empty shelves to find nothing? You can order all of your ingredients and premade food on Relay until midnight on Tuesday and pick up in the Lynchburg area on Wednesday. They offer local and organic ingredients and also have local turkeys STILL available.  True that.

2) FRIDAY MORNING ELIXER < AND //  OR>  CLEANSING SMOOTHIE< Help your food and drink hangover. Here’s what BEC recommends to save your mind, body, and soul the morning after!  I usually suffer on Saturday morning due to the immense party sessions on Friday night with family and friends in town so use these tips throughout the weekend (LIFE).

3) MOVE.  Wake up and do something. Whether it is going for a run, heading to your favorite yoga class, or check out our babes at Tone it Up for a quick video. Move a little.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our people! Have the best of time and stay tuned for our leftover ideas :)

 

xoxo,

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Talking Shop…

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This isn’t the “cleanest” post…you’ve been warned.

But I sort of have this obsession with coffee shops lately.  I am SO curious (nosy) and intrigued by what people order at their local coffee shop.  I asked some of my friends what they order and got some really delicious sounding responses. Alaya Sexton who owns my gym with her husband Chad isn’t a huge coffee drinker but when she does indulge at Joe Beans in Lynchburg she likes hers with a lot of cream and adds coconut flavoring.  I tried this recently and IT IS SO GOOD.  Chad on the other hand LOVES coffee and just takes his with a splash of cream.

Tiffany is a fancy at home coffee drinker.  She uses organic beans from Fresh Market and grinds them fresh every morning (#goals). She takes hers with a little organic whole milk or unsweetened almond or coconut milk.  Mary makes a tasty coffee drink at home on mornings where she needs something to fill her up for a while.  This is her concoction: Trager Brothers Coffee thrown into the Vitamix with a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of organic cold pressed coconut oil, full fat coconut milk, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of turmeric!  They put me to shame!

Let me also say I have never been a huge Starbucks fan. Ever. BUT. The one down the street from my house has a drive through. I have a newborn. Enough said.  I also go to Joe Beans!  The staff is super friendly and helpful when I want to try something new (which is often).

I look forward to my coffee shop outing a few mornings a week. This emerging addiction has required some research however. Like with anything that I am consuming on a regular basis, I want it to be somewhat decent for me and know what’s in it.

At Starbucks I get a grande (or “medium” as my husband would say), iced (this may change with the weather), decaf (ughhhhh), soy (bear with me), single (I like it milky), latte. Why soy you ask? It’s the only organic product they have and it’s easier on me and my EBF son than dairy. It is sweetened which is not my preference so I never add syrup or sugar. I get decaf for now while I am nursing just in case but that will change one day.

Now, to eat! Hold the phone. The new Caramelized Banana and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal is unbelievable. AND not without the calories, crap, and sugar either. BUT it’s my treat once or twice a month. It is so good. Other mornings I grab a Kind bar at checkout or get the Classic Oatmeal.

My friend Jen taught me a trick. You can get your oatmeal prepared with steamed milk as opposed to hot water! AMAZING. My recommendation would be to get the Classic Oatmeal with steamed soy milk and add half the dried fruit (it is sweetened), all the nuts, NONE of the brown sugar, and a heavy dash of cinnamon (I learned the half fruit tip from Tiffany).

At Joe Beans I get a decaf soy milk latte with coconut flavoring (thanks to Alaya!).  They also have Umpqua Oats that make for a good quick on the go breakfast.

You may not care what I get BUT I am dying to know what and how you order!  Any coffee shop tips you can share with me?

xo,

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