Green Machine Collagen Smoothie

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This smoothie is PACKED full of goodness that taste yummy and is great for your body. One of the ingredients that I added to this smoothie was Collagen Hydrolysate. Why would you put collagen in a smoothie? Well, here’s why –

  • Supports skin, hair and nail growth.
  • Promotes rapid cell growth producing synovial fluids to lubracate joints, then build tissue.
  • Can help tighten loose skin.
  • Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track.
  • “Rumored” to help improve cellulite.
  • Easy digestible protein. 
  • Great source of the amino acids glycine, lysine and proline. 

It’s important that if you use any kind of collagen you get it from a good source. I would recommend using Great Lakes Gelatin -Collagen Hydrolysate

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of full fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons collagen hydrolysate
  • 2 large handfuls of organic greens (kale, spinach, chard)
  • 1 large organic celery rib
  • 1/2 organic cucumber – skin removed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 inch ginger slice
  • 1 inch turmeric slice
  • 10 drops organic green leaf stevia
  • 1/2 handful mint leaves

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients together to a blender and mix until smooth. Drink immediately and ENJOY!

Love Your Body And Fuel Yourself Right!

There are many days that I do fasted workouts. I always make sure though that I get a good quality meal afterwards. If you are doing fasting workouts you need to make sure you get something in you at least 30 to 60 after your fasted workout. This prevents muscle catabolism and replenishes your energy stores, otherwise your body will break down muscle tissue for energy. 


Love your body and fuel yourself with something wholesome and nutritious. Make sure you have a good combination of quality protein, good fat and a little bit of carbs. 


Everything in this meal can be prepped ahead for a quick and easy meal. I pre-boiled a bunch of eggs for the week and made a big bowl of spiralized squash noodles for my meals. I always have some kind of vegetable in my kitchen ready to eat and then I topped this plate off with delicious spicy avocado hummus. IMG_20150916_132955

Cucumber Sliders

DSC_0008These are good for those who love prepping their lunches or make a great option when you need some quick and easy. You can basically add whatever want to your sliders. I added shredded chicken, tomatoes, avocado and hummus. All of these ingredients created a good balance of fat, protein, carbs and your much needed greens.

Cucumber Sliders

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Firm Cucumber – cut into 1/4 inch slices
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Zucchini Crust Pizza

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Zucchini Crust Pizza

If you have a garden, now is the time of year that you might have an overwhelming amount of zucchini. This is actually a great thing because there are many ways to cook with zucchini. This recipe is extremely simple, but very good! This is another healthier version of pizza, skip the bread and try zucchini!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini – sliced into 1/4 inch slices.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • Topping of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place zucchini slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Using a brush spread the olive oil over each sides of the zucchini.
  4. Cook for 10-12 minutes, turning the zucchini over halfway.
  5. Take the zucchini out of the oven and layer the top of the slices with marinara sauce.
  6. Add another layer with any toppings you would like.
  7. Place zucchini back in the over and cook 5-7 minutes.
  8. Serve and eat right away.
  9. ENJOY!DSC_0005

Sweet Potato Crusted Broccoli Quiche

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I love cooking with eggs, one single egg is packed with nutrition. A single egg has 6 grams of protein including all of the essential amino acids, 13 vitamins and minerals, and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Few other foods could boast such a high nutritional density. There are many ways to cook up an egg, one of my favorites is making a quiche. This quiche is one not to miss baking sometime this week. It’s easy and oh so delicious! I loved using sweet potatoes as a substitute for the crust. Get rid of the pastry crust and try something healthier. This also makes a great breakfast and lunch option.

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Sweet Potato Crusted Broccoli Quiche 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ large onion
  • 2 bell pepper chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups broccoli – chopped
  • 2 cups spinach – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon roasted cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper
  • 1 cup cilantro – chopped
  • ¾ cup  shredded cheese – preferably goat, grass-fed, or organic

Directions

  1. Pre-heart oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and slice thinly.
  3. Lay potato slices in casserole dish in a crust-like fashion.
  4. Coat the top of the sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Bake 400 degrees for 15 minutes. (After crust has baked, reduce oven to 375 degrees.)
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sauté onions, garlic, and bell peppers until lightly browned.
  7. Blend eggs in a blender until mixed throughly, then add broccoli and spices, pulse 5-10 times.
  8. Add everything else together in a large bowl. Place the combined mixtures on the potato crust.
  9. Sprinkle with cheese on top.
  10. In a 375 degree oven, bake quiche until firm and the cheese has browned, about 40-50 minutes.
  11. ENJOY!!!

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Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

DSC_0023It’s that time of year again when the squash are growing like crazy in your garden. Fall seems to be a perfect time for soups made with squash. Butternut squash are a great nutritionally rich food to add into your diet. Check out this website for the nutrient content of these hourglass beauties. http://www.wholeliving.com/134734/power-foods-butternut-squash

While I was serving this soup to my kids one of them exclaimed that I should call it “Magic Soup” because it was SO delicious! I was planning on having leftovers for lunch the next day, but much to my dismay (and delight) everyone ate it all up.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash – hard skin removed and squash diced
  • 1 sweet potatoes – diced
  • 1 large onion – diced
  • 1 tablespoon Mediterranean Basil
  • 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • salt pepper – to taste
  • 3 cups of stock – you can use vegetable, chicken or beef
  • 2 cups tomatoes – diced

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a crockpot and cook for 8-10 hours.
  2. After the soup has cook, pour the soup into a blender and mix until smooth. You might need to blend the soup in batches.
  3. Serve right away or you can pour it back into the crockpot to keep warm.
  4. ENJOY!!!

Greens and Eggs Dish

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One of my healthy go-to lunches is a delicious blend of kale, chard, beets, avocados and 1-2 eggs. You have your greens, healthy fats and proteins. This meal also makes a great option for breakfast and dinner too.  This dish is so simple and easy to make, whether you’re in a hurry to get out the door in the morning or need a filling lunch during the day, this dish is a great option.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chard or kale – chopped
  • 1/2 small beet – chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper – to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat online oil in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Add greens, beets, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for a couple of minutes until greens have become slightly wilted.
  4. Add 1-2 eggs and stir until eggs are completely cooked.
  5. Remove from pan and transfer onto a plate.
  6. Add avocados and Enjoy!!!

Curry Chicken Lettuce Tacos

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This recipe if quick, easy and YUMMY! I love to use my crockpot any chance I can get. Food just seems to taste better when cooked in the crock pot and my life is busy, so I love recipes that requires little prep time. You can use any kind of large lettuce leafs for the taco shell, I used some delicious chard and lettuce freshly picked from my garden. Add whatever toppings you want and ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 4 large chicken breast
  • 4 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup salsa – your choice (I used homemade green tomatillo salsa)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 gloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp thai basil or regular basil
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions 

  1. Mix everything (except chicken & cashews) together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chicken, cashews and mixed ingredients to the crockpot.
  3. Cook for 6-8 hours
  4. Remove the chicken when finished cooking and shred with a fork.
  5. Add the shredded chicken to a large bowl.
  6. Take everything else left in the crockpot and pour into a blender. Blend until completely mixed.
  7. Poor liquid in blender over chicken and mix together.
  8. Add chicken to your lettuce taco and ENJOY!

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Broccoli Avocado Salad

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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating More Broccoli

Nervous System
Broccoli contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promotes regular muscle growth.

Blood Pressure
Along with a high amount of potassium, Broccoli also contains magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.

Vitamin C
One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Moreover, vitamin C is an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the common cold.

Bone Health
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

Sun Damage
Broccoli is helpful in repairing skin damage thanks to the glucoraphanin it contains which helps the skin to detoxify and repair itself.

Immune System
One cup of broccoli bolsters the immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defense actions.

Cancer Prevention
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

Diet Aid Broccoli is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Eye Health
Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and color vision.

Heart Health
The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Broccoli Avocado Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Ground Mustard Seed
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Head broccoli stem cut off.
  • 1 Avocado – sliced into cubes
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Almonds

Instructions

  1. Mix the mustard, vinegar, olive oil and basil into a small bowl.
  2. Mix the broccoli, avocados, seeds and nuts into a large bowl.
  3. Poor the liquid ingredients over the broccoli salad and mix together.
  4. Enjoy!!!

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Cucumber Guacamole Wraps

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This recipe is simple, refreshing and delicious! I made it as a side dish for dinner,  you could even make these for lunch or as a snack. The mix of cucumbers and guacamole is a perfect match,  a crisp outside and creamy inside.I have planted some cucumber plants in our garden this year and I can’t wait until I can start harvesting my own organic cucumbers.

 

 Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 3/4 cup guacamole (click to go to my fresh guacamole recipe)

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice your cucumber.
  2. Lay your strips down.
  3. Add a small amount of guacamole to the top of the strips. You do not want too much guacamole or the cucumber strip will not roll up.
  4. Carefully roll the cucumber, put a toothpick through the middle to hold the cucumber roll together.
  5. Serve immediately and ENJOY!

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