Meatless Monday: Lettuce Love

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Three weeks have passed & the baby has upgraded in size to a head of lettuce! Let me tell you, I can definitely tell that baby ‘L’  has grown since being a grapefruit. While the hub & I were in Scottsdale over Valentines Day (post to come) my bump was on full display in my teeny two piece bikini! Baby was sure loving the warm weather & floating in the pool.

Anywho…let’s get our salad love on! Here are a few of my fave salads that I have posted over the past year or so.

Greek Salad with ‘Feta Cheese’ – this ‘feta’ is to die for

Dharma Kale Salad – I have been craving this salad & having it multiple times per week lately

Brussel Sprout Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette – brussel sprout heaven

Cabbage & Carrot Salad – clean & simple

Hope you enjoy your Meatless Monday!

xox SS

Glow Bio Review & Giveaway!!!

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A few weeks ago I embarked on a 3 day cleanse, Glow Bio by Kimberly Snyder. Not only has she taught me a lot in both of her books, but I have truly changed the way I eat because of her straightforward thinking about food. It has opened my eyes & it all just makes sense, I swear! I love all her recipes (here & here are just a few I posted) & I truly stick to a Glowing Green Smoothie every morning without fail, yum!

Anywho, when I found out that she was opening her first retail location in LA, I was beyond ecstatic! Yes bummer it’s not in Beantown, but hey…they ship nationwide! Without thinking I ordered my cleanse from the west coast for immediate shipment.  The neat thing about ordering the cleanse was that I was able to speak to a cleanse specialist over email & phone. She understood what I wanted & she altered it for my needs. I also mentioned that I would be reviewing the cleanse on here so she sent a personalized note from my girl Kim Snyder (wahooo)!

Anywho, after a few hiccups (thanks to Fedex) my package finally arrived & I was eager to begin! All of the products arrived cold, so I quickly stored them in the fridge & got out my personalized directions to read over before I began. As well, due to a special promo I was able to snag both of Kim’s books for free with the cleanse! Hellooooo Giveaway (just comment below & you are in the drawing to receive both of Kimberly Snyder’s books, yep that’s it)! 

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Acai Rainforest Smoothie…aka Chocolate Avocado Pudding

_MG_2479 (1)If you can find acai packets in the freezer department at your local grocery store then please snag it up! It is loaded with an abundant amount of nutrients & antioxidants – omega 3 fatty acid, amino acids, minerals, key vitamins, fiber & it tastes good too! How could you resist all that goodness wrapped up into a chocolatey pudding!

On to the tasty treat…

  1. In a Vitamix (or blender) combine: 2C unsweetened almond milk, 1 packet frozen acai, 1/2T raw cacao, 1/2 an avocado & a pinch of stevia (I personally don’t add stevia but the hubs can’t go without it – your preference).
  2. Blend until smooth consistency

This quick smoothie, snack or dessert can be served right away – if you want, top with some unsweetened coconut flakes!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 1): 320 calories – 30 grams of fat – 16 carbs – 16 grams of protein

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Cacao Bites (yes another one!)

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Another date ball? Yes sir. We finished off the batch of  banana bread bites quickly and were anxious for more. If the first recipe intrigued you, I guarantee this bad boy will have your mouth watering. Hope you enjoy!

On to the recipe…

  1. In a food processor blend 2C almonds
  2. Once blended add in 6 pitted dates, 1/2C raisins, 3/4C unsweetened cacao powder, 3T maple syrup, 3T water, 1T coconut oil & a pinch of himalayan salt – blend until smooth consistency (~1-5minutes dependent on your texture preference)
  3. Roll out mini date balls with your hands (roughly the size of a ping pong ball)
  4. Dip the bites into raw/unsweetened shredded coconut flakes & set aside

These definitely have more of a dessert twist to them than the banana bread bites, but who says you cant have dessert any time of the day? Like the other recipe I placed the bites in a zip-lock baggie & stuck in the freezer. Perfectly chewy & no thawing required!

Nutritional Info Per Bite (Makes 30): 70 calories – 4 grams of fat – 8 carbs – 2 grams of protein

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Dharma Kale Salad

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I know this picture looks alot like my Moroccan Spiced Lemon Dressing recipe I posted not to long ago – but I swear it is WAY different!

You know when you get into something & you just cant get enough of it – whether it be a pair of great fitting jeans, a tv show that you can watch an episode marathon of or a meal that you crave, even right after you just take that last bite? Right now I am into my one flannel, the TV show Revenge (don’t judge) & this salad!

I am talking about the Dharma Kale Salad. I love it, can’t get enough of it – just finished it for lunch & already thinking about making it for lunch tomorrow. I mentioned in a previous post that I finished reading The Beauty Detox Solution, well this is a salad that the author, Kimberly Snyder mentions in her chapters. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Wash & dry 1 head of kale – strip the leaves off the thick spine stem by hand, discard stalk & place leaves into a large bowl
  2. Add a pinch of sea salt into the bowl & begin to break up the kale into smaller pieces (the salt tenderizes the kale)
  3. Wash & add: 1/2C sprouts, 1/4C flat leaf parsley & 1 diced tomato
  4. Cut an avocado in half & scoop out one side into the bowl
  5. Cut a large lemon in half & squeeze the juice from one half into the bowl
  6. Add: 1T dulse flakes, 1T, nutritional yeast, 1T hemp seeds & cayenne pepper to taste (I add 1/4t)
  7. Now get in there with your hands & mix up this salad!

This salad is so sensational that I even got the hub into it! The creamy avocado, lemon juice & nutritional yeast really give this salad a killer taste & it is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes & minerals (all the nutritional building blocks your body needs)!

Nutritional Info for the Salad: 370 calories – 17 grams of fat – 47 carbs – 20 grams of protein

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Glowing Green Smoothie

_MG_2050Okay, I have to admit it – when I read the ingredient list to the Glowing Green Smoothie I was a tad skeptical!  However, I sipped this down so fast & can’t wait to make it again and again! The banana gives it a creamy consistency & the apple and pear really brings tartness to the smoothie! Try it out, I do not think you will be disappointed in how yummy this actually is, despite being SOOO healthy!

  1. Chop up: 1 head of romaine, 3 celery stalks, 1 apple & 1 pear
  2. In a Vitamix (or blender) add: 1.5C water, romaine, 1/2C spinach, celery, apple, pear, 1 banana & the juice from 1/2 a fresh lemon
  3. Blend until smooth.

Now pour yourself a huge glass & enjoy! I had mine for breakfast, but no matter what time you have this treat you will be pumped full of energy & ready to go!

PS. This freezes, so just put in tupperware & defrost the night before OR the smoothie will last in the fridge covered for up to 2.5 days!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 2): 215 calories – 1 gram of fat – 55 carbs – 5 grams of protein

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Meatless Monday: Organic Avenue

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It has been an interesting weekend to say the least – hub was away on a bachelor party in Reykjavik, Iceland and I was looking to get into something to kick off the warmer weather heading our way (today is supposed to be close to 70)! I decided a 3-day cleanse was fitting. The hub & friends wreaking havoc on the town & their bodies, while I spruced myself up!  Harsh, but the truth ;).

Anywho. In NYC we have a wide variety of cleanses to choose from. A friend of mine suggested Organic Avenue – so I went ahead & signed up!  I could either get a mix of the daily juices handpicked by their staff delivered to my doorstop every  morning (I love the convenience of NYC) or pick it up at a nearby location – I chose the latter so I could speak with the worker & pick out my own options for each day (I am one particular lady!).

This is an example of what one of my days consisted of:

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  1. Lemon Shot – 100% lemon
  2. Splendid Sweet Green – pear, orange, cucumber, swiss chard, collard greens, kale, lemon & mint
  3. Avocado Tomato Basil Soup – purified alkaline water, avocado, lime juice, sun-dried tomatoes, green onion, basil, garlic, himalayan salt, black pepper & cayenne pepper
  4. Green LOVE – kale, celery, romaine cucumber, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, pear, lemon & parsley
  5. Caring Carrot – 100% carrot juice
  6. Creative Cashew Hemp Mylk – purified alkaline water, dates, irish miss, cashews, hemp seeds & himalayan salt
  7.  Big Kale Salad – kale, arugula, celery, hemp seeds, sun-dried olives, raisins & carrots with their lemon herb vinaigrette (alkaline water, EVOO, lemon juice, dates, garlic, scallions, savory, thyme, himalayan salt, green onions & cayenne pepper)

I am sure the above list shocks you a bit – but I wanted to rejuvenate my body before the summer comes! Day 1 I felt weary of the outcome, but by day 3 I was feeling amazing! Clean body equals a clean mind & spirit. This was just what the doctor ordered! If you want to read more FAQs about the cleanse click here.

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