Three best juices to start drinking today!

If we’re homies on Instagram, you’ve seen how obsessed with juicing I’ve been lately.

These juices are a delicious mixture of fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables, and will boost your weight loss, fat loss and reduce cellulite. 

They will also help clear your mind and improve focus.

  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1 head romaine lettuce

Research has found that the phytochemicals found in grapefruit support weight loss by reducing insulin levels, allowing your body to use the energy in food rather than store it as fat.

Orange also lowers cholesterol, and aids in preventing cardiovascular ailments.

Mint helps mental processes, and the lettuce provides vitamin K—for blood clotting—vitamin C, and folate.
 

  • ½ lime, peeled
  • 2 whole apples
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • ½ medium cucumber
  • 1 shot of wheatgrass

Pineapple contains compounds like bromelain to help absorption.

Wheatgrass accelerates digestion, improves mental processing, satisfies cravings, and reduces hunger.

It’s a great juice to drink before meals, you will eat less overall, and what you do eat will be processed more quickly.

  • 5 kale leaves
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • ½-in piece of ginger

Pineapple is packed with vitamins and minerals, including thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic corrosive, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

The kale in this juice provides a great source of vitamin K, which is crucial for bone and blood health. Kale delivers more iron per calorie than red meat.

The key to a more efficient metabolism is to provide your body with easy to digest foods that will trigger your body’s natural functions.

These juices are a great way to start!

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Vegan Pad Thai Recipe with protein

My husband and I got home after a very long day and needed some comfort food that wouldn’t stretch out our bellies too far.

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with plant based protein and vegan dishes and I have to really sell it to my animal protein loving hub. This dish did the trick.

Let’s get to it, there’s no time to waste. Oh and these are rough measurements, because I didn’t measure anything. I played.

VEGAN PAD THAI WITH PROTEIN RECIPE

Serves 4 or 2 with large appetites

  • 1 package of gluten free rice noodles (soak in cool water for 10 minutes and drain).
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1-2 long organic carrots, chopped
  • Tamari Soy Sauce
  • Your fave hot sauce (I like cholula)
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Broth
  • 6 tbsp hemp hearts

Drizzle olive oil in a heated pan and add 1 white onion. Let it turn translucent (about 5 minutes). Then add 3 minced garlic cloves. Saute for another few minutes. Peel an organic carrot, chop it up and add to pan. Let it cook a few more minutes. Then add your rice noodles and turn the heat to medium high. Add Tamari soy sauce (gluten free soy sauce), your favorite hot sauce and salt and stir fry it around. Add a few handfuls of spinach. Sprinkle a little more salt. Saute a few more minutes. Add 6 tbsp hemp hearts. Continue to saute for a few more minutes, until the noodles are almost crispy. Then add around one cup of vegetable broth. Let the dish come together and serve. VOILA!

How will you live without sugar and carbs this year?

Breaking up with sugar doesn’t have to be devastating. It can be like one of those breakups that’s kind of mutual, that feels necessary and totally OK, (all of my break ups were disasters)!  But breaking up with sugar is a little different than breaking up with a man.  You can make it hard for yourself, or you can make it easy.

Here are a few of the most simple ways to say bye bye bye to candy, carbs and any other food that zooms you to the sky and drops you on your ass:

      Licorice tea after meals – Naturally sweet, helps balance blood sugar, and it’s great for digestion.

      Substitutions – Swap bread, cereal, pancakes + waffles with slices of baked sweet potato and yams, pudding with chia and coconut milk, bananas with high fiber berries, etc.

      Eat loads of protein and fat – If your body’s been running off sugar, carbs and processed crap, you’ll need to give it a new fuel source to draw from. High-quality protein and saturated fats like coconut oil is great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and providing a valuable energy source.

      Embrace fiber – Eat plenty of fiber to stabilize your blood sugar levels. Greens, raw vegetables, berries, hemp seeds and flax seeds are all great sources of healthy fiber that will fill you up and keep you regular.

      Make your water dazzle – If you’re used to sugary drinks (chai teas, frappucino’s, juices and high sugar smoothies, try making your water more fun. I like to add sliced cucumber, lemon, orange, grapefruit, strawberry, blueberry and fresh mint. Or make a strong tea and drink that over ice.

      My fave supplements for curbing sugar cravings – When my sugar cravings are really coming on strong I like to take one of the following supplements: chromium picolinate, l-glutamine, 5-HTP, or inulin extract. Google them if the supplement names sound like Bill Nye the science guy.

      Make your own chocolate – Chocolate is comforting, my daily staple and has lots of healthy qualities. It’s easy to make your own with raw cacao powder, coconut oil, and stevia or xylitol for a natural sweetener. Or check out this recipe for inspiration.

 

To your wellness, 

JJ