Showing posts from November, 2013

Inflammation-Fighting Turmeric Turmeric Smoothie

An Inflammation-Fighting Turmeric Smoothie For A Healthy Holiday Season
BY HOLLI THOMPSON I was on an orange kick the other day, (isn't orange the new black?) and decided to use only orange ingredients for a new smoothie to feature on ABC-TV. I found fresh turmeric at the market, and decided to give it a whirl in this sweet and spicy smoothie. It was delicious, and I love this new way to use my favorite anti-inflammatory spice. Turmeric fights inflammation in a big way, and it's being studied for it's effect on various cancers. Fight your inflammation today, with this gorgeous orange smoothie. Ingredients: 1/3 of a fresh persimmon1 slice fresh papaya1 small carrot, lightly peeled1/2 cup cooked pumpkin1/2 peeled orange1/2 inch fresh turmeric, or 1 half teaspoon dried turmericpumpkin pie spice to taste (I like several big shakes) Blend in a high speed blender and enjoy!


Spartan WODTeam Challenge: Group WOD 1.4
Part 4 of a 4-week Challenge

Team 1.4

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

Run 2 miles
30 burpees

Run 2 miles carrying 1 to 3 heavy objects (sandbags, rocks, logs, etc.).

30 burpees each
30 jumping lunges
30 bodyweight squats
30 mountain climbers
3 x 1 minute plank

Run 2 miles
30 burpees

A Smoothie To End All Sugar Cravings

A Smoothie To End All Sugar Cravings
BY LISA GATTI Been eating too much sugar? This delicious smoothie can help. The combination of healthy fat, fiber, and protein keeps blood sugar steady by slowing down the digestion and absorption of sugar. You'll experience less of the highs and lows of blood sugar imbalance that result in cravings for sugary foods. Instead, expect to feel energized, satisfied, and craving-free. Ingredients 1 cup frozen blueberries1/2 cup fresh spinach2 cups coconut water1 tbsp chia seeds1 tbsp bee pollen1 tbsp hemp protein powder1 tbsp cacaohandful of iceDirections Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Enjoy! Photo Credit: To learn more about yoga, check out The Complete Guide To Yoga With Tara Stiles.

Recovery Salad

Recovery Salad

What’s a recovery salad you ask?  Well, it’s the meal you want to eat after a not so healthy binge.  Yup, we all have them.  Those times when you go back for seconds when you really shouldn’t.  That one little spoonful of dessert that you say is all you’ll try but end up eating the whole thing!  Been there, done that!  The recovery salad is perfect for getting back in the swing of things. ~Sarah Ingredients: 2 cups broccoli, finely chopped2 cups cauliflower, finely chopped1 cup carrots, julienned1/4 cup sunflower seeds1/2 cup currants2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped2-3 tbsp lemon juice1/2 cup raisins or cranberriessea salt and pepper to tastePreparation: Add all the ingredients to a large bowl, mix well and ENJOY!Nutritional Info: Makes 4 servings. Serving size 1 1/2 cups. Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 199.5, Cal. from Fat: 35, Total Fat: 3.5g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 39g, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugars: 30g, Protein: 5.5g, Sodium…

DIY Face Scrub

Simple DIY Beauty Recipe: Homemade Microdermabrasion Face Scrub for a perfectly polished glow from Bespangled Jewelry.

organic coconut oil
baking soda (I use a few drops of essential oils like lavender or orange blossom)

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Autumn Soup

I usually use leftover chicken for this Autumn soup, and it has been one of the highest rated recipes on my site, but it would be a great one to use with your leftover turkey!

2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, peeled and cubed
1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed*
½ yellow onion, quartered
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups chicken stock, store-bought or homemade
2-3 cups leftover shredded chicken or 1 pound uncooked chicken breasts
¾ teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
1 cup water
2 cups baby spinach
*For SCD, eliminate the sweet potato and increase the butternut squash to 2.5 cups

Cranberry Face Masks by DailyCandy

VERY MERRY CRANBERRY FACE MASKS AESTHETICIAN RENEE ROULEAU SHARES TWO SEASONAL RECIPES By  Thanksgiving dinner is fun. So is playing with your food. In anticipation of the holiday, we asked celeb aesthetician Renée Rouleau (Anna Faris is a fan) to concoct two recipes inspired by the season’s sweetest side dish: cranberry sauce. The first face mask uses cooked berries; the second, fresh. Both give skin a dose of wrinkle-fighting, redness-reducing antioxidants. They’re so good, we insist you share. Evening Cranberry Yogurt Facial Mask Ingredients
½ c. cranberry sauce
½ c. plain yogurt
¼ c. honey
3 tbsp. olive oil 1. Pour cranberry sauce and yogurt into a bowl. Whisk gently. 2. Add honey and olive oil. Whisk again until ingredients are well combined. 3. On a clean face, apply mask generously in a thick, even layer. Leave on for 20 minutes. 4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with moisturizer. Antiaging Berry Mask Ingredients
1 c. fresh cranberries
1 c. seedless red grapes

Hustler AMRAP Challenge Workout-12 Minute Athlete

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Workout type: AMRAP

Day-After Thanksgiving Frittata

Day-After-Thanksgiving Frittata!
BY MARTI WOLFSON Not sure what to do with those leftovers? Try this delicious frittata! It's easy to cook, and makes for a tasty breakfast or lunch when you're on the go. Frittatas are an excellent vehicle for extra hearty greens, mushrooms, and herbs. Day-After-Thanksgiving Frittata
Serves 8 Ingredients 3 T. extra virgin olive oil3 cloves garlic, minced8 oz wild mushrooms1 cup whole Brussels sprouts, thinly shaved1 bunch kale, leaved de-stemmed and cut into ribbonsSalt10 eggsfreshly ground black pepper½ cup chevré or preferred cheese (optional)almond milk (optional)2oz of leftover turkey choppedProcedure 1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees 2. Heat a large non-stick pan on medium high heat. Add 2 T. oil to the pan. Then add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. 3. Add in the mushrooms and Brussels sprouts and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the kale with a pinch of salt and continue to sauté until it wilts down. 4. If the pan has dried out add the remaining…

I love Ghee!!

What is Ghee and Why Should I Care?

Ghee is a form of butter that is an integral part of traditional Indian cuisine. It is clarified butter, which means that the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat. 
Ghee can be part of your nourishing lifestyle, too! Just make sure you choose the high-quality organic version, made from pasture-fed cows. Look for ghee in your local health foods store, or order online! 
Top 5 Reasons to Love Ghee
1. Ghee is free of casein and other milk solids. If you're intolerant to butter, try ghee! It’s a healthy alternative to health-depleting vegetable oils. A high quality product is a great source of healthy fats to incorporate into your diet.  
2. Ghee is great for cooking because the fatty acids are stable at high temperatures. 
3. Ghee stimulates the production of stomach acid, increases the absorption of other nutrients, and is very supportive for acid reflux, ulcers, an…

5 Simple Ways To Respond to Negative People

5 Simple Ways to Respond to Negative People
Many of the most valuable lessons I have learned have come from people I most definitely do not want to be like. You know the type.
For example, I have a family member who is the embodiment of cynicism, doom and gloom. He rarely has anything positive to say and his dark jokes revolve around someone else’s misfortune.
Whenever asked, "How’s it going?" he details his latest job woes in a manner that reflects his view that the world is out to get him. He can also talk for hours about his dark conspiracy theories.
Being around him can be draining, to say the least. Most family members suffer in silent resignation, head for another room, or step out into the garden for some fresh air to get away.
I often do the same. At other times, I feel compassion and attempt to share the benefits of seeing life from a more elevated perspective while also hinting at the importance of taking ownership of one's shadow.
There are also…

12 Squats You Should Be Doing

1. In a back squat, the weight (typically a barbell) is placed across the back of your shoulders and upper back. Since it gives you a very good mechanical advantage, the back squat is good for lifting heavy weights and working your quads, butt, low back, and abs. 2. Front Squat: Perform a front squat by holding, or “racking” a barbell on the front of your shoulders, then squatting. Compared to the back squat, the front squat is better for strengthening the low back, and can be easier on the knees. 3. Lateral Squat: The lateral squat, as the name implies, involves moving towards one side or the other as you squat, and is good for improving hip mobility and your side-to-side movement strength. 4. Goblet Squat: The goblet squat is a perfect movement for learning how to squat, and to do it, you simply hold a weight (such as a dumbbell or med ball) close to your chest as you squat you can also stand with your legs wide. 5. Split Squat: To simultaneously improve stability and single leg st…

Moroccan Chicken Salad

by Against All Grain Moroccan Chicken Salad
For the Chicken
½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
⅛ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon paprika
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried parsley

For the Salad
1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup red beets, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
5 cups romaine lettuce
1 cup arugula
2 medjool dates pitted and chopped
1 avocado, cubed
1 carrot, shaved
2 tablespoons toasted almonds
2 tablespoons dried, unsweetened cranberries
¼ cup Champagne Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)

5 Ways To Wear White Eyeliner

Five Ways to Wear White Eyeliner by Marissa Hicken, Web Content Editor Makeup artists consider it a staple but it could seem a little scary if you don’t know how to use it. Why white? It’s actually a secret weapon for making your eyes look brighter and wider. Trust us, white eyeliner has its place in your makeup bag, and for more than one reason. That’s why we’re giving you five from celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson: 1. As Traditional LinerInstead of lining your top lid with a thick smear of black, try using white. Since white eyeliner is bright, this will create a noticeable, dramatic look. 2. Layers of ColorDraw a white line of your top lid twice as thick as you would normally apply eyeliner. Next, apply black or brown liner on top of it with a line about half as thick. This will create a double eyeliner look that makes your eyes stand out without being as dramatic was a white-only liner look. 3. Highlight the Inner CornerYou can use white eyeliner to highlight the inside corner of …

Mocha Fudge Brownies

Mocha Fudge Brownies from Goddess in the Raw.

2 cups soaked walnuts
1/2 cup soaked almonds
1 cup raw cacao powder
2 cups dates
2 tsp. coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash of salt

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Ginger's Healing Benefits & Recipes

Get All Of Ginger's Healing Benefits With These Amazing Recipes!
BY MICHELLE BLAND I used to see ginger at the grocery store and wonder who would buy it and what exactly they would do with it. Now that I know the benefits, and how easy it is to incorporate into my daily life, I include it on my shopping list weekly. Ginger has long been regarded in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for many different conditions. It can be used medicinally, as a delicacy, and as a hot, fragrant cooking spice. There are many ways to consume ginger, but my favorite is as a juice. You can also make ginger tea, which can help reduce inflammation and ward off colds, all while aiding digestion. Here are two of my favorite ginger recipes to try out if you're new to this crazy-looking root! Simple Ginger Juice Ingredients: 1-2 red or green apples2 stalks celery2 carrots1 cucumber1 lemon, peeled1 lime1 inch of ginger, peeled Put all ingredients in a juicer and enjoy! Ginger Tea Ingredients: 4 or 5 t…

Perfect Form Challenge Workout-12 Minute Athlete