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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

HealthIER Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies



Whole foods, free of processed sugar, dairy free, gluten free, vegan.... so that is why I call it....
HealthIER Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies. Cuz of course there are calories, they are just nutrient dense calories. Meaning there is a whole lot of nutrition in these and not a lot of bad things. Plus every one I know needs chocolate and Ice cream AT LEAST once a month.... know what i'm saying?

So you will just need to combine 2 of my recipes for this:


3 Ingredient Healthier Chocolate Ice Cream

 and 

Put the two together and enjoy the heaven.  I would love for you to let me know how much you like them! 

3 Ingredient Healthier Chocolate Ice Cream

During this time when we are all under quarantine for the notorious Coronavirus, I want to share more "pantry" recipes to help people make their cravings easily in a healthier way. Meaning quick things you can make from things that you have in your pantry (non-perishables). At the time of this post, these items are available and in-stock on Amazon. 

So if you are like me and you HAVE to have ice cream during shark week. Or maybe you just have to have ice cream because you love it, then this is for you...


3 Ingredient Healthier Chocolate Ice Cream
You will need 3 ingredients:

1 cup Cashews
1 can Coconut Milk (canned full fat)
1/2 bag chocolate chips 

note: I double this recipe 

If you like rich dark chocolate ice cream, use dark chocolate chips, If you like sweeter milk chocolate, use milk chocolate chips. 
Soak the cashews in lots of water overnight. Drain before use. 
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove with the coconut milk, then put in the fridge until it is cool. Next blend cashews with the coconut milk and chocolate mixture. Blend well in a blender. 

Next you can either churn in an ice cream maker, or just pour into a bread pan, cover and put in the freezer. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving so it is scoop-able. 

Also if you are looking for support, a community, and a way to not feel alone during this time. Please email me. I have a FREE support group. No strings, just support, encouragement and motivation regarding a healthy lifestyle. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Finally a way to feed your family Organic non-gmo produce at a fraction of the cost

I am a happy girl! 
Misfits Market has made its way to Florida!
Have you heard of it?

Believe it or not farmers all over the place have to throw away tons of good produce because it's not PERFECTLY shaped. SO misfits teamed up with the best Organic farmers in the states and said hey we will buy the produce that isn't perfect, because it tastes the same! Then they ship it out to people like me. People who eat organic produce and want to save money. People who are smart and know that the food tastes the same, even if it isn't a perfect circle, or whatever shape people think they "should" be. 

My opinion? I am about to chop the shit out of this box, so who cares what it looks like? Besides, I have to say all of it looked pretty damn delicious if you ask me. I mean check this loot out! All for $35!!!!

This week I got 
Spaghetti Squash
2 bunches of Kale
Carrots
Oranges
Apples
Pears
Turnips
Ginger
Scallions
Red Onions
Celery root
Mushrooms
2 bags of Green Beans
2 Bunches of celery
Red potatoes

All organic, all non-gmo, all for $35.
Check them out at
www.misfitsmarket.com

25% off with code COOKWME-AB6VQY at checkout

Monday, January 13, 2020

Carrot ginger dressing


I am a Buddha bowl addict. SO simple and the only thing I change up really is what veggies are in season and what protein I want to add and then... what dressing? Dressing really is what sets each bowl apart the most, and this dressing is my favorite. It is so simple to blend together and is packed with nutrients. Ginger is u
seful in improving digestion and increasing absorption of food. Ginger also contains anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal home remedy for muscle and joint problems. 

Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants and much much more. 


Plus, it makes your bowl BANG with color! 
So eat up!!!




Carrot Ginger dressing
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup rice vinegar
4 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped (about 1 1/3 cup)
4 tablespoons peeled and roughly chopped fresh ginger
4 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste


In a blender, combine all of the salad dressing ingredients as listed. Bend until completely smooth. Taste, and add additional salt if the dressing doesn’t make your eyes light up. If it’s too sour (it should have some zing to it), blend in a bit more honey.

Lasts in fridge in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Pad thai chicken buddha bowl

Truth - Before I got Cancer I rarely ate vegetables. Any Person who gets Cancer and takes the battle seriously knows how many veggies they need daily. Our blood needs to stay alkaline and that takes plant power! Turns out I liked veggies all along, I just don't like canned veggies or over-cooked veggies which was all I had really been exposed to. 

After Cancer and all the education in nutrition... I am a veggie lover. In fact, my veggies take up over 75% of my plate now, and I am always FULL after a meal, because veggies KEEP you full, and you can really have an unlimited amount of them. So people who are dieting, are doing it WRONG. EAT MORE, just eat more plants and cut out PROCESSED food. For the love of GOD, please stop taking out your carbs. YOU NEED CARBS. Carbs are NOT the devil... processed carbs are. People who tell me they gave up carbs just get an eye roll because they are showing me how little they know about what the body uses to burn fuel and what the BRAIN uses to function. Healthy carbs can be found in things like chickpeas, beans, legumes, whole grains like quinoa, jasmine, brown, or basmati rice. You NEED those in your daily diet or you will have problems down the line.
So back to my hate turned to love for veggies. One of my staples is Buddha Bowls. They really changed everything for me. When I go out to eat I look  for places that serve them because they are PACKED with nutrients and I can never finish the whole thing even though it is very low in calories. The thing I love about Buddha bowls is that you can put whatever you want in them. You just need a bunch of your favorite raw veggies and roasted veggies. You really can't go wrong! 

For these bowls I used 1/2 cup each of: 

Cooked Jasmine Rice
Raw Shredded Red Cabbage
Raw Shredded Kale
Bean Sprouts
Raw Shredded Carrots
Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted Broccoli
Raw Sliced Red Onion ( I only used 1/4 cup of this)

You can sub out anything you want here for something you like better. Possibilities are endless:
Jicama
Cucumber
Spinach
Beets
Romaine
Brown Rice
Quinoa
etc....  you get the idea. No processed anything, and the grain needs to be a whole grain. Otherwise you would have seen rice noodles in this pad thai, but the goal here is no processed food ....period.
It took me 20 minutes to prep for my buddha bowls for the next 3 days for 4 people. Grate the veggies and store them in the fridge at the beginning of the week and it makes for super fast meals you can throw together. Just add your protein of choice. Tonight I chose free range organic Chicken with Thai flavors. Pad Thai Buddha bowl it is... In addition to the veggies I listed above...here is how I did it:


1 1/2 tablespoons red chile paste
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
Sea salt to taste


FOR THE SPICY PEANUT SAUCE
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce ( I recommend Braggs amino acid or coconut aminos)
1 TBSP pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons red chile paste
2 TBSP water

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together chile paste, maple syrup and lime juice; set aside. This is your marinade.

Slice your chicken breast into bite size pieces or cubes. ( I prefer thai cut- diagonal on the bias)
In a large baking dish add chicken breast and the marinade and place in the oven for 12 minutes (larger pieces of chicken will require more time). 

While chicken is in the oven, make the spicy peanut sauce, whisk together peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, maple syrup, chile paste and 2-3 tablespoons water in a small bowl; set aside. 


Divide into bowls your raw and cooked veggies and grain. I do 1/2 cup of each ingredient. Top cooked chicken and then add the spicy peanut sauce on top and serve! 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

So you want to get active. Be sure to choose the right type of active wear for the type of activity you are doing!

Its the New Year and you are all ready to tackle your health and fitness goals... but you need the right clothes and don't know where to start. Or perhaps you got the clothes and showed up to your workout only to find them falling down and not fitting correctly. Here is the problem...there are a LOT of active wear companies out there, but more than that... there are so many different types of exercise. It really makes a difference when you are outfitted correctly for the correct activity. When you feel good, you perform better. 

During my cancer journey, my story got out there and active wear companies sent me their stuff in droves to help support me (and it didn't hurt that I had a big following so it also helped their brand be seen) So I have literally worn HUNDREDS of different brands. During that time, I found a few favorites. So I am going to share my 3 favorite active wear brands for my 3 favorite different types of activity to help you choose your gear. This is 2020! Let's deck you out so you SHOW UP for your workouts! Feel good...do good! 

1. Cardio  
For me it is all about compression when it comes to cardio gear
ESPECIALLY in sports bras and leggings.  I do a lot of plyometrics and nothing bugs me more than my pants falling down, or my boobs popping out of my bra during that final set of burpees. Yvette Sports does not budge and it offers extra support through compression. They do have different levels of active wear too, making them a go to brand, but my favorite level of theirs is their high impact compression line. If burpees are involved - Yvette Sports is what I reach for. 
If you want to give them a try use code christi20 at checkout for an extra 20% off. 




2. Yoga

It is no secret that I am a Yogi and I have tried HUNDREDS of brands. Which is why all the pictures here are yoga pictures, because hey, this is me! While people that are prone to marketing and getting the "name brand" flock to lululemon, which in my opinion is subpar and overrated ... I flock to Musesonly, which I prefer hands down to lululemon.  Musesonly  checks all of my boxes when it comes to comfortable yoga wear. Never see through. They fit in all the right areas, and never fold down during my vinyasa. They are classy and feminine like I like to feel during my practice. They even have styles with pockets! They also have styles for TALL girls like me (I am 5'10" and that is HUGE. So if you want to start yoga and need gear... go to muses. It doesn't matter if you are short, tall, or in between, they have something for you. Use code christi10 at checkout for 10% off. 

3. Weights/ Cross-fit

Leg day... that means lunges. I don't prefer to wear compression wear during this. I like lightweight gear that stays put and that is what Vastitch offers. They are my squat and lunge go-to because they stay put but you don't feel them at all. So lightweight and also so cute! They are always current with the seasons which makes them fun. Who doesn't like to wear Christmas leggings during Christmas, Or Halloween Leggings during Halloween? Seasonal leggings are FUN!  For variety and fit I choose Vastitch for leg day. 
Use code CHRISTI10 for 10% off your order at checkout. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Healthy Veggies Most Marinara in the instapot

I never ever ever buy store bought marinara. Most of it is full of crap and even the better ones have added sugar. There are a few rare brands out there that are clean, but they are EXPENSIVE. 

So I always make my own. It is really one of the most simple things that I do. You can do it in a normal pot, the process just takes a lot longer. I love that 40 minutes before dinner if I have no marinara, I can still throw this together and it will be ready in time. You LITERALLY throw this in the instapot and put it on manual for 30 minutes. 

On my nutrition programs store bought marinara counts as a fruit carb instead of a veggie because it is so full of stuff. I prefer to get a serving of veggies. I save my carbs and fruits

Healthy Instapot Marinara
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion chopped (I use sweet onion)
2 cups chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 head of garlic, chopped
3 cans 28 oz PEELED tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
1/4 cup italian seasoning (Can use fresh herbs here if you have them)
2 teaspoons pink himalayan sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf

Put all the ingredients in the instapot in the order it is written above. 

Turn your instapot on and choose manual. 
Make sure your vent is closed and type in 30 minutes. 
Now you wait. 
Once the 30 minutes is up ( it is really more like 35 minutes because it has to take time to heat up), vent and then open your pot. 
Take out the bay leaf. It can be tricky to find. I use a fork to look for it. 
Use an emersion blender to puree. If you don't have one you can cool for a bit and blend in a blender in small batches. Emersion blenders are super cheap and I highly recommend having one though. 

You can store in jars, or airtight containers in the fridge or serve immediately. Enjoy!


Healthier Double Chocolate chip cookies


Make the ingredients count!

These are a staple in our house during full moons and retrogrades. My moon sisters understand. We must have the chocolate, but we don't want to feel gross after from the sugar and saturated fat. 
This is my solution..
These cookies boast:
150 calories per cookie
5 grams protein per cookie
3 grams fiber per cookie
 
They add nutrition while most other cookies are just sweets with no nutritional value really. These ingredients are wholesome and nutrient dense. 


Healthier Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 16 cookies ( I double it)

2 cups Almond flour 
1/4 cup coconut flour 
1 TBSP Cacao
1/3 cup PURE RAW honey or PURE maple syrup or 50 honey/50 maple
1/2 tablespoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
1 egg
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven for 375
Mix all ingredients, except chocolate chips, together until fully blended like dough.
Stir in chocolate chips. 
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking. 
Scoop the cookies into 16 mounds. I used the pampered chef cookie scoop to make them all the same size. 
Bake for 13 minutes. Serve warm, or cold, or however you li

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Compression active wear that doesn't budge


I workout daily. It is non-negotiable for this Cancer survivor to skip a day. 

Once I surrendered to that, the rest was easy. It is like brushing my teeth. I don't skip that, so why would I skip moving my body? The daily workout regime requires a nice big wardrobe of workout attire. So I have pretty much tried every brand out there. Today I want to introduce you to Yvette “Be Active, Be Daring, Be inspired” is their brand concept.At Yvette they believe each woman should have their own size of sports bras, from petite size to plus size, there is a size fits you. 

In this crow arm balance I am showing you their criss cross bra.  You can get it 10% off with code Christi10 at checkout.




What I love most about Yvette is that you can choose your level of compression. From light for yin yoga and light stretching to firm compression for cardio, cross-fit, and my favorite; getting upside down in some vigorous yoga. For someone like me that loves inversions and arm balances, the type of fit really matters or we end up with a wardrobe malfunction. Gotta strap those girls down! 

I have put my new Yvette outfit to the test. I did an extreme cardio workout, a mixed martial arts workout, a vigorous vinyasa, and then I went around and did my favorite inversions and arm balances and NOTHING budged.  In this picture I am wearing their criss cross bra and their sculpt mesh impact leggings.  You can get them 10% off with code Christi10 at checkout.

I never had to fix my outfit, or put body parts back where they should go. I didn't have to pull my pants back up after doing burpees either. The last thing I want to be worried about when I am in the thick of my workout is if I am covered properly. If you are wanting full coverage bras and leggings... I highly recommend Yvettes compression leggings and sports bras. Check them out and comment below on how much you love yours!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Healthy Protein fettuccine Alfredo with Vegan option


I was too tired to snap a perfect picture. Hormones are on fleek right now and its not a picnic, but I know eating healthy will help. But the Bitch inside wants comfort food. Good thing I have tricks up my sleeve and I can feed both the Bitch and the Angel that wants to stay true to her goals. Enter healthy alfredo.

I know what you are thinking but you are wrong. This IS just as creamy and rich as the regular dairy filled version. The original saturated fat version makes me feel gross. Bloated, tired and miserable. I am all about eating yummy good food, but I don't want depression afterward. Been there, no thanks. So this is my solution and it works like a charm. I feel like I just indulged on the best comfort food all while sticking to my goals. Nothing is better than that! So let me share with you the EASY way to make it.

First thing I use is Banza noodles instead of store bought fettuccine. I choose Banza because per serving they have 25 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber, and 40% fewer net carbs than traditional pasta. And they taste like the real deal. My entire family loves them and no this isn't a paid ad. This is me saying there are REALLY healthy options out there for you that require very little lifestyle change. Ditch the noodles that have virtually no nutritional value for ones that are FULL of protein and nutrients. Chickpea pasta is a healthy choice for people to trying to lose weight, diabetics, or anyone who loves pasta. Its the small steps that add up. 

I doubled this recipe because that is how I meal prep. Every time I make a dinner I double it. Sometimes triple it, and put it in individual servings in containers. It is like having a healthy lean cuisine that is actually whole foods. It is fantastic if you have fitness goals because if food is prepared and ready, you tend to not waste money and calories on C.R.A.P. 
Carbonated Drinks
Refined Sugar
Artificial Flavorings & Alcohol
Processed Foods

We don't need those in our life. Your body is begging you to give it the good stuff! So when I get a hankering for olive garden, I do this instead. Give it a try!

Healthy Protein fettuccine Alfredo

1 1/2 cups sweet onion, diced
1-2 cups low sodium vegetable broth if vegan, chicken broth if you aren't, divided
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 x-large minced garlic cloves
1/2 heaping cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours for creamier result)
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
2-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast if you want vegan and dairy free, parmesan cheese if ya don't care.
I package Banza protein linguine noodles



Add the onion and 1 cup of the broth to a large pan over medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes until the onion is very tender. Next, add the garlic and cook a couple of minutes more, stirring often. All of the broth should have evaporated by now. If not, keep letting it cook until the broth is gone. You don't want any more liquid once it's done cooking, so the end result is thick and creamy.


Add the cooked onion and garlic to a blender. Start out by adding JUST 1/2 cup more of the remaining broth and add the remaining ingredients (salt, pepper, cashews, starting with JUST 1 tablespoon lemon juice, nutritional yeast-starting with just 2 tablespoons yeast). Blend on high for a couple of minutes until very creamy and smooth. Taste and add any more salt & pepper if desired.


Cook your noodles according to package directions. Top with sauce. You can also add chicken or any protein or veggies of choice. For an easy chicken alfredo get a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery.



Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Healthy Calorie Free Chocolate Tea

Who doesn't love chocolate? I know I do, but it is actually more for the nutritional benefits just as much as it is for the yummy comfort. Cacao has incredible mood-boosting properties and is high in antioxidants, but usually comes with calories. Until now. You guys,  I just gotta tell you about this Cacao tea from Cacao Tea Co.

It is 100% pure and organic and is completely sugar-free, caffeine-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and GMO-free with no artificial flavoring, additives or preservatives. That is a given if I am recommending it. But it also has a natural sweetness, a heavenly chocolate taste and aroma, and a delicate stimulating effect helping with focus and alertness. This cacao tea is the perfect natural alternative to chocolate or coffee. You want to know the best part? It has ZERO calories. Making it the perfect beverage to enjoy when you are trying to have a healthy lifestyle. 


It is a 100% natural tea which is brewed from cacao husks (also known as cacao shells). The tea is a loose-leaf style tea which, when steeped in boiling water, results in a delicious tea which tastes like chocolate.

I steeped in boiling water for 5 minutes and added a few sweet drops and had a zero calorie cup of chocolate comfort. I highly recommend! Try it here