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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.