Tri-color quinoa brings all the flavor!

When I get a craving for Mexican food, I try to think of grains over carbs. Trust me, I am a carb feign; I would eat them all day and night if I could. Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce“>Quinoa gives you the carb satisfaction factor and the Goya Small Red Beans 15.5 oz“>red kidney beans, onions, and peppers with salsa adds to the flavor factor. Bringin’ back all the flavor with black, white, and red tri-color quinoa blend.

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It’s an easy recipe that only has a few essential ingredients. You’ll be getting your grains and vitamins. Did you know onions are high in Vitamin C, B6, Calcium, and Fiber? Get out of here. Keep slicing. Plus, the garlic will keep those unwanted strangers away and boost your immune system while it’s at it.

Ingredients:

Method:

Saute onions, pepper, and garlic in Palermo First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 16 oz.“>extra virgin olive oil  until translucent or fork tender. HINT: You can boil the quinoa while you’re waiting for your veggies to saute.  Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of quinoa. Cook for approximately 15 minutes. Add cooked quinoa (they should have spiraled out) with the red kidney beans and mix thoroughly. I also added a little salsa on top to bring out the flavor.  See below on my insta!

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Go scrambleless with tofu eggs

I often like to change up my breakfast menu ranging from smoothies, tofu eggs, oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, and french toast.  Vegan friendly food has become highly popular and can be found almost everywhere, but there is nothing like cooking your own food from scratch. You can control the seasoning factor.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of tofu, firm or medium preferably
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (Califia Farms)
  • Handful of organic spinach (Earth Bound Farm)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Onion seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Tumeric
  • Olive Oil for the pan

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DIRECTIONS:

Open and drain the tofu. Place in a bowl and mash until it’s in smaller chunks. Add 1/2 cup unsweetened Califia Farms almond milk, Earth Bound Farm organic spinach, onion seasoning (or fresh finely chopped onions), salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and pepper. HINT: Turmeric helps to get the yellow scrambled egg color.

Mix thoroughly. Line the bottom of a non-stick frying pan with olive oil. Drizzle it but don’t drown the pan. Cook for about 7 minutes until soften. Get ready to enjoy!

You can put your guilt-free tofu scramble on a whole wheat english muffin with vegan cheese and ketchup, as a side dish with your toast, or even stuffed inside a baked potato.

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Featured a baked potato with tofu scramble with salt and pepper on top. Don’t forget to dip it in ketchup.

 

Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese Delight!

 

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Trader Joe’s makes a heavenly vegan cream cheese for only $1.99 in a 8 oz container. It’s smooth creamy consistency pairs perfectly with pumpkin butter for the holiday season. I highly recommend you try it on a bagel and bite into a non-dairy guilt free cream cheese alternative. Contains water, coconut oil, sunflower oil, soy protein, and  other natural flavors.  Totally vegan and totally good!

Taking it back to the caveman days

Caven Creations are the way chocolates should be made like back in the caveman days without all that extra stuff. Grab a bar and get chompin’. The greatest creations come from within.

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Based out of Santa Cruz, California each of the chocolate bars are completely raw, organic, fair trade, sugar-free, and hand crafted with love. Raw cacao is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can enhance your mood. Caven Creations come in three varieties including Coconut Meat & Sweet Bar, Hey Honey! Bar, and Sweet & Salt Crunch Bar. Each bar is naturally sweetened using organic coconut sugar, raw organic honey, and Non-GMO Birch Xylitol. Try yours today.

 

 

Berry good green smoothie!

Smoothie, Smoothies rockin’ everywhere. In this day and age, everyone seems to be on the go and needs a quick healthy breakfast. Since, I first started eliminating dairy from my diet not only do I feel less bloated but I actually naturally lost weight. I get my daily servings of supergreens (kale, apples, kale, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley leaf, broccoli, and spinch)via Coconut Greens and add a banana for extra potassium with berries that are full of antioxidants. Throw in cinnamon, flax seeds, and any other protein butter: peanut butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, whatever you prefer. Get your morning started right. It’s simple ingredients, non-dairy milk, frozen fruit, banana, coconut greens powder, flax seeds, and a dash of cinnamon and you’re good to go for the whole day. Say goodbye to those fast-food cravings, and hello to a more plant based diet that will have you feeling good and looking good. No joke! But as you can tell, I’m totally obsessed with my Coconut Greens inspired smoothie. Get scoopin’

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Full video of Christa Alexis making her berry green smoothie. 

Add your greens to your oatmeal!

Coconut Greens is the perfect way to add Vitamin B based vitamins to your breakfast. Get some quick oats, flax seeds, almonds, cinnamon, and cacao powder , and scoop one serving of green powder in. Mix together thoroughly. There you go, you have your grains, protein, and veggies all in one meal. Wa la!

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Breakfast (Photo credits via Christa Alexis)

Order your tub of Coconut Greens today on Amazon. Every purchase goes to a child with a Vitamin A deficiency via Dose 4 Dose. Feel good and live better with your greens.

No dairy, no problem!

Dairy has a lot of additives, extra fat, and also slows your body down.  It takes even longer to digest dairy. Many of us believe that dairy is beneficial for calcium; however, coconut milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, figs, and oranges are other highly enriched calcium dairy alternatives. I recently decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle. Immediately, I noticed I had more energy and even shed a few extra pounds. My meals are more simple and full of veggies and fruits. I love to start my day with a smoothie, and end it with a salad and a protein, but for snackin’ time I have nuts, clementines and popcorn. Start to eliminate dairy and see what happens!

  1. More energy
  2. Loss of weight
  3. Feeling full
  4. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
  5.  Less cravings

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More grains, less gains

Trying to get rid of that leftover winter storage and make room for bikini season, fear no more eat grains & have less weight gain. When I say grains, I mean real grains not overly processed genetically modified versions of the real good stuff (foods); you know that kinds that simply nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Think about it, did our ancestors eat anything put in a can or stored in a freezer? Highly doubtful, all their foods were fresh from the farmland and picked right off the land. I’m talking about quiona, fresh rolled oats, brown rice, 100% whole wheat breads and wraps without any additives like high fructose corn syrup and ya know pronounceable ingredients.

Keep grains apart of your diet and you’ll be sure to shed the pounds right off. Moderate exercise is a key component to an overall healthy lifestyle. Of course organic is always a better choice.

 

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Time of the month, time to workout

Every woman gets their period; it’s a part of life. Periods can be mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. Get moving and try to satisfy your cravings with healthy foods since the bad stuff ya know chocolate and french fries, will leave you wanting more. That bloated belly, might just stay that way if you eat so unhealthy. Your body needs beans, green vegetables, pineapple, tea, water, whole grains, and yogurt to alleviate the cramps. The healthier you eat, the less cravings you’ll have.

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Simply hungry…simple spinach!

Simply hungry, simple spinach!

Really, you only need 5 simple ingredients for a quick, delicious, vitamin enriched dish. It’s totally true grab a bag or fresh spinach, garlic, sea salt, red pepper flakes, and a touch of olive oil. Spinach has high amounts of iron, fiber, and curbs overeating. And better yet it’s EASY to prepare.

1) Fresh spinach

2) Teaspoon of olive oil

3) Garlic

4) Dash of red pepper flakes

5) Dash of sea salt

Add olive oil to pan about a teaspoon and sliced garlic (add as much or as little as you’d like) pieces. Saute for a minute on medium heat and throw in all the spinach. Time to spice it up with some sea salt and red pepper flakes. Waa Laa! Only add about a tablespoon of each or more if you’d like it extra salty. Let it all cook together until the spinach starts to shrink and the garlic will become a bit more brown. Do a taste test and serve warm. Spinach is a fast convenient side dish that pairs with mostly anything. Goin’ vegan isn’t that bad.

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