7 Health Habits For 2019

7 Health Habits For 2019

I’m so excited to share 7 Health Habits For 2019 with you!  I really wanted to share a post that would both inspire you in your health journey and cause you to want to go to the next level in 2019.  It’s easy to make a list of health goals and end up with 20, but I wanted this to be practical and doable.  I chose 7 after thinking about.  After all, that’s one for each day of the week. 

Clean Living Natural

Join the 5 Day Clean Living Challenge and start living your best natural life!

I’ve been on this health journey for a while and I’ve read many books, listened to many podcasts and have a pretty decent grasp on what is true health and what’s a fad.  Fads don’t last but real health does.  Plus, we don’t want fads anyways, we want to create long lasting habits that will truly last the rest of your life.  Health is a journey- I say it a lot.  It’s not a destination.  If you’re looking for a one hit wonder, this post isn’t for you.  There isn’t a magic formula for achieving optimal health, it’s consistency and small steps each and everyday.  They all add up.

As my brother, Dr. Matt, a naturopathic physician says, “Accumulate health.”  

I couldn’t agree more.  Everyday you want to accumulate more and more health.  It isn’t the one month where you do “all” the healthy things but the everyday habits that make the difference.  I’ve literally been on a journey to heal my hashimoto’s for a while.  This hasn’t been something that’s happened over night.  It’s taken consistent health habits to get better. But guess what?  It works!  My antibodies have gone down, my energy has gone up and I’m feeling good.  All those little things add up.  Let’s check in with our habits and see where they’re at.  How do you start your day?  What does breakfast look like? Are you always on the go?  Not taking time for yourself?  Think about your life and the habits that you’ve adopted.  Are they serving you or hurting you?  

Real Food Gurl Gone Green

Do you struggle with knowing what to look for when it comes to reading food labels? Gurl Gone Green Membership takes the guesswork out of it. Check out Gurl Gone Green Membership here!

I think it’s important to have some goals when it comes to creating healthy habits.  A couple books I love that talk about forming habits and creating them are:

Some podcasts that I love listening too when it comes to habits and Mindset are:

I think it’s important to always be growing and causing yourself to think bigger.  You can adopt new habits and change your old ones.  It is possible!  Sometimes we just need to be reminded.

green smoothie

Learn how to make the best green smoothie. A nutritious meal on the go loaded with all the healthy fats, protein, greens and fiber. Check out my freebie below!

 

So here are the 7 health habits that have changed my life and I know will change your life if you let them!

 

  • Change Your Mindset-

I actually adopted a word for this year and it’s mindset.  I’ve never done this before but I’ve realized how important mindset is when changing your habits over the years and I want to focus on it even more this year.  If I literally don’t change the way I think no habit is going to stick.  I may change temporarily but it won’t be lasting change.  The past couple years I’ve realized the areas I’ve changed in are because of mindset shifts and changes I’ve had.  Not because I was super motivated because we all know that can fade, but because I had changed my thinking about it.  I literally don’t have dairy or gluten, and I don’t think about it.  I know it can cause my hashimoto’s to flair up, so I just don’t do it.  It’s just not even a question in my mind.  I just don’t make it an option.  If I let my mindset be that maybe I’ll have dairy or gluten sometimes then I might.  But I just don’t go there.  The same thing could be true for anything in your life.  Whether it’s business, family, whatever.  This applies to anything, but obviously we’re focusing on health.  Do you think you can never lose the weight?  Do you think you’ll always struggle eating clean?  What’s your limiting belief you’re accepting as truth?

 

  • Change Your Company-

Who you associate yourself with is a pretty big deal.  I know we’ve all heard it.  Who you surround yourself with is who you become.  When you surround yourself with people that cause you to go higher, than you fall in line with that.  Imagine if your best friend was constantly working out, being active and asking you to come.  Don’t you think that would rub off on you?  Eventually you would probably go workout and start being more active.  The opposite is also true. If you hang around people that just want to sit around and watch t.v. all day, eat junk food and don’t care about health, you’ll likely start adopting those same habits. I’m not saying ditch all your friends but consider what you want to change in your life when it comes to healthy habits and if your friends are supporting those goals.  Maybe it will just take you standing up saying you’re going to start eating clean and they would follow suit.  Sometimes someone just needs to be the first one that stands up.  The same could be true for your spouse.  Maybe you wished they were stronger for you when it came to living out a clean lifestyle but maybe it will have to start with you making the first step.  Be the person that you want them to be and eventually it will rub off on them.  

 

  • Make Real Food-

I know sounds life chaining huh? Ok, it might seem obvious but this has changed my life.  Making real homemade food and avoiding the packaged food.  I honestly rarely eat out.  I don’t live somewhere where there are a lot of great options.  Sometimes I wish I could grab something quick, but quick around me is the nearest fast food joint and that’s not an option.  Regardless I do think making real food is a game changer for your health.  You’ll eat less, eat more nutrient dense food and save money!  Basically setting yourself up for success.  You’re literally going to be reprogramming your cells to work for you instead of against you.  I never knew how to cook until after I got married.  Trust me, when I say this- I didn’t even know how to cook chicken.  I’ve come a long way.  My hubs jokes now that he’s glad I learned how to cook because I would only make two things when we got married. ūüôā  So if you don’t know how to cook, you can learn because I’m living proof!  Plus, real food doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating.  It actually is really simple and fun once you learn a few tips and tricks.  Get a clean eating cookbook like this one or this one to get you started.  Sometimes it just takes a little inspiration or follow a real food blogger to keep you going.

 

  • Be Active-

I don’t like using the word exercise or working out because I think people associate those with negative connotations.  Having an active lifestyle is something everyone should practice.  Whether that means going on a hike, going for a walk, doing crossfit, lifting weights, whatever gets your body moving.  I know for me its looked different in every season of life.  When I was single it was different, as I got married it changed and now that I have kids it looks different.  I used to beat myself up when I couldn’t spend the normal time I used to spend when I was just married working out.  But I realized consistent activity even if it wasn’t 6 days a week was better than none.  Just being consistent with something makes the biggest difference.  It all goes back to the accumulating health quote that my brother always says.  It’s the little things that add up.  Do something that you love!  I hear so many people trying to go to the gym and run on the treadmill and they hate it.  Don’t do it!  Find something that is fun, that challenges you and keeps you wanting more.  It might take a couple different times, but don’t force yourself to do things that you know you won’t stick with in the long run.  Being active gives you more energy, improves your overall mood and mind, increases strength and endurance- the list could go on and on.

 

  • Manage Your Stress-

Notice I didn’t say eliminate stress, because let’s face it, that’s impossible.  We live in a fast paced world that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.  The best thing you can do is to learn how to manage your stress.  For me this has come by identifying the stressor and getting to the root of it.  Is it really the activity I’m doing or is the fact that I booked my calendar up too much and I don’t have anytime to decompress?  Think about why you’re really feeling on edge.  Figure out what drains you and what gives you energy.  I’m a people person but not an every day let’s have a party type of people person.  That would drain me.  The biggest advice I can give when it comes to managing stress is learning to say no.  It might mean limiting your kid’s after school activities to one sport.  It might mean not saying yes to every social event, or allowing time to meal prep for the week.  Think about what is causing you to feel stressed and address the triggers.  

 

  • Fill Up Your Cup-

I know the word self care gets thrown around a lot these days.  I think a lot of us are saying it, but not a lot of us are practicing it.  When was the last time you actually took an hour or two to yourself and totally did something you loved.  Maybe it’s reading a good book, or maybe it’s just watching an hour of your favorite show.  It could be getting your nails done once a week or flipping through the latest magazine.  Figure out what fills you up and do it.  Don’t take a budbble bath if you hate it!  Just because someone else likes it doesn’t mean you will.  Find what relaxes you.  The goal is to do whatever helps you forget about everything else for a little bit and fills up your tank.  When I practice this I feel so much better!  For my husband it’s working out.  If I let him  workout for an hour he will come back refreshed and energized- haha sometimes a different person.

 

  • Challenge Yourself-

This one may sound weird but it’s so true.  I find the people I’m constantly coming in contact with our challenging themselves.  Whether it’s their mind, their food habits, exercise, at work- they’re wanting to improve and be a better version of themselves.  This isn’t a type of rat race thinking that makes you think you always have to be doing something.  It’s not for the approval of others but a sense of trying something new.  For instance, maybe the fear of getting in shape has kept you from signing up for a 5k or the gym.  Challenge yourself to sign up and take the step to face your fears.  I bet before long you will wonder why you even had them in the first place.  When you challenge yourself I think it helps to keep your mind sharp too.  It doesn’t matter what your age is, challenge yourself in something and watch how you surprise yourself.

Do any of these 7 health goals resonate with you?  What if you adopted one of these habits each month for the next 7 months, where would your life be?  How would it look differently?  What are some health habits you’ve adopted?

Here’s to building healthy habits in the new year!

health habits

Learn what 7 health habits that have changed my life.

3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

So excited to share with you 3 brands that simplify natural living.  It‚Äôs easy to feel overwhelmed when detoxing your life.  Trust me I get it!  But it doesn‚Äôt have to be.  I like to break natural living into three categories.  The food we eat, the beauty products we use and household products.  These are some heavy hitters when it comes to toxic load.  Getting these detoxed is definitely a priority!  But where do you start?  What brands do you trust and what is effective.  

Check out how to enter the GIVEAWAY happening in honor of my new website launch at the bottom of this post!  

No worries, I got your back!  I‚Äôve rounded out my top picks for where to get clean food for budget options, where to buy beauty products all in one place and what to use for your household products.  I‚Äôve simplified the process for you!  These are tried and true and have worked not only for me but many of my peers and friends.  

After all, detoxing your life shouldn‚Äôt feel like work but it should be exciting and fun!  I mean who wants toxins lurking in their food, house or beauty products?  I know you don‚Äôt!

Here’s the skinny on 3 brands that always deliver-

The Detox Market-

Detox Market Natural Beauty

Find the best in green beauty at The Detox Market!

This was the very first green beauty store I shopped at.  I still remember angels singing when I visited the actual store in L.A.  Ok, maybe angels weren‚Äôt singing but it felt like I had arrived in green beauty heaven!  They have ALL the brands and more.  You want some Josh Rosebrook- they‚Äôve got you covered.  Need some Osmia Organics in your life, sister they have it.  Want some Odacite?  No problem- they have the whole line.  It‚Äôs your one stop shop for all things natural beauty!  They have a list of ingredient standards, which lists ingredients they don‚Äôt allow in their formulations, so you can be sure your products are squeaky clean. 

I remember hearing about their pop up shop in 2010- I was salivating to go!  It was at the same time I had started to detox my beauty products.  It‚Äôs so crazy to think where The Detox Market is today!  There‚Äôs so many natural options, compared to 8 years ago.  I love their mission on educating the consumer and bringing awareness.  Forever a Detox Market fan! 

Some Favorites At Detox-

Vitacost-

Vitacost organic pantry

Find all your favorite clean eating and organic food pantry staples at Vitacost.

I started using Vitacost for over a year now and let‚Äôs just say I haven‚Äôt looked back!  If you haven‚Äôt heard of Vitacost allow me to bring you up to speed.  Vitacost is your one stop shop for all healthy and clean dry goods.  Think pantry staples!  Plus, they have some great household items too.  I love stocking up on all my favorite natural brands through Vitacost.  I save so much money when I purchase them there.  Plus, they‚Äôre always offering some sort of coupon code to save even more through email. 

I‚Äôve been so impressed with their customer service, and timely delivery of my orders.  I place an order a month and I never have had any broken or damaged items.  I used to shop at other online retailers and I had several products break constantly.  They carry all my favorite natural brands.  I also love that I don‚Äôt have to pay a yearly membership to receive the discounts.  

Some Favorites At Vitacost-

Branch Basics-

Branch Basics review

Branch Basics makes simple and clean household products that are effective.

I have fallen for this brand!  I started to try all their products 6 months ago and have loved each one!  They make detoxing your cleaning and household products so easy and simple!  From the cleaner you use to clean your counters, bathrooms, laundry detergent and windows.  It doesn‚Äôt need to be toxic to clean!  Their whole mission on why they started is so cool.  Each founder had their own awakening moment that made them realize the impact our environments have on our lives.  Read all about the founder and their journey‚Äôs here!  

Branch Basics products are based off their concentrate- which is made from plant and mineral based. I love how simple it is. You basically can remove all your cleaning products with one product- their concentrate.  They give you the bottles to easily make window cleaner from it, countertop cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even hand wash!  It is hypo-allergenic, peanut free, gluten free, fragrance free, and contains no toxic stabilizers, preservatives, brighteners or surfactants.  It removes grease, dirt, dust and grime.  They‚Äôve made the whole process so simple for people to transition from toxic household cleaners to non-toxic.  Can‚Äôt recommend them enough!  

Some Favorites At Branch Basics-

  • Concentrate- This is the plant and mineral based cleaner that does it all!
  • Oxygen Booster- Helps to create an abrasive when added to tubs, toilets or sinks.  I also like adding it to heavily soiled laundry for a boost.
  • Trial Kit- Great to try before buying a large bottle or kit!
  • Mini All Purpose Spray Bottle- Perfect for traveling or on the go.
  • Starter Kits- These give you everything you need to completely overhaul your household cleaning products and start with nontoxic products.

Shop Branch Basics here!

Have you tried any of these brands?  What brand has helped you in detoxing your life? Leave me a comment and let me know!  

So in honor of my new website launch, I’ve teamed up with all three of my favorite natural lifestyle brands to bring you the ultimate giveaway!

  • The Detox Market is giving away $100 gift card
  • Vitacost is giving away $150 gift card
  • Branch Basics is giving away $100 gift card

You will be set with this giveaway loot!  From clean beauty, organic food and natural household cleaners, detoxing your life just got so easy! 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Comment below sharing what the biggest struggle is for you when detoxing your life?  Whether it’s beauty, food or household products.  Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you win.  
  2. Repost my Instagram photo where I share the details of my new website for 10 extra entries. My Instagram is here. 
How To Make The Best Green Smoothie

How To Make The Best Green Smoothie

It’s summer and I want to share with you how to make the best green smoothie recipe!  I LOVE smoothies- especially if they have greens in them or are packed full of veggies.  As a busy mom a green smoothie has been a must.  It keeps me full, is quick to make, and works for on the go.  Plus, I’m getting a serious nutritional punch!

So many of you have asked me for my green smoothie recipe- I had to share with you!  I always typically have my smoothie in the morning, but you can make your smoothie whenever it works for you.  Let me first explain how this green smoothie inspiration got started!

How to make a the best green smoothie by Gurl Gone Green

How to make the Best Green Smoothie that tastes good and packs a nutrient punch.

I was making smoothies for a while, I mean years but I never thought of my smoothie how I do now, until reading Kelly Leveque’s book, Body Love: Live in Balance  This book changed my life and thinking about food in general.  But it also changed my whole mindset on smoothies.  I had been reading things here and there about smoothies and how they weren’t necessarily the best.  People were saying you need to eat meals and the nutrients were so much better.  I was bummed because I LOVED my smoothies!  It was such a convenient way for me to get a quick meal in and feel satisfied.  I don’t know about you but as a mom cooking every single meal can seem daunting.  Fortunately, I read Body Love: Live in Balance and the negative smoothie connotations had quickly been debunked by Kelly.  Hurray!

Now that I was back on the smoothie train I was so excited to learn about her smoothie method and how it was different.  With her smoothies, there are 4 components that create the perfect smoothie nutritionally, fat, fiber, protein, and greens.  Having all these components in your smoothie is going to give you the perfect ratio for your body to stay full, not raise your blood sugar and give you all the nutrients you need.  It makes so much sense!  I had never heard someone explain it as she did in the book.

How to make the best green smoothie!

Green smoothie love!

FAT-

A lot of times I would feel hungry within an hour or two after drinking my smoothie.  Looking back I can see I was missing some good fat in my smoothie.  Fat is your friend and so good for you!  It helps you feel full and keeps your blood sugar in check too.

Healthy Fat Options- 

  • Coconut Oil
  • Cashew Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Butter
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • MCT Oil

FIBER- 

Another ingredient I didn’t think about before was fiber.  I would include fiber often with chia seeds but I didn’t understand the amazing benefit in can have besides good omega 3-‘s.  It also helps keep you full, aids in healthy digestion and it also helps to slow the release of blood sugars into the blood stream.

Healthy Fiber Options-

  • Flaxseed
  • Chia Seed
  • Psyllium Husk Powder
  • Hemp Seeds

The best organic/natural protein powder for green smoothies.

The Best Organic Protein Powder. A clean protein that doesn’t make you feel bloated.

PROTEIN POWDERS-

I always added a protein powder.  This is one that I knew I needed!  If I didn’t have the protein my smoothie would often be just carb heavy.  My favorite clean protein powder is Activ Whey Protein Powder.  The protein powder comes in a vanilla or chocolate.  Instead of cow’s whey, it’s a goat’s whey.  It makes smoothies taste SO good!  I always add 1 serving.

*Protein Tip- Always blend all your smoothie ingredients first and then add your protein last.  If you add it with all the other ingredients and blend it for a while it will expand, causing the smoothie to get huge and may cause you to have an upset stomach.  Throw it in after everything is blended so you only have to blend it for a few seconds.

Healthy Protein Powder Options-

*I also have a podcast with my naturopath on protein powders and what to look for here.

GREENS-

Finally let’s talk greens.  You know the leafy vegetables that are SO good for you!  They offer good fiber, and a serious nutrient punch.  Greens are going to give your skin a glow, revitalize your cells and just feed your body pure health!  Plus, what’s a green smoothie without some greens!

  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choy
  • Romaine
  • Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Beets(though not technically green they offer a nutritional punch)
  • Really any veggie that you like.  Some go better in smoothies, some don’t but at the end of the day you are the one drinking it.  If you like it then throw it in!

This last one is the fruit portion!  A little fruit goes a long way in adding flavor to any smoothie.  You just don’t want to overdo it though.  Kelly Leveque explains in her Body Love book so well the downsides of adding too much fruit- which is essentially sugar.  Your blood sugar spikes and you can be left with excess sugar that makes you feel wired initially but then makes you want to take a nap an hour later.  Not too mention, if there is too much fruit in your smoothie your body will end up turning storing it as fat.  Her book explains it in further detail. Highly recommend you get it.

Bottom line: you don’t want to overload your smoothie with excess fruit!  Fruit isn’t bad it’s all about moderation.  I’ve also found most protein powders are flavored(naturally) so you don’t need a ton of fruit really since you get flavor from the protein powder.  Kelly recommends about 1/4 cup of fruit.  I’ve seen recipes that say 1 cup- which is crazy!

FRUIT-

Below you’ll find some fruit options to put in your green smoothie.  I typically do a half of a frozen banana. Bananas I’ve found offer creaminess and thickness to my smoothie, plus a great flavor.

  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches

How to make the best green smoothie

A green smoothie filled with all the greens!

Ok, so now that you know what makes a powerhouse smoothie, let’s talk about some other ingredients.

  • Nut Milk- I love adding some coconut milk, hemp milk in mine.  You can also use almond milk or whatever nut milk you like.  This will add some creaminess to your smoothie. I also love making my own nut milks with my Almond Cow nut milk maker!  Seriously makes the creamiest nut milks and it’s so easy to use!  It’s been a game changer for making nut milks without a nut milk bag. Save $15 off your Almond Cow and free shipping when you use coupon code: gurlgonegreen. Shop here!
  • Water- If you don’t want to do any nut milk, you can just use some water for the liquid.
  • Fresh Ginger- A great addition to any smoothie. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, good for the heart and gives smoothies a bite with it’s punchy flavor.  Add a little chunk or lot depending on your flavor palette.
  • Fresh Tumeric- Another good addition to smoothies.  It’s also anti-inflammatory- pretty much an all star food! Add a 1/2 inch cube.
  • E3Live- This is a wild grown blue-green algae.  I’ve been taking this for over a year and can’t recommend it enough!  It really is a nutritional rockstar.  It helps with energy, immunity, and focus just to name a few.  I add a tablespoon to each smoothieClick Here to check out all that E3Live has to offer!
  • Cinnamon- A great addition for flavor but also is anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar, and is loaded with antioxidants.
  • Herbs- I know I mentioned herbs above but wanted to also mention mint!  A favorite of mine for flavor but also because it’s a calming and soothing herb.
  • Super Greens Powder- There are a lot of super greens powders out now. Obviously do your research and make sure the powder you have is a reliable resource and clean.  This is a great addition to even more potent greens!
  • Superfoods- So many superfoods you an include.  From maca, camu, spirulina- all come in powder form and you just add a teaspoon typically.  Be sure to understand why you’re adding them to your smoothie and talk to your health professional.
  • Collagen Powder- It is a protein, but I also consider it an additive.  Great for hair, skin and nails and joints.
  • Toppings- I love a good topping on my smoothie.  From cacao nibs, coconut flakes, granola, goji berries, bee pollen, nuts or seeds- the list is endless!

Can you see how having a smoothie packs a serious punch of nutrition?!  Your body will literally be glowing, you’ll feel good and you won’t feel hungry!  Plus, when you are blending up the greens or veggies it makes it so much easier for your body to digest them because they’re already broken down.

Also, a couple things to consider.  If you like your smoothies thick, freeze your fruit, and veggies.  This will give your smoothie that creamy consistency and have it be more like soft serve ice-cream versus liquid.  I prefer my smoothies thicker, so that’s what I do.  It also makes it easier to eat your toppings on your smoothie if they’re thicker as well.  Another thing to consider is to make smoothie packs and keep them in the freezer.  That way you have everything you need in one spot and all you have to do is add some liquid.  This is great when you’re in a hurry!

BLENDERS-

This is a meaty topic and I have no intention on swaying you on a blender either way!  I just want to give you a few tips.  I’ve had a Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender for 4 years and love it! Not to say I wouldn’t love a Vitamix too.  I think any higher powered blender is going to be amazing.  I have a friend who has a Vitamix and loves it, another who has a Nutri Ninja Blender– a little more affordable option.  I even have a friend who has a KitchenAid Blender and Loves it too.   I just encourage you to shop around and find what might be best for you.  The Blendtec has been great for me.  They even offer a smaller jar you can get for an additional cost that can make nut butters in minutes and sauces.  I actually use it to make my smoothies.  It’s called a Twister Jar.  I can’t recommend it enough.  A high powered blender really is going to make a difference when making a smoothie.  It will ensure all the ingredients are blended up well and smooth.  You don’t want to be drinking your smoothie and get a chunk of ginger!

I love taking my smoothies in mason jars!  I have some mason jar straw lids from the mason bar company that makes it so easy to just pop a straw in.

I would love to hear how you make your green smoothie!  Tell me your favorite ingredients!

Want my tried and true recipe for making the best green smoothie?

Then hit the button below to get access to my two recipes and where I get all the ingredients!

 

Did you love it?  –  Pin It!

How to make the best green smoothie

Sprouts’ Grand Opening in Mill Creek Washington

Sprouts’ Grand Opening in Mill Creek Washington

So excited to share with you about Sprouts’ Grand Opening in Mill Creek Washington! ¬†I was first introduced to Sprouts’ on trips to California, and Texas and instantly fell in love with their whole philosophy and shopping experience. ¬†Then when I found out they were opening a store near me in Mill Creek in Washington state I was over the moon! ¬†Sprouts’ makes the whole process of buying whole foods easy and affordable.

The Mill Creek Sprouts’ opens on August 15th! ¬†This is Sprouts’ 18th state- so exciting! ¬†I can hardly wait- you could say I’ll be there with bells on. So what makes their shopping experience so special. ¬†Well, several reasons. One of the biggest reasons I’ve loved shopping there is because they offer fresh, natural, and organic foods at great prices!

Why I Love Shopping at Sprouts:

  • It’s my one stop shop for eating real, whole foods. ¬†I can buy not only my produce there, but my meat, dairy products, natural body care and household items. ¬†They cover the whole spectrum when it comes to health and wellness. I can get all I need in one trip! ¬†Something that makes this mama very happy.
  • Sprouts’ makes eating healthy affordable. ¬†Often you hear eating healthy is expensive. ¬†But when shopping at Sprouts’ you can be sure you’re getting the best deal. ¬†They make healthy eating accessible for anyone. ¬†They just recently opened their 300th location! ¬†Their produce selection alone is always 20%-25% lower than traditional grocery stores.
  • They carry around 18,000 products, 90 percent of which are natural or organic! How cool is it to know you’re shopping at a grocery store that takes natural and organic food seriously and embraces healthy living.
  • I love how specific Sprouts’ gets with their quality and product selection. ¬†When shopping at Sprouts’ you can know exactly what you’re buying with their specific health attributes. ¬†For ex. you can see if meat is grassfed, or if cheese is raw or organic by their easy to read labels. ¬†They also have highly trained butchers that can cut anything to your liking, share tips, best practices and recipes. ¬†Plus, they are able to sell quality meat that’s never frozen.
  • Great for healthy on the go. ¬†Their market deli is a great option for those who are in a hurry and need quick options for eating real food. ¬†You can make your own sandwiches, grab a fresh juice, grab some salad from the salad bar or soup.
  • One of my favorite things is the wide array of natural body and beauty options available. ¬†I literally can grab some deodorant and toothpaste when picking up my groceries- I love how easy Sprouts’ makes living a natural lifestyle. ¬†You can even grab your supplements from there too! ¬†Say goodbye to running to several different stores- Sprouts’ has streamlined the whole experience.
  • Their weekly ads. ¬†Their weekly ads are great because you can see what’s on sale! ¬†They organize it so well from bulk sales, produce sales, dairy, etc. ¬†Making it so easy to help plan out your meals based on what’s on sale.
  • Sprouts’ App. ¬†The Sprouts’ app is something I just discovered but will be using a ton! ¬†It shows you their weekly ads easily, offers mobile coupons to save the most on items you love and helps you earn check marks on certain purchases with their Checkout Challenges. ¬†When you earn check marks you’re able to unlock instant rewards at checkout.

As you can see there are so many reasons to love Sprouts’! ¬†One of the things I noticed right away with Sprouts’ was how it didn’t feel overwhelming. ¬†Many times grocery stores are so large and you can get lost but not with Sprouts’. ¬†Yet, I love how it’s bigger than many small health food stores. ¬†I don’t feel like I have to stop anywhere else because Sprouts’ offers it all.

I can’t wait for you all to experience Sprouts’! ¬†If you’re in the greater Seattle area then put August 15th on your calendar, Sprouts’ grand opening in Mill Creek. ¬†This is the first Washington store! ¬†For more information on the Mill Creek opening check out the press release here.

Will you be at the Sprouts’ Mill Creek Grand Opening? Have you shopped at Sprouts’ before?

Why I love Raw Veggie Bread

Why I love Raw Veggie Bread

Why I love raw veggie bread? ¬†I thought you would never ask?! ¬†Ok, you actually have and that’s why I’m finally writing this post. ¬†My friend Deanna from @realfoodlab on Instagram is the creator and expert behind raw veggie bread and I totally blame her for getting me hooked- in the BEST possible way!

I remember seeing Deanna post about Raw Veggie Bread before and being totally intrigued by the whole process. ¬†A bread that is full of veggies, ¬†so nutrient dense and actually tastes good? I mean sign me up already! ¬†Even though the bread sounded amazing, I was intimidated to start. ¬†In fact I just didn’t for the longest time. ¬†I had all the tools- dehydrator, veggies and recipes but couldn’t bring myself to make it. ¬†After talking with others I’ve learned I’m not the only one who’s done this! ¬†It does seem intimidating, but can I let you in on a secret? ¬†It’s not! ¬†I don’t know how many people after they started to make it realized how easy it is and wonder why they didn’t start sooner.

Bottom line: Just start making it! ¬†The more you make it the better you’ll get.

One thing I can’t recommend enough is to buy the E-Course from Deanna from @realfoodlab. ¬†It’s the secret sauce! ¬† A lot of people have complained to me that it doesn’t work, or they haven’t gotten their breads to turn out. ¬†But when I ask them if they’ve bought the course they tell me they haven’t. ¬†Trust me when I say the process of making the raw veggie bread will go SO much easier when you buy the E-Course. ¬†Deanna the creator of the course has been doing raw veggie bread for 10 years and knows her stuff. ¬†She literally has come up with over 100 recipes in her E-Book and walks you through the process in her 7 videos in the course too. ¬†If you want to save yourself time and money then get the course! ¬†She knows just the right variations to make the bread turn out great each time.

Get the E-course here!

What does the course include:

  • 103 page eBook that includes raw veggie bread recipe book and manual
  • 7 detailed how-to-video tutorials- learn how to transform boring veggies into tasty breads, wraps and crackers
  • Veggie bread trouble shooting lesson
  • Home-made nut butter tutorial
  • Nut-free and seed-free options
  • Plus, creative ways to get your child to eat more veggies
  • Dozens of low-carb and keto friendly desserts
  • Bonus: Lifetime Acces to bonus recipes and tutorials

It’s kind of amazing the amount of content you get for the price of $79! ¬†I have the course and was blown away by the amount of info. Deanna gave. ¬†I felt so empowered and ready to start making raw veggie bread.

I did an Instagram Live with Deanna recently to help people see how easy it is to make the raw veggie bread and answer some questions. ¬†You can watch the video here! ¬†I also have received a lot of questions since talking about it on Instagram and Facebook. ¬†Below I’m answering all of the most asked questions.

What’s in raw veggie bread?

Veggie bread is a combination of nuts, seeds, veggies, oils, herbs and spices. ¬†The combination gives you such a nutrient punch. ¬†From healthy fats to antioxidants- you’re body will thank you!

How I eat the raw veggie bread?

So many ways! Here are a few of my favorites. ¬†Instead of using a traditional wrap I just use a veggie wrap! ¬†From egg wraps to turkey wraps- I mean if you can wrap it then I veggie wrap it! ¬†I also love cutting up the bread into cracker sizes and using it as a dip in hummus or any other type of dip. ¬†It’s also SO good on it’s own. ¬†The flavors in the raw veggie bread come out so vividly in the bread. ¬†Trust me when I say it will be hard to not stop eating it. ¬†It’s addicting! ¬†We also love using it as a patty for hamburgers, the list is endless.

I’ve never eaten so many veggies in my life!

How many times a week do I make it?

I make the raw veggie bread twice a week usually. ¬†I make two batches typically each time. ¬†It ends up accounting for two recipes I make from Deanna’s eBook. ¬†The dehydrator has trays and I end up with 4 trays filled each time I make it. ¬†Sometimes 5 trays depending on the recipe. ¬†This is split between my husband and two daughters who are 3 1/2 and 17 months. ¬†They like eating their raw veggie bread with hummus especially!

Do you buy your produce all at once?

I do! ¬†I buy everything on Sunday usually and then will make a batch that day and then another batch on Wednesday night or Thursday. ¬†This ensures we always have veggie bread. ¬†I’ve learned my veggies are great even after being in the fridge for a couple days. ¬†If you’re concerned about your veggies going bad, check out these OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper !

Do you store veggie bread in fridge or on counter?

I store my veggie bread on the counter in a Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag usually. ¬†If we are going to be gone and not eat it right away I’ll store it in the fridge. But we eat it so quick I never have to worry about it going bad! ¬†If you like your veggie bread extra moist, then you may want to stick it in the fridge just to make sure it doesn’t get moldy.

What dehydrator do you use?

Yes, a dehydrator does make the raw veggie bread work. ¬†Some people have asked if they can use an oven. ¬†You could try but the whole point is to keep all the enzymes intact by using a temp of 115 or lower. ¬†Deanna goes over this in her course too. ¬†I use the Excalibur dehydrator. ¬†There are many different models. ¬†But they all look about the same and work great! ¬†You can get them off Amazon for a great deal, especially if you get a used one. ¬†Typically the used ones aren’t really used but just opened and then returned. ¬†A great way for you to save some money!

One thing I wanted to mention too is the kale chip recipes you get in the eBook. ¬†I’ve never tasted kale chips that were so good until I had Deanna from @realfoodlab kale chips- SO tasty! ¬†We makes these weekly and my daughters love them too.

Deanna answers so many questions in her course too.  If you want to take your healthy eating to the next level then get the course and start becoming a raw bread machine!  Get the course here! 

 

SaveSave

SaveSave

Organic City Guide

Frankie & Jo’s

Traveling and want to know the best organic places to eat!? Me too! These haunts are the best of the best in organic dining and I am so excited to share them with you. As buzz words continue to drive business there are more and more restaurants claiming to be “local” “natural” “sustainable” or “organic” but the proof is in the ingredients and sourcing and my standards do not waiver. Choosing only the best of the best to list here. Also, if you have a suggestion please send it along, I am always looking for the next and the best!

Also, I’ve teamed up with my girl Lisa over at This Organic Girl to build out this list. Lisa is a real OG (organic girl) and her standards are as sharp, if not sharper, than mine and she has some must-try organic joints. Check out her list at This Organic Girl which includes Boston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Las Vegas, New York City, San Fransisco, San Diego and Tampa/Clearwater, Santa Monica and more to come.

This list is live and will be changing as I visit and try more fun organic/clean hot spots! ¬†I’ll be sure to post of upcoming trips so you guys can offer your top recommendations.

Atlanta

Boston

Charlotte

Denver/Boulder

Root Down(Denver)– They have one of these at the airport and it’s heavenly. ¬†Over 50% of their ingredients are sourced locally in Colorado. They use pasture raised meats and that are fed non-gmo feed. ¬†They have a 4,000 sq. ft. garden in the middle of the city, where they grow 20% of their seasonal vegetables. ¬†They use biodegradable cleaning products and paper products are all made from post-consumer unbleached recycled paper. ¬†Their colorado lamb sliders and coconut ginger fizz are worth the trip every time.

True Food Kitchen(Denver)–¬†¬†Another True Food. ¬†They cater to every type of foodie. ¬†From gluten free, organic, vegan, and vegetarian. ¬†They serve a variety of dishes, from bowls, burgers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches. ¬†I love their kale aid and their grass fed steak tacos!

Blooming BeetsРOrganic and local whenever possible. 100% gluten and grain free. Meats are locally caught, pasture raised or grass fed.  No soy, corn, processed sugars or seed oils. Instead they use coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.  They even have an AIP(auto-immune protocol) menu, veggie menu and vegetarian menu!  For an appetizer get their brussel sprouts and bacon wrapped dates.

Las Vegas

L.A.(many of these have various locations around the area)

Sidecar Donuts– I don’t have donuts anymore, for many reasons but sometimes I would love to be able to have one…I mean you got to live a little. ¬†Sidecar makes it possible because they make gluten free donuts! ¬†They offer one flavor daily that’s gluten free. ¬†It’s worth every bite. ¬†And no there’s nothing organic about them!

True Food KitchenРThey cater to every type of foodie.  From gluten free, organic, vegan, and vegetarian.  They serve a variety of dishes, from bowls, burgers, pizzas, salads and sandwiches.  I love their kale aid and their grass fed steak tacos!

Cafe GratitudeРPlant based restaurant.  Serving organic, local food.  They also support environmentally friendly products.  The environment is hip and fresh too. I could inhale everything but really love their magical CG / double double and their house made gingerale.

Sage Vegan BistroРOrganic, plant based restaurant. Work with local farmers for the freshest ingredients.  Brunch, lunch, and dinner. They also have an assortment of dairy free ice creams. Their potato filled tacos are life giving and their almond butter and banana shake is amazing!

Sunlife Organics– All ingredients are organic, wild-crafted, or grown 100% pesticide free. ¬†Their straws and silverware are compostable. They offer smoothies, cold pressed juices, food/sandwiches, smoothie/acai bowls, salads, and organic frozen yogurt(yes ORGANIC)…it’s a haven for pure goodness! ¬†Try their organic frozen yogurt of course and get their bliss bowl-you won’t regret it!

New York City

Portland(Coming Soon)

San Fransisco

San Diego

Santa Monica

Seattle

Frankie and Jo’s-¬†¬†Ice cream that is vegan, gluten free, soy free and free of any gums or stabilizers. ¬†They’re all handmade. ¬†Most of the ingredients are certified organic and if they’re not, they use local farms that follow organic practices. They also make all their own nut milks in house with sprouted nuts. ¬†Some recipes use organic cane sugar but a lot use maple syrup or dates to sweeten. ¬†Did I mention the gluten free waffle cone that’s sweetened with maple syrup? They offer seasonal flavors, plus staples. ¬†Tahini Chocolate and Salty Caramel Ash are my jam!

Revolve: True Food Wine BarРGluten free, GMO free, soy free, refined sugar free, organic produce, 100% grass fed beef, sustainable wild seafood, organic eggs and organic biodynamic wine.  Everything is made fresh daily.  They serve brunch, lunch, dinner and smoothies.  Get the biscuits and gravy! The biscuits are made with cauliflower.

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe– Local, 90-97% organic, vegan. Over 90% of their waste is hand sorted, recycled or composted. They’re serious about their food and environmental impact. Get The Famous Lentil Burger and try a smoothie!

Portage Bay Cafe– One of my faves! Local, organic and sustainable. ¬†They serve breakfast and lunch. ¬†Always so packed. ¬†Their Jo’s Scramble and Buckwheat Pancakes are delicious. ¬†If you order pancakes, waffles, or french toast you get a trip to their topping bar to eat as much local, organic fruits and homemade whip you can handle!

Sweetgrass FoodРLocal, mostly organic, vegan and responsibly sourced ingredients. I am a fan of their Melbourne Smoothie and Mira Bars.  Their Mira bars are amazing! They have bowls and great salads.  I like making my own bowl. Really fun modern space.

Homegrown– Soups, salads, sandwiches. ¬†Local, organic and sustainable. ¬†They even have their own farm. Their breads are made fresh from a local bakery-yes even their gluten free bread. ¬†They have a kid’s menu, seasonal flavors, and also serve breakfast. ¬†Their tomato soup is amazing, and so is their chicken pesto sandwich. They’re all about composting too!

Pressed Juicery– A vegan option for a treat! ¬†They have freezes (basically frozen yogurt) made with almond milk and sweetened with dates. ¬†They also serve cold pressed juices. ¬†They aren’t organic.

8oz. BurgerРLocal, organic and sustainable.  They use grass fed beef for their burgers.  Juicy and delicious, just the way a burger should be.  I love the classic burger but they all are good!

Lifestyle-

Julep Nail Parlor– This nail parlor is chic and luxe. ¬†All their polishes are 5-free. ¬†They autoclave all their bowls and implements(medical grade sanitation). ¬†They don’t do any acrylic nails. ¬†No strong smell. ¬†They also use better quality products during their service. ¬†All their products are not completely clean however, so I still like to bring my favorites with me.

Tampa/Clearwater

Pin It on Pinterest