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Blended Greens | What This Daily Habit Did For Me

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A daily dose of blended greens did something amazing to my skin and nails. I started this habit after reading The Food Baby Way and thought the benefits would be internal, I never thought I would notice a difference externally! #thefoodbabeway

Before you scroll past this post hear me out on this one.

A few weeks ago I read The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days! and implemented a few of her daily habits. Most of the habits I was already doing so adding just a few to my routine was no problem at all. 

The first habit I started the day after I read this book was drinking a warm glass of freshly squeezed lemon water with a few dashes of cayenne pepper. Now I'll admit, this one is rough for me. I'm used to coffee first thing in the morning and warm lemon water with cayenne pepper is not exactly tasty. However, I'm doing it. And in just two weeks it's now part of my morning routine. In all honesty, I suck that water down through a straw as quickly as possible. :) 

The second habit that I started right after reading the book is drinking a green drink every single day. No no, come back. Just keep reading. 

One morning I woke up

and instead of looking in the mirror and seeing a red splotchy face with big pores, there was no redness at all and my pores were tiny! It almost appeared as if I had foundation on. Whaaaat? How did this happen? I've been waking up with a red splotchy face and big pores for ages now.

THEN a few days later

I noticed that my fingernails were growing like crazy and they were STRONG! My entire life my nails would grow to a certain point and then break! All of this was happening just two weeks after I started drinking blended greens on a daily basis. I'm excited to see what else happens in the future as a result of this newly formed habit!

I really wish I had a before picture so I could show everyone the difference. I've been paying closer attention to the keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms and it's already less noticeable which is usually unheard of at this time of year when the weather is really dry. 

A daily dose of blended greens did something amazing to my skin and nails. I started this habit after reading The Food Baby Way and thought the benefits would be internal, I never thought I would notice a difference externally! #thefoodbabewayGreens like kale and spinach on their own are not the greatest tasting thing to drink. Adding wheat grass makes it that much "greener" tasting. However, adding frozen pineapple completely changes the taste! You can add as little or as much pineapple as you would like and if you are new to drinking greens, I would probably start out with quite a bit of pineapple (3/4 cup or so). Now that I've become accustomed to the taste, and actually crave it daily, I've brought my pineapple down to between 1/4 - 1/2 cup.

A daily dose of blended greens did something amazing to my skin and nails. I started this habit after reading The Food Baby Way and thought the benefits would be internal, I never thought I would notice a difference externally! #thefoodbabeway

To make a blended green drink, add roughly 1 cup of kale, 1 scoop of wheat grass, and as much or as little frozen pineapple as you would like. Then add about 3/4 cup of water (or more) and blend. Instead of keeping my kale in the refrigerator, I put the container right in the freezer so my drink is that much colder when I make it.

A daily dose of blended greens did something amazing to my skin and nails. I started this habit after reading The Food Baby Way and thought the benefits would be internal, I never thought I would notice a difference externally! #thefoodbabewayI'm a big fan of our NutriBullet Magic Bullet. It takes seconds to blend everything together and takes up very little counter space. It came with 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, 1 flat blade and 1 emulsifying blade, 2 re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes. If you want to add smoothies or blended drinks to your diet, I would go with this product because it's easy to use, it's dishwasher safe, and pulverizes frozen fruits, veggies, & more. And most importantly, it's affordable.

A daily dose of blended greens did something amazing to my skin and nails. I started this habit after reading The Food Baby Way and thought the benefits would be internal, I never thought I would notice a difference externally! #thefoodbabeway

If you want to introduce more greens into your diet, give blended greens a try. Try it for a minimum of 21 days, pay close attention to your body, and then come back and let me know if you found any changes.

A daily dose of blended greens did something amazing to my skin and nails. I started this habit after reading The Food Baby Way and thought the benefits would be internal, I never thought I would notice a difference externally! #thefoodbabewayIf you are interested in reading The Food Babe Way: Break Free from the Hidden Toxins in Your Food and Lose Weight, Look Years Younger, and Get Healthy in Just 21 Days!, I highly suggest the hardcover edition. The entire time I was reading this book, I made notes in the margins, put Post-it Note flags on pages that I knew I would reference, and flagged the pages with product and website suggestions. 

 

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Two Ingredient Blueberry Dessert

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2 Ingredient Frozen Blueberry Dessert! Crazy easy to make and so good for you!

Lately I can't read enough about healthy eating. I've become obsessed with making sure I am feeding my body the best possible foods out there. I've learned that reading a book about making positive changes in my life, nutrition, or fitness has a greater impact on me than verbal conversation or recorded multimedia. But I'm not here to tell you what to eat and how to treat your body. I will let nutritionist like Jonny Bowden or food activist like Vani Hari (aka The Food Babe) do that. However, I do like to share easy recipes. This recipe, if you can even call it that, just happens to be healthy and a great alternative to ice cream (for those of you who have a sweet tooth). Chances are you probably have both ingredients already in your home. 

Last month I read Jonny Bowden's The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What You Should Eat and Why and found that many of the experts on nutrition in the "Ask the Experts" section listed blueberries as one of their top 10 food items that they actually eat. 

Well that's awesome because I love blueberries, especially frozen ones.

2 Ingredient Frozen Blueberry Dessert! Crazy easy to make and so good for you!

In the book mentioned above, Jonny Bowden shared one of his favorite ways to enjoy blueberries.

It's simply frozen blueberries and milk. 

2 Ingredient Frozen Blueberry Dessert! Crazy easy to make and so good for you!

Simply pour 1 cup of frozen blueberries in a bowl and add a 1/2 cup of milk. 

2 Ingredient Frozen Blueberry Dessert! Crazy easy to make and so good for you!

Within a few seconds, the milk starts to freeze around the blueberries so be sure to stir it all slowly otherwise it will become one frozen chunk. 

2 Ingredient Frozen Blueberry Dessert! Crazy easy to make and so good for you!

The more you stir it (slowly) the more coated the blueberries will become with the ice milk. After a minute or two all of the liquid milk will disappear and most of the blueberries will be coated. 

2 Ingredient Frozen Blueberry Dessert! Crazy easy to make and so good for you!
Now if the thought of eating frozen blueberries is already hurting your teeth, you'll be happy to know that the ice milk on the outside of the blueberry actually helps thaw the inside of the blueberry. It's so delicious that you would never guess you are eating something healthy. Depending on the type of milk you use, you are looking at a dessert under 200 good-for-you calories with no added sugar. 

You can do this with other frozen fruit like cherries and maybe even diced strawberries. I have tried it with the cherries and even added a little bit of 70% dark chocolate. It reminded me of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. 

So the next time you have a craving for ice cream, give this a try. Be sure to come back and let me know what you think. 

 

Caprese Tuna Salad

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Try this Caprese Tuna Salad and you may never want mayonnaise-based tuna salad again! Made with an olive oil dressing and fresh mozzarella! I eat this after a grueling strength training session because it a good mix of carbs and protein. Now that I'm training 3 days a week with a personal trainer at the gym, I'm not so afraid to eat carbs like I was before. In the September 2014 issue of Runner's World magazine, there were some really great post-run pasta dish recipes. These recipes provide the ideal mix of protein and carbs to help you recover after a run or heavy strength training session. A favorite of mine and my husband is this Caprese Tuna Salad. It's a nice change from the classic mayonnaise-based tuna salad that most of us are used to. And it's also a much healthier version as well.  

This is an easy enough recipe to prep on Sunday and have ready for lunches all week long. One of the biggest downfalls of those trying to lose excess weight or maintain their weight is not being prepared. Having meals prepared for the week allows me to make better choices when I don't have a lot of time to make lunch. 

Caprese Tuna Salad

Try this Caprese Tuna Salad and you may never want mayonnaise-based tuna salad again! Made with an olive oil dressing and fresh mozzarella! I eat this after a grueling strength training session because it a good mix of carbs and protein.

  • 5 cups 100% whole grain penne or fusilli pasta
  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) water or olive oil packed albacore tuna (it's best to use a brand like Wild Planet to avoid the massive amounts of mercury in tuna)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 6 ounces (or more if you want) of bocconcini or fresh mozzarella, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained (optional - I do not add these)

 

Try this Caprese Tuna Salad and you may never want mayonnaise-based tuna salad again! Made with an olive oil dressing and fresh mozzarella! I eat this after a grueling strength training session because it a good mix of carbs and protein.

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or use 1/2 teaspoon prepared garlic)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh basil for garnish (I skipped this because I did not have any)

Step #1 Cook penne or fusilli according to package directions but cut the cooking time short by a few minutes to avoid the pasta being too mushy in the salad. The pasta will soak up the dressing so yo will want to cook it until it's al dente. 

Step #2 Prepare the dressing by mixing all of the ingredients together well. 

Step #3 After the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse under cold water. 

Step #4 Add all ingredients together in a large bowl and pour dressing. Mix well until everything is coated with the dressing. Refrigerate and serve cold. 

 

Try this Caprese Tuna Salad and you may never want mayonnaise-based tuna salad again! Made with an olive oil dressing and fresh mozzarella! I eat this after a grueling strength training session because it a good mix of carbs and protein.

This is a recipe you may want to keep in mind for picnics and potlucks because it's not your classic tuna salad and it seems like these days more and more people are drawn to trying new recipes. 

 

 

Brandy Slush Holiday Drink Recipe

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This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!

I am so looking forward to a bit of relaxing during Christmas and New Years. Christmas Eve is going to be spent with my husband's family and this year my sister-in-law decided it was going to be a themed evening - with pjs! When she suggested the idea, I was all for it! A night of relaxing, gift giving, and good food in my Christmas themed pjs? Absolutely! The only thing left to add is a cocktail in my hand. A glass of wine can be nice, but the holidays are special and deserve a special cocktail. 

Christmastime + cocktails = brandy slush! 

For as far back as I can remember, my mom had been making brandy slush in big ice cream containers for holidays parties. Of course as I kid I never had any, but I did fill my glass with Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP®.

If you have never made brandy slush before, here is a great recipe from my mom. The trick to this drink is having both Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® on hand for the mixer. The Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® give the brandy slush a unique taste making it either citrus flavored or ginger flavored. 

Brandy Slush Holiday Drink Recipe

This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!

  • 2 cups brandy
  • 7 cups cold water
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 4 tea bags steeped in 2 cups water
  • 12 oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 6 oz of lemonade frozen concentrate (thawed)
  • 6 oz of lime frozen concentrate (thawed)
  • 2-liter bottle each of Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP®.

Step #1 Steep 4 tea bags in 2 cups of hot water. 

Step #2 Mix together brandy, 7 cups cold water, and sugar in a stockpot and bring to a boil. Once it boils, turn off the heat.

Step #3 Remove tea bags and pour tea into brandy and sugar mixture in stockpot. 

Step #4 Add orange juice, lemonade, and lime concentrate to stockpot and mix well.

This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!

Step #5 Once it's slightly cooled, use a glass measuring cup to pour mixture into a gallon ice cream container or divide into smaller freezer safe containers.

Step #6 Freeze for at least 24 hours. 

This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!

I divided mine into three 5-cup containers so I can use for different parties. Try to keep the brandy slush frozen up until you plan on using it. There is no need to thaw it out since this is a slush anyways. 

This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!

Scoop a little into your glass and top with either Canada Dry Ginger Ale® or 7UP®. I prefer Canada Dry Ginger Ale®. So, so good. 

This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!I'm not sure I can wait until Christmas Eve to have a brandy slush. And once the kids see the Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® chilling in the fridge, they will definitely be asking to have some. 

This brandy slush recipe is SO good! Top with Canada Dry Ginger Ale or 7UP and enjoy!!Walmart carries most varieties of both Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® in cans and bottles. Instead of using the classic 7UP® you could try this brandy slush topped with Cherry 7UP® - that sounds real good too! 

Are you ready to relax this holiday? Go ahead and try this budget friendly Brandy Slush Holiday Drink Recipe with Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® and chances are, while you are sipping your drink on Christmas Eve, I will be too - in my Christmas pjs! Cheers! 

 

Christmas Cookie Recipe: Italian Chocolate Cookies (also known as Dudu's or Tetu's)

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Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad

This past weekend my husband and I started our last ever cookie making marathon in Wisconsin. By next Christmas I hope that we are already settled in our new home in Minnesota. In case you missed my big news in this post, come spring or early summer after our house sells we are moving to Rochester, MN. I have been talking a lot lately about the many "lasts" that I am experiencing this holiday season and it's my way of hopefully never forgetting any of it. Every holiday season we make hundreds and hundreds of just one kind of cookie. In my family it's known simply as "the chocolate cookie" and over the years a few family members have called them "Nonna cookies". Unfortunately, Nonna is no longer able to make these cookies and between her unwritten recipe, my uncle's version, and my mom's version, I now have my own version. I don't want to brag or anything, but according to some family, my "Christmas cookie recipe" is the best. My gramma, otherwise known as Nonna, has claimed to others "she beat me". It is her way of saying that my cookies turn out better than hers used to. I don't buy it. Hers were still the best. 

Some Italian families may call these Dudu's, and some call them Tetu's. Still, to me they are simply Italian chocolate cookies. I'm sure there are hundreds of variations out there for this cookie. Lots of people add spices or mincemeat to their recipe. I keep my recipe simple. There are two ingredients that I think make the biggest difference in this cookie that I will never substitute; Butter Flavor Crisco and mini chocolate chips. 

This recipe is different from most because you don't use a hand mixer or a stand mixer. It's pretty much impossible. The dough ends up being so thick, and there is so much of it that it all needs to be done by hand. I prefer to use my husband's hands and muscles because it goes much faster that way. I now know why my gramma's shoulders would be sore after making these cookies. It's no easy task.

I have never made just a dozen or so of these cookies. Every single time we make these cookies, we make about 200. Why? Because this is a cookie that everyone wants. This is a cookie that gets made for weddings, baptisms, communions, confirmations, baby showers, Christmas, Easter, and any gathering you can think of. 

Italian Chocolate Cookies
(yields about 200 cookies)

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Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad

  • 5 lbs flour
  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 6 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 can Butter Flavor Crisco
  • milk (the amount you use will depend on how well the batter is mixed)
  • 1 1/2 bags of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 canisters of Nestle Cocoa
  • 2 bags powdered sugar for the frosting

Step #1 Cover an area like your kitchen table with several layers of wax paper (more on this below). Preheat oven to 350°. Get as many cookie sheets ready as you have because the baking process goes quick and the cookie sheets will be in and out of the oven every 6 minutes. Also, it's a good idea to wear a hair net or put your hair in a pony tail. My husband and I give our hands and arms a good "doctor scrub" before we start. Remember, your hands will be doing all the work. 

Step #2 Add flour, sugar, and baking powder into the largest bowl you have. I use the BLANDA BLANK 14" stainless steel bowl from IKEA. Mix well with your hands. 

Step #3 Add the Butter Flavor Crisco to the bowl and mix well. You will know that the Crisco will be mixed into the dry ingredients well enough when the dry ingredients become crumbly. 

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad

Step #4 Make a small well in the bowl and add the eggs, then incorporate into the flour mixture. You can try using a large spatula to do this but I have found over the years that it is still easiest to use your hands. 

Step #5 Once the eggs are mixed in, add the cocoa. You will want to add the cocoa a little at a time. If the dough becomes to dry, you can start adding milk. I usually add about 3/4 cup at a time. 

Step #6 Once the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in, add the chocolate chips. You may want to add a little more milk at this point. But not too much. The dough should not stick to your hands at any time.
Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #adStep #7 Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough, then roll in your hands until smooth. I like to give the dough a few squeezes before I roll it into a ball. 
Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #adStep #8 Place the cookies onto your cookie sheet and place them about an inch or so apart. They do not spread so you can put about a 2 dozen cookies on one cookie sheet. I do not grease my cookie sheet and have never had any problems with the cookies sticking to the bottom. 

Step #9 Place in the oven on the top rack and set your timer for 6 minutes. Don't take them out in 6 minutes though. When the timer goes off, take the first tray and place it on the bottom rack, then put in a new tray and set the timer for another 6 minutes. When that timer is done, take out the tray on the bottom and move the tray on the top rack to the bottom rack and put a new tray on the top rack. Do this over and over until you are done. 

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad

After 12 minutes in the oven of being on the top rack and then the bottom rack, your cookies should have a slight crack on them. The look and size don't change very much when they are finished. I allow my cookies to cool overnight. They end up taking over my kitchen table because there are so many of them! 

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad
The next day I frost my cookies on the wax paper covered kitchen table. If you do not put wax paper under your cookies, you will have a huge sugary mess to clean up. And don't try to get away with using just one layer of wax paper, you will need at least 2. Believe me. 

The frosting recipe that I use is very, very simple. It's powdered sugar and milk. You can make the frosting as thick or thin as you would like. I like making the frosting thick because I like the contrast between the chocolate cookie and the white frosting. 

I empty the entire bag of powdered sugar into my mixing bowl and then add 1/4 cup of milk and stir with a spoon. Usually I just add a bit more of milk and then that's it. Again, I like my frosting thick. My gramma would frost her cookies with her thumb. I dip the tops of my cookies into the frosting. 

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad

The frosting will eventually run down the sides of the cookie and pool next to it. This is why several layers of wax paper is important. After the frosting dries for about a minute, you can then add sprinkles if you want. The red, green, and white sprinkles are what gives them a "Christmas cookie" look. 

Italian Christmas Cookie Recipe - the Italian Chocolate Cookie! Also know as Dedus or Tetus. This is the basic recipe that yields around 200 cookies! #MyPicknSave #Cbias #ad

These are the cookies that my friends are happy to receive every holiday season. I bring them to my friend's annual cookie exchange, I use them for the annual cookie sale for my daughter's choir concert. The kids deliver them to our neighbors right before Christmas and I have them packaged up and ready to go for our favorite cashiers. 

Next Christmas, when we are living in Minnesota, I sure hope we "need" to make as many as we normally do. It would not feel like Christmas if we didn't make hundreds and hundreds of these cookies. Hopefully my new neighbors and friends will enjoy them as much as my current ones do. 

Have you moved to another state where you knew no one? How did you and your family adjust? If you have any advice on how to get to know others and meet new people, please let me know! This is going to be a BIG first for me.

 

 


 
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