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Avocado Adoration

Ah, Avocado.  How Do I Adore you?  Let Me Count the Ways... 

  • I love that your decadence tastes sinfully delicious, yet it’s the “healthiest” of fats.
  • I love that you make my skin beautiful. The antioxidants in avocados help to get rid of toxins that promote premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. A lot of the toxins on your facial skin are the residue of makeup. Applying 1 mashed avocado as a facial mask and leaving it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing will help to remove these toxins and soften the skin. I promise, in the end, you will not look like the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • I love to use you as a spread on my Ezekiel bread toast with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt, and red pepper flakes.
  • I love that you make my hair shiny.  One avocado mashed and mixed together with 1 egg and your favorite essential oil is great for conditioning your hair. The healthy oils in the avocado help to moisturize and soften dry and brittle hair, and the vitamin E helps to restore a natural shine to your hair. To obtain these benefits simply massage the avocado and egg mixture into your hair and scalp and leave in for about 20 minutes. Then wash and condition with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
  • I love to use you in my salads.  Any kind of salad.
  • I love to use you on my sandwiches in place of any other condiment.
  • I love that you literally complete me.  Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body, because avocados also contain fiber. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian or vegan seeking more protein, avocados are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet. Highest protein content of any fruit (yes, it’s a fruit).
  • I love to use you in my smoothies to add some creamy richness.
  • I love that you help me with my ABCs.  While avocados have a high caloric count (one avocado is 320 calories), the various nutrients and “healthy” fats make it a must-eat. They are an alphabet of vitamins. One avocado provides your body with vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, along with an enormous amount of potassium and “healthy” fat. Perhaps the biggest health benefit of avocados is that by adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients. This means that when you combine other fat burning foods with avocado, you can improve your nutrient absorption up to 400%!

 Yes, I am truly obsessed!



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Dairy? You Decide...

The topic of 'dairy' often comes up in my Green Smoothie Classes. There is no dairy in any of the Green Smoothie's I personally make, and/or recommend. Why? I don't believe dairy belongs in MY diet, and certainly not in a smoothie aspiring to be delicious and alkaline forming. My intent of writing about this topic is certainly not to put anyone on the defense. Rather, I encourage you to educate  yourself on the facts regarding dairy. Our culture (and industry) has led us to believe that dairy is a health promoting food, and we should all be eating/drinking it.... in abundance! Also, ask yourself, "Is what I am eating/drinking really working for me'? and "Am I absolutely happy with how my body feels"?
 
Human's are the ONLY mammals that drink another mammals milk. It's pretty ridiculous that dairy is relied on as a health promoting and growth food. There is 300 percent casein(protein) in cow's milk vs. human milk. Casein help cows develop huge bones in a very short period of time. The natural purpose of cow's milk is to feed baby cows. Our human bodies simply do not the the necessary enzymes, such as lactose, to break down cow's milk. The casein co-agulateds in the stomach and is very difficult to break down. We have all heard the news about how it is necessary to consume calcium in order to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. But statistics show that bone issue like osteoporosis and hip fractures are more frequent in populations where dairy is highly consumed. 1
  
Now you might want to sit down for this -- Dairy products are the leading cause of allergies in children. Diary foods sensitize the mucus membranes in a child and increase their sensitivity to other foreign substance, like pollen and dust. You might notice that kiddos who consume a lot of dairy are more prone to ear infections, colds, and other respiratory infections. Dairy is also one of the most mucus -forming foods there is. If you are suffering with a cold and/or cough, certainly give up dairy today! You will notice a huge difference immediately. Also, since dairy is very acidic forming, clogging and hard to digest, consuming it regular will not help you lose extra weight.
  
If you are looking to dairy for calcium, I encourage you to make a shift towards dark. leafy green vegetables and nuts and seeds. These foods are naturally high in calcium, and very easily processed and absorbed by the body. They are also very alkaline forming.
  
Don't think you can give up dairy? Then don't. But, if you are up for an experiment, and are curious if cutting out dairy will change your body, your complexion, and your energy level, then go for it! Try eliminating dairy for 5-7 days. Check in with your bod and see how you feel.... I am confidant it will thank you! Also, if you do try the experiment, I would love to hear from you!
  
 
1. Dr. Joe Fuhrman, Eat to Live (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2003), 84
 

 LINK to --> Dairy, You Decide! 



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Blend it or Juice it? Where is the L O V E?

Lately, the most popular question I hear is "What is the difference between blending (smoothies) and juicing (fresh pressed juices)"?  If you are curious about the same thing, then today is the day to find out.
 
They are both my very favorite! Honestly, I would never pit one against the other. Both are very cleansing and healing. If you do it up right, these beautiful beverages are chock-full of life-promoting whole foods that your body needs to rejuvenate, restore health and bring into homeostasis. Fresh vegetables and fruit nourish every cell in the body, help prevent disease, flush the system of waste. They also contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes that literally give you 'super immunity'.  Some days my body craves a smoothie, and other days juicing hits the spot. Most days I do both! The alkalizing health benefits are endless - allergy reducer, clear acne, weight-loss, radiant skin and better digestion to name a few.
 
Benefits of Juicing
Juicing is 'fast food"! According to Jason Vale, "Juicing is the best way to get raw liquid nutrients into your body". Juicing squeezes or spins the fruit/vegetable and strips the fiber out. Now don't freak out, I know what you are thinking about removing fiber when the goal is 40 grams of fiber per day. Juicing liberates trapped enzymes, vitamins and a host of minerals, and sets them free to be absorbed in the cells of the body within 15 minutes of drinking it. Drinking fresh juices requires almost zero digestion, thus saves energy and allows the body to rest, detoxify and cleanse. Another huge plus is the large amount of vegetables you are able to put into your body. 
 
There are several different types of juicers on the market. My suggestion is to look for a juicer that matches your lifestyle and budget.  

Benefits of Blending
Jamming a blender full of delightful whole-food goodness is the perfect way to start a day, recover from a workout and boost immunity.  Smoothies (green smoothies) are literal 'super-food", giving us the the ability to consume an abundance of leafy greens in a very easy, body- nourishing, easily digestible way. Green smoothies are an excellent weight-loss gateway because of the high-water, and high-fiber to fill you up and hydrate your body. Another thing I love about smoothies are all the 'add-in's" you can toss in and blend like maca, spirulina, goji berries, flax, chia seeds and hemp hearts. Smoothies are so easy to blend and go! Smoothies are best tasting when cold, and will last for several days in the fridge if necessary. 
 
My Vitamix is my very best friend and I guard it with my life, but any blender will do just fine. 
 
Remember, your body is a beautiful gift, and you only get one in this life, so nourish and love it up! Stock your refrigerator and pantry for success, being prepared is key. Try swapping your regular junky (processed) foods and drinks for a freshly extracted juice and/or smoothie, add some daily exercise, and watch both your mental and physical health improve! 

If you are curious, and want to begin zooming up smoothies, which I strongly believe is the 'gateway' to healthier habits,please join me for a Green Smoothie Class. I will teach you how this simple, fast, body-nourishing concoction can brighten skin, improve digestion,jazz up energy and begin changing your palette for better health.
 
To sharing green LOVE,
Kaelyn 


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Spicy Lentil Taco's - Two Ways!

A few weeks ago, I was doing the nightly “what do I want to eat (and cook) for dinner” routine. Lucky for me I had picked up some steamed lentils from Trader Joe’s. I make a divine summer salad that includes lentils, but that particular recipe was not quite hitting the spot. I only had a slight idea of where my next steps were going to take me, but next thing I knew, a beautiful high protein, low in calories, nutrition packed dinner was right before my eyes. I must admit that I was a little impressed with myself. This girl loves an experiment gone right! 

I was also reminded of how much I love lentils!  Lentils are legumes - beautiful & tasty. They help reduce blood cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, are high in fiber and are an excellent source of protein. Twenty-six percent of lentil’s calories are attributed to protein, which makes them a fabulous source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Lentils also provide important minerals and  B-vitamins. Just 230 calories for a whole cup of cooked lentils. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! My family likes tortilla's and a little cheese with their taco's ... viola .. two way Spicy Lentil Taco’s.

Spicy Lentil Taco's - Two Ways -  Serves 6 

1 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
1 organic onion, finely diced
3 organic garlic cloves, minced
1 package steamed lentils - (This is one recipe where I really like skipping a step)
2 - 3 tbsp water
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1/2 tsp organic cumin, dried
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp fresh organic cilantro
*Adjust spices to your liking (green chili would be awesome!)

In a large skillet or wok, heat olive oil on medium. Add onions, garlic & pinch of sea salt. Sauté for about 8 minutes. Add lentils with a little bit of water to help break them apart. Add seasonings and heat through. Remove from heat once warm.

2 organic avocados, roughly mashed
2 organic carrots, julienned
1/2 half head organic romaine lettuce, finely chopped
Handful sunflower sprouts or micro-greens
Fresh salsa
Fresh organic lime wedges - squeeze prior to feasting
Whole organic romaine lettuce leaves, or organic soft corn tortilla (read the label to avoid nasty additives)
Shredded cheese - if you please

Vegan Style - Lettuce wrap

Lay out romaine lettuce leaves, add lentil mix, carrots, avocado, salsa, sprouts and fresh lime.

Soft taco Style-

Arrange all ingredients in a taco. Add a sprinkle of cheese if you like.



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KP's Fresh Green Juice...

Happy Memorial Weekend! I was lucky enough to  spend most of the weekend with my darling mother in law. What a lovely and dear lady she is to me. Her visits always leave my heart feeling a little heavy, yet inspired to be more kind, graceful and patient. 

We spent as much time as possible whipping up fun concoctions in my kitchen. I wanted to share her favorite... KP’s Morning Green Alkaline Juice. I usually juice in the morning, but then again, sometimes it is a three times a day ritual. I can almost bet that she will be the proud owner of her very own juicer by tomorrow at noon. I love you Jules, please come again soon.

This juice is a beautiful way to start your day. It leaves your body feeling fresh, ENERGIZED and cleansed... all the while plumping up your cells with chlorophyll, minerals and more! Serious beauty food.

KP’s Morning Green Juice

1/2 organic cucumber

2 snipped mounds of wheatgrass

1 organic red or green apple

5 organic lacinato kale leaves

4 organic celery stalks

10 sprigs of parsley - (got to get all the blood detoxification possible)

1 organic lemon



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STIR-FRY VEGETABLES - COCONUT, GINGER & GARLIC

Dinner tonight?...

Think quick, FRESH, nourishing and insanely delicious! All you need for this beautiful concoction is a variety of vegetables, a fresh avocado, and a can of organic black beans... and if you feel so inclined, a batch of organic quinoa or wild brown rice. This recipe is chock full of nutrition, and makes for very delightful leftovers! Please feel free to use whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand. This version is vegetarian, but grilled chicken or sauted tofu would compliment nicely.

STIR-FRY VEGETABLES - COCONUT, GINGER & GARLIC - Serves 4
For you athletes out there -Coconut oil, unlike regular saturated fats which are stored in the cells, this fat is utilized in the liver (very good thing), where it is converted as energy closely resembling glucose.

2 tbsp unrefined organic coconut oil
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 cloves of organic garlic minced
1/2 organic onion finely chopped
2 organic carrots, cut on the diagonal
1 cup organic broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces

1 organic red or yellow bell pepper

1 baby bok choy, chopped
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach 

1 handful of your favorite sprouts or raw organic nuts to top
Splash of tamari

In a stir-fry pan heat coconut oil with ginger, garlic and onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add carrots, broccoli & peppers, cook until broccoli is bright green. Add bok choy & spinach until starts to wilt. Finish by adding spouts and nuts/seeds. Remove from heat. Splash of tamari.

*Serve with avocado, organic black beans and/or organic wild rice.


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Easy Raw Veggie Wraps...

I love Spring! It is a beautiful, calm and sunshining day here in New Mexico...amazing! This is my favorite time of year, that is when it is not blowing gale force wind. Today has me feeling fresh, inspired and happy! Lunch time is upon us and I just whipped up the most beautiful, nourshing and tasty lunch. I feel inspired to share my RAW Veggie Wrap recipe. Today, I had not planned ahead and did not have soaked almonds* ready. I compiled all the vegetables, sliced an avocado and sprinkled with a little sea salt/ sea veg.

Try it out. I would love to hear what you think!! 

*Soaked nuts are activated nuts! Soaking nuts is essential for deactivating the nutrients to make nuts minerals more digestible. By activating the life force energy within and prepares it to germinate. Soaked and sprouted nuts contain more vitamins and minerals than un-soaked nuts. A friend of mine, who normally can not eat raw nuts without getting mouth sores, has no issues eating activated nuts. 

Happy Weekend!

Kaelyn 


Raw Veggie Wraps - Gluten Free, Vegan 
Ingredients:
2/3 cups almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups water)
1 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt (divided)
2 ripe avocados (peeled and pitted)
3 carrots (cut into thin strips)
2 red bell peppers (cut into thin strips)
4 ounces pea shoots or daikon radish sprouts (or both)
4 ounces bean sprouts
8 large very fresh Swiss chard leaves (cut in half lengthwise and center rib removed)

Sometimes I make these without the almonds. Simply cut up the veggies... and roll. Easy, simple... delicious!
Directions:
Drain almonds thoroughly and place in a food processor, along with flax oil, basil, 2 teaspoons lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt. Process until well chopped and nearly smooth. Scrape into a small bowl, cover, and set aside.
Mash avocado with a pinch of sea salt into a smooth purée.
Spread a small amount of avocado mixture on the underside of the swiss chard leaf, and a spoonful of the almond mixture. Add a mixture of all the veggie's and roll up!


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Glory to All Things.... GREEN

Green vegetables are almost non-existent in most people's diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to detoxing, beauty and health. When you nourish your beautiful body with with greens, you will naturally crowd out the nasty foods that age and make you sick. Greens help alkalize the body, sweep out waste and build up  strengthening the blood and respiratory system. Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy.

Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. No kidding! They are chock full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micro-nutrients and phytochemicals. Green vegetable average about 50 percent of total calories in the form of PROTEIN! Whenever possible, choose organic. But eating non-organic greens is much better than not eating any greens at all.

Some of the benefits of eating dark leafy greens are:

-Blood purification
-Cancer prevention
-Improved circulation
-Strengthened immune system
-Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
-Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
-Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
-Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
-Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus 
The possible greens choices are endless. Find greens that you love and eat them often. When you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and try greens that you’ve never heard of before. Broccoli is very popular among adults and children. Each stem is like a tree trunk, giving you strong, grounding energy. Rotate between spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, napa cabbage, kale (my favorite), collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion and other leafy greens. Green cabbage is great cooked or raw, or in the form of sauerkraut. Arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun and wild greens are generally eaten raw, but can be consumed in any creative way you enjoy.  

Cooking Greens

Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, sautéing in healthy oils, or lightly pickling, as in a pressed salad. Boiling makes greens plump and relaxed. Boil for under a minute so that the nutrients in the greens do not get lost in the water. You can also drink the cooking water as a health-giving broth or tea if you’re using organic greens. Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which is great for people who are trying to lose weight. Raw salad is also a wonderful preparation for greens, or adding them to a smoothie (my favorite). It’s refreshing, cooling and supplies live super charged enzymes.

When some people hear “leafy green vegetables,” they often think of iceberg lettuce, but the ordinary, pale lettuce in restaurant salads does not come close to the power-packed goodness of other greens. Get into the habit of adding these dark, leafy green vegetables to your daily diet. Feeling green yet? Try it out something new, see how you feel... your new energized body will thank you.