Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Starting Mother’s Day Off Healthily! 


With… My favorite morning shake!


1 cup Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt 

1 cup ice cubes

1/2 cup sliced organic strawberries

1/2 cup raspberries 

1 tablespoon chia seeds 

Additions: 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder of choice, 1 cup spinach or kale, or more ice to make it more of an iced shake/sorbet! 

Blend and enjoy! 

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL past, present and future mamas! ❤️❤️❤️


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Beer of Choice




It was such an incredible weekend with beautiful weather and amazing company. Tom’s beer of choice is Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Hoppy Lager. It is a seasonal beer so grab some while you can!  We strongly suggest you try it if you’re a beer lover like Tom!


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PB2… How I love thee!


If you love peanut butter, you have no excuse NOT to get it. It’s basically all natural peanut butter – without the oil! Straight up ground peanuts – 85% less fat, protein packed and amazing!!

I could seriously eat this out of the packaging. But what I do is kind of odd – but it works!

I brew my coffee (12oz).
Add 1 teaspoon of local honey.
I add ice.
Transfer iced coffee into my shaker.
Add one scoop of protein powder (Currently using Raw Fit Protein).
Add 2 tablespoons of PB2 chocolate (made with real, delicious cocoa).
Sh-sh-sh-shhhhhake it.

It’s amazing. Do it. I strongly suggest it. This way, you’re drinking one beverage only, and getting your caffeine intake as well as your meal replacement!

Yum!


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A Zesty Start to the Week – Happy Monday!


With warm lemon water! It was an awesome weekend away I a beautiful place with delicious foods – but one it’s time to get back to that wonderful 80/20 rule. Lemon water has many health benefits such as balancing pH, kick starting your metabolism, getting your digestive system moving and cleansed as well (if you know what I mean!).

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Refreshing Happy Hour Lemonade Beverage

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Refreshing Happy Hour Lemonde Beverage

A fun spin on lemonade! I am not a huge fan of sweet beverages in general due to the Diabetes factor in my life. I generally enjoy tart drinks, and lemonade is one of them! In this recipe you can always add more lemon juice, or honey if you so desire. Instead of soda water and honey, you can add sprite for the same combo. Make it your own!

Ingredients:
1-2oz Vodka of choice. (Dependent on the size of your glass, and how strong you like your drinks)
2T Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1t Honey or sweetener of choice.
Watermelon – cubed
Soda Water (Look at the nutrition label – go for 0g Sodium. Club Soda is usually a safe bet!)
Mint Leaves

Directions:
1. Add 1oz Vodka of choice.
2. Add Lemon Juice & stir.
3. Add Honey & stir gently until honey is dispersed.
4. Fill glass with soda water.
5. Top with as many watermelon cubes as desired.
6. Garnish, or even mix in mint leaves if you like. (Forgot to add them here – Oops!)
7. Let sit for a few minutes to let all flavors combine. Or, stir it up!
8. Sip, and enjoy.


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Juicing: Sometimes You Just Have To Take The Easy Route


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I’m not going to lie – I don’t have time to juice every day like I wish I could. I don’t drink a ton of juice in general because of the sugar content, and the glycemic index. Most fruits have a high glycemic index (GI) and some vegetables do too. When juicing, my go-to mix is usually carrots, a couple apples, lemon, and ginger. The reason being is that though carrots are sweet, the have a low GI, and are tasty. From New Health Guide the benefits of carrot juice include:

1. High in Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2 and Potassium. 2. Macronutrients – low fat content, 1.3g of protein per serving, 18g of carbs per serving. 3. Stimulates appetite if consumed 20 minutes before eating. Carrot juice helps to stimulate your body’s secretion of digestive juices. 4. The soluble fiber in carrots promotes digestion.

Sound good yet?

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So back to juicing. I often don’t have time for juicing. I will take the easy route. I’m not saying everyone should – but life gets busy and time is of the essence. Often times I’ll use Boathouse Carrot Juice as a supplement along with some squeezed lemon juice and a touch of the Silk Almond/Coconut blend to add a milky, smoothie texture and look to it. Try it out!
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