Caring for our bodies ~ From the outside in and inside out.

We know when we nourish our bodies with healthy foods, it gives our body the fuel it needs to live a healthy, active life and to perform our best.   But did you know that what we put in our body is just as important as what we apply to the outside?   "Caring for your skin with ingredients and plant-based products you know are good for you is a MUST!"   Your skin is your body's largest organ. It's also one of the most complicated - protecting you from germs, injury and allergens, regulating body temperature and is involved in all sorts of processes to keep you healthy. Caring for your skin with ingredients and plant-based products you know are good for you is a MUST! It's just as important as making wise choices about the types of food we eat.   This is one reason why I'm excited to officially be partnering with BioClarity, a clean and green skincare brand that uses Floralux from chlorophyll (you know, the green pigment found in plants) and other plant power to supercharge the skin. You've heard of "eating your greens" and how green veggies are good for you, well now you can apply your greens with BioClarity! I've had...

My Morning Protein Shake Blend

If you follow me on various media outlets, you may have noticed I'm often making foods in my blender! I really like to start my days with a shake or smoothie. Other foods my husband and I like to blend are soups (both hot and cold), dips, sauces, and more. You can make really healthy, yummy stuff in the blender!   My typical morning shake consists of a protein, like Designer Protein's Essential 10 Performance Vanilla Plant Based Protein and Recovery Supplement, with Unsweetened Almond Milk, a half Banana or handful of Blueberries (or any fruit I have around!), and two big handfuls of Spinach. Often I'll add Ground Flax Seeds and a healthy fat like MCT Coconut Oil, Coconut Cream or Flax Oil for extra health benefits. I'll also add Collagen Powder and Sunflower Lecithin for their health benefits.   Adam and Tobias like to start the day with this for breakfast too!   I'm excited to announce here that I've just partnered with Designer Protein and am really enjoying their various whey and plant based supplements! You'll hear more about them throughout the year....

Coco-Chia-Nana Bowl

Ingredients: Bananas, Coconut Milk, Chia Seeds, Dates, Cacao Nibs, Gluten free Granola.   Instructions: Start with 2 TBSP Chia Seeds soaking in about 1/3 cup Coconut Milk (boxed kind, not canned). Stir a couple times throughout an hour. If not thick enough, you can blend a little frozen banana with Chia. Put in freezer while preparing the rest. In blender, put just a little Coconut Milk or Coconut Water (not too much, so not runny), 2-4 Frozen Bananas, a couple pitted Dates, 1TBSP Cacao Powder. Blend on high...

Pregnancy Movement

Moving my body is so important to me, and yes, especially while being pregnant. Giving birth is so physical; I believe it's important to stay in decent shape for labor. I've learned to believe it is also very important to have a healthy overall posture and pelvis positioning which can make the world of difference in your labor. Along with movement, I think having a healthy state of mind and a great well-balanced diet is essential.   With birth in the near future, I really want to have a healthy, smooth, all-natural delivery and I am willing to work for it. So here you go--my take on moving during my pregnancy. (I think these are all great to do pregnant or not!)   This pregnancy, being my second I surfed till about 6 1/2 months along, then I felt ready to take a lil break. I had also lightened up on any hard impact movement at just around 5 months along. It was that time I learned I was dealing with a bit of Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which I did not have in my first pregnancy. SPD is a more-than-normal separation of the pubic bone and causes pain around that area. If your...

Veggie Stew

Pregnancy can often times be riddled with all sorts of changes. The most easiest changes to deal with are cravings; haha! I know some women get some interesting cravings for pickles, potato chips, ice cream, steak, etc…but I think it’s pretty funny that Bethany’s #1 craving this pregnancy has been soup! Even when its 90 degrees outside she’s asking me to make soup! O well, it could be worse, soup is a pretty healthy craving. Here’s my go to soup recipe, I’ll try to remember everything as I’ve kinda just been freestyling it by now. Bethany loves it, so I hope you do too!   Veggie Stew Ingredients (we always choose organic ingredients when we can): 1 diced onion 1 sweet potato (and/or 2 carrots) cut into ½-inch chunks 1 zucchini cut into chunks 1 head of broccoli chopped up 3 celery stalks sliced up 3 minced garlic cloves 4 TBS of olive oil 1 Quart of bone broth 1 Quart of Chicken stock 1 TBS of vegetable bouillon (optional, but adds great flavor) 1 tsp Dried Oregeno (and any other spices you like in soup) Black Pepper to taste Sea Salt to taste   In a 5 quart pot (or bigger) add olive oil and onion. Sautee on medium heat till onion is tender. Add all of...

Let’s be DEDICATED to our health!

This month I want to encourage you to BE DEDICATED TO YOUR HEALTH! I hope to influence you to prioritize and keep up a healthy lifestyle - even though it can be difficult. Why is it so difficult? There can be many reasons! I guess a few would be (1) we're often busy and maybe a bit lazy to choose the healthy option. Or (2) maybe those around us influence us poorly?   [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10'] [blockquote text='Nowadays we have got to go out of our way and plan ahead to not end up in bad health choices or habits.' text_color='#6b6b6b' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='yes' quote_icon_color='#6b6b6b' quote_icon_size='100'] [vc_separator type='solid' width='800' position='center' color='6b6b6b' border_style='' thickness='1' up='10' down='10']   Either way, I stay consistently motivated cause I want to feel and look great! I want to maintain good health as I age. I want to surf exceptionally. And now as a mom, I am my child's greatest influence; he will follow my lead weather it's healthy or not. I really want him to be healthy!   Nowadays we have got to go out of our way and plan ahead to not end up in bad health choices or habits. I'm so thankful my...

The Importance of Fitness

In Bethany's 2014 book, Body and Soul: A Girl's Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life, she dives deep into the benefits of fitness and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle based on her experience as an athlete. She even shares some fun workouts! In this video, she talks about why being fit and active is so important to her....

Eat Salt to Your Taste

I believe our body knows when it needs salt. It's is essential to our being.   Especially if you live an active life or live in a climate that leads you to perspire more, you likely need salt.   This may be contrary to what you've heard (i.e. "the low salt diet"); but I believe that is misinformation. Like the "low fat diet" fad was a big one and turned out to be detrimental to many people's health. We need the healthy fats and salts!   So Adam and I make sure we have a healthy type of salt in our kitchen and we even travel with our good salt (often your average table salt is terrible for you) and we make sure to eat to our taste buds desire. The salts we get are from ancient seas. Good salts to eat are: Himalayan Salt, Real Salt, and Sea salts.   Here's a "food for thought" podcast we listened to featuring a guy who did a 2 year study on salt and wrote a book on his discoveries. We enjoyed it, yet did not completely agree with everything; so please listen with a "grain of salt," haha.   With this health tip, I hope you are already taking your overall...

Watermelon Refresher Smoothie Drink

SUMMER OF SMOOTHIES   Bethany made this awesome refreshing smoothie/drink the other day. I’ll call it the “Watermelon Refresher.” It’s the perfect drink for these hot days!   In a blender add: 1 cup of ice 1/2 Cucumber 8 fresh mint leaves Add as much Watermelon that can fit in the blender   Blend.   Enjoy! And try to share (; -Adam...