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...

Coconut Cooler Smoothie

This is a summer of smoothies! I'm taking this summer to share some yummy go-to smoothies that my family loves. Ingredients: 1 cup canned coconut milk (free from preservatives) 1/2 cup of water 1 big half of lime juice 1 banana 1 date (remove pit) 1 or two handfuls of ice Blend, Pour and Enjoy!...

THE HAWAII GOLD SMOOTHIE

This is not my everyday go-to smoothie, but it is a delicious once-in-a-while treat!   Ingredients: 1 fresh Papaya (remove seeds then scoop or cut fruit off skin), 1 frozen Banana, 1/2 thumb* of Turmeric, peeled (or 1/2 tsp turmeric powder), 1/2 thumb* Ginger, peeled (or 1/2 tsp ginger powder), Heaping spoonful of Peanut Butter (or any other nut butter you prefer), 1/2 cup canned coconut milk, 1/2 cup almond milk, ice cubes (optional, if you want it colder).   *using your own thumb for the measurement   Puree all ingredients in a blender to a smooth consistency....

Be Travel Smart by Staying Hydrated

Going on a trip this summer?   As an athlete, author and speaker from an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I do a lot of traveling. Having traveled off island almost monthly for the past 13 years, I am all too familiar with its negative effects on my family's health. I have found that when traveling, my family is likely to not consume enough water cause we're away from home and out of our regular routine. This leads to dehydration. Common symptoms of dehydration are headache, dizziness, continual thirst, dry skin, dry eyes, sleepiness and darker color urine.   Good news is we have figured out some simple ways to prepare for flights and road trips that I'm excited to share with you today!   1- Pack a reusable water bottle in your carry-on bag. (Fill it after you've gone through security.) We love and use the Corkcicle Canteen.   2- Instead of drinking processed juices, soda and alcohol--which can contribute to dehydration--DRINK WATER regularly. Start before you leave home, continue on the plane, in the car, and throughout your daily activities.   3- Add Electrolyte Drops to your water to further benefit your hydration and boost the flavor of your water. The minerals help your water...

Homemade Salad Dressing Recipe

Homemade salad dressing is a staple at our house. It's so simple to make, and my family prefers it to store bought.   Ingredients: 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp Nut Butter 3 tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tsp Honey 1 tsp Mustard (optional) pinch of sea salt a few sprigs of Fresh Herbs (or 1 tsp of Dried Herbs) 1 clove Garlic (freshly pressed)   How to: Start with Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a bowl or cup. Next, add a nut butter (I like almond butter, tahini or cashew butter) which will add more thickness to the dressing. Cut the oils with an acid, like lemon juice. The ratio of lemon juice to oil is up to you. If you like your dressings a bit on the acidic side, try a 1:1 ratio. If that is too acidic for you, just add more oil. Add a hint of sweetness with 1 teaspoon of honey. Season with a pinch of sea salt and your fresh or dried herbs. Combine all the ingredients and whisk vigorously. Use of a blender will help to emulsify the ingredients. Taste and adjust as needed. You can add a lil water if it's too thick for your preference. Drizzle on your salad right away, or keep stored in the fridge for about...

DEALING WITH INJURY

I’ve kinda had to learn this tip several times and it’s hard.  If you have been training, involved with sports, or some form of exercise, injury can and does happen. When it does it is important to make the right moves to allow our bodies to heal.   I recently sprained my knee surfing and was able to bounce back pretty quick by taking these steps:   REST - It was so hard to just rest, especially when there was fun waves.  It’s important to rest and not put strain on the injury though.   ICE - Icing for 20 minutes at a time reduces inflammation and allows quicker healing.   COMPRESS AND ELEVATE - Compressing with an ACE bandage reduces inflammation (I actually use the inside of an old bike tire to wrap the area); and of course elevating the injured area.   At the end of the day, listen to your body and the advice of others. You’ll know your limits and when you’re ready to get back out there!...