Red Lentil Soup Recipe

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Red Lentil Soup Recipe

6 Cups – Veg or Chicken Broth (Kettle & Fire brand broth is epic in this soup)

2 TBL – extra virgin olive oil

3 – Shallots

1 – Yellow Onion (I put about 3/4 of the onion in, not the whole thing)

4 – Cloves of Garlic

3 – Carrots, diced

4 – Celery Stalks, diced

1 – 15 oz. can of Organic Diced Tomatoes

11/2 Cups – Red Lentils

1 tsp – Turmeric

1/2 tsp – Cinnamon

1/2 tsp – Coriander

1 tsp – Sea Salt

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Directions:

In a large soup pot on medium heat, simmer olive oil, shallots, yellow onion, garlic and spices together until onions are soft and opaque. Add broth into pot and then add veggies and lentils. Bring pot to a boil and reduce heat and simmer on low for 20 minutes.

 

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Healthy substitutes for cooking

This will hopefully make your life easier! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite substitutes to use in cooking. Have you used any of them before?

  1. Rice = Cauliflower Rice. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor or you can now buy cauliflower rice in most stores and just use it in place of rice – it’s so much better for you.
  2. French Fries = Sweet Potatoes! No, sweet potato fries don’t count. Let’s stay away from fried foods and bake them instead. Peel a sweet potato, cut it up into small cubes or slices and bake at 400 degrees for about 18 minutes! You can add a little sea salt ad voila.
  3. Pasta = Quinoa. This ancient grain provides protein ( a lot more than pasta) and also metabolizes differently and gives you energy. You can also use shredded spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini noodles as a replacement as well. Yum!
  4. Sweets = Blueberries. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and will curb your craving for sweets. Eat them to your heart’s content and eat them alone since fruit should be consumed alone.

Let me know if you will try any of these tips!

xo,

Heather

Tips for eating salads

Simple salad for lunch & homemade dressing. If there’s one thing important about salads…it’s to try to make your own dressings so you know what is in them. Greens are very low calorie foods but high in nutrients & phtyochemicals, so we need to be adding hearty goodness & healthy fats to our salads to ensure proper caloric intake.

Cashew Butter Cookie Recipe

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Hi Friends! I have an incredible cookie recipe for you. Easy, 5 ingredients, Dairy-Free, Gluten/Grain Free, high in protein and amazing in taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar (16 oz) Cashew Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 TBL baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 C Coconut Nectar (coconut sugar)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (that’s literally all you have to do!). Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes on a greased cooking sheet or with parchment paper. I garnished the top of each cookie w/ 1-2 dairy-free chocolate chips. *They expand when they cook so leave room between cookies.*

Enjoy! 

Heather

My Healthy Morning Routine

As requested, my morning routine:
1. Immediately upon waking…think of something I’m grateful for
2. Listen to uplifting podcasts before work
3. Drink 36 oz. of water within 1-2 hours
4. Drink 1 cup of organic green tea (Numi brand is my fave)
5. Be kind to people, smile and keep gratitude at the top of my mind
6. Try to find a good deed for the day to help others (thx, Dad!)
7. Start the day w/ smoothie or steel cut oats w/ nuts
8. Put on my favorite Pandora station and jam out some work

 

5 things I do to feel awesome!


What are you doing to support your happiness & wellbeing??

Here are my 5 top tips for feeling awesome:

  1. Mind my attitude – I choose to be happy on a daily basis. This means I am conscious of what my thoughts are, how they make me feel and if they make me feel good or bad. I really try to focus on gratitude and what’s going great in my life and I steer clear of negativity. When I find myself in a bad mood….because it happens to us all….allow yourself the right to feel your emotions but we’ve got to move on as soon as possible. We’ve got to adopt a “life goes on” attitude when shit hits the fan. Have an impromtu dance party, crank the music….do whatever you need to do.
  2. Eat whole, natural foods – This is paramount. Stop eating crap. It’s slowly killing you or creating disease. I hate to say it like that but someone has to. Cheetos are not our friend! Ditch the chemicals and go for the foods our bodies are designed to eat. If your Grandma (or Great Grandma) wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it.
  3. Find humor in everything – I’ve had a slight problem with this since childhood. I just think I was born to be easily amused. I find humor in things people probably wouldn’t find humor in and it helps me through a lot of situations. Surround yourself with funny people, laughing and even funny things on TV/Movies. It really is the best medicine.
  4. Nourish your passions – Do things that make you happy! Simple as that. Take the step and sign up for a class, a trip, a tour, an activity, whatever feeds your soul.
  5. Meditate – I use this as a way to stay sane. It helps you lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and cortisol levels, supports your adrenals and promotes healthy sleeping habits ON TOP of all of the amazing ZEN benefits it gives you. It’s for real!

Lavender oil uses


Lavender oil has so many uses! It’s such a versatile oil. Here are my top 4 ways to use it:

1. Diffuse or spray on your pillow to enhance sleep quality.

2. One of the only safe oils for babies/kids. *Dillute* and use on bottom of feet to promote sleep. Diffuse in their room at night but put the diffuser across the room to make sure they don’t have a reaction. You never know!

3. Rub a drop in your temples for headaches or migraines. 

4. Apply directly to burns/bites to soothe pain and aid in healing.

Hope you enjoy! 

Holistic Health Tip 8

The tip of the day today is about castile soap! I am obsessed with this stuff and now you can be too. Did you know how versitle it is?? Check out the article below for secret tips!

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-great-ways-to-use-castile-soap.html

Holistic Health Tip of the Day- 7

Holistic Health Tip of the Day- 7: The 4 things to avoid in your sunscreen! Most conventional sunscreens break the blood/brain barrier and go directly into our bodies. It’s important to find ways to decrease our toxic load. Read the article below for tips.

Article 

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