Protein Rich Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve been exercising a lot lately. I like to work out extra hard in the summer because it’s light out early and I tend to have more energy in general. My routine this summer is to get up around 5, lollygag in bed for 15 minutes, drink a cup of tea (Rooibos chai) and go out for an hour of cardio. I either power up the hill behind my house, take a 4 mile run, or climb the stadium stairs at the local high school. Afterwards, I take a yoga, barre or Pilates class to strengthen my core and keep me flexible.

I prefer not to eat before I exercise so by the time I am done, I’m hungry and ready to replenish my system. If this sounds like a lot of working out, it is. But I’m training for a 5 day hike in the Andes which I will enjoy it a lot more if I feel strong and well-conditioned.

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Tantalizing Trail Mix Cookies

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Exercise has always been an important part of my life. Equally as important as eating a healthy diet. I have woven a life around these practices since they are integral to my peace, happiness and well-being. Therefore, I prefer to take active oriented trips that push me out of my comfort zone and provide exciting experiences in exotic parts of the world. Whether I am hiking in the Alps, diving off Maui, or doing a yoga retreat in Fiji, I grow with each new challenge.

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Hydrating Watermelon Ginger Juice

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We just had a flurry of guests visiting us in Mexico. Our friends are wonderful and it’s fun to share our love of Baja with them. What ends up being hard for me is the consecutive days of eating out. Dining out is festive and offers a plan for the evening but truth be told, I’d rather eat at home. I have noticed that cooking for guests is tricky. Some feel guilty as if they are putting you out, others want the full Cabo experience of dining on the beach. Who could blame them?

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Papaya Seed Smoothie

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I haven’t ventured much into the world of papayas. Mainly because the smell can be off-putting. But in Mexico they are plentiful and their health virtues make them difficult to ignore. I’ve made several papaya smoothies in the past but tossing in the peppery seeds…………really takes it up a notch.

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My Favorite Breakfast

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a phrase we’ve all heard before. In the past, I didn’t care for apples. I’d much rather eat a juicy peach or velvety mango. But now, I crave this fruit/seed combo and can’t help but eat an apple a day.  It’s my favorite breakfast.

There was a time when I was eating so much fruit that a wise friend gently asked if I was a vegetarian or fruitarian. It was a simple question with a powerful message. I was eating too much sugar.

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My 3 Seed Mix

Protein Seed Mix

Before making this 3 seed mix, I learned about Chia seeds from a healer I’d seen in Mexico who suggested I add more protein to my diet. I’d never heard of them before aside from the infamous “chia pet” I tried to grow as a child. But there they were in Mexico, a bin of little black seeds.

Little did I know then, they’d hit super-food stardom. Once I began learning more about these odd seeds, other nutritionally dense seeds fell under my radar. Eventually, I developed my protein rich 3 seed mix which I can’t resist sprinkling on nearly everything………

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Brazil Nut Milk

Brazil Nut Milk

I’ve been endeavoring to eat more Brazil nuts (or rather seeds) because they are an excellent source of selenium which is good for a healthy thyroid. My goal is to eat two a day but I heard they turn into a velvety smooth milk like cashews.

For a long time, I avoided making nut milks because it seemed complicated and I was certain I didn’t have the right gadgets. That was until I  tried homemade almond milk for the first time and was blown away by the taste and texture. It was like drinking a vanilla milkshake that was bursting with life. That day, I ordered a nut milk bag from Amazon and tried my first attempt.

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Spicy Citrus Blast

Spicy Citrus Blast

I am loving this Vitamin C blast. It is tasty, refreshing and so simple to make. This fresh juice is great after a workout or if are feeling dehydrated, run down, or just need a lift. No need to plug in a fancy juicer either. Just cut and squeeze fresh fruit with a manual juicer.  The combination of grapefruit, oranges, and lemons gives the juice a complexity that none of these fruits have when pressed on their own. The heat of Cayenne is a warming spice that is said to support cardiovascular health, suppress appetite, and relieve congestion.

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Granolicious: This Granola is Addictive

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I’ve always loved cereal and prided myself on eating the “healthy stuff” like Cheerios and Mini Wheats (I was young and thought the frosting was OK). As I got older, I made “healthier choices” or so I thought. When I began reading labels more closely, I was surprised to find that my favorite “health” cereal (I’d felt so good about eating), was basically just sugar in a box. I imagine I’m not alone in this idea that cereal is healthy when in reality it’s a highly processed food that contains large amounts of sugar (even the “good stuff”).

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