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Want An Effective Nutritional Vanilla or Chocolate Detox Smoothie Cleanse?

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Looking for an anti-bloat boost? Feeling bloated after the holidays? Try my 10-Day Detox Vanilla Smoothie Cleanse from Orenda. It’s really refreshing and tasty.

Detox Vanilla Detox Smoothie

Love entering the New Year with a pep in my step. But, when I look down after holiday meals, I always need a distressing, deflating detox for that 40-something belly of mine.

The detox cleanse that my doctor recommends most to her patients is the Orenda- CleanBurnShape. Yes, I am on the 3rd day and it is definitely working. I’m not feeling hungry at all or losing my mind with thoughts of cravings of a sugary doughnut. Actually, I’m feeling superb and on top of my running-yoga game. The reason you don’t feel hungry is because you are allowed to eat nine servings of fruits and vegetable a day and 1-2 legumes or beans per day. By deploying these healthy eating habits into my diet, I am feeling more satisfied with the added fiber. So, say YES, to more fiber, not the old folks Metamucil in this case! We will save that recommendation for a another day. 😉

Everyone has different goals. My goals are to reduce the belly bloating and increase my energy levels …and of course, not go crazy and want to strangle someone at any given moment.

Why Detox…

Our bodies build up toxins through the food we eat, water we drink and the air we breathe. Let’s face it we have more pollution and junky food everywhere these days. The goal is to reset the body back to its healthy nutritional state which increases its ability to ward off pesky toxins. We excrete the toxins with using the toilet and sweat it off during a work out.

How Detoxification Works…

The key components of the body play a critical role in the elimination of wastes – circulatory, digestive and lymph. The circulatory system pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen to and carrying waste away from cells. The digestive systems processes the food we eat and separating nutrients from waste and eliminating anything the body does not need. The lymphatic system collects intracellular fluid from throughout the body and transport it to the lymph nodes where anything harmful can be removed.

What Other Activities Help…

I like to run and do yoga. I try to walk and run at level 7.0 for 10 minute intervals then, finish with at least a 45-minute meditation then a yoga asana sequence. I am a yoga teacher at the a local coporate headquarters in Chicago so that part is easy at least.

So, I admit I like the Vanilla Shape Nutritional Shake with very cold Almond Milk. The shake mixture is creamy and not chalky with a little grit. Some powder residue goes away if you shake or stir it very well for longer than 30 seconds. You don’t microwave single thing. You’ll get all the nutrients, protein, fiber and Omega 3s you need from the green Shape drink. So, I’ve got you! Be happy. Be healthy. Be helpful and tell your friends. Here’s my link to the effective 10-Day vanilla smoothie-based detox cleanse called Clean. Burn.Shape.

My tip of the week is to mix Clean right away in the morning with water and take the Burn pill. Make your Vanilla or Chocolate with very cold mixed 1:1 ratio of Almond Milk and Water. You can even add 1/2 avocado to the smoothie if you need to smooth out any sensitivity to grit.

I like to make a big pot of homemade lentil soup to start my cleanse of right. I typically eat this for dinner every night if I’m really busy with kids. It’s filling and very savory for sure!

Here’s my LENTIL soup recipe:

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup of olive oil or coconut oil

2 medium onions chopped

1 cup of chopped carrots

1 cup of chopped celery

1 package of lentils soaked overnight

1 qt vegetable broth

Seasonings including bay leaves, lemon pepper and fresh 8 basil leaves chopped and 8 stalks of oregano leaves

1tbs. minced garlic, salt

3 tbs. Worchestershire sauce and 3 tbs of Balsamic vinegar

1 package of frozen mixed vegetables

Directions

1) In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Balsamic vinegar, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 10 minutes.

2) Stir in lentils, and add 1 qt. vegetable broth and frozen mixed vegetables. Bring to a boil. Add water as needed. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. Cook longer until beans are soft to your taste. Garnish with your favorite herb.

Hungry in the Hamptons: Here’s Our Top Pick for Best Appetizer

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Yes! Are you ready to Rhumba? Take me back to great food with great company with some of the directors from the safer, better beauty company, Beautycounter. We asked local chefs for the best appetizers in the Hamptons. A few foodies suggested the casual dining at Rhumba. The team decided to visit Rhumba mid-July, 2016. The lovely setting of Rhumba is blessed with wonderful views of the water. It’s tucked away and is easy to miss but the amazing ambiance and excellent Cuban-inspired food makes it well worth the ride. Service was fabulous and the whole experience just makes you not want to leave.

We only ordered appetizers and drinks for a pre-dinner fix. We picked a different place for dinner. We looked at the starter menu and selected delectable appetizers from a wide array of yummy choices. The decision was tough!

Here’s what the team ordered:

Double Dip – guacamole, jalepeno pimento cheese
Duck Empanadas – duck, bell peppers, spicy queso inside crispy pastry
Seared Ahi Tuna – grade A turn, island slaw with yummy sauce
Crabitizer – jumbo lump crab cake, mustard sauce, mache
Dominican Ribs – ribs with sweet ginger soy glaze and fresh herbs
Grilled Artichokes – fully cooked artichokes with red remoulade sauce

Food Review for Best Appetizer in the Hamptons

Our unscientific survey voted the mouth-watering duck empanadas #1, hands down as the team’s favorite. It was the crispy edges and spicy, cheesy duck confit combined with the sweet sauce that took everyone over the top. The taste bids entered into the proverbial heavenly like state. In case you want to make something similar at home, here is a Spicy Duck Empanada Recipe from the Food Network for your enjoyment. Until next time…

Peace and Much Love,

Dena

How to Prepare Lady Fingers “Okra” Fries…

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Feeling like you are ready to retry a time-tested southern favorite. Try making lady fingers a.k.a. Okra Fries this week. Okra is considered an undercover super food as described in the encyclopedia. Low in caloric intake (1 cup has only 33 calories) Okra is rich in B vitamins, especially B6, B12 and folic acid, calcium, potassium and other nutrients.

Here are some benefits of okra you may not know:

  • High in fiber
  • Powerful antioxidants
  • Naturally lowers blood sugar levels
  • Enhances good cholesterol levels

Easy Way to Cook Lady Finger a.k.a Okra Fries

Maybe you didn’t like this vegetables when you were a kid. Admittedly so, okra can be slimy if it’s not properly prepared . Most of you may have tried them fried with hefty corn meal coating. So, I came up with a baked alternative to the fried stuff. If you are curious about how to cook the lady fingers as fries, here is a quick tasty exclusive recipe that is flavorful and filling.

INGREDIENTS:

1/8 cup organic chopped basil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. sugar or coconut nectar

2 tbsp. onion powder

1 tbsp. mustard

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. garlic or one glove minced

COMBINE all ingredients in a glass bowl. Gently place okra fingers flat in one layer onto a baking tray. Pour the basil sauce generously over the okra finger pieces. Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Enjoy and eat ’em like fries.

Peace and Much Love,

Dena

 

Eggs and Vegetarian Sausage Skillet Meal

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How To Make A Quick Vegetarian Sausage Skillet Meal?

YUM!! This is a great family meal enjoyed by both parents and kids. You have the rich flavor of a good pasta sauce without the actual sugar from the carbs of the pasta itself. So, if the you are craving pasta sauce without the pasta and animal meat, you’ve hit the jack pot with this one. I highly recommend the Field House brand for the sausage. The texture tastes really like sausage. I am not vegan yet, but I truly enjoy this tasty, meatless option. Click here for more Field House products.

 

Eggs and Sausage Vegetarian Skillet Meal

1 Tblsp. Coconut Oil

1 Lbs. Field House Vegan Sausage in Italian or Sage Flavor

1 small cut onion, chopped

5 ounces ciabatta bread, cubed (about 5-6 cups)

2 cups marinara sauce

1 cup of Provolone cheese

3/4 tomato paste

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 cup fresh basil, torn

4 large eggs

Salt, lemon pepper and Lawry’s seasoning salt to taste.

 

  1. Heat th oil in large iron cast skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, cook stirring frequently until browned and almost cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add chopped onion and cook until soften and golden about another 3 minutes.
  2. Stir the bread into the sausage and 2 cups of water; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the provolone cheese. and add 1/2 cup of basil.
  3. Use the back of spoon make shallow well in the tomato mixture; carefully crack egg into the well. Alternately, you can fully cook the eggs over hard and place into the well. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of parmesan and remaining 1/2 cup of basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Stay Healthy and Happy!!! Enjoy.

How to Make a Detox Blueberry Smoothie?

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How to make a Detox Blueberry Smoothie for the whole family!

Ever feeling bloated after the family BBQ? So excited to share with you a real detox smoothie that you can enjoy all year around, especially in the summer. Sometimes, it can be a struggle finding quick and easy healthy recipes for you and the kids. This is my absolute favorite smoothie to prepare on busy mornings for you and the kids.

There are a variety reasons why you should start your day with a Detox Blueberry Smoothie. You probably have heard already about all the super antioxidant benefits of blueberries. Each blueberry is rich fiber and protein as well antioxidants. Second, for the moms and dads, it’s also important to get the body fit for the summer season that includes several picnics and that coveted beach party that everyone attends. Third, blueberries are rich in fiber and contribute to adding more fruits to your diet. The USDA recommends about five servings of fruits and vegetables on any given day. Here is a sample USDA chart. Moreover, blueberries tend to hold its form and texture for a decent amount time, if stored in the refrigerator. It’s a great solution as a breakfast meal or add-on to your existing meal plan.

When to drink the smoothie? Seeing as though most moms and dads are most busy in the morning with multiple schedules, this Detox Blueberry Smoothie is best for breakfast. It’s a refreshing departure from heavy proteins such as eggs or bacon. Each smooth is the perfect on-the-go starter for the day because it’s easy, healthy and fun to make. It’s also packed with super powerful antioxidants to jump start any morning on an all-smiles healthy note.


 

Detox Blueberry Smoothie

1 Avocado

1 Banana

1 cup of frozen organic blueberries

1 cucumber

1 organic carrot

½ cup of spinach

1 cup of coconut milk

1 scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake plant-based: 20 g protein, 6 grams of fiber

1-2 cups of filtered water depending on your desired thickness

Add an organic apple for more sweetness

Blend all ingredients in the Vita Mix or equivalent on low first for 40 seconds then high for 30 seconds. Makes 2-4 servings.

Peace and Much Love,

Dena


 

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Ever tried a lactose-free baked Fettuccine Alfredo? Yum…it’s here.

Lactose Free Fettuccine Alfredo before going into oven.

Lactose Free Fettuccine Alfredo before going into oven.

RECIPE FOR BAKED FETTICCINE ALFREDO! 😉

Are you lactose intolerant or have family members who get indigestion after eating heavy creams? Here’s a personal favorite recipe for Baked Fettuccine Alfredo that I wanted to share with all my dear friends who desire non-dairy foods and drinks. Lactose intolerance shows up in a variety of ways but the most common symptoms are bloating, gas and diarrhea. The most common treatment method is to simply avoid dairy foods rich with cream and milk. Others take the Lactaid products before eating but it’s really more effective to avoid the culprit altogether. The base for this recipe is Coconut Cream which you can find at most health food stores. It’s a delectable recipe that parents and kids alike enjoy.

Let’s start with this ingredient list:

16 0z- Coconut cream

1- Package of Fettucine Noodles – break in half bunches

1- Egg

12 ox- Grated Mozzarella

6 oz – Grated Parmesan

1 stick of butter or margarine

2 TBSP.  Garlic Powder

2 TBSP. Onion Powder

Top with Paprika and chives to garnish.

  1. Cook half of the coconut cream on low heat with onion powder and garlic.
  2. Constantly wisk in half of shredded parmesan and 1 stick of butter until melted for 15 minutes.
  3. In another large pot, bring pasta strips to a boil in water over high heat for 12 minutes and drain.
  4. Combine all ingredients to a large baking dish. You can add cooked broccoli and/or cooked cut chicken breasts.
  5. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Oven do vary so check to make sure pasta turns into a scuffle consistency.

Enjoy this rich, lactose-free pasta without all the worry of indigestion. Please sign up for our newsletter and free guides throughout the year.

Peace & Love,

Dena