Nourish Your Body, Romance Your Spouse Online Workshop

 

You don’t want to miss this online workshop! Here is what others are saying about the experience:

“Michelle you have really opened my eyes on food. I’ve enjoyed experiencing new and fun things with my husband, thank you for that.”

                                                                                          Ann M.

“Just want to say that I am loving this!! I look forward to the new assignment each day! And the body brushing is awesome!! Love that I am learning new things!!”

                                                                                        Stacey E.

Register for your spot today!!

 

Simply Real Health Talk

Podcast

I am so excited to announce the arrival of a BRAND NEW podcast! I have joined forces with another holistic health coach and together we are bringing you “Simply Real Health Talk” . In this weekly podcast we will discuss fresh and relevant topics to help you simplify your life and help you embrace real health on all fronts! Our goal is to help you make changes that are simple, and will produce lasting results! Interested in what we have to say?? Check us out 🙂 our first episode is ready to go, Rachel and I discuss our personal journeys that led us to health coaching and how having a health coach can benefit you!  Make sure to subscribe on iTunes!

Gluten Free Date Sweetened Almond Butter And Oat Cookies

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It’s no secret that I love to bake! I love to bake all kinds of things for all kinds of occasions, Just ask all my friends and family members who have received copious amounts of homemade Christmas goodies from me over the years or the cousins that I have made wedding cakes for, or the countless friends and family that I have had the privilege to make birthday cakes for over the years! I love it! Its a time to bond with my kids, it can be therapeutic and stress relieving to do, and lets face it, is there really any better taste then butter and sugar creamed together? Yes I know, but even health coaches aren’t perfect 😉

  So when I became health conscious and started my transforming journey that led to over a 100 lb weight loss, which subsequently led me to the path of becoming a health coach, I had make a decision…  Let go of baking yummy treats OR learn to make healthier yummy treats!

I chose the latter, and I (not to mention my family) am so glad I did. The above recipe is one that me and my 11 year old daughter Victoria made recently, in a household of 5, these cookies did not last long, but with their higher nutrient and fiber content I did not feel as bad about the kids eating these cookies, then say… a bag of Oreos!!

so without further adieu here is the recipe for these healthier cookies!

You will need:

  • 1 stick or organic grass fed butter softened
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1  1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 organic cage free eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup natural raw almond butter
  • 12 pitted dates blended into 2-4 tbsp water (make a paste with it!)
  • 6 oz organic dark choc chips
  • 1/4 cup organic flax meal
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups organic gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut pieces

First, make your date paste, Don’t worry its simple to do! Make sure you have removed all the pits from your dates, then place them in a shallow dish and cover them with water for about 20 min. this will get them nice and soft, now drain the water and place the dates in your blender or food processor and add 2 tbsp of fresh water, pulse the dates until they start to become a paste like consistency, you may need to add 1 to 2 more tbsp of water if the mixture is too dry. Once you have your date paste ready to go cream the butter, sugar, date paste and vanilla together, add in the raw almond butter and then the cage free eggs one at a time,  then add the baking soda and cinnamon, then your chia seeds, flax meal and oats slowly, you don’t want to douse your kitchen wall with cookie dough batter 😉 lastly stir in the dark choc chips and optional walnuts by hand, taking extra precaution not to eat the rest of the choc chips in the bag 😀 save those babies for your next batch!

Then use a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon to measure, place on a cookie sheet or stone and bake at 350 for 12 min

Let cool or serve warm, and enjoy with someone you love!

makes approx 35 – 40 cookies

Vegan “Cream” of Broccoli Soup

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This soup is “souper” filling and SO simple to make!

Made with broccoli and cauliflower to get you a good serving of cancer fighting cruciferous veggies! Its savory and ‘spicy’ and its also vegan! If you want a nice and creamy textured soup, without the cream, this is your soup!   Here is a list of what you will need to make this soup:

  • 1 head of cauliflower chopped up
  • 2 bunches of broccoli chopped up
  • 3 cloves of garlic pressed
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1  32 oz container organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • Olive oil (to coat pan)
  • extra water (to thin soup)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp Dill
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de provence
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • a few dashes of bragg’s liquid aminos

Now here is what to do with all that: saute the broccoli, cauliflower, and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes, then add the cashews and vegetable broth, simmer until everything is nice and tender, pour the contents into your blender (I had to do mine in two batches) pour your creamy soup into a large stock pot and add your seasonings and extra water to thin to the consistency you like, heat, serve and enjoy!

Summer Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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What says summer more them fresh strawberries and salads?? This Salad was featured in my most recent newsletter, and it is delish!

When the weather gets warmer it is only natural that we crave cooler foods to help cool us down, but it’s important that we resist the urge to go for those mega sized bucket o’ cola and the heavily doused sugar sweetened iced coffee beverages to cool us down and instead we look to what is abundant in nature this time of year!

If you have never ventured into adding fruit to your salads, you really should try it! 😀

We can turn a boring salad into an amazing main dish and fuel our bodies with really great nutrients and cool ourselves down all at the same time!

Here is what you will need for this yummy summer salad:

5 cups mixed greens (spinach and strawberries go well together!)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced cucumbers
4 ounces organic goat cheese, crumbled in small pieces
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or raw pumpkin seeds

Dressing:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp organic raw honey
1 garlic clove minced
1/2  teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

Wash and chop lettuce, cucumbers and strawberries,  crumble your goat cheese and chop your nuts (if using walnuts or pecans) then toss all ingredients together in a large salad bowl.

Whisk all your dressing ingredients together in a “dressing shaker” or bowl, let your dressing chill in the fridge for at least 30 min. Dress salad just before serving and enjoy!

Serves 6

Why I Have Been Away So Long!

I have been knee deep in furthering my education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I am LOVING it! Check out what I have been up to and see my New website here gracioushealth.net

and be sure to like me on FaceBook too! I look forward to sharing some great health coaching tips with you in the near future!

Blessings,

Michelle

More Reasons to Enjoy Chia Seeds

*Here is a quick tip, When adding Chia seeds to shakes and smoothies, add in a tablespoon after you have done your blending, this gives the seed a chance to “bulk up” and get that gel like consistency providing great texture to your smoothie and the extra fibrous bulk to help cleanse as it passes through the digestive track!

Great Greens

Greens are great, eat them every day for better health! It’s summer time and greens are growing in abundance! Eating seasonally is cheaper and more enjoyable as the foods are fresher and more tasty when eaten in season, salads make a great meal anytime but especially in the summer as they have a cooling effect on the body, and they wont weigh you down with a heavy digestive load, So eat away, stuff yourself on filling, fiber and nutrient filled glorious greens!

Creamy Summertime Fruit Pops

Nothing says summertime to a kid like cold treats! these are healthy and natural, not to mention super simple! If you happen to have your own popsicle molds this would work great! We made ours in our star shaped silicon ice cube trays….
What you need:

1 ripe banana

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

What you do:

Place all ingredients in your blender and whip together, couldn’t be any easier than this right? pour your blended fruits into your ice cube trays and freeze until solid, then give them to your kids and feel really good about not giving them something laden with high fructose corn syrup and red dye #40 🙂