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Homemade Guacamole Recipe

Food For Thought: Purpose of Life

Happy Monday, friends! What a beautiful weekend it was outside- I mean, who expects 75° weather in the middle of January? Hey, I’ll take it! I did take full advantage of the sunshine and headed to north Georgia for some hiking (and Vitamin D!). As I sat on top of the mountain and overlooked the vastness of the state below me, two thoughts came to mind:

  • I am one piece to this massive and historic puzzle, and my role was created intentionally to serve a specific purpose to the world.Every Monday at our office, each staff member comes with a word and quote that drive the direction of her or his week. I chose the word purpose with this quote: “Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.” (Frederick Buechner).

    My purpose is to love and serve people well, and I am beyond grateful I get to do that in my job every day. My purpose is to make a change in my corner of the world, knowing that others are making similar impacts in their corners, as well. If we all work in our spheres, we would see goodness everywhere we turn.

  • Peace comes with stillness. Atop the mountain, there was silence. It was pretty uncanny actually. As I let my eyes wander over the below cities, hills, and trees, it seemed like life had stopped momentarily. But we all know it was zooming quickly under us, as has become the norm in most of our lives.Are we running so fast we are actually missing life? My yoga instructor Angela always says, “Before there is movement there is stillness,” and this quiet space is pivotal for a full life. My heart calmed sitting on top of those rocks; God knows all things about this world, so we can be still and find comfort in knowing that all will be all right.

Comfort Foods For You!

Speaking of comfort, let’s talk guacamole. This food certainly brings my heart comfort and joy 🙂 Make this super simple and delicious recipe for a healthy dish (be warned: you may not want to share). Enjoy!

 

Winter Squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup – New Year Food Recipe

With the start of this 2017 year, I have been reflecting on this ever-popular idea of New Year’s Resolutions. We tend to speed so fast at the year’s starting line on January 1st toward better health, financial stability, or renewed relationships (all of which are incredible things). Our momentum is 100%-all-in to create change. We can for sure do this. Then, a couple of months into the race, we often times lose a bit of speed, and some of us even stop racing. We let go of the resolution— the commitment to ourselves— to do something differently.

What makes us lose steam? Often, it is one or both of two things: challenge and value (or lack thereof). Change is hard— I get it. We are creatures of habit, as the adage goes. Here’s the thing, though. If something is not working well, not lifting us up or helping lift up others, change is necessary.

Are you living a daily lifestyle that creates the best version of you? If yes, keep going, friend! If not, it is time to start reflecting on where change will be a positive thing in your life.

If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.

Value is required to make our priorities. We focus our attention, money, and time on the individuals and things that ultimately bring value to our lives. I classify people, obligations, material things, etc. by their levels of AV (a.k.a Added Value). Is this relationship an AV one, or does it cause more pain? Does this activity I have been doing for the past year have AV, or do I feel uneasy about going each week? AV is a method of deciphering priorities. This idea of AV is not just for you and me personally, but we can use it to measure how much value we add to the world.

So when it comes to resolutions, think about the AV things you want in your life. Write them down, and next to them, scribble down the steps it will take to get there. One foot in front of the other, my friends. And eventually, this effort will lead to habit, which morphs into a lifestyle. You are changing your life one decision at a time.

 

Cheers to Your New Year, New Goal!

To help you on your journey, fill your soul (and tummy!) with comfort and warmth. This Squash Soup is just the ticket to a successful goal-setting evening!

 

Personal Nutrition Advising

What Are the Best Food Sources of Minerals and Vitamins?

best natural food source supplements and vitamins

 

Have you ever wanted to know which foods provide high sources of certain minerals and vitamins? Check out this list for a quick reference of food choices you can make to balance out your internal nutrient levels. Remember, food comes exactly as God intended (i.e. with all of the components of that mineral or vitamin), so be sure to eat it in its whole-food form.

Vitamin A
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
  • Orange Bell Peppers
  • Winter Squash
Vitamin B
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Organ Mets (pasture-raised)
  • Cauliflower
  • Pasture Eggs
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
Vitamin C
  • Swiss Chard
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Fruits: Papaya, Strawberries
  • Apples, Oranges
Vitamin D
  • The Sun!
  • Pasture-Raised Animal (Organ) Meat
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Lard (Pasture-Raised, Pork Fat)
  • Oysters
Vitamin E
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon
  • Raw Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
Vitamin K
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Mustard & Collard Greens
Calcium
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Raw Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
Sulfur
  • Pasture Eggs
  • Onions
  • Wheat Germ
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Garlic
Potassium
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Raw Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Bananas
Iodine
  • Raw, Grass-fed Butter
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Wild-Caught Scallops/Cod/ Tuna/Salmon
  • Pastured Eggs
  • Raw, Grass-fed Yogurt
Magnesium
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Raw Almonds
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
  • Raw Cacao Powder or Nibs
  • Avocados
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon and Mackerel
  • Squash
  • Fruits: Papaya, Raspberries, Tomato, Cantaloupe, Strawberries
Phosphorus
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Wild-Caught Scallops/ Cod/ Tuna/ Salmon
  • Lentils
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Quinoa
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Butter
Zinc
  • Grass-Fed Red Meat
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Oysters
  • Sesame/ Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cashews
Manganese
  • Cloves
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Swiss Chard
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
Copper
  • Kale
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cashews
  • Mushrooms
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Beets
  • Lentils
iron
  • Liver
  • Oysters
  • Grass-Fed Red Meats
  • Lentils
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Raw Almonds
Selenium
  • Raw Brazil Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Butter
  • Wild-Caught Salmon
  • Pasture-Raised Chicken or Turkey
  • Mushrooms

*World’s Healthiest Foods and Dr. Mercola’s articles were utilized to help create some of the content for this article.

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how to make beets salad

3 Ways On How to Make Beets Salad (They’re Easy!)

how to make beets salad

Benefits of Eating Beets

Beets — they are just oh so important! Why do I love them (and therefore why should you)?

  1. Detox Food — Beets are nutritionally powerful in their detox abilities. They help thin the bile from the gallbladder to move toxins through and out of the body. If you have a tan-colored stool, you need to eat some beets because the tan color means your bile is too thick.
  2. Natural Source of Nutrients — Beets are packed with essential nutrients like Vitamin C and B, Manganese, Potassium, and Fiber.
  3. Cardio~ Beets support blood pressure levels and the cardiovascular system.Beet Salad More Than Food
  4. Anti-inflammatory Food Source — Phytonutrients in beets help decrease inflammation throughout the body, which takes pressure off the joints, organs, and all affected areas.
  5. Easy Food Preparation — Beets are super easy to prepare (see below!).
  6. It’s Tasty! — Beets have an earthy and sweet taste that goes well on a salad, as a side with a white fish or poultry, or as a stand-alone topped with some lime and balsamic vinegar.

Also, beet leaves have an incredible amount of nutrients (if not more than the beets themselves), so don’t let those go to waste! Toss them in a smoothie or salad for some superfood support.

Important Reminder: if you eat beets for the first time ever or in a while, your poop will be dark/red. Don’t be alarmed 🙂

 

To prepare beets:

  1. Buy organic beets (red or yellow/orange).
  2. Wash.
  3. Slice off top and bottom of beet.
  4. Chop/Cube like you do a potato.

 

Option 1: 

  • Boil about 2 inches of water in a big pot.
  • Place steamer in the pot.
  • Steam beets for about 15-20 min, until soft.

 

Option 2: 

  • Place beets on a baking sheet (no foil) with coconut oil + spices (salt, pepper, or rosemary)
  • Stir up every 10 min or so.
  • Bake for 30-35 min, or until soft.

 

Option 3:

  • Spiralize beets raw for a salad or side dish OR
  • Chop raw beets, and place in a food processor to make finely chopped or minced for a salad or side dish

Recipe Note:

Gluten-Free | Paleo | Vegan | Pescetarian | Dairy-Free

Enjoy beets a few times a week for added health benefits! Happy nomming!

 

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“Peanut Butter” & Jelly Smoothie

Paleo Mac-N-Cheese

Paleo Mac-N-Cheese

This recipe was created by my friend Rebecca at My Natural Family . It is truly delicious! It’s a great way to get some veggies into the mouths of picky eaters.

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Homemade Guacamole Recipe

Food For Thought: Purpose of Life

Happy Monday, friends! What a beautiful weekend it was outside- I mean, who expects 75° weather in the middle of January? Hey, I’ll take it! I did take full advantage of the sunshine and headed to north Georgia for some hiking (and Vitamin D!). As I sat on top of the mountain and overlooked the vastness of the state below me, two thoughts came to mind:

  • I am one piece to this massive and historic puzzle, and my role was created intentionally to serve a specific purpose to the world.Every Monday at our office, each staff member comes with a word and quote that drive the direction of her or his week. I chose the word purpose with this quote: “Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s needs.” (Frederick Buechner).

    My purpose is to love and serve people well, and I am beyond grateful I get to do that in my job every day. My purpose is to make a change in my corner of the world, knowing that others are making similar impacts in their corners, as well. If we all work in our spheres, we would see goodness everywhere we turn.

  • Peace comes with stillness. Atop the mountain, there was silence. It was pretty uncanny actually. As I let my eyes wander over the below cities, hills, and trees, it seemed like life had stopped momentarily. But we all know it was zooming quickly under us, as has become the norm in most of our lives.Are we running so fast we are actually missing life? My yoga instructor Angela always says, “Before there is movement there is stillness,” and this quiet space is pivotal for a full life. My heart calmed sitting on top of those rocks; God knows all things about this world, so we can be still and find comfort in knowing that all will be all right.

Comfort Foods For You!

Speaking of comfort, let’s talk guacamole. This food certainly brings my heart comfort and joy 🙂 Make this super simple and delicious recipe for a healthy dish (be warned: you may not want to share). Enjoy!

 

Winter Squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup – New Year Food Recipe

With the start of this 2017 year, I have been reflecting on this ever-popular idea of New Year’s Resolutions. We tend to speed so fast at the year’s starting line on January 1st toward better health, financial stability, or renewed relationships (all of which are incredible things). Our momentum is 100%-all-in to create change. We can for sure do this. Then, a couple of months into the race, we often times lose a bit of speed, and some of us even stop racing. We let go of the resolution— the commitment to ourselves— to do something differently.

What makes us lose steam? Often, it is one or both of two things: challenge and value (or lack thereof). Change is hard— I get it. We are creatures of habit, as the adage goes. Here’s the thing, though. If something is not working well, not lifting us up or helping lift up others, change is necessary.

Are you living a daily lifestyle that creates the best version of you? If yes, keep going, friend! If not, it is time to start reflecting on where change will be a positive thing in your life.

If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.

Value is required to make our priorities. We focus our attention, money, and time on the individuals and things that ultimately bring value to our lives. I classify people, obligations, material things, etc. by their levels of AV (a.k.a Added Value). Is this relationship an AV one, or does it cause more pain? Does this activity I have been doing for the past year have AV, or do I feel uneasy about going each week? AV is a method of deciphering priorities. This idea of AV is not just for you and me personally, but we can use it to measure how much value we add to the world.

So when it comes to resolutions, think about the AV things you want in your life. Write them down, and next to them, scribble down the steps it will take to get there. One foot in front of the other, my friends. And eventually, this effort will lead to habit, which morphs into a lifestyle. You are changing your life one decision at a time.

 

Cheers to Your New Year, New Goal!

To help you on your journey, fill your soul (and tummy!) with comfort and warmth. This Squash Soup is just the ticket to a successful goal-setting evening!

 

vegetarian

Fish & Veg

peanut butter and jelly smoothie

“Peanut Butter” & Jelly Smoothie

Paleo Mac-N-Cheese

Paleo Mac-N-Cheese

This recipe was created by my friend Rebecca at My Natural Family . It is truly delicious! It’s a great way to get some veggies into the mouths of picky eaters.