Risotto Stuffed Portobellos

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Risotto stuffed portobellos are so yummy and healthy! I like to make extra and have them for lunch during the week; they reheat fabulously. If you are craving some vegan, gluten free comfort food, you’ve come to the right place. You will need the following ingredients (I prefer to use organic):

  • 4 large portobellos (washed, gills, and stems removed)
  • 1 shallot chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1/2 c. yellow, orange, or red bell pepper or a blend of the 3
  • chopped 1/2 c zucchini chopped
  • 1 c. daiya mozzarella
  • 6 spears of asparagus sliced
  • 1 bunch baby spinach washed and ready to sautee
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1c. arborio rice
  • 3c. vegetable broth

Preheat oven to 350. Place mushrooms (gill side up) in a glass baking dish with about 1/4″ of water or vegetable broth in the bottom. rub with olive oil, garlic, and a tiny bit of salt & pepper if you are using water. Place mushrooms in the oven and bake for about 30 mins. As soon as you pop the mushrooms in the oven, find a mid size pot or deep pan and add about 2 tbsp olive oil, the remaining garlic, and shallot, sautee over medium heat for about 1 minute (just until they become fragrant and start to sizzle). Add the uncooked rice, stir and sautee another minute. Add 1c. broth and bell peppers. Stir frequently until the liquid is mostly absorbed by the rice, then add another cup and cook stirring frequently until the liquid is mostly absorbed, add the zucchini and asparagus and the last cup of broth. Continue cooking and stirring until the rice starts to look creamy. (total risotto cook time is apps. 20 mins). You can sample if you are unsure. It should not be crunchy at all. when the rice is done, stir in about 1/2 cup. Daiya mozzarella and continue stirring until melted and incorporated, add salt and pepper to taste. The mushrooms should be done now if they aren’t already. Grab them from the oven and using a large spoon, fill the mushrooms with the risotto mixture. Top with Daiya cheese and pop into the oven (broiler) until cheese melts and begins to turn golden. Sautee spinach over medium high in 1 tsp. olive oil, until wilted, add salt & pepper to taste. Voila, plate the spinach with the stuffed mushroom on top! Enjoy.

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Healthy Anti-Aging Weight Loss Tips

If you are like many women I know, you want to stay healthy, active, and youthful and you want to lose some weight. Well, the good news is that what you do to lose weight is also going to make your skin clearer, hydrated, and radiant. The bad news is, that it is not that easy if you are accustomed to fast foods, processed foods, white flour, empty carbs, and sweets. If you are willing drastically change your eating habits, I promise you that it will show on your face and on your waistline, and in your energy level! Here are some tips that my sisters and I  follow to look and feel healthy.

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Have juice fasting days each month – Yes! Commit an entire day to juice fasting. The first time, it is best to do it on a non-work day, like a Saturday. Plan ahead so that you have made or bought organic juices – both fruit and vegetable -ahead of time. My eyes and skin are always clearer after a juice fast and this is a good cleanse for your liver and gallbladder as well.

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Have Vegan days each week – Dedicate 2 days or more each week to eating fruits, nuts, and vegetables. That’s right. No meat, dairy, processed foods, or alcohol. Sound difficult? It’s easy!

  • An apple or banana with peanut butter? Vegan.
  • Trail Mix? Vegan.
  • Salad with olives, cashews, garlic, and Balsamic Vinegrette dressing? Vegan.
  • Sweet Potato fries? Vegan.
  • Sauteed green beans with smoked almonds? Vegan!
  • Apple Raisin Oatmeal? Vegan!
  • Fresh Peaches? Also Vegan!

See how easy it is to find easy delicious vegan recipes? I often think of the side dishes that my grandmother used to make. Being Southerners, the meat and 3 vegetable dinner was a nightly occurrence. Moms and grandmas used to come up with creative vegetable dishes all the time! In our multi-tasking chronically stressed out culture, many families are reaching for packaged meals or fast foods. With some planning and creativity, you can start adding more vegetable dishes to your diet too!

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Add natural activity to your day whenever you can -

  • Don’t circle for a parking spot. If it’s a safe area, take a spot that will require some walking.
  • Take the stairs whenever you have the choice.
  • Clean your house
  • Garden
  • Play outside with your kids
  • Play outside with your dog
  • Take daily walks

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Add planned exercise to your daily Routine:

  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Running
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Free Weights
  • The Gym

Whatever gets you moving! Do it every day! Aim for 1 hour a day. Something is better than nothing, so even if you can only devote 20 minutes one day, just do that.

 

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Julienne Zucchini “Pasta” with Basil Marinara Sauce

Basil Marinara Sauce
1 clove garlic – smashed and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (28-ounce) large can crushed tomatoes
1 (28-ounce) large can pureed tomatoes
1/4 cup green bell pepper chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Sautee’ your olive oil, garlic, onion, and green pepper until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer on low.

While your sauce is simmering:

Figure about 2 zucchinis per person
Wash your zucchini
Use the julienne tool to create your “pasta” strands
Store them in a large glass or stainless steel bowl until ready to serve.

Serve with sauce as a topping or toss it together with the zucchini.
Top with vegan cheese or your favorite grated parmesan!

**This dish can be converted into a totally raw dish by using raw tomatoes instead of canned/cooked. In which case, you would want to remove the tomato seeds. You would then place the ingredients for the sauce into a food processor and puree’. Serve over your julienne zucchini.

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Easy Organic Orange Facial Cleanser

Orange Peel Facial Cleanser
The peel of 1 organic orange
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor into a thick puree
Use instead of soap as anti-oxidant rich facial cleanser and mild peel!

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Natural Moisturizers

Walnut Oil: Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants, applying Walnut Oil to your skin and under-eye area is a great way to smooth fine lines and moisturize dry skin. It’s tasty too, so any unused portion is great for cooking!

Coconut Oil: Use Organic coconut oil as an all over moisturizer. Massage into rough, dry feet and elbows. Replace your lip balm. Smooth dry hands and cuticles. It is also handy as a stretch mark preventative for expectant moms. Use coconut oil all over after a shower and before bed to moisturize your skin while you sleep. You will awaken with silky soft skin!

Vitamin E Oil (capsules): Use Vitamin E Oil at night a few times a week. Due to it’s thickness, you might want to alternate with Walnut oil. Vitamin E is helpful as a skin brightener and can reduce the appearance of acne scars. It is also great for chapped lips and dry cuticles.

Vitamin A (capsules): Use at night as an anti-wrinkle cream. Dab it under the eyes and on any fine lines. Vitamin A also helps with acne, psoriasis, cold sores, and other skin irritations.

**Don’t forget – When you are moisturizing your face, you should be moisturizing your neck as well!

 

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Juicing for Health and Anti-Aging

Watermelon & Cucumber: Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

1/2 Watermelon

4 Cucumbers – peeled, seeds removed

2 Mint Leaves

Juice of 1 lemon

Combine Watermelon and Cucumbers in the blender. You will need to do this step in batches if you have a standard sized blender.

Blend your first batch, then strain it into the pitcher.

Blend your second batch, then strain into the pitcher.

Add Lemon juice and 2 mint leaves into the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice. This is a refreshing summer drink that will reduce bloating and water weight gain!

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Yoga for a Fit Mind and Body

Yoga is a great way to keep your body and mind in shape. I spoke with Laura Mirando of the Metro Atlanta Yoga Community for some tips for beginners to advanced.

Laura is pictured in Mermaid Pose, an advanced variation of One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) that deepens the backbend and opens the hips. As you practice the pose, you can imagine that your legs and hips create the tail of a mermaid, having all of the looseness and fluidity of a mermaid. Be sure to warm up your hips and thighs thoroughly before attempting this pose.

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Anti-Aging Skincare

Hi Potency Fruit Acid Peel

** Warning Not for the Faint of Heart. Use at your own risk! **

Lemon Juice has been used by women to beautify the skin since ancient times. Cleopatra is said to have used a lemon juice peel for anti-aging. In fact, I remember my grandmother recommending that I use lemon juice to remove my freckles, when I complained about them as a young teenager. She was right, of course. Lemon juice is a totally natural and effective way to create your own homemade “chemical” peel. In fact, with a PH of 2, Lemon juice can be a harsher acid than many over-the-counter cosmetic peels that you can buy for hundreds of dollars. Because of it’s high acidity, I recommend that you only keep this peel on your skin for 1 minute or less the first time you use it. After about 1 week, you can apply it again and increase the time by 1 minute. Increase by 1 minute each week. Use common sense. When your skin starts to burn, it’s time to wash it off.

Tools:
natural fruit acid peel tools

  • Fan Brush
  • Jar
  • 1 Fresh Organic Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda mixed into 1 cup of water (neutralizing rinse)
  • Walnut Oil

Instructions:
Start with clean dry skin – This works best as an anti-aging peel. I do not recommend that anyone under age 21 use this peel. Do not use a scrub before doing this peel. Do not apply to a rash, cut, or broken skin. It will burn and it will make it worse.

  • Slice lemon in half
  • Squeeze juice into jar
  • Use fan brush to apply lemon juice to face and neck
  • Wipe any drips. Do Not Get Lemon Juice In Your Eyes.
  • Leave on for 1 minute.
  • Rinse your face and neck (It’s easiest to just be ready to hop into the shower and rinse)
  • Apply Baking Soda rinse. This neutralizes the fruit acid.
  • Rinse one more time with plain water
  • Massage walnut oil into skin. You are done! Use sunscreen when you go outside.