Mason Jar Salad Prep

This has become my new go to during the month of #selfcare and I have a feeling it will stay as a part of my wellness lifestyle because it is:

1. Healthy

2.  Easy

3.  Never boring

So let’s get started!

First thing first, you are going to want to choose the size of your mason jar.  I prefer the 1 quart size.  If you are looking to buy some, you can get them here.

I recently made this delicious dressing…

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I bought Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar from Trader Joe’s and mixed it 1:1 with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I added 1 tsp. minced garlic and a touch of Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

 

I made enough for two jars to make approximately 3 and 1/2 Tbsp per Jar.  You can add what ever dressing you like!

After the dressing you will add your heartier veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, carrots, hot peppers, sweet peppers, beets or any other hearty vegetable you like.

I used cucumbers and carrots in mine and my husband likes the hot pepper rings, so I added those to his.

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Next comes the Beans and Less Hearty ingredients such as your chick peas, black beans, kidney beans, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, mushrooms, and any sprouts!

I used black beans, sunflower seeds  and chick peas!

6I don’t know about you, but a salad without olives, just isn’t a salad. I used Kalamata Olives.  You could use black olives, green olives, olives stuffed with feta, go crazy!

This is also where you would put in any pasta, rice, tabbouleh, cous cous, potato, amaranth.  There are a lot of grains out there to try, so be daring and have fun!

 

 

 

7Finally we come to the actual leaf part of the salad.  The first time I made this as a lunch, I actually over did it on the lettuce!  Now, I tear the lettuce as I am adding and don’t pack it down too much.  You don’t realize how much it makes until you tip it over into your bowl.  I use spring mix, spinach, arugula, romaine, radicchio, shredded cabbage.  Here too, have some fun as you explore new options and varieties!

So there you have it!  Put the top on, place in the fridge and you are all set for tomorrow’s lunch.  Eat within 5-6 days.

If you want to incorporate cheese, meats, or fruit, I would bring in a little separate container to add to that day’s salad:-)  Bon Appetite!

#selfcare #overnightoatmeal

The Self Care Journey Begins!

Started the morning with an amazing overnight oatmeal that came out yummy:-)

Here is the recipe I used…

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)

Directions

In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

Nutritional Info: 245 calories, 5g fat, 56g carbs, 10g fiber, 13g protein

Wait until you see what I made for lunch!!

 

Confession Time

I have a confession to make…

I am not perfect:-)

Yes, that is correct, I said it and it is true.

I struggle every day trying to make healthy decisions when it comes to diet, exercise and overall self care!  I succeed sometimes and I fail a lot!

The thing is, I know better.  I am very educated and if you know me, I am always the person people go to for advice on natural health, so it seems to me that I should do better for myself.

The question I am trying to figure out is whether I don’t value myself enough or there isn’t enough pain involved.

Tony Robbins probably wasn’t the first person to utter the words, “People make decisions based on either Pain or Pleasure”…

Ok, so the pain of not exercising apparently hasn’t quite overcome the pleasure of writing this blog or reading another book.

See, I like to learn!  And left to my own devices, would read and learn all day….

However, DOING is where the glory is!

If you are like me, let’s do it together….

Starting Monday, I will be Instragraming (new word!) my journey on eating better, cooking more, using the appliances such as the juicer and ninja blender I purchased, and exercising more!

#selfcare is the June Word and I invite you to join me!

There will be some giveaways along the way as well:-)

Join me here on my Instagram account.  Together we will succeed!

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get at this time of the year is how do I protect myself from those pesky mosquitoes, flies or ticks while trying to enjoy a nice evening with friends outside or lounging by the fire?

Is there anything out there that can protect me as well at those awful bug sprays with DEET?

There is!

Now you can customize your bug spray and keep those pests away!

Ants: Peppermint

Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir

Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme

Caterpillars: Peppermint

Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme

Cutworm: Thyme

Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint

Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary

Gnats: Patchouli

Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass

Moths: Lavender, Peppermint Plant

Lice: Peppermint

Roaches: Eucalyptus

Slugs: White Fir

Snails: Patchouli, White Fir

Spiders: Peppermint

Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme

Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood

 

Naturally Whiter Teeth

What is better in the summer than a strawberry shortcake?  I mean the delicious sweetness  and juiciness from the strawberries combines with the oven baked goodness of a lemon shortbread!

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Who would have thought that three ingredients that you may use in your strawberry shortcake recipe when mixed together can naturally whiten teeth?

baking soda
strawberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking to whiten your teeth naturally, then here is a awesome recipe to try!

This recipe will work for 1-2 applications.  I recommend making one application at a time.

Use am and pm for about 7 days and you should see the difference!

RECIPE

1 tsp baking soda

1 mashed strawberry

2-3 drops lemon essential oil

 

Mix baking soda and strawberry together to form a paste in a little dish (if using in pm one also with a lid).

Add 2-3 drops lemon oil

Put half of paste on toothbrush and brush teeth for about 2 min.

Put remaining paste in fridge (good for approximately 1-2 days)

Rinse and then brush teeth with your regular toothpaste

Save other half for your evening ritual.

Repeat and enjoy whiter teeth naturally!