Hibiscus Flower ImmuniTEA

Hibiscus Flower ImmuniTea

I don’t know about you guys, but EVERYONE I know has been getting sick! Cold and flu season is in full effect and I am desperately trying to stay healthy.

I truly believe that a hot cup o’ tea can cure just about anything. Green tea to get you going in the morning, SleepyTime tea to help you fall asleep, Detox Tea to purge the body of built up toxins, and this amazing ImmuniTea to promote a healthy immune system.

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  • Hibiscus Flowers give this herbal tea a slightly sweet and fruity taste, and have a calming effect on the body.
  • Lemon peel provides a nice hit of citrus and is thought to strengthen the immune system.
  • Echinacea is a popular herb that has been used by Native American for centuries to boost immunity.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. hibiscus flower
  • 1/2 oz. lemon peel
  • 1/4 oz. echinacea
  • 1 teaspoon honey

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Chocolate Coconut Almond Energy Bites

Today’s post was inspired by our visit to an Edible Columbus event at The Seasoned Farmhouse this past week.  Raw Hors d’oeuvres and small plates, such as these, lined the beautifully decorated tables and were so full of flavor they just blew us away.   I couldn’t help but think I should recreate this…and the rest is history!

Organic Chocolate Energy Bites

The best part about this recipe is that it can be customized to fit your own taste.  Add whatever nuts, seeds or dried fruits you want in them. Be daring!  Read More

Is there anything better than a good book? Ok, maybe a good book AND a cup of tea! Books have the ability to transform the body, mind and spirit, and have guided us through hard times, major life transitions and all sorts of joyous occasions.

If we had to choose, books that inspire and empower our spirit are at the top of the must-read list! We are constantly looking for ways to reconnect with our true self and deepen our spiritual connection.

If you find yourself in need of a little inspiration, these 5 books for spiritual growth are for YOU!

Books For Spiritual Growth

1. The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book discusses 4 principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in your life. We’ll toast to that! Living by these agreements full-time can be extremely difficult, but also life changing: (1) Be impeccable with you word (2) Don’t take anything personally (3) Don’t make assumptions (4) Always do your best.

Books for Spiritual Growth

2. May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein 

The author of this book is one of our all-time favorite soul sisters. Gabrielle Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in our thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives, including our relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image. In this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers an exciting plan for releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness.

Books For Spiritual Growth

3. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

To say that this book is life-changing is an understatement! The story provides 9 key insights into life itself, as humans move toward a completely spiritual culture on Earth. Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events in your life right now and lets you see what is going to happen in the years to come. This book is not only an amazing story of adventure and discovery, but a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life and to direct you with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.  Read More

Super Bowl Snacking: Healthy Edition

Happy Saturday, folks! Can you believe that the Super Bowl is only 1 week away? I don’t know a darn thing about football (much to my husband’s dissapointment), but I love an excuse to get together with friends and enjoy some tasty snacks.

Football food is notoriously known for being highly processed, greasy, and downright unhealthy. It doesn’t have to be that way…

These amazing recipes are “football” approved, healthy and most importantly, delicious. None of that fat-free, “skinny” stuff here. Just real food and great flavor!

Healthy SuperBowl Snacks

Creamy Avocado, Artichoke, & Kale Dip via Blissful Basil

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Ranch Quinoa Encrusted Chicken w/BBQ Mustard via The Housewife In Training 

Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Baked Goat Cheese w/Fire Roasted Tomatoes via A Couple Cooks

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{Recipe Redux} Vegan Sriracha Chili

I’m a sucker for hearty, healthy, protein-rich, low-fat dishes that are full of flavor and zest!  Isn’t everybody, though?  This warm, vegan, comfort food is the ultimate crowd pleaser because the tofu works to absorb all the spicy flavors and mimics the texture of meat… A recipe that makes the blustery cold winter almost worthwhile.

Vegan Chili

The Prompt:

“The New Year is heating up with smoke and spiciness. From boldly flavored smoked salts to actual smoking techniques, subtly smoked food is on-trend. The same can be said for spice as we savor heat from harissa, sriracha and smoked paprika. Show us the healthy dish you’re heating up with smoke and/or spiciness.”

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 1, 14 oz., Package Extra-firm Tofu, drained
  • 1 c. Carrots, chopped
  • 1.5 c. Broccoli, chopped
  • 2 Large Zucchini, chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 T. Chili Powder
  • 2-4 c. Vegetable Stock, as needed
  • 1/4 c. Sriracha
  • 1 T. Cumin, ground
  • 2 c. Tomatoes, diced
  • 1, 15 oz. can, Kidney Beans
  • 1, 15 oz. can, Black Beans
  • 1, 15 oz. can, Corn
  • Tortilla Chips *optional
  • Vegan “cheese” shreds *optional

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His words are powerful, motivational, inspirational and beautiful!  His overall message is something worth celebrating more than just one day a year.  Apparently, many people agree and have crafted these gems to honor MLK.  I encourage you to check them out, purchase and/or share to pay homage & love:

i have a dream bracelet

Bracelet via GardenOfOhm

MLK Mug

Mug via Ceramics for Everyone

MLK etsy

 

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We want to start by saying, We LOVE blogging!  But, Did we know how much time it would entail when we first got started?  NOOO. :(

With our other daily demands, time is just not on our side.  Juggling multiple responsibilities, we constantly are looking for ways to reduce and simplify the never-ending to do-list.  When it comes to social media, things have definitely gotten a little complex and blogging can become more of a chore than a hobby if you don’t get crafty.  So, here is our list of the Top 5 Blogging Apps for newbies (AKA us 365 days ago) looking to capitalize and be ready for when inspiration strikes anytime, anywhere!

Top 5 Blogging Apps

1.  Buffer:

Thank heavens for this tool.  Managing social media just got a hell of a lot easier.  You no longer have to be in front of your computer to post content on Facebook, Twitter and GooglePlus.  Just pre-schedule and go.  Also comes with a built-in URL shortener. Can I get an Amen?!

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Spicy Chili Verde {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Spicy Chili Verde

Nothing hits the spot like a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter’s night. This is no ordinary chili, however. Besides being vegan and gluten free, it is stuffed with veggies, plant-based protein and FLAVOR!

This recipe is not for the faint of heart. The jalapeños give it a serious kick! I can assure you it will warm your body and soul, while nourishing you from the inside out.

Spicy Chili Verde

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 – 12 oz bags shelled frozen, organic edamame
  • 16 oz jar salsa verde
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (gluten free)
  • salt/pepper
  • lime wedges for serving

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Zucchini Noodles + Arugula Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes

Don’t get me wrong, I love pasta. I’m Italian which basically means I am programmed to crave all things spaghetti related! Luckily, these zucchini noodles (zoodles) are so delicious, I almost can’t tell the difference. They literally take less than 5 minutes to prepare, and pair perfectly with the zesty arugula pesto and fresh tomatoes.

If you are trying to incorporate more veggies into your diet, this recipe is for you. Clean eating at its finest!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 zucchini
  • 4 cups arugula, loosely packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • salt/pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese

Zucchini Noodles + Arugula Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes

Zucchini Noodles + Arugula Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop off the ends of the zucchini.
  2. Using a spiral slicer, rotate the zucchini in a circular motion to create linguine shaped “noodles” and set aside.
  3. To make pesto, combine arugula, olive oil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor or Vitamix until creamy consistency is achieved. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Before serving, mix the arugula pesto and zucchini noodles until evenly coated. Sprinkle with cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese and serve!

Zucchini Noodles + Arugula Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes

Go GREEN! Eat your Zoodles!

Unfortunately, today is not a Meatless Monday post.  Though I don’t eat meat, I do have to cook it every now and again to appease the hubs and dinner guests.  The good news is that when I cook up some meat, it’s always healthy, free-range and hormone free!  Bonus: this Almond Crusted Baked Chicken is also gluten-free.  Forget the batter-dipped, deep-fried stuff– You’re Welcs.  :)

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