Grain-free Taco Salad

This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious! One thing you will notice that is different is that there aren’t any refined starches or grains in it. I’ve found that for myself and many of my clients that it’s easy to get carried away with starches at meals and that leads to health symptoms like weight gain (or stalling weight loss), energy crashes, increased appetite, and sugar cravings. What you’ll love about this meal is that it is super easy to customize. If you do well with more carbs, then you’ll do great with more green leafies, cabbage, and salsa. If you do well with less carbs, these are great options that won’t spike your blood sugar and you can add a bit more fat and protein to stay balanced. Everybody wins!

Ingredients for taco salad filling:

  • 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp-1.5 teaspoons of chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (or 1/2 chopped yellow onion)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Organic hot sauce to taste (I love Organic Harvest Foods’ Jalapeno Pepper Sauce)
  • Toppings: avocado or guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, olives, salsa or chopped tomatoes

Ingredients for taco salad base:

  • 1-2 cups of leafy greens and/or cabbage (crispy romaine is especially delicious)
  • Optional: organic whole or refried beans

How to:

  • In a large skillet, crumble ground beef and add spices. Cook on medium heat until meat turns brown, stirring occasionally (5-10 minutes).
  • While filling is cooking, wash and chop lettuce.
  • If having beans, heat those up in a small pot with a little coconut oil on the bottom to prevent sticking.
  • When meat is brown, turn off heat.
  • Put lettuce on plate, top with meat (and beans), and add your favorite toppings~avocado or guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese, olives, and salsa or chopped tomatoes.
  • Enjoy!

Tropical Breakfast

Aloha! I’m enjoying a little vacay in Hawaii and wanted you to enjoy an easy tropical breakfast we’ve enjoyed several times. Generally, I like a hearty breakfast, so I was surprised that this one provided good energy and was really satisfying.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup full-fat plain organic Greek yogurt
  • 1 small apple banana (or half a regular banana), thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • vanilla creme stevia SweetDrops to taste (3-5 was good for me, I don’t like things very sweet)
  • optional: unsweetened shredded coconut on top

How to:

Put everything in a bowl and mix it up!
Delicious and satisfying, this breakfast is especially good if you do well with a little more fat with your meals. If you don’t, then it’s easy to cut back the fat by substituting low or no fat yogurt.
I hope you enjoy this easy breakfast! Also, I’m still collecting teleseminar input so please hit reply to rebecca@choosinghealthnow.com and share with me the #1 health challenge you’re having that you’d like help with.
Aloha!

In health,
~Rebecca

Detox Mojito

If you love refreshing beverages that help you naturally have more energy, don’t upset your stomach, and support your ideal weight then we have something in common!

I’ve always been a “lightweight” when it comes to drinking alcohol. In fact, I really don’t enjoy how I feel when I drink, so I just don’t. However, many of my clients were looking for healthier options when they were on vacation or if they were at parties so I’m going to share this great recipe for a virgin detox mojito with you today.

Detox ingredients and request

Mint and lime, 2 of the ingredients in this tasty recipe, are great for supporting detox. Though limes aren’t as strong as lemons for supporting detox (your body’s natural cleansing process for removing chemicals like food additives, pesticides, and metals) they’re still supportive and delicious. This mojito is also great with a combo of lime and lemon so feel free to experiment.
Before diving into the recipe, I want to ask you for a favor. Can you share with me your #1 challenge you have with your health? I’m putting together a free teleseminar in the next few months and I want to pick a topic that will provide HUGE value to you. Just hit reply and let me know. Thank you!
Okay, on with the recipe.


Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice from 2 small limes
  • 2 teaspoons local raw honey OR liquid stevia to taste (5-10 drops of SweetLeaf plain drops)
  • 6 ounces sparkling mineral water
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

How to:

  1. In a glass, muddle (crush) the mint, lime juice and honey or stevia drops–I like this brand because it’s made healthily, tastes great AND easy to travel with. If you’re out at a restaurant, one option is to ask the bartender to leave out the sweetener completely and add your own!
  2. Add crushed ice and then pour sparkling mineral water over ice
  3. Stir slightly and serve

Enjoy this great drink as a healthy alternative next time you want to kick up your heels.
Remember, please hit reply to rebecca@choosinghealthnow.com and share with me the #1 health challenge you’re having that you’d like help with. Thanks again!

In health,
~Rebecca

Simple, healthy snacks for traveling

Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” and this is especially true when it comes to having healthy snack options when you’re traveling!

I’ve done more than my share of traveling across the globe. What I’ve learned while traveling is that if I don’t bring healthy food along, sh*% happens. Can you relate? Someone gets “hangry”, flights are delayed, there’s traffic…you know how unpredictable traveling is! Everything feels worse if you are hungry and there’s nothing around to eat or all the options will make you feel like garbage. Who wants to start their vacation off like that?!
So today my friends, I’m going to share some tried and true travel snacks to support your energy, blood sugar, and peace of mind so that you enjoy your vacation even more.

Healthy Awesome Travel Snacks

  • Toasted coconut flakes with sea salt (dang is a great brand)
  • Plantain chips–I love the ones cooked in coconut oil like Terra.
  • Nuts and seeds (buy them in bulk at the grocery store and portion into baggies OR buy them in individual sized portions): Favorites are raw or lightly roasted nuts and seeds like almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Sea salt is great (skip the heavily salted ones that say “salt” versus “sea salt” in the ingredients).
  • Sea Snax nori sheets
  • Nut butter pouches (Unsweetened almond or peanut butter), coconut butter
  • Jerky  (Steve’s PaleoGoods, Epic, Krave, Nick’s, The New Primal, Brooklyn Biltong, Think Jerky–I recommend making sure any brand you buy be free of MSG, gluten and lots of sugar)
  • Bars–I’m not the biggest fan of bars, but when you’re traveling, they can be a lifesaver! Some legit brands are JERF Bars, PaleoValley Collagen Bars, Primal Kitchen Bars, Harvest or Epic Bars

  • Pork rinds (quality organic brands like Epic)
  • And though there are many more options, I’ll end with this great cracker recipe (I often will quadruple the recipe before taking an overseas trip…and they’re usually gone within the week!).

I’m sure you’ll love these travel snack ideas as much as me and many of my clients do. Got your own that you’d like to share? Please email me and I’ll happily add it to the list. 🙂
Fun and healthy travels!

 

In health,

Rebecca

The weeds of health vs. The seeds of health: Which are you watering?

As I’ve been spending more time in my garden lately, both planting flowers and pulling weeds, it came to me that this is such a great metaphor for health! With my own health journey as well as every client I’ve ever worked with, there’s a process of giving the body what it needs to be healthy, and removing the obstacles getting in its way. Today, let’s take a look at how you can use this metaphor for creating the body and health you want.

What are your weeds?

Being totally honest with yourself, what are 1-3 things that you do weekly or even daily that are standing in your way to looking and feeling the way you want?
Common examples are grabbing unhealthy food or drinks on the go, going to bed too late, not scheduling time for movement/exercise, and eating late at night.

What are your seeds?

Likewise, what are the things you could do daily or weekly that would allow your health to grow and bloom into something you love and are proud of?
Common examples are grocery shopping weekly and making sure to buy healthy foods that can be packed for lunch or snacks, putting self-care into your calendar (scheduling movement breaks or workouts, reminders to drink water), and sticking with a consistent bedtime.

There’s a great quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. that says, “Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” So does your health!

As I’m always trying to empower you to chip away at the stressful pieces that hold you back from your best health, I encourage you to pick 1 weed to pull and pick 1 seed you’re going to replace it with this week.

I’d love to hear what you decide to shift so feel free to connect with me and share how you are taking a step toward creating the body and health you really want.

In health,
~Rebecca

Boost your energy with this easy lunch!

Do you struggle with putting meals together or figuring out what to eat? Do you skip meals because you’re too busy and distracted? Or do you eat meals that make your energy plummet and your brain feel like it’s half awake?

I hear these kinds of descriptions ALL the time and can certainly relate.
When you’re on the go from one project to the next, it can feel hard to stop and refuel and even harder to figure out what fuel to put in your tank.
Today I’m sharing one of my go-to quick lunches.

Shown in this picture is sliced cheese, turkey, mustard (all organic, and some salad greens (these happen to be from my garden, but any organic greens will do).
The sky is the limit with variations! You could do

  • A BLT (bacon lettuce and tomato, no bread)
  • Any organic sliced meat you desire
  • No cheese if dairy doesn’t agree with you or all cheese and no meat if you don’t eat meat
  • Egg salad
  • Tuna salad
  • Throw some fermented or pickled veggies on the side…you get the idea!

This is an easy and nutritious meal. The time you save putting it together, I recommend spending on chewing, taking some deep breaths, and being still (this is great for resetting your stress response AND boosting your ability to properly digest your meal so you can get energy to continue your day).

Have a great week!

~Rebecca

Healthy cheese crackers (grain free!)

I wish I could take the credit for this great recipe!

Maria Emmerich is a grain free, keto genuis and has tons of great cookbooks which is how my family discovered these great crackers.

This recipe is from her site and I’m excited for you to try it!

“Healthified” Cheez Its!
Cheez Its1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 cup freshly grated sharp cheese (I used aged Gouda!)
1 egg white
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grate 1/2 cup cheese.

In a food processor (or medium bowl) whip the egg white until the egg has loosened and become frothy. Add in the almond flour, salt, and cheese until a stiff dough forms. Cut two pieces of parchment paper the size of baking sheet. Put dough on top of one piece of parchment. Place the second piece of parchment on top of the dough and roll out with rolling pin until dough covers the parchment sheet (see photo).
Cheez ItsRoll the dough so it is the same thickness or it will bake unevenly.

Remove top parchment. Using a pizza cutter, score the dough into squares or other shapes. Place the parchment with the cut dough onto baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Keebler Cheez It = 160 calories, 8 g fat, 18 carbs, 1 fiber (17 effective carbs), 4 g protein
“Healthified” Cheez It = 120 calories, 9.5 g fat, 2.4 carbs, 1.1 g fiber (1.3 effective carbs), 6.1 g protein

Is your diet making you cranky?

Are you feeling impatient, energy tanking during the day, and finding yourself always looking for a snack?

Your body may be trying to tell you something.
These symptoms are frequently linked to food stress. I’m going to share with you the top 3 common causes of food stress and the solutions you need to start feeling better.

1) Lack of good quality protein. You may either not be getting enough protein throughout the day OR the protein you are getting may not be digesting properly. Some great sources of easily assimilated protein are collagen, plant protein, and moringa powder. They can be added to smoothies like this one to give your body energy, good mood support, and help you feel satisfied rather than always looking for something to snack on.

2) Not getting good fats. Fats from food are needed to make hormones (some of these hormones help you to recover from stress!). Seeking out good quality fats and oils can be a real game changer for you. Examples are coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, macadamia nut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. Poor oils can lead to cellular damage, inflammation and low energy so be sure to avoid trans fats and vegetable oils like soybean, canola, corn, and safflower.

3) Overdoing the wrong carbs. Carbs that support energy, mood and satiety are leafy greens, above ground veggies, and low sugar fruits like berries. It’s easy to go overboard on carbs if you are eating foods made from flour (dense in carbs and quickly converted into sugar in your body), so bread, pasta, tortillas, and chips can easily lead to increases in appetite, inconsistent energy, and irritability for many people. Here are 3 great pasta alternatives for you to try instead.

These food stress solutions can make a real difference in your day. I’m so excited for you to have a more balanced appetite, more energy, & feel more positive.

In health,
~Rebecca

3 surprising health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Are you interested in feeling great, slowing the aging process, and preventing disease?

Then these tips are for you!
Raw, unfiltered, Apple cider vinegar (ACV) with “the mother” is a fermented vinegar from apples that has beneficial bacteria that can help you:
1) Kill harmful bacteria and pathogens like E. coli. ACV’s active ingredient acetic acid has been used historically as a disinfectant and natural food preservative. Infections like harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth are some common underlying causes of health complaints like extra body fat, fatigue, and low energy.

2) Lowers blood sugar, fights Type II Diabetes. Your body functions at its best when it efficiently uses the energy you get from your food. When you’re stressed, eating a poor diet, and not moving your body enough, problems can arise with your body’s ability to get your food fuel into your cells (one example of this is called insulin resistance). ACV has been shown to lower blood sugar after meals and improve insulin sensitivity. This is great news for your energy, brain function, and waistline.
3) Cancer prevention. Some studies have shown that ACV has anti-tumor properties and may slow cancer cell growth.

Ways to enjoy ACV

ACV can be easily integrated into your diet. Try incorporating it into salad dressings, marinades, or in dips like guacamole.
If you have an adverse reaction to apples or ACV, consult your doctor. If your body has some underlying imbalances (reflux, ulcers, H. pylori infection), these may need to be addressed before you can get the full benefits of ACV. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about addressing issues like these and supporting your health naturally.
I’m always happy to hear your questions and comments.

In health,
~Rebecca

How do you know when it’s time to move on?

Do you feel deep down that you aren’t getting your needs met? That you want more and better even if you cannot picture how? If your answer is yes, this can bring up strong feelings and I want to support you by addressing this today.

Every day you make choices that change the course of your life. Where you’re at with how you earn a living, your family and friend relationship dynamics, and your current state of health, it’s not by accident. Your life is largely made of your daily choices. I’d like you to answer one simple question: Which of your choices are truly working for you?

There’s a pattern that divides those who seem to reach every goal they set and those who are always struggling. If you are someone who is struggling to reach your health goals, what’s underneath your struggle (feeling overwhelmed, feeling exhausted, not sticking with healthy eating habits, not knowing how to cook, sitting all day for work, not getting the support you need)?
If you want to be a success story, you’ve got to be able to see when it’s time to move on from what isn’t working for you.

Why You’re Stuck

The key to why SO many of us struggle with health issues is that we are so stressed out that changing anything feels too hard. Be honest, have you ever felt this way? You may genuinely want your body to look and feel differently, but there’s too many other things competing for your time and energy and so your efforts never fully take flight.
Most likely, this pattern is never going to change. It’s never going to be convenient for you to get healthy.

Move on to a winning strategy

You can have the results you want and you can have the resources you need to have them. A winning strategy to give you the room in your mind to be able to achieve this is through starting to transform your “stress” pattern. Broken down further, you’re stressed because there’s too much on your plate (usually not good stuff either, but rather too many things that drain your energy). Identifying energy drains and resolving them will help you get what you want with your health and every other area of your life. Why? Plugging those drains puts more gas in your tank so that you don’t run into as much decision fatigue and halfhearted attempts to make and stick with health improvements.

Start here

Here’s one thing you can do today to change this pattern: write down one energy drain you experienced yesterday or today. What was the obstacle, did it involve other people, does it happen often, how do you feel when it happens, and how have you been handling it? Feel free to share your answers with me.
As you start to identify your drains and resolve them, you will feel your stress start to melt away and you will automatically have more time and energy available to invest in the things that will deeply impact how you look and feel daily.
If you need some support with resolving your energy drains and transforming your stress, I’m here for you and would love to help you discover where your best health has been hiding.

~Rebecca