Healthy Fruit Salad and Vinaigrette

Healthy Fruit Salad and Vinaigrette

As the summer approaches and our bodies crave more fruit. Here is a healthy, easy, quick, and delicious recipe for a Fruit and Nut Salad tossed with a beautiful Vinaigrette Dijon Dressing. Fruit and Nut Salad 1 Pear or Apple cut into small pieces (can use mango, berries, or peaches, fruit in season is best) 3 tbsp crushed cashews (can use walnuts, pine nuts , or almonds – you choose) 1 bunch Arugula 1 bunch Watercress (can add shaved red cabbage) Loosely mix greens with the pieces of fruit and cashews (nuts) Vinaigrette Dijon Dressing 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoon each plain yoghurt (Fage), fresh lemon juice to taste 1tsp red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1 teaspoon thyme, garlic powder, sage, and basil Combine in a bowl and whisk briskly with a fork until well blended. Mix into the salad ! Serves 2-3   ENJOY...
Frannie’s Hair

Frannie’s Hair

Frannie peaked her head around the corner, “Hello Ashley, I’ll be with you in a minute.” I noticed how cute and different her hair was so I commented, “Love your hair. Did you straighten it or let it grow?” She bounced around the corner smiling and perky: “Girl, thank you! You see………….my mom was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and as the news settled she feared losing her hair. Not willing for her to walk this journey alone, I shaved mine first. She now see’s me ‘sassing around‘ and loving my wig and she’s no longer afraid.” Mouth open, tears streaming, and heart pounding -­‐ “WOW”, I exclaimed, “That is amazing! I am so moved and encouraged. What an incredible testimony.” The love Frannie displayed for her mother was sacrificial and it covered her mother’s fears. Frannie was selflessly laying down her right to have hair and it reminded me of Christ laying down His rights for us to have life – life abundantly. I shared my father’s illness with Frannie and how in our pain and lack of understanding God came into our weary hearts and poured out His peace, strength, and hope. She then shared this story with me: “The month after my mothers diagnoses I was busy making bedroom furniture for my first grandson, soon to come. Sitting on the floor with a heavy soul and weary hands, I began questioning the Lord and praying for my mom. In that moment the Lord spoke to my wondering heart: ‘Frannie, just as you have worked diligently in preparing a place for your precious baby boy....
Watermelon and Chocolate Waffles

Watermelon and Chocolate Waffles

The warm air approaches quickly and it is time to get ready for summer. I made a watermelon salad the other night and had leftover watermelon. I decided to throw some in my smoothie the next morning and oh my goodness — DELICIOUS! Here is what I did. Watermelon-Coconut Smoothie INGREDIENTS 1 – 2 cups diced watermelon 2 tbsp fage plain yogurt 4 drops liquid stevia (organic) 1/2 avocado dash of cinnamon 2 scoops USANA vanilla protein powder 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk (if you want a creamer texture) 1 cup ice 1 tbsp local honey (optional) Blend on high until its a smooth constancy and indulge. I do not eat waffles very often any more, but when I do I treat myself to the best (in a healthy kind of way). After allot of searching and testing, I found this next recipe on the web and had to share —- again DELICIOUS (no need to recreate)! Paleo Chocolate Waffles INGREDIENTS 1 cup applesauce 4 eggs 4 tbsp coconut flour 1 cup Superfine Blanched Almond Flour ½ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp vanilla 4 tbsp cocao powder ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (organic and no added sugar) Chocolate Sauce 2 tbsp of coconut oil ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips (I personnaly added a few drops of liquid organic stevia to the chocolate sauce) INSTRUCTIONS Combine all the ingredients for the waffles in a large mixing bowl and blend until well combined. Turn on your waffle maker to high Pour ¾ cup into your waffle maker and cook for 4 – 5 minutes....
10 Amazing Benefits to Drinking Hot Lemon Water Every Morning

10 Amazing Benefits to Drinking Hot Lemon Water Every Morning

There are many benefits to drinking this simple and amazing morning beverage. Here are 10 of them: 1) Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn. 2) Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. 3) Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. 4) Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline. 5) Clears Skin. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. 6) Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. 7) Promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. 8) Freshens Breath. Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis 9) Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. 10) Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. If you...
Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

One large free-range organic whole chicken. (Or free-range chicken breast, legs, and thighs) Mix the Dry rub (black pepper, sea salt, chili powder, cayenne powder, ground cumin). I used about 2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, cumin, and a tablespoon each of the chili powder and 1 tsp. cayenne . 3 limes 2 generous handfuls of fresh cilantro. 4 cloves of garlic. 2 tbsp of olive oil. Wash your chicken off under cold tap water and then dry with paper towels. Dust your chicken with salt & pepper, and apply an even coating of chili powder, cayenne, and cumin to your taste. There is no magic amount or formula to use, yet do try to cover the whole bird with some spice. In a blender or food processor, combine your lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and olive oil. Pulse until an even consistency is reached. Take your extra lime and poke lots of holes into it with a fork. Now dust this lime with chili powder and stick it into the cavity of your chicken. Find a ziplock bag or crock pot liner large enough to hold your whole bird. Place your bird/breast in the bag and pour your wet marinade over it. Use your hands to make sure the marinade is applied evenly around the chicken and under the skin, this is the important part. You can puncture the chicken breasts a few times with a knife for the marinade to seep into, yet this is not necessary. Making sure you get the marinade well applied and under the skin will do the trick. Seal your bag tight so...