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New Video: Good Mood Foods that make you feel HAPPY + Smoothie Recipe!

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This video is all about good-mood foods that are clinically proven to work as an anti-depressant and help you to feel HAPPY! These are some of my favorite foods that I eat just about every day because it is so important to stay energized and happy in order to follow your purpose and passion in life! If some of these good-mood foods will help you to accomplish that, I say go for it!
The smoothie recipe is one of my favorites that I drink almost EVERY day because it’s that good and it helps me to feel good too!
Enjoy!

Farmers Market + Grocery Haul!

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So yeah…

I’m kinda always at the Farmers Market‚Ķsometimes 2 x per week! Not always though ūüôā

I do love seeing whats in season and getting meal ideas. It’s actually really fun! So fun, I made a little video about it, which isn’t the first‚Ķor the last video I will make about this place! This week I visited the Silverlake Farmers Market on a HOT Tuesday afternoon!

P.S. eating locally and seasonally is good for you and the planet! Support the farmers!

Here is my latest video + some Farmers Market Finds Pics ūüôā

Day 23: Watercress #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 23: Watercress

After looking in to the health benefits of watercress, I’m wondering why I haven’t been eating it all along, or why I had no idea just how healthy it is‚Ķit’s actually ranked as the number one most nutritious vegetable! It’s so healing, Hypocrites himself made sure it was readily available to treat his patients! Study after study show the healing affects of this powerful plant and it’s amazing ability in disease prevention and beauty.

Here are a few more health benefits:

  1. Watercress is packed with more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals. More vitamin C than oranges, more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk.
  2. Powerful for #thyroid function because of it’s iodine content. It’s also used to treat/prevent¬†Alzheimer’s.
  3. It’s loaded with vitamin K and anti-oxidants and is known to purify the blood, reduce the damage done by free radicals, improve skin appearance and limit neurological damage to the brain.
All that info made me hungry for a watercress & romaine salad…

 Beauty and Brain Salad

1 bag of organic watercress
1 head of organic romaine lettuce
2 organic carrots
1 Granny Smith apple
Handful of walnuts
1 tomato
Dave’s Miso Salad Dressing
This salad will keep you looking beautiful and youthful while replenishing your brain with essential nutrients!
#27DaysOfThanks for amazing watercress!
See you tomorrow for letter “X.”¬†‚ô•

Day 5: Eggplant #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 5: Eggplant

¬†What I love about this challenge…

that I have laid out for my self, (#27DaysOfThanks for 27 different foods from A-Z) is that it is causing me to experiment and try foods that I may not typically eat, and learn a lot about them too. Case in point, Eggplant. I don’t usually buy it, but when I saw these cute little purple bulbs at the FarmersMarket, I new I wanted them to be “E.”

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I ended up making this Asian inspired stir fry and I’m glad I did, the eggplant added a lot to the dish and I seasoned with some new ingredients. Here is the recipe…

Eggplant Stir Fry~

Ingrediants:

eggplant
green beans
2-4 garlic cloves
red pepper flakes
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
gluten-free soy sauce
1 inch shredded ginger
lemon or lime wedge
1 tbls maple syrup
1 tbls coconut oil (or veggie broth for no oil)
fresh parsley
sprinkle of sesame seeds
white Jasmine rice

Directions:

Chop up your eggplant and green beans.

In a skillet combine coconut oil, red pepper, and garlic. Sauté on low/med heat for a few mins.

Add in your veggies along with a few splashes of soy sauce, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Sauté for a few minutes on medium heat.

Add a few tablespoon of water and cover for about 10 minutes, or until veggies are tender.

Shred your ginger and add to a separate bowl with maple syrup, lemon, a little more soy sauce and another tablespoon of water.

Add sauce to your skillet and cook for another few minutes.

Add your parsley and pair with your Jasmine rice!

Enjoy!

Reasons to give thanks for Eggplant

  1. The anthocyanin in the skin acts as a powerful antioxidant, is anti-infamitory and helps detoxify your cells. This helps cognitive function, heart health, and prevents tumor growth and the spread of cancer cells.
  2. It can lower blood cholesterol because of large amounts of chlorogenic acid which decreases LDL levels and also is antimicrobial and antiviral.
  3. It is a #beautyfood that promotes a #healthy weight, glowing skin and #antiaging.
What are your favorite dishes with Eggplant?
Check in tomorrow for letter “F.”

Day 2: Butternut Squash #27DaysOfThanks

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 Day 2: Butternut Squash

For today’s #27DaysOfThanks, I’m sharing a picture from @bebe_glow’s instagram account of “Millet Mac and Trees.” This is an awesome take on Mac and Cheeese with broccoli and butternut squash! Below is her original picture and recipe. Check out her page for more vegan & gluten-free inspirations! I love supporting other actor/performers who are vegan because it’s not always easy to tell people you are vegan because not many people accept it…but I believe times are changing and getting the word out is key! So cheers to actress Andree Vermeulen and her awesome page!

Millet Mac N Trees I really wanted Mac N Trees for dinner (Mac w broccoli) but the adult in me was like “you made so much millet yesterday, you better use some of that before you go making something new.” Sigh. Rules, right? Anyway, you can make this with millet or pasta, or rice– whatever you want. Super simple cheese sauce: boil 2 cups cut butternut squash (I buy pre cut at Trader Joes bc I can’t be bothered to cut a squash. Lol) and 1 Yukon gold potato for about 20 mins. Drain. Add about 1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk and blend either w a handmixer or a blender. Pour back into pot if you dumped in a blender. Add about 5 or 6 tbs nutritional yeast and stir it in. Add salt to taste. Optional: add a half a cup of Daiya cheddar shreds. And the rest is easy: steam your broccoli, saut√©e your mushrooms if you want them. I saut√©e mine in low sodium veggie broth. Then mix everything up in the cream sauce! — side note: I did not use salt or Daiya. I’m trying to get back on track. With all the weddings and traveling I have eaten oil more than Id like to, and it’s affecting my skin and my energy, and even my weight a tiny bit. And once I eat really oil heavy foods, it triggers cravings and I want them more often. It’s a slippery slope. But when I don’t have them I don’t crave them anymore. But yeah I ate some oily stuff and now my skin broke out a little. Sigh #vegan #whatveganseat #vegansofig #glutenfree #glutenfreevegan #hclfv #hclf #highcarb #lowfat #nosalt #nooil #oilfree #saltfree #dairyfree #starchivore #starchsolution #mcdougall #unlimitedcarbs #absaremadeinthekitchen #eatclean #cheesy #cheesesauce

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Check out these cool nutritional facts about Butternut Squash!

1. It has more vitamin A than pumpkin!! That’s a lot! Which is key for optimal eye sight! And you can potentially prevent and reverse Macular Degeneration by eating a #diet rich in foods like this!

2. Minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus, which will help keep your immune system up this time of year!!

3. Did you know you can roast the #seeds? It’s a great source of protein and concentrated minerals!

Check in tomorrow for letter “C”

3 Easy Vegan Pumpkin Recipes you should be eating right now (+ Health Benefits)

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Happy Pumpkin time everyone!!

 

Autumn is my favorite time of year and I thought this would be the perfect time to create my first ever video blog all about the health benefits of pumpkins, why you should be eating them right now and 3 easy pumpkin recipes!

Check out the video to see all the health benefits of pumpkins!! After the video, scroll down to get the 3 recipes mentioned in the video!  I hope you enjoy it!

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Eat More Fruit and Greens for GLOWING SKIN!

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I’ve been noticing some major transformation lately…

…not only in my energy level, which is through the roof, but my appearance as well. I have to attribute that to my lifestyle change and even more specifically to FRUIT!…and GREENS! Honestly, mixing these together and eating them on a regular basis, at least 2x per day has transformed my skin, both face and body.

I am not using the word “transformed” lightly here either. The skin on my face has become like baby skin, yep, baby skin, what? and before, I have struggled a lot with congestion, oiliness, dryness and occasional breakouts. The overall appearance is smooth, soft and GLOWING to the point where others have noticed. The skin on my body has never felt so soft and looked more smooth either. Scars have disappeared, rough elbows are non-existent and there is an overall (here is that word again) GLOW!

This is definitely not something exclusive to me, as a matter of fact, one of the reasons I was drawn to this lifestyle in the first place was seeing all these people who looked amazing, especially the older woman, who completely defy age on this diet. It inspired me to try it for myself, and although I did notice a lot right away, I have to say, the longer I do it, the more benefits I am starting to see. You can actually feel and look younger on this lifestyle then ever before and it keeps going.

Healthy, clean eating, free of all animal products, plant based, high in carbohydrates and low in fats makes you the most happy and healthy you can be both inside and out!
So don’t be afraid to eat that fruit, and LOTS of it! FILLING up on fruit for breakfast and lunch will curb your sweets cravings later in the day!

Here is an example of a go-to smoothie:

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Smoothie Recipe:

  • Heaping handful of greens (from Romaine, to spinach, to arugula, or a mix like this favorite of late by organic girl greens).
  • Fill your blender with as many frozen bananas it will hold
  • Add some strawberries (mango is another favorite)
  • Coconut Water
  • blend
  • garnish with hemps seeds

Enjoy!

#healthyhappyjess