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Day 24: Xigua #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 24: Xigua

Xigua is another word for Watermelon! It’s actually the Mandarin Chinese name and it typically refers to the smaller rounder watermelons grown in China.
We are not in watermelon season at the moment, but I was still able to get my hands on one, thankfully!!

I don’t often post pictures of myself, but I wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my very good friend, who also happens to be my hairstylist @patriceperrone.

She was the one who inspired me to do this series of #27DaysOfThanks, and I’m so glad I did! 🙂
She recently gave me a fresh bang trim and a few layers around my face! If you need a great stylist in the Los Angeles area, she is your gal!
Give her some ♥ @patriceperrone

 3 Reasons to eat Watermelon:

  1. Watermelon is 92% water which makes it very hydrating and refreshing. It also has loads of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins.
  2. Eating watermelon, or having a watermelon juice will replenish your body and provide generous amounts of vitamin C instantly. This can help boost your immune system when you are feeling weak.
  3. Watermelon is an excellent source of fiber and is anti-inflamitory.
See you tomorrow for letter “Y.” ♥

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…it’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.” ♥

Day 22: Vanilla Bean #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 22: Vanilla Bean

Vanilla is a fragrant herb and spice that is used in foods, essential oils and aromatherapy. Not only does it taste yummy and smell delicious, it has many health benefits. Here are a few…
  1. The aromatic stimulation can calm anxiety, enhance your mood and act as an aphrodisiac.
  2. Vanilla Bean can increase mental performance because of it’s anti-infalmitory effects and antioxidants.
  3. It aids in digestion and can help alleviate nausea.
I stopped by one of my favorite vegan spots in LA today, Cafe Gratitude, to try some vanilla treats. I had a superfood smoothie with kale, coconut, almond butter and vanilla bean and a chocolate, almond, coconut, vanilla truffle! Needless to say, they were both delicious! I think I will be incorporating more vanilla into my diet! 🙂

 #27DaysOfThanks for Vanilla!
See you tomorrow for letter “W.” ♥

Day 15: Oat +Baked Oatmeal #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 15: Oats

There are so many delicious ways to eat oats, do you ever forget they’re healthy?
You can bake them in cookies, use them as bread crumbs, add them to your smoothie or make baked oatmeal with fresh fruit like I did here…

3 Reasons to eat Oats:

  1. Oats are great source of whole grains packed with energy fueling carbs, fiber and protein.
  2. Eating oats helps stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and control blood pressure.
  3. If you are Gluten-Free like me, you’d like to know that recent studies show that eating more oats will enhance then nutritional value of your GF diet by increasing your mineral, vitamin and antioxidant level!

I’ve been wanting to try baked oats for so long and was excited when I found a pack of 3 baking ramekins at Ross for $3.99! This recipe is SUPER simple, there are so many possible combinations you can use, it will be fun trying new things…
I used gluten-free oats, no refined sugar and no oil.

Baked Banana Apple Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/2 cup GF oats
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 teas. baking powder
1 banana
1 date
1 small apple
cinnamon

(Other options are adding 1/2 teas. vanilla extract, blueberries, cacao or maple syrup)

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350f.
  • Combine Oats and almond meal, let soak for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut your banana in half.
  • Mash half your banana and one date and mix with oats.
  • Add cinnamon.
  • Pour mixture into your ramekin.
  • Top with banana and apple slices.
  • Bake for about 20 mins until slightly brown on top and crisp.
  • Top with coconut flakes

Enjoy!

See you tomorrow for letter “P.” ♥

Day 14: Navel Oranges #27DaysOfThanks

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Day 14: Navel Oranges

Navel Oranges make a great healthy snack, you already know that….let’s see if I can tell you something you may not know…
  1. We are in Navel Orange season right now! It goes from mid-November until spring! yea!
  2. They call them “Navel” because at the bottom it looks like a real navel
  3. Navel Oranges are considered to be the best flavored, sweetest and easiest to peel…
  4. As we head into cold season, they will keep your immunity up and give you vitamin C, but did you know they have protein, calcium and fiber too? (I love how nature grows the foods we need most at the time we need them most)
I’m thinking this Friday afternoon calls for a fresh ginger, carrot, orange juice…


Cheers to Navel Oranges!!!

See you tomorrow for letter “O.”

#27DaysOfThanks ♥

Day 10: Reasons to love Jackfruit #27DaysofThanks

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Day 10: Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a sweet tropical fruit that is used in many desserts…but did you know it also makes an amazingly delicious meat substitute? As it cooks it begins to shred and pull apart similar to chicken or pork. When seasoned, it can be used in so many dishes from vegan tuna to tacos.
I’m kind of obsessed with the Jackfruit nachos from Sage Organic Bistro, they are so tasty and would really fool you for being meat…

Here are some reasons to love Jackfruit:

  1. It’s super easy to digest and instantly replenishes, revitalizes and energizes your body.
  2. Super low in calories and a great #lowfat all #natural meat substitute.
  3. Full of vitamins (like B-complex, calcium and folic acid), minerals (like potassium, magnesium and iron) and anti-oxidants (like vitamin A & C).
  4. Full of fiber and helps detoxify the body.
#27DaysofThanks for Jackfruit and the many ways to eat it!
Check back tomorrow for letter “K.”

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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