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A word from my personal trainer about building a relationship with food

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Hi everyone!  When my friend and client, Annette, asked me to write something for her blog, something about healthy eating, I thought: YAAY! I get to be famous! And on top of that, I get the great opportunity to list a few things I’ve learned in my 20 years of experience in the health and fitness world, working with people who have tried it ALL, including myself.

I’m sure that you have (like I have) heard or tried one of these: Juicing, Paleo, Atkins, Vegan, Raw, Mediterranean, Intermittent Fasting, South Beach, the list of diets seems to be only ever increasing, and you may always be asking: but which one…? And the answer to that is a big ol’: Depends.  

They all have something in common: they all pay important attention to the overall caloric intake (which works!), and all of them are equally effective and ineffective. I know! Even more confusing, right?  Our nutrition, a close to a perfect one, is or should be highly personalized simply because different approaches work for different people. It really depends on the individual, our needs, our lifestyle, and our commitment to our overall goal to stick to a plan that would help us.   

Here are some things I like to have in mind when working on a nutrition plan to keep a healthy relationship with food:

Keep it fresh. I avoid highly processed foods, or keep them to a minimum because they are not friendly, just drama!
Keep it clean. Some sauces, toppings and batters are messy friends; keep them away!
White rice, potatoes and yams are friends. They say they are all wild, but I’ve learned to like them as friends.
Quantity and quality.  They are really good to me; they moderate all my wild food-buddies.
Education is key. The more you know about your sweethearts, the better you are with them.
Watch the alcohol. She’s sneaky.
Learn to read. Reading and understanding labels helps us choose good food-friendships.
My health is important. I want to keep it! So I hang out with foods that add value to my life.
My lifestyle is also important. I’m very active, so I eat good things that I know give me good vibes and energy, and when I am not that active, I eat things that keep me on the chill mode.

As we move forward into the new year, with all our new eating resolutions in place, let’s all agree that the most fabulous secret to a great diet is being happy and enjoying all that we eat. It will help us stay committed to those resolutions, and good results will follow. Our diet should not be boring, time specific, a tiring effort, nor should it be a pain. I see a diet as a friendship; it should be nurturing, long lasting, fun and enjoyable, most importantly, a healthy one.

I guarantee you that if you are physically active, and actively caring for what you eat, you will be happy with the way you look.  My word!

Gabriel A. Ceballos -Strength and Conditioning Personal Trainer, ACSM Certified

photo by: Alexandra Sofis

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Rise and Shine Green Smoothie

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Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web-manager and friend, and I’m here today with an easy green smoothie sure to satiate. Let me be abundantly clear on this from the get-go: embracing green smoothies for me took a while. I couldn’t get passed the idea of drinking vegetables and fruits that I typically ate muddled in a salad or individually as snacks.

It wasn’t until my husband and I tried Simple Green Smoothies recipes that we really started to get on board. Now, we have one almost every day. Here are a few things that we’ve learned:

  1. Invest in a great blender. Annette loves her Nutribullet, and I love my Ninja. No matter what blender you use, it’s really important you get one that can handle the different textures of frozen fruits and veggies with ease. It will make your smoothie taste so much better.
  2. Decide which green vegetable works best for you as your base. I used to be a tried and true kale gal, but I’ve since shifted over to spinach. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what greens you use as long as you use some. Decide what you love, no matter what the recipe says, and stick with that. Pro Tip: Use your leftover smoothie greens as salads for the week.
  3. Blend smoothies two servings at a time. Keep the second in a tightly sealed mason jar for the next day – or share it with a friend!
  4. Feel free to play. If you don’t like grapefruits, use an orange instead. If you love pineapple, double up on that. If you happen to have some spare clementines around, toss those in, too. Enjoy being in the kitchen and playing with flavors. A fun smoothie is a better smoothie.

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The smoothie recipe I’m sharing today is modified from Simple Green Smoothies’ Beginner’s Luck. As the title indicates, it’s a great first timer smoothie and a fantastic way to ease into the green smoothie lifestyle.

Rise and Shine Green Smoothie
serves 2

You will need:
– 2 cups spinach
– 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 1 cup frozen pineapple
– 1 cup frozen mango
– 2 fresh, ripe bananas, peeled
– 1 fresh, ripe orange, peeled

To prepare:

Blend spinach and milk together until spinach is fully combined.

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pour into a cute glass and sip through an even cuter straw. Store any remaining smoothie for tomorrow!

Note: when you think it’s blended, let it blend a little more. The longer this one blends, the more of the orange pith will disappear and blend into the rest of the drink.

xo, Nicole

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Vitamin-y Juice

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Ahh the carrot: a simple yet complex vegetable…

I love carrot juice! I make sure to have a glass at least once a week.

This is a lovely recipe, and one you will use time and time again. It’s both tasty and satisfying. Plus, it’s full of vitamins perfect for the winter months.

Carrot Juice
Serves 1

You will need:
– 3 carrots
– 1/2-inch piece fresh turmeric or ¼ to ½ teaspoon dried
– 1/2-inch piece ginger
– 1 cup orange juice ( freshly squeezed)
– 1/2 cup ice
– 1/8 teaspoon dried cinnamon

To prepare:

Put the ingredients into your juicer (I use a Nutribullet) and blend!

Let me know how it’s going. Write any comments or questions below.

Happy Juicing! xx

Photo from: The Honor System

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Veggie burger with a twist: no bread, buono!

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Introducing recipe numero uno: a veggie burger with a twist.

I love these burgers. They’re so easy and so delicious, and they’re great for lunch or dinner. They’re also completely vegan, people!

While making cashew cheese sounds complicated, it’s actually easy, especially if you have a great juicer. A lot of folks as me what type of juicer I use, and I love my Nutribullet.

It’s the simplest juicer out there to use because it’s incredibly easy to clean, and after all, that is the key to using it consistently.

Cashew cheese is yummy anytime of year, but these veggie burgers are especially amazing in the winter.

Marinated Portobello Cashew Cheese Burgers

You will need:

For the marinated mushrooms:
– 4 portobello mushrooms
– 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tablespoon liquid aminos (or soy sauce)

For the cashew cheese:
– 1 3/4 cups cashews
– 1/2 cup water
– 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
– Juice from 1 lemon
– 2 peeled garlic cloves
– 2 tablespoons miso
– Salt and herbes de provence, to taste

For the toppings:
– Sliced tomatoes
– Fresh chopped chives, spinach and parsley
– Anything else your heart desires

To prepare:

To marinate the mushrooms: rub them down with the olive oil and liquid aminos then place in your dehydrator or oven at its lowest temperature for about 3 hours, or until they have softened and darkened , and it smells amazing.

While mushrooms are marinating, make the cashew cheese: blend all the ingredients until smooth and thick. Taste and adjust accordingly. Scoop into a bowl lined with cheesecloth and let it sit somewhere for at least 2 hours (or, if you’ve got time, let it age for a few days).

When everything is ready, spread your cheese onto your mushrooms and layer with herbs and tomatoes. You can double-shroom it (that is now a term) if you want, and/or use fresh mushrooms instead of marinated. Note: you’re gonna have lots of left over cashew cheese. Let it sit in a quiet spot overnight then put in the fridge and eat within a week.

Let me know if you make them and hashtag them #healthystart18, so we can share our successes!

photo and recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life.
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Hello Breakfast Smoothie

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Most of the time I opt for a breakfast smoothie. It’s always something simple, not too sweet and filling – just perfect for early in the morning (I am an early riser if you haven’t noticed).

Here is my go to breakfast smoothie of late, the Hello Breakfast Smoothie. You can vary the fruit choices, but I always like a nice nutty butter and coconut almond milk.

Hello Breakfast Smoothie

You will need:

– 1 frozen banana ( I always have them in the freezer)
– 1 cup coconut almond milk
– 1 tablespoon unsweetened natural peanut butter ( I grind my own)
– 1 dash of cinnamon

To prepare:

In a Nutribullet (or other blender of choice), combine all the ingredients and pulse for 30 seconds, until will combined.

Sometimes I toss in a few blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or kiwi slices.

and enjoy…

 

 

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