Natural Food Dye

I tried something new this year for Easter, coloring eggs using natural homemade dyes. The colors on the eggs turned out beautiful! Here is how I did it.

Natural Dye Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage (blue color)
  • 1 cup chopped red onion skins (rustic orange)
  • 1 cup chopped beets (purple/pink)
  • 2 tbsp. turmeric powder (bright yellow)
  • filtered water
  • apple cider vinegar
  • 12 hard boiled eggs

Blog Easter eggs in the carton

 

Directions:

Fill four separate pans with water and place one natural dye item (cabbage, onion, beets, turmeric) in each pan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes then add about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to each pan. The longer you simmer, the more bold the coloring dye becomes because all of the color from the plants are absorbed by the water. Remove from heat and pour into glasses for eggs to be placed. Leave the eggs in the dye refrigerated overnight.

Fruit bunny was fun to make too! Pineapple, strawberries and blueberries!

Blog Easter eggs fruit bunny

Peanut Butter Cups!!

I found a really good recipe from one of my true inspirations, Danette May. She is where I got a lot of my drive to do my blog and change my life to healthy living! I hope you try this out and follow her at danettemay.com! For the video of the recipe click on the link http://danettemay.com/superfood-peanut-butter-cups/ .

Boy do I have a treat for you today! My superfood Peanut Butter cup recipe is super easy and a treat for your taste buds and your body.

Mix in sauce pan over low heat:

1 cup organic virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
2 tsp real vanilla extract
2 tsp cardamom (controls cholesterol, aids in cardiovascular health)
2 tsp turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp raw honey
2 tsp Maca (rich in vitamin B, C, E and calcium)

Freeze for 20 minutes

Top with raw peanut butter or almond butter, and then top with remaining chocolate sauce.

Freeze until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash w/ Fresh Tomato Sauce

Happy Friday to you all!

Last night I tried out a vegetable that I have never had before but have been dying to try! Spaghetti Squash! I know, it’s crazy I haven’t tried it yet. This is going to be a new staple in my house because it is quick, simple, filling, healthy, and absolutely divine! Here is the recipe below.

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Spaghetti Squash: Serves Two:                                                                                                Cut one medium squash in half and deseed it. Place both halves in the microwave for 10-15 minutes or preheat oven to 400 degrees and put the halves in a glass pan (open face down) with 1/2 cup of water for 30-40 minutes. Scrape down the sides and middle with a fork. If it comes apart like spaghetti it is ready to eat. Pour the tomato sauce among the two halves and top with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan or feta cheese and fresh spinach.

Tomato Sauce:
While the squash is cooking, prepare the sauce. You will need about 7 tomatoes (2 cans of tomatoes) dice and deseed them. Place into a hot pan and let them cook for 10 minutes. Once they have released their juices add in 1 tablespoon of dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and a drizzle of raw honey. Reduce to low heat and add in 3/4 cup of chopped fresh basil.

This is a great alternative for pasta…healthier…and so so good!!!  ENJOY!!

Steel Cut Oatmeal

HaPpY wEdNeSdAy!

Since it is Spring Break, I have a lot more time on my hands in the morning. I wake up, drink a tall glass of lemon water with a splash of apple cider vinegar and dash of cayenne pepper to boost my metabolism and balance my PH levels. After I finish by morning “coffee” I hit the road to the gym for a morning class of either cardio, yoga, pilates, weight training, boxing, or cycling. After my class is over I’m ready for breakfast! Usually I whip up a berry spinach smoothie, but today I decided to treat myself to a bowl of steel cut oatmeal.

What is steel cut oatmeal? It is a powerful oat that differs from rolled oats because they are less processed. They contain tons of fiber that keep you full and carbs that will help you build muscle! I made mine with half water and half almond milk, this really makes the texture creamy and succulent! For toppings, I added dried fruit, blueberries, cinnamon, sprinkle of coconut sugar, dollop of greek yogurt and a dash of himalayan pink sea salt.

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If you’re looking for a hearty, healthy, and heavenly meal, try this out!

Motivation

Happy Friday!

Spring Break is finally here, thank goodness! I don’t know about you but during school breaks, I tend to fall into a lazy stage! I’d like to sit on the couch and watch my favorite shows with a big bowl of popcorn.  BUT, I know that I would only regret it and feel very lethargic the whole day. I make it a priority to go to the gym everyday, especially on breaks because there is so much time. I also like to try out new healthy recipes that I can’t usually make on school days because of the time constraints. When we get time off we need to take advantage and do something good for our bodies. There will be plenty of time to relax, but always get those workouts and healthy meals in.

Need some motivation? Here are some of my favorite tips:

  1. Put on your workout clothes and shoes, don’t take them off until you have done a workout.
  2. Set your screensaver to a motivational picture (picture of yourself at your heaviest) or a quote that will make you want to workout/eat healthy.
  3. Meal prep! Pack your lunch for the next day or prepare a smoothie bag that you can blend up for breakfast.
  4. While you eat breakfast, instead of watching TV, lookup motivational talks on youtube to lift up your healthy spirit.
  5. Read some fitness/nutrition magazines before bed or during breakfast.
  6. Think positive thoughts about yourself and you will believe them.
  7. If you have a Fitbit or some sort of device that counts steps, set a goal of how many steps you want to reach daily and strive for 500 more each day.
  8. Keep a list of your goals taped to your mirror so you see it everyday.
  9. Put post it note reminders in the pantry or fridge to keep you from eating that cookie or bag of chips.
  10. LOVE YOURSELF and remember change takes time and that you are so worth it!