Tip Tuesday – Save time, Eat healthy – Crock pot cooking

Sticking to a healthy eating does not mean you have to be faced with a hour or two of cooking and cleaning once you get home.

Relaxing is just as much of a priority in a healthy life style as fitness is. I enjoy cooking, but when I see a crazy day pop up in my schedule I reach for my crock pot.

As far as Crock pots go- I stick to the basics, I have had my good old crock pot for years. The settings are basic. Off, Keep Warm, low, and high, and that works for me.

What can you make in your crock pot? well just about any thing.

Ahimsa Chili

One of my families favorites is my crock pot chili. We do not get any snow here on the sunny west coast, but January brings some rainy days. And this Chili is  the perfect amount of hearty and spicy for those chilly nights. The ingredients are simple and can be purchased at any grocery store, no running around looking for exotic spices for this one. It is put together quickly before I leave in the morning and is ready to go by the time I get back. I serve it with the classics – Saltines, chopped onion,  and Vegan cheddar. But you can also do vegan sour cream, and green onions. This recipe serves four easily, if you have less, make the whole batch any way, it saves well in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Here what you will need –

1 tsp Olive Oil – I use Cali Virgin, it’s the best!

1 Medium Chopped Yellow onion

4 cloves garlic

1 Bag frozen Beyond Meat Original ground

3 Tablespoons Chili powder (use less if you want less spicy)

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup vegetable stock

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (I used Muir Glenn)

2 16 oz cans dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons Bragg liquid Amino’s

salt and pepper to taste.

 

Set crock pot to desired temperature (see below) and add oil. Add half your chopped onion and all of the other ingredients. That’s it! Easy right?

Temperature guide –

With Crock Pot cooking choose your temperature by how fast you want it done.

Want to eat in 2-4 hours? High Setting

4-8 hours or more – low setting

 

 

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Juice of the Week – The Best Green Juice Ever!

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Green Juice, we love it!

In A perfect world you would be drinking at least 1 homemade green juice a day.

This recipe makes it easy to keep that promise, and its delicious too!

Kick Start Your Morning Green Juice

1 cucumber

3 celery stalks

2 green apples

5 Kale leaves

1/2 lemon

1 thumb size piece of ginger

Wash all ingredients thoroughly, making sure they are super clean, I always use a produce spray for this, and please buy organic!

Toss all ingredients in blender.

Blend till smooth, if you like it colder, add in some ice.

Drink and enjoy all the healthy deliciousness!

 

♥Pamela

 

I’m doing it again, New Guided Detox Cleanse starts October 5th!

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Drum roll Please…

Back by popular demand!

Our last Cleanse was such a success, we are doing it again!

I have scheduled a new one to start October 5th. The kids are back in school, time to start taking care of your self!

This cleanse will be full of whole delicious foods, we will be loosing weight, adding in healthy foods, and crowding out all that processed junk! You will get every thing you need to make this cleanse a success, recipes, shopping lists, fitness tips, support sessions, a private Facebook group, and access to your very own Health Coach, me!

Click here for more details.

Any questions? contact me at pamela@theahimsalife.com or leave a comment!

More details coming soon!!

-Pamela

 

Why you should be working with a Health Coach

Why you should be working with a

 

Is working with a Health Coach for you?

If you have ever thought of joining one of my group cleanses, or signing up for individual Health Coaching but still had questions this article is for you! Here are some reasons why working with a Health Coach like me can help you!

Accountability – Did you make a promise to yourself to hit the gym more, loose those extra 10 pounds, or maybe revamp your entire diet? Working with a Health Coach can help keep you on track to achieving your goals.  By setting Specific, measurable, attainable, time bound goals, and giving you with the tools you need to make your goals a reality.

You don’t know where to start – GMO’s, organic, Paleo, confused as to what is the best diet for you and your family? let me help you. By assessing your goals and lifestyle I can help you transition to a healthier life! As a Health Coach, I can give you a customized plan to help you meet your goals, one simple step at a time. Whether you want to loose weight fast, cook healthier food for your family, or get ready  to run your first marathon I can help!

Retrain the way you think: Taking a holistic approach, Health Coaches understand the emotional, physical, behavioral, nutritional and lifestyle factors that are needed to make a lifestyle change.   Let me help you diffuse anxieties and identify misconceptions that may be standing in the way of you reaching your goals.
Become self-reliant: While this may seem counter intuitive, the ultimate goal of a health coach is to help you to become self-reliant to increase your motivation to adopt healthy habits. From helping you create or maintain an environment that fosters success to finding and implementing a support system, as a  health coach, I am  committed to arming you with the tools you need to succeed in reaching your goals.
Make it a lifestyle: Health coaches enable individuals to see the value in reaching their health-related goals. By building a true connection between exercise, nutrition and  and all of the  normal daily activities you need to get done, you will learn to take ownership of your experience and create positive, lasting lifestyle changes that enhance everyday life.

Have more questions? Want to join a Guided Cleanse or sign up for individual Coaching? Leave a comment, or contact me at pamela@theahimsalife.com

♥Pamela

 

Kale Chips, Nice and Spicy!

Kale Chips

Every one love Kale chips! They have been a favorite in our house for a while. Normally, my go to recipe is to just add a little Olive Oil and some Himalayan Pink Salt, bake and yum!

Of course I have seen many recipes online. I make sure I save them and swear I will give them a try. But when it comes to making a batch, I always think, if its not broken, don’t fix it and make my old stand by recipe.  That was until now.

A few weeks ago I dragged my hubby to Las Vegas to see Elton John. (He was AH-MAZ-ING!) I seem to be in Vegas all the time work, and since its a quick flight, the hubby goes with a lot. Las Vegas is unbelievably easy to eat Vegan in. We have become pros on the best places at eat and drink in Sin City. This trip we went to the Canyon Ranch Spa in The Palazzo. The spa is the best, and they also have a small restaurant and bar offering some amazing healthy options. We had just stopped by for a quick bite, and chose the Spicy Kale chips to tide us over till dinner. Which is what inspired this recipe.

The Canyon Ranch chips, were dehydrated,  my normal go to chips are baked, but I loved how crunchy they were, with out all the extra oil. They added a chili powder mix of seasonings which gave it a great kick! It came with a ranch dip, which I avoided. Once home I set out to re create these spicy little numbers, and dug out my dehydrator. Here is my home version, I like it spicy, so I added a little extra heat, use less seasoning if you don’t!


 

Nice and Spicy kale Chips

1 bunch Kale ( I prefer curly for chips, all those nooks and crannies really hold on to the seasoning) I have used dinosaur kale before and it turned out well.

2 Tbsp Saint Lucifer seasoning (Thank you Hubby for introducing this to me!)

2 Tbsp  Olive oil ( I love Calivirgin. It is simply my favorite EVOO. It’s local to me, but they have a great Olive oil club you can join even if you live far away)

That’s it!!

I am using a dehydrator for this recipe,- if you don’t have a dehydrator, bake at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes until crispy, and add a little more oil.  Check on it from time to time since oven temps vary.

1)Rip apart and wash kale very well! Leaving out the hard stalks and veins. Its really important that you take the time to wash thoroughly! I use a fruit and veg wash to make sure I get every thing off and always buy organic.

2) Dry kale, if you want it crispy this is a MUST. I use a salad spinner, if you do not have one just pat between paper towels until dry.

3) In a large bowl add kale, and oil and use hands to mix it through, making sure oil is evenly disbursed.

4) if using a dehydrator, lay out kale on trays evenly, not letting ends touch. you do not  have to leave that much room, they will shrink. I am currently using a round dehydrator, and  I use about 5 trays for 1 bunch.

If you are baking lay out your kale evenly with out touching on a cookie sheet. When baking not letting the sides touch is even more important for crispy chips.

5) Sprinkle with Lucifer seasoning, using more or less based on how hot you like it!

6) Sit back and let your dehydrator do its thing! Although you can eat them any time, and I do, as I check them, I like mine to be as crispy as possible, which equals about 4 hours in the dehydrator.

Enjoy!

♥Pamela

 

Why Arugula should be in your diet

Why Arugula Should be

I don’t know about you, but the produce department in my local grocery is killing it with the options these days!!

My normal routine is to head to the farmers market every weekend, but some times I can’t get there, or have inspiration for some thing else and head to my local chain grocery. These days I have been seeing a world of new and exciting foods on their shelves. I decided to create a series on all this great produce, what it is, why its good for you and how to prepare it. Here is part 1 on Arugula!

Arugula is a leafy green, you will find it near the greens in loose bunches or in those pre done salad bags. My daughters favorite is a Arugula Spinach mix! If you go ounce to ounce Arugula provides more Nitrates then any other veggie source. Nitrates lower blood pressure. When your blood pressure is lower your blood flow in increased, and more oxygen is delivered to your body, energizing all your cells, reducing your muscles need for this good stuff during exercise. In short, it makes it easier for you to get a better work out in!

Arugula is a great source of vitamins A, C and K. As a matter of fact, Arugula is one of the best sources of vitamin K, which leads to better bone and brain health.

Arugula has a great peppery flavor, which has a cooling effect on the body,  and like other  leafy greens, it helps keep your body hydrated, making it the perfect choice for those hot summer picnics and barbecues.

And guess what? Arugula, the modest little veggie that it is, gives all of these amazing benefits to your body, and is almost no calories! 1 cup of Arugula is 6 calories!!! 6 calories! For all that goodness!

How I love to prepare it –

The obvious answer is a salad, and I do prepare it that way a lot. We almost always have Arugula in the house, and if I am running around, or finishing up some writing, I grab a big bowl and load it with any veggies left on hand, and some oil and vinegar or lemon juice and its perfect.

For a quick meal, I toss it with some hot pasta, olive oil, and lemon zest. A little fresh ground pepper and Pink Himalayan salt and perfection! Lately at my house we have been making a lot of cast iron skillet pizzas, and a little arugula mixed with some olive oil and seasonings is amazing on the pizza just after its pulled out of the oven. If your trying to sneak in all that goodness to your children or a picky partner, stir a handful into your marinara sauce, they work together well, and your family will never notice.

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Why is every one so crazy about Coconut Oil?

Why is every one so crazy about coconut oil?

It seems like every one is talking about Coconut oil, here are my reasons why its great for you, and what you should do with it!

Using Coconut Oil in your cooking can give you added energy! Coconut Oil has medium chain triglycerides – unlike their long chain relatives found in meat and dairy, these MCT’s are not stored in your body, they high tail it to your liver where the get to work converting into energy. 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil per day increases energy levels by 5%!

It’s a anti-microbial, It kills viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi by dissolving their cellular walls. Adding a daily serving to to your diet can increase your body’s resistance to illness, improve digestive health, and even help to heal ulcers of the stomach lining.

Coconut oil Reduces Belly fat! Isn’t that reason enough to add it to your grocery list? It regulates your appetite and improves digestion, making it much easier to reduce your daily intake of calories  and lose weight at a healthy rate.

It is a natural mood enhancer. Coconut oil helps you to feel more motivated and energetic which can also assist with weight loss. Coconut oil aids in balancing hormones that reduce stress and anxiety – two of the leading causes of weight gain.

Its great for your hair and skin too! Full of vitamin E, coconut oil is a great moisturizer that helps to heal damaged skin, and reduces signs of aging. Coconut oil offers natural protection from harmful UV rays for both skin and hair.

Whether you use it for hair, skin, or both, it smells fantastic!!

Now that you know why you should love it, here is what to do with it!

  • Add a few tablespoons to your smoothies, sandwiches, or salads. Any where you would use butter or oil. Its amazing for a stir fry!
  • It makes a great deep conditioner for your hair! A little goes a long way on this one, 1 tablespoon is plenty for most.
  • Use it as a butter replacement for baking.
  • Its a natural lotion. Rub it into your skin for head to toe moisture.
  • Use it instead of shave cream, for a nice close shave that doesn’t dry you out!
  • Tame your frizzy hair!
  • Try it to remove your eye make up.
  • Season your cast iron skillet.
  • Calms skin after sun burn.
  • It reduces the itch of mosquito bites!
  • On cuticles to help nails grow.

 

Have you tried Coconut Oil?

 

 

The truth about Cleansing – 4 biggest myths debunked

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Much of what we hear in the media, cleansing, or detoxing has earned a reputation for being unhealthy and even unsafe. When you hear the word “cleanse,”  you immediately think of all-liquid diets, expensive supplements, and short-term deprivation for short-term gains?

The truth is, a cleanse doesn’t have to involve any of the above—and if you cleanse in a healthy, supportive manner, you can achieve lasting results in weight loss, energy gain and full-body health.

The following are four myths you may have heard about detoxing. 

Keep reading to find out the truth behind these myths and why detoxing might be just what your body is craving.
Myth # 1: You won’t enjoy anything you’re eating while on a Cleanse.

While you might have to eliminate certain foods that you enjoy, Cleansing isn’t all about eating lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil. There are many delicious recipes that can be prepared using healthy ingredients that not only taste amazing, but nourish and detox your body.

The best part is, many of them don’t involve any fancy ingredients and can be prepared even by a cooking novice. In fact, my Cleanse participants always discover new foods and recipes that they absolutely love that have become staples in their diets long after the cleanse ends.


Myth #2: You’ll constantly be hungry while cleansing.
While you might end up consuming fewer calories while following a cleanse, you shouldn’t feel deprived or hungry. Going on an extremely low-calorie diet can actually disrupt your hormones and metabolism, making your body less efficient in the long run.

Everyone’s caloric needs are different, so a detox should never dictate how many calories you consume. By consuming whole foods that provide you with the right nutrients, you help detox your body while feeling satisfied. My participants are always amazed that they never feel hungry during my cleanses.

Myth #3: You need to do an all-liquid detox to remove toxins from your body.
Liquid-only detoxes have had more than their fair share of popularity. These types of detoxes can backfire: Not only do people often gain the weight back as soon as the detox ends, but such restrictive eating for several days can be detrimental to your health. An effective detox will include a variety of whole foods to help nourish your body and produce long-term results.

Myth #4: Detoxes are just a way for people to make money on expensive supplements.
Supplements involved in a cleanse should be just that, a supplementary part of the program, not the primary source of your nutrition. While on a cleanse, you get most of your vitamins and minerals from whole-food sources. 

Supplements may be recommended to help your body make the most of the nutrients it receives from these foods. For example, by including probiotics in your diet, you help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and remove toxins from the body.
Aside from the benefits discussed above, cleansing is an incredibly effective way to identify if you have any food sensitivities, balance your hormones, and establish healthy habits for the long term.

 

I’ve worked with cleanse participants who not only have lost weight and kept it off, but who have also seen their energy level skyrocket, their skin clear up and even their allergies disappear.
Are you ready to discover the benefits of healthy detoxing for yourself? 
Click here to learn more about my upcoming Seasonal guided Cleanse.
What questions or concerns do you have about participating in a cleanse? 
Before you try something new, like a cleanse, it’s normal to feel hesitant. I want to hear from you. Hit “reply” or email me at pamela@theahimsalife.com. I read every email that comes into my inbox and I promise to email you back personally.

Why you should drink Lemon Water every day

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Adding Warm Lemon water first thing in the  morning is one of the easiest most beneficial things you can do for your self, long story short, it changed my life!

Here are my top 5 reasons you should add it to your morning routine!

  1. Reduces Inflammation. This is major to me. Arthritis, IBS, allergies and much more, all cause inflammation. Which is why I added it in the number 1 spot.  Lemon water removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation. Its just plain good for your joints, and reduces pain.
  2. Cleanses your body – Lemon water enhances enzyme function, which stimulates your liver to help detox your body. During sleep your liver is working over time to cleanse the body of all those nasties, waking up to a nice warm glass of lemon water will reward your body after a night of hard work.
  3. Gives you a boost of energy – Lemon water reduces the acidity of your body, making a more balanced Ph, which helps energy flow.
  4. Helps your immune system- Vitamin C! The first thing to drop when you are stressed is your vitamin c levels, making it easier for you to become sick. drinking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is a great way to help your body more properly absorb this vitamin.
  5. Aids in Weight loss – Drinking water will help, drinking lemon water will change every thing. It has added fiber which will help you stay full longer, and aids in digestion.

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and re hydrate your body.

After a long night with no hydration your body wakes up with a craving it to get your day started, and get your body functioning!

-Pamela

I am Grateful – Cook Book Review

Cook book review – I Am Grateful Recipes and lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude
After my amazing food filled trip to Santa Cruz I was excited to get home, and get cooking in my own kitchen, with my Cafe Gratitude Cook Book. or should I say Un Cook Book.

So far I have made four recipes from the book. If you are unfamiliar with Cafe Gratitude, let me get you up to speed as quickly as I can.

Cafe Gratitude is a Raw Vegan restaurant, and so delish! I am lucky enough to have the location in Santa Cruz, with in driving distance from me.  Cafe Gratitude has this amazing vibe. The menu selections are all named affirmations, so when you order instead of “I will have the macrobiotic bowl”, you say “I am Whole”, and the waitress always says it back. When I visited the San Francisco locations they would always have a question of the day they would ask as well, but I have not had that experience in Santa Cruz.

There is great documentary called May I be Frank, The star, Frank stumbles into Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco, and meets Ryland, the cafe’s manager. Ryland asks Frank, the question of the day, what is one thing you’d like to do before you die? Frank answers ‘I want to fall in love one more time, but with a body like this, no one will love me, because i don’t love myself.’ What follows is 42 days of Frank, with the help of the staff at Cafe Gratitude, take on his weight, health, relationships and loving himself in just 42 days. Definitely worth a watch!

 

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Back to the Cook Book!

I am having a little love affair with Kale right now, who isn’t? so the first recipe I tried out was I Am Giving, a marinated Kale salad. It was put together in almost no time, and tasted amazing! I left out the hijiki seaweed it called for, due to an allergy of mine, and didn’t add any thing in its place. In the book it has you put it all together and serve right away, but I prefer my kale ( I used curly) a little softer, so i made it about a half hour to 45 minutes ahead of time, to let it get a little less firm. The kale was perfect for me. I loved it, and Hubby loved it! We had quite a bit left over which I ate in a wrap the next day for lunch with a bit of brown rice and that was great too, the kale really holds up well in the fridge.
Next I whipped up  I Am Attentive, a spicy tahini sauce. Again, due to it being raw food, it was a cinch to prepare, I just put all my ingredients in my VitaMix (Thank you Hubby!) and whirled it around for a few seconds. Done! I used the sauce on a rice bowl I threw together using a brown rice and quinoa mix, kale, avocado, cucumber, scallions, basil, and some cilantro. The sauce was hearty and just the perfect amount of spicy. I had left overs of this as well, which was surprising considering every one went back for more, so I put it in a dressing bottle and the fam has been using it on sandwiches and lots more rice bowls.

In short every thing I have made from this book has been great, some of the recipes can be a little complicated, but from what I have tasted so far I am sure they are worth it, if you have a lazy Sunday afternoon to spare. Next I think I will try some of the yummy desserts, or maybe some of the raw crackers!

I am Grateful Cook Book – 4 out of 5 carrots!