Thursday, July 27, 2017

Did you eat an Apple today for breakfast? It will keep you regular!



 

Super Simple Breakfast Oatmeal Bowl (Gluten-Free Oats)


Serves 2

1 cup almond milk

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whole rolled gluten-free oats

1/2 cup of shredded apple to top

 

Pour almond milk, water, and vanilla extract into saucepan over high heat until boiling. Pour in oats, continue to stir. When the ingredients return to a boil, reduce to simmer. Continue to simmer and stir for about 12-15 minutes until oats are of a creamy texture.

Or soak oatmeal aver night in almond milk, water and vanilla. Serve in the morning with apple as a raw breakfast.

 

OR

 

Secretly Green Smoothie


1/2 cup of water coconut water

1 small ripe banana

1 chopped apple without seeds

1 handful of baby spinach or kale

 

Put all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth.

f you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my comprehensive program "10-Day Cleanse  for busy Women"
Health, details here,  http://adventureinwellbeing.com where you will get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes that you can enjoy without
guilt, and that will help rebuild your intestine.


 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Coconut Lemon Quench


Coconut Lemon Quench Just because its cold outside, doesn't mean your body isn't still crying out for hydration. I am sure, like me, you have noticed your skin a little dryer, your clothes a little more sticky and perhaps you have had to plug in your humidifier.

Here enters coconut water. It is the ultimate in rehydrating beverages. Some even refer to it as nature's Gatorade (but without all the scary fluorescent coloring, sugar, vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup. Here is my super powered super hydrating solution that can be enjoy during the summer.

In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha, meaning "tree which gives all that is necessary for living".  During the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water - siphoned directly from the nut to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. In tropical climates where coconuts grow native, children will often drink coconut water with their meals and a snack as children here drink juice boxes.  Also a great beverage to treat dehydration children and adults alike following excessive sun exposure, or illness causing diarrhea or vomiting.

Coconut water can be purchase in the fridge section of any health food store.

Health Benefits
This is an ideal beverage to replace electrolytes post work out. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, low in sugar and is easy to drink. Additionally, it works great as a thirst quencher on those hot summer days and is perfect to replenish fluids in the dryness of the winter and of course on those mornings following that big nights out.

  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It is full of natural sugars, salts, and vitamins to ward off post work out fatigue. Coconut water has 15x more potassium than most sport drink, no added sugars, no fat, no cholesterol and no preservatives.
  • Lemons contain unique flavanoid compounds with anti-cancer properties. Also rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, lemons helps protect the body from free radical damage and boost the immune system. Lemons have been found to help protect against inflammation associated with arthritis.
  • Ginger is rich in potassium, magnesium and manganese, all important minerals in maintaining electrolyte balance. Ginger is also very effective at relieving gastrointestinal distress and possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, and has direct anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Sea salt is effective for the regulation of blood pressure, extracts excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells, helps balance blood sugar levels. Sea salt is also vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells of the body, helps, clearance of the lungs of phlegm and is essential for prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Honey has anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties and also aids in wound healing. Honey helps sustain favorable blood sugar concentrations after endurance training, important for maintaining muscle glycogen stores, so that muscle recuperation is more efficient.

Coconut Lemon Quench

1 lemon
1 1/2 cups coconut water (or 1 tetra pack)
1/2 cup water (or more depending on desired concentration)
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp grated ginger root
Sea salt to taste

1. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into blender
2. Add coconut water, water, honey, ginger and sea salt into blender
3. Blend
4. For the vegans: replace honey with agave nectar

  • For the kids: freeze and make delicious, healthful popsicles
  • For the pool-side loungers: replace 1/2 cup of water with ice and make a super rad slush
  • For the drinkers: throw in a little tequila and ice and you’ve got yourself a margarita (though you may want to save the coconut water to take care of the hang over the next day).

5. Drink up with a smile or keep refrigerated for up to two weeks. So many options!

If you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my new comprehensive program "10-Day Cleanse  for busy Women" Health details here,  http://adventureinwellbeing.com where you will get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes that you can enjoy without guilt, and that will help rebuild your intestine.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do this ONE thing to feel better today!



When I think of summer, I can’t help but think of it terms of the beginning of summer, the middle of summer, and the end of summer – June, July and August. Because to me, each month offers its own “best of” highlights! For June, that “best of” is all about summer veggies. As the season kicks off, you’ll find that the most nutrient-packed, best-tasting summer garden goodies abound.
I know, you already have your tried-and-true vegetable dishes. And some of you say you’re really not into vegetables. Well, I hope all that is about to change, as this newsletter is dedicated to helping you see veggies in a whole new light! I’ve gathered the best vegetable tips and tastes to help you find just ONE MORE veggie to love this summer. Why dedicate an entire newsletter to that? Because consuming just one more serving of vegetables a day is the best way to improve your overall health. A greens-rich diet can reduce your numbers if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, all the while helping you fight heart disease and cancer.
Would you agree that your health – your life – is worth taking another look at the power of veggies? Great! Then read on for tips and tasty recipes, and let’s get started. And please let me know which new veggie has made its way into your life this summer!
Until next month, healthfully yours,
Christine Esters, www.adventureinwellbeing.com
 


10 Tips and Tastes: Add More Veggies to Your Life

Studies show that diets loaded with vegetables lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a variety of other health issues. But the CDC reports that most people eat less than half of the recommended daily servings. So how do you add more veggies to your life? Try these tips and tastes, and you’ll not only add more veggies, you’ll feel the benefits of more fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients!
1. Prep is key. The easier it is to get to food, the more you will eat. Rinse, dry and cut-up your vegetables as soon as you bring them home. Or, purchase pre-washed and pre-cut greens and vegetables (found in your produce section). And don’t forget to go for the veggies that don’t need much prep – mini-carrots, grape tomatoes, celery sticks, asparagus, snap peas.
2. Out in front. Store veggies at the front of your fridge shelves and drawers in clear containers or bags. That way they’ll be easy to grab for an on-the-go snack, and you’ll be more likely to use them in salads, as sides, and instead of chips for snacks and dips such as hummus, guacamole and salsa. Read here for proper veggie storage to make keep them fresh longer. (Note: You can also prep and store other salad ingredients, like hard-boiled eggs, diced chicken, black beans, nuts and seeds)
3. Think outside the dish. Veggies aren’t just for lunch and dinner! They are also an incredibly healthy way to start your day. Sneak them into a breakfast omelete or scrambled eggs. Heat ½ teaspoon olive oil or ghee in a pan and toss in a couple of eggs; scramble with your choice of sautéed veggies such as mushrooms, peppers and spinach. It only takes about five minutes and you’ve got a nutrient-packed breakfast.
4. Smoothie stars. A green smoothie is another great way to get more vegetables into your day. See below for a delicious summer smoothie recipe.
5. Soup’s on. Just like smoothies, soups are one of the best ways to get your vegetables! See below for my favorite new soup recipe.
6. Farm to table. I’ve found that part of the fun of including vegetables in my meals is shopping for them at my local farmers’ markets. Not only do I get to buy the cream of the crop – literally – but there’s also a fun and festive feel among the shoppers and sellers that I look forward to. Plus, I get to see vegetables that I may never have heard of before! Look online for local farmers’ markets in your town. If you’re traveling on vacation this summer, it’s a great excursion and a fun way to get the local flavor.
7. Noodle on it. If you haven’t tried a spiralizer, you don’t know what you’re missing! A spiralizer is a fast (and fun) way to make “noodles” from zucchini, squash, carrots, and more. Top with sautéed or pureed veggies for a simple, nutritious pasta alternative.
8. Stack ‘em. It’s easier than you may think to get more veggies into your meals. Making a sandwich? Stack it with spinach leaves, tomatoes and thinly sliced cucumbers. If you’re a condiment lover looking for healthier alternatives, makeover your mayonnaise by using ripe avocado instead. Or try my new favorite – mash black beans or pinto beans in a bowl to use as a spread. Prefer cooked veggies? Try sautéed peppers, cooked chopped broccoli or sliced grilled yellow squash in sandwiches and salads.
9. Spice it up. You’ll defeat the purpose if you add loads of salt or butter to your vegetables. Instead, experiment cooking with the flavors you already like. If you are a Thai food fan, try cooking your greens with garlic, curry, sesame oil, and a little red pepper. Like Italian food? Add garlic, black pepper, basil, parsley, and oregano. Feeling the summer time vibe? Add cumin, dill, white pepper, and turmeric. The flavors you already like in your main meals translate great to vegetables.
10. Freezer friendly. Vegetables that are flash-frozen at their peak actually retain their nutrients and vitamins as well or better than fresh. Some of the best choices include chopped spinach, peas, peppers, and green beans. Keep a bag or two of vegetables in your freezer.
Just like any new habit, adding more veggies to your life takes a little time and forethought. But once you do, you’ll be adding more energy and wellness to your life!

 

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 Let's talk about your unique challenges, health concerns and goals. I would love to help get you started on the path to your BEST SELF!
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Lemon Artichoke Soup

This delicious summer soup uses cauliflower to make a delicious creamy soup without the cream!

Ingredients:
• 2 TBSP ghee (healthy alternative to butter)
• ½ onion, chopped
• 2 celery stalks, chopped
• 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
• 4 artichoke hearts, chopped
• 1 head of cauliflower
• Juice of ½ - 1 lemon
• 1 tsp dried tarragon (optional)
• salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
Heat ghee in large pot over medium heat. Sauté chopped onion, celery and garlic until soft. Add cauliflower and 1 cup of the chicken/veggie broth; cover to steam the cauliflower. Once cauliflower is tender, add remainder of the chicken/veggie broth. Add artichoke hearts and simmer 10 minutes. Puree soup in pot with an immersion blender. (You can also pour the soup into a blender or a bowl and use a hand mixer to blend, then return soup to pot.) Add lemon juice (and tarragon if desired) and continue heating until serving temperature. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Great Digestion, Good Sleep with Golden Milk


Great Digestion, Good Sleep: Golden Milk

 

Golden Milk is a soothing drink made from some of nature’s most potent medicinal substances. It is a combination of turmeric and warm milk (almond, coconut or organic whole milk) combined with a touch of black pepper and cinnamon.

It’s warming, rejuvenating and soothing for the whole body and nervous system.

 

Golden Milk helps alleviate:

-       Insomnia and restlessness

-       Poor digestion, bloating, gas, stomach pain

-       Sore and stiff joints

-       Brain fog

-       Poor circulation

 

Here’s an easy recipe for Golden Milk that you can make at home…

 

Golden Milk Recipe

Serves 1

2 cups of your favorite milk (almond, coconut or organic whole milk)

1 tablespoon turmeric, freshly grated, or 1 teaspoon powdered organic turmeric

3 or 4 black peppercorns

1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated (optional)

1 teaspoon honey

 

Gently heat milk and stir in all the other ingredients except the honey. Strain and sweeten to taste.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

French Women don't get fat, solution on the WE, delicious leek broth.



Magical Leek Soup Kick-Off Weekend
Recipe and Instructions for Your First Two Days
The magical leek soup is a trick used by many of  local French women for generations.
Leeks are a mild diuretic, and 48 hours or so of leek soup would provide immediate results to jump-start a cleanse.
Recipe for the Magical Leek Soup
2 lbs. leeks
Water to cover in a large pot

1. Clean leeks and rinse well to get rid of soil.

2. Put leeks in a pot and cover with 5 cups of water. Bring to boil and simmer with no lid for 20-30 minutes. Keep the liquid to drink. Place the leeks in a bowl.

Instructions:

The juice is to be drunk warm every 2-3 hours, a cup at a time.

If you are hungry, have some of the leeks themselves, ½ cup at a time. Drizzle with a few drops of extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and a little salt and pepper. Add chopped parsley if you wish.

This will be your nourishment for both days, until Sunday dinner, when you can have 4 oz. of meat or fish with two vegetables, steamed with a bit of butter or oil, and a piece of fruit.
 
Healing uses:
 
  • Leek has about the same properties as garlic, but to a lesser degree.
  • It also stimulates appetite and helps to relieve congestion in the throat and respiratory passages.
  • Leek makes a good, non-irritating diuretic.
  • The crushed leaves can be used externally to ease the sting of insect bites.
  • Leeks are good for keeping blood vessels elastic and preventing premature aging.
  • Eating plenty of the Allium varieties, such as chives, garlic, leeks, etc. will result in intestinal worms being eliminated. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rich Raw Cacao Milkshake for you & your Valentine!

 Raw Cacao Milkshake

I’m going to tell you something because no one else will. You deserve a milkshake. You deserve a milkshake that isn’t going to send you onto a blood sugar roller coaster and mess with your healthy flora. You deserve this milkshake. A perfect treat on a hot day when you want a nourishing clean energy boost.

Raw cacao is beneficial in so many ways. Not only does it contain phenylethylamine which helps boost happy hormones, it’s also loaded with magnesium. A large percentage of the population is deficient in magnesium but it’s important for healthy digestion and a relaxed nervous system, so drink up!

 

Ingredients

Mocha Mint Shake Serves 1

1 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon of raw honey or stevia

 

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.

When you’re gut health is off kilter it’s important not to overload your body with sugar. That’s where recipes like these come in. You can’t just flip a switch and never want a milkshake again, so it becomes about creating healthy substitutions to unhealthy foods.

Sugar feeds bad bacteria and candida in your gut and promotes digestive distress and hormonal issues. The more you can swap it out for healthy recipes like this the faster you’ll be on track to feeling amazingly energized and balanced.

f you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my new comprehensive program Restore your Gut Health, details here http://adventureinwellbeing.com/shop/smoothie-guide/.In the program you get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes that you can enjoy without guilt, and that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.

Or join me on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdventureInWellBeing8 where I’ll be sharing more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.

 To your wellness,
Christine Esters

Saturday, January 7, 2017

4 New Year's Resolutions


It's the beginning of 2017, and you’ve probably thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. Am I right?

 

So many people commit to huge New Year’s resolutions that are nearly impossible to achieve. Then, they end up not reaching their goals. One suggestion I have for you is to make your New Year’s resolution ACHIEVABLE this year.

 

When you do achieve your goals, you will be so much healthier.

 

Here are four perfect resolutions that are totally achievable:

 

#1. Hydrate with more water

Did you notice when you drink more water you feel better? Water helps your body to run better and will even help you to lose weight. Water will help give you a beautiful, youthful glow too. Make sure that you don’t just chug it all at once. Grab a water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. This will make it that much easier to achieve your goal, and it will be so beneficial for your entire body.

 

#2. Crowd out unhealthy foods

Unhealthy foods that are filled with sugar and toxins do our bodies no good. Instead of just eating because you have a sweet tooth craving or because something looks delicious, eat because you want to nourish your body. If you eat foods that will give you energy and help you to feel better, you’ll be on track for a healthier New Year. So, start 2017 by eating whole foods that nourish and benefit your body.

 

#3. Move more

Most people think of a New Year’s resolution as heading to the gym every morning. Although this is a great goal, it can sometimes be unachievable with your schedule. You do not need to head to the gym to move more. In fact, if you sit all day it's a very good idea to go for a walk on your lunch break, or stand up and move in between breaks. Make moving fun in 2017. You will feel so much better!

 

#4. Let go of negative thinking

Every person has thoughts that creep into their head. Sometimes we can become more judgmental and critical of others in our head, or even put ourselves down. In 2017 make it a goal of yours to stop the negative thinking. This will help you to be an overall happier person and will even help you to become healthier.

 

When you are thinking of your goals for 2017, I recommend that you start with an achievable goal that will really help you become a happier and healthier you!

 

I hope that these four suggestions help!
Christine

 

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