January 21, 2014
Avo-a-Day

I eat about 5 avocados a week. That probably sounds excessive (and fattening), but this delicious super food has become an important player in my diet —snack or side.  I’m down to throw avo on nearly any dish, anytime: on a salad, with eggs, spread on toast, blended in smoothies,…. but my favorite way to enjoy it is all by itself.  Cut a ripe avocado in half, pinch of salt + pepper, a little balsamic glaze and some lemon/lime… scoop + enjoy! A quick and easy snack that tastes delicious and creamy and keeps me satisfied for a few hours- perfect before or after a workout. 

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Not only is this yummy and easy to prepare, eating nutrient-dense avocados has huge health benefits!

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I recently found this “Superfoods” cookbook and read some great info on our good friend avo (fun fact: I won this book on The Price is Right)

 “Every dieter thinks that luscious avocados are a high-fat, high-calorie treat. But when ripe they are also an almost complete food, supplying lots of potassium, vitamins A and E some B and C vitamins and a little protein and starch, along with avocado oil, which is mainly a monounsaturated fat. Avocado is excellent as an early weaning food when pureed with other vegetables, and for convalescents. It’s good for anyone suffering from stress or sexual problems. Avocados are a particularly rich source of skin-protective antioxidants, especially Vitamin E. Women, in particular, who are often warned off avocados as being extra-high in fat and calories, should eat plenty of this fruit for the sake of their skin. Together with heart-protective monounsaturated oil and other nutrients they contain, they neutralize damaging free radicals. This makes them god for the heart, circulation and anti-aging.”

On average, one avocado is 250 calories, 23g of fat and 760 mg of potassium, which is astonishingly high! One sugar-filled banana has only 422mg of potassium.

Avo all the way!!

—NK

January 14, 2014
Coconut Oil to Moisturize?

Yes, I am trying to eat better this year, but I also want to be healthier in general. There are so many toxic things in our environment that affect our health, especially the beauty products we use on a daily basis. I read this article, and I may ditch my mositurizer for coconut oil moving forward.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/11/11/coconut-oil-for-skin.aspx

I have been using it to cook. Can I also use it as lotion? Apparently it has many uses (see below). I read an article recently about how a few spoonfuls a day cured someone’s mono in one week. Crazy!

~HH

January 7, 2014

New Recipe! Chia Seed Pudding. I found a few recipes online & tailored this easy recipe to make it my own. I made a delicious, easy & healthy dessert that could also probably be eaten for breakfast or a snack.

Step One:
Add 2-3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds and 1 Cup of Almond Coconut Milk to a Blender Bottle or something you can close and shake to mix. You can also add some fruit. I added blueberries & half a banana to thicken it up, as well as a few drops of Vanilla Stevia to sweeten.
Step Two:
Add the mixture to individual serving dishes. I have pudding cups that have lids, which are very convenient. Refrigerate overnight.
Step Three:
Once the mixture has refrigerated for 4-5 hours it will be pudding like & you can add toppings. I added pomegranate seeds, slivered raw almonds & a bit of shredded coconut.
Step 4:
Enjoy!

~Hil

January 7, 2014
Do I Need A Magnesium Supplement?

I’ve been told YES and that it’s important. Also, I was reading this article last night,  (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11717/why-women-need-to-get-enough-magnesium.html) and now I’m really glad that I’m taking it! I mix a teaspoon of Calm into hot water each night and drink it right before bed. It tastes great, and anything that helps manage my stress level is a must. If you read about the benefits on their website, I think you’ll agree it’s worth taking. I got a new bottle for Christmas this year…glad my family is looking out for my health! ~HH

http://naturalvitality.com/natural-calm/

Natural Calm

January 6, 2014
Smoothie Perfection. I went home for Christmas a couple of weeks ago, and each morning my dad would make me a delicious smoothie full of every superfood imaginable. I tried to pay close attention so I could replicate it at home because it was heavenly and so filling too. I took this photo of all the ingredients before I left and nearly $100 later I was ready to try it out at home in my Vitamix. The raw eggs scare me a bit since I don’t have my own chickens (dad does), so I haven’t added that to the equation just yet. I am also hesitant to add almonds. They add a nice crunch but also add some unnecessary calories. I am waiting for my Acai and Psyllium to arrive still, but so far so good. This morning’s smoothie was perfect. So delicious and healthy!
Add to Blender:
Ice (Approx 8-10 cubes)
1 scoop (20 g) of Vital Whey Protein Powder
1 Cup Plain Kefir (I will eventually make my own but for now I bought plain Kefir with the smallest amount of sugar I could find)
1/2 Frozen Banana (Buy organic, fresh & freeze on your own)
Approx 5-7 Organic Blueberries
Approx 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
Approx 1 Tbsp of Maca Powder
Approx 1 Tbsp of Cacao Powder
Approx 3/4 Tbsp of Mesquite Powder
5 Drops of Vanilla Stevia
A small spoonful of Coconut Manna (Pure, dried Coconut flesh)
Small pour of Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk (to make it blend more easily)
* None of my measurements are exact. When I say 1 Tbsp, I mean that I add a what appears to be close to that but could be a little less. Use the spoon pictured as a reference. I use a spoon like that & toss one spoonful into my blender.
And enjoy! ~HH

Smoothie Perfection. I went home for Christmas a couple of weeks ago, and each morning my dad would make me a delicious smoothie full of every superfood imaginable. I tried to pay close attention so I could replicate it at home because it was heavenly and so filling too. I took this photo of all the ingredients before I left and nearly $100 later I was ready to try it out at home in my Vitamix. The raw eggs scare me a bit since I don’t have my own chickens (dad does), so I haven’t added that to the equation just yet. I am also hesitant to add almonds. They add a nice crunch but also add some unnecessary calories. I am waiting for my Acai and Psyllium to arrive still, but so far so good. This morning’s smoothie was perfect. So delicious and healthy!

Add to Blender:

  • Ice (Approx 8-10 cubes)
  • 1 scoop (20 g) of Vital Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 Cup Plain Kefir (I will eventually make my own but for now I bought plain Kefir with the smallest amount of sugar I could find)
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana (Buy organic, fresh & freeze on your own)
  • Approx 5-7 Organic Blueberries
  • Approx 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
  • Approx 1 Tbsp of Maca Powder
  • Approx 1 Tbsp of Cacao Powder
  • Approx 3/4 Tbsp of Mesquite Powder
  • 5 Drops of Vanilla Stevia
  • A small spoonful of Coconut Manna (Pure, dried Coconut flesh)
  • Small pour of Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk (to make it blend more easily)

* None of my measurements are exact. When I say 1 Tbsp, I mean that I add a what appears to be close to that but could be a little less. Use the spoon pictured as a reference. I use a spoon like that & toss one spoonful into my blender.

And enjoy! ~HH

January 5, 2014
I've Got 99 Problems & My Skin is 1

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never have porcelain clear skin, however I will never stop trying to improve my skin. The best way to do that is apparently through your diet. I love the blog Grass Fed Girl and found this article (http://www.grassfedgirl.com/5-simple-steps-to-clear-skin) which gives some great and easy tips on how to clear your skin. I’m going to focus on cutting out dairy (especially skim milk), taking my fish oil (I like Norwegian cod liver oil in lemon flavor) more regularly, sleeping more & drinking lots of water. I’ll report back in a few weeks. I also love Skin Laundry (www.skinlaundry.com) for a super quick laser facial that works wonders! My skin always feels so clean and tight when I leave. Definitely try it if you’re in LA! First session is FREE! ~Hil

January 3, 2014
It’s 2014! A new year is always a good time to reevaluate your life and look for places to improve yourself. Turning 30 this year is a scary thought, but it’s also the perfect time to get serious about my health. In 2013 I learned the importance of good health as you get older. I was living like I was still 21; late nights, little sleep, drinking & working out excessively. Naturally my immune system was shot, and I got sick….with Mono. It was not fun being sick for an entire month—having no energy or appetite and not being allowed to workout. So like every year, my new year’s resolution is to get in insane shape, but I also really want to focus on my health this year, not only to prevent aging but also to keep myself happy and healthy for years to come. I plan to eliminate refined sugar and processed foods from my diet and ease up on drinking. My health expert parents stressed one thing to me over the holidays— SUGAR IS POISON. I’m getting a plan together and am hoping this leads to the best body of my life! So excited to be blogging again with my healthy workout buddy Niki!
Happy New Year!
Hil

It’s 2014! A new year is always a good time to reevaluate your life and look for places to improve yourself. Turning 30 this year is a scary thought, but it’s also the perfect time to get serious about my health. In 2013 I learned the importance of good health as you get older. I was living like I was still 21; late nights, little sleep, drinking & working out excessively. Naturally my immune system was shot, and I got sick….with Mono. It was not fun being sick for an entire month—having no energy or appetite and not being allowed to workout. So like every year, my new year’s resolution is to get in insane shape, but I also really want to focus on my health this year, not only to prevent aging but also to keep myself happy and healthy for years to come. I plan to eliminate refined sugar and processed foods from my diet and ease up on drinking. My health expert parents stressed one thing to me over the holidays— SUGAR IS POISON. I’m getting a plan together and am hoping this leads to the best body of my life! So excited to be blogging again with my healthy workout buddy Niki!

Happy New Year!

Hil

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