This is a simple post. About a simple thing. My tried and true staple for a healthy, home cooked dinner – no forethought and minimal time investment required.
Who knew chocolate and green veggies go together like peanut butter and jelly?! I recently accidentally picked up chocolate vegan protein powder from my nutritionist instead of my usual vanilla, and since then I’ve been loving the chocolate smoothies I’ve been concocting in the morning! For a few seconds you feel guilty about having something chocolately, and then remember that you’re only taking in amazing things: antioxidant rich spices, greens and fruit, plus protein and healthy fat.
Come to think of it, Chipotle is the only fast food I eat. And not only do I eat it, but I thoroughly enjoy it and don’t feel even a little bit bad about it!
I am so thankful to have such a great group of girlfriends that threw me a dinner party to ring in my 30th birthday. Couldn’t think of a better way to turn 30 than with great friends and delicious food.
My parents used to live in Lerici, a small town in northern Italy on the Mediterranean. As I was going through undergrad and grad school, I was able to live there with them for seven wonderful summers. We loved the food from the area – the foccacia, pizza, pesto, fish and gelato.
For the first week of the Clean Program (a 21 day detox program by doctor Alejandro Junger), I thought I was doing something wrong because it was so easy. Granted, my diet before the cleanse was not (what I considered to be) that bad, but I have never restricted myself to any type of mandatory food regime before, let alone a cleanse.
As a youth-obsessed culture, we spend over $80 billion annually in the US on products that are meant to turn back the hands of time. But the efficacy of many of the lotions and potions we spend our money on is highly questionable, and procedures like cosmetic surgery and botox are simply a quick fix for your outer shell. If you knew there was an effective method to truly slow down the aging process, to achieve radiant health and longevity and appear more youthful, even into old age, would you try it? What about if it meant eating less?
I think spaghetti squash is WAY over-hyped as a pasta alternative. Yeah you get the spaghetti shape and maybe that’s impressive, but it’s kind of bland and boring and it in no way tastes like spaghetti to me. Butternut squash, on the other hand, is rich and decadent, and when you top it with pasta sauce you can close your eyes and for a second there you think you’re eating butternut squash stuffed ravioli.
Most of my friends would say I actually have no life to speak of right now, considering the fact that I’ve mostly taken a break from the social world while cleansing. I tell them that I still have a life, it’s just a little bit different right now! Here’s a play by play from one of my days:
Disclaimer: If you have a maturity problem or the term “bowl movement” makes you queasy, you might want to stop here!