Coconut Oil Packets – It’s my Friday Favorite

This week I wanted to share with you a Friday Favorite that I never intended to buy. Ever go to Trader Joe’s and come out with things you’ve never bought before? All the time, right? A couple of weeks ago I bought their box of virgin unrefined coconut oil. I was intrigued by it, but not enough to do anything with it so it went into my pantry and there it sat, until I had a conversation with a client about getting more in our diet while we’re out and about.

After that conversation, I went home and realized I had bought something for this purpose. I had these handy coconut oil packets but never really used them, until this last week. I had a couple of coffee meetings and don’t want to add all the creamers and sugars to my coffee so I popped these little cuties in my bag and off I went.

They worked but I had to have one of the baristas cut the top off since they don’t have easy-to-open tops…or they are Laura proof. But it worked. I stirred it in and my coffee turned into a little vegan bulletproof paradise. Then I started thinking about all the other ways I could use these packets while traveling.

Coconut oil packet uses while traveling

  • If you mix one packet with a packet of sugar available in your hotel room, you have a soothing foot and body scrub.
  • Take one packet and mix it with the used coffee grounds from the coffee pod you just had for breakfast, add a packet of sugar and you have a sweet coffee facial scrub that will wake up your skin and make your skin ultra soft.
  • It’s a great way to continue oil pulling on the road.
  • Need a deep conditioner, work a packet of the oil through your hair before you shampoo, or after you get out of the pool. It protects your hair from the bad chlorine impacts.
  • It also makes the perfect eye makeup remover. Then you can wash your entire face with it and not need a moisturizer.

  • I truly love the sweet coffee scrub.
  • Yes, this is me with absolutely, no makeup on.
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    Minding Your Mind and Keeping Your Memories

    With each pen stroke I made to the paper, my memories emptied themselves into beautiful flowery words. Each memory telling a story off my life. I was running out of ink and paper, I resorted to the crayons I found under the chair and wrote on the walls. Memories of childhood, of going to the little grocery store for my mom and the clerk always gave me a Twinkie because she thought I was such a good girl to do this nice thing for my mom. I wrote I wrote about the time a bee flew into our car and my sister freaking out…this first time I thought about being afraid of bees and bugs was a normal thing. For some reason I couldn’t hold onto my memories.

    My kitchen walls were filled with all the recipes I’ve collected in my mind and memory. Recipes I made from memory. Muffins, donuts, pancakes, veggie soup, avocado bliss, chicken and rice, pesto encrusted salmon all my go to recipes were written on the walls with the crayons I found.

    As the crayons and rooms were spent and filled, I found other things to write with and more areas to write on. I used some sharpees and wrote on the garage floor about all the places I’ve ever traveled to from memory. Writing each one out in detail and seeing where I’ve been seemed to be the most freeing exercise in futility I’ve ever done. I stood back and walked from room to room looking at all I had written…reliving each moment in memory.

    As I wrote reach memory out, my mind emptied itself of all the clutter I collected over the 55 years of my life. But I could no longer remember these memories as they were put down on paper (walls, post-it’s, napkins, tables, floors, shower curtains, etc). My mind was empty. It was like a data dump from a computer to a flash drive. I had no memory left, my mind had to be reformatted to accept and build new memories. I thought to myself “Who’s minding my mind?

    That’s when it happened.

    My alarm went off.

    I sat up to write out this strange dream/nightmare. I wrote in detail which is why I’m sharing this here. I kept thinking that it was only a dream, but it was also a wake up call. Then, as usual, for me at least, I asked myself questions about the dream and about how it related to my life as it is now.

    “Do Alzheimer’s patients feel like this when they are losing their memories? Where do their memories go? Do patients know they are losing their memories?” I don’t know the answers to these questions…but it would prove an interesting study. No…I don’t have memory issues, but in my dream I felt compelled to write everything out. If you looked at my computer monitor, I have sticky notes all around it. My office door is arrayed with sticky notes as is my refrigerator, my pantry, and my front door. All a sign of a busy life.

    “What’s the moral of this story?”

    • Keep remembering the moments in your life but try not to get stuck on in the past.
    • Write them out if you need to and read them. Share these memories with your children and grandchildren.
    • Connect or reconnect with family and friends.
    • Protect your memory.

    Minding your mind also includes making better food choices and eliminating those foods that don’t provide nutritional benefits but robs your body of necessary nutrients to support a vibrant quality of life.

    We’ve been told that fat is a culprit and we should eliminate it from our diets but our gray matter which holds our memories is made up of fat and without the right amount of fat we lose that elasticity and our memories will begin to slip at an earlier age.

    While dairy is a big allergy culprit that is being eliminated from diets across the board. It’s part of the Big 4 (dairy, eggs, sugar, grain) we are suggested to remove from our diets that might improve our life. Well, dairy is one of those food groups that is somewhat difficult to remove if you don’t have a food allergy to it. But there are all sorts of dairy alternatives to choose from. Alternative cheeses are great if you want to ingest all sorts of chemicals which are a detriment to our health.

    Being Italian and having to eliminate cheese is like a fish giving up water. I have tried to find good alternatives to ricotta cheese that didn’t have cashews, potatoes, or starches…and something that’s a good raw alternative! They don’t exist.

    So I went into my memory and came up with my own Macadamia “Ricotta” Cheese.

    Slightly wet ricotta cheese

    Macadamia “Ricotta” Cheese

    • 1 cup organic raw macadamia nuts, water soaked overnight in a covered container
    • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk, no additives or emulsifiers
    • 1 clove garlic, minced and let to sit for 10 minutes to activate the alicin.
    • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
    • 1 teaspoon basil, oregano, Italian seasoning (optional)

    In a nutribullet or high powered blender, purée all the ingredients. Adding a teaspoon of water or more if necessary to make the mixture resemble ricotta cheese. Pour into a container and use as a dip or use as a component of a raw zucchini lasagne.

    Makes 1 cup ricotta cheese.

    Minding our mind and holding onto our memories is up to each of us. We make choices every day that will either keep our memories intact or make them disappear into nothingness.

    Choose wisely and protect those memories!

    Willpower Begins the Journey But Discipline Helps You Stay on the Path!

    It’s been some time since my last post and the many reasons fill my head now as just excuses. But time is of the essence, it’s fleeting, and there are just 24 hours in a day. The business is flourishing, and I’m writing curriculum which takes the place of writing about my health challenges…practices. Time is incremental when I look at the health of both us…myself and my husband. My health is like a rollercoaster lately running the gamut of hills and valleys – sunny days and cloudy disparity. While my husband turned his willpower into the discipline he needed to stay on the path.

    Willpower, is it a power of wills? Is it a will of power? Do you have control of your will? Dictionary. com says willpower is the control of one’s impulses and will. Well, what it doesn’t say is that my husband has an abundance of it when he finally makes up his mind to do or not do something. Dictionary.com says this about discipline. It’s a training, activity or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Well, this explains a lot of why the two nouns go together. You have to possess the willpower to discipline yourself so you can improve your life or a part of your life.

    Starting Point

    So what’s the point of talking about willpower and discipline?  You see, back in January of 2017 my husband had bilateral pulmonary embolisms, his left leg had a blood clot from his ankle to his groin. The doctors at the hospital told us how lucky he was because normally they don’t give this diagnoses to men over 50 – they find it in an autopsy. So, yes, he was lucky,  but I liked to think that he was blessed.

    Over the last year and a half, we changed diets, we changed lifestyle and we changed our health outlook. My husband spent only 6 months on the meds and with my research help and finding the right naturopath he transitioned to supplements. But he had a strange inflammation issue in his left leg that would worsen if he moved or sat still. Nothing would work long term. Diuretics (prescription and natural) only work when you’re taking them, they don’t address the cause of the inflammation. So back to the research I went.

    About three months ago, my research took me to a place I never thought about, but wow it’s changed our lives. Health research more precise alternative health research is my forte, in being a holistic life coach. I had exhausted every avenue I knew but I was coming up short on answers. I remember it was about 2 a.m. one morning back in March,  I laid it all out on my desk before God and asked God to direct me. I got an answer three days later when my husband was talking to our friend who’s a doctor. “Have you looked into the lymph system?” I had never thought about that. I was thinking food allergies, side effects of the meds, scar tissue from the damaged veins,  wrong exercises, not enough exercising, etc.

    The lymph system

    We have more lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. And the lymph nodes in our abdomen area control the lymph movement in our legs. The lymph nodes in our neck control the lymph movement in our chest and arms. (Organic Lifestyle Magazine) This is fascinating stuff to me, and I’m talking about it constantly to my husband but, as is his usual,  he just wants the cliff notes. To make a long story shorter, I found a lymph cleanse for my husband to do. I used my knowledge of intermittent fasting and combined a raw, plant-based, high-fat, low-carb, low protein, alkaline plan to help my husband lose the inflammation.

    First Three Week Regimen

    A gallon of Cranberry Cayenne Flush

    He also ate one huge salad every day made with alkaline veggies especially the red ones: beets, red cabbage, red carrots (nightshades excluded because they cause inflammation). I make salad dressings for him with avocado oil, garlic, cucumbers, ginger, blackberries, lemon juice, avocados and Himalayan salt.

    The calorie count during this the first two weeks was 300 and 400 calories every day.

    During the third week, we added a veggie smoothie to his huge salad. It was filled with full-fat coconut milk (no gums added), kale, carrots, beets, celery, avocado, cucumbers, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (I would alternate the fruit for him), maca powder, our favorite raw vegan protein powder (Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend has no sugar, soy, or grains in it, it’s raw and it’s our favorite) and some water.

    Fourth week and Onward

    We added raw organic nuts but only the high fat, low carb, and low protein varieties: macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. We also added coconut oil fat bombs. I make my own with coconut oil, coconut butter, sunflower butter, maca powder, and carob (recipe below) which my husband calls fudge chunks because of their texture. Coconut Mama has a pretty good recipe that I started with and then started tweaking to make my own recipe with ingredients we can eat.

    And he continues this plan now at the 8-week mark.

    As you can see he doesn’t eat much only about 600 – 800 calories a day. He cut out all sugar even high sugar fruits and veggies. He doesn’t eat any grains. He eats all raw veggies, nothing steamed. He drinks a gallon of lemon water daily. He walks about 3 miles a day and does about 50 squats a day (squats are great at getting our lymph fluid moving). He also spends time on his spinning bike when it’s raining out.

    2-month stats:

    • 50 pounds lost
    • Down 4 pant sizes
    • Lost 6 inches off his waist
    • Demeanor changed, he’s calmer and happier
    • Tons more energy
    • He’s got laser focus now
    • He doesn’t get overheated anymore. He had an issue since he was a teenager (he was a runner and very fit then) where he would overheat when the temps rose above 70. It was 87 degrees a couple of weeks ago and he was fine, even had on a long sleeve shirt.
    • His recovery time from hikes and workouts is getting shorter and shorter. As a landscape photographer, he hikes all over the place on different types of terrain. His first hike of the season was last week where the grade was steep at 19%. Yes, he was sore and what used to take 3 – 4 days to recover only took 24 hours.

    This plan is a cleanse that will clean up your lymph system and your whole body. It will balance your hormones. It will reset you on a health journey by cleaning out the toxins that not only clogged your arteries but your life. This plan is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have the willpower to start and the discipline to say “NO” to food that’s sitting right in front of you or all around you at your office and social gatherings then it’s not for you. It’s not for everyone. But, if you are at the end of your rope, and you need to make a change that’s going to save the quality of your life, then you may want to take a look at some of the links I’ve posted above.

    My husband’s willpower led him to say yes to this journey but it’s his discipline that keeps getting stronger every time he says “NO” to food that’s not right for him.

    He can say yes to these!

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    Carob Fat Fudge

    • 1/2 cup each coconut oil, coconut butter, and sunbutter (no sugar or salt)
    • 1/4 cup carob powder or raw cacao (cocoa and cacao have caffeine)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 10 drops liquid stevia
    • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
    • 1 Tablespoon organic maca powder

    Melt the coconut oil and butters in a small saucepan over very low heat. You only want to melt it without boiling it. Stirring till melted. When totally melted, immediately remove from heat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to cool. Then add the vanilla, almond extract, and stevia. Whisk till blended. While whisking, add in the carob powder, salt, and maca powder. Whisk until smooth and incorporated. Pour into a 2-cup glass measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour into small candy molds or a mini muffin pan with paper liners. Only pour to about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Refrigerate about two hours to set. Remove from molds or pan (I removed the paper liners.) These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge. Makes 20 pieces of fudge.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It’s May Already? Seriously Where Does the Time Go?

    I can’t believe it’s May already…time is just flying by. We’re in the midst of spring in the Pacific Northwest and I’m thinking about the warm months to come. Here we are into the 5th month of the year already. Timing is everything. Time changes every time we blink. Blink too often and time is changed for good.

    Time passes whether we’re working on our dream or dreaming our days away in a place where we never make a difference and we’re never appreciated. Time is too short. We never have enough time to do the things we want unless we clear away our time to do the things we want. These are the things I’ve heard since I was parted from my job in March.

    Some have talked about how a job loss is like a death, and it can be devastating to a family. My husband asked me last week about what May have changed in my health since I am not in a job that caused me immense stress. Here are some changes that occurred within this month. My hair stopped falling out, it got to the point where I was losing clumps of hair in the shower. Yes, stress does that to me. I rarely lose a strand now. I am so much more relaxed now. I’m not stress eating anymore, and I’m able to sleep a full night instead of waking up at 2 with that feeling like I’m really the failure my boss kept telling me I was.

    That kind of stress has the potential to not only kill someone’s spirit but also their very cells. Every morning I felt myself dying a little bit more every time I turned on my work computer. I no longer had the motivation to talk to anyone about the products we offered or the benefits we had. I just couldn’t see my way out of this hole….But God had a plan for me and prepared the way out for me that was both liberating and life giving.

    One of my talented students took this photo with his iPad. He’s got such a wonderful eye for nature!

    What do I do with my time now? I am a specialized tutor for K20 students who need extra help. Students who have Individualized Education Plans who need help in core subjects and life skills. This is my niche and really has always been my niche. I built this mini business without a website, without business cards, without a brand logo. My services speak for themselves, and word-of-mouth is the cheapest form of advertising. My dad always said, “Do a good job in any business and you’ll never be without.”

    When is the time to start something new? NOW. It goes along with YES. If you’re asked to do something and say yes to it, do it Now. Don’t wait. Time is always fleeting. Don’t wait till tomorrow, tomorrow will have its own challenges and triumphs waiting to be fulfilled. We’ll never get another chance like today. It’s May 2018. Lets make it the best May of our lives. Let’s make the most of the time we have this month so we won’t be asking “Where did the time go?” when June hits.

    Cleansing Choices

    Sorry I’ve been absent for a while. I’m focusing on getting more clients before the end of the month. As some of you know my full-time job is coming to an end February 28th. So far I’ve gained 11 more clients I have 9 more spots open and would like to fill those before the end of the month.

    This brings me to one of my topics for today. Spending time working in a field that is clearly bringing you more stress than it’s worth. Yes, I know we all need to pay bills and support our families but when our jobs are costing us our health and wellbeing and we’re not able to enjoy our families then we need to be searching for positions that bring us joy, fulfillment, and stimulate our minds.

    My husband started a new job a couple of weeks ago and his words here “I no longer feel the need to munch all day because I’m not bored.” He figured out that when he’s bored he munches on unhealthy carb snacks. Now he only eats one meal a day without the need for snacking. His health is so much better and he’s able to spend more time with me instead of just sleeping. He’s also got more energy to work out.

    Have you ever had that exhilarating feeling of being challenged by your job, loving every minute of it, and being so calmed by it as well? Those are facets of knowing that you were meant for this job or career. Think back to a time when you were in a job you clearly knew was not for you. Now think about your health and wellness during that time. Did you have the energy to workout, to play with your kids, to enjoy a weekend without dreading Monday? Probably not.

    We spend over half our lives working and if we’re not working in an industry or at a job that is meaningful to us we’re wasting our lives on something that we have all the power to change. So where do we go from here?

    I’ll use myself as an example.

    I got my college degree late in life (49 years old). It was still one of the best things I did. I proved that I could succeed, and it opened my life up to endless possibilities of what I can accomplish. When I started college, I didn’t know that I wanted a double Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Wellness and Nutrition. My friends told me I was crazy for taking classes like Anatomy Physiology and Chemistry altogether. But I loved it. It’s motivating to hear your instructor tell you that only a handful of students ace his class. I was one of that handful. That moment alone changed my esteem, my confidence, and my outlook on life.

    After college I became a certified holistic life coach and an alternative health therapy researcher, helping people through tough areas in their lives by looking at their whole life and decisions made along the way. I started a blog, writing about the challenges we all face in life: weight loss, wellness, health, mindfulness, and joy. I became a tutor for students with learning challenges. I loved being a tutor and still, love it today. But I wanted to contribute more to our family (my husband and I ), so I took a job as an inside sales rep for an educational technology organization. I saw it as a dream job because the pay was great, but I knew at the 4-month mark that the job wasn’t for me. I stuck it out and here I am four years later regretting that I did.

     

    You see my whole goal in life has always been to stand in the gap. It’s something my father taught me as a young child. Standing in the gap means different things to different people. To me, it meant that I learned how to help people who not only asked for help but those people who society tosses aside as inconsequential to the whole makeup of society. My job has always been about making the yearly sales quota, but never about meeting people where they are and helping them grow beyond the benchmark had they set for themselves.

     

    Because I stayed in a job that was clearly not for me, the stress of it all gave me a serious autoimmune disease. I gained 50 pounds because I was stress eating and depressed all the time. I used to think how much happier I was when I worked for myself even though I wasn’t making as much money. I couldn’t sleep, I had no time to do the things I always loved. But hey, I was making money. I was stressed and sick. I dreaded all five days of the week I had to work. But my weekends were spent being sick. Yes, I had the capability of working from home. That was a perk. But you know what? If sales aren’t your thing, then don’t do it. I set myself up for failure because I saw $$$ instead of working from my whole life goals.

    New Growth

    How does this translate to you and your life? Are you in a position that is clearly not for you? Do you see no way out? These are questions only you can answer.

    The first place you should take a look at in changing your life is to find out what your whole life goal is and work off that. If helping people is something that moves you, try volunteering at hospitals, schools, food banks, or in your place of worship. (My love of tutoring came from when I volunteered at my sons’ school almost 23 years ago.)

    If helping animals brings you joy, volunteer at a pet shelter or start a dog walking business.

    Start out small. I started my tutoring business while I was in college, I worked and continue to work with one of the many tutoring platforms online. I started with one student, now I have 9 students on a regular basis and even during the summer months because I offer enrichment classes (art, math, cooking, reading/writing) that school districts don’t have the money to offer anymore.

    Let’s bring this all together. What does all this have to do with the 50 Day Cleanse and Glimpses of My Life?

    Here’s the second topic for today. A 50 day cleanse can’t change the amount of stress we deal with but it can help you in dealing with that stress. And sometimes this cleanse will add some stress to your life. Especially if you’re making two different menus, one for you and one for your family. Which is why I am changing several points about this cleanse even the name to help fit our busy lives and make it easier to follow through with. (I must confess, I got to the 21-day mark and I just could not take it anymore, it’s too restrictive for my lifestyle.)

    This new and improved cleanse has nothing to do with a certain number of days. It’s about having choices. We see these cleanses and challenges with a number in them as “I only have to make it X amount of days then I can go back to how I was before.” Cleansing Choices, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to set your own number of days, make the choices you want to add to your lifestyle and puts the power to change your life back in your hands. If you don’t want to be vegan, you don’t have to. If you’d rather not be raw, you can skip it. If you only want to water fast for one to three days, that’s fine. There are no set guidelines for Cleansing Choices. I’ve made the plan easier to follow by giving you cleansing options. Because life is all about the choices we make not about following someone else’s choices. You’ll have the opportunity to pick from a list of cleansing options that fit your lifestyle. Whether you want to pick one or multiple, it’s your choice because it’s your life and you know what you can handle.

    Let’s turn the page and make Cleansing Choices that resonate with each and every one of us.

    It’s our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

    ~J.K. Rowling

     

     

    5 Tip Friday

    Five years ago, when I started blogging for a class project in college, I had an agenda for every day of the week. Yes, I wrote a blog post every day. But I only had school and blogging, no job in site then. Fast forward to now, I have a full time job, I have several entrepreneurial adventures, and I am writing a book about The 50 Day Cleanse. So writing a blog post every day keeps me awake in the wee hours of the morning. Even though this is the case today, I still think having a theme for my days will help me as the blogger and you as the reader. Today is 5 Tip Friday

    My 5 Tips for making the cleanse easier

    1. Before you start the 5-day water fast, clean out your kitchen. Throw out all the opened processed foods in your fridge and pantry. If some items are unopened, give them to a food bank. Remember that you will be transitioning to a raw, alkaline, high fat vegan eating plan. You’ll be replenishing your kitchen with high alkaline veggies, fats, raw unsalted nuts and seeds, and low sugar fruit such as berries, lemons, and limes. 

    2. Buy some Himalayan salt rocks, a glass jar with glass lid, plastic or wooden measuring teaspoon, and Fiji water. Make the solution for the Himalayan Sole Water. This water will help you get through the 5 days and beyond. It contains all 84 minerals our bodies need in the precise amounts our bodies need. You’ll only be taking a teaspoon of the solution in more spring water. It’s pretty cheap to make, too. I bought a 5 pound bag of the Himalayan salt rocks three years for $25 and I am still using the same solution and rocks, just adding more rocks one at a time and filling with water, when needed. 

    3. You’ll also need either a juicer or extractor. I like my NutriBullet Pro. But there are many on the market to choose from. Find one that works for you. 

    4. Stock up spring water, reverse osmosis water, distilled water, or if you have a kangen water system that’s fine, too. You’re going to be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day throughout this cleanse! 

    5. Since you won’t be spending so much time in the kitchen, you might want to start a new hobby, or creative outlet to get your mind off of thinking about food. Reading books help. 

    Bonus Tip: Try to rearrange your schedule so you are fasting on your days off from work for at least the second and third day. Why? Because these are the days that can have a big healing crisis on them (headaches, nausea, body aches, flu like symptoms, dizziness, and the like).

    I made this smoothie this week and it’s now become one of my favorites!


    Ruby Slipper Smoothie

    • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
    • 1/2 cup chopped red Beet
    • 1/2 cup tart red cherries, raspberries, or strawberries 
    • 1 red carrot, chopped 
    • 1 T coconut oil
    • 1 scoop Warrior Blend protein powder
    • 5 drops liquid Vitamin D3
    • 1 T Essential Seven Seed Mix 
    • Water to fill line

    Blend and Enjoy!

    Salad Accessories

    I always think of the toppings we put on salads as accessories like adorning our bodies with jewelry, shoes, scarves, hats, makeup, and tattoos. Salad toppings make the salad no matter what you choose, you are accessorizing your plate based on your palate and your choices.

    A Bejeweled Salad would have ruby red beets and golden nugget coins would be yellow carrots. It might also have a cherry on top. But the adornment I want to talk about today is more than just a topping, it accentuates the salad and brings out the flavors of the ingredients it’s covering. It’s like the adorning touches of a nice shade of nail polish or lipstick to complete an outfit.

     A dressing can be that perfect shade we put on right before leaving the house. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter if our hair’s a mess, when we have that perfect lip shade on, we don’t notice we’re in sweats! Dressings and vinaigrettes dress up the lowliest of lettuces without anything else on the plate. Like Blue Cheese dressing on a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is one of the lowliest in the lettuces but we overlook that fact with the dressing over the top. 

    Italian Goddess Dressing

    • 1 clove garlic, sliced
    • 1 avocado
    • 1/2 large English cucumber
    • 1 stalk celery
    • 1 T oregano
    • 1/2 t Himalayan salt
    • 2 T apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
    • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
    • 2 T filtered water

    Whirl it together in a high powered blender or Nutri-bullet.

    Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

    It’s great on multiple salad mixes.

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    Vibrant Chopped Salad

    • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
    • 1 half jicama, diced
    • 1/2 small head purple cabbage
    • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
    • 1/2 medium zucchini, sliced
    • 1 yellow pepper, diced
    • 1/2 small red onion, small diced
    • Italian Goddess Dressing 

    Mix together and divide into two medium bowls. Add the dressing and toss.

    Enjoy.

    Makes 3 servings

    More Accessories:

    • Black or green olives (bottled in olive oil, not vinegar)
    • Pepperocinis (Husband’s usual adornment)
    • Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
    • Raw organic chopped nuts
    • Fresh Berries of choice

    Let’s do a retake of our word associations and look at how we adorn out plates, our palates, and our lives. 

    How do you accessorize your salads