Cucumber Noodles with Avocado Pesto | The Divine Hostess

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been dragging my feet with keeping my flare ups in check. About 2 years ago, I found out that I had a laundry list of foods of which I was highly reactive to and it’s been a journey.

 

When inflammation happens anywhere in the body, it is sort of like an alarm. Lately there has been a lot of medicine that reduces inflammation, but I am interested in  understanding why it is there in the first place. I know certain foods, lack of sleep, and even emotionally tough times can cause my body to react poorly. As a result, I am implementing more mindful eating.

 

I’ve made a goal of eating at least 2 raw meals per day to boost my energy, reduce inflammation, and keep my metabolism boosted. I intend to share all the recipes I create with you. The first is spirilized cucumber noodles with creamy avocado pesto that is sooo to die for! If you do not have a spirilizer yet, it’s worth the purchase, but you can also use a julienne peeler to get a similar effect.

 

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Serves 4

  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 avocado
  • 4-5 basil leaves
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • sea salt as needed
  • grape tomatoes
  1. Spirilize 2 cups of cucumber per serving.
  2. To a food processor add avocado, basil, garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, a pinch of sea salt, and slowly add grapeseed oil until mixture is smooth.
  3. Cover noodles with sauce and toss.
  4. Add tomatoes and additional basil for garnish.

 

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What to Consider When Doing a Cleanse

1. Plan ahead. Planning is key to a successful health journey. The most common feedback I hear from my health coaching clients who struggle to stay on track is “I didn’t have time.” We all lead such busy lives, and also things beyond our control come up. Plan as much as you can, and then be flexible and creative to still meet your goals.

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2. Set goals you can keep. I know how this sounds, but this is not at all settling or having a low standards for health. Incrementally increase your goals to achieve success. Outright lofty goals can be so overwhelming. It’s hard to stick to them. Don’t set yourself up– set yourself up for success.

 

 

3. Consider your health. Your current status of health is crucial. If you are on medication or have any particular condition, you will need to consult your physician before doing a cleanse. Cleanses are good, but they are not one-size fits all. Doing a juice cleanse for instance, may not be enough.

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4. Don’t do it for weight loss. Weight loss is often a bi-product of doing a cleanse, but it should not be the objective. You don’t want to change a cleanse into a crash diet. You’ll put undue pressure on yourself and your body. A cleanse will help your body perform optimally by removing toxins and boosting metabolism. It can definitely jump start your weight loss journey, but I feel strongly that it should not be a weight loss technique.

 

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5. Don’t cheat. We can reason our way out of anything. We humans are crafty this way. This is why #2 is so important. Setting goals you can reasonably stick to instead of ones you will later disregard when they matter most. Take the raw/vegan challenge, for instance. I knew that I would not want to do raw food all day. I’m stuck in a ridiculously cold, over air-conditioned building for almost 10 hours each day. All I really want when I get home is warm meal, and not cold food. I felt it was much more reasonable to do what I’ve seen others do which is raw before 4pm. This gave me to opportunity to enjoy a warm, sensible vegan meal each evening.

 

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6. Get rest and lots of water. Sometimes as your body is adjusting to a cleanse and ridding itself of toxins, you may feel a bit tired. The tired feeling will not last, but it is good to plan for it and get to bed early the first few days. You should also consume lots of water, though I won’t tell you how much that is. Your water intake should be based on a lot of factors: your weight, level of activity, and the weather, to name a few. I’ve never been a fan of just blindly doing a gallon of water a day drinking challenge. For what? Not everyone needs that. I think the water intake needs a little more thought. But let’s just for now stick to a minimum of 8 glasses per day to be safe. 🙂

 

Stay tuned for a follow-up post and video next week of what I ate during the cleanse and more tips!

So that’s it! These are just a few tips and tricks that you might consider if you’re thinking of doing any type of cleanse. I hope it helps you decide if a cleanse is best for you, and makes you think more in depth about how you might need to customize your plan. If you have further questions, comment below!

xoxo,

Fifi

Cleanse Week

I’ve teamed up with my friend L’aisha who you may know as MakeupanBeautyJunkie to do a week of cleansing. It’s a great way to boost energy, metabolism, and kickstart the new season without getting sick. We’ve decided to do a one week raw food challenge. To make it easier with long days and hard workouts, we’ve opted to do raw food till 4pm, which gives us a chance to have a warm sensible meal for dinner. We will be doing vegan food at dinner time. We will be sharing our meals and experiences over the next 7 days, and we hope you will join us! Feel free to modify as needed!

 

What I’ve eaten today:

  • Smoothie: baby spinach, frozen bananas, raisins, raspberries, chia seeds, and filtered water.
  • Snack #1: walnuts and raisins
  • Lunch: baby spinach, cucumber, red wine vinaigrette, 1/3 avocado
  • Snack #2: One cup of grapes
  • Dinner: kale, brown rice, black beans, salsa, guacamole, and flaxseed chips.

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We hope we can inspire you to jumpstart a new journey as well! Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@divinehostess & @makeupanbeautyjunkie) for updates and pictures!

xoxo,

Fifi

Housewarming Party Menu Items

Lots of people are moving or have recently moved, so I find that the most common questions I get center around preparation for a housewarming a party. I recently made a video on tips for hosting a dinner party, or you can watch How to Have a Housewarming Party on  a Budget.

I’ve put together a list of easy, delicious and healthy housewarming foods that your guests are sure to love! Mix and match 4 to 6 items from this list and you’re off to a great start! Simply click on the photo to link to the recipe.

 Mint Berry Sparklers  mint berry yt thumb
 Fresh Mex Salad  fresh mex
 Quinoa & seafood Greek salad  blog2
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 Baked Donuts  IMG_7782
 Frittatas Florentine  DSC_5354
 Fruit Kabobs  lainey2
 Mediterranean Potato Salad  IMG_0013
 Avocado Boats  Avocado-Boats2-Small-300x203
 Zucchini Fritters  6075468562_8fd29a0c83
 Italian Sausage Lasagna  32427
 Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies  healthy-chocolate-chip-cookies

ENERGYbits | Review

Never more than when you say you are vegan, vegetarian, or a raw foodie does the general public become gravely concerned about your protein intake. As annoying as it is, protein intake really is important! But, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who have protein deficiencies. Many people do not get the amount of protein they need and as a result are malnourished, fatigued And generally not functioning at their optimal levels.

For this reason, energybits (which are not a supplement, but a food) can come in handy! This easily portable fuel made from algae and chlorella is raw, organic, and packed with vitamins and nutrients.

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How to take them:
For best results, swallow at least 30 ENERGYbits (or more) before any workout, run, game or intense physical or mental activity. They will improve your energy and endurance. Also take whenever you are tired, hungry or don’t have time to eat or cook. They are a terrific high protein, low calorie snack or meal on the go.  A favorite of Olympic athletes. Swallow with beverage (or chew them as you would a handful of nuts). Remember, they’re “bits” of food (not pills).

You’ll find additional details of my review of EnergyBits in my latest video. I found them to be awesome, but was a little  hesitant in how to take that many pills– especially on an every day basis. All in all, the alternative of protein powder does not compare to the nutrients you get from this algae food as well as the ease on the stomach!

EnergyBits were gracious enough to offer both a discount and also one free 2.5 serving sized sample to a winner. For the contest, I’m going a Rafflecopter giveaway, and the rules are pretty simple. The entrant:

        1. Must be a US resident
        2. Must like the Divine Hostess Facebook fan page
        3. Must like the EnergyBits Facebook fan page

To enter, please visit the Rafflecopter giveaway

Energybits also is offering you 10% off any of their bags of algae! The discount code is BLOG. Visit http://www.energybits.com for more information about the product, and to make purchases.

Romaine & Avocado Salad | Raw Food

I had this refreshing and crunchy salad as a late night snack. Salad as a snack is what I often turn to when I do not want to eat anything sweet, and also cannot go to bed starving. Greens fill the stomach nicely while providing a ton of nutrients, so this was a completely guilt-free choice. You can. Honestly have this salad any time of day, and make it more hearty by adding a protein. Enjoy!

You will need:
1.5 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
1/8 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 avocado sliced
1-2 tablespoons diced green onions
1 tsp grapeseed oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 lemon
Sea salt to taste
1/4 tsp paprika

1. Toss lettuce, onions, oil and vinegar.
2. Top with avocado, green onions, juice of lemon wedge, paprika and sea salt.

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How to Make Zucchini Noodles | Raw Food

I’ve been watching the raw food movement pick up momentum for some time now. Whether you go fully raw, or use it as a method of cleansing– there are some great benefit to this style of eating. I would encourage you to do your own research, but a raw diet can be fantastic for getting fruits and veggies in their highest state of nutrition, provide us with a ton of fiber, and give us a fast source of pure energy that has not been processed.

I try to make a large part of my diet raw when possible, especially when I want a light meal or when my appetite is a little unpredictable. This weekend I was craving raw veggie noodles. I don’t yet have a spirilizer, so I made them with a veggie peeler. More accurately, these would be called ribbons. To make zucchini ribbons, it is quite simple, but keep in mind that the length of the zucchini will determine the length of the noodle.

1. Wash zucchini well, since we will keep on the peel.

2. Cut off the top and bottom.

3. With peeler, shave to create noodles lengthwise stopping when you have arrived at the seeds.

IMG_28184. Start on the other side and shave down to the seeds once again.

My peeler was very inexpensive, but quite precis and sharp. I had a nice pile of ribbons when done with just one medium-size zucchini. If needed, pat the noodles dry with a paper towel to remove excess water.

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I then made a very simple salad on the bed of ribbons.

 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 8-10 sugar snapped peas
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 cup raw broccoli or 1/2 cup roasted broccoli
  • paprika
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
 Instructions:Toss all veggies together with the juice of the 1/2 lime, vinegar, and oil. Place on top of zucchini ribbons and garnish with cashews followed by paprika.

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