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Everyday peanut sauce.

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Listen, without a sauce, you just have a pile of vegetables. With a sauce you turn that pile into a crave-worthy meal or snack.

This sauce is low drama & can be made in seconds. The key is using seasoned brown rice vinegar, which is just a mild vinegar w/ a sweet & salty balance from grape juice concentrate & sea salt.

The recipe:
- 1 part natural creamy peanut butter
- 1 part seasoned brown rice vinegar 
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- warm water (add as much or as little as you’d like to get the consistency you want)

Stir the ingredients together & try the sauce as a:
Veggie dip. Pair w/ carrots, broccoli & peapods.
Salad dressing. Toss w/ shredded cabbage or spinach.
Marinade. Coat tofu, tempeh or chicken & grill/bake.
Simmer sauce. Stir-fry w/ veggies & serve on brown rice topped w/ chopped peanuts & green onion.

Mix a batch of sauce in a mason jar & refrigerate for ready-to-use goodness.

Wild child & health nut.

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Inside of you there are TWO people.

There is the WILD CHILD who wants to eat greasy pizza all day & just live it up. Naughty!

And…

There is the HEALTH NUT who wants to eat kale all day & take amazing care of your body. Nice!

The struggle of all dieters is the fight between their wild child desires and their health nut sensibilities. 

If you eat to please just your wild child you won’t be healthy, thin or fabulous. But, if you eat to please just your health nut you’ll feel diety & deprived. Oh, what to do? Answer: Don’t pick a side! It’s not pizza OR kale, it’s some pizza AND kale. 

Try This: Before you eat, check in with BOTH your inner wild child & health nut. At each meal, aim to add a little something to please BOTH of them. It is the secret to a balanced & healthy relationship with food!

Convenient coconut oil cubes.

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Coconut oil has some potential benefits in & on the body. It may decrease belly fat in exercisers and it’s a powerful hair conditioner & skin moisturizer.

But here’s the issue: It’s messy. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so it’s often a pain to scrape it out of the jar & then once you melt it, it gets so drippy down the side of the jar. 

SOLUTION: Make COCONUT OIL CUBES! They are mess-free & portion-controlled! 

How to make cubes:
1) Liquify. Put coconut oil jar in warm water so it turns liquid (melting point = 76 degrees F).
2) Measure. Put a HALF tablespoon into each cube of an ice cube tray. Note: Flexible silicone trays work best.
3) Freeze. Pop tray in the freezer for 5 mins to set.
4) Store. Remove the cubes & keep them in a container in the fridge until you need a single-serving of coconut oil. They are 60 calories each.

Top 10 uses for coconut oil cubes:
- Coffee (use in place of creamer)
- Cinnamon toast spread (use in place of butter)
- Smoothies (use to add a creamy boost)
- Homemade granola (use in place of usual oil)
- Stir-fry recipes (use in place of usual oil)
- Stove-top popcorn (use in place of usual oil)
- Pan/cookie sheets (coat bakeware to prevent sticking)
- Conditioner (warm in hands & put in hair pre-shower)
- Makeup remover (warm in hands to take off makeup)
- Moisturizer (warm in hands & massage into skin)

The ultimate taco topper.

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I. Love. Tacos.
They are easy to make & can be a great vehicle to get in more veggies …especially one of my favs: Cabbage!

Cabbage is in the same vegetable family as kale & broccoli, so it has similar powerhouse health benefits like cancer prevention.

HOW TO: Tacos w/Taco Slaw
1) Make TACO SLAW: Mix coleslaw + cilantro + green onions + jalapeño.
2) Heat corn tortillas on the grill or in dry pan on the stovetop.
3) Add grilled fish or smashed black beans to the tortillas.
4) Top w/ SLAW, avocado slices, pico de gallo salsa & squeeze of fresh lime.

Beyond tacos, serve up this slaw as a…
Peanut bowl. Top w/ grilled tofu or chicken & chopped peanuts.
Breakfast hash. Sauté & top w/ an organic egg.
Salad boost. Add a handful to your usual salads.

Eat lunch bowls!

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Let’s give lunch the makeover it deserves!

Sandwiches & wraps are mid-day staples, but they aren’t doing us any favors. No wonder we are so tired in the afternoon…refined bread/wraps, processed deli-meat & just a dusting of vegetables does not a meal of champions make.

Meet your NEW lunch go-to: LUNCH BOWLS! When done right they are energizing, filling & waistline-friendly. Added bonus: You’ll look classy eating a lunch bowl w/ a fork versus manhandling a sandwich or wrap.

Our new infographic breaks down the basic anatomy of a healthy bowl & includes 5 ideas to get you started:

  • Mediterranean Hummus Bowl
  • Asian Edamame Peanut Bowl
  • Mexican Black Bean Burrito Bowl
  • American BBQ Ranch Bowl
  • Italian Parmesan-Marinara Bowl

Best of all, these bowls can be made in advance and travel well.

Let the full Lunch Bowl Infographic inspire you! Click HERE.

Boost your attractiveness.

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Guilty. I used to love a good suntan – I was no stranger to tanning booths or baby oil. Now I’m older & wiser so I understand that too much sun can lead to age spots, wrinkles & skin cancer. No thank you.

But is there anything more attractive than a sun-kissed glow? Heck YES there is! 

In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that eating fruits and vegetables makes your skin color MORE attractive than a suntan. All compliments of yellow pigments in produce called carotenoids. These pigments actually tint your skin a golden, healthy hue. Aim for >3 cups of produce daily for at least 6 weeks for the best effect.

Boost your attractiveness by eating more orange produce & leafy greens: