Thursday, September 29, 2011

Veggie Wraps & Musings :)

  Life has been such a whirlwind the past few months! Ever since the day that Dave the Raw Food trucker invited me to speak at the International day of juice feasting in Seattle it has been a juggling act.One foot in the world of living the life I feel I am meant to live and one foot in every day life as I know it. That is not to say that I don't enjoy my day to day life at all, I absolutely do! But once you discover your true passion in life and get a taste for living it, something shifts inside.Sharing my story and actually knowing that it is touching people and helping them along their own healthy, happy journey fulfills that little something inside I believe each of us are searching for. Spending a week surrounded by people that have found a way to do that and following their passions has had a profound effect on me. It was truly the most incredible experience to be immersed in the most joyous, loving vibes of so many happy,healthy people! Now I am back here on my blog finally to share and help inspire in my own little way! 

 The amazing energy of that week stays with me still, but each day I feel it slipping away just a little. It's time for me to make my own magic! I am not entirely sure where any of this is taking me and I trust that it will all fall into place as it should.
 Everything that has happened these past few months all began with taking a huge leap of faith and agreeing to travel to Seattle. I haven't been on a plane in 18 years, am not really versed in public speaking and was a tad bit intimidated to hobnob with so many people I have looked up to and have been inspired by along my journey. Saying yes to all that has been such a gift to myself. Flying was a breeze, speaking was a pleasure, regardless of how nervous I was. All the new friendships I made are a blessing! 
Although I feel a little like a fish out of water right now, that's alright. I am not the only one that had to return to their regular jobs and yet continue to follow our dreams too.Having published my ebook that walks you through my journey and shares all the recipes I enjoy, has opened yet another door that allows me to continue following my passion. Tonight I will be sharing once again on Cher Till's Blogtalk radio show, Healthy Shots another way of getting the word out and having fun doing it! It's tonight, Thursday Sept 29 at 8PM EST. come join us!
 When we were in Seattle we ate at several raw food restaurants that served delicious meals like I have never tasted before! I rarely take the time to prepare many food recipes, although they always look so good! Like everyone, I have my regulars each day ~ smoothies,juices, salads and occasionally I will venture out & try a new recipe. Enjoying the foods at Chaco Canyon, AmeRawcan Bistro & Thrive ignited a fire under me!

Here's a few recipes I've made since I have been home ~ aren't they beautiful? I'm loving the rainbow colors of my food and the energy they provide! I am having such fun digging in to all the recipes I have been tucking away for the past year.   :)

                                                                      Veggie Wraps!!

These were so easy to whip up and really delicious & satisfying!! Yummm  :)

Veggie Wraps

Collard Greens
sliced tomato
sliced cucumbers
shredded carrot
diced avocado

lime ginger spread

Fold the collard leave in half and slice along the stem in the middle, removing the stem... Leaving you with 2 halves of the leave.

Dice & slice the veggies and be sure to add any other veggie you enjoy ~ the more the merrier :)

Lime Ginger Spread

Juice of 1 lime
1/4 inch piece of ginger
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup soaked raw cashews  (soaked about 1/2 hour in water to cover them)  it's not necessary to soak

Blend well in food processor until smooth....add a touch of water if needed for desired consistency

Lay out the collard green halves
spread the lime ginger sauce over them. (I left a hearty amount at one end also, it's so yummy!)
add your veggies to the leaves as in the picture up above
roll up and enjoy!
 I threw together these ingredients and ended up with this thick, luscious shake that tasted just like a Pina Colada!!  

Raw Pina Colada    

3 frozen bananas
2 cups pineapple chunks
2 cups coconut water
1 tbsp coconut oil

Blend just until smooth & enjoy!!

Have a Happy Healthy Day!!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Simple Pleasures Through Glorious Greens ~ my Ebook!! :)

  I am over the moon excited about a project that I have just completed! 

  I have just published an Ebook that follows my journey of renewed health & weight loss for the past year and a half. It talks of the changes that have occurred for me in mind, body & spirit that all began with my glorious green smoothies! In it you will also find my favorite smoothie recipes and recipes for other foods I enjoy today.

It is truly a labor of love and I hope it will be helpful to anyone that is on their own journey or thinking of starting down the path to healthy happiness.....

May I ask a favor? If you do chose to buy my book, would you please leave me a little comment down below so I can thank you personally ~  that is one of life's Simple Pleasures :)

Much Love & Gratitude

Here's the Link  :)  



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hello from Seattle

Greetings from Seattle!!

 Participating in the International day of Juice Feasting has been the most amazing experience!  Sharing my personal journey along with all the wonderful other people here was such a pleasure. The loving energy of everyone here was in abundance and free flowing :) I have met so many beautiful souls here and will hold this experience close to my heart forever!!
 I am still in Seattle for a few more days, but I will be back soon to post with lots of inspiration ~ information ~ pictures and SO much more!!  

Hugs  :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day :)

Happy Labor Day  :)

 I can't believe the summer is winding down already... Summer always seems to have a speed of it's own, the way it flies by in the wink of an eye. I know it's not officially summer's end, but already you can feel Fall in the air. To this day the cooler mornings remind me of heading back to grammar school and give me that familiar little pit in my stomach! Still, after all these years, isn't that funny?

 This past week we spent a few days in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and it was a lovely way to finish up the summer!

 I haven't really traveled much other than 3 amazing weeks going cross country when I was 18   :)
That was many moons ago, but to this day was a highlight of my younger days!! The travel bug bit while I was exploring Mexico and California, I swore I would return to Northern California to live one day. Well, that never did happen, but I do hope to visit there in the next few years or take an extended trip out West after I retire.... Retire ~ there's a word that packs a lot of punch... A lovely thought to ponder, having my time free to do as I please.Yet the reality of the years passing by gives me that same little knot on my stomach that the beginning of the school season does. Well, time waits for no one so I best continue to make each day the best day I can possibly have!

Oh yes,back to my trip to Virginia  :)

 It was a 7 hour ride, a little longer than I expected but well worth the trip. The mountains of Virginia are a sight to behold! Each overlook at Shenandoah held a different view of the mountain peaks and valleys. The overlooks are scenic stops along Skyline drive, which passes through the park from one end to the other. Fabulous views at every turn, like nothing I had seen before.Another sight I had never seen before were bears! Three of them in the space of 5 minutes, all crossing the road. I had no idea that this was "bear country" and was a tad startled to learn that we were sharing the park with them. But after those first few glimpses I didn't see another one the rest of the time. Admiring bears from afar would be fine, I'd just prefer not meeting them up close and personal. Camping in the park is low key and exceptionally quiet. The stars were phenomenal and a nightly fire kept my slightly shivering bones nice and toasty. It was chilly at night but the gorgeous surroundings made up for the chill in the air and kept the evenings bug free. We only spent 3 days in Virginia but it was a wonderful trip! Sometimes I ponder just how easy it is to not to take to the road and explore, I do love my own backyard too. But this short little adventure proved  that the extra effort is worth all the hours on the road. Our country is so beautiful and I look forward to enjoying more of it in time...

It was a wonderful trip and I'm happy to say that the travel bug has hit this household! Next up is a week in Seattle and the International Day of Juice Feasting on Sept.18th!
I'm really excited about not only all the festivities, which will be an amazing experience in itself, but also a chance to visit one more state that I have never ventured to! 

Wishing everyone a Healthy Happy Labor Day!

Enjoy :)


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