How to Make Fresh Juice

Eating two to three pounds of vegetables a day does not sound ideal to me, and that is why I love juicing. I started juicing a few months ago and now I do it about 5 times a week. It can help with increasing energy levels, stronger immune system, and help aid weight loss. Research shows it many even reduce the chances of a stroke, cancer, and heart diseases, which are the three leading causes of death. MAKE YOUR OWN JUICE! This is so important because the ones you buy in bottles are heated and processed, taking away the vitamins and minerals. A juicer can be on the pricey side but it is definitely worth the investment. This is the juicer I use Omega VERT Slow Juicer VSJ843QS, Square Version, Silver. I love this juicer because it is so easy to use and clean up after. I know there are a lot that take you about two hours to finish everything, this one only takes me around 15-30 minutes!

This is what I use when I make my juice: Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Beets. I also like to add some berries just to make it a little sweet and easier to drink.

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How I Make Empanadas

Empanadas are probably not the best choice when you are on a health kick, but like I always say you got to live life sometimes. I absolutely love empanadas and wanted to learn how to make them myself, now they might not look the best but they sure are good!

Preheat oven to 400

Ingredients

-Ground Beef (You can use any meat, or whatever you want to fill it with)

-Goya Discos Dough

-Goya Sofrito

– Pepper, salt, onion and garlic powder ( I prefer using fresh onion and garlic instead of powder)

– Cayenne Pepper and Ghost Pepper (If you want spice)

-2 Eggs

 

Cook the ground beef and then turn the heat down to low. Next add the seasonings, I usually just measure with my eyes (Top chef I know). After the meat is cooked and you add the seasonings it is time to add the Goya Sofrito, let it cook down before turning off the heat.

After the liquid has cooked down let the meat cool down before added it to the dough.  Mix two eggs into a bowl and place the dough on a paper plate. You want to make sure you get the eggs all around the edges to make sure it stays together. Next take about a tablespoon of meat and place it to one side.

 

Flip the other side over to close the empanada making sure it is sticking together. Then take a fork to the edges where the two sides meat and push it down to close it.  Place all of the empanadas on a pan with foil. Brush the top of the empanada with egg to make it more crispy, and put the fork through the middle so you do not get bubbles (You see what happens when you do not like mine lol)

Cook for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees or until the top is lightly brown.

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Oven-Roasted Veggies

I love making roasted veggies for a snack instead of chips or something else unhealthy. This recipe only takes about 40 minutes and can last you a few days.

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Carrots

Put all veggies into a medium size bowl

Mix all seasonings into a bowl to mix with the veggies

Lay out all of the veggies on a pan and drizzle the sauce over them and mix it so everything is covered.

Cook for 15 minutes flip/stir veggies and cook for another 15 minutes. If you want you can sprinkle parmesan cheese over the veggies. For a meal you can serve it with quinoa or rice with some chicken.

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Firecracker Tuna Salad

This salad is amazing and is definitely not boring at all! If you do not like spice then do not add the hot sauce or ghost pepper hahaha…. It kept me full for hours and gave me so much energy. I hate just eating just lettuce and spinach so I like to make different salads that I will actually enjoy. Being healthy does not have to mean you just eat greens and thats it, you have to find ways to make it different. I like to add avocado and a little bit of hummus to replace dressing but to keep it healthy.

Ingredients:

-Romaine Lettuce

-Kale

-Spinach

-Tuna

-Hot Sauce

-Ghost Pepper

-Boiled egg

-A FEW sprinkles of goat cheese

-Avocado

-Hummus

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5 Tips for Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone always wants to wait for a new year, new month, or new week to start living a healthier  lifestyle. The truth is you can start today, you can start right now. Your body goes through so much everyday, don’t you think it deserves to be taken care of? Having a healthy lifestyle is not about how you look it is how you feel. People think you have to be skinny mini in order to be healthy, no all you have to do is to give your body what it needs. Here are some tips to help you get started now!

 

Set Realistic Goals

If you set yourself goals that are not realistic your going to end up giving up. Start small and from there challenge yourself everyday to do more. If you have never worked out before don’t go to the gym for two hours, and do the same workout as someone who has been going for years. When you achieve your goals it makes you more motivated. I know when I accomplish something I just want to keep going. Start by drinking more water instead of juice or soda. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole foods instead of processed junk. Begin with small goals and then start to set bigger ones.

Eat Breakfast Everyday 

Breakfast is sooo important I can’t say that enough! How is your body suppose to perform and have energy if your not feeding it? I know a lot of people are not a big fan of cooking in the morning, so just make a quick smoothie. Add some greens, fruit, almond milk, and chia seeds. That is going to give you so many nutrients plus give you energy to go through your day. Breakfast is so important because you have do not eat when your sleeping of course so it breaks that fasting period. Eating a nutritious breakfast promotes weight loss by maintaining blood glucose levels and your metabolism.

Have Support

I believe that it is very important to starting a healthy journey for yourself and no one else. You need to want to be healthy to feel and look good for you, not for others. With that being said having support from friends or family can really help. I know when I go to the gym with someone I go so much harder lol, call it my competitiveness but hey it works. If you live with someone ask them if they want to go shopping for new food. Look up healthy recipes and make them together. You can schedule to go to the gym with a friend a couple times a week. This way you are both committed to going and hanging out.

Stay Positive

There is going to be days where you just do not feel like getting out of bed and want to eat junk food all day. That is okay we all get like that sometimes. But it is important to stay positive and remember why you started. If you start thinking this is not going to work mostly likely its not going to work. There is a phrase “healthy mind, healthy body.” You have to be realistic do not try to lose all this weight in a short period of time. It takes awhile to lose healthy weight and keep it off. Starving yourself is not the answer, and will actually make your body hold on to more fat. Be consistent and remember it will take awhile to get where you want, and that is okay.

Reward Yourself

When I say reward yourself I am not saying go indulge in bad food or go days without being active. Of course we will all have our off days but that should not be you rewarding yourself. Lets say you set your goals to eat no processed foods for a month, do not say well I did it so now I can eat whatever I want. No go buy yourself new workout clothes or that blender you have been wanting. Maybe you get a new bike, spa day, mani pedi, or a nice water bottle. Reward yourself with things that are going to help/want you to keep going.

 

 

 

 

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My Go To Lunch

Hi everyone I just posted a video on a meal that I have been loving. Its really filling and healthy I hope you enjoy! Make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel as well for more videos.

Ingredients

-Fish

-Spinich

-Kale

-Lemons

-Garlic powder

-Habanero seasoning

-Pepper

-Salt

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Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Tuna wraps are my new obsession at the moment. They are sooo easy to make and so much better for you than a tuna sandwich. I like to keep mine very simple but you can add what you like to yours! One of my favorite foods is tacos, lets be honest here they clearly are not the best for you. I make my tuna and put it into a lettuce wrap and pretend it is a taco 😉 Might not be exactly the same but hey its worth the effort!

I start out with a can of tuna and drain all of the liquid out. Once again I am going to be really honest I know mayo is not the best for you, but if I am not going to get my taco at least I am going to have some mayo!! Now I am not saying drench the tuna in it, might as well have the taco at the point. But just a little bit is fine and make sure to use light mayo. I also like to add hot sauce and mix it together because I am a freak for spice!

 

 

You do not have to add anything to the tuna but personally I do lol! I like to add a DASH of salt but most of the time I do not. I also like to add pepper, ground cumin, and garlic because HELLO who does not love garlic?? Besides spice which you can see from the cayenne pepper and hot sauce, I also love garlic now my boyfriend might not love it as much after but oh well!

 

 

Now mix it all together in a medium size bowl I usually just put a dash of each in with tuna. This is fast and easy meal so clearly I do not want to sit there measuring the amount of seasoning I put in.

Okay okay I know this does not look as good as a taco BUT I promise it is amazing and worth trying!

 

 

Next I take two large pieces of romaine lettuce to put the tuna on. And there you have it a quick but healthy meal! If you are trying to eat clean as possible I would suggest ditching the mayo! You can also add toppings like peppers, onion, and avocado. I like to keep mine very simple though!

              

 

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The Truth About Naked Juice

 

I  used to love different kinds of juice drinks like Naked Juice, and then I started to learn more about nutrition. I thought well the label says it has all of these different fruits and vegetables in it, how can it possibly be bad for you? A couple of months ago I started to really look and understand the nutrition labels. When I saw that Naked Juice has over 28 grams of sugar in just one of them I was disgusted. Ever since I learned about that I refuse to buy juices I just make my own smoothies now. I know fruit has sugar in it so I wanted to really do my research about this product and see what it was that made it so unhealthy. The sugar in Naked Juice is mostly from fructose so when you drink just one juice, you are consuming more sugar in that one sitting than you should for the whole day. The worst part is that Naked Juice contains 0 grams of fiber, fiber in fruit is what regulates the digestion. Fiber is also what fills you up and since this juice contain no fiber… well you still are going to be hungry. Just like other products Naked Juice has to go through pasteurization and irradiation, these processes have small to really big effects on the nutritional value. This means that by the time this drink gets to your lips it is a processed food product. Not so healthy anymore is it? To be completely honest the only difference between Mountain Dew and the Naked Juice is the juice possibly contains fewer chemicals!! The sad thing is not even that has been completely proven… the next time you want to grab a Naked Juice, maybe you should just pick up a Mountain Dew. I mean it is all the same after all, just another sugary drink that people are trying to make money from. If you really want a healthy drink just make your own smoothies and juices. Not only is it 100 times more healthy, it will also save you some money.large

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All About Detoxing Your Body

Before I got into health I all ways thought detoxing was when you had to drink something to clean out your body. I recently found out that you can just detox you body with foods. What exactly is a detox? The purpose of a detox is to eliminate toxins from the body by turning them into waste. The waste is than eliminated. The goals of detoxing is to enhance the bodies detoxification pathways, mostly the liver! This is because the liver is the bodies main detoxification organ. The liver is in charge of cleaning toxins and wastes from your blood, and separating out the useful nutrients to synthesize hundreds of biochemicals that your body needs for daily functioning. Detoxing involves a change in your diet and lifestyle, you can even take herbal supplements! Also you can go into saunas for therapeutic sweating. When you are detoxing you want to try and eliminate meat and processed foods.

Here are some examples of detoxing foods:

Green tea- Helps rid body of free radicals

Garlic- Detoxes the liver

Lemons- Detoxes digestive tract

Kale- Detoxes and flushes out the kidneys

Grapefruit- Detoxes liver and helps prevent kidney stones

 

 

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Spinach and Berry Smoothie

This spinach and berry smoothie can be used for many different uses. I love this shake because I use my LYB plant based protein powder. It contains 17 different fruit and veggies in it which is amazing to me. I like to use it as a post workout shake to recover my muscles after training. Sometimes I also drink it as a meal replacement because it keeps me full for hours. You can get the LYB power using this link- http://www.juiceplus.com/+al15828

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I first like to add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, and spinach.

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I then like to add chia seeds and my vanilla LYB protein (http://www.juiceplus.com/+al15828). I also add almond milk for the liquid.

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ENJOY!!!

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