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Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe

I love making peanut butter protein balls every Sunday or Monday to prepare for the week. They only take about 10 minutes to make and you only need a few ingredients. I like to have them before or after a workout because they are really light but also packed with protein. The best part is that you do not have to bake or cook them! Less mess and less time are always the best ūüėČ Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients for protein balls  

1 cup of oats

one scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein

1 tbsp. of chia seeds

1 tbsp. of flaxseeds

1/4 cup of chocolate chips

2 tbsp. of honey

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1 tsp. of vanilla

add a few drops of water if needed

           

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Trader Joe’s Haul | Under $50

I decided to do a trader joe’s haul because it is my current obsession! I mean seriously you can’t beat the prices. They have a lot of organic products which I love! The first time I went to trader joe’s was a few weeks ago and I fell in love. First the prices of course, but they also have a product selection that you will not find at any other grocery stores. Every time I go here I try to get a few new things to try, which is always fun. Also, can we talk about the employees? AMAZING. Keep reading to see what I got for my trader joe’s haul.

What I got:

Organic Pumpkin Puree- I use this to make a vegan pumpkin spice latte. I also used this to make pumpkin and cookie butter muffins and they were delicious!

Unsalted Peanut Butter- This is my favorite peanut butter because the only ingredients are peanuts.

Cookie Butter- When I first tried this I was not really a fan and was actually kind of let down. However, I made cookies and muffins with it and let me tell you something… they were the best damn cookies I ever had!

Frozen Mango- YUM! I love frozen mango in my smoothies with some berries.

Cucumber- I use this to make fresh juice.

Zucchini- I actually used this yesterday to make zucchini noodles and shrimp. Surprisingly it turned out really good.. not as good as regular pasta but it did the job.

Sardines- I know some of you probably think sardines are gross, but with the right seasoning, they are beyond ;). Plus, they are very healthy with you.

Chicken Chow Mein- This is something that I wanted to try out. I am sure you can make a much healthier version at home, but I wanted something that was going to be quick.

Pizza Crust- Ugh I made this the other day and now I want more. I added tomato, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil and it was soooo good. I loved it because the crust was not too thick or too thin which is always my issue.

Thai Red Curry Sauce- I got this to make a vegetable curry type of thing… yeah I am not too sure yet.

Ezekial Bread- I AM SO DISAPPOINTED BY THIS BREAD. I have watched so many youtube videos of people using this bread and say it is delicious. WRONG, this is the most disgusting bread I ever had and in my opinion is a disgrace to bread. Sorry.

My Favorites

Bread Crumbs- I wanted to get these because well if we’re being real I saw they were organic and couldn’t say no. I made the BEST chicken with these breadcrumbs yesterday, I am going to have to share the recipe soon.

Miyoko’s Vegan Butter- This vegan butter honestly tastes just like regular butter to me. It was the most expensive thing in this haul but definitely worth it to me. Plus, the ingredients are clean.

Peanut Butter Cups- Now for the real reason why I go to trader joe’s… these are the best thing that ever happened to me. I am not even being dramatic (okay maybe a little), but seriously if you get anything from this BUY THESE. They also have dark chocolate¬†but I prefer milk. I love that the peanut butter does not taste processed. Please get these and let me know what you think!

Let me know if you liked this trader joe’s haul and if you try anything from here, or have any suggestions!

  

    

    

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

A hot pumpkin spice latte is the perfect way to get into the fall vibe. I did not want to spend $5 at Starbucks every time I want one, so I decided to make it myself! This recipe is way healthier and if you do not use whipped cream or honey, it is vegan. I sometimes use Agave as a substitute for honey. Here is a recipe for vegan whipped cream.  Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A, antioxidants, and an immunity booster. Try out this super easy and healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe, let me know what you think!

Ingredients

2 tbsp of pumpkin

1 1/2  cup of almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp honey

1 cup of coffee

whipped cream

Instructions for Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Put stove on medium heat
  2. Add pumpkin
  3. Slowly add almond milk while stirring
  4. Add vanilla, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon
  5. Add a cup of coffee or pour into coffee ( I like to let it all heat up together in the pot)
  6. Put into a mug, add whipped cream
  7. Top off with pumpkin pie spice

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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are my favorite to make on Sunday’s to prepare for the week. You can them for breakfast, a snack, or add them into a salad. I personally love to have one or two before class. They keep me full without feeling lazy or bloated. I like to add pepper and pink Himalayan salt as well. But nothing beats hard boiled eggs in a salad…. seriously it is the best. I have always had a hard time getting them to be perfect but I finally got it! Let me know how it works for you ūüôā

Ingredients

  • Brown Eggs
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Put eggs in a pot and fill with water until they are all covered
  2. Add salt to help peel
  3. Put stove on high and wait for the water to boil
  4. Once the water boils, turn off the stove
  5. Cover the eggs, and leave on the hot stove top for 12 minutes
  6. Put eggs into ice cold water to cool down
  7. Store in fridge

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Turmeric-Lemon-Ginger Natural Detox Tea

I have been obsessed with turmeric lately and try to add it to drinks or meals whenever I can! It can be very strong in the beginning so I recommend only using a little at first. I add it to my juices as well. Adding honey will also help with the taste, and the lemon. The benefits of this tea are endless between the lemon, ginger, and turmeric. Adding this to your daily routine is going to naturally detox you and boost your metabolism.

Lemon-

I seriously love adding lemon to my water and have a post all about the benefits- click here! Lemon is a great source for vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps to prevent cells from damaging free radicals. One lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the recommended daily intake. Lemons contain a fiber in them called pectin, a form of soluble fiber that can improve gut health, and slow the digestion of sugars.

Ginger-

Ginger is not my favorite, but it is one of the healthiest spices on the plant. On the bright side, you can barely taste it in this tea, which is why I recommend this exact tea.  Ginger is known to help with nausea and morning sickness. It also helps with menstrual pain, so when it is that time of the month, try this tea to help! Ginger also contains an anti-cancer property, called 6-gingerol. Studies have shown that its components may block cancer cell growth, and development for ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.

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Curcumin is an active ingredient in turmeric, that is a very strong antioxidant.  It also has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, which is very important when your body is fighting invaders. Without inflammation, pathogens could take over your body, resulting in death. The antioxidants in turmeric are so strong that they can stop toxins from ruining your liver. Studies have also shown that curcumin, can be a cancer treatment.

 

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Shrimp Tacos Recipe

SHRIMP! My favorite food besides steak that I¬†no longer can have because I stopped eating red meat ūüôĀ I know very sad. Anyways shrimp tacos are extremely quick and easy to make‚Ķ literally 15-20 minutes at most. If you do not use cheese and sour cream it is a very healthy meal, but I like to add just a little. I also love this recipe because it keeps me full without feeling like I can’t move after, which is the worst feeling! Adding in the spinach and avocado is going to help with getting your greens, without even noticing ūüėČ Let me know what you think!

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-Tortillas

-Olive Oil

-Spinach

-Minced Garlic, Chopped Onion, Avocado

-Seasonings (ground cumin, cayenne pepper, old bay blackened, crushed red pepper, pepper, himalayan salt)

-Sour Cream (optional)

-Cheese (optional)

-Hot Sauce (optional)

Put the minced garlic, olive oil, and some butter (if wanted) and let garlic cook for a minute. Then add the shrimp and seasonings, cook until done.

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The Truth About Naked Juice

The Truth…

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.

Naked v. Mountain Dew

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.

Detoxing Your Body With Food

Before I got into health I always thought to detox was when you had to drink something to clean out your body. I recently found out that you can just detox your 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 then eliminated. The goals are 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. I personally try to juice every day to flush everything out and give my body the nutrients it needs. Here is my post about making fresh juice‚Äď>¬†http://alexisdlee.com/howtomakefreshjuice/

Here are some examples of detoxing foods:

Green tea- Helps rid body of free radicals

Ginger- Chronic indigestion, nausea, helps to fight infections & colds

Lemons- Detoxes digestive tract

Kale- Detoxes and flushes out the kidneys

Grapefruit- Detoxes liver and helps prevent kidney stones

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5 Benefits of Lemon Water

Everyone knows that water is key to living a healthy life, but sometimes the no taste can get a little boring. Adding lemon to your water does not only add a little taste, but also many more benefits for the body. Lemons contain calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. For some people drinking too much lemon water can lead to heartburn, but keep in mind that too much of anything is never good. So why do I love drinking lemon water so much? Keep reading to find out the advantages of this refreshing drink.

Helps Digestion- 

Lemons contain a lot of acid in it which is really healthy for the digestive system. The acid helps food digest more correctly and faster, which allows the digestive system to stay on track.  Some people have really bad indigestion and bloating that can be helped by adding lemons to your water.  Lemons reduces the amount of mucus that is produced, and dissolves gallstones. Drinking lemon water can help with this by keeping the digestive system regular.

Cleanses the Body –¬†

Drinking lemon water can help reduce your chance of getting cardiovascular disease. It does this by cleaning out calcium stones and prevents calcium deposits from building up in the arteries. Lemon water provides your body with hydration, antioxidants, and electrolytes. This helps to detoxify the liver because it insures the increase production of bile. Bile is needed for digestion it is an enzyme that stimulates the liver.

Healthier Immune System- 

Lemons allow your body to absorb more iron, which is a necessary nutrient. If you do not have enough iron in your body you will not make enough oxygen red blood cells. Without these cells your body can not get enough oxygen to the brain. Lemon water also contains Vitamin C that helps to boost the immune system. Having a healthy immune system is very beneficial because it helps you better fight off the common cold or flu.

Better Skin- 

Antioxidants are substances that can be found in lemons. These antioxidants can help reduce the size of blemishes and wrinkles on the skin. Drinking water that actually has some taste and promotes to clear you skin, it does not get much better than that.  If you have scars or age spots you can apply it to the areas.  This will help reduce the appearance because it is detoxifying your blood. The antioxidants flush out the toxins to help your skin glow and look younger.

Weight loss- 

I always hear my mom talking about how lucky I am to be young and have a fast metabolism. She clearly did not know that drinking lemon water can actually help speed anyone’s metabolism up. This is because lemons contain potassium, and potassium is key for a healthy metabolism. Like I said before lemons also contain Vitamin C, this helps to support the carbohydrate metabolism which prevents craving’s.

Who new that drinking a simple glass of lemon water can change your whole life? Just adding a few glasses into your day can make all the difference, and lead you to a healthier lifestyle. Try incorporating more of this drink into your daily routine. Do you love lemon water? What other advantages have you seen from drinking lemon water?

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Three Healthy Snacks That You Need to Try

You may hear people say that to lose weight or to be healthier you need to cut out snacks and try to only eat the three necessary meals. However, studies have shown that an American eats 2.2 snacks each day and gets one-quarter of total calories in snacks. Eating healthy snacks has many benefits like your nutrient intake, sustain energy levels, improves mood, and boosts energy.

Walnuts- 

Walnuts have a great source of nutrients and minerals that are important for your health. They are also an amazing source of plant-based protein. Walnuts have a high level of omega-3 fatty acids in them. These acids help lower blood pressure and is very beneficial for all parts of the cardiovascular system. Antioxidants are very important for your health because they are believed to help control how fast you age by combating free radicals. Walnuts have antioxidants that are so powerful that researchers call them remarkable! Research has also shown that walnuts can help prevent chemically induced liver damage. Something that is really interesting about walnuts is that they can help reduce the chance of you getting cancer.

Walnuts can prevent the chances of getting prostate and breast cancer. There was a study with mice where they had to eat 2.4 ounces of whole walnuts for 18 weeks. Their prostate tumors had gotten significantly smaller and grew slower than the mice that consumed fat from other foods. Try eating a handful of walnuts a few times a week to help your health, and prevent your chance of cancer!

Avocados-

 Avocados have been shown to lower cholesterol by 22 percent. They are very rich in healthy and satisfying fats. They can reduce your chance of getting a heart disease because one avocado has more than half the fiber and 40 percent of folate you need daily. Avocados also contain Vitamin C that helps to strengthen blood vessels and capillaries, this can help improve immune function for diabetics. They are a good source of B Vitamin which helps you fight off diseases and infections.

Avocados can also promote eye health because they have an excellent source of carotenoid lutein. Which known to help protect against age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. If you want to feel full longer you should try eating avocados, they are high in fiber and low in sugar! Avocados are high in fat but the good thing is that it is monounsaturated fat, which is actually good for you. It helps lower your cholesterol you just need to make sure you eat them in moderation.

Dark Chocolate-

Dark chocolate is a healthy snack? No, you did not misread that, it can actually be very beneficial for your health if you eat it in moderation. Of course, you do not want to be eating it all day every day but you should incorporate into your diet for some days. It is loaded with nutrients that are good for your health. Dark chocolate is made from a seed from a cocoa tree that contains the best source of antioxidants on the planet.

Antioxidants clean up free radicals, destructive particles that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Studies prove that eating this chocolate two to three times a week can lower your blood pressure. This is because it improves your blood flow and possibly prevents the formation of blood clots. The best part is that dark chocolate even helps your brain! It increases blood flow to the brain and your heart, which can help improve cognitive function. I am not saying to go eat a big bar of dark chocolate every day. Try eating a small chuck twice or three times a week and see if you notice any difference!

These are three very simple snacks that can have a real impact on your health. The best part is that they are all tasty and easy to use for different meals. Try putting some avocado on whole wheat toast or making a guacamole. You can mix the walnuts with some dried fruit and other nuts to make your own trail mix. Do you love these snacks and have your own recipes with them?