Beet Juice for Life!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I am home from work in a snowstorm! Woohoo!! Literally everything around us is closed down. As I was thinking of what to do at home, one of the things that came to mind was to make beet juice!  I have been wanting to make this recently as there are so many health benefits. Juicing is one of those things that typically takes me a while so I can’t do it all that often but when I do, I try to make enough for a few days and store it in mason jars.  

Beets are one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants. A few of their amazing benefits are that they lower blood pressure, increase stamina, fight inflammation, and are an amazing source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B. Beets help cleanse the body and are also known to fight cancer.  If you don’t already include beets in your diet, you should definitely consider as they contain so many health boosting nutrients that you may not be getting anywhere else!

In this recipe I included an apple which I did not use but have in the past and it gives the juice a much sweeter flavor. I personally try to stay away from adding sugar in my juices and would rather eat an apple so I eliminated it ;). 

Ingredients: 
12 baby carrots, or 4 large
3 beats
3/4″ cube of ginger 
1 Granny Smith apple (optional) 

Directions:
Process carrots, beets, apple, and ginger through juicer and enjoy! 




The Cookie You SHOULD Add Into Your Diet!

Happy New Year everyone! I know this post is a bit delayed but between the holidays and crazy hours at work, it has been hard for me to find the time to write a post. It am still in disbelief that the holidays are over and it is now 2015! I have always been into New Year’s resolutions and writing lists of “resolutions” that I planned to fulfill and incorporate into my lifestyle.  This year, I thought more about it and how disappointing it is that so many years, the lists we make are put into action for the first week, or few weeks but then they are put to the side shortly after.  I start out super rigid and suddenly the whole thing has collapsed! This year, I have decided to forgo the lists and focus on each day and week to try and make myself the best I can be and reach the goals I have ahead of me!

With that said, I have been focusing on eating clean and making the right choices in regards to food, allowing myself to indulge at certain times but then getting back on track with the clean lifestyle the rest of the time.  Ever since January 1 rolled around, T and I have both been trying to eat healthier and encourage each other as we have our wedding coming up! We have been trying to cut out all processed foods which has been a challenge, especially on the weekends but fun nonetheless!

As I was thinking over the holidays about all of the cookies and sweets that are served, I wanted to come up with a dessert I could eat and not have that guilty feeling that I just ruined all that I have been working for.  There are some days after I come home from a 14 hour work day and just want to indulge in a sweet treat.  That is when I came up with this idea of making a cookie that is all natural and clean. am sure many of you have had coconut macaroons before… I used to make them all the time with condensed milk and sugar and they were amazing but I have decided to make these guilt-free.  I find these to be super light but they will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

Ingredients:

12 oz. unsweetened coconut (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 cup of egg whites
2 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla
1/3 cup honey
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all of these ingredients together in a saucepan.  Heat over the stove on a very low heat setting for about 15 minutes, stirring often.  The coconut is rather hard so this helps to soften the flakes before putting them in the oven.  Once about 15 minutes has gone by, remove saucepan from stove.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and start taking spoonful’s of the coconut mixture and putting it on the cookie sheet.  Place cookie sheet into oven and cook for approx. 17-20 minutes. The amount of time to cook the cookies depends on how big the cookies are.  I also like mine slightly browned.

Enjoy!