Let’s Get Healthy {And A Free Cookbook!}

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am somewhat obsessed with reading up on health and fitness. There are so many great blogs out there with a lot of good advice. 

I recently signed up for a webinar from Dr. Axe and Cynthia Pasquella which was called “How to Have All-Day Energy, Transform Your Health, and FINALLY Feel Good in Your Own Body Again!
The webinar was amazing as it was filled with a lot of great advice on how to stay away from unprocessed foods and artificial products. Doing this can improve our health in so many ways. 

They also made a great cookbook which includes recipes that are made with good for you ingredients. I plan to try out many of these recipes and I think it is great that they want to spread the word and have others join in. 

Do I plan to follow this 100%? Probably not, although I do plan to incorporate it my life as much as I can. I know that eating this way definitely makes me feel better and more energized. This cookbook is the perfect way to start.

The good news is, the cookbook is free! At least for now, they do plan to put it on a sale at some point, but for the time being it is free and I think you will love the recipes they have. 
To get a hold of this free e-cookbook just click on the link below, put in your email address and they will email you the cookbook.

https://cynthiapasquella.leadpages.net/freegonakedcookbook/

*I was not compensated to share this with you. I loved the webinar and cookbook so much that I chose to share it on my own. 

Enjoy! And let me know if you try any of the recipes.

Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake (Sugar Free and High in Protein)

I know I just said that it was too cold out for smoothies, but this recipe is so good that I don’t care how cold it is.
When eating a cleaner diet it can be hard sometimes when those around you don’t. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to eat the same foods they do and not feel left out!? Well, you can! When everyone wants to get a milkshake (which by the way is usually filled with so much sugar and junk- yuck!) you can make this creamy, thick, delicious strawberry cheesecake shake and you won’t feel left out a bit. If anything I bet if you offered your friends to try it, they would be shocked at how good it is and dump their sugar laden milkshake in the trash for some of your awesome shake.
This recipe takes seconds to make and like I said, is amazing!

Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake
Adapted from damyhealth.com
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup water
1 scoop or 30 grams of vanilla whey protein powder*
1 tsp cashew butter*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
*If you do not have protein powder, though I do recommend getting some, you can use greek yogurt or cottage cheese instead. Start with a few tablespoons. You may need to add some sweeter like stevia or honey though as most protein powders already are sweetened a bit.
You can order cashew butter online or look for it in any health food store. It adds the healthy fats as well as that cheese flavor. If you can’t find it you can put in a few whole cashews but blend longer till smooth. You can also add in some low fat cream cheese instead, but I haven’t tried it.

I really hope you give this a try. It is so creamy and rich and we can’t get enough of it here. You feel so guilty drinking it yet it is so good for you.
This is a perfect drink to have post workout or anytime.

Enjoy!

MIA and Chickpea Curry

I know, it’s been a while. The past few weeks have been crazy and blogging just wasn’t happening. I hope you didn’t miss me too much 🙂

I attempted to do the 30 day green smoothie challenge, but this weather is just too cold to have smoothies. I was always freezing! I love green smoothies and do have them here and there, but when it starts to warm up outside I will definitely give this challenge a go.

Now onto this delicious recipe.
Having protein when losing weight is important, but recently I have just gotten sick of chicken. Whole eggs hurt my stomach and I don’t always have the patience to start separating them. Beans and legumes are actually great sources of protein. I love adding them to my salads and soups. And if you get them from a can, it is so easy and simple to put together a meal. Just be sure you drain them well to remove all the salt.

Here is a delicious recipe for Chickpea Curry. It has great Indian flavors, but is very simple to make. All the spices are ones everyone should have on hand. They are delicious and give a warm feeling to the dish. Perfect for this cold weather.

Chickpea Curry
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced finely
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 TB plus 1 tsp curry powder
1/2 TB paprika
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 TB coconut milk
1/2-1 cup water
splash of lime juice
1/2 TB honey
1 1/2 cups chopped spinach, I used frozen

Heat your pot and add in the onion. Dry saute until it gets a bit browned. Add some water and saute longer. You can add a bit of oil if you’d like to saute the onions that way, but this water version is easy as well and healthier. Once the onions are softened, add the carrots. Saute till carrots begin to soften. I add some water here as well to help get them softer faster. Once most of the water is gone add in all the spices. Stir till coated and fragrant. Add in the chickpeas and mix again. Then add in the coconut milk, water, lime juice, and honey. Mix and bring to a low boil. Add in the spinach. Let this cook on a low heat for about 5-10 minutes. It shouldn’t need a long time, but be sure the carrots are soft enough. If you’d like it to be more saucy, just add a little more water.

I love to serve this with 1/2 a whole wheat pita to dip into the curry. It can also go over brown rice or quinoa.
I hope you give this a try and enjoy!

Have you gotten a chance to vote for the Best Kosher Food Blog of 2013? If not, please go there and vote for No Way That’s Healthy! Although I do not talk often about kosher food, I do keep kosher and therefore all my recipes here are kosher and healthy! It’s important for those who are kosher to know that you CAN have healthy food. Not all kosher food needs to be dripping in schmaltz. Oh, and it will still taste amazing 🙂

The Green Smoothie Challenge

This month I am working on sticking to a clean diet. As much as I know about healthy eating, it is still hard to stick to. One reason why it is so hard is that cravings kick in and I find myself in my pantry looking for goodies.
A few weeks ago I started incorporating more green smoothies into my diet. I felt so energized and had NO cravings at all. My body was getting everything it needed. Oh, and I lost 5 lbs boo-ya

Here is how my day went:
Wake up and drink 2 cups of water (plus drink water throughout the day)
Breakfast: Green smoothie
Snack: (only if I felt hungry) Fruit and a handful of nuts
Lunch: Large salad with a protein like tuna, chicken, or chickpeas.
Snack: Small green smoothie
Dinner: Soup/Green smoothie/ Protein and veggies

My plan above wasn’t exactly like this each day. I just listened to my body and ate when I felt I wanted to. The key was to get in as many nutrients as possible in a day and I am telling you- it works. You feel so great doing this.
I am ready to get back into this now since I just got a few bags of frozen strawberries, blueberries, and mango. Now I am ready to go and can’t wait!

I found this great website that is now doing a 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge. The recipes look really good and you can adjust them to your liking. You can see it- HERE.
I will try to post some of the recipes I have made and I hope you give it a try as well.

You can also check out my post on Smoothie Making 101 HERE

Are you doing anything to start the year healthy?