March 2015

Disinfectant Spray

I keep receiving calls and messages from clients that they are battling yet another illness. Using this homemade disinfectant is a great way to prevent spreading germs as well as to boost your immune system.

 
OnGuard […]

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Raw Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of my favorites!

This recipe doesn’t disappoint!
Ingredients
3 zucchinis or 2 sweet potatoes, spiralized
2 cups bean sprouts
3/4 C. chopped almonds or cashew
1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced
4 green onions, diced

Place all above […]

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Vegan Enchiladas

I went out with some friends a few weeks ago and ordered some delicious vegetarian enchiladas. I asked for no cheese, but of course it was already in the filling. Since then I have been […]

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February 2015

Basil Walnut Crackers

Great for dipping, as a pizza crust, or a perfect addition to add crunch to your salad.
Ingredients
2 cups walnuts
1 cup almond pulp left over from almond milk
½ cup ground flaxseed or golden flaxseed
3 cups diced […]

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

I love peanut butter and just about any recipe with peanut butter in it!

I made these no bake, vegan, gluten free peanut butter cookies with homemade peanut butter. (see peanut butter recipe here)

1 cup almond […]

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Pure Pilates Ab Challenge Week 4

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Portobello Pizza

PORTOBELLO PIZZA

2 large portobello mushrooms
chopped zucchini
chopped orange or red bell pepper
banana peppers
homemade marinara OR raw marinara
Daiya cheese, optional

Top mushroom caps with marinara and toppings.
Enjoy raw, dehydrated at 110°F for a few hours, or bake at […]

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Pure Pilates Ab Challenge Week 3

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January 2015

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Don’t be left out this Super Bowl Sunday!

Ingredients
8 oz of frozen artichoke hearts thawed and chopped
4 cups of finely frozen or fresh spinach
2 garlic clove minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
1 cup and 2 […]

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Pure Pilates Ab Challenge Week 2

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Pure Pilates Ab Challenge Week 1

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Vegan Overnight Oats

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Vegan Shepard’s Pie

SHEPHERD’S PIE
The ultimate comfort food, but this one is low calories and packed with nutrition, fiber, and protein! This recipe is part of my Slim and Sassy Week 1 meal plan and always get rave […]

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December 2014

The best deodorant ever!

For Christmas this year I decided to make a few DIY gifts for my Sister, Aunts, and my Besties!

I went with a lotion bar, deodorant stick, and hand sanitzer. I must say I’m thoroughly impressed […]

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Post Holiday Calorie Burner

Get back on track with this calorie burner!

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Pilates Lower Body Burn Workout

My kids cracked me up on this one so I didn’t add music.
Lower Body Burn

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December 2014

New Year New You, Cleansing and Weight-Management Webinar

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Homemade Playdough

Spending my days trying to keep a 3 and 2 year old busy is not easy, so I was excited when my daughters preschool teacher asked for volunteers to make playdough for their class. This was […]

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November 2014

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ever!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Cream
Crust
2½ cups pecans
¼ cup well packed chopped dates
pinch sea salt
1. In a food processor, process pecans and salt adding dates slowly until crusts sticks together.
2. Press crust into a 9 […]

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30 Days of Fitness for $30

Pure Health and Fitness Holiday Slim Down
Our Pilates Studio is having an incredible offer this holiday season. If you live near Strongsville, check it out!

The average person can gain 5-10 pounds from Thanksgiving to the […]

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Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup

With the weather at negative 18 today in Northeast Ohio, I thought what could be better than a hot bowl of soup?!

Before you make this soup, see the dangers of using canned beans here.

KALE AND CANNELLINI […]

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October 2014

Welcome Baby Annelise

I’m so very excited to announce our baby girl Annelise made her way into the world last Monday October 13th at 9:25pm. I finally had my dream water birth after attempting it with my other […]

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September 2014

Raw Trainer DIY Skin Care Regime

An article about the harmful chemicals in skin care inspired me to share my simple skin care regime that I use daily.

 
Herbal Gel Skin Wash
Recommended for all skin types except very dry or environmentally damaged […]

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What are you feeding your kiddos???

I often get asked what I feed my children. I have a 3.5 and almost 2 year old so I can only relate to that age group at this point. Please note that its not […]

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August 2014

RawTrainer discussing Essential Oils on FOX8!

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Fox 8 New Day Cleveland Essential Oil Recipes!

Thank you to New Day Cleveland for allowing me to share the power of essential oils!

Here are some things we mentioned on the show!

101 ways to use lemon, lavender, and peppermint, Here
150 Uses for the Family […]

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Are you a Hot Mess after your Workouts? Try this Skin Saver!

 

If you are a Sweaty Betty like me then you probably need a little skin refresher after your workouts. We are all quick to run home and wash off after workouts, but what about beforehand? […]

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Raw Trainer Retreat & Certification 2014!

This had to have been one of the most incredible experiences of my life! Thank you to my new Raw Trainers for spending the weekend with me and “being the change you want to see […]

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July 2014

Read Your Labels

Read the Back Label, Not the Front

As a rule of thumb, never trust the claims on the front of a food package. Claims like: heart healthy, whole grains, or fiber-filled are never reason enough to […]

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Homemade Fruit & Veggie Pouches

My little ones absolutely love those fruit pouches that you are  seeing all over the place. From your local grocery store to Costco, to Starbucks, you cannot miss them and neither can your kiddos!

Don’t get […]

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June 2014

DIY All Natural Sunscreen

I don’t know about you, but I’m not okay with all those chemicals in sunscreen. For the past couple years I have been using straight raw Shea butter as sunscreen. Since I have darker skin, […]

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May 2014

Baby Gender Reveal

Boy or Girl???
Our first two children were a surprise after delivery, but this time I decided to surprise Pieter with a reveal. I had my friend call  a local bakery for gender reveal cupcakes…I’m just […]

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How to add flavor to your water

It is very important to drink at least half your body weight in ounces everyday(more if you are working out regularly). My clients are always asking me how they can make drinking their water a […]

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New Day Cleveland, Slim Down with Smoothies Video

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April 2014

Fox 8 New Day Cleveland Smoothie Recipes

Thank you to New Day Cleveland for having me on this morning! Here are the recipes from the show…

I made these 3 smoothies for a local Childcare and Preschool, Sweet Kiddles in Strongsville. I figure […]

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My Aunt is a Genius! How to Cook and Freeze Beans…

I’m a big fan of all kinds of beans… Garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans, and every other kind of bean I can get my hands on. What I’m not a fan of is canned […]

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Vegan Deviled “Eggs”

I have always loved deviled eggs and this recipe hits the spot. This is a great appetizer for a party or family gathering. This is a vegan version, but you can also use it for […]

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Sweet and Raw Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is my favorite recipe to bring to a party or cookout. It has become so popular that my family requests it for all our family functions.

Sweet and Raw Broccoli Salad

2 heads of broccoli. […]

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Edible Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Facial Scrub/Mask that you can Eat!

Recommended for all skin types except those with severe acne, Rosacea, broken capillaries, very
sensitive, thin elderly, sunburned or wind burned skin. For all skin types use only ground oatmeal.

This scrub […]

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Two of my most favorite things, peanut butter and bananas!
Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream 
1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp homemade peanut butter

Purée in the Vitamix an enjoy!
Make in 4 ounce cups for easy snacks for the week!

Homemade Peanut Butter 
2 cups lightly […]

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March 2014

Mango Pie

I love making different fruit based recipes as snacks or desserts , this keeps me from going for their refined evil cousins ;)

I’m completely obsessed with mango right now. Feel free to use a different fruit, […]

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Zucchini Pasta with Tomato Sauce Video Tutorial

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Making over my Medicine Cabinet

I’m extremely passionate about taking care of my family as natural as possible. From a drug-free birth, to making my own diaper cream and wipes, to battling colds and bugs. Making over my medicine cabinet […]

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

VEGAN RANCH DRESSING
3/4 cup Veganaise
2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
2 Tbsp dill, finely chopped
2 Tbsp chives, finely chopped
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix all the  ingredients.

I use this dressing on […]

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Green Smoothie Video Tutorial

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New Day Cleveland

VIDEO: New Day Cleveland, February 2014

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All Natural Deordorant

One of the challenges in my 90 Day Challenge is to eliminate and/or reduce the use of daily chemical-laden household cleaning products and cosmetic/personal care products and replace them with safer, more natural products.
What is […]

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Vegan Peppermint Brownies Video Tutorial

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February 2014

The Real Grean Cleaning

Four years ago when I became pregnant with my first, I started to really pay attention to what I was using to clean our home. I started with “green cleaning” products from the store, but […]

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pizza

In my house, my husband loves pizza! When he decided to go strictly gluten free and dairy free, this new year I wanted to be sure we had a pizza option so that he didn’t […]

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and for most of you that means a romantic dinner or some sweet treats ;). Valentines Day is very special for me because it is the day before my […]

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January 2014

How long should I breastfeed?

I often get asked about how I raise my children and what experiences I have had with nursing and introducing a healthy lifestyle. One of my plans this year for this blog is to share […]

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Juicing!

It has been a juicing frenzy in the Pelser home since our diet got a little crazy on vacation.

In preparation for our 90 Day Slim and Sassy Challenge we have been juicing all week and […]

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Time to Detox!

It’s that time of year again when we could use a good cleanse! I love doing wraps to rid myself of excess toxins to smooth my skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a DIY  Wrap Recipe for you to […]

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December 2013

DIY Holiday Gifts

The DIY Healthy Holiday Gifts class was a huge success. We had a blast making all kinds of gifts from Serenity Body Butter to Disinfecting Kitchen Wipes to Baby Powder to Peppermint Chocolate Covered Pretzels! The best […]

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Cyber Monday Deals are Here

Cyber Monday is here and here are a few deals!
If you have been itching for a Vitamix then there is no better time then now!

The Reconditioned Series is on Sale for $299! Click here

New Vitamix […]

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November 2013

Turkey-less Thanksgiving

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Healthy Cranberry Relish

Small changes in your Thanksgiving meal all add up to make a big difference at the end of the day. This is a great high fiber, nutrient rich
alternative to the traditional high sugar cranberry sauce.

This […]

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A New You: Hair Loss Makeover Contest!

Not many people know this about me but 8 years ago I began to lose my hair due to some health issues. This was a devastating time, Jeffrey Paul was able to help me and it changed my life….

I’m […]

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October 2013

Organic Home Spa Day

The weather is getting cooler and now it’s time for relaxing hot baths. What better way to relax then with an organic at home spa day.

Try this aromatic bath experience with an edible enzyme mask…

AROMATICBATH […]

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September 2013

Vegan Mac & Cheese…Gluten and Dairy Free!

With the cool whether on its way in, it is inevitable that we are going to crave some warm comfort foods. The other day I decided to try a baked vegan mac and cheese adapted […]

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Collard Veggie Wrap and Honey Mustard Dressing

I must say I’m feeling kind of bad lately that my blog recipes have been a bit scarce.  With a 2.5 and 1 year old sometimes it’s easier just to post to Facebook!

Last week our CSA […]

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August 2013

Peppermint Brownies – Raw Vegan

Peppermint oil comprises vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals including potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper.
There are numerous ways to use peppermint for health:

add a few drops to water to ease […]

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July 2013

Anti-cellulite and Anti-aging!

Discover the safe and healthful uses that essential oils can provide as you nurture yourself and your body with these Organic Home Spa Recipes. Simple to make and
highly effective, these high-quality natural products will help […]

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June 2013

Summertime Skin Care Tips…

Summer is here and it’s even more important to protect our skin. I’m very passionate about only using natural products in my home and on my skin. If it’s not safe to eat then you […]

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Summertime Treats!

We had a blast this week making all kinds of summertime treats. Here are some healthy and tasty popsicle recipes for all to enjoy!

Strawberry Kiwi

The kids love the exotic look of this popsicle. It’s amazing […]

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May 2013

Portobello Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

I made myself this yummy dish a few weeks ago and I have been meaning to share it…

I love the Tzatziki sauce!

3-4 Portobello Mushrooms sliced. I marinated the mushrooms in 2 Tbsp of Olive oil […]

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April 2013

The winner of the Raw Retreat Free Pass Giveaway!

First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. Your responses were incredibly motivating, heart warming and inspirational. This, was the first time I’ve done something like this and, I […]

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9 pounds in 6 days…Way to go Amy!!!!

I just had to share this great testimonial this week from a long time friend and client Amy O…

So I wanted to share my raw story with you and others. As you know I have […]

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My first ever RAW Retreat Weekend…

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March 2013

Vegan Buffalo “Chicken”

I absolutely love HOT Sauce and I figured there must be a way to enjoy a buffalo wing minus the wing! This recipe is super easy and can be made cooked vegan or raw vegan…

Ingredients:

1 […]

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Killer Cardio Workout…

I was teaching Cardio Camp at Pure Health and Fitness last week and came up with this killer cardio workout…

Set 1
Treadmill 5 minutes
minute 0-1 / 3.5 mph
minute 1-2 / 4.5 mph
minute 2-3 / 5.5 mph
minute 3-4 / […]

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February 2013

What’s up with all this Kombucha talk???

What is Kombucha? According to Wikipedia…

Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food. Sometimes referred to as a “mushroom” or “mother”, the kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic […]

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January 2013

My Beautiful Baby Boy Bennet

Today is 3 months since our baby boy Bennet Le Roux came into our lives. I wanted to share this adorable picture of him and give everyone an update.

During my pregnancy I didn’t know how […]

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December 2012

Holiday Cookies!

Many of you ask me what to do with your nut milk pulp??? Well here you go…

Basic Recipe:

2 c. Almond pulp from making almond milk or any nut milk
3-4 T. Maple syrup
3 T. coconut oil
Pinch of salt
3 […]

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November 2012

EASY RAW VEGAN GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

The Thanksgiving Potluck was great, but the best part of it all was Barbie’s Green Bean Casserole. I had to share this!

EASY RAW VEGAN GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE, www.addictedtoveggies.com
Green Beans
In a mixing bowl combine the following:
1 […]

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October 2012

The best pumpkin pie ice cream you will ever eat…

This is my absolute favorite Autumn treat! Rich and creamy yet nut free which makes it a lower fat splurge. It is so easy with no ice cream maker required.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Recipe

2 cups     Butternut […]

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September 2012

Tis the Season…Apple Crumble Season that is!

My very good friend and right hand woman Kim absolutely loves this recipe so I thought I’d share.
I also made this for a Vitamix event this week and we had great reviews!

Apple Crumble Crust

4½ c. […]

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August 2012

Vegan Dill Dip/Dressing

I have been going crazy over dill this summer and I want to share this amazing dip/dressing that I have been making. Forgive me but I usually just whip it together so measurements may vary.

Check out […]

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July 2012

Go Barbie!!!

If you missed last weeks blog, just scroll down and check out Barbie’s health checkup…
Here are more measurements for Barbie, so proud…

Neck  14.5 inches to 14.25 inches
-.25

Shoulder 48.75 inches  to 46 inches
-2.25

Arm  17.5 inches  to 16.25 inches
-1.25

Chest  54.5 inches  to 50.75
-3.75

Rib Cage  52.5 […]

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Here is where some hard work can get you…

This is a message we received from one of our very special and very hard working clients Barbie. She has been such a pleasure to work with and we are so proud of her. Her journey […]

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June 2012

Veggie popsicles???

My new favorite thing to do is to make smoothies that are pretty colors so that kids can’t say ewww its green! I decided to take that idea and make Popsicles the same way. I […]

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Fit by the Forth…

Outdoor Boot Camp is Back!

Here’s what you need to know:

Bootcamp will be held at Strongsville Metroparks every Tuesday/Thursday 6:45-7:45pm & Saturdays 8-9am from June 12th-June 30th
(We ask that you commit to at least three days […]

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do you think she likes watermelon?…

Throw some watermelon (no added water necessary) in your Vitamix with some kale or spinach and enjoy a refreshing summer smoothie!

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May 2012

Splurge Selectively…

Living a healthy and weight conscious life doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite chocolate cake for good! Allow yourself to splurge on special occasions—guilt free! Remember that moderation is key.

For this […]

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Cinco de Mayo recipe

In honor of Cinco de mayo this past weekend…

Marisa’s Spicy Salsa

5-6 tomatoes, medium
1 green pepper
1 sweet pepper
1 hot pepper
1 jalapeno pepper
½ red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lemons, juiced
½ C cilantro, chopped
1 t sea salt or […]

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April 2012

got bulge?

Some of you may already know this but I’m so excited to announce that I’m officially Pilates certified! Even more exciting is that I actually have my own Reformer machine! What is a reformer you ask? Check […]

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when was the last time you treated yourself to a facial mask???

I’m completely obsessed with making all my own skin and body care products since I have always had sensitivities to the yucky synthetic products that are on the market today. Have you ever read the ingredients […]

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Raw Trainer’s NEW All Veg Chili

I had such a blast at The Greater Cleveland Chili Cookoff for Autism last night. I couldn’t believe the amazing response I received on my all raw vegan chili and corn chips. People were coming […]

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March 2012

Negative Calories!

Did you know that some foods actually count as negative calories? Lettuce, cucumber, broccoli, beets and asparagus require hard work to digest, which results in burned calories for you! They are also full of water […]

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The Big Lie…

 
Do you know the absolute BEST way to GAIN weight? Not eating. Does that come as a surprise? Fasting for extended periods of time actually slows your metabolism (your body’s rate of calorie burning). Add […]

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February 2012

Big Muscles – killer leg workout

 
While planning your workouts make sure that you focus on large muscle groups for optimal calorie burning. Muscle groups like the back or legs are major power houses and require numerous calories to operate! Make […]

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UPDATE & POMEGRANATE CHEESECAKE

I am writing to share an important update on our family business. As most of you know I spent last week in Florida with my parents and little Angel Maria Luisa. It was such an […]

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January 2012

Keep Your Body Guessing!

 
Ever find yourself in the same old rut when it comes to your workouts? Doing the same workout over and over is not only boring—it also slows down your results by not giving your muscles […]

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CHOCOLATE EXPLOSION!

Sometimes we all need a bit of chocolate in our lives! This recipe is a chocolate explosion of dairy-free goodness. Enjoy with CAUTION..

Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

1  c. cashews
½ c. Brazil nuts
1 ½ c. […]

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Pieter Update

I’m very happy to announce that Pieter lost 18 pounds in just 27 days (he didn’t do the full 30 days since the Christmas gatherings were just too much fun).
I’m very proud of him and […]

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Low-Fat Non Dairy Egg Nog

Happy Holidays!!!

BRAZIL NUT EGGNOG

4 c. Brazil nut milk
1 t. vanilla
1 t. ground clove
1 t. cinnamon powder
1 t. ground nutmeg
¼ c. agave syrup
2 frozen bananas

Blend all together in a vita mix or blender. 
Add more or […]

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Mac NOT Cheese Recipe + Pieter lost 12 pounds!

I’m so proud of my husband! It has been 2 weeks since Pieter has started his 30 day plant-based challenge and he has lost 12 pounds!!! The best part is that everyone keeps telling him […]

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November 2011

MexiKale Salad

We had a spectacular Mexican Recipe Demo Class last night and I want to thank all of you who made it out!
There was a recipe that I left out that I really love and I […]

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