Chia seed coconut pudding


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1 C organic lite coconut milk//1/4 C chia seed//1/4 C agave nectar//a handful of chocolate chips

Add chia and agave nectar to the coconut milk in a cup or bowl. Refridgerate overnight. Mix well. Add chocolate chips. Enjoy! xoJess

Gluten free Chocolate donuts


IMG_0272 IMG_0274IMG_0273IMG_0264 IMG_0259 IMG_0257I used this bloggers recipe and slightly altered it to what I had in the pantry. The husband loved them. They’re a perfect snack or quick breakfast.

Here’s what to do:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease donut pan. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl:

1 C gluten free flour, 1/4C agave nectar, 3 tbs cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, salt, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 egg.

Pour into the donut pan and bake for 12-14 minutes.  Cool for 5-10 minutes then slightly turn and pop out donuts.

Frosting: (this is my own recipe for PB cream cheese  frosting): 3 tbs peanut butter, 1 tbs agave nectar, 2 tbs almond milk, 1 tbs cocoa powder, 3 tbs kefir cream cheese.

Enjoy! xoJess

A Birth conference


I discovered a blog called Birth Without Fear when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and learned they were sponsoring a conference in N. Texas within a few weeks, so I signed up.  I already had an idea that I wanted a midwife and a natural, (meaning medication and hospital free) birth but I wasn’t really sure what it all meant.  I knew the conference would have a lot of information that I would use so I was super excited.

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And, I loved it; it was for 2 days and I was able to attend all the lectures and get the swag bag and becco baby carrier (it’s awesome guys, can’t wait to use it right away with baby R!).  I didn’t sign up for the ultimate package which included a massage or other mommy-love treatment, yoga class, and mother circle time because I didn’t stay at the hotel and wouldn’t have made those times.  If I had had a friend with me or had to travel really far I totally would have done the whole thing because it sounded great from what I heard.

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Here’s what I learned about: Your perfect birth space, cloth diapering, Essential oils, chiropractic care, menstrual care, Transitions of motherhood, choices in childbirth, post partum depression, mothering the mother, breastfeeding, massage and maya abdominal therapy, birth and the subconscious, Birth affirmations, Healthy postpartum care and support…doulas, birth centers, baby carrying…it was so great.

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One statement I really liked during the last talk about postpartum care was that in asking others for help, its a sign of being strong!  I don’t think we are taught that enough, we think it’s better to be independent and figure it out on our own-it’s your journey and such and such, but I think we need people and we need to ask people for what we need.

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(look at all the baby wearers! so neat) It was so amazing to be around all these mothers and babies and to be so inspired by the talks.  It was pretty emotional at the very end and everyone was in tears.  I’m so glad that I’ve come to the realization that even though this is my first baby, I feel it’s about time we give thinking about birth a positive spin and stop being afraid of what is so very human and natural.  I’m so grateful I was able to attend this conference before having this baby so I could really engage on this journey of having the birth I want.  If you are interested in any of these topics I would recommend the Birth without fear blog and look into the upcoming conferences they have, it could change your life. xoxojessIMG_9169 IMG_9166 IMG_9164 IMG_9167 IMG_9171

Instagram: Healthy(er) choices


The weekend is coming and I know for me, my clean eating diet may slip up some; all those Costco samples, eating out, chips (lots) and salsa at our fave Mexican place, movie theater popcorn, cocktails, ect.  The hubs and I have been really focusing on eating clean this year (for many reasons) and i like to document many of the choices we make on Instagram (follow me at #Jesshm28).  Click on the pictures to get to a post I’ve already done with the recipe (if no link is there then it means I’m working on the post still!). Also, there’s a couple great links for more information on some of these awesome foods! Happy healthy weekend!

1//Sprouted whole grain toast with avocado. Fabulous breakfast with healthy proteins and fats. Have raspberries on the side for extra antioxidant benefits.

2//Fish cakes with sautéed mushrooms (recipe com in ya’ll). Super delicious and healthy!

2//Tabbouleh salad (recipe coming soon!). One of my all time favorites.  Soaked/sprouted grains are more loaded with nutritional value then regular “whole grains”.

3//Spinach, tomato, feta omelet  (on my recipe to-do list). Protein-packed, vitamin loaded awesome way to start the day and not get hungry before 12 pm!

4//Mixed baby green salad with peppers, onion, and lemon infused olive oil dressing (recipe on its way). Light summer dinner that’s fast and easy, can’t beat that!

5//Sake Bloody Mary with veggie garnishes. I love bloody’s and veggie garnishes. Load this one up for a cocktail snack!

6//Anything Dip made with almonds, evoo and more. Great on toast, crackers and as a veggie dip.

7//Green smoothie made with whole foods. Great way to get your greens in the a.m. Green foods are super nutrient dense and loaded with awesome health benefits. Try getting them at every meal!

8//Health remedy “fire cider”.  Fermented foods are great sources of probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. I made this remedy in winter months to stave off colds/flu and it worked!

9//Cheese fondu served with fruit, whole grain bread, and veggies.  This is a treat (aka high fat)  so use healthy dippers like raw veggies and fruits.

10//Jalepeno-watermelon martini (alcohol can have benefits, hello-decreased stress- if used moderately, 1-2 glasses per day for a healthy person)IMG_7404 IMG_7386IMG_7369IMG_7300IMG_7298IMG_6292IMG_5310IMG_4616IMG_4606IMG_4205IMG_6756

DIY Coconut-lavender sugar scrub


I’m in love with this recipe to make your own sugar scrub you guys!  Ryan and I have been big into using coconut oil lately for everything. We just keep learning new things to use it for including natural detoxifier, teeth whitener, cooking oil, shave cream, hair mask, and skin moisturizer just to name a few.  It  smells and tastes great too.

So since I’m turning 30 next month I guess I’ve been a little more aware of what I want to be doing to better care for my skin.  I’ve always been pretty good about sun screen, but not perfect, and I love moisturizers for my face and body.  Other than that I don’t have a major skin care routine.  I’m just a bit skeptical of all the products out there that claim to do wonders when I think we should be ever more aware of what we put into our bodies and on our skin.  I’d rather focus on eating a clean diet and using a few clean products for my hair and skin.  So I made this body scrub and my skin feels super soft, clean and moisturized after my shower. I don’t even have to put lotion on afterwards.  I love it!

If you want to try it here’s what you need:

3/4 C coconut oil (preferably organic)//1 C sugar (brown or white)//5-10 drops essential oil (I used lavender; I think rose would be lovely as well)//lavender//small jar
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IMG_6847 2. Add sugar or oil to the consistency you likeIMG_68453. Relax and Enjoy!  Or gift it to a lovely lady in your life!
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Thrift finds : ceramics


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Loving ceramic finds lately; they bring an organic element into our home that is visually calming. I love this arrangement on the dining room table of 5 pieces I found all in one trip.  Love the heart mug and the tiny blue Chinese pitcher.  Had to throw in the tiny bronze llamas!  I freaked out, they are awesome and look just the pair who live down the street from us!

Happy Friday and a very happy birthday wish to my dad!  He says he still feels 20 years old at his 54 so we are thankful for that! Love you Dad!

Detox Ingredient: Parsley + Fire cider recipe


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IMG_4582DSC_0037DSC_0038When I did my cleanse a few weeks ago I learned that parsley is a super food and not just a garnish due to it’s unique components: volatile oils and flavonoids. The volatile oils help protect us from some carcinogens like those in cigarette and charcoal smoke while the flavonoids function as antioxidants protecting our cells from damage.  It is also a great source of vitamins C, A & K and the nutrients Iron and folate.  Vitamin C cancels out dangerous free radicals in the body therefore protecting us from all sorts of disease.  Vitamin A, aka beta carotene, is also an antioxidant that helps protect us from diseases like diabetes, colon cancer and arteriosclerosis (hey, I heart my heart!).

I’ve always loved parsley in tabouli but I’m going to start using it in salads, on fish, in stews and soups and in this: Fire Cider.  It’s a whole food remedy for colds and flu and helpful for allergies,  digestion, circulation and bronchitis.  I am an allergy sufferer so that is my main reason for making this.  The fire cider is incredibly tart and I only eat a spoonful once-twice daily.  I also eat it on salads as a vinaigrette with some olive oil.  Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar (preferably organic)// 3 tbs horseradish root// 3 tbs grated/peeled ginger// one head garlic// small onion// 3 tbs fresh parsley// 1 C organic beets.

1. Blend all ingredients and pour into a jar.  Pour the apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar.  Label with the date  2. Refridgerate for 2-4 weeks and do not open it!  You can strain out the liquid and bottle it for use or I just use it all because it’s so good!  Be careful though if you have heartburn or stomach issues or take blood thinners because it might exacerbate these problems.  To our health!

If you want more info on fire cider and parsley, check out these sites:

http://www.herbaleducation.net/recipe-fire-cider.php (a little nutritional info + recipe)

http://www.food.com/recipe/Fire-Cider-Remedy-for-Cold-Flu-111755 (Fire cider recipe-not the one I used, but the main ingredients are similar)

http://www.delightedmomma.com/2012/11/how-to-make-fire-cider-all-natural-cold.html (this lovely blog is where I first learned of Fire cider)

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=100 (this site is great to learn all about the nutritional content of food, love it)

http://recipes.search.yahoo.com/search?p=parsely (tons of recipes that have parsley)

Flourless egg muffins


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As you may know, I started this year out with a whole food cleanse which consisted of only fruits, veggies and nuts in an effort to get back on a clean-eating diet.  Not that we weren’t eating well, but a few extra sugars and floury products had slipped in to my cooking and I justified it by using whole wheat or organic sugars. But, we just didn’t feel as healthy eating them and truthfully I was sick of carrying around the extra 5 or so pounds I had gained since our wedding.  So we are placing way more emphasis on fresh veggies and fruits, proteins and healthy fats and less on the carby stuff like breads, pastas and processed stuff (thats what it is too, just “stuff”, not real food!)  We eat a lot of eggs now because they are a great source of protein and the essential nutrient choline. Choline is involved in brain and cellular health and helps reduce inflammation, which leads to disease.  In fact, one egg contains 26% of your daily choline! Also, if you don’t get enough choline, your body may not be getting enough of the B vitamin folic acid, which is essential to make new cells (+ very essential for pregnant women to prevent birth defects in their babies).

This recipe is easy and tasty so I’m a fan.

6 eggs// 1/2 lb cooked bacon// 1/4 C shredded cheese// 1/2 C chopped vegetables (onion, mushroom, broccoli, zucchini, tomato are good choices–I think I doubled the amount to a full cup of veggies too)

1// Preheat oven to 400

2// Beat eggs and mix in all ingredients

3// Pour the eggs into a greased muffin pan

4// Bake for 20 minutes

Three of these babies filled me up!

 

Creamy broccoli cheese soup


DSC_0041 DSC_0040 broccoli cheese soupMy cleanse is over (officially!) but I plan to continue to eat detoxifying foods on a daily basis.  One of those foods is broccoli, which I rarely cook because the Mr. doesn’t like it much. Thank goodness for this recipe I found for broccoli cheese soup, he loved it!  I actually made this before my cleanse but I’ll make it again because it is super delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients: 1 C almond milk// 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese// 1.5 C fresh or frozen broccoli steamed// 1 chicken or veg bouillon cube.

//Blend all ingredients together in a blender or processor and serve!  Oh, and we aren’t afraid of cheese because it provides good fat and protein, just don’t eat too much;)

I’m so excited to keep trying new healthy recipes this year, my motivation is high!  The 3 day cleanse was definitely a great idea and I highly recommend researching and finding a cleanse that you can do safely and healthily.  There are so many illnesses and diseases that can be prevented with a healthy, whole food, diet and the cleanse helps you get started. Of course, you can eat cleansing and detoxifying foods daily without doing a cleanse.  Most of these are vegetables, so I’ll be experimenting with lots of veggies in recipes I’ve never tried. I’ll keep you updated with my favorites!