Recipe: Cowboy Caviar

I’m making a great healthy snack to keep in the refrigerator while the kids are out of school and thought I would pass it along. It goes great with chips, on salads but since tonight is meatless Monday, I am going to put them on top of tostadas. My friend Jenny posted this recipe on her blog a few years ago and it’s a favorite of ours and my neighbors! 😉

Cowboy Caviar

Ingredients for Salsa:
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
2 cans of yellow corn, drained and rinsed
1 small diced red onion
3-4 celery stalks, sliced
3-4 diced bell peppers (we like to use a variety of green, red, yellow, and orange)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Ingredients for Marinade:
1 cup of oil (canola, vegetable, safflower, or sunflower)
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tbs. salt (optional)
1/2 tbs. pepper (optional)
Do the marinade first so it is cool by the time you get done chopping all of the ingredients. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved and the marinade is completely cool before you add it to the veggies. After you add the marinade to the veggies, put it in the refridgerator and let it marinade over night. The next day, drain and enjoy!

** Above is the original recipe but I have modified over the years and try to use all organic veggies unless I make it without notice like today. I also use Himalayan salt, organic sugar (only 1/2 a cup), organic apple cider (pictured) and grape seed oil.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

So a quick post tonight! It’s a recipe some people have asked me to give so here it goes… Now because I LOVE to create on the spur of a moment, these measurements may not be exact. Play around with it. Let me know if you find that another ingredient works best. 🙂
I recently made these for a girls night out I had at my house and used white mushrooms for the first time and I LOVED the bite sized version! I would suggest though to get the ones out of the basket versus the ones in the package so you can get the biggest ones.

Stuffed Mushrooms
20-25 white mushrooms or 5 portobellos
1 zucchini
1yellow squash
4-5 baby bell peppers (all colors)
1cup of Gruyere and Swiss cheese mix
3 T of grape seed oil
1/2 tsp of cayenne (less if you don’t like spice)
Salt (Himalayan) and pepper to taste

-Clean the mushrooms and remove stems
-Dice veggies small and put into a mixing bowl
-Add spices
-Add oil and mix
-Last, add cheese and mix

After you have mixed thoroughly, fill mushrooms with a small measuring spoon so you don’t over fill. While you are filling, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Once the mushrooms are filled, put in the oven for about 20 minutes. You don’t want the mushrooms to get too brown. The are best while they are warm! Enjoy!

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Exciting News!

Now Booking Classes!

FALL SCHEDULE

I am very excited to share with all of you that my website is updated and I am now accepting bookings for all of my classes!  I am very excited at the opportunity to start showing all of you what you can do to start eliminating toxins in your daily routines so it becomes habit.  These are definitely classes that are personal and designed for you, your routines and your household.

The classes are small so we can discuss what is going to work for you and your lifestyle.  It will not change overnight but a journey.  I want clients, not customers.  This has always been my philosophy and always will be.  Please take a look and if you should need a specific class designed for you or a one-on-one session, please let me know through this contact form and I would be happy to help!

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Again, if this is something you want for yourself or your family take a look at my schedule and BOOK TODAY!

:)debra

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My Stroke

I recently updated my website and took a posting off of it that is currently on my Beachbody blog.  It is some of the symptoms of my stroke I had about 18 months ago so please read and make sure someone you love gets the help they need in the event you think they may be having a stroke.  I will be forever grateful for the angel at IMATS in Pasadena, CA that told the medics that I could be having a stroke and did not let me walk away.  She saved me from permanent damage.

Good morning! So many of you have asked what were my symptoms of my stroke. I would definitely like to share this with you just because had it not been for an article I read I would not have calmed down and sat down when a lady told me to. I knew something was wrong and I was trying to listen to my body but I just could not believe what was happening! I was over an hour away from my house in Pasadena and I was BY MYSELF. I had just walked into the Pasadena convention center, I went to the bathroom because I felt something on my face, like a hair. There was nothing. I checked in, walked into the makeup show and someone smiled at me and so I tried to smile back and half of my face was numb. Zero control on the left side. I looked into a mirror and was mortified. I walked right back out and I called my hubby and a girl urged me to sit down while medics came. I was quickly taken to Huntington Hospital and given a CT scan. They caught the bleeding in time, started me on meds and was admitted into ICU. They caught it within 2 hours so my bleeding ceased and was not getting worse by the time I had my second CT scan and MRI. I also had a cerebral angiogram that was not fun and successfully checked OFF my bucketlist, hoping to never have it again. Symptom 1: Loss of control- I was laying in bed the night before and I couldn’t close my eyes. They would just pop back open. I thought I was just REALLY tired or maybe I had some coffee that day. Totally brushed it off. The day of I also had REALLY weak bladder control. Symptom 2: Confusion- I know we get busy and forget things but this was unreal. LIke for 2 or 3 days, I was getting super frustrated about something I could NOT figure out on the computer. I kept watching a video over and over to figure it out and it just would NOT register. I forgot to do numerous things including looking over my sons homework and not signing his necessary pages, something I DO EVERY WEEK. The final Symptom: Left side of my face completely drooped. 3 weeks later due to my family, friends, doctors and an immense amount of prayer, I am almost good as new! I have to do a few more doctor appointments, an MRI, and EEG and speech therapy but other than that, everyday I get better! I am so very thankful it was not worse. Most people have permanent damage and a lot of people die.National_Stroke_Awareness_Month

The 5 things I changed on my grocery list….

I posted earlier on my Facebook page an article From Mind, Body, Green about not blaming big food companies and I agreed with a lot that was written.  We can gripe and complain all we want and stress ourselves out about it but in the end you will find, you are responsible for yourself and family.  Bottom line.

While I am not perfect nor do I achieve for perfectionism, I do allow things into our home that a BUNCH of extremists would think is INSANE.  I believe in balance and I believe in listening to your own body.  Food diets need to be adjusted according to each body.  For instance, I need carbs, my husband could probably never eat another carb again and be FULL of energy.  Everyone’s body is different.  I learned this concept selling skincare for MANY years.  Your body is unique and it responds differently to everything which is what makes it beautiful.

When I first began this process of elimination as I call it, it was very frightening and overwhelming.  There were many days of anxiety and frustration because I could not believe what companies were sacrificing to make a buck and at the expense of my family’s health.  You can seriously overwhelm yourself so take ONE STEP AT A TIME.

The first step I took is I looked at the things we ate/bought a lot of.  I then looked at the ingredients on the label in horror.  After the shock, I looked for healthier alternatives.  Most people may have cut them out all together but I am not going to deprive my kids and I think they should learn balance and making healthier decisions.  After all, they do not live in a bubble and I will not always be there to watch what they consume 24/7.  So here’s my top FIVE:

1.  Cereal – Man, did my kids eat a ton of Cheerios and Fruit Loops!  I know.  Fruit Loops are like the WORST.  I now switched to Panda Puffs which are organic and non GMO.  Yes, they still have sugar BUT you make choices.

2.  Apples – My babies LOVE their apples.  My littlest has asked for an apple tree since she could talk.  All I buy mostly is organic.  SOMETIMES I buy regular if I just refuse to make another store stop and I don’t anticipate on shopping again in the near future.  Yes, I get tired too.

3.  Sliced Turkey and Turkey Dogs –  I have REALLY tried to reduce this amount considering the possible effects of nitrates and the fact that these items just aren’t healthy BUT all in balance.  I still buy them but I make sure they first, a thousand dollars (because that’s about how much they cost ;)), no added nitrates, hormone-free, anti-biotic free, no preservatives and organic.

4. Yogurt (Yo-Yo as my little one calls it) – We eat a lot of yogurt and I use it as my new sour cream and I also use it in my skincare as well (that’s a whole new post)  so when I buy yogurt, its organic and Greek.

5.  Snacks – There is a lot of snacking going on in this house.  My family are EATERS.  Not very picky and they eat a lot.  I have modified a lot of their snacks to organic or into fruit or veggies.  Before it was just mainly bread like snacks such as Goldfish and Cheez-its (they still eat them) but now it’s more bananas with peanut butter, raisins, apples, boiled organic eggs, organic cheddar bunnies, frozen grapes, edamame and foods like gluten free macaroni with REAL cheese.  Who says you can’t have a smaller portion of a REAL food item for a snack?

Take one step at a time!  Try not to get overwhelmed and taking one step is better than none at all.  If you “follow” one of those “holier-than-thou foodies” on Facebook, STOP.  Unlike the page and move at a pace you and your family can handle.  Stressing yourself out doesn’t help anyone including your family.  Soon, I will post the top 20 things I either stopped buying or changed what I bought so stay tuned!  This list was just a “beginner” list.  What are 5 things you could change that your family eats a lot of?  THINK and post!  No judgement.  I am here to help. 🙂

A few things I learn on a detox…

So a few times a year I do a detox. It’s a pretty simple yet effective detox that I do for three days that incorporates my Shakeology so I LOVE IT! It does not leave me hungry but it does make me realize a few things about myself. The three days are tough even though it is PLENTY of food to eat (almost too much) but so worth it. Email me if you would like details.

A few things I learn while on a detox:

1. I do not drink enough water. I always think I do because I drink a lot more than I used to but when I am detoxing, it’s not enough.

2. Planning ahead makes for a more successful detox. Planning my meals or having my green tea pre-made as well as my homemade salad dressings, make it so much easier to stay on target. Plan ahead and you will get GREAT results too!

3. I do not use the bathroom enough. Yup. I went there. I think sometimes we are SO overbooked and busy, we don’t drink enough because that makes us have to stop and use the bathroom. I will say this detox gets everything, I mean everything out so plan ahead if you don’t like using public bathrooms or you are going to have a busy week.

4. I snack WAY too much. Even if they are healthy snacks. I snack too much.

5. Detoxing just doesn’t mean watching what you eat. To me, it means detoxing my life of unnecessary stress, worry and toxic chemicals. This last time I detoxed, I detoxed my body of antiperspirant, toxic skincare, limited my social media use and picked up a new Bible study. I encourage you to take it to the next level! It was a GREAT 3 days.

:)deb