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AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

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AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

Try this light and zesty favorite.  So much flavor, lightly creamy, a little lemon for a bright zing.  Oh so satisfying.

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When you prepare this, be sure to prepare some extras, as this is such an easy grab-and-go favorite.  Put a dollop on your salad greens, enjoy with some raw veggies, or simply eat it as is!

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SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER HEROINE LIFE

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SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER HEROINE LIFE




ALWAYS BE YOURSELF, UNLESS YOU CAN BE A SUPER HEROINE THEN ALWAYS BE A SUPER HEROINE




There are days, when I meditate, walk little Sadie, get my morning work out or yoga in, clear my inbox, write some content, see a few clients, make a yummy dinner, tidy the house, fold the laundry and still have time to cozy up with my man for an episode of Chernobyl.


These are the (rare!) days when I feel like a super heroine. 


Life is full. Especially at this time of year, the longer summer days seem to lend themselves to more outdoor time, more socializing, more fun and more energy output.


I have to carefully pace myself, remind myself to go to bed early, take some downtime, and remember to …

B R E A T H E.


If you are like me, you are a person who’s looking to take a bite out of life, make sure you get enough down time plus find ways to give back.


Hint: If you want to be a super heroine in your own life you need to feed your body with super heroine fuel — to feel your most resilient, strong and energized.


You can cultivate more energy, clarity, focus, and strength by infusing specialized superfoods into your diet, to give you a little boost. 


It doesn't have to be hard, and it sure can taste great.  


I hope you enjoy powering up your plate! 🙌


Here’s to some summertime fun..
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Check Out My Favorite Superfoods For A Super Heroine Life

You may have heard of the many definitions of a superfood, some are even a little controversial. Many would even say there's no scientifically based or regulated definition of a superfood.

To me, a superfood is a potent and healing food that is packed with nutrients and supports your energy, vitality, radiance and health. You may be thinking, “that’s a lot of foods!”, and you are right. Below I chose a few of my favorites to write about.

I enjoy infusing my diet regularly with superfoods, but especially if I am feeling tired, depleted, stressed or a little off balance.

You may have some of these in your refrigerator or pantry, and some of these may be new to you. Either way, have fun experimenting with superfoods and be sure to let me know how you feel after a good superfood boost!

DARK CHOCOLATE

Do you crave a little sweet now and then? While you may have thought you needed a good excuse to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, the truth is the delightful and ancient superfood ingredient found in high quality dark chocolate, known as cacao, has more to offer your health than you may realize.

The cacao bean contains more than 400 phytochemicals, and many of them positively affect human health. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids and studies have shown antioxidant activity, endothelial function, lower blood pressure and assistance in blood clot formation. It is also known as a food to induce high amounts of pleasure.  Try a little…

In ancient texts, cacao was described as a sacred superfood, often referred to as food of the gods. The cacao bean and its consumption date back as far as thousands of years, where it was used as a powerful and healing food, including use in ancient ritual and ceremony.

Today, with much science and research at your fingertips, cacao has many well-proven benefits for your body, mind, and soul. It may be just the superfood you will be delighted to include in your day-to-day life.

  

TUMERIC

You might know of turmeric as the yellow spice in your curry, but there is so much more to this potent antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory food. Turmeric is known for having an astounding ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value––a popular scale that measures the antioxidant strength of foods.

Turmeric has been used historically in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory healing benefits. In addition, turmeric may promote anti-ulcer activity, supporting the digestive system, and can help fight cancer. These superfood benefits keep you feeling young, spry, and full of vitality.

Try one of my favorite ways to get more turmeric in: Golden Milk!  

BLUEBERRIES

It’s not surprising that blueberries have taken center stage for their vast and dynamic health benefits. After all, they are the most nutrient dense of all the fruits. From rich antioxidant properties to notable anti-inflammatory relief, blueberries are worth ensuring they land on your plate often.

Historically, blueberries are one of the fruit species native to North America. In fact, Native Americans were known to revere these potent wild berries so much that they even developed folklore around them.

The Native Americans called blueberries ‘star berries’ because the blossom end of each berry—the calyx—forms a perfect five-pointed star. Blueberries (along with their leaves and roots) were used in Native American traditions for medicinal purposes, such as relieving stomach problems.

Today, blueberries are one known as one of America’s favorite berries. In fact, blueberries have the highest antioxidant content (ORAC value) of any other fruit.

COCONUT

There are few substances on the planet that stand up to coconut oil. This versatile superfood has beneficial uses that span skin care, hair health, and anti-inflammatory properties—benefitting you inside and out. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial, making it a wonderful addition to your menu (and to your bathroom cabinet).

Notably, research shows that eating coconut oil regularly can support and heal your digestion as it positively influences the delicate balance of good and bad flora.

I keep one jar in the kitchen and one in the bathroom!

RAW HONEY

You may think of raw honey as just a sweetener for your tea, but raw honey’s healing benefits go far and beyond.

Studies show that raw honey is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer. Raw honey is chock full of anti-aging antioxidants called phenolic compounds, which play an important role in cancer prevention, manage diabetes, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Raw honey has also been shown to stimulate anti-inflammatory cytokine production––small proteins produced in your cells that govern inflammation and wound healing––making it a powerful anti-inflammatory food to enjoy.

 

KALE

Kale is considered the most nutrient dense of all the greens out there. Kale can be prepared and enjoyed in thousands of ways. Kale is a form of cabbage (Brassica family) with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.  

Kale is high in fiber and great for digestion.  Try adding baby kale to your next smoothie or massaging it with some olive oil, avocado, sea salt and lemon or try our {dairy free} massaged kale Caesar HERE

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seed is highly nutritious, medicinal see that has been used for centuries for its beneficial properties. Chia was a staple for Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. In fact, Aztec warriors were said to fuel up on chia seeds before battle.

High in essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, made up of 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and a wide array of trace minerals. Chia is a wonderful addition to your snacks and meals.  

Chia is filling, it has a fun texture, and it is a great way to increase your omega-3’s with a plant rare based source!  Add CHIA seeds to your favorite milk for chia pudding. Try a scoop in smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt. Need a recipe? We’ve got you covered. Check out our yummy coconut chia pudding HERE.

BEET JUICE

Beetroot juice has recently been given recognition as one of the top recommended superfoods. The juice of this delicious root vegetable is rich in antioxidants and naturally occurring  healthy nitrates.

When consumed, the body converts nitrates to nitric oxide, a compound that enhances blood flow in the vessels and helps lower blood pressure. Because of these beneficial attributes, beetroot juice can increase exercise performance and support heart health.

Research shows beetroot (the reddish roots known as beets) lowers blood pressure and protects brain cells—keeping you feeling healthy and vital. If you like these earthly sweet roots, consider adding them to your super heroin diet!

 

MACA

Maca, a Peruvian superfood grown high in the Andes mountains, has been used for thousands of years by the Incas. Since maca root is in the Brassica family, it is related to the more commonly known root vegetables such as radish and turnip.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and phytonutrients, maca is know to have a number of health benefits.

These include increasing energy and stamina, balancing hormones (especially during menopause), repairing adrenal function and enhancing sexual function. Ooh la la!

You can find both maca powder and capsules at your local health food store.

GINSENG

You have probably heard of the gnarly but potent root and brightly colored berry known as ginseng. Ginseng has been used in Asia and North America for centuries in both Native American medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Native Americans used ginseng as a stimulant, a digestive tonic, and to soothe headaches, whereas Traditional Chinese Medicine used ginseng to boost energy and vitality, manage diabetes, and support sexual health.

Today, many folks are turning to ginseng as a natural remedy to elevate energy, enhance memory, decrease inflammation, boost sexual function, and more. In fact, ginseng is among the most popular and best-selling natural remedies in the world.

Ginseng can be used in many ways. Try it raw, gently steamed, taken in a capsule, made into a tea, or even finely chopped and added to a stir-fry. Ginseng is a powerful and medicinal food and remedy that can benefit many aspects of your health. Enjoy ginseng benefits however you can!

LION’S MANE 

Have you tried a lion’s mane mushroom? We have a wonderful wild mushroom booth at our local farmer’s market, where I first discovered this potent white and shaggy mushroom.

Lion’s mane is known to boost brain function, support mental health easing symptoms of depression and anxiety, support neurological function, soothe the digestion and boost the immune system.

You can often find lion’s mane at your local health food store. It is delicious cooked up with a blend of other mushrooms in a tasty stir-fry, or even made into a wild-mushroom soup.

Keep your eye out for other products with lion’s mane mushrooms, such as supplements, teas and recently (one of my new favorites) lion’s mane mushroom coffee.

If you are a mushroom person like I am, be sure to give lion’s mane a try.

LOVE 💗

LOVE is the ultimate superfood. In our busy worlds, we are so often rushing through meals, disconnected from our food, it’s source and how it has landed on our plates. Learning to put love, reverence and intention into both the food as we eat it and our food as we prepare it makes a tangible difference in how your body assimilates the nutrients, and how your body metabolizes the food into energy.

Add some LOVE into your meals. Experiment! See how you feel when you have dinner with a loved one, or sit down on a lovely fall day in the park to enjoy your lunch. Light a candle while you cook, chant while you simmer your soups, and give thanks for the abundance you have on your plate.

Every other superfood pales in comparison to LOVE in your experience with food.  

 

Most of all LOVE your self with every bite.

 

 

 

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 SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

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SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

 

SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

By now, you may have realized that I am a bit obsessed with beets. All sort, all colors of beets. This is a super tasty and pretty warm beet salad that hits the spots and supports your liver all those detoxification phases to help you to feel your best.

The betaine found in beets encourages your liver to rid the body of toxins. 

Make up a batch ahead of time and munch on this tasty side dish or meal (if you add the nuts and seeds for some protein) all week long.

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 LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE

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LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE

 

LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE


I know it is hard to believe we are including CAKE here in this cleansing themed time, but I also want you to know that with healthy and natural ingredients, you can create oodles of guilt-free comfort foods.


We chose lemon because lemon is known to cleanse the liver, and turmeric because of it’s superior anti-inflammatory properties all blending with this delicious and baking friendly coconut flour.


I promise, you won’t be disapointed!!


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LAVENDAR LEMON MATCHA

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LAVENDAR LEMON MATCHA

You may have heard of or even become a fan of the trendy powdered unoxidized green tea known as matcha. Matcha is chock full of antioxidants

This spring enhanced matcha elixir boosts your metabolism, detoxifies your body, and relaxes your mind! 
Sip and savor.

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I hope you enjoy a spring afternoon sipping and savoring this one soon!

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BEET COCONUT LATTE

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BEET COCONUT LATTE

BEET COCONUT LATTE

Trust me on this one. Beet and coconut go together like salt and pepper. They make quite a tasty team and color. Known for their health-promoting benefits and astonishing nutrient profile, beets have been revered as a healing, detoxifying and anti-aging food in both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

Grab yourself some beetroot powder and a can of coconut milk (or milk of choice) and you will see how delightful this spring tonic can be.

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I hope you enjoy the taste (and the color) as much as I do!!

 

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WHEN GOING AWAY IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS COMING HOME...TO YOURSELF

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WHEN GOING AWAY IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS COMING HOME...TO YOURSELF

THE SOUL'S PATH IS NOT STRAIGHT AND ORDERLY; IT'S WINDY AND OFTEN BUMPY, BUT IT HAS AN INCREDIBLE VIEW.

Elisa Romeo
 



There was a time (not very long ago) where the thought of unplugging terrified me.


Single mom. Entrepreneur. (And possible control freak 🙈)


Unplugging felt almost impossible.


Not only did I always feel on call for my kids, but physically leaving them meant calling in a lot of support. Grandparents would fly in, friends would help with carpooling, and I would write endless lists of how our routine worked most successfully for those who were there to help. 


It was a logistical overload.


Taking time away not only felt like a huge project, but even worse, it also brought up so much fear and anxiety.


And, I desperately needed a break.


Over the many years of leading my annual international women's retreats, I began to learn how to manage this inner battle better and better.


The personal value and insight I received with time away is something that can still bring me to tears. 


On one early morning during a Bali retreat –– at approximately 4 am, while sipping Balinese coffee and writing in my journal –– I realized how I had been holding onto so much shame, feelings of not being enough, feelings of not being worthy, for far too long. 


I, in turn, made some big manifestos to myself that morning, promising myself I would learn how to break free from these old beliefs and patterns, that I saw were so clearly holding me back.


As you can imagine, I had some inner work to do, so that a new way of being and thinking would gain a solid foot hold in my life.


To this day, if I notice myself slipping back into those old thoughts and loops, I catch myself much quicker. I tend to the triggers. I know better how to flip my script, so to speak.


That morning changed my life forever. 🌺


I am sharing this with you because I know we all have our blocks in taking time for ourselves ––large or small, near or far. 


My women's retreats have become a perfect way support many women in transforming these blocks, and I now know in my bones that this is my calling. 


I support women (like you!) in taking a break, creating time for reflection and getting out of your day-to-day stressors –– to create some space exhale.


I want you to know that all of your efforts in preparing to get away –– from prepped meals for your family, to play-dates for your kids, to delegating your work, to simply letting go of control –– are all worth it. 


In fact, every single to-do that gets you closer to taking a break and being with yourself in an intimate way is priceless.
 


I have many upcoming retreats (see below) because I want you to have options, and I want the right retreat to speak to you. 


I am featuring our upcoming Satiate Your Soul ~ Bali retreat because, if you can join me, I know this trip will knock your knee highs off.  


It is pure magic.


Join The Satiate Your Soul ~ Bali Women’s Retreat: Experience a week of nourishment from the inside out where you can live your organic rhythm, connect with like minded adventurers, and step into an experiential and cultural immersion in the sacred land of Bali.

  • Embody: Practice Women's Flow + Yin Yoga 

  • Nourish: Organic food, Balinese cooking classes and inspirational workshops

  • Cycle: Explore some of Bali's most culturally significant sites, rice fields, waterfalls and temples. (all levels)

  • Rest: Relax, Renew, Reflect and Discover

  • Immerse: Enjoy the culture through ritual + Balinese dance + food + goddess study.

 

Practice yoga amidst the jungle sounds, explore the most authentic aspects of yourself, enjoy an intentional group of women, participate in a traditional Balinese full moon ceremony, immerse into the Balinese culture through women, food, ritual, while basking in the wanderlust of a life changing retreat


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Join us in experiencing this very special and intimate Bali retreat illuminating the devotional and cultural aspects of Bali through the feminine. 



Learn more and register here



Also (and reminder) to give you a little taster of what I teach on this retreat, I want to share with you The Soulful Superfood Series. A *FREE* online experience to satiate your soul. You can join HERE.





   

“Sue’s ability to lead is remarkable.  She gracefully and intentionally adapts to the needs of the group and is able to dig in to get to the heart of the matter in a tender and loving way.  Her wisdom and thoughtfulness is evident in everything we did.  She is a wonderful yoga teacher and remarkable workshop leader.  Her heart-centered approach allows woman the safe container to be vulnerable and open up in ways that can accelerate growth.  All of our needs are met so we can focus on our intentions and relax into the experience.  Sue’s retreats are always life-changing for me.  I am a more balanced and thoughtful person because of her.”
 

— Ani (Bali 2016)

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WHY PRACTICE GRATITUDE?

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WHY PRACTICE GRATITUDE?

THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE IS TO ENJOY ALL THAT LIFE GIVES YOU.



About 25 years ago I was gifted a Tarot deck while I was backpacking around Central America. 


You may laugh, but have kept this same deck nearby since then.


The above quote was written on one of those Tarot cards, the very one I pulled out of my tattered old Tarot deck just a few years ago on Thanksgiving day.


Since then, I have consciously been practicing enjoying what I have with more intent. In the process, I’ve noticed a few things that perhaps you can to relate to:


... At times I have felt guilty for taking pleasure in the successes and the luxuries that I do have.

... Often, my mind has automatically turned toward self-criticism, imperfection and focussed on the negative, rather than celebrating my health, abundance and joy.

... Once in a while, I've noticed when I receive a compliment or an acknowledgement, I have a hard time taking it in, but rather brush it off as not true or an exageration.




For many of us, receiving pleasure and celebrating the good in our lives is takes practice.


But, I’ve also noticed that elevating daily gratitude and pleasure gets easier with time, practice, frequency and focus. 


While the Thanksgiving holiday accentuates gratitude, the science behind gratitude has many diverse and positive effects that go far beyond Thanksgiving.


Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Gratitude Improves Our Patience: Research shows that practicing gratitude can increase your internal well of patience and keep you more calm and centered in yourself.

  • Gratitude Improves Our Eating: Gratitude is a positive state of mind. Gratitude fills your body with loving thoughts, positive intentions, and reverses judgment and criticism (of self or others). Gratitude not only makes us happier, but healthier as well.

  • Gratitude Improves Our Self-Care: Gratitude is the perfect ingredient to boost wellness-based activities and self-care. One study found a positive correlation between practicing gratitude and focusing on healthy behaviors such as diet and exercise.  




Back to you! What are you most grateful for? How are you enjoying these elements in your life?


I’d love to hear your response!  Tell me in the comments below…


Eat well and happy Thanksgiving!


Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving gratitude goodies HERE


P.S. Calling all Coloradoans! I just opened registration for a local day retreat this December - ENVISION - for those of you who want to consciously create your 2019.  Join me December 30th, right here in my home town of Boulder, Colorado. Find out more HERE!

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CHARRED BEANS AND BEETS

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CHARRED BEANS AND BEETS

Known for their health-promoting benefits and astonishing nutrient profile, beets have been revered as a healing and anti-aging food in both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

This one-pan dish is perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast.

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Not only are beets full of health promoting antioxidants and trace minerals, they are also loaded with dietary nitrates––a naturally occurring inorganic compound––that convert to nitric oxide in the body.


Beetroot directly support heart health, lowers blood pressure, enhance physical performance, and protects brain cells keeping you feeling healthy and vital. If you like these earthly sweet roots, be sure to add them to your anti-aging diet!

 


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CELERIAC MASH UP

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CELERIAC MASH UP

You may know celery as a popular addition to soups, stews, and salads. You may not, however, be as familiar with the form of celery (the root) known as celeriac.
 
Don’t let the gnarly and peculiar appearance of celeriac fool you. Celeriac is full of flavor, and a tasty addition to your fall vegetable repertoire. Try these tasty mashers this Thanksgiving (and beyond).

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Celeriac is rich in minerals such as potassium and phosphorus, which research shows supports healthy bone density. Celeriac is also full of vitamin C, K and B6 making it a nutrient-dense choice with many health benefits including fighting free radical damage––diminishing the damage caused to our cells from sources of toxicity and stress.

Plus, let me remind you they are so tasty! My very favorite root vegetable!!



 

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GRATEFUL CRANBERRY SAUCE

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GRATEFUL CRANBERRY SAUCE


Did you know cranberries are often referred to as a superfood?


While we tend to hear a lot about cranberries, we sadly don't the rest of the year. This naturally sweetened zesty version of traditional cranberry sauce highlights the health benefits of cranberries without all of the added sugar.

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This delicious fall flavored rendition of cranberry sauce has a lot to offer your palate and your health!

Cranberries are known to decrease inflammation, prevent UTI’s, protect against cancer, improve cardiovascular health…the list goes on!

Enjoy these healthy and delicious treats this holiday season or really anytime at all!


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WHAT'S YOUR FLAVOR FAV?

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WHAT'S YOUR FLAVOR FAV?

THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS ALWAYS LOVE


 

Sweet honey crisp apples, pungent roasted green chillies, salty farmers market cukes...


Fall flavors are a flowin'.


In traditional medicine, the 5 flavors are a representation of the geography of our palates, as well as a larger geography of our lives. Each of the five flavors have their own unique medicinal properties.
 

Flavors attune your body, mind and soul.


Subsequently, with our unique body ecologies, we can inquire into the flavors we crave on our plates and how they may reveal some deeper patterns in our lives.


Every craving has a message.


Let 's take a peek into the deeper currents of flavor:
 

  • Sweet:  Sweetness is the most nourishing flavor –– all the way from breast milk to a homemade desert. Often a metaphor for love and attention, sweet is the most over eaten and out of balance flavor in our culture. When used wisely, sweetness nourishes the body and heart to the highest degree. 

  • Salty:  Foods such as sea salt, seaweed and cured cheeses deliver salt to the body. Salt maintains the electrolyte balance in our cells. The salty flavor is said to increase inner courage, drive and fearlessness.

  • Pungent:  Foods such as hot peppers, garlic and ginger bring the pungent flavor (also known as spicy). Pungent flavors clear the sinuses and improve circulation. Pungent foods are said to increase passion and excitement.

  • Bitter:  Bitter is experienced in foods like kale, spinach and chocolate. Bitter is the flavor most lacking in the Western world’s diet, even though bitter foods often offer the most health benefits and spiritual enhancement. Bitter foods purify and cleanse the body, mind and soul.

  • Sour:  Citrus, green grapes and fermented foods such as vinegars and pickles offer the sour flavor. Sour is energizing and supports a strong and healthy digestion. The sour flavor is known to soothe irritability and increase our sense of calm and peace. 


Often known as the taste of satiation, the combination and balance of all five flavors gives us the feeling of being fed, and being fed well. 



Notice the foods you crave when you are worried, stressed, irritable, bored, lonely or tired.


Which flavors you are drawn to?  Which flavors do you shy away from?  What do you need to be nourished?

Check out some of our favorite fall recipes HERE


Eat Well,


 P.S. For upcoming foodie fun and recipe demos follow us HERE


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PALISADE PEACH CAPRESE

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PALISADE PEACH CAPRESE

"PATIENCE IS BITTER, BUT ITS FRUIT IS SWEET"

JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU

 

Here in Colorado we love our Palisade peaches. To me there is nothin' better than a late summer peach. This recipe is a fun spin on a Caprese salad and a delightful addition to your harvesty table.
 

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This low glycemic fruit is a great late summer fruit to boost up your antioxidant intake without throwing your blood sugar off track.  If you can find local organic peaches in your area, you will notice the flavors are even more full and tasty. 

If you are not a dairy eater, feel free to substitute the fresh mozzarella in this recipe with a nut cheese (such as ricotta) and enjoy!!

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ROASTED FIG AND ARUGULA SALAD

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ROASTED FIG AND ARUGULA SALAD

"COOKING IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE"

 

This time of year gets me back into the kitchen roasting. A nice merge of roasted figs over a fresh bed of arugula with a garnish or toasted pine nuts and goat cheese is a gentle ease into the flavors of fall.  Deeelicious!

 

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Did you know that fig leaves were made into clothing for Adam and Eve in the story of the Garden of Eden?  Not only that, historically figs have been considered a potent aphrodisiac.  

I don't know about you, but I'll take some! Part of the mulberry family, these succulent little fruits are full of a healthy sweet flavor full of good fiber and trace minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium.  

Also, take note:  Figs get more nutritionally dense when dried (say what?). Feel free to snack on them dried with your favorite nut or seed.

Enjoy this delicious late summer salad.

 

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HARVEST STYLE ZUCCHINI BOATS

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HARVEST STYLE ZUCCHINI BOATS

HELLO LATE SUMMER HARVEST!

Now you have another yummy recipe to eat up all those garden zucchinis. This one is a fun compilation of spicy Mexican flavors meets vegan cheese sauce. Even if you are friendly with dairy, trust me this nutritional yeast based delight is worth checking out. (So good!)
 

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A wonderful source of vitamin B12, Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast (often a strain of saccharomyces cerevisiae) that makes a great sprinkle on any meal, a topping on your bowl of popcorn or a delicious cheesy sauce.  

This recipe blends delicious roasted chilies, peppers, black beans and zucchini all tied together with a tasty sauce.

 

 

 


Recipe Credit :: Boulder Nutrition Team Member Alana Quatro
Photo Credit :: Boulder Team Member Kristine Mahan

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT? 10 EATING STYLES FOR YOU TO CHEW ON

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT? 10 EATING STYLES FOR YOU TO CHEW ON

"THE WAY WE DO ANYTHING IS THE WAY WE DO EVERYTHING.  THE WAY WE EAT IS THE WAY WE LIVE"


GENEEN ROTH

 

Vegan or Paleo? Gluten free or whole grain? Whole food or fat free? What we “should” eat gets a lot of press these days. We know eating healthy is a great first step, but when it comes to aligning with a particular eating style, there are many factors to consider.

Eaters are often left confused around which eating style to choose in order to obtain optimal health and vitality––if choosing any at all. Each of the eating styles below comes with specific health benefits and characteristics that may help you navigate what lands on your plate. 

Whole Food

The whole food diet is likely the most basic and simple way of eating.  Whole food eating means eating food in its whole form with minimal processing. In 2011, Harvard School of Public Health created one formula of a whole food diet, The Healthy Eating Plate:  A simple and thorough guide to creating healthy whole food meals. With this version of a whole food diet a few simple guidelines are recommended: 

o   Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits

o   One-quarter of your plate with whole grains

o   One-quarter of your plate with proteins (plant or animal based)

o   Use healthy natural oils in moderation

o   Drink lots of water (avoid sugary drinks)

o   Get your daily exercise.

These guidelines are basic, simple and healthful. If you are dealing with specific health issues, you may need to alter the foods within the whole food regimen to address your health more assertively.

 

Gluten Free

Gluten free substitutions and health trends have become more and more popular in local health food stores over the past decade. Studies now show that 1 percent of the population has celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and 10 percent of Amercians are gluten sensitive. Grains containing gluten include wheat, spelt, barley, rye, farro, and kamut (along with other grains that may be contaminated with gluten such as oats).

While many of us may not be technically gluten intolerant or sensitive (or undiagnosed) eating less gluten can be beneficial for reasons such as decreasing inflammation, improving candida symptoms, healing leaky gut, and reducing migraines.

But don’t be fooled, eating gluten free does not guarantee your health. Beware of the ingredients in many gluten free substitutions as they are often refined, high in sugar, GMO’s, or preservatives.

 

Traditional

Originally coined by Dr. Weston A Price, the Traditional diet is exactly what it sounds like: Eating the traditional and local food of your climate and culture. In the early 1900’s, Dr. Price travelled around the globe, making the world his laboratory, while he observed many cultures far and wide––from Eskimos to Swiss and African tribes to Polynesian Sea islanders. His research is based on the dental structure and health of these varying populations and how their traditional diets affected physical degeneration related to nutritional deficiencies.

His complete body of work can be found in his masterpiece: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The Weston A. Price Foundation was created in 1999 to continue his work and research in the world, while also educating folks on restoring nutrient dense foods to the human diet.

The Traditional Diet recommends a whole food based regimen based on nutrient dense local foods from plants and animals, with a special focus on nutrient dense foods, such as local cultured butter, local raw milk, farm fresh egg yolks, bone broth, as well as traditional sourdough breads and organ meats. 

 

Paleo

The Paleo regimen is fairly simple: If the caveman did not eat it, then neither should you. The Paleo diet is based on the premise that genetically, we are almost identical to our caveman ancestors. While studies show this premise to be only partially true, this hunter-gatherer type of eating style has many positives.  Paleo eaters avoid processed sugar, grains, legumes and dairy.

The Paleo eating style is based on a diet heavy in

o   Vegetables

o    Fruits

o   Unprocessed meats of all sorts

o   Eggs, nuts and seeds. 

While some folks find it meat heavy, studies have shown the Paleo diet has a positive impact on glucose intolerance, weight loss, and cardiovascular health. The Paleo Diet is a highly anti-inflammatory, pure and clean option to check out. 

 

Ketogenic

Originally created by the medical community as a supportive diet for children with epilepsy, the Ketogenic diet focuses on high fat and protein foods that force the body into a ketogenic state—burning fat for energy instead of the usual glucose and glucose-rich carbohydrates. This eating style surely busts the myth that “fat makes you fat”.

The Ketogenic diet has become more widespread recently with various associated health benefits outside of managing childhood epilepsy. While the Ketogenic diet requires more than a little diligence and a commitment and many folks question these drastic dietary changes, studies show that the extended use of the Ketogenic diet has a positive impact on weight loss, body mass index, cholesterol levels (raising HDL and lowering LDL) and blood glucose levels with no noted long term safety issues.

 

Low FODMAP

With digestive issues on the rise, the low FODMAP diet addresses some of the more common digestive issues of our time and is often recommended because many eaters have trouble digesting short-chain carbohydrates (tiny carbohydrates with less than 10 sugars).

FODMAP stands for "Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols”. The result of eating high FODMAP foods can be that these partially digested carbohydrates reach the large intestine and create a fermentation effect.  Also, in the gut one’s “bad bacteria” uses these partially digested carbohydrates for fuel, exacerbating digestive issues, leading to gas, bloating, stomach pain and even constipation. 

While the low FODMAP diet can feel a bit restrictive and challenging at first, studies show this diet to be a very healing option for many who struggle with IBS. You can find a complete list of the high FODMAP foods to avoid here.

 

Whole 30

Whole30 was founded by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig in 2009. Their Motto:  Eat. Real. Food. This popular 30-day program is a whole food short-term nutritional reset, governed by a few particular do’s and don’ts. Do’s include eating a real food diet rich in meats, fish, eggs, poultry, natural fats, and spices. Don’ts are to avoid processed sugars (including artificial sweeteners), grains, alcohol, legumes, dairy, MSG, sulfites and carrageenan and processed foods of any kind.

While there is no recommended calorie counting or weighing during the program (in fact it is forbidden), weight loss is highlighted as a primary benefit. Whole30 is considered more of a diet than an eating style with it’s 30-day focus on structure, duration, support, and regulation. 

 

Plant-Based

Michael Pollan said it well:  “Eat food, mostly plants.”  This is the foundation of the plant-based diet. Plant-based is not as strict as it sounds, with a wide range of plant based foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes and can include small amounts of animal protein.

Often confused with the vegan or vegetarian diet, plant-based eating has a foundation of plant-based foods without the strict guidelines.

But beware, according to the Harvard School of health: “All plants are not created equal”. Technically fruit juice, potato chips and white bread are plant-based foods but can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and bodily inflammation, while a diet high in leafy greens and whole food based plants can do wonders for health and vitality.

If you choose to eat plant-based, be sure to choose your plant-based foods wisely.

 

Vegan

Veganism is known as a diet and lifestyle (often for ethical and environmental reasons) that excludes all forms of animal products, including all dairy, honey and eggs. When done well, the vegan diet can be sustainable, satiating and create and array of health benefits, specifically lowering body weight, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the rate of cardiovascular disease. However, not all vegan diets are healthy. Eating vegan requires attentiveness and an understanding that certain nutrients (such as omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, zinc, iodine iron, calcium, and iron) are harder to come by in the vegan world. 

When eating vegan, it is important to stay away from processed, nutrient-weak foods that lack proteins and fats, instead choosing whole food proteins (in the form of nuts, seeds and legumes) and naturally fat-rich foods that provide a stronger base for nutrition, while in some cases supplementing with nutrients such as vitamin B12. 

 

Flexitarian

This witty marriage of the two words, flexible and vegetarian, was voted the third most popular diet trends of 2018 by US News. The diet was originally described in the book, "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life," by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Flexitarian eating emphasizes a diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, plant-based proteins with occasional animal protein options. The original Flexitarian regimen comes with a supportive menu plan, lots of resources on cooking tofu and other plant-based proteins, and many supportive intentions including pleasure, satiety, and convenience.

The Flexitarian diet is just like it sounds, flexible. While this works well for some, others may prefer a bit more structure. There are many versions of eating flexibly and finding the best one for you is important to consider.


Finding an eating style that works for you can take a little patience, education and mind-body awareness. In general, when filling your plate with nutrient-dense whole foods, you can be confident that you are getting a high quality nutritious diet. Many of the above eating styles are strong and healthy options that over time, you can customize to align with your health and wellness needs.

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CARROT GINGER COCONUT {BONE BROTH} BISQUE

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CARROT GINGER COCONUT {BONE BROTH} BISQUE

 

You may not think 'soup' during these warm days and nights, but tropical cultures all over the world enjoy some good 'ol soup at any and all times of year. This one is great for those seasonal carrots that may be growing in your garden and are surely all over the farmers market. Make this with bone broth for a little extra digestive support and healing if you like. It's nourishing and delicious!

Eating warm/cooked foods is a bit easier on your digestion as our bodies digest our food at 100 degrees. If you suffer from a week or challenged digestion, this soup is like medicine with all the components:  Carrots are so full of phytonutrients, especially carotene. Ginger soothes the digestion, coconut is very antibacterial and antimicrobial and bone broth strengthens the digestive tissue healing and permeability (leaky gut).

 

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Feel free to use this recipe as a base for other vegetable bisques.  Healing and nourishing down to your cells!

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ZUCCHINI COLLAGEN JOHNNYCAKES

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ZUCCHINI COLLAGEN JOHNNYCAKES

"If you have a garden, you have a library of everything you need."

 

Oh those summer garden zucchinis can be just so yummy in so many different ways...but wait until you try these!!  Savory, scrumptious and so full of goodness. A little extra collagen peptides added in to these delicious cakes and your skin, nails and digestion will thank you. 

 

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Zucchini is a nutrient dense, hydrating and versatile veggie that is chock full of potassium, vitamin C,  manganese and many other phytonutrients and antioxidant. Zucchini is also low glycemic and highly anti-inflammatory.  Add a little collagen powder (available at your local health food store) and you are gearing up for a great dish!

 

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LET'S MAKE IT SUN-SATIONAL

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LET'S MAKE IT SUN-SATIONAL

 

"EVERY SUMMER HAS IT'S OWN STORY"

 

Are you ready for 3 months of BBQ's, fresh garden salads, summery adventures and pool time?  


For me... a wholehearted YES!!! 🙋‍♀️


Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer for many of us. One of the beauties I love about this time of year is the simplicity of the food we can eat. Summery meals are often lighter, fresher and more colorful as well as easier to prepare. Picking a fresh salad from the garden or exploring the local farmer’s market to find seasonal produce can inspire a simple and ‘localicious’ meal to share with loved ones.
 

If you want to stay ahead of the game this holiday weekend (and not feel lethargic and icky come Tuesday) check out some of our favorite tips and treats..

 

 

1.  Prioritize Your Preparation:

Having what we need and want in our kitchens, to feel aligned with our eating, is what I consider the secret to success. When we are surrounded by food we are avoiding, we get into a battle with our will power and our cravings.  

Research now shows that creating healthy habits and positive automatic behaviors will lead us to much better results.  On any given day our will power can be anywhere from a 0-10 in strength –depending on our sleep, stress, hormones, and self-care. Our will power changes day-to-day – not the best thing to rely on. 

What works much better is being surrounded by what we want, and getting into regular routines and rhythms that support our choices.  This way, we can rely less on will power and more on our daily routines.

 


2.   Substitute Smart:  

Feeling deprived is not going to be sustainable for most of us. Enjoying our food and our lives is something that is born from deep within our human consciousness.  Rather than making unattainable goals for ourselves, why not try smart substituting?  

Guilt free comfort food is what we call it! Between Amazon.com, health food stores like Whole Foods, and Google, it is not hard to find substitutions for our cooking, baking, and summer time festivities that are still tasty and delicious (Pinterest is my favorite for this purpose).

Check out some of our favorite guilt free comfort food recipes HERE.


3. Watch Your Whites: 

White sugar, white flour, white rice and all those high-glycemic ingredients that sneak into so many foods will reek havoc on our blood sugar, our digestive tracts and send us into a moody madhouse. 

Rather, try eating a more whole food based diet, (including those smart substitutions), use more natural sweeteners, add lots of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies.

Enjoy the full flavors of natural food.


4. Get Outside: 

There is nothing like getting outside and moving our bodies in the sunshine to helps us get a clear perspective, increase our feel good neurotransmitters, and help us embody our health.  

I consider movement and nature one of our primary foods. When our primary foods (all the other ways we nourish ourselves, along with our eating) are happening, we are surely to make better food choices.  The good feeds the good.

Give yourself some fun in the sun this holiday weekend. Take a walk in the woods or get out and dance to your favorite summertime outdoor music at your local Memorial Day festivities. 

(I will be enjoying some great music down at The Boulder Creek Festival).


5. Make Pleasure Your Practice: 

Most of you know I have your and my pleasure in mind and I surely don't want you to miss out on any of the holiday goodies, so try finding your middle ground in the process. 

In my opinion, restriction is never the answer, but knowing your limit, how YOU best stay in balance, and what you want for yourself (crystal clear) should help to inform your choices.

Take things slow. Bring mindfulness and intention to your eating. Make peace with your plate.

 


 

What are your tried and true tips?  Tell us in the comments below…

Happy Memorial Day!!

 

 

 

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