Category Archives: avocado

Did someone say California Rolls??

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This was my first time making sushi rolls and it was messy, sticky, and fun! Definitely something I’m going to need to practice. 😉

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Nori is Soooo good for you. I buy sheets of it, cut it into little squares and keep it in a baggie in my purse. Lily loves snacking on Nori! I made the jasmine rice and the aroma while this was cooking was almost intoxicating. Loved it! 🙂

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You can use what you like. We used sliced cucumber, avocado, artificial crab meat, and green onion.

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It rolled nicely, but started to tear slightly…not sure why. Maybe because I put the rice on slightly warm.

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YUM!

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It started to fall apart when I picked it up. Tasted yummy!…but didn’t hold together well. Wonder what I did wrong??

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So I made it into a wrap! 🙂

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You can’t have sushi without ginger! They go hand in hand.

Please share your favorite sushi recipe and let me know what kind of rice you use. 🙂

Happy Healthy Living!

Hot Yoga and New Recipes

Sunday started off with my first hot yoga class with a friend. A new friend, and even though new she is already a special friend that has added value to my life. It’s a wonderful feeling to share things you are passionate about with someone that feels the same way.

Enough of the mush and onto the hot yoga… 😉

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Hot Yoga is a series of yoga poses done in a heated room. The room is maintained at a temperature of 98.6 degrees. As you can imagine, a vigorous yoga session at this temperature promotes PROFUSE sweating and by profuse I mean we were soaked from head to toe! So it makes the body very warm, and therefore more flexible. We attended FIRE yoga at Sunstone Yoga.
As we walked into the dark hot room we quickly found our spots in the back of the room trying not to step on anyone since we couldn’t see anything at first. Haha. Then we exchanged a look of “what the heck did we just get ourselves into?!” It took a few minutes to get acclimated to the tempature. Once we finished we both found the class invigorating and amazing in so many ways. We are definitely looking forward to the next class. 🙂

Then I was home for some kombutcha!
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Some words of enlightenment….

For lunch I had one of my FAVORITES!
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Ingredients:
One slice of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread (toasted)
Avocado spread (1/2 avocado, green onion, and lemon juice)
Sliced tomato with cracked black pepper
A little of myrice vinegar cucumbers.

It’s delish!

This is a new recipe I made with the kids Sunday afternoon. I got the idea from Oh She Glows. We morphed the recipe to meet our family’s expectations.

Homemade Lemon, Black Pepper “Potato Chips” with Lemon Garlic Dip
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This is my version of homemade potato chips.
Ingredients:
10 small red potatoes sliced
1 clove of garlic minced
Salt & Pepper to taste
Italian herbs (you can use any you like)
Juice from 1 lemon
Drizzle of evoo

Directions:
Sautée the potatoes, garlic, evoo, and herbs to get the aroma going. Combine all ingredients, toss, and place on baking sheet. Bake at 450 for 25 minutes.

Dip:
3 tbsp of low fat whipped cream cheese
1 tbsp of mayo with evoo
1 garlic clove (minced)
Juice from one lemon
Salt & Pepper

Mix all dip ingredients and chill. Jayson loved them! 🙂
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Hope every had a Happy Healthy Weekend! 🙂

A Little Slice of Spirooli Heaven…

My new 3 in 1 Spirooli Slicer!
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It turns zucchini into noodles! RAW pasta. 🙂
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Check it out!
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You can add whatever sauce you would like. Marinara, pesto, or my new favorite avocado sauce.
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I made a marinara and an avocado sauce to taste test. 🙂

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The avocado sauce was my favorite!

One of my favorite snacks! Frogs on a Log.
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One celery stalk, low fat cream cheese, and sliced jalepino stuffed olives. Yum! Around about 65 calories. 😉

This is my new best friend! The kids love their “chore chart”. It has helped me out so much. They love helping and getting smiley faces. At the end of the week they get a special treat. Tomorrow we are taking them for organic frozen yogurt! 🙂
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One more thing. In a hurry? Need something healthy to eat fast? No more excuses to eat fast food! My Fit Foods. A great way for you to stay on track!

Happy Healthy Living!
Leslie

Raw AND Delish! Recipes

I am so excited to share these new recipes with you! I came across them while looking for juicing recipes. Of course I am a fan of raw and non processed foods. My mother gave me a recipe book a couple of years ago called RAWvolution. I liked the recipes and the idea, but it was really difficult to find a recipe that the whole family was happy with in the book. These recipes are easy to prepare with few ingredients and something the whole family can enjoy.

Kale and Avocado Salad
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Ingredients:
1 small bunch of Kale
1 small Avocado
Sea salt
1/2 of a Lemon
A handful of Cherry tomatoes quartered
2 Green onions chopped
Flax seed oil

Directions:
Wash and cut kale into small 1/2 inch pieces. The key here is that they aren’t too big because it will change the flavor of the salad completely. Place kale in bowl and drizzle a little flax seed oil over the kale. Then mix together with your hands crunching the kale making it a dark green color. Once kale is coated with the flax seed oil, add your avocado. Mix with hands as well until the avocado coats the kale. Add your sea salt, tomatoes, onion, and lemon juice. Mix well and enjoy!!

Italian Flax Seed and Pepita Crackers
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Ingredients:
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup of pepitas (Mexican pumpkin seeds)
1 red bell pepper
3 large basil leaves
2-3 cups fresh tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove of fresh garlic
1 green onion
Sesame seeds

Directions:
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor, minus the pepitas. Add water if a little too dry. Once mixture is blended add pepitas and mix well.
Press mixture flat onto a Paraflexx sheet making sure that the mixture is very thin. (The thicker the cracker the longer to dry). Sprinkle sesame seeds over mixture.
You can score the size of crackers if you’d like with a knife or spatula before dehydrating, or you can just break them in pieces once dehydrated like I do.
These will keep for months in an air tight container. I have been eating these with hummus or sliced avocado. Enjoy!

Now this recipe is an old favorite that my friend, Sunny, and I put together. It puts a twist on the traditional cucumber, tomato, onion, and vinegar salad that I’m sure every Texan has had. 🙂
Cucumber Salad
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Ingredients:
1 English cucumber
1 garlic clove minced
Sesame seeds
Rice vinegar

Directions:
Slice cucumber very thin. Place cucumbers in an air tight container and add rice vinegar. Just enough to cover the top of the cucumbers. Add garlic and sprinkle sesame seeds over the cucumbers. Give it a good stir and cover. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Love this dish!!

How about a fitness update?
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PiYo is a fusion of pilates and yoga. It’s a core conditioning and strength training workout. It has intense choreography and it’s challenging. You will be sweating bullets! I started taking PiYo Tuesday and Thursday mornings about two weeks ago. I can already tell a difference. My balance has improved, my core is stronger, and I feel more flexible. I am really loving it. Again, I give a lot of credit to the instructor, because she really is awesome at what she does and you can tell she loves it.
I’m still taking Turbo .
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I am SO addicted to this class! I look forward to the days I have Turbo and can’t get out the door fast enough to get to class. I have made some new friends in the class as well. It is so nice to meet people and make friends that share similar interests. One of the friends that I have made loves to juice as well. So since I’ve been on the hunt to find a vegetable juice recipe that I like she let me borrow her Jack Lalane juice recipe book! With that said I was off to Sprouts!
Now I couldn’t go to Sprouts without getting a few of my favorites…;-)
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We love Kombutcha!

I tried a couple of recipes. I haven’t found one that I just love, but I did find one that was pretty good. It’s called Super Boost in the recipe book.

Ingredients:
3 tomatoes
1/4 red pepper
1/4 green pepper (I used orange)
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 jalepino
1/4 onion
1 celery stalk

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Cheers! Happy Juicing!

Avocado Pasta

When I came across this recipe on one of my favorite websites,Oh She Glows, I just knew I had to try it. The combination of avocado, lemon, basil, and garlic on pasta sounded amazing. I was a little nervous in hopes that it would be something the whole family would enjoy. It turned out fantastic and was a hit for the whole family!

Avocado Pasta
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Ingredients:
2 medium avocados
2 large lemons
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of fresh basil
3 tbsp of olive oil
Sea salt (to taste)

In this recipe I used Barilla thin spaghetti multigrain pasta. I love this pasta because it doesn’t have that grainy texture that some wholegrain pastas do. It also has 17g of protein per serving so it’s a great source of protein and omega 3s. You can make this recipe gluten free by just using gluten free pasta. 🙂

Directions:
Make your pasta according to instructions on box. While pasta is cooking put garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add avocado, basil, and salt. Blend until creamy and smooth. Once pasta is finished, drain and pour avocado sauce over pasta and toss until completely coated. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Now I didn’t tell my husband this came from a vegetarian website. 😉 haha. This recipe really was delish and healthy. Think about all the health benefits. The multigrain pasta, lemon, garlic, evoo, basil, and of course avocado. I’m very excited to share my version of Angela Liddon’s 15 Minute Avocado Pasta with you. I hope you like it as much as we did!

Happy Healthy Eating! 😉