A Rainbow of Color: in your Smoothie!

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Smoothies are great snacks and can also make a delicious breakfast on the go! They are much healthier than juices, because they still have all the fiber and nutrients that keep you full and prevent your blood sugar from spiking and dropping.

Los licuados son muy buenos snacks (colaciones) y pueden servir como desayunos nutritivos y rápidos.  Son mucho mas saludable que tomar jugos porque contienen toda la fibra y nutrimentos de las frutas y verduras. Te dejan satisfecho durante más tiempo y previenen que el azúcar de tu sangre aumente y baje rápidamente.

How to Make Delicious and Nutritious Smoothies:

1. Choose your fruits (peaches, plums, berries, cherries, apple, mango, pineapple, papaya, etc).

2. Choose a green vegetable (kale, collard greens, spinach and swiss chard will add nutrients without affecting the flavor of your smoothie!). You can also add herbs like mint, basil, etc…

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Getting ready for Super Bowl! Healthy, savvy snacks..

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It’s winter cold outside, and your sports fan friends and family are gathering and you are in charge of the snacks?

Here’s a few ideas:

trail mix – your favorite roasted tamari almonds and raisins, is perfect. You can add other goodies too: goji berries, chopped dried apricots, peanuts, walnuts, mulberries.

cheese plate and a mix of olives and crackers– super simple and always welcomed with crackers of fresh bread. Drunken goat, brie, and gouda cheese are delicious crowd pleasers.

hummus – buy it or make your own. Check out our recipe here.

guacamole and chips – roll 2 ripe avocados in your hand before slicing down the center. Remove the pit, and put in a bowl with chopped cilantro (2TB for 2-3 avocados), lemon (1-2TB), salt (1/3 tsp or to taste). Mash with a fork. If you like it spicy, top with a dash of cayenne pepper.


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Go nuts! Make your own blended nut milk for a creamy and healthy kick to your fave meals.

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5605235286_8306349ab8For those of us who are sensitive to regular milk or have an intolerance, we often use nut milks as substitutes.

While alternative milks like soy, almond, coconut are great options for those of us on a specific diet, additional ingredients are plugged into these otherwise simple and healthy beverages to help them stay shelf stable.

The next time you purchase a common substitute for milk, take a peak at the ingredient list. Most of these milks contain a few funny sounding ingredients such as: carrageenan, potassium citrate, vitamin A palmitate and natural flavor to name a few.

Let’s get back to the roots of simple and healthy milk alternatives, and make them at home where you are in control of your ingredients.

Check out this streamlined video, and learn how to make your own almond milk by following Body + Soul’s brilliant almond milk recipe below:


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Super creative and tasty looking creation, Flora!

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I got a little experimental one day, as my fridge didn’t contain many obvious lunch options. Up for the challenge, I spotted some brie, a spelt english muffin, some brussels sprouts, an apple and mustard, and made a surprisingly delectable lunch!

Here’s how:


  • English muffin (or baguette, sliced bread, gluten free bread)
  • 3-4 thin slices of brie
  • 2-3 thin slices of apple
  • small handful of brussels sprouts
  • dollop of mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt


Toast up an english muffin, or whichever bread you prefer and have on hand. Cut up the brie, and few thin slices of your apple. While your bread is toasting, thinly cut your brussels. In a small pan add olive oil, then in goes your brussels with a sprinkle of salt. Cook them over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring, until slightly caramelized and fragrant. Assemble brie on the bottom piece…

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Know what you’re eating!

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4494113699_2be84c0750As we embark on the weekend, try keeping Michael Pollan’s advice in mind as you shop for food and sit down to eat:

“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food…stay away from these”  ~Michael Pollan

Happy healthy eating to all!

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I absolutely LOVE lavender. Its wonderful healing properties make it a household staple. I like to buy mine from the local farmer’s market…

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Some people love love love lavender, while others turn their noses the other way. For lavender lovers, this simple homemade bath salt recipe may just make your day (or evening).

Besides being beautiful to look at, lavender has magnificent health benefits that most of us could benefit from.

The word lavender is derived from the Latin root lavare, which means “to wash,” since it was historically used in baths to help purify the body. This potent herb contains various properties that help relieve insomnia, anxiety and fatigue due to its soothing and sedative effects when inhaled.

Here’s how to make your very own lavender bath salts:


  • Handful of fresh or dried lavender buds
  • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, or sunflower oil


Add lavender, salt, and oil into a jar with a lid. Shake it up! Prepare your bath, adding bath salts as the water…

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