Sunday, July 20, 2014

Insta-Lately {July 20 2014}

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{breakfast time} {raw salads} {avocado toast} {#selfie} {yogurt and granola bowls} {red quinoa + chickpeas + flatbread with laughing cow cheese} {new office area} {morning coffee} {coffee at the park} {roasted veggies} {fudge bars on hot summer days} {smoothies} {candles}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Clean Eating Dinner – Pork Tenderloin

When it comes to clean eating, simple is BEST! Most of my meals include a grain, vegetable and protein. That’s it! I have been including more meat products into my diet and I must say that I have been feeling better! I will save the whole – Why I am not vegan anymore – post for a later date, but long story short I was feeling very lethargic and un-balanced for a long time. There are many days where I do not eat meat still but I have enjoyed slowly incorporating some meat products back into my daily diet.

I made pork tenderloins the other night for my family and they turned out fantastic! Super juicy, flavorful and FAST!

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Grains – I made red quinoa but you can make brown rice, wild rice, millet or wheat berries! Here is a link to more ancient grains that are all equally great! If you do not want grains, you can also cook whole wheat pasta or steam a sweet potato.

Veggies – The greener the better! Asparagus, green beans, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli… steam or roast a few pounds at a time and store in your fridge. That way you will have meal options for when you do not want to cook. Also, if you do not want grains or carbs with your meal simply double up on you veggies!

Protein – You can make chicken breast, turkey, pork tenderloin or beans. Get creative with your protein! Keep them clean by using a wide array of herbs and spices VS. sugar loaded condiments.

Recipe and directions: Pork Tenderloin Dinner
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Cooked Red Quinoa

Measure out 2 cups red quinoa. Add 4 cups of water or low sodium veggie broth to a pot. Add both in the pot together and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the temp down to low. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Save the extra for the week to use in salads, breakfast instead of oats or as your grain for another meal. If you want extra for breakfast, cook in water NOT

Steamed Fresh Green Beans

Cut the ends off of 1 pound of fresh green beans. Place in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes or until your desired texture.

Pork Tenderloin

1 pound of lean pork tenderloins
Trim any excess fat that may be on the meat. Season with sea salt, pepper, basil, thyme, or any other herb that you enjoy. I tried a new seasoning bled from Trader Joes and it was perfect! (see below) Place pork in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes and flip. Cook for another 5 minutes. Make sure these are well done but not dry. They cook fast so watch them!

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This dinner was very easy and fast! I really hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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XxOo Tasha

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Product Review – Soul Nourishing Homemade!

Disclaimer: This is a product review for Soul Nourishing Handmade. I was compensated to write this post but opinions are 100% my own.

If you suffer from dry skin in the summer (like I do) then this is the post for you! I was so excited when Soul Nourishing Homemade reached out to me and wanted to send me a few products to try! I LOVE handmade bath products!

I was sent their Lemongrass Soap and Nourishing Body Butter:

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Triple Body Butter Crème: This is THE ultimate MUST have butter crème! Seriously! Made with unrefined shea butter so you get the benefits of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that help restore, quench and moisturize your skin. Also made with mango butter and cocoa butter, all skin loving and hydrating butters. This is an intensely hydrating butter crème. A little goes a long way. Great for dry skin. It does not "sit" on top of your skin. It instantly melts into your skin providing all day moisturization, well into the next day. Only have to apply once per day because it's so moisturizing. Leaves a nice glow on the skin. No toxic chemicals you can not pronounce. No filler ingredients, which offer no benefit. No synthetic dyes, no formaldehyde, no parabens, no mineral oil, no petroleum, no phthalate, no animal testing. Ingredients your skin will love and thank you for. We have several varieties of triple body butter crème. Top sellers are Lemongrass and Cashmere & Soft Silk.


Goat Milk Soap: Made with farm fresh goat milk. No powdered or canned milk here! The milk we use is as fresh as you can get...from farm to soap! Goat milk is high in Vitamin A which helps repair damaged skin tissues. Great for all types of skin, especially those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. No harsh chemicals or irritants. All ingredients are recognizable and unadulterated in their form. It moisturizes while it cleanses. Because of the creaminess of the milk from the fat molecules, it boost the moisturizing qualities of the soap, leaving your skin incredibly moisturized. No synthetic ingredients. Just pure, natural soap, the way nature intended it to be. Free of cancer causing ingredients. Free of toxins. Full of skin loving goodness! We have several varieties of goat milk soap. Top sellers are Lavender & Oat and Peppermint & Tea Tree.


Herbal Healing Salve: The perfect chemical and toxin free alternative to ointments and creams. This can be used for cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, stings, etc. It's made with ingredients that have healing properties such as antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Calendula flowers, organic slippery elm, organic marshmallow root, and organic neem leaves are infused into extra virgin olive oil over a long period to seep their benefits into the oil.

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I noticed a difference in my skin RIGHT AWAY! The soap lathered into a luxurious foam and my skin felt so silky smooth afterwards! And the body butter soaked right into my skin, leaving it hydrated and healthy looking! Soul Nourishing Handmade is such an amazing small company, too! Tiffany, the owner, has been such a pleasure working with! Thank you for this opportunity Tiffany!

Please please PLEASE check their products out today! Let me know in the comments below if you purchase any of their products – I would love to hear your thoughts!

XxOo Tasha

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

{Recipe} Easy Peanut Butter Balls

I am ALL about making EASY and HEALTHY treats! And these Peanut Butter Balls are just that! Oh – and they are dangerously yummy! Oats, peanut butter, cinnamon… Yes please!

PS - They are healthy enough to eat for breakfast! #yesplease

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  Easy Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup natural, no sugar added peanut butter {or any other nut butter}
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
cinnamon to taste

Stir oats in peanut butter with melted coconut oil, honey and cinnamon. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll into balls and store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Easy peasy!

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XxOo Tasha

 

 

Monday, July 07, 2014

{Food Journal} 7.7.2014

Hi Friends! How was your Monday?

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What a relaxing weekend! I hope each of you also had a wonderful weekend!

Yesterday I helped move all day – literally ALL DAY! – and I was SOOOO sore this morning! The best workout I have had EVER! I was sore in areas I didn’t think I could be sore in!

I was pretty tired still when I woke up… bring on the BLACK coffee!

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I made some overnight Chia Pudding last night and it was a perfect way to start my day!

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I also added some dark chocolate chips to it… mornings are better with chocolate!

For lunch I had a sprouted tortilla with hummus and cut up carrots, apple and celery with natural peanut butter. I love these lunches! Simple yet completely satisfying!

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Before dinner, I snacked on a Chobani yogurt with raw muesli.

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Dinner was amazing! It was pretty warm in Seattle yesterday so all I was craving was a huge salad.

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Arugula Chicken Salad
HUGE handful of arugula / baby spinach combo
dried cranberries
crumbled goat cheese
yellow onion
chopped chicken breast, chilled
dried basil flakes, salt and pepper
splash of EVOO

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  I also toaseted a few slices of sprouted bread and spread some Earth Balance on the toast.

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  It was such a perfect summer dinner! I ate outside on the deck with this handsome man…

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I also changed my phone screens this past weekend. Do you find you get bored of the same screen? I have been loving pastels and pinks lately! I found both of these wallpapers on pinterest – pink chevron for my home screen and a pink anchor for my lock screen. CUUUUTE!!!

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How often do you change you phone screens?

XxOo Tasha

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