A delicious fresh juice that’ll make your fav cocktails that much better

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I’m a BIG champs/mimosa drinker and I used to use store bought OJ like nobody’s business. + then I realized how awful it was! It’s loaded with refined sugar + some other crap that does not need to enter the bod.

That’s why I decided to start making my own juice. There is nothing like fresh squeezed OJ in your mimosa! I also love to mix it up + put some Suja juice into the champs! My favorites are Spark + Fuel! It makes me feel slightly better about drinking the champs when I’m mixing it with some fresh, good for you, juice!

Over the holidays there was a TON of drinking (hence why I’m partaking in Sobes January right meow) + getting creative. We started tossing watermelon cubes into our champs + then thought about some lovely watermelon juice cocktails!

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Now, fresh watermelon juice is my jam. It’s sooo freakin delish! I could drink it all day, everyday. No joke.

Umm + it’s super easy to whip up! You don’t need a juicer for this one!

Watermelon Juice:

♥ 1 small, seedless watermelon

♥ key limes

Cut your watermelon + remove the rinds. Chop into cubes + toss into your blender. Squeeze as many limes as you want. We love lime here so we probably used about 10-12. Now, blend!

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Put a little champs in a glass + add some fresh watermelon juice!

We also used this at a family party + made some ridiculously good watermelon margaritas!

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Watermelon is really good for you!

  • helps prevent kidney disorders
  • aids in lowering blood pressure
  • helps prevent cancer
  • helps prevent diabetes
  • helps prevent heart disease
  • helps prevent heat stroke
  • helps prevent macular degeneration
  • helps prevent impotence <–meeeOWW;)
  • it contains potassium, magnesium, vitamin C & A, Thiamin and Managnese

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+ now that it’s Sobes January, I’m enjoying this yummy mocktail! All it is, is a little Pellegrino + some fresh watermelon juice! The possibilities are endless here.

Have fun whipping this up + be sure to let me know what kind of cocktail/mocktail you create!

XX

DIY: BBQ CHICKEN SALAD

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Salads are just the most amazing meal in the world. They are SO easy + so flippin’ tasty! Plus, there are so many different options to try so you never get bored.

I love salad always but especially on a nice, warm day with a chilled glass of chardonnay. Heaveeeen.

Lately, I’ve been on a real salad kick. The Greek Quinoa salad (recipe here) is my fave to take to work! Keeps me full + energized all day long. For dinners, I like to experiment + try new things every week.

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This week I decided to do an old classic: BBQ Chicken Salad. I also decided to set it all up as a salad bar so that guests could have a little more fun with it!

Growing up my mother used to always take us to this place called Souper Salad + I thought it was the coolest thing ever. So many different kinds of veggies + it was all up to me to create my own salad. I thought I was the coolest “big” kid back then. Brings back such fun memories!

+ now I’m beginning to see why I’m so addicted to the salad bar at Whole Foods + Mother’s Market. Seriously could eat there everyday. Every. Damn. Day.

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BBQ Chicken Salad:

  • lettuce of your choice (I used spinach and mixed greens)
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 bag frozen corn (Make sure you buy organic! My motto: say heck no to GMO!)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 3 small avocados
  • 1/2 lb chicken, cooked + shredded (omit for Vegan/Vegetarian option)
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • purple onion chopped
  • limes, sliced
  • tortilla chips (I squeeze them in my hands to crush them into smaller pieces)
  • black pepper
  • dressing of your choice

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Just put everything out into individual bowls, set out your dressing, plates, utensils + let everyone dig in! This was enough for about 4-5 people depending on their appetites.

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For the dressing, I prefer to use vinegar + either olive or sesame oil. It’s really good if you like that kind of stuff. If not, go for the ranch + BBQ (I added a small amount of BBQ)! Just remember to ease up on the dressing so you aren’t getting those dang empty cals. Less is more.

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Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry: Oh Baby Oh Babyyy

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When I was younger I used to strongly dislike mushrooms. My cousin used to tell me that they had eyelashes in them. Eventually I grew up + realized he was a big fat liar but I still couldn’t manage to get that gross image out of my head. Like, come on, they totally look like they do have eyelashes.

+ then I tried them + realized that eyelashes or not, mushrooms are frickin’ delicious! + let’s just talk about how good they are for you! Mushrooms are naturally low in sodium, fat, cholesterol + calories. They are rich in vitamins B, C + D + they are rich in potassium + fiber. The high level of antioxidants present in mushrooms helps prevent cancer + diabetes + promotes heart health, immunity + healthy weight (more here).

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Since starting this blog + Bowed Arrows, it seems that I don’t have time to be bored anymore. I also don’t have much time to make elaborate dinners so quick + easy are things I love! Sometimes it’s hard to find quick, easy + healthy recipes but they are definitely out there. You just need to get creative + put in the effort to find them.

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Stir-frys are probably one of the easiest things to make. You just chop up some veggies, choose your meat (if you even want to have meat) + throw it all in a pan. Put a little on top of brown rice or quinoa + you’re set! Plus, it makes the best leftovers to take to work! + you can always mix it up + come up with new creations. On this particular night, I was craving mushrooms + brocc.

Broccoli Mushroom Stir-fry:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast chopped (omit for vegan/vegetarian option)
  • 1 cup organic bone broth (use veggie broth for vegan/vegetarian option)
  • 1/4 cup raw organic honey (sub pure maple syrup here for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh grated ginger ( Of course I add more bc I love it)
  • 2 TSP sesame oil
  • Coconut oil
  • 6 cups broccoli
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups organic mushrooms, chopped

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Put coconut oil into a pan with the chicken + cook over medium heat until done. Move chicken into a bowl. (skip this step for vegetarian option!) In same pan you cooked the chicken, add more coconut oil + cook broccoli + mushrooms until tender. Add sauce (broth, honey, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic + sesame oil) + bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer 3-5 minutes then toss chicken + green onions in. Simmer for another 3 minutes. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

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If you love spice as much as I do, add some Siracha or red pepper flakes. It’s seriously soooo good.

It’s amazing just how great clean eating can taste if you do it right! No more burgers, fries + pizza for dinner every night. Mix it up with some healthy food. The healthier you start to eat, the better you will feel. + your body will also stop craving the bad food.

I still love love love to eat pizza + enjoy In N Out once in awhile but boy does my body hate me when I do. I get the worst stomach aches + feel so lethargic. It makes me never want to eat badly again. Train your body + mind + you will live a long, healthy, feel-good life♥

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What are your favorite quick + healthy go-to meals?

xx

| Coconut Aminos here |

S+F Series: Kickin’ stress to the curb with lavender oil

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I am a total stress ball. I’m not really sure why I get stressed or how it even happens. Most of the time I don’t even know I’m stressed/anxious until I get the physical symptoms. + those stink.

Stress IS stupid. + can be unhealthy (some stress is good so make sure you know the difference!).

Stress is also inevitable. Which is why you want to make sure you do things that make you happy + keep you calm. Be proactive + figure those out nowwww. It’s im-por-tan-te.

Stress can cause or increase many different problems including: pain, heart disease, digestive issues, sleep issues, weight issues, depression, autoimmune diseases, + skin conditions.

Ain’t nobody got time for that^^^^

My #1 de-stressor is exercise but sometimes not even that helps so I’ve come up with a few other things that really do help.

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A huge one for me is lavender oil. I love to put this on right before bed. I just dab a bit into the palm of my hand + onto my wrists + rub in. Then I put my hands up to my face + inhale slowly a few times.  Use caution here as it can burn the heck outta your nose!

Seriously though, it’s like an automatic relaxant. BAM. You can feel every part of your tense body loosen. It’s one of the bestttt feelings in the world.

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Lavender oil has so many other benefits aside from calming you down + helping you sleep. Lavender oil can also be used for bee stings, cuts/burns, eczema, nausea, nosebleeds, chapped skin/lips (why I put in on my hands as well), hay fever, dandruff + cold sores.

I also bought a spritzer to spritz some onto my sheets/pillows. Welcome to total relaxation.

BRB, the lavender oil is calling.

xx

Lavender oil here | Lavender spritz here

Easy breezy southwest flatbread

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Life gets crazy busy- early mornin’ gym sessions, 8-10 hour workdays, friends, family, etc., etc., etc. Oftentimes, the last thing I want to do is come home + make some elaborate dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook but I love to do it when I have more time + with a glass (or 3) of wine. + that usually only happens on the weekends.

Wait…the elaborate cooking usually only happens on the weekends but the wine happens a lil more often than that…

That being said, my brain wheels are constantly spinning trying to put together delish, healthy, easy dinners. + boy do they spin well. This Southwest Flatbread is sososo good! ESP on a warm night with a Cindy Marg.

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Cindy Margs (named after my mother because she is the queen of marg making) are super famous around here. My mother has nailed the perfect marg + they are always stocked in the freezer ready to go. She’ll never share her recipe but she willlll share her margs because she’s an angel like that.

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Easy Breezy Southwest Flatbread:

  • 2-3 pieces of whole grain naan
  • The best dang guac ever {recipe hereee!}
  • tomatoes
  • jalapeños or hatch green chile (if you’re feelin’ spicyy)
  • organic corn
  • cilantro

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Toast the naan in the oven to your liking. You don’t want it to get soggy when you put the best dang guac (EVER) on. Chop up your goodies and mix together with the corn. Once the naan is toasted, spread the guac evenly onto the naan then sprinkle on the goodies. Add cilantro if you like it (I love it- but what don’t I love?) + then some green chile if you’re feelin’ feisty + like it hot hot hot (guilty!). Cut into little pieces + serve! + then die over how amazing it is. J-slash-K, don’t die.

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Hope you love it as much as we do! xx

| Hatch Green Chile here |

All about that Greek Quinoa Salad

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I love easy + healthy + this is both! Such a quick prep time + so deliciously nutritious.

When you work a full-time job, you don’t have a lot of time to mess around or much energy to waste. I’m not entirely sure where it all goes. If anyone could help a sista with figuring that out, it’d be much appreciated!

The last thing I want for lunch is some fast food or some microwavable laboratory experiment. Sometimes I take leftovers but I’m not really into that whole microwave thing (for health reasons) so I try to stay away from it.

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I like to prep this the night before my work week starts that way I have it ready to go. It’s seriously so yummy and so filling!

Greek Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • kale
  • feta cheese (leave this out for vegan option)
  • ground black pepper
  • This awesome Greek dressing or dressing of choice (I like to use Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar + olive oil)

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Prep your quinoa as directed. Once cooked, chill. While the quinoa is chilling, chop your cucumbers, tomatoes + kalamata olives. Combine these with the quinoa. Once it’s all chilled, serve atop a handful of kale. Sprinkle on some feta + dress.

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I usually stop after the quinoa, veggies + olives have been mixed together. I store this in a container in the fridge + every morning before work I combine it with kale, feta + fresh ground black pepper. I have a set of olive oil + Bragg’s vinegar at work. Once I’m hungry for lunch, I just add a little olive oil + vinegar! You’ll make your coworkers so jeal. It’s just mmm mmm good. + did I mention how healthy it is?!

xx

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| Bragg’s Vinegar here |

5 Sec Jam: #IDontThinkYoureReadyForThisJelly

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I’ve never been super into jelly. I liked the PB part of the PB & J.

While everyone was gettin’ down on Uncrustables (EW), I was gettin’ down on PB & Bananerz. P.S. one of the best breakfasts is ezekial toast with organic PB, bananas + cinnamon. Tastebud explosion.

I hated (still hate but like x a trillion) jelly filled donuts, centers of oreos, + cream filled anything. Bottom line: I can’t take all the nasty jelly creamy stuff that’s basically all sugar.

That’s why I was super excited when my Spirit Animal (nobody steal her from me) posted her version of the 5 sec jam. She’s a genius + I’m kinda annoyed that I had never thought of this.

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5 Sec Jam:

  • slice of ezekial toast or veganic toast (One Degree makes an amazing veganic sesame sunflower bread!!)
  • handful of raspberries (blueberries + blackberries work great too)
  • about 1 TBS chia seeds (protein protein protein!)
  • 1 TSP coconut oil BC duhh!!! (remember how great coconut oil is for you?!) {INSERT LINK HERE}
  • sweetener (I don’t use anything but if you need it, use honey, stevia or coconut sugar)

Put the raspberries, chia seeds + coconut oil into a small bowl, grab a fork + mash away. Once mashed, spread onto your toast.

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See how freakin’ easy that is?! + how much healthier?!

Berries are full of antioxidants + antioxidants are $$$. These babies help fight disease.

Berries also: keep you mentally sharp, help manage diabetes, boost heart health, help with weight control, lower blood pressure, fight cancer, help prevent Alzheimer’s, + fight UTIs.

Next time you go to buy jelly, take a look at the ingredients list. There really isn’t anything in there that is good for you.

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Put down the jar + go grab some berries! It takes all of..uhh…5 seconds to keep your body in good shape. Don’t get lazy on me ppl!

Any other yummy things you like to put on your toast?!

xx

SUPER HEALTHY Raw Coconut Snickers-ish

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Sooo I pretty much cut out processed/refined sugar about a year ago. But I am definitely not hardcore about it. ESP when the holidays roll around. There are just way too many people shoving goodies in my face + yea I cave a few times. I’m human so sue meee.

BUT because I fall off every once in awhile, I try to get right back on track by doing a little 30 day of absolutely NO refined sugar. Sugar is addicting (more here) + once you have a little bit, you just want more. You’ve got to have some great self control when it comes to going cold turkey.

Anyways, the point of this no sugar story is that everyone has got to find a way to satisfy their sweet tooth craving when it hits + this recipe is purrrrrrfect (meOWW!). Like, JorBabe died + went to heaven purrrfect. + he’s got a KILLER refined sugar sweet tooth.

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If you don’t follow Sarah Hargo of Southern Blonde Vegan yet, get on it. She lives a plant based diet + comes up with the most INSANE (in a good way!) recipes. These Raw Coconut Snickers are not only refined sugar free, but they are also dairy free, gluten free and egg free. Like, holy cow. + I totally bet if I had given you one of these delectable delights sans recipe, you never would have believed me. They are that good.

Raw Coconut Snickers:

For the chocolate:

 1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil (<<<we LOVE)

2-3 TBSP organic raw cacao

splash of pure organic vanilla

Melt the coconut oil + stir in cacao and vanilla. Pour into muffin tins (about 1/8 inch in each) + pop into the freezer for 30 min or until solid.

For the caramel sauce:

10 large pitted medjool dates

1/3 cup raw almond milk

1/2 TSP pure organic vanilla

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Soak the dates in the almond milk + vanilla for 20 minutes then blend together until completely smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Mix a spoonful of the caramel sauce with some peanuts + dollop onto your chocolate disks. Sprinkle some unsweetened coconut flakes on top + enjoy!

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I used macadamia nuts here but almonds would be great too. + of course peanuts (duh) because that’s a real snickers;)

I still haven’t decided if this is cheating or not. We gave up “sweets” for 30 days but does it count if it’s healthy + good for you? I’m not sure I will be able to resist having one of these at my aunt’s birthday din tomorrow. What is it they say? Cheat clean? DONE.

♥xx

The best dang guac ever!

I’m all about avocados. + I’m even more about that guac. In college my girlfrans and I would go for dinner and drinks before we headed out to the bars every Thirsty Thursday and I would legit order guac for my meal (+ a freakin’ HUGE A** skinny marg- YUM). Little did I realize how bad it was. I will never understand why people take perfectly yummy + healthy things only to add a bunch of unnecessary crap to them. Like WHY would you add sour cream to guac?! I know it’s a money-saving thing + you can spread the guac amoungst more peeps but COME.ON. Eww.

Just a weeee bit upset at how we’ve crashed + burned as a country when it comes to providing wholesome, healthy food.

Anyyyyways, back to the best dang guac ever. This really is so amazing + so simple! We all love simple! No more of that packaged pre-made guac with who knows what in it. Just grab some avos, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, +  fresh garlic from your local grocer + you’re golden.

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Guac:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 jalapenos (or hatch green chili if you really love spice + are feeling like livin’ life on the edge-my fave!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • cilantro (optional)
  • pink himalayan salt (optional)

Scoop the avos into a medium sized bowl + mash. Next, add the rest of your chopped up goodness + the lime juice. Season with as much black pepper as your lil heart desires + stir. I always taste test to make sure I have the right amount of everything there. See how easy that was?? This goes so well with so many things: organic tortilla chips, on burgers, in burritos, with eggs, carrots, etc.

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Now try really really super duper hard not to devour it all. Yes, it’s healthy but everything in moderation!

+ then I totally got distracted taste-testing + forgot to take a picture of the end result…oops, my B.

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| Hatch Green Chile here |

Coconut milk creamer: Buh-bye fake stuff!

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Okay, EW, have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredients in your coffee creamer? I’m actually super upset (but my body is praising me) that I did because I was so head-over-heels-in-love with the cinnamon coffee creamer that I was completely addicted to it.

Because it is sooo bad for you, we had to break up + it wasn’t pretty. Withdrawals + everything.

+ then I found something better: full-fat coconut milk.

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This stuff is real goooood. If you’re into that whole super sweet thing then you are going to want to add stevia or honey to it. I add a bit of coconut sugar just to kill the bitterness. And then cinnamon OF COURSE.

It takes a little more effort as you need to make it yourself (because that’s so hard, right?) + prep it a little more often. I wouldn’t make more than one at a time because the coconut milk goes rancid if you don’t use it fast enough. And it’s bad. It ruins your coffee + then ruins your mood because it ruined your coffee. Nono, we don’t like that.

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Also, remember to wash the jar each time. We don’t need any hanging out, waiting to ruin the new batch.

Coconut Milk Creamer:

  • 1 can of organic full-fat coconut milk
  • 1-2 TBS of coconut sugar (use stevia or honey if you like it sweeter)
  • 2 TSP cinnamon

Combine all ingredients into a mason jar and stir/shake. Place this in the fridge to use for your morning (or afternoon pick-me-up) coffee. Just remember to shake a few times before opening. The coconut sugar and cinnamon like to sink + clump up.

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There really is a ton of fake stuff in creamers! So many chemicals with names that we can barely pronounce like Carageenan. This one is the worst + one of the most pointless ingredients as its sole purpose is to thicken things. Like, I’m sorry, but I don’t need my coffee creamer thicker at the expense of my health. WHO CARES HOW THICK IT IS.

Cargeenan is destructive to your digestive system. Here, they compare it to that of salmonella. Eww, sicky sicky ew ew EW. They are currently conducting studies to show its effect on colitis + diabetes. + even worse: GI cancer.

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Carageenan is a bad fish + it’s in EVERYTHING: Ice cream, nut milks, yogurts, coffee creamers, etc. etc. etc. Make sure you are checking the ingredients list the next time you are at the store. This sneaky villian even shows its ugly face in organic foods so always always check!

Blow that Carageenan off + enjoy this delish coconut milk creamer with your coffee in the morn! + if you like things a little fancy, whip up a Skinny Peppermint Mocha or Skinny PSL.

xx

Coconut milk here | Coconut sugar here

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