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What A Pear

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Let’s talk about pears.

The most underrated fruit. Ever.

I mean… how often do you see somebody bite into a juicy apple… on the daily. But a pear? Never.

I don’t get it. I’ll admit… Pears didn’t used to cross my mind all that often until they were falling off of my sister’s pear tree by the bucket full ( who knew ) and I started eating them like cray.

Now I incorporate pears into my daily green juice… and when i start to chop that baby up I no longer want to juice it… I want to eat it. This got me thinking a lot about pears ( #deepthoughts ). Why are they so delish… and why do they do a body good?

So here’s the deal… pears are high in anti-oxidants and full of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as Vitamin E and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. They are also the second highest source of flavanols among ALL fruits and veggies.

An increased consumption of pears has been linked to a decrease in many chronic illnesses including heart disease and type II Diabetes. Furthermore, pears have been linked to a decreased cancer risk! Pears are also high in fiber, great for digestion, and contain lutein and beta-carotene with are stellar for your eye health.

That being said… a-pear-ently , pears are like, really, really good for you! Woohoo!

What’s your fav underrated fruit?

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Why Cayenne Pepper Rocks My World…

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As a rule of thumb I typically say… the hotter, the better!I No, I’m not one of those people that carries around a bottle of Tapatio in her purse ( though I’ll admit I used to be ), but I’m not gonna pretend I haven’t pulled out a shaker of cayenne pepper a time or two… or ten. I definitely prefer things on the spicy side… esp my drinks! So, when it comes to heat, I say… bring it!

I like to drink a TON of water. Like, a ton. Good luck finding me without my favorite sippy cup in hand. I mean, we all know it’s pretty much the best thing you can do for your body, but regular old H2O can be SUCH a bore!! Like, Snoozefest 2014. I like to mix it up so that I’m sure to get in plenty of liquids, yet don’t die of boredom.

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My bevies of choice, you ask…? I have two! The first is water with a splash of lemon and a little bit LOT of cayenne pepper mixed in. It’s seriously such a tasty treat and packs some serious health benies. Number two is iced green tea, a splash of lemon, a couple drops of stevia extract, and a generous sprinkle of cayenne ← sooooooooo yum!!

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So… why should you incorporate cayenne into your diet. First and foremost, it’s freaking delish, but even more importantly it can majorly amp up your health game. Cayenne pepper contains hefty amounts of vitamins A, E, C, K, and B6. If that’s not convincing enough, check out some of its other insane benefits…

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So drink up and spill… what’s your healthy drink of choice?

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Stuff It!

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Are you guys wearing socks…? Cuz I’m about to knock them off with the most insanely delicious stuffing you have ever stuffed your face with! I’m not kidding. This stuffing is so good it literally brings a tear to my eye. The best part…? It’s totally G-Free and Paleo friendly too :)

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Growing up I was always the queen of stuffing ( well, maybe self proclaimed queen )… nonetheless, I was queen. Stuffing has always been my jam. It’s the part of the holiday menu I have always been in charge of, and obvi my favorite part of the meal. Finding out I was allergic to gluten kind of threw a monkey wrench into the whole queen of stuffing thing. I experimented with G-Free stuffing recipes for years to no avail. It just never came out right… thus, I was dethroned… until now!!!

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This year I came up with the most incredible gluten free stuffing. It’s super simple to make and I swear your Turkey Day guests will be begging you for the recipe. I tried it out last weekend, as I’m a firm believer in experimenting with new recipes prior to the day of an event. This can save you from major stress, and major disasters… totes worth it. Anyhooooo, it was love at first bite, and my family could not believe how light, fluffy, and delicious it was. Forget about letting your nasty, gluten free bread dry out over night, etc. etc. We’re making this from scratch.

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Tip: If you live in the real world and don’t have hours to spend chopping away in the kitch, or don’t want to ruin your holiday makeup crying over Mr. Onion you can pick up an organic, already chopped mixture of onion, celery, sage, and parsley in the produce section of Whole Foods. What a life saver!

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The steps:

– Sauté ghee, onion, celery, parsley, and sage over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

– Add your sprig of chopped rosemary and pecans to your pan for the last 2 minutes.

– In a seperate bow, combine your dry ingredients – almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.

– Now stir in your wet ingredients: eggs and chicken broth.

– Once your mixture is done sauteing, add it to your wet and dry ingredients and combine well.

– You will be left with a crumbly dough… leave it this way if you like your stuffing nice and fluffy. If you prefer a more dense stuffing, feel free to pack it more tightly.

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Pour your stuffing mixture into a Pyrex, Le Creuset, or some type of oven safe dish and bake at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes.

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Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy and let me know how your guests liked loved it!

 Thxgiving’s only one day away and I can’t wait to reclaim my throne!

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Must Have Mondays: Shake it up!!

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One of my absolute favorite must-haves of the moment is the Vega One protein powder. I got completely hooked on this stuff while doing a recent cleanse… now I just don’t feel right without my morning shake. This stuff not only tastes great [great texture and no chalky after taste], but it is packed with some serious good-for-you goods. Between the protein, fiber, probiotics, greens, omega-3s and antioxidants it provides 50% of the recommended daily intake [RDI] of vitamins and minerals plus it’s totally allergen friendly! It is plant based, completely vegan, and gluten freeyay! It’s available at Whole Foods and many health food stores. I have both the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Each morning I mix a scoop with some frozen berries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk, and a half a banana or some frozen mango… mmmmm! If health is one of your goals for the new year… this is a great thing to incorporate into your daily routine. So mix it up… drink it down… and cheers to a happy and healthy you!

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