Showing posts with label whole 30. Show all posts
Showing posts with label whole 30. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Detox water (AKA infused water) is SO EASY to make. Here are 11 easy recipes to get you started. Pop over to the post to download the ebook with 120 recipes!

Is one of your new year's goal to drink more water? Are you looking for great ideas for ways to help you drink more water? Infused water to the rescue!

While there are plenty of gimmicky "drink this much by this time" water bottles on Amazon, these water bottles still turn drinking water into a chore.

But what if you could enjoy drinking your water instead? What if, instead of sad tap water, you were sipping on a delightfully delicious beverage, flavored with fresh fruits and herbs?

By making fresh infused water (some call it detox water) with fresh herbs and fruit, you elevate your water drinking experience from a chore to something you enjoy.

If you have questions about infused water, how to make it, if it really works and more, I have answers!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Homemade chicken soup recipe
There are a lot of things you can do with a whole chicken but one of my favorite things to do is make homemade chicken soup in my Crockpot because it's easy, delicious and super healthy.

By starting with the whole chicken, you don't need to add chicken broth - the chicken makes the broth for you! It turns out absolutely divine and is perfect as leftovers or to freeze for later.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

How to make refrigerator dill pickles - no canning required!


This dill pickle recipe is so easy - I can't wait to teach you how to make it!

One of my favorite parts of tending a garden during the summer is a seemingly endless supply of fresh cucumbers! I grow regular salad cucumbers and a smaller, pickling variety because I love making fresh cucumber pickles for my family.

This pickled cucumber recipe is super easy. Because these are lacto-fermented dill pickles, you don't need any fancy canning equipment to make them.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

How to make vegan ice cream or nice cream with frozen fruit.
If you haven't heard the buzz about nice cream, yet, you are in for a tasty treat! Way healthier than high fat, high sugar ice creams, nice cream recipes are the healthy ice cream treat you have dreamed about. Feel like eating ice cream for lunch? With nice cream, you can do that and have to guilt hangover afterward! This recipe is vegan, paleo, gluten free and 100% delicious!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This is the best Whole30 Iced Latte recipe! Learn how to make iced coffee that is paleo, keto and vegan.

You've recently gone Whole 30, paleo or keto and you are missing Starbucks! If you are trying to figure out how to make an iced latte that you can actually enjoy on your new eating plan, you have come to the right place! 

I love coffee and as a former barista myself, I've got your back. 

Making iced lattes is super easy. Thanks to NutPods (who is sponsoring this blog post), you can use their awesome Whole30 coffee creamer to make a Whole 30 compliant Starbucks style drink that is sugar free and only has 3 total carbs--making it perfect for people looking for awesome paleo and dairy free keto lattes as well!
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Best detox water recipes - strawberry infused detox water recipe

Have you caught on to the infused water (or as some like to call it, detox water) craze yet? Why drink boring, plain water when you can make healthy flavored waters at home for hardly any money?

Doing something as simple as add fresh fruit and herbs to infuse water with flavor increases how much you enjoy your water - which makes you want to drink more - which gets you to drink more of the delicious infused water effortlessly!

Pssst. Incase you didn't know, I wrote THE BOOK on infused water / detox water recipes. Check it out on Amazon here!

....but back to the strawberry mint infused water recipe, because that's why you're here, right? 
This is one of my favorite recipes in the book! 

Something about the combination of sweet strawberries and fresh mint just mingle together in a way that is crisp - yet slightly sweet - in a way that is oh-so-refreshing!

We grow a mint plant mostly so I have a ready supply of fresh mint available for infused water! If you don't have your own mint plant, that's okay! Just pick up a small pack of organic mint in the produce aisle of your local grocery store or at your local farmers market. 
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Monday, January 1, 2018

How to sweeten coffee without sugar - Paleo, Whole30 and Keto coffee

One of the things people use as an excuse to prevent them from deciding to jump in and start a Whole 30 or paleo lifestyle is this:
"I just can't drink black coffee."

Good news friends! Not only do you NOT have to drink black coffee but you can actually have very good, very tasty coffee on both Whole 30 and paleo! No joke. Now, you may need to do coffee a little differently than you've done it before but the truth is that I'm actually enjoying my new coffee routine more than when I was over sweetening it with sugar.

Think of it less like how to sweeten coffee without sugar and more like how to enhance the coffee to make it taste awesome and help you power through your day!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links and Nutpods has compensated me for including their information below.

How to get delicious Whole 30 and paleo coffee

Best Paleo and Whole 30 coffee ideas


Whole 30 & Paleo coffee tip #1: Start with good coffee

So this might seem obvious - but the number of people drinking bad coffee in this country is astonishing so maybe it isn't. If you are buying cheap, poor quality coffee, what you end up with in your cup will not taste amazing. Period. There are no miracles in coffee. If they cut corners in production you can taste it.

If you've been buying cheap super market coffee like Maxwell House and Folgers, consider expanding your coffee horizons. Find a small, local roaster if you can as the attention they pay to the quality of their coffee is usually quite high (look at your local farmer's market or on Craig's List). No one available? My favorite coffees available from big stores include Starbucks' Caffe Verona Coffee which has rich cocoa tones as well as World Market Vanilla Bean Coffee.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

how to make roasted red pepper soup - gluten free and whole 30 compliant

This roasted red pepper soup is one of the finest soups that I have created in a while. There is a rich, warm, almost sweet flavor from the roasted peppers and carrots, that is nicely balanced by the drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salty parmesan.  It is delicious. 

This soup is gluten free and has an option to make it paleo, vegan AND Whole 30 compliant - this makes the soup perfect for just about everyone. So bring it to your potluck or as a side dish for family dinner and everyone will be able to enjoy it!

Last week, I wrote about how to easily make your own roasted red peppers, so if you are feeling ambitious, you can make your own roasted peppers to put in this soup.  If you are not up to that, just buy yourself a nice jar of roasted red peppers.  It might not be as satisfying as making your own, but they will work just fine.  

This recipe will help you stick to your New Year's healthy eating resolutions, while still delivering a delicious flavor.  

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30 is a fabulous way of getting yourself back in gear for The New Year.  Whether this is your first time through it, or your fifth, a tasty new recipe is sure to help you out.  

This dish is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.  Perfect for all your dietary needs, and absolutely amazing!  You can add meat to it if you like, or eat it just like it is!  Trust me, it is plenty filling without the meat!  

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Friday, August 12, 2016


A few days ago, I bought some gorgeous vine ripened tomatoes. They smelled fabulous, and looked beautiful, so I took them home and made some super flavorful lime and cilantro salsa!  I can't stop eating it!  Really, it is SO delicious! 

You'll love this fresh, salsa, too - especially if you've been growing tomatoes at home or picking them up at your local farmer's market. For a fun twist, try making this with different colored tomatoes.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016



Last summer, my family spent seven weeks in France.  While we were there, we ate a number of meals from farmer's markets that lined the rivers.  They had wonderful, fresh produce that we thoroughly enjoyed, but the most delicious thing we ate from the markets were the strawberries.  They were so ripe, juicy and definitely the best strawberries I have ever tasted.  

My parents came over for a visit while we were there, and my mom commented that she had never had a strawberry that was so red all the way through.  They were heaven on earth.  

Due to the way large growing operations grow, manage and pick strawberries, you probably won't find such fresh and luscious strawberries at your local large chain grocery store. Instead, head to your local farmer's market, farm or produce stand to find the ripest, juiciest berries this summer.

Regardless of where you shop for berries, here are my best tips for choosing the most delicious, juicy strawberries, and storing them so they stay fresh as long as possible.  

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Are you looking for a healthy, protein-packed lunch recipe? These tuna stuffed avocado cups will not disappoint! This recipe is simple and delicious - and it's Whole 30 compatible to boot. That's a win all around!
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Do you ever have a weeknight where you are too tired to cook? Or it's hot out and you don't want to warm up the house even more by cooking? I'll admit it: I've had several of these nights lately. Instead of ordering a pizza, though, I've been making smoothie bowls - and my family is loving it!

Making a smoothie bowl takes less time than picking up take-out and is SO MUCH BETTER for you. Plus, when you make your smoothie bowls extra thick, your kids will feel like they are eating ice cream for dinner - but it's actually full of healthy fruit, seeds and veggies. WIN!

Before we jump into the recipe, I want to thank Earthbound Farm for sponsoring this post. They have a delicious variety of organic salad mixes that are great for salads, sides, smoothies and more. During the month of April, pop over to EveryCartCounts.com to take a quiz and get a coupon for $1 off any Earthbound Farm product (plus  they will plant a tree for every quiz taken - up to 20,000!). Awesome!

Let's hop into the recipe shall we?

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Thursday, August 20, 2015



One of my favorite things about summertime is the food.  Particularly the vegetables.  My fridge is constantly filled with tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini and bell peppers.  I just love how fresh dinner is with a bowlful of vegetables.  I have dozens of veggie combinations that I love in the summer, but one of my favorites is ratatouille.  

After the Pixar movie came out, I wanted to try my hand at it, and made a gorgeous dish of it in college.  Several years later, I went back to find the recipe, but couldn't locate it, so I had to put together one of my own.  This version of ratatouille has a silky smooth vegetable sauce with juicy squash, slightly crunchy onions and is full of flavor.  

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015



Do you wonder if you're drinking enough water? What about your kids? If you're subbing coffee, soda, sugary or artificially flavored drinks for the water your body needs every day, my new book, INFUSED is for you!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Portobello Pepper Steak


Steak-less Pepper Steak?! Don't worry. This pepper "steak" is a wonderful stand-in for your meatless nights (hello Meatless Monday!). You honestly don't miss the meat when you have mushrooms as a stand-in (so savory, so satisfying!). And the addition of cauliflower rice is not only absolutely scrumptious, it's also an easy way to pack more veggies into your day. Is this as good as take-out? I think it's even better!
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Monday, February 9, 2015

How to make kale chips in a food dehydrator - the best way to get crispy kale chips that aren't soggy

As a superfood, kale has definitely been enjoying its time in the spotlight.

While there are lots of tasty ways to prepare kale, I think this one is the most fun to eat.

I've made kale chips in my oven before but none seem to hold a candle to the deliciously crispy and melt in your mouth (yes, kale that can melt in your mouth!) texture that you get by using a food dehydrator.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015




This recipe was inspired by this Coconut Carrot soup recipe which appears on My Wife Makes. It is warm and creamy and spiced without being too spicy. It's a great way to use leftover shredded chicken but stands well on its own without the chicken if you don't happen to have any in your fridge. It's also a fabulous source of vitamin a - you get more than 150% of your recommended daily value in just one bowl!


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Monday, January 12, 2015




We are working on a second round of Whole 30 and some mornings are just so crazy busy it's all I can do to make some scrambled eggs. These muffins are super easy to make and are freezable. Just pop them in the microwave to warm them up and top with some guacamole. Of course everything is better when served with a side of bacon - and these are no exception! If you're not doing Whole 30 or if you're on a modified Paleo diet, these would also be delicious with a sprinkling of cheddar and some sour cream.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014


Interested in trying Whole 30 but not sure what you'd eat? I've been sharing my weekly meals with you to help inspire you to see that you can do it, too! 

If you're interested in doing Whole 30 with me? Get started here.

Each week I'm be posting about what we ate. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what the program is like and maybe even inspire you with your own food ideas, too!


Day 15

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with guacamole, frozen peaches with coconut milk.

Lunch: Egg salad served in celery sticks

Dinner: Chicken cooked in green salsa. Served with pico de gallo and guacamole. Sauteed mushrooms and zucchini on the side.

Day 16

Breakfast: Sweet potato hashbrowns, overeasy eggs, berries with coconut milk

Lunch: Aidell's chicken and apple sausage, salad, peach.

Dinner: Italian sausage with onions, mushrooms and peppers sauteed in coconut oil



Day 17

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, lox, guacamole

Lunch: Chicken sausage, banana, nuts (cashews and macadamia nuts).

Dinner: Cube steak (dipped in almond flour and fried in coconut oil), sweet potato fries, broccolini


Day 18

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and lox.

Lunch: Aidells chicken sausage, salad

Dinner: Chicken cooked in marinara sauce, tomato and olive salad


Day 19

Breakfast: Sauteed mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, berries with coconut milk

Lunch: Attended a party so I had strawberries, apples and carrots from the party food. Had some shrimp (from a shrimp cocktail tray but without the sauce). olives and a banana once I got home.

Dinner: Thai coconut milk chicken (cooked bone-in thighs in a skillet with garlic, coconut aminos, coconut milk and curry paste), asparagus sauteed in coconut oil, salad



Day 20

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, lox, guacamole.

Lunch: Roast beef slices, salami, hard boiled eggs, blueberries with coconut milk.

Dinner: Asian chicken (without the honey), broccolini sauteed in coconut oil.



Day 21

Breakfast: Italian Chicken Sausage, hard boiled eggs, berries

Lunch: Nuts (cashews and macadamia nuts), mixed fruit, grapes, shrimp (from a shrimp cocktail tray but without the sauce).

Dinner: Burger patties (mixed garlic into the beef)served over romaine with guacamole on top. Sauteed asparagus and roasted purple potatoes on the side.



Notes about Shopping:

We did most of our shopping at Costco to stock back up on staples like frozen berries, organic sweet potatoes, shrimp, organic chicken, macadamia nuts, eggs (2 dozen raw and 2 dozen hardboiled) and smoked salmon. I also picked up some supplemental produce and condiments at Natural Grocers


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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Have you been following along with my Whole 30 journey? If you are, I shared what I ate for week 1 here: Whole 30: What I Ate Week 1

If you're interested in doing Whole 30 with me? Get started here.

Each week I'm be posting about what we ate. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what the program is like and maybe even inspire you with your own food ideas, too!


Day 8

Breakfast: Overeasy eggs over sweet potato hashbrowns.

Lunch: Turkey avocado roll ups (based on this recipe but I added garlic herb mayo and lettuce)

Dinner: Aidell's Chicken sausage and heirloom tomato salad.


Day 9

Breakfast: Veggie scramble with peppers, mushrooms and guacamole

Lunch: Egg salad served in celery sticks

Dinner: Asian chicken (without the honey), broccolini sauteed in coconut oil, coconut milk over frozen berries



Day 10

Breakfast: Pan roasted new potatoes, overeasy eggs

Lunch: Smoothie (banana, coconut milk, frozen peaches) - smoothies aren't supposed to make up a lot of your Whole 30 experience and this is the first one I had.

Dinner: Meatballs in marinara sauce, salad



Day 11

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, apple slices

Lunch: Hardboiled eggs, Aidells chicken sausage, banana, fruit leather

Dinner: Taco salad (ground beef with my homemade taco seasoning over lettuce with pico de gallo and guacamole).


Day 12

Breakfast: Hardboiled eggs, Aidells chicken sausage, apple slices

Lunch: Chipotle - I ordered a carnitas salad with pico de gallo and guacamole with no salad dressing.

Dinner: Meatballs in marinara, sweet potato fries



Day 13

Breakfast: Sweet potato hashbrowns, over easy eggs, apple slices

Lunch: Aidell's chicken sausage and salad

Dinner: Tacos (leftover taco meat from day 11 served in romaine leaves with pico de gallo and guacamole)



Day 14

I forgot to write down what I ate for day 14 (sorry!)



Notes about Shopping:

After spending about $350 on groceries for week 1, I was happy that I didn't need to buy much for week 2: just some more produce, some Aidell's chicken sausages and Costco, more eggs and some condiments like guacamole. 


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Monday, October 6, 2014


If you're coming late to the party, I started Whole 30 last month and I'm in good company! I have several friends who are Whole 30ing along with me. If you're interested in doing it, too, get started here.

Each week I'll be posting about what we ate. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what the program is like and maybe even inspire you with your own food ideas, too!

Day 1

Breakfast: Sweet potato hashbrowns, over easy eggs, an apple, trail mix (we made our own with approved nuts, unsweetened dry fruit and coconut chips)

Lunch: Big salad - lettuce, raddishes, carrots, olives and grilled chicken. Made our own Garlicky Italian Vinaigrette dressing

Dinner: Tuna salad (tuna, Whole 30 mayo, chopped celery, chopped onion) served in celery sticks, heirloom tomato salad (heirloom tomatoes, EVOO, balsamic vinager, salt, pepper)

Snacks*: Larabar, trail mix


Day 2

Breakfast: Egg scramble with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions and guacamole. Frozen peaches with coconut milk.

Lunch: Small salad with tuna salad leftover from dinner on day 1. Banana.

Dinner: Banana, strawberry, raspberry, coconut milk, cashew smoothie, raw almonds

Snacks: Larabar


Day 3

Breakfast: Scramble with 4 eggs, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, guacamole. Pan roasted herbed potatoes with garlic herb mayo.

Lunch: Tuna salad with celery and carrot sticks

Dinner: Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage (Coleman Natural brand), sauteed bell peppers and onions

Snacks: Banana, cashews


Day 4
Breakfast: Hashbrowns, over easy eggs, apple

Lunch: Big salad - lettuce, raddishes, carrots, olives, avocado and grilled chicken.

Dinner: Taco meat over salad with fresh pico de gallo and guacamole.

Snacks: Chicken Sausage (Coleman Natural brand), frozen fruit with coconut milk, cashews


Day 5

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, garlic herb mayo, apple

Lunch: Mashed cauliflower, Italian chicken sausage (Coleman Naturals brand), sauteed bell peppers

Dinner: Fruit and Coconut Milk (I wasn't very hungry)



Day 6

Breakfast: Apple, cashews, larabar

Lunch: Egg salad (chopped eggs, Whole 30 mayo, died celery, onion, basil), scooped and eaten with celery sticks

Dinner: Grilled steak, grilled zucchini, heirloom tomato salad (heirloom tomatoes, EVOO, balsamic vinager, salt, pepper)



Day 7

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, avacado, pan roasted baby potatoes, garlic herb mayo.

Lunch: Egg salad (chopped eggs, Whole 30 mayo, died celery, onion, basil), scooped and eaten with celery and carrot sticks.

Dinner: Asian chicken thighs (except no honey), steamed broccoli

*A note about snacks: Snacks are not generally part of the Whole 30 experience. However, because I am breastfeeding I'm making sure to eat when I'm hungry and drink lots of water and tea to avoid compromising my milk supply


Notes about Shopping:

For week one, we stopped at Cash and Carry first to pick up some giant bags of onions, mushrooms and ginger. Most of the rest of our food was purchased at Natural Grocers. Some things that Natural Grocers did not have were picked up at New Seasons or Winco.

We spent a full day shopping and prepping food like crazy people. While I hated that it took up my whole day, it did make meal prep throughout the week go much faster because everything was pre-chopped or pre-marinated for me. We did not stick to the one HUGE prep day at the beginning of the week pattern after this but I am SO GLAD we did for the first week.


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Friday, October 3, 2014


As we started making some significant food changes for Whole 30, we realized that having good condiments was essential! We started with the mayo recipe from the official Whole 30 website. They weren't kidding: mayo really is the new cake batter! The recipe makes the most amazingly decadent mayonnaise. Adding garlic and fresh herbs ups the ante and makes it perfect for making chicken salad or as a dip for sweet potato fries. Of course if you aren't doing Whole 30, this would also make a delightful spread for sandwiches.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Taco seasoning is the primary spice blend that we use in Casa Green Living. From tacos to chili to nachos, taco seasoning comes in handy for so many things. In addition to being expensive when you buy the spice envelopes in the store (about $1 per meal), many of them contain undesirable ingredients and GMOs. Some even include the excitotoxin, MSG.

Even when you buy organic and additive free taco seasoning, you're paying more than you need to. Taco seasoning is easy to make and inexpensive - even when you use organic ingredients. For maximum budget savings, buy spices from the bulk spices section of your natural foods store instead of buying individual jars.

This recipe is enough to fill a small spice jar. I usually mix up a triple batch or more to store in a larger glass jar since I use so much of it in the course of a month.

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