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Clarissa's 4 Kitchen Staples

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

Keeping a well-stocked kitchen is crucial in staying on track with healthy eating. Our schedules don’t always allow for fresh, organic meals on a daily basis. But it is absolutely still possible to eat healthy in a time crunch – and keeping foods conveniently on hand at all times will help you tremendously.

 

To name a few – stock your kitchen with frozen veggies, canned beans, nuts and seeds, healthy condiments and seasonings to grab at a moments notice. Organic is always best, when possible.

 

Here are 4 of my favorite staples to keep on hand at all times…

 

  1. Coconut Oil — with its anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties and the healthy fats it provides – this is definitely one of my favorite staples to keep on hand. Not only can it be used in the kitchen, but you can also use it on your skin as a natural moisturizer, and in your smoothies for a kick of natural energy.

 

  1. Liquid Aminos — Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is your healthy alternative to soy sauce. Jam packed with amino acids, made with non-GMO soybeans, and it is also gluten-free. Coconut aminos are also a great staple to keep around. Coconut aminos are also packed with amino acids, and slightly sweet — a great alternative to teriyaki sauce.

 

  1. Spirulina- is a freshwater plant that’s grown across the globe, from Africa to Hawaii, and is renowned for its remarkable nutritional profile. In addition to being packed with numerous vitamins and nutrients, it’s also a great source of plant-based protein and, along with its algae cousin chlorella, is one of the most under-the-radar supplements around.Enjoyed daily, spiriluna can help restore and revitalize your health, and while it can taste pretty overpowering on its own, it blends into smoothies and juices easily and can also be sprinkled atop soups and salads. It’s also a great way for vegetarians to up their iron intake without having to endure bites of steak.

 

  1. Organic Nuts — a variety of your favorite nuts are a must-have staple to keep around when the snack-time bug bites. Having a healthy alternative to a typically unhealthy snack is a great way to improve your health in an easy way. When that afternoon hunger strikes, reach for a bowl of raw cashews or toasted almonds to satisfy yourself — while enjoying the health benefits of nuts, such as healthy fats and fiber that aid in your digestion. They’re also great to use in dishes as a garnish, especially on top of a hearty salad!

 

 

What are some of your favorite kitchen staples that you keep on hand at all times? Hit reply and let me know — I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Top 5 Reasons Your Body Loves a Detox

 

There are a million reasons to detox – and probably a million different ways to go about it. But, what must one look for, what’s the best way?

I’ve seen from my years in practice that to be completely effective, a detox program needs to contain the following key components:

  • some fiber to scrub the gut, bind toxins and promote their elimination
  • anti-microbial herbs to kill bad bugs in the gut and maintain healthy flora
  • targeted nutrients to boost the liver and prevent the accumulation of toxins
  • digestive enzymes to help the body break down food and assist digestion
  • a balanced blend of vitamins & minerals to safely support you during detox
  • a dietary plan that eliminates problem foods, but doesn’t leave you feeling hungry

An effective detox must not only address the toxins we eat, drink, breath and put on our bodies every day – but just as important – it MUST contain the specific ingredients needed to neutralize or eliminate the internal toxins the body creates as it performs it’s normal everyday functions.

Without these targeted nutrients to clear out the bodies own biochemical and cellular waste, your body won’t be getting the cleanse it really needs.

A safe and effective cleanse won’t:

  • make you feel woozy from lack of nutrients or food.
  • have you praying for the detox to end.
  • make dining with family and friends almost impossible.
  • starve you for weeks.

What it will do is:

  • kill bad bacteria in the belly that are a major source of toxicity and weight gain.
  • clear out accumulated toxins that slow digestion and elimination.
  • drench your body in nutrients leaving you feeling energized and vibrant.

Here are my top five reasons to do a good detox every now and then:

1. A good detox will make your engine purr

Just like your car runs better after a tune-up, our bodies function better when they’re purged of the built-up waste products and toxins that compromise health. A truly effective detox must go beyond fasting or juicing by supplying the specific ingredients needed to boost the body’s own detoxification system. The toxins and chemicals of modern industrial life assault our bodies every day. Our systems are constantly neutralizing and eliminating them, but the problem is, over time, this exposure overwhelms the detox organs, (primarily the liver and the gut). So, instead of getting eliminated, toxins wind up being stored in various tissues, bodily functions start to slow then falter, setting the stage for the development of chronic diseases.

A periodic detox will keep your engine humming and help you to maintain good health in the long-term.

2. A detox has wonderful side effects

Although the primary goal of a good detox is to reset and optimize detox function, the side effects are wonderful too – most people will experience:

  • Weight loss
  • A boost in energy levels
  • Less bloating and puffiness
  • Clearer skin
  • Improved digestion
  • Better sleep
  • Relief from aches and pains

3. A detox program is like a vacation for digestion

A good cleanse resets your body, giving it a fresh start. Your digestve organs will get a vacation from the bad stuff allowing your body’s natural detoxification systems to reboot and return to peak performance.  Herbal anti-microbials diminish the flood of internal toxins from yeast and parasites, lightening the load on the liver so it doesn’t get overwhelmed. Digestive enzymes ensure fewer negative effects from undigested foods. Fiber feeds the cells lining the intestines thereby supporting cellular integrity and decreasing inflammation. Eliminating foods that often cause sensitivities or reactions will give your digestive system a well earned rest.

4. A good detox will create a heightened sense of well-being

A good detox should make you feel buoyant, energetic and vital, not spaced-out, deprived, physically weak or cranky. By not ingesting the toxins and irritants that are a common cause of sensitivities, reactions, irritation and inflammation – and by supplementing with digestive enzymes, fiber and herbal anti-bacterials, the work load on your body is reduced – which leaves your engine with more energy for other things. You should feel lighter and more mentally focused.

5. A good detox could possibly change your life

One of the most powerful things I see in my practice is the life-changing effects of living a healthier lifestyle. Not only is an effective cleanse like giving yourself a good wash and polish on the inside, but it often makes a powerful entry point into living a healthier lifestyle. Many of my patients feel such a big change in such a short time, that they want to remain feeling that way. A good cleanse can kick-start healthy habits and get you started on the path of smarter choices and sustainable health – the cornerstone of long-term wellness.

You simply feel so good and you don’t want it to stop.

OK, so what’s the best way?

No matter which detox you choose, be sure that it supplies all of the critical components needed for an effective detox. Remember that a good cleanse is not about deprivation or starvation, it’s an active process. It’s not just about juices or powders or pills, but equally about supporting yourself with fresh nourishing food to replenish your system.

With your detox systems running smoothly your body will perform more efficiently (just like it should), leaving you looking and feeling better than ever.

Dr. Frank Lipman/ Total Body Tune Up 5.21
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Clo's Nutty Almond Truffles

Date-Balls

Sometimes something nutty & sweet just hits the spot! These are good  as a pre-workout snack, a mid-day snack, or just something because you want shove something in your mouth…  These almond butter bites are easy and generally if you keep a pretty clean and lean kitchen you will have the ingredients {plus more} and can make them on the spot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup  gf whole organic raw oats
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 3 tbsp  coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, honey or sweetner of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract {alcohol free}
  • pinch himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

How ya do it:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the almonds and rolled oats until you get a flour-like consistency.
  2. Transfer into a medium bowl, add himalayan sea salt,  cinnamon.  MIX IT WELL
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the almond butter, coconut oil, sweetner, and vanilla extract.
  4. mix the ingredients and really mix well. It works better when I use my hands- helps it get better and more evenly mixed.
  5. Roll the mixture into quarter-sized balls and place onto a baking pan.
  6. Continue until you have completed – makes about 30 bites.
  7. Place them in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

YUMMM!!!!

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3 things you can do to improve your health….

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Can I tell you something? There’s something that I didn’t realize when I first started working one-on-one with people who want to make their health and wellness a priority, people who are sick of feeling less than amazing, and people who are confused about who to listen to for advice.

Here it is: Most of us already know what we need to be doing to improve our health!

There is a lot of information (and mis-information) when it comes to the foods we eat. Just look at the variety of books in the ‘diet’ or ‘health’ section of your local bookstore. But when it comes down to it, we still know the basic things we should be doing to improve our health.

In fact, when I ask my clients “What are three things you think you could be doing, to improve your health?” I get similar answers each time:

  1. Be more active
  2. Stop eating _______ or stop drinking ________ (or stop smoking!)
  3. Eat more vegetables.

We intuitively know how to make ourselves well. But when it comes to following through? That’s where we fall apart. I know!! I have done it, too. I still do it. I might be a health coach, but I’m still human! I eat chips, I LOVE ice cream, and sometimes I don’t eat as well as I know I can.

For the next week, I’d like you to think about the obstacles that are stopping you from living your healthiest life. Think about it, journal about it, reflect on it.

What obstacles are standing in your way? Maybe you work long hours and cooking a healthy meal seems too time-consuming, or maybe you feel that the price of healthy food is too high. Perhaps you will discover that you aren’t sure if you really deserve to feel amazing.

Your job for the next week is to simply think, reflect, and journal on these obstacles. Knowing your obstacles, habits, and patterns will help you figure out how to work around them!
I would love to hear your comments below. Tell me what is stopping you! Let’s work it out together!

 

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

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New Reserach Links Soda and Diabetes: FINALLY

New Research Links Soda and Diabetes

 

F0r those of us that have been traveling down our holistic and natural heath journey for some time are not surprised to FINALLY see this “new” research released. For others who have been stuck and who have been lead down the rabbit hole by western medicine will be super excited and happy to see that omitting this 1 toxic beverage from your lifestyle will impact your health and overall wellness GREATLY.  Do yourself a BIF favor and ditch the toxic sodas to the curb BUT also don’t stop there and follow the blog and do the research on how to repair the damage that has been done and I don’t mean with a pharmaceutical drugs…

 

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?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew ??

 

 ?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew

 

This is a hearty and DELICIOUS fall/winter stew that is SUPER easy, even a hard charging military warrior can make it?

Those of you that know Elijah  and I personally or follow our work know we spend a lot of time working with our nations’ heroes. This stew is dedicated to one of the warriors I am privileged and honored to work with. He makes my heath journey look weak compared to the road he is on in keeping his body in optimal condition.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 4 rough chopped organic carrots
  • Index-finger-sized chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 HEAPING tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I prefer the natural kind)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 (15 ounces) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can organic diced tomatoes {use the juices}
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice to serve the stew over
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic cloves, jalepeno, cilantro, ginger, tomatoes, peanut butter, cumin, cinnamon, ground red pepper and curry powder. Blend into a thick sauce.
  2. In the slow cooker, add the garbanzo beans, chopped onions, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the sauce mixture. Stir to combine ingredients. {Or, if you are making it the night before, you can just put all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag and stick it in the fridge, then dump the whole thing in the crock pot the next morning OR FREEZE IT and use on a hectic week- MEAL PREP IS EVERYTHING PEOPLE!!!!}.
  3. Cook in crock pot on low for six to eight hours. Serve over cooked  brown rice and top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts and drizzle the coconut milk in. OR EAT alone with an simple green salad.

 

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LOVE YOUR LIVER

Take care of your liver, nurture your liver, love your liver and it will LOVE you back for a long time.

 

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The liver filters and processes blood as it circulates through the body. It metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies harmful substances, makes blood clotting proteins, and performs many other vital functions. The cells in the liver contain proteins called enzymes that drive these chemical reactions.

The liver also stores some nutrients, such as vitamin A, iron, and other minerals. It produces cholesterol and certain important proteins, such as albumin. It produces clotting factors, chemicals needed to help blood clot. It breaks down (metabolizes) alcohol and many drugs.

We live in a world bombarded by toxins everywhere we turn, we all could use some daily detoxification tools.  In order to truly heal my gut, I MUST be detoxing well every day.  The lymph and liver need our daily attention to succeed with overall health and that includes OUR gut.

Did YOU know:

✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎The amounts of chemicals we are exposed to are unprecedented in history.
✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎ Food sprayed with pesticides and from air and water pollution are a chemical burden causing a chemical shit storm.

YOUR body has systems designed to eliminate waste and to detoxify poisons.

The liver chemically converts toxins to be easily eliminated by the kidneys.

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Top #2 Reasons for negative health  

1. Volume of chemicals in the environment

2.  diet

HELP YOUR BODY! When YOUR body is more burdened with more chemicals that it can efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems can occur.

Liver-protection

These problems manifest in many ways… 

allergies * skin problems * digestive problems * headaches * fatigue * joint pain

PLUS a variety of ailments can be caused by chemical exposure.

What Can I Do?

Eat my BEETS!!! Beets are a great liver-cleansing food. They also help our liver function properly. Our liver is our main organ in charge of detoxification. Supporting our liver is absolutely essential for ridding our body of toxins on a daily basis.

beet salad

Beets

Olive oil or coconut oil

Balsamic vinegar

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

1 lemon

1 orange

choice of nuts or seeds

choice of sprouts

Directions

Bake the beets at 350-400 until they become tender. I simply rough chop and add some water on the bottom of a roasting pan. Let them cool. Chop them and toss lightly with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on top of seasonal salad greens of your choice { toss greens with 1/2 fresh lemon and orange}. Sprinkle with nuts or seeds. Top with sprouts {I love sunflower}

beet juice

Love my Liver

Ingredients:
3 Organic Carrots (peeled and washed)
1 Organic Beet (peeled and washed)
2 Organic Apples (washed and cut)
6 Organic Kale Leaves
½ inch of ginger root
½ organic lemon, peeled
Serving: 2-4 servings.

Directions:

If you don’t have a juicer, just use a blender filled with with one to two cups of water or FRESH coconut water. Place all of the ingredients in a juicer and juice or in a blender and blend. If you used a juicer, make sure to stir with a spoon. If you used a blender, make sure to strain everything using a colander and then mix with a spoon. You can use mason jars to store it for later.

 

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? Bone Broth Fast PLUS Bone Stock ?

 

 4-day broth fast using a  5-6 quart crockpot

Tip 1 Plan to start your broth with 2-3 marrow, feet, neck, or shank bones, and a piece of organ meat, such as liver or heart, if you’d like. {Grass Fed, Free Range, Sustainably Raised} {if using beef bones roast them off first}

Tip 2 If you’re using chicken or turkey, choose either whole birds, or cuts such as thighs, backs, drumsticks, and necks that have the skin and bones intact; include the giblets if they’re available. You can also use the carcass from a roasted bird.

Tip 3 For fish, include the entire head and all of the bones.

What you Need:

  • Purified water, 3-4 quarts
  • Celtic Sea Salt, 2-4 tablespoons (best to start low and adjust flavor as needed after cooking)
  •  raw apple cider vinegar
  • A chopped onion {DO NOT USE IF  you are doing a Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Fast or Microbiome Reset}
  • Organic Parsley, 2 bunches ends trimmed

Directions:

1.Place everything into a cool crockpot, and set it for a 4-hour cook period.

2. Fill the pot with enough water to leave only about 1.5″ of space at the top, and cover.

3. At the end of the 4-hour period, it will switch over to  “keep warm” setting.  Leave it here and use a meat thermometer to insure that your lowest setting is at least 180° F.  Allow the all of the ingredients to cook together for at least 14 hours, preferably for 20-24 hours.

4. After this 24-hour cooking cycle, remove anything solid left by straining through fine mesh metal sieve.  You can  freeze and  consume after your fast or to use in another recipe.

NOW you can serve yourself steaming mugs of broth to enjoy throughout this first full day of your fast. If you feel like the broth is too oily, pre package the broth from the crockpot into glass jars and cool in the fridge. Once the fat has set and  congealed at the top of the broth you can remove this disc of fat, then pour your broth back into the crockpot, and set the temperature to a 4-hour cycle, with the bones in the broth. I don’t throw this fat away as it is an excellent medium for sauteing vegetables after the fast. It can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a week and frozen into ice cubes trays for months.

Each day, you should be consuming 3-4 quarts of broth. Since you’re going to be adding so much fresh hot water to the pot to bring it back up to it’s original level, you will be removing many of the fats and proteins that otherwise would have overcooked in this continual process.

For days 2,3 & 4:

  • + enough liquid so it reaches back up to the original amount. Use fresh, boiling water each time you pull a mug from it
  • + a dash of  Celtic Sea Salt, to taste IF NEEDED
  • + a splash of vinegar to continue to demineralize the bone. You don’t have too  BUT it’s great too.
  • + a sprinkle of seaweed from time-to-time, to keep the iodine and other trace minerals up in the broth
  • + Keep the crockpot on the “keep warm” setting

EVENING OF DAY 2  Add a fresh bone or two, to keep the broth full of gelatin and some fats. Do this just before bed at the end of day two, and it will be ready on morning of day three.  REMEMBER when adding the bone(s), turn the heat up to the 6-hour setting, before allowing it to run onto the “keep warm” setting again.

 

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Clarissa's Last Days of Summer Cobbler

Clarissa’s End of Summer Peach Apple Cobbler

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BYE BYE SUMMER BUT FIRST HELLO COBBLER… Any seasonal fruit really shines in this lightly sweetened but delicious cobbler. A healthy dessert for a weekend breakfast or brunch OR just because your family one wants one…

1 Pie

Fruit base:

  • 5 cups sliced organic peaches { fresh or frozen}

  • 3 cups sliced organic apples – your favorite variety  {fresh or frozen}

  • 1/2 cup Sucanat {or white or brown sugar}

  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder {or non -gmo cornstarch}

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract- {use alcohol free it makes such a difference in flavor}

Biscuit topping:

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour {use your blender}

  • 1/4 cup almond flour/meal {or more oat flour}

  • 1.5 tsp aluminium free baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp dry sugar (Sucanat, white, or brown sugar)

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 3 tbsp  earth balance {or other non-dairy butter replacer}

  • 1/2 cup almond milk {or other non-dairy milk}

1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a medium-sized casserole dish, square pan, or large pie dish or whatever YOU want.

2. Fruit base: In a large pot, mix and whisk together the sweetener, arrowroot powder, and cinnamon, ginger. Stir in your sliced fruit and mix until coated. Stir in the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Move cooked fruit into prepared pan.

3. Biscuit: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. With a fork, cut in the Earth Balance until mixture is crumbly like cornmeal. Stir in the almond milk until combined. Spoon the batter over the fruit.

4. Bake at 400F for 25-30 minutes until golden. Serve immediately with non dairy ice cream and toasted almonds or coconut.

**** You can probably use any flour you want in the biscuit recipe- use what ya’ got!

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

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?Clarissa's Split Pea Soup?

Clarissa’s Split Pea Soup

 Split Pea Soup

What Ya’ Need

  • 1 cup organic split peas
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 onion, rough chop
  • 3 stalks organic celery, rough chop
  • 2 organic carrots, rough chop
  • 1 clove garlic, slice
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, buy pre sliced
  • 1 quart organic low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 cup kale, rough chop
  • pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper

What Ya’ Do:

  1. In a medium sauce pan heat oil and sauté onion, garlic , carrots, celery, kale, and mushrooms over medium low until translucent, 10-15
  2. Add  split peas, water, bay leaves and paprika to a boil
  3. Reduce and simmer for about 40 minutes to 1 hour, until peas break apart
  4. Remove all from heat, discard bay leaves and place all in Vitamix
  5. Puree  on high speed, until smooth
  6. Warm and serve

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