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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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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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Fall into Wellness Quinoa & Beet Salad

Clarissa's Fall into Wellness Qunioa Beet Salad
             Clarissa’s Fall into Wellness
                         Quinoa Beet Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 c. organic quinoa
  • 1 tsp. himalayan sea salt
  • 4 medium organic beets
  • 2 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar {ACV}
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil {EVO}
  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber
  • 1 pt. yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 1 c. green beans
  • 1 bunch c. Chopped organic flat-leaf parsley
  • dash cayenne

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Place in a medium saucepan with 2 1/2 cups water. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook until quinoa is tender, 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, place beets in a large saucepan; cover with cold water (by about an inch). Add 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a simmer. Cook until beets are tender when pierced with a paring knife, 35-45 minutes. Drain; cover with cold water. Let sit until cool enough to handle. No need to peel, but if you want to you can- cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, citrus juices, and salt, cayenne and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in oil. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, beets, cucumber, tomatoes, green beans, and parsley. Toss in dressing to serve.

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

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?Karma?

What is driving the train?

Untangle our conditioning

One of my teachers> Excerpt from Rolf Gates’ Talks for Teachers-200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training Online. Rolf Gates is the author of the acclaimed book on Yoga philosophy: Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Former Airborne Ranger and social worker, Rolf has appeared in numerous magazines, Yoga Journal, People Magazine, Natural Health and USA TODAY.

For more information: www.rolfgates.com

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✨Spiritual Practice✨

What causes human suffering?

The habits of human mind…

Sharing one of my teachers with you today. Watch a short excerpt from Rolf Gates’ >Talks for Teachers-200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training Online. Rolf Gates is the author of the acclaimed book on Yoga philosophy: Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. Former Airborne Ranger and social worker, Rolf has appeared in numerous magazines, Yoga Journal, People Magazine, Natural Health and USA TODAY.

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One Minute Meditation

One Minute Meditation

In this day and age, we are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced work world and technology. No matter how hard we try, the stress just seems to creep in from trying to keep up with everything.

If you’re the kind of person who’s got a little more stress than you’d like (and, honestly, who doesn’t feel that way, sometimes?), you’ve gotta try this one-minute meditation.

This quick meditation will help you to center yourself and find some inner peace amidst the chaos of everyday life. Not only that, but it will help you to reduce inflammation in the body and decrease the toxic load on your organs.

To do the one-minute meditation, breathe in slowly for 15 seconds, then exhale slowly for 15 seconds. Then repeat.

That’s it. It’s really that simple.

If you’d like to change it up, you can breathe in one nostril and exhale out the other, switching the nostrils for inhalation and exhalation on the second round. You could also play around with how long you breathe in for and how long you breathe out for. The longer the inhalation, the more energy you will have. The longer the exhalation, the more relaxed you will feel.

Experiment, and see what works for you

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