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How To Take Care Of Our Health During This Time

immunity

We are living in very uncertain times and I want to highlight that now more than ever we should be taking care of our health, boosting our immune system and avoiding toxic chemicals. These are all things we should be doing every day not just when the entire world is on lockdown while trying to control the spread of COVID-19.

Truth is that there are germs and toxins around us at all times and it is our job to keep ourselves and our families safe. We do this by eating whole foods, eliminating refined sugar, taking supplements, drinking clean filtered water, and eliminating any toxic chemicals (household cleaners, laundry detergent, etc) that come in contact with our bodies because these types of chemicals can weaken the immune system, mess with the respiratory system and increase the rate of childhood asthma.

Stress also weakens the immune system so breathe, meditate and keep your cortisol levels down and your health and wellness high.

Starting today, I’m sharing daily health + wellness tips, recipe ideas and answering common questions so make sure you follow me on Instagram Stories.

 

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Estamos viviendo tiempos muy inciertos y quiero resaltar que ahora más que nunca deberíamos cuidar nuestra salud, estimular nuestro sistema inmunológico y evitar productos químicos tóxicos. Estas son todas las cosas que deberíamos estar haciendo todos los días, no solo cuando todo el mundo está paralizado mientras tratamos de controlar el COVID-19 (corona virus).

La verdad es que hay gérmenes y toxinas a nuestro alrededor en todo momento y es nuestro trabajo mantenernos seguros a nosotros mismos y a nuestras familias. Hacemos esto comiendo alimentos integrales, eliminando el azúcar refinada, tomando suplementos, bebiendo agua limpia y filtrada y eliminando cualquier químico tóxico (limpiadores domésticos, detergente para la ropa, etc.) que entre en contacto con nuestros cuerpos porque este tipo de químicos pueden debilitar el sistema inmunológico. sistema, meterse con el sistema respiratorio y aumentar la tasa de asma infantil.

El estrés también debilita el sistema inmunitario, así que respira, medita y mantén tus niveles de cortisol bajos y tu salud y bienestar altos.

A partir de hoy, estoy compartiendo consejos diarios de salud + bienestar, ideas de recetas y respondiendo preguntas comunes, así que asegúrese de seguirme en las historias de Instagram.

 

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Have You Cooked With Red Kale?

Red Kale

Red kale, sometimes called “scarlet kale” and “red Russian kale” is almost identical to curly kale, except in appearance. Massage gently and mix it into salads that already have greens in them. And you can never go wrong sautéing it in garlic and avocado oil. Before serving squeeze fresh lemon juice, drizzle with fresh olive oil, chili flakes, and flaky sea salt.
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Bonus tip: Kale is extremely high in vitamin C. A single cup of raw kale actually contains more vitamin C than an orange.
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Fall in love with foods that love you back! 

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El col rizado rojo, a veces llamado “col escarlata” y “col ruso” es casi idéntica a el col rizado, excepto en apariencia.
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Masajear suavemente y mezclarlo en ensaladas que ya tengan verduras. Y nunca puedes equivocarte salteándolo en ajo y aceite de aguacate. Antes de servir, exprima el jugo de limón fresco, rocíe con aceite de oliva fresco, hojuelas de chile y sal marina.
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Consejo adicional: el col es alto en vitamina C. Una sola taza de col contiene más vitamina C que una naranja.
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Enamorate de los alimentos que sanan tu cuerpo! 

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5 Natural Biohacks For Women

5 Natural Biohacks For Women

By now we have all heard the term Biohacks or Biohacking. Biohacking is learning to use science and pratical guidance to improve how we feel every day. For example: taking natural supplements, improving the quality of our meals, lowering stress levels, better quality sleep and incorporating more exercise are natural biohacks that allow us to optimize the body’s potential to become the best version of ourselves.  

You can read more about biohacking here!

For women, one way to experience the benefits of biohacking, is by incorporating healthy shifts that help balance hormones which help decrease mood swings, improve energy and reduce cravings particularly during the days leading up to the menstrual cycle.  

Biohacking doesn’t have to be complicated or overly expensive. In fact, women can optimize physical and mental health through small changes in your daily habits that don’t cost a penny.

Below are 5 Natural Biohacks for Women that can help balance hormones and have a positive impact in how we feel every day.

5 Natural Biohacks For Women

1. Upgrade your diet – The quality of your food has a direct effect on the body. The body needs high-quality nutrients that support optimal body function and decrease inflammation. Start your day with a smoothie loaded with healthy fats and green leafy veggies. Lunch and dinner should be high in organic veggies with a portion of high-quality protein. Carbohydrates can be eaten in for form of organic starchy veggies such as sweet potato or gluten-free whole grains. It’s not about calorie counting. Instead, count nutrients and nutrient quality.

2. Lowering stress levels – Plan your self-care like you plan your meals. Daily meditation, writing in a gratitude journal, going for walks are all ways of clearing that mind and reducing stress. 

3. Improve the quality of your sleep – Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on hormones that control sugar levels and appetite – this is why you crave simple sugary carbs after a night of poor sleep. Improving your sleep hygiene can help you not only increase the amount of time you sleep but the quality of your sleep as well. You can read more about practicing sleep hygiene here 

4. Exercise – Incorporating regular exercise not only keeps your weight down, it decreases fat in the body which can act as an endocrine organ which can increase the risk for inflammatory diseases and insulin resistance. Exercise can help reduce estrogen, increase testosterone, and decrease cortisol levels.

5. Connecting with other women – The power of community is strong! Women benefit from connection and social support. Spending time with girlfriends is one of the best/easiest biohacks you could do for overall health.

By incorporating these daily biohacks into your lifestyle you can optimize your physical and mental health, and as a result, your hormones. 

Happy biohacking, guys! Until next week!

Related links: Eat For Your Menstrual Cycle, Diet Foods to Balance Hormones

Announcements 

Thank you to the ladies that joined us on Saturday for the workshop on Intuitive Eating and Seasonal Foods. Sarah Beth @womanintune and I shared tips on how to get out of chronic dieting by listening to our bodies and learning to work more with nature. We then lead a fun, interactive cooking class where we shared easy recipes that incorporate seasonal foods. ?
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Key Takeaways From The Workshop
1. How can we live more like the “Blue Zones”? The @BlueZones are areas around the world that live longer, healthier lives by, eating seasonally, incorporating exercise into their daily lives, quality sleep, engaging in healthy social networks (Community) and living a life of purpose.
2. Intuitive eating will lead you to naturally crave seasonal foods. Seasonal foods have to travel less to get to our plate, are cheaper to buy, and taste the freshest.
3. We tend to buy the same 10 things at the grocery store all year long. Try buying something new, something you’ve never tried before!
4. The diet industry wants you to distrust your hunger, taking away the ability to intuitively eat.
5. Listen to your taste buds, your intuition. Trusting your hunger is essential to intuitive eating.
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Our next workshop is scheduled for February 2020! Details soon! ❤

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5 Biohacks naturales para mujeres

Por ahora todos hemos escuchado el término Biohacks o Biohacking. El Biohacking es aprender a usar la ciencia y la orientación práctica para mejorar cómo nos sentimos todos los días. Por ejemplo: tomar suplementos naturales, mejorar la calidad de nuestras comidas, reducir los niveles de estrés, dormir mejor e incorporar más ejercicio son biohacks naturales que nos permiten optimizar el potencial del cuerpo para convertirnos en la mejor versión de nosotros mismos.

Para las mujeres, una forma de experimentar los beneficios del biohacking es incorporando cambios saludables que ayuden a equilibrar las hormonas, disminuir los cambios de humor, mejorar la energía y reducir los antojos, especialmente durante los días previos al ciclo menstrual.

El biohacking no tiene que ser complicado o excesivamente costoso. De hecho, las mujeres pueden optimizar la salud física y mental a través de pequeños cambios en sus hábitos diarios que no cuestan un centavo.

A continuación les presento 5 Biohacks naturales para mujeres que pueden ayudar a equilibrar las hormonas y tener un impacto positivo en cómo nos sentimos todos los días.

5 Biohacks naturales para mujeres

  1. Actualice su dieta: la calidad de sus alimentos tiene un efecto directo en el cuerpo. El cuerpo necesita nutrientes de alta calidad que respalden la función óptima del cuerpo y disminuyan la inflamación. Comience el día con un batido lleno de grasas saludables y verduras de hoja verde. El almuerzo y la cena deben ser ricos en verduras orgánicas con una porción de proteína de alta calidad. Los carbohidratos se pueden comer en forma de verduras orgánicas con almidón, como la batata o los granos enteros sin gluten. No se trata de contar calorías. En cambio, cuente los nutrientes y la calidad de los nutrientes.
  2. Disminución de los niveles de estrés: planifique su autocuidado como si planificara sus comidas. La meditación diaria, escribir en un diario de gratitud, salir a caminar son formas de despejar esa mente y reducir el estrés.
  3. Mejore la calidad de su sueño: la falta de sueño puede tener un impacto negativo en las hormonas que controlan los niveles de azúcar y el apetito; es por eso que ansía carbohidratos azucarados simples después de una noche de mal sueño. Mejorar su higiene del sueño puede ayudarlo no solo a aumentar la cantidad de tiempo que duerme, sino también a la calidad de su sueño.
  4. Ejercicio: la incorporación de ejercicio regular no solo mantiene su peso bajo, sino que también disminuye la grasa en el cuerpo que puede actuar como un órgano endocrino que puede aumentar el riesgo de enfermedades inflamatorias y resistencia a la insulina. El ejercicio puede ayudar a reducir el estrógeno, aumentar la testosterona y disminuir los niveles de cortisol.
  5. Conectando con otras mujeres – ¡El poder de la comunidad es fuerte! Las mujeres se benefician de la conexión y el apoyo social. Pasar tiempo con novias es uno de los mejores y más fáciles biohacks que podrías hacer para la salud en general.

Al incorporar estos biohacks diarios en su estilo de vida, puede optimizar su salud física y mental y, como resultado, sus hormonas.

¡Feliz biohacking, chicas! ¡Hasta la próxima semana!

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Gracias a las chica que se unieron a nosotros el sábado para el taller sobre alimentación intuitiva y alimentos de temporada. Sarah Beth @womanintune y yo compartimos consejos sobre cómo salir de la dieta crónica escuchando nuestros cuerpos y aprendiendo a trabajar más con la naturaleza. Luego dirigimos una clase de cocina divertida e interactiva donde compartimos recetas fáciles que incorporan alimentos de temporada.
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Conclusiones clave del taller
1. ¿Cómo podemos vivir más como las “Zonas Azules”? Las Zonas Azules son áreas donde la gente vive vidas más largas y saludables, comen de forma estacional, incorporan ejercicio en su vida diaria, duermen bien, participan en redes sociales saludables (Comunidad) y viven una vida con propósito.
2. La alimentación intuitiva lo llevará a desear naturalmente los alimentos de temporada. Los alimentos de temporada tienen que viajar menos para llegar a su plato, son más baratos de comprar y tienen el sabor más fresco.
3. No compres las mismas 10 cosas en el supermercado durante todo el año. ¡Intenta comprar algo nuevo, algo que nunca antes has probado!
4. La industria de la dieta quiere que desconfíes de tu hambre, aprovechando tu capacidad para comer de forma intuitiva.
5. Escucha tu intuición, confiar en el hambre es esencial para una alimentación intuitiva.

¡Nuestro próximo taller está programado para febrero de 2020! Mas detalles pronto! 

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

 

Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

 

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

 

BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

 

Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients

2 green plantains

Avocado oil, for frying

Sea salt

Toppings (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

 

Instructions

1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps!

Made with crunchy veggies and loaded with flavor, this easy lunch recipe, snack or dinner recipe can be ready in minutes. A perfect meatless substitute that is low-calorie, low-carb and packed with fiber and healthy plant-based protein.

Say hello to my new favorite recipe. Joe and I first tried Chickpea Salad (aka faux tuna or chicken salad) while at a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn. We were blown away by the mix of flavors, and the perfect combination of smooth with a refreshing crunchy.

You can enjoy this healthy salad on its own, on toasted gluten-free bread or wrapped in beautiful Swiss chard leaves. Really, anything goes. Bonus: chickpeas are packed with fiber and plant-based protein which help us stay full longer and energized throughout the day.

We encourage you to make a double batch of this yummy salad on meal prep days and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 Don’t forget to tag your food pictures using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients.

1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

¼ cup celery, chopped 

¼ cup carrots, chopped 

1/8 cup red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

Juice from ½ a lemon

2 tbsp, vegan mayo (I like this brand)

1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the wraps

2-3 large chard leaves, washed (fresh or blanched*)

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.

3. Cut in half, plate and serve.

4. Leftover chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.

 

*Bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the chard leaves and stems for 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and cut away the stems at the base. Note: chard leaves are easier to work with when blanched but I also enjoy the crunchy-ness of fresh chard leaves.

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Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche).  A dairy-free spin on a popular Latin dessert recipe. Made with simple and natural ingredients, this easy dessert recipe is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

I grew up enjoying Rice Pudding as a kid. I remember scraping the sides of the pan after my mom was done making it and not waiting for it to cool before I enjoyed it.

Traditionally, Arroz con Leche is a mixture of white rice, sugar, cinnamon, evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk that as you can imagine, it’s very healthy. While I still love the traditional recipe and allow myself to enjoy it from time to time, I prefer making it with healthier ingredients for my family to enjoy – especially Carolina. For example, I use brown rice instead of white rice, unsweetened almond milk instead of cow milk and coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. This version has the same great taste and better ingredients.

It’s also a fun recipe to make with the kids. Caro loves to pour the ingredients into the pan and as she says “mix it, Mama”. I love including her in the process and let her scarp the sides for a taste like I did as a kid.

FlipTip: Adding lime peel to the hot mixture as it cooks it gives this recipe a zing and enhances the flavors. I encourage you to try it.

I shared this recipe with our friends at The Mpire.co – a wonderful community of women based in Miami, FL that I love to support and partnered with as food and nutrition blog contributor! Make sure to check them out and show them some love! 

Don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups long grain brown rice, cooked

1/8 tsp sea salt

4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Lime peel, about 2 inches long

¼ cup raisins (optional)

 

Instructions

 

1. In a saucepan over medium heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Cook uncovered, stirring often until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

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Celery Juice Challenge

The Celery Juice Challenge is the new trend. Use a blender or juicer and enjoy the amazing health benefits of this easy-to-make elixir in the mornings. It can easily be made in a big batch and stored up to 2 days. in the fridge. Give it a try and enjoy the naturally detoxifying benefits of this amazing superfood. 

I started the Celery Juice Challenge after my visit to Miami for Thanksgiving.

Every time I travel, mostly to Florida, where my family is, I indulge in comfort food that I don’t eat every day and unfortunately, this is not the type of food that I’m used to eating now. So that causes a lot of bloating, causes a lot of problems with my digestive system and overall, it’s not a good feel. So, because of that and after a lot of research I decided to try the Celery Juice challenge which a lot of people have been talking about.

Some people can call it a fad diet some people can call it a trend, but generally there is nothing wrong with drinking 16oz of Celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach hoping that you will feel better and get your digestion back on track.

So that is exactly what I did. For the next three weeks, I was very diligent about drinking 16oz of celery juice that I made using my Vitamix blender and an almond milk mesh bad, and I started drinking it.

What Changed..

To my surprise, I started to feel more energized, had less bloating, regular bowel movements, a lot of elimination. I started to break out on my skin which (I didn’t know this at the time) is part of the detoxification process. The salt crystals in the celery juice help detoxify the liver and the toxins have to come out somewhere. So, I started to feel less bloating, my skin cleared up after a few days, I was sleeping better. I felt like I was having coffee in the mornings because I wanted to have coffee in the mornings and not necessarily because I needed to fight or get rid of that sluggish feeling. Overall, it has been an amazing addition to my diet, that along with healthy food during the day, exercise and a good amount of sleep has helped me drastically.

Fast forward to now, and I am not as strict with the celery juice as I was in the beginning. I don’t drive myself crazy with these schedules, I do it if I have time because I know it makes me feel better, but I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day or a weekend. I think it’s an amazing way to help your body feel better, for your digestive system to work better which in turn helps absorbs the nutrients in your body from the foods that you eat. I think it’s great and there is a lot of information on the celery juice challenge in the book, “The Medical Medium” which is linked below.

Now it’s your turn..

I’ve included a quick way to make your celery juice when you don’t have a juicer at home. It’s always important to buy your celery organic as with other fruits such as bananas. Buying celery organic is better for you, the pesticides are not there which makes for a better experience and for a lot more health benefits.

So, I encourage everyone to try. As I always say on all of my posts and on Instagram, I am not a doctor. I am a health coach in training, I am a mom, I am a wife and I am a woman that wants to be healthy and do the best for herself and for her family and have the best health that I am able to have. I encourage you to read more about it, make an educated decision as to if the celery juice challenge is right for you.

I also encourage you if you’re going to start drinking celery juice in the mornings to consult your doctor before you start making any drastic changes to your diet.

Overall, I am a huge advocate for celery juice in the morning and I hope everyone either tries it or at least learns more about the health benefits of celery juice.

12 REASONS TO DRINK CELERY JUICE by Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium

 

1. Lowers Inflammation

Celery juice starves the unproductive bacteria and viruses that are behind inflammation.

2. Supports Weight Loss

Celery juice helps to clean up & detoxify the liver and a sluggish, toxic liver is behind mystery weight gain.

3. Aids Digestion

Celery juice restores hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach for better long-term digestion.

4. Reduces Bloating

Celery juice prompts the liver to increase bile production and strengthens the stomach’s hydrochloric acid production. Old undigested, rotting protein and rancid fats trapped at the bottom of the stomach and in the small intestinal tract can then be broken down, helping bloating.

5. Helps Eczema & Psoriasis

The undiscovered cluster salts in celery juice break down the cell membranes of the pathogens responsible for eczema, eventually killing and destroying them.

6. Fights Infections

Celery juice enhances your entire body’s immune system. White blood cells absorb the sodium cluster salts in celery juice through their cell structure & then use them as an offense mechanism, not just a defense mechanism.

7. Helps Prevent UTI’s

Celery juice is an antiseptic to streptococcus bacteria, which is the true unknown cause of Urinary Tract Infections.

8. Healing For Acne

Celery juice’s undiscovered sodium cluster salts are toxic to bacteria, including streptococcus in the liver and lymphatic system, which is the real cause of acne.

9. Prevents High Blood Pressure

Celery juice helps stabilize blood pressure by cleansing the liver of Liver Troublemakers (see Liver Rescue for info), which leads to healthier blood that can be easily pumped by the heart.

10. Helps Lower High Cholesterol

Celery juice helps cleanse and strengthen the liver and breaks up undigested rotting proteins & fats that contribute to a sluggish liver, which is behind high cholesterol.

11. Helps Prevent Ulcers

Celery juice helps destroy the bacteria responsible for ulcers.

12. Protects Liver Health

Your liver’s individual immune system relies on the undiscovered sodium cluster salts inside of celery.

Click here for more information on the Celery Juice Challenge.

Here’s how you can make celery juice at home using a Vitamix and a nut milk bag*.

(A juicer might be easier/quicker but I don’t have one.)

Ingredients

1 bunch of organic celery, washed

1/4 cup filtered water

Instructions

1. Chop the celery and add to your blender. Begin to blend. If it’s not blending pour water in small amounts until the celery starts to blend

2. Strain the celery pulp out using nut milk bag or strainer.

3. Drink immediately on an empty stomach

*I love this NUT MILK BAG – it’s cheap, sturdy and easy to wash

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Zoodle Egg Nests

Zoodle Egg Nests!

A breakfast or brunch recipe that is healthy, easy to prepare and ready in minutes. Healthy zucchini noodles (or zoodles) are naturally gluten-free and offer a low carb and low-calorie alternative to bread or pasta. Zoodle Egg Nests are perfect on busy mornings or as part of your Sunday meal prep plan.

Zoodles are long strips of zucchini that resemble pasta. They are fresh, healthy and delicious and a fun way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies. Joe and I are zoodle fans – we order them precut from Fresh Direct to save on cooking time. Zoodles are great with a simple marinara sauce, topped with sautéed veggies or as egg nests. Fun fact: I had no idea what Egg-In-A-Nest was before I met Joe. He introduced me to this clever way of eating eggs and toast. Now that we avoid bread as much as we can Zoodle Egg Nests are the next best thing. Plus it’s so simple to make!

We hope you enjoy the recipe! As always, don’t forget to tag us in your food pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #ourflipsidelife

Happy, healthy eating! Until next week. ?

Ingredients

2 medium zucchini, spiralized

3 eggs

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

Cooking spray 

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Red pepper flakes

Salt

Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté 30-45 seconds.

3. Add the zoodles and toss to combine. Let cook, 2-3min or until they begin to soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray

5. Transfer the cooked zoodles to the baking sheet and make 3 nests creating 2-3 inch wells in the center of each one for the egg.

6. Crack 3 eggs and add one to each noodle nest.

7. Place the nests in the oven to bake, 8-10min.

8. Once ready, remove the nests from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes. A dairy-free and refined sugar free recipe made with simple ingredients. Perfect for picky eaters and busy mornings. 

Stuck on breakfast ideas? Yup, us too. Carolina asked for mac-n-cheese every morning this week (insert eye-roll) I try to get creative/think of new recipes but let’s be honest, who really has time for creativity at 7am? I definitely don’t.

I remembered the recipe for these pancakes and made a double batch to have for the week. The recipe calls for simple ingredients; gluten-free oat flour, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is no refined sugar or processed flour, just simple and good-for-you ingredients that are filling, satisfying and help keep us energized throughout the morning.

I switch it up by adding a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Sometimes I spread Apple Butter (this is our new favorite, btw) and top with fresh fruit. Anything goes!

Here are 3 fun facts about gluten-free oat flour

1. It is loaded with soluble and dietary fiber which are great for the digestive system

2. Consuming oats can help prevent sugar spikes in the blood

3. Oats are a great source of complex carbs and can help improve energy levels

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Ingredients

2 ½ cups gluten free oat flour

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)

Pinch of salt

Ghee for frying

Instructions

1. Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

2. Place a griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and melt the ghee. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle and cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side.

3. Serve and top with honey, maple syrup or fresh fruit (optional).

Enjoy!

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Vegetarian Pad Thai

Vegetarian Pad Thai! Made with fresh vegetables, herbs and chopped peanuts. A healthy version of the famous take out dish made with gluten-free rice noodles, healthy fats and protein.

We look forward to Take-Out Friday’s, as we like to call it. That’s the day Joe and I take a break from the kitchen and order dinner from our favorite neighborhood restaurants. I love Thai food, Joe loves Mexican. We try to keep our take out meal as clean as possible by skipping fried, unhealthy dishes and filliping it for a side of steamed veggies or a fresh salad, for example (although I treat myself to the spring roll from time to time, because balance is important too).

But no matter how “healthy” we try to order take-out, it’s never as clean as we would make it at home. That’s why we decided to make our own version of the traditional Thai dish, Vegetable Pad Thai, by flipping unhealthy ingredients for healthy ones. We used organic veggies and herbs, gluten-free rice noodles, liquid aminos instead of soy sauce and coconut palm sugar instead of refined sugar. All fresh ingredients that were continently delivered to our door by our friends at Fresh Direct!

We hope you enjoy the recipe and don’t forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #OurFlipSideLife on Instagram.

Before I leave you with the recipe I wanted to share that I started a Health Coach training course at the Institute Of Integrative Nutrition. Through the pursuit of optimizing my health and my family’s health, I developed a passion for wellness and the mind-body connection that ties it all together. I’m excited for this new chapter and can’t wait to share it with you through new recipes, health tips and so much more.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Ingredients

Pad Thai

8 oz (1/2 a pack) Pad Thai rice noodles prepared according to package instructions (I like this brand)

Olive oil

1 yellow zucchini, spiralized

1 green zucchini, spiralized

1 green pepper, spiralized

1 red pepper, spiralized

½ red onion, spiralized or chopped

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup peanuts, chopped

½ cup fresh herbs, chopped (cilantro, green onions)

 

Sauce

3 tablespoons fish sauce (you can substitute for tamari sauce)

3 tablespoons vegetable broth

2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon liquid aminos (or soy sauce)

1 tsp chili oil  

Instructions

1. In a bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside.

2. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Once hot, add the spiralized veggies including the red onion and stir-fry using tongs until tender and crisp, 2-3min. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Drain the rice noodles and add them into the hot pan you used to stir-fry the veggies. Add the sauce and toss using tongs, 1-2min or until the sauce has coated the noodles. The sauce will start to thicken and stick to the noodles.

4. Pour the egg over the noodles and toss to combine, 1-2min. You will notice all the ingredients coming together and getting sticky.

5. Add the veggies, fresh herbs and chopped peanuts and toss to combine one last time.

6. Remove from heat, plate and serve! Enjoy!