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Back to Basics

If you don’t feel the way you deserve to feel, reflect on the basics #youdeserveyourdreams #youarewhatyoueat #foodisfuel #kalusion #healthandharmony

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Monday Makeover: Supplements to Smoothies

Adopting a healthy lifestyle does not mean saying good-bye to the things you love forever. It’s a continuous shift; a shift away from the things that are not serving you, and towards that which allows you to shine.

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One of the things I enjoy about a healthy lifestyle is not having to worry about taking medications to combat health problems. I really take the same stance when it comes to supplements. I will take herbs and vitamins in pill form when necessary to correct an imbalance, but not long term as I truly prefer to receive my nutrition in food form. After all, food is medicine.

So here is my daily multi-vitamin

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I really enjoy the boost I receive from a morning smoothie. My smoothies tend to include greens, such as kale or spinach, fruit/ berries, almond milk, yogurt, and superfoods such as bee pollen, maca, and cacao powder (of course).

I really prefer smoothies over supplements or juicing as they are broken down to help your body assimilate the nutrients more effectively, yet they still have the bulk and fiber of the vegetables and fruits so that they have more of a lasting effect, and don’t spike the blood sugar.

Some of my favorites are chocolate peanut butter, mounds (not really with the candy bar, but taste like it), and mint chocolate smoothies.

Here is the recipe for the mint chocolate smoothie

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen banana
1 1/2  cup almond milk (or enough for desired consistency)
2 tsp dried peppermint
1/2 tsp. spirulina (gives it the beautiful green color)

blend until smooth, then add

raw cacao or dark chocolate chips (or a little of both if you are as big a fan of chocolate as I am)

pulse the drink until the chips are the desired size.

Then enjoy your beautiful green mint chocolate chip drink.

Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes? Share them with us!

 

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Apple Peanut Butter Pie

This was quite the put together, but came out delicious and rich tasting. Not to mention you don’t have to feel guilty with this one. We actually had it for breakfast.

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Start with the filling

5-6 peeled and cut apples

2 parsnips

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp ghee (or butter)

water

1/2 cup peanut butter

Mix all the ingredients (except peanut butter) in a saucepan and add about 1/3 of the mixture worth of water. The amount of water may need to be adjusted by how juicy the apples are. Bring to a boil on high heat, then let simmer on low until the apples and parsnips are soft. Use a potato masher to mash it into a chunky applesauce texture. Then add peanut butter.

While the filling is cooking, prepare the crust.

The crust (adapted from the Perfect Paleo Pie Crust Recipe)

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup chickpea flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup arrowroot or tapioca flour

1/2 cup cold butter or palm shortening

1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the flours, then cut in the butter until pea sized. Add the egg and mix until it becomes a dough. Form into a ball, then flatten into a disc, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20 min. After refrigerating, press the dough into a greased pie pan. Bake on 375 degrees for 10 min.

Finish it off: Add the filling to the pre-baked pie crust, and top with granola. I also lightly dabbed a little coconut oil on top to let the granola get a bit crispy. Make sure to read your granola ingredients, as they can be very high in sugar. We use our Nola Granola, which is a chocolate peanut butter granola that is naturally and minimally sweetened. You can order your own in the online Kalusion BouTEAque.

This was a great break from the same old thing. We really enjoyed it. I hope you do too!

 

 

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Kalusion’s Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Basically empty out the kitchen into this yummy recipe. It makes up a nice, large batch, so it lasts, and is worth the time.
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Mix in a large bowl:
4 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups organic puffed rice
2 cups organic ancient grains O’s
1 cup ground flaxseed
2 cups unsweetened coconut
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries, or other dried fruit of choice
½ cup sesame seeds
Optional: ¼ cup chopped dates

Melt in a saucepan:
½ cup organic butter (1 stick)

Add to the butter:
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup organic peanut butter
¼ cup molasses
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup cacao powder
2 tsp pure vanilla or almond extract

When completely melted and mixed, pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix thoroughly. Spread out on a greased cookie sheet(s) for loose granola, and bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake for another 10 minutes. For a granola bar, spread and press in a pyrex or pan, and bake for 30 minutes, let cool, and cut into bars.

This will keep you full and satisfied for hours, enjoy!

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We Ate Cookies and Mounds for Breakfast – Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Yes we did! Ok, it was breakfast cookies and a faux Mounds smoothie, but it was awesome. Here’s the recipe for the breakfast cookie:20150426_113203
2 cups apple sauce or pear sauce (I use my bullet to turn pears and dates into a sauce)
4 Tbsp pitted dates
½ cup almond butter (store bought or yet another job for the bullet)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 ½ cup rolled oats
½ cup coconut flour (I get the 5 lb bag from Mountain Rose Herbs since I really go through coconut)
½ tsp aluminum free baking powder
½ tsp baking soda (I find mine at Mountain Rose Herbs)
1 tsp xantham gum
1 tsp chia seeds (also a find at Mountain Rose Herbs)
½ tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp crushed pecans
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup cacao nibs (again Mountain Rose Herbs, you may be noticing a trend by now)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix
3. Drop on a greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden
5. Let cool and gobble up!

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We Ate Cookies and Mounds for Breakfast – Faux Mounds Smoothie Recipe

Yes we did! Ok, it was breakfast cookies and a faux Mounds smoothie, but it was awesome. Here’s the recipe for the smoothie:20150426_113336

I love my bullet, and make all my smoothies in it, but you can use any blender, vitamix or any blending device you have.
Combine
1 banana
½ cup unsweetened coconut (I get the 5 lb bag from Mountain Rose Herbs)
½ cup spinach leaves
4 or 5 pitted dates
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (also from Mountain Rose Herbs)
2 cups almond milk (or more depending on how thick you like your smoothies)
Blend it down really well so the coconut pieces aren’t too big, serve, and enjoy! It’s ridiculously good.

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Why You and Your Family Can Live the Life You Dream Of

About six years ago, I made a professional transition from helping people in the human services industry to helping people in the wellness industry. I did this for a few main reasons:
1. I could see that so many of the people with physical and mental health disabilities had them due to lifestyle issues that could have been tweaked many years before, and would have prevented the challenges they were now experiencing. For many of them, they were only in their 40’s when these issues caught up with them. There tends to be a misconception that you have to eat bird food, and do Crossfit every day to enjoy a long healthy life, so people just ignore it and deal with the consequences later. When in reality, you can make small changes that fit into your own life, and enjoy positive results. I want to help people change that misconception, and drastically improve their lives.
2. As a woman and mom, and someone that knows and works with so many women and moms, I have experienced and seen the all too common tendency to put ourselves last on our “to do lists”. Even mentioning it, I get a lot of “yeah, yeah, yeah, alright, sure, when I get a chance. I know and have seen how important this is to our physical and mental health. I want to show women why they should take care of themselves every day, and support them in creating this new habit.
3. I am a mom, and a children’s dance, yoga, and martial arts teacher, so basically I spend a whole lot of time with kids. I adore children, and love the way their minds work. They haven’t absorbed the message that they are limited, and they know they can accomplish whatever they want. However, I also see the effects that their foods and products have on their mind and behavior sometimes instantaneously. I also know the research that predicts our children to have a shorter life span than we will due to the health challenges they are already starting to experience from their foods and products. I want to help children, and their families that support them, to give them a full, rich life they love.
4. Finally, I live in a beautiful country that in many areas has become discontent, unhappy, and even angry. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the next time you are in a mega-store take a look around, or better yet look around in the parking lot. I have worked in residential communities for people with mental health issues, where we made simple changes like going for a walk once a week, and improving the quality of food, and have actually watched an entire community of people experience less symptoms from their mental health issues, improved moods, and dare I say happiness. We live in a time where there is a pill for everything, which leads to needing a pill for something else. We don’t need pills (for everything), we need community, we need lifestyle balance, we need real foods, and fresh air. I have seen these things work to help a small community, and I know they can help larger communities. I want to show people how to live the life they deserve, and realize that they really do deserve it.
So from that, was born Kalusion, an entire family walking the talk, and teaching you to do it too. If you agree with what we do, spread the word, or better yet contact us, we love this stuff

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