CSA ~ New Zealand Spinach & Turnips

If you have been following me for a while you already know how crazy in love I am with fresh ingredients! Well, on Friday I had the chance to enjoy Wholesome Living Farms pork chops from the mini sampler, through the CSA and my, oh my, were they delicious! Then over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit Pike Valley Farm, another local livestock farm and it was amazing! I encourage you to find local sources for your protein as well as your veggies! It’s so interesting to see how the animals are raised and the methods for sustaining such pure practices. Click Here to find a farm that uses strict animal welfare standards near you.

This week as part of the Community Supported Agriculture {CSA} Program with For Pete’s Sake Farm a few new items that will New Zealand Wilted Spinach Saladbe ready to harvest are New Zealand Spinach, turnips and strawberries! New Zealand Spinach , botanically known as Tetragonia tetragonioides, is not related to common spinach as the name may suggest. Instead, it is classified in a genus all its own, and is in the fig and marigold family. It tastes a lot like regular spinach and the stems are edible. It can be prepared raw, sauteed, steamed, or braised. I am a newby to New Zealand Spinach but did enjoy it last week in salads with red romaine. This weeks first CSA Summer recipe will be for a wilted spinach salad.

 

Wilted New Zealand Spinach Salad
Serves 4
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients:
  1. 1- 2 bunches New Zealand Spinach, rinsed and dried
  2. 4 strips bacon
  3. 1/4 red onion, sliced
  4. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon raw local honey
  6. 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  7. salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. In a skillet fry the bacon over medium high heat, once crispy take bacon out and drain on a plate covered with a paper towel. Once it cools break it up into little pieces.
  2. Add the onion to the pan and saute for 2 minutes, then add the vinegar and bring to a boil, reduce heat low, stir in the honey and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Place the spinach in a large bowl, pour the hot bacon dressing over the spinach tossing it gently to cover, add the egg, bacon pieces, salt, pepper and mix gently to combine.
  4. Enjoy!
Note:
  1. If you do not find New Zealand Spinach, you can use any type of spinach for this recipe.
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
Roasted TurnipsYour second CSA Summer Recipe this week is for Roasted Turnips. Some of the health benefits related to eating turnips include cancer prevention, heart health, they are high in antioxidants, they offer anti-inflammatory support including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, manganese and beta-carotene, they assist digestion, strengthen bones and they are high in fiber. Keep in mind that you can eat the greens on your turnips as well, they are great sauteed in a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, eaten raw or added to your daily juicing regime.  

Roasted Turnips
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients:
  1. 1 bunch turnips, cut into bite size pieces
  2. 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 8 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  5. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the turnips, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper together; pour onto a baking sheet and roast 30 - 40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until brown and tender.
  3. Season to taste
  4. Enjoy!
Note:
  1. In some instances depending on the size and age of the turnips it may take up to an hour for the turnips to cook, continue cooking until they are completely tender.
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
Here’s a link to a wonderful strawberry salad to enjoy too! I would love to hear how you liked these recipes. What items are you seeing at your farmer’s market that you would like a recipe for? I would love to connect with you so please feel free to comment below. If you enjoyed these recipes, I would be honored if you shared them with your family and friends. Looking forward to next week’s bounty! 

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References:  http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/New_Zealand_Spinach_6784.php#sthash.azlSUbms.dpuf, http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/8-health-benefits-of-turnips.html

CSA ~ Roasted Radishes + Greens Recipe

 Roasted RadishesI’m so excited for it to be that time of year to grow a garden, shop at the farmer’s market and join a local CSA! This week I am thrilled to be presenting you with the first 2 recipes of this year’s Community Supported Agriculture {CSA} Program with For Pete’s Sake Farm! Each and every week of this 20 week series  you will get 2 fantastic mouth watering recipes to try with the ingredients you are finding in your baskets or that are in season at your local produce markets this week. 
Your first simply seasonal recipe is for Roasted Radishes. This slightly sweet caramelized version of radishes will blow you away, they don’t even taste like radishes, don’t believe me – try them! 

Roasted Radishes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients:
  1. 2 bunches radishes, quartered
  2. 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 10 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  6. 1/2 fresh lemon, juiced
Directions:
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. 2. Mix the radishes, olive oil, thyme leaves, salt, pepper together; pour onto a baking sheet and roast 30 - 40 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes, until slightly charred.
  3. 3. Drizzle with lemon juice, season to taste and enjoy!
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
Sauteed GreensYour second CSA Summer Recipe is for Braising Greens. This week’s braising greens features baby kale, spinach, chard, mesclun, arugula and tat soi. These may look like a lettuce mix to you and feel free to enjoy them raw with a family favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette . However, when sauteed they are also delicious and it only takes a few minutes.

Sauteed Greens
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients:
  1. Braising Greens
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  4. 1/4 fresh lemon to squeeze
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Heat oil over medium high heat, add garlic cooking until fragrant, add greens, a little salt and pepper, constantly toss the greens until they are all wilted, remove from heat, drizzle with fresh lemon juice and enjoy!
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
I would love to hear how these recipes worked out or connect with you and your wellness ideas so please feel free to comment below. If you liked these recipes, I would be honored if you shared them with your family and friends.

Looking forward to next week’s picking! 

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Greens, Goat Cheese and Blackberry Salad

bluegrasschevrelogo This greens, goat cheese and blackberry salad is absolutely fantastic! I made this on a whim for my Mom on Mother’s Day Eve and it was a huge hit! Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo but it was pretty as well as delicious. The star of the show was the farm fresh goat cheese that I got from Bluegrass Chevre! Seriously, if you get a chance try this cheese, you will be hooked. I sort of cheated on the berries, blackberries are NOT in season yet where I live but because Kroger had them for $1.00 per pint, they were perfectly ripe and sweet, I caved.

Greens, Goat Cheese and Blackberry Salad
Serves 4
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Salad Ingredients:
  1. 4 large handfuls fresh spring greens {I used arugula and baby spinach}
  2. 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  3. 12 fresh edible chive flowers {optional}
  4. 2 tablespoons parsley, coarsely chopped
  5. 1/2 cucumber, quartered and sliced
  6. 20 ripe blackberries
  7. 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  1. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  7. 1 tablespoon local raw honey
  8. 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salad Directions:
  1. Place each handful of greens on 4 separate salad plates, then sprinkle with equal amounts of chives, parsley, cucumber and goat cheese. Arrange 3 flowers and 5 berries amongst each salad and drizzle with vinaigrette.
Vinaigrette Directions:
  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender except the olive oil. Cover and turn on, while the blender is running slowly stream in the olive oil. Mix for an additional 20- 30 seconds. Drizzle over each salad or serve on the side. Enjoy!
Notes:
  1. I used salad plates for this presentation but feel free to put all of the ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy it family style as well.
  2. Try to get fresh ripe berries to capture the right amount of sweetness.
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
In Central Kentucky we are so close to being able to get all of our seasonal fruits and veggies locally grown for the summer. Wherever you live please support your local farmer or visit and shop a farmer’s market if you have one. So much hard work, love and sacrifice goes into growing this produce, plus you get to support your local economy.  Eating foods “in season” is great for your body, mind and soul.  

I am thrilled to announce that I am partnering with For Pete’s Sake Farm to provide recipes for their Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) this year. So in the next few weeks we will be entering a 20-week season of farm fresh delicacies. Be on the look out for amazing summer recipes featuring Kentucky proud crops soon!  

What is your favorite fresh fruit or veggie? Share with me HERE or in the comments below.KY Proud Logo

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While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

Sleep is a building block for living a healthy life. Your body needs time to replenish and rejuvenate so that you can be on top of your game. Trust me, I was one of those people who always said, “I’ll get plenty of rest when I die”. I could live on 4 hours per night and I thought I functioned pretty well. However, not anymore, these days I make sure to get at least 8 hours if not more on a regular basis. Speaking from experience it truly makes a difference in my weight, stress level, alertness, attitude and overall wellbeing.

Have you ever considered all the processes that take place or reset internally while you are sleeping?  Did you know that your body acts like a chemistry lab overnight? Just a couple of the amazing things it does while you get your z’s is that it makes leptin, the hormone that tells you when you are full and limits the production of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates your appetite. Think of these guys as your hunger stabilizers, they play a major role in regulating your cravings, for them to be operating efficiently you need to sleep. 

There are many reasons why people aren’t sleeping well these days, including caffeine intake, stress levels and blue spectrum light.

Here are six things that may help you get better rest:

1. Put a yellow light bulb in your bedside lamp, unlike white bulbs these will not interfere with the production of your sleep hormone melatonin.

2. Shutting down your computer, cell phone and television at least an hour before you go to bed, try reading a book instead. This also helps you produce the proper amounts of melatonin needed to fall asleep by limiting your eyes exposure to blue spectrum light.

3. Use darkening shades in your bedroom, and forgo any type of night light, you want it pitch black if possible.  People who slumber in complete darkness enjoy a deeper and more solid sleep. 

4. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Put it in your planner and set a reminder in your phone. A solid sleep schedule is one of the best things you can do for your body. Before you know it you won’t need an alarm anymore to wake up in the morning.

5. Cut out the caffeine, especially that extra dose in the afternoon! The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine claims that caffeine even 6 hours before bedtime can have disruptive effects on sleep. 

6. Use essential oils like Stress Away, Lavender, Peace and Calming or Cedarwood. Just diffusing Lavender, applying it to the bottoms of your feet or putting a dab on your pillow can send you off to the most tranquil dreamland you have ever experienced.

It’s confession time, how many hours of sleep do you get on average per night? Be honest, be real and share with me here let’s talk about it!

P.S. Don’t miss out on Kimberly Kate’s FIRST EVER Essential Oils Promo! Check it out and contact me with questions here!

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa Breakfast BowlQuinoa isn’t just for dinner anymore, by making a double portion of it when you prepare it for a meal you can use what’s left to make these protein packed breakfast treats. This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe is one of my favorite make ahead meals and reheats in about 2 minutes.  I don’t use the microwave for very many things but I do use it for this super easy and nutritious breakfast. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is often referred to as a high energy grain but in actuality it is a seed. Quinoa has been grown and consumed for about 8,000 years on the high plains of the Andes Mountains in South America. Quinoa contains all eight amino acids making it a complete protein. It has a protein content equal to milk, is high in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and it is gluten-free making it easy to digest. It is an ideal food for endurance and it strengthens the kidneys, heart, and lungs. Quinoa is sold in the grain section of most grocery stores and is prepared much like rice. That means 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups liquid. The best part about making quinoa is that it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish unlike long grain brown rice that takes 45. Quinoa comes in many forms and colors, I prefer red quinoa or a blend to the plain white tanish variety, but try them all and see what you like best.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Serves 1
A super easy and nutritious breakfast in minutes!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients:
  1. 1 cup cooked quinoa
  2. 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  3. 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  4. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Directions:
  1. Put all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl, or plastic container (to pack and go) and stir together.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes or until hot, the timing may vary by microwave.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Try substituting mangoes and macadamia nuts, peaches and hazelnuts or blueberries and pecans for a variety of flavors. You can even use local raw honey instead of the maple syrup for an extra sweet treat!
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/
Will you give this recipe a try? Not a fan of cherries or almonds? Mix up the combinations with blueberries and pecans, peaches and haelnuts or mangoes and macadamia nuts! If you enjoyed this recipe please share it with your family and friends. Also, please be sure to let me know your favorite combination of fruit and nuts, I would love to chat with you HERE.  

Are You Stressed?


Are You StressedStress can be so debilitating, often we blow it off and other times we don’t even acknowledge it. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, American Institute of Stress in NY stress is a feeling of strain or pressure.
 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and mental illnesses such as depression. They also report that the top causes of stress in the United States are job pressure, money, health, relationships, poor nutrition, media overload and sleep deprivation.

Are you stressed in one or more of these areas? Does hearing this news stress you out more? Well, I would love to help you take a minute to relax, give you something to breathe in and a way to unwind at the end of the day. With all the burdens, deadlines, carpool lanes, board meetings and sports practices you battle on a daily basis, its the least that I can do. YOU deserve it! 

Take a minute to relax. This exercise takes less than a minute and can really give you a new perspective, if you let it. Several of my clients use this breathing technique, it helps them deal with anxiety, manage pressure and allows them to respond rather than react. This is what you will want to do, sit straight up in your chair with your feet on the ground and hands in your lap. Take a deep breath in through your nose,  hold it, and then exhale through your mouth. Depending on where you are this can also be done laying down, I sometimes practice this in bed at night to help me fall asleep.

Try reading through these directions once so you know what  to do then go ahead, close your eyes and try it. Take a slow deep breath in through your nose (count 1-2-3-4-5), hold it (count 1-2-3-4-5), slowly exhale through your mouth (count1-2-3-4-5), Repeat, Repeat. Now try a few shoulder rolls back. Go ahead, open your eyes and evaluate.   

Did you have a release? Do you feel a little more relaxed? Please come share with me HERE.

Another thing that you can do to help you De-Stress is to use aromatherapy by taking, applying or diffusing essential oils. A few use examples would be:

  1. When you are having a stressful day at work, dealing with an irate customer or on a tight deadline essential oils can help you relax and focus naturally. As I am writing this to you I am diffusing Peace and Calming one of my favorite Young Living Blends.  
  2. Do you suffer from road rage or need that 30 minute ride home to regroup from your day so you can be refreshed for your family when you get home? Consider a travel diffuser with Young Living Lavender Oil or a Young Living Tranquil Roll On and by the time you arrive  at your destination safely you will be relaxed, refreshed and ready to for whatever life throws at you.
  3. Summer is just around the corner, is the thought of having all of your kids home for 8 weeks too much to take? Throw a roller ball onto a bottle of Young Living Stress Away and let the anxiety just melt away with the sunshine!

One other suggestion for relieving stress at the end of the day is to take a long soak in the tub.  The detox bath is one of my absolute favorite ways unwind after a hectic day. I love it so much that I even put together these Take A Break Bath Salts to make it as easy as possible for you to escape. The combination of detoxifying and relaxation ingredients will help sooth aching muscles, ease your mind and rid your body of toxins leaving you relaxed and refueled. I think of it like a mini vacation, just lock the door, enjoy a soothing soak and let your stress just drain away!

Some people like to talk to a friend, get lost in a book or watch a movie. I would love to know one way that you naturally de-stress. Please click HERE and share it with me!

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You Can Beat Type 2 Diabetes

beforeandaftershotI have great news for you, YOU CAN Beat Type II Diabetes! My grandfather, dad and aunt had diabetes. I was borderline diabetic just 5 years ago!  

All I can remember thinking is that I was a mom to a 3 year old, I wanted to play, be active and watch her grow up. The thought that haunted me was “If I wasn’t around who would take care of her”? I knew I needed to start taking better care of me. I decided that enough was enough so I set out on a journey to become a happier healthier me. I knew that if I wanted lasting change that something actually had to change.

I really got to thinking about the kind of food that I had been putting into my body. This awareness prompted me to begin to read food labels and research the names of things I couldn’t pronounce to find out what they were.  I am talking about the actual ingredients list vs. just the nutritional information. I quickly removed high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and many processed foods from my pantry {you can read more about these here}. I know this may sound absolutely crazy to you but removing High Fructose Corn Syrup from my diet was a game changer. It literally changed everything! 

Did you know this ingredient is  synthetically made from corn stalks, it is a very cheap sweetener and its chemical make up is completely different than that of cane sugar. This sweetener is not absorbed into the bloodstream but goes directly to the liver causing fatty liver disease, weight gain, obesity , diabetes and a number of other issues. This substance has also been known to contain toxic levels of mercury. If you take nothing else from this blog post start looking at your labels for this ingredient and consider removing it from your pantry. I can tell you from personal experience that this was transformational  because its was in everything I ate from ketchup and canned tomatoes to cereal, pasta, salad dressing and even canned fruit. Have you ever just eaten and knew that you should be full? Eaten until you were stuffed and 20 minutes later you were hungry again? Or suffer because no matter what you eat or how much you eat you are just not satisfied? Then, my friend, high fructose corn syrup may be sabotaging you too. 

One of the issues with insulin resistance the basis of type 2 diabetes,  is that you can’t loose weight unless your glucose is regulated. So while taking my prescribed medication I changed to a whole foods nutrient rich diet that consisted of veggies, lean protein, healthy fats, limited whole grains plus low glycemic fruits like berries and green apples. Eventually, I added in light exercise and got some friends for support. It wasn’t overnight but with consistency and persistence I got off that medication and lost 65 pounds. 

If someone has told you that you are predisposed to type 2 diabetes or you are currently type 2 diabetic , don’t give up, If you want to YOU CAN improve your health. This is one disease that YOU CAN improve by making small incremental changes. Join me on a FREE call, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and Discover 5 Simple Ways to Live Healthy, Lose Weight and Feel Great. On this call I will give you a blueprint for how to put “healthy” into action by providing a plan to quickly de-stress, get better rest, clean up your diet, ease into exercise and discuss the importance of creating a strong support network. Click HERE to Join. 

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Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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One of my favorite springtime delights is Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. It’s not officially strawberry season here in KY but it must be somewhere because the berries that we have been getting in the grocery store have been delicious. I love to eat seasonally and locally so I have cheated a little but they looked too good to pass up. Please don’t tell anyone, it will be our little secret, ok?  I do have blossoms on my strawberry plants out back and I am very excited! {I would take a picture for you but it’s 10 PM and it’s too dark to see them right now.}

I hope that you enjoy this fresh light spring salad. It’s great on it’s own but when paired with a rotisserie chicken it makes for a wonderful picnic at the park.

Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Serves 4
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Total Time
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Total Time
15 min
Ingredients:
For the Salad:
  1. 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. 1 container or bag baby spinach
  3. 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  4. 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  5. 1 container fresh strawberries, quartered
For the Dressing:
  1. 1 large shallot
  2. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  3. 4 packets stevia powder or 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  5. 1/3 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar
  6. 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 garlic cloves
  9. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  10. Dash of white pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix.
  2. Put all of the dressing ingredients into your blender except for the oil, cover, turn on and slowly pour the oil through the top of the blender. Continue to blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss to mix and serve immediately.
  4. Enjoy!
Kimberly Kate http://kimberlykate.com/

Are you:

Overweight?
Stressed out?
Needing caffeine just to wake up?
Constantly craving sugar?
Visiting the vending machine every day around 3:00?
Sleeping less than 7 hours a night?
Pre diabetic or diabetic?
Drinking alcohol or taking supplements to fall asleep?
ALWAYS on a diet?
Losing weight and gaining it back (plus more)?
Eating in secret?

If you answered yes, to any of these questions please join me for a FREE call ~ 5 Simple Ways to Live Healthy, Lose Weight and Feel Great ~ next Tuesday, April 28th! Where I will give you a blueprint for how to put “healthy” into action by providing you with a plan to quickly de-stress, get better rest, clean up your diet, ease into exercise and discuss the importance of creating a strong support network. Get all the details HERE

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Do you have Cinderella Syndrome?

Cinderella SyndromeIs your life all work and no play? Do you stay up late and get up early? Are you burning the candle at both ends? Do you work your fingers to the bone but your work is never done? Are you sleeping less than 7 hours each night? Then you may be suffering from Cinderella Syndrome.

Cinderella was forced to stay up late into the the night doing chores and then had to wake before everyone to prepare breakfast. I know personally a life that used to feel like this. I would sneak into my office when my family was tucked into bed, promising to only be 30 minutes, that somehow seemed to turn into several hours. Then I would be up before 5 AM to workout at the gym and get home before everyone awoke. Talk about worn out, I was exhausted!

Turns out your body does some magical things when you are sleeping, it actually resets itself. Getting 8 hours per night allows your body to make leptin, the hormone that tells you when you are full and to limit ghrelin production the hormone that stimulates your appetite. Think of these guys as your hunger stabilizers, they play a major role in regulating your cravings, for them to be operating efficiently you need to sleep. Think of sleep as the total reboot that your body and brain need to be successful the next day.

There are mini-seasons that I still struggle to get 8 hours of solid rest each night but for the most part I have come to love my sleep. If you are looking for some ways to improve your sleep here are a few tips:

1. Limit your screen time. Close down your iPad, computer or TV one hour before you go to bed. Getting rid of that artificial light will allow your body to naturally produce melatonin {your sleep hormone} so that you can fall asleep easier.

2. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Schedule it in your phone or planner if you have to. Your body loves a pattern, if you do this regularly, you will begin to wake up without your alarm.

3. Pitch Dark. Use darkening shades in your bedroom, and forgo any type of night light. You want to sleep in pitch black if possible, the darker the better.

Getting proper sleep is just one of the ways to live healthy, lose weight and feel great. For more great tips and information just like this please join me for a FREE call, 5 Simple Ways to Live Healthy, Lose Weight & Feel Great on April 28th at 8 PM ET. There will be some door prizes for live attendees, but, no worries if you can’t make it live, the call will be recorded, register and it will be delivered directly to your email within 24 hours of the event. Click HERE to sign up!

One thing that we sometimes fail to remember is that Cinderella is fairytale! Yes, we may feel like we have wicked step-mothers, bosses and siblings in our life but we do have a choice, we always have a choice. Cinderella put her best foot forward even though she didn’t have a choice. She chose to make the most of it and to live into the motto that her mother instilled in her at an early age to “have courage and be kind”. 

Where do you need to have some courage to stop {working, doing laundry, watching netflix, facebook} at a reasonable hour to get the rest that your body needs to function properly? How can you show kindness to yourself by practicing and sticking to a bedtime routine? Share with me here.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Balsamic VinaigretteBalsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is very versatile and easy to make. It is a great dressing for salads and also makes a perfect marinade for steaks. By making your condiments at home you control the quality of the ingredients and are able to keep out any harmful preservatives. You can find more recipes like this in the Pantry Clean Out.  Click HERE for more details.

I have used this recipe for years, its my tried and true standby. Give it a whirl and let me know how you like it by leaving a comment below.

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Yields 1
A versatile vinaigrette that can be used on everything from salads to steaks.
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Total Time
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Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  4. 1 small shallot, peeled
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  8. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  9. 10 drops liquid stevia
  10. 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions
  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender except the olive oil. Cover and turn on, while the blender is running slowly stream in the olive oil. Mix for an additional 20- 30 seconds.
  2. Enjoy over mixed greens or use as needed for marinade.
Note
  1. This will keep about 2 weeks in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
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