Scrambled, what? Scrambled Tofu!

Looking for an easy way to get your protein. Look no further. We got you covered. All you need is a block of tofu (Trader Joe’s), non-dairy milk, flax seeds (grounded) salt, pepper, turmeric, cayenne pepper, vegan cheese, and onions. Pairs perfectly with sauteed spinach, Ozery bakery’s morning rounds, and Freida’s organic polenta.

First, put the block of tofu in a bowl and add about 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (I use Califia Farms). Then, add the grounded flax seeds about 1 tablespoon, a dash of salt, pepper, cayenne, and turmeric and two slices of vegan friendly cheese. Chop the onion into small square like pieces, you should use about half of the onion, and then mix it all together.

Heat your pan with drizzled olive oil and then scoop the seasoned tofu into the pan. Mix thoroughly until the onions are translucent and the vegan cheese is fully melted. Getting hungry? You’re almost done. All you have to do now is scoop into your plate.

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Made and photographed by Christa Alexis

Vegan friendly products, Lucid Living Co.

Lucid Living Co. is a vegan and cruelty free company based out of New Jersey. With a line of bath bombs, essential oils, soaps, and chap sticks, you’ll find the perfect scent for you. Choose from a variety of aromatherapy oils including Good Night Potion, Wake Me Up Potion, and Aphrodisiac Potion.

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My personal favorite is the Good Night potion and you can keep it by your bedside and roll it on before you go to sleep. The potion contains coconut oil, jojoba oil, and a blend of therapeutic essential oils like Chamomile, Lavender, and Sweet Marjoram. Ease your stress; let this oil calm your mind. It’s a soothing sweet treat for all of your senses. Breath in and exhale. Repeat. Zzz Goodnight!

Miss Jones makes bakin’ good

Straight out of San Fran, California Miss Jones Baking Co. brings us organic non-GMO plant based ingredients to make products that taste freakin’ AMAZING. That’s right with a capital A. I tried the brownie mix and I had to stop myself from devouring the entire brownie batter. It was no joke the softest, most scrumptious brownie I’ve ever had. I added some chopped walnuts to add to the crunch factor. The best part is Miss Jones even sent me a spatula to make my mixing even easier and my very own recipes. I’m now one authentic “Baker Babe.”

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Jones has a whole line of baking goodies like sea salt chocolate chip cookies, vanilla and chocolate cake, brownies, frosting, and can’t forget the apparel.  You can tell that each product is made with natural ingredients after the first bite. It taste like a professional baker just whipped up a sweet treat in my kitchen. It’s fresh, pure, and brings you back to your childhood days. Better yet, you won’t feel guilty and it goes easy on the sugar. Locate where you can get your Miss Jones Baking Co. goodies today and if you can’t locate a store near you, order them online. You won’t be disappointed! Christa Alexis approved ❤

Sapo is so so pure!

Sapo Soap Company makes all natural and organic soaps that are great for all skin types. Each product uses only the finest ingredients which are 85% organic ingredients. Get rid of all your other soaps and start investing in a beauty product that serves you and your body. Plus, there is no added chemicals or preservatives to worry about. Sapo is so so pure!

There are different aromas for you to choose from like peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, thyme, and Shea honey. Pick your favorite scent and take a deep breath and relax. The soaps are so smooth and leave your skin feeling silky soft.

 

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Photo credits: Christa Alexis

My favorite one was the Lavender scent. I received a sample pack with Lemongrass Tea, Lavender, and Shea Honey Oatmeal. As soon as I smell lavender, I become relaxed and it causes my mind to really stay in the moment. Watch the video below to learn about all the health benefits that lavender has on your skin!

Special thanks to Sapo Company for sending me the soaps. Much love xo

 

 

Bringing It Back To The Oil Days

When you get an infection, your doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic to get rid of the infection. Your body is still affected by the sickness and it lingers deep down inside of you. Essential oils have been used in many cultures since the beginning of time. There is an oil that can be used for specific illnesses like dandruff, cold sores, detoxification, and so on. Be careful, not all oils are 100% pure, but I found a great brand called doTERRA that I would highly recommend.

What is an essential oil?

It’s extracted from the plant and made into different types of oils. You can rub the oil on your skin, smell it for a few seconds, put it in a capsule to swallow, or use a diffuser to get the aroma scent circulating in your room.

How do they work?

They help purify the air and help trigger the root cause of any illness. You can also apply them on your skin if you have eczema or another skin related issue.

My personal favs 

  • Peppermint – helps with breathing and clears out your lungs
  • Lavender – helps you to relax and have a sense of calmness

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Vegan Chili Warms The Soul

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Made by yours truly Christa Alexis

A perfect dish for a snowy Saturday evening is a bowl of three bean chili. It’s simple to make and will warm your heart. Let’s get to the basics, you know like what you will need to make this vegan chili dish. You’ll need celery, carrots, onion, garlic, vegetable broth, can of tomato sauce, and seasonings (cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika).

Once you have all your ingredients, you can start. Get a big deep dish bowl and line the bottom with a touch of olive oil and throw your chopped up garlic cloves in and saute for a few minutes (be careful you don’t want to burn them!) Season with a teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Chop your celery and carrot sticks (you’ll probably need about 4-6 sticks) into small pieces. HINT: The vegetables will cook quicker if they’re chopped into fine pieces but don’t over chop them either. The onion should be cut in the middle first and then horizontally. You want to fill up your entire chopping board with all of your veggies.

Now, throw them in and stir constantly until they are tender. Mix for a few minutes approximately 5 or so. Don’t worry if the veggies aren’t fully cooked yet, the vegetable broth will boil them for you. Add 2 cups of vegetable broth to the pot. Bring them to a slight boil and add a can 28 fl oz of tomato sauce or crushed sauce to the veggies and broth blend. Add your seasonings now, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Cook on high for 5 minutes until it bubbles then add your beans: black, red kidney, and pinto beans.

Cook on a low simmer for 30 minutes and keep stirring. Now, you can eat a delicious vegan friendly hearty meal. I also threw in Trader Joe’s Beefless Ground Meat for extra protein in case you think you already didn’t have enough.

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Oh…I Like It Raw

Oh…I Like It Raw

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    Raw veggies are full of nutrients and once we cook the veggies, they often lose a lot of their nutrition value.  Think about it, is it healthier to eat processed foods that come in a box or fresh foods that you can pick yourself? Well the answer is anything in its “raw” state is actually healthier for you because it essentially is giving you the full nutrition value that we tend to lose once we cook them. Yes, they do taste better sauteed or cooked in a lasagna dish, but think about the process it goes through to get through that state. It is heated, flavored, and once you eat it then it has little to no nutrition value. It’s important to have balance in any diet. A healthy combination of both raw and cooked veggies will help you to stay healthy.

As Raw Foods Diet states, raw foods “are loaded with nutrients for building strong healthy bodies and minds. They continue to say that “leafy green plants in particular are loaded with minerals and help alkalize the system. Leafy green vegetables are great blood builders, and when you build healthy blood you build a healthy body. For long term success on a raw food diet it is very important to include a variety of leafy green vegetables in your daily diet.” You can juice with raw fruits and vegetables, or blend them into your soups. Each veggie has their own natural remedy and can help cure (not approved by FDA) certain diseases.

Coconut Greens is a great way to get your daily servings of veggies. It’s perfect for a green smoothie and helps you to stay energized all day wrong. You get 8-10 servings of greens per scoop including kale, alfalfa, apple, broccoli, spinach, and other veggies. “Blended green soups or smoothies are another good way to aid digestion of these high fiber foods. The blending mechanically “predigests” the fiber and makes it easier on your system to digest and pass.” http://www.raw-foods-diet-center.com/list-of-vegetables.html

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Why not be good to yourself? You can have your veggies and drink them too! A healthy combination of both raw and cooked veggies will help you to stay healthy in the long run.

New year, new me!

I know it’s a overly used saying, “new year, new me” but I am ready to transform my life and move forward. Not just in my career, but in my relationships, my mindset, and my goals.

Last night, I listened to Trent Shelton‘s Facebook live feed and he said that you need to trust in God to work out any situation. Think with your mind, not your emotions. “If you want a better world, create a better you.”

Today I started eating healthier again. I made a blueberry infused smoothie using non-dairy milk, frozen blueberries, peanut butter, Coconut Greens, and hemp protein. I already feel more energized already.

Visualize what you want and know that you are worthy of receiving these great gifts. I want to inspire people around me and let them feel a positive energy.

Goals 2017

  • I want to become more fit and active. Participate in a marathon (eventually) and be tone. Life heavier weights and become The Hulk.
  • Travel to more places. (Sweden, Australia, Norway, Europe, I hope!)
  • Be present in the moment. Focus and don’t get too caught up with what’s next
  • Spend more quality time with family and friends
  • Read and write more. (Write a book!)
  • Be successful in my career. Network and meet more people from my blog.
  • Meditate and do reiki more. Simplify life & become more organized.
  • Smile often and let things go that no longer serve me purpose.
  • Love more. Find true genuine love.

Healthy U, Go Green For An Energetic U!

You need to get an adequate amount of greens in your healthy lifestyle in order to stay energized all day long. You may now know that each veggie contains essential vitamins that contribute to your overall energy levels. Well now, you can easily drink your way to “supergreen” energy with a scoop of Coconut Greens. One scoop of Coconut Greens has 8-10 servings of veggies, which contain high levels of nutrients and antioxidants, and better yet you can even get your daily dose of vitamins.
thKale and Broccoli are two significant green vegetables. If you never seen kale, it’s a dark leafy green that is full of vitamins. And we all heard of broccoli, the vegetable that looks like a miniature tree, which is loaded with Vitamin B.  “Research has clearly shown that B vitamins, like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folic acid, thiamine and niacin support the energy metabolism process,” says Andrew Shao, PhD, from The Council for Responsible Nutrition.
kale-broccKale is a popular superfood that is extremely high in fiber. With significant amounts of protein and fiber, kale’s main vitamin components are A, C, K, B-6, C, E, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Did you know kale has the highest amount of Vitamin K per serving? It’s naturally occurring in most dark leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and parsley. Broccoli has a great source of vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B6, C, K, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also has a high level of fiber to help promote digestion. The vitamins work together to offer an increased level of energy.

Eating broccoli and kale will help the body to create more energy and give you a boost of essential vitamins as well. Iron contributes to increasing your energy levels by sending oxygen to your bloodstream. The most essential vitamin that promotes an increased energy level is the B vitamins; it creates energy flow throughout your body. Iron is another important mineral that helps your blood cells to support each other with increased levels of energy.

Did you know “Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, which includes kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, rutabaga and turnips. These nutrition powerhouses supply loads of nutrients for little calories. Broccoli and kale create energy from absorbing the essential vitamins into your body. Get your energy levels up and go green! Each vitamin has a particular purpose and helps you stay energized all day long. And you can get it all in one single scoop of Coconut Greens. When you look at the total nutrition profile of just one scoop of Coconut Greens it would be eating nearly2 pounds or 1 kilogram of broccoli. That’s a lot of munching! How easy is it not to get your equivalent nutritional benefits by just adding one scoop of Coconut Greens to your glass of water and the taste will surprise you too!

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L.E.H. brings Christmas miracles!

L.E.H. Soap Company sells handcrafted products made with natural ingredients and pure love. You can smell the difference. It’s a family owned business located in the heart of Smithsville, NJ, a quaint, cozy town that showcases an array of rustic shops.

It was a hard daunting decision but I purchased the “Snow Angel” room spray just in time for the holiday season. Everything is hand crafted using only the best ingredients. It contains distilled water, fragrance or essential oil, and ethyl alcohol. Only $6.95 per bottle!

Each product is free of paraben, sulfate, and is totally cruelty free. Good thing, no animals were harmed in the making. Simply spray a scent of Christmas, prancing reindeer, and reminisce of your childhood snow angel making days.

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“An aroma of Christmas magic filled with prancing reindeer & snow angels whistling among the quiet snow fall,” says Christa Alexis.