Brown rice noodles…THAIriffic!

I absolutely love Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food but I could never get my homemade dishes to come out the way it does as the restaurant, until…

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Now, with Thai Kitchen’s brown rice noodles, you can easily make a healthy vegan and vegetarian friendly dish. It comes with 4 individually wrapped noodles per box so you can always make 1 or 2 packs per serving or make them all for family style stir-fry dish.  I decided to make the whole package (I still have leftovers and I have a family of 4) and throw in some frozen veggies broccoli, corn, cauliflower, snow peas, and used Kikkoman’s Stir Fry Sauce and soy sauce for a little extra flavoring.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag of frozen veggies
  • 1 box of Thai Brown Rice Noodles
  • 1 jar of Kokkoman’s Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1 jar of Low Sodium Soy Sauce

 

DIRECTIONS:

I’ll break it down for you. First, boil a pot of water and add a pinch of salt (it helps so that the noodles won’t stick together). Then, you can add your noodles, stir continuously until tender for about 3-5 minutes. Be careful because nobody likes overcooked noodles!

As you’re waiting for that, get your veggies ready. I decided to use a frozen bag of assorted veggies including broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and let them defrost while I waited for my noodles to cook. I had leftover corn and sliced that up to throw in as well.

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Once the noodles are fully cooked, drain them thoroughly until all the water is out. Set the noodles aside in a bowl. Then, add 1/2 cup water or less to your skillet, Kikkoman’s stir fry seasoning (you can decide how much you need), and soy sauce to your preference. Wait until it starts to bubble slightly.

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This is my favorite part. Throw them veggies in and get mixing. You can also add salt or any other seasonings that pair well. I stuck to the traditional route.

Cover and let cook until tender 5-7 minutes. You can test it by putting the fork through the veggies to see if they’re done. Keep mixing and once the veggies are ready add the noodles in. Now here comes the easy part, mix for a minute or two, and add more stir-fry sauce if needed. Cool a few minutes and get ready to EAT! Oh yeah, don’t forget to sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

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Watch me stir it up below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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Berry good green smoothie!

Smoothie, Smoothies rockin’ everywhere. In this day and age, everyone seems to be on the go and needs a quick healthy breakfast. Since, I first started eliminating dairy from my diet not only do I feel less bloated but I actually naturally lost weight. I get my daily servings of supergreens (kale, apples, kale, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley leaf, broccoli, and spinch)via Coconut Greens and add a banana for extra potassium with berries that are full of antioxidants. Throw in cinnamon, flax seeds, and any other protein butter: peanut butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, whatever you prefer. Get your morning started right. It’s simple ingredients, non-dairy milk, frozen fruit, banana, coconut greens powder, flax seeds, and a dash of cinnamon and you’re good to go for the whole day. Say goodbye to those fast-food cravings, and hello to a more plant based diet that will have you feeling good and looking good. No joke! But as you can tell, I’m totally obsessed with my Coconut Greens inspired smoothie. Get scoopin’

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Full video of Christa Alexis making her berry green smoothie. 

On the go green journey..

On the go green journey…

Every morning, I gear up for my day with a smoothie and a positive outlook. I find that a lighter yet a nutritious breakfast helps me to stay energized throughout my entire day. I try to combine healthy fruit options with a protein (almond butter, cashew butter, or peanut butter), unsweetened non-dairy milk, and coconut greens super powder. Coconut greens helps me to get my servings of veggies without tasting bad. In just one scoop, I’m getting kale, spinach, alfalfa, apple, chlorella, alfalfa, wheatgrass, barley leaf, and broccoli.

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Forget those nasty tasting smoothies, your smoothie can taste great and give you all the health benefits you need. I’ve tried a lot of powders and nothing comes close to the Coconut Greens powder. Totally go green! Each time you purchase a tub of Coconut Greens you help a child in a developing country. Use my code Christa10 for an additional 10% off each purchase.

You can feel good, look good, and go green all at once.

Cheers,

Christa Alexis xo

 

 

Green smoothies

Scoop one serving of Coconut Greens into your smoothie & get your daily servings of vitamin B enriched veggies. It’s the perfect way to start the day. You can stay hydrated all day long with the coconut water based supergreen powder. Go green & stay lean!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 4 Strawberries (or more if you’d like)
  • Califia’s Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1 Scoop of Coconut Greens

Blend it up & drink your heart to greens!

Let’s talk about Coconut…Coconut Greens!

Coconut Greens is a company based out of Farmingdale, NY and offers a coconut water based supergreen powder enriched with vitamins and organic spirulina, chlorella, kale, wheatgrass, and other “good greens.” And all of the ingredients are organic, non-gmo, gluten and dairy free, which makes it a great supplement alternative for vegan and vegetarians. You can stay hydrated, detox, and remain energized all day long. Better yet, one scoop of Coconut Greens contains 8-10 servings of greens per serving. If you’re on the go or have a busy lifestyle, grab coconut water and scoop it into your drink and don’t worry there is no gritty aftertaste. Unlike most powders, Coconut Greens taste pure and uses high quality ingredients including a coconut water based powder. You can totally taste the difference. Plus, the green powder is full of veggies packed with Vitamin B to help you stay rejuvenated all day long.

SmoothiealmondmilkCoconut Greens with almondmilk & cashew milk and a banana.

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Watch ChristaAlexis talk about Coconut Greens here.

Order today on Amazon. Each purchase of Coconut Greens goes to a child at risk for Vitamin A deficiency. They paired up with a non-profit organization Vitamin Angels to help reduce childhood mortality by providing them with essential supplements.

Feel good, live better! Get your greens with Coconut Greens. Visit their instagram for weekly recipes and for a superfood green powder that helps balance your sugar levels, the natural way.

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No dairy, no problem!

Dairy has a lot of additives, extra fat, and also slows your body down.  It takes even longer to digest dairy. Many of us believe that dairy is beneficial for calcium; however, coconut milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, figs, and oranges are other highly enriched calcium dairy alternatives. I recently decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle. Immediately, I noticed I had more energy and even shed a few extra pounds. My meals are more simple and full of veggies and fruits. I love to start my day with a smoothie, and end it with a salad and a protein, but for snackin’ time I have nuts, clementines and popcorn. Start to eliminate dairy and see what happens!

  1. More energy
  2. Loss of weight
  3. Feeling full
  4. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
  5.  Less cravings

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