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This is one of those recipes that I kept thinking about until it just happened, and it came out perfectly the very first time. WOW is it good. It’s a healthful, delicious alternative to Green Bean Casserole.
Kale and Mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon ghee
• 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
• 2 cups sliced fresh crimini or shitake mushrooms
• 11⁄2 teaspoons Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning
• 2 teaspoons tamari wheat-free soy sauce
• 2 bunches curly kale, chopped
• 1⁄4 cup cashew butter
• 1⁄2 cup water
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
• 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large skillet on medium heat, melt the ghee. Add the leeks, mushrooms, seasoning, and tamari and sauté until soft. Add kale, cover, and let steam on low for 5 minutes.
In a high-speed blender, mix cashew butter, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt until incorporated. Add to kale mixture in skillet and toss. Turn off heat and transfer to a 9-x-9 inch baking dish. Top with Crispy Leeks (below) and bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
2 cups thinly sliced leeks (about 2)
2 teaspoons olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Toss leeks in olive oil and sea salt. Spread evenly and thinly on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Toss and bake an additional 5 minutes until almost completely browned. They will continue to brown on top of casserole.
Are you looking down at that uncomfortable bloated belly, wondering when the last time it is that you saw your toes? Okay, maybe its not that bad, maybe you just feel a little puffy? Or perhaps its just that the clothes aren’t fitting the way they used to and you just feel heavy? Slimming down your middle can be done without counting calories. It is about paying attention to what you are consuming, and make choices to eliminate the 3 major culprits. Take a quick step back and evaluate your intake. Now, take Control of what you are placing in your precious body. Its simple, we all want to be in control and food, is the ONLY and ONE thing in life that we have control over. Thats right, unless you are being force fed, you are in control of every bite you place in your mouth. So, with that new found empowerment, and desire to feel and look the best ever, start eliminating these 3 Toxic foods and lets shrink that Belly.
Step ONE- Know and avoid these 3 foods and watch the weight melt away.
1. Processed foods/Junk foods
If the box or bag the food comes in has an ingredient list that you cannot understand or pronounce, do not eat it. Don’t buy it, don’t hold onto it, in fact, throw it out of your pantry as quickly as possible, because one day it will call on you to come and get it, adding inches to your waistline.. Junk foods, processed foods and fast foods, none of it is real food. All of those mystery ingredients are pure toxins for your body and will not benefit your good health in any way. (Replace with whole foods, fresh grains, vegetables, fruits,nuts and seeds)
2. Soft drinks, juice, and other sweetened beverages.
These beverages actually increase your hunger. Thats right, anything containing high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and even artificial sweeteners need to be avoided at all costs. They are not only empty calories, but they raise the glucose levels in your body that causes cravings to occur. (Replace with fresh pressed juices that you make yourself, purchase fresh pressed at local markets or juice stands)
Alcohol is loaded with calories, turns to sugar, and adds toxins to the body like no other ingredient , adding instant girth to the tire around the belly. Alcohol stifles the Livers ability to function and process toxins. Toxins = Excess Weight. Excess weight loves to accumulate around the Belly. (Replace with love, joy, laughter, sex and sleep)
Step TWO- Avoid these foods today and experience immediate results. You will feel lighter, less bloat, and an over all sense of joy at the release of these. toxic foods.
Step THREE- Get Naked Fast. When you start eating Naked your body will naturally begin slimming down and over time with consistency will likely stay that way. Know your No’s (no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no meat, no caffeine, and no alcohol) and stay away from manufactured foods to reduce your silhouette. You will eventually find what foods area a bit resistant, and also find the foods that please you and your lovely frame.
For more information please go to http://www.DianaStobo.com/store to find books, products, coaching and The Naked Challenge to take your health and wellness to a new level of Bliss
in health and love,
Rice Krispie Treats are an American favorite, a bake-sale classic, and a fun ‘n easy treat. But because of the marshmallows and margarine, those of us on a healthful diet have to say “no thanks.” But guess what? Not any more!
I created a fantastic “Naked” Krispie Treat that is just as delicious as the original but so much better for you. Not only are they all-natural, they also have —
Protein (from almond butter)
Fibre (from brown rice)
Natural enzymes (from the raw honey)
Antioxidants and increased endorphins (from dark chocolate)
So enjoy these special treats and start a new bake-sale tradition!
Diana’s Krispie Treats
16-ounce jar raw, creamy almond butter
1 cup raw, creamy honey (melted)
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
10-ounce package of crispy brown-rice cereal (gluten free)*
1 to 1½ cups dark chocolate chips (optional)
*Choose an organic brand, if possible, or one that does not include additives or added vitamins.
You have 3 options.
Option 1: Chocolate-Chip Treats — Mix almond butter, melted honey, and sea salt in a large bowl and whip until smooth and creamy. Add chocolate chips and rice cereal and mix thoroughly. Pour into a 9×12-inch baking dish and press firmly down with dry hands. Let stand until honey hardens and then cut into squares. Store airtight.
Option 2: Honey Treats — Same as above without the chocolate chips.
Option 3: Cocoa Krispie Treats — Mix almond butter, honey, and sea salt in large pot over low heat and whip until creamy and warm. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and continue mixing until melted. Add rice cereal and mix thoroughly. Transfer into a 9×12-inch baking dish and press firmly down with dry hands. Let stand until cooled and then cut into squares. Store airtight.
To see a demonstration of how to make these scrumptious treats, log into my membership website The Naked Zone, go to Video Logs, and scroll down to “Diana’s Super Yummy Krispie Treats.”
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Who is your best choice when it comes to a doctor?
Generally, we don’t go to see a doctor until we are sick. And we are sick because we don’t use the #1 best doctor known to man.
Modern medicine has elevated doctors to a status of gods. When our body breaks down, we turn to doctors for answers. When we don’t feel right, we ask doctors for advice. We have relinquished our trust, our health, and our lives to the hands of the MD gods. And they provide us with the appropriate pill to address the problem.
But what if the #1 best doctor could prevent the problem before it happens? What if you consulted your #1 best doctor daily and you were provided all the answers you needed before turning to medications? What if that #1 best doctor was on call for your health needs 24 hours a day?
Perhaps then we could place our #1 best doctor in a more god-like status.
I was once dependent on my doctors to fix me. In fact, there was a time when my days were filled with doctor appointments. I knew that I didn’t have to feel that way. I knew that I could feel better. The problem was that I wasn’t listening to the #1 best doctor; instead, I was going to medical practitioners for help. It wasn’t that they weren’t trying to help — they were. They provided nice Band-Aids for my booboos so that I wouldn’t have to look at them. That was all they could do. But the “ouchies” started getting bigger and bigger until the Band-Aids no longer helped, but hurt me even more.
If doctors can’t fix you, who can?
“We are always looking for the answer in others because we don’t trust ourselves.”
This quote is from a recent conversation we had on the Naked Challenge, my 10-day detox program. Our daily conference calls create magic and synergy that bring us a greater understanding of health, life, and love. I can feel the light turn on in people when they realize who is in charge of their health.
“A lot of people don’t know there’s something different. All they know is going to the doctor. They don’t realize there’s another option out there, that there’s something better that can be done. When I was a kid, you got sick, you went to the doctor, you got some medicine and you got better. And that’s all I knew. Until my sister got something that couldn’t be healed with a pill. And I looked and looked for what was wrong with her until the day when I came across the answer and it hit me in the face: her food was making her sick. So I took over and said, ‘No thank you’ to the doctors. They weren’t going to make her better. Only she could make herself better.”
~From the June 2013 Naked Challenge
Many years ago, my sister was diagnosed with a tumor the size of a grapefruit. Her doctor told her that surgery was imminent. The doctor planned the surgery 1 month from diagnosis, and my sister was settled into that plan. But she decided to get “healthier” during her wait. She placed herself on an anti-inflammatory diet to help eliminate toxins in her body. She basically ate the Naked Lifestyle: no dairy, no wheat, no sugar, no meat, no caffeine, no alcohol. And a month later, during the surgery, the surgeon had a difficult time finding the tumor. It had shrunk to the size of a walnut. My sister shrunk her tumor and, given another few weeks, she may have eliminated the tumor altogether.
Herein lies the magic of healing.
As Hippocrates once said, “Let Food be thy Medicine, and Medicine be thy Food.”
The #1 best doctor is YOU.
You are the god of your own health. But you can only see as far as you wish to see.
“I gotta have meat.”
“I can’t live without wine.”
I would die without my coffee.”
“I like fast food.”
My response to all those comments is, “Fine, enjoy it.” I am not here to argue with people’s desires. Because I can’t make them see what is behind their poor health until they are ready to see it.
“The most freeing day of my life was finding out I have MS. The freeing part of the illness was that it made me bold. All my doctor said to me was, ‘You have MS. I hope you’re comfortable with this diagnosis.’ This told me that I was on my own. My healing, ultimately, was in my hands.”
~From the June 2013 Naked Challenge
Some people wear their diagnoses like a badge of honor. They list out their prescriptions with pride. They speak of their doctor as their best friend, their confidant, their savior (as I once did). But realize that there is another way. Some people are empowered by their healing choices. They are proud of their health. And they rarely see a doctor.
I honor whatever works for you. And I encourage you to find a path to wellness that meets your needs. If you have been using one method and it’s not working, try another. Try eating for health, vibrance, and beauty. Learn to trust the #1 best doctor: yourself.
Join the Naked Challenge and see the changes that occur in your body. You are 10 days away from a better, stronger, healthier and happier you.
In health & love,
Pill bottle image source: http://chronicdiseaseprevention29.blogspot.com/2012/12/why-you-cant-trust-medical-industry_1791.html
Many of the foods we feed ourselves and our family contain ingredients that are toxic!
Out of convenience, we pick up something from the market and pop it into the microwave without even thinking of the toxic implications it can have on us as well as our children.
We’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another.
There is no judgment here; we are simply creatures of habit and we were taught that these market items are food.
Well, sadly, they aren’t.
For example, here are a few ingredients you may find in a frozen food product that claims to be a ham and cheese croissant breakfast meal:
- Disodium Guanylate
- Magnesium Phosphate
- Potassium Chloride
- Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
The other ingredients are shown in the image to the right. This actually reads like a science experiment, not a meal.
How do we shed the old habit of trusting manufacturers to provide what is best for us and educate ourselves on what are real foods and what aren’t?
Do some homework and become a label reader.
Below are the worst of the worst offenders of toxic buildup.
Otherwise known as …
The 7 Deadly Food Sins
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from yellow corn. It is used to sweeten everything from juice to apple sauce. It is the leading cause of weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.
2. Trans Fats will show up as shortening, partially hydrogenated oil, or hydrogenated oil. As stated in an article from the Mayo Clinic, “Dietary Fats: Know Which Types to Choose,” trans fat increases your risk of heart attack, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Your body doesn’t know the difference between trans fats and good fats, so if you feed your body trans fat, your body uses it feed your cells. But these “bad fats” don’t act the same way in your body as good fats, leading to degraded bodily function and, eventually, disease.
3. Artificial Flavors such as “artificial strawberry flavor” or “artificial butter flavor” are loaded with countless chemical ingredients. Some sources list at least 50 ingredients that make up the artificial strawberry flavoring found in an artificially flavored strawberry milkshake. Some of the chemicals included are also found in solvents, nail-polish remover, and soap. In addition, artificial vanilla, strawberry, and raspberry flavorings are sometimes enhanced with “castoreum.” Castoreum comes from adult male beavers. It is secreted from their castor sacs along with urine when scent-marking their territory. Artificial flavors can cause indigestion, fatigue, allergic reactions, and toxic build up.
4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a salty flavoring found in everything from chips to canned soups. It has been known to cause headaches, swelling, and nausea.
5. Artificial Colors are found in cereals, candy, sodas, sports drinks, coated pills, and even cosmetics. They have names like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 5 or 6. Some colors are made from coal tar and petroleum. Studies have linked the consumption of artificial colors with hyperactivity in children.
6. Artificial Sweeteners – Aspartame, Sucralose, or Saccharin. Many of these sweeteners have been linked to headaches, dizziness, decreasing the amount of good stomach bacteria, and cancer in laboratory animals. Artificial sweeteners are constantly being studied and warnings can be issued years after a sweetener hits the market.
7. Preservatives also listed as TBHQ, Polysorbates (60, 65 and 80), BHT/BHA, Sodium Benzoate, or sulfites. The same preservatives used in food are also used in rubber, embalming fluid, and jet fuels. These have been linked to nausea, allergic reactions, liver and kidney trouble, and infertility.
These “sins” stay stuck in the cells of our body, making us sick. Most of them are made in a laboratory and are synthetic-, chemical-, and poison-based and are used as a cheap filler and preservative for longer shelf life. You can eat them, but at what cost? We were still finding out the long-term effects of eating these artificial “foods.”
What Can You Do?
To detox your body and begin healing it of the “7 deadly food sins,” eliminate all processed foods from your diet immediately and begin juicing today. Start eating REAL foods, NAKED foods, by following the guidelines in my book Get Naked Fast.
If you are ready to really clean your body of toxic poisons, then join The Naked Challenge, a 10-day supported detox and make it part of your seasonal detox by doing the program a couple times a year. This will ensure a periodic cleaning of your body, allowing the toxic build up to flush away. The Naked Challenge will also infuse your life with healthy habits that will keep your body healthy and toxic-free for a lifetime.
In health and love,
With each Naked Challenge I lead (I do one almost every month), I experience the reasons why we cleanse our bodies. With each Challenge, I meet a new group of people who want to have more energy, lose weight, learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, or simply look better in their clothes. On the other spectrum, I also help Challengers with chronic ailments related to diet, a life-long fear and struggle with food, or a stifled spirit.
People of all ages and many parts of the world join for many reasons, all equally valid. And every single person who follows the Challenge sees benefits.
These are the top five reasons you should detoxify your body (and why should join the Naked Challenge to do it!):
1. You have so much energy
Detoxing makes your body run efficiently by cleaning out the buildup of toxins. The toxins that accumulate in your intestinal tract and liver compromise your system. Your body runs slower, setting the stage for chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. Once you start eliminating these toxins, you free your body from the weight of all the toxins, which gives you way more energy for activity, fun, and adventure.
2. You look and feel fantastic
>Clearer eyes and skin
>More restful sleep
3. Your digestive system feels awesome
A detox gives your body a much-needed break. The nutrients from juices, smoothies, and salads are so pure and highly absorbable that they take the work out digestion. Coupled with my Digestive Bitters, which help stimulate bile production and aid digestion, your body will feel truly lighter and cleaner.
4. You’re lightened AND enlightened
My favorite aspect of the Naked Challenge is the overall feeling of enlightenment. What you think will be a purely physical transformation manifests itself spiritually. Each month we have Challengers express how clear-headed they have become, how much they learned about themselves through the discussions and exercises, and how much more focused and happy they feel.
5. Your life is rebooted
The Naked Challenge detox is the ultimate life changer. Not only does it give your body a complete re-boot, it takes the guess work out of eating healthfully. Many people who join the Challenge have bounced from one weight-loss plan to another and are frustrated with all the conflicting advice they receive from well meaning people and programs. They are sick of it!
Some people on the Challenge are tired of taking medications and wish for a natural path to health. Many Challengers have weaned themselves from medications used for a variety of ailments.
Some Challengers want to convert their family’s eating habits. And they do, one meal at a time, giving them the ultimate gift — health.
This is the truest reward: to give my Challengers a sustainable way of living, a clean body and spirit, and healthy habits that last a lifetime.
How to choose a detox program
Not all detoxes are created equal. A true and worthwhile detox should not leave you miserable and hungry. It should not make you feel alienated from your friends and family. A truly effective cleanse will leave you feeling positive and should be something you look forward to doing again.
>Clean out your liver from extra toxins
>Aid in weight loss
>Include digestive enzymes to allow your body to eliminate completely
>Include a manageable diet plan that will restore your body’s nutrients and leave you satisfied and full
>Provide a full support system that provides insight and clarity
The Naked Challenge meets all these requirements. It is a fully guided program that removes the mystery behind cleanses and detoxes.
The next Challenge starts June 9th and is the perfect way to get in your swimsuit and feel cleaner, younger, and more vibrant. More importantly, this detox is an active process and hopefully a life changer for every single Challenger. Do it with your spouse, your siblings, and your friends. I will guide you through it, every step of the way. Now is your time.
Dedicating yourself to a raw-food cleanse for 10 days is miraculously transforming. By doing my 10-day Naked Challenge detox, you can be free from sleep problems, digestion issues, chronic pain, depression, food addictions, and extra weight.
But for some a raw-food diet can be intimidating. And most of the time, the fear stems from the unknown. So let’s uncover some of the most frequently asked questions about the Naked Challenge and perhaps shed some light on how 10 days can be the beginning of the rest of your joyful and healthy life.
No. Juicing on the Challenge is optional and highly recommended, but I encourage Challengers to create a challenge that works for them. That means that it varies from juices, smoothies, wraps, soups, and salads. What you choose to eat and drink is based on where you are currently in your diet lifestyle.
Drinking fresh juice of fruits and vegetables is a must in a healthy lifestyle. Juicing infuses your body with vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that your body is starved for. By drinking your produce instead of eating it, you let your body easily absorb the nutrients without the work of digesting the fiber. Fiber is great, but part of the Challenge is allowing your digestive system to rest, heal, and reset. So I strongly encourage you to get yourself a juicer and drink juice every day.
Many Challengers drink smoothies as well as juice. Others eat a full raw menu plan and even warm soups. Sometimes Challengers only juice the second half of the Challenge. It is a guided program, but ultimately, we want your success, so you are able to listen to your body and choose how you will get the best results from your Challenge.
2. What do you eat on the Naked Challenge? Will I spend a lot of time in the kitchen?
For example, our Menu Plan suggests a morning smoothie or juice. You open your Recipes book to the “Morning Smoothies” section and choose one of the smoothies provided, like the Morning Burst with orange juice, almond milk, blueberries, spinach, and frozen banana.
For lunch, our Menu Plan suggests several options, one of which is an Energy Wrap. You open the Recipe Book to the Energy Wraps section and choose to make any of the wrap options.
Because you receive the Recipes book days before your Challenge begins, we strongly encourage you to peruse the recipes and make a grocery list based on the options you want to make.
And the daily Menu Plan continues to give you suggestions to create the Challenge that is right for you.
All the recipes are simple and delicious, so the food preparation is fun, not complicated.
3. Is the Naked Challenge the same as the “10-Day Weight Loss Guide” eBook in The Naked Zone?
No. The Naked Challenge is a more intense plan designed for detoxing the body. The “10-Day Weight Loss Guide” is designed for weight loss or for weight maintenance after completing the Naked Challenge. It includes foods that are not on the Naked Challenge because they slow down the detox process.
4. Can the Naked Challenge help me get off my medication for —
Many people who have taken the Naked Challenge began to wean themselves off medications once they started the guided detox. These are medications that they had taken for years. Challengers express how much better they are able to sleep, without the help of sleep aids, and how they have reduced their depression medication. One diabetic man had remarkably improved blood-sugar levels after only a few days on the Challenge and was able to reduce his medications. By following the Challenge strictly (mainly through liquid nutrition), you may begin to reduce your medications (a decision you can make working together with your doctor).
5. I don’t want to lose weight, I just want to get healthier. Will the Challenge work for me?
One of the side effects of detoxing your body is weight loss. However, I can advise you on how to get the health benefits of the Challenge while maintaining your weight.
6. Why the high price? $297 seems expensive. Can I just use information that’s already available in your books and website to do the Challenge?
The information on the Challenge is exclusive to the Challenge and is available nowhere else. In addition to the Naked Challenge Recipes book and Menu Plan, you also receive a Naked Challenge Workbook full of exercises and affirmations about all aspects of life. You also receive an informational email every morning and every night, along with links to recordings of the daily phone calls. And you get personal check-in calls every day with me and the other Challengers as we communicate our progress. These calls get to the heart of the matter. They are much deeper than just what we eat each day — we delve into how to achieve the life we truly want and what’s keeping us from getting there.
The price reflects the amount of time my whole team and I put into preparing each Challenge and the amount of time you get from me during the Challenge. Do you know that if you go to a spa for an 8-day cleanse, you will pay $3,000 to $5,000? And all the meal preparations are done for you so when you get home, you don’t know how to prepare the foods for yourself. On the Naked Challenge, I am training you to do it for yourself so that when the Challenge is finished, you have the knowledge and tools to continue on your own. The value of that is priceless.
You can reduce the price of the Challenge by taking advantage of a discount. We always offer an early registration discount of 10% if you sign up at least a week in advance. There is also a 25% discount for friends or family members who both sign up to do the Challenge together. Repeat Challengers receive 50% off. And members of The Naked Zone receive 20% off (can be combined with the early registration discount and friends/family discount).
7. What time are the calls?
The calls are usually at 6:00 p.m. Pacific/9:00 p.m. Eastern on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. Pacific/1:00 p.m. Eastern on weekends. Occasionally they may change based on my travel schedule. We encourage you to participate in every call, and if you ever don’t wish to speak on the call, that’s OK too. We record every call so that those who are unable to attend may listen to the recordings at a later time.
8. How do we get the materials? Is anything mailed to us?
Everything on the Naked Challenge is delivered to your email inbox each morning. Preparation emails begin 5 days before the Challenge begins. You must read them carefully as they are full of important information. You will receive links to all the documents to download to your computer. You can then view them or print them.
The only items that are delivered directly to your home are the supplements, which I highly encourage you to order as soon as you can so that you are fully prepared. These products aid the detox by assisting in assimilation and elimination of old waste. These supplements are available online (on my Diana Recommends page under Supplements) and arrive in a few days if you are in the continental U.S.
These are the main and most frequently asked questions about the Naked Challenge. Once you begin you will never regret embarking on the BEST 10 days of your LIFE.
If your question is not addressed or if you’d like more information, contact us. We are happy to help.
In health and love,
As mothers, we give. We give our sleep in the middle of the night, we give up our plans when we’re needed, we give our patience when our darlings are driving us crazy. We give tirelessly because it’s who we are.
So I am a fan of Mother’s Day. It’s a day for you to take a step back and be taken care of by your loved ones. It’s also a day for you to allow yourself to some relaxation and special treatment.
I have 3 ways for you to treat yourself this Mother’s Day. I hope you’ll slow down long enough to try them. You deserve it!
1 ~ Take a bath
Give yourself some tender loving care by soaking in a bath. Nurture your skin and nurture yourself. Some of my favorite kinds of baths are:
Essential oils smell fantastic and moisturize your skin, leaving it silky smooth. Lavendar, camomile, and sweet marjoram are relaxing oils. Sandalwood is good for quieting the mind. Peppermint can be energizing.
Salt bath helps to stimulate the body’s healing energies by pulling toxins out from the skin. Use sea salt, Epsom salt, or a bath salt that you like and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Seaweed bath is great to help stimulate lymph drainage, reduce cellulite, rid your body of toxins, balance body chemistry, reduce tension, and beautify skin texture. For best results, dry brush your skin before the bath. Watch the video “Sea Kelp Mineral Therapy Bath” on YouTube to see how to take a seaweed bath.
Clay bath is another wonderfully detoxifying bath. I use Vitality Herbs & Clay Sacred Clay and add about 1/4 cup to my bath water. You can also make a paste out of it and rub it on your skin or feet, use it for a facial, and you can even add it to liquid and drink it.
Tip: if you order some Sacred Clay, enter “Diana Stobo” in the Coupon Code or Comments box for a free sample of Black Beauty bath clay.
2 ~ Enjoy a chocolaty treat
We now know that chocolate is good for you — yay! As long as it’s high-quality dark chocolate, go ahead and enjoy it. One of my favorites is raw cacao. You can use it to make a delicious chocolate dip that’s wonderful with bananas, strawberries, or whatever you like. The recipe is Chocolate Fondue. In this demonstration video on my YouTube channel I show you how to make “Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.”
Another great chocolate treat is this dairy-free milkshake from my book Naked Bliss. It’s fantastic plus it’s a good source of protein, potassium, and antioxidants!
1.5 cups Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate coconut-milk ice cream
1 cup almond milk (or nut or seed milk of choice)
1 frozen banana
Blend all ingredients in blender on high until smooth and creamy.
Another favorite chocolaty treat is my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are ridiculously good and rich in protein, fiber, and omega 3s.
I am a big supporter of getting out and smelling the roses. Walking barefoot in the sand and dancing in the rain. Being in nature has so much to offer, everyone knows it, we talk about it all the time, but the benefits are far greater than we can imagine.
Negative ions are found in nature. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
All I’m suggesting is that, at minimum, you move your body in nature at least for a little bit today. Take a hike, take a walk, or just go out in your yard and put your bare feet in the grass.
Maybe that Earthy vibration will nourish you and add some liveliness to your days.
Great health — the ultimate treat
Give yourself the greatest gift of all: your health. Join me for a 10-day detox program starting this Sunday, May 12 called The Naked Challenge. We’ll feast on smoothies, juices, greens, and soups; we’ll talk every day; and we’ll discover so much about ourselves. It is truly a life-changing experience.
This woman thanked her with this lovely letter.
I’m sitting here at the kitchen bar, post-workout, sipping on my Easy Almond Date Milkshake watching Doug sip his portion while making a salad of kale, orange, walnuts and chicken. Almonds sit soaking on the counter. Doug has a grocery list of one thing for today: Coconut Bliss ice cream. What have you done to us?!
I have to say, when we arrived in Barrego I was feeling something less than sexy having hit the 6-month mark of my marriage, free from the threat of a small wedding dress in public. Just think– honeymoon, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day– no wonder. Anyway, back-to-back nights of Mexican food in Barrego sent me over my limit and as soon as Doug and I arrived back in Napa I was on the raw food bandwagon. Conveniently, I had a raw food cookbook at the studio and tons of free time with my unemployment and all. We hit the ground running (Doug had no choice, I was making the meals) and within a week I started feeling back on track… then a suspicious package arrived.
You have completely outdone yourselves with that box of goodies! I have read Diana Stobo’s cookbook front to back, been cruising websites and have started making my way through the recipes. Lucky for my mom, she is getting Diana’s cookbook for Mother’s Day (she has no idea what she is in for). The first batch of almond milk is underway as the almonds soak today and will get strained tonight. I have my handy pitcher ready when it comes.
Thank you for the wonderful box and the inspiration to make a big change in our lives! We are both better for it, that’s for sure. And did I mention that “Wilson” bowls are now a staple of our diet? Next up will be a dehydrator and swiping Laura’s top-secret cookie recipe to go with my Coconut Bliss.
The gift of health is the most loving and exceptionable present one can receive. Thank you so much for sharing this touching message, it really made my day.
In celebration of our beautiful Earth, let’s talk about the important people that use the Earth’s bounty to nourish us all, our local farmers! Now a days you can get the most bang for your buck by participating in CSA’s or Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA box is a share of crops provided by you local farmer. Here are some of the top reasons to join in your local CSA program.
Support a local farmer who is part of the regional economy.
Have access to fresh, local food that has been grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
Support farms that are growing food sustainably.
Get more in touch with seasonality of produce and to make a connection to food and the land.
Have access to a variety of vegetables that they may not be able to find in the neighborhood stores.
I love the variety of produce my local CSA provides. It is like a little surprise each month. I have also been extremely pleased with Specialty Produce‘s farmer market bags. Their bags contain produce from sustainable california farms that they have developed close and long standing relationships with. They specifically support farms that grow responsibly and are environmentally aware.
So today, as we celebrate our beautiful Earth, go out and join your local CSA. Nothing is better than fresh and healthy produce grown locally and responsibly. It’s good for your body and good for the planet, what more could you ask for?
In health and love,