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Red Bean Ceviche

This recipe was developed down at The Retreat. Our whole philosophy down there is “Tico Fresh” and Farm to Fork, basically we want to give you the freshest foods from what we have locally available. And if you know me, you know I love taking familiar recipes and making them “Naked”. When you are craving something fresh and filling, this recipe is perfect. It’s also a great dish to bring to potlucks and picnics.

Red bean ceviche
Red Bean Ceviche
Ingredients
• 1 can of Red Kidney Beans, rinsed thoroughly
• ½ cup red onion, chopped finely
• ½ cup bell pepper, chopped finely
• ¼ cup cilantro, copped finely
• ½ cup fresh lemon juice
• ½ cup fresh orange juice
• salt and pepper to taste
Directions
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for an hour before serving to allow all the flavors to combine.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

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Did you know Avocados and Dark Chocolate are two of the most perfect foods? Avocados are packed with the good kind of fat that helps lower cholesterol. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants. So I’ve combined them into this decadent powerhouse of a dessert. This will have your whole family asking for seconds.

Ingredients
• 2 ripe Avocados, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
• ¼ cup Cacao Powder
• 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
• 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
• 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
• 2/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Directions
1. Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).

2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high for 15-20 seconds. Add the melted dark chocolate and pulse for another 10-15 seconds. Spoon into 4 serving cups and chill for an hour before serving.

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Why are we buying expensive, pre-made juices?!

Good morning friends,

Today I saw something quite disturbing!

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken notice of all the juice cleanses available at stores.

I’ve been making my own juices for so long, I never buy the bottled, pre made juices.

But today I was walking through Whole Foods and finally noticed.

Those juices are EXPENSIVE!

I get that it may be worth the cost for the ease of simply purchasing a bottle.

But today I saw this Cashew, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Agave drink and thought, “What the heck”!!

This juice sells for $12, while I’m selling my Cashew Hemp Seed Milk Mixes for 10$ a BAG!

Not to toot my own horn but not only is my milk mix cheaper, it lasts longer and is HEALTHIER!

The health benefits of each single ingredient in the mix are AMAZING for your skin, digestion, and overall health.

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My goal is to make health easy and accessible to all people.

Please, ditch the expensive juice bottles and give my mix a try!

Get them here, for the limited time price!!

In health and love,

Diana Stobo

P.s For more recipe books, digestive bitters or my exclusive triple stitched nut-milk bags visit my STORE.

Green date Smoothie

Hey, Sugar!

I want you to enjoy healthy habits.

And if something doesn’t taste good, let’s face it — you’re not going to eat it.

Green smoothies need to taste good. If they are yummy you’ll crave them every day.

So, what are your sugar options for sweetening your daily smoothie?

FAQs

What is a low calorie sweetener?
Stevia, monk fruit sugar, and xylitol.

What are low-GI sweeteners?
Stevia, xylitol, and agave nectar.

Which  are minimally processed?
Organic dried fruits, raw honey, and maple syrup.

What is the best for nutrition?
Wild raw honey, dried fruits, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.

I personally like adding just a few drops of stevia. I find that too much has a bitter aftertaste. Or soaked dates. Soaking your dates softens them and you can always use the water they soaked in to sweeten your smoothies as well.

Green Date Smoothie

  • 4 dates, soaked, pitted and chopped
  • 1 peeled, frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 3 cups kale
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup  almond milk

Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth.

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Can Green Smoothies Help You Lose Weight?

Are you happy in your body?  Want to fit into that dress?  Lose those last 10 pounds?

Well, so many diets are fads.

High protein/low carb diet?

This diet contains way too much animal fat, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and kidney stones.

It works to help you lose weight but this diet is horrible for you in the long run.

High-carb/low-fat diet?

Otherwise known as the 80-10-10 diet amongst Raw foodies. Emphasis on RAW fruits and veggies as your main food source.

This diet also helps shed the weight, but if you are not careful you can get lethargic.

And it’s just hard to maintain in real life.

I want you to start a regimen that lasts.

I’m asking you to replace one meal a day, just ONE meal, with a green smoothie.

I suggest breakfast because it is the perfect way to wake up your system with a filling, nutrient-rich drink.

But do what works for you. This is all about ease.

Green smoothies are:

  • Nutrient-dense
  • Fiber-dense
  • Filling combination of protein and carbs
  • Alkalizing

They keep you full longer so you aren’t tempted to make unhealthful choices.

I’m inviting you to make this one change in your diet before the New Year’s resolution fads sink in.

Trade that morning toast or that afternoon burger for a green smoothie.

This is a lifestyle choice that we can make together.

Start off today with this recipe.

Lemony Kale Greens Smoothie

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This recipe is jam packed with leafy greens. Never drink bok choy? I swear you won’t taste it. This smoothie is sweet and tangy.

The lemons will help alkalize your body and detoxify your liver.

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 cups green grapes

1 bok choy

1/4 head of romaine lettuce (or 5 large leaves)

4 kale leaves

Juice of 1 meyer lemon

1 frozen banana

Blend in a high-speed blender until smooth.

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Soothing Non-Dairy Turmeric Milk

Not only is this warm drink delicious, it is also soothing for sore throats and stuffy noses. Ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. The black pepper boosts those properties. You can make this with any fresh nut-milk you have on hand or even store bought coconut milk. Make sure you heat it gently to not curdle the milk.

Non-Dairy Turmeric Milk

2 cups homemade almond, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk of your choice
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1″ piece of ginger sliced
raw honey to sweeten, if desired

Combine all ingredients and whisk on low heat until milk is warm but not too hot. Serve immediately.

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Soothing Turmeric Almond Milk

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Root Vegetable au Gratin with Crispy Leeks

I’ve been getting so many request for root vegetable recipes. Especially celeriac roots and turnips. Basically, I use them instead of potatoes. You can roast them, you can mash them. They are so versatile.

Don’t be afraid of new produce!

I created this dish from my Kale Casserole recipe and it was a revelation!

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Root Vegetable au Gratin with Crispy Leeks

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoon ghee, melted

• 1 cup thinly sliced leeks

• 11⁄2 teaspoons Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning

• 2 teaspoons tamari wheat-free soy sauce

• 1 each parsnip, celeriac root, turnip, sliced thin

Sauce

• 1⁄4 cup cashew butter

• 1⁄2 cup water

• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

• 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

Crispy Leeks

Ingredients

2 cups thinly sliced leeks (about 2)

2 teaspoons olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Peel and slice root vegetables into thin slices using a sharp knife or a mandolin.

In a 9-x-9 inch baking dish layer sliced root vegetables, using a pastry brush, brush thin layer of melted ghee on each layer of root vegetable mixture.

In a high-speed blender, mix cashew butter, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt until incorporated. Pour over root vegetables, cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes. Top with Crispy Leeks (below) and bake at 375° for an additional 15 minutes.

Crispy Leeks

Directions

Thinly slice leeks, using the tender whites up to the pale green of the leek.

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.

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The Benefits of Meditation

Is focus an issue?

Do you find that you can’t fall asleep at night?

Do you get bouts of Anxiety?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone….

A busy mind is one of the biggest causes of dis-ease and weight gain.

It’s time for you to Relax…

Relaxation …

Who has time for that?
What does that mean?

Does that mean watching a movie on television? Does it mean listening to live music at a local bar? (Both of which are entertaining and stimulating — they take us away from ourselves and fill us with euphoria — but I am talking about going into ourselves.) It means making time for YOU. Quiet time. Mindless relaxation. Don’t worry if this sounds like an impossible task. I remember when I felt that way.

There are so many ways to get that mindless time. Some call it meditation, and I know that’s a scary word for a lot of people. I remember when I was told to meditate some years ago. I jumped at the practitioner who suggested it, “I don’t know how!” But, of course, I did know how, we all know how, instinctually. We just forget that we have that option.

Meditation

Meditation doesn’t have to look a certain way. It doesn’t have to look like a yogi in meditation pose, chanting OMMMM with their hands resting gently on their legs, palms up with forefinger slightly touching thumb. But it can. I was extremely intimidated by the thought of meditation when imagining that scenario. It was a ridiculous-looking position and I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that, I thought to myself. I had really created a story around why that wouldn’t work for me. But, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to sit in any particular position — there are no rules for how you quiet your mind.

Unless you wish to take meditation to the next level, or wish to one day teach it, you can meditate however you like. Sometimes when I go on a walk, I pick a focal point on a long path and stay tuned into that and not distracted with other elements. My body keeps moving along the path, and all I hear is my breath while focusing on this pinpoint of nothingness. It’s just plain good practice to “give it a rest,” once in a while.

I also like to take a few minutes to do a simple meditation at home. In the video “How to Balance the Mind,” I show you how to do a 10-minute meditation. It is simple and quick enough to do every day.

ps.  Your health/weight management  is more than just food.

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What Women Need from Health and Wellness

Science is a Male Dominated Profession
Yet, Women Account for 85% of overall consumer spending including everything from autos to healthcare.
  • 93% Food
  • 93% OTC Pharmaceuticals
  • 92% Vacations
  • 91% of New Homes
  • 89% Bank Accounts
  • 80% Healthcare
  • 66% PCs
  • 65% New Cars
  • 58% of Total Online Spending 
    (Source: Greenfield Online for Arnold’s Women’s Insight Team)
So why are we listening to these men when we are trying to look and feel better?
Why are we making them rich on theories of what women want?
Why do we buy products that they produce for Women?
Just look at them…
 
 
Do they look exuberant? Healthy? Lean? in shape?
I know for a fact that I have almost 10 years on one of them…..
 
Healthcare :meaning anything health and wellness is a multi billion dollars industry and predicted to reach $Trillion by 2017
 
 
 
Yet, people are not getting better.
people are getting sicker, fatter and more frightened.
They are looking for answers and buying everything on the market that promises to heal, fix, decrease age, weight, and the possibility of disease.
Yes, we Women…..smartest gender on the planet….and yet, we are looking to men for our health answers.
 
Truth is….  we are not going to live forever.
And the only way to ensure a life of Health Vibrance and Beauty is to live one every day.
 
If you don’t already know me, My Name is Diana Stobo, and I am turning 50 in early 2015.
I was once overweight, and riddled with illness.  
I was looking for answers too.  And over 10 years ago, I had to take my life into my own hands.
I healed myself and changed my life forever…
I took this picture just a month ago.  
 
 
I don’t work out like crazy…
I don’t adhere to any calorie restricted program…
I don’t take any supplements, besides my Digestive bitters.
 
I Eat for Health Vibrance and Beauty….
I do intermittent cleanses/juice fasting “Naked Challenges”  
and I Choose to be happy no matter what…..
 
Now I ask you…..Who would you take advice from?
Them or me?
 
Please Subscribe to my Youtube DianaStoboLive
 
and sign up for your own personal Naked Challenge.
 
p.s.  Stop throwing your money away on these guys…All it takes is a trust in yourself.  Trust in your bodies ability to heal, and trust that I can lead you to the place you wish to go.
 
p.s.s.If you click here NOW, you can start a Naked Challenge today….it’s the first step to begin your life of health vibrance and Beauty.
 
 
In health and Love,
Diana
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Best-kept secret in detox and weight loss

It’s without doubt the best-kept secret in detox and weight loss.

And I’m going to share it with you right now.

But first, I want you to ask yourself:

Are you feeling like you may have had too big of a weekend?

Drinking and eating too much, not resting enough?

Are you starting your week off a little SLOW?

Well, how would you like to shake the cobwebs off?

Lose the puffy outer layer.

And start fresh tomorrow?

GREAT!

The SECRET is to drink 1 gallon of water, preferably distilled water, TODAY.

There you have it.

And this is what happens when you take my advice …  wink wink :)

So, I took your advice and drank a gallon of water one day last week. It wasn’t easy but it went much better than I anticipated. I decanted the water into 16oz bottles as to not be overwhelmed. Sometimes I would just take a sip other times I would just down a bottle. You were right. (And yes, I just said it again and louder. You were right!!!) I felt a huge difference especially the next day. Less bloated, felt lighter, more energy, more clarity even lost a few pounds of water. That was after one day!”  ~Maria

I’m telling you, I have secrets …

Good ones.

And they all work.

READ THIS to find out how to BOOST your metabolism even higher with water.

In health & love,

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