Archive for May, 2013

You have to crawl before you can run!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s been a busy spring, and now I’m looking forward to enjoying some time in the sun and in the water! I promised to update you on my half marathon attempt, and I apologize for leaving you hanging.
Nashville Marathon: The day of the race dawned cold and rainy. Yep, it was 50 degrees in Nashville at the end of April, and drizzling steadily. My sister and I had diligently sprayed our running shoes with water protector, and donned our clear plastic rain ponchos. Stylish!

Have you ever run 13.1 miles in a trash bag?! I must say, things weren’t shaping up as I had envisioned them. The rain picked up into a steady downpour and I had to laugh at our attempts to “waterproof” our shoes. What kept me in good spirits was all of your well wishes, and the spectators lining the streets to cheer us on. Amazing and awesome people to come out on such a nasty day and root for us! American flags were in no short supply, and I even ran by the curb a couple of times so I could get “high fives” from the crowd.


I met my goal of running the entire 13.1 miles. I did have some pretty severe hip flexor pain the last three miles or so, but I was determined to finish that race running! Turns out, I finished it smiling, too.

I learned a few things about training and core strength, along with how a marathon works. I also discovered that the joy of accomplishing a goal I wasn’t sure I could reach, is a really great feeling! As it turns out, the phenomenon know as runner’s high is definitely addicting, and I registered for the Akron half marathon in September. So, honk if you see me out running this summer, and thank you all for your well wishes and support!

Peace & Raw,

Superfood Dessert!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Mila Fruit Parfait

Chocolate Mila Pudding

 2 tablespoons Mila

1 cup almond, coconut or rice milk

½ tablespoon raw cacao

½ tablespoon coconut sugar

¼ tablepoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Mila Pudding

 2 tablespoons Mila

1 cup almond, coconut or rice milk

½ tablespoon coconut sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


Fresh strawberries and blueberries

Mint sprig


First make the chocolate and vanilla Mila puddings.  Mix all ingredients and stir well.  Set in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.  The mixture will be very “pudding” like.  You can eat this as is!

For parfait assembly, use a martini glass or something similar.  Start with fruit on the bottom, then a layer of vanilla, then more fruit, then a layer of chocolate.  Continue until glass is full, top with some fruit and a pretty sprig of mint.  It’s pretty served as a dessert at a party and kids LOVE it!  No one will even guess they are eating an amazingly healthy superfood!

Mila parfait

*What is Mila you might ask?  Mila is a proprietary blend of Chia, a superfood.  Mila is a whole, raw food, a natural source of Omega-3s, antioxidants and phytonutrients and is a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber. As an added benefit, Mila is non-GMO, gluten-free, trans-fat free and sugar free. Mila can be deliciously combined with many foods like oatmeal, yogurt and cereals. Mila is consumed throughout the world for its heart, bone, prostate and gastrointestinal support. With its supreme biological properties, Mila is an unparalleled food for weight management, but it is also widely consumed for anti-aging, prenatal care and mental health.  To learn more contact us!

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Raw & Alive Pina Colada

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Our version of a Pina Colada is alcohol, dairy and refined sweetener free! A hot summer day treat that will keep you hydrated.

1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup young Thai coconut meat
1 1/2 cups fresh (or frozen) pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon Mila chia seeds*

Open the Thai coconut and pour the water into a high speed blender. Scrape the meat out from inside the coconut. Add to blender with the remaining ingredients. Add about 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth. Add ice if using fresh pineapple and blend. Enjoy!


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Mango Avocado Salad

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Take something special to the next picnic!

This is such a great change from the standard lettuce salad! It’s an unusual combination of ingredients, but you’ll be surprised how well the flavors compliment each other. Prepare just before you’re ready to serve.

3 Mangoes, diced into cubes (I love the champagne or yellow mangoes)
3 Ripe Avocados diced into cubes
1-2 Cucumbers, peeled and seeded and diced into cubes
2 jalapeno peppers, minced (use just a small amount of the seeds – that’s where the heat is)

1/4 cup sesame oil
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon coconut sugar or agave nectar
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds (the black ones make a nice presentation)
pinch of sea salt

Put lime juice, sweetener, sesame seeds and salt in a bowl. Slowly pour in sesame oil, whisking constantly until blended. Toss with salad ingredients and serve immediately. Serves 6.
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Super Summer Smoothies!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

It may not officially be summer, but it sure feels like it this week! I can’t wait for all the excellent produce to start showing up at farmers markets and grocery stores. Here are some new recipes for you to try, just in time for summer sipping.

Beauty from the Inside Out Smoothie

4-6 Kale leaves
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango
½ frozen banana
½ cucumber, unpeeled
1 scoop Mila* Chia Seeds
2 cups water

Wash the kale and remove the tough stem. Blend all in a high speed blender until smooth.

Berry Detoxifying Summer Smoothie

½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup dandelion greens
1 scoop Mila* Chia Seeds
1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
2 cups water if using frozen berries,  or 1 cup water and 1 cup ice if fresh

Wash the dandelion greens. Blend all in a high speed blender until smooth.

*Mila Chia Seeds are my new favorite addition to a morning smoothie. I got hooked on them this year while training for a half marathon. With more calcium than milk, more protein than beans, and more omega 3s than salmon, I make a scoop part of my daily routine. Mila is not available yet in stores, but you can click for more information or to order your own supply.  I wouldn’t recommend a product that I don’t personally use, and if you’d like to try it out, we have samples at our Akron office.