Healthy cauliflower "fried rice"

I love making this dish because it’s not only packed with veggies, but it’s simple and easy to make!! I try to not eat a lot of take-out food, and if you’re a fried rice lover, I highly suggest making your own at home.  It’s a much healthier and more nutritious option and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much it tastes like you’re actually eating fried rice!

This is also a good recipe to use when you want to clean out your fridge. You can throw whatever veggies and leftover pieces of veggies you have on hand into this dish and it will still taste great! As you'll see from the directions below, I did just that! I had only baby carrots and only 1/2 of 2 different kinds of peppers, but it worked out to be delicious nonetheless! 

cauliflower fried rice

You can really throw whatever veggies you want into it, but here’s what I used:

  • ½ onion diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • Hand grated 5 baby carrots (because that’s what I had in my fridge!)
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • Fresh grated ginger

You’ll also need:

  • 1TBS oil (I use extra virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBS low sodium soy sauce
  • Any protein you may want to add
  • salt and pepper of course ;)

Start by sautéing your onions in 1 TBS of oil until translucent.  Then add the garlic, ginger, and other veggies and cook through.

While the veggies are cooking, cut off the florets of the head of cauliflower.  Some stem is ok, just not big pieces of it as it doesn’t process as nicely as the florets do.  Pulse them in your food processor until you get a rice-like consistency.

Add the cauliflower rice to the pot of veggies and stir to combine.

While the added cauliflower is cooking through, I whisked together the 2 eggs and scrambled them in a separate small pan.

To finish, add the soy sauce and scrambled eggs, (add whatever cooked protein you would like at this step too) mix it all together and voila! Dinner is served! This made 4 servings for me, but really I wanted to eat it ALL! Hope you enjoy!!

My favorite cookie recipe

Sometimes we all just need a little treat...

I'm not shy about loving these healthy cookies. First off, they have only 2...yes TWO, main ingredients. You can just stop there and it's delicious. I however typically don't just stop there. 
These are my Bakers Choice cookies and the name says it all....add whatever else you want! Sometimes I add a few Enjoy Life dairy-free dark chocolate chips and some cinnamon to make them more of a treat. I also like to go more of a trailmix route and do walnuts, dried cranberries and pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Whatever you put in yours is up to you, but trust me you'll be making these so often that you'll have plenty of opportunities to mix it up! 
The best part about these cookies is that they are a great grab and go breakfast. With school starting back up for so many people these are a GREAT way to take some stress out of your mornings. Essentially its just oatmeal on the go depending on what you put in there. They also freeze well so you can make a double batch and thaw them in the fridge later. 

Ingredients
-2 ripe bananas mashed
-1 cup rolled oats (you can use quick oats as well, but they will have a softer texture)
- About 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I don’t actually measure this, but I like a lot of cinnamon)
-Whatever else you want to throw in there!
I typically use a few different things, here are some suggestions: dark chocolate chips; walnuts; peacns; shredded coconut; raisins; dried cranberries; cacao nibs; pepitas… etc!

To make:
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
Scoop a small amount onto parchment paper or a lightly oiled cookie sheet
Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown!
Eat or freeze within 2-3 days…if they last that long ;)

 

How to stay energized at work

We all want to feel like we are beaming with energy. If you’ve signed up for my free training, (if you haven’t yet, you can do so HERE!) you know that starting your morning off right is a key component in having a great rest of the day. But keeping your energy at its highest levels throughout the day isn’t always easy, especially if your job involves sitting at a desk for 8+ hours staring at a screen.

By the afternoon, your focus starts wavering, you become less productive and you might even find yourself getting lost in junk email or scrolling through Facebook, aka junk food for your brain. Or worse, you reach for real junk food, a piece of candy from the office stash, or a soda from the vending machine, anything to give you a little extra energy boost to make it through those last few hours of work.

We all know that this is not the best solution. But what should we be doing instead to feel more energized at work?

1. Take frequent breaks: Every 50 minutes or so, take a screen break. Look off to the side of the computer, or close your eyes. Give yourself a few minutes to stop thinking and just be. Take a few deep breaths and reset. Think of it as a mini meditation every hour to reboot your mind. Just stop and pay attention to your breath. It sounds simple, so simple that you might just brush it off, especially if you’re a type A person like myself who needs to keep pushing through. But as odd as it might seem to stop working to get more done, those few minute breaks add up to a huge cumulative benefit of more energy and better focus throughout the day. Set a timer on your phone to remind you so you have one less thing to think about!

2. Go for a walk: If you can, get up and go for a walk. Something as simple as a 20 minute walk has been shown to boost energy levels and decrease fatigue. Bonus points if you can get outside and get some vitamin-D while you’re at it!

3. Stay hydrated: Dehydration is a huge reason many people feel fatigued. Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day and keeping your body nourished. Remember, drinks like coffee and soda will actually dehydrate you more. While the caffeine or sugar might give you a little pep, the effects are short lived and you’ll feel even more tired when you’re coming down off of the high. Stick with water and let your body naturally energize itself by working at its highest potential. Keeping hydrated will also keep you feeling fuller throughout the day, so you’ll be less likely to indulge in that energy draining candy bar or bag of chips. 

The missing piece in feeling healthy

Hi friends!

Ever feel like you are doing the right things but just not getting where you want to be with feeling healthy? A lot of people struggle to actually feel healthy, even though they are "dragging themselves to the gym" and eating "boring salads" for lunch. The problem is, they are missing a key piece of health: mindset. If you are just going through the motions of a healthy lifestyle, say, to loose 10lbs in a few weeks, then you will never fully get the amazing benefits and embodied feelings that come from truly becoming healthy.

Wellness means more than eating more broccoli; and to find the Wellness Warrior within in you, you need to make sure you have the right outlook to go along with these healthy changes.

Here are my 3 most crucial mentality shifts to make before you can Ignite Your Wellness Warrior and step into your healthiest self.

Take some time and work through each of these concepts. They are all important in their own way, and together they can make all of the difference in how you end up feeling on your journey to your healthiest self! 

Learn to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Trying new things can be uncomfortable. We have an inherent want to push away, or even outright avoid, what is uncomfortable for us. But, being uncomfortable is a part of life and it can even open doors and create amazing opportunities for growth if you persevere through. Cultivate the ability to sit with your discomfort and know that you will be okay. Change in life is a given. How we perceive the change is what impacts us, so why not embrace it instead of avoid it and get comfortable with the uncomfortable. You'll find that you are able to grow more and be happier as a result. 

Know that you are good enough and embrace your individual self. You have so much to offer the world. You are a unique, amazing person. A co-worker of mine once told me a quote that has stuck with me, "If all the birds sang the same song, there wouldn't be any music". Love who you are and what you have accomplished in life. Acknowledge that you have so much to offer the world and no one else has a path like yours. Also, with knowing you are good enough comes the confidence to take a chance, not be afraid to fail, and to embrace setbacks instead of letting them get you down.

Have fun with change. Don't eat kale just because someone tells you to. Don't run on a treadmill for an hour every day if you absolutely hate it. Have fun with your life or you'll always feel like you're struggling for something more. Yes, there can be an adjustment period for a lot of new things like trying new foods or new exercises, you might not fall in love with it right away. But if you approach change with a playful mind and heart, you will be far more open to finding the things that bring you joy and truly nourish you inside and out! 

Homemade mint iced tea

When was the last time you slowed down and just observed?

One of my favorite things about the change in the seasons is the surprises that it brings. Stop what you're doing and take a walk near some flowers, have a seat and sip some cold iced tea, take in the beauty that is all around you...


I recently took a trip up to my sister’s house for a nice afternoon visit and to get to see my adorable little nephew. He’s seriously the most loveable little guy ever (in my completely unbiased opinion, haha!)

They bought their beautiful home late last year, so what spring and summer would bring for landscaping was somewhat of a mystery to them. Happily, as the days got warmer, a beautiful garden revealed itself. Before I left we took a walk out to the front of their property where she has gorgeous peonies, delicate foxgloves, tall bunches of chives, and tons of fresh mint growing. Mint is known for taking over a garden, so when I tell you she had tons of it I’m not exaggerating. She was generous enough to give me a beautiful pick of flowers, a handful of chives and a big bunch of mint.

 

Mint is one of my favorite herbs so I was definitely excited to have so much of it! It’s versatile in so many dishes, but one of my favorite ways to have mint is as mint tea.

I personally drink tea every night before bed. It’s a part of my evening ritual and helps to calm me down and gets me ready for sleep.

But on a hot summer day, a nice cold cup of refreshing iced mint tea definitely hits the spot. You'll still get the same benefits whether its hot or cold, so whichever way you choose to drink it doesn't matter. 




It's so simple to make, only requiring 2 ingredients! The only other requirement of my recipe is to slow down, kick back, and savor life while you sip :)

 

Fresh Mint Iced Tea 

1 bunch fresh mint (the leaves from about 4-5 sprigs)

4 cups boiling water

*You can also add honey or raw sugar while still warm, or citrus zest to give it a little more flavor if you’d like!

 

  • Wash your mint leaves and tear into smaller pieces
  • Place mint in teapot, or strainer over a glass bowl, and pour boiling water over it, making sure that the leaves are covered by the water
  • Allow to steep 5-10 minutes depending on how strong you want your tea
  • Remove mint leaves at desired strength and allow the tea to cool before refrigerating (1-2 hours)
  • Serve cold over ice with more fresh mint leaves as garnish

 

Mint is a perfect herb to add to your repertoire, especially in the summer.

Mint is great for digestive health, it helps to soothe your stomach, and is a great remedy for nausea. Mint can help with weight loss in a natural way by stimulating digestive enzymes.  It’s also great for oral health, freshens your breath and can keep bacteria away. Mint is also helpful with allergies and asthma and can aid in clearing congestion. 

Your daily mini vacation awaits. The easy way to get more time for you

 

Hello friends!

I just got back from a wonderful birthday vacation and I’m feeling extra refreshed and rejuvenated!

Getting away from the hustle and bustle for a few days was peaceful and centering. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of life and forget to check in and truly see how we’re doing.

Self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. But, it can also be one of the hardest things to find time for in the day. It very easily gets pushed to the back-burner or never even crosses our minds until we're so run down and exhausted that we can't move! We think that if we just keep pushing through, eventually we'll get the relax time we deserve. But in reality, its the relax time that we need to be able to keep going. That’s the kicker! If we go, go, go until there's nothing left, we will be burnt out and it will be so much harder to feel rejuvenated.

But don't worry, I have a super easy, quick way to get that reset you deserve, each and every day! You won't need to travel to Mexico to feel calmer and happier, and if you do go on vacation, you'll be even more prepped for relaxation while you're there!

Grab your cell phone and trust me on this one, technology is your friend this time...

Go to your Calendar, or Reminders or Alarm setting, whatever you feel most comfortable using, and set yourself a notification that will alert you each day to take some time for yourself. If this sounds scary or not do-able to you, start taking just a 5 minute time out. If you’re like, YES, let's do this!, then try 15, 30, whatever feels right for you! The key is to put it in your phone. Set the reminder NOW, and then follow through with it when the time comes. Make it a doable amount of time. It's better to get in 5 minutes than to shoot for 20 and consistently hit snooze and never get around to it. Make sure to set the reminder for a time when you will be able to actually do it to prevent the “I'll get to it later, I'm too busy right now” excuse. Do it right then and there. Stop what you’re doing, walk away, take some deep breaths, take a step outside, stretch, journal, meditate, do something that feels nourishing for you and your mind.

After the first few times you’ll start looking forward to your “you time” and then you can up the amount! Maybe eventually you won’t even need the reminders! We all need a littler reminder now and then though, so just keep plugging those alarms into your phone regularly and enjoy your daily mini vacation from the grind and your well deserved time to yourself.  

With warmth and smiles,

Christine XO

Mustard crusted salmon with grapefruit & avocado salad and sauteed bok choy

This happens to me all the time.  I look in the fridge and think to myself, 'Oh man, I REALLY need to go grocery shopping, but I don't have time to tonight, and I'm too HUNGRY!"  The produce is starting to run out, and it seems like  there's nothing in the fridge...how on earth do I make myself a dinner?? But instead of resorting to eating out or making a frozen meal, I get creative.

mustard crusted salmon with grapefruit and avocado salad and sauteed bok choy

This dinner was 100% made up of "fridge stragglers".  The piece of salmon was literally all I had left for protein.  The bok choy was leftover from the Thai peanut dish the other night, and the half of an avocado was in my fridge from the other day.  I saw the other half of my breakfast grapefruit in there too and thought, citrus goes well with salmon, and decided to give it a try!

I wanted to stray from anything too similar to the earlier night's Thai-style dish so I went with bold, zippy flavors instead. Everything was simple, quick and tasted great together.

For the salmon, I smeared about a tablespoon of whole grain mustard on it and then baked for 15 minutes at 350F, broiling for the last minute or so to get a nice crust to form.  The bok choy I kept easy by sauteing it in EVOO with garlic, and the star of the dish was 1/2 an avocado and the segments from 1/4 of a grapefruit.  That's it!  Separate, these items don't look like much, but together it made for a delicious meal.  The slightly sweet tang of the grapefruit worked well with the creamy avocado and together it balanced out the punch of the mustard.  With the earthy crunch of the bok choy on the side, the dish was complete.

Of course there's a "don't forget" in here somewhere, and it's not that you have to learn to think outside of the box (though, that is a good tip).  My don't forget for tonight is, if you buy healthy food, you'll eat healthy food! Keep yourself stocked with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats and proteins and you'll use it! Re-think what you're putting into your shopping cart each week and be more mindful of your choices and you will be less likely to go for the preservative and sodium packed frozen box, because you won't have it in your freezer in the first place!