Radish Soup Recipe

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Lately, I have tried to expand my “to-go” healthy recipe selection. I came across a bunch of organic radishes during a Whole Foods run and decided to throw them in the cart. I had no idea what I was going to do with them. Either a soup or a salad would be a great option, I decided on soup. A Vegan friendly, healthy soup (FREE of dairy, gluten, wheat, and sugar). It turned out amazing.

Here are the ingredients:

5 organic radishes

greens of 1 bunch of raw radishes

3 cups of vegetable broth

1/3 cup of coconut cream

2 golden potatoes

1 large yellow onion

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Heat a medium skillet with coconut oil. Cut up the onions, radishes and potatoes and place them in the skillet when the oil is hot.
  • After 5 minutes, add chopped radish greens.
  • Allow food to cool slightly before placing in a blender.
  • Also add the vegetable broth to the blender. Blend the mixture.
  • Transfer mixture from blender to a cast iron pot (or any pot you desire). Let the mixture come to a boil. Then turn down the heat to a simmer.
  • Allow soup to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Now it’s ready serve!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Elimination Communication: RHOA Star Kandi Burruss potty trains her 4 month old!

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Infant potty training?!?! Many people criticized Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss on posting an Instagram Video of her 4 month-old son learning how to use the potty. Some comments said that he was too young and she was rushing him to grow up too fast. Others questioned the advice of a Real Housewives reality TV star altogether. However, this method of training an infant to use the potty isn’t new or rushed. Keep reading to find out the real deal on potty training an infant.

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Indulge: GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, AND SUGAR-FREE PIE!

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YOU READ CORRECTLY! This pie is delicious and excludes the use of gluten, dairy or sugar! For a long time I have had setbacks in my health journey because I could not find substitutes for some of my favorite foods. Call me crazy, but I want to be healthy and have an enjoyable experience at the dining room table. After searching high and low for the best recipes for baked goods (I’m no one’s baker) I finally found a recipe for pie that I love. I modified it to meet my preferences and it’s amazing. I can’t believe it’s done without sugar. I’m still working on perfecting the presentation. In the meantime, I want to share with you my successful pie…without sugar. And the flavor is Pumpkin! Yummy.

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Get Some Discipline!

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Excuses. We have all heard them. We have all made some. However, when your goals keep you up long enough at night, because you are dreaming of something better, it’s time to address the issue. It’s time to inject some discipline and get it done. This applies to many areas in life. For instance, I need to become more discipline with my blogging, fitness and nutrition. I have made excuses for not waking up at 5 am during the weekdays; even though I know that is the only way to get EVERYTHING done by the end of the day. Join me in reading some inspirational quotes from successful people on diet, determination and discipline. Write them down. Make this post a bookmark or favorite on your phone’s web browser. Read this again, and again until you get up earlier, eat better, add more squats, or plan one more project. Whatever it is that you want to do find the discipline and dedication to do it! One of my goals is to get fit by the summer (who wants a summer body). What are your goals? Let’s do this! Continue reading

Get Your Newborn to Sleep at Night!

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You have heard it a million times. “When the baby comes you won’t get any sleep; so you might as well rest up now.” Or the infamous, “Remember to sleep when the baby sleeps.” Yes, you should sleep when the baby sleeps (if you feel like you need a nap), but daytime napping isn’t the only time you should be free to sleep when a new baby is in the house. In fact, for both of my children I had great rest, even in their first few days of life. Does this interest you? Does this sound too good to be true? It is indeed true, and it’s simple. Continue reading to find out the simple ways to improve your newborn’s sleep habits right at the start to maximize your potential to be well-rested.

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The REAL way to combat Dark Circles

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Here’s the deal…I like a good under eye cream just like the next beauty junkie, but the MAJOR KEY to getting your under eye area to look youthful with less dark circles is to drink a lot of water. By a lot, I mean, at least 1 gallon a day. There are so many benefits to drinking a lot of water and beauty is one of them. After committing to 1 gallon of water for 4 weeks straight I saw a significant reduction in the dark circles and fine lines under my eyes. I saw them reappear when my water intake decreased. So, I stopped blaming my under eye cream and started to improve my health habits.

In order to drink this (seemingly impossible) amount of water on a daily basis you must start early. As early as possible. I try to drink my first 32oz of water on an empty stomach and finish by 9:30am the latest. Another tip is to get a water bottle. I like my 32oz red water bottle because I can refill it 4 times and get 1 gallon of water. Thinking in terms of 4 refills of the bottle per day is much easier than counting 8oz glasses.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but there is a great phone app that helps you to track your water intake throughout the day. It’s called “Waterlogged”.

I know this secret seems simple, but you would be amazed to know how long I went on the hunt for the perfect under eye cream only to discover that I didn’t drink enough water. Bottom up!

Infant Favorites for January

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I love writing about my children’s favorite items. If it’s a hit for us then you may like it as well, and I’m always down for sharing if it can provide joy for someone else. We have to stay together as fabulous moms, right? So, my last post was all about the items my son used the most this month, and now it’s my infant daughter’s turn. She just turned 7 months a 2 days ago. These are the main items we used during her 6th month of being a baby angel on Earth.

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January Toddler Favorites

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It’s the first month of 2016 and I’m really excited about all the new posts I want to share with you guys. As a mommy, I am consistently looking for the best toys, educational tools, and such for my two children. I look for reviews from other moms and spend (too much time and money) on Amazon for the latest and greatest kid approved gadget. We have tried, loved and hated tons of toys and DVDs with my kids. Here are the items we love this month:

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Boost weight loss: 5 lbs lost in 8 days!!!!

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Sounds impossible, right? Well, during the first 8 days of my January 2016 (New Year) challenge I lost exactly 5lbs. What? Huh… How??? First, check out my previous post to see the details of my over challenge (diet). Each week I eliminate something from my diet and this week I removed refined sugar and gluten products. The removal of refined sugar can definitely help move along the weight loss process, but there was something else that I incorporated on a daily basis that pushed my weight loss to the next level. Keep reading if you want to know what it is….

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January 2016 Weightloss Challenge

Here it is!!!! The write up to my weight loss challenge (the one I mentioned in my 6 months postpartum youtube video). This is what I am doing, as far as diet, to lose 10lbs by my birthday. It’s only 1 month away. I plan to exercise 3-5 times per week as well. Please remember that I am breastfeeding, which can burn up to 500 calories per day. If you aren’t breastfeeding and want to try this method of weight loss, please try to incorporate a daily workout routine that burns at least 500 calories. At least 3 to 5 days per week you need to burn around 1000 calories to improve your results. With that said, here are the details:

For 4 weeks I will eliminate a few items from my diet. So, for week 1 I will remove 1 to 2 food items/junk, and for week 2 I will remove other items while continuing to not eat what was eliminated the previous week(s). This will go on for the entire month. It is important to drink 1 gallon of water per day to help detox the body as well.

Week 1: Eliminate all refined sugar and gluten products

Week 2: continue week 1, and remove animal products/meat 

Week 3: continue week 1, week 2, and remove all grains

Week 4: 7 day smoothie (whole raw fruits and vegetables in a blender, not a juice cleanse)

Let’s do it together for moral support. Comment below if you are with me!