Tuna Avocado Endive Cups

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This has to be one of my simplest - and tastiest - recipes to date!

I love eating simple, real food, and creating recipes that fit my busy life.

I grew up loving tuna sandwiches, and wanted to recreate the recipe with a healthy spin.

I posted a picture of this dish weeks ago and got dozens of requests for the recipe, so here it is!!

Hope you love it!

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Ingredients

  • Endive

  • 1 can albacore tuna (in water)

  • Avocado Mayo (I love Primal Kitchen)

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Wash and separate endive leaves

  2. Open tuna can, drain all the water

  3. Wash avocado, scoop out the inside of the avocado and place in a bowl

  4. Add tuna to the avocado, mix in 1 tsp of avocado mayo - season with salt & pepper to taste

  5. Add mixture to the inside of endive cups

  6. Enjoy!!

Partner Core Workout

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to grab your partner or your bestie for a serious core workout!

Working out with a partner is much more fun!

You encourage and motivate one another, you sweat together, and hold each other accountable for showing up.

Here is my favorite partner core workout!

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Seated Core Rotations

Sit back to back with your partner (spine long, core engaged) - pass a weighted ball back and forth to each other (making sure the ball goes around the full 360 degrees) - pass the ball 10 times each direction.

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Partner Crunches

Laying supine, hook your ankles with your partner.

With knees bent, extend arms overhead. One partner will start with a ball in their hands - both partners will sit up, pass the ball, and lower back down.

Continue moving this way, crunching all the way up and passing the ball, then lowering all the way back down.

Pass the ball 20 times.

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Core Ladder Drills

Come into a high plank with both hands inside the ladder, facing your partner.

High five your partner (right hand to right hand, then left hand to left hand) then walk laterally to the next box and repeat.

Walk the entire distance of the ladder and back.

Option to add a theraband around the legs for additional resistance for the legs (working the abductors).

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Partner Planks

Come into a plank position on your forearms facing your partner.

Both partners will bring right arm up and gently touch partners right forearm, hold for a count of 10, then bring arms come back down. Switch to left side, hold for a count of 10 then lower and switch.

Repeat 2-3 times.

First Annual Paradise Coast Wellness Weekend

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You have heard the news that Naples, FL is the healthiest and happiest city in the United States; but did you know that it is quickly becoming the Wellness Capital of the United States?

Incredible! Although, it’s not hard to believe, seeing how it is sunny everyday and the community is so healthy and active.

The first annual Paradise Coast Wellness weekend was held January 19th, with more than 30 wellness themed events and classes all over Southwest Florida! This will be an annual event every January to promote wellness in Southwest Florida and highlight a few wellness events and classes that set us apart from the rest.

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Biking, kayaking, beach yoga, meditation, swamp walks, 5K run/walk, cooking demonstrations, wellness events and seminars are just a few of the events that were hosted during the first annual Paradise Coast Wellness weekend. Many local studios, well-preneuers, and hotels participated in the events, allowing something for everyone!

The Edgewater Beach Hotel, JW Marriott Marco Island, LaPlaya Beach Resort, Naples Grande, Naples Bay Resort, The Ritz Carlton and the Naples Staybridge Suites are the hotels that participated in the wellness weekend, offering something unique to their guests.

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Wellness events started as early as 7am with the Pan-Florida Challenge Training Ride where Trek Bicycle Store educated the community about pace line training and rider etiquette, before taking riders on a 30+ mile ride.

The JW Marriott Marco Island celebrated with 12 hours of wellness, 7am - 7pm, with events such as yoga, meditation, cooking classes and other wellness themed activities.

LaPlaya’s “Fit and Trim” team offered free bike rentals, aromatherapy demonstrations, and infused water to guests and residents.

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I was fortunate enough to be a guest of the Edgewater Beach Hotel for the first annual Paradise Coast Wellness weekend. The Edgewater Beach Hotel had events lined up all weekend, including a 4 day ‘Shift Happens’ retreat with Spread Happy Now, beach yoga, cooking demonstrations, and bike rentals. The hotel became a Blue Zones approved partner in 2018 and has since added in some incredibly tasty and healthy options to their menu!

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I started my wellness weekend Friday morning at the Edgewater Beach Hotel with bike rentals for my husband and I. We were able to bike through Old Naples and stop for coffee at a cute local coffee shop (s/o Bad Ass Coffee) then we headed back to the hotel for a spa like day (more on that coming in a future blog post)!

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Saturday morning, our day started with beach yoga, Nico from Practice Yoga, taught the class to more than a dozen yogis. The view was breathtaking, the sound of the waves was meditative, and the feel of the warm sun on my skin was energizing. I would love to start everyday with beach yoga. There is definitely a time and a place for studio yoga, but beach yoga is unlike anything else. The connection to your surroundings and nature, everything else just fades and peace and calm just takes over. You can’t explain it, you need to experience it for yourself.

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After yoga, we were treated to cucumber mint infused water to rehydrate before a cooking demonstration later in the day. In between events, my husband and I enjoyed time by the pool, where we were able to unplug and relax.

In the afternoon, we were treated to a cooking demonstration from the Edgewater Beach Hotel Chef. He demonstrated how to create their signature cauliflower quinoa cakes and the green smoothie… both are Lean and Green Body® approved items! The cauliflower quinoa cakes were a crowd favorite, so much flavor and so few ingredients.

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I cannot wait to see what Southwest Florida has in store for the second annual wellness weekend!

(Look for my next blog post about my stay at the Edgewater Beach Hotel.)

Southwest Florida is known for the sunshine, warm temperatures, beautiful beaches and now for it’s Wellness!

Be Well!

Candida

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Candida has become a popular topic in today’s wellness groups. But what is it really? How do we get it … and most importantly how do we get rid of it??

Candida is a fungal infection that occurs when the healthy bacteria levels in the body are disrupted. This can occur from a variety of factors leading to an imbalance of healthy bacteria and bad bacteria in the gut.

A few factors that can lead to Candida overgrowth …

  • high refined carbohydrate diet

  • high sugar diet

  • antibiotics

  • high alcohol consumption

  • weakened immune system

  • oral birth control

  • diabetes

  • high stress levels

Candida symptoms can often go unrecognized initially because they look similar to many other conditions.

A few signs that you may have candida …

  • recurring urinary tract infections

  • fatigue

  • digestive issues

  • sinus infections

  • fungal infections on skin and nails

  • joint pain

Work with your doctor to determine if you have candida.

So, you have candida … how do you get rid of it??

First, no sugar! Sugar will feed the candida and make the infection worse.

Eliminate all refined sugars, carbohydrates and dairy products from your diet. These foods will encourage candida and bad bacteria in your gut to grow. I would suggest eliminating these from your diet permanently (or at least 80% of the time), but that is up to you!

If you have a suppressed immune system those foods will continue to promote the infection in your body.

There are several foods that have been proven to increase good bacteria growth in your gut, and begin to eliminate the growth of candida.

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  • Probiotics

  • Garlic

  • Coconut Oil

  • Aloe Vera

  • Curcumin

  • Kombucha

  • Pomegranate

Still have questions about candida? Leave your question below or reach out to our holistic nutrition specialist at jennifer@leanandgreenbody.com

New year, new me?

Just because we are starting a new year, it doesn’t mean you have to commit to a dozen resolutions hoping to change who you are.

What’s wrong with who you were in December 2018?

Nothing.

Perhaps, you want to make a few improvements or enhancements to your life - that’s great!

But please do not be swayed by all the marketing schemes trying to target you to change your life or who you are today!

I encourage you to instead of setting New Year’s resolutions - instead of setting goals - think about the person you want to become in 2019.

Not just physical changes.

Who do you want to become? How do you want to enhance who you already are?

I would encourage you to pick a word - just one - that would embody who you want to become this year.

You can be anything….

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HAPPINESS

LOVE

ATHLETIC

PEACE

JOY

HEALTHY

SUCCESS

Your word is unique to you, and your particular goals and mindset for 2019.

I encourage you to use this word, or mantra, daily. Write it on your bathroom mirror if necessary, and embody this word.

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What does this word mean to you?

After having much professional success in 2018, my word for 2019 is JOY.

I want to ‘work smarter, not harder’ and enjoy everything I have created. This goes for Lean and Green Body®, myself personally, and my family. I want 2019 to be all about JOY for me, my staff and most importantly my family.

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Life is too short, not to enjoy.

What is your word … and why? Comment below!

I’d love to see what you are up to this year.

(My incredible mindfulness coach Ciara gave me this idea)

The Local

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My husband and I recently had the pleasure of being guests at The Local here in Naples.

The restaurant is cozy, intimate, and very inviting. The staff, owner and Chef Jeff Mitchell went out of their way to ensure that we had a wonderful experience.

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The mission at The Local is to produce high quality meals by sourcing all their food products from “local ranchers, farmers, sea mongers and artisans with integrity, favor and soul.” YES! This is definitely a mission I can stand behind. This means that the menu changes according to the produce and products that were delivered.

As a small business owner, I love supporting other local small businesses. And as a gluten free, dairy free, nutritionist, I am always on the look out for the best (allergen friendly) places to dine out … and I can tell you this is a new favorite! The Local has so many gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available. The staff and Chef Jeff are also very accommodating and aware of food allergies, and will help to advise you on which choices would be best (ie: no cross contamination).

Let’s talk about the meal … to date our absolute favorite meal in Florida …

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My husband and I started with the house-made ricotta cheese caprese salad (homemade ricotta!!) and the vegan Korean lettuce cups. Theses were definitely two of our favorite items of the evenings, and a must for our next visit!

We then shared the shrimp, mango and avocado salad … my three favorite things! Clearly this was a winner, and a super healthy option! This salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and greens!!

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Next we shared the shrimp zucchini pasta with a coconut cream sauce, pretty much made my gluten free dairy free dreams come true! The spices and the shrimp were delicious. The amount of flavor developed in this dish was so delectable, that it kept me going back for more.

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My husband tried the mushroom lovers pizza (gluten free crusts are available) … this is the most popular pizza at The Local, and my husband loved it! His favorite part was the house-made sourdough crust.

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I finished with the keto steak, with kale and roasted cauliflower as my sides. I rarely eat red meat, my body simply does not crave meat, but I have to say this steak was the best I have ever had! (not paid to say that, it honestly was the best!!)

What I love most about this restaurant is that they try to get everything from local and organic sources. They can actually tell you where your steak came from and where the kale was grown. I’m obsessed!!

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To finish off our dinner, we shared a gluten free carrot cake cupcake!! Dying, it was so rich … my husband could not believe it was gluten free.

Yes, this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own (with my husband’s help, he’s my number 1 taste tester!) and I would never advocate for a business that I did not fully support.

This restaurant experience was amazing!!

The Local is a must for your next date night, girls lunch out, or even happy hour!