Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz coconut water

  • 2 large handfuls of organic spinach

  • 1/2 cup organic strawberries

  • 1 tsp chia seeds

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 1 scoop protein powder (Garden of Life raw protein is my current favorite)

Directions:

  1. Blend and Enjoy!


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!

Happy New Year!

What are going to create this year?

Comment below! Can’t wait to see what you are up to!

Holiday Cocktail Guide

Happy Holidays!!!

The holiday vibe is in full swing! Office parties, family parties, and holiday get-togethers with friends … there seems to be a never ending reason to celebrate this time of year (and I love it!).

The trick to navigating these cocktail parties is to choose wisely.

Many of the themed holiday drinks are packed with sugar and will most definitely give you a terrible hangover the next day.

Here are two of my favorite holiday cocktails … and a few tips to prevent the holiday hangover.

Vodka Soda

  • 2 oz Tito’s Vodka (or vodka of your choice)

  • 4 oz + of soda water

  • Squeeze 1/2 lemon or lime

  • Option to add a splash of pure cranberry juice for the holidays!

This cocktail contains 100 calories or less!

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French Martini

  • 2 oz Tito’s Vodka (or vodka of your choice)

  • 1/2 oz raspberry liqueur

  • 1 oz pineapple juice

  • Shake ingredients together with ice. Strain into cold martini glass, and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Less than 200 calories … and less than 4 grams of sugar!

To prevent the holiday hangover, make sure that you are hydrated BEFORE you go out.

When you are out remember to drink 8 oz of water (1 cup) in between each cocktail.

Cocktails are very dehydrating and this will keep your body hydrated, and keep you going.

Eat before you drink, choose a healthy, balanced meal (protein, fat & fiber) before going out. This will help you to make better choices later in the evening.
Final tip … enjoy! The holidays come around once a year, enjoy them … in moderation.

* Always drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

Thankful

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With Thanksgiving behind us, and the holidays and New Year approaching quickly, let’s take a moment and pause.

There seems to be such a rush this time of year, one holiday on to the next. Presents, parties, and an overfull schedule has us moving at a rapid pace.

Let’s pause and surround ourselves with gratitude for this amazing life we are living. Let go of any hardship, stress, worry and think about what you are grateful for.

Gratitude for our families, friends, and the community in which we surround ourselves.

Every year, my family gathers around the table at Thanksgiving and we take turns stating what we are grateful for that year. It always struck me as odd that we only do this once a year. Shouldn’t we be thinking about, and outwardly expressing these sentiments weekly or even daily?

If we don’t tell those around us that we are grateful for them, how will they know?

How will they know that the simple act of kindness they showed to you changed you?

I encourage you to all pause, and surround yourself with gratitude.

Think about 5 things you are truly grateful for each day.

One of my favorite parts of my morning routine (thank you Rachel Hollis for the idea) is writing down 5 things I am grateful for. Each day they may look slightly different, but they always put my life into perspective. I look at the list every morning and I say ‘wow, life is pretty great’. This helps me to create positive energy in the morning, and then bring that positive energy out into my day. My clients, and those I meet then feel that positivity and hopefully some of it rubs off on them, and they are able to pass it along.

Here are my 5 things for today…

  1. I am grateful for my husband, my partner in life.

  2. I’m grateful for this time each and every morning for myself, to pause and reflect.

  3. I am grateful for my dog Neera, who lays by my feet as I write this.

  4. I’m grateful that my business is doing so well, and I have the opportunity to share something that I am so passionate about with my community near and far.

  5. I am grateful for my family, and my friends who have turned into family.

What are your five things?


Blue Zones Recap

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It’s official!! Lean and Green Body® is a Blue Zones Project® partner!

The ribbon cutting was on Saturday, November 3rd at 8th Ave South in Naples. We were honored to have the official Blue Zone’s team there to celebrate our new partnership. Lean and Green Body® is excited to be a partner and support the mission of the Blue Zones Project®.

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The ribbon cutting was followed by a 60 minute vinyasa yoga class over looking the beach … the sound of the waves soothed our souls during savasana.

Delicious Raw and Epiphany Bakery both showed their support with post yoga treats!

So what is the Blue Zones Project®???

According to healthways.com “A Blue Zones Community® is an area in which citizens, schools, employers, restaurants, grocery stores, and community leaders have come together to optimize residents’ longevity and well-being. Blue Zones Project® by Healthways takes a systematic, environmental approach to identifying and creating policies and programs that support community transformation. “.

Blue Zones is working to create healthier communities, helping us to live longer better lives, one partnership at a time.

Blue Zones Project® believes in the Power 9®…

  1. Down Shift

  2. Purpose

  3. Plant Slant

  4. Wine @ Five

  5. Family First

  6. 80% Rule

  7. Move Naturally

  8. Right Tribe

  9. Belong

Down Shift: reverse disease by finding a stress relieving strategy that works for you.

Purpose: wake up with purpose each day to add up to 7 years to your life.

Plant Slant: put less meat & more plants on your plate.

Wine @ Five: enjoy a glass of wine with good friend each day.

Family First: invest time with your family & add up to 6 years to your life.

80% Rule: eat mindfully & stop when 80% full.

Move Naturally: find ways to move more! You’ll burn calories without having to think about it.

Right Tribe: surround yourself with people who support positive behaviors.

Belong: belong to a faith-based community & attend services 4 times er month to add 4-14 years to our lifespan.


the power 9® info is taken from the Blue Zones Project® handout


For more information on the Blue Zones Project® or to become a partner email bluezonesprojectswfl@sharecare.com or call (239) 624-2312