Don’t Throw Out That Kale!

Natural Living Tip September 3, 2015

Have you ever purchased more greens than you could eat, juice or make smoothies with before they got all weird looking? Or have you juiced kale and looked at all that beautiful pulp and said to yourself “there has to be something I can do with this!”? Well you’re in luck because today’s Natural Living Tip is just for you. These are two quick and easy ways to be sure that you DON’T THROW OUT THAT KALE!

MAKE KALE ICE CUBES
If your kale (or any other green you have purchased) has started to become wilted, drying, slimy or just weird looking you can save it with this trick! Put the kale in your high powered blender with a cup of water and blend until you have the consistency below. Pour into ice trays and let freeze overnight. Now you can add these awesome green cubes to your morning smoothie or to a veggie soup recipe!
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SAUTE’ THE PULP FROM YOUR JUICE
I have always thought about doing this, but my wonderful husband brought the idea to life and it was delicious! While making our morning juice he paused after juicing all the kale and said “man this pulp needs to be turned into something! I’m throwing it in a pan with some onions and olive oil.” And that’s just what he did!
He also put a dash of Himalayan pink salt, pepper and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. From that point on we have separated each juice ingredient to see what we can repurpose it in next. You can also freeze the contents in Ziploc bags until you figure it out ;-).
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Being able to save as much money as possible while eating a plant based diet is super important. Hopefully these tips show you that there’s more you can use your greens for before you throw them away. Be sure to COMMENT below with any tips you can share on extending the life and purpose of your greens and SHARE this N.L.T with your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to helping you make your Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE <3!

Being Married to a Vegan! Spouse Point of View (VIDEO)

When I decided to take on a vegan lifestyle April 2013 I was concerned at how it would affect both the dynamics of my marriage and household. Thinking that things would have only changed for me when making that decision would have been completely selfish. I would never want anything that I decide to do to be a burden on those I love most. Now over 2 years later on my vegan journey I am so excited to share this interview with you of my husband responding to what it’s like being married to a vegan. If you, your spouse or significant other have been considering a plant based lifestyle this video post will be helpful for both of you.

(If you are reading this post from your email you will not see the video. Click the link at the bottom of your email or visit the blog site to view. This video is also uploaded on YouTube @EarthlyBodies if you have any issues viewing it.)

I have sooo much fun making videos with this guy! Becoming vegan has been a gift to my entire family. Even though I’m the only vegan their intake of real whole foods has taken a 180 and we’re all healthier for it! I hope you enjoyed it and found the interview helpful. Don’t forget to leave any questions or COMMENTs below and SHARE with everyone on your social media sites and email list. Your sharing helps us grow. Thank you for your continued support of Earthly Bodies Natural Living as we continue to help others make their body a safe place to LIVE <3!

 

5 Reasons to Consider Yoga

Natural Living Tip August 27, 2015

When I finally turned my desire to begin my yoga journey into action at the end of July 2015 I was no more than 20 minutes into my first Power Yoga session before I knew I’d found a lifelong practice. My body, mind and spirit screamed “YESSS this is it!” It just felt like home. All I was looking to do was increase my strength, flexibility, and explore the health benefits of yoga breathing. I have received all of that and then some as I’ve also been able to honor my true self and protect my inner peace through my practice.

All set for another awesome hot yoga class at Glow Yoga Studio.

All set for another awesome hot yoga class at Glow Yoga Studio.

  • Overall Health – Yoga results in better breathing, better  moving and  better circulation, which in turn causes all the other organs to function better.
  • Boost Immunity – Yoga practice results in changes to your gene expression that boost immunity at a cellular level. Another amazing way you can ward off a pesky cold.
  • Fight Food Cravings – Regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By causing breath awareness, regular yoga practice strengthens the mind-body connection. This awareness can help you tune in to emotions involved with certain cravings, and yoga breathing exercises can help you slow down and make better choices when cravings strike.
  • Headache/Migraine Relief – Sitting at a desk hunched over a computer or holding a phone with your shoulders up and head forward causes over-lifting of your trapezius and tightening of the neck. This pulls the head forward and creates muscle imbalances that can contribute to headaches and migraines. Yoga poses allow for a natural realignment and a natural dismissal of your headache issues.
  • Sleep Better – Yoga offers an outlet to help deal with stress. Sleep issues are a form of anxiety. Your head can’t stop spinning from the day’s events, making it seem impossible to relax. The breathing and mental exercises of Yoga allow the mind to slow down resulting in better sleep.

 

What's not to love...just me, my bare feet and my yoga mat ready to "flow" <3.

What’s not to love…just me, my bare feet and my yoga mat ready to “flow” <3.

I hope this Natural Living Tip answers any questions you may have had about yoga or piqued your interest to find out more based on this short list of benefits. I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you very soon as I’m getting stronger, more flexible and attaining more and more knowledge around this total mind, body , spirit connection. Do you practice yoga? What have been the benefits you have gained? Leave your COMMENTs below and be sure to SHARE this NLT with your social media and email list in support of the blog’s growth. Thank you! Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

Vegan Myth Buster!

300 pound vegan NFL Defensive Lineman David Carter

Today’s post is dedicated to the mission of eradicating the myths associated with people being able to function on a plant based diet / vegan lifestyle. There’s a huge misconception that vegans are frail, fragile, weaker individuals. This has never been a badge I’ve accepted. My 5’6″ frame is healthier now more than ever including when I played collegiate sports. My body has shed 58 lbs. from 211 to 153 over the course of my 2 year 3 month journey to healthy natural living and 70 % of this success has been due to changing how I think of food and what I allow in my body.

It is disheartening to hear someone say that they don’t want to lose their butt, hips, chest size or thighs so that is why they are not eating better or working out. YOU’RE KILLING YOURSELF. Allow your body the chance to take the shape it was designed to have…the one Father God created. Fueling my body with plant based food has not made me straight and flat as a board. My body shape right now is at 36-29-40. I couldn’t do anything about my bottom half if I prayed and ran all day and I love it (thank you very much Earthly / Thompson / Leonard genetics (^_^)). I’m so grateful for positive body image. It has been a part of saving my life. Love what you have, who you are and become the very best version of yourself <3.

The above disheartening statement is something I hear from both women AND men. So in honor of football season (FIIIIIINALLY!) and healthy natural living I want to be sure all of you Earthly Bodies are introduced to 300 lb. Chicago Bears Defensive Lineman David Carter who is a vegan that is thriving, kicking butt and taking names in the most physical and competitive sport in my opinion.

A friend of mine recently texted me thanking me for not being a “pushy vegan”. I laughed and told her I didn’t quite know how to take that. What I do know is that in the end I want my health to speak louder for me than my words ever could. So as you read the article below please keep this quote in mind: “I don’t want you to think like me…I just want you to think.”

Enjoy this article that was posted on insidebayarea.com and then click the link at the end of this pots to find out more about his journey which began February 14, 2014 on the300poundvegan.com.

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Guest commentary: Plant-base diet leads helps fuel top performance

By David Carter, guest commentary © 2014 Bay Area News Group
“As a professional athlete what I put in my body for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are some of the most important decisions I make every day. I must ensure I’m consuming sufficient calories to keep full and have the energy to perform at my peak while not overloading and slowing my body down. My career depends on it. So many people are shocked when they learn that I fuel my body with a plant-based — vegan — diet. I’m just shocked that it took me 26 years to gain the wisdom to do it!
A few months ago my wife and I sat down to watch a documentary, “Forks Over Knives.” I thought I’d learn something, but I wasn’t prepared to have my world rocked. I have long heard about the benefits of eating vegan, but I never thought I could eat a plant-based diet and maintain my weight for football. What I realized watching the documentary is that all the effort I have been putting in to get big and strong for my professional career was actually killing me.
 
I learned consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy are directly linked to the top killers of Americans. The very things we’ve been hearing since we were kids do our bodies good are clogging our arteries, giving us diabetes, making us obese, and are putting the current generation of kids on the path toward a host of chronic, preventable diseases that will end up shortening their lives and causing untold suffering.

Eating more plant-based meals is supported by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, which recently published a brand-new “Plant-Based Diet” guide in which it wrote, “Any movement toward more plants and fewer animal products can improve your health.” Prestigious health organizations like American Institute for Cancer Research recently say, “The research shows one thing very clearly: we all need to eat more plants and less meat.”

I’m not alone in this awakening. Professional athletes from an array of sports are fueling with fruits and vegetables. Ten-time Olympic medal winner Carl Lewis proudly stated “My best performances were when I was 30 years old and I was a vegan.” Smash hitter Venus Williams eats a raw vegan diet. And baseball legend Tony LaRussa loves animals so much he not only started his own animal rescue organization, but leaves them off his plate.
 
And speaking of animals, according to The Humane Society of the United States, if we all went meat-free even just one day a week, it’d result in a billion fewer animals confined on factory farms and sent to slaughter.
Most exciting is that it’s never been easier to eat a vegan diet. You can replace chicken nuggets with chicken-free nuggets, which are available in the freezer section of most any grocery store, enjoy wholesome fare like lentil soup, vegetable pot pies, and loaded sweet potatoes, or get your protein boost with a hearty southwestern three-bean chili. I fuel with lots of legumes, which are versatile and easy to enjoy in favorite dishes.

Since embracing a plant-based diet, small injuries that had been nagging me: tendinitis, arthritis, and, muscle fatigue have gone away. My recovery time and endurance have improved after enabling me to train even more!

I can honestly say that being vegan is not the only most efficient way to be full-body strong, it’s also the most humane; everyone wins. I hope everyone will join me in eating delicious plant-based meals that can help you feel great, help the planet and make a world of difference for animals.

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Pretty awesome, right?! Click here to go to the300poundvegan.com to read more about his journey and platform to bring more awareness to the benefits of a plant based diet no matter who you are. There’s another super cool interview he did with GQ magazine  that you should check out. Also visit instagram @the300poundvegan and @plynnphotos which is his beautiful and talented wife that is also vegan to get her perspective. What stood out most to you in this article? Leave your COMMENT below and feel free to SHARE this post with your social media and email list family. Every blog post I publish is because I love you and truly want to help you make your Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE <3! Thanks for your continued support!

 

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Date Night Dessert Smoothie Recipe

Natural Living Tip August 20, 2015

“My name is Johanna and I have an overactive sweet tooth…”

I’m pretty sure a lot of you can put your name in the above statement. Today’s Natural Living Tip is just for you and I (^_^). This amazingly delicious dessert smoothie recipe slays my sweet tooth without the unwanted fat and calories and is super nutritious. The secret ingredient…yummy yummy medjool dates! I haven’t stopped eating delicious food (including desserts) I’ve just updated recipes with better healthier ingredients. So grab the ingredients below, a blender, your someone special and enjoy Date Night the dessert smoothie…My Boo loves it <3.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4 cps Almond Milk
  • 4-5 Large Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Flax Seeds

Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Not if, but when you have a sweet tooth you are going to LOOOVE this smoothie! Come back and tell me about it in the COMMENTs below and don’t forget to SHARE this natural living tip with your social media and email peeps (^_^). Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE <3.

You can find these dates at your local grocer.

You can find these dates at your local grocer.

 

***Smoothie image used above from blog.foodnetwork.com***

Vegan, Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza!

When you make the decision to eat a more plant based or gluten free diet you do not have to give up pizza…YaaY, right?! I was definitely excited because pizza has always been a favorite of mine. You’ve heard me say it often that I didn’t give up amazing food when becoming vegan…I just made better choices in ingredients ;-). The flavors went nowhere but up! Don’t let the list of ingredients make you shy away either. A lot of these will become staples in your pantry as you journey into healthy natural living.

Shhhh..Don't tell anyone you're making this for, but this Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza is Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free and Grain-free!

Shhhh..Don’t tell anyone you’re making this for, but this Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza is Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free and Grain-free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 separate tablespoons ground chia or flax seeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cauliflower florets in the bowl of a large food processor or high powered blender (like my Ninja Ultimate Blender) fitted with an “S” blade, and pulse until a rice-like texture is created. Pour the cauliflower “rice” into a large sauce pot, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Drain the liquid, then transfer the cooked cauliflower rice in a freezer-safe bowl. Place in the freezer to cool for 10 minutes. While that cools mix together 2 tablespoons of ground chia or flax seeds with 6 tablespoons of water, to create a vegan “egg.” Place in fridge for 5-7 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken. Remove the cooled cauliflower from the freezer and transfer it to the center of a cheese cloth or thin dish towel. Use your hands to squeeze the rice in the dish towel, removing all of the excess moisture from the cauliflower.

Time Saver: You can skip the cooking and cooling process when using frozen cauliflower by simply allowing the frozen cauliflower to thaw in your fridge overnight, which creates a “cooked” texture without having to do the extra work. Pulse the thawed cauliflower to create the rice, then drain well using the cheese cloth or  dish towel.

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Place the drained cauliflower in a large bowl, then add in the vegan egg mixture, the almond meal, the additional tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds, salt, garlic and dried oregano. Stir well to mix, then press the mixture into the parchment-lined baking sheet. For this recipe you can  use a quarter baking sheet for a perfect fit and the crust will fill the entire pan. If you are using a larger baking sheet, simply use your hands to shape the crust into your desired size, keeping the crust about 1/4-inch thick. For best results, press the crust together firmly, making sure that there are no thin spots where it might crack. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and dry to the touch. You could use this pizza crust as is, but it won’t be firm enough to lift with your hands. For the best texture, add an additional piece of parchment paper to flip the entire pizza crust over, then return it to the pan to bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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Once the crust is firm and dry, add any of your favorite pizza toppings and return to the oven to let everything heat up for 5-10 minutes. I added marinara sauce, onions, fresh spinach, kalamata olives and pineapple for my perfect pizza. Also (not on the one you see here) I sometimes add daiya cheddar and mozzarella cheese. It is a super cheesy and delicious vegan cheese that melts and stretches.

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Whatever pizza toppings you choose, I know you will enjoy this vegan recipe! Because of this I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe and freezing the leftover crusts, for an easy pizza night in the future! You and your family will definitely want to make these pizzas again. Please come back and let me know how your pizza turned out. Use the hashtag #earthlybodies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to show off your creation. Also be sure to SHARE this post on your social media sites. What pizza toppings are you going to use? I love hearing from you so leave a COMMENT below. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe to LIVE <3.

Recipe adapted from http://detoxinista.com

Lucky 7 Green Juice Recipe

Natural Living Tip - August 13, 2015

Hello Earthy Bodies! Here’s a yummy quick green juice recipe I know you and your body will love! After today there’s no excuse. Head to the farmer’s market or grocery store after work to pick up these “Lucky 7” ingredients.

Lucky 7 ingredients

1 Kale bunch

5 Romaine leaves

3 Apples

1 Pear

2 Celery stalks

1 inch of Ginger

1 Lemon (peel before juicing)

Push all ingredients thru juicer. Strain. Enjoy!

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 This makes about 24 oz. in my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. I know you’ll enjoy…come back and tell me about it in the COMMENTs below and don’t forget to LIKE this natural living tip and SHARE it with your social media and email peeps (^_^). Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE <3.

EBNL Client Spotlight – Christovia R

This months client spotlight goes to Christovia R. Name sound familiar? It should if you’ve read the About Me tab you know he’s my husband, but he’s also a client of Earthly Bodies Natural Living program with one on one coaching. Yes I can help males too! Real food is magic for everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity or gender. Nothing has made my heart smile more than to witness the changes that my husband and daughter have made in their food choices since I took on a vegan lifestyle. It is so rewarding because I never sought out to “convert” them, LoL and I never tried to handle them with an iron fist…this was my decision and journey not theirs. Little did I know that my journey was speaking volumes for me. I want to have this beautiful man around to look at, to love, to LIVE for decades and decades to come. So you can imagine when he said he wanted to become a client my heart almost burst <3. Here is his story and testimonial…

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The fog was lifted and with it 11.5 lbs. went away with Christovia’s EBNL 10 day customized plan.

“It was way past time for getting in shape and as long as I kept just thinking about it and not doing anything about it, I wasn’t going to get back that body that I had been used to for several years. I hadn’t worked out in about 3 years and my eating habits were already in the dumps. My gut was getting bigger, my back was carrying so much fat that I thought something was wrong besides the obvious and I definitely didn’t like who I saw when I looked in the mirror. I began wearing clothes that were too big for me to hide my physique but it didn’t work either because people started telling me how big I looked. My self confidence was taking a huge hit and I needed to stop the madness. Not to mention, My family was going through a tough crisis and my wife and daughter were looking to me for support. Something had to change and it had to start with me.

Then Earthly Bodies Natural Living happened. My wife, Johanna, helped me with changing the way that I thought about food, health, and our lifestyle. I was never skeptical of the program but of my commitment to the program. I needed something different and effective. The 10 day detox was customized for my blood type and the meals, snacks and desserts were so healthy and delicious that I couldn’t believe what was happening. My first 3 days were tough but with the around the clock consultation and friendly reminders from EBNL, I was at day 10 feeling and looking healthier than I’d been in years. I was 11.5 lbs. lighter and since then I have been able to maintain a 7.5-8 lbs. weight loss to date but what I’m most appreciative of and excited about is the mental clarity and the many facts I’ve been able to gain and learn for myself. I’m in a much better position to help make my body a safe place to live.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can find this and other client testimonials here on earthlybodies.org by clicking the Program Testimonial tab at the top. Also if you are a client of any of the EBNL plans or services you can submit your experience by clicking the Contact tab. I can’t wait to share your story! Are you ready to lift the fog once and for all? Click here to open the Shop EBNL tab to read the descriptions of the various plans and services. Leave your comments and encouraging words for Christovia in the box below. Also be sure to click the star below to LIKE this post and the SHARE icons for Facebook, Twitter and your email list to share this info with your family and friends. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to live <3!

Bragg Ginger & Sesame Salad Dressing

Natural Living Tip August 6, 2015

Not all salad dressings are created equal! So many people give up on eating  salad regularly because they know this and either don’t like the taste of the “low fat, no fat” dressings on the shelves or want more than olive oil and balsamic vinegar everyday. If this is you today’s natural living tip is for you <3.

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I have been hooked on this salad dressing for 2 years now and love it so much that I haven’t even bothered trying the other three recipes. I have however gotten feedback from my clients that they are all amazing. I have 6 bottles of this one in my cabinet right now because I know that one day folks are gonna start listening and raid the shelves of my local grocer and I will NOT  be left behind…yep it’s seriously that good.

Eating a large raw salad full of veggies, nuts, seeds, greens and fruit every day is an awesome way to start your eating a raw vegan diet and seeing how it can benefit your body. Especially now that the taste and nutrition of  the salad dressing will not be an issue. You don’t have to give up the great taste of foods. You just have to choose better options.

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A rule of thumb that has helped me tremendously on my journey is if I don’t recognize what the ingredient is on the label chances are neither will my body. With that in mind Bragg Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing has 8 very recognizable ingredients  and one that I’d be glad to tell you about ;-).

Ingredients:

  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Liquid Aminos (We talked about those last week  ;-)! )
  • Organic Honey
  • Organic Lemon Juice
  • Organic Garlic
  • Organic Ginger
  • Organic Sesame Seeds
  • Natural Xanthan Gum – Xanthan gum is fermented by plant-loving bacteria and is used as a thickener or stabilizer in a wide variety of foods found on grocery store shelves. It is no less natural than vinegar or yeast. To learn more click here and this article will help.

Go out and get you some and start or re-start making a big green salad a part of your daily journey to healthy natural living! Have you tried these before? Which is your favorite? Leave a COMMENT below. Also don’t forget to click the star to LIKE and social media icons to SHARE SHARE SHARE  this natural living tip with your Facebook, Twitter and Email list peeps.

Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE one Natural Living Tip at a time <3!

Spaghetti Squash Marinara Recipe

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If you love pasta (like me), but aren’t so found of it what does to your waist line (like me) today’s post is for you! I honestly can’t tell you the last time we had traditional pasta. My family even requests this version…yours will too. Just give it a try ;-).

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What you’ll need

  • 1-2 Spaghetti Squash (for my family of 3 I get one larger one and one smaller one)
  • 1 25.5 oz. jar of Marinara
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz. can Diced Tomatoes in Lime and Cilantro
  • Olive Oil
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Garlic Power
  • Onion Powder
  • Italian Seasoning

If you have a pressure cooker you will save yourself some time cooking the squash. Cut the ends off your spaghetti squash and split them down the middle. Take a spoon and scoop out the middle and any seeds. Pour 1 cup of water in your pressure cooker and place the halves on their side facing each other. Close the top and set for 10 minutes. Once done carefully remove squash from cooker and let cool if needed. Take a fork and rake long ways of the squash and your spaghetti will appear! Put in a dish and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. Repeat for additional squash.

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If you don’t have a pressure cooker take a glass baking dish and pour 1/2 cp of water in the bottom. Place the halves in the dish upside down. Bake on 450 degrees 30-40 minutes. Once done follow instructions above to remove your spaghetti.

Heat your  marinara, fire roasted tomatoes and tomatoes in lime and cilantro in a pot. Add your seasonings.

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If you want to add meat prepare as usual and add sauce to it. This could be an excellent opportunity to introduce a Meatless Monday dish to your family though ;-). I prepared it tonight with ground turkey for My Boo and Heaven. Yep I prepare meat for them! It’s all about healthier options for them not converting them, LoL.

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Spaghetti Squash Marinara with ground turkey

And there you have it! I know you and your family will love this delicious recipe and your waist line will love it even more. Of course I want you to come back and let me know what they think (^_^). Leave a COMMENT below. Also don’t forget to click the star to LIKE and social media icons to SHARE SHARE SHARE  this recipe with your Facebook, Twitter and Email list peeps.

Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE one Natural Living Tip at a time <3!