5 Days of Clean Eating Approved Meals

Chicken Marrakesh:

This is an African inspired dish that is perfect for a busy day! Throw it in the crockpot and forget about it! 

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  •  1 medium onion, large dice
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, medium diced or 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 chicken breasts, medium dice
  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 4 sweet potatoes, medium dice
  •  2 Vegetable Knorr® Homestyle Stock Jellies
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons of pink salt
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Mix the onions, garlic, tomatoes, and chicken together in the bottom of the crock pot base. 
  2. Add the chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and jellies.
  3. Mix all the spices together then sprinkle over the ingredients. 
  4. Mix everything together one more time, then set on low for at least 6 hours, or until sweet potatoes are cooked though. 

Quick Beef Pho

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This is a quick hack for lots of flavor without watching over homemade stock for 6 hours!

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 tbls Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed minced
  • 1 inch knob of ginger 
  • 2 quarts of beef stock
  • 1 lb of beef eye of round roast, sliced thin
  • brown rice pad Thai noodles
  • 2 cups of cabbage, chiffonade
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions, sliced on the bias
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • Fresh cilantro, as needed
  • Limes, wedges 
  • Thai basil, or regular basil

Directions:

  1. Soak the noodles in boiling water while preparing the rest of the meal
  2. In a large stock pot, char the onion quarters. Then add a little bit of oil, and toast the 5 spice, garlic, and ginger until aromatic. 
  3. Add the beef stock and scrape the bottom of the pot to bring up any fond. 
  4. Once the broth comes to a boil taste it and see if it needs salt, or if the flavors need to infuse anymore. 
  5. Keep the broth at a boil and fill your bowl with noodles, beef, and the other toppings that you want.
  6. Squeeze a lime and enjoy!

Buddha Bowl

A superfood packed dinner (or lunch), that satisfies your cravings for flavor and texture!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 2 cups of chopped kale
  • 3 cloves of  garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 beets, small dice
  • 1 sweet potato, small dice
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tsp blackening seasoning
  • 1 lb of flank steak
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and deseeded 
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp of tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F
  2. Cook rice with a 1.5:1 ratio instead of a 2:1 ratio
  3. Toss the beets, potatoes, and chickpeas together with the blackening seasoning and roast in the oven while the rice cooks.
  4. Rub the flank steak down with blackening seasoning and sear in a hot skillet for 4 minutes on each side, let it rest while you cook the kale.
  5. Sauté the kale and garlic until just wilted.
  6. Blend the avocado, cucumber, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and salt together in a blender.
  7. To build your bowl, start with the brown rice in the bottom then add the roasted veggies, steak, and sautéd kale on top. Top with your tahini dressing to finish.

Blackened Salmon

This is one of my favorite meals. It is so simple and can be made on one sheet pan!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and small dice
  • 3 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp old bay
  • 1 tsp natures seasoning
  • 2 fresh salmon filets
  • 1 lemon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF, and line a sheet pan with tin foil.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil and seasoned salt, then place on 1/3rd of the sheet pan.
  3. Toss the broccoli florets in olive oil and place on another third of the sheet pan.
  4. Sprinkle the salmon filets with old bay and natures seasoning to your taste.
  5. Bake everything together for 15 minutes.
  6. After it comes out of the oven, sprinkle the broccoli with natures seasoning and lemon juice.

 

Summer Squash Frittata

The perfect way to use up the over abundance of summer veggies!

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, small diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 yellow squash, small diced
  • 1 zucchini, small diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tsp natures seasoning
  • 1 tsp of Italian seasoning blend of your choice
  • 2 tbs of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 dozen eggs, beaten
  • Goat Cheese, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 320°F
  2. Sauté all of the vegetables and aromatics together until caramelized ( Remember! Brown food is good food, maximize that Maillard reaction!) Season veggies with natures seasoning and Italian seasoning after caramelization.
  3.  Add the veggies to your beaten eggs with the sun dried tomatoes. Pour into a pie pan, or an oven safe baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the top with goat cheese if you would like ( I say limited amounts of non dairy cheese are okay on the CEC).
  5. Bake in the oven until set, about 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

A Week of VEGAN Clean Eats

I am so excited to bring you these recipes! All of these recipes follow the guidelines of Arbonne’s 30 days to Healthy Living program and Clean Eating Challenge. Most of the time, I feel that most vegan clean eats lean more towards the “tex-mex” flavor profile. I am not big on “tex-mex” because the few things that I am not fond of fall into this category. I cannot stand green bell peppers, cilantro, and cumin. I know! I’m crazy! I do love a lot of flavor though! These meals are full of flavor, protein, and variety. Post pictures of your recreations in the comments and let me know what you think!

 

Marrakesh:

This is an African inspired dish that is perfect for a busy day! Throw it in the crockpot and forget about it! 

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  •  1 medium onion, large dice
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, medium diced or 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 scoops or Arbonne Protein Boost (Optional)
  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained
  • 4 sweet potatoes, medium dice
  •  2 Vegetable Knorr® Homestyle Stock Jellies
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons of pink salt
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Mix the onions, garlic, tomatoes, and protein boost together in the bottom of the crock pot base. 
  2. Add the chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and jellies.
  3. Mix all the spices together then sprinkle over the ingredients. 
  4. Mix everything together one more time, then set on low for at least 6 hours, or until sweet potatoes are cooked though. 

 

Stuffed Portobellos 

Everything you need stuffed into a meaty portobello cap! I love an edible bowl!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of grape seed oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1/3 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable stock, or 1 cup of water and a vegetable jelly
  • 2 scoops of Arbonne’s Protein Boost (Optional)
  • 4 large carrots, medium dice
  • 1 onion, large dice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp of grape seed oil 
  • 2 or 4 portobello mushroom caps 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan and add the bell pepper and walnuts. Toast until caramelized. Add the garlic and quinoa, then cook until garlic is fragrant and the quinoa is slightly toasted. Add the stock (and protein boost if using) then bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Toss carrots and onion is oil and seasonings, and brush the mushroom caps. Roast them in the oven while the quinoa is cooking.
  4. When the  quinoa is done, fluff it and fill the mushroom caps. Top with the roasted onions and carrots to finish!

 

Vegan Quick Pho

This is a quick hack for lots of flavor without watching over homemade stock for 6 hours!

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 tbls Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed minced
  • 1 inch knob of ginger 
  • 2 quarts of beef stock
  • 2 scoops of Arbonne’s Protein Boost
  • brown rice pad Thai noodles
  • 2 cups of cabbage, chiffonade
  • 1 cup of bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions, sliced on the bias
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • Fresh cilantro, as needed
  • Limes, wedges 
  • Thai basil, or regular basil

Directions:

  1. Soak the noodles in boiling water while preparing the rest of the meal
  2. In a large stock pot, char the onion quarters. Then add a little bit of oil, and toast the 5 spice, garlic, and ginger until aromatic. 
  3. Add the vegetable stock and scrape the bottom of the pot to bring up any fond. Add the protein boost now for 20 grams of extra protein.
  4. Once the broth comes to a boil taste it and see if it needs salt, or if the flavors need to infuse anymore. 
  5. Keep the broth at a boil and fill your bowl with noodles and the other toppings that you want.
  6. Squeeze a lime and enjoy!

 

Buddha Bowl

A superfood packed dinner (or lunch), that satisfies your cravings for flavor and texture!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice
  • 2 cups of chopped kale
  • 3 cloves of  garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 beets, small dice
  • 1 sweet potato, small dice
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tsp blackening seasoning
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and deseeded 
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp of tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F
  2. Cook rice with a 1.5:1 ratio instead of a 2:1 ratio
  3. Toss the beets, potatoes, and chickpeas together with the blackening seasoning and roast in the oven while the rice cooks.
  4. Sauté the kale and garlic until just wilted.
  5. Blend the avocado, cucumber, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and salt together in a blender.
  6. To build your bowl, start with the brown rice in the bottom then add the roasted veggies and sautéd kale on top. Top with your tahini dressing to finish.

 

Lettuce Wraps

Last but not least! The perfect end to your work week, and super simple!

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 1 can of water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 carrots, broken into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup of savoy cabbage
  • 3 green onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1, 1 inch knob of ginger
  • 1 cup of coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sambal olek 
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, chop all the veggies into minced pieces individually. Then mince the aromatics: green onions, garlic, and ginger. 
  2. Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together: aminos, sesame oil, fish sauce, and sambal.
  3. Sauté all of the minced ingredients until caramelized.  Add the sauce and let it reduce until thickened. 
  4. Spoon the filling into lettuce cups to finish. 

 

Let’s Talk About…30 Days to Healthy Living!

In my post about PCOS I talked about how Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living, and how it was a big role in how I treat and manage my PCOS. Here is the run down of what the 30 days program is, and why it specifically works for me, and what it can do for you!

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?

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A lot of them sounded like me, when I was first introduced to the challenge. Specifically: bloating, brain fog, muscle aches, anxiety, acid reflux, inflammation, overheating, blood sugar imbalance, decreased metabolism, PMS, headaches, sugar cravings, chronic fatigue, depression, inability to lose weight, mood swings, and weight gain. Most of these boil down to the hormonal imbalance and the fact that I wasn’t caring for my body the way I should. I was dieting, but I was also still pumping my body full of toxins without even knowing. Anything your body can’t use is considered a toxin.

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So what is the 30 Day’s to Healthy Living Challenge?

  • A 30-day whole foods clean eating program.
  • A system to equip people with the tools & knowledge to implement life-long health.
  • A rest for the liver and kidneys to maximize function.
  • An elimination program to help uncover food sensitivities.
  • A weight loss jumpstart.

Here is a quick run through from Dr. Tanda Cook!

If this sounds good to you, then I want to make sure you know what this program is NOT:

  • A deprivation diet
  • A fast
  • A liquid diet
  • A water weight diet
  • A lose weight fast diet

So what will you get?

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  • 2 bags of Protein Shake (60 servings)
  • 2 boxes of Herbal Detox Tea (60 servings)
  • 2 boxes of Fizz Sticks (60 servings)
  • 1 box of Digestion Plus (30 servings)
  • Then chose 2: Greens Balance, 7- Day Cleanse, or Fiber Boost

Now what will you have to do?

  • Follow the program as outlined, using all of the supplements you receive
  • Eat every 4-6 hours
  • Have one clean and green meal a day either for lunch or dinner
  • Stay active in the Facebook group, where you will get your meal plans, grocery lists, and all questions answers
  • Take before and after pictures to document your progress for yourself
  • Keep an open mind about how your relationship with food may change

Results?

I just really didn’t realize how much of a funk I was in…. this weekend was the first weekend in a long time where I felt myself again. I got to spend Saturday with a friend for life Lilli. I also got to have an amazing business meeting Saturday morning and share the freedom that working an Arbonne business can bring. Then on Sunday I got to meet with my new team member Autumn and her daughter and plan for her to meet her goals for August and share the joy. Then Sunday night Jake and I went and had a date, and sang and danced and just felt free.

The thing that finally sparked how much had changed was driving home from our date I had a car concert. Music blaring, windows down, singing at the top of my lungs… even with a headache.

When you struggle with a hormonal imbalance like I do, I don’t want to go out and see people, I feel crazy, but I also feel fatigued, I feel like a burden to those I love because I don’t feel fun. I couldn’t even have car concerts because I would have sensory overload and just shut down…

I was pushed to see all of these people because of Arbonne, and because I made a commitment to reach my goals and promote to district manager this month. But the joy that I feel now, the joy that you can see on my face is because of the Arbonne Clean Eating Challenge. I am balanced, I am alkaline, I am not pumping my body full of things that don’t serve me and my purpose. I have the energy and the desire to see people again!!! I am just so unbelievably grateful. I haven’t felt like this since summer of 2017, and I am so so so grateful to feel and be free from what was weighing me down.

(Excerpt from my Facebook post after my month on the Clean Eating Challenge, my before and after is below)

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So what can you expect?

  • You can expect to have more energy and feel better than you’ve felt in a long time.
  • Average weight loss can be anywhere from 5-14 lbs for women, and 12-20 from men.
  • Finding  food sensitivities you didn’t know you had.
  • Resolved gastro intestinal issue like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, acid reflux, and indigestion.
  • Resolved sleeping issues, falling asleep easier and staying asleep.

Where will you be in 30 days if you keep going the way you’re going? Are you ready to change your trajectory?

 

My Life with PCOS

“There’s no test to definitively diagnose PCOS. Your doctor is likely to start with a discussion of your medical history, including your menstrual periods and weight changes. A physical exam will include checking for signs of excess hair growth, insulin resistance and acne. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

-MayoClinic.org on PCOS

Living with PCOS is a lot of unknowns. There is no way to know for sure if you have it, we don’t know the cause, and there’s really not much we can do about it  but we will give you a lot of medicine for it. When I first became diagnosed I was happy because I thought that it meant I had answers for what was going on with me. I was having extremely irregular periods, and when I would finally have a period then it was extremely heavy and painful. Other than that, my only other symptoms were weight loss resistance, and extreme mood swings and imbalance. I didn’t have really bad acne, or body acne, and I didn’t have any abnormal hair growth. The only other symptom are the cysts, which you have to check with an ultrasound. Even if you do have ovarian cysts, your treatment plan isn’t any different (or at least that’s what I was told).

I was diagnosed in 2016, since then nothing has really changed except that the birth control they put me on regulates my periods. The metformin that they prescribed only helps with weight loss by causing me extreme gastro-intestinal distress, as far as I can tell. So, I have ended up taking the metformin off and on. At the time of diagnosis they just told me that I needed to lose weight and it would fix the rest of the symptoms and potential infertility later in life. It has been three years since my diagnosis and I finally went back to the doctor. This was the best decision I could’ve made.

I went to the OBGYN for the first time back in April. What pushed me to go was the amount of uterine pain I was having. I was so scared that I would go and would be told I had developed endometriosis, or they felt a growth, or just the worst possible scenario. (Pessimistic much right?) Everything checked out clear, but I got the same homework… to lose weight, and my doctor put me on some weight loss medication to help with the weight loss resistance. He also gave me this homework:

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When I saw this I had hope, because I already had the tools in my arsenal. I had the perfect tool. The only thing I had to do was add in some exercise. With my next appointment I brought in all of my Arbonne supplements and my 30 days to Healthy Living kit. My doctor was thrilled that I had these tools and they had the quality they did.

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Digestion Plus: Helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and blood sugar levels, by promoting                                      healthy serotonin levels through gut  health.

Detox Tea: Helps reduce inflammation and reduce bodily toxins through supporting                               liver and kidney function.

Protein Shake: Healthy, easy, meal replacements that are glycemic balanced and safe for                             anyone with insulin resistance.

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Greens Balance: Adds 7 superfood salads worth of vitamins and minerals per serving!

Vitamin Boost: Any vitamins not found in Arbonne’s products already, are found in the                                Vitamin Boost to fill in all the gaps.

Fizz Sticks: Helps boost metabolism and control blood sugar in between meals.

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Thermobooster: Helps boost metabolism to promote weight loss.

7-Day Cleanse: An extra boost and support for your liver and kidneys while processing toxins and heavy metals from the body.

All of the products are perfect for promoting the optimal conditions for weight loss and healing with PCOS, especially when used with Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living challenge.

Check out my post about the 30 Days to Healthy Living Challenge! If you have PCOS or even suffer from hormonal imbalances I highly recommend giving this a try.

I Promoted to District Manager!

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After a team call in July I hit a big turning point in my goal to become a district manager by the end of July. I was fired up after the team call and I was determined to do everything I could to make the promotion. I started to pray, I mean really pray. The kind of prayer where God knows your serious. I wasn’t asking for it, I was telling God I had heard him. When he told me he wanted me to sell Arbonne I said okay and I was excited, but I wasn’t determined. I hadn’t resolved myself to realize this was bigger than I knew. When I prayed after that team call God brought this verse to my mind, “For I KNOW the plans I have for you. Plans to PROSPER”. Specifically those parts of the verse. I couldn’t remember the rest of the verse so I went and looked up the rest. “to give you HOPE and a FUTURE”. If you all have checked out one of my earlier posts, I talk about my why for Arbonne being to provide a way for my future, to be able to save to start and family and feel confident in my adult life. God heard my why, and God told me to just trust him, he knows he plans he has for me, to prosper me, to give me hope and a future. I also really love that its not hope FOR a future, but hope AND a future. I can hope and dream and plan, AND have my future, and I am so grateful.

It came down to the last day of the month, but on the last day, I hit my 3,500 qv and promoted to District manager. I am on my way to supplementing my full income with Arbonne, and I am thrilled. I’m not thrilled because on the money. I am thrilled because I know I can’t do this alone, and I know that everyone that comes and joins my team is joining because God has a plan for me and how I can serve them through my Arbonne business. I am thrilled that I get to serve others is such an awesome way!

I have a special vision for my team, and if I reach out to you about being on my team I want you to know my vision:

  1. Know that if I reach out to you, it is because I got that little nudge from God saying, “They need this”.
  2. “This” is a family. It’s filled with imperfect people seeking freedom in health, life, and wealth.
  3. My team will be filled with encouragement for whatever you need. Whether that be in your business, or anything else.
  4. We are going to push each other to meet our goals in our businesses, our physical goals, our goals for bettering our relationships, and our spiritual goals.
  5. There is no room for hate or ugliness, but there is always room for feedback. You need those people in your life that you can trust to check you, and tell you the hard truth.
  6. That spreading love and opportunity is our main mission.

My name is Mikayla Benigno, and I am a recently promoted Arbonne Independent Consultant, District Manager! Would you like to Join my Girl Gang?

Kids at Work!

Where am I 40 hours a week Monday through Thursday? I am working for Aspire Youth and Family! I am a culinary instructor and the counties that I service are Henderson, Polk, and Madison. I absolutely love my job. I get to make a tangible difference in my students lives, by doing the things I am most passionate about. I get to work with kids, I get to teach, and I get to teach them how to cook.

Our classes are three hours long and happen at the same time every week. The first hour is an interpersonal lesson run by our interpersonal coaches. This is the part of class where our students learn why they are the way they are, and what they can do to better themselves and their relationships. Some of those lessons include: Placating, Passive Aggressive Behavior, Needs vs. Wants, Non Verbal Communication, Active Listening. I am so fortunate that my interpersonal partners want me to participate in their lessons. I enjoy connecting to the students during this part of the class. When we can connect to the students during this part of class it only improves their chances of valuing the information we are trying to give them.

During my portion of class I teach them the fundamentals of cooking, from knife skills to cooking methods and butchery. Most importantly, I am teaching them how to cook healthy, affordable, and simple meals that taste good without them even knowing! All of my meals are Clean eating Challenge approved. My students are eating one Gluten, Dairy, Soy, and Added sugar free meal without even knowing!

This is the first time in a long time that both of my full time jobs are service based and have me feeling fulfilled and happy at the end of a long day. I am so grateful for my job and the difference I can make in these student’s lives.

My Girl Gang!

She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.

-Proverbs 31:25

My favorite thing about being apart of this Arbonne thing is the opportunity I have to give others the freedom that Arbonne has given me. I am so grateful for the amazing women who have decided to join my team, and have me help them on their way to NVP! Lets meet them!

Autumn Steever

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I am a mother of two beautiful girls and want to model a life that they would be proud of! I recently have been offered a 2 year modeling contract. I want to use that, and my Arbonne business, to have a platform to advocate for health food relationships and what healthy body image. Arbonne is my freedom to love my girls as a single mom without being over worked!

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I am a momma to a rambunctious 22 month old boy and to another boy still in my belly. I am a firm believer in Jesus and what he has done for me. At this point in my life I need extra income. Just a few weeks after this realization, Arbonne popped up again. There is no time like the present, so why not now?

Thank God for my side hustle!

Back in June when I had gotten my first first paycheck from Aspire Youth and Family I realized what working for a non profit means monetarily. Let me just tell you, I am some one who loves to budget and plan out my month. I was actually super excited to only get paid once a month, its easier to budget! However, its hard to budget when there isn’t anything TO budget. Its really comical… I would just subtract out my bills and rent and then just look at the rest and go….. “well thats how much I have to eat on for the month”.

So what do you do when you get in a position like this? You know you are where God wants you to be, and you haven’t felt this happy in a job for a long time. I also knew that I wanted to be saving for my future, and that I had to find another source of income to make that happen. I have babysat, nannied, house/pet sat, and run my own business called Mikayla’s Meals to make some extra money. So I just prayed. I prayed for God to provide me the opportunity to make money to save for my future, and wouldn’t interfere with my 9-5 job. Within a week I had 5 different people approach me about wanting to buy Arbonne from me.

That was at the beginning of June. I decided to commit sign up as an independent consultant again in July and work my business. The key thing here is commitment. I committed to working my business faithfully, with gratitude, because God gave me this opportunity and these people that wanted to shop with me.

God rewards those that are faithful and those that listen to him. The day after I signed up and placed my order for the month, Arbonne release a promotion for July. Instead of having to have 6000 qv to promote to the first level of management, they were reducing the qualifications to 3000 qv to promote to district manager. If that isn’t a reward from God, I don’t know what is.

I love that my side hustle, and my 9-5 are both service oriented jobs. I have a service driven heart and love that I get to serve my communities and promote health starting at home in both jobs.

Check out my post about Arbonne, to find out why I chose to sell the products, and why I only use Arbonne and have for six years!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress

An AIP Breakfast Hash Stack

What a mouthful! Let’s take another crack at breakfast (not an egg pun, since eggs aren’t allowed on AIP). This stack has three layers, let’s get started!

( See my post Lets talk about… the Auto Immune Protocol Diet and My Recipe Formats for questions about my recipes.)

  1. Sweet Potato Hash Browns
  • 4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and grated, keep soaking in a salted water so they don’t turn brown
  • 1/4 t Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t Ginger
  • 1/4 t Turmeric
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t Pepper
  • 1 t Pink Salt
  • 1/4 C of Tapioca Starch
  1. Drain and dry your sweet potatoes really well.
  2. Toss them in all of the seasonings and the tapioca.
  3. Heat a quarter inch of the oil of your choice in a pre-heated cast iron skillet.
  4. Hash browns by taking a metal ring mold and placing it in the oil, fill the ring mold with a layer of the potato mixture and let it for about 10 seconds, then lift the ring mold off. Repeat until the pan is full but not over crowded.
  5. Let the hash browns cook until a golden brown crust has formed, about 2 minutes per side. Try to only flip the once.
  6. Keep the hash browns crispy until serving by keeping them on a rack lined sheet pan in the oven on low.

ADDENDUM:

To make a sweet and savory component add a fourth of a cup of golden raisins. If you are allowed, add 1/4 t of smoked paprika, chili powder, coriander, and cumin.

2. Sausage 

  • 1 Lb of Ground Pork
  • 2 t Garlic Powder
  • 2 t  Pink Salt
  • 1 t Pepper
  • 1 t Onion Powder
  • 1 t Marjoram
  • 1 t sage
  1. Mix the ground pork with all of the seasonings, add a fourth of a cup of ice cold water and mix until the sausage is sticky and emulsified. Pat out into 3 oz patties and fry in a preheated oiled cast iron skilled.

3. Avocado and Grapefruit Salsa 

  • 2 Avocados, cubed
  • 2 Grapefruits, supremed
  • 1 Lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 T Fresh Oregano, chopped
  • Pink Salt- to taste
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper – To taste
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together, breaking up the avocado sightly so that the salsa is creamy.

Lets Bring it All Together:

Plate the hash brown first. Top with the sausage patty. Then garnish with the salsa on the very top and sprinkle with a little more fresh oregano and a lime wedge.

 

Wishing you good eats!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress

 

Lets talk about… the Auto Immune Protocol Diet and My Recipe Formats

I realized when posting my recipes that two issues were raised. One being, that most people were not understanding when I was putting in optional ingredients into my recipes that were not strictly AIP. The other being, that a lot of people weren’t quite sure what AIP means.  This post should clear everything up! 

Let’s first begin with what is AIP. AIP stands for Autoimmune Protocol. We don’t know a lot about Autoimmune diseases. What we do know is what is happening when you have one. Your body basically becomes confused from being under stress, and this can be from a variety of different causes.  Your body then starts to attack itself in a state of hypersensitivity, where it can’t tell the difference between foreign invaders and your healthy tissue. This causes a lot of inflammation, which can lead to severe gastro-intestinal distress. The AIP diet is one of the first steps doctors will recommend or require in your healing process. The AIP diet is an extensive elimination diet. The target is to reduce all foods that could potentially cause inflammation, or mimic inflammatory foods. Now, there are many interpretations of this diet. The main thing I realized upon my research is that most people don’t take it a step further and get  food tested for their specific irritations and flare triggers. This doesn’t matter in the midst of a flare up however. If your body is having an autoimmune response, you should go back to the full restricted diet, in the midst of a flare up, your body has a hard time differentiating.

Below is the list of foods that should be eliminated when starting the AIP Diet:

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This list is taken directly from my Mother’s specialist for her Hashimoto’s.

Let’s now talk about the way I write my recipes. First and foremost, I am a chef! So my number one priority is whether or not my recipe tastes good. I believe in building flavor where ever I can in a recipe. With that being said, I am my mother’s chef as well as a chef to all. I accommodate dietary limitations on a daily basis for my students, as well as accommodating my mother’s AIP restrictions when I cook dinner for her on most nights. Part of my mother’s treatment was getting tested for food triggers. So we now know what are hard no’s for her diet, what things she should limit, and what things she doesn’t have to limit anymore. Like I said earlier in the post, the main thing I realized upon my research is that most people don’t take it a step further and get  food tested for their specific irritations and flare triggers. This doesn’t matter in the midst of a flare up however. If your body is having an autoimmune response, you should go back to the full restricted diet, in the midst of a flare up, your body has a hard time differentiating. So when writing my recipes I write them with options. From now on I will make sure that all recipes are written with the hard restrictions first, and then make addendums  based on what I would add if you have found your specific dietary triggers.  I hope this post has cleared up your questions about the AIP diet as well as any questions about how I write my recipes!

As always, comment down below any questions you have!

XOXO, Hashimoto’s Heiress