Coconut Butternut Squash

COCONUT BUTTERNUT SQUASH
This is one of my favorite soup recipes from my 11 Day Winter cleanse, its quick, easy and delicious on a cold winters day.
(Makes 2-3 servings)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
2 cups water
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
2 cups fresh or frozen cubed butternut squash
ASSEMBLE THE SOUP. Place a large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil followed by onion. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute. Add 2 cups water, coconut milk, salt, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and squash. Bring the pot to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir occasionally.
BLEND THE SOUP. Remove the bay leaf and place squash mixture in a blender. Note- Remove center piece of blender lid to allow steam to escape. Secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth and serve.
Enjoy 🙂

9 Reasons to LOVE YOUR BODY like you would your best friend

1. Your body is miraculous and is designed to thrive.
Our bodies multi task in an astounding way to help us thrive in life, and works 24-7 to keep sickness and disease away. Often it is only by our own poor diet and lifestyle choices that our bodies become overwhelmed by sickness.
2. Your body is younger than you think.
We cannot change our chronological age but our biological age is a lot younger. This is because every minute we are reproducing millions of new cells and the body rebuilds itself many times over in a lifetime. We can really influence how this renewal process takes place, by the thoughts we have, the food we eat, the lifestyle we adopt, the environment we live in, our relationships, the exercise we take.
3.Your body is where you will find your inner stillness and peace.
Even when the world is going crazy around you, you can stop and find peace within. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and breath in the scene of peace and calm that is always within you, the external chaotic world can only penetrate your inner calm if you let it!
4. Your body has an energy field (an aura).
An aura is an energy field that radiates out from your entire body and it’s radiance can be photographed showing different colors. Have you ever talked with someone who just seems to uplift you and inspire you? Or have you ever walked into a room where two people are arguing and noticed that heavy negative feeling filling the room? Auras are vibrations of our inner emotions and feelings, the more happy and positive you are on the inside the more you will uplift the people around you.
 5. Your body will communicate with you if you listen.
Learning to be more mindful will help you hear your bodies messages, wether its your body telling you you’ve stretched a bit to far in a yoga class, or you’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with you. The more we listen the more we will hear not just the obvious loud messages but the quieter softer ones too, like the feelings of joy, happiness and achievement.
6. Your body has more intuitive wisdom than you think.
Our bodies always know what to do and sometimes its best to allow our body to follow its natural path than to interfere. For example the simplest and most ignored message of all, feeling tired. Don’t just grab a coffee, get more rest! Honor you body through sickness or injuries listening to your bodies messages and try to respect them.
7. Your body is covered in pleasure sensors.
Brush your hand across your cheek and its almost impossible not to smile! Expose your bodies sensitivities to more touch and pleasure. We crave and need touch as much as our cats and dogs do. Give the gift of touch and pleasure to yourself and others.
8. Your body is beautiful.
Believe in your beauty both inside and out, love unconditionally and your beauty will radiate around you.
9. Your body is your soul mate and best friend!
The greatest partnership we can have is with our body, after all we will be together forever! Love your body for all its perfections and imperfections, don’t judge, don’t criticize, accept yourself just as you are.

Chicken & Turkey Meatballs

                                           Chicken & Turkey Meatballs

This is one of the dishes we got to enjoy at the “Cook For Your Life” fundraiser this weekend and one of my favorite meals 🙂

They are delicious!!

 This is a delicious, healthy take on an old standby. The spices give the meatballs a Mediterranean edge. Once you’ve cooked the meatballs, they can be frozen to save for another day.

Meal: Mains

Serves: 6

Prep: 20 – 30 min

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 clove garlic, sliced
  3. 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
  4. 2 shallots or ½ an onion, finely diced
  5. 1 large egg
  6. ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  7. ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  8. 1 cup whole-grain breadcrumbs, plus 2 tablespoons
  9. 2 tablespoons stock or water
  10. ¼ pound ground organic chicken
  11. ¼ pound ground organic turkey
  12. 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  13. 1 tablespoon ground almonds (optional)
  14. Salt and pepper
  1. 2 cups Quick Tomato Sauce, heated through

 Method

1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small skillet over a medium-high flame. When it is hot, add the garlic. Cook until golden, then discard. This will flavor the oil.

2. Add the thyme to the oil and cook for 1 minute.  Add the shallots and turn the heat down to medium-low, and cook until the shallots start to turn golden. Do not let them burn!  Set aside.

3. Beat the egg. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix well.

4. In a separate bowl, mix the cup of breadcrumbs with the stock or water.

5. In a large bowl combine the ground chicken and turkey with the cooked shallots and parsley, mix with a spatula.  Mix in the beaten egg.  Gradually add in the ground almonds, if using, and then the breadcrumbs, a little at a time. If using ground almonds, you may not need all of the breadcrumbs. Mix well. Add a little water if it seems too stiff or dry.

6. Lay a sheet of parchment or wax paper on your work surface and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs. Using a full tablespoon, spoon the meat mixture it into balls with your hands then gently roll them in the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate. Repeat until all the meat mixture is used up.

7. Coat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot cook the meatballs in batches until they are browned all over, drizzling a little more oil into the pan as needed. Set them aside on a clean plate as you cook them. At this point, you can freeze the meatballs for a future meal.

8. For pasta, when all the meatballs are cooked, tip them into the tomato sauce and cook gently for about 10 minutes. Eat with the whole-grain pasta of your choice and a grating of fresh Parmesan.

Enjoy!

Motivational facts to get you exercising!

Motivational facts to get you exercising!

Exercise may be the closest thing to the fountain of youth. Not only does regular activity strengthen your muscles and improve heart and lung function, but it can also reduce your risk of major diseases, stimulate the growth of new brain cells, and even add years to your life. Studies show just 30 minutes of physical activity on most days is all that’s required to reap big benefits.

The range of health bonuses now attributed to exercise has surprised even doctors. Research suggests that workouts may do the following:

Keeps you young – Workouts such as brisk walking or cycling boost the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Improving your aerobic capacity by just 15 to 25 percent would be like shaving 10 to 20 years off your age. Aerobic exercise may also stimulate the growth of new brain cells in older adults.

Reduce infections – Moderate workouts temporarily rev-up the immune system by increasing the aggressiveness or capacity of immune cells. That may explain why people who exercise catch fewer colds.

Prevent heart attacks – Not only does exercise raise “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure, but new research shows it reduces arterial inflammation, another risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.

Ease asthma – New evidence shows that upper-body and breathing exercises can reduce the need to use an inhaler in mild cases of asthma.

Control blood sugar – Exercise helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level by increasing the cells’ sensitivity to insulin and by controlling weight. Regular brisk walking can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Protect against cancer – Exercise may reduce the risk of colon-cancer by speeding waste through the gut and lowering the insulin level. It may also protect against breast and prostate cancer by regulating hormone levels.

Combat stress – Regular aerobic exercise lowers levels of stress hormones. For many people, exercise helps relieve depression as effectively as antidepressant medication.

Relieve hot flashes – Increasing fitness by walking or practicing yoga enhances mood and reduces some menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats.

Protect men’s health – Pelvic exercises help prevent erectile dysfunction and possibly benign prostate enlargement, a common cause of urinary problems.

 Prolong life – Studies lasting many years have consistently shown that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50 percent for men and women.

There are so many forms of exercise, find one that makes you smile!

Find out what is in your skin care products!

Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on your skin every day has a direct impact on your health. Make sure you are using clean and toxic free beauty products like Beautycounter to minimize your risk of cancers and other diseases directly linked to toxic exposure.

I looked at 12 random products from Clinique, Dior, Este Lauder, Lancome, Chanel, Cover Girl, Oil of Olay, Neutrogena and of course Beauty counter, to see how they rated under the EWG (Environmental Working Group) a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.

Clinique Sunscreen Rating Hazard Moderate – 3

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Estee Lauder Day Cream Rating Hazard High – 8

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Estee lauder Beautiful Rating Hazard High – 9

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Lancome SPF Cream Rating Hazard Moderate – 5

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Cover Girl Lipstick Rating Hazard – 7

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Oil Olay Moisture Lotion Rating Hazard High – 6

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Neutrogena Sunscreen Rating Hazard High – 7

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Neutrogena Baby Sunscreen Hadard Rating High – 7

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Beauty counter Lipstick Rating Hazard Low -1

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Beautycounter Sunscreen Rating Hazard Low – 1

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Check out your own products here 

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The EU has banned  over 1,300 toxic ingredients, Beautycounter has banned over 1,500 toxic ingredients and the US has 11 banned ingredients!!!!!!!!!!

The perfect mini deserts

Try these 3 mini deserts, perfect for a dinner party.

All gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.

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Not only are these mini deserts delicious they are super quick and easy to make, but they can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer (if you don’t eat them all first)

Pecan Caramel Slice

Base

I cup dates

1/2 cup of pecans

1 tsp of Coconut oil

Caramel

1 cup of dates

1/2 cup of coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp tahini

1/4 cup of organic maple syrup

1 cup raw cashews

1/3 cup water

Top Chocolate layer

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup organic maple syrup

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

Method

Base – Add the base ingredients into a food processor and pulse until course and sticks together when pressed. Pour mixture into a small tin with greases proof paper. Press down and place in the freezer.

Caramel – Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth (you may need a little more water). Pour the mixture on top of the base and put back into the freezer.

Top layer – Melt the coconut oil and combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour into the caramel layer and leave to set in the freezer for 30 minutes before cutting into squares.

Coconut lemon Bliss Balls

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup of coconut flakes

zest of 1 large lemon

1/2 tsp of organic vanilla extract

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup

(for more tang add 1 tbs of lemon juice of 5 drops of lemon essential oil)

Method 

Put all the ingredients into  a blender and pulse until mixture is smooth. Shape into balls, roll in some extra coconut crumbs and place into the fridge to firm up.

Cacao covered mint patties

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Mint Patties

1/3 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup cashews

1-2 tbs of melted coconut oil

2-3 tbs of organic maple syrup or honey

1 tsp of peppermint oil

pinch of salt

Cacao layer

1-2 tbs of melted coconut oil

1/3 cup of cacao powder

4-5 tbs organic maple syrup or honey

pinch of salt

pinch of cayenne and cinnamon

Method

Blend the ingredients together for the patties, shape and place on baking tray with greaseproof paper . Put into the freezer to set.

Mix all the cacao layer ingredients together, dip the patties into the cacao mix and put back onto the baking tray to set in the fridge.

Steamed Creamy Brocoli

   Steamed Creamy Brocoli 

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This simple, fast dish will have everybody falling in love with their greens and is one of the many recipes from my Spring Cleanse it turns broccoli into a creamy decadent delight, try it!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 avocado (mashed
  • 1/2 a cup of chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons Braggs raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds

Steam the Broccoli: 

Cut the crowns away from the large stems of the broccoli. Break the crown up into bite sized florets. Place 3/4 to 1 inch of water in a saucepan with a steamer and bring to a boil. (Note that is you don’t have a steamer, you can simply put the broccoli directly into an inch of boiling water.) Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5-6 minutes. The broccoli is done when you can pierce it with a fork. As soon as it can be pierced, remove from heat and place in large bowl.

 Mix all ingredients: 

Add the onion and sunflower seeds to the broccoli. Next add the mashed avocado and apple cider vinegar. Make sure you massage the avocado into your veggies so the dish becomes creamy.

Enjoy as a side or on its own!

Health Happy Hour

Last Friday I hosted my first Healthy Happy Hour which was a great success, thanks to all who came! It was so much fun to have the house full of such wonderful people, alcohol free laughter, healthy snack, drinks and talks about all the different health products. Many of you I would have loved to invite but I knew you were too far away to make it. However I would still like to offer you all some of the great special offers I had available.
The first is 30% off all of my Cleanses, ALCAT Tests and Health Coaching options.
This offer is available until the Feb 28th, go to my website http://www.tiggyhealth.com and use the code healthyhappyhour at checkout.
The second offer is for 15% off Organic Living Superfoods, all those wonderful raw nuts, nibs, dried fruits, powders and not forgetting the most delicious and nutritious chocolate covered superfood. Go to https://www.olsfoods.com/102.html and use the code HEALTHYHAPPYHR15 at checkout.
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Lastly if you are looking to do the Purium 10 Day Transformation or just get supplies from the best (in my opinion) smoothie supplement powder, go to www.mypurium.com/tiggyhealth to get $50 off your first PURIUM order.