Healthy Holidays: Light Corn Bread Stuffing

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This cornbread stuffing is a personal family recipe! My stepmom makes it every year and we can all thank her for the recipe! It is different than your typical stuffing, but just as mouth watering. 🙂

By the way, it’s perfect for leftovers as it freezes really well.

PART I

First we have to make the cornbread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup millet flour
  • 2 free range organic eggs
  • 1/4 tsp celtic/himalayan sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (for cooking)

Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Take coconut oil and place on a skillet
  3. Once fully preheated, put the skillet in the oven
  4. Pour dough mixture onto skillet and let it start baking (add more oil if necessary so it won’t stick)
  5. Bake for 30 minutes

In the meantime…

Part II

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 bunch green onion
  • 6 large stalks celery
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Take a 12 x 12 baking dish and oil with coconut oil
  2. Chop up onions, green onion and celery
  3. Place it all into your baking dish
  4. By now, the cornbread should be finished. Crumble pieces onto baking dish
  5. Scramble your eggs, salt and pepper together in a separate dish then pour over mixture
  6. Add vegetable broth
  7. You want your mixture to be soupy, but not so much that there will be liquid leftover once the cornbread has soaked it up while baking
  8. Mix lightly but don’t allow cornbread to crumble too much or will come out mushy
  9. Bake all together (still on 425 F) for about 45 min and until top is golden brown and it is no longer “soupy”

Tips:

~Make sure you have enough salt and pepper to your liking!

~ If it is too soupy take it out, add more cornbread and bake some more

Happy early Thanksgiving! xoxo

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Get Ready for the Holidays: Healthy Green Bean Casserole

From the wonderful Detoxinista.

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This casserole seems a little more complicated than most other recipes I put up on here. However, it is  easy to make I promise! There’s just a few extra steps…

On the plus side, it is DELICIOUS! The best I have ever had and full of beautifying ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 cups parsnip, chopped
  • 10 oz. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. celtic/himalayan sea salt

Method:

  1. Melt a pat of coconut oil, or butter, in a large skillet and add the sliced onions. Sauté gently over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until caramelized. Use a splash of water, as needed, to prevent sticking.
  2. Once the onions are tender and golden in color, remove from heat and set aside in a bowl for later.
  3. While the onions are cooking, you’ll have plenty of time to steam the parsnips.
  4. Fit a steamer basket into a saucepan, and fill with one inch of water. Add the 2 cups of chopped parsnips, and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to low, steaming for about 8 minutes, or until the parsnips are easily pierced with a fork.
  5. Transfer the steamed parsnips to your blender container, and set it aside.
  6. Using the same steamer basket and saucepan, break the pound of fresh green beans into one-inch pieces, and toss them into the steamer basket. Bring to a boil, then cover and steam for 6-8 minutes, until the green beans are bright green with a bit of crunch.
  7. Note: At this point, cook the green beans to be as tender as you like– if you prefer them softer, steam them longer. The baking process later will not make them any more tender, so this is your chance to achieve the texture you like.
  8. Transfer the cooked green beans to an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish.
  9. Once the onions have finished caramelizing, you can use the same pan to sauté the mushrooms and garlic. Melt another pat of coconut oil or butter, and sauté the garlic for about 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook for about 6 minutes, until liquid is released from the mushrooms.
  10. Spread half of the mushroom mixture into the baking dish of green beans, and pour the other half of the mixture, along with any liquid, into the blender container with the steamed parsnips.
  11. Into that same blender container, add 1 1/2 cups water, 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt and 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast to the cooked parsnips and mushrooms. Blend until smooth and creamy. (This mixture may be a bit salty to taste at this point, but keep in mind that it will be diluted when it’s poured over a pound of green beans!)
  12. Pour the creamy sauce over the green beans and mushrooms in the glass baking dish, and stir to coat well. (You may end up with more sauce than you need for this recipe– I only used about 1 1/2 cups to coat the vegetables well. Save the rest for a future dish!)
  13. Smooth the creamy vegetable mixture with a spatula, and top with the caramelized onions to finish!
  14. At this point, you could cover the dish and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to heat and serve.
  15. When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350F and bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, until bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy!

It’s easier than it looks and like I said above, so delicious!!

I hope you enjoy a happy, healthy Thanksgiving and Holiday season!

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What is My Diet Like?

A big question I get asked all the time: What is my diet like? Am I a vegan? Vegetarian?

If you read my ebook (get your complimentary copy today!) then you will have a better idea of what my diet is like.

Let me go ahead and say now that a diet that I thrive on may not be right for you. That’s why a big part of my program is creating a special road map of health and wellness for each client.

To start with I don’t consider myself vegan , vegetarian or associate myself with any group or category. If I’m craving something and it is a real food, I eat it. However most of the time I stay away from meat, dairy, refined sugar, gluten and anything that is processed. In fact, that is my #1 tip for a healthy life. Stay away from anything that comes in a package, box, etc. It is absolutely best to eat foods in their most natural state, no matter who you are.

If it’s grown in the garden I eat it if it’s made in a lab it takes a lab to digest. -Kris Carr

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Do You REALLY Love Your Life?

Hi there, beautiful! Today, I’m going to ask you a very important question…

Do you love your life? Really love it? Are you allowing yourself to receive everything you have always wanted?

I hope so! Many people don’t and you could very well be one of them. It is so important that we listen to our hearts, follow our bliss and live the life we really love. A big part of that is being authentic. We cant be truly happy until we are 100% honest with ourselves about who we really are. Forget about who you are supposed to be and just be YOU. After all, there is only one of you now and forever, and that’s a pretty miraculous thing in and of itself.

2 books to help you get started with this journey include:
The Power of Now by, Eckhart Tolle

&

 Spirit Junkie by, Gabrielle Bernstein.

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Rhubarb & Berry Jam

This jam concoction is simple to throw together, inexpensive and very versatile. Hugely nutritionally dense and delicious too. Mix it in with your organic oats, coconut yogurt or as a topping for healthy pancakes, crepes, french toast, etc. !

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup chopped fresh rhubarb

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 1/2 cup water

Optional; coconut nectar, raw honey, maple syrup, stevia- to taste

Method:

Throw everything into a pot and bring to a boil

Immediately after, reduce to a simmer

Add sweetener of choice (otherwise will be  sour)

Leave at a simmer until becomes a jam-consistency, 10-20 minutes

Eat right away or store in fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days

Enjoy, beauties!

xoxo, Danielle

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Video: Do You Need Supplements to Thrive?

I personally believe in the absolute amazing power of food. I believe it is extremely healing, can be used as medicine and is completely beautifying.

It depends on the person, but I believe in simplifying things and do not think most people need many supplements to really thrive and achieve Optimal Beauty.

xoxo, Danielle

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8 Things I’m Loving Right Now

Recently, I have been discovering so many fun, non-toxic, beautifying things. So, of course, I want to share them all with you! Consider them my little healthy tricks, tips and advice for a healthier, happier life because that is what they are in my eyes and in my life.

1) Eco Tan

I have never in my life (and even in my toxic party girl days) used self-tanner. Ive never had a problem tanning and grew up in Florida, the Sunshine State so I never really went without sunshine. Nowadays, you couldn’t get me near the stuff just based on most self-tanner’s majorly toxic ingredients. However, Eco Tan is the exception. Not only does it give me more of a sunkissed glow each time I use it (which isn’t even every day), but it does not stain (hands, sheets, towels, clothes) and has provided me with an overall healthy glow right out of winter. The best part? It’s organic, contains less than 20 ingredients! All of which are safe for your health, optimal beauty and overall wellbeing. For example, aloe vera juice, cacao fruit and chamomile are a few of the lovelier ingredients. You can find out more about Eco Tan here.

2) A big glass of water with a drop of peppermint oil.

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Simple and so delicious! I love essential oils. Love   them. I use doTerra which are organic and certified pure therapeutic grade so you know you’re getting the best of the best. Peppermint is amazing for focus, headache relief, digestion and tastes fabulous. Add 1 drop to a large (about 1 L) glass of water and enjoy! 

3)Beauty From the Inside Out

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Dr. Libby is a personal role model to me so you can imagine my excitement when I received her new book as a gift in the mail from her. Beauty from the inside out is one of the major motto’s here at Optimal Beauty so, naturally, I couldn’t wait to dive in. This book is filled with so much fantastic, juicy information and I can’t wait to start sharing it with you all.

4) Self-love cards by Sacred Self

Pic of the cards and my video on YouTube about them. 🙂

In a recent YouTube video I talk about self-love, affirmations and how much I love my Sacred Self Self-Love Cards. Well, let me tell you; when I first got them I was still on my journey towards the Optimal Beauty Lifestyle and I didn’t quite appreciate them the way I do now. I LOVE these cards. I shuffle the deck, pick out 2 from the top and they are always so appropriate for where I am in my life and how I am feeling that day. It’s amazing. I look at them throughout the day as I work and let them remind me of how wonderful I am. 😉 Great inspiration booster!

5) Meditation music on Pandora: “Heart Meditations Radio” 

I have played around with meditation for a while. I believe that it is SO important for anyone looking to live their Optimal Beauty Lifestyle (just sit in stillness, focusing on the breath for 5 minutes per day at least). Ive tried complete silence, guided meditations, etc. This radio station on Pandora (nature sounds, soft, calming tunes) is my absolute favorite. It’s relaxing enough to make you actually want to sit still, yet isn’t disgracing. You can download Pandora on iTunes.

6) Butter LONDON nailpolish

Part of my Optimal Beauty Lifestyle includes non-toxic living (in all areas of life- this includes beauty products, the way you treat yourself and the way you treat others). Butter LONDON is just as beautiful, glossy and hip as any other line out there (my fave used to be OPI), but made without the 3 BIG toxic offenders. Butter’s colors are just as gorgeous if not better! Start buying Butter instead of your usual fave line and slowly, but surely you will have a new collection of toxic-free polish. OR do what I did and start from scratch right away. 🙂

7) The Conversation

It is my new favorite show. So amazing! I can’t recommend it enough and you can watch it all online for free. It is perfect for strong, independent women- or those aspiring to be! Celebrities and influential women are interviewed about love, life, body image, divorce, marriage, beauty, style, career, parenting, wellness and truth. It’s the most real, raw and heart-warming show I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Check it out here.

8) Fit Hoop

“The weighted fitness hula hoop.” This has been so fun to add to my exercise regime! I am always looking for new ways to move my body that are fun. Fit Hoop is fab! You hula hoop for 10 min per day or maybe a few times a week (depending on your schedule) and watch your abs transform. I’m only just getting started, but it’s becoming my favorite ab routine. 😉 Just put some music on and swing those hips. Check them out here!

Enjoy, lovelies! xoxo, Danielle

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