So Delicious #savemysummer Winner and more…

So Delicious Save My Summer Contest Winner
I won a HUGE ‪#‎prize‬ from So Delicious Dairy Free in their ‪#‎savemysummer‬ ‪#‎contest‬ a few weeks ago! Just arrived full of ‪#‎coupons‬, two Contigo water bottles, plates, silerware, a cookbook AND 2 packs of the new cococcino products (plain latte and mocha)! All in a super nice wicker and leather basket that closes at the top! I am so excited to try the cococcino latte and find some new products to try with the ‪#‎dairyfree‬ #coupons… Especially now that their products are almost all carrageenan free!! Check out the message below from So Delicious!
So Delicious Save My Summer Contest Winner
MESSAGE FROM SO DELICIOUS

“Hi Customer,
We are currently in the process of removing carrageenan from all of our products. We always like to remind our wonderful fans that we do have quite a few carrageenan free products already. Please visit Carrageenan Free to see a full list. Our goal is to offer a complete line of dairy-free products that are all carrageenan free. We will also be launching several exciting new products in 2014, and we’re happy to announce that from now on, every new product we release will be carrageenan-free. As a reminder, all of our products are Non-GMO Project Verified, often made with organic ingredients and never have artificial flavors or sweeteners. We work hard to make foods that you can be proud to serve. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@sodeliciousdairyfree.com.”

This is GREAT news for those of us avoiding carrageenan. For many people with celiac or gluten intolerances, carrageenan can cause similar symptoms as gluten when it enters the body. It is also linked to cancer!! Read more about it from the amazing Food Babe!
So Delicious Save My Summer Contest Winner

Even my kitty, Buddha, approves of the prize and the company! 🙂

Tips for a Vegan Newbie

The Vegan Experience: Top 10 Tips For a First-Time Vegan

So I am pretty much a #glutenfree #vegan (UPDATE: I did not mean to offend any true vegans. I have so much respect for those of you who truly are vegan. The technical term for my diet is Ovo-Pescatarian since I eat eggs and seafood. The dairy free and gluten free are in place due to intolerances. Hope this clears things up!! <3).

However, I think these tips can help anyone going #dairyfree or even just looking to eat #healthy and incorporate more fruits, veggies and plant based #protein into your #diet!

The Vegan Experience: Top 10 Tips For a First-Time Vegan
Source: Serious Eats

THE CHIA ‘CHEAT SHEET’

THE CHIA ‘CHEAT SHEET’ by Angela Stokes

I am sharing the below content directly from The Raw Reform website. The following is not original content but I don’t think I could have said it better myself!

What is Chia Seed?
Vegan Chai Chia PuddingChia seed is an ancient superfood that is currently experiencing a glorious renaissance 😉 It is a member of the sage family (Salvia Hispanica). The little black and white seeds were once a staple of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with the Native Americans of the southwest.

“Chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength. The seeds were used by these ancient cultures as mega-energy food, especially for their running messengers, who would carry a small pouch of it with them. Chia has been called ‘Indian Running Food’ and gives an incredibly ‘sustaining’ surge of energy.

Why would you want to eat Chia?
Chia seeds are said to have:

  • 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain,
  • 5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which is a trace mineral that
    helps transfer calcium into your bones,
  • 2 times the amount of potassium as bananas,
  • 3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries
  • 3 times more iron than spinach
  • copious amounts of omega 3 and omega 6, which are essential fatty acids…
  • They are a complete source of protein, providing all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. They are also a fabulous source of soluble fibre. 

Like flax, chia is highly ‘hydrophilic’ – the seeds absorb water and create a mucilaginous gel. They can hold 9-12 times their weight in water and they absorb it very rapidly – in under 10 minutes.Antioxidants
One advantage of chia is that because it has such a high antioxidant content, the seeds stay stable for much longer, whereas flax, for example, may turn rancid. Chia seeds can easily be stored dry for 4-5 years without deterioration in flavour, odour or nutritional value. You can substitute chia in any recipe that calls for flax.

Mild Taste
The taste of chia is very mild and pleasant. That means you can easily combine it with other foods without changing the taste dramatically. People add chia to their sauces, bread batters, puddings, smoothies and more. The flavour is retained, plus masses more nutrition is added 😉

The ‘Dieter’s Dream Food’
Chia has been called a dieter’s dream food because when added to foods, it bulks them up, displacing calories and fat without diluting the flavour. Thus, someone can eat a typical serving, yet only consume about half the calories they might have eaten, because the food has been bulked up with chia. PLUS, the eater gets a bellyful of nutrient-rich superfood goodness, which hydrates and sustains them – magic 😉

What are some other benefits of eating Chia? 

  • Provides energy
  • Boosts strength
  • Bolsters endurance
  • Levels blood sugar
  • Induces weight loss
  • Aids intestinal regularity

Sugar AbsorptionVegan Chai Chia Pudding
Chia slows the impact of sugars on the system, if eaten together. Chia gel creates a physical barrierbetween carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. That means the energy from the food is released steadily, resulting in more endurance. This is clearly of great benefit to diabetics in particular. It also means that I can combine chia with super-sweet tastes like apple juice and not get super-spiked 😉

Absorb and Retain Water
Due to the exceptional water-absorption quality of chia, it can help you prolong hydration and retainelectrolytes, especially during exertion.

Easy to Digest
Whole, water-soaked chia seeds are easily digested and absorbed. Their tiny dinosaur-egg-like shells break down quickly. They feel light in the body, yet energising. Their nutrients can be quickly assimilatedinto the body.Intestinal Broom
Chia seeds bulk up, then work like an incredible digestive broom, sweeping through your intestinal tract, helping to dislodge and eliminate old accumulated waste in the intestines. Many people find their stools also become more regular once they eat chia.

Inexpensive
Chia is a very reasonably priced, concentrated food. Our 1lb bags cost $8. 1/3 cup of dry chia seeds (2 ounces) makes about 17 ounces of chia gel. This costs about $1. Depending on how much gel you use, those 17oz will likely last, on average, about four days. That is about 25cents a day. 

Versatile
Chia can be used in so many kinds of recipes – savoury, sweet – it works with anything. You might want to try them in salad dressings, cookie mixtures, smoothies, crackers, ice creams, juices and so on.

Gluten-Free
Chia seed protein contains no gluten. This makes it ideal for anyone with a gluten sensitivity or simply wanting to find a replacement for gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, rye and oats.

Which medical conditions can Chia help relieve or support?
Chia is reported to be beneficial for a vast range of issues, for example:

  • weight loss/balance
  • thyroid conditions
  • hypo-glycaemia
  • diabetes
  • IBS
  • celiac disease
  • acid reflux
  • lowering cholesterol

In the traditional cultures that consumed chia, like the Aztecs, chia was also regarded as a medicine. It was used in myriad ways – from cleaning the eyes to helping heal wounds, topically, to relieving joint pain and so on. It was considered extremely valuable for healing.

Regeneration
Chia aids rapid development of tissue, due to its incredible nutrient profile and easy assimilation. It can be very beneficial for those healing from injuries, people like bodybuilders who are always re-forming tissues and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How do you use Chia?Vegan Chai Chia Pudding
The most common way to eat chia is to first soak the seeds. They can very rapidly absorb a large amount of liquid – between 9-12 times their volume, in under 10 minutes.

The Basic Gel
To make a basic chia gel, simply add 1/3 cup of seeds (2oz) to 2 cups of water. Stir the mixture well, to avoid clumping, then leave it in your fridge, in a sealed jar. This will yield around 17oz of chia gel. You can begin to eat the gel almost immediately if you like. Just 10 minutes is enough time for the gel to be formed. More of the nutrients will be easily accessible after a few hours however, so many people like to make up a batch like this and leave it in the fridge. It will stay good for about three weeks. Then you can just reach into the fridge and take out some of the ready-made gel whenever you need it. You might add it to smoothies, mix it with salad dressings, puddings or granola, or simply take it by the spoonful.

Beyond Water…
As mentioned above, chia will absorb anything – it doesn’t have to soak in water. We like soaking it in things like apple juice for example. That way, the intense sweetness of the apple juice is also offset by the chia and it tastes yummy ;). We also often blend fruits – for example bananas and persimmons, then stir the chia into that mixture. Again, the longer the seeds are left to soak, the more their nutrients will be readily available to you, yet you could easily eat a meal like this 10 minutes or less after preparing it.

Whole Seeds
You can also sprinkle the dry seeds onto salads or add them to granola mixes. You may also want to experiment with grinding them first in a coffee grinder, to make a ‘chia flour’ you can then add to smoothies, soups and so on.

Gluten Free on the Go: Survival of the fittest… Or at least the most prepared!

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Go Gluten Free on the Go

Sometimes surviving the “hangery” phase requires creative thinking and planning ahead!

Check out a few of these recipes for perfect on the go snacks:
24 Calorie Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

24 Calorie Banana Cocoa Nut Bites

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Black Bean Zucchini Brownies

Chewy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

Chewy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins

I hope these tips make your holiday weekend a little easier! Happy Memorial Day!

Belated RSS: A Day in the Life of Me… with a SWEET SURPRISE!

The events of today may seem insignificant to some, however I found them note worthy enough to give you the full run down!

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  • 1 am: Get home from a super fun wedding! (Yes on a Monday! It was Cinco de Mayo themed and totally gluten free!)
  • 1:30 am: Share a late night snack of left over salad, chopped apple and granola with my love. (lol yes thats what a vegetarian does when they are hungry in the middle of the night and out of ice cream!)
  • 2 am: Finally crawl into bed with alarm set for the days adventures with my best friend!
  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am: Get up and jump in the shower, do the laundry, feed Buddha, have a quick smoothie (keep this in mind for my afternoon!! ;)), kiss my handsome boyfriend and jump in the car with Allyson.
  • 12 pm: Have a yummy salad at Picasso’s in #Jacksonville.
  • 1 pm: Excitedly arrive at Whole Foods with my #coupons for Mamma Chia (I am newly OBSESSED with their Green Magic Vitality Squeeze), Enjoy Life (did someone say #glutenfree S’MORES!?!), and Beyond Meat (I finally found the Beef Crumbles!)

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  • 1-2 pm: Wander around the sea of heavenly #healthy products that exist in Whole Foods while trying to not spend my entire bank account on all the amazing gluten free products at my finger tips and eagerly sampling as many items as possible, including:
    • Tiramisu Gelato!
    • Brown Rice and Quinoa California Roll!
    • Watermelon!
    • Adora Dark Chocolate Gluten Free Calcium Supplements! (yes you read that right! I swear it tasted like a Dove Chocolate!)
    • Tangerine!
    • Seriously a store that has all those things to sample is a winner in my book no matter how expensive it is!

    Mamma Chia

  • 2 pm: Left with so many yummy goodies including lots of Mamma Chia and a delicious #dairyfree latte made with almond milk!
  • 2:15 pm: Find a “big red barn on the side of the road” haha that’s what Allyson told me to look for while we were trying to find our next destination. Well she wasn’t kidding! In that barn, aka Freshfields Farm, was what every grocery store should be. Well I would scratch the meat aspect, but for carnivores this place would be heaven as well… and it was nice to be able to get my boyfriend all natural, local and organic “cow” lol yes that is what I told him I got him. I had to have the butcher help me pick something out because I was TOTALLY lost! I have been a vegetarian since long before I was doing my own grocery shopping. I know ZILCH about buying meat! The things we do for love ;)!
  • 2:15-3:00 pm: Drool over admire the beautiful colors of all the fresh, local and organic fruits & veggies! Not only did  everything look delicious it was also soooo AFFORDABLE! I could not believe how much I got for less than $20, including organic:Freshfields Farm
    • Golden Beets!
    • Ginger!
    • Mango!
    • Kale!
    • Portobello Mushrooms!
    • Grape Tomatoes!
    • Cilantro!
    • london broil?… ribeye?… cow
  • 3:30 pm: Get home and show my man all my awesome goodies! I can’t wait to go again so I can share the awesomeness with him and do a more thorough shopping trip! We are going to be crazy busy the next two week so I didn’t want to get too many fresh things. Next time I go though… GAME ON!!
  • 4 pm: Share my goodies on Twitter and Facebook for all you guys to check out while enjoying my first Mamma Chia as a pre-#bikram pick me up! 🙂
  • 5 pm: Just minutes before walking into class at Bikram Yoga St. Augustine I check my email to discover this!

Brothers All Natural Smoothie Contest Winner

  • Teeki Leggings5:30-7 pm: I had an AMAZING kick ass butt yoga class and bought some adorable new Teeki leggings to celebrate! They are so freaking adorable and I can’t wait to wear them tomorrow!
  • 8 pm: After a long hot shower and a few phone calls to share my excitement about winning the Smoothie Contest I finally sit down with a giant plate of veggies from my shopping adventures to continue sharing my excitement on Twitter and Facebook.
  • 1:18am: Finally finishing the masterpiece, that is this post, to share with you guys! About to climb in bed for an early morning bikram class, a few hours of work at the studio and then coming home to get ready to see PRESTON POHL sing the National Anthem before the JAKE OWEN Military Appreciation Night at THE PLAYERS Championship!!!!
  • GOOD NIGHT!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hope this glimpse of my day gave you as much joy and happiness as it gave me!
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HURRY!! Blogs To Help You Coupon Like a Pro!!

How to Coupon Like a Pro

Got your attention huh!! I am about to spill my secrets on the world of couponing with you! I might be a blogger and pride myself on my couponing skills, but I have a confession… NONE of it would be possible with out the amazing talent of some of my favorite bloggers. Honestly, I was so inspired by their dedication and time devoted to their passion and their hard work that they played a huge part in me starting my own blog.

I regularly follow about 20 blogs. I subscribe to most of them… as you should do for my blog 🙂 (on the right hand column, below my About Me blurb, is a field to enter your email. If you do that and hit Subscribe, you will be sent an activation email to confirm.) That simple! That way you will never miss a post and I promise the emails are totally spam free!!

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The blogs a follow are a combination of healthy recipes blogs, yoga blogs, gluten free blogs, dairy free blogs, and local St. Augustine blogs … but the ones I want to tell you about today are my favorite coupon blogs.

CONFESSION: They are my homepage. Yes. All of them.

Coupons.comUpromise - Join NowMy browser takes several minutes to load every time I turn my computer on and hit Firefox, but I swear it is worth it… for me at least. My wallet thanks me for the few extra minutes every time I go to the grocery store! Coupon blogs are a little different than most other blogs you probably follow. Other than news feed type blogs, most bloggers post 1-4 times a week (in my experience). Coupon bloggers post 5-20 times a day, the good ones at least ;)! In the world of couponing, minutes count! Some deals are only good for a few hours (flash sales) and some coupons only last a few minutes before they are “sold/printed out”!


This might seem crazy but it will start to seem normal after a few weeks of immersing yourself in the coupon world. Tag lines to coupon blog posts often read: RUN! HURRY! STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING! PRINT THIS NOW! TODAY ONLY! LIMITED TIME OFFER! And these are not gimmicks to get you to do what they are telling you. Many of the deals are seriously only available for a very short time and IMHO the bloggers genuinely want you to get the best deal possible! The more I save based on their suggestions, the more likely I am to go back… right?!

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The following is a list of my FAVORITE coupon blogs, mobile coupon sites, printable coupon sites and store printable coupons. I often visit others when I am searching for special sales, coupons or promotions, but these sites save me money every single day. LOTS of money! THOUSANDS of dollars a year kinda money! You might see a $0.50 coupon and think what a waste, but I PROMISE if you learn the in’s and out’s of couponing you will never see a coupon that way again. You will see it as the ONLY LEGAL WAY TO PRINT MONEY!! Seriously the newspaper companies will deliver money to your doorstep every Sunday… if you take the initiative to ask for it!

 

I hope these sites help you save as much money as they have helped me to save. Couponing has given me the ability to enjoy so many more extra activities in my life because i have more spending money in my pocket. Once you discover how easy it is you will be hooked.

PLEASE ASK ME ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS!
I am so happy to help anytime!

DISCLAIMER: Some of these sites, such as the ones for Publix, offer regional sales and coupons but there are TONS of other similar sites around the country that offer regional sales in places other than the South East. Also, don’t forget to check your favorite store and brand sites for coupons that they offer!!

Bikram Yoga for Back Pain

Bikram Yogis what do you think about this?

Bikram Yoga for Back Pain

bikram yoga for back pain

I swear by yoga for back pain and completely agree that the more I practice the better I feel.
I don’t think it is a cure all but I think it’s benefits are amazing!

I am working on a much longer, more in-depth article about my experience with yoga and Bikram and all the amazing benefits it has brought to my life! Until then, enjoy this article 🙂

This is where I practice: Bikram Yoga St. Augustine

Bikram Yoga St. Augustine

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