Charleston

We’ve lived in Charleston for just over a month now. I pinch myself everyday when I wake up to palm trees, warm weather, and the ocean (a few miles away). Now that we’re here, it’s hard for me to remember what living in the Midwest was like and how in the world I braved through 26 winters with sub zero temperatures.

I feel at home here. The opportunities that God has given us since we moved have been downright incredible and I have no doubt we are in the exact place we are supposed to be right now. Pretty much everyone who I talk to on a daily basis is shocked or in awe that we packed our kids up (including our 2 1/2 month old) and moved. It was definitely scary, but I know that hopes and dreams are divinely placed within us, and I don’t want to be someone who doesn’t give them room to blossom.

The things we’re hoping for, working towards, and saving for are BIG. Big dreams that are going to take lots of hard work, commitment, and a heck of a lot of God’s blessing, but we’re excited. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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Avocado Toast

Just a quick post today as I’m running in a million and one directions getting used to balancing my new job, mom duties, and my health & wellness biz- while still trying to have a clean house- HA! Anyways, avocado toast is all the rage amongst clean eaters lately and for good reason. Healthy fats, sprouted grains, and veggies = energy for your body that doesn’t sacrifice the yum factor. There are tons of ways you can modify avocado toast. This is just one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.

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Recipe (if you can call it that since there’s no cooking involved!)

1 piece of sprouted grain toast (Ezekial is my fave brand)

1/2 organic avocado

1 tsp chia seed

2 slices organic heirloom tomato

Sea salt and pepper to tasteĀ 

 

1. Toast your bread

2. Score the avocado and scoop it out onto the toast

3. Spread (smash) the avocado onto the toast with a knife and sprinkle with salt and pepper and the chia

4. Top with tomato and sprinkle again with sea salt

And that’s it! I like mine with a little side of fresh greens and balsamic. Like I said, an easy, super healthy meal option. As always, enjoy!

 

Iced Coffee Protein Shake

Now that school is in full swing mornings are crazy around here. Between getting everyone breakfast, lunch packed, putting a semi coordinated outfit on the oldest and making sure the middle boy isn’t getting in the car completely nude (It’s happened. Don’t ask.), my beloved cup of coffee often ends up sitting out on the counter until I return from dropping my daughter off at school. After too many mornings of this happening and not being a big fan of reheated coffee, I decided to make a protein shake centered around my favorite beverage. And I must say, it turned out to be quite delicious.

This shake is especially good if you work out in the morning because it’s packed with protein and it will keep you full for hours. Another plus, there’s no artificial sweeteners, soy, GMO, or any other c.r.a.p. in this recipe! I’m *almost* back to my pre-baby weight so I am working really hard to get these last 10 pounds off. I’m having two meal replacement shakes a day to get there and it has really helped kick started my weight loss again because I had totally hit a plateau. I usually pack my lunchtime shake full of veggies, probiotics, etc. so it’s nice to spruce my morning shake up a little.

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Recipe:

3 scoops Nutrimeal Free

16 oz coconut or almond milk

16 oz brewed coffee, cooled

Sweetener of your choice (I used 1 tbsp raw honey)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Big handful of ice

Sooooooo yum. You can also play around with it by adding a tbsp of cocoa powder, or other extracts, too. Just make sure they’re REAL extracts and not imitation. That’s just chemical, artificial stuff that you definitely do not want to put in your body!

Let me know if you try the recipe!

-Lauren