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Roasted Okra & Greens

Stir Fry is an easy go-to meal that almost any family can make in under 30 minutes. Okra has been a fan favorite for decades in the south. Originally from the indigenous people of the Gold coasts of West Africa, Okra made its way  in the bellies of the “New World” in the late 1600’s. However, it’s most commonly known for being included in Creole patois since the 1800’s to the present.

Since Okra and Collard greens are a huge component in the south. I decided to take the two most common items and create a healthy, vegan meal that can be created alongside cornbread and black-eyed peas or as a meal by itself.

My goal was not to overcook the greens so the nutrients still remain in them hence cooking them under 2 minutes.

Here’s the recipe for roasted Okra and Collard Greens stir fry.

 

INGREDIENTS:

Roasted Okra:
1/2 lb okra cut in halves
3 tbls grape seed oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp ground sage
Bake at 400 F approx.10-12 minutes

Sautéed Mixture:
2 cups chopped collard greens
2 cups chopped Kale
1/2 onion
1/2 large Green bell pepper
1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
Approx. 3-4 tbls grape seed/Avocado oil
3/4 tbls sea salt

2 cups Garbanzo beans
3/4 cup Black beans

Grains:
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 cup Kamut Approx
1 cup water

DIRECTIONS:

Boil grains as directed on package.

As grains are boiling, preheat oven to 400 F.

Rinse and slice Okra in halves.

Prepare Okra by mixing oils, herbs and sea salt together on a baking sheet.

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Bake Okra approximately 10-12 minutes

As Okra is baking, Chop your Sautee mixture.

Heat skillet on Med-High heat with Grapeseed/Avocado oil

Add onions, peppers, and mushrooms first for a few seconds (coat)

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Then Add greens and Kale and sautee’ approximately 2 minutes.

 

By this time, the  Okra should be done. Remove and Let cool.

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Continuously stir the Greens mixture.

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Grains should be done.

Add cooked or canned Garbanzo beans. Add Sea Salt. Stir

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(If you want to keep this meal Dr. Sebi approved, do not add Black beans)

Add Black beans. Stir

 Add 2 cups cooked quinoa and 1/4 cup cooked Kamut  to the mixture.

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Stir approx. 1 minute

Add Okra and Enjoy!

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*This entire meal was alkaline until we added black beans. If you follow Dr. Debi’s plan, do not add black beans.

The App to Change Your Life : N+TC (Nike Training Club)

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced fitness enthusiast, Nike has an app that friends are beyond obsessed with including myself. Nike Training Club (N+TC) is an amazing app that’s filled with hundreds of workouts for every fitness levelNike+TC and schedule. Whether you have 15 minutes or 45 minutes, there are workout routines that can fit into anyone’s schedule.

Because my schedule fluctuates daily, I don’t have much time to commit to a full workout plan but this app is perfect for me because it feels like I have my own personal trainer without paying the trainer price tag. I have the ability to finish 15 minutes of cardio, abdominals, arms, glutes, thighs and multiple muscle groups and left with nothing but sweat running down my body.  Nike does not play games!

After you download the app, you are able to select a workout based on your goal and fitness activity. The following options being: GET LEAN, GET TONED, GET STRONG, GET FOCUSED. From there you are taken to a menu with a ton of different workouts geared towards the goal you selected. One of the apps coolest features is that there is audio instruction and videos showing you execution of each move if you are unsure what each movement means. If you don’t have a kick ass audio play-list for your workout [you need to get one], you can always listen to your favorite Pandora station and still hear the interactive trainer as well. How cool is that?

My favorite perk is that it tracks your progress! and you can train any and everywhere like a pro. Every workout is calculated by the minutes and as the minutes add up you get rewards or fuel points!!! So set goals and make them. Just do it and get moving!

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All Photos courtesy of Nike.com

FITNESS-FLAWLESS,100lbs & FLAWLESS

From 140lbs-284lbs (maybe more) to 170lbs, my life has been an up and down rollercoaster of losing and gaining weight, mainly from having three kids.

Weight is a topic that no one but everyone likes to discuss. Fat and weight has a love hate relationship with people especially women. We strive for this idea of “perfection” wrapped in desirability from other women and men. Just the mere fact of being over weight makes a woman feel like they’re not desirable, like they’re not beautiful because the perception of others has allowed us to believe that the weight we have carried determines our value and beauty in life.

But what determines beauty? What determines your value? Weight only has value when you are a diamond. The value I carry is not weighed by the fat that’s on my body yet the wealth of knowledge that I carry, the way I uphold my values, the way I enlighten my children, the way I infuse my spirituality with growing and nurturing life, the way I open my mind to “endless” thoughts, goals, dreams and possibilities.

My battle with weight and confidence began after having my first son because I gained 80lbs. I didn’t like the weight I had become. My reflection in the mirror was not that of a young and confident 140lb woman.My luster buried itself within me, and my ideas became dull and blunt on the outside covered with makeup to shield the inner yet outer layer of thoughts about who I was, based on what beauty was thought to be.

I remember trying every pill, diet, fad, and weight loss program I could think of. All of them were temporary fixes with a short gain without long term substance. Losing weight was stressful and at times, it felt like a full time job. Although, I began to lose some of the weight but once I came off the pills or diet, it didn’t sustain me, so my weight continued to fluctuate.

IT wasn’t until I tried something different!

ENOUTH ABOUT THE PAST! LET’S FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT!

Once, I had my daughter, I became intrigued with gardening and finding natural remedies for everything. It took me on a journey from gardening to natural hair, to completely changing my eating habits. I knew that I wasn’t at a stage where I could quit eating everything cold turkey, so I stopped eating beef and substituted everything that was beef with lean turkey as I had already given up pork 6 years prior. I eventually started to get comfortable with slowly changing my diet and stopped eating chicken altogether. It was tough at first but once I got through it week by week, I started to feel natural, lighter, and healthier.

DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! Just look at my pictures. The majority of my weight loss came from change of diet. Transitioning from eating unhealthy to eating like I was naked.

STAY TUNED for tips on ways to transition to a better YOU!