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Arbonne Products Review

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Hello all! Athenas here! I kinda feel weird because this is the first time I’m writing about an MLM company, but I love an honest review so here is mine from Arbonne!

Just to clarify, I’m not a distributor of this company. I was contacted by Kelsy, a local mom who was starting her business and wanted me to try them out. Usually when people contact me to promote MLM’s my immediate answer is NO. However, there was something particular about this company:

1- Has all the certifications I like to see, including the vegan society and PETA.

2-Their products are botanicals, vegan,cruelty-free recyclable product packaging and shipping boxes. Gluten-free non-GMO.

3- It was a local mom who contacted me.

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When she sent me the link to the website, and I started reading about the whole thing, I decided to give these a try. Kelsy sent me different products, a vanilla protein, Digestion plus, fibre boost, herbal tea and energy fizz sticks.

We have been drinking their vanilla protein and digestion plus every morning for 3 weeks in our smoothies and truly like it! I have to say that the flavour is extremely similar to their competitors, however, why I will go for this one instead, is as mentioned, the 4 points above.

Another reason why I like Arbonne is that I feel not scared to give it to my kids. After reading their “top 20 not allowed” ingredients, everything seems pretty safe, and usually, I don’t feel like this with MLM’s products.

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And last but not least.. their products are earth friendly!

 

I’m very curious about trying their make up line and their shampoo, as I’ve heard great things about them.

If you are looking to support a local business and this mom, you can visit her website to see all the selection!

There you have it loves! If you give them a try, let me know!

XO,

Athenas

 

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Vegan Korean Beef

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Happy Saturday my friends! The recipe I’ve got for you today was a big success for my no vegetarian family. I’ve been following Erin Ireland for months now, and I truly enjoy her recipes and tips! I had to steal her picture too because the one I took was sooo bad! so here it is:

  • Basmati rice
  • Ginger
  • Green Onions
  • Pepper
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Garlic
  • brown sugar
  • Sesame seed
  • chilli Flakes
  • beefless Ground ( we used Gardein )
  • Soy sauce
  • Onions

1- Cut the onions in small cubes and put them in a pan with oil, add the garlic, “beef” and cook for 5 minutes.

2- In a bowl mix the soy sauce, sugar, toasted sesame oil, ginger, black pepper and chilli flakes.

3-Add the sauce to the beef and mix well.

4- Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Serve with Basmati rice.

That’s it my friends! Easy peasy!  If you want to watch the video go to Erin’s IG! Enjoy!

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My thoughts about the Vegan world

4 years ago I decided to reduce my animal consumption. My reason was not health-related, but it was more about helping the environment as much as I could. My family is not vegan or vegetarian, however, my kids animal consumption on their diet is 30% and mine around 40% ( damn doritos lol! )

Our lives have been like this, and we just got used to it. A couple of months ago, I was trying hard to lose weight so I wanted to come back to the diet that has always worked for me, which is Atkins, but after a week of eating meat and tons of dairy every day, I was feeling bad, not sick bad but it just not felt right, and at that moment I realize that it doesn’t go with who I am anymore. I tried to do a vegetarian version of it, and I was basically leaving by their shakes until I just gave up.

With this I don’t mean that I think people are bad for eating animal products, I don’t think either than vegans are healthier than people that eat animals, it’s just different lifestyles. I’m a huge believer in finding the right balance and do what is best and feels best for you, not the society.

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Friends usually asked me what my kids eat, they do eat regular yogurt and cheese, but they drink cashew or almond milk. Their favourite breakfast are smoothies so it so easy for me to add veggies! For lunch, they eat lots of pasta, cuscus, lentils, and beans, it’s been like this since Mia was born, and so far I have happy and healthy kids.

Even tho I tried to breastfeed as much as I could, I used cow milk with both of my kids on their first year ( formula ). I also gave Mia cow milk when she was 1 to 2 years old, after that I slowly switched to almond and now cashew milk.

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I don’t want to restrict my kids on anything, I also don’t want my friends having to worry about preparing a special meal for me when they invite me to dinner, so I don’t think we are becoming 100% vegan’s anytime soon, however, with all the new options coming to the market every day, is getting easier and easier to consume less animal products.

Whenever I’m looking for a new vegan/vegetarian recipe, I would usually go and check it out Erin Ireland or youtube. I was so excited to meet her at the Vegan Appreciation day today at Spend Grounds! Can’t wait to share more about this journey with you!

Xo,

Athenas

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Ceviche Recipe!

My hometown is famous for the Seafood! You cannot find that taste anywhere in Mexico! This is my dad’s recipe that I get to enjoy when they come to visit in the summer, hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1-Shrimps

2-Limes

3-Cilantro

4-Onions

5-Cucumber ( optional, take all the seeds out )

6- Tomato

7-Orange

8-Clamato Juice

9- Tamari or any soy sauce

Instructions:

1- Wash all of the ingredients and cut the veggies in small cubes.

2- Add the shrimps to a container, then add enough lime to almost cover them. Let them marinate for an hour.

3-Take all the lime out and add the onions, cucumber, tomato, and cilantro. Mix well and add salt and pepper.

4-Add 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/2 of clamato juice. Add 1 tbps of tamari gluten free.

5- If you like it spicy, add some Valentina or Huichol.

6-Serve with Avocado, tostadas or whatever you want!

Xo,

Athenas

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Getting Ready for Summer with The Chopped Leaf at Morgan Crossing

Everyone’s ( except me ) favorite season is almost here! Is already April, so there are only a few months before it’s time to show up our bodies and put those bikinis on. I haven’t lost the baby weight.. and when I say, baby, I mean since my 3-year-old was born lol!!

I gained soo much weight with my 2 pregnancies, and I haven’t get back in shape because I still make excuses to no wake up at 5 am and exercise.

They said is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise, so I’m trying to focus on eating as clean as possible, adding greens and nutrients to my diet to replace that lack of exercise, HOWEVER now that I returned full time to work, and Francisco keeps traveling, there is no much time left to cook and sadly I had lots of visits to Tim Hortons and Subway ( ewwwk lol ) until I discovered The Chopped Leaf!

It is very rare to find healthy quick meals, so I love having this option just 5 min from my home at Morgan Crossing!! Their Salads are to die for, and if you need more than greens you can make it a wrap, a sandwich, whatever you get I promise is going to be totally enjoyable!

Their customer service is amazing too! So I’m partnering with them to give away a $30 gift card for you to try their menu and judge for yourself!

I want to make your life simple so you can enter either via Facebook or Instagram!

For the instagramers:

You have to like my pic for the contest, follow me @ilove604 and @jdrai and tag someone that lives in the South Surrey/White rock area or that you would like to invite for a healthy lunch. 1 tag= 1 entry.

For the Facebook lovers:

Like our pages:

https://m.facebook.com/ChoppedLeafMorganCrossing/

https://www.facebook.com/ilove604/

And tag someone that lives in the South Surrey/White rock area or that you would like to invite for a healthy lunch.

That’s it! The Winner would be announced next Sunday! Happy Healthy Eating everyone!

XO,

Athenas

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Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce

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It’s official.. I’m quitting Atkins! I try.. I really try.. but it doesn’t go with who I am anymore! Atkins was my diet to go whenever I wanted to lose weight, but I just can’t handle eating animal all day long! And I tried to do a vegetarian Atkins, but it didn’t work.. and hey,  everyone eat wherever they want, but myself I made the decision of consuming LESS animal products since before Mia was born, and so far it’s been like that, so with that being said: Meatless Monday’s are back! And probably, I’ll stay at this weight for the next couple of years lol!

I got this recipe from one of my favourite local Instagrammers: @thepurelife_ and it’s been a complete success with the whole family!! And I had to say, that I had my doubts because Mia just to like her pasta with NO sauce, but she truly loves this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp of avocado oil
  • 1 Large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 5 large carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 4 Tbps dried herbs ( I used basil, parsley and one that I love called “Mrs Dash ” you can get it at Costco )
  • 2 Tbps dried oregano
  • Himalayan Salt
  • 2 Cups of pureed organic tomatoes
  • 2 Cups of organic vegetable stock

 

1- In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion and garlic cloves in the olive oil for 1-2 min. until translucent.

2- Add the vegetables and saute for about 5 min, until almost browned, to add flavor.

3- Reduce to a low heat. Add the herbs, salt, pepper and saute some more. Add the passata and mix some more.

4- Bring to high heat, add the veggie stock and then let it simmer for another 20 min. or so until the vegetables are soft. Taste and add salt, pepper or herbs accordingly. I like mine with lots of dried herbs so I always add extra, but this is optional!

5- In a high- speed blender, blend the sauce until really smooth. Be mindful of the heat and let the sauce cool before blending. Pour into a glass container and let cool even more with the lid off for about 30 min. Close and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can alternatively freeze this sauce in plastic bags once it has cooled.

6- Serve with your favourite pasta.

Happy Monday everyone!

Xo,

Athenas