Expo West 2019
Expo West is THE best convention to attend if you are connected to the organic and natural food industry. They call it the Super Bowl of natural food shows. Every year, the show grows larger! That is crazy to even imagine because the show already takes over the vicinity of the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim Marriott, Hilton Anaheim, and the Anaheim Arena. So in other words, Expo West takes over half of the city of Anaheim, California. But, that is great news because that means that the industry is growing. This year, I found so many amazing new products at the show!
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“Good Food Is Not A Luxury, It’s A Right”
“Good food is not a luxury, it’s a right.” This quote right here is everything I stand for. A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post called “Make America Organic Again“, where I touched on the topic that organic food is a right. This week I went to the new Lucky’s Market that just opened up in Plantation, Florida ( a suburb of Fort Lauderdale). As I walked up to the cash register, I saw this huge quote hung up on the wall. It said “Good food is not a luxury, it’s a right.” I saw it and I immediately took a picture of it. The meaning of that quote is something that I strongly believe in.
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Top 10 Tips To Stick To an Organic Lifestyle on Vacation
Summer break is here! That means going on vacation and having lots of fun in the sun. When traveling, it can be challenging to stay on track with any type of lifestyle or diet. Going on vacation can knock your normal eating routine out of whack but just know it doesn’t have to. Vacation does not mean that your diet has to go completely out the window. There are many ways to stay on track. Most of my peers ask me how I am able to eat when I go on vacation since they know I eat organic at home. But, I am here to tell you that it is possible to stick to your organic lifestyle on vacation. Just follow these top 10 tips to stick to an organic lifestyle on vacation.
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Organic guacamole is one of the easiest and tastiest dips to make. Also, Cinco De Mayo is in a few days! Cinco De Mayo is a holiday to commemorate the Mexican army who won the Battle Of Puebla against the French Army. I think us American’s go all out way more than the Mexican’s in Mexico do. Mexican food is amazing and one of my favorite cuisines. I love making guacamole and of course making it organic! It is one of the best dips ever created. You can make guacamole any time of the year for almost every occasion or for no reason at all. The only way to make guacamole is in a Molcajete which is a mortar and pestle. It brings out the most flavor of the guacamole. This is the traditional way to make guacamole. It is amazing to think that with only a few organic ingredients, you have this delicious organic guacamole.
- 4 organic avocados, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup organic red onion finely chopped
- ½ tbsp organic jalapeño, finely chopped
- ½ cup organic cilantro, chopped
- 2 small organic limes, juiced
- 1 tbsp organic cold pressed olive oil
- 2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp organic ground pepper
- Tools Needed:
- Molcajete (motar and pestle)
- Place the peeled and pitted avocados in the molcajete. Then add the lime juice, olive oil,salt, and pepper. Mash those ingredients together lightly with with pestle. then add the red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro to the molcajete. Mash all ingredients together until everything is mixed and you reached your desired consistency. (I like leaving it a little chunky). Serve immediately.
Feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients.
If you don't have a Molcajete, use a mixing bowl.
Don’t forget to grab your favorite organic tortilla chips and dip it into this yummy organic guacamole. I hope you all have a fun Cinco De Mayo!
Con Amor (with love),
How To Stay On Track With An Organic Lifestyle During The Holidays
Holidays occur throughout the whole year. During the months of October through December, when all the big holidays arrive, we give ourselves the permission to gorge a little more than normal thus resulting in forgetting our “diets”. Let’s face it, those holidays are all centered around food first and family and friends second. Our coworkers bring in all these amazing cookies and cakes into the office and there are so many sweets lingering around the house. We tell ourselves “It’s the holidays, it’s okay.” I am sure many of you can relate to that statement. The holidays are a time to enjoy and celebrate with our families and friends and of course to eat our family’s best dishes. The most important thing to remember and to teach ourselves is portion control so that we are able to maintain our weight, still eat our favorite foods, and not pack on those lovely holiday pounds. Also, to maintain an organic lifestyle during this time of year, the best way is to cook with organic ingredients and only keep organics in the house. I am here to tell you that it is possible to get through the holiday season without ruining your organic lifestyle and without buying new pants.
Now if you are like me, who is very devoted to an organic lifestyle, how do I possibly make it through the holiday times with eating organic and maintaining my weight?
Here are a few things that I do.
- Since I love to cook and bake, I have taken on the liberty to cook at almost all of our family functions during the holidays. That way, I am certain that everything has been prepared using organic ingredients.
- I make all of our family’s favorite holiday dishes using organic ingredients when in the past we used conventional ingredients.
- Sometimes we have parties or holidays at my family’s house and they have been so supportive that they will make organic dishes for me. Also, I will usually make something as well and bring it to the party.
- Even with the holiday season I still shop, eat, and keep organic food in the house. I wouldn’t sabotage my lifestyle just because these holidays are surrounded by high fattening, un-organic, sugar laden, tempting foods. But, I want to be clear and tell you that I still do eat high fattening, sugar laden foods but made organically and of course in moderation.
- The way I maintain my weight during the holidays is really all about portion control and eating small amounts and trying my hardest not to take seconds. I have taught myself the power of portion control and self control and that has made all the difference.
Here are a few things you can do.
- You can offer to cook for your families and find some healthy alternative recipes that still taste great.
- Keep organic foods in your house.
- Go out and buy organic ingredients for your recipes. This is the only sure way that you know you are sticking to an organic lifestyle.
- If you are going to a family or friends house during the holidays, make a few dishes or desserts that you know you will eat and with organic ingredients.
- Don’t be afraid to tell the host of the holiday dinner you are going to, of your dietary lifestyle.
- Portion Control is the most important to learn and it takes a lot of discipline but you can do it!! It really is all about mind over food. The best advise is to use smaller plates. The smaller the plate you use, the smaller you will take. Also, if you try something and don’t like it, don’t force yourself to eat it.
Food brings us together and reminds us of our memories and our family. What makes the holidays so special are the people we share it with especially those friends and family members we only get to see once a year. So please enjoy the food that has been so lovingly prepared. Just remember that you have the willpower to stay on track during the holidays and you can eat food without it eating you.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!