Quotable- Martin Luther King Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Quotable- Marianne Williamson

“Love is what we are born with.  Fear is what we learn.  The Spiritual Journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices, and the acceptance of love back in our heart.  Love is the essential reality and our purpose on Earth.  To be consciously aware of it, to experience, to experience love in ourselves and others is the meaning of life.  Meaning does not lie in things.  Meaning lies in us.”

-Marianne Williamson

Perfect Morning Smoothie

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It is important to start your day of with the right nutrition, and sometimes I just don’t feel like eating a big meal first thing in the morning.  So, some days, I make a delicious smoothie to get me through the first half of the day and to jump-start my metabolism.  Below is my current favorite recipe with links to the brands I use.  This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free and is packed with vitamins, protein and healthy fats…did I mention it was delicious?!

Ingredients

1 organic banana

3-4 Frozen Organic Strawberries

1 Small handful of Frozen Organic Blueberries

1-2 Leaves of Dino Kale

1 Heaping spoonful of Raw Organic Almond Butter

1 Spoonful of Raw Organic Coconut Oil

Homemade Organic Almond Milk (enough to fill the cup about 3/4 of my 20 oz vitamix cup.  Add more or less depending on your consistency preference)

5 Drops of Vitamin D3 (5000 IU total)

Two droppers full of Liquid Vitamin B Complex

1 tsp  Vitamin C Powder

1-2 tbls Protein Powder

 

Directions

Put all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

 

Divine Delivery: Goodeggs.com

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This is for all the lovers of healthy, sustainable food and free delivery.  I’ve found an amazing new food delivery service that rocks.  It’s called Good Eggs and their mission is to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.  They believe that eating locally is not only healthier, but is good for the economy and tastes better too!  Don’t be fooled by the name though, they carry all different products from seasonal fruits and veggies, to humanely raised meats and fish, to kombucha and mouth-watering desserts.  They also have free delivery for orders of $30 or more!  So far, I’ve had a great experience with not only the quality of the food, but also the ease of the ordering and delivery.  If you live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans or Brooklyn, check ‘em out and get ordering!

Wonderful Website: Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic is a website dedicated to bringing you safe, high quality, ethically sourced, Earth friendly alternatives to plastic.  Everything from kitchen items to pet care items, and bath & body care to kids and babies products.  This is a great place to look for everyday items that are non toxic and support a plastic free environment.  A few of my favorite products they sell are below..

1) 1000 ml GLass Love Bottle with Ceramic lid:  I have two of these that I fill up with filtered water and keep in the fridge for when I want cold water.  Also great to have on the table at dinner time for easy water refills.

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2) Freezycup Stainless Steel Individual Popsicle Mold:  I haven’t used these yet, but with summer around the corner I can’t wait! NOTE: Buy the wood holder for your popsicle molds if you don’t have a stable flat surface in your freezer.

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3) Stainless Steel Children’s Bowls:  Super cute and a great alternative to plastic! NOTE: Lids from standard yogurt containers (750g/26oz) fit nicely on these bowls for keep leftovers fresh.

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Question:

Today, I am starting a new weekly post on The Daily Tonic. It aims to inspire thoughtfulness in your life and is simply called “Question:”.  Feel free to answer the question in a comment, or just tuck the answer away in your pocket.  Today’s question is:

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

 

 

 

An apple a day…can cause cancer?!

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Apples have always been associated with good health, hence the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  They are full of fiber and antioxidants. Unfortunately, according to a new study, this saying does not apply to conventional apples in the US.  This new study found that 80% of conventional apples in the US are treated with a pesticide called Diphenylamine that is banned in Europe because it has been linked to Nitrosamines, which are well-known and well-studied cancer-causing chemicals.  This also goes for applesauce and apples used in non organic baby food. Thanks America!(sarcasm)  I’ll never understand why US food companies will continue to use known carcinogens and/or toxic ingredients in their products that have been deemed unsafe in other parts of the world.  I find it very upsetting. To avoid this pesticide and other toxic chemicals on your produce, please buy organic whenever possible.  Another alternative is to check out The Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list.  It tells you which foods show the highest concentrations of pesticides so that you can avoid those at the very least.  So, I guess we should change the old saying to “An ORGANIC apple a day keeps the doctor away”.