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Friday Favorites: Baby Bump Glow, New Recipes, a Vitamix Giveaway & More

Friday Favorites: Baby Bump Glow, Easter Recipes, a Vitamix Giveaway, and More!

Hello and TGIF! Enjoy this week’s Friday Favorites :)

Here’s a great new resource for all those beautiful baby bumps out there… Easy Steps to a Safer Pregnancy E-book from Healthy Child Healthy World.

And, for anyone who feels as confused by the assortment of labels out there as I do, here are some tips to decode: food labels, cleaning product labels, and personal care products. Knowledge is power. Get your green glow on!

Some of my favorite recipe finds from the week:
Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter Eggs from Texan Erin
Cauliflower and Roasted Garbanzo Beans “Rice and Peas” from The First Mess
Strawberry Creme Truffles from My Whole Food Life
Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger Lime Peanut Sauce from the Roasted Root
Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Blueberry + Pomegranate Chia Oats Breakfast Parfaits from Pure Ella

Giveaway alert! Want to win a Vitamix? My friend, Kasey, aka Powercakes, is giving away the new s30 Vitamix model. SO awesome. Just head on over to her blog to enter!

Friday Favorites: Baby Bump Glow, New Recipes, a Vitamix Giveaway & More

Leanne over at Healthful Pursuit recently released the Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook with 55+ smoothie and juice recipes, juicing/blending guides, cleanse programs, and more. Read my review (and grab the recipe) or click here for more information. I’m thrilled to be an affiliate for this program and will be sharing another recipe from the cookbook in the coming weeks!

The Weekend Reboot Detox Program

I’m also super excited to support my friend, Brianne, over at FemFusion Fitness with the launch of the Weekend Reboot, a 2-Day Detox. Join me next weekend, April 26-27, and let’s reset our bodies to get glowin’! I’ll be posting updates on my social media throughout the weekend. I can’t wait! To get more info click here or read my review. Did you catch the Weekend Reboot dessert recipe I posted on Facebook?

Great cause alert: all day Friday (also the last day of Brianne’s bonus offer!), $3 from every purchase of the Weekend Reboot will go to Girls on the Run International. It’s spring… Detox your body and help girls learn to love fitness at the same time. Win-win!

Ready for some nontoxic Easter fun? Here’s how to make Vibrant, Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs!

Notice anything new around here? I’ve done quite a few updates to the functionality of the Made to Glow website! I am thrilled for them to go live and am almost finished tweaking. I’ll be posting a tour of all of the updates next week. Huge thanks to Rita at Blog Genie for bringing my site vision to life! 

Lastly, I had to share this family picture taken last weekend. My husband, me, and our new pup, Kaya, on a gorgeous day at the park. I love her smile! #puppyglow ;)

Friday Favorites: Baby Bump Glow, New Recipes, a Vitamix Giveaway & More

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Need a Reset? Join Me for the “Weekend Reboot” 2-Day Detox

Need a Reset? Join Me for the Weekend Reboot 2-Day Cleanse

Hey, friends – Many of you have asked me about doing cleanses and detoxes, so here’s one more that I am excited to share with you! I promise I haven’t turned into the cleanse monster (did you see my last post?), but:

1) I’ve heard from so many of you about wanting more detox info,
2) I’ll be doing this detox myself and can’t wait (and would love for you to join me), and
3) there’s a limited-time bonus (see below) going on, which I want you to be able to score!

So, here’s another awesome new resource – The Weekend Reboot from Brianne Grogan of FemFusion Fitness – a 2-day effective, food-based (no starvation!), totally do-able cleanse for those who want a reset.

The Weekend Reboot Detox Program

Since I moved to New Jersey a few months ago, I’ve noticed my body changing, and not in a good way. I felt a bit out of control with all of the change happening at once, and noticed I was turning to food to comfort myself. Overeating combined with less sleep, less exercise, more sitting during the day, and more stress has led to my clothes fitting tighter. Not a fun feeling. I think most of us have been here before, and now that I recognize it, I’m ready to stop it! I feel that a reboot would be a great way to get back to basics – join me (details about my plans are below)!

Here’s a super cute video of Brianne, from FemFusion Fitness, explaining her Weekend Reboot program:

So here’s the deal:
- No starvation, no scary restrictions, just pure, simple, easy-to-digest food choices
- 27 page Weekend Reboot e-book with seasonal menu plans, shopping lists, prep-ahead guides, and 15 unique “Reboot” recipes
- $16.99 - To buy or get more information on the ebook, click here
- Brianne’s also offering a bonus! When you purchase the Weekend Reboot from April 14-18, you’ll nab her Nourish package for free (a $21.99 value) — meal plans, over 100 gluten and dairy free recipes, and videos. Note: Bonus offer not valid with any other coupons or discounts.

The Weekend Reboot is FREE of gluten, grains, dairy, eggs, soy, and refined sugar, is safe for those who follow a paleo-style diet, and includes vegan options as well.

Need a reset? Join me for the 2-Day Weekend Reboot Detox

JOIN ME: I’ll be doing the Weekend Reboot the weekend of April 26 and 27th – that’s next weekend. I will be posting my shopping trip, food prep, and progress as we go through the weekend, using the hashtag #weekendreboot on twitter, instagram, and Facebook.

I would love if you’d do it with me so we can feel supported and energized. The more the merrier! If you don’t want to buy the program, that’s cool, too! Just make it a point to honor your glow that weekend. Get more rest, get more veggies, and give yourself some love. In with the good, and out with the old, and anything else that is not serving your best self.

Need a reset? Join Me for the 2-Day Weekend Reboot Cleanse

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Juices, Smoothies, and Cleanses – A New Cookbook and Recipe Sneak Peek

The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook

I just found out about an awesome new cookbook and wanted to share it with you. I get asked all the time about the difference between juicing and blending, which juicers are best, how long juices or smoothies stay fresh, and more — so I figured this would be a fantastic resource for you.

If you’re a fan of smoothies, juices, or cleanses, check out this new ebook from my friend, Leanne, over at Healthful Pursuit. I’ve told you guys about her projects before because I love them so much (hello, mouthwatering Cocoa Caramel Bars) and wanted to let you know about her newest cookbook, The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook.

The Vibrant Life Cookbook

The electronic cookbook includes:
- Over 55 dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free juice and smoothie recipes (including desserts!)
- 7-, 9-, and 11- day cleanse programs plus all the tools you need to cleanse with success
- Shopping lists
- Daily actions for change (awesome tips to get your glow on)
- A mini guidebook on how to wash produce, when to buy organic, how to juice without a juicer, 10 ways to use pulp, equipment recommendations, and juice storage instructions 

The Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook

You guys know from seeing my posts and social media pictures that I’m a huge smoothie and juice fan. I try to drink at least one every day and love how it makes consuming fruits and veggies SO easy. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of strict juice cleanses, so I was a little worried when I saw the title. However, when I got the book, I was blown away by the beautiful pictures, yummy array of recipes, and my favorite part – fabulous tools and resources to make juicing and blending part of your daily routine. You can use just the recipes and tools, or you can try the cleanse programs – whatever floats your boat.

Sample Cleanse from the Vibrant Life Cookbook

Sample Cleanse

Sample Page from Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook

Sample Page from Vibrant Life Cleanse Program and Cookbook

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The cookbook is $24 and once you purchase it, you’ll receive an exclusive-to-you link that you can save on up to 3 electronic devices (i.e. phone, tablet, computer), so its easy to view wherever you are. CLICK HERE to learn more about and purchase the “Vibrant Life” Cleanse Program and Cookbook, of which I am an affiliate because I love it so much.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the recipes — Leanne’s “Blushbaby” smoothie. This recipe combines juiced fruits and veggies into one blended smoothie recipe. What I love about this book is that the recipes range from super simple (smoothie and juice recipes with just a few ingredients) to recipes like this one that involve juicing then blending, but result in phenomenal drinks. Gorgeous, right?!

Blushbaby Smoothie from the Vibrant Life Cookbook

Blushbaby Smoothie from the Vibrant Life Cookbook

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Loving These Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks

Loving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks

I’m a “frequent small meals” person. I find that if I don’t eat every few hours I turn into a monster, totally crash, and lose all focus. Does this picture speak to anyone else? Ha! 

Source: http://stylecarrot.com/

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I usually eat at least a substantial snack or meal 5-6 times per day, which means I pack a LOT of food each day to take with me to work, gym, and everywhere else – and I always have food in my purse. Open my purse at any point and you’ll find cut-up veggies, crackers, bananas, bags of homemade trail mix, and nut and fruit bars galore (here a few examples). I try to make sure that my snacks have protein, healthy fat, and carbs to provide energy and vibrancy, but also satisfy – oh, and if I can add chocolate, I will!

These are all portable, simple, and quick — you’ll find these in my lunch bag! For more ideas, check out this post, and please share your small meals/snacks, too, as I’m always looking for inspiration!

Fresh veggies, homemade sweet potato slices, & plantain chips/crackers with hummus

Loving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free SnacksLoving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free SnacksLoving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks

I wash and chop veggies and roast vegetable chips (like these sweet potato chips) at the beginning of the week – during my Sunday food prep – so they’re ready to be devoured!

Non-dairy yogurt, cocoa/cacao powder, sweetener to taste, a dollop of nut butter and/or jam (I like Trader Joe’s organic fruit-sweetened jam for less sugar), berries, dried fruit, hemp/chia/flax seed, and cacao nibs for crunch 

Loving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks

Here I added chia seeds (they create a bumpy texture), frozen raspberries, goji berries, cacao powder, and cacao nibs

Loving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks

This is easily customizable, so use whatever you have on hand. I start by mixing non-dairy yogurt with cacao or cocoa powder, add a few drops stevia (or your favorite sweetener), a pinch of salt, and a pinch of cinnamon. This gives you a creamy chocolate base to add whatever fixins your heart desires.

Green Smoothie

Loving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks Loving These Simple, Easy Gluten-free/Dairy-free Snacks

My current faves are 1) baby kale, cucumber, frozen banana, frozen pineapple, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut milk and 2) mixed greens, grapefruit, frozen orange, frozen pineapple, frozen banana, mint, and coconut water. For more ideas, check out these green smoothies or the Made to Glow smoothie and juice Pinterest board!

To make your smoothies portable, stick them in glass jars (re-use your old nut butter/jam jars) to take with you.

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Made to Eat: Gluten-free, Dairy-free “Fast Food” Options and Ideas – Part 2

This post is part of Made to Eat, a series about creating healthy meals that are quick and easy. You don’t have to use complicated recipes or tons of ingredients. I’ll provide tips, tricks, and inspiration to create healthy meals anytime, whether you eat a diet free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, or not!
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I hope you liked the options, ideas, and tips from Part 1 of this “Fast Food” series! While Part 1 focused on creating fast meals in the home, today I’m sharing some suggestions for when you’re short on time, don’t feel like getting in the kitchen, and just want to pick up some takeout.

Made to Eat: Gluten-free, Dairy-free “Fast Food” Options and Ideas – Part 2

Have you heard of Panera Bread Company’s new “Power Menu”? I recently tried their Power Chicken Hummus Bowl with fresh lemon and olive oil for a dressing.

And, just quick note: whether you just found out about a dietary restriction or you’ve been modifying your diet for years, it can seem overwhelming and scary to eat out. If you have ever been sickened from eating out, you know what I mean. If you don’t feel comfortable eating out, don’t! Do what feels right to you.

Are you able to tolerate a bit of cross-contamination or will it create an autoimmune flare-up and make you very ill? Listen to your body and act accordingly. If you’re able to eat out, here’s where you can empower yourself: research and call restaurants, ask about ingredients, ask to speak to chefs, read reviews from other diners, and know what works for you.  Here’s additional information about researching, asking questions, and more.

National convenience/healthier fast food chains that offer quick meals or take-out service:
More and more places are adding gluten-free menus and are sensitive to other dietary restrictions so these are just a few choices that I’ve found work in a pinch. Research what’s around you! Also, many places will ask their line chefs to change gloves for a gluten-free order (reducing the risk of cross-contamination, although you need to keep in mind what is best for your body) if you ask the manager. These places have the nutrition information (usually containing allergen information) on their websites, so do your research in advance.

Panera Bread Company (check out their Power Menu), Pei Wei, Chipotle, The Corner Bakery, Qdoba Mexican Grill, PF Changs, TGIFriday’s, and many “salad-to-go” places that are cropping up around the country.

Made to Eat: Gluten-free, Dairy-free “Fast Food” Options and Ideas – Part 2

If you don’t see the Power Menu on the main Panera menu, make sure to ask!

Depending on where you are, there are likely local chains that have gluten-free, dairy-free menu choices – when I lived in Los Angeles, there were many ‘quick’ healthy restaurants that had a gluten-free menu or were sensitive to dietary restrictions. There were even some that knew how to prepare food for those with Celiac. Use the internet or mobile apps – Yelp is my favorite – to find them around you. I just search “Gluten-free friendly” in my area.

Salad Bars – Salad bars can be great for quick, healthy food when you don’t want to cook. Look for places that label the ingredients, such as Whole Foods Market or Wegman’s, or stick to whole foods (like salad greens, veggies, fruits) and stay away from prepared salads, nuts (in case they’re rubbed in seasoning that has gluten), and meats (beware of marinades, added seasoning, flours) – when in doubt, ask! More and more super markets are starting to offer upgraded salad bars. Beware of cross-contamination in salad bars, as utensils are often switched from dish to dish.

Made to Eat: Gluten-free, Dairy-free “Fast Food” Options and Ideas – Part 2

Stretch your takeout leftovers and add nutrition! Here I combined some leftover Yellow Dal from my Indian takeout with a huge assortment of veggies, beans, and brown rice for a filling ‘powerbowl. It gives me multiple servings to enjoy all week. See more below!

Lastly, get creative with your takeout and get the most bang for your buck! I add more healthy stuff (that I usually have around from when I prep my food), like extra veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, noodles (kelp, zucchini, or brown rice), greens, or beans, to it to increase the nutrition and the portion size – therefore I get more meals out of it. This helps save money and time as I can use my leftovers all week!

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