The Potato Chips that are Good For You!

FullSizeRender-2Hey friends.  I’m so excited to tell you about these delicious potato chips that I recently discovered that are actually, legit GOOD FOR YOU!! Yes its true, its true. I can’t believe it either. They are Jackson’s Honest potato chips made with coconut oil! The ingredients are so simple and healthy. Even the label states that every ingredient is purposely, nutritiously, and deliciously chosen. The only ingredients are non gmo potatoes, coconut oil, and sea salt. The flavored varieties simply add seasonings.

So what makes these chips “good” for you? One serving has 8% of your daily fiber requirement and 2 grams of protein, but if you eat the whole bag in one sitting (like I do), its 32% DV for iron and 10 grams of protein!  Thats impressive for a snack food! A serving of these delightful chips also contains 15% DV of vitamin C (60% for whole bag eaters) and 2%DV of iron (8% for whole bag eaters). The coconut oil found in these chips is an excellent source or lauric acid which is known for its weight loss and cholesterol lowering benefits. Lauric acid is also known to destroy fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Bring on the potato chips!!! I’m hungry. Jacksons Honest donates a portion of their proceeds to support children’s health initiatives. Love it!  I love Jacksons Honest chips so much that I decided to write a poem about them.

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Ahem.. Here goes.  I call it….

Jacksons Honest Potato Chips

Jacksons Honest Potato Chips are super legit

Once I start eatin em, I just can’t quit. 

I finally found chips that are good for me

Theres no excuse to eat junk, now don’t you see?

I’m so glad I discovered this healthy snack

I think I’ll go to the store and purchase a sack.

2 grams of protein and 15% of my vitamin C

I’ll Enjoy them on the couch or up in a tree.

Chips that are made with healthy coconut oil

A Jackson’s Honest customer, I shall be loyal.

Alrighty thats all for now. Now go get yourself a bag of these scrumptious chips!

All my Love,

LMW

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The Happy Hippie Vegan Quesadilla Recipe

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Quesadilla pictured is not the one I made due to the fact that I ate it all before I could photograph it. Sorry, Not Sorry!

Hey friends. Its been way too long. I miss your faces. I was stuffing my own face tonight after work and I whipped  up a delicious masterpiece that was too good NOT  to share with you. I call it….. (drum roll) The Happy Hippie Vegan Quesadilla. I often get accused of being a hippie anyway due to my love of nature, animals, music, traveling, health, environmentalism and veganism. Enough about me… anyway that quesadilla tho! I whipped this up in less than 10 minutes with ingredients I already had in the kitchen.


Happy Hippie Vegan Quesadilla

You Will Need:

  • Healthy corn tortillas (I used Food For Life Organic Sprouted Corn Tortillas)
  • Vegan cheese (I used Chao Tomato Cayenne)
  • Fresh smashed avocado
  • Fresh sliced tomatoes and onions
  • Hot sauce or salsa (I used the green Tobasco)
  • Healthy cooking oil (I used organic, cold pressed, red palm oil)
  • A flat cooking pan (I always use stainless steel, teflon sucks)
  • A spatula or a fork to flip

To Make:

  • Heat some healthy oil in a pan over medium heat
  • Place one corn tortilla down flat
  • Top with a slice or two of vegan cheese
  • Place another corn tortilla on top of it
  • When it gets melty and yummy looking, flip it
  • When both sides are nice and toasty, and the cheese is melted – plate that quesadilla up!
  • Top with a dollop of fresh avocado and fresh sliced onions and tomatos
  • Enjoy with the hot sauce and or salsa of your choice!
  • Feel free to put your own spin on this quesadilla and add anything that strikes your fancy (suggestions: peppers and onions, beans, vegan sour cream)

I hope you like it. Gotta run to make a second quesadilla.  I love you.

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CHAO,

LMW

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The Springing Sexy Back Cleanse – Guided by Lil Miss Wellness

Justin107Hey there sexy. I’m thinkin its about time to SPRING SEXY BACK! We do deep cleaning at home each spring. We get the dirt and grime out and let some fresh air in.  Just the same way our home gets caked up with dust and dirt, our bodies struggle with a similar issue.

Winter is often a time of over indulgence. Holiday gatherings tempt us with extra sweets and booze. The cold weather makes us want to stay in and curl up on the couch to copious amounts of pizza, beer, and netflix. Eventually, our digestive system can get sluggish. We pack on a few extra pounds, our skin can begin to look dull, and our liver and kidneys become overloaded from working so hard to filter out all the gunk. Thats why, this time the SPRING CLEANING is going to take place in our bodies! Thats right.

I’M SPRINGING SEXY BACK, THEM TOXIC FOODS, THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO ACT. GO AHEAD, BE GONE WITH IT. 

DIRTY BABE. THIS CLEANSE IS NOT A TIME FOR YOU TO MISBEHAVE. (Sorry for borrowing your beats Justin.  I at least had the decency to change up the lyrics a bit)

I know cleanses can be a little intimidating but –  Have no fear, Lil Miss Wellness is Here.. to guide you through this. There are 4 cheat days included for the sake of your survival. Participants have the option of signing up for my Text Message Motivational/Accountability Package (limited to 10 participants). The package costs $25 and includes secret tips, recipes, grocery shopping secrets, customized motivation and accountability, and unlimited answers to all of your cleansing questions.

To register for the Motivational/Accountability package:

  • email wellness.jcc@gmail.com with subject line: Springing Sexy Back Cleanse. Payment options include: check, money order, and paypal.

THE SPRINGING SEXY BACK CLEANSE

Duration: 4 Weeks (28 days)

The No No List

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  • No refined carbohydrates (this means no bread or pasta except for the approved pasta substitutes)
  • No rice
  • No sweets (No Refined Sugar)
  • No refined/oxidized oils (this includes canola oil, sunflower, safflower, most olive oils, etc) There are a few approved oils.
  • No meat
  • No dairy
  • No roasted nuts/seeds or nut butters
  • No Alcohol

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  • All Fruits
  • All Vegetables
  • Virgin Unrefined Oils: Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Red Palm Oil (make sure you get the unrefined versions of these oils. I highly recommend you get the glass jars as opposed to plastic as they can leach harmful cancer causing chemicals into your food)
  • Carbs: Sweet potatoes, red skin potatoes, quinoa, Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas, Explore Asian Pastas (these are made with beans), homemade zucchini noodle pasta (easy to make with a spiralizer)
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Raw nut butters
  • Beans and Lentils
  • coffee (in moderation/organic cold brew preferred)
  • tea

The Cheat Days! 

  • A total of 4 cheat days allowed within the 28 day cleansing period

The purpose of The Springing Sexy Back Cleanse is to detox our systems and give our organs a rest. It’s designed to get us back to eating clean and feeling light, vibrant and sexy. With that said,  this cleanse is meant to be managable and attainable for all of us. Each participant is allowed 4 cheat days (average of 1 per week, but you can use them at any time).

gut3-445155Choose your cheat days wisely my friends. You should still eat healthy on the cheat days but you can stray away from the plan a bit. If you sign up for the accountability program, I’ll be checking in to see just how bad you’re cheating. If its just too awful, I might just have to put an end to it.  If you booze cheat, limit yourself to 2 drinks and try to keep it on the healthier side. My top recommendations for booze cheats are red wine (organic is even better), or clear liquor like gin or vodka with soda and fresh citrus. You can cheat with the food too, but again keep it reasonable. Don’t go eatin’ waffles and bacon for breakfast, a double decker burger for lunch, and an entire pizza for dinner. An example of a reasonable cheat would be avocado toast, a sweet potato black bean burrito (my favorite is from Taco Tantos in Kent and Lakewood), or 2 pieces of veggie pizza and a glass of red wine. You can begin the Springing Sexy Back Cleanse whenever you’re ready. I will be leading a group cleanse that begins Sunday April 10th and finishes up on Sunday May 8th (28 day cleanse). Join our Facebook group here. If you’re looking for even more support and accountability sign up for my Text Message Motivational/Accountability Package. 

Now lets bring sexy back together!!!  Here we go! Let’s do this!

All my love and support,

Lil Miss Wellness

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6 Tips to Feel Better When You’ve got a Case of the Blahs

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Guys I gotta tell ya, I was feeling pretty crappy for a second there. I don’t know if it was the winter blahs or what but I was just feeling low energy and down.  I was struggling with insomnia and on top of that my hormones seemed all out of whack (irregular periods, mood swings, etc). My skin looked dull and I noticed dark veins under my eyes. I was feeling self conscious about it, and that was bumming me out even more. I wasn’t feeling like Lil Miss Wellness at all. Here is what I did about it. I present to you, my 6 Tips to Help You Feel Better When You’re Feeling Stressed Out, Run Down, or Just Have a Case of the Blahs.

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MY WELLNESS BATH

1. Treat Cho Self! – I wasn’t going to let that run down look and feeling win me over, so I did something about it. I decided to do some things to make myself simply feel good. I booked myself a massage. I’m not Lil Miss Money Bags over here, but I decided … Baby I’m worth it. Give it to me I’m worth it!   (Click link to watch video about being worth it) I was going to find a way to make it happen. I found a massage groupon for $35, and I went for it. I haven’t used it yet but just knowing that I have that luxurious evening awaiting me makes me feel better already. I’m going to take myself out to one of my favorite Cleveland  juice bars after my massage to kick the feeling good up a notch. My favorite Cleveland juice bars are Anna in The Raw, Beet Jar, Restore Cold Pressed, and Daily Press Juicery (lol, okay I think thats actually every single juice bar in Cleveland). Another way that I love to treat myself is a wellness bath.
I draw a hot bath  and infuse it with lavender essential oil, honey, lemon, and coconut oil. I light some candles and put on the spa music (pandora spa station). I soak in the hot water, and take in the intoxicating aromas and just relax. Try it. You’ll love it!

2. Crank on Some Uplifting Tunes and get Moving – Every day I put on my head phones and listen to high energy music. Lately I’ve been listening to the Thomas Jack pandora station. 800061198_130W_130HI set the timer on my phone for 20 minutes and I commit to moving for 20 minutes straight. It doesn’t matter what I do, as long as I’m moving.  I purchased a miniature trampoline on craigslist and its been my new favorite way to exercise. I groove to my tunes and do whatever I feel like. I jump, I squat, do sit-ups, hula hoop, and dance! Seriously guys, try this. Every day, after my 20 minute session, I feel happy and have more energy! My boyfriend keeps telling me I look more toned, so thats making me feel even better!  (It’s working muahahahaha) It’s so important to make time for yourself people. Make it happen!

3. Hang upside down – We have a slant board, inversion table thing at home, so I decided to try it out and see if there really are benefits to hanging upside down. Proponents claim that you get more oxygen flow to your brain, and it makes you feel better. They also claim it improves your posture and skin. Sounds good to me! If you don’t have a slant board you can hang upside down from the couch or the bed. If you’re real slick, do a head stand. My skin has been brighter and the veins under my eyes are getting less noticeable. I even had someone tell me that I looked “beautiful and glowing” the first day that I hung upside down for 10 minutes! 🙂 I’ll take it!

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QUALITY HANG TIME WITH GAL PALS
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GOOFING WITH THE BF

4. Make Time for Fun – Something that I’ve realized about Aunt Jenna (Thats what I call myself sometimes) over the years is that I need to have things on my calendar to look forward to. Whether it be a fun date with the bf, a night out with friends, a concert, a hike, a dance party,  or a road trip, there’s got to be some excitement  in sight. Sometimes I take my lap top and my calendar to the coffee shop and I search for fun things to do to add to my calendar. I have recurring weekly and monthly events plotted on my phone calendar. For example, First Fridays are Mix at Cleveland Museum of Art. Second Fridays are Tremont Art Walk. Third Fridays are Damn Girl (a super rad dance party my friend Djs in Columbus). 12715443_1005792092819826_2219439440174794647_nEvery Wednesday night, Cleveland Museum of Art is open until 9pm so I often stop by to view some art and do dinner and drinks somewhere cool afterwards. If you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area now you have some ideas for some fun. If not, find out about some cool things going on in your area and jot them down on the calendar.

5. Correct any Imbalances – For as long as I can remember, I’ve been plagued by insomnia.  Sometimes its worse than others and lately it had been flaring up like crazy. It was really effecting my life. I felt terrible almost every day due to lack of sleep. Thats when I got fed up and realized that I had some sort of imbalance that I needed to correct. After some research, I learned that magnesium deficieny is a common cause of insomnia. I found out that a supplement called Calm is one of the most bioavailable forms of Magnesium, so I amazon primed a bottle to my door. It has dramatically improved my sleep and also helps with stress and anxiety. I feel so much better. Another issue I was dealing with is a female hormone imbalance. I have very irregular periods and feel extremely moody and emotional around that time of the month. Since my cycle was so irregular, I never knew if I was just having a nervous break down, going nuts, or starting my lady cycle. I bought some maca, which is an amazonian superfood known to balance hormones, boost libido, and increase energy. I also bought some dulse flakes, a sea vegetable high in iodine. Apparently many of us are deficient in iodine due to the mineral depleted soil our food is grown in. Iodine deficieny causes the thyroid to malfunction which regulates hormones. My point here is, if you are feeling crappy do some research and figure out how you can correct any imbalances, so that you can feel your best.

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TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

6. Strive to Eat Healthier – Not gonna lie a couple weeks ago I binged and ate an entire calzone (thats um a medium pizza folded in half). I also sipped on an IPA along with my whole pizza. My friend and I took the boston terriers to this really great pizza place in West Cleveland called Edisons.  They allow doggies,  so its a great place to go when you want some hang time with your furry pals. But um back to my binge. Ahem. Look theres nothing wrong with going out and enjoying some comfort food or drinks in moderation but if you over do it, it can really throw your body out of whack. Refined carbs spike your blood sugar and flood your body with immflamation, which causes a whole host of problems including joint pain, skin issues, headaches, mood swings, high blood pressure, blood sugar spikes, etc.  I know that its not realistic for me to vow to never eat pizza or have beer again but in the future maybe a fourth of the calzone will do. Stock your kitchen up with healthy foods so that you can stay satiated on nutritious foods. A great way to start every day with a dose of vitamins and minerals is a fruit and greens smoothie. If you regularly fill up on health foods, it will be easier to practice moderation when confronted with a comfort food craving. I just bought these new paleo wraps that are made from coconut meat. I’ve been making delicious wraps with avocado, shredded carrots, lettuce, tomato, and  homemade lemon-herb vinaigrette. I’ve also been making huge pots of vegetable stew that last a few days. It makes it easier because I have a filling meal to grab at any time. When you do crave your favorite comfort foods, just have a little at a time.

Alrighty it looks like we’re out of time but now you’ve got  6 new ways to Dr. yourself into feeling better next time you’re feeling blah. To sum it up, Treat Yourself with things that make you feel good like massage, yoga, a luxurious bath, a new outfit, or whatever floods you with those feel good vibes. Exercise for 20 minutes each day to some energizing background music. Make it fun. Dance your face off, maybe get a mini trampoline.  Try hanging upside down for an oxygen rush to the head. Plan fun events like concerts, movies, dance parties, or whatever you find fun into your schedule. Strive to correct any imbalances that you may have. If your body is telling you something is wrong, get some tests, do some research and address it. And lastly,  Eat Healthy. Minimize junk food and maximize those foods that are highly nutritious and are going to keep you feeling energetic and healthy.

Try out those tips and let me know how they work for you. What are your favorite ways to feel better when you’re feeling less than your best? Post them in the comment section below.

Chao. Love you guys,

LMW

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Finally, A Healthy Cereal … For Real

Hi there. I wanted to stop by real quick and tell you about this delicious cereal I found at a local health food store (Mustard Seed Market in Akron, OH). Chances are they carry it at your local health food store (if you aren’t in Akron) .

ezek cerealCheck it out! Its Ezekiel, Almond Cereal made by a company called Food For Life. Food For Life is a company that I trust to put out high quality, healthy foods.

Its tough to find a truly …for real, healthy cereal these days. Most of them are loaded with tons of sugar and all kinds of crap that we don’t want to be starting our day off with. Not Ezekiel, Almond. Nuh uh, no way! This ones different! The ingredients are pure as can be. All of the grains are sprouted and organic, It contains 6g of fiber, 8g of protein and less than 1 gram of naturally occurring sugar.

My new found hero cereal stayed crunchy in my coconut milk. I use the unsweetened, So Delicious brand. coco-milk-unsweetenedI added slices of organic banana, goji berries, and raisins to my bowl. Well okay, lets be honest it was so good, I had 3 bowls. 🙂 Alrighty. Try it and let me know what you think. Let me know if you find another cereal that you think would pass the Lil Miss Wellness health inspection. I just might have to investigate.

Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be Well.

Love,

Lil Miss Wellness

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Lil Miss Wellness Teaches 80s Aerobics at a Bar?!

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Yes, it’s true. I do, I do. Every Tuesday night at 8pm we get geared up in our leotards, leg warmers, and sweatbands and head to Thursdays Lounge in Akron for a heart pumping work out.  I call it Bar-Robics. And quite frankly, I felt it was my duty to define it. So here it is:

BAR-ROBICS: (Bar-Ro-Biks)
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1: physical exercise that includes stretch, strength and cardiovascular activity performed at a bar (an establishment where alcoholic beverages are served). Can be performed sober or intoxicated.

 

We do it up like Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons – Sweatin’ to the beats of The Cure, Paula Abdul, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and other sweet 80s jams!

Aerobics at a bar, you ask?!  Well, I love to help people make healthier choices. I’m a health nut at heart and a rational health nut at that.  I figure drinking and exercising is healthier than drinking and sitting on a bar stool. Wouldn’t you agree?  Lil Miss Wellness recommends exercising sober but if you are going to drink alcohol, it’s healthier if you exercise while doing it! 🙂

Gotcha there, didn’t I? 🙂

Booze infused or sober–I leave it up to the participants.

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Class is boot camp style and open to all levels. No coordination skills necessary. The choreography is made up of simple moves like side bends, leg lifts, knee ups, etc. But, don’t be fooled–you will get an intense work out. We alternate bouts of cardio and strength training to rev up your metabolism.

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Grab your leotard and legwarmers and join us on Tuesday at 8! Cost is $5. Bring a mat and pair of light dumbbells.

See you there. No Excuses. For now, here’s a poem:

AHEM

80s Aerobics is really great

We do it up – on Tuesdays at eight

Get off your bar stool and move a bit

Reward in itself, you’ll be real fit

Spandex and sweatbands are very rad

Exercise makes a body glad!

 

(boom)

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**Special thanks to my super rad Dj pal and owner of Thursdays Lounge, Mario Nemer, for hosting us!

**Stick around after 80s Aerobics for Hula Hoop Dancing.

CLEVELAND  BAR-ROBICS COMING SOON TO TOWN HALL IN OHIO CITY!