Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! One of the many things I love about my boot camp is the amazing people I get to know. I always enjoy the opportunity to share what they do, and how we can support our local community.
Alison Dacher is a busy mom, talented artist, in great shape and involved in various non-profits. She is also the owner of a custom invitation and letterpress studio Bees & Bitty.
Here is a little blurb about Bees & Bitty:
Bees & Bitty is a custom invitation and letterpress studio located in Los Gatos.
We bring creative vision to your event invitations. Visit beesandbitty.com to learn more or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bees + Bitty Printworks
I use her greeting cards, and I’ve seen beautiful custom invitations that she has done for several friends. If you have a celebration or event coming up, you will love working with Ali!!!
Our Challenge for this coming week:
Have a Fruit or Vegetable at EVERY Meal! This coming week is Winter Break for many of our local schools. This is an easy one if you are out of town or eating out more often this week.
We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables are CRITICAL to a healthy and balanced diet.
Yet…all too often, we’re sitting down to eat cereal with milk, meat and potatoes, or a sandwich with processed lunch meat and cheese with a colorless slice of tomato on it.
Here’s the REAL Deal: DAIRY and MEAT are both ACIDIC in the body.
Fruit & Vegetables = Alkaline
Since most of the foods we typically eat (as Americans) are acidic: milk, meat, breads, etc… our pH is chronically acidic.
The more acidic your blood, the more tired you get, the more your immune system lowers, and the more susceptible you are to developing colds, flus, and much more serious diseases.
Your body spends all it’s energy and time “fixing” the problem rather than spending its energy and time on “optimizing” your body.
Something you probably didn’t know:
Foods that you THINK are acidic to your body like grapefruit, oranges, and lemons actually have an alkalizing effect in your body.
So…even though they are acidic BEFORE you eat them, doesn’t mean they have that affect on your body.
So….this week, I Challenge YOU to eat a Veggie at EVERY meal. (you can sub 1-2 veggies for a piece of fruit!)
You will find you have SO much more energy through the day- and who doesn’t need that!?
***On a side note, you want to focus on eating your fruits earlier in the day because of the sugar content.
Let me know if you are in!!
What’s for Dinner:
Baked Fennel and Potatoes (Dairy Free)
Recipe by: Gutsy By Nature
Prep time: 10 Mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Dairy-free baked fennel and potatoes – delicious and easy!
grassfed ghee or coconut oil to grease pan
1 medium fennel bulb
1½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled
Unrefined sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
¼ cup full fat coconut milk
¼ cup chicken broth (preferably homemade)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a small casserole or baking dish with ghee or coconut oil.
Thinly slice the fennel and potatoes (about ⅛ inch).
Layer one third of the potatoes in the bottom of the dish. Spread half the fennel on top of the bottom layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then layer another third of the potatoes, the rest of the fennel, salt and pepper, and then the rest of the papers and more salt and pepper.
Pour coconut milk and broth over the potatoes and fennel.
Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until you can insert a knife into the potatoes and the top is beginning to brown.
Have a great week!