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Mexican Quinoa Salad Recipe

This Mexican-style Quinoa Salad is loaded with black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, red onion, and cilantro. Simple, healthy, and incredibly delicious, you’ll want to make it over and over again!

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Tex Mex Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa*
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn frozen and thawed, or canned
  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne optional

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Place the cooked and cooled quinoa into a large bowl. Add the black beans, corn, onion, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro.
  • Squeeze the limes, grizzle with olive oil, and season the salad with salt, pepper, and cumin powder. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, if preferred. Mix everything well.

NOTES

* You’ll need to cook about ¾ cup of quinoa according to the package instructions and cool it completely. Leftover quinoa is perfect for this salad. 

Cook quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor. 

HOW TO STORE THIS SALAD

Store this Quinoa Salad in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 2 days. You can still eat it on day 3, but the avocados will brown, and the tomatoes become a bit soggy.

Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad

Healthy tuna salad is a light, refreshing meal packed with fresh herbs, crunchy garden cucumbers, and the delightful twist of freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can make so many different meals with this tuna salad! Here are some ideas!

Tuna sandwiches

Tuna cheese melts

Serve as a dip with carrots, celery, and crackers.

Add to the top of a bed of fresh lettuce.

Place sliced cheese on crackers with a small dollop of tuna salad on top.

Pita pocket with lettuce, tomato, and tuna salad.

Make it a wrap 

Serve it over some cooked pasta.

Swap out the celery for cucumber.

Make a Mexican version by adding cilantro, lime juice (instead of lemon), and a dash of cumin.

For some sweet crunch, dice up some fresh apples to add to the salad. Add walnuts for some Waldorf inspiration.

Add diced hard boiled eggs.

YUM

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Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cans tuna – I like Wild Planet
  • 1 recipe homemade avocado mayo
  • I lemon, juiced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • Handful fresh herbs (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Make a batch of my favorite homemade avocado mayo. I promise you it is super simple.

In a large bowl, add canned tuna (drain, if needed) and mayo.

Dice onions and celery. If you have kids, I suggest dicing the onions into really small pieces.

Chop herbs and add to bowl. This step is totally optional, but fresh herbs add so much brightness and flavor to the salad.

Squeeze lemon juice over the top.

Mix well and serve.

Notes

  • Fresh cilantro is my favorite herb to add, but you could also add a handful of fresh parsley or basil.
  • This recipe utilizes my favorite homemade avocado mayo. You could substitute it for store-bought, if needed. Always opt for avocado mayo, because most other types are made with unhealthy, refined vegetable oils.
  • For extra lemon flavor, add the zest of one lemon.
  • Tuna packed in water, olive oil, or just salt will work with this recipe. Make sure to drain the tuna before making this recipe.
  • Try to pick the best quality tuna you can afford. Wild and sustainably caught fish is the top choice.

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Headaches 101: Major causes and natural healing

Did you know a common side effect of most prescription medications is dehydration? Feeling dizzy or lightheaded? It’s probably those pharma medications that were made in a laboratory to cover up the symptoms of bad eating habits and lack of enough clean, filtered water. You may be surprised at the main causes of headaches, and you may be going about curing them all wrong.

Here are the top 7 causes of headaches

#1. Prescription medications- seriously look into the ingredients of what in the world is in them.

#2. Fluoride in tap water. opt for a water filter, here is a good one I am using with a decent price tag, Water Filter

#3. Artificial ingredients in foods

#4. Concentrated salts, including MSG, nitrates and nitrites

#5. Not drinking enough water: However, if you’re consuming several of the other headache causes on this list, you’ll need more.

#6. Deferred neck and back pain from bad posture and muscle abuse

#7. Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, triptans, NSAID, plus most addictive pain relievers (opioid-based) etc…

Overuse of headache and pain relievers causes chronic, severe headaches

You’re probably asking “how” right now, as you wonder why the OTC medications you buy for headache relief literally cause headaches, right? One of the biggest medical problems ever perpetrated around the world is the “take one aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks and strokes” which is a lie. That’s a dangerous guessing game that some doctors play. There are NO good ‘candidates’ for aspirin therapy, and one major side effect is chronic, intolerable headaches from overuse (daily use).

Ever heard of rebound headaches? They come from overuse of pain medicine, which is running rampant in America and around the world, thanks to many MD’s bad advice and not looking into the many natural medicines alternatives instead opioids are being dished out for just about anything. As your pain reliever wears off, the headache returns even WORSE than it was before. Doctors know this because millions of patients complain about it. Got chronic migraines? It’s the medication you’re taking for chronic migraines that’s making it worse. It’s a sad truth that is not talked about enough even though this is a very important and crucial topic. Let that sink in for a minute.

Science and research have shown that nitrates and MSG increase the dilatation of your blood vessels, causing severe headaches and inflammation. Some prescription drugs for blood pressure literally contain nitrates, causing intolerable migraine headaches. The doctors all know this too, but can’t talk about it, and don’t want to, because they receive very large and illegal kickbacks, ‘spiffs’ and expensive gifts from the pharmaceutical distributors (shilling pharma reps).

Included are very controversial. Birth control pills, diet pills, menopause prescriptions and erection enhancement medications can all cause chronic and severe headaches, but again, when most docs prescribe most prescriptions, they won’t mention it. So why don’t we ask the side effects of taking these drugs? It is definitely worth taking some independent time and researching about all of this and seeking out natural alternatives, asking questions before taking anything that can be even more harmful in the long run.

Bad posture and muscle abuse


Most people have no clue that they have horrible posture throughout the day, including myself if I don’t catch it while sitting on a chair for hours on end, and even while walking, preparing food, and staring into our smart devices. Believe it or not, your head weighs around 10 to 12 pounds, and it’s supported by 20 muscles that get overworked and abused when you lean forward or over for extended periods of time.

Let’s take a look at ourselves right now. 🙂 Is our head tilted downward, even slightly? If so, your lower back is suffering. So are those 20 muscles that hold your head like that. Let’s try to remember to constantly stand up and take a few minutes to stretch our neck, back and muscles. Referred pain can trick you into thinking your headache has a different cause or source. Pay close attention to this. Natural Chiropractic care can be pivotal for curing chronic headaches and migraines. Start examining your posture at all times throughout the day. Taking computer breaks and stretching those muscles is a good idea for stiffness.

Natural cures for common headaches

Dehydration also fuels inflammation, especially when it comes to arthritis and joint pain increase. Wait, you didn’t know? Up to 80 percent of your joint cartilage consists of water, including the thick lubrication between the joints. Make sure you’re drinking clean, filtered water. Bottled water isn’t always the best idea, as it can contain BPA, PFA’s, fluoride and other chemical contaminants that drive headaches. A great, reliable gravity filter is a Berkey water filtration system for your home if possible or a good water filter that alkalizes your water. You can also test your ph in your water.

Thier can be different situations based on the person’s health, maybe it can be from needing glasses as well. But overall, for everyone a mayor change will Include your diet choices. As much as possible Go for whole organic foods vitamins, nutrition, minerals and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices which help to reduce headaches and inflammation such as turmeric. If suffering from chronic migraines visit a naturopathic physician and see if they can recommend more natural remedies over synthetic products.

I hope this article served as an informative “food for thought” and gave some insight on headaches and overall health. As with anything take the time to research as well. And take it one day at a time for your body to heal. ❤️

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Almond Flour Banana Pancakes

Almond Flour Banana Pancakes
Fluffy almond flour banana pancakes are full of flavor and super easy to make. They’re naturally gluten-free, family-friendly, and perfect for meal prep!

Ingredients


1 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons tapioca flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Happy Egg Free Range egg
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 banana, 1/3 mashed + 1/2 chopped


Instructions


In a large bowl combine almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder and salt.

Gently whisk all ingredients together with a fork.
In the same bowl combine almond milk, one Happy Egg Free Range egg, maple syrup, banana and vanilla extract. Gently stir until everything has come together.


Heat a medium non-stick skillet over a medium heat and coat with butter or coconut oil.

Scoop 1/4 cup pancake batter and pour into the pan to form a small to medium sized pancake.


Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the edges begin to puff and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook for another two minutes or until cooked through. Repeat until you have worked through all the batter. Serve + enjoy!


Notes


If you don’t have tapioca flour, you can sub in arrowroot or cornstarch! If you are not gluten-free, you can also sub wheat flour for the tapioca.

I hope you enjoy making these tasty pancakes as much as we do! It’s an easy way to make a healthy and happy choice each day.

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