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LET'S GET DRESSED.

LET'S GET DRESSED.

One simple change you can make to drastically improve your health is to remove any and all processed sauces, dips and dressings from your diet.  Store-bought dressings in particular are often lacking in nutrients and fiber, and are high in unpronounceable preservatives, salt, sugar and unnecessary, unhealthy fats (and can taste artificial). 

Try this super easy and quick formula for making your own amazing salad dressings, dips and sauces.  Have fun, play with the ingredients.  The possibilities are endless!

 

SMOOTHIES!

SMOOTHIES!
Just the name alone sounds refreshing, right?

If you were lucky enough to get a Vitamix or Ninja as a gift recently then you are probably looking for all kinds if smoothie recipes.  Here is a great little Green smoothie chart to give you inspiration for your own fruit and veggie combinations.

COACH ALEXIS RECOMMENDS...

COACH ALEXIS RECOMMENDS...
COCONUT CHIA PUDDING

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened
1 tablespoon coconut flakes, unsweetened
1/8 cup cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple syrup

Stir together chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla extract and maple syrup.  Cover and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

Top with ¼ cup of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or any other) and 2 table spoons of sliced almonds.

Villa Toscano Winery celebrates Memorial Day weekend, 2015

Villa Toscano Winery celebrates Memorial Day weekend, 2015

Memorial Day weekend, 2015! 

Mariah Mulcahy of Villa Toscano Winery served, with a festive smile, wines that were a delight to the palate. 

As Mariah recently moved from San Diego and joined this Hidden Valley, with sparkling eyes and bright smile, she glowed as she filled wine connoisseurs’ beautifully labeled wine glasses with wines produced from the foothill vineyards, renowned for their deep fruit and color.  Served by Mariah included Zinfandel and Barbera among many others. 

The wine Mariah served demonstrating her talent for handling wine, she filled glasses at an angle without spilling a drop, one of which was a favorite: 2013 Sangiovese.  Now, that’s a wine server!

A COOL SUMMER TREAT! TRY THIS WATERMELON GRANITA.

A COOL SUMMER TREAT! TRY THIS WATERMELON GRANITA.

Have you noticed? All kinds of melons are showing up in our grocery stores...YAY!  A favorite summer treat, and you have lots of variety to choose from.  From honeydew to watermelon, they are so good and so good for you.  Try a sprinkle of cinnamon on your cantaloupe.  Throw some honeydew in your smoothie.  

Have you ever made a granita?  It is super easy and very satisfying summer treat.  Here is a great recipe from one of our partners, Whole Foods.