Written with love, by Rebecca Fisher
Can you believe it? It's that time of year again where everyone has to have a resolution.
Have you figured out what yours is? Is it the same as last year? Is it getting your best body back but for real this time, because of that all-important-big-day? Well here's a thought for you...why not ReNew You in a whole new way?!
First things first, be courageous and do a personal review. An assessment of sorts. Think about how you were in 2014 and what worked well for you and what didn't. How did you approach your personal approach to fitness? How about your self-care? What was your typical diet? If you could ReInvent yourself and raise the level of all of those things, how would you do it? It's your life, these are all of your decisions to make.
What I know is that I make the decision to wake up every day feeling amazing and I know that has to start with Me! And in this case, YOU!
So take control of the things you actually have control of. No more stressing about the wedding planning! Decide to feed your body wonderful, healthy food that revitalizes and makes you feel like you took care of yourself. Take responsibility for your health! Cut back on the toxic sugar and increase your water intake! Start experimenting with things like Kefir! It will be a positive step in claiming a new level of health. Kefir will give you renewed energy by eliminating bacteria in your digestive tract and up your immunity. Google it! You can make your own (yes there are recipes online, or schedule an online or phone appointment with yours truly for a nutrition consultation and design a New You for 2015!)
You're getting married, right? Why not bring the very best you on every level to your spouse on a daily basis, as a measure of your love and commitment?!
I'm going to start you off on the right foot in this amazing new beginning of 2015! As my gift to you, I'm sharing one of my favorite "Clean -Eating" recipes!
"Clean Eating" means keeping your food in it's most natural form, cooking it or eating it preservative free, without heavy, fat laden sauces that cover up the fresh, natural flavors of the ingredients!
Here's a twist on one of my favorite Thai salad recipes, full of texture and flavor! Add, chicken, salmon or your favorite protein, or simply leave it as is...vegetarian! It's easy to double the recipe and enjoy throughout the week!
Rice Noodle Vegetable Salad with Edamame
Makes 5 servings, 2 cups each.
- 1 10- to 12-ounce package frozen shelled edamame
- 8 ounces thin rice noodles or rice sticks (see tip)
- 3/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tablespoons light olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar or agave
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fish sauce (optional)
- Dash of red bell pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion or green onion (your preference)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, chopped, divided
- I tsp Eden Organic Seaweed, Sesame seed and Sea Salt spice blend (Gomasio)
**Tip: Dried thin rice noodles (or rice sticks) are also called “mai fun,” “bun” or “vermicelli-style” rice noodles. Look for them in the Asian section of well-stocked supermarkets or an Asian-foods market.
1. Whisk vinegar, oil, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and salt in a large bowl.
2. Add the edamame, rice noodles, seaweed seasoning, carrots, bell pepper, red bell pepper flakes, onion, cilantro, mint and 1/4 cup peanuts.
3. Toss well to combine.
4. Serve sprinkled with the remaining peanuts.
5. Make ahead, cover and refrigerate and eat within 2-3 days if possible.