veggie balls

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been testing out ALOHA’s 21-Day Real Food Detox.

It’s a program all about eating real food that’s simple, easy to make and delicious.

The goal of the detox is to help reduce inflammation and digestive issues within the body, calm cravings and inspire you to create an enjoyable healthy lifestyle.

I’m not the biggest fan of detoxes and cleanses, but I love ALOHA’s products and when they asked me to test this one out, I had to give it a go.

My diet was already pretty clean, but I did have to remove a few other foods that I normally eat to stick to the plan.

Although not easy, what I loved most about it was that it really made me fall back in love with cooking and creating recipes again, something I did a lot of in the past.

Although the program provides some delicious recipes, many of which I tried out, I loved coming up with my own with the ingredients I could use. It was fun, therapeutic and honestly made me feel great to explore new recipes again.

I’ll be posting a full review of the detox in about a week once it’s over, but for now, I wanted to share one of my latest recipes that I created and which is detox-approved…Lentil Mushroom Veggie Balls.

These lentil-walnut veggie balls are so incredibly flavorful and loved pairing it with the spaghetti squash and vegan kale pesto. Of course feel free to use these any way you would use regular meat balls. They are moist, delicious and I guarantee even if you’re a carnivore, you’ll love them!

veggie balls


 

Lentil Walnut Veggie Balls

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked lentils
8oz. cremini or baby bella mushrooms
1/4 cup raw walnuts
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp oregano or italian seasoning
Sea salt + pepper to taste
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (can probably sub rolled oats)
2 1/2 tbsp gluten free bread crumbs

Directions:
1. In a food processor, pulse lentils, mushrooms and walnuts until it creates a slightly lumpy mixture. Set aside

2. In a small bowl, mix flax seeds with 5-6 Tbsp of water. Set aside.
3. Heat coconut oil in a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add in onions. Sautee for about 5-7 minutes until translucent. Add in garlic. Sautee for another 30 seconds.

4. Add in 2 tsps rice vinegar, then chopped herbs. Stir and let cook for about a minute.

5. Add in mushroom-lentil mixture and mix well. Season with sea salt and pepper.

6. Mix in cooked quinoa, breadcrumbs and flax eggs. Turn off eat, put into a bowl and let mixture sit until it’s cook enough to handle by hand. Preheat oven to 350F at this time.

7. Once mixture has cooled, scoop and roll into small golf ball sized balls and put into a greased muffin tin. I used a silicon muffin tray. Bake for 30-35 min until golden brown.

You can serve this over roasted spaghetti squash (Preheat oven to 400F, cut spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds, brush cut sides with olive oil or coconut oil, place on baking sheet, cut side up and roast for 40-45 minutes. Once done and slightly cooled, use a fork to scrape out inside.)

It was delicious with my vegan kale pesto. You can find the recipe here.

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sacrifice your health

Do you often sacrifice your health?

Most of us were never taught to prioritize our health or happiness growing up…we were taught to focus our time and effort on grades, colleges, social status, money, jobs, clothes, vacations, cars, etc.

It’s no surprise that we often find ourselves feeling physically drained because they’re working 24/7 to make ends meet, in relationships and marriages that aren’t fulfilling us and running around pleasing everyone, leaving our own needs for when “we have the time.”

Sound familiar?

I’ve had many people come to me exhausted and desperate to make changes in their lives, because they’ve allowed their health and happiness to take a backseat for so long.

They know if they don’t do anything about it now, their life will continue passing them by and everything will get far worse.

The idea of change is terrifying even if the possibility of having what they want is right in front of them.

Because of their track record, they’re incredibly skeptical that they can even make it happen. I get it, because I’ve been there and there are days I still feel that way.

However, when we keep talking and they think about what their life could look like in another 5-10 years if nothing changes, that reality becomes far more frightening.

Two of the most common reasons I’ve continuously heard for not prioritizing their health are time and money.

Now, these may seem like perfectly logical reasons to hold off on investing in any sort of coaching program, but after having invested both time and money into coaching myself and also working with clients that are willing to do the same for theirs, I can say with complete confidence that…

Time and money are the two worst reasons to not take care of your health.

Why?

Because both are within your control.

Ok, so maybe you’re now thinking…

“Actually, I really don’t have the time, Tina.”

“I have to pay my bills, so I can’t afford to pay for any coaching right now. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully it will work next time.”

Here’s a reality check:

I know this because I’ve experienced it and it’s why so many of the top business coaches out there are now implementing health and mindset practices into their programs. Continue reading


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Are you truly happy in your relationships right now?

I’m not talking just romantic relationships, but your friendships too. Deep down inside, do you feel like things should feel better and be easier?

Does it feel like a daily struggle to get the love, attention, appreciation and affection that you want from the people you care about the most?

Do you feel like the same negative people, relationships and circumstances keep finding you no matter what you try to do?

Kind of sucks, doesn’t it?

These daily struggles can really get in the way of your overall physical and emotional wellness. You may tend to sacrifice the very things that could make you feel better…eating healthy, exercising, meditating, socializing…

Well, if you’re feeling a bit lost, I want you to know that it’s not hopeless. There is a way to finally break the viscious cycle and and feel alive again. There is a way to break through the struggle and “bad luck” and come out on top.

I know this because I went on this same journey. And that’s why I created this video…because I want you to finally feel better than just “ok.” Wake up with confidence in yourself and your relationships, not just settle for “good enough.”

If you find that you often stop eating healthy, stop exercising and take on other negative, unhealthy habits when you’re feeling like the world and the people around you are against you, then this video may help you gain some insight into why that’s happening and how you can start to overcome it so you can maintain more happiness and healthy consistently.


It was about 3 years ago, the day after one my friend’s weddings. I woke up in my hotel room and literally wanted to jump out of my body. I felt a level of discomfort that I never have before. It was worse than any sadness, frustration or anger I had ever felt.

I literally felt trapped in a body and life that I couldn’t escape.

The night before I had gotten into a major alcohol-fueled fight with my boyfriend at the time. In the middle of the reception there was yelling, pushing and complete disregard for where we were. The sad thing was that most of the PDA (public display of anger) was coming from me.

For as long as I can remember I didn’t have very much control over my emotions. I was always incredibly sensitive growing up, had very low self-esteem and often felt anxious. Years on again off again sadness and feelings of neglect and abandonment, eventually turned into anger at times. And I often felt that I had no control over it.

Talk about an outer body experience.

In my teens and early 20s, I found myself feeling like I always had to fight for my friends’ attention…and then when I started dating, I I felt like I was always fighting for my boyfriend’s love and affection.

It felt like I was always swimming against a really strong current trying to reach that beautiful island, but never succeeding in getting there.

I was attracting the same types of relationships… with men that weren’t emotionally open or ready for commitment. I would feel sad, frustrated and hopeless, wondering why no one would just love me the way I wanted to be loved. Didn’t I deserve that?

I’d feel terrible emotionally and then punish myself further physically by not taking care of my body…I’d eat unhealthy or not at all, I’d drink more and you can bet that negative voice in my head would only get louder and louder.

Well, that morning when I woke in the hotel room, something finally happened that changed the direction my life was heading… Continue reading