Spring Cleanse

Since this is the year of “more”, I’m happy to report I’ve already been on 2 trips and heading on my 3rd next week. I love traveling, getting out of my routine and seeing new places. It’s always been a wish of mine to see the Cherry Blossoms in DC. I was lucky enough to able to head East a few weeks ago and they did not disappoint. The weather was beautiful and it looked like cotton candy everywhere.

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It was so fun to explore a new city and one of the best reasons is to see what other restaurants are up to and to try the local foodie favorites. Georgetown was darling and I see they love their acai bowls. Plus we made a pit stop in Philadelphia to the famous Reading Market where I got to try a Philly Cheesesteak. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I mean, it was a good sandwich but I truly don’t crave that kind of food and am happy that I actually prefer the healthy stuff. I’d much rather eat vegetables and things that are good for my body and don’t make me feel like a sluggish monster. It was then that I decided it was time to do another cleanse soon. I started my year off on the right foot, now I was going to start my spring off on the right foot, taking care of my body. It’s always a good idea to reset your digestive system. Since I’m heading to Arizona next week, I thought it was perfect timing to recharge my body.

The whole gang is heading to sunny Arizona next week to enjoy the sun, Sedona, some of my favorite friends and to reunite Ruby and her bestie. After doing a cleanse, you definitely feel lighter but It’s not about losing weight. It’s about taking care of your body and paying attention to what you put into it. It’s a reaffirmation for clean eating as a lifestyle and it just makes me appreciate my body even more.

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Starting today until Sat 4/20, you will be able to order the 3-day cleanse for delivery or pickup on APRIL 22ND for the great sale price of $200. (Make sure to add delivery to your cart if you prefer. Pick up will be at 370 Manor Ct in Brookfield on Monday after 4:30)

ORDER 3-DAY CLEANSE HERE!!

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SPRING JUICE CLEANSE OPTIONS:

The cleanse will include 3 days of teas, soups, salads and juices including:

Seasonal Allergy: Get your body packed with high doses of vitamin C to boost your immune system and reduce allergy inflammation.

Mental Health: 1 in 5 people are affected by mental health conditions, plant-based diets help. Take the cleanse as an opportunity to open yourself to possible positive results, reconnect with those you care about, things you love to do and make new goals of mentally positive steps you can take whether being to add something to your routine or removing something toxic.

Kidney Health: Reduce bloating and prevent fatigue by aiding your body in processing nutrients into energy. Correct bladder problems due to toxin build up, prevent kidney stones due to foods fat buildup in the kidneys and protect skin from breakouts.

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Green apple keeps sugar levels lower while retaining the quercetin that reduces allergy inflammation

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Mint acts as a menthol to help decongest.

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Cleanse is high in antioxidants and vitamin c to fight the free radicals in your system

Broccoli is super high in antioxidants

Asparagus is a natural diuretic and helps flush toxins.

If you did the cleanse back in January with me, I’d love to hear what you thought, how you felt and if you’re ready to do it again. Leave comments for me below :)

ORDER THE CLEANSE HERE

This old house

This old house...not so old but dated like an old sweater.

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So we moved from our perfect home in Bayview to a home owned by the banks and the IRS. It was filled with furniture and garbage (also rat poo)...yay! I brought my husband and parents through this place and it looked exactly like the “before” pictures, dirty kitchen and all. They were like “no way are we buying this house!!” But I had a vision and saw the layout as a perfect place to raise our family in the ‘burbs. Good schools, safe neighborhood, and a large lot. I convinced everyone to get onboard and we did it. It took 6 months to renovate, so luckily we stayed in our current home until the work was finished. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. Anyone considering the same should dive right in and take on the challenge. It was one of the most rewarding things we've done thus far. Picking every finish and creating a space that works for our family was terrible and amazing at the same time. Here are the before and after pictures along with some great tips for designing your own space…Krysta’s Design Tips 101

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1. Start with a neutral color palette on the walls... I generally choose gray/white but beige/white works too. This isn’t a forever thing but until you have the right furniture/curtains/rugs/wall decor, you should start with a blank canvas to work on. 

KITCHEN NOOK

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(and throw pillows, of course)

2. Pick something to collect and display. I collect plates and hang them in my kitchen. It’s something small I can look for when I’m traveling or receive as a gift. They are easy to display and switch up if I have more love for one than the other. You can do this with anything (I used to collect owls :) 

DINING ROOM

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3. Mix cheap and pricier pieces for an eclectic feel. Never buy a complete furniture set off the store floor. It may look nice but it won’t have personality. Purchase pieces that bring a smile to your face. Things you love will work together even if you think they won’t. 

FAMILY ROOM

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Artwork, plants and throw pillows

(plus Easter decorations)

4. Lighting, plants, and candles are everything to a space. They bring life, smell, and feeling to any space. 

LIVING ROOM

more plants, cool lamps and PILLOWS!

more plants, cool lamps and PILLOWS!

5. Choose 2 accent colors to pair with your neutrals...mine are orange and navy. You aren’t limited to only 2 but it’s a great place to start. You can change them up seasonally if you get bored. Target/Ikea/TJ Maxx are all wonderful places to find accent pieces and throw pillows (my best friends:). 

MASTER BEDROOM

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6. Have a special spot for family pictures and keep them together in a few areas not all over the entire home. Best to have some more artistic pieces, mirrors, nature, and different textures mixed in. Gallery walls with a nice blend of all of these items are lovely when done well. 

LAUNDRY ROOM

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7. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid of change. We’ve been in our new home for almost a year now and we still change things up from time to time. Nothing has to be forever. I’m slowly starting to add color to my walls. I may even wallpaper my powder room. 

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I love design and helping people with their spaces. My side hobby is moving stuff around at my friends’ houses. In fact, I’ll be out in NYC next week helping a friend with her new home. It really does bring me so much joy. Happy decorating!!

(ps. I’ll put all the photos in the gallery because there are some more I couldn’t fit here - Rex and Ruby’s bedroom, our finished basement, etc.)

CHORIZO AND CHIA

We took our first family vacation to California and I've been playing catch up since I got home. Does anyone else feel like taking a vacation is the most exhausting thing you can do? I mean it takes so much time to plan before you leave and then to catch up once you've returned. Truth...I am a freak about planning and cleaning so maybe it’s just a "Krysta" problem. I try to own my problems and my parties...like when I just need a break and decide to have too much wine by myself and dance/sing alone, that’s a "Krysta" party. I really only have parties and problems...not much in between ;)

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Anywho, I bought 3 self help books this week because I have been having trouble sleeping and getting out of my head at night. I am like sooo tired, so I lay down early only to get a weird burst of energy and about 900 new things on my mind. It's awesome...NOT!

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I did, however, decide that I wanted to share some awesome new vegan recipes with my readers, so here you go. 

The greatest thing about these recipes...they work together beautifully for meal prep. They are inexpensive and made out of items that most of us have on hand..no grocery trip required.

I eat the vegan chorizo in tortillas, buddha bowls, with a spoon, on a chip, in my car,...etc. Now you can make this vegan chorizo and use it in the chili mac recipe or you can just make the chili mac recipe with the soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s...It's amazing, either way.

VEGAN CHORIZO

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VEGAN CHILI MAC

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VEGAN BURRITOS

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Ever had chia seed pudding?? It’s so easy and delicious, it’s unreal. Who doesn't have a bag of chia seeds they bought with great intensions and never used...nobody.

 A LITTLE ABOUT CHIA SEEDS

·    Chia seeds have been around a long time and are finally making it into the mainstream. They are no longer just seen in health food stores and are easily accessible. I see them at Target and all my local grocery stores. They are mostly found dark colored, but you can find white chia seeds online.

·     In the world of vegan food, chia seeds act as a binder to replace eggs and also as a thickener, like for this pudding. When not making chia pudding, you can sprinkle them on smoothies, oatmeal, & salads. 

·     Chia seeds are small, but nutritious, and should be included in your heart healthy habits! For each 1 ounce serving of chia seeds, you’ll get 138 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 grams of fiber (amazing!), 4.7 grams of protein (not too shabby). All that fiber will help aid in digestion and elimination.

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This vanilla chia pudding is about the easiest thing on the planet to make and tastes fantastic with mixed seasonal fruits! Perfect for breakfast, snack, dessert or a light lunch!

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I just ate a big bowl of roasted vegetables covered in ranch dressing and Frank’s Red Hot. Now I’m sleepy...hoping I sleep like a baby tonight! Happy cooking:) 

Clean out your pantry

We are getting packed up for our first family trip and when I say family, I mean the whole darn crew. My parents and mother-in-law are coming, too. We are off to visit even more family and friends in California. What we thought would be a sunny and warm trip is turning into a forecast of rain and crisp ocean air. I am still super excited but I just have trouble packing for such a variety of temperatures and humans.

The one thing I do think I am good at is clearing out my fridge and not wasting any food. I knew I didn't want to grocery shop or get take-out before going on an expensive vacation. I get overly happy about cleaning out my fridge and creating new recipes based on what I have to use up - like right now. 

Here's what I came up with this time...

I had a bundle of overripe bananas and some opened granola that was going stale. So I made banana mini-muffins with chocolate chips and granola. We froze half and ate the rest this week for breakfast.

I had a bag of sweet potatoes and a bunch of random vegetables to use up. I made POTACHOS!! What? Yes, sweet potato nachos with black beans and tons of old opened cheeses that needed to get used up. They were fabulous. We added scrambled eggs to them the next morning and rolled them into vegetable burritos. Best idea ever...and they freeze well, too. Just wrap them in foil and throw in a ziplock for another time. 

Anything else that needed to get used up went into a vegetable stock. All my extra herbs, vegetables and citrus, I put in the instant pot. I added a special spice blend and let her rip. Literally 30 minutes later, I have an empty fridge, a full freezer for my return home, and a feeling of pure happiness. We are taking the kids to Disneyland rain or shine (ponchos from the Dollar Store already packed :) I will check in when we get back to let you know how it went. I hope you try these '“clear out your fridge” ideas. 

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BANANA BREAD

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POTACHOS

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VEGETABLE STOCK

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I FEEL GOOD FROM MY HEAD TO-MA-TOES

It’s the middle of the Polar Vortex Arctic Freeze Extreme Brutally Cold Winter here in Wisconsin and I’ve been craving vegetables like it’s my job. Especially tomatoes and I have been on the hunt for the best canned ones out there. I always shop local and @Outpostnaturalfoods in Bayview is my favorite. They are a co-op that sells the freshest #organic produce and promotes locally sourced food. I like to shop there weekly for inspiring ingredients to create healthy and delicious recipes. This week I’m doing all tomato-based recipes and my go to brand is @MuirGlen. For one, the label is totally retro and chic and the flavor is as fresh as a warm summer day.

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To grow the best tasting tomato, they believe it must be grown organically. Their farmers in the Sacramento Valley of California work together with local pollinators (aka bees!) to keep a healthy ecosystem to produce the best tomatoes possible.

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However, not every tomato is good enough for their cans, which is why they created a composting facility for any tomato waste. Muir Glen focuses on working in harmony with their environment because it’s what makes their tomatoes taste better and the planet a happier place. My main focus in 2019 is to have zero food waste. And these recipes use multiple ingredients in a variety of ways to highlight the freshness of the tomato but also to ensure no food waste. 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE RACE BETWEEN THE LETTUCE AND THE TOMATO???

THE LETTUCE WAS A HEAD AND THE TOMATO HAD TO KETCHUP.

 GROCERY LIST

Moroccan Grain Bowl

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Eggplant Rolls and Tomato Sauce

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Black Tea and Saffron Tomato Jam Crostini

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Head to the Outpost because these tomatoes are on sale right now!

From now until 2/12, the 28oz Canned Tomatoes are 2/$4

No more takeout

The Journal Sentinel wrote about our family and my business this week and i couldn’t be more thankful! Shout out to my wonderful clients who are letting me do what I love and special thanks to whoever recommended me to them in the first place. It’s been so fun! Here’s a link to my article from a couple days ago.

My friend’s mom cut it out of the actual newspaper

My friend’s mom cut it out of the actual newspaper

So if you came here looking for a meal plan, I promise we will have recipes next week. This week has been nuts, with a snow day, everyone at my house is sick, we’re all off schedule, I just finished a lunch event at the farm, I have a huge event tomorrow and it’s a polar vortex. I see you, I know I’m behind, but sh*t is busy!

I hope what you got out of the article and my website is #1 I hate food waste. And #2 I like to sneak in veggies where I can. I always put butternut squash in my macaroni and cheese. I put so many diced veggies in my lasagna. I add cauliflower to mashed potatoes all the time. And here’s the best one, I add zucchini to my brownies and baked goods. You don’t even taste it!

With meal prepping, you can spend Sunday making your meals for the week and plan on freezing a couple. Things come up during the week, you’re invited to dinner or you eat at late at the office so you don’t want your meals to go to waste. I suggest eating your fish dish first and your meat dish later since it lasts longer. Vegetarian dishes are great to freeze and anything with a sauce or gravy freezes well too. As long as they have something to sit in, a ball of sauce, it comes back good when you let it thaw. And you can always throw in extra veggies anywhere. If you can’t figure out what, then definitely keep them for stock. Save all your vegetable ends and scraps. Just plop them into a Ziploc and throw them in the freezer and I will tell you how to make stock next week. It’s so easy, just water and flavor. You don’t need to buy the stuff from the store that sits in a box and may have extra ingredients you can’t pronounce.

If you’re new to the site, take a look at some old recipes. I love eating Mediterranean and have a great meal plan from last June. I loved Asian Week too. Check them out and let me know what you think.

Today I was out at the farm for our special Friday lunch series that goes until the end of March.

It’s lunch plus coffee, tea or wine for $30. It’s cozy. It’s yummy. It’s nutritious AND it’s home-cooked especially for you. Get tickets here for the next one in two weeks! TICKETS

See you next week for homemade stock!





 

 



































Happy birthday to me

So remember when I said I want this to be the year of more? Well I think I’m doing a pretty good job living my best life. Today is my birthday and I’m spending the day in Chicago with my man and a couple of Radke sisters doing the things I love. I’m going to shop at thrift stores and chillax during the day, go to my favorite restaurant Girl and the Goat and then go see my girl Erykah Badu with my other girl Maggie on Saturday. I’ve been hustling like a maniac all week so I could enjoy a few days off because to me, living my best life means balance, throwing myself into everything I do, motherhood, marriage and momtrepreneurship lol - I’m loving my life and am grateful for all the blessings I have and excited to turn 38.

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OK on another note, I’m all about flushing toxins this year (literally) and have done our 3 day cleanse a couple of times already this month because of how they make me feel. I started seeing all this info about the benefits of drinking celery juice every morning too and now I’m obsessed with how it makes me feel and look. I’ve been having straight up 100% liquid celery every morning because it makes me feel like a young cat. I swear my skin has never looked better and I feel amazing. Thank god I bought a juicer (Crate & Barrel) for making our cleanses and smoothies so I could discover my new celery obsession. I like to give my body a break from working so hard to digest everything I eat. Has anyone else started juicing this year?

In addition to our cleanses which have been wildly popular, we’re going to start offering smoothies. Smoothies (and juices for that matter) take a ton of ingredients and they’re messy to make so we’ll be doing all the dirty work for you. Available for purchase $9 each or 4 for $32, delivery on Fridays. They’re great because you just keep them in your freezer and they’re grab and go then on Monday, you can take it straight from the freezer to work and by lunch, it’s ready to be eaten. You can add more fruit, nuts, cacao nibs, coconut flakes etc and they become these pretty little works of art. Plus they’re super filling and can be used as meal replacement. Convenience was key for me to make it part of my morning routine.

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and my family loves them - check out my kids trying them out:

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Smoothie flavors we’ll offer are Wild Mango, Back to Earth, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Strawberry Banana. Check out our order page for more info.

WILD MANGO

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CONTAINS: mango, pineapple, wild blueberries, banana, orange juice & super food powder for a super you

back to earth

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CONTAINS: avocado, banana, spinach, chia seeds, cinnamon, almond milk & spirulina boost (this one sneaks in the veggies)

chocolate peanut butter

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CONTAINS: banana, peanut butter, cacao, almond milk, espresso & protein powder. Am I in heaven?!

strawberry banana

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CONTAINS: Strawberry, banana, mango, pineapple, protein powder & coconut water/almond milk mix

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FEEDING YOUR KIDDOS

Hope you are having a great start to the new year. Mine has been shitty but not in a bad way, in a good way....we have officially potty-trained Rex!! No more diapers (pull-ups at night for a while longer). We only had one major poop disaster too! I feel like once the child sees and feels poop all over them and the house, they know they don't want to do that again! It took about a week and a half of naked bottom and following him around the house, but we got it done. This morning he got up at 5am and went potty on the toilet and then back to his room to play all by himself. He's a genius (I say that about both my kids often...get used to it:).

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I was able to take a few weeks off for the holidays so I was in charge of feeding my kiddos every meal. Usually we have help with this so I am not 100% aware of what they eat on a daily basis. My husband handles breakfast and I do dinner most nights but grandma is generally in charge of snacks and lunch. I have two picky, food-wasting, nonsense-eating, tiny monsters and I bet you do, too. I wised up! I ordered little lunch boxes for them and filled them with something new, something they love, and something with protein for each meal. These boxes (link here) are microwaveable, dishwasher-safe, stackable, and come in fun kids colors. Kids like variety and snacking. They also like to have control. If we give them options that we believe in, we take back the control. The snap-on lids make it easy to put the food out and save (not waste) what they don't eat for another time. I still make them eat breakfast and dinner with the family but for lunch and snack time these boxes are a life saver. 

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I mix it up but my go-to kid food is....

  • Fresh fruit

  • Black bean burritos (beans, cheese, tortilla)

  • Chicken salad (recipe in another blog post here)

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  • Baked beans

  • Broccoli-cooked

  • Mac n’ Cheese (I usually add pureed butternut squash to the store-bought kind)

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  • Protein balls (recipe in another blog post here)

  • Sliced Cucumbers

  • Carrots-raw

  • Crackers & Hummus

  • Cashews

  • Peas-my kiddos like them frozen but if you have normal kids, feel free to heat them up

  • Dried Fruit

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Use your imagination and see what you come up with!

Treat yo' elves

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love entertaining and finding the perfect gifts for my family and friends. Gifts don't have to be expensive, they just need to come from the heart. My favorite way to give is to think about some of the gifts I’ve loved and received in previous years and try to recreate them in a more personal way. This year everyone is getting a collection of homemade items mixed in with some items from some local shops I can't stop going to.

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URSA is a Bayview shop with the best candles, jewelry, pillows, blankets, incense...everything. The owner has amazing style, loves plants, and always wears a smile.

HOMESPUN COLLECTION is an online shop built by 2 local babes that believe we should fill our homes with simple, beautiful, thoughtfully-made products. They love meaningful items and a clean and cozy atmosphere. I literally want to buy/gift every single item they sell. 

Along with gifts purchased from these shops, we (my team of amazing females that keep me afloat and happy everyday...I do nothing alone :) made some lovely items with our hands and hearts. 

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Earth-friendly counter spray How To Make an All-Natural Kitchen Cleaner

Knit sponges HOW TO

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Bath Balls how-to-make-your-own-bath-bombs - OK, we made bath soak instead. Pour into cute jar and label - ha!

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Who doesn’t love marshmallows?

What do you call an elf who sings?

A wrapper!

We also made a variety of cookie doughs to freeze so our clients can make homemade warm cookies for their kiddos effortlessly whenever they want.

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It was so fun getting the girls together and crafting our day away. There's something about making stuff, eating pizza, and drinking spiked egg nog that gets me going. 

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And don’t forget to get your pie orders in by the holidays! 6 different varieties for $35. Available for pickup at Stone Bank Farm Market in Oconomowoc or delivery to your door for $10. Go to Holiday Orders above:

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Blend and Cleanse

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A couple of weeks ago, I did a cleanse with a few of my clients. For me, the best part was that I felt lighter and healthier. I didn’t have to think about what to eat or drink all day because it was all right there ready for me. The flavors in the soups, juices and vinaigrettes are fresh and vibrant. I drank no alcohol or coffee and swapped it with peppermint tea morning and night instead. And, bonus, I noticed afterwards that my appetite was smaller and I needed less food to feel satisfied. It’s always good to do a little recharge and reset your digestive system.

Starting today until Sat 12/29, you will be able to order the 3-day cleanse for delivery or pickup on JANUARY 2ND. Make sure to add delivery to your cart. Pick up at Stone Bank Farm Market in Oconomowoc.

ORDER 3-DAY CLEANSE HERE!!

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Just in time for all those New Year’s Resolutions and Wellness Goals ;)

Click on Holiday Orders for more info.

The cleanse will include 3 days of teas, soups, salads and juices including:

Get Up & Glow: Pineapple, Cucumber, Kale and Apple 

24 Carrot: Carrot, Apple, Lemon, Pear and Ginger

Toxin Flush: Watermelon and Mint

Mother Earth: Cucumber, Apple, Spinach, Kale, Parsley and Fennel

Liquid Gold: Golden Beet, Fennel, Lemon, Orange, Pineapple and Turmeric

Healing Lemonade: Lemon, Filtered Water, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cloves, Maple Syrup and Cayenne

Metabolic Bomb: Lemon, Ginger, Apple, Celery and a pinch of cayenne

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Apples are not only detoxifying but also good for lowering cholesterol, aiding in digestion and helping your skin.

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Carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals, especially the antioxidant beta-carotene. The carrots overall nutrient value helps prevent aging, enhances immunity and aids in eyesight.

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Cucumbers contain antioxidants, including flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.

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Ginger is helpful in aiding in digestion and helps prevent colds and flu.

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Kale feeds beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and helps boost the immune system.

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Lemons are high in vitamin C and have various beneficial plant compounds that support heart health, weight control, digestive health and more.

Oranges have vitamin C, flavonoids and beta-carotene to help boost the immune system, fight the flu and reduce the effects of aging.

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Pears are cleansing and full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They gently cleanse the liver and help the flu; relieving thirst and reducing phlegm.

Peppermint helps improve hydrochloric acids levels in the stomach to help with better digestion.

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Watermelon is extremely hydrating and also flushes toxins out of the digestive tract.

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Turmeric contains curcumin, which has numerous health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, protecting healthy cells from free radicals, which can cause damage. Consuming turmeric with black pepper increases the amount of the curcumin the body can absorb.

ORDER THE CLEANSE HERE

See you next week!