Sweet Potato, Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

With winter in full swing, here is a great recipe that is hearty, super delicious and will have people fighting over seconds and leftovers. No joke! It’s one of our favorites this time of year to keep our bellies full and happy but also makes the house smell amazing. It’s adapted from the Thug Kitchen Cookbook, one of our favorites.

Makes 8 enchiladas or enough for 4 people (or 2 people and some leftovers if you eat lots of food like Damian and I).

ENCHILADA SAUCE

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1/3 C tomato paste
2 1/2 T chili powder
2 t ground cumin
1 1/2 t dried oregano
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
2 t low sodium soy sauce or tamari
1 T lime juice (fresh squeezed is best) Continue reading

Our Health Is A Gift

As we approach Thanksgiving week, let us all be reminded that our health and wellness is a gift not to be taken for granted. Our job at Wholicious Living is to motivate people to eat as healthy as possible, to be active and work our bodies to keep them in shape and even push ourselves to go beyond what we thought was possible. That is called putting in the work and doing what we need to do to earn our health. But can health really be earned?

At any given moment, this precious thing we call life could be taken from us. Our health is the same way. As much as I talk about prevention, sometimes we just don’t have everything within our control. We can take the reigns as much as possible by doing what’s necessary to keep our bodies healthy, but sometimes bad things just happen. We get blindsided by some unforeseen incident like finding out we have a rare form of cancer or a heart defect etc. We pray every day that something like this never happens to any of us.

This is why we feel very fortunate that we are in love with healthy eating and running and lifting weights. We love being outdoors and camping under the stars and backpacking as deep into the wilderness as possible. We’re very thankful that our legs and lungs can take us as far as they do, able to explore new places. We’ve put in millions of miles over the years and hope to do it until we die. It brings us much joy to sweat, to push ourselves to become better, faster and stronger. Not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.

But at the same time, we don’t take any of it for granted. Not a single moment, not a single step. We know that within a split second something could happen and it all could be taken away. One of us could get injured or a life threatening illness could strike. Worse yet, something could happen to one of our family members or friends.

Hopefully, Wholicious Living can be a source to help YOU do the same for your mind, body and soul. To give you enouragment and motivation to make the right choices not only for yourself, but for those around you. We want to be advocates for your health, which is why we support a whole food plant based diet. We want you to be able to do what you love until you die, while maintaining a high quality of life. Quantity doesn’t matter. Quality does. We want you to be able to live in the present moment and be there for your kids, your spouse, your friends alive, able and fully aware and capable. We want to help you help others make the same healthier choices so they too can THRIVE.

So let us continue to encourage you to take care of your body because your body, your health, your life is a gift. Some people aren’t so fortunate to wake up and decide they want oatmeal instead of eggs and bacon because they’re too sick to make their own food. They can’t just put on a pair of running shoes and go. They can’t get out of their wheelchair or hospital bed or make their leg grow back or make the cancer just go away. We owe it not only to ourselves but to those around us to make the healthiest choices possible simply because we can.

Let us all celebrate Thanksgiving with a humble heart, full of gratitude for the gift of health. Because health is a gift and a very precious one at that.

Here’s to eating Wholiciously!

Lindsey and Damian

5-Spice “Fried” Rice with Sweet Potatoes

I’ve been talking a lot about the benefits of soy products lately. Everyone, especially women should be getting at least one serving a day. If you’ve missed out, please follow me on https://www.instagram.com/wholiciousliving/ and https://www.facebook.com/wholiciousliving/ to get all the latest health and nutrition information.

This is a never fail, throw any type of veggies in and it will still turn out great recipe. It works best with cold, leftover cooked rice. Recipe adapted from Thug Kitchen Cookbook.

1 medium sweet potato, diced
2 t sesame oilIMG_0126
2 T water, plus more if needed
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, chopped
1 c frozen peas
1 c frozen sweet yellow corn
1/4 t Chinese 5-spice powder
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 T tamari or soy sauce (reduced sodium)
1 T roasted red chili paste
4 c cooked short or long-grain brown rice
1 c bitter greens chopped (optional)
1/2 c sliced green onions
1 14 oz package extra firm tofu, diced into 1/2 in chunks (optional, but give it a try. It’s good. We promise. Can also sub in edamame).

Directions:

1. Fill the bottom of a steamer with about 2 inches of water and heat up the water.

2. While waiting for the water to boil, dice the sweet potato and add to steamer. Let steam about 7-8 minutes or until sweet potato is tender.

3. Heat 1 tsp of oil and some water in a large skillet or wok over medium heat.

4. Add yellow onion and carrot and continue to stir fry for another 3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add more water if necessary so contents don’t burn.

5.  Add the 5-spice powder and garlic to the skillet and stir fry for 1-2 more minutes. Turn heat to low and add the frozen peas and corn. Let all ingredients keep simmering.

6. Remove sweet potato from steamer and add to skillet of other veggies.

7.  Mix soy sauce, rice vinegar and Roasted Sweet Chili Paste in a small bowl. ( We like the flavor of this so we actually doubled the amount to mix in )

8. Dice tofu into 1/2 in squares and spoon about 1/3 of the sauce over the top to marinate.

9. Add the cooked rice to skillet and stir fry until warm, approximately 5 minutes.

10. Add the sauce mix and the marinated tofu, and mix well but don’t over stir or the tofu will crumble. (It’s ok if this happens as it’ll still taste the same but won’t look as pretty)

11. Stir fry for another 1-3 minutes.

12. Fold in bitter greens and green onions

Enjoy! We always go back for seconds on this one!

Wholicious Living provides individualized nutrition coaching designed specifically for you and your goals. Whether you want to lose weight, have more energy, recover better from workouts or just be able to live life doing what you love, we give you the tools you need to succeed for the long term. We help you forge a lifestyle with dietary habits that are sustainable and realistic but also simple and easy to follow. Sign up today for a one, three or six month plan and reach your goals.

Here’s to Nutritious and Delicious Eating,

Lindsey Hintz

 

FREE Immune System Support Giveaway!

We are giving away these 3 amazing Flora products that boost your immune system with the power of plants (total value over $60). To enter the giveaway, just go over to our WHOLICIOUS LIVING Facebook Page and give the most recent post a like. We will announce a winner later this week!

  • Flora’s Acerola powder is full of vitamin C and phytonutrients to ward off sickness.
  • Elderberry Crystals are great for immune system support and may help you prevent sickness and reduce symptoms when already sick.
  • Flora’s Deep Defense tea has echinacea, astragulus and more to boost your immune system.

We hope your winter running is going well and look forward to more amazing giveaways from Wholicious Living soon!

cheers,

Lindsey & Damian

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Lose Weight, Get Fit & Eat Better Than Ever

Who doesn’t want to look their best, be healthier and have more energy all while eating the tastiest, most nutritious food?

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That’s why we are offering $30 OFF monthly nutritional plans to get you started on your path to a new you. You will learn how to make quick, easy, delicious and more nutritious meals and get individual attention to keep you motivated. You will get answers to your nutrition, weight loss and health questions with simple solutions. We want you to succeed and are here to help.

Want to give the active person in your life the BEST gift ever? We teamed up with Wholistic Running who helps athletes of all levels. We are offering a FREE month of coaching when you sign up for a 3-month online coaching package. Or get $100 OFF OFF 6-month online coaching packages. These all inclusive packages include:

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  • Personalized training plans
  • Nutritional coaching & support
  • Unlimited email & weekly phone/Skype calls
  • Injury prevention & performance plans
  • Train less, save time & get better results

Gift certificates also available

Don’t miss out on these amazing opportunities. We look forward to helping you accomplish your goals and THRIVE.

Lindsey & Damian

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving so quickly approaching we at Wholicious Living wanted to leave you with a couple of our favorite fall recipes that will easily steal the show.

Lindsey’s Simple Roasted Vegetables

2-3 medium sweet potatoes, diced

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2-3 medium beets, diced

1 sweet onion, diced

1 lb brussels sprouts, halved

1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1 lb fresh baby bella mushrooms, diced

3-5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 T coconut oil

We usually make two pans of this recipe because it goes quick and everyone always has seconds on this.

Preheat your oven to 360 and do your chopping while it’s heating. Then line a baking sheet (or 2) with parchment paper. Spread the cut up veggies evenly in both pans except for the mushrooms. Sprinkle with freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste.

Add the coconut oil sparingly. Since it’s usually solid at room temperature, it works best to put small chunks in 4-5 places across the pan. Bake veggies for about 1 hour, but be sure and stir every 20 minutes. This will help to spread the coconut oil evenly over the vegetables and prevent anything from burning. At about 20 minutes remaining add the mushrooms.

The fun thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever vegetables you like best. These are some of our favorite. Not much spice is needed as all of these veggies take on a lot of flavor on their own when roasted.

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Chef Damian’s Special Lentils

1 cup yellow lentils

3 cups water or veggie stock

1/2-1 T cumin (depends on how much spice you like)

1/2 T ground ginger

1 Dash cinnamon to taste

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Cook on a stovetop, using 3 cups of liquid (water, stock or combo) to 1 cup of dry lentils. Be sure to use a large enough saucepan as the lentils will double or triple in size. Bring to a boil, cover tightly, reduce heat and simmer until they are tender. For whole lentils, cook time is typically 15-20 minutes.

When finished cooking, add spices. Be sure NOT to add sea salt until after lentils are finished cooking as the lentils will remain hard if you do so. You can leave these a bit chunky or blend until smooth and creamy. If you like them on the creamy side you can also add a touch of soy or almond milk.

Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Athletes

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Even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete, we believe there is an inner athlete in all of us. We all may have to dig a little deeper at times but that athlete is there. So get outside and do something you love! Explore. And do it on a daily basis. Life is too short to not to.

We are advocates of a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet for many reasons, but one is because it increases your quality of life from the inside out. We believe this lifestyle is best for optimal health and overall wellness and can help you and your loved ones avoid major preventable diseases. The cool thing is that it’s good for the animals and environment too.

  1. Make sure you eat enough.

Many athletes and people in general fail on a WFPB diet because they fail to eat enough total calories. Whole plant foods in general are low in calories (except for things like nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut), but that’s the beauty of it all. We absolutely love food! We would rather be able to fill our stomachs full of lots of good food rather than only a little. People transitioning from a SAD (Standard American Diet) to a WFPB diet may not realize that they need to eat more food to get enough calories for their sport. Food=Fuel.

While we don’t recommend counting calories, we do recommend being mindful of how much (or little) you are eating, where the food came from and if it’s nutritious or not. Make sure to take time while you’re eating to not only fully chew your food, but to also allow yourself to be thankful you have a wonderful meal in front of you. This will not only help you slow down and actually enjoy what you’re eating, but will help your brain access how hungry you truly are.

2. Make sure you eat QUALITY.

I’m talking nutrient density here. Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain Complex_Carbscomplex carbohydrates (oatmeal, buckwheat, brown or wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, teff, popcorn, sweet potatoes, squash and other tuber vegetables), beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, nuts (also nut butters) and seeds (chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin) are all packed full of high quality nutrients that your body craves as an athlete.

These types of foods also give your body natural energy, reduce cravings, keep your immune system running well and help your body to recover faster by reducing inflammation. Do you see a pattern here? Pretty much any food that grows from the ground or a plant is considered quality. You can’t go wrong with whole foods. And that means eliminating anything refined and processed.

3. Eat often and eat the rainbow (and we’re not talking skittles here).

We recommend eating every 3-4 hours to help keep your blood sugar stable and your metabolism running high. This will also curb cravings and help you to not gorge yourself at dinner. Eating consistently throughout the day will leave you a happier, healthier person. We recommend eating bigger meals early on to make sure you’re giving your body the fuel it needs. Also aim to eat a variety of colors each day of fruit and vegetables. This ensures that you’re getting an array of disease fighting phytonutrients and antioxidants to keep your immune system running strong. Mix it up and have some fun. And don’t forget about fresh herbs and spices!

One thing that Damian and I do with some of our favorite meals it to constantly change the recipe and see what new ingredients we can add to a dish. Or just try a new fruit or vegetable each week. This helps keep food from getting boring, but also helps you get those 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Continue reading

The 10 Most Super Superfoods: Part 7 of a 10 Part Series

Did you know that by incorporating more raw, green vegetables like kale into your diet daily, athletes can improve endurance, energy levels, and postpone fatigue during exercise? Did you also know that they contain powerful anti-cancer properties? Am I catching your attention yet?kale Continue reading

The 10 Most Super Superfoods: Part 6 of a 10 Part Series

By now I’m sure that most of you have heard of “doping with beets” to help extend endurance and improve performance, especially when it comes to running and cycling. As an athlete, we’re always looking for ways to optimize training and performance as long as it’s practical and actually works. We all know there’s no real substitute for putting time and work into training. However, incorporating beets into your diet is a simple, naturally effective way to increase the length of your workouts or find that extra edge in endurance or speed. I want to share with you the latest science behind beets and how to incorporate them into your diet to help increase your athletic performance.

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Beetroot is a highly nutrient dense vegetable that is high in folate, manganese, potassium and copper. Vitamins A, B and C; antioxidants beta-carotene and beta-cyanine; fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron are also present.

What gives beetroot its pigment are known as betalains and there are two types. Betacyanins, which are vibrant red/violet in color, and betaxanthins, which are yellow in color. Both forms of betalains contain nitrogen and they work as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Beets are also naturally high in inorganic nitrates (NO3-), which the body uses to make both nitrite (NO2-) and nitric oxide (NO). Nitrite is known to protect the blood vessels from injury, while nitric oxide expands blood vessels and therefore increases the flow of oxygen to the cells. This, in turn, increases both the power available to the muscles and the length of time that the muscles can exercise without tiring. NO is made naturally within our bodies but we can dramatically increase its availability by eating nitrate rich food. Studies have shown that drinking beet juice decreased oxygen needs by 19 percent and increased exercise endurance time by 17 percent. A more recent study shows that participants were able to maintain a higher power output for the same amount of oxygen consumed. This led to a 2.7% improved performance compared to the placebo (beetroot juice treated to remove the nitrate).

About 1-2 cups of raw beetroot juice provides the amount of nitrate needed for the average person to increase their blood nitrite, which occurs about 2-3 hours after drinking it. For more elite athletes, it’s likely that you’ll need to use beetroot juice for several days in a row to get a meaningful boost in blood nitrite and hence performance. (I usually use beets daily for about two weeks prior to an important race). However, just going out, buying your own beets and putting them in the food processor or blender doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the benefit. The nitrate content of vegetables (including beetroot) varies significantly according to the soil it’s grown in, the time of year, the fertilizer used, and how soon after being picked the beets are juiced. I highly recommend growing your own or buying organic from a local farmer who can tell you more specifics about their crops. There is also bottled beetroot juice available online for those of you who want a known nitrate content. (Personally, I still use whole beets as I didn’t notice a difference with the bottled beet juice).

Another thing to keep in mind is that the nitrates in beets are converted into nitrites by friendly bacteria in our salivaThis conversion is not instantaneous, and the use of mouthwash or toothpaste too soon after drinking beet juice may wash the nitrates out of your saliva. (As a dental hygienist, I recommend brushing before you eat). Drinking beet juice slowly may increase the time nitrates are in contact with these bacteria, increasing the conversion to nitrites.

Like all supplements, individuals will respond differently to the performance enhancing benefits of beet juice. There is always a chance that no performance benefit will be seen, even at the highest dose given. But they could also provide the race winning boost, so go ahead and try adding beets to your diet and see what happens.

IMG_2079   Lindsey and Damian’s Pre Race Beet Smoothie

16 oz water
1-2 beets (chopped)
1-2 leaves of kale
1 T chia seeds
1 T flax seed (finely ground)
1 scoop Vega All-In-One Nutritional Shake Powder (Mixed Berry or Vanilla Chia Flavor)
1-2 T goji berries
1 banana
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
1 T MacroLife Naturals Macrogreens
1 inch slice of fresh ginger
1/4 inch slice fresh turmeric