lemons become lemonade and citrus salads! ;)

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Take Hold of the Promise

Inside each one of us is a dream… a dream of being a success and an inspiration in a field that helps bring you to life. For many of us, that dream is planted in our hearts early on as a child. Then, as we grow old, we either lose sight of that dream because life and it’s trails have put a damper on it OR we chase it like it’s the last bus of the night. my dreams as a child were to become an actress and an Olympic athlete…. I can honestly say that I have gone through periods of time when I’ve chased those dreams like a hungry lion and times when I let life swallow those dreams whole! In the mix, I found a balance… Matthew 6:33 states that if we seek first the kingdom of God, HE will add all things unto you… so, I’m sure there are some of you thinking… “well, my goals are more along the lines of getting a promotion, losing weight, learning how to dress better, getting out of debt. How does this apply to me?” My answer is this… no matter how big or small a goal or dream is, it’s important to God because it’s important to you. He doesn’t want you to lose sight of you goal. However, HE will not put up with it becoming an idol in your life. Seeking Him first will help keep Him center stage, and through that, enable you to hear His voice so you can make the proper advances through doors He wants you to go through. Take each step with diligence being faithful with the little and you’ll soon be ruler over much! (Luke 16:10, Luke 19:17, Matthew 25:21) If you are weighed down by life’s trials, working in a job that keeps you dull and lifeless, unable to fully make the best of what God created you to be… Ask God to show you how to turn the mess into a message. Ask Him to show you how to change your perspective and to open doors for you to use the giftings you have to improve the company you work for or to open doors for you to move into a new position where you can either get a new job or start your own company that will have you useing you’re full potential. In a nutshell… like the old saying goes… “when life deals you lemons, make lemonade!” That being said, I’ll leave you with some tips on making simple adjustments to everyday eating habits and workout tips that fit into your everyday “busy” life so you can reach the small goals and move

onto something bigger! No matter what how big or small your goal is… keep your eye on the promiser (Jesus Christ) & He’ll show you how to get to those promises!

Simple adjustments to clean up your diet:

-switch from soda (including diet soda) and start drinking more water and fruit juice

You can even add sparkling water to juice =)

-switch from white bread to sprouted grain and whole wheat breads

-switch out your white rice for brown

-CONSUME MORE LEAN PROTIEN! Like chicken, turkey, lean fish, lean red meat,  ext

-keep packs of dried fruit and dry roasted or raw nuts in SINGLE SERVING packs (your can create you’re own mini snack packs from bulk nuts and dried fruit) keep these on you instead of candy bars.

-double up your servings of veggies at meals and cut your starches in half. -use olive oil instead of butter

-steamed and fresh veggies without butter and other unnecessary additives

-sea salt instead of regular table salt.

-Apple sauce or mashed bananas in baking recipes instead of butter

I’ve got a hole lot more of these tips, so… stay posted! Now, here are some tips to help you get your workout on no matter how busy you’re day might be:

– Park far away from the store when you go shopping. Do a quick walk or casual jog up to the store

-take your poor dog for a walk already! Lol

-while watching tv, get up during commercials, do a jog around the block, 10-20 push-ups, get your ab workout in, 25-100 jumping jacks, or jog in place

-while at your desk do some tricep dips, talk to your boss about getting a stand up desk (if you don’t already have one) and do calf raises, leg lifts, ect.

-on your lunch break, go for a walk or a run

-get a gym membership to a gym that is on your rout to work… 😉 this way it’s always calling your name

How to keep yourself clean and nice looking (guy or girl):

-ladies, keep a bag w the following somewhere of easy access for you

° dry shampoo (ready to use on the go)

° body wipes (keep you clean and fresh, always good to keep on you

° mini makeup kit

° portable blow drier and or straightener/ curling iron(you can even find battery operated ones

° extra hair ties and travel hair spray or gel

° extra clothes (gym clothes and shoes)

° water

° healthy snack

-guys

° dry shampoo (ready to use on the go)

° body wipes (keep you clean and fresh, always good to keep on you

° portable blow drier (you can even find battery operated ones)

° travel hair spray or gel

° extra clothes (gym clothes and shoes)

° water

° healthy snack

Now… onto this week’s recipe!

Citrus poached salmon salad and green tea, cherry lemonade!

Salad feeds 4

-2 to 3, 6 oz atlantic salmon steaks (depending on how much protien you are wanting)

-1/2 cup water

-1/2 cup oj

-juice from 1 lemon

-1 clove minced garlic

-sea salt

-pepper

-1bag washed spinach

-1/2 bag washed arugula

-1/2 finely sliced red onion

-1/2 bundle asparagus

-3/4 cup dried cranberries

-1/2 cup dry roasted, slivered almonds

-1 can drained mandarine oranges

1/2 cup orange muscat vinegar (trader joes)

Directions:

In a pan, bring water, oj, lemmon juice to a boil. Add salmon steaks, cover and bring to a simmer. Let poach for about 4-7 min then flip and cover. Let them poach for 5-8 min or until thoroughly poached. Drain and set asside and let cool until room temp, then set in fridge to chill for 1&1/2 -2 hours then flake and set aside. Preheat oven to 400°,Coat cookie sheet w olive oil cooking spray, rinse asparagus, spread out on a cookie sheet, sprinkle sea salt (to taste). Let roast for 10 min. Set asside until room temp and chill for 1& 1/2- 2 hrs. You can prep this while doing the salmon.

Next… toss the spinach, arugula, dried cranberries, mandarine oranges, almonds, salmon and vinegar together, salt and pepper to taste and SERVE! You can garnish with some sprigs of parsley, lemon and/or orange slices

Green Tea, Cherry lemmonade (serves 4)

-2cups water

-5 fresh lemmons, juiced and set aside

-2 cups 100%, unsweetened, cherry juice (trader joes)

-1/2 to 3/4 cup clover honey

-4 bags of sencha green tea or 4 scoops unsweetened matcha green tea powder

Directions

Bring water to boil. Let sit for 1-2 min before adding tea bags or powder (green tea is fragile and will burn if put into boiling water) if you used bags, let them steep for 3 min. Take bags out, add honey, mix well and let chill in fridge for 1 hr. Take out of fridge and add cherry juice and lemon juice add ice and serve. You can slide lemons and put them in the pitcher for looks and even add a few cherries… make it fun! Imageer for looks and even add a few cherries… make it fun!

Have a great week!

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