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Shaved Brussel Sprout, Grape & Manchego Salad

Los Angeles is populated with amazing restaurants - I still have dozens I want to try - and even more keep popping up…it’s the never-ending story.  

We unfortunately though, tend to stick to what we know when deciding fast because really, who wants to wait for 45 minutes for a table when they’re “hangry”.  Oh make a reservation you say?  i.e.. planning? That is just out of the question for this gang over here.

But this Sunday was different, we left the pocket we tend to get comfortable in and discovered something mouth watering and simple - something I went home and had dreams about.   Enjoy.

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What You will Need:

Salad

  • 4 cups shredded brussel sprouts (or one bag - I bought mine from whole foods)
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes (about 40) halved
  • 4 scallions (white and light green part only) sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped unsalted, roasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded or crumbled manchego cheese
  • 14 small parsley leaves (this is optional but adds such a bright element)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of cayenne (pepper substitute)

Directions:

  1. Start by boiling a large pot of water to blanch the brussel sprouts.  I do this for literally 1 minute just to take away some of the fibrous texture and make the brussel sprouts extra green.  Strain them and run cold water over them and let them drain.
  2. In a small bowl add the red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon, agave, salt and cayenne and whisk well - set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add the halved grapes, sliced scallions, chopped almonds, manchego cheese and parsley.  Add the brussel sprouts and toss so all the ingredients are mixed around.
  4. Start by adding only 1/4 of a cup of the dressing - toss and see if you need to add some more.  You just want everything to be lightly coated.
  5. Serve this killer salad on it’s own or with some protein - personally I find this to be the perfect meal all in itself with the cheese and almonds.  

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Salad Starter

We love nothing more then a tasty, hearty and healthy salad for lunch.  Filled with yumminess and texture.  But I am not the BIGGEST fan of store bought mixed greens - I find they wilt, or taste off and go bad WAY too fast.  So when I miss the Sunday’s farmers market I make the PERFECT salad solution.  It stores well and can be eaten by itself but preferably I like it packed with the usual salad suspects.  Below is the EASY salad starter accompanied by one of my fast and favorite lunch time salads.

Salad Base

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This can be stored for up to 4 days if it will make it that long in your fridge!

What You Will Need:

  • 4 cups of kale chopped
  • 4 cups of cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 2 large lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop the kale so that is mini bite sized and add to the cooled quinoa - mix thoroughly to incorporate.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the 2 lemons all over the kale and quinoa and mix - add salt and pepper to taste.

This is the base to all your salads and is the canvas to yummy meals!

Kale and Fennel Chicken Salad

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We always have pre-cooked chicken breasts on hand for fast meals - but this week the fennel was a new visitor in our fridge.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups kale & quinoa salad base
  • 1/4 of a bulb of fennel
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 of an avacado
  • 1 small chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • dressing of choice

Directions:

  1. Add the salad base and top with sliced fennel, haled cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado and sprinkle  on the almonds
  2. Finish with a little of your favorite dressing and bon appetite!

You can add anything you want to make this salad your favorite and the best part is it travels well, doesn’t wilt and will still hold the crunch and flavor!

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The Magic Pak Cleanse by Dr.Bo

As you all know, Shay and myself are bonified foodies. We are thinking about our next meal while finishing our current one. Needless to say, we are also extremely healthful and try to consume organic, fresh ingredients and avoid the processed and pesticide riden foods. Everything in moderation, they say…


After Shay being back on set, birthdays, events, and our manic lives (and not to mention summer coming in hot), we were feeling sluggish, energy depleted and tired. Our bodies were telling us we needed a reset.


We are not fans of diet fads or crash diets - though I am sure we have tried them all - and trendy eating is NOT our thing. We try to listen to our “food voice” and do what’s best for our body. With that said, we do believe in flushing out the bad with a healthy and monitored “cleanse” to realign our body, mind and soul (it doesn’t hurt our waistline either). With Shay wrapping up the tail end of her travel schedule, I decided to visit our good friend Dr. Bo and get a little head start.


This isn’t a 2-day juice cleanse or a drink water and eat air one either. This certain cleanse is designed to help detoxify and cleanse the blood, intestinal, digestive, organ, lymphatic, cellular and circulatory systems of toxic waste and parasite accumulation and to re-establish good nourishment and keep ones health at a high level.

Body Magic Explained:

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The Magic Pack

The advantages of this unique 10 Day-Total Body Detox and 30 Day-Colon Cleanse program are numerous. The three specialized products making up Dr. Bo’s Magic Pak, - Body Magic, Fiber Magic and Colon Magic - enhances the body’s natural process of elimination or neutralization of toxic materials from organs, cells, tissues, skin, bloodstream, and the lymphatic, digestive and intestinal systems. Dr. Bo’s proprietary vitamin, mineral and organic herbal detoxification and all natural fiber cleansing formulas support this process and help purify and eliminate harmful toxins from the total body.

The Magic Pak Components

Body Magic includes 30 pre-packaged packets containing seven unique, “All-In-One”, health formulas, pre-mixed in vegetable capsules, for your convenience. Each packet contains potent vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, bioflavonoids, herbal extracts, whole foods, super foods and an advanced anti-oxidant formula. The program is designed to help detoxify and cleanse the blood, intestinal, digestive, organ, lymphatic, cellular and circulatory systems of toxic waste and parasite accumulation as well as to re-establish good nourishment and keep ones health at a high level.


Fiber Magic Components

Fiber Magic is designed to provide elements that allow the body to cleanse itself naturally of accumulated waste, while providing a measure of good nutrition, essential building blocks for your good health, and natural fiber to the diet. Fiber Magic helps maintain normal healthy levels of cholesterol, intestinal regularity, blood glucose levels after meals and a healthy cardiovascular system.


Colon Magic Components

Colon Magic is a gentle, effective and non-habit forming herbal formula, and is our most popular colon cleansing product. Its a special synergistic formula designed to aid in the cleansing of the liver and lower bowels. This unique combination of organic herbs helps to cleanse, feed, stimulate and rebuild the tissue lining and peristaltic muscles of the stomach, small intestine, colon and gastrointestinal tract. Colon Magic must be self-regulated.

Sounds good right?
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Let’s Get Started

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Daily Schedule:

Body Magic™

  • Take 1 packet three (3) times daily, 15 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner for 10 days. 
  • Drink one 8 ounce glass of purified water with the capsules, followed by another 8 ounce glass of water. 
  • If you skip a meal, take the supplements anyway.


Fiber Magic

  • Mix 1-3 rounded teaspoons daily in a 10-12 oz. glass of purified water preferably at late evening or bedtime
  • Follow this mixture with an additional 8-10 ounce glass of purified water.


Colon Magic®

  • Day 1 - 1 capsule at bedtime
  • Day 2 - 2 capsules at bedtime
  • Day 3 - 1 capsule upon rising and 2 at bedtime
  • Day 4 - 2 capsules upon rising and 2 at bedtime. (ongoing)

This should be self regulated - so long as you are regular, keep it at 2 in the morning and 2 at night.

After the Body Magic 10-day packets are up continue the Fiber Magic and Colon Magic for an additional 20 days.

Now that you know why you should do this, how to do this and everything else, here is the good part: eating.

During the week we are both quite busy so we prepare almost all of this on the weekend and shakes are easy in the morning (as long as you have everything on hand:

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Recipes (For all blood types)
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Breakfast Smoothie:

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What You Will Need:
Blend and enjoy!!!
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Turkey Burgers:

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What you will need
  • 2 packs of extra lean ground white turkey meat (high quality) (16oz per pack)
  • 2 medium sized zucchinis
  • 1-2 tbsp seasoning of choice (I use Santa Maria from Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, put both packages of turkey into it with the seasoning and cayenne.

  2. Grate the two zucchinis on the small grate and add to the mixing bowl.  

  3. Using a spoon or your hands, combine all ingredients VERY well.

  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick coconut oil cooking spray.  Spoon the turkey mixture into the tin to the top and pat down with the back of your spoon. (should make 12 large or 18 smaller ones).

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins depending on the size.
Voila - easy little protein muffins in no time. Have them with steamed veggies or wrap them in lettuce with your choice of condiments and veggies.
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Almond & Zucchini Protein Muffins:

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What You Will Need:

  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 small zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 3 egg whites
Topping (Optional)
  • Slivered almonds
  • Agave
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line mini muffin tin with muffins cups.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine almond flour and salt, together.

  3. Using the small grate on the grater, grate the zucchinis. In a medium bowl whisk together oil, sweetener & almond milk then stir in the grated zucchinis.
  4. Then mix in the dry ingredients thoroughly.

  5. In another bowl whip the egg whites into stiff peaks & fold into the bread mixture gently but thoroughly.

  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 20–25 minutes. Repeat until the mixture is gone!  (Should yield 24 mini muffins).

  7. Once the muffins have completely cooled, place them on a parchment sheet and drizzle some agave over the muffins - then take some slivered almonds and arrange a few on the top and voila!
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BUY THE CLEANSE

This cleanse does nothing but allow your body to reset and feel amazing. After doing this 1—day jump start, (and a little treat or two after), I was ready to do the 30 day trim program with Shay. Agaian, this is more about lifestyle amendments then a diet. You are still consuming, just in a smarter and healthier way.

Read About Dr.Bo 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided in this publication is for
informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. This information should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

The publisher and the author are not responsible for any goods and/or services offered or referred to in this blog and expressly disclaim all liability in connection with the fulfillment of orders for any such goods or services and any damage, loss or expense to person or property arising out of or relating to them.

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Brussel Sprout Chips

Kale Chips who?  I don’t know many people that haven’t hopped on the “kale” wagon. I mean who wouldn’t - especially when an uber healthy, green veggie can be turned into somewhat a member of the “chip” family.

When we are cleansing, or on a health kick, kale chips are our saving grace.  So whilst on my most recent cleanse I developed the NEW and IMROVED Kale chip:  The Brussel Sprout Chip.

What You will need:

  • a dozen large brussel sprouts
  • olive, grape seed or coconut oil
  • salt
  • cayenne

Directions:

It is best to use the same size brussel sprouts so that when you separate the leaves, the “chips” are around the same size and cook evenly.
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.  Start by cutting off the stems of the brussel sprouts so that the leaves aren’t attached and can be peeled away easily.

  2. Discard the first layer of the outer leaves.  Peel the remaining leaves off until they start to get too small and lighter in color (you may need to cut the stem twice). Save the brussel sprout hearts to roast separately.

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  3. Once they are all spread evenly on the baking pan, start with about 1-2 tablespoons of olive and drizzle it on the leaves - toss gently with your fingers making sure they are all coated evenly - if it isn’t enough add a little more - you do not want them soggy though.

  4. Sprinkle the leaves with some sea salt and a little bit of cayenne.

  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes - we like ours on the more crispy and cooked side..enjoy! :)

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