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Happy Labor Day!

2014 Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!

Here’s to wishing you a beautiful Labor Day from the Live Free Group!   May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times!

Happy Labor Day from our family to yours! 

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is all about inspiring you to a healthier lifestyle and helping you become your personal best. THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a group of international wellness and medical professionals trained by leading experts in the industry. Our coaches are educators and speakers, providing services to clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and needs.

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Teresa Marie Meadows
Janice H. Rackley, RN
Darlene W Clevey

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Bean Salad Recipe with Protein Power!

Healthy Living Recipes

Power Bean Protein Salad

This recipe can be adapted to your specific taste or pantry availability.  You can use this as a topping for a salad, burger, or even a wrap. Having flexibility on ingredients when developing a Healthy Lifestyle will give you the freedom to be creative.

Serving size for at least 10 people

Power Bean Protein SaladIngredients

I cup or can of Organic Black Beans

1 cup or can of Organic Northern Beans

1 cup or can of Organic Kidney Beans

1/2 organic small Organic Red Onion

1 Organic Avocado

2 Organic Roma Tomatoes

1/4 cup Organic Corn (Optional)

1 Organic Lime (Fresh Squeezed)

Sea Salt to taste.

Cayenne pepper to taste (Optional for a little added spicy)

 

Live Free Group Contributor Brenna McNally

 

Tips to Healthy Living

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedingoogle+ and find us on PinterestContact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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Yummy Kale Salad Recipe

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Chopped Kale Salad with Snow Peas, Carrot and Avocado

A colorful chopped kale salad bursting with Asian flavors, including ginger, cilantro, Thai basil and soy. This salad is vegan and gluten free, so it would make a great potluck dish.

Kale SaladIngredients:

Salad

  • 1 bunch tender curly kale, chopped coarse and gently
  • Fine-grain sea salt, dash
  • 1 cup chopped snow peas (slice off tough ends first)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and ribboned with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 small red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 heaping cup organic Edamame
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced into small chunks
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • Handful cilantro, chopped
  • Handful Thai basil (or regular basil), chopped

Tamari-Ginger Vinaigrette (or use your choice vinaigrette)

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari (or other low-sodium soy sauce*)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • • 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

Instructions

  1. Use a chef’s knife to remove the tough ribs from the kale, and then discard them. Chop the kale leaves into small, bite-sized pieces and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the kale with a dash of sea salt and use your hands to massage the kale by scrunching up the leaves in your hands and releasing until the kale is a darker green and fragrant. Toss the remaining salad dressing ingredients with the kale.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified. Toss the dressing with the salad and serve.

Notes

• Yields 2 large salads or 4 medium salads.
• Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for a day or two.
• *Tamari is a gluten-free Japanese soy sauce that has a flavor I love and is readily available at stores. If you want your salad to be gluten-free, be sure to pick a gluten-free soy sauce.

Healthy Recipes

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedingoogle+ and find us on PinterestContact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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Happy 4th of July

2014 Happy 4th July

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from the Live Free Group! Here’s to wishing you and yours a safe, happy and fun 4th of July! As we celebrate this beautiful country that we love and appreciate so much, let’s also say a prayer asking for blessings for all the tomorrow’s to come.  May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times!

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours! 

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is all about inspiring you to a healthier lifestyle and helping you become your personal best. THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a group of international wellness and medical professionals trained by leading experts in the industry. Our coaches are educators and speakers, providing services to clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and needs.

 

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Teresa Marie Meadows
Janice H. Rackley, RN
Darlene W Clevey

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Kombucha Tea Step by Step

Kombucha Tea Recipe

Making Kombucha Tea in Your Kitchen

A fermented tea, kombucha is made by allowing a mixture of yeast, bacteria, sugar and tea to ferment. The resulting product provides health benefits beyond those of a cup of tea. The organic acids produced may help the digestive system  remove toxins from the liver and digestive tract. Simply put, Kombucha is an all-natural health beverage chockfull of probiotics and other healthy amino acids.  Probiotic literally means “for life”.  Probiotics re-establish the natural ecology of the intestinal flora. Probiotics are said to boost immunity.

Kombucha tea is thought to enable nutrient absorption, waste removal, and also immune system support.  B vitamins provide support for the body’s metabolic functions including overall energy, use of carbohydrates, heart health, as well as healthy hair, skin, and nails. Additional health benefits may be generated from herbs and spices added (which also provide flavor diversity). For example, added fresh ginger provides anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a digestive aid.

Watch our videos and learn how to brew organic Kombucha tea at home and save money!

Introduction:

What you’ll need:

  • 3 organic tea bags (black, green, or white are best; create your own blend by choosing 1 or 2 of each)
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar or fructose
  • 1 SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)*
  • 1 cup of kombucha starter (kombucha from a previous batch, or raw, store-bought kombucha)
  • Unbleached coffee filter
  • 64 ounce unleaded glass jar
  • 64 oz distilled water
  • Nonmetallic glass measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon 

Step 1 to making Kombucha tea

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Conclusion

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THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedingoogle+ and find us on PinterestContact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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Eating Local From Farm to Table

Farmers Market Veggies

Eating Local From Farm to Table

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are many reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!

Shopping at the Farmers Market1. Taste Real Homegrown Flavors

The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Seasonal Picks

The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Support Family Farmers

Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farm
s have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

Fresh Organic Farmers Market Eating4. Nourish Yourself Well

Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

5. Enjoy New Varieties

At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

6. Know Where Your Food Comes From

A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

7. Connect with Your Neighbors and Community

The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.

Farmers Market Healthy Eating

ENJOY EXPLORING AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS’ MARKET.  YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU!!

Tips to Healthy Living

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedingoogle+ and find us on PinterestContact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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Fresh Farmers Market Asparagus Soup

Asparagus soup

Fresh Asparagus Soup

PREP 10 minutes, COOK 20 minutes, READY IN 30 minutes

The appearance of fresh asparagus at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores is a signal of the start of fresh spring produce!

Asparagus is loaded with nutrients: a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

This herbaceous plant—along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts—is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.

Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, ranking among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.

1 Asparagus recipeIngredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Optional: 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

  1. Place asparagus and onion in a saucepan with 1/2 cup vegetable broth. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Reserve a few asparagus tips for garnish. Place remaining vegetable mixture in an electric blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Melt butter in the pan that was used for simmering the asparagus and onions. Stir while sprinkling flour, salt, and pepper into the butter. Do not let the flour brown. Allow the mixture to cook only 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth and increase the heat. Continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Stir the vegetable puree and milk into the saucepan. Whisk yogurt into the mixture, followed by lemon juice. Stir until heated through, then ladle into bowls. Garnish with reserved asparagus tips. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Healthy Recipes

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedingoogle+ and find us on PinterestContact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Life

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Almond Flour

Many people suffer from wheat allergies, sensitivities and even celiac disease. The gluten-free eating lifestyle is absolutely essential for people with celiac disease, who can’t tolerate even small amounts of the protein gluten, which is found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley.

celiac diseaseWhen a person with celiac disease eats gluten, his or her immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine. The damage that results causes symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, trouble concentrating, and fatigue. Celiac disease was long believed to be the only condition triggered by gluten. But there is now good evidence that a condition called nonceliac gluten sensitivity causes similar symptoms.

The key treatment for both celiac disease and nonceliac gluten sensitivity is cutting gluten out of the diet. But that’s more than just a matter of buying gluten-free products in the grocery store and avoiding obvious foods with rye, barley, or wheat—such as bread, cereal, pasta, and pizza. It may take a long time to learn how to live gluten-free. You have to become a gluten detective, scouring food labels and looking for hidden gluten. That’s because gluten is in everything from frozen vegetables to soy sauce and medications.

While many gluten-free bakeries rely on alternative flours made from sorghum, rice, corn and potato as a replacement for wheat flour, we prefer to use almond flour which is an extremely nutritious food, high in protein, antioxidants and healthy mono-saturated fats. The flour also contains high amounts of calcium, iron, and dietary fiber; nutrients that people with gluten-free diets sometimes lack.

Almond flour, sometimes called almond meal, is particularly popular with those on gluten-free diets. It serves for almost all of the same uses as wheat flour. Many gluten-free cookbooks feature the flour prominently in their recipes.

Compared with other flours, almond flour is especially flavorful, with a nutty taste that works well with many other foods. It produces baked goods that are especially light and moist. It’s also very easy to use, and doesn’t require any sifting or kneading.

Even if you’re not on a gluten-free diet, give this unique recipe a try and you won’t be disappointed by the nutty flavor, delicate undertones, and the moist yet light result. It’ll be a refreshing difference.

gluten-free-chocolate-chip-cookiesGluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

An all-time favorite recipe! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and slightly buttery. Makes: 24 cookies

Ingredients

• 10 Tablespoons butter, melted
• ½ cup agave nectar or honey
• 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon baking soda
• ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
• 2 ½ cups blanched almond flour (see note below)
• 1 cups chocolate chips of choice
• ⅔ cup toasted walnuts (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
4. Mix wet ingredients into dry.
5. Form 1-inch balls and press onto the lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown around edges. Cool and enjoy!

Gluten Free Recipes

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedingoogle+ and find us on PinterestContact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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Happy Easter!

2014 Happy Easter

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

On this fun and happy day we want to take a moment to send some warm wishes filled with blessings and joy your way for today and all the days to come! We hope you have a wonderful Easter Sunday surrounded by family fun, good friends, good food and happy times!

We appreciate the opportunity to continue serving you and we are truly grateful for the friendships! We would like to say Thank You for your support, preference and patronage.

Happy Easter from The Live Free Group!

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Best Bride to Be Tips Ever!

Bridal Beauty Tips

Mirror Mirror on the Wall . . .

Who’s the fairest of them all? On your wedding day, YOU are!

Bridal Beauty TipsFor just a moment, can you imagine seeing the “you” of your dreams looking back at you in the mirror on your wedding day? Look gorgeous and feel radiant in your gown. Put your health and beauty goals at the top of your “To Do” list now!

You are unique. The health needs of the human body, however, are the same for all of us. What can keep you from being your healthiest, most attractive self? Stress. A hectic lifestyle. Unhealthy food cravings. Just plain low energy. These and other obstacles can increase during the planning of a wedding. Trying to get everything checked off your list and done well is a balancing act. These challenges can put pressures on your lifestyle choices and can cause you to get stuck. Avoid getting stuck by partnering with a personal health coach.

Beautiful Skin Without the Risks

Research is showing a cumulative effect from our exposure to preservatives such as chemicals and parabens. Women use an average of seventeen personal care products to get you out the door in the morning that are being absorbed through your skin and making their way into the blood stream. Have you ever read the ingredients on the labels in your personal care products? Can you even pronounce them? Read the labels, do some research and use a daily regimen that will give you the results you want without the added risk to your health.

Beauty is More than Skin Deep

Good health is achieved from the inside out. Understanding the challenges of today will help improve your health and your appearance.

Challenge #1: The nutritional content of foods produced today is very different than in the past. Can you imagine eating eight oranges to get the nutrients your grandparents received from eating just one? The fact is that the foods you eat today have less nutrient value due to farming practices, the mineral depletion of soil and other changes. You can make good food choices, but that alone will not make for an overall healthier you.

Challenge #2: Our environment is full of harmful toxins. Exposure to these toxins put additional demands on your body.

Challenge #3: Today’s lifestyles are more stressful than ever before. Greater stress leads to imbalances in the body’s functioning, affecting your overall health as well as your mood and well-being.

An important step in meeting these challenges is adding needed vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your diet.

Healthy Living TipsNever Go Hungry

The importance of eating five times a day will not only help you fuel your body but also keep your metabolism “revved up.” Skipping meals will cause your metabolism to slow down. In response, your body starts conserving energy by holding onto weight. Your body needs a balance of good proteins, good carbs and good fats at every meal and snack. Shop on the perimeter of the grocery store purchasing whole fresh foods. Buying organic when you can will help avoid exposure to chemicals and pesticides that are found to be present in higher levels in fruits and vegetables. Also, choose dairy and meat products without added hormones and antibiotics.

Food Choices Matter

The typical American diet has caused the rise in central weight gain that can lead to diabetes and other health problems. Foods you eat impact your body in either a positive or a negative way. Over time, certain food choices cause your body to either store weight or utilize the food for fueling your body. The right food choices can burn up to 80-85% of food eaten as fuel, providing your body with the proper support to manage and maintain a healthy weight.

Get Your Body Moving

Your body was created to move, but busy lifestyles are competing for time to include exercise in a daily routine. Without a plan and scheduling, exercise will not consistently happen! A good plan includes 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. NEVER let two days go by without some kind of physical activity that raises your heart rate. Every day tasks can be modified such as skipping the elevator and taking the stairs or parking your car a bit farther away. Simply choose an activity you enjoy such as walking, dancing or a team sport. Try using a pedometer, and make it your goal to increase your steps each day.

Healthy TipsHydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Did you know 60% of your body consists of water, and the body cannot function properly unless well hydrated? It is extremely important to stay hydrated during exercise and throughout the day. Make it a goal to increase your water intake.

Becoming and staying healthy and beautiful requires action and the help of an expert. This is every bit as important as the dress, the flowers, the music, and all the other choices you make as you start a new life as a bride.

We can help!

If you have a wedding coming up and want help getting on the path to healthy we’re up for the challenge! We want to help you be the most beautiful bride you can be – inside and out! And you can help your bridesmaids and your Mom & Mother-in-Law look and feel their best on your big day as well! Even the groom and all his groomsmen can get in on this wonderful group of products.

The RESET program is a science-based formula of meal replacement shakes and bars which include all essential nutrients, plus packets of vitamin & mineral supplements.

The program helps you kick the carb cravings and get you off of the roller coaster of blood-sugar spikes and crashes…and that can help you be less likely to turn into a ‘bridezilla’. The products are tasty and satisfying – no starvation diet here! The shakes and bars are simple and convenient – great for a busy bride who is continually on-the-go.

Healthy Weddings

THE LIVE FREE GROUP is a lively, energetic, integrity-based group of integrative health coaches bringing people together from all walks of life who want to seriously improve their health, lifestyles and finances. We want you to know science has proven that poor health and degenerative diseases are preventable. You can achieve good health and you can maintain the changes made and have big results in how you feel and live. Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog, join our mailing list, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, connect with us on linkedin, google+ and find us on Pinterest. Contact us if you have any questions or to set up a Free consultation. 

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