Detox for Spring the Whole Foods Way

With each season, our bodies start to adjust to the world around us. As it becomes winter, we naturally begin to crave the heavier and more comforting foods that are in season such as grounding root veggies and warming spices like cardamom and nutmeg. We also switch our iced beverages to steaming mugs of our favorite drinks and just naturally settle down into a slower pace as the days become shorter and darker. This seasonal change can even put a little extra weight on our frames as our bodies prepare for freezing temperatures that in the past, have left food scarce.

Likewise, in the spring, our bodies also begin to naturally adjust to the longer days and warmer weather by shedding the extra weight of winter, by picking up the pace and by craving lighter, more energizing fare. Luckily, Mother Nature provides everything we need to support this natural transition between the seasons by providing foods that will help us combat the effects of pollen, that will clear congestion and help improve our circulation so we can keep up with the extra "spring" in our step that comes along with this new season. Find that, and more, in today's blog post.

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The Easiest Semi-Homemade Easter Snack: Bunny Bites and Cotton Tails

Hoppy Easter Peeps! Today, I want to share with you a yummy recipe for "bunny bites" and "cotton tails." You see, it's not really, truly, exactly a recipe per se. But, you do get to eat the finished product. And it is super yummy. Plus, if you have kids, they will love getting their little hands in there and helping you create these tiny balls of Easter bliss.

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PB&Julie's Best Recipes of 2015

I remember last year just like it was yesterday. Now having spent two days in the bright and shiny new year, I find myself sitting here thinking about 2015. Thinking about the ups and downs, the happy and sad and all the yummy things I got to eat. I mean... food is a HUGE part of my life. I love love love good food. And I'm so happy I was able to make some mean and green recipes and share them with you all. Here's a run-down of my best recipes according to YOU from this last year. Prepare to relive the magic in 3, 2, and 1...

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What I'm Loving Wednesday. The Chocolate Covered Holiday Edition.

Chocolate. Christmas. Chocolate covered Christmas. Yes, yes and YES! My two favorite "ch" words are even better together. So this holiday edition of my Wednesday favs goes out to all you beautiful chocolate lovers out there. Whether it's gifting, getting, eating or drinking, I've got you covered. Chocolate covered ;)

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The Flat Belly Five and Sample 1 Day Raw Menu

So, I'll just get straight to the point. If Thanksgiving {numbers 1, 2 & 3 plus "Friends-giving" & leftovers central} has you feeling more stuffed than your t{of}urkey then follow these tips to debloat, reenergize and make sure you'll still fit into all those cute skinnies you bought on Black Friday. And small business Saturday.... and cyber Monday... 

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Best Thanksgiving Inspiration From Pinterest and Beyond

Looking for last minute Thanksgiving inspiration? Me too! So, I turned to Pinterest {DUH} and some of my favorite websites for ideas. From cooking hacks to table settings and ways to keep the kiddos happy... oh and what to wear to look cute while wearing stretchy pants, here's what I found.

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Paint Your Plate Orange? for Breast Cancer

By now, we all know that pink is the official color for breast cancer awareness. From pretty pink packaging, wearing pink on Thursdays to your local Pure Barre studio and pink ribbons decorating the entire month of October, it seems natural to eat pink too -- no pink skittles do NOT count! -- to help guard your body against the disease that affects nearly 1 in 8 women in the United States alone. While rose-hued strawberries, raspberries and grapefruit are healthy additions to any diet, evidence supports that orange is where it's at... in regards to breast cancer prevention. Time for pink-ribboned pumpkins, perhaps?

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The LTB Report... Clean Beauty Edition

Hi beauties! I'm so excited to introduce you guys to this fun new monthly feature highlighting tips and tricks from my favorite wellness gurus! From living happy to creating tasty recipes and tricks to obtain that lit-from-within glow, the LTB {Live.Taste.Beam.} Report will be your new go-to for living a deliciously healthy life! 

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The Scoop on the Best Protein Supplements

I'm often asked what protein powders I use and recommend, so here's a quick little post highlighting my favorite "go-to" protein supplements and what I like about them. They're all vegan, organic and delicious. I do not recommend whey protein because it's overly processed and I'm just not a fan of dairy. Protein from plants is clean burning, easily digested, beautifying fuel for your muscles. Read on for my fav's. 

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The Case for Smoothie Bowls and Why I Hate the "D" Word

Hi friends!! Happy Friday! SO excited to finally get to jot down a blog post this week. Summer vacation has been brutal. Besides the heat firing up our Pitta dosha {more on this to come!}, having two kiddos at home both wanting to do things with me leaves not much down time and lots more "always on" time. "Sorry 3pm date with chocolate and tea, it looks like we're going to have to reschedule. Again." But, I am absolutely LOVING getting to spend time with them making sweet summertime memories... despite all the crazy! But, today is a "two-fer" Friday... I'm going to chat about smoothie bowls and the harmful, no good, very bad, "D" word. 

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To Juice or Not To Juice?

Ok, I'm going to be totally honest with you. For a long time {a very loooooooooong time} I thought juicing was pointless. To me, it was simply an acceptable way for celebrities and models to starve themselves and get away with it. I thought it was a reason to overcharge for a fiberless, sugar-laden, albeit all-natural, drink that Americans would be fooled into believing they needed to be healthy when in reality drinking these juices was causing blood sugar crashes and more intense cravings thus contributing to the obesity epidemic. The only time I thought it made sense to juice was if and when it was being used to give the digestive system a break so more energy could be focused on healing in the event of cancer or another taxing, life-threatening illness. And then, I thought it was only beneficial if the juices were all green and fructose free. Boy, was I way off base. 

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The Easy Health Trick I Learned from Disney

When you think Disney, you probably think Princesses, Mickey Mouse, rides, long lines and big crowds. Maybe Space Mountain, Dole Whips and Tonga Toast {google it!}. Healthy isn't necessarily on that list. I can't believe it made it on mine with all the temptation from {free!} cookies to fudge mousse to mini cheesecakes and roasted marshmallows our resort offered us during our stay. Even complementary chocolates were placed on our neatly made beds each day. And with days full of a screaming baby, 100 degree temps and 90 minute waits for the fun rides, adult beverages with pretty little umbrellas served in big ol' pineapples were super tempting. So, how on Earth, of all places, did I manage to pick up a healthy habit at Disney World on a 4 day vacation? 

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Getting to the Heart of Chakras

Sometimes when the modern world leaves me feeling less than and a bit undone, I turn to the traditional world. Specifically, I turn to yoga, to Ayurvedic wisdom and ultimately, to myself. Believe you me, I am no expert in this ancient science. I am no expert in yoga. And certainly no expert at life. I turn to these things because they provide comfort... a safe place from the storm that sometimes stirs up inside of me. Maybe you can relate?

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Storing Fat and Feeling Lazy? Here's the Culprit.

Fructose. This simple sugar naturally found in fruits and added for sweetness to many packaged and overly-processed foods {think bread, ketchup, soda} is getting a bad wrap according to findings from a recent study out of the University of Illinois. It appears that fructose, not glucose, not only causes weight gain, but consumption may also lead to inactivity. Talk about a double whammy for your waistline. 

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Rethink Your Comfort Foods to Beat Stress

Food isn't just food. It isn't simply a scientific blend of calories, carbs, fats and protein all tied up in a pretty little package. It's not just fuel for our body and we don't only eat when we are hungry. While some people do have the discipline to eat purely to fuel their bodies, I'm not talking about them... I'm talking about you and me, who turn to food for comfort and to feed our emotions as well as our souls. Bad day at work? Hello Ben&Jerry's. Boyfriend dump you? That bastard. Now, here have a triple fudge ooey-gooey brownie. Your pants won't button anymore? You can diet after you finish this big, glorious bowl of macaroni and cheese. Sounds familiar, right? Or maybe you're wrought with worry and don't want to eat anything at all which is just as much a detriment to your health as overeating. So what do you do? Easy... find comfort and the grounded feeling you're after in your favorites, made over. 

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Buzzkill: Why Bee Pollen Should Be Left For The Bees.

Bee pollen, also known as propolis, is garnering a lot of attention in the superfood world. Dubbed "Nature's Perfect Food" and "Energy in a Spoon" by the raw food and holistic health experts, it's easy to see how those tiny, golden granules have become so seductive to those looking to natural stimulants to keep up with the hustle and bustle of the modern-day lifestyle. In fact, I, until very recently, was a big fan of bee pollen. I listened to advice from my favorite bloggers and health gurus like Kimberly Snyder, CN, author and nutritionist to some of Hollywood's hottest A-list stars and purchased propolis from a local beekeeper that harvests the protein and B vitamin rich granules responsibly. I understood to start slow in case of allergic reaction, but since I am not allergic to bees nor do I suffer seasonal allergies, I knew I'd be fine. And I was. I polished off a big bottle of the sunshine-y pollen with no problem. The problem began when I bought a new mason jar of pollen from a different local beekeeper. I took my "energy in a spoon" {1 tsp bee pollen with a drizzle of raw coconut oil} and my throat began to close up.

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Celebrate Your New Veggie Heavy Lifestyle with this SWEET Treat!

Yay! 31 days of eating veggies everyday, maybe even multiple times daily!!! This. Is. Huge! I bet you feel Ahhh-Mazing! You definitely look it ;) Changing your eating habits is super hard! I hope that by adding veggies in without worrying about taking things away has helped. It's always nice to feel like you aren't giving up anything. But, a great byproduct of adding in is the crowding out part... where you add in so much good stuff, there's no room left for the unhealthy stuff. Woot woot! In celebration of day 31 of Veggie Heavy March {and if you're a Pure Barre Rockstar, you just finished your March Madness Challenge too!!! Congrats! And Yay! You look super beautiful, toned and awesome too... but gosh, don't you just feel so good? Like really really sore, omg, this still hurts, but hurts so good, wow, there's-my-abs-they're-not-just-a-myth good?!}, here's a deliciously sweet and gooey recipe to get your last dose of veggies in, in the SWEETest, chocolatey-est {So, I make up words... and?! ;)} most irresistible way yet...

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Eat Your Way To Beautiful, Shiny Hair

Taking your hair from damaged and dull to bouncy and bombshell is as easy as lifting your fork to your mouth. Strong, healthy hair has needs beyond what you find in your shampoo bottle. In fact, your mane needs serious hydration, minerals and protein to look its very best. Luckily for you and your veggie heavy March challenge, these nutrients are in abundance in a plant-based, veggie heavy diet. Read on to see how pretty hair never tasted so good...

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That's A Wrap!

Need an easier way to eat your veggies? One that is so easy, you won't even realize you're eating more veggies? One that can be incorporated seamlessly into breakfast, lunch and dinner? One word for you: Wrap. Everything tastes better in a wrap. Wraps are bread's cooler, better looking, out of town brother with a sexy accent. They just make things more fun. And it doesn't matter what veggies you pile in them, they're going to taste fantastic. Throw some mixed greens, sprouts, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, a little hummus or sesame tahini sauce and maybe some {responsibly raised} grilled chicken and bam! Tastebud overload. Holy deliciousness. I think I just died and went to wrap heaven.

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