My Zesty Lime, Spinach and Asparagus Salad is a Must-Try!

Even though summer is winding down (and parents everywhere are dreaming of the first day of school), there is still lots of time to enjoy a great big bowl of salad.

Farmer’s Markets are brimming with greens, mushrooms, raw honey and an array of colourful fruit and veggies ~ feel free to make the salad as is (you’ll love it!) or get creative with your favourite ingredients.

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Adapted from the Alive 2014 calendar

Zesty Lime, Spinach and Asparagus Salad

What You’ll Need for the Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp (raw) honey

1 lime, freshly juiced

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

Sea salt and Cracked black pepper to season

Begin by whisking together the vinegar and the honey. Slowly add in the remaining ingredients and store in a mason jar, in the fridge, until ready to use.


What You’ll Need for the Salad:

8 cups of freshly washed spinach

8 spears of asparagus

1 package of sliced brown mushrooms

1/3 cup of slivered almonds

1/2 cup of dates, finely chopped

1/4 cup of goat cheese

Begin by lightly toasting the almonds and the asparagus in a touch of coconut oil. Set aside. Combine all of the remaining ingredients, except the goat cheese, in a big salad bowl. Top with the goat cheese (crumble it in your fingers and sprinkle on top), almonds and asparagus. Refrigerate until dinner. Toss with the salad dressing.

Gobble it up!

PS. this salad could easily be raw (don’t warm the almonds or the asparagus) and dairy-free (leave out the goat cheese).

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I’m So Worth It! The Vibrant Healer’s Having a Giveaway.

I am a healer.

I have been for as long as I can remember but when something comes to you so naturally, you tend to overlook it. And maybe take it for granted sometimes.

My love affair with digging in the dirt, essential oils, herbs, stones (and oracle cards, but we’ll save that for another day), teas, salts, healing (Reiki is my specialty) and preparing nourishing whole, fresh food has shaped me into who I am today and what I do for a living. It’s as though holistic lifestyle coaching was created just for me!

I have been through many transformations (and blogs) over the past few years as I attempted to ‘find myself’. I’ve been lucky enough to coach and train an amazing array of women in the areas of healing, goddess lore, self-care and living holistically and I am doubly grateful for those of you that have stuck with me from blog to blog (you know who you are). For that I send you all love and light and my unwavering thanks.

But, I have, finally, found myself. 

I’m The Vibrant Healer.

My superpower is to find other vibrant healers (or make it easy for them to find me) and educate and empower them to use their goddess-given talents to heal, educate and empower other vibrant healers.

Do you see where I’m going with this? We are all healers.

Whether we’re teaching others how to eat healthy or run a marathon, make their own herbal teas with peppermint that they grew themselves or spray their kids with melaleuca so that they don’t get lice (yuck!), we are making the world a better place.

We all do it differently. But we’re all on the same path with the same mission.

We are compelled to help others to see value in feeling genuinely healthy and to be mindful of the choices that they make on a daily basis.

We’re obsessed with feeding our kids (and sometimes the neighbour’s kids) top-notch food so that they can run and jump and tug on us all day long.

We’re over the frickin’ moon when a coaching client has her ‘a-ha’ moment as to why taking at least 20 min. for herself, every single day makes her a better mom or wife or small business owner. Every day.

And, we do it all without asking for anything in return. We are healers. Every cell in our gorgeous body wants those around us to be happy, healthy and vibrant.

So, I welcome you to my new site and my new offerings (some are still in the works but they are coming) and, in celebration of it all, I invite you to enter my giveaway. Repeatedly.
The Giveaway
‘I’m So Worth It!’ Gift #1 contains (from L-R):

Homemade herbal tea – enough for a full pot – a grounding blend of Holy Basil (Rama), lemon balm, hibiscus and rose hips

The Healer’s 7 Stone Chakra Set – Red Jasper (Root), Carnelian (Sacral), Tiger Eye (Solar Plexus), Rose Quartz (Heart), Blue Lace Agate (Throat), Amethyst (Third Eye) and Clear Quartz (Crown)

‘Energize Me’ Bath Salt Soak – epsom salts, lavender flowers and oil, orange peel and oil and a hint of vanilla

Chocolatey Clay Mask – french green clay and cacao (add your own water to make a paste)

Goddess earring set

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‘I’m So Worth It!’ Gift #2 contains (from L-R):

Homemade herbal tea – enough for a full pot – a relaxing blend of peppermint, chamomile and eucalyptus

A Prehnite Stone – the stone that healers use when they need to recharge and balance themselves

‘Lift Me Up’  Bath Salt Soak – epsom salts, lemon peel and oil, cranberry bits, hibiscus flowers and a hint of orange essential oil

Feather earring set

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The Details

1. This giveaway is only open to those living in Canada and the US due to shipping costs. Sorry!

2. It opens Thurs. Aug. 14th and will close at midnite on Sun. Aug. 17th.

3. I will announce the two winners Monday, Aug. 18th. You will be contacted via email and you will be able to check on my blog for the winner’s names. You are responsible for contacting me with your mailing address if you are a winner ~ I will not chase you down for your address.

4. Good luck to you all!

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* Of course, all of my goodies were made with love, charged with Reiki and contain only ‘Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade’ doTERRA essential oils and organic herbs from Mountain Rose  *

20 Realistic Tips to UpLevel Your Health. Try One Today!

  • Eat seasonally, it is the freshest food around. The more fresh the food is, the more nutrients it contains, and the more your body will benefit from consumption.
  • Choose organic foods that are free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and herbicides.
  • If budget is an issue opt for the clean 15 list and avoid the dirty dozen.
  • Become a label reader and make sure you understand what is on the label. If you don’t know what is in your food, chances are it is processed junk.
  • Stay on the outer aisles when grocery shopping.
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  • Hydrate your body.
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  • 28 days is all it takes to make permanent changes.
  • Take proper essential supplementation for your daily vitamins, as well as a 5 billion CFU probiotic with enzyme support.
  • Avoid: sugar, gluten, and processed foods.
  • Eat frequently, 5-6 small meals a day.
  • Try juicing or including smoothies into your daily routine, they are an excellent source of nutrients.
  • Try dry body brushing.
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  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Eat because you are hungry, not because you are emotional or bored.
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