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LOVELY LEMONS: Balance Your Body by Doing This One Simple Thing

Lemon Stars

Try this simple recipe to make sure you always have the benefits of lemons all year-round!

{Check out my BIG BANG LEMONADE recipe below!}

A lemon is a superfood! Ingesting both the juice of a lemon and its essential oil can prevent and fight a multitude of diseases and afflictions. It has anti-oxidant properties, balances pH, and speeds up the healing process. One common myth is that lemons are acidic to the body. While they are a citrus fruit and have many of the acidic properties of its cousins, our bodies actually process it differently. We actually become more alkaline and balanced when we digest lemon juice! Amazing, no?

Ingesting lemon juice and its oil is good for:

  • Colds and flu
  • Coughs
  • Dry mouth
  • Heartburn
  • Hiccup
  • Immunity
  • Increased healing/recovery
  • Kidney stones
  • Laryngitis
  • Pregnancy complaints
  • Skin cancer
  • Sore throat
  • Tumors

As you can imagine, there are a host of benefits from lemons if you consider the other effects that result from a balanced pH and a healthier, detoxed body:

  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Mental clarity
  • Positivity
  • Weight loss
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Lessens inflammation/pain
  • Lessens hair loss
  • Reduced allergies
  • Less likely to contract illnesses such as colds, virus, fungal infections
  • Your body becomes an inhospitable environment for cancer to grow

I have discovered an excellent way to get the full benefits of the entire lemon: juicing! Juicers will extract the juice AND oils from the lemon and rind. The various beneficial chemicals and vitamins present in lemons are usually lost in the juicing process when making lemonade because we don’t consider the whole lemon! Undiluted lemon juice weighs in at only 7 calories per ounce.

Lemon Stars

Have fun making little “cube-lets” with unique ice cube trays. These frozen lemon stars are about half the size of a regular ice cube so perfect for individual servings.

I usually stock up when lemons are in season and freeze the juiced liquid into ice cubes. Look at the difference juicing makes in the next picture. You can see the oils stream off the cube as it disintegrates into a really tasty lemon galaxy!

Lemon Galaxy

Watch your frozen stars dissolve to create your own thirst-quenching lemon galaxy!

 

It is super simple to save an entire year’s worth of cubes. Wash whole lemons, remove the stems, and cut them into pieces that will easily fit into the mouth of your juicer (usually just cut in half). Juice the lemons carefully and pour the liquid into ice cube trays. After they are frozen, transfer the cubes into a gallon Ziploc bag and store in your freezer. It takes a small amount of preparation, and it ensures that you won’t ever be short of lemon water at the gym, or work, or wherever!

Try my easy recipe for life-sustaining

Big Bang Lemonade!

1 lemon cube

16 oz water, preferably in a glass container

Your chosen sweetener (optional), like honey, stevia, etc.

Plop the cube-let and sweetener into your glass of water and stir until fully dissolved.  Drink up the goodness!

Lemonade

Toni Julian is a Northern California-based health advocate and nutrition advisor, fitness expert, author of BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time and creator of Toni’s OatMEAL–Healthy and Completely Balanced Meal Solutions. For more information visit ToniJulian.com

For more healthy and easy recipes, check out BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time

Toni’s Protein Poppers: Feel Good Snacks Without the Guilt

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Toni’s OatMEAL Protein Poppers

15 minutes | Makes 24

New from Toni’s Test Kitchen!

Three simple ingredients, no-baking, and deliciously healthy, these high-protein poppers are simple to make and a guilt-free alternative to typical treats. Guaranteed to stave off hunger and delectably fulfilling. Share them with friends and neighbors, bring them to a holiday party, and make them your “go-to” snack to get through the next few festive weeks. They passed the Toni’s Kitchen test when served this weekend at my daughters 27th birthday brunch.

They were a hit!

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WHAT TO BUY:

2 Cups Toni’s OatMEAL**Any flavor is delicious so choose your favorite. We used Sweet & Creamy Coconut-Blueberry for this recipe, and Crunchy Cranberry-Walnut would be another great option.

**Available online here. Use coupon code BETTERBREAKFAST for free shipping when you order any four flavors. Ships in one business day.

1 12 oz Jar Smooth Almond Butter at room temperature (you may substitute peanut butter if you prefer)

1/2 Cup Chopped Raw Almonds (you may substitute with walnuts)

Optional: White Powdered Sugar

Optional: Cocoa Powder

WHAT TO DO:

Place two cups Toni’s OatMEAL in a large bowl. Add chopped almonds and almond butter.

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Mix together with a spoon or use your hands to mix thoroughly. Mixture will be crumbly. Using a small ice cream scoop press mixture firmly to form a ball. You can also use your hands and roll them just as easily. Make sure they are “bite sized” for best results. If they are too large and are bitten into, they can crumble so smaller treats that can be popped into your mouth work best!

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This part is completely optional: You can roll your poppers into powdered sugar, or a combination of cocoa powder and white powdered sugar (about half of each).

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Here’s a beautiful assortment of Toni’s OatMEAL Protein Poppers. Have a few crumbly morsels remaining? Sprinkle them over non-fat plain Greek yogurt. This chef deserved a perk! Enjoy!

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Local Health Advocate Expands Business to Morgan Hill

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Toni Julian, a San Jose native, local health advocate, nutrition coach, author and 50-something mom of four has opened Toni’s Kitchen, a new 3600 square foot wholesale commercial kitchen and bakery in the upscale, food-centric community of Morgan Hill, California. Her new facility is the home of Toni’s Oatmeal, a premium, high-protein meal solution that is healthy, nutritionally balanced, and designed to regulate blood sugar and keep people full and fueled for about four hours. Toni’s OatMEAL™ is packed with 20 grams of protein, is made simply by adding hot water, and is ready in two minutes.

This endeavor was celebrated by a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event. Santa Clara County President of the Board of Supervisors, Mike Wasserman, Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate and the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce officiated the grand opening ceremony on October 16th. The gathering was attended by friends, family, and potential as well as loyal customers, and the atmosphere was one of excitement and support. The attendees were eager to take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the facility not typically open to the general public, and to sample the variety of artisan blended OatMEAL flavors available.

Toni’s OatMEAL™ was created as an extension to her existing comprehensive nutrition and fitness programs currently offered. She is an accomplished inspirational speaker and offers her LIFECHANGER™ program to corporations and small groups.

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Toni Julian foresees the trend in our communities toward convenience food and a grab-and-go lifestyle and what she calls “The American Decondition”–the gradual decline of our well-being and fitness given our nations propensity toward convenience foods and sedentary lifestyles.

“My passion is to provide people with the tools they need to make incremental lifestyle changes that are sustainable for life. Too many family and friends have become ill and healthy habits start at home. Most of us gravitate toward unhealthy convenience foods but there are better options. My goal is to provide families with accessible and convenient healthy meal solutions so they don’t have to compromise their food quality, and ultimately their health”.

This realization inspired her authoring of the book BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time—an Inspirational Journey of Reinvention to a Sustainable, Healthy Lifestyle to give people the tools they need to make incremental changes to ensure their success, with the ultimate goal to stave off disease.

Toni’s OatMEAL™ is available in corporate kitchens as well as online at www.ToniJulian.com in Sweet & Creamy Coconut-Blueberry, Crunchy Cranberry-Walnut, Tart Cherry Chocolate-Almond, Savory Cinnamon-Raisin and Spicy Ginger Apple-Raisin. Gluten free and custom blends are also available directly through Toni’s Kitchen.

To for information or to order Toni’s OatMEAL™ click here.

For press inquiries, interviews or company information contact:
Toni Julian (408) 206-1405 or email Info@ToniJulian.com

Toni’s Kitchen Grand Opening and Double Ribbon-Cutting Celebration!

Toni's Ribbon-Cutting Celebration Social Media Promo

Download the full invitation Toni’s Ribbon-Cutting Celebration

NEW! SPECIAL EDITION: BITE ME! e-book

SPECIAL EDITION–BITE ME! Change Your Life One Bite at a Time e-book

160 Pages, Full-color, 8.5 x 11 PDF file  

SPECIAL EDITION Book Cover

GET INSPIRED. I’m proud to announce a more user-friendly, updated version of my book. It’s available only here on my website in an immediately downloadable PDF format, so you can enjoy full color pictures, my Detox Smoothie recipe, and some useful tools like my Wellness Assessment so you can track your lifestyle progress for sustainable results. You will also have access to my Health-e Tools such as the Meal Planner and Food Journal that you can print directly from your PC.

GET ORGANIZED. Start your own reference binder with my meal solutions and recipes that you can easily use in the kitchen, and keep your journal, assessments and other useful information at your fingertips.

GET IN THE KNOW. Be sure to follow my blog for up-to-date nutrition and fitness information and new meal solutions–which are being created every day in Toni’s Test Kitchen! Stay healthy and stay tuned!

Healthy Moroccan Chicken Salad

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Traveling through Santa Barbara recently proved to be inspirational. I was in search of healthy lunches and came upon a health food store on our way to the historically beautiful courthouse building. Fortunately being “served” related to a chicken salad I ordered, and in no way connected with our visit to the courthouse! I thought the chicken was so delicious I wanted to make it for my family at home, and put my own healthy spin on it to ensure it had the right balance of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats–like ALL my meal solutions. I was able to cut the fat in the original recipe substantially and maintained all the great Moroccan flavors through the use of many spices. It’s good the first day, and once the flavors meld, even better the next! Serve over 1/2 cup of quinoa or brown rice, or 100% whole grain toast for an added 100 calories and the perfect amount of healthy carbohydrates to keep you full and fueled until your next meal. Enjoy!

Makes 12 Servings

CAL-226/PRO-41g/CARB-3g/FAT-6g/SAT FAT-0

What  to buy:

Moroccan Chicken Salad Nutrition Facts Label

6 Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless and preferably organic

1/3 c Red Onion, chopped

1/3 c Green Olives, pitted

1/3 c Kalamata Olives, pitted

1 T Orange Peel, fresh if possible

2 T Italian Parsley, fresh, chopped

2 T Mint, fresh, chopped

2 T Cilantro, fresh, chopped

1/2 c Roasted Red Pepper

1/2 c Cherry Tomatoes, halved

2 Stalks Celery, chopped

DRESSING:

1 T Lemon Juice

1/3 c Vegan Mayonaise, Light (Nasoya Vegan Nayonaise, or Veganaise)

1 T Moroccan Spices (Make ahead, see below)

MOROCCAN SPICE MIX–Combine the ingredients below and save in a recycled spice jar or other glass container

5 t Nutmeg

5 t Cumin

5 t Coriander

2 1/2 t Allspice

2 1/2 t Ginger

1 t Cayenne

1 1/4 t Cinnamon

1/2 t Turmeric

What to do:

In a medium skillet, spray lightly with olive oil. Place thawed chicken breasts top side down in hot skillet to brown quickly. Reduce heat and add about 1/2″ of water in the skillet and cover with a lid until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove breasts and shred them with a fork, or cube them, whichever is your personal preference. Add to  bowl with remaining ingredients but not the dressing.

To make the dressing, add lemon juice, Veganaise and 1 tablespoon Moroccan Spice Mix. Add to the chicken mixture and toss until well combined.

Like this recipe? Have you added your own spin? Let me know!

Detox Smoothie — For Those Who Can’t Wait to Lose Weight

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I am excited to share my latest meal solution with you! It is a naturally detoxifying, nutrient-dense, and low-calorie meal which ensures you get roughly one-third of your daily protein requirements, plus three servings of vegetables and three servings of fruits! You are well on your way to feeling energized with this super-food powerhouse. Because of the berries and tomato it’s full of antioxidants, and the greens make it high in phytonutrients—those cleansing and detoxifying little miracle workers—while the lemon further boosts it alkalinity. It’s also organic if you stick with said produce, and almost entirely raw, so it retains all the nutrients that may typically lost through processing or cooking.

If you are hungry for more detailed nutrition information, you’ll be thrilled to know this smoothie provides all the Vitamin K you need in a day, plus 50% of the calcium, 60% of the iron, 40% of the potassium, 50% of the fiber, B12 and B6 for an average person. Plus, an immune system enhancing 340% of your RDA of Vitamin C!

I should forewarn you that the color may not be aesthetically appealing for anyone who is new to blending fruits and veggies. For you color enthusiasts, what hue do you get when you mix green and red? Brown, and in this case a kind of brownish-violet concoction from combining so many highly nutritious fruits and vegetables! So I will encourage you to get over your potential visual aversion and your body will be thankful for it. And if you still can’t get past the color then just close your eyes and drink it up, because it is truly satisfying and quite delicious.

Substitution Options: I use Almond Milk because it has a healthy fat content—which combined with complex carbohydrates and protein—is digested more slowly and allows you to feel satiated for longer, and is a good non-dairy option as well. You can always substitute with low or non-fat milk or a rice drink beverage if you prefer, and especially in the case of nut allergies, but keep it organic. You can also use this recipe as a template and use what you already have in your refrigerator; for example use spinach instead of kale, or strawberries instead of blueberries, or toss in a bit of left over fresh zucchini.

Boosts Options:  

These are a great way to enhance an already powerful meal solution.  I typically add about one tablespoon of a plant-based “green” powder that is full of Spirulina, dandelion greens, sea kelp, wheat grasses and other greens that I would not likely have fresh on hand or easily accessible. There are many brands on the market, so be sure to read the labels to ensure it is 100% organic, pure dried plants without fillers.

The protein powder is very clean and based on whey protein concentrate and isolate, and absent of sucralose, or other artificial sweeteners. Vanilla is a neutral flavor that goes well with this recipe.

If you take a multivitamin, you can simply add it in before you blend your drink. It will ensure you get your trace minerals and if you’re like me, you won’t have to try to choke it down with water later!

Makes 1 Large Serving

NUTRITION PROFILE                 CAL-290/PRO-29/CARB-50/FAT-3/SAT-0/CHO-20/SOD-224/FIB-12

PERCENT CALORIES FROM    PRO-31%/CARB-46%/FAT-23%

What to Buy:  Organic Produce and Support Local Growers Whenever Possible

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1 small Lemon, ( juiced or puree with the rind in your juicer)

2 large Kale Leafs (any variety)

½ cup Berries (raspberries, blueberries, marionberries)

1 Carrot

1 small Tomato

1 small Apple (cored)

Boosts:

1 Scoop each Vanilla Whey Protein Powder and Green SuperFood, such as Vitamineral Green — included in nutrient profile

2 Ice Cubes, for desired consistency

Optional: Multivitamin

Sweetener: Stevia or Truvia packet to taste

What to do:

It’s best to use a Vitamix or Nutri-Bullet blender. If you have a standard kitchen blender you can still enjoy this smoothie, however you will want to strip the stem out of the kale as it’s very fibrous. Add almond milk first. Wash your fruits and vegetables then cut your produce into manageable portions to blend. Add the remaining ingredients at once and blend thoroughly. If you prefer your beverage colder or to have more of a shake consistency, you may add a few ice cubes. If you are using a Vitamix, you may use the tamper which helps force the ingredients to the bottom of the mixer for blending. Otherwise, you will need to cut your produce into smaller sizes to mix and may need to add a small amount of water to help blend. You will not likely need to add water if using a more powerful blender.

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