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Review: Raw Energy in a Glass by Stephanie Tourles

Raw Energy in a Glass by Stephanie TourlesBook Description: Raw Energy in a Glass (affiliate link) contains more than 120 delicious, super-nutritious recipes for smoothies, shakes, green drinks, power shots, mocktails, longevity elixirs, and fermented beverages, all designed to boost your health and energy. All recipes can be 100% vegan, though honey is often offered as one of several sweetening choices. There’s even an original recipe for vegan yogurt, made with nut milks and probiotics. And no juicer is required: Tourles uses a high-powered kitchen blender to turn raw ingredients into satisfying drinks.

About the Author: Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic esthetician in both Massachusetts and Maine, with over 20 years experience. Trained in western-style herbalism, she specializes in the use of herbs as they pertain to skin, hair, nail, and foot care and regularly creates herbal cosmetics and treatments for her clients and friends. She is also a certified aromatherapist, with extensive training in the nutritional sciences, and is the author of several books on natural body care including The Herbal Body Book, Naturally Healthy Skin, and Natural Foot Care. Stephanie resides in Orland, Maine with her husband and pets, and spends her spare time hiking, organic gardening, and cooking.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (November 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612122485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612122489
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Retail Price: $16.95

My Thoughts:

Stephanie Tourles begins Raw Energy in a Glass with her story since the publishing of Raw Energy. It’s not exactly what you would think as life took some nasty turns for her, and she suffered some serious setbacks in her health and personal life. She decided to do something about it and started tackling her health with real food. Slowly, things started to get better and a new book came about through this journey. She never claims that raw food, real food is the cure all for everything that ails you, but she does do a good job explaining why this way of eating could help lead you to a healthier, happier you.

The Superfood Dictionary dives into all of the great ingredients, foods used in this book. It gives readers a better idea of the whys behind the different foods which I really like. It covers:

  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Nuts, Seeds, and Nut and Seed Butters
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Oils
  • Sweeteners
  • Specialty Ingredients
  • Essential Kitchen Equipment

Once she gets through the basics of the philosophy, foods, and kitchen prep, Stephanie dives into loads of recipes that fall into these categories:

  • Nut and Seed Milks
  • Green Smoothies
  • Longevity Elixirs
  • Vegan Yogurt Drinks
  • Protein-Powered Smoothies and Shakes
  • Blended Salads
  • Thick and Frosty Shakes
  • Raw Shots
  • Fruity, Frothy, and Frosty Frappes
  • Mocktails

Many of the ingredients are ones that you’ll have on hand or ones that you can easily pick up from your local farmers market or grocery store. There are some specialty ingredients that you’ll need to pick up from a health food store or online. (Resources are given at the back of the book for those who can’t find the ingredients locally – like me.) If you’re not already using the ingredients in your home, you may suffer from sticker shock on some ingredients. Produce costs can be lowered by eating seasonally and freezing fruits/veggies when they are readily available.

I like the way the information was presented in the book, and the recipes are very easily to follow and make. If you’re looking for nutritional information, you will not find it in this book. I appreciated that her vegan yogurt was not soy-based. Overall, I enjoyed the new ideas for powerhouse drinks and look forward to utilizing more of the recipes when more fruits/veggies are in season.

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Review: MeasuPro OX100 Pulse Oximeter

MeasuPro OX100 Pulse Oximeter

Special thanks to the company for providing a sample of their product.

Why would I want to use a pulse oximeter at home? Quite simply, it’s nice to keep an eye on our resting pulse, so we can figure out are target heart rate during exercise. It’s also good to know if that resting heart rate is too high, so we can take measures to try to correct it or get to the doctor if it’s too elevated. Because I have asthma, it’s nice to be able to keep tabs on my blood oxygen saturation levels.

The MeasuPro OX100 Pulse Oximeter (affiliate link) comes with a durable carrying case with a lanyard. The unit is small enough that I can toss it in my purse or pack. It’s really easy and comfortable to use. Just turn it on and place your finger in the cushioned unit. The display can be viewed from any angle. I simple touch of the button rotates the screen for easy viewing. It uses 2 AAA batteries which are easy to install. Because it has an automatic shut off feature, these batteries should last a long time.

It’s quick, easy, and painless to use.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Copywork Pages

Martin Luther King Jr Copywork Pages

Today, we honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. I created a set of notebooking and copywork pages that feature some of his famous quotes, the full text of the I Have a Dream speech, as well as some selections from the I Have a Dream speech, and a profile page to be filled out by the student.

As always, this download is available for free. All I ask is that you send people here to download it for themselves.

You can download the set here: Martin Luther King, Jr. Copywork and Notebooking Page Set.

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Review: Dashing Dish by Katie Farrell

Dashing Dish by Katie FarrellSpecial thanks to the publisher for providing a sample copy of the book.

We’re big into clean eating around here. Do we do it perfectly? Not at all. We still have too much sugar in our diet as it’s a process to transition to natural sweeteners. I’m always looking for good recipes to add to my collection.

Many of the recipes featured in this book were similar to ones that I already make, but I really liked the fact that the recipes were either naturally gluten free or easy to convert to being gluten free. She uses oat flour in her recipes which I like. The recipes that I tested tasted really good.

There were a few of things that I didn’t like. She uses low-fat, light, reduced-fat, and non-fat dairy ingredients. We only use full fat dairy at our house. She also states that butter is an unhealthy fat which is not true. For the most part, she only uses egg whites which is something that I prefer not to do when possible. Obviously, the dairy ingredients are no big deal as I can just substitute what we normally use. The egg whites are a little more complicated.

Katie includes nutritional information for each of the recipes. The book begins with a guide to healthy, clean eating for those who aren’t familiar with clean eating. Katie does a wonderful job laying everything out for her readers. While I may not always agree with her definition of clean eating, she does explain her way of thinking well. (Most people I know don’t consider things like lunch meat part of clean eating. While we have lunch meat in our home, I personally do not consider lunch meat a part of a clean eating diet.)

One of my favorite parts of the book is that each recipe has a beautiful, full-color image. Side note: I had to laugh at the fact that the recipe for a cake batter protein shake featured an image of a shake covered with non-pareils sprinkles as it looked beautiful but didn’t exactly fit with the sugar-free, clean eating theme.

Book Description

The Dashing Dish is an inspirational cookbook chock-full of healthy, innovative yet simple recipes, most of which are gluten-free, sugar-free, and abundant in whole grains.

Like many of us, twenty-four-year-old author Katie Farrell has struggled with her weight and healthy eating. As a teen she went through yo-yo dieting and was prone to eating disorders. But through God and a passion for food and cooking, she hit upon the formula that would transform her from unhealthy girl to confident woman.

In warm, accessible language and beautiful photographs, Katie shares 100 recipes for clean eating. Every recipe is simple to make and delicious to eat. Katie uses gluten-free oat flour in place of wheat flour, cottage cheese and yogurt in place of fat, and Stevia in place of sugar. Her tips are practical, her tone inspirational. Anyone looking to eat better for the rest of their life will want to own this book.

About the Author

Katie Farrell is the author of Dashing Dish, a healthy recipe website and ministry to women. Katie is a registered nurse from Michigan, where she lives in Brighton with her husband of five years. Dashing Dish is a combination of Katie’s passions-helping women find their identity in God and ending misconceptions about healthy eating. Katie wants to inspire women to find the balance between spiritual and physical health, all while enjoying the journey!

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718021614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718021610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Retail Price: $26.99
  • Digital Editions are also available

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as a member of BookLookBloggers to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. All opinions are my own. A positive review is neither expected nor guaranteed.

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