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The microbiome is something we’ve been hearing more and more the last few years and I’m sure you’ve been wondering what the heck it is. Right?

Well, I’m gunna share a little microbiome info with you so you can familiarize yourself with your bod pod- it’ll help put your big health picture together to see how everything’s connected.

Then I’ve got a tasty tapas plate for a fabulous after school snack for kids, parents, teachers and anyone else that wishes they were 10 years old again back in school…{As always, check out my recipes links if you are looking for more easy healthy recipes or healthy snack recipes}.

Here we go!

The microbiome is made up of more than 100 trillion microbes, which outnumbers our human cells by a 10:1 ratio. The GOOD microbes are supporting your immune system, protecting you from viruses, detoxing your body and spending time in your gut keeping you at a healthy weight (if you’ve got good microbes in your microbiome).

But, along with the GOOD microbes, we’ve got the BAD guys too.

The bad guys cause inflammation, chronic illness and disease, obesity and much more, which is why it’s SO important to keep your gut super healthy to achieve long-term health. When you keep your gut flora in check with a mix of more good than bad, you’re in a good position!

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Here’s a few was to help keep your microbiome strong n’ healthy.

1. Get outside and get your hands dirty (plant flowers, garden, mow your grass, etc) anything to connect your immune system to the soil’s trillions of microbes.

2. Remove factory farmed dairy, eggs and all animal protein and use organic instead because you are killing off your good bacteria when you eat factory farmed foods that are full of antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides and herbicides. Yuck! Read more about The Benefits of Buying Organic.

3. Stop using hand sanitizers. Trust me, they’re full of chemicals and they’re causing more problems that you can imagine.

4. Add in high quality Probiotics to build your good gut flora.

5. Eat prebiotics to encourage the growth of your good bacteria in your gut. Examples of prebiotics are artichokes, gluten free oats, onions, asparagus, beans, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickled veggies and kimchi. Read about the Dirty Dozen to see which to buy organic!

Have you been focusing on your gut health and microbiome? If not, it’s a good idea to start with your gut and work from there. I’ve learned that all health issues stem from your gut so start working on building a strong microbiome for long-term fabulous health!

xo

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Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why: The Benefits of Eating Organic.

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Back to School (After School) Tapas Plate
 
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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Sugar-Free
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Recipe type: Entree/Snack
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh basil, plus more if needed
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more if needed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz.) BPA free can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • 4 kale leaves, finely chopped and stems removed
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (15 oz.) BPA free can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 roasted red peppers, finely chopped
  • large pinch lemon zest
  • balsamic vinegar, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare guacamole by tossing avocado, basil, cilantro, scallions and lemon juice with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Set in the fridge.
  3. Combine white beans and toss with olive oil, sea salt, pepper and lemon juice, to taste. Set aside.
  4. Combine kale leaves with 1 tsp olive oil and massage with your hands until kale is very soft. Transfer to a large bowl, add remaining ingredients and sea salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Portion serving plates with cooked quinoa, guacamole, white beans and chickpea mixture. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar to taste.
  6. Serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5 Calories: 704 Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 0g Unsaturated fat: 0g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 113.2g Sugar: 12.8g Sodium: 126mg Fiber: 30.8g Protein: 37.8g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

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Hi, I'm Amie!

I’m here to share my story of healing with you. I know what it’s like to suffer and not know what’s going on with your body. I’ve been there. I was lost, searching for answers and alone for 10 years until I learned how to get my body working for me, not against me—to address the underlying symptoms instead of using a Band-aid approach to reclaim my vitality. I want to show you that eating and living clean feels incredible. Once you see life this way, you’ll never go back. Ever. Come play along with me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. I’m here for you. xo

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