Coconut Curry Chicken with Cauliflower

Try this healthy and easy dish for dinner.  It packs a lot of flavor too!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups cauliflower – chopped
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup carrots – chopped or add bag of stringed carrots
  • 2 cups kale –  stems removed and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Can Coconut Cream (2 cans if you like a lot of liquid)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
  • Salt to taste

Topping options:

  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Sriracha

Directions: 

Cook your chicken breast in a crockpot or insta pot.  Once it is cooked through, let cook, shred, then set aside.

Sauté cauliflower, carrots and kale in coconut oil till tender.

Saute Cauliflower and Kale

Add a can or two of coconut cream in can (depending on how much liquid you like).

Add 2-3 tablespoons of red curry paste.

Add cooked shredded chicken to the pan and simmer all together.  Add salt to taste.

Shredded Chicken for Coconut Curry Chicken

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Top it off with crushed peanuts and a little Sriracha if you like a little heat.  Easy and delicious!

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Top Picks for All Natural Perfumes

I was asked about all natural perfumes several times, so I did a little digging!  Here are a few that I found:

Free people 1809 collection.  These scents are “100% all-natural formulas with no artificial notes or chemically altered ingredients. Scents the way nature intended. Scents that transport you, naturally.”  Click on the image below to learn more about each fragrance.
Free People All Natural Perfume
Skylar collection created by a previous worker at The Honest Company.  Skylar was inspired by women looking for perfumes that didn’t contain all the chemicals found in most perfumes.  “Skylar is a brand that you can feel great about spritzing. The name Skylar was inspired by the qualities of a clear day – airy, natural, and beautiful.”  My pick is Skylar Isle -inspired by the purity of water, but I’d recommend buying the sample pack and choose the scent that is best for you 🙂  Also, when you buy a sample palette, you will earn a $20 credit on a full size purchase.
Skylar Sample Packet - $20
Skylar Sample Packet – $20
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Loaded Sweet Potato

These Loaded Sweet Potatoes are amazing and oh so good for you!  Did we mention they are low in calories too?

Sweet potatoes are perfect for this time of the year because they are packed with so many benefits. First they are 30% lower in calories than your average potato. They also provide half of your daily Vitamin C and over 4x your daily Vitamin A needs – two vitamins we need to boost our immune system during cold and flu season.

Sweet potatoes are also good for your skin.  They contain high levels of manganese which help with collagen production – need we say more?  Okay, maybe just one more thing – they are also great for weight loss because they are a fiber-like starch which makes you feel full faster and longer.  Holla!  Still not convinced on Sweet Potatoes?  Read even more about how great they are for you here.

Loaded Sweet Potato

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 grilled chicken breast
  • 2 slices turkey bacon
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoon sour cream (full fat)
  • 1-2 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon chives – chopped

Directions: 

Cut sweet potato in half and place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 400 until sweet potato is baked through and soft (about 40 minutes).  In the meantime, cook your slices of turkey bacon.  Chop your grilled chicken and turkey bacon to bite size pieces.

Mix your sour cream and Sriracha based on your spice tolerance.

When sweet potatoes are done, sprinkle chicken, turkey bacon and cheese evenly between the two.  Drop a dollop of the Sriracha – sour cream mix and sprinkle with chives.  Enjoy!  I know I did 🙂

Sweet Potato Recipe Ideas

This recipe was inspired from @danalemonthyme on Instagram.  She used bacon (the real deal) but I decided to lighten it up a bit.  With as little as you use, you probably are fine either way.  I’m just on a bit of a turkey bacon kick these days.

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Natural Deodorant that Works

I’ve always been a little skeptical about “natural” deodorants.  Let me take a step back.  If you’ve ever worked out with me, you will know that I sweat a lot (guess who’s writing this article (ha ha!).  So, I have put many anti-perspirants and deodorants to the test and have only found a select few that work.  But, as I get further into my 40s, I’m trying to make my daily routine as healthy as possible.  And, since aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, I thought now would be a good time to try to rid this from my daily routine.

Native Deodorant Coconut Vanilla
Native Deodorant Coconut Vanilla

I tried Native deodorant in Coconut Vanilla, which it turns out is their most popular scent.  Native instructs first-time users to try it for 10 days giving your body enough time to rid itself of other aluminum-based products you may have been using.  The other instruction is to wash first, then apply lightly.  That may sound like a pain, but I just grabbed a washcloth each morning, rinsed, dried, and applied.  Pretty simple and I was set for the day.

The good news is that it worked – no bad body odor!  It’s important to remember this is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant.  I did not notice a difference in how much I perspired but others that reviewed with me noticed a small increase.

My recommendation is to go for it and Go Native.  I really liked the deodorant and I feel good that I am ridding myself of a potentially harmful substance that I was using on a daily basis.  Did I mention, it’s also paraben-free? Native offers a collection of amazing scents like coconut lime, lavender and rose, and even pumpkin spice latte (how fun is that?). They also have a sensitive line and a full line for men.

Don’t forget about your tweens and teens!  Just remind them how to use it.  Rinse, dry, and apply (just once a day is all I had to do).  Buy a sample pack through Amazon here.

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7 Day Smoothie Challenge

I don’t know about you, but after most holiday weekends, I feel like I need to hit the refresh button.  So, I whipped up the Green Goblin Smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies to give me some much needed energy and get myself back on track for the week.

I should mention that extremes aren’t really my thing, especially when it comes to nutrition.  I’m more of the mindset that moderation is a good thing.  So, when I found the 7 day smoothie challenge called Simple 7 by Simple Green Smoothies, I was pumped that it involved making small changes rather than changing your whole diet.

After you submit your email, you’ll receive a A Simple 7 – Game Plan, and the best part – it’s free!  It includes a shopping list of the 7 ingredients you will need for the week (yes, 7!).  And you will recognize all 7 ingredients and easily find them at your local grocery store.

Green Goblin Smoothie
The Green Goblin Smoothie

You will also be given a daily smoothie schedule with easy to follow recipes.  All the challenge requires is that you follow the daily smoothie schedule for 7 days.  Yep, just add one smoothie a day for a week – no other requirements.  Since this type of challenge was right up my alley, I submitted my email and started it.  It was super easy to follow and I felt great. I had energy, my skin looked better, and I had lost all those pesky weekend lbs. that love to follow me around 😉

The Green Goblin Smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies:

  • 1 cup spinach (I used kale instead)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions:

Mix your greens and water first until you get a nice smooth consistency.  Then, add your remaining ingredients and blend.  If you want this cold – use frozen pineapple and frozen bananas (don’t throw those brown bananas away – chop and freeze instead ;)).

In fact, it wasn’t until the following week when I wasn’t having the smoothies, that I realized how great I had felt the week before on the Simple 7 challenge.  Which is why I’m returned to the program.

Beginner's Luck Smoothie by Simple Green Smoothie
Oh Kale Yeah smoothie (day 2)

If you go to the Simple Green Smoothie website you’ll find lots of other delicious smoothie and plant-based recipes.  In fact, Simple Green Smoothies has a new recipe book coming out September 11th on Amazon which we will be reviewing soon!

Simple Green Meals by Jen Hansard
Simple Green Meals by Jen Hansard

If you are looking to boost your energy, look and feel better but not make drastic changes to your diet, I encourage you to try the 7-Day Challenge and report back to us at Nearly All Things.  We think you’ll love it as much as we did 🙂

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Must Have Brush for Your Self Tanner

This brush by Undone Beauty is a game changer when applying sunless tanner!  This is an A+ in my book.  It gets into every crook and cranny of the body and blends the tanner in perfectly.  It’s super soft and has a curve cutout to fit everywhere.
Undone Beauty Palm Brush
We show it with our fav sunless tanner by Tan Frenzy.  Pick up this amazing brush on Amazon today.  With this brush and your tanner, you can stay bronze all fall and winter.  This brush is so inexpensive and works like magic!

 

 

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5 Ways Talk Therapy Will Change Your Life

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” –  Wayne Dyer

If you’re like many of us, you are trying to improve your circumstances. Whether the shift you desire is in your career, physical health, relationships, or mental health – perhaps all you need is a different perspective. Talk therapy is an amazing tool that you can use to help bring about the change you desire – no matter what that may be! Working with a talk therapist can provide you with what you need in order to:

Find a Starting Point

There are so many moving parts that encompass a happy and successful life which sometimes can make getting started on your quest for self improvement difficult! Talk therapy helps you clarify the best area to focus on and allows you to organize your goals so they can become more achievable. With your therapist by your side, you’ll be more empowered than ever to tackle your largest obstacles and gain the confidence to see them through to the finish!

Learn Tools and Techniques

Coping skills are methods you can use immediately to deal with stressful situations and improve your mental wellness. A therapist can guide you to finding techniques and strategies that work for you to better manage your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. These practices work really well when you need them and are proven to be effective by clinical research!

Gain a New Perspective

As you begin to delve deeper into your own narrative, you’ll discover that you have a habit of repeating certain behaviors. This introspective initiative helps you make sense of the different things going on in your life. Once you clearly see the patterns of behaviors that need to change, you can begin to reshape them.

Improve Your Decision Making

After spending some time in therapy, you will begin to think more about the decisions you have made and how they have affected the person you have become. This process will help you place a greater value on decisions you are making today and better understand how those decisions will impact your future self. Working with a therapist will aid you in coming to your own realizations on what the best decisions are in different areas of your life.

Reshape Your Reactions

By exploring the inner workings of your emotional framework, you can reshape the way you interact with the world around you, which will give you more control of your circumstances. When you reshape the way you react and respond to adversity, that is when the greatest change occurs.

As much as the world is beginning to realize the important of staying mentally fit, there’s still a stigma around seeing a therapist that should not exist! Your mental wellness is one of the most important components of your health and you definitely do not need to have a mental illness in order to benefit from working with a therapist. If you’re currently experiencing stress, anxiety, sadness, or any one of the large range of emotions humans experience on a regular basis, you may just be shocked at the value you could receive from a few talk therapy sessions!

Modern Therapy offers convenient & affordable online talk therapy + coaching.  Still not sure?  Try Modern Therapy for free for one week by using the code Nearlyallthings.  

Brandon Christensen

 

Author Bio: Brandon Christensen

Brandon Christensen is a passionate business leader and mental health advocate who is on a mission to leave the world a better place than he found it. Brandon is the owner of Modern Therapy, a tele-mental health company that provides talk therapy services exclusively through messaging, phone, and video sessions. Brandon has been featured as a keynote speaker on mental health topics at colleges like NYU, Skidmore College, and Columbia University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

 

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