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25 Apr

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Hydration Tip: Add Salt

April 25, 2016 | By | No Comments

Do you drink a lot of water but still aren’t feeling hydrated? Try adding a pinch of high quality sea salt to your water. Why? There’s something else we need to consider when it comes to hydration: electrolytes. Water depends on electrolytes for proper absorption. You could be drinking all the water in the world, but if you aren’t getting the proper balance of electrolytes, your body may not be absorbing that water.

So why add salt? Electrolytes are substances that ionize when dissolved in solvents such as water. Salts are electrolytes. So when salt is added to water, it dissolves into its component ions. These ions are electrically conductive and help receive and send messages throughout the body, and help facilitate cell hydration. This is the salt we recommend using! 

25 Apr

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A Perfect Detox Salad [Recipe]

April 25, 2016 | By | No Comments

unspecifiedSpring weather has me craving a light, fresh, and bright salad recipe. This one from my book, Go With Your Gut, takes less than 15 minutes to toss together and is so delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups uncooked quinoa (or 2 cups salad greens)
  • 1 daikon radish, grated
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • ½ to 1 cup mix of micro greens and/or sprouts of any kind
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped or torn
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Handful of raw sunflower seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon, preferably Meyer
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Drain and use it warm or refrigerate it until cold depending on your preference.

  2. To make the salad, combine all the ingredients and serve immediately!
 Glass of rosé optional. 

 

15 Feb

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Warm up with this easy recipe from my book [+ Podcast roundup fun!]

February 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

Today I’m sharing one of the most popular recipes from my book, Go with Your Gut. No, it’s not the gluten-free and naturally-sweetened Chocolate Cake (although that’s definitely one of my favorites!), it’s this super creamy soup!

Keep reading for the recipe, PLUS a full round-up of all podcasts I’ve been featured on recently.

I know it’s not cool to talk about “dieting and weight loss” anymore in the happy holistic wellness land, but to be real, this is my secret “feel better in my body fast” soup. Why? Because that little ¾ cup of cashews combined with heaps of veggies will fill you up like nobody’s business. And because sometimes, even though we may know better, we find ourselves at the end of a pretty long line of not so great food choices and want to lose a couple of extra pounds that crept up on us. So this soup is it. All of the variations work perfectly. I don’t even have a favorite! Plus it’s freezing in New York!

CREAMY VEGETABLE SOUP from Go with Your Gut 

 Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted raw cashewssoup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 cups chopped broccoli, cauliflower, or tomatoes
  • 3 to 4 cups water (enough to cover vegetables)
  • 2-3 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Set cashews to soak in a bowl of water from 5 to 20 minutes then rinse and drain. 20 minutes is best but 5 minutes works too!

  2. In a large pot, warm the oil over medium heat.

  3. Sauté the onion and garlic until they are tender, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the veggie of choice, enough water to cover, the sea salt, and pepper. Simmer 8 to 10 minutes, until and the vegetables are tender and soft.

  5. Transfer the soup to a blender (see Note), working in batches if necessary. Add the cashews. Blend until smooth.

  6. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately, or let the soup cool. Cover and refrigerate it.

Note: If you’re not using a Vitamix, wait for the soup to cool before blending. You can use a hand blender directly in the pot, too.

Did you know that in addition to being a beautifully photographed cookbook, Go with Your Gut is a complete digestive health guide? Pop in some headphones and listen to one of these podcasts for a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the best lessons and tips!

Podcast Roundup:

Happy listening!

18 Dec

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Simple detoxifying salad

December 18, 2015 | By | No Comments

Salad vibes 🏼️ Romaine, cilantro, shaved carrot and daikon radish (a natural detoxifier and great for cleansing your liver), avocado, sesame seeds, sardines, Meyer lemon, 🍋 olive oil and nutritional yeast. Yum!! /// What did you have for lunch today?

Romaine, cilantro, shaved carrot and daikon radish (a natural detoxifier and great for cleansing your liver), avocado, sesame seeds, sardines, Meyer lemon, olive oil and nutritional yeast. Yum!! What did you have for lunch today?

05 Oct

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Homemade grape juice

October 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Homemade grape juice break time! /// Grapes are anti-inflammatory, boost your immune system, and contain #resveratrol - a powerful anti-cancer compound and beauty food! Eat your ! /// I got an insane amount of Concord grapes in my CSA last week so I juiced them to make THE MOST DELICIOUS GRAPE JUICE YOU'VE EVER HAD!! This was 1/3 juice and the rest water. {plus a little photo bomb by my @yourjoyologist Own Your Awesome affirmation deck ????} Who's had fresh Concord grapes?

Grapes are anti-inflammatory, boost your immune system, and contain resveratrol – a powerful anti-cancer compound and beauty food!

I got an insane amount of Concord grapes in my CSA last week so I juiced them to make THE MOST DELICIOUS GRAPE JUICE YOU’VE EVER HAD!! This was 1/3 juice and the rest water. {plus a little photo bomb by my Your Joyologist Own Your Awesome affirmation deck}

Have you ever had fresh Concord grapes?

28 Sep

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Are you doing this in your kitchen?

September 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

Have you felt the energy in the air the past few days? From the Jewish holidays, to the change of seasons, and the beautiful full moon last night, there’s a lot of shifts going on this time of year!

Let’s ride that natural “shift” wave and carry the good energy over into the kitchen. You’ve gotten so many tips from me over the years (and if you’re new WELCOME!!), but I realize that there may still be mistakes happening in the cooking department that are making the whole healthy thing much harder than it needs to be. And I don’t want cooking to be hard for you – I want it to be FUN!

Here are the top three cooking mistakes that you may be making (and what to do to fix them!):

  1. All your knives are dull-ville – Honestly, I’m SO guilty of this, all my knives are insanely dull just because I get too lazy to get them properly sharpened by a professional! But having a quality, sharp knife makes chopping those crunchy veggies so much easier (and quicker!). You can order a sharpener online or find a someone locally – Google “knife sharpener,” contact a restaurant supply store or call your local kitchen store. Or, go buy a brand-spankin’ new knife! You are worth it.
  2. You don’t take the shortcuts – My clients ask me all the time: “Robyn, isn’t it cheating if I buy something pre-made?” and my answer is always “No, it’s SMART!” Pick the pre-cut veggies and pre-washed greens, keep your freezer stocked (cubed butternut squash, greens, shrimp), buy already-cooked rotisserie chicken (throw it in a pan with coconut oil, salt and pepper. Add some greens and you’ve got a delicious dinner in 5 minutes). These shortcuts often make the difference between being able to pull together a quick home-cooked meal and grabbing something you’ll regret on the way home.
  3. You under season – Healthy food does NOT have to mean bland food. I’ll repeat this again: food that is good for you should taste good too! My go-tos for amping up the flavor on any dish: Salt (yup, I said salt! High quality sea salt like Himalayan or Celtic is good for you – your cells need it to function properly, it packs important minerals and actually keeps your body hydrated), freshly ground black pepper, Italian seasoning blend, and curry powder. Most of the time I just use S&P and coconut oil and that’s it! Be very generous with herbs and spices – you usually need more than you think!

Have a feeling you need a little more support to make these shifts [and more] in the kitchen?

Join me for “WTF With Your Gut?!”                        

A One Day NYC Immersion / Sunday, October 18th 10AM – 4PM East Village, NYC

During this special one day experience you will learn:                       

  • How to stock your pantry and fridge with good-for-your-gut foods       
  • My favorite quick and easy recipes for Fall
  • The absolute latest info on the healthy you market – what’s valuable and what’s ignorable
  • And most importantly – what and how to cook for your healthiest you!                                                         

Check out all the details here and reserve your spot today {space is very limited as this is a highly personalized and intimate event!} and then invite your BFFs to join!

21 Sep

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Are You Making These Mistakes? [PLUS Upcoming NYC Event!]

September 21, 2015 | By | No Comments

How’s everyone’s belly feeling? How did the summer treat you? How are you feeling in your body? I’ve gotten A LOT of emails and comments on social media saying my peeps are back to school, back to routines, and unfortunately back to feeling like sh*t a lot of the day. That’s no fun!

So today I wanted to address what you might be doing that you THINK is good for your digestion but are sadly all wrong (and could be the culprits behind bloating, gas, and other ick feelings).

Here are the 3 biggest digestion mistakes you might be making:

  1. You chug water with meals – Drinking water during meal time (or even snack time!) dilutes your gastric juices (especially your HCL, the acid in your stomach). Aim to finish a beverage 30 minutes before each meal and wait an hour after before drinking more. Filling yourself up on water (or other liquids) will not help you feel full, save it for in between.
  1. You think a salad a day will save the day – Your digestive system likes to be kept warm to be working at its best (hence the term “digestive fire”). Try swapping soup (like my Healing Greens Soup) for your standard salad or incorporate some simple steamed or roasted veggies with meals and notice how you feel afterward.
  1. You take the wrong probiotics – A product may advertise as being high in probiotics without actually having the live cultures you need. What about your fat-free Greek yogurt with packaging that tells you it’s “loaded with probiotics” you say? It may be, but it’s also most likely loaded with excess sugar and not nearly a fraction of actual probiotics they claim to contain. If you are taking your probiotics in pill form, be aware that not all supplements are created equal. Most mainstream market supplements are heated improperly and are not from a high-quality, trusted source. I recommend taking a quality probiotic or, better yet, get your probiotics from live foods like sauerkraut!

Thing you might be missing the mark in more areas when it comes to how well you’re digesting your food? Have a gut feeling that something in your diet is not agreeing with you? I want you to feel freaking fantastic this fall so I created a unique one-day workshop experience to help you dive deep and identify what is working (and what definitely isn’t) with your food and your body.

During this special one day experience you will learn:

  • What’s making your belly and body feel so bad (or even just meh)
  • My secrets to optimal and easy digestion to have you going #2 like a PRO!
  • The absolute latest info on the healthy you market – what’s valuable and what’s ignorable
  • And most importantly – what and how to cook for your healthiest you!

Join us for “WTF With Your Gut?!”

A One Day NYC Immersion

Sunday, October 18th 10AM-4PM, East Village, NYC

In addition to the full day immersion, you’ll also receive the following bundle of resources to take home with you: YHY Shopping List, Fresh for Fall Recipe Booklet, and my 3-Day Digestive Cleanse PLUS an option to join my *new* YHY Membership Program.

Check out all the details here and reserve your spot today {space is very limited as this is a highly personalized and intimate event!}

What’s the biggest digestive mistake you’ve made? Let me know in the comments below!

11 May

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Need more energy? 3 Quick Tips Inside! [Plus a special invitation]

May 11, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

For many of my clients, weekends can be the most challenging times to make healthy decisions. That goes for me too, especially when I’m traveling or at an event. This past weekend was my sister-in-law’s wedding and as her maid of honor, there was a lot on my plate too.

IMG_6240I wanted to make sure she felt great, was happy and everything went smoothly. And I’m happy to say it did! It truly was a weekend of celebration, love and family. I’ll never forget it.

I also ate. A lot. Lol. Anyone who knows me knows that wedding cake is my favorite thing ever and I think I took the largest piece of cake I saw them cut. Did I worry about it? Heck no! It was all in the spirit of celebrating. But now that I’m back in NYC and finishing my book I want to feel energized, clear and focused for the week ahead. And I assume you do too. :) So, here are my Top 3 Tips for Immediate Energy so you can start your week feeling your absolute best: 

 

  1. Up your chewing game. I know that as my Your Healthiest You crew you guys know this, I talk about it again and again (and it will be a whole chapter in my upcoming book!) but I reeeeally want to drive this point home. If you’re currently chewing 20-30 times per mouthful up it to 50. And your liquids too (gives them a chance to mix with the enzymes in the saliva in your mouth). Try it for three days and report back on the blog how your energy levels are.
  2. Think about your food choices for the next few days. Do you have plans on the calendar? Can you reschedule anything? Do a healthy food shop tonight? Basically I want you to set yourself up to make the best choices possible for your body so this making taking your food into your own hands. Need healthy recipe inspiration? I’ve got a ton for you here!
  3. Add in a little marine phytoplankton. Marine phyto-what? Yeah I know, it’s weird. But it works. This blue-green algae contains so many energizing cells, anti-oxidants, oxygen and more I can actually feel the exact moment it wears off! But beware of the taste! I mix mine with a little pure coconut water and then use the coconut water as a chaser. I promise it’s worth it though, I really love this product and the way it makes me feel.

 

 IMG_6241***Feel like you need to go a little deeper to get super duper energized? Maybe it’s time for a little cleanout without the crazy. I’ll be covering all that and more in my free Spring Workshop taking place May 13th @8PM EST. Learn the #1 MISTAKE most people are making with detoxing. Don’t wait, there’s limited space for this LIVE WEBINAR.

Already registered? Have you told your friends?! Tweet about it by clicking here or share about it on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me and the community @RobynYoukils and #YourHealthiestYou.

Can’t wait to talk with you this week!

 

29 Apr

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Are You Detoxing All Wrong? [New Recipes and Video Inside!]

April 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

With spring arrives fresh energy, beautiful blossoms and A LOT of questions about detoxing. How should you detox? What and when should I eat? How long should I do it for? There’s a lot of information going around out there but honestly, most of it’s completely cray. Do you really think humans are supposed to go up to a week without solid food?! For the most part, the answer is no…

While there are a few times I’ll genuinely crave a day or two of mostly liquids, especially from my girl, founder of Lulitonix, plus some blended foods (soups, smoothies, some avocado, etc.), you’ll never catch me not chewing for any longer than that. Juice cleanses feel eerily close to my teenage days when I’d try to live on water and celery sticks, plus I’ll usually eat everything in site because I know I’ll be “detoxing” the next day. Sound familiar?

What do I do instead?

I take a non-dieter’s approach to detox.

Instead of cleansing for days at a time try one or two days a month, even spaced out. Even better make detoxing a daily habit. At least once a day, I consume a meal full of detoxifying foods {check the PS for how to get that list!}. And, no this doesn’t always have to be a salad. 😉

Here are some favorite simple “detox” recipes:

Try a light soup you can eat chilled or room temp like Carrot Ginger, Healing Greens, or Gazpacho. And when it comes to salad skip the romaine and go for a more satisfying dish like this Smoked Salmon Escarole {and VIDEO!}, or one of my go-to faves, Massaged Kale with Almonds and Apples.

What’s your favorite detoxifying dish? Take a pic and tag me @RobynYoukilis and #YourHealthiestYou on Instagram. And be sure to let me know which one is your favorite over on the Facebook page.

XO, Robyn

P.S. Have you heard? I’m putting on a spring detox workshop (for people who hate diets of course!) and would LOVE to have you there. Plus if you sign up this week, you’ll have access to an exclusive bonus Q+A call where I’ll answer any and all of your burning questions. Be sure to sign up for free here.

26 Apr

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Carrot Ginger Soup [Recipe]

April 26, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Serves 4 | Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups carrots, sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock + 2 cups water
  • 1-2 inches ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (optional)

Directions:

1. Put olive oil and onion in a medium size sauce pan on medium-high heat.  Season with salt and pepper then sauté for a couple minutes until the onion begins to soften, then add the garlic and ginger.  Continue to sauté until the onion becomes golden (another 1-2 mins).

2. Deglaze the pot by adding in ½ cup of stock. Then toss in your carrots, season with salt and pepper, and finally add in the rest of your stock.  Bring it to a boil then put the lid on, but leave it ajar, and reduce heat to medium.  Cook for 20-25 minutes until the carrots become soft.

3. Transfer the mixture to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and puree the soup.  You can make it completely smooth or leave some carrot chunks.  To make it creamier you can add in ¼ cup of coconut milk.


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