Low-carb Roasted Vegetable Snack Mix!

Would you like to grab handfuls of an addictive, savory, mouth watering snack that’s good for you? My answer is yes, and that’s why I played with my vegetables and came up with this delicious snack mix.

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It started with a tomato and basil mini cheese ball recipe I made for a party. I didn’t want to put raw tomatoes in them, so I roasted some of my Thrive Life tomato dices by adding a hint of coconut oil, pink salt and Chef’s Choice seasoning. The tomatoes were luscious and my mini cheese balls were a hit.

Requests for low-carb recipes have been coming in lately, which has me looking at labels for new information. It turns out that tomatoes, zucchini and asparagus are all low in carbohydrate. I added them together, tossed them with a drizzle of coconut oil, some pink salt, Chef’s Choice and a bit of garlic powder. Roasting takes about twenty minutes and then…

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Oh. My. Yum!

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The tomatoes take on incredible umami. The zucchini, crunchy sweetness. The asparagus, crunchy green goodness.

I’m bringing my low-carb roasted vegetable snack mix to Fiesta Friday this week to share with Angie, the many talented cooks there and our host Sandhya@indfused.com

I’m drooling just thinking about eating this so now I have to make more. There’s no way to keep them in the house except to make more. My guests and I have a good case of Snack Mix Fever!

Here’s how you can catch it, too.

 

1 cup Thrive Life tomato dices

1 cup Thrive Life asparagus

1 cup Thrive Life zucchini

1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1 tsp. Thrive Life Chef’s Choice

1 tsp. garlic powder

 

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Gently mix the vegetables together, right out of the can. Do not refresh them. Add seasonings. Stir in the coconut oil and then gently mix to coat the seasonings and oil over all of the vegetables.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the vegetable mixture on the sheet and then roast them for fifteen to twenty minutes, stirring vegetables every five minutes for even roasting.

Allow the roasted vegetables to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. I think they will keep for a week, but I’ve never been able to keep them around for more than a day or two, so I’m not exactly sure about that one.

You know, I think they would make good croutons in my salad. Hmm.

 

 

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Gina

Thrive Life Independent Consultant

 

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Seasoned Chicken Slices - Freeze Dried

I highly recommend the broccoli for its versatility. Eat it crunchy from the can for the biggest raw alkaline impact, powder it and add it to a meal, roast it with garlic or cook it in your favorite foods. All the reasons broccoli is revered as a beneficial part of a healthy eating plan are amplified by Thrive Life’s Nutri-lock twenty-one step process, designed to keep all the nutrients in and convenient for when you want broccoli.

My love for the sausage crumbles is whole and unabashed because I can grab a handful, or put 1/4 cup of them into a recipe, and then leave the rest in the can for another time. Try doing that with sausage from the health food store. Our sausage crumbles do not contain nitrates or nitrites.

 

Strawberries are in my morning protein drink every day. Studies show that to reap the most benefits from berries, they need to be eaten regularly. I’m all for that, plus they are just plain delicious!

Seasoned chicken slices and shredded cheddar cheese give a nice roundness to  this pack. I hydrate only what I need at the time and save the rest for later. I eat very little chicken or cheese, making this the perfect solution for me. If you eat a lot of chicken and cheese, get the family size can. It’s a fantastic value!

Ask me how you can get free shipping on this sale! You’re going to love my answer!

Questions? Please ask. I’m here to help! E-mail me at the reiki cafe @ gmail dot com or ask your question here.

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Thank you for thriving with me!

 

Gina

Thrive Life Independent Consultant

 

 

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My Beauty Secret Is Inner Peace

My beauty secret is inner peace. (1)

You know how it is when you are asked “What are you doing to look so great?” and the answer is that you are at peace? This design is for you, the person who is humble about your glow and not willing to deny it. Maybe it’s a completely holistic lifestyle or just bits and pieces of one. Whatever it is, it’s working and it’s okay to be sassy about it!

This design is available in the Enriching Life store on Zazzle.com. Choose from a mouse pad, thumbnail drive, hooded sweatshirt, keychain, magnet or 3D photo ornament. Would you like to see it on another item? Let me know and I will try and make that happen!

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Happy holidays!

Gina

 

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The December TLC Pack From The Reiki Cafe

 

Are you receiving my newsletter? I hope so, because I love to share exclusives there. Sign up is easy and takes moments.TLC = Thrive Loving Care

December TLC

The Reiki Cafe would like to share our seasonal favorites and monthly specials with you, in the form of a free sample pack. E-mail thereikicafe@gmail.com with the details and a a sample pack will be sent to you, and to anyone you would like to share them with. Everything is easy and delicious with Thrive Life.

Any of these foods can be eaten as is, or used as a fresh ingredient by adding a small of water a time to refresh. Okay, maybe not the pretzels, but the havarti can be refreshed if you want to. Most people like it crunchy.

Are you local to Dallas, Texas? If you are, then we are neighbors! Let’s meet and I will give your TLC pack to you in person.

 

The more Thrive Life food I eat, the better I feel.

 

I love Thrive Life foods, and after a taste you will know exactly why I do! They are packed with nutrition you can taste and feel.

 

 

Thank you for sharing TLC!

Gina

 

What You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Reviews.com

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What You Need to Know About Probiotics

Since there’s still not a lot of research on probiotics, the research team at Reviews.com recently spent months studying and testing 277 top-rated supplements on the market to determine which strains are most effective for various issues. Here are some of their findings.

Although the idea of beneficial bacteria has been around since the late 1800s, and probiotic supplements have been around since the 1930s, there haven’t been many human clinical trials. We do know that probiotics produce enzymes that help break down chemicals that the normal human gut has a hard time with, such as the oligosaccharides in legumes. That digestive assistance results in less gastrointestinal distress and better absorption of nutrients.

A small but growing body of research on our gut tenants suggests that hacking your microbiome can not only improve the digestive process, but also contribute to a laundry list of ancillary health benefits. We’re talking weight loss, lower cholesterol, decreased anxiety, improved immune function, fewer seasonal allergy symptoms, and relief from a host of gastrointestinal maladies, from irritable bowel syndrome to traveler’s diarrhea.

 

The Bottom Line

The science is still young, but we know a few things: Probiotics work better in a pack; prebiotics mixed in with probiotics are just a marketing ploy because there isn’t enough prebiotic to make a difference; and shelf life matters most. Look for multi-strain products and check for a “viability guarantee” through the expiration date to make sure your probiotics will be in full force when you take them.

 

Through the course of our research, we came across a number of studies that indicated some lesser-known benefits of taking probiotic supplements, like decreased anxiety. We put together our top picks based on which strains had solid evidence backing up a connection:

 

Anxiety and Allergies

Relevant strains: L. Casei, L. Rhamnosus, Paracasei

 

Weight Loss

Relevant strains: B. Brevis, B. Lactis, L. Acidophilus, L. Gasseri, L. Rhamnosus GG

 

Lactose Intolerance

Relevant strains: L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus

 

Lowering Cholesterol

Relevant strains: B. Lactis, E. Faecium, L. Acidophilus, L. Curvatus, L. Fermentum, L. Plantarum, L. Reuteri

 

Women’s Health

Relevant strains: Bacillus Coagulans, L. Fermentum, L. Rhamnosus GG

 

Take Action 

Start small. Generally, it’s best to start out with a lower CFU count and ramp up as needed. Starting out with the high-proof stuff can cause unpleasant physical side effects, like cramps and bloating, as well as monetary ones — higher potency supplements are almost universally more expensive. Of course, follow your doctor’s guidance. The verdict on ideal colony count is still out.

 

Take your probiotic with a meal. This raises the pH in your stomach, which means more bacteria will make it through to your gut, including the few non-acid-resistant strains like S. Thermophilus. And take them with plenty of water; that will further dilute the acidity of gastric juices.

 

Get your prebiotics in. There are tons of the simple carbs probiotics love in whole fruits and vegetables, including onions, garlic, bananas, asparagus, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and artichokes. If you’re worried you might not be getting between five to 20 grams per day, consider taking a prebiotic supplement, usually a powder or drink mix.

 

Keep up your probiotic routine. Probiotics stick around for a while, though for how long isn’t precisely clear. You have to keep taking them to continue to reap the benefits.

 

To see the rest of their guide to probiotics, go to http://www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement/

 

 

 

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Thrive Life December News & Specials!

        
New Simple Plate | Maple Pulled Pork Waffles

FREEZE DRIED
Granny Smith Apples
Gourmet Hot Cocoa
Gourmet Hot Cocoa
FREEZE DRIED
Blackberries
Havarti Cheese & Pretzels
SNACKIES
Havarti Cheese & Pretzels
Muffin
Blueberry Muffin Mix
Fudge Brownie Mix
Fudge Brownie Mix
Tomato Dices
FREEZE DRIED
Tomato Dices
Muffin
Vanilla Suage Cookie Mix
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
Beef Slices
FREEZE DRIED
Small Diced Beef
Preferred Coupon available to Preferred Customers only. Sale ends 12/31/2017.
All sale items are available while supplies last.
A creative dinner that hits the spot! |  View online
New Simple Plate: Maple Pulled Pork Waffles
Waffles and pork?! Oh, yes! 
Slide a dollop of juicy, shredded, maple-infused pork onto a fluffy waffle for a creative dinner that hits the spot. We’ve defrosted, cooked, and shredded the pork for you!

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  New Simple Plate: Maple Pulled Pork Waffles
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Thank you to those of you who ordered during the Black Friday sale. You helped me reach my goal of becoming a Mentor in this amazing company.

I have a new goal this month – I want to go to Leadership Academy. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a part of my team as a Thrive Life consultant, this is a great month to do it because not only will we be working together, but you will be helping me achieve my goal! When you join The Thrive Tribe, you also receive a free chakra balancing and a free mini nutrition analysis. Why? Because I want you to glow!

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When you commit to a subscription for at least $25 each month you will receive a lot of bonuses, like free shipping on preferred items when the order is over $100,  and bonus points you redeem for free food whenever you like for each dollar you spend, early access to sales and a monthly item discounted to around 30% off, on average. This is our preferred customer program.
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