Upgrade your food without downgrading your life

Let’s step out of the kitchen for a minute and into the real world, shall we?

Do you want to upgrade your food without downgrading your life? Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel energized every day, even when your schedule is booked solid?  How awesome would it be if you could feel lighter and brighter without sacrificing any of your fun weekend plans?

As we’ve shown you here at HCC healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. It’s about taking a few simple steps that impact your life in a big way.

You can still live like a rockstar AND be your healthiest you.

Which leads us to a really exciting announcement… Our very own Robyn Youkilis is introducing a new (totally free) video training series that we know you’ll love.

The Rockstar Roadmap is exactly what you need to become your healthiest you.

Have you wanted to know how to get back to feeling fabulous after a late night out?   Are you totally clueless about what to eat when you’re surrounded by unhealthy options? If so, this series is for you.

Here’s what she’s going to cover with you:

  • The one thing you need to know to be able to eat healthy no matter how busy you are.
  • Three secrets to fending off your cravings – even in front of a plate of fries!
  • Four solid tools that will help you get to your healthiest weight without sacrifice (yes girl, YOU can do this)

Check out her AMAZING kick off video and sign up now!  And then share it with your friends!

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Virtual Vacation

One thing we know we all want to do more of, no matter what your age or where you live, is GO ON VACATION!

Robyn is throwing a free 10-Day Virtual Vacation.

And you’re coming.

No matter if you’re already going on vacation, currently on vacation or just getting back from one, you’ll want to dive deep into our virtual vacation.  It’s a chance to have fun, relax and truly feel like you soaked up summer to it’s fullest. After all, don’t you often feel like you need a second vacation just to recover from the one that just ended?   Oh and yes, wine is definitely included (or a Kale Margarita, whatever your fancy ;))

Here’s how the Virtual Vacation Challenge works:

  1. Join the FREE 10-Day Virtual Vacation Challenge before the end of August by entering your name and email below.
  2. Your 10-day virtual vacation journey begins!  Each morning of the challenge, you’ll receive a simple and inspiring action email to incorporate into your day. These “tasks” will be fun and easy. Even if you’re already on a trip, they’ll allow you to fully enjoy so that you don’t get home and feel like it didn’t even happen (you know the feeling)!
  3. Share your daily action step on all your social media streams using the hashtag #YHYVirtualVacation.

SIGN UP HERE:



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Now here’s the extra fun part (and why you really MUST join)…

What’s another thing we love besides vacations? Awesome free sh*t.

By signing up for the free 10-Day challenge,
you’ll be eligible to WIN:

 

SIGN UP NOW!



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Salad Fest 2013: That’s a Wrap

Whoa.  3 weeks of non-stop salads have us feeling svelte and satisfied.

We  couldn’t be more excited about all of the amazing participation over the past few weeks.  It’s been amazing to see recipes from our foodie friends and to see what’s cooking in the kitchens of people like indie rock icon Sarah Lewitinn, eFlirt Expert Laurie Davis, and fashion writer Faran Krentcil.

We did our best to get a variety of salads from Sweet to Savory to Slaw… We traveled the globe giving you something from Japan and something from Italy

We hope Salad Fest 2013 rocked your kitchen as much as it did ours.

saladfest3Here’s the rundown of all the recipes that were featured in Salad Fest 2013.  

Feel free to let us know which ones were your favorite OR keep the Salad Fest fun alive and keep tweeting, facebook’ing and instagram’ing your favorite salads using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Fresh Herb Salad

Amie Valpone of Healthy Apple’s Sesame Brown Rice Salad

Jamie Mendel of Studio Eats’ Massaged Kale Salad

Arielle Fierman of Be Well with Arielle’s Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing

Robyn Youkilis of Your Healthiest You’s Detox Quinoa Salad

Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn’s Colorful Pasta Salad

Sarah Kagan of Beyond the Batter’s Kohlrabi, Carrot and Apple Slaw

Laurie Davis, eFlirt Expert’s Date Night Salad

Quinn Asteak aka Health Coach Quinn’s Peachy White Bean Salad

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Carrot & Cabbage Slaw

Jaime K of Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad

Holli Thompson of Nutritional Style’s Quinoa and Bean Salad with Mango

My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce

Faran Krentcil’s Watermelon Mozzarella Salad

Healthy Cooking Camp’s Italian Tuna + Bean Salad

Health Ninja’s Tempeh & Grilled Peach Salad with Blackberry Cilantro Pesto

Katie Dalebout of Wellness Wonderland’s {Sweet Salty Spicy, Simple} Breakfast Salad

Bon Appetit, Campers!

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Robyn Youkilis’s Detox Quinoa Salad #SaladFest2013

This spring I was lucky enough to host a detox workshop for a group of ladies in RobynYoukilis_HeadshotSanta Monica, California.  I had been playing with a new mint/daikon radish/carrot combination in my own salad bowls and knew I had to share!

So, I present to you without further ado, my creation – The World’s Most Craveable Salad!

Not only is it super satisfying and insanely delicious, it’s a detox salad too! 

Daikon radishes have numerous health benefits like aiding in weight loss and cancer prevention, as well as being an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial food.  It’s also great for digestion, as well as bone, skin, and respiratory health.  Micro greens also come packed with vital nutrients that add a punch to this salad (check out more info on the benefits of sprouts in my Your Bella Life article).  And let’s not forget how powerful cayenne pepper is with its incredible ability to lower cholesterol, aid in circulation, and help regulate blood pressure.

I hope you love this salad as much as I do.  For a lighter version try swapping out the quinoa for mesclun greens or baby kale.

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Detox Quinoa Salad
Servings: 2-4
Time: 25 minutes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 daikon radish, grated
  • 2-4 carrots, grated
  • ½ -1 cup micro greens
  • 1/2 bunch mint leaves, roughly chopped or torn (the best part!)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Handful of raw sunflower seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon, preferably Meyer
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients and serve!

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Robyn Youkilis, a board certified Health Coach and Healthy Cooking Expert and founder of Your Healthiest You and co-founder of the cooking show, {Healthy} Cooking Camp, was coined by Pure Wow as “the busy ladies health coach”, supporting busy guys and gals on their journey to becoming the healthiest that they can be.

You can find out more about Robyn’s boutique style one-on-one coaching, international speaking services and programs as well as awesome recipes at www.yourhealthiestyou.com.

 

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Everything Free Banana Bread Muffins

Posted by: Robyn

These muffins have been eaten by all sorts of folks in dietary land and have been loved through and through. My hubs even proclaimed that if I made 3 batches and zip-locked them for him to take to work he would be good for breakfast FOREVER! Bold statement!

I hope you enjoy my favorite baking adventure treat. Feel free to make them in a loaf pan but be sure to bake the bread for 45-60 minutes and insert a toothpick to check when it’s cooked through (the toothpick should come out clean and the bread should feel firm in the middle when gently touched). Look at me getting all baking language up in this joint!photo 1

Everything Free Banana Bread Muffins
Servings: 10-12
Time: 45 minutes

  •  4 bananas, yellow (they do not need to be overly ripe)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine your bananas, eggs, nut butter, and butter in a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl and mix well (if using a mixing bowl you need a good hand-mixer).

Once all of your ingredients are blended move mixture to a mixing bowl and add in coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well.

Add natural cupcake liners to a muffin pan and pour in your batter evenly throughout the pans. You should be able to fill one standard 12 muffin sized pan.

Place in your preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, the tops should be a golden brown. Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool on a baking rack (if you don’t have a baking rack you can just tilt them sideways in the pan to allow air to circulate underneath the muffins (I obviously do not own a baking rack).

Feel free to serve with chopped toasted pecans or walnuts and a little drizzle of honey. You could also include 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the batter. I’ve heard they’re delicious this way. :)

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