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Happy Things, Healthy Living ~ Green Juice Painkiller Shots, Chia Energy Bites & More!

Happy Things, Healthy Living is where I share my favorite things and healthy living inspiration-like this green juice painkiller shot! Take a peek, join the conversation and share your favorites as well so we can all inspire each other to live a happy, healthy, joyous life! Here’s what’s inspiring me lately…

1. Natural Green Juice Painkiller Shot

Pain? Sore muscles? Inflammation? Before you reach for an Advil, give this Natural Green Juice "Painkiller" Shot a try!

Pain? Inflammation? Sore muscles? Before you reach for an Advil, give this Natural Green Juice Painkiller Shot a try!

I’ve been working out more recently {a #goodthing as a certain Martha would say}, but unfortunately my muscles have been a little sorer lately too, so I decided to tweak my favorite green juice recipe with tart cherry juice, a natural anti-inflammatory, in place of the apple. Not only is the “shot” pretty tasty {although not quite the same as the “painkiller shot” from my college days}, I think it definitely has helped ease my muscle soreness too! In addition to the tart cherry juice, ginger is another natural anti-inflammatory, plus greens, because, sorry to sound like a broken record, but we should all try to get in a daily dose of leafy greens! Want to make your own? It’s super easy-here’s how…

GREEN JUICE PAINKILLER SHOT: Blend 1/2 cup tart cherry juice + 1-2 cups raw kale or other greens + juice from 1/2 lemon + ~1 inch fresh ginger. Bottoms up!

2. Walking to Fight Breast Cancer and Find a Cure

Participate in a breast cancer walk, like the 2015 San Diego Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk to help fight breast cancer and find a cure!

I was honored to walk in the 2015 San Diego Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk a couple of weekends ago in support of my family and friends who have courageously battled, and, most fortunately, due to early detection, continue to thrive and live happy, healthy lives! Want to learn more about breast cancer prevention and treatment, or participate in a breast cancer walk near you? Learn more here–>Susan G Komen Race for The Cure; Medical Monday’s: Breast Cancer at Fairyburger.

3. Chosen Foods Chia Energy Bites and Avocado Oil Products

Get your daily dose of healthy fats with some delicious products from Chosen Foods ~ Chia Energy Bites and Avocado Oil!

I recently received some delicious samples from a local San Diego food company, Chosen Foods. They sent me some of their portable Chia Slims {FODMAP friendly!}, plus pure Avocado Oil {perfect for high heat cooking with a smoke point up to 500 degrees F}, and a delicious Avocado Oil Mayo rich in heart healthy, belly fat fighting MUFA’s. Mr. Spicy and I both agreed that the chia energy bites were quite tasty, and I found that they kept my energy up from 3:30p {my usual snack time}, through my late afternoon workout, and all the way up until dinner at 7:30 pm. Not bad for a portable snack that provides 155 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 11 g of healthy fat, and only 4 grams of sugar! You’ll definitely want to check out the entire line of Chosen Foods products, and if you order anything, be sure and use COUPON CODE: CFSHIPS15 for free shipping!

4. Having Fun With My Food: Egg-in-a-Frame with Avocado Hemp Heart Toast

Egg-in-a-Frame with Avocado Hemp Heart Toast ~ a fun, and healthy breakfast idea!

Have you made an “egg-in-a-frame” before? It’s the perfect egg/toast breakfast combo, for BF’s {Bad Flippers} like me! I’ve got my pancake flipping skills down pat, but my fried egg flipping skills are sorely lacking, which is why cracking an egg inside a toast hole, then flipping it over, is one of my all-time favorite kitchen hacks. This time, I had fun with it, and created a heart-shaped hole, cracked my egg in it, then topped it off with a heart shaped piece of gluten-free toast topped with avocado and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts ♥. Genius idea, no?! Oh, and super healthy + absolutely delicious too!

5. Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas with Crunchmaster Gluten-Free Crackers

Pair Crunchmaster Crackers with your favorite hummus or other dip, for a healthy gluten-free snack!

When it rains, it pours! I’ve been enjoying gluten-free Crunchmaster Crackers for awhile now, so I was excited to receive some new varieties to sample, including 7 Ancient Grains, White Cheddar, and my personal favorite-Sea Salt, which has 3 grams of fiber per serving and is suitable for a low FODMAP diet too! With Thanksgiving and other holidays coming up, I love to have these on hand to pair with my Savory Spiced Pumpkin Hummus, my 3-ingredient Quick and Easy Lentil Feta Bruschetta Dip, or with Goat Cheese topped with my favorite Jackie’s Jams Zippy Jalapeño Jam. All these appetizers can be made in 5 minutes or less, leaving you more time to enjoy the festivities and mingle with your family and friends. Perhaps with a Spicy Apple Gingertini on the side. Cheers!!!

Note: Although I received free products to sample, I was not asked to write these review, and, as always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

I’d love to chat with you, so leave a comment, share a tip, or ask a question! And, if you think your friends would enjoy this post, I’d truly appreciate you sharing it with them too!

What’s making you happy lately? Have you ever tried tart cherry juice for pain or inflammation? Any new favorite healthy food brands you’ve discovered? Have you ever done a breast cancer walk or run before? Are you a BF like me??? 

12 thoughts on “Happy Things, Healthy Living ~ Green Juice Painkiller Shots, Chia Energy Bites & More!”

  1. Go you EA! Your green shot concoction would sell wonders at GNC or Vitamin Shoppe- I think you should open a production plant :). I would much rather see those gym folks I’ve been watching lately wash down their workout with this rather than that pink powder they create every other lift and gulp like a giant slurpee (so gross!).
    Second, I need those crackers in my life. I love Crunchmaster and those new flavors sound amazing. Will keep my eye out for those!
    And yes, I too am a BF :). But, it makes me happy regardless knowing I created something on my own, even if it is not pinterest worthy lol!

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