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Heels To Laces is on a mission to break through the clutter of health and fitness and make it easier to live healthier – and have a ton of fun doing it. As always, we love interaction so email us, comment, share and send your thoughts.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Energies are contagious. ” ~Rachel Wolchin

TRUTH OR DARE
Each post we will present you with a truth or dare – the idea is to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Focusing on just one change is much less daunting and more achievable, giving you the jump start you may need.

Dare: Be grateful.
It is so easy to go about your day and focus on the things that may not have gone well. What if you turned your perspective around and focused on three things that did? Every night, right before you go to sleep, name three things you were grateful for in that day. You will be amazed how effective this is – not only does it give you positive vibes to end your day, it helps you fall asleep faster by focusing on the good and giving you a sense of calm.

ASK THE EXPERTS
We don’t claim to know everything – so sometimes we have to ask the experts:

In An Instant
So, we are a little obsessed with the Instant Pot – thanks to a very good friend of Heels To Laces (looking at you NG!). We turned to certified health coach and founder of “Flavor Your Health“, Rebecca Ryan, to help us navigate the benefits of this popular device. Here’s what Rebecca shared:

One of the best ways to maintain your health and weight is to cook your own meals. Yet, finding time for meal planning and cooking in today’s busy world is daunting. Enter one miracle device that helps you whip up meals that taste as if you were slaving in the kitchen for hours. The Instant Pot is a game changer. And not just for saving time – for health benefits. Pressure cookers cook food thoroughly and evenly – allowing foods to retain 90% of water-soluble vitamins and phytochemicals and locking in flavor. It also helps eliminate harmful microorganisms and bacteria (buh-bye lectins!).

The airtight canister seals in high temperatures, allowing for rapid cooking (an answer to your prayers when it’s 5:00 and you’ve had nothing planned for dinner). It can cook anything from hard-boiled eggs, soups, pasta, meats and even yogurt. There are endless recipes online, with easy instructions. Most often, you simply need a few minutes of prep before you press the “on” button and walk away. The Instant Pot comes in multiple sizes including the 3, 6 or 8 quart. If you are looking for leftovers, this 8 quart is your best choice.

Still feeling confused or like you want someone to personally demonstrate? This cooking class on March 21st is for you.  More of a private lesson kinda person or seeking personal chef services? It would be my pleasure: rebecca@flavoryourhealth.com  / flavoryourhealth.com   

WHAT’S TRENDING
Walk along the alternative milk aisle of the supermarket lately, and you may notice a new player in town next to the almond milk, cashew milk and hemp milk. Enter oat milk.

Why oat milk? It’s a non-dairy, non-soy, plant-based alternative to cow’s milk. It’s packed with fiber and contains vitamins B, thiamin and folate and the minerals magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and copper. Not to mention, it is creamier than the typical non-dairy options out there.

Sounds pretty epic, doesn’t it? They jury is still out. Since it’s so new, there will continue to be information on the health benefits. For now, it is a nice find. Word of caution – the original inventor of oat milk, Oatly (literally impossible to find as it’s sold out everywhere), is the purest version out there even though it does contain 1.5% rapeseed oil (as confirmed by the company). Many copycat brands have additive ingredients like gums, sugar, lecithin, oils and well, crap. Same goes for other non-dairy “healthier” options. Always read the label. What might seem healthier is often quite the contrary.

WHAT WE’RE OBSESSED WITH
Sometimes, you just gotta have it.

Live Like Lilly
HtoL knows the importance of influencing youth to make healthy choices in fitness & nutrition. Our Youth Fitness classes are a highlight for us as we find the most incredible personalities and talent within these young adults. Lilly, a twelve year old entrepreneur, started her own organic bath salts and scrubs when she struggled to find organic options in the store. Yes, twelve. Lilly’s products are made from epsom salt, organic jojoba oil and lavender essential oils. And they smell incredible. To order, simply email Lilly: LASNatural@gmail.com. Let’s all #LiveLikeLilly and make dreams come true.

Almond You Glad We Told You?
If you are going to do all this gluten-free cookin’, you need a good flour. We have tried and tested multiple options out there and keep coming to the same one. This almond flour is the bomb and comes in a 5lb bag – ’cause as we all know, it goes fast. Blanched or unblanched, it never disappoints.

Ahhh-Choo!
Spring is in the air (officially on March 20th!) and with this mild, no-snow winter, allergy sufferers are in for a doozy. You do not have to ingest the best of pharma to get amazing benefits. This homeopathic remedy is a tried and true allergy defender. It’s all-natural and powerful – dare we say even better than the conventional popular picks.

THE DISH ON DELISH
All of our recipes will always be quick, healthy, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.

Bring these to a party. You may get a kiss on the lips.

Cookie Delight
Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted (or 1/2 cup of coconut oil or vegetable shortening, melted)
  • 1/2 cup of honey (or other sweetener)
  • 1 egg (can substitute one flaxseed egg)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (omit for SCD) or Good Stuff chocolate chopped into small pieces

Note – for those who eat oats, you can add 1/2 – 3/4 cup of oats to the batter for that extra thickness.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and blend with a spoon.
  3. Add the wet ingredients and blend it well with a spoon.
  4. Drop about a tablespoon of batter in each cookie spot on the cookie sheets. Space them about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are starting to brown around the edges.

Caution: you will not stop at one.

Thank you, ComfyBelly.com

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What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar?

Heels To Laces is on a mission to break through the clutter of health and fitness and make it easier to live healthier – and have a ton of fun doing it.

As always, we love interaction so email us, comment, share and send your thoughts.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible.” ~Mandy Hale

TRUTH OR DARE
Each post we will present you with a truth or dare. All you have to do is tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need.

Dare: Read the label.
We often get cravings and sometimes there is nothing we can do to stop it. How often do you just pick up a “go-to” food without thinking based on habit or an impression by the label that it’s “healthy”? It lands in your cart, then at the register, then in your cabinet or freezer then on your couch. And somehow, someway, it disappears.

Here’s a trick – read the ingredients. Let’s dissect a few of the ingredients in a Klondike bar – in order of highest to lowest amount:  Sugar, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Cellulose Gel, Polysorbate 80, Annatto (for Color). Still want it?

Reading ingredients is the key to picking healthier choices. Try not to have blind faith in the marketing promises (“non-GMO”, “healthy”, “natural”, “gluten free”). Even “organic” isn’t always healthy (yes, they make an organic pop tart). So, no need to do a crazy deed for a bar you don’t need – chances are, once you read the label, you’ll lose interest.

ASK THE EXPERTS
We don’t claim to know everything – so sometimes we have to ask the experts. Our latest guru is Bob Roth. We didn’t exactly talk to Bob Roth, but he spoke to us through his book, “Strength in Stillness – The Power of Transcendental Meditation.”

It’s Time To Start
If you’ve even contemplated meditation – consider this your wake-up call. Bob enlightens us, that according to research, stress hits us in at least 3 distinct, often debilitating ways: On the muscular or structural level – we tense our bodies in the form of tension headaches, stiff neck or shoulders, tight jaw, grinding our teeth or constricting our blood vessels  which restricts oxygen to the brain or heart (read: stroke/heart attack);  On the level of cognitive functioning – reducing circulation to the brain and skewing electrical activity (our brains shut down); and stimulating the adrenal gland to secrete too much cortisol (the “stress hormone”) which feeds anxiety and becomes a viscous cycle (destroys healthy muscle & bones, slows healing and normal cell regeneration, impairs digestion, metabolism and mental functioning and weakens the immune system).

The list goes on…

Unaddressed stress can be debilitating – and slowly, over time, break your body down until it becomes much harder to reverse the damage and it takes a serious toll on your mind and body.

Meditation has an incredible impact on your approach and reaction to life’s daily challenges and helps you enjoy the moment rather than just trying to “get through it”. You do not have to sit cross-legged and chant “ohmmm”. It can be as short as 1-2 minutes in the morning and the same in the evening. Once you start, you will find you miss it when you don’t incorporate it into your day.

Transcendental Meditation is like the Rolls-Royce of meditation. The book offers valuable insight into the benefits of meditation and can be used for that sole purpose. If you want to start smaller (and faster), we suggest Insight Timer. It’s free, it’s user-friendly and you can customize it to your needs.

Cheer’s to a more Zen you.

WHAT’S TRENDING
Kick it up. For all you Italians, you know this spice all too well…Oregano Oil is the new superhero. It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. The benefits are almost too long to list. So, we’ll tackle the most prominent:

Numerous scientific studies have confirmed it’s ability to destroy infectious germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites). It has been proven to be as effective as prescription antibiotics against bacteria. It’s strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-killing) properties help alleviate pain and inflammation. It attacks invading pathogens and relieves discomfort. Oregano oil also has the ability to loosen mucus in sinuses and lungs, acting as an expectorant and helps relieve coughing. It helps relieve gas upset, settles the digestive system and helps soothe inflamed tissue in the stomach and intestines.

In addition, it is a powerful anti-oxidant, increases white blood cell activity, helps reduce fever and helps remove toxins and poisons.

Might sound too good to be true, but it works. It’s super powerful (also in taste and smell). 1-2 drops will do you (highly suggest dilluting in water or other beverage). It can be used topically or ingested.

There are two that are ranked as the purest and most effective: this is our favorite, and this a close 2nd.

WHAT WE’RE OBSESSED WITH
Sometimes, you just gotta have it.

Ah-Choooo!
Just because it feels like the middle of winter does not mean Spring is not here – it’s inevitable allergies will flare (this year they are saying 2 wks vs. 4 – so there’s that). There is a pretty amazing homeopathic remedy we swear by – originally discovered for kids, but we found an adult version. Includes Vitamin C, Quercetin Dihydrate, Stinging Nettles Leaf, Bromelain (from pineapple) and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine. This stuff is the bomb.

Night, Night
Put down the sleeping pills. We’ve got a new, topical dream catcher to get your sleep-on. This sleep lotion gives you a deep, peaceful sleep with one swoosh. It is scientifically formulated to help you fall asleep within just minutes of use, it’s made from ethically sourced, plant-based ingredients that can give you a deeper sleep, it can improve hydration for those with dry & aging skin and oh, it’s 100% money back guarantee. Oh, and we scored you a 30% off discount. You’re welcome, for your 8 hours.

Yes, Please!
There’s a new company in town and we want to be the first to tell you about it. We all know the health benefits of coffee. Now, you can have it delivered to your home (over 350 varieties to choose from, matched to your preferences). It’s like Match.com for coffee. And because you are one of our loyal followers, we’ve scored you your first bag FREE. Just enter promo code vipnk54yave at checkout. Happy coffee’ing.

THE DISH ON DELISH
All of our recipes will always be quick, healthy, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.

This one is addictive.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Elanaspantry.com)

Ingredients:
Cake

  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 large eggs

Topping

  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup raw, organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions:
Grease a 9″ cake pan with coconut oil and dust with almond flour. In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda. Pulse in coconut oil, honey, and eggs. Spread the batter into prepared baking dish.

To make topping, combine coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and sliced almonds in a small bowl. Drizzle topping over cake batter.

Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes. Cool and serve.

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PS. We love you too.

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Have a product you’d like us to try and review for potential inclusion in our newsletter? Simply contact us: info@heelstolaces.com

WANT MORE?
Let the fun continue…Follow us on Instagram & Facebook to get daily doses of inspiration, knowledge & recipes.

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