Looking to get into SHAPE?

Slide-1-treeSo have you ever wondered about the SHAPE ReClaimed diet and how to get started? SHAPE ReClaimed is a doctor monitored detox diet used to reduce inflammation in the body. On Saturday, January 17th, 2015, we are co-hosting a SHAPE ReClaimed Health and Wellness Challenge Kickoff event, and it will be held right here at Feed Your Vitality, 1821 Cherokee Street, 63118.   We will begin at 10:00 am with Dr. Todd Frisch speaking and he will provide a comprehensive understanding of the program. You will also hear cooking tips and tricks from experts, success stories, and have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session.   Our professional chefs from Feed Your Vitality will cook a delicious lunch consisting of SHAPE ReClaim approved foods.   The day will conclude at 2:00 pm, but you can continue connecting with others going through the program by joining our private Facebook support group.   There is a $50 cost to attend, and you can register by calling SHAPE Central at 636-207-6600.

This is just the first in a wide range of unique events coming to FYV in 2015. In a previous blog I had mentioned that one of the reasons we are so excited about our new space is because it provides us with the opportunity to enhance what we have to offer…we are currently working on our calendar for the new year and plan to have a 30 Day Anti-Inflammatory Challenge Kickoff event, cooking classes, tips and tricks seminars, and periodically host “special occasions” with food and wine tasting.   We will be providing the class schedule and registration information soon…and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2015!

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Keep Calm and Drink Hot Chocolate

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It’s definitely starting to look (and feel!) like the holidays here at Feed Your Vitality!  Two weeks ago I told you about our new home in the former Lemp Stable…this week I wanted to show you one of my favorite features here, the beautiful antique fireplace and our comfy cozy couches …it may be chilly and rainy outside, but it’s an awesome perk to be able to work here sitting in front of the fire.  And it inspired today’s post…how about some low carb, anti-inflammatory Hot Chocolate to help get you warmed up?  Here are a couple of different recipes to try!  (Note that if you are a big coffee drinker, you may like to try these recipes without the sweetness of the Stevia as a coffee alternative.)

 

Hot Chocolate

1 Tbs dark cocoa powder

1 Tbs palm sugar or a few drops of Double Chocolate Stevia

2 Tbs coconut milk pinch sea salt 1 cup hot water

Mix together in a mug!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate                                   

3 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup Coconut Milk

1 cup boiling water

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Peppermint Mocha Stevia (a couple of drops)

1 tsp Cinnamon

Add cocoa to boiling water and stir well, blending in the cinnamon and Peppermint Mocha Stevia.  Stir in the coconut milk and vanilla.  Pop it in the microwave to warm it up to your desired temperature!

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It’s the Apple of Your Pie…

pic pieStarting to plan that special holiday dinner?  How about including a delicious (and healthy!) option for desert?   Our Living Apple Pie is truly a crowd favorite…we call it a “living” pie because it’s made with all living ingredients and isn’t even cooked!

Our recipe is below if you would like to try making your own pie, but keep in mind that you can always order one from Feed Your Vitality.  In fact, for $199 we offer a complete anti-inflammatory family style holiday feast!  Our dinner serves 8 – 10 people and is conveniently delivered free to your home on December 23rd.  Let us do the cooking, all you need to do is heat and enjoy.    Click here for holiday menu

Now back to our recipe…

LIVING APPLE PIE

1-2 tsp Coconut oil (ghee, butter, or the oil of your choice)

2 cups of your favorite nuts (Mixed nuts, almonds, etc.)

Sea Salt

2 1/2 cups of medjool dates

1 orange peeled (no seeds)

filtered water

5 apples (I prefer Gala)

2 TBSP ground Cinnamon (apple pie spice blend works too)

Crust:  In a food processor, combine the nuts and a pinch of sea salt.  Pulse until the nuts are ground not quite to a flour.  The courser pieces offer a nice texture.  This is preference though.  If you are in a time crunch or only have almond meal, that works too.   If your dates have pits, remove them and discard.  Slowly add 2 cups of the dates to your nut mix until a thick “dough” is formed.  Rub coconut oil in the bottom of a pie pan for easy pie removal.  Place the ball of “dough” in the pan and press it out to form a pie crust.  It is sometimes easier to do if you dip your fingers in water to prevent them from sticking to the dough as you spread.

Sauce:  After peeling and seeding, place the entire orange into your blender and grind to a juicy pulp.  Add the remaining 1/2 cup of dates (you can also use honey or agave nectar, if you are low on dates.)  Blend thoroughly, adding filtered water if necessary to create a thick syrup.  Add the cinnamon and blend again.

Filling: Peel and core the apples and slice them however you wish.  I prefer thin rings.   Toss the filling and sauce together until completely coated and place the mixture in the pie crust.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to two days.

ALSO, another option you may want to try – cover with Enjoy Life Brand Chocolate Chips (they are dairy free, and can be found at the grocery store) and bake at 350 degrees until melted.  YUM…

FYI from FYV…Our New Home!

pic dining roomHello again!  Big News from Feed Your Vitality!

We know it’s been quite a while since we last updated our blog, but a lot has been going on here at Feed Your Vitality!

In September, we moved into our new home in the Lemp complex at 1821 Cherokee Street.   We’re actually in the old stable building of the Lemp Brewery. This was a big step forward for us  – and we absolutely love it here.   It’s a big open space…high ceilings, great architecture, awesome atmosphere.   Best of all, we now have plenty of room to grow.

Of course, we’ll be expanding our menu offerings – so you can look forward to some delicious new options to tempt your taste buds.

We’re also planning a whole host of exciting events in 2015.  We’re going to introduce cooking classes so you can start making all kinds of delicious, healthy dishes.   And we’re lining up some fun tasting events as well, so you can come on in, see our new place, try some great food and drinks, and meet the whole gang here at Feed Your Vitality.

We couldn’t be more excited about the year ahead, and we’re looking forward to sharing it all with you.   We’ll be staying in touch with regular posts on our blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.  We’ll keep you updated on our menu and events.  We’ll share recipes, tips and ideas to help you in your wellness journey.

So tell us what you think!  Let us know what works for you, or how we can serve you better.  After all, that’s why we’re here.  And we’ll keep you informed on everything new and exciting happening here at FYV!

So stay tuned! And spread the word.  Feed Your Vitality is better than ever!

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