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Archive for May, 2015

Beanless Zucchini Hummus

Raw Beanless Hummus, Zucchini My version.

I just made the most amazing dip and planned to try it out for my weekly snacks, but then I decided to put it on my salad for dressing, dipped with veggies, and have plans to top it on baked fish.  This is a great dip to bring to your Memorial day parties, and keep in your reciepes for a quick go to snack.

2 zucchini, choppedIMG_1526
¾ cup raw tahini (see below)

½ cup fresh lemon juice

2 ½ teaspoons sea salt ( use only 1 tsp of regular salt)
3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup of olive oil.

I also added 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, and reduced my tahini to 1/2 cup.

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-powered blender until smooth.  Yum!  Use as a dip, dressing or atop your favorite baked fish.

I also added a half cup of sunflower seeds and reduced my tahini to only 1/2 cup.
Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-powered blender until smooth

Renewing your mind with First Place 4 Health

Changing lifestyle habits is hard.  Not only are they ingrained into our behaviors, thoughts, and daily actions, they are a part of our culture and the engine of the media.    Simply changing one behavior can led to a challenge for other behavior changes.  As a trainer,  I’m used to addressing the thoughts and emotions that go along with making changes.    I wanted to go deeper for my own challenges, and do more to help people with the great challenge of change – our thoughts   – so and I began praying for a way to do that.   Along came First Place 4 Health, and in October 2013 I began the process of equipping for ministry at my church.

Over these last 12 weeks, our first “Feed Your Spirit” group has completed our wellness class and bible study, focusing on our emotions, our thoughts, our heart, and our physical body.  I experienced God working through all these areas in my life in a whole new way.  It was as if all the bible studies and leadership training I’ve had over the last 3 years led up to this next step in my journey to know God more and who I am in Christ.  For the first time ever, I was able to follow my Lenten sacrifice, and shed light on some significant strongholds in my life.  As we studied obedience, confession, forgiveness, temptation, and renewal, I began to see a “new” renewal in myself.  The group participants were seeing the same thing, a greater trust in God, as we dug into the word and shared our thoughts on the study each week.

As in Romans 12:2 We are challenged not to conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We receive clarity and guidance in how to step away from the behavior that damages our body and mind, and how to step towards greater wellness and fellowship with others who struggle against the culture too.

New 6 Week Class June 7th:  I look forward to the next 6 week summer study and our 12 week program in the fall.  I am super excited to see what God has planned for us next!  Classes include practical wellness topics in nutrition and fitness, as well as a new bible study.  The next class begins June 7th on Sunday mornings.  Get more details here.