Cauliflower “hot wing” 

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My husband is watching football and I am sitting here starving.  If you have followed me you know I recently went vegan.  I don’t watch football but I am not against the snacks that come with it.  Before my vegan venture I didn’t eat a lot of meat anyway but today I missed hotwings. With not feeling well and not a lot of food in the house I needed to come up with something that also helped with my meat craving which is the first one I have had. I saw someone else post about cauliflower wings so took a stab at it.  I had changed some things and added Wildtree products and they turned out amazing.  I will tell you they really made my craving go away.  My husband said they are good but don’t taste like wings but I beg to differ.  

Cauliflower wings 

Prep time 10 minutes cook time 45 minutes 

Ingredients needed 

1 1/2 cups Flour-I used whole wheat flour 

One head of cauliflower 

1 cup Hot sauce 

1 tblsp of earth balance butter 

1/2 cup Almond milk 

1/2 water 

1 tsp Wildtree BBQ sea salt 

1 tsp Wildtree onion blend 

1 tsp Wildtree smokey Grapeseed oil 

Preheat over to 450 

Mix 

Flour,  water and almond milk in a mixing bowl.  Mix until no lumps are visible

Rinse and cut your cauliflower into but size peices

Add your cauliflower to your batter mix and wish until fully coated.  Add oil to pan and coat then add cauliflower. Make sure to shake off excess batter.  
Bake for 25 minutes 

While your wings are cooking get your sauce ready.  

Add hot sauce and butter to pan on low and stir.  I used a garlic hot sauce but you can use bbq or whatever other sauce you like.  

When the cauliflower is done pull out and coat with sauce.  Once coated well add Wildtree onion blend and bbq sea salt.  Bake another 20 minutes.  

Add ranch or other condiment when finished.  I thought they turned out very filling and did taste very similar to wings.  Hope you guys enjoy.  I did make these a vegan version and now plan to make these for super bowl parties I attend.  Remember order Wildtree products here they add so much flavor to your meals.  

I did it I became one of them 

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A couple months ago I fell back into eating a bit off track. Stopping for food a little to much and forgetting my veggies at my meals. As a trainer fitness instructor I noticed and knew I needed to do something to get back on track. I believe that healthy eating really is a reward for our bodies and we shouldn’t see it as a punishment. When I get off track it is usually because I need to prep better and figure out what is happening in my life to make me make bad choices. Have you ever felt that there was a way for you to keep focused that just seemed to fit for you and your lifestyle? I have been on and off vegetarian since I was 10 and always had an excuse to go back to eating meat. I have never been a big meat eater even would take half off while eating a meal. I did realize however while the more meat I consumed the more bad choices I made. Sometimes if I stopped for take out it seemed completely acceptable to get a sandwich and make that my meal. I knew that this just wasn’t working for me to stay healthy. 

I needed to reset. Make a plan and why it was important for me and why it was healthy for me and fit for me. I almost felt this was my reason to go back to a vegetarian diet. I never felt limited but more adventurous trying to find new ways to eat my vegetables and fruit. I seem to make better choices when meat isn’t the centerfold. As I am not 10 anymore I have learned a lot of things since my first go around of vegetarianism. Before it was all about the animals I even participated in some protest in my teens. This time it was for my health. Not that I didn’t still love animals I do but it was for the reason that I know that a diet surrounding vegetables, beans,fruits and grains just works well for me. This time though I really knew that the vegetarian I was sometimes wasn’t  the healthiest either. I decided to take the leap I never did before, I decided to go vegan. So one day eating chicken to the next going vegan. Again I don’t even eat a lot of cheese cut it out before due to fat and calories so this wasn’t as hard as I thought. I joined some groups online for support and wow I forget how passionate people get about this choice. I blindly jumped in again for my health. I have had some slip ups but for the most part it has been good. To add to my diet Change I have watched some documentaries on how animals are treated for the means of fashion and our food and it made me feel like a passionate teen again trying to share the cause. My goal was to start eating better but I feel a sense of relief also by changing my habits and remembering why I became a vegetarian in the first place. I feel it called me back and this is the step I needed to take. My goal is to share good food and friendly conversation with friends. I hope by sharing in love I can help others also. I will keep you updated on my journey in veganism. It has been about a month strong without any slip ups.  I am excited about sharing recipes and updates. Have a great night.

Garbanzo and veggie dish 

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​Way to excited about my lunch! 


Veggie stir fry with garbanzo beans 

1 can of garbanzo beans 

1 cup of mushrooms 

1 package of asparagus 

10 cherry tomatoes 

1 tablespoon of Wildtree Italian salad mix dressing 

1 tablespoon of smokey bacon Grapeseed oil 

Start with oil and asparagus and mushroom and garbanzo beans cook on low. Put lid on cook about 7 minutes then add tomatoes.  Boom protien-vegan-yummy:)

I really love Wildtree products they add so much flavor. You can browse the different options and ads some extra flavor to your meals.  Let me know your favorite.  Mywildtree.com/krystalshuga 

Plan ahead Thanksgiving meal prep Wildtree 

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Thinking about the holidays and want to prepare ahead? Wildtree has you covered.  Wildtree is offering a Thanksgiving bundle in October half the price with the purchase of $50 or more.  Come with products and recipes to get you set for your dinner plans. It is always the worst to forgot something or have to shop the day before in the busy stores to get last minute items.  Bundles are delivered to your door and then you will have a grocery list to go with it ahead so no worries.  
Order your bundle HERE
Remember we have specials each month and discounted Bundles to make meals easy.  

Healthy Swaps

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I want to tell you it is ok to eat the foods you love! Over time I have lost weight and learned that I can still enjoy food just by adjusting the way I eat. Many empty calorie items can be swapped out with nutrient dense goods and even taste better. Don’t think about eating better as a punishment of losing the things you love as much as adapting or trying a new way to enjoy them. Here are some suggestions on swaps to help make eating healthy easier. If you have an awesome recipe please share also.

Margarine

  • Increased risk of coronary heart disease
  • Increased levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowered levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased fertility
  • Decreased immune response
  • Increased blood insulin levels and greater risk for diabetes

Replace with

Coconut oil

  • Helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Immune system boost
  • Improves memory and brain function

Mayonnaise 

  • High sodium content in store bought
  • High calories
  • High in fat

Avocado

Avocado is a great replacement for Mayonnaise. Avocado is still pretty high in fat but it very high in nutrients which makes it a winner over its Mayo counterpart.

  • Heart healthy monounsaturated fat which lowers cholesterol and helps the heart
  • Includes vitamin and nutrients including folic acid, fiber, potassium, vitamin E,  vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper
  • Light creamy consistency great for a mayo spread replacement

My favorite swap with avocado is for making a Tuna Salsa Wrap

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Ingredients needed

1 Avocado

Tuna in water 1 can

Salsa any kind you prefer

1 Lemon

Tablespoon of Feta Cheese

Spinach

Whole wheat tortilla’s

Mix Avocado, Tuna, Salsa and Feta cheese in a bowl until blended well. Put spinach on tortilla and squeeze with lemon and add a scoop of mixture.


Keep dips full of nutrients instead of empty calories. Try beans and hummus spreads instead of dips with sour cream and mayonnaise.

Use herbs and oils to flavor your food instead of dips and dressings with added sugar and salt. Herbs, oils and natural spices can add flavor without the extra calories. Wildtree offers organic, no additives products to make great meals without the preservatives. Made in a peanut free environment with many gluten free options available.

Make homemade pesto, spaghetti sauce and dressings.

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Add flavor to drinks to avoid juices and pop.

Many water bottles have fruit attachments to add fruit or cucumbers to make your water have more flavor and making fluid intake easier. Many juices and pop have extra sugars and calories. Our body is primarily made up of water it helps lubricates our joints, helps regulate body temperature, helps flush waste and helps aid digestion.

Add freshness with cucumber and orange

Add strawberry and mint for a little sweetness

 

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Remember any small changes can make a world of difference. Don’t think about swaps in a way of avoiding food but changing them up for a healthier cleaner meal. It can be even fun to think of fun swaps to make meals healthier and expand your taste buds.

One of my favorite recipes for healthy ideas for recipes is sparkrecipes.com

You can type in any of your favorite foods lets say Pizza and get many healthy ideas to transform your meals. The best is in the comments where people tell you how they have added or changed recipes to make their own to give even more ideas.

You can make simple changes to make a big difference if you life. You can love food and still have healthy meals that taste delicious!

 

What are your favorite meals and how can you transform them?

 

 

 

Wildtree Wednesday Recipe 

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I love comfortable food. This recipe is very filling and loaded with fiber. Great vegetarian option and sure to be enjoyed by those carnivores too. 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked quinoa

3 cups cooked black beans (or two

15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed low sodium)

2 large sweet potatoes, shredded

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

1 cup salsa

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

2 tablespoons of wildtree taco seasoning blend 
DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9” x 9” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, 1⁄2 cup of the cheese, and the taco seasoning blend.  In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and the salsa. Pour the salsa mixture over the quinoa-bean mixture, then pour everything into the prepared casserole dish.

3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro.
Serving size: 1 heaping cup
Servings Per Recipe: 8

NUTRITIONAL INFO Amount Per Serving

Calories: 204.5

Total Fat: 3.2 g

Cholesterol: 63.4 mg

Sodium: 315.6 mg

Total Carbs: 31.7 g

Dietary Fiber: 9.1 g

Protein: 13.8 g
Order wildtree’s taco seasoning at mywildtree.com/krystalshuga

Secondhand curves con 

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​​This weekend I was invited to be a vendor a secondhand curves convention. Started by a friend of mine Rachel Cadie who wants to help women feel beautiful and confident. She owns a plus size consignment shop and sells fashionable clothing and accessories. I often see her post selfies with different outfits to share her fashion and she always looks amazing. Never do I see her post negative post but always uplifting to help women feel beautiful and confident. This convention hit me more than I thought it  would.

I was ready to be a vendor and hoping to talk to people about my classes and products. I left with a ton of happiness from all the women enjoying being them. The keynote speaker practically making me snort with her jokes. A woman reading a chapter from her book I think so many women could relate to. Women walking in a fashion show with so much confidence and amazing outfits. I have never actually been to a fashion show so that was exciting. Women coming up and telling me their stories. 

What made this so special to be part of? It had nothing to do with being a plus size convention or even about fashion. It was real people being lifted up by those around them. Other women telling them your beautiful, your amazing and you have something special. Every speaker every model and vendor had it on their faces.

Rachel you are leading a movement and don’t stop because this is a game changer. In a world of judgment and shaming you are bringing a light for women. We need more people like you and more uplifting of each other instead of tearing down. If you haven’t checked out her store make sure to. She is located in Rockford IL and many people travel from different cities to visit her shop. 

Great job in leading a movement and I am so glad I was able to experience it. 

Photos taken by Kristin Simpson