Lemon Ginger Cleansing Tea (vegan, gluten free, sugar free)

100_4183As part of the 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge, we’re encouraging our fellow challengers to stick to only one cup of tea or coffee per day and to drink a lot of water. So it seemed to make perfect sense to post a recipe for this cleansing “tea” that I love to make when my family and I are under the weather or just because.

I like to make the ginger infusion at least several hours before I’m ready to drink it for a stronger ginger flavor and I will juice several lemons at once and store the juice in the fridge for convenience. Both the ginger infusion and lemon juice will keep for about a week in the fridge. You may need to tweak the quantities and proportions in this recipe slightly depending on flavor preference of lemon to ginger.

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lemon ginger cleansing tea

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Steeping Time:  best after 12 hours


  • 1 heaping Tablespoon of roughly chopped ginger
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • water


To make the ginger infusion, pour 2-3 cups of boiling water over ginger in a tempered glass measuring cup or bowl. When it’s cooled, transfer to a glass jar and let it steep several hours to overnight in the fridge.

To make the tea, pour ¼-1/3 cup of the ginger infusion into an 8 oz. mug.

Juice a lemon (or two) to yield 1-2 T of lemon juice. Add 1 T of the juice to the ginger infusion.

Pour boiling water into the mug. Add the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice for a strong lemon flavor, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Pouring less water over the minced ginger will yield a stronger ginger flavor.

The infusion keeps for about one week in the fridge if stored properly.

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a few favorite products for cleaner eating

favorite products

As I prepare to help lead the FREE 5-Day Clean Eating Challenge that starts on Monday, I thought it would be helpful to share a few of my favorite products with you with some thoughts on why I like them.*

  1. Market Pantry All Natural (just peanuts and salt, folks) Peanut Butter @ Target: This is a recent discovery of mine. Not only does it closely resemble Smucker’s All Natural PB (which is favorite of mine), but it’s cheaper. Always an extra bonus when you save an additional 5% with your Target card and when they add it to Cartwheel. I’d say that’s definitely peanut better. 😉
  2. Eden Organic Sauerkraut: This is one of the few sauerkraut brands I’ve seen that doesn’t add weird ingredients that make you scratch your head in wonder. And organic always rocks more than the conventionally grown produce, so it’s a double win. If you’re in the Cleveland area, you can find it for a better price at March’s or here’s a link to a similar brand at Vitacost. (See below for how you can save more on your Vitacost order).
  3. Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos: Better than soy sauce or tamari, this is lower in sodium and, again, with very simple ingredients. Love the story behind this company. Yes, it’s a pricier alternative, but I can often find good deals online, like at Vitacost. You also should see it in the natural foods sections of most health food stores. (See below for how you can save more on your Vitacost order).
  4. Simply Nature Organic Popcorn @ Aldi: Another recent find o’ mine. Organic popcorn is a must if you want to avoid GMOs in the US and this kind by Aldi makes snacking a snap (or is that a pop?). Packing tip: On a recent mission trip to the Dominican Republic, I bag three bags of this in my suitcase. The air got squeezed out, but the popcorn was fine. Can use this as a handy and tasty shipping material if you’re packing fragile items.
  5. Spring Roll Wrappers:  I got these at Earth Fare, but have purchased other brands too. These are a fun way to present food and make them portable. These are a better alternative to egg roll wrapper which typically contain a whole slew of questionable ingredients.
  6. Red Curry Paste by Thai Kitchen: I use this in my favorite 621 Thai Dressing. Love the simple ingredients and the zing it gives to Asian dishes.
  7. Avocado oil: Another recent discovery – this bottle is from BJs since we have a membership there. Avocado oil is a must for high heat cooking as it has a higher smoke point since most other oils become hydrogenated when heated.
  8. Kitchen Basics Veggie Stock: If I’m not making my own from veggie scraps that I save and freeze, I like this brand. No preservatives and unsalted so you can adjust the seasonings to suit your health needs and palette.

If you want to see how I’ll be incorporating these into the FREE 5-Day Clean Challenge, please visit my BeachBody page, click JOIN (in orange) and sign up for a FREE account. I’ll contact you with more details from there. 🙂

*I participate in Vitacost’s Refer-a-Friend program. If you click the link and make a purchase from them, you will get $10 off on your order of $30 or more and I will also get a $10 credit.
*Disclaimer. Some of these products contain affiliate links.

5-day clean eating challenge (starts February 29)

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Although this challenge is now over, you can visit this post where I share the results and positive feedback our participants experienced and learn how you can participate in a Clean Eating Challenge.

What is Clean Eating?

It’s simply choosing to eat foods in their purest, unadulterated form and saying good-bye to additives, preservatives, processed, artificial and otherwise chemically-altered foods. And with the way the food industry works today, getting clean food is a challenge!

Why Eat Clean?

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, just because…

It doesn’t take much to derail our best intentions to eat healthy foods, especially when we’re with other people. It was the thing I struggled with most when I transitioned from eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a plant-based one. Over time, all these added extras add up in our bodies, running us down and it’s not until we stop eating all the processed foods that we notice just how much it affects us.

So I’m looking forward to hitting the reset button with this 5-day Clean Eating Challenge I’m doing with one of my fellow BeachBody coaches beginning February 29.

During this 5-day challenge, we will provide you with a meal plan + shopping list, tips and encouragement. We usually offer a prize or two as well for extra motivation in persevering and participating in the challenge.

If you’d like to join us in Clean Eating for five days, here’s what you need to do by Monday, February 22:

1. Please visit my personal BeachBody page @ www.beachbodycoach.com/wildberrycoach first. When you’ve reached this page, click JOIN and create free account. This is completely FREE and gives me the permission to coach you in the challenge

2. Go to Facebook and send me a friend request + a message that you signed up at my BeachBody page . If you do not “do” Facebook, no problem. Just send me an email @ andrea(at)wildberrypress(dot)com and I’ll include the plans, list and encouragement via email. However, you might want to consider signing up for Facebook even temporarily for this group as it will provide a space to gain extra encouragement from the Clean Eating Challenge community.

3.Once I “friend” you on Facebook, I will add you to our Clean Eating Challenge group. This will be a private group for challengers only and is the space where you will have access to the meal plans + community support.

4. Get EXCITED!!!!! This is a great step in the right direction to a “New Healthy YOU!!!”

Please note: I will be offline for personal reasons from Friday, February 12 through Friday, February 19, so please don’t panic if you don’t hear from me. I will get in touch with you by Monday, February 22.

game day any day 7-layer dip (vegan, gluten free)


So here’s what the dip looks like all assembled and ready to be devoured:

100_4021We didn’t quite polish it off last night, leaving some for lunch today. Leftovers sometimes get a bum rap, but I think they are shining stars when it comes to saving time and money, unless, of course you didn’t like the premiere of the dish to begin with.

A quick note on the salsa. Homemade would be the top choice, but rarely do I want to take the time to make my own. Instead, I turn to Pace since it’s sugar free and contains relatively straightforward and familiar ingredients. You might be surprised to see how many shelf-stable salsas contain sugar and other questionable ingredients, so read the labels people. The shorter the list and the closer to being reproducible at home, the better.

game day any day 7-layer dip

7layerdiptitleYou know you’re a mom of boys when…your middle son chooses the colors of his favorite football teams as his inspiration for his “Mastermind” pattern. And when they have holes in their knees from playing tackle football, tackle anything, inside and outside. And when you, a fair-weather football begin to consider Super Bowl Sunday almost on par with Valentine’s Day or the Fourth of July.

100_3937But onto the dip…

I’m breaking a perhaps unwritten food blogging rule and posting a recipe without showing the finished product. Three reasons. One: I keep forgetting to take purty pictures of the dip all assembled. Two: I’m making it tomorrow but am giving you time to grab these ingredients in case you want to assemble it before the big game on Sunday because it’s just that good. Three: Truthfully, the assembled dip isn’t all that photogenic.

Instead, for today, let’s let the ingredients do the talking…


  1. fat free refried beans
  2. red pepper hummus
  3. avocado
  4. salsa
  5. lettuce
  6. cilantro
  7. cucumber

Oh, and don’t forget the chips. 🙂 To amp up the nutrition, make some baked sweet potato rounds.

100_4013Feel free to make more for a large crowd as this will store well, covered, in the fridge for a few days. Score!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT A PDF of the Game Day Any Day 7-layer Dip recipe

game day any day 7-layer dip

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 1-14.5 oz can fat free refried beans
  • 1-2 cups red pepper or plain hummus
  • 1-2 avocados, diced
  • 2-3 cups salsa
  • 3-4 cups diced romaine lettuce
  • ½ – 1 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • optional: green onions, diced jalapeños, olives


  1. Spread refried beans evenly on bottom of baking dish.
  2. Next spread the hummus evenly and evenly distributed the diced avocados over that.
  3. Pour on the salsa.
  4. If using jalapeños or olives add those next, then cover evenly with the lettuce.
  5. Finish by evenly distributing the cilantro and the cucumber.
  6. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

This dip will store well in the fridge for a couple of days. Make sure to cover!

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project pare: tracking spending

At heart I’m still a pen-to-paper kind of girl. After there’s no need to “log on,” never any wait time for a page to load and it doesn’t crash. It may burn, but I can’t remember that happening in recent memory.

100_3945Two years ago, I found this little organizer in one of stores I shop out that stocks closeouts as well as groceries. It’s not nationwide so I won’t mention it in this space. Although It took me until last year to start using it, as we’ve continued to become more budget conscious, I’ve found it invaluable for tracking and matching expenses. Especially food-related ones as they are our most frequent.

It also conveniently stores the coupons I occasionally clip and keeps my receipts from becoming mashed at the bottom of my purse.

100_3947If you click this link, it will take you to the page on Mead’s website where you can purchase it if you’re interested. There are only two downsides that I can see to this…they don’t have any refill packs for purchase and it would be great for them to develop a companion product to Organizehim.

So how about you…pen & paper or digital? Have you found any products that help you organize and track your spending? Please share!