Probiotic Honey Mustard Dressing

My love affair with honey mustard dressing began in college. I was on a “healthy” kick and instead of sandwiches I’d get turkey + veggie wraps with honey mustard dressing from the cafeteria. I don’t think I had ever had honey mustard before and I was obsessed.

Side note: remember when we thought those colorful wraps were soooo healthy? I have a sort of weird nostalgia for those days before superfoods and wellness really got popular.

Fast forward over a decade later, honey mustard still holds a place in my heart, although I prefer to make my own as most store bought dressings are filled with sugar and weird ingredients that my gut does not love.

I whipped up this probiotic rich dressing to go on a yummy brunch salad I brought to a baby shower a few weeks back and it turns out it’s delicious on EVERYTHING! If you can’t find kefir feel free to swap it for plain Greek yogurt.

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Probiotic Honey Mustard Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain kefir (I used this dairy free coconut kefir, but you can also swap Greek yogurt or unsweetened coconut yogurt)

  • 1/4 cup raw honey

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp raw apple cider vingear

  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also play with the amount of honey and mustard to customize this dressing to your specific taste buds!

Use this dressing on salads (the one I made for the baby shower had fruit and walnuts and was a huge brunch hit!), as dipping sauce for veggies or drizzle atop roasted salmon or chicken to amp up the flavor.

It truly is so versatile!

A really good question to ask yourself

Where do you feel like your most YOU?

Is it around certain people or places? After specific activities? In the absence of certain things?

What lights you up in a way no amount of caffeine or sugar can? What’s easy for you? What could you do for hours? What could you talk about for hours?

These are all clues to your unique design, your special gifts. Your path on this planet.

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It’s common knowledge that although we’re all humans, we are all different. We have different interests and skills, different tastes and preferences, different hopes and desires.

Unfortunately our society preferences a certain path. Go to school, get a job (in one of these six professions), work hard, meet someone, buy a house, have a family, keep working hard, keep up the pace, retire and relax.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with following this path, except if it doesn’t feel like YOU.

We’re not all meant to work 9-5. We’re not all designed to have just one career. We’re not all suited for computer work (or care giving work, or manual labor).

Many of us are realizing this. Some (like myself!) figure it out on the younger side - in our late 20s and 30s when the traditional path isn’t working for us anymore. Some it happens later in life.

But the common reaction when you do realize that the path you’re on may not be the one for you is “Well what now? What do I do if I can’t follow this plan anymore?”

This is where it’s not only helpful but CRUCIAL to get support. To find a coach or mentor who gets you, who sees you and who has the tools and experience to guide you back to YOU.

And that’s what I do!

My ultimate goal in all of my coaching is to help my clients find themselves. Sometimes that’s with food (just like jobs, no one diet fits us all!), but more often it’s with LIFE and career.

Where do YOU want to go with your life? And what do you need to do to get there?

There’s a good amount of this self discovery you can do by yourself. And if you’re reading this, my guess is that that process has already begun. But none of us are meant to do this alone.

We’re supposed to have teachers and leaders that help us see a different possibility, a different future, and who then help us do the work and take the steps we need to get there.

If you’re at a crossroads in your life, or if you’re simply feeling like there’s a different path for you, I’d love to be your teacher and your guide.

Earlier this week I announced that I was opening up two spots for 1:1 coaching. I'm interviewing candidates for those spaces this weekend, but I've decided to keep the application open and create one more space for someone else.

Through working with me 1:1 you’ll get to know yourself on a deep level, shift habits and ultimately find clarity on where you’re going next. You'll also find peace in knowing that where you are is exactly where you need to be, there’s really no rush to get “there” wherever that ends up for you.

Learn more about how my coaching works + apply for the last remaining spot here: Coaching with Emily.

If you have any questions not answered on the program page, feel free to reply to this email and I’ll get back to you shortly!

What this time of year is PERFECT for

SPRING. A time of beginnings. Of growth. Of expansion. Of starting something new

There’s something about the spring that lights a fire under our butts and says NOW IS THE TIME.

5 years ago I began my health coach training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

4 years ago I left my corporate job and started my business

3 years ago I moved into my own apartment in Brooklyn (which I have since moved out of, but living alone was HUGE for me)

2 years ago became the first official employee of Your Healthiest You (big for both me and Robyn!)

1 year ago I launched my new website

And this year I’m excited to be kicking off an apprenticeship at The Studio in NYC

Astrologically, the year starts now. Aries (which we entered into this week) is considered the youngest sign of the zodiac.

All astrological signs have their specific strengths and shadows - it’s not the sign itself that’s bad or good, but what YOU decide to do with that energy.

Aries is the initiator.

Aries season is time to be brave, bold and go after what you want. It’s also an opportunity to be selfish (or “self first” as I like to say).

My question for you today is this: what are you wanting to initiate or move forward with for the year ahead?

While the end of winter (Pisces!) was all about reflection, NOW is the time to take action.

Update your resume and apply for that dream job.

Start writing your blog.

Make the move (you can interpret that one however you’d like).

The time is NOW.

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If you’ve been struggling with finding clarity on your life’s path, or feeling stuck around taking action with the things you know need to change, I want you to know that it’s okay.

We have a LOT going on in our modern lives, and sometimes our dreams and goals can get lost amongst incoming text messages, family commitments and work obligations.

You don’t have to tackle your health, life or business goals alone.

As humans we do better with support and accountability. And we also do better when we have someone cheering us on, telling us “You’re doing a GREAT job” and reminding us of our bigger plans when life gets in the way.

I know first hand the power of this season. I also know the power of support.

My biggest growth in the last five years hasn’t come just because I decided it was time to quit or change or try. It’s come because I had a vision for myself, and had the support I needed - my incredible coaches, mentors and teachers - in order to put that wish or whim or dream into action.

Do you have a vision holder? Someone who can see your higher, brighter, more radiant self? And someone who can provide you with the specific guidance and motivation YOU need in order to make that vision a reality?

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My official title is “health coach” but many of my more recent clients have told me that doesn’t truly capture what I do.

“I’d describe Emily as a mindset coach. Yes, she helped me a lot with the practical things (strategies for getting back into my meditation practice, tips around eating healthy while being around not-so-healthy food every day at my job, resources for launching my own podcast) but more than anything else she’s helped me shift my mindset. I’m so much kinder to myself. I also feel empowered and excited to step into this next phase of my career and life.” - Chloe, new health + life coach

If there’s a health or life goal that you want to make happen this year in a way that feels FUN and aligned, I’d love to support you through that process.

To honor the energy of SPRING, of Aries season and the astrological new year, I’m opening up 2 spots for 1:1 coaching. We can start as early as next week!

To learn more about 1:1 coaching + apply to work with me, click here: Private coaching with Emily

If you have any questions not answered on this page, hit reply to this email and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

I know first hand the power of this season. I also know the power of the right support.

These two spots will fill quickly, so whether you’ve been curious about working with me for a while or you just found me but all of this is resonating with you, I encourage you to apply today.

Let’s change your life, together.

Loving Lately // Winter 2019

As a way to share my favorites with you on a regular basis, I created the "Things I'm Loving Lately" series on my blog. In this series I share everything from food to fitness, brands to beauty products, good reads to good listens.

We’re still very much in winter in NYC - every year it comes as a surprise to me that March is still winter. I always considered myself a spring baby, but I’m learning that spring doesn’t come until at least April here in the Northeast. So today in honor of the season, and my birthday (it’s tomorrow!) I'm sharing some of things that I've been loving on this season.

Here's what I'm currently craving and crushing on: 

RECIPE: MY SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Smoothies are usually the last thing I recommend in the winter - they’re cooling and typically the ingredients are not in season this time of year. But for some reason this simple smoothie is really working for me for breakfast right now. So I’m GOING WITH IT! And loving every sweet sip.

Get the recipe here: My Simple Green Smoothie

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 DRINK: CELERY JUICE

I’ve been drinking celery juice almost every morning on an empty stomach for the last few weeks. I haven’t experienced any health miracles yet but my digestion definitely feels better and it’s been a great way to reduce my caffeine intake (and kick the morning off on a GREEN, veggie filled way).

Celery juice is one of the newest health trends, but it’s healing qualities are nothing new. I’m planning to write a blog post about the topic once I have a little more self experimentation under my metaphorical belt!

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FOOD: FRUIT!

Like with the smoothies, fruit isn’t something I typically reach for this time of year. But my body has been craving it so I’ve listened.

I’m having bananas (and sometimes frozen wild blueberries) in my morning smoothies, and snacking on apples, blood oranges, grapes and pomegranate seeds. YUM! I definitely have noticed fewer sugar cravings since including more naturally sweet fruits in my diet.

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Book, blog or podcast: The Star Community

This is not technically any one of these things BUT it does fall under the learning and self development umbrella, which is why I’m including it here.

The Star Community is an astrology membership program created by Debra Silverman for individuals who want to learn more about the signs, stars and planets on a regular basis. It’s been really fun to be a part of this group and expand my knowledge through the library of informative videos and live Q&A calls.

I’ll definitely be sharing more about my explorations in astrology (I get SO many questions emailed in and from my clients!) here soon so stay tuned!

For now, check out these posts and resources to learn more:

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Essential oil: CYPRESS

This is another oil that my acupuncturist recommended for me - Cypress (as with many of the woody oils like cedarwood and vetiver) helps combat dampness in the body.

If you have a heavy or damp body type already (tendency toward oily skin, weight gain and depression), this may be an awesome oil for you, especially during this damp time of year. I use it as part of my nightly essential oil protocol, which I’m open to sharing more about in another blog post if you’re interested!

To learn more + purchase oils, head to www.emilynachazel.com/essential-oils.

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Workout or self care: Daily meditation

I’m on 67 days of meditation and counting and feeling beyond proud of myself for this accomplishment. I lost my daily meditation practice back around the holidays and I FELT it. So in January I committed to using the Calm meditation app and I'm happy to say I've been meditating daily ever since.

My past "streak" using any app was 21 days so where I'm at now feels really big. And I don't plan on stopping anytime soon... I love that there’s a new meditation each day so I just open the app and hit play.

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What are YOU loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Simple Green Smoothie

Smoothies are usually the last thing I recommend in the winter - they’re cooling and typically the ingredients are not in season this time of year. But for some reason this simple smoothie is really working for me for breakfast right now. So I’m GOING WITH IT! And loving every sweet sip.

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SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen

  • Large handful of baby spinach

  • 1 tsp spirulina powder

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla (into this alcohol free vanilla right now)

  • Dash cinnamon

  • 1 small piece of dulse (optional, great for detoxing)

  • 1- 2 cups filtered water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds (until smooth and creamy). Use 1 cup water for a thicker smoothie (more like banana nice cream) or 2 cups for a more sipable smoothie.

  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Do you love your smoothies for breakfast? I go through phases with em!