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For Your Information: Flaxseed

Sorry I’ve been MIA for 2 days. I’ve been quit the social butterfly!

Today I want to introduce For Your Information.

Occasionally, I plan to share with your For Your Information posts; a little note about the health benefits of certain foods. I promise, nothing too long or drawn out! I just believe we should know about the foods we consume and what they do for our bodies.


It’s really important for me to get enough fats in a day since my diet is so plant based. Adding 1 tbsp. of flaxseed oil to my smoothies or soups helps my weight stay at a healthy number AND provides me with these health benefits:

  • Helps aid with constipation
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Balances hormones (a year of being sick really throws your hormones out of wack)
  • Healthy dose of omega-3’s! – hello good cholesterol, goodbye bad cholesterol.
  • Fights bacteria, fungus and viruses

Flaxseeds taste a bitty nutty but overall have a  very subtle flavor.

These days, you can find it at your local grocery store most likely in the health foods section. You can use ground flaxseed as an egg-replacement in baking, garnish salads, chicken or rice with flaxseeds or blend the oil into smoothies, soups and sauces!

Make flaxseeds your friend!


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If you haven’t noticed, my header is no longer Happy Food Happy Body but my domain is still.  Stay with me people..I’m trying to figure things out.

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Smoothie Love

I just can’t help myself!

It could be negative 20 degrees outsides and I will still be craving a cold, silky smoothie. And I will a make a smoothie, and eat a smoothie even when the temperatures do hit negative 20.

….it’s not likely to get that cold here in Nashville Thank you Jesus! – I’m a Chicago born girl. Cold weather and I are no longer friends

Like I’ve mentioned before, I always start with a green – either kale or spinach.

Why you ask?

These bad boys are packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, beta carotene, Vitamin A and iron(!!!) Hello immune buster!

In short, they keep your body strong and able to fight off illness like the common cold. They’re even proven to help fight cancer.

Back to smoothie making

I pack my blender with 4 cups of greens, usually add a couple slices of zucchini squash because I think it helps make my smoothie extra smooooth. I also put in whatever super powders I’m feeling for the day (more on that later).  Next up, some form of liquid. I usually just use water. Toss in a couple of ice cups for good measure and blend away! I like to blend my greens up first to really break them down. Trust me, a chunky green smoothie will not be appealing to anyone!

After my greens have been pulverized, I add in my fruit! Lately that’s been pears, cantaloupe or honeydew!

Get creative! In today’s morning smoothie, I added fresh mint! YUMMmm.

Once my smoothie is well blended, I pour it into a bowl (usually) and top it with any of the following:

  • Honey
  • Almond Butteror nut butter of choice
  • Coconut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Granola
  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruit

Consume. With a spoon. In your bed. Under many layers of covers. With a cup of coffee.

You just can’t go wrong my friends. Start adding a green smoothie to your weekly routine and I promise you’ll start noticing an extreme energy boost!


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Bursting at the Seams!

That’s how I feel! Like I’m just about to BURST!

So far, my posts have been about my eats and a little bit about my life. As much as I want those things to be a part of this blog, I created Happy Food Happy Body to go beyond that. I imagine it being an outlet to share with you my ongoing passion to learn everything there is to know about obtaining optimal health holistically.


To share the inside scoop on topics such as protein, amino acids, fats, raw food enzymes and carbohydrates to name a few.

I also want to touch on topics like…

  1. The connection between a positive train of thought and a fulfilling life
  2. Why yoyo diets are just that – a yoyo of extreme highs and extreme lows
  3. The not-so-obvious benefits you’ll see in your life through taking control of your health

Truth is, I’m too dang excited to talk about everything I just don’t know where to start! What’s a girl to do?

Let’s start with the refreshing our outlook

Fact: (Dwight…from The Office…anyone?)anyways…

Fact: Putting your health first does not mean putting every thing else second!

It means, swapping out a few ingredients in the fridge or waking up a 10 minutes earlier to clear your head and enjoy …whatever it is that makes you happy!

Little changes add up over time.

Little changes stick.

There’s no quick fix my friends. And I mean that in regards to weight, self-esteem, attitude, your job, your family, your _________ (you fill in the blank).

So here’s my refreshed outlook…

The Old Outlook –

Work has been a pain in my booty this week. I blame it on the early morning meeting we had on Tuesday.

The Lie –

Work has not been bad because of the meeting. It’s been bad because of my attitude.

The New Outlook – Work today and Friday will be wonderful because every day I am blessed to have a job and I am blessed to work with a team of people I sincerely can’t say a bad thing about!

What in your life needs a refreshed outlook? It could be a small change like mine or something bigger that effects you on a deeper level.

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The Inside Scoop

I’ve been an avid watcher of Food Network since I was 10.

I’m a homebody. I would pick staying home over going out any day of the week.

My hair has been every shade of blonde, every shade of brown and a few shades of red. And once, it was black – by accident, and it was horrible.

Current shade – natural 🙂

Starting late October, I have worn long underwear every single day.

I once lived in a 3 bedroom house with 14 other people.

As of late, I’m obsessed with roasted winter squash and avocado.

Not only do I wear long underwear every day, but I also carry a heating pad around with me constantly while I’m at home.

I believe Saturday mornings were made specifically for coffee and movies…and sisters.

(…we’re angels)

I sleep with my socks on.

Speaking of sleep…

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The truth is…

The truth is, I love what I eat!

The truth is, my body loves me back because of it!

The truth is, I want to help others feel just as rockin’ too!

The truth is, I’ve been contemplating this whole blogging thing for months now and I’ve finally gotten the courage to start.

The truth is, I have too many thoughts and ideas running through my head to know where to start.

Here goes nothing…

Welcome to Happy Food Happy Body! I’m Tessa.

Over the past year, my life has been turned upside down and inside out due to many health concerns. As of late, all concerns (well most) have been put to rest! Not placed on a single drug, food became my medicine. There’s not a doubt in my mind that I would be in a way worse situation had I not swapped the old cheesy enchilada for the new cheesy enchilada.

Now, my passion is to teach others about the never ending list of benefits that whole foods provide. I hope you learn something by reading my blog but more importantly, I hope you have fun tuning into my thoughts and my life!

Warning: I never said my life was interesting!

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