Tuesday, August 30, 2016


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Please join us for an informative workshop where you will learn...
▪ The most common weight loss misconceptions
▪ Gain knowledge for how to successfully shed those extra pounds
▪ How stress and lack of sleep can derail your weight loss efforts
▪ How breathing techniques, meditation, and the right type of physical activity can set your body in motion to naturally burn fat and keep it off for good
The workshop will be taught by local Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and owner of Pure and Simple Wellness Jennifer Mattinson.  Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health education.
When: September 17, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Participation via Skype available
Location: The Hundred and More Pilates Studio
2125 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 109, Walnut Creek<-
Contact: info@thehundredandmore.com or call 925-725-1212
Cost: $70 including light refreshments 

*register by 9/05 and save $10
Limited space is available so register now by calling 925-725-1212
Jennifer Mattinson 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I just had a great experience at Jamba Juice!

Any nutritionist or health coach would caution people about ordering smoothies.  Lots of added sugar.  I haven't even been inside a Jamba Juice in years, but a new one just opened a few blocks from my house, so I took my kids inside.  Here is how different the new Jamba is from the old Jamba I remember from 10+ years ago...

1. They now have fresh pressed juices.  That's right!  I stood and watched while the sales rep put fresh green veggies and fruits into the juicer and it seeped out beautifully into my cup.  NO added sugar!  You can even customize it and request half the amount of fruit and twice the amount of veggies for more nutrient density!  It was just as delicious as the juices I make in my own kitchen.  My kids loved it too!

2.  They now have smoothies that have veggies in them.  Now, here is where you need to be careful.  For my kids I ordered "Apple N Greens."  I asked the sales rep what the liquid base was for this smoothie.  She said, "apple juice."  I asked her if it was fresh pressed apple juice or jarred apple juice (in other words, the kind with tons of added sugar.) No shock when she said the jarred kind, but my jaw dropped to the floor when she offered to juice a few apples for me and use that instead!  I said, "hell yeah!"  The result... drastic drop in sugar, drastic increase in nutrient density.  Still incredible flavor.  I even added a "Kale Boost." - I watched the sales rep open the fridge, pull out a few crispy, beautiful kale leaves and add them to the blender!  No joke!

My kids devoured their smoothies!

I urge all of you to find a Jamba Juice near you. Next time you have a hankering for Starbucks, go get a Jamba instead.  Just be smart about how you order and politely ask questions about the ingredients.  If you order a smoothie that contains orange juice, just ask them to juice a few fresh oranges instead of using the "Minute Maid" carton from the fridge.  They are happy to oblige and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

OK people... my new favorite snack recipe. You will love these!  "Like" my Pure and Simple Wellness Facebook page if you do.

Prep 10 mins. Cooking 22 mins. Servings 12-15 balls
Notes: If you are trying to curb sugar cravings, replace the chocolate chips with some coconut flakes.
• ½ C raw sunflower seeds
• ½ C raw pumpkin seeds
• ½ C blanched almond flour
• 1 t ground cinnamon
• ½ t sea salt
• 1 C raw walnuts, chopped
• ¼ C dried cranberries, roughly chopped
• ¼ C dark chocolate chips
• ¼ C honey
• 2 T creamy unsweetened almond butter
• 1 T water
• ½ t vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond flour, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse for 10 one-second pulses to form a coarse meal. Transfer to medium mixing bowl.
3. Stir in the walnuts, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Add the honey, almond butter, water, and vanilla. Stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The dough will be thick and stiff.
4. Using wet hands (very important), form the dough into tightly packed balls about 1 to 1½ inches in diameter. Arrange on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake for 20-22 minutes until golden brown. The granola balls will still be soft to the touch but will firm up as they cool. (Store in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for longer storage.)
Recipe courtesy of: Paleo Magazine