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Kale Quinoa salad

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 03-10-2014


kale friend with benefitsThe other night in the Phoenix airport, my girlfriend Sue and I went to Chelsea’s kitchen for a quick bite before I caught my plane. The Phoenix airport by the way has some great restaurants, better than any of the other North American airports I have been in recently.  Sue had a kale salad that was so yummy. I tweaked the recipe from the restaurant as I didn’t have all the ingredients, one being champagne vinegar and I concocted this delicious salad:

Kale, de-stemmed and cut into ribbons.
In their version they have sliced grapes, instead I subbed the apple and cranberries.
Half an apple chopped – if I had a whole apple I would have used it.
2-4 TBSP of dried fruit – I had cranberries on hand
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – for those who are dairy free, use nutritional yeast instead.
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

I topped it with this honey lime vinegarette recipe that I found on line. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/honey-lime-vinaigrette/  I found this a little thick so I added some water to thin it out.  I also used avocado oil instead of the oils that it called for.

Gluten free, dairy free muffins with banana, persimmon & dates.

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-09-2014


With all the guests I have been having, I ran out of my standby Isalean and Isalean Pro shakes for breakfast.  I am
pDSC07764atiently waiting for my delivery tomorrow, so this morning I decided to make muffins.  They were quick, easy and tasty.

2 cups of oats – ground up in the Vitamix to make a flour1 cup of oats – unground
1.5 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup of coconut oil melted
3 ripe bananas
8 pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup pecans
2 TBSP of ground flax
6 TBSP of water
1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
2-4 TBSP of maple syrup (optional, depends on the sweetness of the bananas and dates)
2 tsp vanilla
8 dried and chopped unsweetened, unsulphured persimmons – I get mine from Trader Joe’s

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a food processor mix the dates first, then add the bananas and almond milk, once mixed add the coconut oil, maple syrup & vanilla.  In a bowl, mix the ground flax and water, stir and then add to the wet mixture.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet.  Mix together and add in the pecans and persimmons.

Spray the muffin tins with coconut oil (I use the one from Trader Joe’s).  Put a few spoonfuls of mixture into each one and bake at 375 (I use a convection oven, maybe 400 for a regular oven) for 15 mins.  Test with a toothpick to ensure they are baked at this point.  This really is like baked oatmeal so if it isn’t baked all the way through, it won’t be a problem.
If I had apples on hand, I would have chopped some apples and added cinnamon, so that there was more fruit and less batter – I may have been able to reduce the maple syrup with the added fruit.

I served them with licorice tea.

Year in Review

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 03-01-2014


PPenasco 665I love to look back on the year that has passed.  It is good to reflect on life and adventures and to revel in what has come before. Sometimes it feels like we haven’t accomplished a lot but when you see it written down, it can be quite amazing.  Something I started doing a long time ago was to write down three things every day that were a success.  I don’t do this all the time anymore but I mentally take note of them.  I find this helps me to stay on track.  Sometimes we get lazy and do not follow through on our goals and this helps to create a greater awareness.  It can be something as small as doing something nice for someone, or it could be a step forward on a new project you are working on.  Perhaps this technique is something you want to incorporate into your life for this year.

Last year I rung in the New Year’s in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.  My friend Roxanne flew down to see me in Arizona, she stayed a few days and then I drove to the 3.5 hours to Puerto Penasco.  I spent quite a bit of time in this area last year, probably 6 weeks in total with the occasional trip back to Arizona. Then in mid February I went to Florida.  I loved the beaches there.

354 363I stayed in New Smyrna Beach for three weeks, this is near Daytona Beach.  I rode my cruiser bike everywhere and often several miles into town on the beach.   Riding on the beach was new to me.  I loved it.  After that, I spent a week in a nice beach town called Vero Beach where my boyfriend and I visited with his cousin.



From there I took a 7 day Carribean cruise.  I wasn’t sure how much I would like it.  As it happened, I enjoyed it immensely – I am still kind of surprised by this.  399422





After that trip I went directly to the Dominican Republic to a little place called Las Terrenas.  I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Gorgeous sandy beaches, palm trees as far as the eye can see and incredibly warm and friendly people.  It was definitely the highlight of my time.   Every morning I would wake and do yoga on the beach and then come home to find a fresh coconut at my door.  658 655


It has a European flair with many Italians and French calling it home.  If you are looking for a nice place that is not over commercialized and has a casual beachy feel, check this place.

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After that it was off to the Bahamas for 4 nights for an Isagenix Top Achiever’s event.  That was a fun time to connect with friends and to enjoy the rewards of hard work.  Flying over the Bahamas is amazing and I never tire of it.  The water is so incredibly blue.  If I lived in Miami, I would be there all the time!


From the Bahamas it was time for 6 weeks in Playa del Carmen, Mexico to build my Isagenix business.  I met so many nice people and made some good friends.  They have quite an expat community there.  I did some volunteer work in an elementary school teaching nutrition in English to the Mexican students.  I also did my Reiki 1 course and did a lot of yoga.

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In May, I flew back to the US for an Isagenix event and stayed until it got warm in Whistler, which really wasn’t until July.

Incredibly, I spent only one month in Whistler and then traveled again for 2 months throughout British Columbia.  I say incredibly, because Whistler is my favouite place in the summer.


The highlight of my British Columbia travel was the three weeks I spent in Penticton in the Okanagan. Vacation and Whistler 245

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They have amazing wineries there and it was so fun getting to know people who live and work there.

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It was also at this time that I got a call from my friend’s husband telling me that she had died.  She was one of the kindest and warmest people I had the pleasure of knowing. Carole had a heart of gold and the world was definitely a better place for her being in it.


This news brought me back to the Lower Mainland.




I dog sat for my friend a bit which was great.  One of the downsides of traveling so much is not being able to have a pet, so I got my fill with Leroy and Jack.  PPenasco 439I stayed in Vancouver for the month of September and since I don’t spend a lot of time in Vancouver anymore it was nice to check in with friends and hang out in a new area of town.




I got to spend some time with my girlfriend Lucy and her sweet twins and friends at her gorgeous beach house on the Sunshine Coast.

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My boyfriend and I started a fitness challenge with friends and it was great.  I needed a kick start to get back into a more regular routine of fitness and this was it.  I went back to Whistler for the fall and it was a stunning and gorgeous fall!  I was outside in a t-shirt in mid October and I was hot!  A friend and her boyfriend came from Paris to visit and we spent Thanksgiving together.  The poor guy!  His first Canadian Thanksgiving and he gets to eat dinner served by me!  On the menu was nutloaf and miso gravy, all vegetarian. By mid December, I couldn’t take the Whistler cold anymore and came back to Mexico.

My boyfriend has requested a less hectic travel schedule for the future, so we are slowing working it out.  Speaking of being less hectic, I just realized that I haven’t booked us a return ticket from our mid January trip to Dallas for our Isagenix New Year’s Kick Off event. The idea was that by now I would have figured out where we would head next and then I just plain forgot to plan something. We leave in less than a week for Dallas so tomorrow’s plan is figuring out where to go next and actually get it booked. That will be my one success for tomorrow!  Happy New Year everyone.



Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Recipes, Uncategorized | Posted on 05-12-2013


I alwAlfredo sauceays feel like I should enjoy Alfredo sauces more than I do.  I am not sure what it is about them … I have no problem with cream or cheese but it always feels like it is lacking something – and truth be told, I am much happier without the dairy in my diet.  Here is one of the best recipes I have made.  Tangy and delicious and super quick to make!

Spray pan with coconut oil
1 chopped onion – sauteed until translucent.
1 cup of chopped mushrooms – add mushrooms after onion are sauteed
1 clove of garlic minced – add after the mushrooms

Use a blender for the rest:
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked overnight ideally – but if you don’t think about it, not to worry, carry on)
1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight ideally – same as above)
2 TBSP pine nuts
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground pepper to taste
1/4 tsp sea salt
1.5 cups of water

In a strong blender mix the nuts, water, lemon juice and salt and pepper until smooth.

Add the nut mixture to the vegetable and garlic and warm slightly – do not boil, you want it to stay raw so you get the good nutritional value.  Pour over pasta or better yet spiroolied zucchini.   If you are using the zucchini you may eat it raw or I find it tastes more like real pasta when you warm is slightly.  You can also add steamed broccoli or steamed green peppers to this as well as a few TBSP of nutritional yeast for flavour and “cheesiness”.

NOTE:  I liked this so much that I made it again the next day but I had to buy more cashews and I don’t think the quality of them was as good and it changed the taste.  So buy the best cashews that you can.

$10000 worth of help for the Philippines

Posted by clstevens | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-11-2013


I don’t usuallTyphoony watch the news but the night before last, I did.  The reports were just coming in about the devastation in the Philippines.  I saw a woman pressed against a fence and her words, “we are thirsty”, stuck in my brain all night.  This truly could be any of us.  Natural disasters happen anywhere and I can imagine the relief these people feel as they see the helicopters and trucks arriving with supplies & medical aid. I want to do something to help and am so grateful to aid organizations around the world that are flying in to assist.  Our Canadian government is matching donations to the Red Cross and to World Vision from November 9-December 8th 2013 and in the spirit of helping, I also want to do something and I am asking for your help.  It won’t actually cost you anything other than what you might have been considering doing anyway.

100% of all retail sales November 9- December 8th from my Isagenix replicated website www.cleanseenergy.com  and 25% of all proceeds from wholesale and distributor accounts will be donated to the Red Cross, where they will match the donation.   Isagenix delivers within 3-5 business days to the following countries: Mexico, Canada, US, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singpore, Taiwan, New Zealand & Australia.  Please pass this on to your friends, they may know someone who is interested too.  My goal is to raise at least $5000 for this effort which will then be matched by the government.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

1. Do a full cleanse and lose 15-25lbs in the next 30 days.  You will also build lean muscle, sleep deeper and experience better energy.
2. Purchase your cleanse now  for your post holiday January New Year’s Resolutions!  Get a group at the office together to do it with you.
3. Keep off the “Christmas ten” and get some high quality dairy free or organic Isalean pro whey protein shakes for after workouts, for breakfast or as a quick meal replacement before a party.
4. Restock your supplements.  Get our a.m., p.m. packs.
5. Give someone a holiday gift.  We have a gorgeous line of all natural skin care that is reasonably priced and works like a charm.
6. Check out the catalogue and see what might be a good fit for you.  Get in touch with me if you have questions.  I am happy to do a complimentary health assessment with everyone.
7. If you want to replicate this campaign on your own, let me know and I will set you up.

How to contact me: US 480 684 2544 or Canada 604 800 8300 (#s do not support texting).  Skype: cleansegirl or send me an email to carilee@cleansegirl.com  I am on Pacific Standard Time.

Link to World Vision
Link to Canadian Red Cross

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