Food for Thought: Don’t Dream, Realize!

Stop smelling and starting tasting.

Success in all aspects of your life smell good, but taste even better. So my advice is to stop dreaming and start realizing your potential, your goals, your success. Get in tune with yourself so you can realize your purpose and all the amazing things that will unfold in your life.

For 10 years, I’ve had business that achieve some level of success and lots of failures. The most valuable things I’ve learned thus far are from trial and error. I am now at the point where I created a business J.U.N.K.; unintentional, and it’s already proved to be a success almost immediately. This is all due to me taking time to go on a personal journey to unfold my true purpose. 

We’re nearing the last 6 months of 2019. How are you going to make an impact on your life?

Food for Thought

I wish I could give y’all more this week, but I want you all to know that grateful living is the way to a life full of joy and success. Happiness is temporary. Lasting happiness is joy and the way to achieving that is grateful living. What is grateful living? Being grateful even in the worse of circumstances.

So evaluate your life and what’s important and start living gratefully.

Xoxo Elle

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Foodie Friday: Raw Cashew Energy Bites!

These bites are EVERYTHING!!!!! So, I have really been cooking up some recipes every single week. Not only am I doing plant-based meal prepping for multiple customers, but I am experimenting in the kitchen with some delicious recipes. To my surprise, my raw cashew energy bits have become a HIT!!! Why I am surprised? Well the most closed minded people actually love them, which is a shock.

Anywho, these bites are packed with energy and deliciousness. It’s super quick and easy to make and has great benefits.

Some of the benefit of the bites:

The dates help the maintain weight, alternative sweetener, and energy booster.

Chia seeds help boost energy and stamina, aid in weight loss, cleanse the colon, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the immune system.
What You Need:

Raw un-roasted, unsalted cashews

4-5 dates

3/4 cup if shredded coconut (unsweetened if possible, but not a deal breaker)

A little less than 1/4 coconut sugar

Pinch of sea salt (to enhance the flavor)

Chia Seeds

What You Do:

In a food processor, put all the ingredients and blend until it creates a dough.

Once you have a dough scoop some of the mixture in your hand and sprinkle a few chia seeds and roll until you get a ball.

Continue doing this until you’ve used all the dough.

Dress with extra shredded coconut or leave bare. Enjoy now or put in the refrigerator to enjoy later.

It’s the perfect snack that keeps you happy and full! Enjoy alone or with a cup of coffee (minus all the creamer and sugar).

Until then, STAY HUSTLIN’!!! Oh and catch me on IG LIVE (@mylifebeingelle and @junkfoodbyelle) every Sunday 9pmEST/6pmPST where I cook and share recipes, and talk about different topics pertaining to living a healthier lifestyle through food, exercise, and self-care.

If you are interested in getting on the list to order raw cashew bites or meal prepping click here. I will soon be shipping nationwide.

Elissa “Elle” Mirsky

Chief Executive J.U.N.K.I.E.
J.U.N.K. Just Utilizing Nature’s Krops LLC

Foodie Friday: Food For Thought… It’s Your F*%CK’N Time

Remember Your Time is Valuable

Elle here! As women we nurture and we want to make sure everything and everyone is GOOD, but we never think about ourselves as much as we think about others. Well today, I sit here typing to send you a clear message, “focus on you first and always.”

Today’s “Food for Thought” is about knowing your worth and understanding how precious your time is. Too often, we charge below what we are worth because we are wanting to secure a client or we feel too new to charge more. This has to stop immediately. Remember, the bulk of what you are charging is based on your time alone. If you charge below your value you will never get ahead. This is something I had to learn over the past 5 months. I took a job on the West Coast (I live on the East Coast) that was way below what I was worth, but because it was to help a friend of 20 years, I figured I can make this work. Well, it was the worst experience of my life and I was being overworked, while my “so-called” employers felt like they were gifting me with this opportunity. Not only did I meet their true selves, but I learned a valuable lesson; always charge what you are worth that way if it’s not the best experience at least you got paid well.

So when you are pricing your products and services first consider the rate for your time, then the rate for the work you will do. You may think both are the same, but they are not. Let it soak in for a while and you’ll understand it.

Until next time,

Stay hydrated. Stay active. Stay Meditated. Give NO F*CK$.

If you want to keep up with me, or all things J.U.N.K., follow my journey on Instagram @mylifebeingelle and visit www.eatjunkfood.co to keep up with my book release and upcoming events.

If you are interested in learning more about plant-based eating check out J.U.N.K. Food 101.

Foodie Friday: Steel Cut My Oats, Please! [Recipe]

This is what wellness looks like! Nourishing your body with nutrient-filled foods. Steel cut oats topped with strawberries, blueberries, granola, and a drizzle of agave. This meal is high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants.

Why steel cut oats and not old fashioned oats? While you can have old fashioned oats, steel cut oats are less processed, and ultimately you want to decrease the amount of processed and increase the amount of whole foods (we will get more into that on a later Foodie Friday).

What You Need

What You Do

Cook steel cut oats according to package. Add a dash of water into the water you are cooking the oats in, and butter (optional). Once oats are cooked top with fresh fruit above or fruit of your choice and drizzle with agave or honey. If you want a more creamy oatmeal, add a splash of almond milk.

Because we are out here hustlin’ everyday we need to nourish our bodies which translates to nourishing our minds. So this week, I challenge you to go 1-2 full days of eating only nourishing foods that are beneficial to your overall health. Be the change you want to see.

Keep up with me and all things J.U.N.K., follow my journey on Instagram @mylifebeingelle and visit www.eatjunkfood.co to keep up with my book release and upcoming events.

If you are interested in learning more about plant-based eating check out J.U.N.K. Food 101.

Foodie Friday: Food For Thought

Hey Hustlers!!! Happy Friday!!! I must say, I had a wonderful week from last Saturday up until now and I know it will only get better. So I want to share some thoughts and tips for ya’ll when you wanna give up or when you’re down wondering if this hustlin’ thing is gonna work out for ya.

Stay ConsistentEven when it feels like you are working your ass off and you are not seeing the results, just know someone else sees them and that your hard work is paying off. Just be patient and keep pushing.

Stay True To YouBe authentically you, whatever that is and whatever that looks like. Don’t get blinded by the faux that is social media. If you have a vision, stick with it, and it will evolve.

Keep Positive VibesKeep the energy positive! This is so important because the wrong energy can have a huge effect on you and your success. So be mindful of your energy and the energy you keep around you. 

Be Well Find ways to incorporate healthier lifestyle habits from food, physical activity, and meditation. This helps with mental clarity. Once you have mental clarity you will be surprised at what you can achieve and the amazing ideas you come up with.

I give ya’ll these tips because I have been going strong on my wellness journey and it is really paying off for me. So keep pushing. YOU GOT THIS!!!

If you want to keep up with me, or all things J.U.N.K., follow my journey on Instagram @mylifebeingelle and visit www.eatjunkfood.co to keep up with my book release and upcoming events.

If you are interested in learning more about plant-based eating check out J.U.N.K. Food 101.

Foodie Friday: Stay Nourished, Hustlers!

Hello Hustlin’ Fam!!! I’m back. It’s Friday,but what does that mean to a hustler? Nothing at all. The grind never stops after the 9-5. We still have a side hustle or side business that you I want to encourage you ladies to keep pushing and know that with hard work and consistency, you’ll get results. Use this mindset for your business and your health. So be consistent eating nutritious foods for you body just as you will do for your business.

This weekend, I challenge you to drink more water, have some fruit with your morning coffee, and some extra green veggies with lunch or dinner. Give your body the nourishment it needs because those vitamins and nutrients help you be more productive.
Some fruits and veggies to eat this weekend:
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Bananas (nature’s energy bar$
  • Kale
  • Zucchini and squash
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
Have a great week

Meet Elle — Eat J.U.N.K. Food

Hey guys, Elle here! I am so excited to meet you all and tell you a little about myself and my company J.U.N.K. Just Utilizing Nature’s Krops LLC. The mission of J.U.N.K. is to promote wellness through plant-based eating, exercise, and self-care. J.U.N.K. was through my wellness journey. In 2017 and into 2018 I was going through a really rough time. I was in a depressive state of mind, I gained weight, my relationship was suffering, and I was forced to close my business. I knew I need a change because I stopped giving care to myself and I lost my HAPPY. One morning, I woke up and said “FUCK THIS… GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!!!” (excuse my language, but that is tough love to myself). That day, I went cold turkey plant-based. through eating I began gaining the strength I needed to get out of my phase of depression. After my first month of eating plant-based, I began incorporating exercise, and my own daily self-care routines. In no time, I not only lost over 30 pounds, but I was happier than I had ever been, and I gained the mental clarity I needed to continue on my wellness journey which ultimately led me to creating J.U.N.K. By creating J.U.N.K. I was able to share my journey with a wide range of people outside of the ones that saw my transformation in real-time.

In August of 2018, I published J.U.N.K. Food 101: Beginner’s Guide to Plant-Based Eating, a guide for novices and those exploring the plant-based lifestyle. The book made Amazon’s New Release List, a huge accomplishment for me and unexpected. The greatest feeling is when your story can reach others and change lives. Today, I am preparing to release the follow up cookbook, Ea
t J.U.N.K. filled with easy-to-make delicious plant-based meals, exercise and self-care tips. All the things that have helped me and continue to help me on my wellness journey.

I am beyond excited to share my journey with the Female, Single, and Hustlin’ family. If you want to keep up with me, or all things J.U.N.K., follow me on Instagram @mylifebeingelle and visit www.eatjunkfood.co to keep up with my book release and upcoming events.

If you are interested in learning more about plant-based eating check out J.U.N.K. Food 101.

Foodie Friday: Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasanga

This past Tuesday — well, I prepared it Monday, then baked it Tuesday — decided to make my very own vegetarian lasagna.  From scratch-ish. I didn’t make the noodles, but I did make the white sauce.

And I must say … mmmm-mmm-mmm!  I mean, if I don’t toot my own horn, who is, right?

I took 6 lasagna noodles, broke them and half and boiled.  Poured a little olive oil in the water while it boiled.  One squash, one zucchini, 1/3 of broccoli stalk, two carrots and one bundle of spinach lightly sauteed with onion, garlic powder, black pepper, pink salt and a little oregano.   I actually let all my veggie sit (marinade) in the seasoning overnight in the fridge.

My white sauce is grated parmesan cheese, flour and skim milk boiled and stir on medium-high heat and poured on each layer as I stacked my lasagna.

And, yes, it was delicious!  And inexpensive.  Servings, between 6-8, depending on how hungry a girl is.

*I know lasagna isn’t typically round, but my skillet was the only deepest and biggest dish for my lasagna.

 

 

S

 

Food Fridays: Country-Fried Potatoes

Country Fried Potatoes

Since we’re talking about breakfast of champions… this is probably not one of them [laughs], but it’s delicious nonetheless.

I like to indulge on the weekends, especially if I’m not out running errands or meeting up with clients.  It’s nice to treat myself.  And what breakfast is simpler than two main ingredients?  A russet potato (one of those large ones that don’t even come in a bag with all of its friends) and grapes.  Right?  And it’s filling, which is even better.

One large russet potato is enough for the whole meal, just me.  You might not even finish it all.  Take your skillet with your choice of oil (I typically use extra virgin olive oil) and put it on medium heat.  While the skillet warms up, skin and dice the potato into cubes.  For more nutrients, keep the skin on after you’ve washed it, then dice it.  Dice 1/4 of a white onion and toss it into skillet (not a quarter cup of an onion, one quarter of the onion itself).  Season with black pepper, pink salt, oregano, garlic powder (you can use fresh garlic here instead) and parsley flakes.  It can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes to make sure the potato cubes are thoroughly cooked and has that nice golden brown color.  Stir frequently as not to burn the potatoes.  Relish in the smell, as I always do. Rinse off some grapes or whatever fruit you’d like to pair your potatoes with, and viola!

Goodness (and carbs) headed for your tummy.

*That pineapple in the background… I destroyed that later.  It was sooo good.