Hi! @puresimplewellness here! My name is Elizabeth Girouard and I’m a gluten-free integrative nutrition health coach who is passionate about helping you be more mindful in your food and lifestyle choices to gain energy, lose belly bloat and feel your best. I’m so excited to be here with you! Since Carol is sharing all things sweet this month let’s talk about sugar cravings.

Valentine’s day is over, but your sugar cravings may still be out of control from too much Valentine’s candy. If this sounds like you, add fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi into your diet to help balance your gut microbiome. These foods are filled with good bacteria that help balance your gut bacteria and in turn, reduce cravings. Add one of these fermented foods into your diet this week and replenish the good bacteria in your gut.

If you find you are still craving sugar, specifically chocolate, after Valentine’s day, try a green smoothie instead with raw cacao or 100% cocoa powder for a chocolate treat to quench your desire for something decadent, creamy and sweet. Here is one of my favorites: the Choco Cherry Smoothie (you are going to want to save this one!)



? 1-2 cups of spinach or other leafy green
? 1 cup frozen cherries
? 1-2 cups of filtered water
? 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
? 1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao powder
? pinch of cinnamon
? few drops of stevia or other healthy sweetener


Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender, putting softer items on the bottom. Blend until smooth about 45-60 seconds

If you are ready to give up sugar and all processed foods for 3 days, check out my Effortless 3-Day Reset, which begins on March 2nd. We provide healthy, vegan food and coaching for 3 days to get you back on track. www.PureSimpleWellness.com/reset

Don’t forget to come say hi over on my page @puresimplewellness where you can find more easy recipes and inspiration!

NOTE: The link for the smoothie is: http://puresimplewellness.com/recipes/juicessmoothies/choco-berry-smoothie/ in case you want to use that as the link in your bio instead of embedding it into the post.