Wow! Watch This 77-Year-Old Grandmother Lift Weights

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Willie Murphy is a 77-year-old grandmother who is impressing everyone at the Maplewood YMCA in Rochester, NY – and beyond! Her strength, determination, and workout ethic are to be admired. She’s certainly giving us all hope that we’ll be as fit as she is when we’re her age! She’s five feet tall, 105 pounds, and can deadlift more than twice her weight, bench press 125 pounds, and do diamond push-ups, one-handed push-ups, and more.

She says, “I’m old — If I can do it, get with it… It’s not that hard. I’m that new senior and I got it going on.” You’ll have to watch the video to see what everyone is talking about!

Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner; as we gather with friends and family, let’s remember to be grateful for all of the wonderful blessings that we have in our lives. The holidays are a great time to appreciate everything that we have in life. And of course they’re also the perfect time to enjoy lots of delicious food together! Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving foods that I hope you’ll try. Whether you’re having a 100% plant-based meal or just want to add some of these dishes, I encourage you to try something new this year. Enjoy <3.

Gardein Holiday Roast

Here’s a Gardein Holiday Roast. I actually prefer this to the Tofurky roast that I’ve had in the past. It’s easier to cook, too. All you have to do is put it in the oven for 60-70 minutes. It comes with two packets of gravy, so you can use one for the roast and one for mashed potatoes. Try it!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

In addition to mashed potatoes, I often roast sweet potatoes. Sometimes I add organic cherry tomatoes when I’m roasting them, but this year I will add cinnamon, a bit of coconut oil, and some chopped nuts at the end. If you’re a fan of raisins and nutmeg, you can add those as well. If you’re going oil-free, skip the coconut oil :).

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

A Shepherd’s pie is also a great addition to a Thanksgiving meal. This one is easy to make and absolutely delicious!

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Sautéed Green Beans

Green beans always make an appearance for Thanksgiving at my house. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time to prepare and cook. And it’s yummy!

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious, but be sure not to overcook them. Here’s a great recipe that I enjoy. You can make quinoa or you can enjoy the green beans and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes – yum!

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Vegan Tomato Basil Soup

I would recommend having a warm soup to enjoy with your meal, as well as some fresh salad. Here’s a recipe for a delicious tomato basil soup that I love. I like it better with coconut milk instead of a potato, so grab some coconut milk while you’re out shopping!

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Dessert

I may save the sweet potatoes to enjoy for dessert. Or I may pick up a slice of vegan pie from Native Foods in Culver City – we’ll see! Whatever you end up making for Thanksgiving, enjoy it! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends and remember to keep these tips for not overeating on Thanksgiving handy! Here’s to your health and happiness! Xo

Strawberry Pineapple Banana Smoothie

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This smoothie is so refreshing – I love making it during the spring and summer! Actually, it’s the perfect balance of sweet berries, sweet and tangy pineapple, and creamy bananas, that it’s such a wonderful treat to have whenever you’re in the mood for something cold and tasty :). I would absolutely recommend making this for breakfast, dessert, or dinner (when you’ve had enough to eat during the day and you just want to have something small and yummy).

Ingredients:

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free

1 cup organic strawberries

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1 medium sized banana

2 tablespoons organic, ground flaxseeds (this will give you a healthy does of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber!)

Enough water to cover the fruit (you can also add another liquid of choice, such as a nut milk)

Add all of the ingredients to your blend, blend, and enjoy!