Fuel Yourself to Success

Brooke Thomas cooks up three brain-boosting recipes for the new year.

From Brooke: It blows my mind how a simple shift in thinking can move mountains in your life. I spend a lot of time talking to women who aren’t where they want to be in their lives. They are frustrated, tired and hide behind excuses. I used to be there too, knocked down by the words of others.

Paleo Minestrone Stew.


When I saw people living their dreams, I would wonder their secret. What trick did they know that I didn’t? But the truth is, I was the one holding myself back. Fear and worry directed my decisions and distorted my vision.

If you feel stuck or aren’t making the progress you want in your business or life, ask yourself these three questions:

1. What are the characteristics of the woman I want to be?

2. What traits do I have that could make me unique and hugely successful in the marketplace?

3. Why am I not claiming my purpose and what’s stopping me right now?

Imagine how different your life might be if you pursued your calling unapologetically and unafraid of what people think. Imagine what you could achieve if you felt confident and supported by other women who encourage you.

In order to have the energy and focus you need for that journey, you’ll also need to nourish yourself well. The following three recipes are a great start:

Paleo Minestrone Stew

By Brooke Thomas
This soup is packed with veggies that will fill you up for hours—perfect for women working long days!
It has 3 powerhouse cancer-fighting ingredients (sweet potato, kale, spinach) and lots of brain-boosting power.
I like to toss in a few mushrooms in the last hour of cooking for extra savoriness.

For bottom of crock pot:
- 1 sweet potato, diced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2 zucchini squash, diced
- 2 shallots, diced

- 28 ounce boxed organic chicken broth (swap it for veggie broth to make this vegan)
- 14.5 ounce can of organic tomatoes, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic

For top of crock pot:
- ½ cup organic fresh kale, chopped with stems removed
- 1 cup organic fresh spinach
- 2 bay leaves

- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Toss bottom ingredients into crock pot.

Mince 2 cloves of garlic and add to crock pot.

Add chicken broth and tomatoes (including the juice).

Add top ingredients.

Add spices.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Pecan-Crusted Fish

By Brooke Thomas

Pecans are high in healthy unsaturated fat and just a handful a day can lower “bad” cholesterol.
They also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Plus, this recipe comes together really fast which means less time in the kitchen!


- 2 filets of fish (halibut and flounder are my fave)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 375.

Add pecans, coconut and seasonings to a food processor and pulse until you get crumbs.

Whisk egg in a separate large, flat-bottomed bowl.

Set up a dipping station with bowl of eggs and one small plate of crumbs.

Coat the fish in egg, then cover in crumbs. Place on a non-stick pan or foil-lined cookie sheet coated with coconut oil.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until fish is cooked through.


Brain-Boosting Toast

By Brooke Thomas

Sprouted grain bread is the most nutrient-dense bread you can have. In addition to preventing disease, incorporating more cumin into your diet may reduce blood sugar and improve digestion.
No busy woman has time for an upset stomach.


- 1 slice of Ezekiel Bread (sprouted grains are best because they are low glycemic)
- ½ ripe avocado
- Pink Himalayan salt
- Optional: drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, ground cumin and pepper


Toast bread on both sides.

Smash on avocado with a fork.

Top it off with Pink Himalayan salt.


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