02: Inspiring Hearts


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Inspiring Hearts

Looking at something at face value doesn’t always depict the truth of a matter.

It’s easy to assume we know better or that our judgements are fair, but unless

we place ourselves in the other person’s shoes there’s no way we can understand.

Help, compassion, care and concern comes from the lowly; the bottom up and not

the top down. We have to be willingly to meet people where they are.

See from their perspective.


Inspiring Hearts

Listen, as I learn these little lessons in my daily interactions, my seemly

insignificant routines. Inspiring hearts is simply the stirring of the conscious mind;

the process of thought which is the prerequisite to action. Our hearts are designed

to receive whatever we put in them. What we place in our hearts is what we will think,

speak and ultimately do. How great is this heart? A heart that’s the size of a clinched fist and

beats approxmately  100,000 per day. It has been said that the heart is deceitful and desperately

wicked. This is true when the heart is left detached from the mind. I’m inspiring hearts today.

Inspiring hearts through a process called purpose.

Think, feel, do, yes…

and reap blessings.

Using your heart on purpose….

-Inspiring Hearts

01: The Nerve to Serve

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The Nerve to Serve

*transcribed show notes

Hey, this is Miranda with Living Every bite where we talk about food, health and life’s purpose. I’m here to get you out your seat and on your feet. If you could change your mind you could change your life. I’m giving you the tools to make a decision. I’m a mother of seven and I’m a full-time entrepreneur and blogger at www.thelivingdiet.net

Join me every week where we going to have talks, conversations, motivations and interviews with some of my friends, doctors and women entrepreneurs. It’s about enjoying where you are on the way to where you’re going. And if you ask me, enjoyment is always better over food.

What’s up everyone, this is your host Miranda Simon and welcome to episode one. I am so excited that you’re here to join me today. The topic we’re going to cover is ‘The Nerve to Serve.’ Now let me just tell you a little bit about how I came up with this title. I was watching an episode of Oprah where she was interviewing this guy by the name of Wes Moore and in this interview an important question was asked. The question was somewhere along the lines of many people are looking for ways to get meaning to their life, for their life to have meaning and for their life to have purpose. And then the question was asked “How do you think a person gets to a point to where their life has meaning and purpose?” And the answer that was given was “The only way I know for a person to get there is through service”

And in that I thought about it and couple of other things were said such as “Whenever you’re going through life you’re always trying to find your calling and trying to find what you’re great at. And one of the key things to when you find something that you’re great at, one of the key things that’s going to occur is you’re going to be willing to do it no matter what.” And that’s what I call the nerve to serve. That is the motivation behind this title.

We’re going to get into it today, I’m going to give you some tips; we’re going to talk about seven foods that put you in the mood to serve other people. So these are just going to be seven foods we’re going to cover and we’re going to try to get it down. These are things that help you. This is not the cure all for you to want to serve people, but this is just some little help, some little tips and some little tools resources that get us going. So we’re going to talk about the seven foods that just put us in the mood to serve. It just puts us in such a great mood that we’re just willing to sit there and say what can I do for you and how can I help you. So we’re going to talk about it.

  1. Berries

The first food that put you in the mood is Berries. Let’s talk about the benefits of berries. Berries keep you mentally sharp; they have a type of flavonoids that are found in berries that have the ability to cross the brain barrier. That’s an area located where the learning and memory centres in the brain are. Berries are great source of fibre and important for healthy digestive system.

When I think about berries I’m reminded of when I lived in Greenville Mississippi and there was this little restaurant that was sort of shaped like a cottage, like a little house that I like to go to and I would go there to get their Black Berry cobbler. They had the best Black Berry cobbler and then they will put a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of that cobbler and I just went there straight for the cobbler. I don’t even care what else was on the menu, I was super excited to get over there to that restaurant just to get myself some of that hot cobbler with that vanilla ice cream just put right on top and that’s what I’m  talking about.  We’re talking about getting you in the mood and putting you in the mood to serve.

  1. Dark Chocolate

Now you ever wonder why when there’s that holiday that comes around. You know what I’m talking about, it just past, Valentine’s Day. During that holiday chocolate was everywhere and chocolate covered everything. Why is that? It is because chocolate has the ability to just get you excited and get you in a nice mood. And some of the benefits are;

  • Dark chocolate improves heart health.
  • It improves blood flow.
  • It lowers blood pressure.
  • It also contains high amounts of iron; magnesium, potassium and zinc just name a few.
  • Also it reduces the stress hormone cortisol.

This is according to the Journal of Proteome research.

  1. Apples

You’ve heard that an apple a day keeps doctor away. Have you ever heard about that? It does not only keep the doctor away, but it puts you in a great mood and let’s talk about some of the benefits of apples;

  • Eating apples produces a calming effect.
  • They also create more energy and increase joy.

And this is according to the British Journal of Health Psychology.

So if you’re having a bad day or a rough day, go to the store get, you some apples, wash them up, get them all nice and right and just eat some apples. I know some people have some different dietary needs, but these are again just some helps, these are some tips that will help put you in the mood to serve. That’s what we’re talking about, having the nerve to serve.

  1. Spinach

Yes eat your greens for life. When I think about spinach I think about this wonderful salad I used to like to fix. It was made of spinach, fresh strawberries on the top, I was sprinkling a little bit of sesame seeds and I would make my own vinegar to go over it. I’m a serious foodie! But greens, especially spinach

  • contain folic acid which alleviates depression and it reduces fatigue.

That’s what I’m talking about, you got to eat spinach. This one is not just for Popeye. You know they had that cartoon and it was all about Popeye eating the spinach to get himself strong. No people, this will help you not to be down in the dumps and dragging your feet. This can help boost your mood and puts you in a position to want to say,” how I can help you, how can I serve you today, what can I do for you today.” It will put you in the mood to serve.

  1. Salmon

Herb crusted Salmon that’s all I could think about. Anybody been to the Cheesecake Factory where they have the Herb Crusted Salmon? You are going to have to visit the blog www.thelivingidiet.net. The recipe is there, Herb Crusted Salmon and do make your way there.

  • Salmon is full of Omega3 fatty acids which can improve your mood and help fight depression.

So here’s another one that pulls us out of the dumps. There are also healthy effects that keep your hair fabulously shining and if you ask me great hair is just everything. Great hair, shining hair, hair that is looking right and that are not falling out, if that’s not a mood booster, then I don’t know what else is. So it gets my stamp of approval for mood boosting and it’s going to help you not to be depressed.

  1. Mushrooms

I have this stuffed mushroom recipe, but there was one particular item, I like to put the avocados in there. Put some avocados, chop it up, put little bit of tomatoes on top, get a little salt and a little pepper and then you want to take some of that liquid aminos. You need to go to the health food store and check out some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, drizzle that over the top and go ahead and dig in. It gives it a nice flavour.

  • Mushroom is high in vitamin D.

Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to depression. So we know that if it is high in vitamin D and if its low levels bring us down to depression then we got to get some mushrooms in our diet.  We’re talking about getting the nerve to serve. Some of you might not like mushrooms, I do understand that, but it isn’t going to hurt nobody. Just go ahead and try it out and it is always great to try something new. Try it a little differently. If you don’t like mushrooms, try having mushrooms stuffed with some avocado and follow that little recipe that I told you real quick and you just might change your mind.

  1. Coffee

The last thing that helps boost our mood and put us in the mood to serve is coffee. Some might say coffee has an aquired taste. Some might say that’s not healthy for me, I got to leave that coffee alone and it has too much caffeine. Let me tell you this research has disproved the belief that coffee is bad for your health. In fact 11/2015 study published in circulation found that

  • coffee consumption was associated with an 8-15% reduction in the risk of death with larger reductions among those with higher coffee consumption.

We’re talking about seven foods that put you in the mood to serve and to give back. We’re talking about having the nerve to serve on purpose and creating the life that you want. Hey, that’s all my time I got for you today folks. Join me again next week. That’s it, that’s my time and I will see you next week. Peace!

Let’s see…

Drink less coffee and lose life, drink more coffee, and gain life.

I’ll take coffee for $500.

Thanks for listen to Living Every Bite with Miranda Simon. A thought provoking podcast designed for women that connects food, health and life’s purpose. If you enjoyed the show remember to subscribe, rate and review. For free online recipe visit www.livingdiet.net


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Until next time,

Enjoy my friends!



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miranda's wellness soup

Miranda’s Wellness Soup

Let me share how Miranda’s Wellness Soup came to me.


I just love how new ideas come when you're interested in serving others, especially my family. Click To Tweet


Here’s the story behind Miranda’s Wellness Soup


Well, my husband came home feeling bad just recently because he went all day working without eating or drinking much.

He had a terrible headache and was feeling very weak….


So, my initial thought was that he’s probably dehydrated.

He also had symptoms of those impacted by this virus being spread in my area.

I decided to immediately whip up something FABULOUS for him and guess what….. He Loved It!


Final Result…after consuming Miranda’s Wellness Soup


Miranda's Wellness Soup
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 10 cups of water or chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons of Lipton Consomme (if using water)**
  • 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning (if using broth)**
  • Cooked chicken cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • 10 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger minced
  • 1 stalk of celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of egg noodles (to cook)
  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and cook until noodles are soft or to your liking. Salt to taste

Drumroll Please….


It was a WINNER!  Mama did well…

Miranda’s Wellness Soup served my husband like I wanted it to…

…and helped to restore his health.


He went to bed and within hours ….

He was all better….  Yay!



Until next time…. Keep it Fresh, Living & Organic!


Buttermilk Pie Muffins

Hey Everyone!

I haven’t spoken with you in a while. I’m on bed rest awaiting the arrival of our 7th addition to the family due on July 25th, but I made time to send you a warm and delicious treat, Buttermilk Pie Muffins!


From Miranda’s Kitchen

This is a recipe I personally created. This recipe is the perfect starter recipe to adding your own personal touch such as adding blueberries, raspberries or any other fruit of your choice. This recipe makes  moist and delicious muffins that you will absolutely LOVE.

real buttermilk

Missing a key ingredient?

If you don’t have buttermilk on-hand you can substitute with yogurt or even sour milk! I buy my dairy milk from local farmers to assure I’m getting a high quality milk; buy wisely, organic is always the best. Remember, a great recipe always starts with the best ingredients. Enjoy!

farm fresh


Hey, don’t forget to let me know how this recipe turns out for you. I love feedback and love hearing your thoughts on what makes the best muffins in your home. ~Miranda

Buttermilk Pie Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
Moist Buttermilk Muffins
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup mixed berries (optional)
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners
  3. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon; mix
  4. Add vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla to flour mixture; stir just until completely combined.
  5. Fold in berries if using
  6. Pour ⅓ cup of mixture into muffin cups
  7. Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven until done; golden brown on top or around the edges.
Buttermilk can be substituted for yogurt or sour milk


Garden Cocktail Recipe

Hey Everyone!

I was looking for a great way to use those seasonal veggies and not have to just eat salads. Don’t get me wrong, salads are nice and I enjoy them, but let’s be honest here, who can get everything they need from eating a few salads?


How about a huge basket of carrots? Should we chow down until our jaws give out? You would have to literally eat tons of salad to get the proper nutritional balance your body needs. Juicing and blending came to mind when I thought of how to get a large amount of nutrition condensed in a small amount of time.



When you juice and blend you can consume far more veggies than you’d actually want to chew so, a Garden Cocktail Recipe is perfect for consuming all those delicious seasonal veggies! Without further delay, let’s try out this Garden Cocktail and please share your thoughts on how you’ll be enjoying your veggies this year. ~Miranda


Garden Cocktail Recipe
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Fresh Cocktail with tomatoes and veggies
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ¼ cup baby carrots
  • 1 tablespoon sweet onion
  • 1 sprig cilantro
  • ¼ red bell pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon hot sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  1. Prepare and measure vegetables
  2. Add all ingredients to blender in the order listed
  3. Process and blend until smooth
  4. Serve immediately


Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms

Hey Everyone,



What? Does that clock say it’s 12 o’clock already? That time can really creep up on ya. Sometimes, I just don’t know what I’m going to eat or prepare for lunch.


A burger, sandwich, salad or soup? It can all just be a bore. However, I remembered how I really liked this eggplant parmesan dish and thought, “why not make some kind of variation to that with some mushrooms.” That’s it! Today’s lunchtime recipe will be Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms.


A few key ingredients are: Eggplant, portobello mushrooms and whole wheat bread crumbs. The deeply colored purple eggplant is available in markets throughout the year. They have a  pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture. Eggplant has a phytonutrient in the skin called nasunin. Nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform. In short, eggplant makes great brain food!


The portobello mushrooms provides the flavor and meaty element of this dish. These mushrooms have a number of essential nutrients but don’t contain many calories. The B vitamins found in portobello mushrooms are essential for a healthy metabolism and nervous system, and help to keep your liver, skin, eyes and hair healthy.

whole wheat bread

Why whole wheat bread crumbs? Simply put, whole grains are absorbed more slowly than foods made from enriched or bleached flour, so they raise glucose and insulin levels less and keep you feeling fuller longer.

I’d say this simple combination would make an excellent lunch meal. Not only will you enjoy your lunch, but you won’t be looking for snacks shortly after. So, without delay, let’s enjoy making these Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms!

Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms
Recipe type: lunch
Cuisine: American
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Eggplant stuffed mushrooms with herbs and topped with cheese.
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup whole grain wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 large open cap mushrooms, peeled
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 4 tbsp chicken or vegetable broth
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Sea salt to taste
  1. Heat oven to 425. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and place skin side uppermost in a baking dish.
  2. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until soft. Remove the eggplant from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. Scoop the soft flesh from the skin and put in a food processor with the garlic, lime juice, bread crumbs, tomato paste, cilantro and sea salt.
  4. Blend for 10 seconds to mix well. Spoon the puree onto the mushrooms pressing the mixture down.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese on top and transfer the mushrooms to a shallow ovenproof dish.
  6. Pour the broth around the mushrooms, cover and cook in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the cover and cook for 5 minutes more until golden on top.
  8. Remove the mushrooms from the oven and from the dish with a slotted spoon.
Make the eggplant puree' in advance for this recipe and store in the refrigerator for up to one day. Serve with a mixed salad and garnish with cilantro.Enjoy!

Do you have some simple lunch recipes you’d like to share? Go ahead and display your skills below. ~Miranda



Spiced Pears in Mango Sauce

Hey Everyone,

I have another breakfast recipe for you, Spiced Pears in Mango Sauce! It’s always great to allow yourself to just be creative in the kitchen. A combination of pears and mangoes along with spices is a unique treat for the morning.


Let’s talk about three of our key ingredients: Pears, Cinnamon, and Raisins.

So, why is pears such a great morning choice? Well, eating pears decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Pears provide an adequate amount of dietary fiber which is a long-established factor in reducing our risk of both diseases. In the case of pears, this benefit may be even more pronounced due to the helpful combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber in this fruit. In the case of heart disease, recent research has shown that pear fibers are able to bind together with bile acids in the intestine, lowering the pool of bile acids and decreasing the synthesis of cholesterol.


Add The Spice-Cinnamon

The cinnamon stick not only adds a distinctive aroma and taste, but the antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which help lower the risk of disease. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols (3, 4, 5). In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking “super-foods” like garlic and oregano. In fact, cinnamon is so powerful that it can be used as a natural food preservative! (Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks know as “true cinnamon” are the best around.)


Pile of raisins, studio shot, close-up ** TCN OUT **

Raisins The Third Key Ingredient

What’s so special about raisins? There are two wonderful reasons to add raisins to your morning. One, raisins helps to relieve constipation and two, raisins provide much iron.

When ingested, raisins swell because the fiber present has shrunk in a raisin’s dried form, but it will begin to swell due to the body’s natural fluids. This adds bulk to the food moving through the intestinal tract and ultimately helps provide relief from constipation.

Secondly, raisins contain a considerable amount of iron which directly helps in the treatment of anemia. It also contains many members of the vitamin-B complex that are essential for the formation of new blood. The high copper content in raisins also helps the formation of red blood cells.

There you have it, another proven fact that you can have a healthy breakfast while on-the-go. This time we’re going with Spiced Pears in Mango Sauce!



Spiced Pears in Mango Sauce
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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An aromatic dish of spiced pears in a mango sauce
  • 4 large ripe pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1¼ cups mango juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp granulated brown sugar
  • Dash of sea salt
  1. Place the pear halves in a pan with the mango juice, spices, raisins, dash of salt and sugar.
  2. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and then bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes more until the pears are softened.
  4. Serve hot with syrup.
Use over plain yogurt or cottage cheese for a fabulously delicious combination


Nectarine Yogurt Crunch

Hey Everyone!

I’m really appreciating breakfast time. I’ve developed the habit of eating breakfast every morning after learning how skipping breakfast regularly will contribute to the development of diabetes. I don’t want any of that, so….. breakfast it is!

Getting Creative

I thought, “let’s make a simple breakfast with three main ingredients,” Nectarines, Yogurt and Granola or toasted oatmeal if you don’t have granola. I call this recipe, Nectarine Yogurt Crunch. It’s easy to make and taste oh so delicious! If you’ve come to learn my style, I’m sure you know, I’m all for what’s quick, simple and easy.


So why choose nectarines for breakfast? Well, it’s great for the heart, a great source of antioxidants, it helps produce collagen which helps hold tissue together, it aids in digestion, perfect food for people who want to lose weight, full of vitamin A which is needed for strong bone development and it improves blood pressure. Those are the 8 amazing health benefits of having nectarines in the morning.

Yogurt, what a treat


You’re probably already familiar with the benefits of yogurt like probiotics, “the friendly bacteria”, that is naturally present in the digestive system and the calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. All these benefits contribute to a boosted immune system and an overall healthy body. A nice morning addition.

Layer it in, granola


The granola layered in the mix is all about the clean sweep; the fiber. It not only adds in a wonderful crunch and texture to this simple breakfast, it also helps sweep the colon moving food through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.

Let’s Make It

Now that you’ve learned a little bit of the benefits of this breakfast combination, let’s whip up the crunchy oatmeal, spicy yogurt and lightly poached fruit to make an attractive yet healthy morning dish!

Did she say, “spicy yogurt?” Yea, check out the recipe! 🙂

Nectarine Yogurt Crunch
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Scottish
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Serves: 4
Crunchy oatmeal, spicy yogurt and lightly poached fruit
  • 4 nectarines, pitted and sliced
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ⅔ cup granola or toasted oatmeal
  • ½-1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1¼ cups low-fat plain yogurt
  • Dash of real salt
  1. Place nectarines in a pan with ⅔ cup water and 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes until softened and drain.
  3. Mix the granola or oatmeal and remaining maple syrup in a bowl
  4. Stir the ginger and dash of salt into the yogurt.
  5. Alternately layer the fruit, granola mixture, yogurt, fruit, granola mixture, yogurt into serving glasses.
  6. Chill and serve!

Get creative! What variations will you be trying with this recipe?

Italian Caesar Dressing

Hey Everyone!

I’m doing it again, salad dressing sharing. I have yet another salad dressing recipe I’d like to pass along; this time it’s a Italian Caesar Dressing.


It can be placed on any salad you put together whether you have hard boiled eggs with carrots and sprouts, this salad dressing will accompany it well. 


The main ingredients are dried herbs coupled with olive oil, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise.



If you prefer a more vegan friendly option Vegenaise would work just fine in place of the mayonnaise. Vegenaise is an eggless mayonnaise alternative made from non-GMO and expeller-pressed oils (extracted without chemical solvents).

I have a son who is lactose intolerant and can’t have any eggs or dairy products; so when I make salad dressings like these, I must use Vegenaise for him to enjoy it. Always remember when making fresh salad dressing to keep any unused portion in a glass jar or container sealed and placed in the refrigerator.

Give this Italian Caesar Dressing a try and please let me know what you think! ~Miranda

Italian Caesar Dressing
Recipe type: lunch
Cuisine: American
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A light salad dressing recipe made with dried herbs and mayo
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ capful raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Mayo (or to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Mix well, chill and serve
This recipe can be used as a guide if you desire to use fresh herbs instead of dried. You can double or triple this recipe as needed.