March 15, 2019 - No Comments!

Keto Reuben Slaw

Since we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this month, we wanted to share a fun twist to Cornbeef and Cabbage. We enjoy testing recipes from all of the many diets! This one is Keto friendly. Enjoy and eat up!



  1. Take the half head of cabbage and cut the end off, then cut the cabbage in half lengthwise.
  2. Julienne Cut the cabbage into roughly 1/4 inch thick strips.
  3. Take the Pastrami or Corned Beef and cut that into roughly 1/4 inch strips as well.
  4. Cut the Swiss Cheese into roughly 1/4 inch strips as well.
  5. Dice up some Dill Pickles.
  6. In a small mixing bowl add the Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, Dill Pickles and mix well.
  7. In a REALLY large mixing bowl add in about half of the cabbage mixture and mix the other half with the Mayo mixture.
  8. Mix both halves of the mixture together.
  9. Serve right away, or store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

March 13, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Iris

What does it mean to be an empowered woman? Is it found in feeling invincible, confident and never experiencing weakness? For me, the answer is no. Empowerment doesn’t always feel amazing or even important, and we’re likely not even aware of it at the time.

Empowerment is about showing up and the ways in which I respond to situations in life. I am empowered when I choose the path of healing instead of hurting, kindness and wholeheartedness instead of petty self-protection, communication through the difficult conversations and not just when it is easy. Being an empowered woman means that I value my own voice enough to speak up even when it would be easier to remain silent, and that no matter what happens, I continually work for a better, more nurturing and whole world.

Working at JADA Studios is so meaningful to me because every day I empower other people, and in so doing, I am empowered. Every time I help my clients feel better in their body, I feel stronger in mine. As people feel better through my work and radiate gratitude, I am energized. And the circle doesn’t stop there. Working with the team at JADA is a continual inspiration because we build each other up. We have great conversations, brainstorm about new ideas to better serve the community, and spend a lot of time just enjoying each other and having fun as we work together! We are stronger because of the trust and respect we share. Our empowerment is all about empowering one another. With this strong foundation of support, we are able to keep learning and growing and expanding the circle of empowerment to touch every person who walks through our doors!

March 11, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Sophia

While challenging, I love the opportunity to share with my 8 year old daughter the beauty and power we have in our lineage of women. I am careful to choose my words when discussing this topic. I want her to know that being a woman means having strength at your core. To be a woman means to brave the unknown. To be a woman means to be a resourceful creator. I want her to know that our strength as women comes not from us individually, but from what we are together.

I have amazing women in my blood.

We were recently chatting about how her great-great grandmother, Inga Sophia, was a "mail order bride" to her great-great grandfather. She came from Olslo, Norway to Minnesota to meet and marry a man whom she hardly knew. She came across the ocean alone to start a new life, in a far away world she knew nothing about. She is the woman I am named after.

I have brave women in my blood.

The conversation started when she asked about why women were once able to be "bought" or "traded" for. It continued on with me telling her that, sadly, this still occurs in today’s world. She then pointed to my earrings from Fair Anita, and recalled the conversations we have had previously about our choices and buying power. She’s in a phase of development where she’s very justice-oriented, so these kinds of deep conversations happen frequently around our house!

I have caring women in my blood.

I come from a line of strong women who raised up from hard circumstances with very little. My mom is the most inspiring of them all, to me.

I have strong women in my blood. 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day in March, I celebrate the strong women who came before me, and who are around me today. Being a part of JADA Studios, I get to work alongside a team of brave, caring, strong, and amazing women every day. Not just our care team, but the women around us that help with cleaning, legal negotiations, marketing, writing, financial planning, mentorship, and so much more.

I have inspiring women in my life.

Because of each of them; I too, am a strong woman.


March 8, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Hilary

Strength, power, determination, compassion, love, laughter, honesty, respect. These are just a few words I think of when I think of strong and empowered women! I have never known any other way than to put my head down and keep going until the task is done and done to perfection. Being strong and tenacious on the outside is one thing, but being strong, compassionate, loving, understanding and light on the inside is where strength truly comes from. It comes from the mind. It comes from the core. But mostly it comes from the heart. True strength is built and carried in the heart!

I have always preferred headstrong, determined, opinionate, empathetic women around me. Women who will give me their true feelings and not side-step, knowing that I too am strong enough to hear the truth and not want nor need to be protected. The women in my family are strong, beautiful women that I have learned more from than they will ever know. I was blessed, truly blessed to have these family members to learn from, and still learn from. I didn’t realize how lucky I was at the time, but looking back, they helped shape me to the woman I am today.

But my biggest influence was my mom. She has lived through more than any human should. This includes losing two brothers, one when she was 14 and one when she was 22 and then a son when she was only 30. I can’t imagine the heartache, the loss the despair. The desire to quit, give up, cash it in. But she kept fighting, and she broke through those tough, dark, lonely times. You would never have any idea of the pain she lived through when she is in your presence. She chooses to live in abundance, love, laughter and light. She has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives as a teacher, athletic coach and now a life coach. She has instilled a work ethic in me that is second to none. I hope that my kids can say the same things about me. That I was motivated, determined, kind, loving, strong and brave. I took the punches and stood up for more, fighting for what I believed in and what was important and right!

I am lucky enough to be raising two young teenage girls. I work daily on instilling strength, self-esteem, kindness and individuality into them. Growing up now is hard, and I don’t envy them. But I want them to know that I, a strong, loving, compassionate, intelligent and respected woman is standing beside them, supporting them all the way to their dreams.

After-all, isn’t the greatest gift a gift that you can share with those you love and the world? The greatest gift isn’t anything you can purchase. It isn’t something you find in a store. It comes from the heart and can change the world. We can be beckons of love, strength, power, compassion, respect, inclusion and understanding. That to me is the greatest gift we can offer. To stand on this earth, knowing that we not only have the power to change the world, but that we are going to change the world, and change it for the better!


February 19, 2019 - No Comments!


the mystery intelligence within our nervous system

Hello! My name is Amanda Leaveck, and I’m a brain geek who has a deep reverence for the unknown. Through Science & Magic workshops, retreats, yoga, group coaching and writing, I offer space and education for people to access more ease and alignment in their every day life. I’ve partnered with JADA Studios and we’re excited to be able to offer to you a 60-day course designed to cultivate more ease and intuition in your every day life.

Our course, Magical Mind, is for anyone who wants to attain a general understanding about the power of their own nervous system with the structure and accountability of a group cohort to explore it. Using the Science & Magic Curriculum, participants will be asked to implement the science-based learning into their daily life through a regular commitment of yoga, meditation, and/or self care. Class time includes delicious sound baths, heartfelt discussion and a customized ‘brain food’ menu that is designed to nourish and support the body throughout the process of learning.

Think of this course like an interactive tour of your very own nervous system!

Consider the fact that our mama earth currently holds 7.7 billion human beings.  That means that there are 7.7 billion human beings who each have a nervous system of more than 100 billion, 500 million, 40,000 different neurons that link up in trillions of unique ways. We are each truly made of the same substance, yet profoundly different. 

These facts don’t intimidate me, they fascinate me.  They remind me that we all, quite literally, are having profoundly different experiences, yet still connecting with each other in some sort of common reality.

It is this intelligence that is explored, discussed, and experienced in my Science & Magic curriculum. Science helps us gain understanding and process information with our logical, ‘thinking’ mind. Magic allows us to sink into the unknown, to have reverence for mystery. Together, they create an enriching experience of that helps give life to what it means to be human.

Join a cohort of colleagues and cast a spell on your life in such a way that growth occurs organically. Learn and experience research-based techniques that will cultivate wellbeing, peace and ease as regular states of being. When you learn how to harness the power of your mind, what looks like magic to other people will be the life that you live. So what are you waiting for? Join us for Magical Mind.

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January 31, 2019 - No Comments!

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Banana bread is perennially popular, especially when served warm from the oven, cut in thick slices and generously spread with butter. The addition of brazil nuts, gives this loaf cake a lovely texture, but you can substitute any nuts you prefer or no nuts at all!


2 ripe bananas

115 g/1 stick of butter, softened

115 g/ ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 large eggs

115 g/1 cup gluten-free self raising/rising flour (or 115 g/1 scant cup gluten-free plain/all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon xantham gum)

3 tablespoon buttermilk

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground mixed spice/apple pie spice

100 g/1 cup brazil nuts, coarsely chopped

2x450-g/1-lb. loaf pans, greased and lined with baking parchment

Preheat the oven to 180*C (350*F)

Put the bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the mashed banana, flour, buttermilk, cinnamon, mixed spice/apple pie spice and brazil nuts (if you choose to add them) and fold in until everything in incorporated.

Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the loaves are firm to the touch and a knife inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven and let cool slightly while you make the glaze.

Fresh out of the oven!

The loaves will keep for up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container. They also freeze very well, so if you don’t need both, you can freeze up to 2 months.

January 28, 2019 - No Comments!

Massage Therapy – A place where head, heart & hands are of equal importance

Hi! I’m Iris and I am a Massage Therapist at JADA Studios! I’m a lifelong learner and this is a huge part of what attracted me to JADA because continuing education and personal growth are the foundation of what Hilary has built this studio on. Anyone can read about massage, but the work itself takes more than simply reading a book. It takes an understanding of anatomy, excellent communication skills, sensitivity to emotional responses and body language, intuitive touch, and ability to adjust pressure, depth and choose which technique is appropriate for each situation. I’m not a person who does things “halfway,” so I’ve been delighted to work where excellence is a priority.

When I was asked to join the JADA team, I felt honored to be surrounded by so much talent! I love that the team works together to create the best treatment plan for each person who comes to us for care. It’s not a place that is based on practitioners competing against each other, but rather working together. Every day I’m inspired as I see people treating each other with kindness and respect. JADA is a place where I’m valued for who I am and what I have to offer, and where I continually learn from my coworkers and from each client that I work with.

One of the things that I love about JADA is that it’s a place where head, heart and hands are of equal importance. My day is never about simply getting record numbers of clients in and out the door. Instead, the focus at JADA is taking time to truly understand each client as they talk about their goals for the long term, not just for that day. Together, we craft a plan for recovery from injury, improving posture, reducing pain and stress, or implementing massage as weekly self-care during training for an athletic event or throughout their performance as an athlete. If a client expresses that they are doing great physically but are carrying so much tension from stress that they just need deep relaxation, I want to hear about that too! I love that JADA is always ready to flex and bend to meet the needs of the individual!

These are just a few of the many reasons I find JADA Studios to be a wonderful place to practice massage therapy!

Looking to work with a massage therapist? Simply book your appointment with me online through our website. I’m excited to start working with you as we clear your physical and mental obstructions, freeing your path to success!

June 4, 2018 - 5 comments

Baked Falafel

PREP: 1hr 15min (includes 60 min soak time) TOTAL: 1hr 45min SERVINGS: 14 falafel balls


  •    2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  •    1 cup dried/uncooked/raw chickpeas, rinsed, picked over and soaked for at least one hour and up to overnight (do not attempt this recipe with canned chickpeas!)
  •    1/3 cup chopped red onion (about 1/4th of a medium red onion, chopped)
  •    1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  •    1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  •    3 garlic cloves, minced
  •    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


1.      With an oven rack in the middle position, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a large, rimmed baking sheet or large cast iron skillet with 2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil (use more olive oil for more of a fried effect. I couldn’t fit all of the falafel into my 12-inch skillet so I used my 8-inch skillet as well, into which I poured in 1 teaspoon of olive oil).

2.     In a food processor, combine the soaked and drained chickpeas, red onion, parsley, cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Process until smooth, about 1 minute.

3.     Using your hands, scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time. Shape the falafel into small patties, about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick. Place each falafel on your oiled pan or skillet.

4.     Bake for 13 minutes, then remove the falafel from the oven and carefully flip each one. Return the pan(s) to the oven for another 13 to 15 minutes, until the falafels are lightly browned on both sides.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.

  •        Do not substitute canned chickpeas for dried chickpeas here! I made that mistake once and ended up with sad falafel pancakes.
  •        Although I haven’t tried it, the original recipe notes that the uncooked falafel patties can be refrigerated on a parchment-lined baking sheet, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 2 hours before baking.
  •        I’ve found that falafel freezes well, too. It might be a little less crisp after defrosting but it is still very good!

May 3, 2018 - 6 comments

Ketogenic Fat Balls

Ketogenic Fat Balls

PREP Time: 15 minutes, TOTAL Time: 15 minutes, SERVINGS: 16 balls


  • 1.5 cups raw nuts see note*
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice see note**
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs optional
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup see note***
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Add the raw nuts to food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until a thick paste has formed. The dough should be sticky.
  2. Roll the fat ball mixture into 16 to 20 balls. Store in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator or freezer (balls thaw quickly, so I store mine in the freezer).

Recipe Notes

*Suggested 1 cup raw almonds and ½ cup macadamia nuts, but any combination works.

**If you keep a paleo diet, use sunflower butter and avoid using peanut butter

***Use a zero-sugar sweetener such as Erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, or xylitol to make these a completely sugar-free ball for a ketogenic diet. If a ketogenic diet isn’t the goal, increase the amount of pure maple syrup to up to 5 tablespoons for a sweeter ball.

February 22, 2018 - 1,257 comments

2018: The Year of the (Earth) Dog

Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture) share roots with traditional Chinese philosophy and astrology, including the Yin-Yang philosophy, the theory of the 5 elements,  and Confucianism ethical concepts and practices.

February 16, 2018 marked the start of the Chinese New Year.

2018 is a Year of the Dog. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. 

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig.

If you're born in a Dog year, you're a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

More specifically, 2018 is an Earth Dog Year.In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Dog comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dogs, each with different characteristics:

Combining the 12-zodiac cycle and the 5-element cycle, people show diverse traits and horoscope. 

Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Honest, reliable, considerate, having a strong feeling for justice.
Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Kind-hearted, cautious, working in a down-to-earth way.
Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Persistent, meticulously attentive, with good fortune in wealth.
Metal Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, accommodating, strong sense of self-respect.
Water Dog 1922, 1982 Foresighted, responsible, but some self-centered.


Not born in a Year of the Dog, find out your Chinese zodiac here.