RECIPE: Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Cucumber Salad

sweetPotblackbean salad

Tired of your same-old-salad options? Need a fun and healthy something to bring to your neighbor’s backyard Bar-B-Q?

This Zesty Salad is sure to please–your taste buds, your neighbors and your body!

In a Large bowl Combine:

a diced and cooked sweet potato (bake 375 x 20-30 minutes of until soft, while preparing the other ingredients)

1/2 can organic black beans, drained

1/2 can corn, drained (or fresh cooked summer corn! Even better!)

1 sliced organic cucumber

1 sliced avocado

1/2 tomato diced

4 cups of kale (or organic green of your choice)

a few goat cheese or feta crumbles (optional)

sea salt and ground pepper to taste

drizzle with your favorite salad dressing, or try Cilantro and Lime or Ridiculously Good Lemon Dressings

RECIPE: Pistachio and Spinach Smoothie

One of my coolest girl friends recently shared with me her favorite smoothie recipe. This is a girl who went heli-skiing on her honeymoon and stole Michael Jordan’s retired jersey from the Dean Dome rafters.  (Only one of these actually happened, but this girl would do happily do both, and then some).

So if it’s a Pistachio Smoothie that is her daily tall-glass-o-Bad-Ass, then this is what’s going in my Vitamix tomorrow morning:

Pistachio SMoothie

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup filtered water

6-8 almonds

12-14 pistachios

4-6 cubes ice

(1 scoop protein powder, unflavored or  vanilla) optional

(1 tbsp maca powder) optional

RECIPE: Wild Rice and Arugula Salad

Need to give your salad some girth without bulking up?

Wild Rice is the perfect grain to making your salad more filling without packing on pounds in the process.  Wild rice has twice the protein of brown rice, is high in fiber and essential minerals and vitamins.

The arugula bring the benefits of leafy greens.  It’s alkalinic and detoxifying, high in chlorophyll and antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory.  Sun dried tomatoes deliver calcium and magnesium, which are great for cardiovascular health.  So this salad is a super hearty, super healthy serving of goodness!

arugula salad
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, Add 1 cup wild rice

let cook until water gone (~ 45 min)

While rice is cooking, in a large dish combine:

1/2 5 oz sleeve goat cheese

1/2 cup chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes

4-5 cups of arugula

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp dried basil

1 /2 tsp sea salt

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Serve on bed of arugula.

Serve Warm or cold.

Keeps in Fridge all week.

Tastes great in a toasted tortilla.

 

RECIPE: Iced Coffee Smoothie

Need a quick, healthy pick-me-up in the morning? Have I got the smoothie for you!

I’m not usually a coffee drinker. In fact, I managed to make it through college, medical school and residency without picking up the habit. But as a mother of a newborn, I’ve found I could use a little more “Get-Up-And-Go” in the mornings.

So I created this healthy iced coffee to help me survive. Hope you enjoy it!

Iced Coffee

In a Blender Combine:

1 cup Spinach

Coffee (either 1 Tbsp coffee beans oR 1/2-1 cup of yesterday’s left over coffee)

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1/2 cup filtered H2o

4-6 cubes Ice

1/2 tsp (or just 4 dashes) Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional for sweet lovers)

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds (optional Super food, also packs in some protein)

1 tsp (or a splash) Vanilla