RECIPE: Chard Wraps

Needs something you can grab in a hurry? Detoxing but tired of veggies and salmon? Trying to figure out how to eat right/well/cheap/satisfying?  The wraps are a great low-carb, gluten-free, alkaline, wheel food, paleo-friendly, whole 30, detoxing option. Make a batch and then pull ’em from the fridge all week.

 

INGREDIENTS:

Chard Leaves, 5-6

Organic Rotisserie Chicken, 1/2

Avocado, 2

Humus (optional), 10 Tbsp

Lemon Juice, 1 lemon

Cayenne Pepper, a dash

You’ll can use toothpicks or skewers

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

De-stem / divide chard leaves in half

Smear ~  1 Tbsp humus on to each leaf

Add 1-2 avocado slices to each leaf

Add shredded / pulled chicken pieces to each wrap

Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on each wrap

Add sea salt and a minimal amount of cayenne pepper to each wrap

Roll wraps and/or pin with a skewer

RECIPE: Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Still haven’t tried Matcha? Or maybe you’re a major Matcha lover? Either way, this is a great smoothie to experience all the health benefit s of Matcha.
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Quick catch up.
What is Matcha? It’s a specially grown and processed green tea powder that has a perking but calming effect. I could use both more perk and more calm. Check. Matcha has 137 x the antioxidants as green tea. Check, check.
So how do I get it? Well, since it’s all the rage at the moment, it’s either in stores (Trader Joe’s has it) or coming to a store near you. But you can buy it on line.  The trouble is finding a quality source. Be careful, most Match Lattes or Latte powder are loaded with sugar and dairy solids.  Best to get the pure matcha (a little bit goes a LONG way) and mix with ingredients you like.
Like this:
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IN A BLENDER COMBINE:
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 large frozen banana (or 1 small frozen)
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 dashes of cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp matcha powder

RANT: Your Kids Will Eat What You Do

If you’ve ever had a 12 month old, you know they want what you have.  They want your phone, your keys, your coffee.  The same is true at meal time.  If you’re eating chips, they’ll want chips.  If you’re eating salad, they are 100% more likely to explore the texture of your salad, than if they’ve never seen you eating greens.

I’m not saying broccoli will be their favorite food –especially if they’ve already had ice cream. But, I am saying if you’re eating healthy foods, they’re more likely to grow up eating healthy foods.

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When feeding your kids, the two most important things to remember are:

  1. KEEP TRYING. Kids may spit out tomatoes the first 9 times they try them.  But if you don’t keep trying, they’ll never get the nutrition their little brains and bodies need.  It takes 10-20 exposures to adjust taste. (This is true for adults too!)  Often it’s the texture, not the taste, they are repelled by.  Seeing healthy foods over and over, makes them more familiar. And familiar = comfort. Just keep trying!
  2. PACKAGED FOOD is devoid of nutrition and packed with harmful chemicals!  Packaged foods are made (in a factory) in mass to make money — not insure our kids’ health.  Food additives are linked to hyperactivity, tooth decay, childhood diabetes, obesity, learning disabilities, problems concentrating and depression. So do yourself and your kids a favor, make eating REAL foods a part of your family’s daily life.

 

Remember, your kids eat what you do. So eat how you should. Lots of plants, limit packages!

RECIPE: Greens & Beans Salad

Need a protein-packed, vivacious, vitamin-rich, super-easy salad?

Have I got the one for you! In less time than it takes you to remove your eye make-up, you can whip up this healthy dish!

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups organic mixed greens, spinach and arugula (or greens of your choice)

1 avocado, diced

1 can organic garbanzo beans, rinsed and strained

1 can organic black beans,  rinsed and strained

1/4 red onion, diced (optional)

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (optional)

Combine all of the above together and then drizzle with your favorite dressing. Or try this delish dressing

Put a bird on it (egg or chicken), or roll it in a wrap.

Make a large bowl to scoop from all week!

Arugula, Bean and Avocado Salad

RECIPE: Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Cucumber Salad

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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

RANT: The CLEAN 15

Last week we covered the Dirty Dozen–the most chemically contaminated produce. Buying the organic version of the produce on the Dirty Dozen is an important step in cancer prevention.

This week’s blog reveals the Clean 15! So you’ll know where to spend your organic dollars.

The Clean 15 List, which periodically changes, includes the produce with the least chemical and pesticide exposure–so theoretically you would not need to buy organic (though, if you can afford it, do it! For your health, your community, and to support those farmers who are growing responsibly). Here goes:

1. AVOCADOS

2. SWEET CORN

3. PINEAPPLES

4. CABBAGE

5. SWEET PEAS (Frozen)

6. ONIONS

7. ASPARAGUS

8. MANGOES

9. PAPAYAS

10.KIWI

11. EGGPLANT

12. GRAPEFRUIT

13. CANTALOUPE (domestic)

14. CAULIFLOWER

15. SWEET POTATOES

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