RECIPE: Gorgeous Fruit Salad

When my husband and I lived / worked in New Zealand, we thought it funny when the Kiwi’s described their foods, especially desserts, as “gorgeous”.  We’d only used that term to describe appearance, not taste. Well world, have I got a gorgeous (looking and testing) simple, summer salad for you!  Bring it to any and all social gatherings!  It will be the most beautiful dish at the soiree.  If you want to keep it local and seasonal, swap strawberries for apples (which are technically a fall / winter fruit, but because we’re Americans, we eat fruit from any season all year long)

(Side RANT: Apples are on the Dirty Dozen, meaning they are one of the most heavily sprayed-with-pesticides fruit available–so buy the organic ones, especially if you are feeding kids.

DDT, you know that pesticide they sprayed on fruit, that was banned in the USA in the 1970’s because all the birds were dying? Guess who the world’s largest exporter of DDT is? Yep, ‘Merica. We sell it to other countries, who then spray it on their crops, then sell those crops back to us, with heaping doses of toxic chemicals. And we all wonder why cancer, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s in on the rise?)

kiwi salad

In a bowl combine the following:

1 quart of strawberries, sliced OR 3 fuji apples, cubed with lemon juice

1 pint organic blueberries

2 kiwi fruit peeled and sliced

Gorgeous!

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.
matcha smoothie2
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:
matcha
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

RECIPE: Healthy Breakfast Muffin Bars

Tired of spending heaps on “bars” that are packed with sugar?

Need a quick treat that keeps you sated all morning long?

Have a taste of these breakfast cups!

Depending on the kind of oats you use, they can be gluten Free and oh so nutritious. Pump up the protein by adding nuts or seeds. You can also make them more dessert-ish by adding dark chocolate chips to the mix.

granola bars

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375

In a mixing bowl combine:

1 1/2 cup Rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)

3/4 cup coconut sugar (I use TJ’s organic)  or maple syrup to minimize the glycemic load

(though you could use brown sugar if you’re going all desserty)

2 eggs (farm fresh hormone free, of course)

1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter

1/8 cup softened butter

3/4 tsp baking soda

6 oz chocolate chips*

1/4 chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds*

 

* optional

Pour concoction in to greased (I use butter or coconut oil) muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can pour in to greased glass dish and cut in to bars. Either way, viola!, breakfast is made for the week!

 

RECIPE: Green Detox Smoothie

Well, hello there! I’m your new favorite smoothie!

This jar of nutrition is incredibly delicious!  It’s a quick but healthy breakfast and makes enough for two, so share with your favorite morning time buddy or enjoy some as a snack later in the day. This morning I offered a spoon of it my 1 year old, who then enjoyed more than her share! Recipe is inspired by Barre3, my fave workout and health encouraging resource!

Green Detox Smoothie

In a turbo blender combine the following ingredients:

2 cups almond milk

1 cup organic spinach

1 frozen banana 

1/2 organic apple

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp hemp hearts

1 slice dried apricot

1-2 tsp dried ginger or 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp maca powder (optional) 

RECIPE: Yum Muffins

Have you ever checked out the ingredients in a store-bought muffin?

Don’t!

Well, do, so you are informed, but just avoid store-bought muffins because the contents are frightening.  Not to mention the caloric burden (like 500 calories a pop!) Same is true for “fresh-baked” muffins you buy at most coffee shops– ahem, Starbucks, I’m talking to you too.

Luckily for us all, I’ve got a screaming good recipe for some seriously good muffins AND they’re wicked good FOR you too!  Add some chocolate chips if you’re need more sweets this season!

Yum MuffinPrep time 10 minutes, Bake time 8-10 minutes

Makes 12-16 muffins

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats

1 egg, hormone free, cage free chickens, of course

1/2 cup walnuts *

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar or date sugar)

3/4 cup Maple syrup

1/8 cup butter, softened

3/4 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp chia seeds*

2 Tbsp flax seeds*

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips *

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350

In a large mixing bowl combine softened butter, maple syrup baking soda and sugar.

Next add egg and peanut butter. Mix well.

Next mix in oats and nuts and seeds (chocolate chips too if you’re indulging)

Pour mix evenly in to 12 greased (I use coconut oil) muffin pan cups.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Enjoy the Yum!

 

* optional

RECIPE: Secret “Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream” Smoothie

You want to know a secret? Packing protein into your meals cuts cravings and obliterates hunger. Plus protein helps build strong muscles, which boosts metabolism.

So add clean protein to everything! A sneaky way to add protein to smoothies is to…

blackbean choclate smoothie

wait for it…

add black beans.  Sounds gross, I know, but ain’t nuthin’ gross about this tasty concoction! The beans not only add protein, but also create a smooth, thick creamy texture you are sure to love.

And as always, throw in some greens to make it a well-balanced meal!

black beans

Portions are approximate, so less water if you prefer a thicker smoothie.

In blender combine:

~3/4  cup milk (I use hemp but almond, coconut, rice, soy or cow’s milk work too)

~1/2 cup filtered water

~1/3 cup black beans (preferable cooked, but fine uncooked, from a can, rinsed and strained)

2 Tbsp cacao (coco powder)

1 Tbsp maple syrup (honey or sweetener of your choice would work too)

1 banana, frozen (you could use a raw banana + 3 cubes ice instead if you don’t store peeled frozen bananas in your freezer)

3 dashes cinnamon

Optional de-veined chard leaf or handful of spinach

[photo from nutmegnotebook.com]