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: Strawberry Banana and Ginger Smoothie

Here’s a twist on an old favorite.  It’s great for breakfast, lunch, a snack or dessert.  Cool and crisp with the perfect amount of sweetness. No refined sugars and lots of fiber to keep you satisfied and your digestion functioning well.

 

Strawberry Banana and Ginger

In a blender combine:

 

2 cups of almond milk (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water)

5 frozen strawberries (or fresh, even better)*

1 frozen banana*

1/2 – 1 inch cube of ginger root

1 dash of cinnamon

 

*could add 1/4 cup of ice and use unfrozen fruit as well

RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

Love Pesto? Is it weird to want to rub fresh basil leaves all over me? That fragrance, so crisp and clean.  I can’t help but pause and sniff it in once I’ve plucked off a fresh leaf.  But, I digress…

Pesto…it’s not just for pasta!  Make some to smear on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo, scramble it in eggs, add a dollop to a cracker with a smidgeon of salmon, or smother it on shrimp or chicken.

A client recently sent me a clever recipe for kale and hemp seed pesto, that I reworked to retain my friend, basil.  This is a great option for folks with nut allergy!

Hemp Seeds are a protein rich superfood! Basil is an alkaline cancer-fighter, garlic lowers cholesterol and keep vampires away (2 birds, on stone) and lemon helps detoxify!

Hemp Heart Pesto

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Hemp Seeds (hemp hearts)

1 Garlic clove, chopped or pressed

2 cups Basil, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Sea Salt and ground Pepper to Taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender combine the above ingredients; start with hemp seeds and garlic, add basil , lemon juice and spices, finish with olive oil.  Use a spatula to scrape in to glass container for storage.

Makes about 1/2 cup (which is a lot of pesto!) Store what you don’t use immediately in a jar in fridge for a week or so. Freeze what you won’t use in near future. Or use as a facial masque. (not really…though maybe?)

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