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: 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: Chard Wraps

Looking for the convenience of a wrap with 10 x the nutrition!? This is the recipe for you!

Plenty of menus offer a “healthy wrap” in their Lite Bites or Healthy Options section.

News flash! Most tortillas are loaded with lard, additives and preservatives (to keep them from molding and help them get crispy and brown perfectly!)

Turn any tortilla package over at the grocery store. Look at the ingredients. Now ask yourself, what the heck is THAT doing in my diet?

We scratch our heads wondering why so many people are stricken with cancer, dementia and obesity. Yet we continue to pump ourselves and our kids FULL of hazardous ingredients.

An EASY way to make a wrap super healthy is to use a swiss chard leaf in lieu of a tortilla.  Sure it may take a few go rounds for your family to get on board.  But every transition seems odd at first. (Think station wagons without car seats, choosing wheat instead of white bread or wearing a helmet while biking and skiing).  Soon it becomes your norm!
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INGREDIENTS:

Rainbow Chard or collard greens

Humus

Veggies

1. De-vein several rainbow chard leaves or collard greens (cut stalk out for entire length of leaf) creating a leaf half

2. Smear humus, mustard or salsa on a leaf half. option to add brown rice or quinoa to add bulk

3. slice your favorite veggies (cucumbers, carrots, peppers) and place in wrap

4. option to drizzle with Siracha vinegar or sprinkle with spices

5. roll wrap up. place a toothpick to hold together or use humus to adhere

I make several of these (~10) each sunday and place in glass container in the fridge to draw from all week!

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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