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: 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: 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: Simple Spring Salad

Some people taste soap when they eat cilantro.  Stinks to be them!  This salad is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser! (Unless you’re the soapy cilantro type)

Spring salad

In a large bowl combine:

2 cups spinach

2 cups arugula

1 avocado, diced

1/2 can corn  OR even better, the kernels from 2 roasted ears of corn

3 celery stocks, chopped

1/8-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1 bunch cilantro to garnish

(optional 1/4 cup chopped jicama and 1/4 cup chopped red onion)

 

And I like it with this simple salad dressing:

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/2 lemon squeezed

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp maple syrup

salt and pepper

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

RULE: Seek Wellness

Wellness involves so much more than your health.

It’s how you feel and function in your overall life.  We Americans are under-slept, overfed, undernourished and over-caffeinated.  Many of us are trapped in unfulfilling jobs or toxic relationships.  We can’t be nice to others when we ourselves are not in a good place.  Being truly happy with ourselves, satisfied with our careers, having loving, supportive relationships and taking time to ‘play’ are essential to wellness.

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find joy in your work

spend time with people you love

find a physical activity that excites you

try new foods that are good for you, and give you energy

get meaningful rest

find something to believe in that’s bigger than yourself