- 1 1/2 cups red kale
- 1 large cucumber (or two small Persian cucumbers)
- 1 1/2 blood oranges
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1 tablespoon of ginger (1/2 piece)
- 1 cup of coconut water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Serving: One 16oz smoothie
I love eating healthy things that look tasty and are colorful! Like the say, eat the rainbow! And today, I chose red as my inspiration. I need something bright to cheer me up in this drab weather. Check out my new creation, BIG RED Smoothie!.
Superfood Truffles: Cacao, Dates, Coconut, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds - The Perfect Valentine's Day Treat!
I've been obsessed with Superfood truffles for a while now, I eat them every chance I get! They are so tasty and super good for you, so you can get away with eating more and not feel bad about it! Up until recently, I had never made them myself.
However, this Valentine's Day I was inspired to finally make them, since my staff and I are on this crazy Staff Health Challenge. I needed a great, healthy dessert to share with my staff that passed "the 6 ingredients or less" test. Not only do these truffles pass the test, but they are packed with antioxidants and are very decadent--the perfect Valentines' Day Treat! Enjoy!
Serving Size: Makes 12-16 truffles
Prep/Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
This is a new recipe that I just came up with last week when I was on a grapefruit craze. The Farro and Broccolini Salad is super yummy and filling, that makes a great meal on its own. I often eat it this way, especially if I don't have time to roast the squash.
Serves: 4-5 people
Faro salad = 20 minutes
Roasted Squash = 45 minutes
Last weekend I had a huge craving for grapefruit and made a bunch of grapefruit inspired recipes! I played around in the kitchen and came up with a Grapefruit Greens Smoothie (recipe below) and a Farro and Broccolini salad with lime, grapefruit and dill dressing. Both are super freshening and very hearty. The citrus flavor of the grapefruit compliments the pineapple and fennel (my new favorite veggie) really well. Hope you like them as much as I do! Enjoy.
kale- super powerful leafy green, high in vitamin K and vitamin A; great for your liver and metabolism
cucumber-low-calorie vegetable with great cooling properties (great way to beat the heat and calm inflammation in the skin; good source of potassium and vitamin K
cilantro-a great low-calorie herb rich in vitamin C and beta carotene; high source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium
pineapple-great source of antioxidants anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin C and B
grapefruit- high in vitamin A & C, and rich in dietary insoluble fiber pectin, which has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels; great for digestion
fennel-known for its richness of flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, including folic acid and electrolytes; nice anise and licorice flavor
ginger-great anti-inflammatory herb, good for digestion and nausea; packed with minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
What is Maca and Why Is It Good For Me?
Maca powder is a great superfood that is getting a lot of attention right now. Maca is root that is native to Andes Mountains and used by the Incas and Purivians. It has been highly regarded for centuries as a magical herb, known to help boost immunity, fertility and libido, and many more things. And the best thing is that it has a chocolate-malty flavor, which is nice and adds a great kick to your smoothies. Try my "Chai-Maca" smoothie recipe. It's my interpretation of what a chai smoothie should be-full of spicy, chocolatey goodness and it's great for you! Enjoy!
Chai-Maca Superfood Smoothie Recipe:
Who am I and do why write this blog? Each time I ask myself that question, I find that I have so much more to learn and discover. "Who am I" is an ongoing process, and just when we think we've figured it out, life has its way of throwing us a ton of curve balls-but that's why its called a journey.
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