Superfood Salad

lunch recipes salad vegan Aug 09, 2017

I’m in love with this salad.  It’s so easy and it makes a ton, so you can make it and eat it all week long (Yes!!!!).  

It’s packed with healthy ingredients, and can easily be customized for your tastes.  I like to think of this as a “base salad” and then I doctor it up.  I’ve been adding avocado (for some healthy fat) and I think I’ll try adding some beets and goat cheese tomorrow.  I think that the salad tastes better after it sits a day in the fridge.

Let’s talk a bit about the ingredients:  The kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables.  They have sulfur-containing compounds that, when chewed and broken down, convert to isothiocyanates (ITC’s).  ITC’s have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and immunologic properties.  So it’s very important that you slow down and chew this salad well!  You want to break down the cell walls!

The quinoa, even...

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Dark Chocolate Almond Cups

chocolate dessert recipes Aug 09, 2017

There isn’t a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.  It’s a match made in heaven!  I set out this week to make a healthier version of the classic combo.  

I swapped out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate (which has higher antioxidants) and sweetened it up with dates (which are high in fiber and potassium).  I made my own nut butter with roasted almonds and macadamia nuts (these are really low in Omega -6 Fatty acids which is good) and little maple syrup for sweetness.  I added a bit of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt on top for that sweet/salty combination.  I definitely think these are winners!

Ingredients:

For Chocolate:
3 oz. Dark Chocolate (88% Cocoa) Bar

3/4 Cup Medjool Dates (pitted and chopped)

1 t Vanilla

 

For Nut Butter:

1 Cup Raw Almonds (roasted and cooled)

1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts

1 T Maple Syrup

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Directions For Nut Butter

 Roast Almonds at 350 F for 7 minutes and then let cool.
Place...

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Maple Walnut Cherry Granola

breakfast recipes Aug 07, 2017

Mornings in our household are usually pretty chaotic.  One thing that isn’t negotiable is a healthy breakfast.  It’s nice to have things ready to just throw together and this granola is one of those things.  Grab fresh (or frozen) fruit, some yogurt and add this granola on top and you’ve got a delicious breakfast that the pickiest eater will love.

Store-bought granola is usually loaded with sugar, vegetable oils and preservatives.  This granola gets healthy fat from coconut oil, Omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts and chia seeds,  and is sweetened with maple syrup.

Maple Walnut Cherry Granola

Preheat oven to 300 F.

2 Cups Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Raw Chopped Walnuts

1/2 Cup Chopped Dried Cherries

1/4 Cup raw Sunflower Seeds

1 – 2 T Chia Seeds

1 T Flax Seeds

3 T Maple Syrup

3 T Coconut Oil

1 t Vanilla

1/2 t Cinnamon

1/2 t Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

 Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper.
 

Combine the Oats, Walnuts, Cherries,...

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Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies

chocolate dessert recipes Aug 07, 2017

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love Chocolate.  (and red wine too – but that’s another story……). Chocolate (dark chocolate that’s at least 72% cacao) has health benefits.  It’s loaded with anti-oxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids.  (As much as blueberries!)

That’s why these brownies are so good.  They’re loaded with dark, healthy chocolate.

Cacao powder is high in antioxidants, fiber, magnesium (most women are deficient), flavanols and polyphenols.  Cacao powder is cold pressed and milled at low temperatures to protect these nutrients.  (Cocoa powder is processed at much higher temperatures)

Avocados are the secret ingredients in these little guys.  I promise you won’t taste the avocado at all.  Avocados are high in fat, but it’s the healthy monounsaturated fat.  Click here to read why fat is good for you.

These brownies are super rich and wonderful.  I think next...

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