Tuesday, 03 January 2017 20:01

Dark Chocolate and Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to start your day. Loaded with nutrition, they are quick and easy to make, portable, and delicious. This smoothie is an excellent source of potassium, and the addition of flaxseed adds omega-3 fatty acids that can help reduce inflammation.

Published in Smoothies
Monday, 14 November 2016 13:33

Stuffed Sweet Potato

While watching your starchy carbs, when it comes to eating a healthy diet, sweet potatoes can be an asset to your health. Ranking lower in glycemic load then regular potatoes and containing a high density of nutrients, sweet potatoes have an impressive nutritional profile. The delicious dressing utilizes Tahini, an ingredient made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds that are rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron. It’s a good source of methionine, which aids in liver detoxification and helps to promote healthy cell growth.

Published in Vegetables
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 15:24

Lemony Cashew Parsley Dip

This awesome recipe is adapted from HEMSLEY + HEMSLEY. They recently released their second cookbook – which is available worldwide.  For anyone who lives on hummus and needs a change, this recipe is for you! This creamy dip makes a great snack or starter served with plenty of fresh vegetables or scooped into crisp lettuce leaves. It’s perfect as part of a mezze-style platter or thin it out with extra oil and lemon juice to toss through salads and drizzle over baked fish and roast chicken. Parsley and lemon are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, while protein and fat rich cashews make this dip deliciously filling. Stick to unroasted and unsalted cashews and soak for at least a couple of hours to make them not only easier to blend but easier to digest.

Published in Vegetables
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 21:05

Ultimate Unbaked Brownies

Ooey gooey, melty, chocolatey unbaked brownies – the perfect recipe for those days when you just really need a brownie!

Published in Desserts
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:35

Strawberry Smoothie Pops

I haven't tasted a fruit popsicle I didn’t like. Refreshing as they are, most of the icy treats on the market are loaded with sugar and dyes that can leave your lips a Cookie Monster blue. This incredible homemade recipe below will put your neighborhood ice cream truck to shame. You’re in control of the ingredients, which means you can adjust the sugar count to your liking. With a few tools and a serving of patience for your mix to solidify in the freezer, you’re on your way to homemade popsicle heaven. And each little pop supplies over 50%of the RDA for Vitamin C and gives you a healthy dose of many other vitamins as well.

Published in Smoothies
Thursday, 23 June 2016 07:34

GRILLED STEAK LETTUCE TACOS

Grilled sirloin steaktacos uses lettuce instead of tortillas! The steak is seasoned with cumin and spices, then grilled and sliced thin, along with guacamole and pico de gallo – low-carb and super delicious!


Recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE GUAC:

  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste

FOR THE PICO DE GALLO:

  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

FOR THE STEAK:

  • 1 lb thin organic sirloin steaks
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 8 lettuce shells preferably  from large green or red leaf lettuce leaf

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the salt, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and black pepper. Rub over the steak. 
  2. Mash the avocado in a small bowl with the tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Combine the pico de gallo ingredients; set aside.
  4. Heat a grill over high heat. Clean grates and spray with oil. Cook the steaks over high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until the steak is cooked to your liking. Set aside on a cutting board to rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice into thin strips.
  5. To serve, fill each lettuce cups with 1 1/2 tbsp guacamole and top with steak and pico de gallo.
Published in Main Meals
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 16:29

Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms

This easy and delicious chicken recipe is not only low carb, but also dairy free, egg free, nut free, keto, Paleo, and super easy.

Adapted from Mellissa Sevigny I breathimhungry.com

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup butter or ghee
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • Four large chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of savory or fresh tarragon, herb, finely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a heavy bottomed sauté pan, preferably cast-iron.
  3. Sear the chicken thighs on both sides until golden brown - about three or four minutes per side. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan.
  4. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden brown, stirring as little as possible for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the water and Dijon mustard to the pan, and stir to deglaze.
  6. Add the chicken thighs back to the pan, skin side up.
  7. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Stir in the fresh herbs and let it sit for five minutes before serving. Serve hot.
Published in Main Meals

These Chocolate Cookies are the perfect alternative to your favorite nutty treat with a chocolate twist. The combination of antioxidant-rich raw cacao with creamy cashew butter is a great satisfying treat. The high protein and healthy fat content found in these cookies will even keep you full, so you won’t find yourself emptying the cookie jar anytime soon.

Published in Desserts
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 07:11

Healthy Nutella

This smooth and dreamy Healthy indulgence is my newest obsession! Soon to be your newest obsession.

Super-rich and creamy, this homemade Nutella rivals the decadence of that famous spread you find at grocery stores.This version is much lower in sugar (or it can even be sugar free!), is suitable for vegans or those with dairy allergies, and it’s high in Vitamin E, B vitamins, and healthy fats!

My homemade healthy Nutella version also has just half the calories of store-bought Nutella, and the surprise ingredient: black beans, which are loaded with protein and good for you fibre

Published in Desserts
Friday, 08 April 2016 14:00

Chocolate Chia Pudding

This Chocolate Chia Pudding has only six ingredients –chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla stevia, water, and salt.  Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.

This recipe uses stevia rather than maple syrup or honey to cut down on sugar. If you are not a fan of stevia feel free to use maple syrup or honey instead. And for cool, nostalgic look to the dinner table, scoop your pudding in tiny mason jars. Their small size, also pack well in lunches. 

Published in Desserts
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