Fueling up with these organic lentil and raw veggie wraps that I threw together. Simple recipe- butter lettuce or collard greens, lentils, red pepper, pineapple, beets, avocado, and fresh basil with cracked pepper and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Pretty much all/any veggies would work. Yummy!
Happy Halloween to all! While I usually serve up healthy recipes, today is all about the tricks, and more importantly, treats. I needed a dessert to bring to a Halloween dinner party tonight and I came across these gory and fun shortbread finger cookies. The original recipe can be found on treehugger. http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/vegan-recipe-creepy-finger-cookies.html
- 2 cups organic flour- 1 ½ garbanzo bean flour ½ tapioca flour
- 1 cup fair-trade powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground flax
- 1 ½ teaspoons water
- 1 cup vegan non-hydrogenated margarine (Earth Balance works well), softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1 cup whole almonds, blanched
- ¼ cup organic raspberry jam
- 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat
- Mix the ground flax with water and refrigerate until thick
- Stir together flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and flax in a medium bowl. In a mixer, combine flour mixture with the margarine and vanilla, until you have a nice cookie dough texture. Chill the dough for 10 minutes.
- Use about 2 teaspoons to form slender fingers. Cookies will spread, so make them long and thin, like your pinky. Use a toothpick to score knuckle wrinkles. Put a bit of jam on the fingertips and press almond fingernails into place, and dip ends in jam for bloody severed effect.
- Chill the cookies for 15 minutes to ensure that they hold their shape when baking. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Once cooled brush almond finger nails with maple syrup for the ultimate witchy effect
Unfortunately I didn’t chill the dough fingers long enough prior to baking and they didn’t retain their shape as well as I had hoped. Lesson learned for next time. Happy Halloween!
Fall is officially here which means that those of us who drool over all things pumpkin flavored have a tendency to crave those delicious fall indulgences. Since willpower is a struggle for many, I have whipped up a satisfying, clean and nutritious sweet potato smoothie. While it may not be your mama’s homemade pumpkin pie, I guarantee it’s pretty darn tasty. Not to mention, post smoothie consumption you’ll still be able to sit upright, keep your pants buttoned and be able to breathe simultaneously. That’s always a fantastic feeling.
- 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 small organic sweet potato, skin on (I chose not to cook mine but you can also steam it, skin on, to enhance the flavor to be more reminiscent of pumpkin)
- 1 organic pear (I used bosc but you can also use a sweeter variety if you desire)
- roughly 1 tsp of peeled ginger
- 1/3 tsp vanilla extract (preferably alcohol free)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix.
- Sweet potato- high fiber content (7 grams per serving), rich in vitamin A/beta carotene which internally protects the skin from sun damage as well as prevents vision loss, great source of manganese which is a mineral essential to the proper metabolism of carbohydrates, rich in vitamin C and E which play an important role in disease prevention as well as skin and hair health.
- Pear- low glycemic fruit, high in fiber (6 grams in a medium size pear), contains boron which helps retain calcium in the body and prevents osteoporosis, high in pectin which aids in effectively reducing cholesterol levels, rich in vitamins C, K, B2, B3, B6, potassium, and copper which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage in the body.
- Ginger- clears sinuses, helps with nausea, acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps with arthritis and post exercise muscle soreness, good for migraines, reduces high blood pressure
- Cinnamon- known to stabilize blood sugar, acts as a natural disinfectant, helps to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, relieves arthritic pain due to anti-inflammatory properties, aids in digestion and weight loss, fights tooth decay.
Now that’s real whole food deliciousness!
- dandelion root tea (you can find it here http://bit.ly/18NRXu4)
- 1 1/2 tsp ginger root (peeled and slice thin or grated)
- 1 tsp organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar (you can find it here http://bit.ly/16QwUKl)
- lemon slice
- 1 tsp raw unfiltered honey (you can find it here http://bit.ly/16QwOlW)
Boil water in a sauce pan, add ginger root and reduce to a simmer. Add tea bag and let ginger and tea simmer for 15 minutes. Remove tea bag. Pour ginger tea through a strainer into mug. Add your honey and lemon, stir and enjoy.
You can also make a batch of ginger brew (ginger root and water), refrigerate, and reheat in sauce pan as needed. It will keep for roughly 10 days.
- dandelion root- natural detoxifier, rich in antioxidants, boosts immunity
- ginger root- antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, gets rid of throat and nasal congestion, improves circulation, boosts immunity
- unfiltered apple cider vinegar- antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-viral properties, breaks up mucus, helps maintain healthy alkaline PH levels
- lemons- rich in vitamin C (help neutralize free radicals), powerful antibacterial properties
- raw honey- prevents allergies, antibacterial properties, increases production of antioxidants in the bloodstream, alleviates cold and flu symptoms
Say goodbye to feeling run down and under the weather this cold season!
Some days we need an energy boost before a tough work out. Unfortunately, many of the energy/protein drinks and bars on the market contain an abundance of synthetic chemicals and are overly processed. Here is one of my favorite smoothies to properly fuel your body in a clean and natural way.
Ingredients (yields 2 servings):
- ½ of a large banana
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tbsp hempseed
- 1-2 tsp chia seed
- 8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 frozen packet Sambazon acai (preferably the unsweetened packets if you can find them)
- (*1 tsp raw unfiltered honey- only needed with unsweetened acai packet)
Mix all ingredients in blender or vitamix
- Spirulina- protein queen, endurance, essential amino acids, absorbs quickly by the body, boosts energy
- Hempseed- pure digestible protein, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, supports immune system
- Chia Seed- essential fatty acids, hydrating (hold 10x their weight in water), slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to simple sugars, boosts energy
- Acai- antioxidants, aids in cellular regeneration, low glycemic fruit, vitamin and mineral rich
The above recipe yields two servings. I generally drink one before and one after my work out. Happy blending!