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Aloe-Lime Coconut Yogurt

September 23, 2017
Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Poached Aloe

Aloe Vera is well known for its topical application, but can you eat Aloe? YES! Most often it’s blended into smoothies and juices, but there’s so much more this medicinal plant can offer. The edible and superfood part of the Aloe Vera plant is the solid gel-like substance, almost like a tapioca and that gave us the idea of making a dessert topping with the Aloe plant.

 

Strengthens the Immune System

Aloe vera gel contains vitamins A, C, E, B-12 and folate.It has an array of essential minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, chromium, sodium, copper, zinc and selenium. It also contains 20 amino acids, including 7 out of the 8 essential ones.

 

Anti-inflammatory

Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory compounds, including salicylic acid, C-glucosyl chromone and an enzyme called bradykinase.  Aloe is also able to reduce the production of acid in the body, which also prevents inflammation.

 

Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Phytosterols, found in aloe vera gel help to enhance insulin sensitivity, which reduces blood glucose and triglycerides levels.

 

Note: There are many species of Aloe, they are not all edible and they can be difficult to identify. We don’t recommend that you use your house plant in any recipes. Barbadensis Mill. Is the known as the best variety of aloe vera to eat. You can obtain edible aloe vera as a full plant or just purchase the leaves. We got our Aloe from Wholesome Choice.

Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Aloe Lime Coconut Yogurt

Aloe-Lime Coconut Yogurt

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 2 large Aloe leaves
  • Yogurt – we used So Delicious Coconut Yogurt

 

METHOD

  1. Here is a great post by marecipes.com about how to remove the edible part of aloe.
  2. Once you have removed the skin, chop the meat of the aloe into small cubes.
  3. Add the sugar, lime juice and aloe cubes to a small saucepan.
  4. Cook over medium low heat.
  5. Cool and serve as a topping over plain yogurt. This makes approximately about 3-5 servings. If you are new to eating aloe, start with about a 1/3 of the aloe as a topping.

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Avocado Sandwiches – Lunch Ideas

September 16, 2017
Avocado Sandwich open faced 1

Avocado Sandwiches

 

Today we aren’t really sharing a specific recipe, but we are pointing out that eating vegan can be really easy and still healthy. There are days where you want to create gourmet meals and other days where you just want something easy to throw together. Avocado sandwiches, fit the latter.

Besides acting as a natural moisturizer, avocados are associated with anti-aging due to xanthophyll, an antioxidant and carotenoid with DNA damage protection. Avocados are also a primary source of vitamin E, which stimulates collagen production and benefits skin elasticity. Despite our diligence in applying sunscreen during the sunny summer months, it is about time to start thinking about repairing our skin and prepping it for the colder, drier season we are about to embark upon.

 

8 REASONS TO EAT MORE AVOCADOS

  1. High in omega-3.
    Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and while they also contain omega-6 fats.
  2. Rich in oleic acid.
    This is another fatty acid:omega-9 that is good for memory and brain activity.
  3. Part of the Environmental Working Group or EWG “Clean Fifteen.”
    Only 1 percent of avocados tested had any pesticide residue, which means you can purchase avocados without fear of pesticide residue on your food.
  4. Good fats lower bad cholesterol.
    The fats in avocados can also lower bad cholesterol rates.
  5. High in nutrients
    They contain 20 vitamins and minerals including potassium, lutein, folate, and vitamins B, C and E.
  6. Full of fiber.
    Avocados contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
  7. Low in sugar.
    They contain only 0.2 grams of sugar…lower than most fruits.
  8. Loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients.
    Avocados are also rich in phytonutrients and may prevent disease and keep your body functioning properly.

 

Avocado Sandwich open faced

Avocado and Sprouts

Sandwich Spreads

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AVOCADO CUCUMBER SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices of rye bread (or bread of choice)
  • Daiya Cream Cheese with onion and chives
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • ½-1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sprouts (we used broccoli sprouts)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

METHOD

Spread herbed vegan cream cheese on the rye bread. Then, layer cucumbers, avocado, and broccoli sprouts.. Season sandwich with a squeeze of lemon and salt and pepper.

 

AVOCADO & TOMATO SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices of rye bread (or bread of choice)
  • Tomato Pesto
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ – 1 avocado

METHOD

Slice the tomato and avocado. Spread the Tomato pesto on the rye bread then place on the sliced tomato and sliced avocado. Then take another piece of rye bread and spread on some more pesto.

 

Enjoy!

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Late Summer Salad – Roasted Beets over Kale Salad

September 9, 2017
Roasted Beet and Kale Salad

Beets

 

This colorful roasted beet kale salad is loaded with nutritious powerhouses, kale, tomatoes and roasted beets. It’s the perfect late summer salad since the vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content found in tomatoes, beets and kale can help to repair and promote healthy skin!

 

BEETS:

High in the potent antioxidant betalainin, which gives beets their dark red hue. Research shows that betalainin may reduce the risk for skin cancer. Beets are also high in vitamins A, C, folate and niacin and minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. Consuming beets helps to keep skin hydrated, resulting in more youthful looking skin.

 

TOMATOES:

Famous for containing lycopene, this antioxidant helps to reduce skin roughness, prevent sunburns and slow down cellular damage. Tomatoes also contain and abundant amount of vitamins A and C.

 

KALE:

It’s been crowned the “queen of greens” and rightly so because of it’s richness in vitamins. 1 serving of kale contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins C and A, which help to prevent skin diseases and repair the tissue beneath the skin. It also contains the antioxidant kaempferol, which is therapeutic to skin burns.

Beets and Kale
Roasted Beets

Roasted Beets Kale Salad

Roasted Beets Over Kale

 

Roasted beets

  • 4 small or 2 medium beets, trimmed and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Toss the beets in the olive oil and balsamic, fan out on a baking sheet, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 25 minutes. Use a spatula to remove the beets from the baking sheet.

 

Kale salad

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 cups lacinato kale, cut into thin ribbons
  • 3 Sweet plums, quartered and pitted – we used black plums and pluots
  • 1-2 hot house tomatoes sliced or 1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved

Method

  • Whisk the vinegar and sea salt into the olive oil
  • Drizzle about half the mixture over the kale leaves.
  • Use your fingers to massage the dressing into the kale. (this is important to soften the kale)
  • Toss in the roasted beets, plums, and tomatoes, and finish with another drizzle of dressing.

makes about 2 servings as a main dish or 4 side dishes

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

September 2, 2017
Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

I’m not sure about you, but as moms trying to raise healthy kids, we are always looking for recipes that curb that sweet tooth, but remain somewhat healthy too. We’ve made chia puddings before, but for some, the texture of the chia wasn’t appealing. In this recipe, the chia seeds are blended with the avocado and the texture is nice and smooth, and more like a mousse! This Chocolate Avocado Mousse totally hits the spot and is even a hit with our kids. We posted a similar recipe a couple of years ago, but this new version is even better!

Once you try it, you might think that it seems too decadent because it tastes amazing! However, it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, anti-oxidants, and fiber. So don’t worry…just enjoy! Oh, and one more thing…it’s really easy to make even on short notice!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse


Chocolate Avocado Mousse 
 

Makes about
2 cups
Ingredients:

  • 12 oz plant or nut based of choice (we used organic almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (we used grade B)
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

METHOD

  • Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on the highest speed until smooth.
  • Pour into 1 large container or 4 small 4-oz containers and store in refrigerator for 1-3 hours or until thick and creamy like mousse. You can also put it into the freezer for 1-2 hours and it’s more ice cream like.
  • Eat alone or top with some fruit, vegan whipped cream, oreos, or nut butter. It’s up to you!

 

You can add any toppings to the mousse. We added fruit, cacao nibs, nut butter (peanut butter is really yummy), and vegan marshmallows (you can buy these at Trader Joes).

 

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Matcha Mint Smoothie

August 26, 2017
Matcha Smoothie Ingredients

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We Love This Green Smoothie So Matcha!

What do you drink to keep your body fueled and ready to go when your life is full of work, long commutes, staying active. motherhood and everything in between? Our new go to drink is this this Matcha Mint Smoothie. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s contains the superfood Matcha tea.

Why is Matcha Green Tea so Good for You?

ENERGY BOOST

Matcha tea has twice as much caffeine as regular green tea. However, that’s not the only reason that Matcha tea provides energy. There is the naturally occurring amino acid L-theanine, which relieves stress, promotes relaxation without drowsiness, and improves cognition and attention.

MOOD & MIND ENHANCER

As mentioned above, Matcha contains L-theanine, which helps improve our mood, enhance memory and increase our ability to concentrate. The presence of L-theanine ensures that our mind stays sharp when we need to, and helps us unwind when we don’t.

DETOXIFY

Matcha tea has an intense green color due to Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier, which helps flush heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY

The catechins in matcha tea contain antibiotic properties that boost the immune system. In addition, matcha also contains a number of essential vitamins including calcium, iron, potassium, protein and vitamins A and C.

COMBATS AGING

Catechins are also known to help slow down the aging process by combating oxidation and inflammation. Plus the potent antioxidants contained in matcha may also protect the brain from the progressive deterioration accompanying dementia.

FIGHTS CANCER

The most potent catechin found in matcha is epigallocatechin (EGCg), which makes up 60% of all catechins in matcha tea. This powerful anti-carcinogen is well known for its cancer-fighting properties and has been associated with reducing the risk of skin, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreatic, lung, bladder, prostate and breast cancer.

BOOSTS METABOLISM

Drinking matcha tea before a workout has been shown to boost thermogenesis and our body’s metabolism, increasing fat burning potential by 25%.

LOWERS CHOLESTROL

Studies have shown that populations who consume matcha green tea regularly have found a significant decrease in cholesterol-induced problems. This is believed to be a result of matcha tea containing lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

 

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Matcha Mint Smoothie Blander

Matcha Mint Smoothies

Mint Matcha Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons Matcha Green Powder
  • 5 mint leaves

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass, serve immediately, and enjoy!

Yield 1 serving

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