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Recipe Friday – Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

March 11, 2017
Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

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Spring is almost here and fresh pineapples are available again! We are always trying to find some balance in our lives, and pineapples help us to do just that! Eating fresh pineapple has a plethora of health benefits. It helps with with healing, detoxing, metabolizing, tissue building, synthesizing collagen and improving digestion. It feels so great to put our bodies back in sync again after the recent few months of crazy hot/cold/rainy/dry weather. Plus, pineapples are an effective way to get smooth and glowing skin, which is an added bonus, since our skin has been a little stressed and dehydrated lately.

Health Benefits

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain and in Vitamin C, which are both important in healing. Bromelain helps reduce inflammation, tenderness and pain from bruising, sprains, and strains. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to fight colds and infections plus it is vital in repairing body tissues and in synthesizing amino acids and collagen. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.

Grilled Pineapple and Salsa

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa and sweet potato boat

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Two Sweet Potato Boats with Pineapple Salsa

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

Add a little sweet sunshine to your salsa!

We recommend eating fresh pineapple at least once a week. This recipe is a delicious way to add pineapple into your diet.

Potato Prep 

  • Use any variety of potato, we recommend sweet potatoes.
  • Thoroughly clean and wash potatoes.
  • Lay out aluminium to wrap your potato for baking
  • Coat each potato with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle Salt and Pepper around the whole potato
  • Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at high temperature until soft in the center

Salsa Prep 

  • 1-2 Large Tomatoes
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1/3 onion
  • 2-3 Pineapple rings
  • Optional: Jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, corn nibblets

 

Method 

Grill pineapple rings on the BBQ, a stove top grilling plate or a grilling pan. Let cool and then dice into small chunks. Next chop the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Cut slightly cooled sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a fork to loosen the potato from the skin. Add a generous amount of pineapple salsa to the sweet potato boat. Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv

 

Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Orange Buddha Bowl

December 17, 2016
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One of the easiest and yummiest things to eat is a Buddha Bowl. These bowls are enjoyed with gratitude and packed with pure and simple foods forming a round mound that is reminiscent of a Buddha’s belly. For this Recipe Friday, we created an Orange-colored Buddha Bowl. Orange is one of the happiest colors and we were feeling a bit gloomy with the grey weather and some sick kids in the house. So a happy orange bowl seemed like the perfect way to lift our spirits and boost our immune systems too!

 

Health Benefits of Orange Vegetables:

Eating red and orange vegetables regularly will help you reduce your risk of chronic disease. These bright-colored vegetables contain zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, vitamin C and beta-carotene. The nutrients help our bodies in many different ways, from our eyes to our bones. The benefits include aiding in eye health, reducing the risk of prostate cancer, lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, promoting collagen formation, fighting harmful free radicals in the body, encouraging pH balance of the body and boosting the immune system.

 

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Orange Buddha Bowl

SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup orange tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 medium sweet potato diced
  • 2 cups greens

 

SALAD METHOD:

  • preheat oven to 425
  • Chop sweet potatoes into small wedges coat with olive oil and salt and pepper
  • Chop the bell pepper, julienne slice the carrots and heat up in pan for 2-3 minutes
  • Add tomatoes & garbanzo beans for another 2 minutes

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup cashews (soaked at least 8 hours)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 water
  • salt to taste
  • dash of paprika
  • dash of chili flakes

 

SAUCE METHOD:

Combine and blend all together

Enjoy!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

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Recipe Friday – Sweet Potato Toast

September 16, 2016

SWEET POTATO TOAST

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Have you been trying to stay away from breads or gluten but don’t want to pay $5 for hard dry bread? Give this sweet potato toast a try. It’s naturally gluten free & packed with vitamins and will start your morning off right! This is a whole new way of cooking sweet potato and is so easy. We were skeptical at first, but we tried it and it is simple. You slice the raw potato into 1/4 inch pieces and pop it in the toaster! It might take 2 rounds in the toaster depending on how dark you set your toaster and how soft you like your potato. On our first go, we topped with almond butter, banana & pomegranates; green apple & cheddar; and hard boiled egg & avocado with rooster sauce. There are so many combinations to try and it’s a quick & healthy way to start the day!

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INGREDIENTS

  • Sweet potatoes (preferably organic)
  • Green apple
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Almond butter
  • Banana
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Avocado
  • Sriracha sauce

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash the sweet potato. If it’s organic, you can eat the peel.
  • Cut into 4 slices about 1/4 inches thick.
  • Prepare toppings
  • Start toasting the sweet potato slices. Depending on your toaster and how soft you want to have it, you probably need a few rounds. We toasted two times.
  • When toasted, add toppings.

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Recipe Friday – Twice Baked Blueberry Sweet Potatoes

August 5, 2016

IngredientsOne of the good things about eating more plant based foods and watching our sugar intake is how much better we feel. The flip side is, that after time goes on, a few cravings will kick in. One of the best ways we found to curb our sugar cravings is to eat some sweet, dessert-like foods that are actually good for you too! So, we scanned Pinterest for some ideas and found this delicious recipe for Twiced baked Blueberry sweet potatoes by Chef Robert & Monica (Blog: Bravo for Paleo)

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For those of you who have been following a plant-based diet for awhile now, I think you have already figured out how awesome sweet potatoes are! If you’re like us, you might not have realized what a super food sweet potatoes are! According to Thomas M. Campbell, MD, the medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, there are some cultures that have sweet potato as their main staple and are able to avoid heart disease.

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Sweet Potatoes: So, in addition to all of the heart benefits, the nutrients in sweet potatoes will help to keep skin smooth, keep cell division running smoothly, and regenerate collagen. And, although they are sweet, they don’t give you the glycemic spike that, according to Jolene Hart, could contribute to blemishes.

Blueberries: Berries are some of the best lower glycemic fruits to eat because they offer up so many antioxidants. Plus, they are also rich in fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium.
Pecans: Rich source in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid & great source of phenolic antioxidants. Rich in vitamin E, rich source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc.
Warm blueberries and toasted pecans over a sweet potato! Ahhh…seriously it’s so good. It felt like we were eating a dessert and our sugar cravings subsided.

INGREDIENTS:

  •   1/3 cup Blueberries
  •   3 Sweet potatoes
  •   1/2 tbsp Coconut oil
  •   2/3 cup Pecans

METHOD:

* Preheat oven to 400 F

* Place sweet potatoes in oven on a baking sheet. Cook until fork can easily puncture the sweet potato. (About 40-50 minutes)

* While potatoes are baking, melt the coconut oil on a skillet on medium heat. The add pecans & stir, allowing them to be toasted. Add blueberries to skillet & stir into pecans. Turn off heat when the blueberries are warm & fully incorporated. Set aside.

* After sweet potatoes are removed from the oven, cut them in half. Scoop out the potato (from the skin) into a medium sized bowl. Repeat this for each potato. Then add half of the pecan/blueberry mixture to your potato bowl.

* Scoop out potato mixture evenly back into potato skins. Place back in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until potato forms a crispy top.

Yum!

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Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potato Bowl With Ginger Miso Tempeh

May 6, 2016

Vegan Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potato Bowl – Recipe Review

Veggie Bowls! These bowls are all over Instagram and food blogs and we have fallen in love with them too. They are so easy to prepare and so yummy!

BrusselsVegan created a veggie bowl that looked too good not to try to recreate! Not only was it delicious but did you know it was packed with added skin protection!? 

Added Bonus…Sun Protection!

As we head into the hotter and sunnier months, we need to be even more aware of protecting our skin from the sun. Although, we are thankful that companies, like Eminence Organics and Coola Suncare are creating effective natural sunscreens to protect our skin. We now know that sunscreen is not the only way that you can prevent sun related aging. Many foods have sun protective nutrients that turn on the UV defense and these effects last several days after eating!

Here’s how you can protect your skin from the inside out! There are two nutrients proven to increase your skin’s sun protection at the cellular level they are carotenoids and lycopene. Spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, red and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, watermelon and carrots are all high in these nutrients. Yum! Already have some sun damage? That’s okay, nutrients such as flavonals and polyphenols found in dark berries, avocados, carrots, cacao, and cinnamon prevents free radical damage caused by excessive sun exposure. 

So as summer approaches, make sure you enjoy more of these delicious food options but also don’t forget to still slather on natural sun protection like Coola & Eminence! And you’ll be covered inside & out! 

Do you have a favorite veggie bowl recipe? We’d love to try it! Click here to see some of our favorite natural sun protectors & sun damage correctors!  

See the original recipe: Cinnamon Chili Sweet Potato Bowl With Ginger Miso Tempeh, written by Kim-Julie Hansen