Avocado in a breakfast smoothie?! Heck Ya! Avocados have nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals and act as a “nutrient booster” by helping your body better absorb nutrients from the other superfood elements in this protein smoothie. Avocados improve overall immunity, muscle development, digestion, metabolism, and cardiovascular, bone and skin health. They are also the ideal substitute for healthy-fat nuts for those with nut sensitivities or allergies. They lend the perfect creamy texture of this ultra-filling morning breakfast shake. Memory-improving mixed berries are crucial to nervous system and brain health. As a low-glycemic superfruit, they are loaded with Vitamin K, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory elements. Raw cocoa is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Magnesium relaxes muscles, improves peristalsis in the bowels and relaxes the heart and cardiovascular system. Half a banana yields just the right amount of sweetness without tipping the glycemic impact while providing some Vitamin B6 and potassium. This decadent morning treat will have you thinking you’re eating velvety chocolate pudding for breakfast. Consider this your high protein + high fat sunrise indulgence to kick start your fat-burning metabolism for a vibrant body!
I'm thinking this would also work subbing plain Greek yogurt for the mayo.
This creamy, filling, real food breakfast takes less than 10 minutes to prep!
The sauce goes great with your favorite sautéed (or raw) veggies and a grain like brown rice or quinoa making it a truly nutritious power meal. The raw ginger, garlic and lemon make this packed with health benefits from detoxification, to reducing bloating, better digestion and increased energy. Using Nama Shoyu's gluten-free tamari is basically like a vegan/soy free soy sauce. You can also opt for liquid coconut aminos. Use toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil for added flavor.
Popular among many Latin and South American countries, Chimichurri is that wonderful, fresh sauce that brightens anything it comes in contact with. Traditionally made with olive oil, lots of fresh parsley, lemon, garlic and shallots, it's most often used as a sauce on grilled meats and fish. Making this salad dressing is SO simple and SO much healthier than store bought alternatives that may contain poor quality oil, preservatives, hidden sugars and food coloring. You don't have to get fancy, a simple splash of olive oil and balsamic will do! But, if you want to experiment, give this salad dressing a try!! You can also use this on top of grilled shrimp and seafood, red meats, and roasted mixed vegetables.
A delicious gluten-free, Vegan, and nut free pesto for folks with food allergies or sensitivities. Superb as a pasta sauce, this pesto would be great as a spread on wraps or sandwiches, as a sauce on pizza, as a topping on grilled meat or veggies, etc. I love the use of Hemp seeds as a nut alternative - especially for its protein content. Protein from hemp seeds is complete, containing all 10 essential amino acids, making it superior relative to almost every other plant-based source of protein. It’s also high in plant-based omega-3s and because hemp seeds and hemp-based foods are raw, they maintain their high level of nutrients.
The easiest, healthiest, and best veggie dish with bok choy, mushroom and garlic. 3 ingredients + 8 minutes prep time+ 2 minutes cook time. Done! No sweat, and only one pan to clean. Bok choy is crisp, refreshing, nutritious, and the leafy green leaves are loaded with vitamin C. Mushroom is always good, a great protein source so you don’t have to eat meat. Plus, mushroom makes everything better because it contains glutamic acid, a natural, non-chemical version of MSG that makes everything “umami-licious.” You can use any kinds of mushrooms—white, cremini, oyster, enoki, buna, shitake, baby bellas, portobellas, king trumpet mushrooms, etc. All you need for the seasoning is a pinch of salt and you will have a wonderfully tasty veggie dish that goes well with just about anything. If you want to amp it up a notch with additional savory umami flavor, splash in a dash of liquid Coconut Aminos or wheat/gluten free Tamari - both are an excellent substitution for Soy Sauce (which I don't recommend). Feel free to top this off with
Nutritious, high-protein, low-carb, gluten-free breakfast or snack made in a muffin pan with only 6 wholesome ingredients. Baby Bellas (Cremini) mushrooms are ideal for this recipe. You can substitute any high-fat nut milk of your choice or goat's milk (my personal preference for these little delights) instead of using the heavy cream. Feel free to add other "quiche-friendly" sautéed veggies including bell peppers, asparagus, and leeks. Nitrate-free canadian bacon from a reputable brand (Applegate Farms of Niman Ranch) is a great addition meat lovers.
The ultimate "one-pot wonder", this creamy, hearty pasta dish is the ideal answer to "What's for Dinner" when you don't have much time to cook. All you need is 20 min. There is absolute no pre-cooking or sautéing of any kind here. Simply throw everything into the pot, including the uncooked traditional pasta and that is it. Substitute heavy cream for goats's milk or full-fat coconut milk (the canned cooking type, not the beverage). Amp up the superfood elements by adding more veggies! NOTE: For a gluten-free option, cook rice pasta separately and rinse prior to topping with vegetable medley. Adjust the vegetable cooking liquid accordingly.
A complete meal packed with savory flavor and essential nutrients. The flavor combination of green beans and mushrooms pair well together. Roasting vegetables seems to concentrate their flavors and make them even tastier. Farro is a really nice whole grain due to its earthy nuttiness and the chewy texture. For folks who are eating gluten-free, you can use brown rice instead or substitute for quinoa, amaranth or buckwheat. The balsamic vinaigrette and feta brighten this dish with the perfect acidity. An excellent vegetable side dish everyone is sure to love!
Edible mushroom varieties contain a number of valuable nutrients, including protein, enzymes, B vitamins (especially niacin), and vitamin D2. About 100 species of mushrooms are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system. They've even been studied for their ability to prevent cancer. Adding this "Roasted Mushroom Base" to your recipes increases flavor and heartiness. Its an excellent method to boost the umami flavor factor in dishes. The flavor "umami," which means "delicious" in Japanese, is valued for making foods taste meatier and more satisfying. Umami is the natural flavor of glutamic acid, which, in your body is often found as glutamate; eating umami-rich foods may increase post-meal satiety, helping you eat less throughout the day. You can crumble this into soups, stews, burgers, meat sauce, or pretty much anything you want taste "meaty". The mix will keep for about 4 days in the refrigerator.
Quick and easy weeknight meal featuring portobello mushrooms as the superstar! They can be substituted as an excellent savory stand-in for meat. They have a hearty texture and absorb flavors well when marinated. You can get as creative as you want with toppings - the more veggies the better! Serve over whole-grain brown rice or in a tortilla (I love Udi's spelt tortillas or Food for Life gluten free brown rice tortillas). Top with homemade guacamole and make extra, because these will get devoured by your dinner guests.