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*2 cups coconut chia gel
*1 + 3/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
*2 scoops (~60g) vanilla whey protein powder (or check out my fave Sunwarrior raw organic plant-based protein), naturally sweetened
*1/4 cup + 2 tbsp almond meal
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 1 very full teaspoon of dough, place on baking sheet and form a cookie using your hands in a shape of a dome. You do not need to space cookies as they do not spread, so pack them tight.
- Bake for 20-25 mins, cool down completely before serving.
Servings Per Recipe: 21 cookies
Amount Per Serving = 1 cookie:
Total Fat: 6.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.5 mg
Sodium: 57.3 mg
Total Carbs: 6.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
Protein: 3.8 g
WW Points+: 2
Pizza for Breakfast?!
This is a fun kid-friendly breakfast idea and sure fire crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s a great way to get in 2 servings of veggies at the top of the day!
1 thin gluten-free brown rice tortilla (such as Trader Joe’s brown rice tortilla wraps) or substitute whole wheat tortilla (Lebanese or Ethiopian style)
2-3 Tbsp tomato sauce/paste/pizza sauce/roasted red pepper spread OR pesto sauce
1.5 oz goat mozzarella
Grated 3-4 cups baby spinach or kale, organic
1 clove garlic, pressed/minced
3-4 mushrooms, sliced
2 eggs, pastured organic
Chili flakes/hot sauce to taste
Preheat oven to broil. Lightly toast bottom of tortilla over gas open flame or in large fry pan over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove from heat and place on parchment paper or foil lined baking sheet. Spread sauce thinly over it.
Heat 1 cm of water in the bottom of same large pan. Toss in spinach/kale and cook until wilted, then drain and squeeze out moisture. Spread greens over pizza and top with sliced mushrooms, garlic & ½ of the cheese. Dry out your pan and reheat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil or organic butter to fry two eggs until just starting to set but not cooked through to your preference. Gently lift each egg onto pizza. Top with remaining cheese and chili flakes if desired. Broil in oven for several minutes to finish.
Can slice and freeze for quick access during the week!
Bonus Recipe: Fitness Favorite
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I like Trader Joe’s gluten-free oats)
- ⅔ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes, unrefined
- ½ cup nut butter (almond, macadamia, cashew, etc.)
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
- ⅓ cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour as the nut butter softly thickens each bite.
Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like (the smaller the better). Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls.
Hungry for the most deliciously sweet combo? Here is my easy, healthy and gluten free recipe alternative to the famous Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. I absolutely crave this taste and texture combo… just can’t get enough.
Did you know? Rhubarb is a great source of calcium for strong bones, antioxidants for flawless skin and great vision and also vitamin K, awesome for healthy blood clotting and a strong immune system.
We all love berries since they’re major brain superfoods, but make sure you purchase them organic whenever you can since their outer skin is super thin and easily penetrable to pesticides and residues, and these can have a negative impact on your endocrine system with long term exposure. Not to mention, they TASTE so much sweeter when they are local and freshly picked (and they’re super low cal too). Strawberries are gorgeously packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and other anti-inflammatory properties that make them an ideal choice for any summery dish.
Hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!
- 2 ½ cups filtered water
- 1 ½ cups chopped rhubarb, washed
- 1 cup chopped organic strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup organic quinoa
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest
- 1 cup nonfat organic plain Greek yogurt (optional)
- pinch of sea salt
Combine 2 cups water in a medium saucepan with rhubarb, strawberries, quinoa, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until quinoa is tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in honey and lemon zest. Stir quinoa mixture, return to simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Divide pudding into 6 bowls. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Top with Greek yogurt & cinnamon and enjoy!
Sweet Recipe: Deliciously Summery Protein-Rich Dessert
> 8g of protein and >½ serving or more of fruit!
~Mock Cheese Cake~
- ½ cup cottage cheese, organic
- 2 tbsp unsweetened dried coconut
- ½ dried pineapple ring, unsulfured
- Dash cinnamon (optional)
Nutrition: Protein 16 g Fat 5.7g Fiber 3.1 g Sugar 16.3 g
Have you heard: You can keep your body safe & healthy by enjoying a balanced diet and lifestyle. Duh. But are you getting enough greens? Enough daily antioxidants?
For those of you who need a little extra boost, which I know that I do, adding some uber high quality nutrients to your daily smoothies can make all the difference in terms of sustaining your energy throughout the day, along with your mood and brain power. Not all products are created equally, and I’d like to share with you my fave boosters, which are all of course non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, contain no added sugars, and are jam-packed with fiber.
Here are some of my personal FAVORITES:
NanoGreens: Kid and adult friendly greens. Simply, delish.
NanoReds: Each scoop contains 10 servings of colorful reds! Awesome Wellness Berries.
NanoMinerals: Awesome for athletes and those who want to replenish electrolytes..
NanOmega: Packed with vegan essential fatty acids to boost brain function and support a healthy nervous system!
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A very special friend and patient of mine came to see me for added focus and mental clarity at work and throughout the day. We got started with her diet and lifestyle, and as you can see, she quickly added in some of these brain superfoods and is loving how much more energy she feels already. Check out this savvy gal’s Office Friendly (and doctor approved) Snacks for the day. I am SOOOO proud of her! Hopefully you can learn something too…
”Thanks to your awesome explanations and positive reinforcement, I hope you are as proud as I am of the food selection I brought to work today”
– Breakfast Smoothie
1 scoop VegaLite powder, 1 scoop ground flax seed w/ blueberries, 1 cup frozen strawberry/raz/blueberries, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
– 1 Green Apple
– 1 Pomegranate
– 1 carton of blueberries
– Yogi Green Tea
– 1 bunch of Bananas
– Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
– Barbara’s Flax seed and Granola High Fiber Cereal
– Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffin’s Cereal (for breakfast later this week w/ a banana)
– 2 slices Ezekiel Whole Grain Sprouted Bread
– 2 slices of Applegate Farms Smoked Turkey Breast
– Tomato (will add this to the above 3 and make a sandwich w/ some mustard I bought in France)
– 1c Quinoa w/ mixed veggies that I added bits of dried apricot to
Tips for a Healthy Super Bowl Party
Here are some easy snack ideas to include in your party for Game Day, seeing that you are a savvy snacker these days:
· Baked kale chips (tear off fresh kale leaves into bite sized pieces, place on a baking tray with some olive oil, sea salt, chili flakes; mix it all together and spread evenly on the pan for ~10 min until golden brown in a 350 deg oven); black or green olives; grilled and roasted veggies; fresh fruit like berries with Greek yogurt dip sprinkled with cinnamon; air-popped popcorn drizzled with truffle oil and sea salt; boiled eggs; sushi rolls filled with brown rice, avocado, cucumber, carrots.
· Make sure that your ‘chips’ are made with a few simple ingredients and try to purchase whole grain tortilla chips if you can! Baked corn chips and flax or rice crackers are great options.
· No Super Bowl party is complete without a creamy dip, but heavy cheese or sour cream don’t need to be your dips’ base. Here are some lighter options: hummus, roasted eggplant spread, guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt dip (add fresh herbs and spices like garlic, dill and lemon juice), black bean dip – and of course, tons of crunchy veggies to go with them!
· Go nuts! Adding a variety of nuts to your spread is an effortless way to incorporate some healthy and filling protein and fat to the menu. To add a touch of portion control, try nuts with shells like pistachios, or cacao dusted almonds for those with a sweet tooth.
· Don’t get delivery: make it in your kitchen! While you might be tempted to order in a few pies from your local pizzeria, making pizza at home can be a much healthier but still delicious option, since you control the ingredients. Add toppings like BBQ Chicken, veggies, garlic – get creative! If you’re crunched for time or just not in the mood to cook, you can pick up a healthy pizza from the frozen food section of the grocery store.
· Crunch on some crudités: perfect to pair with healthful dips, or just to munch on their own. Colorful raw veggies are packed with fiber and bulk up your plate: carrots, cucumber, bell pepper strips, grape tomatoes, celery sticks, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, yum!
· It’s all about the shrimp: the players on the field aren’t the only ones who benefit from filling up on lean protein. You and your guests will love the extra energy and low cal pump that shrimp bring. Perfect to dip into some spicy cocktail sauce and fresh lemon! Shrimp can be grilled or steamed for different flavors.
· Choose a more colorful chili: this simple dish can feed dozens of hungry guests. Depending on how you prepare it, it can be loaded with fiber, protein and veggies like bell peppers, onions (but shhh don’t tell!). Depending on who is attending, you can whip up a veggie chili or add ground turkey breast, and top with sliced green onions, low fat cheese or sour cream, chopped tomatoes. Corn muffins match this dish well!
· Sliders and minis: you can still serve everyone’s favorite meat-centric dishes, and keeping the portions small provides everyone with the tastes they crave without overloading on the calories. If you prepare ahead, you can create bite-size nibbles, kabobs, plump shrimp and tiny sandwiches. Try ground lamb, which is nutrient rich and packed with nutrients and flavor, topped with salsa and avocados or guacamole. How about turkey meatballs, grilled chicken drumsticks or chicken sausage pieces with toothpicks! Mini burgers can be topped with wilted spinach and caramelized onions.
· Sip smart: while beer commercials might try to sway you otherwise, remember that you don’t want to drink all of your calories. Here are some festive concoctions that will keep you hydrated: mint and green herbal teas, sparkling water with lemon, lime and orange wedges.
· Sweets: you don’t have to serve that store-bought football-shaped monstrosity of a cake to cater to your guests’ sweet tooth. Try brownies filled with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, perhaps topped with a green avocado topping. Even better, fresh fruit skewers for dessert, with strawberries and blueberries to accompany your sweets.
Some Delish Recipes!
Makes 3 cups
2 cans (15.5 ounces each) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon Franks Red Hot cayenne pepper sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Blend ingredients until smooth. Serve with bean chips, carrots & celery sticks.
Almond Butter & Chocolate Popcorn
Makes 6 servings
6 cups air-popped popcorn
4 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips, melted
2 Tablespoons natural almond butter, warmed
Place popcorn on baking sheet. Drizzle with chocolate and nut butter. Let set in fridge for 10 minutes. Enjoy.
Quick and easy #gf breakfast tasty and super healthy for the kiddies. Brown rice tortilla wrap from Trader Joe’s warmed gently as goat cheese (also organic and purchased from TJs) melts slightly along side cinnamon-dusted Bosc pear slices. Wrap n’ roll, warm on low temp on your pan. Time for breakfast!