Green Smoothie for Energy and Brain Support

Energizing and Brain Supportive Green Smoothie

This Smoothie recipe is shared by Sarah S, a Cross Fit Coach and Elementary School Teacher.  I like this smoothie recipe for several reasons (see below).

Smoothies are a great way to start the day to boost your nutrients and they are quick and simple (and not just for breakfast!)

This Recipe is gluten, soy and dairy free with a nut free option

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ c. filtered water
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 T. homemade walnut butter or nut butter of choice (see note below)
  • 1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein Powder, chocolate flavor. Get one type here and here
  • 1 tsp. Four Stigmatic Matcha and Lions Mane Powder. Get it here
  • 2 c. organic raw spinach

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and serve.
  2. Makes two servings

Tip: If you don’t have time in the morning to put a smoothie together, put everything into the blender right before bed. Place in fridge. Put the base on the counter with your smoothie cup.  In the morning turn it on, go and do something for a minute, come back and there you have it.  Let the blender soak in water in the sink while you head out the door. When you get home, just rinse it out and make a fresh smoothie for the next day. 

For Homemade Walnut Butter: Soak walnuts for 2 hours, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Puree in food processor or blender with an added a pinch of cinnamon and coconut oil and puree until smooth. 

Quicker Option: There are many health stores that now carry freshly ground nut butters.  Look at the container for the date they processed it and try to find one ideally on the day of or day before your purchase for freshness. Store in fridge

Allergies: Sunflower seed butter makes a great alternate option if you cannot eat tree nuts. 

Almond Milk: You can make your own too.  Many boxed milk alternatives have added ingredients.  But they are super convenient.

If you want to make your own almond milk: Soak raw almonds overnight in filtered water.  Drain the water and rinse the almonds.  Combine almonds and fresh filtered water in a blender.  Blend at high speed for 2 minutes.  Line a strainer with cheese cloth (or like I do, buy paint strainer bags and use as nut milk bags), and after the milk has been poured through, twist the bag and squeeze out as much as possible.  Add a little honey or monk fruit to sweeten if need be. 

The longer you soak the almonds, say even for 2 days, the creamier the milk will be.  Almond milk only lasts about 2 days in the fridge so only make as much as you will need.  Use a ratio of 1 cup almonds to 2 cups of water.  

Collagen Protein Powder Benefits: Collagen protein powder is good for your joints, bones, skin, hair and nails. 

Matcha Benefits: Matcha is the young green tea leaves that have been steamed, dried, and ground into a fine powder. One cup of Matchan green tea can have the antioxidant benefit for 10 cups of regular tea.  It is not only antioxidant rich, but also boosts metabolism, can aid with anxiety, and can enhance mood and concentration. 

Lions Mane Mushroom Benefits: Lions Mane is considered a medicinal mushroom and for good reason.  It is knowns as being supportive for brain function and improving mental health and overall feelings of well-being. It also, it antioxidant rich and can reduce systemic inflammation. 

The Four Sigmatic Matcha Lions Mane powder (this brand has become of my new favorite product lines) also contains ginger and Astragalus.  Ginger has many benefits, everything from helping digestive issues to easing pain and inflammation to sea sickness and fungal infections. Astragalus is a powerful plant for its immune boosting properties.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a cold and flu remedy.  I also like from Four Sigmatic this one that my son drinks and this one I add to my tea and to foods  

Collagen Walnut Green Smoothie
Serves 2
This green smoothie has matcha for an antioxidant energizing lift, lions mane mushrooms for immune, mental health and brain support and collagen for bone, joint, hair, nails and skin support. The walnut butter provides healthy fats and additional protein.
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366 calories
26 g
6 g
25 g
12 g
7 g
348 g
80 g
13 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
348g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366
Calories from Fat 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
39%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 80mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 9g
35%
Sugars 13g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
69%
Vitamin C
40%
Calcium
46%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 c. of unsweetened almond milk
  2. • ½ c. filtered water
  3. • ½ avocado
  4. • 1 T. homemade walnut butter or nut butter of choice (see note below)
  5. • 1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein Powder, chocolate flavor.
  6. • 1 tsp. Four Sigmatic Matcha and Lions Mane Powder.
  7. • 2 c. organic raw spinach
Instructions
  1. 1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and serve.
  2. 2. Makes two servings
Notes
  1. Tip: If you don’t have time in the morning to put a smoothie together, put everything into the blender right before bed. Place in fridge. Put the base on the counter with your smoothie cup. In the morning turn it on, go and do something for a minute, come back and there you have it. Let the blender soak in water in the sink while you head out the door. When you get home, just rinse it out and make a fresh smoothie for the next day.
  2. For Homemade Walnut Butter: Soak walnuts for 2 hours, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Puree in food processor or blender with an added a pinch of cinnamon and coconut oil and puree until smooth.
  3. Quicker Option: There are many health stores that now carry freshly ground nut butters. Look at the container for the date they processed it and try to find one ideally on the day of or day before your purchase for freshness. Store in fridge
  4. Allergies: Sunflower seed butter makes a great alternate option if you cannot eat tree nuts.
  5. Almond Milk: You can make your own too. Many boxed milk alternatives have added ingredients. But they are super convenient.
  6. If you want to make your own almond milk: Soak raw almonds overnight in filtered water. Drain the water and rinse the almonds. Combine almonds and fresh filtered water in a blender. Blend at high speed for 2 minutes. Line a strainer with cheese cloth (or like I do, buy paint strainer bags and use as nut milk bags), and after the milk has been poured through, twist the bag and squeeze out as much as possible. Add a little honey or monk fruit to sweeten
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Chcocolate Avocado Pudding, Raw, Fermented

Raw Fermented Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I made this as a treat for my husband who is going Ketogenic for this month. This would make a healthy but really good Valentines Day treat.  

Raw, Paleo, Vegetarian, gluten and soy free (Dairy free option)

Serves 4/ took me 5 minutes to make 

Ingredients

2 soft avocados (peeled, pitted, scooped out of shell)

1/3 c. cocoa powder

2 T. almond butter (see note)

1/2 T. raw local honey* (see note below)

1/2 cup goat milk kefir* (see note below)

1 t. vanilla extract

Toppings (optional): sprinkle on sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, grated chocolate, strawberries or shredded coconut 

Directions: Add all to food processor and process until smooth. Spoon into dessert cups. Top with topping of your choice and serve or chill until ready to serve.  

Notes:

  1. Opt for pure almond butter. Many local stores now grind almonds fresh daily.  Otherwise read the back label and choose a brand that does not have added oils and sugar. 
  2. If you are using honey, raw and local is best.  If not using honey, you can try liquid stevia or pure monk fruit and play with the amount according to your taste preference.  
  3. Kefir: this is what makes it a fermented food.  You can use cow milk kefir if you can tolerate it or try coconut kefir (if you can find it in your stores-I can never find it locally).  You can also use almond or coconut milk but then it will be a fermented food.  
  4. Ketogenic: If you are trying out the Ketogenic diet, I personally only suggest it for 4 to 8 weeks in duration and then bumping up the carbs to closer to 80-120 grams per day, depending on your dietary needs.  If you are on the Ketogenic diet, on non-exercise days, your carb content should be 20 grams. On exercise days, you can bump this up to 40 grams per day.  

Health Benefits

Raw Honey: Can reduce your seasonal/pollen allergy symptoms, natural source of energy, immune system booster

Fermented Kefir: Supports gut health, supports your immune system, may improve IBS and IBD, may improve brain health, mental health,  cognition, focus and mood disorders, can aid in weight loss.  

Avocado: Rich in healthy mon0-saturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Great for healthy skin and hair and eye health to name a few benefits.  

Almond Butter: Rich in healthy fats and protein.  Good for healthy cholesterol levels, combatting heart disease and providing you with energy.  

 

Raw Fermented Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Serves 4
This is a delicious chocolate pudding that has the benefit of fermented foods and healthy fats.
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Prep Time
5 min
220 calories
15 g
3 g
18 g
5 g
4 g
143 g
24 g
3 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
143g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 9g
38%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
7%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados (flesh scooped out of shells)
  2. 2 T. pure almond butter
  3. 1 t. vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 T. raw honey
  5. 1/3 c. cocoa
  6. 1/2 c. fermented goat milk kefir
Instructions
  1. place all ingredients in your food processor and process until smooth. Spoon into 4 custard dishes. Sprinkle on top your choice of topping
  2. Serve right away or chill until serving.
Notes
  1. 1. opt for raw, local honey. If you do not want to use honey, you can try liquid stevia or pure monk fruit and play with the amount according to your taste preference
  2. 2. choose almond butter that is just almond not some of the processed products that have a lot of added sugar and oils.
  3. 3. kefir: you can use cow milk kefir if you can tolerate cow's milk. If not, and cannot tolerate goat kefir either, try almond or coconut milk but it will not be a fermented food if you do this.
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Mushrooms with Garlic and Onions

Slow Cooker Mushrooms with Garlic and Onions

While sautéing mushrooms is pretty simple, l Liked being able to throw all these ingredients into the slow cooker and focus on something else.  They tasted great days later too. This recipe is revised from Mercola.com

Ingredients

  • 2 T. grass fed butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 -pound mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2/3 c. bone broth or organic chicken broth
  • s/p to taste
  • 1 t. dried thyme

Directions

  1. Toss everything into the slow cooker and turn on high for one hour or on low for 2 hours.

 

Mushrooms and Onions Slow Cooker
An easy side dish. Just toss all in the slow cooker while you prep the rest of the meal
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132 calories
13 g
20 g
8 g
3 g
5 g
299 g
581 g
5 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
299g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
13%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg
7%
Sodium 581mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
35%
Calcium
7%
Iron
14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 T. grass fed butter
  2. • 1 onion chopped
  3. • 1 -pound mushrooms
  4. • 1 clove garlic minced
  5. • 2/3 c. bone broth or organic chicken broth
  6. • s/p to taste
  7. • 1 t. dried thyme
Instructions
  1. 1. Toss everything into the slow cooker and turn on high for one hour or on low for 2 hours.
Notes
  1. This vegetable and fungi recipe also includes healthy fat when using grass fed butter.
Adapted from Dr. Mercola
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Three Homemade Salad Dressing That Are Quick, Easy and Healthy

Quick, Easy, Healthy and Tasty Salad Dressings

Below are three different salad dressing to bring life back into your salads.  Home-made dressings are easy and quick and much healthier. Even the healthy store- bought versions contain processed sugar and soy or canola oil which are inflammatory processed oils. 

For any homemade salad dressing, a high quality EVOO makes all the difference. I splurge on my EVOO because I use it only on raw dishes and use it almost every day.  I have tried store bought EVOO and they just don’t compare in taste.  Beware of many fake EVOO’s on the market.  In this case it is very true, you get what you pay for. 

A serving of dressing is 2 tablespoons.

 

Asian Style Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 1/3 c. EVOO
  • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1 T. raw local honey
  • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger

Directions

Combine all in a mason jar. Seal with lid and shake to blend.  Store in fridge and wait at least 30 minutes until use so that flavors can combine. 

Asian Style Salad Dressing
Serves 8
A nice change of pace from Italian dressing all the time
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91 calories
1 g
0 g
9 g
0 g
1 g
19 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
15%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/3 c. EVOO
  2. • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  3. • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  4. • 1 clove garlic minced
  5. • 2 T. coconut aminos
  6. • 1 T. raw local honey
  7. • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake well to blend. Store in fridge. Let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. use a high quality EVOO for superior taste
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Italian Salad Dressing

Store bought ones have extra sugar, and refined oils. This one is so easy and still taste good with dried herbs if you do not have fresh ones on hand. 

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 2/3 c. EVOO
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • ¼ a medium red onion diced
  • 2 T. pure lemon juice
  • 2 T. dried basil
  • 2 T. dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  • s/p to taste

Directions

Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

Note: if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.

Italian Salad Dressing
Serves 8
Store bought Italian dressing is filled with refined, processed oils and sugar and lots of extra stuff that you do not need
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171 calories
2 g
1 g
18 g
1 g
3 g
33 g
14 g
1 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
33g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171
Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 c. EVOO
  2. ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  3. 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 T. dried parsley
  5. ¼ a medium red onion diced
  6. 2 T. pure lemon juice
  7. 2 T. dried basil
  8. 2 T. dried oregano
  9. 1 clove garlic minced
  10. 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  11. s/p to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.
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Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. cumin
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • s/p to taste
  • 1 T. EVOO

Directions: mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend.  Store in fridge. 

Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing
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51 calories
2 g
0 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
29 g
62 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 62mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. small clove garlic minced
  2. 1 t. Dijon mustard
  3. 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  4. ¼ t. cumin
  5. 2 t. lemon juice
  6. s/p to taste
  7. 1 T. EVOO
Instructions
  1. mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend. Store in fridge.
Notes
  1. Choose a high quality EVOO for your raw dishes and dressings
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Creamy Garlic Cauliflower (low carb, paleo, gluten and soy free)

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower

This is adapted from Cleanplates.com

Gluten, soy free and Paleo friendly, Keto friendly

I do not like mashed potatoes so this is a great substitute at the holiday table for me

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  • 1 T. avocado oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  • Dash sea salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed.  Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks. 
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.

Note: I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste.  You can also use less butter.

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower
Serves 4
A great keto/low carb and paleo substitute for mashed potatoes
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65 calories
9 g
6 g
3 g
3 g
2 g
169 g
118 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
169g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 118mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
120%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  2. • 1 T. avocado oil
  3. • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  4. • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  5. • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  6. • Dash sea salt and pepper
  7. • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. 2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. 3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. 4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed. Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks.
  5. 5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.
Notes
  1. I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste. You can also use less butter.
Adapted from cleanplates.com
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Almond Butter Brownies (gluten, soy and dairy free, Paleo Friendly)

Chunky Almond Butter Brownies

Gluten, dairy and soy Free, Paleo Friendly

You can use creamy almond butter, but I like that added crunch

 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. Baking soda
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips

Directions

  1. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes

 

Almond Butter Brownies
Serves 12
A healthier version of a brownie with added protein
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263 calories
23 g
16 g
18 g
6 g
4 g
55 g
111 g
16 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
55g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 111mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  2. • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  5. • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  6. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  7. • ½ t. Baking soda
  8. • ¼ t. sea salt
  9. • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  10. • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips
Instructions
  1. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. 3. Bake for 30 minutes
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Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry

Cheesy Garbanzo Stir Fry

Gluten, soy, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan

This is a good recipe to make a large batch of and use for lunches for the next few days. It is also good cold!  Whether you are a vegetarian or not, it is good to have some meatless meals on occasion.  

Ingredients

  • 2 T. avocado oil
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast

Directions.

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans.  Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through. 
  2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice. 
Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry
Serves 2
A vegan/vegetarian dish that is gluten, soy and dairy free. A good source of protein, complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats along with several vegetables
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262 calories
44 g
0 g
5 g
14 g
1 g
438 g
333 g
9 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
438g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 333mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
192%
Calcium
11%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 T. avocado oil
  2. • 1 t. dried oregano
  3. • 2 cloves garlic minced
  4. • 1 large zucchini chopped
  5. • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  6. • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  7. • 1 tomato chopped
  8. • 1 bell pepper chopped
  9. • 2 T. nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans. Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through.
  2. 2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. 3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice.
Notes
  1. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, nutritional yeast can be a good source of B12.
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Shrimp and Scallops in A Lemon, Garlic and Honey Sauce

Shrimp and Scallops in Honey, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

This is a very simple and fast dinner to make.  Serve with rice and a vegetable on the side such as green beans.  This was good but a tad too sweet for my liking. You may want to reduce the amount of honey to ¼ of a cup if you are like me.  The rest of those who ate this really enjoyed it. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
  • 1/2 pound scallops wild caught
  • ½ c. honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ c. coconut aminos
    1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
    2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
    Green onion for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
  3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute.
  4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
    Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice or cauliflower rice )
  5. Note: if you double the amount of seafood, do not double the marinade amount-it comes out too sweet. I think next time I would cut back on the honey-and use only 1/4 cup.  
Shrimp and Scallops in honey, garlic and lemon sauce
Serves 4
This is an easy week night meal. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice
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261 calories
43 g
90 g
4 g
15 g
3 g
192 g
565 g
37 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
192g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 90mg
30%
Sodium 565mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 37g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
6%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/2-pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
  2. • 1/2-pound scallops wild caught
  3. • ½ c. honey (try only ¼ cup first)
  4. • 3 cloves garlic minced
  5. • ¼ c. coconut aminos
  6. • 1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
  7. • 2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
  8. • Green onion for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. 2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
  3. 3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute.
  4. 4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
  5. 5. Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice)
Notes
  1. The original recipe calls for 1/2 c. honey. I used this amount but felt it was too sweet. Next time I will use only 1/4th a cup.
Adapted from I modified the original recipe but cannot recall where I got this!
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Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

This is a soft and gooey fall treat that can be great to serve at the dessert table at Thanksgiving.  This recipe originally came from PaleoOMG.com and is slightly modified

Ingredients

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars
Serves 16
This is a moist and dense pumpkin treat with added chocolate chips. It is gluten, soy and dairy free
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
207 calories
24 g
12 g
12 g
2 g
8 g
52 g
6 g
16 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
52g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
19%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
36%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
1%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • ¾ c. pumpkin
  2. • ½ c. coconut oil melted
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  5. • 1 c. almond flour
  6. • ¼ c. tapioca flour
  7. • 1 c. org. coconut sugar
  8. • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  9. • ½ c. dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 2. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. 3. Blend all ingredients together until well combined
  4. 4. Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before lifting the parchment out of the pan
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  • ¾ c. pumpkin
  • ½ c. coconut oil melted
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. tapioca flour
  • 1 c. org. coconut sugar
  • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ c. dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. Blend all ingredients together until well combined
  4. Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before lifting the parchment out of the pan

 

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Green Beans with Garlic Herbed Dressing

 

Green beans with herb and garlic dressing
Serves 6
This is quick, easy and taste great. Easy enough for weeknights but fancy enough for company too.
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68 calories
5 g
0 g
5 g
2 g
1 g
88 g
214 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
88g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 214mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
5%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1- pound green beans (make it easy-buy them already trimmed)
  2. • ¼ cup raw almonds
  3. • 1 clove garlic
  4. • 1 small bunch parsley
  5. • 1 small bunch cilantro
  6. • 2 T. EVOO
  7. • 1-2 T. pure lemon juice (depends on your taste as to how much to use)
  8. • Dash salt
Instructions
  1. 1. Steam the green beans until just tender-don’t over-cook.
  2. 2. Place the rest of the ingredients into your food processor and blend
  3. 3. Toss the mixture with the green beans and serve!
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Green Beans with Garlic Herbed Dressing

green beans with garlic herb sauce

Quick, easy and taste so good-my kind of recipe!

Easy enough for week nights but looks fancy enough for company. 

Ingredients

·        1 pound green beans (make it easy-buy them already trimmed)

·        ¼ cup raw almonds

·        1 clove garlic

·        1 small bunch parsley

·        1 small bunch cilantro

·        2 T. EVOO

·        1-2 T. pure lemon juice (depends on your taste as to how much to use)

·        Dash salt

Directions

1.      Steam the green beans until just tender-don’t over-cook.

2.      Place the rest of the ingredients into your food processor and blend

3.      Toss the mixture with the green beans and serve!

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