VIDEO – Tex Mex Soup

This is a favorite recipe of mine and I make it frequently.  It is nutrient dense because it includes so many healthy veggies.  It is a great way to use all of the produce you have in your fridge.  It is great to take along in a thermos for lunches.  Watch the video here…

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Healthy Cranberry Sauce

This is a holiday favorite but unfortunately, store bought versions are loaded with sugar and are sickeningly sweet!  Cranberries are tart and this recipe highlights their tartness but is lightly sweetened with stevia and oranges.  Remember…it will not taste as sweet as what you are used to.  Embrace the tartness 🙂

cranberry sauce• 2 bags of fresh cranberries (usually 12 ounce bags)
• ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
• ½ cup of organic applesauce (no sugar added)
• ½ cup of water
• juice and zest of one organic orange
• ½ – 2 teaspoons pure stevia extract (to taste)
• dash cinnamon (optional)
• dash ground cloves (optional)

 

 

Put cranberries, orange  juice, applesauce and water in a saucepan and and bring to a boil.

Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes).

Reduce to a simmer and mix the additional orange juice, zest, and stevia in to the  cranberry mixture. Simmer about 10 minutes longer.

Cool completely and refrigerate before serving.

Omelet Muffins

This is a terrific, versatile dish.  You can make these omelet muffins to please everyone in the family by changing up the ingredients.  You can make these ahead and keep them in the refrigerator for a quick and healthy breakfast all week.
Makes about 6 muffins
Advanced & Core Plan
omelet muffin6 eggs
½ cup diced vegetables (organic bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, etc)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1/8 cup homemade mayonnaise, vegenaise, or coconut milk
1/8 cup water
Optional:
¼ – ½ cup diced meat (turkey bacon, turkey or chicken sausage, cubed chicken or turkey, wild caught smoked salmon)
¼ cup shredded raw cheese
For a southwestern omelet, add in ¼ cup drained salsa (check ingredients)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 6 muffin tins or silicon muffin cups with butter and/or coconut oil.  (DO NOT USE TEFLON PANS).
Beat the eggs in a bowl and add desired ingredients.  Spoon into muffin cups and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
NOTE:  You can always make this into a crustless quiche by pouring the mixture in a buttered pie dish and cooking for a bit longer.

Maximized Energy Bars

Core Plan

People love to have a grab-and-go option for a quick snack or for re-fueling after a workout.  Unfortunately, the options are typically not healthy ones.  Most are loaded with sugar, refined and/or high glycemic carbohydrates, soy protein and artificial flavors.  This recipe is simple to make, stores well, can be taken on the go, and can be altered to your taste.  This healthy recipe is loaded with raw enzymes, protein, good fats, and antioxidants.  Make a double batch and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Makes about 25 square bars

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Base:
1 cup almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight
¼ cup cocoa nibs
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup hemp seeds
1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein or 3 tablespoons cacao powder
7-8 dates, soaked for at least 30 minutes, and pitted

Optional Add Ins:
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened blueberries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
Soaked walnuts
Chia seeds

Using a food processor, mix almonds until it reaches a mealy texture.  Add all other ingredients except the dates and mix well.  While the motor is running, drop in one date at a time until the mixture starts to form a ball.  You may have to scrape the sides and move the mixture around a bit to be sure the dates get incorporated.

Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter over a damp paper towel (to keep it from moving around on you).  Put the mixture on the parchment and press into a square or rectangle with your fingers into an even layer about ¼” thick.  You can also cover with another piece of parchment and use a rolling pin.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares and store in a parchment lined/layered container.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Healthified Broccoli “Tempura”

There is something about battered broccoli that is incredibly delicious.  It is a popular item at Asian food restaurants but unfortunately, it is extremely unhealthy.  The batter smothers out the nutritional value of the broccoli because it uses processed flours and is fried in damaged fats.  Although this recipe doesn’t look like the typical tempura, the taste is very similar and the best part is that you can eat it as part of your regular healthy diet.

Broccoli Tempura• 1 head broccoli florets, lightly steamed
• 1 cup almond flour
• ¼ cup nutritional yeast
• sea salt to taste
• extra virgin olive oil

Heat a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over low-medium heat (never heat olive oil over high heat and do not let it smoke) and add steamed broccoli, almond flour, nutritional yeast, and sea salt.  Heat until broccoli is warm and all ingredients are mixed well.