Holiday Guacamole

Core Plan

Serves 4-6

This is an awesome take on a classic.  My friend Leanne introduced me to this last year and it is amazing.  Serve it up with some grain-free tortilla chips and take it to your next party for some oohs and ahhs.  NOTE:  You may want to make double or triple because it disappears fast!

1/2 white onion, minced
4 serrano or jalapeno chile peppers, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
4 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 organic pear, peeled, cored and diced
½ cup organic seedless green grapes, halved or quartered
½ cup organic strawberries, diced
1 cup pomegranate seeds

Mix the onion, chile peppers, and salt in a bowl. Fold in the avocados and lime juice. Stir in pear, grapes, strawberries and pomegranate. Chill until serving.

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs

This is a great frozen treat made from organic butter and cream cheese  They are a great alternative to ice cream.

IMG_0368•1/2 cup organic strawberries (preferably fresh)

•8 oz (1 brick) organic cream cheese, softened

•1/4 cup organic butter, softened and cut into chunks

•2 tablespoons erythritol OR 10 drops liquid stevia

•1 tablespoon vanilla extract

The butter and cream cheese should come to room temperature (do not let it melt, they need to be firm).  Cut the leaves off of the strawberries and put in a blender with the erythritol and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Add the strawberry mixture to the cream cheese and butter and mix with a hand mixer or in a food processor.  Spoon into a silicone muffin tray or candy molds.  Freeze for 1-2 hours then pop out and store in the freezer.

Note:  this recipe was adapted from the original on http://www.ketodietapp.com

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.

Mason Jar Cobblers

Core and Advanced Plan

Serves 4

 

photoAbout 3 cups of fresh berries

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup erythritol (like Swerve)

1/4 tsp sea salt

Organic Butter

Put the berries into four half-pint canning jars. Combine the almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Whisk it together with a fork and pour it on the fruit, and then top with a generous pat of organic butter. Put the jars in a square baking dish. Bake it at 350 for one hour.

Let the jars cool completely then put the lid on and store in the fridge for up to a week.  You can also top with cocoa nibs, stevia sweetened whipped cream, or chopped nuts.

 

Enjoy

Healthified Waldorf Salad

Advanced Plan

Serves 1-2

waldorf salad1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced (or a 1/4 cup of raisins) CORE PLAN ONLY
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped
3 Tbsp organic, full fat yogurt or homemade mayonnaise (recipe in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper to taste
Organic Lettuce leaves

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt and the lemon juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes (if using), and walnuts. Serve on a lettuce leaves.

Juicer Recipes

Here is a good selection of juicer recipes.  Feel free to add greens or greens powder to any of the recipes for added nutrition.

Ginger Apple Juice
4 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 inch fresh ginger
OPTIONAL:  1 fresh beet
If you put the beet in it is very, very red but tastes great.

Apple Pineapple Ginger Juice
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed, skin removed
1/2 inch fresh ginger
Juice the apple and ginger together, then juice the pineapple and serve.

Midtown Blend
1 large lemon
1-1/2 handful spinach
1 small beet
2-1/2 apples
3-4 carrots
1 thumb size Ginger root

Blueberry Grape Juice
handful of organic grapes
1 cup blueberries, fresh or thawed from frozen
Process the fruit in a juicer and serve.

Apple Kiwi Juice Recipe
3 kiwis, peeled
2 apples, cored and sliced

Pine-Orange-Berry
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed, skin removed
5 strawberries