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Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps

2017-08-11T22:01:32+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Wrap|

We are always on the lookout for a tasty, lunch that is vegan and high in protein and fiber.  These Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps from shelikesfood.com were perfect and yummy too! They had a slight tart flavor and the avocado helped everything stick together well.  It’s easy to make and the filling can also be used as a sandwich with bread or on rice cakes. It travels well, without getting soggy, and makes a great lunch for a picnic too! Health benefits of chickpeas: Chickpeas, like other legumes, have always been touted for their high fiber content. However, there has been research indicating that fiber from chickpeas had better health benefits than other sources of dietary fiber, including better blood fat regulation, specifically showing lower levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Chickpeas contain about 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is 50% of the Daily Value!   Chickpea Avocado Lettuce Wraps We didn’t have jalapeños and we added tomatoes, but we will definitely try this with jalapeños next time! INGREDIENTS 1 large avocado, removed from skin and diced Juice of 1 lime 1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons chopped onion, white or red 2 tablespoons chopped […]

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Roasted Eggplant Dip

2017-08-05T00:49:57+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Dip, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, Roasted|

There are somedays when we don’t seem to have ideas of what to cook and it seems like we just stand there and wait for some amazing idea to transpire. This roasted eggplant dip happened on one of those days. Eggplants are one of those staple veggies that we just keep in the refrigerator as one of the options for us to sauté or roast.  They are a great source of potassium and fiber, plus they are low in calories, yet still filling. Note: This recipe doesn’t include roasted garlic, which is commonly added. Instead we added cayenne for a little spice. However, adding roasted garlic is optional. Roasted Eggplant Dip INGREDIENTS 2 Large Eggplants 2 Tbsp Tahini Juice of 1 small Lemon 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/4-1/2 tsp of cayenne Sea Salt Black Pepper METHOD Poke the eggplants with a fork several times. Place the eggplants  into the oven and bake at 450°F for 45 minutes until the eggplants are soft inside when you poke them with a fork. Allow the eggplants to cool down and then slice open and scoop out the flesh into a food processor. Add 2 Tbsp Tahini, 1 Tbsp olive oil, cayenne and lemon juice. Process until smooth. Add sea salt and black pepper […]

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Tropical Puree Over Chia Pudding

2017-07-28T20:09:27+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Breakfast, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

During the warm summer months we like to eat cooler foods and this chia pudding with tropical puree is perfect! It’s easy to make the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. In fact, chia pudding will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, so make a few of these to have on hand! Not only is it easy to make, but chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart and joint health and aid memory.   Tropical Puree over Chia Pudding   Coconut Chia Pudding: ¼ to ½ cup of Chia Seeds ¾ cup Coconut Milk ½ cup Coconut Water 1 tablespoon Beefree Honey A drop of Vanilla Extract   In a large bowl mix thoroughly all of the above ingredients. Stir until well combined. Cover bowl and let chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours, but preferably overnight.   Tropical Fruit Puree and Toppings: 1 Mango 1 Passion Fruit ½ Banana Ice cubes Coconut Flakes   Dice mango into bite size cubes. Slice passion fruit in half. Use ½ of the passion fruit (juice of passion fruit or include the seeds) for puree and half for topping. Blend ¾ mango, ½ passion fruit, ½ banana […]

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Coconut-Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mango

2017-07-21T21:50:42+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, red beans|

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook has been around for awhile, but it’s new to us. This cookbook makes vegan cooking more fun and less precious. All of the recipes use ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to find, but the outcome is healthy and tasty! Reading through the recipes can be funny and with all of the expletives, we had to make sure our kids weren’t nearby! Lol! For this Recipe Friday, we chose Coconut-Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mango. We didn’t have brown rice and substituted barley instead. The barley made the dish really hearty and the brown rice would probably have made it lighter. The flavors were still really good with the creamy coconut and zesty lime. We paired our dish with a Vegan Cesar Salad, also from the Thug Kitchen.   COCONUT-LIME RICE WITH RED BEANS AND MANGO Recipe from Thug Kitchen Ingredients: 2 cups short-grain brown rice 2 teaspoons neutral-tasting oil (we used light olive oil) 1 cup diced shallots or onion 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger 1 cup canned coconut milk 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) 1 mango (We thawed out frozen mango from Trader Joe’s) 1 1/2 […]

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What the FIG?

2017-07-14T21:37:26+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe|

Out with the jams and jellies, we are glamming up our morning toast with Figs. Some mornings we just want our breakfasts to look pretty. As though you need an excuse to dig in to this pretty breakfast dish, figs are packed with nutrition and perfect for easy summer dishes. These delicious little fruits help to stay young and beautiful inside and out. Some of the benefits of figs for the skin are: They are rich in important nutrients like Vitamin B, C, phosphorus, potassium and minerals like calcium and magnesium which are essential for boosting and rejuvenating the skin’s health. The high omega 3 fatty acids in figs keep the skin well-moisturized and conditioned from within. Figs are loaded with anti-oxidants and dietary fiber, which help to flush out toxins and waste from the body, to prevent skin conditions like acne and psoriasis and gives you healthy and glowing skin. Figs on Toast Recipe: 1 to 2 slices of bread. As shown gluten, dairy, soy and nut free whole grain bread by Udi’s. 2-3 tablespoons of almond butter 1-2 figs Optional Toppings: Drizzle bee-free honey, chia seeds, bananas, blueberries and other fresh sliced fruit.

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Hibiscus Cooler Sangria

2017-07-07T22:30:30+00:00 July 7th, 2017|art of tea, cooler, Food & Drink, hibiscus, sangria, tea, Well-Being|

Summer is well underway and we can’t wait to share this Hibiscus Cooler Sangria recipe with you! Each week we will be featuring a different summer tea and this one, by Art of Tea is so refreshing! If you stop by Willow Spa you can try a glass of this delicious drink. Hibiscus tea is a little tart and so for those of you that like tart flavors, this tea is for you! It can be made as either hot or cold tea and has a deep red color. However, what makes this tea so special is that it has so many health benefits! Sipping on a cup of tea is a healthy and delicious way to treat a variety of health issues to improve your quality of life. Hibiscus tea has the following health benefits: It can give your immune system a boost Use it to lower levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol This herbal tea can help lower your blood pressure Use hibiscus to ease cramps, swelling and bloating caused by menstrual cycle Drink hibiscus tea to relieve constipation and aid in digestion Use it to help protect the liver or to treat liver disease It contains anti-cancer properties […]

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Recipe Friday – Creamy Green Popsicles

2017-06-30T22:02:44+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, popsicle, Skin Glow|

This creamy green popsicle is packed with healthy ingredients to keep the skin hydrated, smooth, and beautiful. The best foods for the skin are high in water content to keep the skin hydrated, and high in antioxidants and vitamins to bring the best out of your skin. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in this creamy green popsicle. Avocados are a certified super food, containing essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and amino acids. They are known to increase the absorption of important nutrients such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and lutein. The D-manno-heptulose sugar found in avocados helps improve the production of collagen, which is crucial to keeping the skin healthy and young. Coconut water is packed with fluids and electrolytes that not only keep you hydrated, but your skin as well. Hydrated skin is healthy, glowing skin. Lime, like all citrus fruits are know for their beneficial effects on the skin. Lime helps rejuvenate your skin and protects it from infections, thanks to its antioxidant, disinfectant and antibiotic properties. Kiwi is jam-packed with tiny, black seeds that contain the high levels of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, that is responsible for improving the moisture and elasticity of skin. Creamy Green Popsicles Ingredients: 2 Avocados ½ Banana Juice of 1-2 […]

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Recipe Friday – No Sugar Granola

2017-06-23T21:55:50+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, granola, nuts|

Sweets are one of those guilty pleasures that we tell ourselves we can enjoy on special occasions – and let’s face it, those special occasions seem to pop up all the time! We know the negative effects that sugar has on the body but as we get busy and stressed sugar starts to creep in from all angles. This summer, we decided to do a 7-day no-sugar diet at the start of the summer vacation as a way of forcing ourselves to pay attention to our sugar intake. We will try to stay committed to eating nutrient dense foods throughout the summer and prevent our sugar cravings. However, a 7-day sugar detox is a great way to reset over and over throughout the year. There are quite a few no-sugar detox diets plans out there. We chose to follow the one from foodbabe.com and today’s no sugar granola is just one of the many yummy recipes that she has. This granola turned out so crisp and flavorful! The sugar was not missed at all. NO SUGAR GRANOLA Ingredients (serves 4): 2 cups coconut flakes 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (almond, pecan, walnut, etc) 1⁄2 cup pumpkin seeds 1⁄4 cup sun ower seeds 2 tablespoons chia seeds […]

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Summer Cooling Salad

2017-06-16T21:39:41+00:00 June 16th, 2017|cucumber, Detox, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, skin, spicy|

We are always looking for ways to include cucumber in our diet. This refreshing fruit boasts so many health benefits and is one of the foods on the zero calorie list too! Cucumbers provide a variety of nutrients, but one in particular called Silica, is particularly supportive of skin health. It helps the skin by improving hydration and elasticity and is a building block of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles. Cucumbers are hydrating,  help to quench thirst and act as a mild diuretic, which will help with bloat and flush out excess water weight.  They help remove harmful toxins from the body, promote optimal nutrient uptake and contain flavanoid antioxidants that prevent free radicals from building up, which can cause premature aging. Here’s a simple cucumber recipe that is also a perfect side dish to bring to a summer barbecue. Summer Cooling Salad Ingredients 1 cucumber 1 avocado ½ red onion Sesame Seeds* Cayenne Pepper Coco Aminos Method Cut cucumber, avocado and red onion into small bite size pieces. In a bowl mix the cut vegetables with sprinkles of sesame seeds and cayenne pepper to taste. Add 1-2 TB of Coco-Aminos to taste. Refrigerate mixture to a cool temperature for a refreshing salad!** *Optional: […]

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Recipe Friday – Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips

2017-06-09T21:07:39+00:00 June 9th, 2017|chips, Food & Drink, Friday Recipe, kale chips|

Do you guys find yourselves eating really well all day long and then sabotaging your healthy diet at night with junk food? When it’s impossible to avoid late night snacking, we try to prepare healthy snacks. Sure, kale chips are nothing new, but it’s been awhile since we made them and we almost forgot how addicting they can be. You can play around with variations on spices, but this recipe is simple and still really yummy. If you’ve never made kale chips before, one thing that we found is to make sure to start with DRY kale leaves. Otherwise, you end up with soggy chips rather than crispy ones. CHEESY VEGAN KALE CHIPS INGREDIENTS 5 large stalks kale ¼ cup avocado oil 2 Tbs nutritional yeast 1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste ¼ tsp pepper INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 275F. Grease a large baking sheet (or line with parchment paper) and set aside. Carefully remove leaves from the stalk of the kale then rip or cut kale into large pieces. Make sure your kale is dry before the next step. You can put into a salad spinner or pat down with paper towel. Place the dry kale leaves in […]

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