People often times don’t think of eating raw vegetables in the Winter, but it is still good to eat them once and a while because they are packed with nutrients that our bodies need. I like to still try to use vegetables that are in season, so heartier greens like brussels sprouts and bok choy are perfect! And those are what I have used in the salad I am sharing with you today. I combine them with an Asian citrus vinaigrette, orange slices and sesame seeds, and it is healthy, refreshing and delicious! This is perfect to make ahead of time for including in lunches too, because it is even better the next day when the flavors have combined.
If you are looking for a quick way to get vitamins in, fresh veggie juice is a great way to do so. It may sound like something that would taste not so good, but it is actually quite delicious when you use the right combination of ingredients! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains broccoli which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid, as well as celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for sweetness, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. Lastly a bit of kale, because this is a green juice after all, and greens are nutrient power houses. This juice is not only delicious but It will help you feel energized and refreshed too!
If you are looking for a healthy, light and easy salad to serve with your Holiday meal, look no further than this festive kale and brussels sprout salad! It only takes about 15 minutes or less to make and it is so tasty! It combines fiber and nutrient rich rich kale, brussels sprouts and spinach with a creamy lemon dressing, sweet pomegranate seeds and crunchy almonds. I know most people don’t think about serving brussels sprouts or kale raw, but they are both really delicious in salads and retain all of their vitamins when not cooked. This makes a great side dish alongside any protein, on a buffet, or as a starter for your dinner!
I love traditional caramel apples. But what I don’t love is all of the processed sugar that comes along with them. So, I make healthier ones at home instead of buying them! I make a caramel out of dates instead of sugar, which may sound odd, but trust me, it tastes just like caramel and is so much better for you! The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Almond Joy apples (like the classic candy bar, coconut, chocolate and almonds), so I made the caramel a chocolate caramel, then coated it with coconut, cacao nibs and almonds. If you are not a fan of those things though, you could leave the cacao powder out of the caramel and make it a vanilla caramel, then sprinkle it with the coatings of your choice! This is a healthier Halloween treat that you can make at home and not feel guilty about enjoying it!
Making your own saurkraut at home is easy, and fun because you can create your own flavors. Not only that, it is rich in prebiotics and probiotics which are good for your digestion and gut health! The recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Fall, because it features apples as well as the cabbage, and it is really delicious! This is good as a side dish, or on sandwiches or, mixed into salads with similar flavors. I like to keep a jar of saurkraut in my refrigerator at all times, because adding it to meals is an easy way to keep my gut happier!
If you have a dehydrator, making your own kale chips is easy, and you don’t have to be afraid of burning them like you might cooking them in an oven. The dehydrator gets them nice and crispy as well because it removes all of the moisture. Today I am sharing my favorite flavor of kale chips with you all, my chili cheeze kale chips! I say cheeze, because they don’t actually contain any cheese, but taste like they do! I use a mixture of cashew butter, and nutritional yeast to create a cheese like flavor without using any dairy. This also makes them more shelf stable. I add in some chili powder and garlic and they are super delicious! If you are looking for a healthier chip like snack, these are a great alternative!
If you are a fan of key lime pie, then you will love this healthier Summer option, Key Lime Blackberry Popsicles! They are not only really easy to make, but good for you too, with heart healthy avocado to give them a rich and creamy texture, and sweet antioxidant rich berries. They are refined sugar free too, but plenty sweet so you would never guess. The next time you want a refreshing dessert, give these a try!
Summer fruit can be used for more than just desserts and snacking, it makes a wonderful addition to savory salads as well! The recipe I am sharing with you today uses peaches not just in the salad, but in the dressing as well, which happens to be oil free and packed with flavor. I combine the peaches with fresh strawberries, beets, carrots and spinach and it is not only colorful, but loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. The dressing contains chia seeds and flax seeds too, which are great for heart health. This salad is great served with some grilled tofu or tempeh for a light and healthy meal!
This is the time of the year to be enjoying fresh, raw vegetables. Like cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers! So, I like to combine them all in a salad with a light vinaigrette dressing to bring out their flavors, and it always turns out delicious and is a hit with my family. This is a good way to get many different vitamins into your diet, eating a variety of veggies, not to mention the fiber that they contain. This is quick and easy to make, and perfect with some grilled protein. You can find all of the veggies for this recipe at Fresh and Natural foods!
Fruit salad is a Summer staple at every picnic and party. But sometimes they can be not so healthy when they are loaded up with things like whipped cream or yogurt with sugar. I like a lighter fruit salad with just a citrus based dressing. Not only is it better for your waistline, but it tastes just as good, the citrus simply allowing the flavors of the fruit to shine! For July 4th, I like a combination of berries and apples to keep the red, white and blue theme going. This salad I am sharing with you today is packed with fiber and antioxidants, and I promise your friends and family will love it!