A smoothie is the perfect breakfast to enjoy on a hot summer day when you don’t have a lot of extra time in the morning. This one is packed with fresh flavors of this season, with sweet blackberries, fresh basil, and anti-inflammatory ginger which gives it a little kick! I add in some protein powder to make it a bit more substantial, but you can leave it out if you want it to be more of a snack than a meal. This is really delicious and good for you as well!
I love sauerkraut! I used to always buy it at the store, but I decided to start making my own a while back and it is so easy and kind of fun, because you can add your own flavors to it! One of my favorites is to combine red cabbage and beets, like in this recipe here. I add ginger and garlic to give it loads of flavor, and it is good on sandwiches, as a side dish, on top of salads or Buddha bowls, or just to snack on!
Blueberries and sweet corn scream summer! I love them together in something like a blueberry cornmeal cake or corn cakes, but I like them together in a salad as well, like this simple easy to make salad! It is only 5 ingredients, comes together in a few minutes and it is so refreshing and delicious! It is even good made ahead of time to bring to a picnic or gathering the next day.
In the summer, I love a good fruit salsa! Although mangoes and pineapple are used often, I like to switch it up a bit and use things like stone fruits sometimes. Peaches, nectarines, apricots and pluots go into this delicious salsa! It has a bit of a kick to it, and it goes perfect with corn chips, spooned over salads, or over things like grilled tofu or tempeh!
Bok choy is not as widely recognized as cabbage, but it is delicious in stir fries, soups, or even salads! Here, I use it in a really simple slaw with carrots, and it only takes about 5 minutes to make but it is so good! I make this ahead of time for lunches sometimes, and serve it with some tofu on top for protein! Bok choy and carrots are rich in nutrients, so you can feel good about enjoying this salad!
Not many people think of serving beets raw, but they are actually sweeter than carrots and quite good served raw if cut properly. This salad combines them with other spring veggies in a sweet and tangy dressing with warming Moroccan spices. It is packed with nutrients and good for you! So if you are looking for something easy to make, flavorful and delicious featuring spring veggies, give this a try!
Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, it is the perfect time to try making home made saurkraut. Not only is it fun and easy to make, it is filled with probiotics, which are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics help to keep the good flora of bacteria in our gut at a good count. Although you can take probiotics in the form of pills, it is also beneficial to add them to your diet in the form of fermented foods. Home made sauerkraut is an easy way to get these good probiotics, plus it is satisfying knowing you made it yourself! It is fairly easy to make, and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months. I like to add it to my salads as a tangy topper, but you can also use it in sandwiches, or just as a side dish.
If you are looking for a new way to enjoy broccoli, give this salad a try! It has a creamy peanut dressing with a little bit of a kick, crunchy peanuts and colorful carrots and red bell pepper. It is easy to make and so good! Perfect for making ahead of time to use in lunches!
Since it is prime apple season, I decided that some apple kombucha would be wonderful! What is kombucha you may ask? Kombucha is a fermented probiotic beverage that aids in digestion and gut health among other benefits such as detoxification of the body. It is delicious, and you can buy the popular GT brand or others like it at Fresh and Natural Foods. You may even already enjoy it and know how tasty and helpful it is, but did you know it is fairly easy to make at home? I was buying it every day; I realized I could make it myself and now have some kombucha in my fridge at all times. The process is like this:
- You take a scoby (or the mother which ferments the tea and sugar you add to it to produce the drink), add it to a tea and sugar mixture along with some starter kombucha liquid and water. Then let it sit and ferment for a week until a new scoby is produced and the sugar has been used up (so no need to worry about the sugar content in this, it is food for the scoby) and the mixture is slightly tart. It is then bottled (or jarred, I use large mason jars) and allowed to become fizzy (which takes about 3 days).
You then can enjoy tasty kombucha, and your tummy will thank you! Once you get the hang of making it, you can even make fun flavors which are added after the fermentation and when it is bottled. If you have any questions about the kombucha making process feel free to comment!
These crackers are not only delicious but healthy as well! They are loaded with heart healthy omega 3 rich seeds, as well as fiber and they are the perfect thing to serve with hummus, on the side of a soup, or just for snacking! They are made in the dehydrator, but if you don’t own one, you can bake them in the oven at a very low temperature with good results as well. I like to keep a container of these on hand at all times!