watermelon & avocado saladNo CommentsRead more
Summer is coming to an end but the weather has been absolutely perfect here on the east coast and I’m holding on as long as possible. This easy salad from Jeanine over at Love & Lemons is refreshing and packed full of cancer fighting antioxidants, healthy fats and a little kick from spicy peppers.
chocolate ice creamNo CommentsRead more
Dr. Hyman has said, “dairy is nature’s perfect food… but only if you’re a calf.” We now know that consuming dairy is not necessarily healthful. Studies have shown that countries with the lowest consumption of dairy also have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and hip fracture. Dairy is acidic to our bodies, which signals calcium to be released from our bones to alkalize our blood, in turn creating weak bones (the opposite of what most people think). Approximately 75% of the world’s population do not even have the digestive enzymes to break down dairy causing indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, and wreaking havoc in the gut. Dairy is also associated with increased risk of cancer as well as causing chronic ear infections (especially in children), sinus issues, eczema and acne.
summer tomato gazpachoNo CommentsRead more
I am all about easy, no-cook, seasonal meals in the summer time. Most of us are probably busier than normal and nobody wants to turn the oven or stove on when it’s 90 degrees out. Today’s recipe is a simple cold soup called gazpacho that takes minutes to throw together but tastes amazing! It’s a perfect light lunch or appetizer and a great way to use up the abundance of tomatoes growing in your garden (if you have one) or from the farmer’s market.
make ahead collard wrap with cashew cream2 CommentsRead more
It can be challenging to bring a healthy, mess free, utensil free meal on the go. This wrap is perfect for plane rides, beach days, hikes, etc. Since there’s no bread or flour tortilla, there’s nothing to get soggy! The collards are used in place of bread and are much healthier too! Feel free to put whatever vegetables you have on hand in this wrap. If you have a nut allergy, you can substitute hummus for the cashew cream. The cashew cream is amazing though, so don’t skimp on it if you don’t have an allergy to cashews! You’ll probably want to eat it plain with a spoon.
cold brew coffee smoothieNo CommentsRead more
Coffee… is it healthy or not? There’s all kinds of studies saying it is and isn’t. Truth is, one cup of coffee per day likely isn’t going to cause you harm, but when you’re using coffee as a false source of energy, health problems are likely to follow. There’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep and if we are fueling our bodies with caffeine, we are likely interfering with the depth of our sleep and our body’s signs telling us that we are tired. Bottom line, you can have your morning cup of coffee, just don’t have four! Too much coffee has been linked to raising blood pressure, LDL (bad cholesterol), homocysteine (elevated levels associated with heart attack and stroke) and causing adrenal fatigue by keeping your body in a chronic state of stress. To be fair, there are a few benefits to coffee, like antioxidants which fight free-radical damage, but probably not enough to call it a health food.
pina colada popsiclesNo CommentsRead more
You asked for some of our favorite summer treats so here’s another super easy four ingredient popsicle recipe! There’s no need for any added sugar, the fruit is so sweet on its own! If you don’t like “coconut” flavor, you may still like these. I hate shredded coconut but the mild, real coconut flavor that comes from the coconut milk is delicious. Oh and there’s not actually alcohol in these despite the name, so they’re great for kids too. If you let the pops freeze just until they’re frozen through but not rock solid, they have a wonderful creamy texture that is just perfect!
zucchini crudo with summer herbsNo CommentsRead more
Every year since my husband and I have had a garden, I harvest our very first summer squash and turn it into thinly sliced crudo. I think eating zucchini raw is the best way to enjoy it. The recipe I’m sharing today along with this one from the archives, are my favorites! Simply slice the zucchini with a mandolin or ceramic slicer and top with olive oil, fresh lemon juice and handfuls of fresh summer herbs! It is a light, refreshing appetizer or snack perfect for this humid weather.
blueberry oat smoothieNo CommentsRead more
Smoothies are my favorite breakfast or quick snack in the summer! There are endless possibilities and they are refreshing and help keep you hydrated. Since it’s blueberry season on the east coast, I’m sharing one of my favorite blueberry smoothies that I keep in rotation.
watermelon currant popsiclesNo CommentsRead more
Happy first day of summer! Today I’m sharing a super simple, four ingredient, guilt-free ice pop recipe with no added sugar (approved by my 20 month old)! I have a Zoku quick pop maker at home which I absolutely love! It makes ice pops in less than ten minutes! This isn’t a sponsored post, I just think this product is great! You can use any pop maker of course, but sometimes you just don’t want to wait five hours for an ice pop!
Watermelon is a great source of antioxidant lycopene which has been shown to fight cancer. As I’ve mentioned before, berries (including raspberries) also have cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as loads of vitamin C. Currants and limes add even more vitamin C to the mix as well as lots of other nutrients! So you can feel really good about eating one (or two) of these!
tropical green smoothieNo CommentsRead more
Aloha! I just got back on the mainland after two amazing weeks in Hawaii. Before leaving for Hawaii, I dreamed of the freshest and cheapest pineapples imaginable. Come to find out, pineapples are even more expensive in Hawaii than here on the east coast! I grabbed what I thought was a .99 cent Dole pineapple at a local grocery store on Oahu but my husband later pointed out to me it was actually .99 cents per pound! We did however score lots of free papayas and avocados which are basically considered weeds over there. Since I’m still in an island state of mind, I’d like to share one of my all time favorite tropical green smoothies with you which if you haven’t guessed, contains pineapple!