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Category: Spring

Ginger Peach Smoothie Redux

Sweet, creamy, and a hint of tang! This is a delicious way to start a summer day.

Sweet, creamy, and a hint of tang! This is a delicious way to start a summer day.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen spinach
1 large, or 2 medium (ripe!) peaches
1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 inch-long hunk of fresh ginger, peeled
1 pinch ground turmeric
1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 cups pure water

Method:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend to smithereens.
Pour into your favorite mason jar and enjoy!
*If you want to make your smoothie a little juicier, leave out 1/4-1 of one of your peaches before blending, chop it up and add it to the smoothie once your other ingredients have been smoothified. Just a tasty little variation!

Daikon Radish and Spring Pea Rolls

Enjoy the flavors of spring with this fresh and tasty dish!

Enjoy the flavors of spring with this fresh and tasty dish! This post was inspired by mynewroots.com.

Ingredients:

1 daikon radish, sliced into thin ribbons (using a mandoline or veggie peeler)
1 tbs. ume plum vinegar
1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil (or grate just a smidgen of fresh ginger to use instead)
2 tsp. honey

Miso Mint Pea Filling
2 cups shelled green peas
* optional: 1 clove garlic
3 tbs. mellow white miso
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tbs. cold-pressed olive oi
zest of ½ lemon
1 tbs. lemon juice
sea salt to taste
¼ cup black sesame seeds, if desired
pea shoots for garnish, if desired

Method:

Peel the daikon radish and using a veggie peeler or mandoline. create long, thin strips (they’re difficult to roll if too thick).

In a large shallow bowl whisk together the vinegar, honey, and ginger oil. Lay in the strips of daikon and let sit to marinade while you make the pea spread.

In a food processor process the remaining ingredients (but for optional seeds and sprouts) and blend on high until smooth. Season to taste.

If using sesame seeds, in a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds until fragrant. Toss them occasionally to ensure that they do not burn. Set aside.

Remove a strip of daikon from the marinade and place on a clean flat surface. Spread a good amount of the pea mixture across it, leaving a little room at the end that will be on the outside (otherwise the pea mixture will squish out when rolled). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and place a pea shoot at the one end that will be the center (optional). Begin rolling until you reach the end, then secure the roll with a toothpick. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Store leftover pea mixture in the fridge up to four days. Add lemon to freshen up the flavor, if necessary.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

May you enjoy the sweetness of this life! Here's a quick and easy recipe to fulfill your sweet tooth.

May you enjoy the sweetness of this life! Here’s a quick and easy recipe to fulfill your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup  cashews (raw or roasted and salted)
2/3 cup gluten free oats
1/3 cup shredded coconut
3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips
Hefty pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
*Optional: add a splash of almond milk if your dough isn’t sticking together well. JUST A SPLASH!
*Optional: mini-pinch sea salt if you’re not using roasted salted cashews

Method:

Blend the cashews, oats, and coconut in a food processor until you’ve created a fine-ish powder.

Add the syrup, vanilla extract, and almond butter and blend again until it sticks together to form a dough. Add the splash of almond milk if it doesn’t turn dough-y.

Add the chocolate chips and pulse briefly or mix in by hand.

Roll the dough into little balls and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, or in a pyrex food container. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 3o minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Paleo Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

Yum. That's all. These babycakes are packed with protein, good fat, and flavor! Plus they're a breeze to make. Next time you have a lazy morning or need a protein packed breakfast, try them out!

Yum. That’s all. These babycakes are packed with protein, good fat, and flavor! Plus they’re a breeze to make. Next time you have a lazy morning or need a protein packed breakfast, try them out!

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1-2 tbs. organic molasses
1 tbs. organic vanilla extract
½ cup full fat coconut milk
1 cup blueberries
1 ½ cups almond flour
½ tsp. sea salt
1 pinch powdered cardamom
1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (or 1 pinch cinnamon)
½ tsp. baking soda
Ghee or coconut oil for cooking

Method:

Combine eggs, molasses, vanilla, and coconut milk, and whisk until smooth.

Add almond flour, salt, spices, and baking soda, and whisk again to incorporate dry ingredients into batter.

Add your the blueberries and fold into the batter.

Warm ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour a few tbs. pancake batter onto skillet (I usually aim for about 3 so they don’t stick together).

Pancakes will form little bubbles. When bubbles open (about 1.5 minutes), flip pancakes over and cook the other side (for about 30 seconds-1 minute).

Plate your pancakes.

Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Serve with more blueberries, ghee, grassfed butter, shredded coconut, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Celery Melon Cooler

 

As summer winds down, enjoy this cooling, sweet drink!

As summer winds down, enjoy this cooling, anti-inflammatory, sweet drink!

Ingredients:

10 celery stalks, de-stringed
1-2 cups honeydew or Santa Claus melon
1/2 (or 1 if you like it more tart) lime, de-rinded
2-4 sprigs basil
1 drop doTERRA lemon or lime essential oil
*optional: 1/2 cup filtered water

Method:

Place all ingredients but essential oil in your juicer. Juice. Place in a glass jar (with a lid) add your essential oil and optional water. Shake it up to mix it all together. Sip to your heart’s content!

Or, place all ingredients in your high-powered juicer. Add 1 cup filtered water. Blend to smithereens. Strain over a glass. Enjoy!

Benefits:

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Celery: Celery is jam-packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But also contains phytonutrients that are shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and protect the digestive tract. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Honeydew: This melon is a plentiful source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. It is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruit, which means it can help us to fight off unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Lime: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

 

 

Simple Raw Brownie Bites

Chill these tasty bites for a chewy chocolatey treat!

Chill these tasty bites for a chewy chocolatey treat!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw almonds
2/3 cup raw walnuts
1-2 tbs. almond butter
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

*optional: 1 drop doTERRA wild orange essental oil and a little orange zest
*optional: 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
*optional fun add ins: cacao nibs, paleo chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dried cherries or blueberries, cinnamon, cardamom

Method:

Place nuts, nut butter, and salt in a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.

Add the dates, cocoa powder (and vanilla, essential oils, spices, or other add-ins if using) to the bowl. Mix all ingredients until well combined. While the food processor is running, you can add a little water, a few drops at a time, to help the dough stick together.

Use your hands to form 1-inch (or littler) balls and place them in an airtight container. Allow them to chill for at least an hour (trust me, they’re delicious cold!).

They will keep for up to a week. Bon apetít!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Walnuts: Walnuts are powerful medicine. They are packed with valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper. Walnuts have been studied and proven to help decrease risk of certain cancers,  including prostate and breast. They also help prevent cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

 

 

Basil Grape Smoothie

It's toasty warm out there! Here's a nice cool smoothie recipe to help cool your jets.

It’s toasty warm out there! Here’s a nice cool smoothie recipe to help cool your jets.

Ingredients:

1 cup homemade almond milk
1/2 small avocado
1/4 cup pepitas (soaked for at least a few hours, if you’ve planned ahead)
1 large handful organic black seedless grapes
Juice of 1/4 lime
1/2 drop doTERRA lime essential oil
5 basil leaves
1 handful blanched spinach

Method:

Put all ingredients into blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve and enjoy!

*Note: 1 whole drop of essential oil might be too much for the sensitive palate, so dip a clean toothpick in the lime oil, and stir it into the other ingredients before blending.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Avocado: Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, folate, vitamins K, C, and B, and potassium. It also contains a wide spectrum of inflammation-fighting nutrients. Avocado also helps increase our intake of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—when eaten with romaine lettuce, spinach, and carrots. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Grapes: Grapes are packed with vitamin C and manganese and contain a variety of antioxidant phytonutrients such as beta-carotene and resveratrol (think red wine!). These tasty little jewels are thought to help support the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, and nervous systems. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lime Essential Oil: Lime essential oil is a powerful respiratory aid due to its anti-mucus and natural decongestant properties. It also aids in the cleansing of the lymphatic system, reduces muscle spasms and cramps, and is a proven pathogen inhibitor (think disease and cancer prevention!) See here for more information about this amazing oil.

Lime: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Pepitas (Hulled Pumpkin Seeds): These babies are packed with zinc and vitamin E, but are also excellent sources of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They are also very high in protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Spinach: Spinach is a rich source of vitamin K (think blood builder/purifier!), vitamins A, C, B2 and B6, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Popeye apparently knew how to protect himself against inflammatory problems and oxidative stress-related issues, while promoting his cardiovascular and bone health. AND he got the girl! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Baby Kale Salad

Baby kale is slightly sweet and buttery, so best to keep it simple with fewer companion ingredients. Enjoy!

Baby kale is slightly sweet and buttery, so best to keep it simple with fewer companion ingredients. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

A few bountiful handfuls of fresh baby kale, washed
*Optional: a few crumbles or shavings of a hard cheese like Pecorino or Parmesan
2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/4 small lemon
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Combine olive oil, lemon juice, lemon essential oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper in the bottom of your salad bowl. Whisk together.

Add the kale leaves and toss to coat.

Sprinkle with optional cheese.

Enjoy!

Benefits:

Kale: Kale is a powerful green which has been proven to help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of various types of cancer including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. It has powerful detoxifying properties and is an excellent source of vitamins C, K, and A. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Rosemary: This delicious herb contains compounds that can help boost immune system, increase circulation, and improve digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

 

Pan Fried Tilapia and “Instant” Slaw

Need dinner, pronto? I made this in 20 minutes, start to finish. You can too!

Need dinner, pronto? I made this in 20 minutes, start to finish. You can too!

Ingredients:

Fish:
2 good-sized fresh wild tilapia filets
2 tablespoons almond or coconut flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Ghee for frying

Tartar Sauce:
4 tablespoons mayo
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon capers
Teeny pinch cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

Slaw:
1/4 of a small to medium head green cabbage
1/2 an apple
Teeny splash apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1/4 lemon
3 tablespoons mayo or Greek yogurt (or 1/2 and half)
Teen sprinkle of organic sugar or sweeter of choice
1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Fish:
Rinse tilapia fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with a little almond flour.

Heat the ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tilapia until the fish flakes easily with a fork (about 4 minutes per side.)

Top with tartar sauce and serve with a lemon wedge.

Tartar Sauce:
Make this ahead.

Combine all ingredients. When fish is ready, place a little dollop on each fillet.

Slaw:
While fish is cooking (if you are capable of multi-tasking…if not, make this first and let it sit while fish is cooking), finely slice cabbage into 1/8-inch shreds and place in a large mixing bowl.

Core the 1/2 apple and slice in 1/8 slices.

Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, salt, sweetener, and mayo in a large measuring cup. Whisk until smooth.

Add to the prepped vegetables and mix well.

Serve alongside the fish, or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Benefits:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They’re also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cabbage: Cabbage is a powerful cancer fighter and lowerer (new word?) of cholesterol. It contains massive amounts of Vitamin A and is a good source of Vitamin C. While purple cabbage is more nutrient dense than the lighter green varieties (due to their added phytonutrients), all varieties are nutritional powerhouses. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Tilapia: This is a low calorie, low fat fish with a mild flavor. Try to find wild-caught, if possible. If not, then at least try to get farm raised tilapia from a country with strict policies on quality control (such as the U.S.). See here for more health information and nutritional info.

Zucchini Fritters

Got zucchini and then some? This special little dish is perfect way to use up that extra squash on a lazy Saturday morning.

Got zucchini and then some? This special little dish is perfect way to use up that extra squash on a lazy Saturday morning.

This recipe was inspired by Slim Palate.

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini
2 green onions thinly sliced
¼ cup almond flour
¼ cup fresh grated parmigiana reggiano (packed firmly)
2 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste (freshly ground, please)
1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
Ghee for frying

For topping:
Applesauce, Greek Yogurt, chives, or some combo thereof!

Method:

Grate zucchini with a medium sized grater into a bowl.

Place shredded zucchini in a clean dishtowel and squeeze to get as much liquid out of it as possible.

Place back in bowl with beaten eggs, thinly sliced green onions, almond flour, parmigiana reggiano, essential oil, and fresh ground salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.

Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium heat and wait for that pan to get hot (but not to the smoking point).

Add spoonfuls of mixture to the hot pan and fry until golden brown on each side (2-3 minutes-ish per side).

Place fritters on platter lined with paper towels to soak up extra ghee, then serve each with Greek yogurt, applesauce, and extra green onions on the side.

Benefits:

Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is a thicker, creamier version of “regular” yogurt that boasts high protein, healthy bacteria which support healthy gut flora, and is a good source of calcium. It’s a versatile addition to your diet and can replace higher fat dairy products. See here for more about the nutritional info and health benefits of yogurt.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Zucchini: Excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, and is a good source of vitamin A. Summer squash also retains its nutrients when eaten raw, lightly steamed, and/or frozen. And make sure to eat the seeds! Summer squash seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids which are helpful in the prevention of inflammation. The seeds are also thought to contain anti-microbial properties and are still used in some parts of the world to treat intestinal parasites. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.