Year: 2015

Mint Cantaloupe Smoothie

Good morning! Here’s a healthy breakfast that will get your day going. It’s packed with nutrients to help keep you focused and working hard so that you can finish up work and start off your weekend early. Since my handy Ninja blender needed washing, I lugged my chunky food processor down from the cupboards to make today’s smoothie. Definitely worth the muscle—it’s that good! Cantaloupe is hands-down my favorite ingredient to add to smoothies because it’s not too sweet and provides juicy goodness so that you don’t have to add a lot of liquid. In addition, it’s loaded with nutritional benefits. One might call it a “wonder-fruit”. Here’s why: High vitamin C = protects your cells from oxidation, prevents diseases Ample amount of vitamin A = promotes cell growth, healthy skin Good source of Potassium = increases metabolism Natural diuretic = Reduces water retention Below is the recipe for Mint Cantaloupe Smoothie, but you can easily swap out the cantaloupe and peach with any of your favorite fruits. Enjoy your Friday morning boost—cheers! Recipe 10 minutes | yields 1 serving 1/4 Cantaloupe 1/2 Peach 1/2 Frozen …

4 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Avocado

I’ve made it my practice to have an avocado every day, and fortunately for me, my doctor encourages me to continue my healthy obsession. Particularly with diet restrictions, like gluten- and dairy-free, it can be difficult to find healthy foods that keep you satisfied. When I went on an elimination diet, it became more important to eat vegetables and fruits that were the most nutritious. Although 21g of fat per avocado may scare anyone at the drop of the word “fat”, avocados contain good cholesterol that benefits you by removing the bad, artery-clogging cholesterol. The Mediterranean diet shatters the fundamentals of the trendy, fat-free diet by including plenty of healthy fats from olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts. Not only do avocados contain healthy fats, but they also contain nutrients that help decrease inflammation, blood sugar, blood pressure, and help prevent cancer. [Click here to read about these benefits.] Meanwhile, they promote a healthy heart, skin and brain function. Wouldn’t you want to eat what makes your body healthy, gives you shiny hair and beautiful …

Brownie Torte

Get out your baking pan, it’s time for brownies! These are special, rich chocolate brownies, made with the best ingredients like raw cacao. Recently, I’ve been following Purely Twins’ blog, written by a set of twins that eat healthy, who are certified personal trainers and address health challenges with nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I admire their approach to cooking, making food variations that fit any dietary needs. If you follow my blog, you may not be surprised that I added chocolate chunks to this recipe—more chocolate the better! I also dusted the brownies with powdered sugar, giving them an elegant look. Cacao vs. Cocoa Usually, I’ll grab Hershey’s cocoa powder, but today I’m using the very best quality cacao. So, what’s the difference between cocoa and raw cacao? They’re both made from cocoa beans, but raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, whereas cocoa roasts cocoa beans at a high temperature. Cold-pressing keeps all the nutrients and enzymes alive, making raw cacao the very best kind of chocolate you can eat. The brownies are gluten, dairy and grain free. Apple sauce …

Minimalist Baker’s Gluten-Free Waffles

Now that you’ve experimented with gluten-free flour from my last post, it’s time to put it to the test. I made these waffles when I went home to visit my dad. There’s something about being home and baking for breakfast—makes me want to stay in my PJs all day and sip tea while I watch Giada Delorentis making creamy polenta or Bobby Flay throwing down a spicy dish. The key to a perfect waffle is the crisp crust coving the soft bread inside. The key is coconut oil. You’ll need to coat your waffle maker with coconut oil, and a lot of it. That’s how you’re going to get the *crisp*. I grabbed this recipe from the blog, Minimalist Baker. I was so impressed with this recipe that I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. Usually my gluten-free attempts turn out to be rock cookies or something that tastes like a bland flour ball. There’s an infamous cookie recipe that goes with that, but that’s another story… These Minimalist Baker waffles are perfection. As my …

My Favorite Gluten-Free Flour

Just because you’re gluten-free, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a hot waffle, right off the griddle. When I went gluten-free, I thought it meant “bye-bye” to everything I enjoyed…but I was wrong. I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t take some research. Why it even included bouts of pouting, watching my sister carve her Belgian waffle into bite-sized forkfuls. But my story has a happy ending—it ends with a delicious, “the best I’ve ever had” (quoted by my non, gluten-free sister) waffle. Despite my pouts and foot stomping, my sister was kind, dried my tears and sent me a blog post from Minimalist Baker. If you haven’t explored the Minimalist Baker blog, well then, you must. If the horde-full of gluten-free ingredients are impeding on your baking style, you’re not alone. With all of the xanthem-“what’s?”and guar gums, which sound more like something you scrape off the bottom of your shoe, shopping for gluten-free, all purpose flours seems daunting. Luckily for you, because my sister is so kind, I will pay-it-forward and share my little secret with you. Before we make the gluten-free …