Posts tagged ‘superfoods’

January 9, 2014

What’s Always In My Pantry

I won’t lie and say I don’t have a superfood addiction, since my collection has grown quite a bit in the last year, but I use them sparingly and they will last me a while to come.  Here is what is always in my pantry for quick meals, smoothie garnishes, snacks and the like.

1. Rolled oats or instant oatmeal packets from Nature’s Path (Rolled oats add a delicious texture to all things baked and of the cookie variety, and I usually eat a packet of instant oatmeal in the mornings as a supplement to my green smoothies since they alone do not keep me full)

2. Chia seeds (little protein superstars they are, I add them to instant oatmeal for a balanced fiber and protein filled breakfast or snack)

3. Bee Pollen (a complete protein found in nature, I add this to yogurt with some honey)

4. Raw Honey

5. Assorted teas (self proclaimed tea freak)

6. Rosehips for rosehip tea (great source of Vitamin C)

7. Cacao Powder

8. Kale Chips (I like some brands I see in stores but making your own is the best practice)

9. Black corn tortilla chips

10. Quinoa

11. Brown Rice

12. Lentils

13. Black beans

14. Apple Cider Vinegar

15. Coconut oil

16. Nuritional Yeast

17. Almonds, cashews

18. Dark chocolate

December 12, 2013

Benefits of Kefir

August 23, 2013

Peach Banana Green Smoothie

The flavor of this one is out of this world guys, it has been my obsession for a week or so now.


1 banana

1 cup peach chunks

1 cup baby spinach or kale, packed

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 cup soy/nut milk


1 teaspoon bee pollen, optional

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

1 teaspoon chia seeds, optional

1 teaspoon goji berries, for garnish


Blend and love your life.

August 19, 2013

Green Smoothies

August 15, 2013

Superfood Collection Growing

Featured here is coconut oil, bee pollen (which tastes incredible and amazing and its production doesn’t harm bees!), psyllium husk (which is great to make sure your digestive system is in tip top shape and awesome to use in gluten free baking), raw cacao powder (great smoothie addition especially with bananas and peanut butter), wheatgrass powder (new addition, will let you know how much I love it after I use it more) and my go to protein after a tough yoga class, chia seeds, which is awesome for puddings and thickeners in baking, egg replacements in baking, or smoothies.


What’s your favorite superfood and why?


July 9, 2013

Kale Salad with Pine Nuts, Dried Figs and Blue Cheese Crumbles

I want to thank you guys for being such great readers and listening when I need someone to rant to about my life. I wanted a place where I could share my thoughts, ideas, and passion and this has been such a rewarding and positive space. It gives me a place to be wrong, or be right, or talk about what went on in my week. I hope that my experiences and recipes help you in some small way, because you guys being here and reading this has helped me. It has helped me organize my thoughts. We all say that a year from now or years from now, we will remember what happened, but the truth is, putting your thoughts on paper is the only true way to immortalize them. I wish I had been better about blogging, but I am trying to change that now.

Anyway, I appreciate that so many of you visit here a day, and I hope you are bringing health and happiness home! This is a lovely summer salad with the power of kale and delicious pieces of blue cheese, dried figs and pine nuts on top!


2 cups kale. rinsed and dried

1/8 cup reduced fat blue cheese crumbles or regular blue cheese crumbles

4 dried figs, diced

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

2 tablespoons olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Pink Himalayan salt, to taste

Freshly cracked black pepper

**Any protein if you want to make this a meal! 


In a big salad bowl, mix kale greens and dried fig. Mix the olive oil and lemon in a separate bowl. Pour dressing over kale or on the side (warning: this salad will be tough without dressing because kale is a tough green, so the longer this salad sits, the better!). Top with pine nuts and blue cheese.






July 9, 2013

Berry Salad with Red Quinoa and Raw Honey

This Berry Salad has the power punch of quinoa to keep you feeling fuller, longer. I love this in the morning as well, since you can serve the quinoa warm and add the berries for a delicious sweet punch on top.


Serves 1

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1 cup unsweetened almond milk or rice milk

Pink Himalayan salt, about 1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup assorted berries, I used raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries

1/2 tablespoon raw honey


In a saucepan on medium heat, simmer almond/rice milk. Add rinsed and dried uncooked red quinoa to milk and cook until quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes on medium heat. Keep an eye on it so that it does not spill over. Add cinnamon and salt and mix well. Drain remaining milk after quinoa has cooked. Chill quinoa if you would like a cold salad. Top with raw honey and berries.



June 14, 2013

Berry Green Smoothie with Cashew Milk

Check out an awesome cashew milk tutorial like Kate’s from Cookie and Kate to have some cashew milk on hand in the fridge!

This keeps cold for hours too so this is even better for me who is always on the go!


1 cup frozen berries, I usually use mixed or blueberry

5 spinach ice cubes (just add some water to spinach and freeze in ice cube trays for always easy green smoothie making)

1/2 cup unsweetened unflavored almond milk,or more if you want a thinner smoothie

1/4 cup cashew milk

1 tablespoon natural organic nut butter, I usually use almond or peanut

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon organic cacao powder


Blend and love.




January 16, 2013

Fail to plan? Plan to fail.

The best thing for a quick smoothie in the morning is to prep the night before. I wish I made two today since I am planning on going to bikram and I wish that I was thinking. I had a great one this morning with filtered spring water, spinach, blueberries, raspberries and chia seeds with a tad of banana. Tell me it does not look beautiful!


December 13, 2012

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

A great post work out pick me up and my new obsession for this week!


1 cup blueberries, slightly thawed

1 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt

1 cup spinach

1 small banana, sliced

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1/4 cup soy milk, vanilla, or as needed

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter


Blend well and enjoy!