Grilled Peach Arugula Salad and Salmon

Seasons best! 😌While living in the Pacific Northwest, it was pretty easy to enjoy lip-smacking delicious season fare. A full Summer to enjoy berries and stone fruit. This recipe was inspired by the seasonal bounty with a bit of inspo from a salad I once enjoyed in France.

Grilled Peach Arugula Salad and Salmon tossed with zucchini noodles, freshly squeezed lime, EVOO, pink salt, French feta, pistachios, and blackberries. The flavor combinations are amazing! You’ll love that it’s quick, simple and nutritious! The recipe does call for the Salmon to be grilled, but you can also enjoy it baked.

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Grilled Peach Arugula Salad and Salmon

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Dairy-Free

Recipe Makes 2 Servings


What You’ll Need

Salmon & Peaches

2 5oz Salmon Filets

1 tbsp Olive Oil

2 peaches, halved and pitted

Pink Salt, to taste

Black Pepper, to taste

Salad

3 cups arugula

1 medium zucchini, spiralized

1 tbsp mint leaves, roughly chopped

1 tbsp pistachio nuts

1/2 cup blackberries

1/4 cup French feta

1 tbsp EVOO

Juice from 1 lime

Pink salt, to taste

1/2 tbsp crushed red chili flakes

What You’ll Need To Know

Pre-heat grill.

Line a baking dish with salmon filets and peaches. Coat with olive oil and season with pink salt and black pepper.

Heat coals, gas grill, or grill pan to medium heat. Place salmon on the grill. Cover and grill over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your filet. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

In a large mixing bowl add in the salad ingredients, except the feta, and toss together.

Add in the feta and plate.

Once the salmon is done, let them rest for 5 minutes before topping onto the salad. Slice the peached and top. Season with Everything Bagel seasoning. Enjoy!

 

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Supercharged Vanilla Chia Pudding Smoothie Parfait 

When you can’t decide between chia pudding or a green smoothie… have them both! This Supercharged Vanilla Chia Pudding Smoothie Parfait is so delicious and has so many great healing properties to it while being a healthy, low-carb meal. A dash of cinnamon and vanilla help to bring in the warm tones of the Autumn season.

This recipe features Love Good Fats that helps support a low carb diet. You’ll love that their shake powder only has 2g of sugar per serving; it’s also gluten-free, soy-free, keto-friendly and nonGMO Project Verified. 

Chia pudding is great because you can whip it up the night before and have it ready to go the next day. PLUS Chia seeds are a great source of protein, fiber, and amino-acids - it is one of the best superfoods. Combine it with a nutrition-dense green smoothie and you’ve got a great low carb breakfast or snack!


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What You'll Need:

Chia Pudding:

1 scoop Vanilla Milk Shake Powder

6 tbsp chia seeds

2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened

1 tbsp hemp seeds

2-3 drops stevia (optional)

Smoothie Base:

2 cups spinach

1 scoop Vanilla Milk Shake Powder

1/2 small avocado 

1 1/2 cups coconut milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon 

1 tsp spirula 

1-2 drops stevia (optional)

6-8 ice cubes

Topping:

Unsewtweened coconut chips

Hemp seeds

1 slice of a mission fig

What You'll Need Know

  1. In a mixing bowl add in chia seeds, hemp seeds, 1 scoop Vanilla Milk Shake Powder, stevia (optional), and coconut milk. Whisk together for 60 seconds. Let it sit for a least 30 min, or overnight. 

  2. While the chia pudding is setting, in a high-speed blender, add in the smoothie base ingredients and blend for 45-60 seconds, until smooth.

  3. To make the parfait, add in smoothie as the bottom layer followed by a layer of chis pudding, and a layer of smoothie.

  4. Top with coconut flakes, hemp seeds, and a slice of a mission fig (optional)

  5. Recipe makes 2 servings.







Raspberry Strawberry Coconut Milk Chia Pudding - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Keto Breakfast

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Your morning just just about to get sweeter!

Waking up for this strawberry-raspberry chia seed pudding is a great way to bring excitement to your day!

This is such an amazing combination. It's especially nice with the creamy homemade coconut milk and a touch of sweetener, like stevia. The chia seeds offer a punch of antioxidants, fiber, protein, healthy fats, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. The healthy fats in the chia seeds also help you feel full and satiated.

Mix it up the night before and grab a snack-sized jar on your way out the door in the morning or have it as breakfast or snack. It's real delicious treat!


Strawberry-Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding

Recipe makes 2 servings


What You'll Need

2 cup homemade coconut milk

6 tbsps cup chia seeds, divided

1/4 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

2-3 strawberries, fresh or frozen

2-3 drops stevia, or natural sweetener of choice

2 scoops collagen

Toppings:

2 tbsp nut butter (I used GroundUp PDX Classic Smooth)

unsweetened coconut shavings

2 sliced strawberries

What You'll Need To Know

Add coconut milk, raspberries and sweetener to a blender and blend for 30 seconds to one minute. In two pint-sized mason jars or bowls, add 3 tbsps chia seeds to each jar.

Divide contents of the blender between the two jars. Stir with a spoon or put a lid on both jars and shake. If shaking, make sure all of the seeds from the bottom get mixed in.

Refrigerate for at least an hour until the chia seed pudding thickens.

 
 

Basic Girl Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner - Keto, Paleo, Low Carb

This might seem like such a basic weeknight meal, but sometimes simplicity is just what you need.

I'll be honest; this is a meal I often have throughout the week. It's pretty easy to make, requires one pan, and is ready in under 30 minutes. It's a classic gut-friendly recipe that will impress anyone you make it for.

You'll love that it's packed with rich buttery flavor from the salmon, a slight punch of heat from the crushed red peppers, and a slight citrus bite of the lime and olive oil tossed broccoli. Here I've paired it with a cup of Ginger Vinegar Sparkling water that has prebiotic properties which boost gut health and immunity. The naturally bitter and tartness is the perfect accompaniment to cut through the richness of the other elements in this recipe.

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Basic Girl Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner

Keto, Paleo, Low Carb

Recipe makes 1 serving

What You’ll Need

1 4-5oz salmon filet

1 cup broccoli

1 tsp red crushed chili flakes

1.5-2 tbsp olive oil

juice of 1/2 lime

pink salt, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 400F. Coat the salmon lightly with olive oil and salt, and place it skin side down in a tray or cask iron skillet. Sprinkle red chili flakes, pink salt and pepper.

In a mixing bowl, add broccoli, olive oil, lime juice, and pink salt mixing it together to get a nice coat. Place broccoli around salmon and and bake for 12-15 minutes.

I like my salmon skin very crispy and ended up removing it and placing it back in the oven to cook up for 5 more minutes while I plated my dish.

Matcha Chia Pudding with a Boost of MCT

This Matcha Chia Pudding with a Boost of MCT recipe might just change your life! Seriously! Once you know the basics of making a chia pudding there are no limits to what you can create.

I’m all about quick and simple meals, especially ones that travel well. In this recipe I used Perfect Keto’s Matcha Latte MTC Powder, stirred in some water, a few stevia drops and mixed it all together. I topped it off with coconut shavings, cashew butter (I used this brand) and homemade coconut yogurt.

Alternatively, you can replace water for a no-sugar-added almond, cashew, or coconut milk and serve with raspberries and some shaved dark chocolate or cacao nibs and you’ve got yourself a decadent Summer dessert recipe.

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What You’ll Need

3 teaspoons chia seeds

1 Scoop Perfect Keto’s Matcha Latte MTC Powder*

1 cup of water or plant based milk

1 pinch of mineral salt

2-3 drops stevia or monk fruit

Toppings:

Coconut shavings, to taste

Nut butter, to taste

Coconut yogurt, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Place chia seeds, mineral salt, stevia drops, and liquid base in a medium jar. Seal the lid and give it a good shake.

Let it rest of a few minutes and give it another good shake.

Allow mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes, but overnight is best.

Garnish with toppings and enjoy!


*Side Notes:

You can also use Ceremonial Matcha powder in combination with MCT powder or opt to not use an MCT. I’ve never used MTC oil in this recipe and can’t guarantee tasty results with it!

Chilled Avocado-Coconut Milk Soup

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Rediscovering the deliciousness of a flavor packed chilled soup.

Even better?

It’s made from avocado!

On a recent trip to the Mid-Willamette Valley, I got the chance to experience a Sip & Savor tasting at St. Innocence Winery. One of the dishes of the tasting was a chilled avocado soup with coconut milk featuring a light yet vibrant curry spice. It was delicious!

This soup was inspired by it. And, I’m sure you’re going to love it, especially in the Summer months.

I’ve packed as much healing goodness into this recipe as possible to create a mouthful of flavor, yet creamy and cooling Summer soup – perfect as we head into August. By pairing this chilled soup with avocado and coconut milk, this soup is naturally plant-based and dairy-free. The full fat of the avocado and coconut milk also make it the perfect clean Keto meal or snack. This soup is filled with flavor of the combination of herbs used and has a slight punch of heat. The best part? This recipe makes 4 servings, and only has 4.6g net carbs.

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Chilled Avocado-Coconut Milk Soup

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Plant-Based

Recipe makes 4 servings

What You'll Need

2 avocados, cut into chunks (200g)

3 cups water

1 cup full fat coconut milk

1 lime, peeled

10 sprigs of Italian Parsley

2 garlic cloves

1 1/4 tsp crushed chili flakes

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 1/2 tsp pink himalayan salt

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp dried basil

1 tbsp olive oil

 

What You'll Need To Know

Combine ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth, about 90-120 seconds. I used a Vita Mix and started at setting 2 and gradually increased to setting 4.

Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until fully chilled.

Pour soup into serving bowls. Garnish with parsley, olive oil and sprinkle of crushed red chili flakes. Enjoy!

Zucchini Noodles Spinach Salad with Baked Salmon

If you’ve been following along for some time, you know I’m all about fewer ingredients with loads of flavor and nutrients. Having local, fresh ingredients like those found within this Zucchini Noodles Spinach Salad with Baked Salmon makes it super easy to make a flavorful meal without the fuss.

I totally believe that physical and mental health starts with the foods you pick and add to your plate. Picking local, fresh ingredients is one of the best ways to approach this is by using food as medicine. Your food will be much more flavorful and packed with optimal nutrition.

Ready to dig in?

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Zucchini Noodles Spinach Salad with Baked Salmon

Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Keto-Friendly

Recipe Makes 1 Serving

What You’ll Need

1 Small-Medium Zucchini (150g), spiralized

1/2 Small Avocado (50g)

10 Sprigs Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

3 mini sweet peppers (85g), diced

2 cups Baby Spinach (55g)

Juice from 1/2 a lime

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Salmon Fillet (5 oz)

1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Mineral salt, to taste

Crushed red chili flakes, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Pre heat oven to 425F. Coat salmon with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and sprinkle salt and red chili flakes. Bake for 15 minutes.

Using a spiralizer, spiral zucchini into “noodles” and add to a medium-large mixing bowl. Add in sweet peppers, parsley, spinach, salt, olive oil and lime juice. Mix together and plate in a bowl.

Once the salmon is ready, let it cool for 5 minutes before placing it on top of the salad.

Slice up avocado, fan it out and top it on the salad.

Enjoy!

Keto Macros:

45.2g Fat / 10.5 g Net Carbs / 44.7 g Protein

Pumpkin Seed Butter

All you need are roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas), a touch of salt and a food processor or high-quality blender. That is it!

TWO simple ingredients:

Pumpkin seeds.

Salt.

THREE or FOUR if you add in a touch of stevia or cinnamon.

Then, you need all of the beautiful things that nut butter goes with! Coconut yogurt, smoothie bowls, oatmeal, dark chocolate, toast, and rice cakes...

You can also dilute a little in your dressing to make a super salad.

There are so many ways to enjoy this Pumpkin Seed Butter. Plus it's loaded with calcium, zinc, protein and healthy fats all concentrated in a jar.

In fact, pumpkin seeds a loaded with so many health benefits:

  • Are one of the best plant-food sources of iron

  • Contain 30% of really good-quality protein

  • Are a great source of zinc, magnesium and phosphorus

  • Are rich in phyto-oestrogens

  • May help to regulate insulin

  • Are naturally high in tryptophan and glutamate, which can help to regulate moods

What a fantastic addition to any diet!

Store it in a glass jar in the fridge, it lasts for a long time -- at least a month.

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Pumpkin Seed Butter

Gluten-free, Keto, Low-Carb

 

What You’ll Need

3 cups pumpkin seeds / pepitas (500g)*

A dash of mineral salt

Optional: 2-3 drops Stevia, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

*I used Skout Backcountry Pink Salt Pumpkin Seeds and omitted the salt since they were already salted.

What You’ll Need To Know

Add ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Process until smooth, stopping at regular intervals to make sure the pumpkins seed butter doesn't overheat.

I used a Vita Mix and left it as setting 1, gradually increasing it to setting 2. I also used a spatula to move the sides in.

Store it in a glass jar or air tight container in the fridge; it lasts for a long time—at least a month!


Salmon-Spinach Avocado Bun Burger

Salmon-Spinach Avocado Bun Burger?

Yes!

Get ready to boost your metabolism and burn calories with this low-carb, keto avocado bun burger.

Okay, I get it… this isn’t exactly a “burger” but what a creative way to make a keto-friendly meal? This recipe is loaded with healthy fatty acids, omega-3, protein and greens. It’s everything you need to set the tone for the rest of the day or simply keep you satiated!

I’m all for adding more avocados to my diet because they make everything taste better. From avocado roses to stuffed avocado boats; there is nothing this versatile that this fruit can’t do. So, when I heard that avocados are creating a fuss in the burger scene, I had to try the latest and greatest Instagram food sensation: the avo-bun! I first hear of such a thing on a trip to Milan. This isn’t the first time I’ve created avocado bun burger like this, but this version has quickly become a fave!

This high-fat, low-carb recipe swaps the classic gluten, carb loaded burger bun with two halves of an avocado, resulting in a ketogenic food lovers’ dream. Then to top it all off, smoked salmon, ribbons of zucchini, and spinach are added.

 
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Salmon-Spinach Avocado Bun Burger

Keto, Low-Carb, High Protein

Recipe Serves 1


What You’ll Need

1 Avocado

4 oz Smoked Salmon

1 handful of spinach

1/2 lime, squeezed

zucchini, thinly sliced length wise

mineral salt

red chili flakes

1 tsp of olive oil

What You’ll Need To Know

To start, slice the avocados in half width-wise. Remove the pit and scoop the avocado out of its skin.

In a mixing bowl add in zucchini, spinach, olive oil, salt (to taste), lime juice, and red chili flakes and mix together.

Begin building your burger by adding a bit of spinach in the hallow area of the bottom burger, add in the smoked salmon, zucchini ribbons, spinach and top bun.

Finish with a dollop of a sprinkle of red chili flakes.

Coconut Milk Yogurt

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If you have given up dairy products, and miss having a creamy yogurt, you are in the right place! I’m going to share with you a recipe on how to prepare a delicious homemade Coconut Milk Yogurt.

It’s dairy-free, keto-friendly, paleo, probiotic, prebiotic, very thick and very very satisfying. What more could you want? A good gluten-free coconut granola and fresh berries to go with it, of course!

Before I start, I would like to comment that a homemade yogurt will hardly have the texture of a commercial yogurt. It has no emulsifiers, so the result could be somewhat less homogeneous, and you will know 100% what is in each and every spoonful.

After my trip to Bali and enjoying fresh, homemade coconut yogurt at Soulshine Hotel, I was craving it once I got home. I quickly sourced Pinterest, looking for the perfect recipe. I found many. I tired them all. The recipe is a result of trail and error and trying a different recipes — seven variations to be exact. The result in this recipe is perfect, and just what I was looking for!

Tart, but not as think as Greek yogurt.

Ready to dive in? Keep reading!


Probiotics

First, you’re going to need some probiotics. Probiotics are fundamental in this recipe. It uses high-quality probiotics, with a good variety of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. I recommend that the probiotic you choose has several of the following strains in its composition:

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Lactobacillus brevis

Lactobacillus bulgaricus

Lactobacillus casei

Lactobacillus paracasei

Lactobacillus gasseri

Lactobacillus plantarum

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

Lactobacillus salivarus

Lactobacillus thermophilus

Bifidobaterium lactis

Bifidobaterium bifidum

Bifidobaterium infantis

Bifidobaterium longum

Bifidobaterium breve

It is essential that you also take into account the expiration date of the probiotics, if they have been at home for a long time, if they have been subjected to high temperatures, etc. If the bacteria are not alive, the fermentation will not work.

It is not necessary to buy any particular probiotic for yogurt (although you could do it if you wish), the probiotics that are sold in herbal shops, pharmacies and supplement stores work perfectly. You will also find them on Amazon, below you will see some links.

They are the same probiotics that you would take after a course of antibiotics, or simply to improve your microbiota. And do not think you're 'wasting' them, just the opposite: when you enjoy your yogurt they will remain active, eager to reach your intestine and enrich your own microbiota.

For myself, I was looking for one that was soy-free. Here is the one that I used to ferment yogurt: Renew Life Ultimate Flora 50 billion. You can find it on Amazon, your local health food store, or Whole Foods.


Coconut Milk From A Can

The next element you’re going to need is coconut milk from a can. This is the one that has full-fat. Don’t get this confused for coconut milk that comes in a carton.

What is the difference?

Coconut Milk from a can is full-fat and more so like a coconut cream. The milk must contain all its fat and the ingredients listed will be coconut and water, nothing else. If you have guar gum it will not work.

Coconut Milk from a carton is watered down and not 100% coconut milk. And, it probably has a ton of fillers in it.

I personally love Whole Foods 365’s Coconut Milk over other brands, but feel free to experiment with other brands. The result will be as thick as the tin can you use, and that depends on the amount of fat it contains. The quality of the ingredients here is essential! Make sure the only ingredient is Coconut Milk.


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Coconut Milk Yogurt

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Keto, Paleo


What You’ll Need

2 cans of coconut milk (400 ml each)*

4 and 6 capsules of probiotics (if you use capsules, add only the powder content, not the entire capsule)

1/4 cup coconut water**

1 Weck Jar

A pinch of sea salt

Optional:

1/4 tsp Vanilla bean powder

honey, to sweeten to taste

* the milk has to be very thick, think that the fermentation will not change the texture, it is not like the animal milk yogurt that curdles. The coconut milk that you have to use to make this method work is liquid at room temperature and solid in cold temps.

**Ok, to omit. The coconut yogurt will simply turn out a bit thicker, almost the consistency of Greek yogurt.

What You’ll Need To Know

Pour the coconut milk, coconut water, and salt in a glass jar. Add the probiotic. Remember that if you use a probiotic in capsules you must open them carefully and add only the content, not the entire capsule.

Place the lid of the jar, close it tight and shake the jar with force

Release the lid a little and leave the jar in a cabinet at room temperature for 18-24 hours, depending on the acidity you want to achieve and according to the ambient temperature. In summer it will be enough with 16 hours, in winter better 24.

You can try it until it's your taste. After a while, stir well again and put the jar in the fridge to thicken. It is possible that the fat and water separate again, mix well before serving and it will remain fully emulsified.




Did something go wrong?

My Yogurt Has Not Fermented

Considering that we only use coconut milk and probiotics, it is clear that the problem lies in one of these two ingredients.

Possible problems with coconut milk: it contained some strange ingredient (guar gum, xanthan gum, etc.).

Possible problems with the probiotic:

  • It does not contain lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

  • The strains are not active because the probiotic is in poor condition or expired.

My Yogurt Taste Weird

Let's define weird...

It is sour and the milk seems cut? Throw it away, it has not fermented (check the previous point above).

It is very acidic? The next time, reduce the fermentation time.

The liquid part and the fat part are separated? This is because when putting it in the fridge the two parts were also separated. Looking back at the recipe, it is important to shake the jar well before putting it in the fridge. To do this, close the lid tightly and shake it for about 15 or 20 seconds. Put it in the fridge.

It tastes like yogurt but very little:

If you have left it fermenting less than 24 hours, next time let it ferment a little more.

If you have left it fermenting for 24 hours, increase the amount of probiotic or change the brand.


Zucchini Pappardelle

If you’re in need of some light, flavorful food that will both fuel your body and warm your soul during the Summer months, look no further than this delicious Zucchini Pappardelle recipe!

I LOVE zucchini squash noodles and this zucchini pappardelle was a fun way to prepare them. The way they soak up the flavors of the lemon, chili and garlic, and the way that they can be twisted with a fork into mouthfuls makes them a great substitute for pasta dishes.

This this is also super easy to make, and pairing it with a side of baked Salmon or chicken makes it a perfect meal!

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Zucchini Pappardelle

Gluten-Free, Keto, Paleo

Serves 4


What You’ll Need

4 Zucchini / Summer Squash (1 per person)

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup fresh Parsley

2 tbsp EVOO

2 tbsp Sunflower oil

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup fresh, shaved Parmesan

What You’ll Need To Know

Using a spiralizer, use the blade for wide ribbons and spiralize zucchini.

Heat a medium to large skillet over medium heat, and pour in sunflower oil.

Spear the clove of garlic sideways on the end of a fork. Sprinkle in the chili flakes on top of the oil and wait 30 seconds. Use the garlic clove to spread the chili around.

Add half of the zucchini ribbons and sauté or a about a minute or two. Add in the 2nd half and cook for another minute or two, moving around the zucchini with the fork with the garlic. Add in the fresh parsley, mixing it all together, and let is sit for two minutes.

Add salt, pepper, squeeze half the lemon, and add in the EVOO and mix together.

Plate and serve with shaved Parmesan and enjoy!




Spinach Lime Matcha Smoothie

my go-to green smoothie

I love making smoothies and smoothie bowls.

Both are a great way to sneak in lots of veggies and good-for-you ingredients. The combinations are endless, and I like to top it off with in things like coconut flakes, bee pollen, cashew butter, and berries right before I dig in.

The great part about smoothies is that you don’t need a recipe to make a deliciously healthy one. There’s only 5 things you really need to remember:

1. GREENS Start with fresh, organic greens like spinach, steamed kale, microgreens. Zucchini and cauliflower are also nice add-ins for extra fiber.

2. LIQUID BASE Choose a healthy liquid base — almond mylk, cashew mylk & coconut water are some of my faves.

3. FRUIT Add a variety of fruit — A good ratio is 2:1 – fruits to greens. Blueberries, pineapple, mango, strawberries all add a nice touch and blend well.

4. HEALTHY FATS Add some healthy fats like flax seeds, coconut oil, hemp seeds, or avocado.

5. SUPERFOODS Boost it with superfoods and mix-ins like collagen powder, maca powder, spirulina, bee pollen, green tea, or lucuma powder.

my go to green smoothie - matcha avocado smoothie

If you've been following me on Instagram for a while, you know what my go-to green smoothie is! I make it all the time, and absolutely love that it is a chock full of goodness!

I recently made a change to my go-to smoothie and have been adding Purslane to it. If you are wondering what Purslane is, it's weed filled with plenty of nutrients. This vegetable has extremely high levels of omega-3 fatty acids for a land vegetable, as well as significant amounts of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, B-family vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and copper. The betalain pigments (powerful antioxidant compounds) and carotenoids round out this veritable treasure trove of nutrients and beneficial organic compounds. 

my go-to green smoothie

Spinach Lime Matcha Smoothie

My Go-To Green Smoothie

Recipe makes 1 big 32oz cup or 2 smaller bowls.


What You'll Need

1 handful frozen spinach
1 small handful of microgreens
1 small handful of Purslane, carrot or celery greens
1/4 avocado
1/2 cup homemade cashew milk
1 tsp matcha powder
1/2 lime, peeled
1/4 cup coconut meat
1 scoop collagen peptides
stevia, to taste or 2 pitted Medjool dates 

Toppings: 
Coconut flakes
bee pollen
1 tbsp gr8nola granola

What You'll Need

In a VitaMix or high-speed blender add all ingredients and blend for 45-60 seconds.

Pour in a tall glass or bowl and top with toppings.

 

 

Strawberry Field Chia Pudding with Marine Collagen

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Let's be real, we all want to look and feel younger and have youthful skin, indefinitely. A while back, I had contacted my Naturopath to learn more how to get a better glow to my skin, and help with the aging process and found out that the answer: Collagen + Vitamin C.

I’ve talked before about collagen being part of my daily wellness routine and how to sneak more of it into your diet. But here’s the quick rundown. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein and an essential building block for the body, especially for healthy skin, hair, and nails, making up approximately 30% of our bodies’ protein. Think of it as an amino acid chain that strengthens the body, especially our skin, bones, joints, and muscles.

Unfortunately, collagen diminishes with age and is likely impacted by today’s diet and environmental influences. That’s why I’m such a proponent of supplementing with collagen peptides, which are a bioavailable form of collagen. And when it's combined with vitamin C, it helps reverses the harmful effects of UV exposure on the skin by neutralizing free radicals.

Interestingly though, vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen. Taking a collagen supplement, without vitamin C, won't have the same impact. So I searched for the best collagen on the market and have been a fan-girl of Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen.. especially this strawberry flavor!

You’ll love that it is non-GMO-certified—no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. It’s also made from 4200mg bioactive collagen peptides from sustainable, wild-caught Arctic cod. The best part is that it's blended with natural vitamin C to aid our body’s normal formation and provide antioxidant support.

Aside from the Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen Strawberry flavor being a great addition to smoothies, chia puddings, and warm nut milks, it's a company you can stand behind proudly! For 23 years, they've sourced fish from the cleanest waters to create a fantastic line of marine-based supplements.

I always find it a bit difficult to find a collagen that doesn’t have an fishy or animal aftertaste to it, until I discovered Nordic Naturals! It is virtually flavorless, with the exception of the light, and refreshing strawberry scent and taste. They recommend mixing in 2 teaspoons of marine collagen powder with 5 oz. warm or cold liquids once daily.

One of the ways I've been enjoying this refreshing and nourishing Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen is with this Strawberry Fields Chia Pudding. All of the ingredients are good-for-your-skin! The fresh strawberries and goji berries help boost the already natural strawberry flavor of the marine collagen, and satisfies all your sweet cravings all with a health boost of collagen peptides. With just 8 simple ingredients you’re sure to make this healthy breakfast or treat again and again as part of your wellness routine.

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Strawberry Field Chia Pudding with Marine Collagen

Recipe makes 1-2 servings.


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What You'll Need

3 tbsp chia seeds

8 oz cashew milk

2 medium strawberries

1 tbsp goji berries

1 tbsp coconut flakes

2-3 drop stevia (or 1 tbsp honey)

1 tbsp Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen (Strawberry)

1 tbsp hemp seeds

What You'll Need

In a high-speed blender, add in 8 oz cashew milk, 2 medium strawberries, 1 tbsp goji berries, 2-3 drop stevia (or 1 tbsp honey), 1 tbsp Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen (Strawberry). Blend for about 60-90 seconds.

In a mason jar, add in chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut flakes. Pour mixture, stir and let it sit for about 2 hours.

Optional: Top with bee pollen, coconut flakes, and a sliced strawberry.







Thank you to Nordic Naturals for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad

Kalen' it with this Chopped salad.

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Sheets of hand-torn pasta woven through luscious bolognese and the perfection of a scoop of nutella gelato dripping down your chin as you sit on the Spanish Steps contemplating runaway to this moment. This is my Italy.

I've been lucky enough to have travelled quite a bit. And yet, I know that it is barely scratching the surface. The yearning and the itch to travel, got me searching for flights, daydreaming of frolicking the cobblestone streets of some charming Italian town. Then it got me thinking about a salad I once enjoyed in the Tuscan countryside. This Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad is an ode to it.

Italian cooking is all about using the best, freshest and local ingredients. The blend of that philosophy, ingredients sourced locally here in the Pacific Northwest and the basil vinaigrette tie it all together.

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Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad

Makes 2 servings

What You’ll Need

Salad

4-5 Tuscan kale leaves, washed and chopped

1 Medium Zucchini, spiralized

1 cup Brussel sprouts, sliced and steamed

1/4 cup kalamata olives

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes

2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (I used this brand - Skout Backcountry)

1/2 cup italian salami (I used Olympia Provisions Cacciatore)

1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano

Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

3 garlic clove

1/2 shallot

6 large basil leaves, very finely diced

Freshly ground salt and black pepper, to taste

Tools

Spiralizer

What You’ll Need To Know

Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 15 seconds bowl and add to a mason jar or air tight container If using a mason jar, you can simply put the lid on and shake the jar until well combined.

This dressing will stay good in an airtight container or mason jar for up to 1 week.

Salad

Steam brussel sprouts.

Spiralize zucchini with a spiralizer into noodles and slice into 3” and add to a bowl along with the rest of the salad ingredients.

Add in 4 tbsp of the Basil Lemon Vinaigrette and toss together.

Plate, garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano and enjoy!


Avocado Quesadilla (Keto-Friendly Recipe)

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I'll be very honest, I was stumped at what to call this recipe.

Tortilla-free quesadilla?

Keto-dilla?

Low Carb Dilla?

Tortilla or not, quesadillas are the perfect quick hot lunch at home – and they make great appetizers, too!

According to Wikipedia, a quesadilla is: A quesadilla is a flour or corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, other ingredients, and/or vegetables, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. It is usually cooked on a griddle – although I use a frying pan – until the tortillas are crispy but not burnt.

There is no denying that they are darn delicious. A perfect, quick and easy meal to grab-n-go. Growing up in a Mexican household, quesadilla's were something that popped up throughout the week... filled with cheese, potatoes, beans, or avocado and queso cotija. The combinations were endless.

So, the other day while I was thinking of what to make for lunch, I had a craving for one. More specifically the ooey-gooey cheese in a slightly greasy flour tortilla. After searching Pinterest for a gluten-free version, no luck. But, I did come across plenty of low-crab versions. Which lead me to this. It was inspired by Officially Gluten-Free's Keto Chicken Quesadilla recipe. In my lacking of parchment paper, and pure laziness of making my way a few blocks down to the grocery store, I opted for a non-stick. I know, not the best. I improvised with what I had, and the ingredients in my fridge. The result? Pure deliciousness.

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Avocado Quesadilla (Keto-Friendly Recipe)

Recipe Makes 2 Servings


What You'll Need

½ Cup Mozzarella Cheese

½ Cups Cheddar Cheese

1 tbs Taco Seasoning (see recipe below)

1 small avocado, sliced

Ranch or sour cream (I used this brand)

Optional: hot sauce for dipping

What You'll Need To Know

In a bowl, mix together the two cheeses.

On a stovetop, heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup of cheese mixture evenly into a circle, season with Taco Seasoning, and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. The cheese should be crispy on the bottom and melted on top.

Add in the Just Mayo Ranch, Ranch, or sour cream on one side and top with avocado. With a spatula, fold over the other half, press it firmly and plate.

If desired, garnish with chopped fresh cilantro.


Taco Seasoning

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What You'll Need

1 tsp chili powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp paprika

1½ tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp red pepper flake

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

What You'll Need To Know

Mix together in a mixing bowl, and store in an airtight container.



Sunflower Pesto Zoodles

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It’s only in recent years that I jumped aboard the whole zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) thing. It’s not that I couldn’t wrap my head around it, or had any aversion to zucchini, because, goodness, I very rarely meet a food group I don’t like – I simply was too lazy to get a spiralizer.

If you find yourself in that same boat, this dish may just turn things around for you. The delicate taste of zucchini, smothered in a sunflower seed pesto — a sauce of fresh basil, sunflower seeds, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan. The outcome: a plate of balance and brightness, crunch and savory sweet goodness. It’s worth every bite.

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Sunflower Pesto Zoodles

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Keto

Recipe makes 4 servings


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What You’ll Need

Pesto

3/4 cup olive oil

2 cups fresh Basil

1/4 c cup roasted whole sunflower seeds

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3 garlic cloves

sea salt and pepper to taste

Zoodles

4 Zucchin, spiralized

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

Garnish

Pepper flakes

Sunflower Seeds

Fresh Basil

Tools

Spiralizer

What You’ll Need To Know

Pesto: In a food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds and garlic clove until all are ground well. Add basil, Parmesan and olive oil and pulse together until well incorporated, but don't over mix. Taste for seasoning. Add additional olive oil if needed.

Zoodles: Wash, rinse, and spiralize the zucchini into a large bowl. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and sauté until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Add the pesto and toss until the noodles are well coated.

Serve warm, garnished with fresh basil, sunflower seeds, and red-pepper flakes, to taste.

California Date Shake (Plant-Based)

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PSA: this is not a smoothie.

As a California-girl, I’m unsure how I had never heard of a Date Shake until a visit to Frankie & Jo’s in Seattle. The plant-based ice cream shop serves up on ode to the real-deal Palm Springs date shake in a dairy-free, vegan and paleo revival that tastes exactly like its dairy version.

Since my last trip to Seattle, I've been dreaming of Date Shakes, and quite frankly, dreaming of Coachella. In years past, it was right about now that my group of friends would start getting excited, making final prepping for the fun-filled Music and Arts Festival down in the Coachella Valley. It was also the unofficial start of warm weather season.

Date shakes are a well-known Coachella Valley desert. Although I've been to Palm Springs numerous times, I’ve never (officially) tasted these legendary shakes been to Palm Springs. (At least not that I'm aware of!) I heard about their deliciousness from friends, from strangers, from the Insta and Pinterest world. Dates blended into a milkshake? Sounds like absolute perfection. I knew right away that I needed to recreate the date shake at home.

You're going to love this thick and creamy plant-based California Date Shake made with dates, walnuts, and frozen bananas instead of ice cream. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and plant-based/vegan.

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California Date Shake (Plant-Based)

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Plant-Based

Recipe makes 2 servings

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What You'll Need

1/4 cup raw walnuts soaked for 2-4 hours

1/4 cup cashews soaked for 2-4 hours

6 Medjool dates pitted and soaked for 10 minutes

1 banana sliced and frozen

3/4-1 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

A pinch sea salt

5-7 ice cubes

Tools: High-Speed Blender (I used this brand)

What You'll Need To Know

Once the cashews, walnuts and dates have been soaked, drain and add them to a high-speed blender drained add them to a high-powered blender.

Add in the cashew milk, vanilla, ground cinnamon, salt, and ice cubes and blend on high until thick and creamy, about 60-90 seconds.

Pour and enjoy!

Spirulina Pineapple Super Smoothie

OK, the stats are in: 100% of us love smoothies. 😜 They're easy, they're filling, they're delicious—and, with the right ingredients, they're healthful and can even help keep the calories down.

You’re going to love this Spirulina Pineapple Super Smoothie for all of it’s tasty benefits. Spirulina is a very helpful supplement but can be a bit rough to drink down on its own. Mixing it into a great tasting smoothie just like this one, is a great way to make sure you get its benefits while drinking something you enjoy. The powerful flavors of pineapple totally override the spirulina.

This one might just have to be on repeat this week! I posted it on Instagram stories a few weeks ago and got a lot of messages asking for the recipe. So, here it is!

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Spirulina Pineapple Super Smoothie

Makes 1 18oz Serving

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What You’ll Need

1 cup spinach
1/2 small avocado (65g)
2 celery stalks 
1 tbs  Spirulina (I used this brand)
3 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbs Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen 
1/2 cup pineapple, frozen
8 oz water + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
5-6 ice cubes

Tools: High-Speed Blender (I used this brand)

What You’ll Need

In a high-speed blender, high-speed blend for 60-90 seconds until smooth. Pour & enjoy!

Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Veggies, Spring Greens and Jade Rice

Ahh mid week and battling procrastination as I'm currently dreaming of these tasty bowls my friend and health coach, Gennett Kaplan and I enjoyed last week. There’s nothing like making a homemade meal enjoyed with great company! 😌

One of our favorite things about the changing seasons is, naturally, all the new food we get to sink our teeth into. And as it gets to be more and more lighter outside, the demand on our tummies for light and fresh dishes is only growing stronger. So today I’m sharing with you a fabulous and healthy recipe, Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Veggies, Spring Greens and Jade Rice. Nutritious food that also leaves us full and satisfied? We can spoon up to that any day.

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Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Veggies, Spring Greens and Jade Rice

Recipe Makes 4 Servings

Gluten-Free, Plant Based, Vegan

What You’ll Need

Rice

1 ½ cups of water

1 cup jade rice 

a pinch of sea salt

Roasted Veggies

1 medium Sweet Potato, washed, pealed and cubed

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1 cup pearl onions

1/2 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp dried oregano

1/2 tbsp cumin

1/2 tbsp sea salt

1 tbsp olive oil

Salad

4 cups mixed greens (spinach, baby kale, arugula, baby chard, parsley)

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 radish, thinly sliced

a pinch of sea salt

1 avocado, sliced

Zoodles

1 zucchini, spiralized

1/4 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp hemp seeds

a pinch of sea salt


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What You’ll Need To Know

Rice: Combine 1 ½ cups of water, 1 cup rice and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Roasted Veggies: Pre-heat oven to 400F. In a medium mixing bowl, add washed, peeled and cubed sweet potatoes, sliced onions, pearl onions, smoked paprika, dried oregano, cumin, sea salt, olive oil and mix together, coating the vegetables evenly. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Salad: In a medium mixing bowl, combine greens, olive oil, hemp seeds, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and radish. Plate salad evenly amongst four plates.

Zoodles: In a the mixing used for the salad toss together spiralized zucchini, olive oil. apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds and a pinch of sea salt and add to plate.

Once veggies are roasted and the jade rice is ready, arrange on each plate. Top each plate with 1/4 sliced avocado. Serve and enjoy!

Kale Salad and Plant Based Nuggets

Kale Salad and Plant Based Nuggets

Have you tried air frying yet? I’m a bit late to the whole air frying party, but air fryers work by circulating hot air to make your food nicely crispy. In short, they give you deep-fried food, with none of the deep frying. Win-win, right? For most things, you only need a minimal amount of oil to get the same results as deep fat frying. Better still, some dishes can be made in an air fryer with no oil at all – like this vegan Kale Salad and "Chicken" Nuggets made from soy-free tempeh.

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