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.

 

 

Lavender Hibiscus Oak Old Fashion Oats

How do you like your oats? Do you like it with cream and brown sugar? How about raisins and walnuts? Even if you don’t normally eat or care for oats, I have a feeling you will like this one…

Old fashion oats with cashew milk, lavender hibiscus oak bitters from Crude Bitters, maple syrup, topped with blueberries, coconut shavings and Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds 👌🏻 It was one of those types of mornings, where I needed something nostalgic but with a twist.  

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Here’s what you’ll need to know: Cook old fashion oats in cashew milk (or milk of choice) with a dash of real salt, 1 tbsp coconut shavings, 1 tsp maple syrup, a few dashes of bitters. Top with blueberries, 1 tbsp coconut shavings, 1/2 tbsp Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds

Just keep in mind that bitters have an alcohol content, so you should only include them if you are cooking oats. Add them at the beginning of the cooking process to ensure that the alcohol cooks off and use a light touch. 

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Lavender Hibiscus Oak Old Fashion Oats

Recipe makes 1-2 servings.

What You'll Need

Oats
1 cup Rolled Oats (I used this brand)
2 cups cashew milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 tsp real salt
3 dashes of Lavender Hibiscus Oak Crude Bitters  
1 tbsp coconut shavings
1 tsp maple syrup (or to taste) 

Toppings
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tbsp coconut shavings
1 tbsp Skout Backcountry pumpkin seeds. 

What You'll Need To Know

Bring cashew milk and salt to a boil on a low to medium heat.

Add old-fashioned rolled oats, coconut shavings, maple syrup, and bitters, reduce heat, and cook 10-20 minutes (depending on the consistency you desire). 
Stir occasionally. 

Cover and remove from heat and let stand a few minutes and top with blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and coconut shavings. 


How do you enjoy your oats?

Share your comments here!

Turmeric Chicken with Zoodles

You're going to love this Turmeric Chicken recipe! It's an excellent source of lean meat for the week. The lightness of white meat turkey mixed with a combination of ground chicken and turmeric creates a tasty and healthy meat dish.

Turmeric's warm flavor, along with its numerous benefits -- it's an anti-inflammatory and can boost norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin in your body. -- makes this dish all the more nutritious and comforting. Plus, the addition of bone broth will add a boost of collagen and help boost your immune system.

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Turmeric Chicken with Zoodles

(GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, WHOLE30)

Makes 4 servings.


What You'll Need

1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup onion, minced
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp herbs de Provence
1/2 tsp Smoked sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
1 tbsp turmeric (I used MRM brand*)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, cut in halves
2 tbsp coconut aminos
4 medium zucchini, zoodled
4 tbsp Pine nuts

 

* MRM brand use promo code 'valerie' for 40% off your MRM order!

What You'll Need To Know

1. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté onions until fragrant and translucent. Add in chicken. Break the chicken into chunks with a wooden spoon or metal spatula.

2. Add 1/4 cup bone broth, shiitake, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and coconut aminos. 

3. Continue to break up the turkey into small pieces as you stir all ingredients together. Cook for 4 minutes. 

4. Add remaining 1/4 cup bone broth, and cook for another 4 minutes.

5. Allow to cool. Plate zoodles and top with Turmeric Chicken mixture and garnish with 1 tbsp pine nuts for each plate.

1. Cox KH1, Pipingas A1, Scholey AB2. Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population. J Psychopharmacol. 2015 May;29(5):642-51. doi: 10.1177/0269881114552744. Epub 2014 Oct 2.

Salmon and Apple-Fennel Salad with Pine Nuts

This light and refreshing Apple-Fennel Salad makes the perfect side dish for Salmon or your favorite protein. The best part is that you can easily put this together in under 30-minutes! You'll love the added boot and slight crunch of the hemp seeds and the sweet, subtle flavor of the pine nuts. 

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Baked Salmon and Apple-Fennel Salad

with Pine Nuts

(GLUTEN FREE, PALEO, WHOLE30)

Makes 4 servings.

What You'll Need

Apple-Fennel Salad
1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large Honeycrisp apple, cored & thinly sliced
1 medium-size fresh fennel bulb, trimmed, thinly sliced
1 cup carrot greens, chopped
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup pine nuts
Sea Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste

Salmon
4 - 4 oz pieces of salmon
2 lemons, sliced in medallions
Sea Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp Olive Oil

What You'll Need To Know

1. Salmon: Preheat oven to 350F. In a baking sheet add salmon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and lemon medallions over each salmon filet.

2. Bake for 12 minutes.

Apple Fennel Salad

1. Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl to blend and season with salt and pepper. 

2. Combine apple, fennel and carrot greens in large bowl. Toss together with dressing, hemp seeds, and pine nuts.

3. Plate, serve and enjoy!

Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie

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Happy 2018, Friends! Did you have a good time ringing in the new year? Hopefully, you aren’t hungover and are starting it off right. My morning has been quite a productive one making pecan, cashew, and coconut kinds of milk, and a few other yummy meals and things for the week. I made this #smoothie using the pecan milk, and it turned out great!  

The pecan milk adds that hint of a nutty pastry flavor and the cinnamon protein powder adds the perfect combination to the blend. This smoothie does every creamy bite of pecan pie, minus the added sugar and the naughty ingredients. 


Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie

What You'll Need

1 cup spinach
1 small zucchini (50g)
1/2 small avocado (50g)
1/4 cup blueberries
1 scoop MRM cinnamon bun veggie protein powder
1/2 tsp ashwagandha
1/2 cup pecan milk
5 ice cubes
Scout Backcountry Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds
1 tbsp rose petals
1/2 tbsp GroundUp Coconut Cardamom w/ Chia Seed Almond + Cashew Butter,

What You'll Need To Know

Blend for 60 seconds in a high-speed blender. 

Pour and top with pumpkin seeds, nut butter, and dried rose petals.

Enjoy!

The recipe makes 1 serving.

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Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Healthy Paleo Collagen Holiday Loaf from Vital Proteins

The classic holiday loaf recipe is taken to new heights with this healthy, collagen-infused version. It's sure to keep you warm all winter long!

If you haven't tried Vital Proteins' new delicious Collagen Creamers, you need to. These diverse creamers can be incorporated into any recipe your heart desires, so naturally, a holiday loaf needed to be created.

Gingerbread cookies and loaves are a time-honored tradition for many cultures, including here in America, where the soft-baked loaves are more popular than the stiff variety used to make gingerbread houses. Ginger root was considered by many ancient civilizations as a valuable commodity, as it helped disguise the flavor of preserved food. It has been used in different forms and various tonics to help support digestion and the immune system.


Healthy Paleo Collagen Holiday Loaf


What You'll Need

1 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
1/2 cup cassava flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, Coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Gingerbread spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice), to taste

Glaze
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, Coconut
2 Tablespoon coconut milk
2 Tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon arrowroot starch

* Substitute egg for flax egg (1 Tbsp (7 g) flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed) mixed with 2 1/2 Tbsp (37 ml) water)

What You'll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a standard loaf pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add in cashew butter, applesauce, maple syrup, egg, vanilla extract and fresh grated ginger root. Mix until well-combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cassava flour, baking powder, Coconut Collagen Creamer, salt, and spices.

Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well-incorporated. Add in the lemon juice and whisk again.

Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.

For the glaze: add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high. Let the glaze sit for a few minutes to thicken. Best served on the holiday loaf when it has cooled slightly. Serve immediately.

Purple Cauliflower Mint Salad

This Purple Cauliflower Mint Salad is so good! You can make this salad as a main or enjoy it as a side. The flavors are absolutely delicious and a fresh for a weekday dinner or lunch side. And, although this recipe calls for garbanzo beans, you can easily swap them out for raw cashews to make it Whole30-approved.

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Purple Cauliflower Mint Salad

(Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Paleo, Whole30)

What You'll Need

1 purple cauliflower head, riced
1/8 cup mint fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 can garbanzo beans, drained*
1 cup rainbow micro greens
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tbsp coconut aminos
1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 tsp sea salt

* Omit for Whole30 and substitute with raw, soaked cashews

What You'll Need To Know

In a food processor, add in cauliflower and pulse until cauliflower resembles rice.

Transfer to a bowl and add in ingredients and mix. 

Plate as a main or enjoy as a side!

Recipe makes 6 servings.

 

Chilled Savory Avocado Soup

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with avocados. I eat them daily. And, when I don't my body craves them.

I've loved them for as long as I can remember. When I was little, most other kids were grossed out by their texture or flavor, but I couldn't get enough. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with growing up in a Mexican-American household or growing up in California, but my mom always had avocados on hand. In the Summer, she usually has at least a dozen at any given time, and I've become the same way.

When I'm not making guacamole or putting them in salads and smoothies, I just cut one open, sprinkle some sea salt on, and eat it with a spoon. The whole thing, and I'm not ashamed!

Let's talk about this Chilled Avocado Soup. Sounds weird, right? But, trust me... it's really good! It's sort of like gazpacho, but instead of tomato, it's got avocado. And, it's perfect for those warm summer days ahead. It's delicious, healthy, packed with all the good-for-you fats; and also really, really simple to make. 

This savory, rich, creamy avocado soup contains no cream or milk. No cooking, no mess in the kitchen. Just seven ingredients and a blender are all you need.

If you want it spicy, try adding a fire roasted serrano pepper in for a nice kick. A little bit of cilantro as a topper might be nice, too!


avocado soup

What You'll Need

3 avocados, cut into chunks
3 cups bone broth (I used this brand)
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 tsp tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What You'll Need To Know

Combine ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth.

Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until fully chilled.

Pour soup into serving bowls and enjoy.

Recipe makes 4-5 servings