Friday, April 27, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
2 large organic eggs
1 cup coarsely chopped dark chocolate (I happened to have unsweetened baking chocolate and added some stevia to make up for the bitterness of the unsweetened chocolate)
|Miss Molly Malone was over for a play date|
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I liked to buy precooked lentils from Trader Joe's in the refrigerated section. The only ingredients are lentils and spices, and they can make a really convenient and hearty meal when heated with sauteed onions and mushrooms atop a bed of spinach. Lentils are a wonderful source of fiber and protein, and they have a great texture that lends a wonderful base to homemade hummus!
All you have to do is combine all of these ingredients in a food processor or blender. This recipe calls for cashew butter, which you can buy at Whole Foods or other health foods stores. You can also make it yourself by blending cashews in a food processor until smooth, then adding the other ingredients. This recipe made a nice, thick hummus paired well with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, tomato wedges, and rice chips. I also used it as a side for my salad. This recipe is a great source of healthy fats, protein, fiber, folate, and iron.
1 cup brown or green lentils (again, I used TJ's precooked - the whole package)
1/4 cup cashew butter
Juice of 2 large lemons
1/2 tsp. finely grated garlic (I used about 2 tsp. of garlic powder)
1 T. Cholula or other hot sauce
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Combine until smooth.
Below is my cheeseball attempt to do some food styling with rice chips. A little Stonehenge-esque, no?
Enjoy with cut up veggies, whole grain pita, or even smeared on a sandwich!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Let's just cut to the chase: we all like dessert. Some of us eat it daily (or after each meal), while others only savor it on special occasions. Regardless of your sweet-eatin' style, you will love Innocent Indulgence. Owner Alisha Chasey, MS, RD, CNS (a fellow registered dietitian) has created some pretty magical stuff, and - get this - it's all good for you! Gluten-, dairy-, soy-, egg- and refined sugar-FREE, all Innocent Indulgence treats are packed with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. They're also raw and vegan friendly and are wonderful for people with food sensitivities, or for those who just like yummy sweets without the less yummy additives.
I love making my own healthy desserts, but sometimes it's so nice to take the work out of it and have someone else do it for me! That's where Innocent Indulgence comes in. They are available for pick-up in the Phoenix area, but they ship these wholesome goodies all over the country in ice-packed containers. They are also now available (at new lower prices) at Whole Foods in Tempe and have come to WF in Tucson starting April 4th! For those of you who live in Scottsdale, Innocent Indulgence is also available at Nourish Restaurant.
I personally adore the Cocoa Nib Squares (tastes like raw cookie dough) and the Peanut Butter Squares (mmmm...peanut butter...), but they have so many awesome cheesecakes, cookies and bars to savor and enjoy.
Check out these Cocoa Nib Squares:
Here are the Peanut Butter Squares that my sister, who's allergic to nuts (but not peanuts) highly enjoys:
For today's Freebie Friday: leave a comment below, telling me about your favorite dessert! No judging here; all foods fit, remember? The winner will receive a free mini cheesecake from Innocent Indulgence, compliments of owner Alisha!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
"Zing Bars are 100% natural with absolutely no artificial additives, sweeteners or flavors. We developed them for the health and well-being of our patients and from the kinds of ingredients we’d like our own kids to eat.
Each bar has a nut butter base—peanut, almond or cashew—with added protein, fiber, agave nectar and either fruit or organic free-trade dark chocolate. We chose the ingredients to provide the same complete nutrition that we recommend for all meals:
- Heart healthy fats
- High fiber
- High quality lean protein
- Low glycemic carbs"
- Chocolate Coconut (vegan)*
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (vegan)
- Cashew Cranberry Orange (vegan)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter (whey protein)*
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (whey protein)*
- Almond Blueberry (whey protein)
* Personal favorite flavors
If you want to compare Zing Bars to other brands, check out this site. You can buy Zing Bars online or at Whole Foods and other health food stores.