Almond Oat Scones

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This can be a vegan recipe if you use almond milk.

Ingredients:

2/3rd cup oats

2/3rd cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4th cup or 4 tablespoons butter (melted)

2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar

juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup almond or regular milk

1/4th cup shaved almond (plus an extra teaspoon to sprinkle on top)

1/4th cup raisins (optional)

1 cup fruit (strawberries or blueberries work best)

Directions:

  1. Mix the oats, flour, and baking powder together.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the vanilla, cinnamon, butter, and sweetener. Then add the lemon and milk.
  3. Stir the two mixtures together then add the almonds and fruit. I used fresh strawberries but frozen fruit works too.
  4. Pour into a buttered baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle almonds on top then bake at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Enjoy with tea or coffee.

 

Roasted Root Vegetable Galette

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Crust:

Modified Savory Tart Dough from Williams-Sonoma.

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon sugar

12 tablespoons butter

7-8 tablespoons cold water

Pinch of salt

I also added a 1/4th cup of Parmesan cheese to make it extra delicious for the holidays.

Filling:

Olive oil

½ teaspoon thyme

2 sweet potatoes

3 beets

2 turnips

2 parsnips

5-6 carrots

1/4th cup goat cheese (optional)

1 egg

Salt and pepper to taste

Glaze:

1 ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ teaspoon sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

This recipe requires a bit of prep but you can make the dough and glaze a day or two before. It’s a perfect winter recipe that will impress your friends and family. Not to mention it’s delicious!

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the butter and water. Mix the dough until it comes together. I used my hands. Put it in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Cut the vegetables into squares then toss with olive oil and thyme. Roast at 400ºF for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough into a circle then place the vegetable mixture in the center.
  4. Mix the glaze with an egg then pour it over the vegetables.
  5. Sprinkle the goat cheese on top.
  6. Fold over the edges of the dough.
  7. Cook at 375ºF for 35-40 minutes, until the crust is golden.

15 Super Foods

Here are 15 super foods that are easy to incorporate into your daily diet. I included links to my recipes that contain the ingredients.

Rainbow Chard (and other dark leafy greens)

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  • Extremely high in Vitamin K and A.
  • Excellent for blood sugar regulation.
  • Great source of dietary fiber.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Coconut and Coconut Oil

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  • Contains fatty acids the body needs.
  • Helps the body burn fat.
  • Recipes.

Read more here

Almonds and Walnuts

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  • High in protein.
  • Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • The body’s “brain food.”
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Ginger and Ginger Chews (from Trader’s) 

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  • Helps soothe the stomach and treats nausea.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Chia Seeds

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  • High in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Flaxseeds

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  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • High in micronutrients.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Sprouts

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  • High in Vitamin K.
  • Contains protein.
  • Alkalinizes the body.

Read more here.

Cinnamon

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  • Loaded with antioxidants.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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  • Lowers cholesterol, clears sinuses, fights bacteria, aids in digestion, and provides extra energy.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

 Blueberries

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  • One of the most nutrient rich fruits.
  • Extremely high in antioxidants.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Gogi Berries

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  • High in Vitamin C.
  • Great source of antioxidants.
  • Add to your smoothies.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Gim (a.k.a Seaweed or Nori)

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  • I grew up eating Gim (Korean for seaweed) with rice and Korean side dishes. My family buys it in bulk from the Korean market. It’s recently gained popularity in mainstream supermarkets. Trader Joe’s sells single snack packs. Eat it plain or with rice and veggies.
  • High in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and magnesium.

Read more here.

Cocoa Powder

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  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Satisfies your chocolate cravings without the guilt!
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Hemp Seeds

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  • Contains essential amino acids.
  • High in protein.
  • Add to shakes and smoothies.

Read more here.

Nutritional Yeast

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  • Cream or cheese substitute.
  • High in protein and fiber.
  • A good source of B12 (great for vegetarians because B12 is typically found in meat).
  • Try sprinkling nutritional yeast and spike on popcorn.
  • Recipes.

Read more here.

Juicing

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I learned about juicing from working at Pressed Juicery. You can never consume as much fruits and veggies as you can in a juice. Juicing extracts the insoluble fiber allowing your body to absorb the nutrients fast and effectively. However your body needs about 25-30 grams of fiber a day. Juices are a great supplement to your diet but I do not believe in juice cleanses. There is not enough protein and fiber to sustain you through the day. Even if you lose a couple of pounds, you will quickly re-gain it once the cleanse is over. Juice cleanses are too extreme to be effective over the long-term. Drink juices when you feel sick or want to get some extra vitamins in.

Some of my PJ favorites:

Citrus 1 (aloe, coconut water, cucumber, lemon, pineapple): Very hydrating and refreshing. We call it our natural Gatorade.

Citrus 2 (apple, lemon, mint, pineapple): One of our best sellers. Mint soothes the stomach. High in vitamin C.

Greens 3 (apple, ginger, lemon, and greens): Our best seller. You get the nutrients from the greens but the ginger and the apple makes it sweet.

Activated Lavender Lemonade (lemon, honey, lavender, activated charcoal): Activated charcoal binds to your toxins and flushes them out. Drink after a night of overindulgence.

Roots 2 (apple, carrot, ginger, kale, parsley, romaine, spinach): Creamy and smooth. If you mix it with our vanilla almond it taste like carrot cake!

Apple Lemon Ginger Cayenne: Sweet and spicy. I recommend this if you are feeling sick. Combine with the cayenne water if you want an extra boost.

Read more about Pressed Juicery and juicing vs. blending.

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers 

I served these burgers on a whole wheat bun with Trader Joe’s Sweet Indian Relish and caramelized onions. Sharp cheddar also goes well with this burger. If you do not like a lot of seasoning I would leave out the curry powder and paprika.

IMG_1935IMG_1925IMG_1926IMG_1936Ingredients:

1 cup cooked quinoa

15 oz can (almost 2 cups) black beans

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/3rd cup almond meal

½ of an onion (minced)

½ teaspoon garlic (finely chopped)

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

1/4th teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon curry powder

1/4th teaspoon ginger

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil the quinoa with two cups water. Reduce to simmer and cook until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Mix the quinoa and black beans together. Mash.
  3. Stir in the yeast, almond meal, onion, garlic, and the spices.
  4. Mold the mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and fry.

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox

A great morning pick-me-up if you’re feeling under the weather or sluggish. Apple Cider Vinegar lowers cholesterol, clears sinuses, fights bacteria, aids in digestion, and provides extra energy. Lemon removes toxins and provides vitamin C. Honey boosts your metabolism.

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  • Glass of water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Squeeze the lemon into the water then add the apple cider vinegar and honey.

“Cheesy” Roasted Broccoli

“Cheesy” Roasted Broccoli 

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Ingredients:

1 Broccoli (including stems)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon almond meal

2 tablespoon shaved almonds

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Sprinkle ingredients over broccoli. Roast at 380º for 20-25 minutes.