This may look like a healthy, power breakfast (which it definitely can be), but I tend to enjoy this Warm Blackberry Yogurt Bowl as an after dinner treat. There’s something so sweet and satisfying about warm blackberries over chilled yogurt. With the addition of bananas and sliced almonds, this is a delicious dessert that you can enjoy without any guilt.
Sometimes the hardest part of preparing a lunch or dinner meal is figuring out what you’re in the mood for. When in doubt, my go-to is a quinoa bowl full of my favorite foods. In this case, I put together chickpeas, kidney beans, carrots, and celery. A simple combination that satisfies my craving for a healthy, filling lunch that keeps me happy all afternoon.
To top it off, I put together an easy dressing with ingredients I had on hand. I love balsamic vinegar and with a dash of salt, pepper and oregano, I was able to add just the right amount of flavor.
I am always looking for different and creative ways to integrate vegetables into my family’s diet. (With a 6- and 8-year-old at home, I’ve discovered that I need to somehow keep veggies interesting). This Roasted Vegetable Soup recipe incorporates 8 fresh vegetables and simple herbs to create one amazing combination. Roasting the veggies before pureeing brings out their sweetness and intensifies their natural and delicious flavors.
I find that this soup hits the spot after a few weeks of indulging during the holidays. It’s a great recipe to take with you into the New Year!
There are certain foods that not only taste great but also make you feel great. Roasted vegetables do that for me. Whenever I eat this savory dish, I feel like I’m taking care of myself. Although I like vegetables and prepare them in many different ways, roasting is by far my favorite.
This dish is so simple to make but will impress even your vegetable adverse family members or guests. For this recipe I made the yellow, purple and orange carrots the stars of the dish but you can pick just about any vegetables including squash, asparagus, cabbage, etc.
It’s a great recipe to incorporate into your summer meals. Enjoy!
Blueberries and banana make for a perfect combination in this smoothie. Made with 5 simple ingredients, this protein-packed blueberry smoothie is sweet and refreshing. With a little bit of vegan protein powder, it can be a perfect breakfast or post workout snack. If you can’t find fresh blueberries simply use frozen.
I admit it: I have a sweet tooth. Sometimes I crave a sweet treat at the end of a long day. I try to limit my indulgences to once a week and keep them gluten-free. This one is full of pears and blackberries (or raspberries if you prefer), and is accompanied by a crumble made with gluten-free oats and almonds. The crunch of the crumble is the perfect balance to the tender and juicy fruit. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and gets me in the mood for cool, refreshing foods. If you are looking for a sweet treat to help enjoy the long weekend, healthy homemade popsicles can hit the spot.
As seen in “The Healthy You Diet”, these Frozen Fruit Pops are made with 100% real kiwifruit, cherries, and pineapple, and contain no added sugar. It’s a fun kitchen activity to do with the kids and we love enjoying the “fruits of our labor” just a few short hours later.
What are your favorite foods to make or enjoy over long holiday weekends?
Reprinted from “The Healthy You Diet” by Dawna Stone. Copyright (c)2014 by Dawna Stone. Available wherever books are sold.
I was on a mission to develop a dairy-free ice cream. It took a few tries, but I finally found a balance that worked. Banana was used for the base to create a creamy consistency, and coconut milk for thickness. The end result tastes like a chocolate covered banana dipped in peanut butter…the perfect afternoon snack or after-dinner dessert.
Stay tuned for more dairy-free ice cream flavors to come for summer!
I grew up eating chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and still love them to this day. They are nutrient dense, full of protein, fiber, and iron.
Because of their delightful taste and nutritional benefits, I am always looking for new ways to use them when cooking and often add them to salads or main course dishes. This Chickpea Salad with Lemon and Mint recipe is a perfect combination of fresh ingredients and is super simple to make. On it’s own or as a side, this recipe will fill you up and leave you smiling. For some added protein, simply add shrimp, chicken, or salmon.
Recipe by Dawna Stone originally published on MindBodyGreen.com.
If you want to have a sweet chocolaty treat without the guilt, try these healthy chocolate truffles. Not only are they gluten- and dairy-free, they are packed with nutrient-rich superfoods.
By using Medjool dates, I’ve cut the amount of chocolate in half but kept all the flavor. In fact the moisture from the dates makes the truffles rich and gooey. And the addition of other superfoods like coconut, dried cherries, almonds, walnuts and pecans gives you reason to feel good about this special treat.
Although there is an endless combination of super foods you can use, my favorite recipe is for my dark chocolate cherry almond truffles. A close second are my dark chocolate coconut truffles.
I love chocolate but I often feel guilty when I allow myself to indulge. The ingredient in these decadent truffles are good for you and make me feel good about a little indulgence!