Refreshing Avocado Tomato Cucumber Salad

1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin 2 ripe avocados, cut into bite-sized pieces 1 small English cucumber, cut into bite-sized pieces Juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp kosher salt or more to taste 1/8 tsp black pepper 1/4 cup chopped cilantro In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix gently until incorporated. Serve as is or with mixed field greens.

2018-05-07T15:40:18+00:00 By |

How to Make Sunrise Breakfast Power Bowl

Serves 2 ¼ tsp cumin ½ cup arugula 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup cooked farro 2 radish, thinly sliced ½ cup coleslaw mix 1 small baked sweet potato, small diced 1 cup roasted Brussel sprouts, cut in half 2 fried eggs Add cumin, lemon juice, and arugula to cooked farro and mix well. Separate farro mixture into two bowls and begin to layer the radish, coleslaw, sweet potato and Brussel sprouts on top. Add a fried egg to the center of the farro mixture. Serve with a side of lemon.

2018-05-11T19:07:54+00:00 By |

How to Make Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles

1.5 oz or 1 cup basil ¼ cup sliced almonds 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 garlic clove 3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese 1 avocado ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons water ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 medium-sized organic zucchinis 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil With a julienne peeler or mandolin, slowly take the peeler and run it down the side of the zucchini making thin longs strips. Stop once you get to inner layers of the zucchini and seeds. Set aside in a bowl. In a food processor, add the basil, almonds, lemon zest, garlic, parmesan, avocado, olive oil, water and kosher salt. Puree until creamy and smooth. In a sauté pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and then add the zucchini noodles and a few dollops of the pesto and stir until incorporated. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the desired doneness of the zucchini. Garnish with grated parmesan.

2018-05-11T19:11:34+00:00 By |

Brocolli: 8 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Broccoli

Broccoli has a wide variety of nutritional and medicinal benefits, including its ability to prevent many types of cancer, lower blood pressure, and improve ocular health. Here are 8 great health reasons why you should be eating more of the “ALRIGHT superfood,” BROCCOLI:    Broccoli can help prevent cancer   Broccoli is full of strong anti-carcinogenic compounds like beta-carotene, selenium and other vitamins and nutrients. These nutrients have been shown to prevent all sorts of cancer, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and cancer of the uterus. Studies suggest that it is particularly helpful in preventing breast and uterine cancer because of its ability to remove extra estrogen from the body.    Broccoli is a great detoxifier   The presence of vitamin-C, sulphur, and certain amino acids make broccoli a potent detoxifier. Broccoli helps to remove free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body, which helps to prevent toxin related problems like itches, rashes and skin diseases like eczema.    Broccoli can help keep your skin healthy If you want healthy and radiant skin, be sure that you are consuming broccoli on a regular basis. Broccoli is full of antioxidants and vitamins that help keep your skin radiant and healthy. Furthermore, some of the phytonutrients in broccoli have been shown to reverse the negative effects of sun exposure!    Broccoli can help prevent stomach disorders Broccoli is rich in fiber, which has been shown to helpful in treating all manner of stomach disorders. Fiber adds to the bulkiness of the food, retains water, and ensures healthy bowel movement. Broccoli is also full of magnesium, which alleviates acid reflux and reduces inflammation in the stomach.    Broccoli can help your heart Heart disease is a potent killer, and regular consumption of broccoli can improve heart health and function. Broccoli is full of beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins, which help reduce bad cholesterol and prevent the onset of heart disease.  Additionally, the potassium in broccoli is a vasodilator, which can facilitate more efficient blood flow and oxygenation of essential organs.    Broccoli can strengthen your bones Broccoli is rich in calcium, which has been shown to promote healthy bone growth and can prevent osteoporosis. Regular broccoli consumption has also been shown to maintain healthy teeth due to its high content of magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.    Broccoli can help during pregnancy Broccoli is full of nutrients that can help support a healthy pregnancy, including proteins, vitamins, iron and antioxidants. The fiber in broccoli will help ensure regular and consistent bowel movements during pregnancy, and the high folate content in broccoli can help reduce the risk of birth defects due to a folic acid deficiency.    Broccoli can help prevent anemia Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Anemia is directly related to a lack of iron and certain proteins in your diet. Broccoli is full of iron and other important proteins, which can help [...]

2018-05-05T05:37:57+00:00 By |

How to Make Zesty Chicken Shwarma Pitas

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1 clove garlic, grated 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts 4 whole wheat or white pita bread Add all spices, and oil to a large Ziploc bag. Add chicken and rub seasonings into chicken until incorporated. Let rest for at least 30 minutes. Preheat saute pan and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Cook chicken on medium high heat for 8-10 minutes on each side for chicken thighs, and 5-7 minutes on each side for chicken breasts. Set aside on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Dice the chicken breast or thighs into bite-sized pieces. Tahini Sauce 1/2 cup tahini paste 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup warm water 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2-3 tbsp.) salt, to taste Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until incorporated. If the tahini sauce is too thick, add more warm water starting with a tablespoon. Cucumber Tomato Salad 1 small English cucumber, chopped small 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2-3 tbsp.) 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Add cucumber and grape tomatoes to a small bowl and add lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Mix well. To serve Cut open pita and stuff with chicken, and cucumber tomato salad. Drizzle tahini sauce over it.

2018-05-11T19:12:30+00:00 By |

How to Make Jerk Style Chicken Breast with Pineapple Salsa

Serves 4   4-Organic boneless, skinless, chicken breasts 2 Tbsp. McCormick Caribbean Jerk Seasoning, or jerk seasoning of your choice 2 Tbsp. Olive oil Add chicken breast to a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the Jerk seasoning to the chicken. Make sure that chicken is evenly covered with spice mixture. Preheat sauté´ pan on medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan. Add chicken breast and cook 6-8 minutes on each side until juices run clear.   Pineapple Salsa 1 medium sized pineapple, small diced ¼ cup red onion ¼ cup yellow pepper ¼ cup red pepper ¼ cup green pepper ¼ cup cilantro Juice of 2 limes Salt to taste Add pineapple, red onion, peppers, cilantro, lime juice, to a bowl and mix well. Add salt to taste. Serve on top of chicken breast.

2018-05-11T19:13:21+00:00 By |

TURMERIC: 8 GREAT REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE CONSUMING TURMERIC ON A DAILY BASIS

For thousands of years, turmeric has been considered one of the most versatile and useful herbs on the planet. Popular in Asian cultures, turmeric is a great tasting spice that is not only used in cooking, but the natural compound it contains called curcumin, is a cancer-fighter and contains antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-allergenic properties. Turmeric also builds immunity, improves brain function, and enhances skin complexion. Here are 8 GREAT reasons why you should have the “ALRIGHT superfood,” TURMERIC, in your daily diet regimen:    Turmeric is loaded with healthy nutrients and vitamins   Turmeric is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamins B-1, B-2, and B-3, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc, and as such can offer a magnitude of health benefits.    Turmeric has antioxidative qualities   Oxidative damage is often considered to be one of the predominant mechanisms that lead to the development of serious diseases. Oxidative damage is connected to the presence of free radicals, which are incomplete molecules that are coursing through our system. These free radicals have the capacity to impede our internal processes, and can catalyze reactions that can be detrimental to our health and cause diseases such as Cancer. Antioxidants are our primary line of defense against free radicals, which is why they are so critical to our overall health. Turmeric contains the potent antioxidant, curcumin. A 2007 study showed that curcumin has the ability to subdue free radicals.  Curcumin has also been shown to catalyze the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.  So not only can turmeric protect the body against free radicals, it can also stimulate the existing defenses against oxidative damage.    Turmeric has been shown to improve brain function   Contrary to popular belief, your brain actually has the capacity to formulate new connections and create new brain cells. This reconstructive process is regulated in the brain by the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Studies show that individuals who are deficient in BDNF are at an increased risk for depression, Alzheimer's and other debilitating brain disorders. A 2006 study demonstrated that curcumin, found in turmeric, can actually increase BDNF levels, which could help delay the onset of brain disorders, decrease depressive symptoms, and improve overall brain function.      Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory Turmeric has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, and has the capacity to reduce inflammation/swelling throughout the body. A 2004 study demonstrated that curcumin (one of the active ingredients in turmeric) has the same anti-inflammatory capabilities as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications. In a clinical trial involving patients with rheumatoid arthritis, it was shown that those who took turmeric experienced a considerable reduction in joint stiffness and a decrease in swelling around the affected joints. An added benefit of turmeric is that it does not have any of the side effects that are typically associated with traditional anti-inflammatory medications, nor does it require a prescription to purchase.    Turmeric has been shown to reduce body fat and diminish weight gain   Researchers at Tufts university discovered that the [...]

2018-04-30T14:20:49+00:00 By |

How to Make Honey Lemon Mustard Kale & Quinoa Salad

1 small fennel bulb, sliced thin 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 cups firmly packed shredded kale 1 cup quinoa, cooked ¼ cup cranberries ½ cup grape tomatoes, cut in half ¼ slivered almonds Salt and pepper, to taste   Honey Lemon Dressing ¼ cup lemon juice (1-2 lemons) 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. honey ¼ tsp. kosher salt ½ cup olive oil Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to sauté pan and heat on medium high. Add fennel and sauté for 7-10 minutes until tender. Set aside. Add lemon juice, Dijon, honey, and salt to a bowl and mix well. Slowly drizzle in olive oil. Set aside. Add kale, quinoa, cranberries, grape tomatoes, almonds, and fennel to medium sized bowl. Mix gently. Add ¼ cup of the lemon dressing or more to taste to the kale and quinoa salad. Mix until dressing is incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve.

2018-05-11T19:14:13+00:00 By |

How to Make Organic Coconut & Date Balls

1/3 cup organic sliced almonds 1 cup organic dates, pitted 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp water ½ cup organic shredded coconut Add almonds to a food processor and pulse until the texture of breadcrumbs. Add dates and pulse until mixture looks like crumbs. Add vanilla extract and water and pulse for 30 seconds. Take 1 tablespoon of date mixture and roll into a ball with your hands. Roll balls into shredded coconut until covered.

2018-05-11T19:16:19+00:00 By |