I recently discovered that chronically low calcium intake had been negatively impacting my yoga practice and overall pain levels for months. One thing lead to the next and I started figuring out ways to regularly incorporate calcium rich foods into my meals and snacks without consuming a ton of dairy. Dairy and I’s relationship is the textbook definition of toxic: I love dairy. Dairy doesn’t love me back.
For good measure, and because I have a 26 year history of skeletal woes, I started taking a plant based calcium supplement and trying out a variety of calcium rich recipes. I also compromised by getting some fortified coconut milk to splash in my coffee every morning in addition to the canned version I love with two whole ingredients in it: organic coconut and filtered water. Who doesn’t love a brief ingredient panel? I know I found an even deeper appreciation for that simplicity after reading 8 different brands of coconut milk only to discover there was one 1 that didn’t have added sugar or nasty carrageenan.
Truly great food comes from taking a few, simple ingredients and combining them in a way that lets the food speak for itself. Cucumbers, pistachios and dill are all classic ingredients that please a crowd. Not to mention they’re loaded with nutrition. Up the game with pumpkin seeds, parsley and extra virgin olive oil and you have a recipe for delicious success.
I love to bring these herbed pistachio crumble stuffed cucumbers to parties. That’s partially due to be raised to bring the host a gift and to make sure there is something I can eat at the party. Life hack: woo your host and circumvent eating food that’ll undo your health progress by bringing a healthy dish of you own. This is particularly helpful when you’re focusing on eating well and/or have a food sensitivity.
Looking for nutritious, delicious recipes to get your year off to the right start? Frustrated with the bevvy of recipes posing as healthy, but actually full of protein powders, food additive laced ‘diet’ food products and anything but real food? Do you have a life outside the kitchen and grocery store? Ha!
Here are 28 nutritious, delicious recipes made with real ingredients for people who have a life and appreciate real food. It’s really that simple. Simple is good. Enjoy!
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Pesto is hands down one of the best ways to add a mega pop of nutrition to any recipe. Greens pack a motherload of amazing nutrients and blending them with healthy oil, nuts and herbs only condenses the nutritional offerings and flavor!
Yields: 2 Cups
2 Cups Fresh Spinach
2 Cups Fresh Basil
½ Cup Pine Nuts
½ Cup Shaved Parmesan Cheese
4 TBS Healthy Oil of Choice – I used 2 TBS Grapeseed Oil & 2 TBS Olive Oil
1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar – Raw, Organic, Unfiltered, with the Mother
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 TBS Water
1 Tsp. Black Pepper
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until desired consistency.
To make a Paleo-friendly, vegan, dairy free version replace cheese and oil with a large avocado.
This recipe was born by complete chance! The grocery story happened to have organic chives and portabella mushrooms on clearance for .89ȼ and .99ȼ respectively. I felt as though I was being challenged Chopped style! Challenge accepted.
Using nothing more than my $1.88 in grocery store steals and what I already had on hand, I wanted to create a recipe that was simple, delicious, and nutritious. This recipe had to be completed within 24 hours, because according to the label, the mushrooms and chives would expire at exactly midnight. Goodness knows that if you don’t eat something by the exact expiration date it’ll explode. SMH.
Opening the fridge to pop my divine, discount goodies in, I noticed that I had half a baked sweet potato on hand. Clearly the Universe wanted me to make vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free stuffed mushrooms!
After all was said and done the recipe turned out delicious & was incredibly easy to make. The nutrition analysis showed that each bella packed a nutritional punch of only 166 calories, yet tons of protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium! Essentially this recipe is great for healthy skin, weight loss, gym gains and simply having a delicious stuffed mushroom.
2 Portabella Mushrooms
½ Baked Sweet Potato - Colors will vary. That happens in nature.
1 Shallot or Small Onion
1 Clove Garlic
1 Kale Leaf, Destemmed & Chopped
2 Tsp Grapeseed Oil, Divided
1 Tsp Garlic & Herb Seasoning (No Salt or Preservatives)
1 Tsp Paprika
½ Tsp Coriander
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