Superfood Breakfast

standard March 25, 2014 Leave a response

It’s been my goal to share a recipe for each ingredient or food I feature on the blog, but not being home kind of limits recipe experimentation. When I am home, I get to eat frozen leftovers and lots of smoothies. Even though I eat fairly healthy on the road, after eating at one too many hotels, airports, and convention centers, all I crave when I get home is super nutrient-dense healthy foods. This smoothie came about as a result of one of those post-late night return trips in an attempt to mix all my favorite superfoods in one glass. And it’s high in my current favorite protein source, which is a bonus.

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Superfood Smoothie

Serves 2.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 T goji berries
  • 1 T hemp seed oil
  • 1 scoop Vega One berry-flavored protein
  • 1 T Navitas Naturals superfood blend (or 1/2 tsp each hemp, maca, cocoa powders)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 c coconut water
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 c frozen blueberries
  • 1 c ice

Steps:

  1. Add ingredients to high-speed blender, in order. You want the liquid on the bottom and the frozen fruit in the top to allow for optimal blending.
  2. Blend, pour into a glass and enjoy!

This will make 1 large or 2 small smoothies. Leftovers will keep for up to one day in the refrigerator. Just shake well before drinking.

Nutrition Facts:

Per serving: 318 kcal, 40 g carbs, 13 g fat, 14 g protein, 151 mg sodium, 20 g sugar

Hippie Hemp

standard March 11, 2014 Leave a response

One of the major sources of protein in my diet is hemp. Hemp hearts, are tiny little seeds that pack a huge nutritional punch. The biggest benefit is that they contain all 21 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones our bodies need. They are also a main source of fat, including both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. 2 tablespoons sprinkled on a salad or blended in a smoothie will add 11 g protein, 14 g fat, and 16% DV iron to your diet.

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Hemp comes in a variety of forms, stretching its uses across many varying applications:

  1. Hemp milk – a nuttier, higher protein alternative to almond or soy milk in cereals, smoothies, and baked goods.
  2. Hemp hearts (seeds) – extremely versatile, these little seeds can be tossed on salads, blended in smoothies, or ground into dips and sauces
  3. Hemp seed oil – while an acquired taste, hemp oil is terrific in salad dressings or as a fat boost in smoothies. Hemp seed oil has a very low smoking point and easily goes rancid, so it is not good for cooking and must stay in a dark, cool place. You can find it in dark bottles in the refrigerator section of your local health food store.
  4. Hemp protein powder – gives any baked good or shake a protein boost.

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Check out these recipes for delicious, unique ways to add hemp to your diet:

 And no, for those of you who are worried, commercial hemp and marijuana are not the same. Hemp is grown from a completely different variety of the Cannabis plant than marijuana and contains extremely low levels of THC, which is the cause of the drug response. 

Weekends are Back!

standard May 15, 2011 Leave a response

I love being HOME on a Saturday! I have missed the early morning trips to the farmer’s market, running through the neighborhood before everyone is up, baking a hot breakfast, prepping food for the week. Although the only one of those things I did this Saturday was the Farmer’s Market, I am still enjoying knowing I have more Saturdays like it to come.

I did finally get a chance to making some almond butter and cashew butter this weekend. I love how much easier it is to make in the food processor versus the mini prep chopper. I made plain roasted cashew butter and then experimented with the almond butter. I should have actually measured the ingredients so I could remake it the same way – it came out fantastic!

Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter

Makes about  1 cup.

Ingredients (measurements are approximate as I just tossed things in):

  • 2 c unsalted toasted almonds
  • 1/4 c hemp seeds
  • 2 T flax seeds
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Steps:

  1. Grind almonds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds together in a food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Stop and scrape down the bowl as necessary. Be patient. This may take  a few minutes to get smooth.
  3. Seal in a jar and store in the fridge (so the oils from the almonds and seeds do not go rancid).


For the cashew butter, I just processed 1 cup of toasted and unsalted cashews with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a pinch of salt. The cashews processed very easily, so I got runny cashew butter very quickly. It definitely won’t last long!