FUEL: Pineapple Chocolate Almond

juicing

Pineapple Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Pineapple Chocolate Almond Smoothie

1/2 cup fresh pineapple

1 stick celery

1 swiss chard leaf

1 cup almond milk

1 handful raw almonds

1 tablespoon cocoa nibs

2 ice cubes

Blend all together until desired consistency. Mine comes out with a little gritty feel – good because some chewing initiates our digestive system allowing us to digest easier and absorb more nutrients. 🙂

Yogurt and Berry

Greek Yogurt

Yogurt and Berry Snack

This is a favorite go-to-snack for me — greek yogurt with raw local honey, fresh berry and chocolate shards. It’s a great snack or dessert. Greek yogurt is thicker and richer than regular yogurt plus it has between 12 and 23 grams of protein depending on the brand you buy, so it’s really a good food option.

In the photo, I used plain yogurt tossed on a few raspberry’s AND some 90 percent cocoa dark chocolate before adding a drizzle of raw honey. There are so many variations you can make, be creative. I’ve used almonds and blackberry, banana and chocolate, the list goes on…

As for honey, it is best if you can find local raw honey because the bee’s feed off native flowers which is helpful in combatting allergy issues. Plus you support local products and business. And be careful to read the labels on the yogurt too — some brands sneak in added sugar along with other unnecessary ingredients.

Parsley Salad

Green Food

A Healthy Side Dish

It’s kinda like Taboule without the bulgar wheat. I purchased a couple large bunches of fresh parsley on sale, washed and chopped it up with some fresh diced tomato, onion, and cucumber. Mix well and add a few drops of olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon to taste. Salt and pepper. This is a great salad! It is also a yummy snack on crackers or bread. Try using it as a condiment. #InGreatHealth 🙂

You’re a Peach

fruit snackFruit is a great snack to replace chips, candy or other processed foods. Some days I cut up an apple with peanut butter for a afternoon pick-me-up or have some berries, nuts and yogurt for a night-time snack. Here is one of my favorites this time of year – fresh peaches from the local farmers market. Slice some up and drizzle with local organic honey. YUM! If you are watching your sugar, omit the honey – they are sweet enough. Enjoy!

Quick Summer Night Salad

saladIt’s been so hot and humid the last few weeks, this has been a great go-to meal. Last night’s dinner: Egg, wilted kale, cherry tomato with basil, and cucumber – with lemon and olive oil. Mmmmmmm.

I find all of these items at the local farmer’s market and vary what’s on the plate to what is most fresh and available at the time. #ToGoodHealth.

Namaste

Chicken Coconut Pumpkin Soup

soupWith the pumpkin leftover from making the dog treats – I made this soup with shredded chicken, coconut milk, cilantro and the canned pumpkin. It just took a couple minutes to heat up on the stove. A simple and nutritious soup that can be eaten as is or poured over brown rice. Yum.

Food Prep: Roasting Everything

roast veggiesRoasting vegetables is a good way to prepare for the week or a dinner party. You can roast just about anything and in this photo you will see carrots, celery, and onion and yes, GRAPES! I love roasted grapes! By adding some type of fruit to the pan, you will create something unique and fun!

Preparing is easy. After cutting everything into bite-size pieces, drizzle a little olive oil, salt and pepper and toss in the oven at 350-400 until your desired doneness. Make sure you prepare enough to add to your rice dish during the week! 🙂