Tuesday, December 16, 2014

10 Great Ways to Cook KALE!

Many people hear about the amazing benefits of Kale but not everyone knows the many ways of cooking kale so here are just a few simple ways to eat and enjoy kale!

-Kale Chips,there are some really delicious recipes out there online for this simple and tasty snack!

-Kale Quiche,by substituting spinach with kale,same great taste and even more health benefits.

-Kale Juice,one of the healthiest ways to eat kale is by juicing it,if you own a juicer just mix the kale with a few apples,lemon and carrots for a sweet and healthy treat.

-Kale slaw,another substitute recipe,just replace the raw cabbage with raw kale.

-Sauteed Kale,saute yellow onions and garlic before adding the kale. Perfect for a hearty side dish!

-Kale pizza,sauteed kale with caramelized onions,strong white cheeses and bacon *optional*

-Kale pesto,just as delicious as basil,perfect for any pizza or omelette!

These are just a few of the possibilities,feel free to share with us your favorite Kale recipe!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grinch Poppers


I stumbled across this extremely simple holiday snack for the kids!

You'll need:
   -Tooth Picks
   -Green Grapes
   -Bananas
   -Strawberries
   -Chocolate bar
   -String cheese

Steps:

    Slice the bottom of the grapes to where they can stand upright.
Melt the chocolate bar,dip a tooth pick and draw a grinch face onto the grapes,let them cool.
Slice the bananas for the base of the santa hat,slice just the tops of the strawberries and shape the string cheese into round pieces for the tops of the santa hat.
Stack the grapes,banana,strawberry and sting cheese then run a toothpick through them to keep them together and serve!

Healthy,simple and fun make this the perfect holiday snack!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Orange Clove Tea

          Need a little warm pick me up for this chilly weather? Try this guilt free Holiday treat!



Orange Clove Tea 

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Makes 2 cups of tea

Ingredients: 
2 cups of water  
Peel from half an orange
3-4 Spice Cloves 
1 black tea bag  
Sugar or stevia to taste (optional)
    Process:
    1. Bring water to boil in small pot.
    2. Turn fire to low. With your fingers, crush the round into a powder, and add to the water. 
    Add clove stems and orange peels to water as well. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. 
    3. Turn fire off. Add tea bag into pot. When tea is ready (dark orange color), pour through fine strainer into two mugs.
      Notes: 
      -A very thin, oily layer will appear on the surface of the tea. That’s the clove oil and orange oil, which provide you with many wonderful health benefits. 
      -Wash orange peels thoroughly under warm water before adding it to the pot. 

      Tuesday, December 2, 2014

      Fight Holiday Stress!

       


      The Holidays,the most wonderful time of the year but we always don't feel so wonderful during all the hustle and bustle of the season,here are a few tips to keep healthy and happy this year!
                -Eat more citrus,not only does it boost the immune system the scent is known to have amazing health benefits as well. The scent of citrus can alleviate stress,so for an all day pick me up try keeping lemon or orange oils nearby.
                -Walking,a great way to reduce anxiety,improves sleep and wellness.
                -Take the time to breathe,it maybe hard to do at time but really taking the time to stop and focus on your breathing as well as reminding ourselves that the world will NOT end if something doesn't get done.
                -Meal prep,snacks or meals its best to think and pack ahead of time,saves on time as well as gives us the chance to make health food choices while on the go.
                -Honey,a spoonful of honey is an instant energy booster,organic locally grown honey has the highest health benefits for our bodies.
                -Breakfast,eating breakfast regularly keeps energy,alertness and our immune system up.PS coffee does not count as breakfast! (But it pairs well with it)
                -Sunlight,a wonderful source of vitamin D and an all natural mood booster! Taking walks in the sunshine or sitting in a sunny window while working is just one a few ways to get your daily intake of sunlight!

                                              Stay HEALTHY and HAPPY this Holiday season!


      Friday, November 21, 2014

      The Perfect Pan-Roasted Rosemary Potatoes!



      Another great healthy holiday side dish I stumbled upon was this pan-roasted rosemary red skin potatoes! Prep time is only 15mins and cooking time 15mins and did I mention its take 5 ingredients to make!

      Ingredients:
      1 tablespoon of oliveoil
      1 pound of small red potatoes halved
      6 cloves of fresh garlic
      3 sprigs of rosemary
      Coarse salt and pepper

      Directions:
      Heat oil over medium heat
      Add potatoes with sides facing down,cook,turning potatoes occasionally for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
      Add rosemary and a 1/2 cup of water and reduce medium heat to low,cover,cook. Turn potatoes occasionally until tender and water has evaporated. Check potatoes after 15mins but they should be cooked between 15-20mins,add more water if potatoes aren't cooked all the way through.
      Stop rosemary leaves and scatter season the potatoes,add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. enjoy!!

      Friday, November 14, 2014

      A Healthy and Simple Holiday side dish!

      Get more veggies on the table this Holiday season with this AMAZING recipe! Sautéed Mushrooms and Green Beans! Sautéed mushrooms make for a perfect meat substitute for any vegetarians that may be joining you for dinner this season!

      Directions:
        Blanch green beans in boiling water until cooked (keep a little crunch for texture)
        Meanwhile,sautee mushrooms in butter and a teaspoon of teriyaki sauce in a medium high heat,until golden.
        Then toss with the drained green beans with some salt and pepper,you may add French fried onions for added flavor and texture.

      It makes a for a delicious,quick and easy side dish!
             Keep the Holiday Season Light and Healthy!

      Tuesday, November 11, 2014

      It's cold and flu season!


      We all know the obvious ways to try and avoid the flu during cold and flu season,stay clear from people that are sick and wash your hands often etc but since food is medicine it's best to boost our immune systems with our diet as well!
       •4 servings of whole grains and salamon as well help build a strong immune system.
       • 2 meals containing at least one vitamin C rich food (spinach,cantaloupe and berries) is another way to build strength for your immune system and can reduce a cold but a day and a half!
       • Green tea can soothe a sorr throat and clear sinuses and also has been proven to reduce the risk of death from pneumonia. (If one were to have pneumonia already)
       •Yogurt also adds a daily dose of immune supporting probiotics!

           Beat the cold and flu season this year by making healthy foods your best friend!!