Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out!
Chocolate Mug Cake with Strawberries
• ¼ cup black beans
• 1 tablespoon old fashioned or quick cooking oats
• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
• 1 teaspoon canola oil, plus more for greasing the mug
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• 3 strawberries, sliced
1. In a blender, combine the ingredients and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a lightly greased coffee mug.
3. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Start with 1 minute, and continue 30 seconds at a time until it is firm in the center.
4. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the mug.
5. Serve, topped with strawberry slices.
Nutrition Info (1 cake)
Calories: 146; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 324mg; Carbs: 29g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 6g
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When I was sent this week’s challenge for Meatless Monday, I immediately went on the hunt for great meal ideas. I am pretty obsessed with this vegan taco salad with creamy cilantro lime dressing (oh yeah!) from Nutrition By Kara. Not only is Kara’s recipe meatless — it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and has no added sugar. Kara’s a nutritionist, so she knows what she’s talking about when she says it’s full of clean, plant-based protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K.
Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients:
• 3/4 bag organic arugula
• ½ 15.25oz can organic corn (no sugar added)
• ½ 15oz can organic black beans
• ½ 3.8oz can sliced black olives
• 1 large handful sliced organic mixed tomatoes
• 1 cubed avocado
• 1 almond flour tortilla (you can find these at Whole Foods)
Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:
• 1 cup soaked cashews
• 3½ tbsp olive oil
• 1 lime
• 3 tbsp pure water
• ½ tbsp cilantro leaves
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
• pinch of black pepper
I love any side dish that can make your main course seem even more exciting. I also love the way Lori Zanini has created such delicious recipes that never make me feel like I’m missing out because I’m eating healthy.
This Mexi-Cauli Rice recipe is beautiful, tasty and good for you — the recipe trifecta! Plus, it’s a snap to make. Let’s get cooking!
Serves 4 (½ cup each)
Prep Time:: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
• 3 cups cauliflower florets
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ cup diced onions
• 2/3 cup sliced tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
• Juice of ½ lime
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
I love everything about the way Lori Zanini approaches health and wellness — especially in the kitchen. Her recipes are so fabulous your whole family will be impressed, and so beautiful you’ll feel like a professional chef.
As a registered dietitian, Lori really knows her stuff. She loves helping people discover that eating healthy food doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste! Seriously my kind of girl.
I’m excited to share this recipe with you guys, and please let me know if you try it.
This recipe originally appeared in Lori’s cookbook, Eat What You Love Diabetes Cookbook
Serves 4 (2 cups salad + 1 shrimp skewer each)
Prep Time: 15 minutes + 10 minutes to marinate
Cook Time: 10 minutes
FOR THE CROUTONS
• 4 slices high-fiber whole-grain bread
• 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 large garlic clove, peeled and halved
FOR THE SHRIMP
• 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
FOR THE SALAD
• ¼ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled
• 8 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
• 1 large cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Certified nutritionist and all-around awesome person Kara Stout sent in her recipe for this gorgeous Starshine Smoothie Bowl. Just look at it! Without even knowing what was in it I knew immediately that I wanted to make and eat it.
Kara says, “Smoothie bowls can add a ton of health, flavor and fun to your morning routine! This Starshine Smoothie Bowl is sure to get your day started on the bright side. It’s delicious and full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats. It’s also dairy-free and sweetened with the natural sugar found in the banana. The fresh lime juice, greens and cilantro help to detoxify the body, and the flaxseed provides omega-3s, protein and lignans (polyphenols). Also, the superfood maca boosts the immune system, increases energy, improves focus and can balance hormones.
“Another benefit of smoothie bowls is getting creative with different toppings! This adds to the enjoyment of your breakfast in the mornings and hopefully gets you excited to start your day on a healthy note and continue making healthy choices throughout the day.”
I love this recipe and I think you will, too!
I look forward to the festive holiday season all year long. While traveling, gift giving, and perfecting passed down recipes can be so much fun, it can also be kind of stressful. Stressful situations make our immune system weaken while they’re working overtime. There’s nothing sadder than being sick over the holidays, so I like the idea of warming up and chilling out with this delicious tea that will keep you healthy throughout the season.
Ayurveda Practitioner Lois Leonhardi explains that Tulsi tea (also called “Holy Basil”) has been used by ancient cultures for its healing and rejuvenating qualities. Rich in antioxidants, it supports your immune system and digestive system. It’s naturally caffeine free so sipping the tea daily can help you feel — and even look — better.
There are times when life gets so busy that between work obligations and personal plans, it feels like I’m juggling way more than I’m meant to handle. You might have heard I’ve just signed up to guest star on ABC’s new comedy “Speechless,” and while I’m absolutely thrilled to play Miss Bloom, an enthusiastic choir teacher, I know between all the things I have going on personally and professionally some major adjustments will have to be made in order to perform at my best.
As you guys know, last year I “unplugged” and had a zen getaway with my sister Marabeth. It was exactly what I needed to get my priorities back on track, and it helped me prioritize my health more than I had been because of my hectic schedule. Nutrition (and food in general!) is extremely important to me, so when my calendar really gets cranking planning my healthy meals is the first thing to go wayside.
On those days, I’m super grateful for meal delivery services. I don’t know if you’ve tried any, but the one I’m doing now with The Ranch Daily has been a total game changer for my schedule and eating habits. Their freshly made, organic meals are gluten, dairy, GMO and meat free — plus they’re incredibly delicious!
There is so much value in having my meals ready to go, knowing they’re nutritionally balanced and made with my tastes and preferences in mind.
I highly recommend you give your to-do list a break while doing something fantastic for your body by trying a healthy meal delivery service! You’ll be so glad you did!
For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!
I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?
Chapped lips are one of the most annoying things that can ruin a beautifully made up face. We can cover blemishes, enhance overly plucked brows, and add an extra layer of cream to dry skin. But when our lips are cracked, it feels like there’s not enough balm in the world to save them — and that’s because there’s not!
The best thing to do is treat your self with an occasional lip scrub to exfoliate the stuff that needs to go before you soothe and protect your pretty pout.
In honor of National Coffee Day, I decided to share one of my favorite DIYs using coffee grounds.
In a sea of protein bar options, only one promises and delivers “goodness on all levels.” GoMacro is my go-to not only because their bars are made of all-natural plant based ingredients, but also because their mission (besides providing healthy deliciousness) is to have positive effects on the planet and beyond.
GoMacro truly pays it forward in many directions. In years past, part of proceeds from the vegan harvest goes directly to the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, a home to neglected and abandoned farm animals. They also support macrobiotic education and health recovery programs at the Kushi Institute in Massachusetts.