On most days around mid-afternoon I begin to deflate, feeling like a sinking balloon days after a party. Caffeine always crosses my mind but I know one cup of coffee too late in the day usually translates to tossing and turning late at night.
Luckily I discovered a healthy (and delicious!) way to energize that won’t result in a late night buzz or early crash.
My Pretty Powder Super Smoothie has become my must have for many reasons. Besides giving me a great energy boost, Hum Nutrition’s superfood powder also keeps my metabolism in check. I call it pretty powder because in addition to keeping me out of cranky status, it also improves my skin tone. Plus, there’s no feeling less attractive than being tired and hungry. From there, things can get ugly.
• 1 scoop Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ banana
• ½ cup strawberries
• ½ cup ice
Blend until smooth and enjoy your day!
By the way, if I don’t have time to make this smoothie, or when traveling on the go, I’ll skip the ingredients and mix one scoop of Raw Beauty from Hum Nutrition into a serving of water or almond milk. This would be an easy way to perk up while you’re at work or school and sans blender.
Pizza is definitely one of my favorite food groups. What’s that? You don’t think pizza is a food group? Well, let’s just agree to disagree.
Whether I go with a classic cheese or pile my pie high with yummy toppings, it’s always good to me. When I heard people taking about replacing the dough with a cauliflower crust, I was skeptical. How could it possibly taste the same? Then I gave it a go and surprisingly, I liked it! Is it chewy, doughy bread? No. Is it totally the same as my usual bite of pizza? Nope. But it is delicious, just in a different way.
I try not to ever feel guilty for what I eat, but sometimes I can’t help but think, whoa — I just cleared my plate. My second plate. With cauliflower-crusted pizza, you can consume your heart out because you’re grubbing on good for you foods that closely resemble a splurge.
Definitely try this one at home and let me know what you think!
This recipe had me at chocolate. And then again at avocado. Is it possible to put two of the greatest things ever together and still taste amazing, or will all that goodness cancel the other out? The answer: YUM.
Leave it to Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is to whip up a sweet treat that is not only good for your health (hello, antioxidants), but for your skin and hair, too! The best benefit of them all is the one that happens on your tastebuds. Enjoy!
I’m always in search of recipes that satisfy both my adult brain and my inner child. My grown up voice says, “Eat chia seeds! They’re nutritious, packed with fiber, protein, Omega-3s and more!” But my kid voice says, “Marshmallows shaped like rainbows and clovers make for a perfectly respectable meal!”
This magically delicious (there, I said it) dish created by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, is pretty much the mecca of all big kid breakfasts.
Last week, I made a big ol’ bowl of this delicious salad meant to be a side dish to our dinner. I overestimated the amount of ingredients and ended up with a lot leftover. For the rest of the week, I found myself snacking on this salad several times a day and when I ran out, I made it again.
This light salad is refreshing, zesty, and healthy. There’s no shame in having multiple servings because it’s really good for you! Make it as a side to your main meal or copy me by keeping it on hand for a ready-made snack.
This dish is one of those that is so beautiful you aren’t sure if you can even eat it. Well, you can — and you should! Squash blossoms are one of the most delicious plants on the planet, especially when they’re packed with pine nuts and warm cheese. It’s hard to believe these delicate flowers stem from the same place as a stalky zucchini.
I love this recipe from Dolly and Oatmeal because it would make a perfect party appetizer or side dish. I also appreciate that the blossoms are baked instead of fried, and can be made vegan in a snap.
Plus, let’s face it… they’re so pretty!
Here’s everything need to know to make 10 stuffed blossoms:
Hannah Bronfman is the very definition of #inspiration. A fitness enthusiast, foodie, DJ, and star of the new show Hannahgram, Hannah somehow finds time to share all of that and more on her super motivating Instagram account. It got me wondering, what does a busy bee like Hannah have for breakfast? You know it’s going to be delicious and healthy. I asked and she so generously delivered! Read on to dig in on one of Hannah’s go-to recipes…
Finally it’s artichoke season! This flowery veggie is one of my faves for many reasons. Besides being delicious and fun to eat, this super food is packed with health benefits. As it turns out artichoke hearts have more antioxidants than blueberries and even cranberries. Plus they have more fiber than lima beans and even prunes! I never would have guessed that. In addition, they aid our digestive system, liver, cholesterol levels, and studies show they help prevent certain cancers. Yes, please!
Steaming artichokes is incredibly simple and so are most of the dips that go with them. I’ve included below a lemon herb butter sauce that is so, so good. If you have a great sauce recipe please share in the comments!
For a dessert as sweet looking as it tastes, try these adorable apple roses! They are surprisingly easy to create and they don’t break the calorie bank, either. I’ve seen a few different versions of this beautiful dish online, but I went with this one from All Recipes, and I highly recommend it.
• 1 large red apple, cored and thinly sliced
• ¼ cup of white sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
• ¼ cup melted butter
• 1 egg
• 2 teaspoons water
• 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar (optional)
This smoothie from Nourish’s 3-Day Cleanse is super detoxing, refreshing and tastes more like a treat than a healthy beverage.
This smoothie is unique in its detoxing and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why I love it so much! Nourish says beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are two betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. Although you can see these betalain pigments in other foods, the concentration of betalains in the peel and flesh of beets gives you a uniquely great opportunity for these health benefits. Coupled with their status as a very good source of the antioxidants manganese and vitamin C, the unique phytonutrients in beets provide antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables, since they are important in what we call Phase 2 detox.
Phase 2 is the metabolic step that our cells use to hook activated, unwanted toxic substances (aka all your Christmas cookies) up with small nutrient groups. This “hook up” process effectively neutralizes the toxins and makes them ready to leave the body. One critical “hook up” process during Phase 2 involves an enzyme family called the glutathione-S-transferase family (GSTs). The betalains found in beets have been shown to trigger GST activity, and to help get rid of toxins that require glutathione for excretion.