Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Do you have chocolate cravings? Or are you just a chocolate lover like me?! Well, whatever the case, here is a healthy chocolate mousse alternative. This recipe is naturally sweetened with either coconut nectar which has less sugar content (low glycemic) or with maple syrup which is a tad sweeter in flavor.

The ripe avocados give this mousse a rich creamy texture that will trick you into thinking you're eating chocolate pudding. The avocados also provide healthy fats, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids. The raw cocao boosts this recipe's nutrient content by adding iron and powerful antioxidants. 

I love making this recipe for my friends, or sometimes just making this quickly as a snack for myself. You can serve this right away or I also like to let it cool off in the refrigerator and set for about an hour. 

 It's hard not to eat all of it, but I promise you, you will be licking your bowl clean! 



Tempeh and Vegetable Rice Rolls with Thai Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

This recipe is refreshing and perfect to make when its hot outside. The dipping sauce is addicting and you can use it with so many other recipes! Feel free to make this into a salad as well instead of making the rice rolls. 

I made this for a large group of people, and it was devoured in no time! Hope you enjoy!


Dragon Fruit Smoothie

I've been making smoothies without bananas or dates lately to decrease my sugar and carb intake especially earlier in the morning. Using coconut meat or avocados instead of bananas emphasizes on eating more healthy fats, which are still filling and low-glycemic. 

Avoiding sweet and high carb foods in the morning will help decrease sugar cravings throughout the day. This smoothie does contain fruit but not a lot of high carb fruits and the dragon fruit packets are unsweetened. 

The best part about this smoothie is that it's naturally bright pink! Dragon fruit is naturally bright fuschia pink. It's also filled with iron, fiber, and magnesium, which should be incorporated into our daily diet. 

The cocao powder makes this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake, for all you chocolate lovers out there. Hope you enjoy it!



Ingredients:

2 packets of Pitaya Plus

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup mango

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1 Tbsp. Cocao powder

1/2 Tbsp. Maca powder


Instructions:

1. Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Add more almond milk if it needs to be less thick. Enjoy! 

Triple Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Why eat cacao?

Cocao powder and nibs are extremely nutritional and powerful ingredients and superfood staples in my kitchen. They are high in magnesium, antioxidants, iron, omega fatty acids, flavanols, and fiber. They are one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet! Cocao nibs are made from pure cocao beans that come straight out of the tropical cocao fruit. The Cocao bean was culinary gold to Mesoamericans for many years and known as the "Food of Gods" for its superior nutritional profile and amazing flavor. Cocao powder is a great alternative to "cocoa" baking powder, because it is raw and  less processed than "cocao." Its rich in minerals and antioxidants and great to add to smoothies, baking and desserts.

I have so many in my cabinet, and just want to collect them all! Yes, it can be expensive to buy many of these superfood ingredients, but its well worth it and I find that they last me a a good amount of time. Buying online and using coupon and promo codes or when you see super foods on sale at the grocery store, don't hesitate to buy. Once you begin to start using these ingredients you'll realize there unlimited possibilities for including them in many of your recipes. You might even search new recipes to make that included superfood ingredients.

How do you cook with superfoods?

I always love experimenting with superfoods, and you can always use them in smoothies, oatmeal, when baking, cereals, oat and nut bars, homemade breads, and much more.

How does cocao taste?

Cocao nibs have a bitter flavor but add a nice chocolate chip crunch to your recipes, and you can also blend them in your smoothies so that aren't as crunchy. You can also buy sweetened cocao nibs if you prefer a bit of sweetness. They are natures chocolate chips, and when soaked in your smoothies or ice cream they become a little less crunchy and soak up some of the liquid.

This recipe is filled with chocolaty goodness and many of my favorite staple ingredients!

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients: 

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cocao nibs

1. Blend all smoothie ingredients together well, and top off with shredded coconut and cocao nibs. Enjoy!

4 Juice Cleanse Recipes

Written by: Jen Marley 


Whether you’re looking to upgrade your nutrition or you overdid it with the holiday goodies, a juice cleanse is a great way to reboot your health. Juicing has numerous benefits, and has even been shown to lower blood pressure, combat arthritis, and fight various diseases. A juice cleanse takes it one step further, fully immersing you in all that juicing has to offer. So, what exactly is a cleanse? It’s when you have nothing but fresh juice, water, and herbal tea for five days, and it’s just what it sounds like – cleansing! It floods your system with much-needed nutrients, and helps rid your body of all the things that can make you feel sluggish. Plus, if you’re looking to improve your eating habits, a juice cleanse will help prepare you for your healthy transition.

Many people who undergo a juice cleanse feel not only a physical change, but a spiritual one as well. It’s a well deserved rest for both your body and your soul. It’s not something that should be entered into lightly, though. A successful cleanse requires planning and preparation. Get yourself ready by following a mostly vegan diet the week leading up to your cleanse, as well as alcohol and caffeine. This way, you’re body won’t be in total shock when it goes straight from regular steak & potatoes and a glass of wine a night to nothing but juice. Even if you already have a very healthy diet, preparing your body is necessary for a smooth transition into your cleanse. You’ll also want to spend the week after your cleanse is over following the same routine. This way, you’ll be more likely to stick to your health goals and retain the benefits your body gained during the cleanse.

Another important step in your preparation is finding recipes that you’ll actually like! A juice cleanse isn’t about deprivation. It’s about recharging your batteries in a healthful and delicious way. That’s why we at Select Juicers put together this infographic – to give you four of our favorite juice recipes to include as part of your cleanse! With these scrumptious concoctions, we’re sure that you will be a juicer for life. You may even decide to start growing your own fruits and veggies! If so, Bren Haas has a fantastic gardening blog that will be a great resource for you.

Even if gardening isn’t your thing, we are confident that your juice cleanse will be a beneficial experience, and one that you’ll look forward to repeating. If you have trouble viewing the info-graphic we put together, just scroll down past the image to find the same great recipes. Now, let’s raise a glass (of juice) to your juice cleansing endeavors. Cheers!



4 JUICE CLEANSING RECIPES

If you’re planning to do a juice cleanse, you don’t want to go into it blind. Just throwing random vegetables in your juicer can lead to a less than pleasant juicing experience. You need combinations that are going to be tasty, filling, and of course, nutritious! These recipes accomplish all of that, and add some great variety and color to your cleanse. Enjoy!


GREEN

Recipe – Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking

  • 3 leaves kale, stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon, rind removed

Benefits

Spinach, kale, and romaine are all really high in iron and magnesium. Parsley fights bad breath, and celery is high in potassium. The ginger will aid your digestion, and the lemon will give you a burst of energy, making this the perfect breakfast juice.


ORANGE

Recipe – Courtesy of Mind Body Green

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/2 lemon

*Be sure to remove the rind from the lemon before adding it to the juicer.

Benefits

Carrots are super high in vitamin A, lending to healthier eyes, healthier skin, and preventing heart disease and fighting inflammation. While apples add sweetness, they are also full of flavonoids that help prevent asthma, and their high vitamin C content promotes bone health and boosts the immune system. This fiber-filled drink will keep you full during your mid-day slump.


YELLOW

Recipe – Courtesy of Tess Ward

  • 1/2 large pineapple (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)
  • a knob of ginger
  • a handful mint leaves

Benefits

This juice is a fantastic start to any cleanse. While the ginger works to speed up your digestion, the mint soothes cramps, bloating, and nausea, and the pineapple works as an anti-inflammatory. Sweet and soothing, this juice works cleansing wonders.


RED

Recipe – Courtesy of Raw Juice Cleanse Recipes

  • 3 beets
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 2 apples
  • 1 knuckle ginger
  • 1 knuckle turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic

*Makes 42 ounces

Benefits

If you’re cleansing to help with high blood pressure, this delicious juice is a must. Celery, beets, blueberries, ginger and turmeric are all amazing at lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. Combined with the antioxidants and iron found in beets, the protein in spinach, and the immune-boosting power of apples, this juice will fill you up and lead to a healthier you.


Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

You may be seeing a lot of turmeric infused items on the menu. It's become a super popular ingredient to use lately. Why? Because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This spice has been used for centuries, but it seems like in the US we are just catching on. 

I have been taking turmeric supplements every morning, to help relieve joint pains,  reduce puffiness after waking up, and help my digestive system work properly throughout the day. I take this first thing when I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach so my body absorbs the nutrients quicker. 

You can also add this spice to savory curries, sweet smoothies or smoothie bowls, homemade breads, and it would be great if added to homemade granolas or trail mixes. A little of this goes a long way. 

Turmeric is extremely rich in antioxidants which help to protect your body's cells and keep them intact, and stimulates your bodies antioxidant enzymes. A lot of studies and research has been done testing the effects of turmeric on patients dealing with depression, cancer and alzheimer's, and they've shown significant improvement and even the ability to ward off these diseases. Powerful stuff! 

All the more reason to take turmeric daily and add it to everything! Hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below! 



Makes 1 smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of  Shine Organics Elevate
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. maca powder (optional)

Toppings

  • Pistachios
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blood orange
  • Coconut flakes
  • Kiwi

Instructions:

1. Blend together all of the smoothie ingredients until smooth. 

2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings! Enjoy!