Red, White, and Blue Smoothie Bowl

This recipe is part of Dig Inn's Wellness Series. Dig Inn is a farm-to-counter restaurant serving up real, good food here in NYC with a focus on seasonal, vegetable-friendly cooking.



Summer is here! This recipe is all about celebrating seasonal berries and fruit, vacation time, sun, and refreshing food. Could you ask for a better combination?

The patriotic colors are in honor of July 4th weekend, and it’s the prefect recipe to make for dessert at your weekend barbeque, that’s also kid-friendly.

The creamy vanilla banana nice-cream will tease your taste buds into thinking you’re indulging in a sinful bowl of ice cream, but really its just fruit!

The strawberry sauce that swirls perfectly into the banana nice-cream, adds a tartness and strawberry sauce flavor. Almost sinful, but you don’t have to feel bad about eating any of these ingredients, because they are all pure all-natural ingredients.

Take advantage of these seasonal berries, and eat them up with this vanilla banana nice-cream bowl.

Simple, tasty, cooling, creamy, and patriotic. Talk about the perfect July 4th dessert recipe!



Makes 1 Serving

Ingredients:

Vanilla Banana Nice-Cream

  • 3 ripe sliced frozen bananas
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  •  1 tsp. vanilla extract

Rawberry Sauce

  • 1/3 cup fresh strawberries
  •  ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tspn. Vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds soaked in 2 Tbsp. of water

Toppings:

  • Fresh blueberries
  • Coconut chips
  • Frozen raspberries


Instructions:

1. Blend together all rawberry sauce ingredients together until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency.

2. In a food processor, blend together the vanilla banana nice-cream ingredients until the mixture is thick and creamy. You might need to add more almond milk to the recipe if the bananas aren’t blending. Add a tbsp. more of the almond milk at a time if necessary.

3. Pour the nice-cream mixture into a bowl, swirl in the rawberry sauce. Then top off the bowl with frozen raspberries, fresh blueberries, and coconut chips. Enjoy this deliciousness!





Peach Pistachio Pancakes- GLUTEN-FREE and VEGAN

IMG_7360 These fuzzy fruits are in season and all over the place! Super sweet and delicious! I've been adding peaches to just about any recipe I can lately, and let me tell you, you can't go wrong.

These peach pancakes are super fluffy, gluten-free, and vegan. I made a pistachio milk earlier this week and added it to this pancake mixture which turned out to be a great combination! Not only will you save tons of money making your own nut milk, but you will also be able to control what goes in to it. There are so many chemical additives in store-brand nut milks, that its not as healthy as you may think.

Peaches have super healing properties! They are beneficial to your skin and eye health. Peaches are filled with antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Peaches also aid in weight loss, they are full of fiber and keep you feeling fuller longer, and only contain 35-50 calories in one peach! They are also known to detoxify your body. Peaches are a diuretic, and help flush out any toxins in your body. Peaches are also known to reduce stress and anxiety.

Pistachios are filled with protein, fiber, and potassium. One serving of pistachios has the same amount of potassium as half a large banana! These nuts also contain more than 10% of the dietary value of fiber, minerals and vitamins like B6, thiamin, phosphorus, and copper. A serving is one ounce, which is 49 pistachios! So eat away at these nuts, you get to eat more nuts per serving than any other nut!

The sweetness of the fresh peaches, creaminess of the pistachio milk, and crunch from the whole pistachios will have you thinking you're eating dessert for breakfast. These are the fluffiest most satisfying pancakes out there! Be creative, you can substitute different fruits, and nut milks depending on whats in season!

Yields 4 large pancakes

Ingredients:

1. Mix together in bowl the gluten free pancake mix, pistachio milk, pistachio nuts, coconut oil,  and cinnamon.

2. Thinly slice peaches. Add to mix or add to pancake batter after pouring onto skillet.

3. Heat about 1 TBSP more of coconut oil in pan. Pour a little more than 1/4 cup of pancake batter, and place about 4 thin slices of peach into pancake. Cook on one side for about 4 minutes, until pancake batter begins to bubble in the center, and is brown.

4. Flip pancake over and cook on other side until pancake is cooke through and golden brown. About another 3-4 minutes.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 until all your pancakes are made. Top pancakes off with fresh peaches and maple syrup, and enjoy!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Nice-Cream Sundae

1622246_10154462444155085_7125828081516435754_n In the summer I take advantage of as much seasonal produce as I can. Since strawberries and cherries are in season I figured why not create a nice-cream sundae jar of amazingness?!

Theres many ways you can take advantage of buying seasonal produce. Farmers markets are becoming more popular then ever, which is a great thing! However, those that can't make it to the farmers market on time may want to opt for something called a CSA. This is when you purchase a share in a farmers crop for a certain period of time. This allows you to receive a box of fresh fruits, vegetables, and sometimes even eggs. You have a set pickup point close to your home where you pick up your bounty and it should last you while! Here's more information about CSA's available in New York City. It not only provides you with extremely fresh local food but also switches up what you would normally buy every week, so you are forced to be more creative! Which I love!

There are also other organizations in New York City that deliver organic produce straight to your door. This organization called Go Organic NYC emphasizes on organic produce. If it's available and in season locally then thats where it comes from but if you order tropical fruit like bananas and pineapple they are still organic but haven't been grown locally of course.

Not only will buying locally support local farmers and your community but it will also allow you to eat a more plant-based diet. Buying organic is important as well, because the more we learn about how harmful pesticides are the more we realize we shouldn't be consuming them whatsoever. And lets face it, fresh fruits and vegetables that haven't been sprayed with pesticides just taste better! We shouldn't withhold flavor from ourselves!

Whenever I roam through farmers markets upstate I get inspired by all the colorful imperfectly shaped produce and the fresh jams, baked goods, and breads that all the vendors bring! Food should feed your creative juices as well as your body. Food is nourishment, but when we make that nourishment tasty and delicious, that's what keeps us coming back for more.

I see a trend in organic local food spreading, and the more we develop new tasty recipes and show people how delicious real food is, the more people won't be able to deny that fact, that fruits and vegetables taste good! I don't blame people who have eaten bad quality or poorly prepared vegetables and think that they all taste that way. But when they discover that cauliflower can be roasted, or made into a pizza crust and see how delicious it tastes, thats success!

Buy fresh bounty, spread the bounty, and get creative with your dishes! Maybe incorporate a different cuisine once a week, like Indian night, or Thai night, and from there discover different spices and flavors that you may not normally cook with.

Hope you enjoy this sundae recipe! Its creamy, naturally sweet, chocolatey and won't have you craving ice cream anytime soon!

Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding:

  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 to 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Banana Date Nice-Cream Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 dates (chopped)
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Black cherry Banana Nice-Cream Layer:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 frozen cherries
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Layers in between:

  • 3 fresh or frozen cherries
  • 4 freshly sliced strawberries

Assembly:

1. Mix all chia seed pudding ingredients together well. Make chia seed pudding night before or allow mixture to sit for at least 3 hours.

2. Place chia seed pudding in bottom of jar and a layer of sliced frozen or fresh cherries on top.

3. Blend banana date nice-cream ingredients together and place on top of cherry layer.

4. Add in freshly sliced strawberries.

5. Blend black cherry banana nice-cream ingredients together. Add on top.

6. Top sundae off with dates, shredded coconut, and almonds. Enjoy this delicious masterpiece!

 

Creamy Green Smoothie Bowl

10553437_10154509816360085_8375023883971139654_n Sometimes I go through periods of making the same thing for breakfast, and then need to switch it up! This morning after my run, I was craving something refreshing and cooling. I never have tried using avocados in my smoothies before and had a perfectly ripe one, so it was meant to be!

I loved this recipe. The sweetness from the banana overpowers the spinach, and the avocado adds a silky creaminess to the smoothie. The coconut oil adds a tropical flavor and more healthy fats to the smoothie bowl.

Ingredients:

Yields 1 serving

  • 2 small frozen bananas
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil

Toppings:

  • 1 small banana
  • 2 TBSP shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp bee pollen

1. Blend all the smoothie ingredients together well.

2. Pour into bowl and add on the toppings. Enjoy!

Chocolate Overnight Oats With Peanut Butter Crunch Nice-Cream

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Being a foodie and following a plethora of health and food related Instagram accounts, always gets my creative juices flowing. When I first began my journey into eating a plant-based vegan diet, I realized there are so many recipes to create out there! I even realized how much more I enjoyed the taste of veggies compared to meat. Everyone is different, this is just my own personal preference at this point in my life.

By following all these foodie accounts I not only became inspired to try new ways of cooking, but I also re-discovered my love for cooking! It also pushed me to mix up my daily menu. You know when you get in the rhythm of cooking the same 3-4 staple meals almost every week for a while, and then you feel as if there are no other simple recipes on the planet to make? An then become overwhelmed with cooking all together? Yeah…it happens to the best of us. The best thing I can recommend in times like this, is to look online and see was inspiration is out there!. It doesn’t have to be a grand meal, it can be a simple 4 ingredient meal. You can even type in to your search engine what ingredients you have in your kitchen to see what you can make out of them. Or just type in something that you are craving.

I’ve following other accounts for a while now, posting decadent vegan desserts and breakfast jars, and my mouth has been watering and waiting to create a recipe similar!  So I grabbed inspiration from a few pictures and recipes I saw, and tada! A masterpiece was born! I have to warn you, once you make these layered jars once, you will never go back! That’s the thing I love MOST about cooking with whole foods, you don’t have to do much to make the food taste good, because your ingredients will shine through no matter what! (As long as you pair flavors together well, of course).

This is a great breakfast for in the summer time, or as dessert! The overnight oats are creamy, rich, and chocolaty, and the banana-nice cream mixed with peanut butter is the perfect mixture! The toppings add a crunchy chewy texture and will have you scooping around for more! Have fun, and mix up whatever flavors and toppings you have in your kitchen!

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Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

 Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal:

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Peanut Butter Nice-Cream:

  • 1 ½ frozen banana
  • 1 ½ TBSP unsalted peanut butter
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Chocolate sauce:

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

Layers and toppings:

  • Dates
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocao nibs
  1. Make chocolate oatmeal night before. Mix together ingredients and store in fridge overnight.
  2. Add layer of shredded coconut on top of oatmeal.
  3. Blend together peanut butter nice-cream ingredients. Add on top.
  4. Mix together chocolate sauce ingredients. Pour on top.
  5. Sprinkle on top cocao nibs and sliced dates. Enjoy this gooey heavenly jar!

Banana Almond Butter Nice-Cream

photo copy 2 This recipe is called “nice-cream” for a reason. It’s hot outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to reach for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Nice-cream is nice to you. You won’t feel bloated, heavy, or guilty after eating it! The base is banana, and thats what gives it a richness and creaminess similar to milk based ice creams. Also, making this at home yourself, you know and are in control of what goes into your bowl and body. It’s so simple and easy to make! Banana nice-cream is versatile too. You can mix in any frozen berries of your liking, dates, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, cocao nibs, get creative! For this recipe I chose to use what I had in my kitchen, and it didn’t disappoint! So I chose to mix my nice-cream with almond butter and crunchy raw almonds.

Ever since I have become a Holistic Health Coach, all my friends ask me, “do you ever eat anything unhealthy?” My philosophy is that you shouldn’t stress about eating a certain way, it should be manageable and good for you, and it shouldn’t take over your life and your thoughts. I’ve learned to listen to my body and manage my cravings. Now when I crave sugar, I reach for a banana and top it off with nut butter and cinnamon, or a piece of 72% dark chocolate. These have become my guilty pleasures, and in the summer my favorite is icy cold banana nice-cream!

It’s not about withholding from your cravings, its about listening to what your body is telling you that you need. Under stress you may want to eat more, and more unhealthy foods, like fried, processed, and sugary foods. But instead, reach for a handful of nuts, or fruit. Don’t fill your body with food that will make you feel worse. It takes time to have this control, but I recommend always having healthy foods that you love on hand. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted by that candy bar or chips by having them at home. Revamp your pantry and kitchen into a beautiful healthy food sanctuary, where you go to nurture your body, not abuse it. When you do this, and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetable, nuts, and dried fruits to snack on, you become in control of your food options and can manage your cravings more easily because you are introducing new temptations into your life, like oatmeal, dark chocolate, and peanut butter and banana on toast.

I hope this recipe becomes one of your guilty pleasures to reach for in the summertime, and get creative with the flavors!

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Recipe:

Yields: 2 servings

3 ripe bananas sliced (frozen overnight) 2 large TBSP almond butter (I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter) 4 TBSP unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup raw almonds 1. Freeze sliced banana overnight.

2. Place banana, almond butter, and almond milk into food processor or good quality blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more almond milk, but add in a TBSP at a time until it reaches a smooth consistency.

3. Top off the nice-cream with roughly chopped raw almonds, and enjoy!