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!


Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Parfait with Whipped Cream

This parfait is definitely a crowd pleaser. You can make this easily ahead of time and assemble it in the morning. I honestly couldn't stop adding layers to this recipe, and every component just added more and more flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about how delicious is came out!

I love the mixture of the coconut and fresh strawberries together, and the lemon zest really brings out the tart strawberry flavor. 

Chia seeds are super filling, so eating this in the morning will be sure to have you feeling full for a while…and you'll probably be wishing you had room for another parfait..but if you have leftovers you'll have something to look forward to tomorrow morning!

The best part about making chia seed pudding is that you pre-make it the night before so its ready to go when you wake up. 

This parfait is packed full of layers and has tons of flavor and texture! You can even serve this as a dessert. It is naturally sweet, and super healthy! 



Makes 2 Serving

Ingredients: 

Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk from can (use condensed coconut milk on top) 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1. Blend together the coconut milk, water, and strawberries until smooth. 

2. Mix together chia seeds and strawberry coconut mixture. 

3. Place pudding mixture in fridge overnight. 


Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 2/3 cup coconut milk from can (use condensed coconut milk on top)
  • 5 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix together using a high speed hand blender until the mixture becomes frothy and forms peaks. It takes about 5-10 minutes of blending on high speed.

2. Place whipped cream aside for assembly. 


Parfait


Assembly: 

1. In a jar, add a layer of the Purely Elizabeth granola on the bottom. 

2. Then add a layer of the strawberry coconut chia seed pudding. 

3. The next layer are the slices of fresh strawberry. 

4. Do steps 1-3 one more time, and then add one layer of strawberries on top. 

5. Place two generous dollops of the coconut whipped cream on top of the parfait. Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes and lemon zest on top of the whipped cream. 

6. Dig in and enjoy! 

Maple Butternut Squash Oatmeal

When I received my delicious box of breakfast goodies from Purely Elizabeth, I was immediately inspired to make a different kind of oatmeal, highlighting winter seasonal flavors to complement the cranberry pumpkin seed ancient grain oatmeal

The butternut squash adds a slight sweetness and perfectly creamy texture to this simple oatmeal recipe. The pistachios and pumpkin seeds add a nice crunch. All the ingredients combined make the most nourishing breakfast recipe that's definitely different than any other oatmeal recipe out there. 

I hope you enjoy it, and  comment below with any variations or additions you've made to the recipe! 



Makes 2 servings

Ingredients: 

Oatmeal

 

Toppings


1. Mash the cooked butternut squash in a bowl until smooth. 

2. Cook all of the oatmeal ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes. Stir frequently. 

3. Place oatmeal in bowl and add on all the toppings. Pour a little more maple syrup on top if desired. Enjoy! 


Malawi Mango Nice-Cream


When I think of mango, I think of tropical hot weather! And man is it that time of year again, so I was inspired to make a refreshing mango banana nice-cream recipe with a superfood twist. Why do I call it nice-cream? Because the base is made from frozen bananas, which means NO dairy, NO refined sugar, and NO processed ingredients. Only pure, and very NICE ingredients allowed. You’re tummy will thank me later. I promise!

You can cool off with this bowl for breakfast, as a snack, or something to indulge in at night. It’s made with frozen bananas, which gives it a smooth and creamy texture, a ripe mango, which adds so much flavor and mango deliciousness, and Bai’s Malawi Mango drink which adds an extra mango punch. 

I made ice cubes out of the Bai Malawi Mango, to keep the mixture cold and creamy.

I also added Maca powder to the nice-cream.  This superfood has many healing properties.

Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous and amino acids. Within days of using Maca you’ll notice your energy levels may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Giving another reason why Maca is great to have in the morning. I even may go as saying that Maca could be your new coffee replacer, or at least some mornings.

Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. Don’t worry folks, this recipe only calls for a tiny bit, but add more on if you’d like! Forewarning, the flavor of Maca is quite strong.

Ladies, this information is for you! Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. However, if you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking Maca.

I added even more superfoods by topping off this mango banana nice-cream bowl with Mulberries and Goji Berries. Both are filled with antioxidants, and are a great source of fiber.

This recipe is simple to put together, and extremely nourishing! If you’re craving ice cream, or popsicles this summer, cool off with this nice-cream recipe instead. This recipe is not only healthier, but I may even dare to say, that it tastes even better than those store bought ice creams! 



Makes 1 smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

  •  2 large ripe bananas (sliced and frozen overnight)
  • ½ ripe mango
  • 2 ice cubes of Bai Malawi Mango
  • ¼ tspn. Maca powder
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk (I like to use my homemade recipe)

 

Toppings:

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut chips
  • 1 Tbsp. mulberries
  •  ½ Tbsp. goji berries
  •  ½ ripe mango (bite-sized pieces)

Instructions:

1. Blend together the frozen banana, mango, Malawi Mango ice cubes, Maca Powder, and unsweetened almond milk, in a high-speed blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a Tbsp. more of almond milk if you’re having a hard time blending the mixture.

2. Serve in a bowl and sprinkle toppings over the nice-cream mixture. Enjoy!


Sources:

http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/7-top-health-benefits-of-maca/#YZHTDEJKjjKm1WTd.99

Bai Superfood Berry Scones

My favorite berries inspired me to make these superfood berry scones! It’s strawberry season, and you can find beautifully ripe ones at your local farmers market. I love eating goji berries and mulberries as well, and they have a very subtle flavor, so they mix perfectly with the sweet strawberries and tart lemon glaze.

I sweetened this recipe with raw honey, and used low-fat organic Greek yogurt and butter to make these scones buttery and moist. The Bai5 Molokai Coconut adds the perfect hint of coconut. These scones came out super moist, fluffy, and delicious! The lemon glaze on top paired with the sweet strawberries tastes so refreshing!

I usually add Goji berries and mulberries to my oatmeal’s, acai bowls, or eat them in trail mixes. Why do I love these berries so much?

Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and are extremely high in antioxidants.  Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, Goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps promote healthy skin. Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, Goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

Mulberries are a great source of protein, vitamin C and K, fiber, and iron. Additionally, mulberries are a great source of the antioxidant resveratrol. Research published by the University of Texas Health Science Center credits resveratrol for positive effects on age and longevity. Mulberries also contain alkaloids that activate and stimulate the immune system.  

Indulge in these superfood scones, and add try this healthy twist on a classic! Hope you enjoy! 



Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 Cups oat flour
  • ¼ cup & 1 Tbsp. all purpose flour (I used gluten-free)
  •  ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks
  • 6 Tbsp. Goji berries
  • ¼ cup mulberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Bai5 Molokai Coconut
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

Lemon glaze

  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. low-fat Greek yogurt
  •  ½ lemon juice and zest (add more lemon if needed)


Instructions:

 1.    Heat oven to 400’F. Coat baking sheet with butter and flour.

2.    In a food processor, pulse together flours sugar, and baking powder.

3.    Add butter; pulse until butter creates small crumbs, about 8 times.

4.    Add goji berries, mulberries, Bai5 Molokai Coconut, and 1 cup of yogurt; pulse until just combined.

5.    Flour hands and transfer dough onto prepared sheet and pat into 8-inch disk.

6.    Press strawberries into top od dough. Bake scones until tops are browned.

7.    Cool for 10 minutes. Cute into 8 wedges.

8.    In saucepan over low heat, whisk together the ingredients to make the lemon glaze. Add more lemon juice or zest if needed.

9.    Drizzle glaze over scones and serve immediately. Enjoy!





 

Beautifying Brownie Recipe

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.



These brownies are moist, gooey, chocolaty and sweet. But, guess what? They are also good for you! You can eat these date-sweetened treats as a snack, breakfast or the perfect dessert.

You may be thinking to yourself, a brownie recipe that makes you feel and look beautiful!? Sign me up! Did you know that raw cocao is rich in magnesium, dietary fiber, and antioxidants including flavnols and polyphenols? The antioxidants found in cocao prevent premature aging. These nutrients protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger longer. The more cocao you eat the more you will notice glowing skin and improved skin texture. In 2006 the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cacao with at least 326 mg of flavonals a day had better skin texture, improved microcirculation, increased oxygen saturation, and improved skin hydration than those didn’t.

Did you know that cocao can prevent sunburns? A recent study by London scientists found participants who ate 20 grams of cacao for 12 weeks were able to stay in the sun for twice as long as those who didn’t, without getting sunburned. In addition, German scientists found that cacao may protect against harmful UV rays that cause cancer. 

Cocao is also known to fight tooth decay. Recent studies from Tulane University discovered that an extract of cocoa powder was even more effective than fluoride in preventing cavities. This crystalline extract similar to caffeine helps harden teeth enamel.

Cocao’s high sulfur content also makes your hair shiny, gives you stronger nails, and detoxifies the liver and pancreas.

Add raw cocao to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothies, and brownies, and you’ll begin to glow! 


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cocao powder
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  •  1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  •  ¼ cup and 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  •  1 tsp. baking soda
  • 9 medjool dates

Instructions: 

1.    Preheat oven to 350’F.

2.    Grease and dust flour over a 8 x 8 nonstick pan. 

3.    Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until mixture is gooey and thick. 




4. You can add a bit more almond milk to make the batter gooier. Spread batter evenly over pan. 



5.    Bake for 20 minutes.

6.    Cut brownies into squares and dust brownies with cocao powder.