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! 

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! 


Huevos Rancheros

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.



Avocado, eggs, beans, homemade tortillas, the whole shebang! I don’t mess around when it comes to Mexican food. It’s one of my favorite things to make, because there’s so many spices, flavors, natural and fresh ingredients to use!

I’ve never made tortillas before, but now that I know how easy they are to make, I have no excuse ever to buy store-bought ones again. You can also add different flavors to your homemade tortillas like, spices, cheese, or lime juice like I did.

The tortillas came out soft and warm and made the perfect base to the huevos rancheros.

You know how sometimes you go out for brunch and think to yourself  “I could have made these eggs better at home, and saved a ton of money.” Well these are one of those recipes you’ll want to use over the weekend, and treat yourself and even some friends too. 

Seriously though, because I’m such a foodie, I compare almost everything I eat when I’m out to what I make at home, and if its something I don’t normally cook and its out of this world, than I’m happy. However, if I’m overpaying for a dish that’s mediocre I ‘m not a happy camper, and I just give up on trying new places for a while.

Anyways I assure you won’t be left disappointed after tasting this recipe! Its simple, flavorful, filled with protein, and the perfect brunch or breakfast option.  You can impress your friends with your handmade tortillas skills (I assure you, they will be very impressed).

This recipe highlights good quality eggs, so what kind of eggs should you be buying? I know it can get overwhelming and confusing when buying eggs in the grocery store. “Do I buy white, or brown? Pasture raised? What the heck does that mean? Organic…” Believe me we all are confused. Let me break it down for you a little bit.

The eggshell being white or brown doesn’t really matter as much as the eggs being organic. Buying organic is important because this means the chickens were fed non-GMO food and therefore you won’t be consuming anything tainted by GMO’s.

Another great thing to know is that "free range" and "cage free" are terms not regulated in the US, which means anyone can label any egg "free range" no matter how the chickens were raised. The best way to determine how the hens are raised is to purchase your eggs from a farmer whose farm you can visit to see for yourself.  Pasture-raised eggs are the best kind of eggs to buy because this means the chickens were raised on a farm.

Hope this advice helps you out, and enjoy this recipe!



Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

Corn Tortillas:

  • 1 ¾ cups Masa Harina
  • 1 1/8 cups
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • juice of ½ lime

Spicy Black beans:

  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can organic black beans
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 lime, halved
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Huevos Rancheros:

  • 4 eggs, sunny side up
  • 4 Tbsp. salsa Fresca
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Micro greens for garnish (optional)


Instructions:

To make tortillas:

  1.  In a medium bowl, mix together masa harina and hot water until thoroughly combined, then mix in lime juice and salt. Turn dough onto a clean surface and knead until pliable and smooth. If dough is too sticky, add more masa harina; if it begins to dry out, sprinkle with water. Cover dough tightly with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 15 equal-size balls. Using a tortilla press, or in your hands, press each ball of dough flat.
  3.  Immediately place tortilla in preheated pan and allow to cook for approximately 30 seconds on medium-high heat until browned and slightly puffy. Turn tortilla over to brown on second side for approximately 30 seconds more, and then transfer to a plate. Repeat process with each ball of dough. Keep tortillas covered with a towel to stay warm and moist until ready to serve.


To make spicy beans:

  1. Heat skillet with olive oil and add in the diced onion. Cook for 3 minutes until translucent.
  2. Add in the beans and spices, if the mixture is a bit dry add a splash of water. Cover with lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3.  Mash ½ the bean mixture in a bowl and mix together. 


Assembly:

  1. Place handmade tortillas on the plate.
  2. Layer with the bean mixture, sliced avocado, and then one egg sunny side up.
  3. Top it off with the salsa fresca and garnish with the micro greens



Cocao Goji Berry Smoothie


My smoothie creating method seems to be, "oh I see that ingredient I like, now what else can I put in there?" And I have to say it seems to be working. There was no planning or measuring really with this recipe, all the ingredients combined perfectly together.

I've been having a love affair with cocao as of recently, and its what I really enjoy adding to my smoothies. It doesn't hurt that its also rich in iron, antioxidants, and magnesium either, but mostly I like the flavor. Especially when combined with my homemade almond milk, and some fruit!

If you're a lover of cocao, goji berries, coconut, and almond milk, well then, say no more, because  this smoothie was  basically made for you! Blend, drink up, and enjoy! 


Makes One Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana (frozen) 
  • 1 Tbsp. Goji berries
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut chips
  • 3 Tbsp. cocao powder
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medjool date

Instructions:

1.  Blend together ingredients until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you didn't freeze the banana, then add 2-3 ice cubes. 

2. Drink, and enjoy!