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NON-DAIRY STRAWBERRY/ BANANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients (makes about 4 cups)

  • ½ cup (or less) non-dairy milk alternative (coconut, soy, rice, almond, etc)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 frozen bananas
  • 12 ounces frozen strawberries

 

Directions (these are for a Vitamix, modify for a regular blender…you will need a strong blender!)

Add ingredients to blender in the order listed, keeping the cap of the lid off. Set to frozen dessert setting, turn on, and use the tamper to push the frozen fruit down towards the blades.

If you don’t have a frozen dessert setting, pulse several times to break up the bananas and strawberries, then turn on and run for a few minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the blender.

 

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WHAT’S IN MY KITCHEN

As a Nutritionist/ Health coach people often ask me what I eat.  Rather than talk about specific meals, here are some specific foods I always keep around and what I use them for (this is not an all inclusive list, however 99% of the time you will find these in my kitchen).

Fruits:

  • Apples – snack, with or without almond butter
  • Berries – in hot/cold cereal, in smoothies, as dessert w/ cinnamon
  • Lemons – my AM detox drink w/ water, in salad dressing, with hot tea
  • Avocado – in salads, spread for wraps, healthy fat for smoothies, smashed on rice cakes
  • Tomatoes – in salads or sliced w/ avocado for snacks

Vegetables: (plus whatever is in season)

  • Spinach/kale – for salads, in wraps, sautéed or in smoothies
  • Broccoli or cauliflower – steamed or oven roasted
  • Carrots – for salads or snacks w/ hummus
  • Sweet potato – baked
  • Trader Joes’s frozen artichoke hearts – fast and easy to add to meals

Protein: (I don’t eat red meat or pork)

  • Tofu – baked or lightly fried in coconut oil
  • Arbonne vegan protein powder – for smoothies
  • Eggs – for breakfast or lunch (sometimes I eat breakfast foods for lunch)
  • Organic/hormone-free sliced turkey – for wraps or snack
  • Black/garbanzo beans – in salads or “bowls”
  • Quinoa – with veggies, eggs, side dish
  • Hummus – spread for wraps or w/ carrots for snacks

Others:

  • Coconut water – for extra hydration after workouts
  • Almond/coconut milk – for cereal, smoothies and coffee
  • Hemp/chia/sesame seeds – add to cereal, salads, smoothies
  • Walnuts/almonds – add to cereal, salads, smoothies, snack
  • Coconut oil – cooking, smoothies, add to coffee
  • Cinnamon – I add this to everything! Cereal, smoothies, coffee, on apples
  • Almond butter – in smoothies, with apples
  • Brown rice thins – topped w/ smashed avocado, almond butter, etc
  • Trader Joes super dark chocolate – because it makes me happy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TURMERIC HUMMUS

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup water from the chickpea can or more to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large lemon (juice only)
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds and parsley, to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients (except optional garnishes) in a food processor for 30-60 seconds.

Notes

  • Keeps well if covered in the fridge for two days. Cover with a little oil.
  • Adjust amount of liquid in the recipe according to your taste. More liquid yields a smoother hummus, less a chunkier one.

TIPS TO PREPARE A HEALTHIER HOLIDAY FEAST

 HEALTHY TIPS:

  • Use low fat or non-fat milk to replace whole milk.
  • Use low fat cheeses to replace full fat cheeses.
  • Use egg substitutes in place of whole eggs.
  • Use olive oil for salad dressings.
  • Make gravy from low fat broth instead of poultry drippings.
  • Cook meats on a rack so the fat drips out. Cook your turkey on a grill.
  • Steam, bake or roast your vegetables. Offer many sides of vegetables.
  • For mashed potatoes use skim milk, non-fat sour cream or plain yogurt and very little butter.
  • Offer sauces on the side.
  • Cook stuffing in a casserole dish, rather than inside the poultry.
  • Make cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries and add less sugar.
  • Cut the amount of sugar in a dessert recipe by ¼ of a cup.
  • Use agave nectar to replace sugar.
  • Use applesauce in place of oil for desserts.
  • Offer fruit based desserts.