Posts tagged #plant-based recipes

Persimmon + Ginger + Mint Paradise Smoothie

The other day I was in the supermarket and saw one of my all time favorite fruits: Persimmon. Though I avoid sugar, my health coach allows me to eat fruit a few times a week. I couldn't resist but buy this sweet goodness that I only see once in a blue moon in Chicago. I whipped up the most satisfying and amazing smoothie with it. I have to caution you that this is a very thick smoothie. So if you prefer a less thick consistency, you will need to water it down a little bit.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! This recipe is a powerhouse of vitamin A and C, B complex vitamins, and Omega 3s!  Here is the recipe:

 

Ingredients:

1. 1 Persimmon

2. 1 inch piece of ginger

3. 1/4 cup of mint leaves

4. 1 tablespoon of chia

5. Bone Broth Protein - vanilla flavor

6. 2 cups of baby spinach 

7. 1 tbsp sprouted cashew butter ( I buy t

8. 1/2 cup of sprouted Brazil Nut milk (see recipe here).

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients on the vitamix and blend well. Careful: This smoothie is addictive!

Refreshing Summery Detox Juice

After having spent time in France and Italy and eating too much cheese and drinking too much wine, my body was begging for a detox. My digestion came to a halt and that feeling of puffiness came over me. I was feeling inflamed and in need of a cleanse. So I stopped the dairy madness that was started in Europe, abandoned the newly purchased French wine in my fridge, and started to clean up my diet. Cleansing is not always fun, but it is easy to do if you have the right foods in hand! I upped my intake of herbs which makes everything more delicious and amazing. And, I have my favorite detox juice in hand because.... Well, because it is Summer. This juice is my all time favorite drink and it helps when I have a craving because it is sweet, delicious, summery, and refreshing. So, without further ado, here is the recipe....

Loca4Yoga Watermelon Detox Cooler (makes 6 glasses)

Loca4Yoga's delicious detox cooler!

Loca4Yoga's delicious detox cooler!

1) 1/2 Large watermelon

2) 1/3 cup of lemongrass (the green part not the stalks - go visit your local farmers market to buy fresh herbs that are in season!)

3) 1/3 cup of Lemon Balm (leaves only)

4) 1/3 cup of mint (leaves only)

Blend in a high powered blender and enjoy. Seriously.... You will thank me for this one!  Please be aware that this juice will make your digestion work... So don't be surprised if you go to the bathroom a few times.... 

Green Shake to Get your Diet Back on Track!

I have been off track lately... Running makes me want to eat more and because I know running burns lots of calories, I end up eating way too much sugar and fat... I find myself over-indulging often and my body is not taking it well. The worst part about over-indulging is that your body becomes addicted to the excessive amounts of sugar and fat and stopping the sugar/ fat madness is pretty hard... No wonder clinical experiments show sugar is more addictive than cocaine... (chek this article out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23719144)

But, the excess sugar and fat has some really terrible side effects... I have been waking up puffy and feeling bloated. I decided, it was time to break away from this sugar addiction I developed in the past few months... And, the only thing that helps me get out of a sugar slump is.... a Green shake.

Green shakes are a nutritional powerhouse. When you nourish your body, your cravings diminish because your body does not need to search for particular nutrients that may be missing in your diet. When you feed your body properly, you eat less. 

But let's face it... Who wants to drink a green shake instead of ... say... a plate of pancakes or french toast in the morning? I had to create a drink that would taste so delicious, I would not be tempted to reach for a waffle with peanut butter and banana. Well that is when I came up with a recipe so good, my picky toddler thought she was eating ice cream.... 

After a week, I started diminishing the sugar in the shake by taking away the dates and slowly bringing my body back to a more strict diet. Hope it works for you!

Recipe for Green Breakfast (almost) ice cream

  • 1 large Fiji apple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 4 dates
  • 2 scoops of Green Protein Alchemy  (see product link to the right)
  • 4 cups of power greens ( or spinach)
  • 1 Cup of water 

Blend well and drink! This smoothie is so good even Bella was drinking it like there was no tomorrow...

Healthy Fettucini Alfredo: Kelp Noodles and Plant-based Alfredo sauce

It is that time of the year when we start craving lots of fattening and comforting foods. The cold weather sets in and our body seeks warmth and comfort. But, it is possible to survive winter, eat what foods that are creamy and amazing, and still not gain 10 lbs by March. All you need to do is indulge in healthy versions of your favorite comfort foods. When you focus on plant-based versions of comfort foods, we are able to create recipes that fulfill that psychological need, but are also good for your body. My version of fettucini alfredo uses Kelp noodles. If you are not familiar with kelp noodles, they are noodles made out of kelp and are carb free, gluten free, and basically free of anything except thyroid boosting iodine! It does have added soldium alginate, but that is a natural emulsifier extracted from brown seaweed. So it is safe! Kelp noodles can be eaten right out of its pack raw, but I am not fond of its crunchy texture. I use a trick I learned from Mathew Sweeney to create soft and amazing kelp noodles that have similar texture to an al dente pasta. I buy the Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles brand - the one you see to the left of the text.  The Alfredo cream is based on cauliflower, caramelized onions, garlic, and treeline vegan cheese. If you are not familiar with this brand and you are Vegan I suggest you get familiar with their products. They cheese is out of this world and I absolutely love them! The produced vegan cheeses and spreads made from cashews and aged like regular cheese - it is full of probiotics and adds an amazing cheesy taste to any recipe. The one I love the most is the scallion flavor see the picture below . This cheese is great by itself too - try it with some Mary Gone Crackers! By the way, don't forget to sign up for four weeks of exclusive nutrition tips and yoga sequences here!

Without further ado here is the recipe. Everyone that tasted it loved it - Even my 18 month old baby girl! I hope that you love it just as much as they did. 

Ingredients

  • One head of cauliflower
  • One bag of Kelp Noodles
  • Garlic to taste ( I like a lot of it so I did an entire bulb of garlic)
  • One entire white onion
  • Earth Balance Vegan Butter (1/4 cup)
  • 6 tbsp on hemp seeds
  • 1stp red pepper flakes
  • ½ treeline Vegan cheese in scallion flavor
  • water – start with one cup – add more as needed
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • olive oil

Kelp Noodle Prep

Before you start drain all of the water from the kelp noodles. Place them in warm water - nothing above 95 degrees - otherwise it won't be raw. Then add some vinegar and baking soda. Yes - be prepared for a small chemical reaction. The bubbles will subside. Let the Kelp noodles rest for at least thirty minutes so that they soften. 

Alfredo Sauce

As you let the kelp noodle rest in the baking soda and vinegar bath, trim off the leaves from your cauliflower. Take the Earth Balance Vegan butter and brush your head of cauliflower with it. Set the cauliflower on a baking sheet and the oven to 400 degrees and place the head of cauliflower there. Let it bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. 

While the head of cauliflower is baking, slice the onions and peel the garlic. Take some more of the vegan butter and place it in a frying pan with the sliced onions and garlic on low heat. And I mean the lowest setting - you want the onions to slowly caramelize. This will take about 30 minutes. When the onions are browned and smelling amazing they are ready!

Once both cauliflower, garlic and onions are ready, place them in the blender. Add 6 tbsp of hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast, 1/2 treeline cheese in the scallion flavor, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Blend all of the ingredients.

Final Prep

Once your sauce is ready, drain the kelp noodles from their bath. Then mix the kelp noodles and the sauce. Your Alfredo is ready! Add any other veggies and nuts you may want - I added some cashews, scallions, and tomatoes. 

 

Enjoy!