Currant Carrot Clusters

Want an energizing snack that tastes so delicious that you won’t believe it’s actually good for you? Try this Currant Carrot Clusters recipe! It goes well with this smoothie.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ banana (mashed)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix together well and form into 2 inch balls. Let set in the fridge and enjoy.

Keep sealed in an airtight container in the fridge.

Minestrone Soup

A hearty bowl of soup perfect for those cold nights spent inside. Pair it up with grain-free cauliflower pizza.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1L) Beef broth
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) long grain rice
  • 2tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¾ cup (175ml) diced cabbage
  • ½ cup (125ml) dried romono or cannellini beans, cooked, or 1 cup (250 ml) canned romano beans, drained.
  • 4 medium tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp (10ml) dried
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) chopped fresh sage or 1 tsp (5ml) dried
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp (5ml) dried
  • ½ cup (125ml) fresh or frozen green peas, cooked
  • ¼ tsp (1ml) nutmeg or to taste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Garnish:

  • ½ cup (125ml) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves

Directions:

In large saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add rice, cover and cook on a low heat for 18 minutes. Drain, reserving broth. Stir a little oil into rice to prevent sticking.

Add onion, leek, carrot, celery, potatoes, and garlic. Add reserving broth and simmer for 5 minutes before adding cabbage and cooked beans. Continue to cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in cooked rice, peas, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with Parmigiano, olive oil, and basil

Serves 8

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Berry-licious Walnut Cottage Cheese

This breakfast option is wonderful for busy individuals. Prep at night and enjoy in the morning without any fuss. Feel free to sub out for plain Greek yogurt or ricotta cheese. Try this cottage cheese with my yummy almond crackers.

Ingredients

¾ cup Cottage cheese
¼ cup strawberries (halved)
¼ cup blueberries
¼ tsp almond extract
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 tbsp ground flax seeds

Directions

  1. Combine into one bowl and enjoy!

 

Serves: 2  |  Prep Time: 5 mins  |  Cook Time: 5 mins

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Hemp, Coconut, Raspberry “Pudding”

This cool breakfast choice is great for vegans and vegetarians looking for something new. The chia and hemp seeds provide healthy omega 3 fatty acids great for skin, nails, hair and fat loss. Serve this with delicious Oat Clusters for a filling and healthy breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 4oz almond milk (or almond, coconut milk etc)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp agave nectar (only if milk is unsweetened)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. In a large, deep bowl combine the milk, chia, agave, vanilla and 1 tbsp hemp. Stir until combined and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Stir the mixture a few times.
  2. When set, top with remaining hemp, raspberries and coconut- or make layers out of the ingredients.

 

serves 1

Creamy Cashew Chocolate Smoothie

This smoothie is so creamy and chocolately, it’s almost like a milkshake but much healthier! Balance the sweetness of the chocolate smoothie with some crunchy and slightly salty kale chips!

Ingredients

1 scoop protein powder (plain or vanilla)

1 heaping tbsp raw cocoa powder

½ banana

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup unsweetened cashew milk (can use almond or coconut as well)

1 cup water

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Blend and Enjoy