On-the-Go Antioxidant Trail Mix & Hearty Green Stew “Chili”

For my snack today, I made a delicious trail mix that was quick to put together. I threw in some goji berries to make it high in antioxidants and the blend of almonds and walnuts made the trail mix high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat! It’s a perfect pre or post workout snack or even just when you are a little hungry.

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The Recipe: Antioxidant Trail Mix

Yields 1 serving

10 almonds

30 semisweet chocolate chips (~ 1 tbsp)

5 walnut halves, cut into smaller pieces if you want

1 tbsp goji berries

On a side note, the green roti that I posted a few hours ago ended up getting accepted by Tastespotting.com! I was so excited and happy 🙂 Check it out if you get a chance. Also, for dinner, we made a hearty green stew “chili”! 

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The Recipe: Green Stew “Chili”

Yields 4 – 6 servings

2 cups cooked kidney beans

2 cups kale

3 large celery stalks

2 carrots

2 medium tomatoes

1 tbsp seaweed kelp

1 cup broccoli

1/2 bell pepper any color

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp cumin seeds

1 tsp black pepper

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Directions: Green Stew “Chili”

1. Blend together the bell pepper, kale, and broccoli to make a heavy stew gravy. 

2. Pour the kidney beans in with the gravy in a large pot. Let it bubble for a while and cook.

3. Cut all of the other vegetables and throw them into the pot when you start to see the bubbling occur. Sprinkle in all the spices as well and mix thoroughly. Allow the stew “chili” to cook for about 10 minutes. Serve warm! Enjoy alone, with some bread, or tortilla chips.

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Quinoa Oat Green Roti (Indian Flatbread)

For lunch today, my mom and I experimented with making a healthier version to the Indian favorite, roti. Roti is basically a thin, Indian flatbread, typically made out of white or whole wheat flour. We wanted it to be made out homemade flour (so unrefined) and out of our favorite whole grains (oats and quinoa). Moreover, we thought of making them with a little vegetable so we made a green spinach puree and it turned out to make delicious green rotis! You can’t even taste the difference, the rotis taste just like your atypical bread or tortilla yet they are so much healthier! Rotis are perfect to eat with any dish or as a snack – you can dip it into yogurt, hummus, or any other dips or you can enjoy it with your main entrees like lentils, soup, vegetables, etc. For non-Indians, you can easily replace rotis for your daily serving of bread! It tastes good with literally anything 🙂

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The Recipe

Yields 10 – 12 servings

Serving Size: ~ 5 – 6″ thin roti

1/3 cup quinoa

1/3 cup gluten-free oats

3 tbsp seaweed

3/4 cup spinach puree

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp hing powder (optional)

1 tsp olive oil

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Directions

1. Blend together the seaweed, quinoa, and oats to make a flour. 

2. Blend ~4 cups of raw spinach leaves to make a puree. Add a little water if needed. If you make any extras, you can freeze the puree and it will remain fresh for several months!

3. Mix together the flour, the spinach puree, and the spices. Start kneading the dough, add a little water if needed to make the flour stick together. Continue kneading until it is a smooth dough. Break the dough into ~ 10 – 12 evenly sized balls (about the size of a lemon).

4. Using a roller, roll out the balls into thin circles (like tortillas). Dust a little flour onto both sides of the roti to help it stretch better. Be sure to roll gently because the flour is very fragile and will break into pieces easily.

5. On a skillet, heat the roti. Add a little olive oil. Once the roti starts to “poof” up or bubble, flip it over. Add a little oil to the other side if you want. Cook the roti on both sides by flipping over until you see brown spots forming.

i chose this picture to show you how it tears – don’t worry if you get a little hole, it will still cook

 

6. Serve warm with any dish or enjoy simply with yogurt.

Raw Green Juice (Perfect for Detoxing)

This juice is simply radiating and refreshing! I did some research on juicing vegetables and fruits before I made this blend for the morning, and I discovered that this combination is perfect for individuals who are interested in losing weight. Why? This juice pushes your metabolism, helping you to feel fuller for longer in the morning and pushing your body into a “detox” mood. Moreover, drinking a juice on an empty stomach is best – it’s best to drink it first thing in the morning. This is because juices hydrate you and to reap the benefits of the vitamins and minerals, you should drink it on an empty stomach!

What’s the difference between juicing and smoothies? Well, when you juice vegetables and fruits, you are separating the fiber pulp from the vitamins and minerals. Therefore, when you drink juices, you won’t be increasing your blood sugar because the juice will be absorbed into your body immediately since there is no fiber to weigh down your digestion. That is why I suggested you enjoy juices on an empty stomach! Don’t think that “no-fiber” is bad because as vegetarians and vegans, you are probably getting enough fiber already. And, it’s necessary to get a maximum of vegetable minerals and vitamins a few times a week without the weighing down of the fiber – hence, juices are really good for you since it is made from purely raw vegetables and fruits. You can switch up the ingredients you juice (there are a plethora of options, literally any vegetable or fruit you have in your kitchen), but I recommend using a few or all of the ingredients I used if you are looking for a more detoxing juice (aim to add some carrots, beets, or other citrus fruits as well for anti-detoxing benefits).

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 fl oz)

2 kale leaves

2 large celery stalks

2 kiwis, peeled

1/2 lemon, peeled

1 large cucumber, with peel

1 tbsp sized ginger root

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Directions

1. Wash all of your vegetables thoroughly. Peel the lemon and the kiwis.

2. Make sure your juicer is cleaned from your previous use. Juice all of the vegetables, ginger, and the fruits. Drink it right away in order to maximize your intake of vitamins! It’s best to drink juice on an empty stomach.

Awakening Green Juice

This juice is probably my favorite breakfast drink of the summer. Why? It’s so refreshing, perfect to wake yourself in the morning. It’s made from pure fruit and green vegetables! The reason it’s so awakening is because of its unique blend of ingredients: grapefruit, cucumber, and spinach. I also added some flax seeds for my daily omega-3 fatty acids and some ginger to get the morning zing. If you’re not a huge fan of ginger, just put less than what I recommended. I simply blended all of the ingredients in my BlendTec, but you can use a juice too! What I love about this recipe is that it’s full of vitamins and minerals that are great for the morning and it has 11g of fiber in just one serving so it’s the perfect juice to flush toxins out, especially if you feel sluggish or bloated. You don’t even taste the vegetables or the grapefruit, it’s actually more of a blend of just delicious ginger cucumber with a nice touch of grapefruit sweetness at the end. I love this juice recipe, and I hope you do too!

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 2 cups of juice

30 baby spinach leaves

1 cucumber, with peel

1/2 grapefruit, peeled

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

Delicious Protein Green Smoothie

Yesterday, I went to the midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises – such a good movie, but man I was exhausted. I knew I was going to come home at like 4 am and just wanted to eat sugar throughout the movie to give myself energy. I ended up eating half the bag of KIND granola (which, by the way, is so delicious – I highly recommend you grabbing that as a to-go snack). Well, because I ate so much at one time, and my body isn’t normally used to it, I had really bad stomach cramps from all the sugar overload. So, this morning, I wanted a smoothie drink that was high-fiber and protein backed rather than eating my normal healthy carbohydrate-filled oatmeal. I was a little cautious about this recipe because I thought the protein powder would taste weird with vegetables, but it turned out to be so delicious! Even my little sister, who loves pizza and cake and literally nothing healthy, loved it, which was really surprising. It had a banana background taste, but had a chocolate overlaying and you couldn’t even taste the vegetables! Moreover, it’s easy to make, just throw all the ingredients into a blender. It was really filling as well – kept me going till lunchtime. You can even use this recipe as a post-workout smoothie/drink since it has the perfect balance of potassium, carbohydrates, and protein for recovery.

On a side note, I just finished reading The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. I really liked the book – she gave some great advice on how to take care of your body and how to take care of the planet simultaneously. I recommend you read it if you are interested in transforming your diet and lifestyle. For the past week, I’ve been trying really hard to follow her guidelines and to be honest, I’ve felt really revived and happier. My body’s been detoxing a lot so I’ve been breaking out a bit, but I’ve heard that’s a sign that you’re cleansing. I definitely feel like a new person so hopefully I can stop eating the granola and stick to purifying foods : )

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The Recipe

Yields 1 Serving

Serving Size: 2 cups

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1.5 scoops SunWarrior Chocolate Warrior Protein Powder

1 cup of raw kale, washed and chopped

1 cucumber, with peel

1/2 frozen banana (if you don’t have frozen bananas, then use a normal banana and toss some ice into the blender)

1 tbsp or 15g chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon powder