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How to Craft the Perfect Salad

Salads offer a wide range of healthy ingredients, (leafy greens! raw veggies!) and they’re full of health-promoting vitamins and minerals. Eating more salads will not only support your body’s natural detoxification systems, they will help to balance your overall health while filling you up with delicious and creative meals that are simple to prepare any time of day. Plus, they will help you stay cool in this summer heat.

Choose your favorites from each column. Get mixin’, Get tasting, and enjoy!

Green Base
Arugula, Lettuce, Sprouts, Spinach, kale, dandelion, Cabbage, Cucumber,

Extra Veggies
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Mushrooms, Peas, Radishes, Tomato, Pepper, Jicama

Optional Protein
Nuts, Quinoa, Beans, Tofu, Lean meats, Low mercury fish, Eggs, Organic Goat Cheese

Healthy Toppings
Chia seeds, Hemp hearts, Fresh or dried fruit, Sunflower seeds, Dried seaweed, Fresh herbs, Scallions Mint

Dressing
Olive/coconut oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon/lime juice, Dried herbs, Garlic, Sea salt, Black pepper, Orange zest, Tahini, Kelp,

Here’s a few fun recipes to try:

Eggtra Eggciting Breakfast Salad

 

Eggtra Eggciting Breakfast Salad

Eggtra Eggciting Breakfast Salad

Ingredients
2 pasture-raised eggs
large handful of red-leaf lettuce
3-5 cherry tomatoes, halved or sliced
1/2 c alfalfa or other sprouts
1/2 cucumber, sliced
1 sliced radish
2c green peas
2-3 pieces of asparagus, chopped, sliced, or whole
extra virgin olive oil
apple cider vinegar
sea salt & pepper
pinch of turmeric (optional)

1 Heat a small pot of water, add the eggs just before the water boils, and cook on medium for 9 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, place rinsed lettuce in a bowl, and add the cucumber, tomatoes, sprouts, radish, peas, and asparagus. Mix it up.

3 Half or slice the eggs, place them on the salad. 4 Drizzle some olive oil and apple cider vinegar, toss a bit. 5 Add the sea salt, pepper, and turmeric.

 

 

 

 

Asian Cucumber Salad

Asian Cucumber Salad

Ingredients
1 large Lebanese/continental cucumber
1 red chili pepper, thinly sliced
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Dressing
2tbsp tamari/soy sauce
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3tbsp sesame oil
juice of 1 lime
1tsp minced ginger
1tsp minced garlic
1/2tsp chopped red chili pepper
pinch of sea salt & cracked black pepper

1 Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar, shake well and set aside. 2 Chop cucumber into large chunks and place into bowls. 3 Top with chili peppers and spring onion. 4 Drizzle generously with dressing and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. 5 Serve immediately and enjoy!

Mushroom, Spinach, and Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Mushroom, Spinach, and Quinoa Buddha Bowl

extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
cracked black pepper
2c red leaf lettuce or other leafy green
1/2c quinoa, cooked
1c sprouts or micro-mesclun
4-6 shitake mushrooms, sliced
handful of spinach
1 clove of garlic, sliced or chopped
1 stalk of scallion, chopped

1 Place your lettuce or other leafy greens in the bottom of a bowl. 2 Add the cooked quinoa and mix with the greens. 3 Add the sprouts . 4 Drizzle some of the olive oil on top, add a bit of sea salt, and mix. 5 Heat some olive oil in a pan, add the garlic for 1 minute, then add the mushrooms and black pepper and heat for about 2 minutes (add some water or stock if necessary so mushrooms don’t stick to the pan). 6 Add the spinach to the warm pan with mushrooms, mix, heat until the spinach starts to wilt but is still bright green in color. 7 Add the mushroom, spinach, and garlic mixture to the bowl of greens and quinoa, mix. 8 Sprinkle with scallions, and add more salt, pepper, or olive oil as needed.

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How to Make Sun Brewed Tea

Sun Tea
 

It's getting hot!!! It's the best times for cold, refreshing iced tea, but who wants to stand over a stove to heat up steeping water when it’s hot outside? Option #2: make sun tea! The sun does the work for you and it’s super simple.

1. Find a glass jar that’s big enough to make enough tea for you (quart to a half gallon to a gallon!). Fill th container up to an inch from its top with cool water. Any glass vessel will do as long as the bottle’s neck is wide enough to admit tea bags and the glass is clear.

2. Add your tea bags. Use two if you’re making a quart and 5 if you’re making a half gallon. Hang them inside the water. Cap the jug tightly, letting the lid hold your bags in place. If you’re using loose leaf tea, just use an equal amount.

3. Place the tea jar outside in direct sunlight. Take a peek at it every hour to make sure it’s not in the shade and that nothing has happened to it.

4. After 2-3 hours of direct sun, it’s ready! Enjoy or store in the fridge for later.

This process works because the water in the glass absorbs the sun’s radiant heat. Then this closed glass “heat collector” starts brewing the tea bags and seeps them into the water.

If you want to get creative, substitute tea bags for orange slices or sassafras bark, mint leaves, dried lemon or orange rind, cinnamon, or any savory invention!

You might find that this way of brewing tea, using the heat of the sun, gives your “sunshine tea” a much smoother and less bitter taste than that a tea pot.  Let the sun brew it!

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Avocado Popsicles!

Perfect Spring snack! 

INGREDIENTS: 1 LARGE AVOCADO 1/2 CUP COCONUT MILK 1/4 CUP HONEY PINCH OF SALT  Blend everything together until creamy. Use a food processor or by hand. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 hours. Then enjoy!  If you want to learn how to navigate the grocery store like a health NINJA  click here.   For more clean delicious recipes check out my  E-Cookbook  "Recipes to Thrive."   

INGREDIENTS:
1 LARGE AVOCADO
1/2 CUP COCONUT MILK
1/4 CUP HONEY
PINCH OF SALT

Blend everything together until creamy. Use a food processor or by hand.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 hours. Then enjoy!

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For more clean delicious recipes check out my E-Cookbook "Recipes to Thrive."

 

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Looking for easy healthy whole food recipes? Download my favorite collection of simple, 20 minute or less nourishing and delicious recipes. This cookbook is a collection of, and after months of photo taking, food testing (hard job, I know) and layout design, it is FINALLY ready!

Check it out here. 


Do you prefer hard copy cookbooks and not e-cookbooks? No worries, the layout is so nice, it will look gorgeous when you print it from your home printer. 

Recipes included are mainly vegetarian/vegan, there are drinks, desserts snack and entrees, and everything is designed to be healthy and easy. If you don't know how to cook, you'll be able to use this book!

If you want to learn how to navigate the grocery store like a health NINJA click here.

For more clean delicious recipes check out my E-Cookbook "Recipes to Thrive."