Quick And Delicious Banana Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 frozen banana 1/4-1/2 cup pumpkin puree (depending on how think you want your smoothie) 1 cup cup almond (or other plant) milk 1 handful of ice 1/8 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp honey (optional) Cinnamon (if desired) Pumpkin pie spice (if desired) Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender, and enjoy! Makes 1…

Banana Pumpkin Oatmeal

If you like pumpkin, you’ll love this! Ingredients: 1/2 cup oatmeal 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1 banana, sliced 1/8 cup walnut pieces Cinnamon Honey   Directions: Cook oats as you normally prepare them. Once cooked, place oats in bowl, and top with pumpkin, banana, walnuts, cinnamon and honey. Enjoy!

Zucchini “Meatballs”

Ingredients: 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 gloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup oats 1 tsp basil 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp sea salt 2-3 TBS nutritional yeast Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 cup zucchini, shredded or finely chopped Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine chickpeas, garlic, and oats in a food…

What Exactly Is Plant-Based Living? 

A plant-based diet is one that centers around plants.  That’s the plain, and simple answer. You can eat any variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes (e.g. beans and lentils), nuts, and seeds while maintaining a plant-based diet. If you lead a plant-based lifestyle, you avoid processed foods as much as possible. You’re technically a vegan,…

Bow Tie Pasta and Kidney Bean Medley

Ingredients: 1 16 oz package organic bow tie pasta (or Farfalle) *I use Montebello* 2 cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jar of your favorite organic pasta sauce (you can use an additional jar for more sauce) Directions: Cook…

Tomato, Kale and Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS: 5 vine tomatoes 2 cups kale (torn, stems removed) 2 ears corn (corn removed from ear) 4 cups vegetable broth (I use @pacificfoods) 1 to 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp dried basil 1.5 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp dried dill Sea salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS:…

What Is In Season For Spring

We are deep into spring at this point, which means that everything that is “in season” during spring is truly in season right now. Here’s a nice list of the fruits and vegetables that are at peak harvest time during the spring. Apples Apricots Artichokes Asparagus Avocado Belgian Endive Bitter Melon Broccoli Butter Lettuce Cabbage…

Red and Green Smoothie

This is a simple and easy smoothie to add to your repertoire. The whole family will love it. Ingredients: 1 banana (frozen is best) 8 strawberries 1 large handful of spinach 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tsp honey   Directions: Blend all ingredients together and enjoy! Makes two servings.

5 Ways To Make Smart Food Choices All Day

There is nothing wrong with having struggles when it comes to maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle. If you’re struggling, that means you’re trying, and that’s a step in the right direction! What’s important is that you continue to progress. I came up with a few tips to help you stay on track toward reaching your…

Choose The Right Fat, Don’t Eliminate It

The products are all over grocery store shelves. There are low-fat versions of just about any product you name. It’s marketing at its best. Food companies play upon the fear of fat, then create unhealthier versions of already unhealthy food products to try to make the consumer feel better about eating it and ultimately more…