Monthly Archives: June 2014

Green Superfood Cookies

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Here is a cookie that you can feel good about! Treat yourself to these light and sweet morsels that pack a serious nutrient punch 🙂

Spirulina is a blue-green algae typically mixed into foods in powder form. It is a complete protein that supplies iron and B-vitamins, including vitamin B12. Potential health benefits are numerous and include lowered cholesterol, weight management, treatment for allergies, control of ADHD, steady blood sugar levels in diabetics, immune system boost, improved athletic performance, greater energy levels, and longevity.

Goji berries, also known as wolf berries, are native to Mongolia, China, and the Tibetan Himalayas. The berries are a rich source of antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which support eye health and may aid in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. Other health claims include cancer prevention, decreased cholesterol, lowered blood sugar, improved circulation, longevity, and improved immunity. Individuals taking blood thinners, such as Warfarin (Coumadin) should talk to their doctor before including Goji berries in their diet due to possible drug-interaction.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C melted coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 C 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 C coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Small handful of goji berries
  • 1 square of finely chopped 85% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp of Qia original superfood blend (hemp, chia seeds, buckwheat groats)

Directions: Mix eggs, oil, and syrup together. Mix flour and baking powder together then stir into the liquid mixture. The batter will initially be thin and lumpy. Don’t worry- the cookies are not ruined! Keep whisking everything together and the batter will begin to thicken. Spoon the batter onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet. The batter should make about 12 medium-size cookies. I had to experiment with the cooking time and temperature because the directions on the website I got this recipe from didn’t end up working- the cookies came out looking like soup. Try cooking for about 15 minutes at 325 degrees, but check them as they cook and adjust time and temperature as needed. The aroma of coconut from the flour and coconut oil will make your house smell heavenly!

Inspiration for this recipe was found here: http://www.wellnessholisticbeauty.com/2013/03/spirulina-goji-berries-cookies.html

Clean Eating in the Freezer Aisle #Convenient

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It is a myth that fresh foods in the produce department or at the meat/seafood counter are nutritionally superior to their frozen counterparts. Frozen fruits and vegetables may actually have a higher vitamin and mineral content than fresh versions due to the fact that they are often frozen immediately after harvest, eliminating the nutrient losses that are inevitable as produce sits on grocery store shelves. Another benefit of frozen foods can be convenience and lower prices.

Well, then why do people say that frozen foods aren’t healthy? Because many frozen foods are processed and very poor nutritional choices: Lean Cuisines, frozen vegetables in buttery sauces, or frozen fruit with sugar added… The trick is simply to read the label and opt for frozen foods with short, ‘real food’ ingredient lists. If you are buying frozen fruits and vegetables, such as green beans for example- the only ingredient should be green beans! Be weary of sodium content or strange added preservatives. If you pay attention to what you’re buying, clean eating in the frozen aisle is possible and a great option for many people!

Last night I was in need of something quick and easy for dinner so I threw together this simple, yet satisfying meal. I pulled a frozen salmon filet out of the freezer and put it right into the oven to cook for 25 minutes at 400 degrees F. Before putting the fish in the oven, I lightly seasoned it with thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. Right before the fish was done cooking, I microwaved a cup of frozen green beans, grabbed a wheat dinner roll, and my nutritious meal was complete- in less than 30 minutes!