Carrot Ginger Dressing

Recipe:
3 medium size carrots
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp fresh ginger
1/3 rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
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Directions: Throw all your ingredients in a blender and enjoy! Keep refrigerated for 1-2 weeks!

Dijon Mustard Dressing

I love dressings, Im always looking for a good salad dressing recipe to throw on my veggies and salads. This dressing is easy to make, and its light, creamy and perfect for all your summer salads!
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Recipe:
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes (or more if desired)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp dijon mustard
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Directions: In a blender or a food processor add in the lemon juice, minced garlic, hot red pepper flakes, kosher salt and dijon mustard. Mix well, once its mixed leave the blender on medium speed and slowly add in your olive oil and blend until everything is incorporated. Store in an airtight glass jar or container in the fridge for about 4-6 days.

Grain-Free double chocolate Cookies

To make you love this recipe even more… its Kosher for Passover! Thats right! Kick out all the junk from your house this holiday and enjoy so many healthy kosher for passover recipes!
Recipe:
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
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Directions: First Pre heat the oven to 350*F. In a large mixing bowl add your dry ingredients, almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and cane sugar. Mix well. In another bowl beat the eggs and vanilla extract. Then add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until its mixed well, then stir in your chocolate chips. On a baking tray start scooping about a tablespoon of the cookie batter and with a fork flatten the cookies, and bake for about 12-15 minutes!

Tuning Into Your Cravings

Food cravings sometimes gets the best of us and before we know it were sitting on the coach indulging in a tub of ice cream. Everyone gets some sort of food cravings, and some people more than others. When someone gets a food craving they will usually try to ignore it or cave in. You would think the person who ignores the food craving is doing the right thing. WRONG! When we get cravings its our body is sending us a message that we have an imbalance in our system and something needs to be changed. So by ignoring these cravings it does not help the cravings go away for the long term because your not solving the imbalance/ source of the problem in your body.
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So, what do we need to do to fix this imbalance in our system?
First, think about the craving you get, is it a sudden craving that comes out of no where, does it come when ur bored, hungry , tired, etc. Next, lets think about what type of food you crave, is it sweet, salty, sour, or oily foods? When you crave foods in these categorizes it usually means your lacking some nutrients and vitamins.
A major cause to these cravings can be lack of sleep. When your sleep deprived, studies showed participants reported increases in hunger and appetite and had lower levels of leptin (the hormone that helps regulate your energy and control hunger) and higher levels of ghrelin ( the hormone that tells you that your hungry). Another cause can be dehydration, when your body is dehydrated you have a lack on energy and your body mistakenly thinks its from lack of food. This triggers your brain to think you need food to give you that energy. Lastly, sometimes your body is lacking fresh fruits and veggies, and when you experience these cravings your body is asking for some natural vitamins and minerals!
The next time u get a craving tune into your body and think about the possibilities as to why u are getting these cravings. Ask yourself, are you stressed, bored, dehydrated, tired, or hungry for a meal? Once you tune into your body and understand the cause to your cravings you’ll be able to have control over them and be able to properly nourish your body 🙂

Roasted Honey Pistachio Carrots

Recipe:
12 Organic Colorful Carrots
Salt+Pepper
1/2 Cup Pistachios(lightly roasted and shelled)
Cinnamon
garlic powder
avocado oil
sea salt
2 Tbsp Honey
hot pepper flakes
1 tbsp water
1/4 Fresh Lemon
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Directions:
Clean the carrots well, then coat them lightly in Avocado oil, and sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast them in the oven on 400*F for about an hour. On the stove start by toasting the pistachios if they aren’t already. Then add your Honey, water, hot pepper flakes, fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of cinnamon salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients well on medium heat, and let it simmer until it turns into a thick glaze. When the carrots are done and still hot toss everything together, and Enjoy!

Getting over the fear of eating FATS

For over a century we have been told to stay away from fat, because our logic was fat makes you fat. As Americans strived to stay on a “low fat” diet and stay away from fat ,yet we still have the problem of overweight patients. Americans have a high intake of a refined carbohydrate diet which means SUGAR,SUGAR,SUGAR. Well as you may know Americans number one leading health problem today is obesity. How did we get to this major epidemic of obesity if we were eating a “low fat” diet?
This is because we were not eating enough healthy fats and we got our nutrients/ caloric intake from refined carbohydrates and sugar. Refined carbohydrates elevate the blood sugar in your body and puts you on a “high” then eventually wears off and you crash( Think : that 3pm midday coffee… probably from the donut or bagel you had for breakfast). Since our diets came from refined carbohydrates and sugar our bodies were constantly hungry- which led us to eat more and more throughout the day leading to the obesity epidemic.
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So why fat? What does fat do for the body? how can healthy fat be beneficial for the body?
First off  the key to have a healthy body is that we  need to eliminate carbohydrates from our diet and increase fat intake we can reduce our blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. By eating healthy fats it keeps our blood sugar regulated and keeps us full longer which leads to a healthy weight loss.
Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil and almonds can reduce LDL levels, which decreases the risk of stroke and heart disease. On the other hand another type of fat group is the Omega-3 fatty acids which are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in salmon, flax seeds and walnuts.
Our bodies cannot function without fat, to be healthy and have everything functioning properly we need fat. Our brain is nearly 60% fat, our brain functions primarily on Omega 3 fatty acids( fun fact: thats why the walnut is called the brain food). Fat promotes heart health, replenishing of the cells and organs, weight loss, boosts our immune system, and much more!

Start incorporating healthy fats in your daily diet! Go grab that handful of walnuts, eat salmon, drizzle some olive oil on your salad, add coconut oil to your stir-fry or smoothie. There are endless ways to incorporate healthy fats in your daily diet to up the nutrients and flavor!

Cauliflower Rice Sushi

Recipe:
1 head of cauliflower
sushi seaweed
1 avocado
1 carrot
1 cucumber
2 oz ahi tuna
soy sauce
pickled ginger
* all toppings are optional , feel free to get creative and add your favorite veggies and proteins!
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Directions:
Steam head of cauliflower till its tender, then place in food processor and let it become a rice like texture. After the cauliflower has been cooled for a little pat down the cauliflower rice on seaweed strip and spread it out just like you would make it with rice. Julian slice avocado, carrots, cucumbers, and ahi tuna and place towards the end of the seaweed. when all the toppings are flat on the seaweed start rolling it up slowly and keep squeezing the seaweed lightly so it all sticks together. After its been rolled tightly take a sharp knife and cut across the roll using the whole blade of the knife , the roll will cut about 6 pieces, Enjoy!