How To: Make Almond Milk

This easy recipe will take you less then 5 minutes to prepare and is 4 times cheaper then purchasing at the grocery store (not to mention the time it would have taken to drive to there). You also know 100% whats inside your milk, no mystery necessary! This recipe produces 8 cups (2 quarts) of unsweetened almond milk which translates to about 40 calories a cup and 2% calcium (which comes naturally from the almonds). I bought my almonds from Costco and did my own price analysis. It is about...

Tangy Tofu Salad Dressing

Soy is controversial these days and everyone you talk to will have a different opinion. I've linked a few research articles in this post that show the benefits of soy. Of course with all the genetically modified stuff it starts to change the conversation since we don't really know how all these modified foods will affect us in the long-term. My opinion, however, is that it is far better to eat healthy plant foods rather then eat the saturated or trans fat laden snack foods and animal products our Western culture typically consumes. All you need to do is choose organic soy because by law it will be GMO free. This way we know we are getting fiber, plant-protein, vitamins, minerals, phytochemical, and antioxidants in our diet. This Tangy Tofu Salad Dressing has healthy soy protein (not to mention vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, and folate) and will add more for your health then nutrient deficient sugar or oil laden salad dressings.

Baby Greens Beets and Pumpkin Seed Salad

I bought one of those HUGE bags of organic baby greens from Costco and it's my favorite salad mix to date! I also picked up a pack of pre-boiled organic beets. I LOVE BEETS and I've really enjoyed combining the baby greens with beets, fresh oregano (what????), red peppers, and pumpkin seeds (my most favorite salad topper). Then I like to drizzle some tahini lemon dressing all over the top! It's true, I love tahini lemon dressing. I'm constantly coming up with new excuses to eat it! It's good on hot foods or cold foods. You choose, it won't matter, it will always be yummy! If you're sick of eating tahini, then stop by next week because I'm going to post a spicy oil-free salad dressing recipe made from tofu! Get creative and make some dressing!

How To: Crockpot Beans

If eating beans causes you stomach distress then it is because you aren’t eating enough beans! Your gut bacteria changes with the foods that you eat so if you regularly consume pizza and ice cream and you aren’t regularly eating beans and broccoli or kale then your gut will be lined with pizza and ice cream bacteria and it won’t like the new bacteria associated with beans and broccoli or kale. This will lead to stomach distress. If you’re having issues with stomach indigestion then it’s probably because you are not eating enough beans and broccoli or kale! Start changing your food slowly and your gut bacteria will transition over to being used to healthy foods and soon enough the beans won’t be the issue any more. Here are 3 tips to help your stomach adjust to beans...

White Bean Alfredo

I made 4 slightly different variations of this recipe before falling in love with the right combination for us. I was telling my sister about this sauce and she said that she wanted to try it, but was going to keep experimenting until she found the recipe her family liked the best. That is the key. You have to find the recipe that works the best for you and your family (and your schedule). I love how fast this recipe is (throw it in the blender and boom you got Alfredo sauce). Blend it long enough and it is hot and ready (no dirty pot necessary) to pour over noodles or vegetables or toast or what have you. This recipe is full of fiber and fiber makes your gut happy. Watch the nutritionfacts.org video (linked in in the post) that talks about how AMAZING beans are for you. Basically one of the best things you could eat. If you want to live longer, eat beans. Ok, lets do it!

Tofu Quinoa Veggie Bowl

It's delicious, nutritious, and I always love trying to eat with chop sticks. Instead of paying 5-16 dollars to buy this meal at a restaurant (depending on where you go) try making it for yourself! No quinoa? Brown rice is fine. No zucchini? Swap for cabbage!

Chocolate (Maple Syrup) Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes... Who doesn't like a rich moist chocolate cupcake? Nobody. If you're already planning on making a dessert for your Honey-Boo-Thang this Valentines Day, or maybe this Thursday (no judgment), why not bake them a treat that won't cause their blood sugar to spiral out of control? Try it, it won't kill you, it might even make you stronger... unless you eat 6... then you might feel sick... and could possibly get the runs, so maybe just eat one? 😉 Sure, it's pretty healthy, but they are still cupcakes, so go easy on them.

Chocolate Chip Milk Shake

With dates for extra sweetness and hemp seeds for a nutty creaminess you will think about this shake for days. Blend it up in under 2 minutes, grab a straw or spoon, and be on your way!

10 min Apple Pie Stovetop Oatmeal

The holidays are over and it is time to HIT those resolutions in the FACE, in a good way. I rarely make stovetop oats but this weekend I ate it twice. Sometimes you just want something hot for breakfast and you want it fast! I'm sure we all ate too much food this holiday and stayed up way too late last night but here is a breakfast to get you back on track. This oatmeal is full of walnuts, ginger, cinnamon, dates, and a few other optional super food toppings to kickstart the year. Go get em tiger!