This recipe was put together in Rachele's kitchen based off of a craving she was having for a creamy tomato dish. Feel free to get creative with this one, add in other fresh herbs or any protein of your choice. A great way to use some fresh tomatoes in the late summer.
Ladies and gents: Meet the Cacao Mint Chip Protein Smoothie. Just a couple quick fun facts about the mighty cacao bean to get you all excited n’ stuff: 1. It’s one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet. 2. In its raw form (= “nibs”), Cacao is unprocessed and does not contain any sugar. 3. It contains over 300 compounds including fiber, iron, magnesium, AND a “bliss” chemical that has a unique resemblance to TCH (don’t worry, you won’t get a buzz. But expect a good mood.)
This is great as a main dish, or as an appetizer to share. Your guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen with all the complex flavors. And there are veggies added in, which make this a superstar dish in our minds. If serving as a main dish, this pairs great over zoodles, quinoa, cauli rice or brown rice. Adapted from www.ifodreal.com
While this might sound like a less-than-appetizing combination, you can take our word for it that it is absolutely delicious. Your family and guests will swoon over this rich and yummy dessert, that can double as a power snack. The avocado is undetectable but adds an amazing creaminess and is an easy way to sneak NUTRIENTS into DESSERT, that no one will be the wiser. *Note- serve these the day they are made to prevent oxidation of the avocados.
This recipe will take you to the Carribbean. Turn up some calypso or reggae and enjoy making these yummy coconut shrimp! The outer coconut crispy coating is a total treat and then we've put together a nutrient packed Thai inspired sauce to use as a dip or a sauce. It's a match made in food (or belly) heaven! Work to chop and prep all your ingredients for sauce before starting it to starting it up. We call for a blender or using your immersion blender for it. If you want your sauce thinner, you can always add in a little water to water it out or enjoy it thick as a dip like our photo.
Making your own popsicles from home is easier than you think! Once you pick up those popsicle molds, it's as simple as mixing together these simple ingredients, pouring, then freezing in the fridge. So many traditional popsicles have a LONG list of ingredients to preserve them for freshness and lengthen their shelf life. Keep it clean and make these for that next warm spell or whenever you want to feel like you are off on some tropical vacation. Try adding fresh herbs such as rosemary for a gourmet and delicious twist! These have been inspired from Rawsome Vegan Life.
This recipe was shared by one of our VFit Squad favorite cooks. It's simple to make, full of flavor and will please everyone. Mushrooms add such a nice earthy flavor and using chicken thighs brings on the moisture! The recipe was adopted from the Everyday Paleo cookbook.
With chocolate in the title, we don't think you will need much pushing to try this amazing breakfast. But don't worry, it's good for you - we promise! Ginger provides an antioxidant boost, has anti-inflammatory effects, and can help relieve muscle and joint pain. All in this easy to create treat ... WITH CHOCOLATE. And don't get us started on all the awesomeness that those chia hold - omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
You have to try this salad to believe how great it is! If you love Asian chicken salads, you will love this fresh creation. Free of processed sugar and less than desirable oils, you will feel full of energy after this power burst of flavor and nutrients. You can always omit the chicken or add any other protein in its place. The recipe was adapted and modified slightly from the Against All Grain Blog. This salad tastes best if you let it sit for at least an hour prior to serving, make sure you allot for that time when putting this together. This also makes a HUGE salad, so even though there's a lot of slicing and shredding, know you'll have plenty of this salad to eat and enjoy!
Chia seeds act as a great thickener for this coconut milk pudding. Not only that, but chia seeds are a super source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and pack a full punch of fiber, iron, and calcium (which is so needed for bone health). Omega-3 fatty acids bring up our good cholesterol (HDL) which helps protect our heart against stroke and heart attacks. This is a single serve recipe, you may want to just go ahead and double - or triple - it straight away, it's THAT good!