Whenever summer transitions into fall, I take full advantage of the new seasonal produce coming into play. Just so you know, peak season for sweet potatoes is October through March.
Sweet potatoes are such a beautiful source of complex carbohydrates. They help stabilize blood sugar, are high in antioxidants, and are packed with Vitamin A, the immune system LOVING vitamin!
Whenever a diet removes any macro-nutrients, I recommend you run the other way! Our body needs ALL of these to function properly. So instead of consuming simple processed carbs, focus on the plethora of beautiful Mother Nature made complex carbohydrates to satiate you carb-cravings. Not only do we need complex carbohydrates to balance our hormones, but also to create balance in our appetite and metabolism!
Pair this root veggie with zucchini (also loaded with nutrients - vitamin C & antioxidants), garlic, and onions (both which the gut/microbiome LOVE, you get...
This herbaceous salad is one nourishing powerhouse meal! Loaded with TONS of nutrients, antioxidants, polyphenols, and most importantly it's fucking delicious.
Summer and salads are meant for each other. There is nothing like a crisp, cold, and satiating salad in the summer evenings. I ALWAYS double the batch. This is a huge batch and fed my husband and I twice, with about one serving left over.
I added lots of herbs to this salad. Parsley is super rich in antioxidants, has antibacterial properties, super rich in nutrients that supports eye health, and is high in vitamin C!
Basil is also an important component in the salad and dressing. Basil is great for digestion, anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, is great for our skin, and promotes a health gut! It's also a beautiful addition to make this salad even more freaking yummy!
Last but not least, I added just a bit of fresh oregano. Oregano is one powerful herb. It's a really great antibacterial agent, has...
This is such a simple and delicious dish. I always make extra, so I can eat more of it tomorrow. I always add green chile, I'm from NM, and it's an absolute staple! You can always up the spice with red peppers or even jalapenos. Make it easy and batch cook, so you can eat more tomorrow too!
Just a little insight, all my meals consist of four important components:
This chicken fajita salad checks all the boxes, especially number 4! I love meals that not only taste fucking delicious, but are satiating and savory. Okay, let's do this.
This has been one of my favorite salads FOREVER! It's perfect to just eat as is or as a side dish to clean meat... my top two are grilled wild caught salmon or pasture-raised chicken. You can even serve on a bed of greens or just eat with some good tortilla chips (SIETE BRAND!). Chips are the perfect vehicle to get this delicious salad in your mouth!
I usually double the batch and munch on it for 2-3 days. It's filling, nourishing, and SO delicious! Okay enough chit chat, let's do this...
This salad is my most loved. It's my go-to when I'm headed to a BBQ or a get together... because no matter what is served, this salad is a meal in itself! Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and TONS of nutrients... it's worth EVERY amount of effort.
I highly recommend making 2 batches of this. The dressing is SOOOO freaking yummy and is good on any vegetable known to man. It can even be used as a marinade.
The base of the salad combines super antioxidant rich vegetables that nourish your body. Red cabbage boosts the immune system as it is one of the top vitamin C foods on the planet!! It helps fight inflammation, arthritis, AND promotes a healthy gut!
Cilantro is AMAZING at removing heavy metals from our body such as aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium! (Source) Also this salad is full of plant protein! The amount of quinoa in this salad boasts 12 grams of protein! Combing with raw garlic and ginger? Come on! What more do you need in a salad? NOTHING!
Serving food that...
I must say that making your very own coconut yogurt feels like such a huge accomplishment! As I discussed in another blog post, The Benefits of Fermented Foods and How to Eat More of Them, making your own coconut yogurt can be an easy way to get good probiotics and healthy gut-healing properties into your and your family's bellies!
Check out my video above to learn how you can easily make this in 12 hours!
Here's what you need:
Starter Yogurt - This can be a store-bought coconut yogurt like GT's Cocoyo or another clean option. You just need a couple tablespoons. Once your batch is ready you can always use that as your starter to make your next batch!
Coconut Cream - I love Trader Joe's organic canned options. It's affordable and super fatty and yummy! Any coconut cream will do, just make sure it's void of any gums or preservatives!
Hand Mixer or Blender - This is helpful when you have coconut cream that is separated, especially when it's cold......
You'd have to be hiding underneath a rock to not know about fermented foods... but if you were like me, when I heard the words "fermented foods" it was like hearing a foreign language.
I literally had no clue how to eat, source, or even get my hands on fermented foods. I never grew up eating gut-healing foods so when I began my journey towards moving myself and my family towards optimal health, I learned quickly how imperative it was to consume foods that contained SO many gut-healing qualities.
My wish is to inspire you, if you don't already, to consume fermented foods regularly. It's vital to our health and the health of our gut!
Fermented foods offer a myriad of health benefits.
Fermentation literally increases the nutrients in our foods. Humans have been fermenting foods since Neolithic times.
When we eat fermented foods they:
This delicious and simple salad is SO easy to make and delicious to eat! With tons of fiber, phytonutrients, and flavor this could just be one of your new staples in life!
I'm all about keeping healthy cooking simple! This salad has always been a hit and is super simple to put together! The feta is a perfect addition but is also optional!
Of course, I suggest buying all ingredients organically! If you can't buy everything organic make sure you are following the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists! I've included them below. Always buy produce on Dirty Dozen list organically and those listed on the Clean 15, you can buy those conventionally.
Okay now that you better know to buy your produce, let's do this:
8 Medium - Large cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
1/2 Large cucumber peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Handful of Arugula chopped
1/4 cup organic feta (Sheep's feta is best and healthiest!)
2 tsp. of Italian spices
3 Tbsp.. Extra...
… dog days of summer, playing by the pool all day long (probably without sunscreen), and consuming Popsicles until our heart’s content… awe the sugary sweetness paired with frozen sensation was marvelous.
Now back to reality. Store-bought Popsicles are laden with high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring making this novelty treat a tragic reflection of the over processed and cheapened food industry… even the sweetest and most simple summer treats fall victims.
Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean you have to forego one of the most awesome inventions ever!
Homemade Popsicles are so simple and require just a few tools: Blender, Popsicle Molds, and Popsicle sticks. I recently purchased these and DIG them…
Two super simple recipes for Homemade Popsicles:
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 cup nut...
I really couldn’t think of a better name for these bars that were created in my kitchen. So Hippie Mom Raw Bars it is!
These raw ingredients are nutrient dense, high in fiber, loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats and proteins, and satisfy that sweet tooth with flavor and fullness. Boom.
I made these last week and brought them to a yoga retreat in Sedona… they were a huge hit and many of the amazing women asked for the recipe. I promised to share… but I normally just throw things together and hope whatever I’m creating turns out delicious… not all creations do but these did. #win
This time, I documented the recipe and here it is!! The kids and husband devour them so I have to keep a stash in the fridge for me! Don’t tell.
Let’s do this:
1 cup organic almonds butter (or other nut or seed butter)
1 cup organic raw pecans, cashews, or walnuts
12 dates (pitted)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/8 cup chia seeds
1/8 cup hemp seeds
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