Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zucchini Pasta


Zucchini Pasta is a dish I make at least twice a week! This "pasta" dish is seriously so delicious! I promise you, you will not miss real pasta noodles! Don't be afraid to indulge in this dish, it is very low in calories and high in nutrients, eat until you're satisfied! One of the easy and simple ways I like to prepare it, is by pouring Trader Joes Organic Basil Marinara Sauce over the zucchini noodles and adding some veggies!

Zucchini Pasta

Prep Time      Cook Time      Total Time
     5 min             10                     15
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Author: Alexa
Recipe Type: Dinner
Serves: 2
You may be wondering, how do I make a zucchini into noodles? I purchased my "spiralizer" HERE
It is very easy to use and a great investment!
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Ingredients:
3-4 Zucchinis 
1 Cup Organic Cherry Tomatoes 
1 Cup Spinach
1 cup Crimini Mushrooms
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt
1 Tsp Red Chili Pepper 
2 Cloves Garlic 
1 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil 
1 Cup Trader Joes Organic Marinara Sauce
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Instructions:
Heat a skillet on medium heat, melt coconut oil, add tomatoes, mushrooms and finely chopped garlic and cook for 5-6 minutes. Meanwhile spiralize your Zucchini and heat Marinara sauce or pasta sauce of your choice. Next add the zucchini noodles into the skillet, along with your pasta sauce and keep on heat just until noodles are heated, (this only take a minute)... I like to keep the zucchini noodles relatively raw and not fully cooked.( Lastly serve in a large bowl, top with a handful of fresh spinach... you can add cheese or any protein your heart desires! Enjoy! 










Saturday, March 28, 2015

Banana NICEcream 3 Ways




Banana "Nice" Cream can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert... any hour of the day is a good time for banana "nice" cream. Its a simple, versatile and a satisfying meal that I enjoy for breakfast at least three times a week. Its as simple as throwing a few frozen ripe bananas into a high speed blender, and blending until smooth and creamy (looks like soft serve ice cream). Today I will show you three different ways to prepare your "nice" cream! It is seriously so delicious, and will cut your ice cream craving!

Banana NICE Cream 3 ways


Prep Time                   Total Time 
       5                                   5
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Author: Alexa
Recipe Type: Breakfast/ Dessert 
Serves: 1
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Bananas have tons of nutritional benefits. They're loaded with vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, potassium, fiber and much more. Bananas help the body fuel through the day and keep you energized. This recipe can be adjusted with whatever your heart desires. Peanut butter, cocoa powder, fruits, leafy greens are great ingredients that are amazing blended in.

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Ingredients:
Simple "nice" cream
2-4 very ripe (spotty/brown bananas) frozen bananas
cinnamon
*Topped with medjool dates


Berry tart "nice" cream
2-4 very ripe (spotty/brown bananas) frozen bananas
3/4 cup blackberries
half a lemon (squeezed)
*Topped with fresh blackberries

Kale "nice" cream
2-4 very ripe (spotty/brown bananas) frozen bananas
1/4 cup coconut water
2 cups Kale
*Topped with hemp seeds and frozen mango chunks

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Instructions:
Simply throw in the ingredients into a high speed blender or food processor and blend away. Below are some photos to show you what the process will look like, if the mixture does not blend up right away, do not worry! Just stop the blending and use a spoon to move around the mixture, and continue to blend... and be patient! :-)




Here are different ways I have recently enjoyed my banana "nice" cream...The photos bellow: Papaya cut in half, hollowed out, filled with my Simple "nice" cream  (recipe listed above) topped with organic coconut sugar, strawberries, raspberries and passionfruit.




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rise & Shine Acai Bowl





Acai Bowls are a huge trend and I always wondered how to make my own. This Acai Bowl has a unique twist to it... coffee. My boyfriend Chancy loves to surf, he also loves to surf very early in the morning... and when I say early, I mean wake up at 5 am and paddle out as the sun rises. Of course I love to be a supportive girlfriend, But really? 5 am!? haha. The one thing that wakes me up before his early morning surf is a quick stop at our favorite Juicery . The juicery offers unique Acai bowls with an interesting and delicious twist. This recipe is inspired by the my favorite Acai bowl, which has a shot of espresso blended in! I chose to top it with homemade rolled oat granola, chia seeds and some of my favorite fruits that I find compliment Acai. If you are wondering what exactly Acai is, it is a purple berry that is very rich in antioxidants, great source of protein, and vitamins. Acai bowls are very versatile, you can blend in leafy greens, peanut butter, almond butter, and other berries!

Rise and Shine Acai Bowl

Prep Time               Total Time 
  10 mins                   10 mins
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Author: Alexa
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Serves: 1

This Acai bowl is packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins A, B & K, and many minerals such as potassium, magnesium, copper and iron. This bowl of fruity goodness is satisfying and will help you power through your day.
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Ingredients:
1-2 frozen ripe bananas 
1 Organic frozen pure Acai 3.53 oz (can be found at Sprouts)
1 Shot of espresso or 1/2 cup of dark roast organic fare trade coffee
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
Toppings:
Blackberries
Strawberries
Organic Raw Honey or Agave
Unsweetened Coconut
Mango
Kiwi
Chia Seeds  
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Instructions:
Add the frozen bananas and frozen Acai into a high speed blender or food processor. The mixture will begin to come together, then add in the almond milk, espresso (or cold coffee) and blend until smooth. You can then add your favorite toppings and enjoy! 





                                                                                                                        Photos by: Justin Arnold