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Health Benefits Of Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts are a germinated alfalfa flower seed, which is an edible flowering plant. These crunchy sprout based vegetables are loaded with many beneficial nutrients because they are a seed that is harvested before the plant fully matures. This provides us with the benefits of a seed and bioavailable nutrients and enzymes through the sprouting process. You commonly see these unique looking sprouts atop salads, sandwiches and soups.

This low calorie nutrient dense food can help prevent diseases and lower cholesterol due to its antioxidant and fiber content. The addition of sprouts to many culinary creations can add texture, crunch, moisture and color. Alfalfa sprouts can also be added to smoothies, egg dishes, yogurt and soft cheese mixes. Watch the Clearly Organic blog for upcoming recipes that incorporate alfalfa sprouts!

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Chicken Burrito Bowl With Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

Make your own takeout style burrito bowl at home. It’s easy to keep your kitchen stocked with wholesome ingredients when you have a great recipe for a personal size burrito bowl. This recipe can give you a balanced example for how to make a filling salad.

 

2 cups spring mix organic greens

1 cup cooked cauliflower and sweet potato rice

1/4 cup Clearly Organic Canned Corn

1/4 cup Clearly Organic Black Beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken

1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced

2 Tablespoons shredded pepper jack cheese

10 Clearly Organic Corn Chips

 

Place 2 cups spring mix greens in a bowl. Layer cauliflower and sweet potato rice, corn, beans, chicken, tomatoes and cheese on top. Serve with a side of organic corn chips.

 

Chicken Burrito Bowl With Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

 

Chicken Burrito Bowl With Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

 

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Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

By using a food processor you can make cauliflower and sweet potato chunks into rice. This is a great way to increase your vegetable intake. Cauliflower and sweet potato rice goes great as a side dish or as a flavorful addition to a burrito bowl.

 

1 medium size cauliflower, cut into chunks

2 medium size sweet potatoes, cut into chunks

3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper

 

Chop cauliflower and sweet potato into chunks and place in a food processor. If you have too many vegetable chunks to fit in your food processor then simply process the cauliflower and sweet potato separately or in two batches. This will yield a large bowl of cauliflower and sweet potato rice, but once the rice is cooked it shrinks down substantially.

In a large sauté pan melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add rice to the pan and stir in salt and pepper. Sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Enjoy as a side dish or mixed in a burrito bowl.

 

Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

 

Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

 

Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

 

Cauliflower And Sweet Potato Rice

 

 

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Activate Vitamin D

Now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining longer it’s time to allow our bodies more time outdoors to activate vitamin D. This fat soluble vitamin helps calcium, magnesium and phosphate absorb in our intestinal tract. The unique aspect of vitamin D is that it can be ingested from foods that we eat or it can be synthesized from sun exposure. About 10 minutes outside is all it takes to naturally activate vitamin D.

Foods containing vitamin D include fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna. Most vitamin D containing foods in the US are fortified like dairy products, soy milk and some cereals. While we can achieve our vitamin D needs from dietary intake it’s also nice to allow the sun its chance to brighten our mood, boost our immune system and allow vitamin D time to activate. Take advantage of your spring and summer months with more time outdoors.

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Lemon Muffins

If you love lemon this recipe is for you! These delightful citrus treats are refreshing and delicious. They go great paired with vanilla yogurt and seasonal fruit.

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Sugar
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Sesame Seeds, toasted (optional)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 lemons, zested and juiced
1 1/4 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Coconut Oil, melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla

For the lemon glaze:
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese, at room temp
1 cup Clearly Organic Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
Extra zest for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners or grease with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Whisk flour, sugar, sesame seeds, baking powder, salt and lemon zest from 3 lemons together in a mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl whisk milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Pour batter into muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

While muffins are baking prepare glaze. Whisk together softened cream cheese, lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth. When the muffins come out of the oven poke several holes in each muffin with the toothpick. Then drizzle glaze over the top and let cool for ten minutes. Garnish with lemon zest or a small lemon wedge if desired.

 

Lemon Muffins

 

 

Lemon Muffins

 

Lemon Muffins

 

Lemon Muffins

 

Lemon Muffins

 

Lemon Muffins

 

Lemon Muffins

 

 

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Protein

If you’ve ever followed a nutrition or fitness plan you have probably heard talk about the importance of protein and its ability to help build muscle. Protein serves many different functions in our body in addition to building and maintaining lean muscle mass. When protein is digested it’s broken down into amino acids which help balance hormones and form the building blocks of our brains neural network. Protein is a big part of what makes us feel full and satisfied at a meal.

People often ask how much protein they should consume in a day. The answer can depend on your weight, gender and fitness goals. However, the Recommended Daily Allowance for protein, set by medical professionals, is .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. A 150lbs person would need about 54 grams of protein per day.

A high protein diet is often recommended during a fat loss program because of its ability to digest slowly and satisfy hunger. The key to protein consumption is balance. It’s best to choose a wide variety of animal and plant based proteins while striving to have a combination of protein, whole grain carbohydrates and healthy fats at each meal and snack.

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Stove Top Oats

This classic food can take on a different form with each passing season. Spring and Summer often make me enjoy my oats chilled with a side of fruit, yogurt and my oat staple – almond butter.

1 cup water
3/4 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk
1 cup Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
10 blackberries
1/2 banana, sliced
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Almond Butter
2 Tablespoons chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts)
2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
Dash of cinnamon

Bring water, milk and vanilla to a boil in a small pot. Add oats and stir. Let simmer on medium low heat for 5-8 minutes stirring occasionally. Oat mix will thicken and absorb all the liquid. Let cool. Portion oats evenly into two bowls. Then also portion fruit, nuts, nut butter, yogurt and chia seeds evenly into the two bowls. Recipe serves 2.

 

Stove Top Oats

 

Stove Top Oats

 

Stove Top Oats

 

Stove Top Oats

 

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Citrus Asparagus Salad

This unique citrus salad is a perfect spring side dish. It highlights seasonal foods that blend beautifully to create a refreshing and nutritious salad.

1 lb thick asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced
Zest from one orange
1 orange, segmented
4 oz Romano cheese
2 Tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
3 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons toasted hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper

Place all ingredients in a medium size salad bowl and toss. Prepare salad 30 minutes before serving to allow time for flavors to blend.

 

Citrus Asparagus Salad

 

Citrus Asparagus Salad

 

Citrus Asparagus Salad

 

Citrus Asparagus Salad

 

Citrus Asparagus Salad

 

 

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Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconut has recently become the new trendy ingredient that’s popping up in all kinds of products. From food to water, skin care products and even straight coconut oil for use on your hair and lips. What’s behind the recent excitement over this long standing natural oil? A growing number of studies have shown that adding coconut oil to your diet can be a great way to improve your well-being, overall heath and appearance.

One of the central health benefits of coconut oil is its medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), this substance helps to build and maintain muscle mass. Which in turn boosts your bodies energy expenditure and ability to burn calories. MCT’s have also been linked to improved brain function, memory and disease prevention. Next time you’re preparing vegetables for a stir fry, making popcorn or baking consider trying organic coconut oil for its health benefits and delicious flavor.

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Soft Cooked Eggs In Salsa

This recipe can be a delicious protein packed breakfast option or a hearty lunch choice. Soft cooked eggs go great over wilted greens and organic brown rice.

3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil
3 or 4 eggs
1 jar Clearly Organic Black Bean Salsa
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Brown Rice, cooked
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook Clearly Organic Brown Rice according to package. While rice is cooking in a sauté pan (with a lid) over medium heat place chopped spinach and olive oil. Stirring occasionally cook until spinach starts to wilt. This will only take about 3-5 minutes. Remove spinach from pan and set aside in a bowl. Pour entire jar of Clearly Organic Black Bean Salsa into sauté pan. Notch out holes for the eggs and crack eggs into holes. Heat pan on medium high heat and cover with lid to let eggs cook. While eggs are cooking arrange wilted spinach and cooked brown rice in a bowl. Once eggs are soft cooked place them over the brown rice and spinach mix. Top with cheddar cheese. The egg and salsa combination goes great with a few organic blue corn
chips!

 

Soft Cooked Eggs In Salsa

 

Soft Cooked Eggs In Salsa

 

Soft Cooked Eggs In Salsa

 

Soft Cooked Eggs In Salsa

 

Soft Cooked Eggs In Salsa

 

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