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Whether or not you have Irish roots St. Patrick’s Day seems to draw most people into a state of celebration around green beer and corned beef. Although these are St. Paddy’s Day originals here are a few other festive and healthy ways to enjoy this Irish holiday.
Try our Shamrock Smoothie. This green minty drink is where healthy meets indulgence. The vibrant green color comes from Mother Nature – Spinach! However, the added sweetness from bananas and dark chocolate make the smoothie seem like dessert.
Potatoes are an Irish staple. Try this simple sweet potato recipe for a fun and delicious way to roast any kind of spud. Organic sweet potatoes are a filling and nutritious way to balance out any meal, any time of year.
Stay hydrated with mint or lime infused water. Sticking with the green theme is the essence of St. Patrick’s Day so keep yourself hydrated after your green beer with fresh mint water. Limes and oranges are also great citrus add ins that make water refreshing and easy to drink.
This St. Patrick’s Day enjoy a festive and nutritious green smoothie. This Shamrock Smoothie is easy to make as a healthy snack or dessert.
1 medium size banana, sliced and frozen
3/4 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
10 dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
Add contents to a small blender and blend until completely smooth. About 2 minutes. Add a few extra chocolate chips and whipped topping if desired.
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 cups Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 3/4 cup Clearly Organic Almond Milk (or cow’s milk)
1/3 cup Clearly Organic Maple Syrup
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Coconut Oil, melted
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Vanilla
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. In a sauté pan slightly toast chopped walnuts over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes. In a medium size mixing bowl combine oats, toasted walnuts, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Stir to combine. In a separate mixing bowl combine milk, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla, whisk together ingredients then add melted coconut oil and continue whisking. Combine wet and dry ingredients and gently stir. Add 1 cup frozen blueberries to the mixture, gently toss then pour contents into the 8×8 baking dish. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup blueberries over the top and sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar on top, this will add a little extra sweetness and crunch. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes.
I prefer baked oatmeal warm with a little plain Greek yogurt and honey. The dish of oatmeal can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can be easily reheated in the microwave for individual portions.
When someone is diagnosed with a food allergy or intolerance it’s common to receive a list of foods and products that they should avoid or eliminate from their daily meal plan. While it’s very important to steer clear of foods that cause your body discomfort and illness, it’s also helpful to focus on all the foods you can still enjoy. The list of foods people can continue to enjoy is always much longer than the list of foods you should eliminate.
It’s important to open up your possibilities and take away the negativity and limitations that food allergies and intolerances can often bring. Food allergies often make people more dependent on natural ingredients, fruits, vegetables and organic products. By looking at the positive side of any lifestyle change we can all benefit from embracing new stages in our lifelong journey for health and wellbeing.
If I’m honest I spent many of my younger years joyfully scarfing down a bowl of cereal for my breakfast. I’m still guilty of an occasional carbohydrate based first meal, but after experiencing a hearty protein and vegetable based breakfast (or any meal for that matter) it’s hard to want anything else. Studies show that people who consume high protein, moderate calorie, breakfasts are less hungry throughout the day and showed favorable changes in hormone and brain signals that controlled appetite and cravings.
Some great hearty breakfast options are eggs sautéed with veggies and a little cheese. Plain yogurt or cottage cheese mixed with berries are an excellent option. Even whole grain bread with egg and avocado is a delicious and nutritious way to start your morning. The main hinderance for most people when it comes to breakfast is the simple reality of time. Cooking real food does take longer than pouring a bowl of cereal. However, if you want to be serious about breakfast it can be done in advance. Prioritizing cooking breakfast one day a week or prepping food the night before is all it takes. Watch the Clearly Organic blog for some hearty breakfast recipes that can provide multiple days worth of delicious meals.
I first tried this chocolate cake recipe when I wanted to find a healthy treat for my 1 year olds birthday party. It turned out to be a family favorite.
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Honey
1/4 cup Clearly Organic Sugar
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Peanut Butter 1 egg
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Vanilla Whipped Topping:
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with Clearly Organic cooking spray. In a blender add bananas, yogurt, honey, sugar, vanilla and peanut butter. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl add egg then mix well. Add flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Stir to combine and evenly distribute. Mix in 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips. Pour batter into greased baking dish and sprinkle with a few more chocolate chips if desired. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let completely cool before adding topping.
For the topping: Place heavy whipping cream in a bowl and beat on high, with an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Fold in vanilla and sugar.
Rebecca is the in-house dietitian for Best Choice & Clearly Organic. She answers customers’ questions including, “What’s the difference between a nutritionist and dietitian, and who should I be seeking health & wellness advice from?
This recipe cooks organic noodles in a rich broth loaded with leeks, scallions, garlic cauliflower and cream. Leeks, cauliflower and garlic make a great comfort food that is wholesome, healthy and delicious. The best part about this dish is that it can be made completely organic, in one pot in under 30 minutes!
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil 4 cloves garlic, minced
3 green onions, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 cups cauliflower florets, chopped
1/2 pound Clearly Organic Angel Hair Pasta (half the box)
2 cups Clearly Organic Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Whole Milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan
Pinch of red pepper flakes
In a large pot heat oil, garlic, green onion, leeks and shallots over medium heat for 8 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Add broth, milk, cream and noodles. Bring contents to a boil while you gently stir. Add salt and pepper and 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Reduce heat to medium low and cook until pasta is tender and sauce thickens. About 15 minutes. Stir contents to evenly distribute. Serve in individual bowls with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, the remaining Parmesan cheese and a few avocado slices if desired.
When you think of what’s in season the month of February your mind might wonder to dark chocolate, gummy shaped hearts and red velvet cake. Although these foods are mighty tasty they are not going to provide us the nourishment our bodies need all month long. Surprisingly February offers a wide variety of vegetables that often get forgotten and overlooked in the produce department.
Leeks are at their peek in January and February. Don’t be intimidated by this large green onion looking vegetable. It has a nice mellow flavor that goes great in soups, casseroles and vegetarian dishes. Winter greens such as kale, endive, collards and chard are perfect options for a unique texture and flavor in salads and wraps. The Clearly Organic blog has a colorful and delicious recipe for a collard green wrap.
Once you try a beet prepared well I promise you’ll go back for more. Beets are also an intimidating vegetable that most people don’t think to purchase on a regular basis. However, February is a great time to try our roasted beet recipe. They are simple and delicious.
Keep watch for more recipes with some of Februarys finest seasonal vegetables.
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Chia Seeds
1 1/2 cups Clearly Organic Almond Milk
2 bananas, frozen
2 cups frozen strawberries
In a small bowl add Clearly Organic Chia Seeds and 1/2 cup almond milk. Stir seeds into the milk and let soak in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Place frozen banana slices and remaining almond milk in a small blender. Blend until smooth. Add frozen strawberries and blend until smooth again. Pour soaked chia mixture into blender contents and purée until smooth and creamy. Pour contents into cups and top with additional frozen fruit and a sprinkle of chia seeds if desired.