Monday, March 31, 2014

A New Health Pyramid

For those of you concerned about what should be in your diet each day for a plant-based approach:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another Win For Quinoa!

Yes, its been quite a while since my last post. Mostly because my dear brother got married this month and life has been absolutely crazy! Exciting, but crazy:)

However, that has not stopped me from making a ton of new recipes (all of which will eventually be featured on this blog, so stay tuned!). One of my favorites over the last little while has been a salad. And I'm not really a salad person. If I'm going to eat my greens, I love them in a hummus wrap! Anyway, this salad comes to us by way of The Gluten Free Goddess. I fell in love with her website back when I had to cut wheat out of my diet (something I'm very glad I don't have to do anymore).

This Pear and Quinoa Salad with maple vinegar dressing is SO great! So when we had a St. Patrick's Day Potluck at work today, I signed up for a salad and hoped this one would be a winner. Boy, was it! I was afraid I brought too much and would have to take a lot home...I didn't even get a chance.

*If you want to make the dressing oil free, do it! I just used red wine vinegar and natural maple syrup. Like I said, it's one of my favorite salads! And I'm not a salad person:)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Healthy Truffle?

chocolate peanut butter "truffles"
Veg Kitchen

The truth of the matter is that there is no such thing as a real healthy truffle. Not really. BUT it is possible to make them healthier. True story. I'm not going to lie, but I have a bit of a chocolate sweet tooth. Especially dark chocolate. And when I found this recipe for a peanut butter chocolate protein truffle, I went nuts! Because not only does it have healthful grains, but it also has a healthy fruit... one that you'd never guess when trying one. Raisins.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle recipe comes from the brilliant Nava Atlas and her website Veg Kitchen. Its simple, its easy, and you can probably make it with things you already have in your kitchen. When I made these, I did not have wheat germ, so I used flax seed powder instead. These are loaded with protein, fiber, omega fatty acids (if you use the flax seed) and you wont feel as guilty giving them to your kids (or eating a few extra yourself). I'm not going to lie, I've sometimes been known to sneak more than eight onto my bedroom and eat all of them in one sitting.

Hope you like them!!