**Editors Note: This post was written in 2011, and the recipes in this post are the most popular recipes on my website! To find the recipes, scroll down to the bottom. If you would like to read how these recipes came about, continue reading below!**
Last night I taught a healthy living class.
And like always, as the guest were arriving, I was behind on everything...
I had friends making Peanut Butter Pong Balls(made with almond butter instead), made my dad run to McDonalds to get some 'samples' (of no-no's), and I was busy making sure things were set and ready to go...Oh and repeating in my mind the things I was going to say.
I decided to do a display table of ingredients I love that I think everybody should include in their daily eating lifestyle. Each had a little note card with info about the ingredient.
That, and I figured I would most likely forget to talk about them...so they were there for people to look at.
My mom asked why some of the notecards read, "Super Sexy" and "Totally Awesome" in which I basically replied, "That's how I talk Maaaaoooommm DUH."
When it came time, everybody crowded around me waiting to hear what I had to say. Pretty much through my whole presentation I was scatterbrained.
(This is a GREAT picture of me!)
"So these are Chia Seeds, they are full of Omega-3's! Oh wait! Let's talk about lunches!"
I'm also pretty sure in the beginning my voice shook like thunder due to nerves, and I sounded like I wanted to cry. I also said the phrase, "I could pound it when it came to eating..."
My grandma that was there had NO idea what I was talking about...
All together though, I had such an amazing time. It meant the world to me to have the people that I loved, look up to, and even leaders who taught me, be there and support me and my passion.
I tried my best to get my message across, and I am praying tonight that people understood more than, "Uh dummm...I like Spinach. It's tasty...I like to drink it too."
Besides that, I wanted everyone to know that this world that God has created for us brings forth so many amazing whole, fresh, and natural foods. We need to stop feeding our bodies packaged, processed, mass produced, and an excess of animal products. We need to start giving our body the wholesome food that it deserves and needs to survive, which are things like grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes.
I also figured if anything, I could win over there hearts with samples.
My first sample was a green smoothie, which if you know me is an obvious choice for a sample. :-)
I really wanted to get across that adding a green smoothie into your every day lifestyle will do wonders in it self. Your giving your body things that you would most likely not eat on its own, especially in its raw state (not cooked, doused with dressing, etc.).
They are great for babies, toddlers, kids, AND adults. Not to mention, they are SO versatile. If you follow me on facebook, you might have heard that a smoothie made with milk, spinach, kale, chard, cocoa powder, cherries, and bananas is like dessert! (Something that NO one would complain about :-) )
But I have to say I am kind of mean. I didn't just do an original green drink. I made it hard core and beefed it up with tons of greens...
I really wanted them to like me.
Everything Green Smoothie
Everything Green Smoothie
*This smoothie makes quite a bit and could easily serve two adults. Unless your like me and can eat for two, then you could drink it all on it's own. It could also serve 2-3 kids, one mama and 2 children...etc.. :-)
1 c. non dairy milk, more if needed for thinning out smoothie
handful of fresh spinach
handful of fresh kale, no stems
handful of swiss chard
2 green apple, cold and cit into slices/core removed
1/2 medium cold cucumber
1 frozen banana, sliced
1 TB. chia seeds
sweetener of choice, stevia is what I used/honey works well too (1-2 tsp.)
1 1/2 c. ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy. Drink immediately. Enjoy!
I could tell people were a little worried when it came to try it.
That's ok, I made sure I shoved one down everyones throat whether they liked it or not. :-)
Next came a little something sweet:
Peanut Butter Protein and Energy Balls. (I made them with almond butter instead though.)
Everyone really enjoyed these. They were something sweet that you could pop in your mouth if you wanted to satisfy your sweet tooth. OR, if you need a boost during the day, wanted a snack after a workout, or even something for your kiddos after school. Naturally sweetened, full of healthy fats, proteins, and made with....Love...
Up next we had a Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad.
Yet again, I was mean and didn't make their sample with quinoa. I actually was thinking later that night that throwing in some grain would definitely add more "Va Va Voom" to this meal, so the next day I made it again.
You get your protein from the beans and quinoa, some good grains from the quinoa, healthy fats from the avocados, veggies from the spinach and tomatoes, and delicious-ness from the tasty dressing.
Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad
1/2 c. dry quinoa
1 1/2 c. vegetable broth
(OR 1 c. prepared/cooked quinoa)
1 c. garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 diced onions
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 avocados, diced
1 bunch cilantro, bottom stems cut off
2 c. spinach
2 tsp. dijon mustard
zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 juicy lemon, or two not so juicy lemons :)
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper
Prepare quinoa according to package directions. I like to use a rice cooker on the white rice setting to make it easy!
Once the quinoa is cooked, set it aside to cool.
In a food processor, add cilantro and spinach. Process the greens until the are chopped up finely.
In a bowl, add the chickpeas, chopped greens, tomatoes, avocado, onion, and garlic.
In a bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Pour over the salad.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat! Enjoy!
Salad originally adapted from Oh She Glows, Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad.
I found an unpleasant surprise in my cilantro.
Yuck. Dirt is so disgusting.
This is hands down one of my favorite salads to date!
Everything turned out to be such a success! I am so grateful for those that came out to support me!
And of coarse, none of this would be possible without you guys!! Thanks for coming back each and every day and supporting me...
I know things tend to get a little "Cray Cray" over here some times...
Come back Friday and see what Baby Boo is eating off those beaters. :-)!