I love squash. A lot of people underestimate it but it is versatile and soaks in flavours really well. I use Spaghetti Squash quite a bit, but I have not tried "pasta" with summer squash and looking at this, I will definitely have to. This is a wonderfully easy recipe Nida brings to us today that we can adapt to suit our taste buds. W.P
Oh my gosh Summer is fully in season - even though we're getting all sorts of rain (??) lol but I'm seeing lots of my friends talk about their farmers market finds and goodies. One of my favorite parts of summer is the squash and zucchini and i absolutely adore squash and zucchini noodles! The marinara is something i've been wanting to try for a while because there is nothing like fresh basil and tomatoes. If you can manage to get high quality olive oil, its well worth it in every scenario. The buttery, nutty taste of a pure olive oil really lends itself well to the sensational basil and tender tomatoes.
What you need:
2 yellow squash
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
6 Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil & Italian herbs
2 tablespoons crushed walnuts
1 tablespoon garlic flavoured extra virgin olive oil (regular is fine too)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic)
1 teaspoon onion powder (or 1 tablespoon chopped red onion)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
10-15 fresh basil leaves
1 pitted date
A few sprinkles ground pepper
A few sprinkles Himalayan/sea salt
How to prepare:
H/T: Divine Healthy Food
Here's an easy way to serve up a healthy dessert and it is also perfect for the month of Ramadan. Nida goes in depth to help us understand why. Pop 1 of these at suhoor or iftar and you will have a serious jolt of energy! W.P
No bake energy bites are the best way to have fun with your kids in the kitchen and enjoy healthy treats. These no bites are packed with powerful ingredients including the superfood Maca. This will easily be the coolest "keep your kids busy for a while without electronics" activity while kids are off during the summer! The best part is how versatile they are to make. If your family doesn't care for coconut, try dusting it with cacao powder. Mix the cacao powder in stevia to make it less bitter for the kids. Use dates to make it more moist or sweet. Try it and let me know what you think!
Why I heart these ingredients:
SunFood Red Maca supplies iron and helps restore redblood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. It keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly.
Cranberries contain a powerful cocktail of protective phytonutrients such as flavonoids and phenolic acids which contain protective, disease-preventing compounds that act as antioxidants in the body. Cranberries may also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, inhibiting LDL oxidation, lowering blood pressure and inhibiting the formation of blood clots.
Almonds are high in fat (the good kind). According to Vegetarian Times, 60 percent of the fatty acids in almonds are mono-unsaturated, a healthful fat that can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol. Almonds are also a good source of vitamin E and antioxidants. Almond skins are high in fiber, which act as a probiotic and improve digestive health and strengthen your immune system.
Coconut is a good source of iron which is crucial for the formation of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that is responsible for getting oxygen to each part of your body. Without enough iron, your cells don’t get sufficient oxygen, which can lead to weakness and fatigue.
Sea salt naturally helps you to build up a strong immune system so that you can fight off the cold virus, the fever and flu, allergies and other autoimmune disorders. It is alkalizing to the body, as it has not been exposed to high heat and stripped of its minerals, nor does it have any harmful man-made ingredients added to it.
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
2 cups Cranberries
2 cups almonds
2 cups coconut flakes
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp organic coconut oil
red/white maca powder
Mix and form into balls, dusk with coconut flakes for presentation.
Hat Tip: Eating with Sole
Who wants to drink some Algae? No, it's not a dare - if we can down smoothies made of all sorts of funky veggies and use Algae face masks, why not learn more about what other benefits it has to offer? Check out what Nida has for us today!
I had promised some more detoxes or smoothies and here we are - Today I bring you a smoothie with the single ingredient that is 1,000 more powerful than fruits and veggies. You might be saying what the wha..?! If you're hoping its chocolate, sadly its not (believe me I would be a champion in that category if it were haha!) Its Klamath Blue-green algae. I'm going to give you some detail on the benefits and its source, since its not a commonly heard of ingredient. I also want to stress on the fact that LESS is MORE here.
It comes from the Klamath Lake - home to a particular type of blue green algae called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, which is similar to spirulina and chlorella, but just a wee bit different.
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is a type of cyano-bacteria that biologically is quite similar to spirulina. It’s actually toxic in most places where it’s grown, but Klamath Lake is remarkably pure and free of toxins so the blue-green algae there can be ingested by humans.
It is the ultimate brain food and a powerful PINEAL GLAND ACTIVATOR! It contains more protein, B12 and chlorophyll than any other food on the planet. It is rich in neuropeptide precursors which are vital for neurotransmission which allows brain neurons (neurotransmitters) to communicate with each other in learning and memory.
“The greatest value of A.F.A. is not only its nutrient concentration, but its effect on the nervous system, specifically the pituitary, pineal, and hypothalamus. People taking A.F.A. have reported an overall increase in mental alertness, mental stamina, short and long term memory, problem solving, creativity, dream recall, a greater sense of well being and centeredness.” – Dr Gabriel Cousens, health guru
Not only is Klamath Blue Green Algae a powerful brain food for the pineal,pituitary and hypothalamus, it is the most nutrient dense food on the planet! In addition to its high potency, the body only has to use a small amount of energy to metabolize it. This makes it easy for the body to absorb and assimilate its nutrients, which it is full of. Klamath Blue Green Algae is full of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll, simple carbohydrates, fatty acids, neuropeptide precursors, lipids, glyco-proteins and enzymes.
Additional Klamath Blue Green Algae Benefits:
Klamath Green Algae Smoothie
Ingredients (all organic preferred)
H/T: Well and Awake
We have been working with Muneeba from Cakes by Muneeba for the past one year. We have done several events together and are also her clients. One of our clients introduced us and we have been hooked since then. So we thought it was about time we introduce her to all of you! Her cakes and cookies are not only gorgeous, they're extremely tasty too. She is extremely passionate about what she does and always goes above and beyond our expectations. That is one of the biggest reasons she has a clientele which has built up through word of mouth. My heart breaks every time I see someone cutting a cake made by her. Whenever I see such elaborate cakes, I wish I could preserve them forever just as they are. That is what cameras are for, so take a look at some of her work. I had requested Muneeba to send us a short story about her work along with some pictures. Enjoy! We know you will want to reach out to her for your next big event.
My passion for baking, decorating cakes and making desserts goes back to my childhood days. As a family, we are obsessed with sweets and desserts. My father in particular has an intense appetite for sweets and my mom loved to create new recipes. Growing up, I remember watching and admiring her. It was wonderful seeing her prepare mouthwatering desserts and gourmet cakes routinely. I aspire to be in her place one day. As a kid, whenever my mom called me to the kitchen for some assistance, I was always delighted to help her. Whenever she would let me gave her a hand I helped her and these were my happiest moments. I have to admit, I just didn't pick up the profession of making cakes and desserts randomly. It was always in my genes and I worked towards making it into a career for myself.
While my interest grows with time, I didn't start professionally until recently. Friends and families, who had tasted my products, motivated me greatly to advance my work to the next level. To polish my skills further, I took a refresher course and then started offering my products to clients. While my portfolio contains a variety of desserts, baking and decorating cakes is my core competency. I offer customized cakes from a wide range of sizes, designs, themes, fillings and decorations. Other products that have attracted customers and gained popularity include fruit tarts, customized cookies and cupcakes. I love to share ideas and immensely value any input that comes from my clients in fulfilling their orders. I feel honored to receive some very positive and encouraging reviews from my clients and they only make me strive for betterment. It has been a pleasure working with Kitchen Cultures on all their events and personal celebrations as well. Now I hope to bake for you too!
You can reach me via www.cakesbymuneeba.ca and my work can also be viewed on my Facebook page “cakes by muneeba”. I sincerely look forward to filling your life with sweetness as well as joy from my cakes.
Gwummmllppp is the sound that I want to make when I look at this picture from Sweet Talk! I just wanna pick these delicious looking brownies and scarf them all down. Unfortunately, I have never been able to develop a liking for dates. I really, really wish I liked them because they are so great for desserts. Here's one brilliant example of how they can be used in a nutrition packed alternative to brownies- everyone's favourite.
Hey you, yeah you. I know your mind went there when you saw the title of this post. Well, guess what? Stay there. Cause you're about to fall in love with these 5 minutes brownies. The recipe speaks for itself. So if you're trying to do something special for someone (read: guys you can't possibly mess this up!) or you're looking for an easy way to do something healthy, THIS. IS. IT.
Now go run your cute behinds to your kitchen and whip these up!
1 cup hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1 cup medjool dates*
1/2 cup cacao powder (or carob)
1/4 cup coconut flour
3 tablespoons raw liquid sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of himalayan salt
*If you're using regular dates soak them first in warm water to allow them to soften.
1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until a ball of brownie dough forms. This will take a few minutes. If the dough is too wet add a tbsp more coconut flour and if too dry add another date or two.
2. Press brownie mixture into a small square pan lined with parchment paper and put in the fridge until ready to eat. You can either cut the brownies into small squares or use your favourite cookie cutter to cut out small 'two bite' shapes and sprinkle with cacao nibs if desired.
*I would suggest letting your brownies sit in the fridge for 20 minutes (to firm up) before using a cookie cutter to make your bites.
H/T: Sweet Talk
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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