Fresh and Festive Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Do you ever go to the doctor and you get called in right away so you think,”nice maybe this won’t take a million years,” but then you sit in the room for like 10 years waiting for the doc to come in? Yeah, that’s me right now. And I may or may not be absolutely starving.

So I thought “what better way to ease my hunger pangs than looking at pictures of food?” Mayyyyybe not my best idea hehe BUT some good did come out of it because I stumbled across this beauty of a salad that I made for Thanksgiving and totally forgot to share the recipe with you guys!!!!

This bad boy is SO EASY, takes two seconds to whip up, and look at it. It’s red and green. Did someone say perfect Christmas party food?!? I think yes!!!!! Surprise all your friends, family, and/or co-workers with a fresh dose of health and deliciousness with this festive little number.

Ope, doc just got here I gotta go. Make the salad you won’t regret it!!!!!

Fresh and Festive Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups shaved brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add your brussels, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and lemon zest to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add your olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until fully mixed (I usually stick it in my magic bullet for about 10 seconds).
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss. Enjoy!!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Collagen Energy Balls

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I recently discovered I could buy poppy seeds in bulk at Superstore and since I can’t resist a sale I had to buy them, of course (because what individual person doesn’t need a bulk bag of tiny little poppy seeds).

So, I sat down and thought about what I could possibly do with a bag of poppy seeds and DUH lemon poppy seed anything!!!! One of the best flavor combos of all time (in my personal opinion, at least) and I just so happened to have been craving it lately so it was perfect timing! Yay coincidences!

But now came the real challenge. I knew what flavor I wanted to make, but WHAT would I make? There’s the obvious lemon poppy seed muffins, I even thought of maybe a healthier lemon poppy seed scone, but I really didn’t feel like baking. With summer around the corner, I wanted something light, cool, and QUICK. More time outside, less time in the hot kitchen, know what I’m sayin? So that settled it: lemon poppy seed BALLS. Yuuuuuuuuup that’s a winner!

They’re light. They’re yummy. They take all of 5 minutes (if that) to make. They give you a great little boost of energy and protein. They’re the perfect grab ‘n’ go snack for the beach or a bike ride or any summer outside activity. ANDDDDDDDD. They’re good for you? Obviously! Would I get you guys hyped up about anything that wasn’t gonna be having your body singin’? HECK NO!

SO the health benefits:

Poppy seeds are actually more than just a pretty face. They’re surprisingly high in iron, calcium, and zinc! Sayy whatttttttt?! Plus add in the cell healing qualities of collagen peptides and energy boost from coconut oil (and so much more) and these are some miraculously healthy lil cuties.

So now I’m quite happy with my bulk poppy seed purchase because I’m gonna be making these balls all summer long baby! So time to go buy your own bulk purchase of poppy seeds and jump on the bandwagon. Enjoy!

 

Lemon Poppy Seed Collagen Energy Balls

  • Servings: 9 Balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup oat flour (I just put rolled oats in my Vitamix and blend on high for about 10 seconds)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 Tbsp collagen peptides (I use Organika)
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp melted organic virgin coconut oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • Optional unsweetened shredded coconut flakes to roll them in

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine your flours and collagen powder so they’re evenly mixed.
  2. In a high-powered blender or food processor, add the pitted dates and blend until they turn into more of a butter consistency (there may still be lumps, but that’s okay).
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Blend until everything is well combined.
  4. Add the flours and blend until you have a thick, dough-like consistency (scraping down the sides as necessary so everything is thoroughly combined).
  5. Finally, add in your poppy seeds and pulse until they’re evenly mixed in.
  6. Scoop out dough balls about the size of a heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  7. At this point, if you’re rolling your balls in coconut flakes, you can do that now. Then pop you naked or coconut-covered balls in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up and then enjoy!
  8. * I store them in the fridge and they usually last for about 5-7 days


Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

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It’s that time of year again, the time of the sicklings. Well, I guess the second time of year for Edmonton because the first time everyone is sick is when it starts getting cold and now we’re getting the second wave of sickness because it’s been months and, you guessed it, IT’S STILL SO COLD.

Now I haven’t gotten sick yet, (probably just jinxed myself) but everyone surrounding me has been sick for weeks so I’m feeling either invincible or like I’m going to be sick any second now. BUT I snagged a giant bag of oranges for 50% off at the grocery store this morning so I’ve decided to fight as hard as I can against the sickness. Vitamin C power, baby.

I keep up with my foodie trends and I’ve noticed that tonics have been on the rise lately, so what better to make with my vitamin packed oranges than an immunity boosting tonic?

Side note here – what even is a tonic? I’ve always heard the word and just kind of gone along with it, but what sets a tonic apart from your average joe drink? I’m googling it. OK according to dictionary.com, a tonic is described as, “a medicine that invigorates or strengthens.” Ahhhh, so does that mean a gin & tonic will heal me? Hehe I’m all for that! JK I don’t think that’s the same kind of tonic (which confuses me). So tonics are all powerful healing drinks, boo-yah.

So what makes this guy a tonic, you ask? Have a seat, my friend, I gotcha. Let’s just list the ingredients here:

  • Fresh Orange Juice: B and C vitamins to seriously boost that immune system and energy levels.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: also a great source of vitamin C and promotes hydration.
  • Turmeric Root: contains a powerful compound called curcumin which is a natural anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties in circumin play a huge role in the inflammatory pathway in the body, helping to fight off chronic illness (which is why it’s so great in this tonic).
  • Ginger Root: contains gingerol which is also a powerful source of anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities. Ginger has been shown to reduce nausea and indigestion, boost your immune system, and relieve muscle pain and soreness, just to name a few key benefits.
  • Cinnamon: is another substance that is a strong anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants, and helps fight off foreign invaders in the body to keep you from getting sick.
  • Raw Honey: a great source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and anti-fungal and aids the body’s healing process.

So yeah, it’s a tonic. And not the Gin and Tonic kind of tonic, the real healing kind. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather and think your immune system could use a boost, or if you’re like me and just want to prevent what seems like the inevitable at this point, be nice to your body and give this tasty tonic a try.

 

Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp turmeric root
  • 2 Tbsp ginger root
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey (adjust according to how sweet you want it)
  • ½ – 1 cup water
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Directions

  1. Juice your orange, lemon, turmeric root, and ginger root.
  2. Add cinnamon, raw honey, and water, and blend until well combined. Enjoy!
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