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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Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Veggies

roasted sweet potato hummus

Hello my healthy peeps! Sorry for the lack of posting lately but I have had a long, LONG couple of weeks and I just simply (and depressingly) didn’t have the time. I took this side job working at a little something called the Calgary Stampede which is a wild time, let me tell ya. Due to lack of sleep and food intake in the past 10 days, my body decided to rebel against my system and I became quite sick. Ya know when you can literally feel the toxins oozing out of you? Yeah, that’s where I was at for the last few days.

Although I’ll never subject my body to such murderous conditions again, this time has really allowed me to feel the effects of what not taking care of yourself feels like. My schedule allowed about 1 giant meal per day and an average of mayyyybe 5 hours of sleep if I was lucky. The rest of the time I was working. So it was a struggle to get in workouts and all the nutrients my body was used to consuming on a daily basis. And boyyy could I tell a difference. I was basically a zombie of my former self with zero brain power or energy and constant lack of focus.

BUT, on the bright side, now that I’m back in Edmonton and have been able to return to my usual healthy eating habits and catch up on sleep I’m back and better than ever! (Once, my sickness completely goes away, that is). It truly is amazing what some sleep, exercise, and good food does for the body. And if you’ve never experienced how good total healthiness feels, I can’t think of a more perfect snack to get you going down the road of complete bodily bliss than this sweet potato hummus and veggies!

SO here’s why you need to be eating sweet potato hummus (other than the obvious fact that it tastes freakin’ deeeeee-licious):

–  NUTRIENTS PEOPLE!!!! I’m talking protein, fiber, iron, zinc, folate, phosphorus, beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, AND SO MUCH MORE! The list is seriously endless.

– But what does all that mean? Well, it’s a healthy way of obtaining plant-based protein, it will help regulate your digestive health as well as your blood sugar, has anti-inflammatory properties, anddddd can help balance your cholesterol levels.

Seriously guys, this hummus takes all of a minute to make! All you have to do is throw everything in a blender and voila, instant tub of hummus for you to snack on for an entire week.  You don’t even need to dip veggies in it if you’re not feeling that, this tastes so good in salads and on sandwiches too! It could not be easier to get your nutrients in that your body craves. So get to blending already!!!

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Veggies

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup roasted sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Your favorite fresh chopped veggies (I like raw cauliflower, carrots, and peppers)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the raw veggies to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a bit more water depending on how thick you like your hummus.
  2. Serve with raw veggies and enjoy!


The Perfect Pear, Granola & Peanut Butter Snack Plate

Pear granola peanut butter plate

Life is a bit hectic right now between work, moving, cooking, and dog-sitting SO I’ve done a poll and since the majority of my followers said they mostly scroll through the writing portion of posts and skip straight to the recipe (which I don’t blame you for, gotta get straight to the goods), I’ve decided to keep things short and sweet. Or at least for now, until life is no longer so hectic.

This pear snacking plate has been a major component of my hectic life for the past few weeks so I figured I’d share it with you so it can become a part of your busy, hectic, healthy lives too. Enjoy, my peeps.

The Perfect Pear, Granola, & Peanut Butter Snack Plate

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Remove the core of your pear and thinly slice it.
  2. Arrange your thinly sliced pear on a plate and top with the remaining ingredients. Enjoy!


Frozen Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Banana Bites

Frozen chocolate peanut butter banana bites 1

I don’t know about you, but my sweet tooth is off the charts. Anytime I’m out to eat at a restaurant and whoever I’m with declines the dessert menu, a piece of me dies on the inside. Ugh. Dessert is just so good. And, not to mention, everyone deserves to treat themselves. SO TREAT YO-SELF.

As part of my journey to become healthier, I’ve done my best to cut out refined sugars. This has definitely made me more creative in the dessert category. One thing I will never give up though? Chocolate! And I don’t have to! Dark chocolate is actually good for you. Say whaaaa?! Yeah, you better believe it. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants which can fight free radicals in your body and improve your heart health, cholesterol, cognitive function, and blood sugar levels. Boo-yah, dark chocolate for the win.

And what’s a better combo than dark chocolate and bananas? Throw in some nut butter and boom. Knockout dessert. And super healthy! Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and fibre (just to name a few) so they are great for supporting proper heart and digestive health, as well as being a super source of energy. Nut butters get a bad wrap for being “high in fat,” but really they’re high in HEALTHY fats. Healthy fats actually help your heart health! Nut butters are also high in protein and fiber which helps your muscles grow big and strong and helps maintain a healthy digestive system.

The hardest part of making these tasty treats is waiting for them to freeze (I always sneak a few before they’re frozen, what a mess).  Also, here’s just a little tip for the dipping. I find the easiest dipping method is to stick a toothpick through the center of each banana and dunk them completely. Then pull it out and let the excess drip off. This helps the nut butter stay in place on the top, otherwise it can be tricky to keep it on the banana. Test it out and see what works best for you!

Okay I can’t ramble any more about these babies without eating one so it’s time for me to go. Enjoy!


Frozen Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Banana Bites

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ – 1 cup of your favorite peanut or almond butter
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Sea salt and more nut butter for garnish

Directions

  1. Slice bananas into ½ inch pieces. Top each piece with a dollop of nut butter.
  2. Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth.
  3. Dip each banana slice in the chocolate, being careful not to let the nut butter fall off. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and some more nut butter and place in the freezer.
  5. Enjoy once fully frozen.