Okay guys…..the flu and cold season is definitely upon us. People are coughing in the grocery stores, sneezing at the gym, sniffling at the office, and like it or not…. toddlers are actually wiping boogers on each other. Geez….that has always grossed me out more than anything else. So what are we to do??? Buy my new favorite superfood, Camu Camu Powder.
You are probably thinking, “What the heck is that?” Well, Navitas Naturals Camu Camu Powder comes from the camu berry and is one of the world’s most abundant sources of vitamin C—as much as 60 times more C per serving than an orange. Can you freakin’ believe this? But yes, this antioxidant-rich berry from Amazon is also a plentiful source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids and powerful phytochemicals. Just one teaspoon brings in over 1,000% the RDA for Vitamin C. The taste is slightly tart, but kind of yummy. Like a not so sweet “sweet tart.” I like to put a teaspoon in my morning smoothie! Or you can sprinkle it on some yogurt or add it to a cold pressed juice.
As with all super foods, if you are on medication, check with your doctor before taking. :)
And they can all be found in this ONE fantastic soup recipe I found on the Super Healthy Kids site I told you guys about a while back. Find the whole recipe here. There’s nothing I love more than a super food meal that tastes as good as it is for you. This is one of those meals! It’s a great segue from long summer days to cool fall evenings. The soup is filling and loaded with protein, fiber, and vitamins. Make it, eat it, share it with your friends!
My sister in law in Richmond sent me an article a few months ago about Sweet Potato Toast. OMG. Who knew? It is like the new #avocadotoast, y’all. And it can easily meet (almost) EVERYONE’s vast dietary needs and wants.
Tis the season for all things orange! I have linked a few of my favorite recipes and articles about Sweet Potato Toast below. Let me know when you try it and how you top it!
Check out mind body green for awesome articles and tips on EVERYTHING but this link has TEN tasty ways to top your tater. Some are more complicated than others. I am a fan of avocado and poached eggs but the coconut cream and strawberries looks pretty insane too.
Epicurious is my go to fancy schmancy site when I am looking for dinner party worthy bites. They sort of walk you through the beginnings of the toast here and then leave the toppings up to you. This is a good place to start for SPT neophytes.
Why do I eat superfoods? Because they make me feel soooooo good! I get a crazy energy boost and stay full! So how did this salad come about? I walked into my house the other day and was STARVING. This happens a lot because I live in Lynchburg and am definitely not surrounded by healthy and delish food restaurants (although I do have a few sweet fav’s) so I always run home for lunch. Well, I don’t really run, I drive.
I opened my fridge and had a bag of fresh organic chopped Kale that I got super cheap at Aldi’s. The great thing about pre-washed chopped kale is TIME! No washing, no taking out the stem, no chopping, and no cleaning the cutting board. So if you see it, grab it. I got my Simply Blonde Dressing that I always have on hand because it tastes good with everything and is super easy to make. So make it, use it, and always having it waiting around. If you are starving the last thing your going to do is start making a dressing even if it only takes one minute.
Next, what else was in the fridge? I found local feta and that’s it. Then, I hit up my sweet superfood cabinet. If you have it, you’ll eat it. So you have to buy these things and keep them stocked in your pantry or you’ll end up grabbing a bowl of cereal or yogurt or Uncrustable! These will NOT give you sustainable energy.
So here is a list of some of my fav’s that I always try and keep around that I added to my salad.
WHITE MULBERRIES. (love these because they are chewy and sweet. And they are an antioxidant powerhouse with lots of fiber)
HEMP SEED. (adds protein and has a little nutty flavor and crunch)
POMEGRANATE: (powerful disease protection) Eat them everyday if you can. When they are not in season you can get them frozen.
ALMONDS: (they’re crunchy, affordable, and a HEALTHY FAT–guys, we need fat. It keeps us satiated and super good for brain health. We just don’t want the crappy Twinkie and Krispy Creme kind of fat—-well, not on a daily basis.
Have you guys hopped on the spiralizer bandwagon yet? Spiralizers are super affordable and you can spiralize literally anything, well almost anything. Fun to use, easy to make healthy meals, and a total crowd pleaser!
If you aren’t ready to commit to yet another piece of kitchen equipment, a lot of grocery stores (like Whole Foods and Wegmans) will provide veggies already spiraled for you (I am all about this convenience!).
Anyway, there are tons of options but I thought I would share one of my SUPER EASY favorites.
Squash and zucchini are certainly more summer veggies that are accessible all year but feel free to try this dish with fall produce like sweet potatoes and rutabagas. Like a lot of things I “cook”, no recipe is required. Let me just share with you what I did.
Cover the bottom of a flat, heavy pan with water. While bringing water to a boil, spiralize two medium zucchini. Place into the water and cover. It takes no time at all so stay with it, moving the zucchini around frequently just until they get soft and wilted. While this is happening, toast a few pine nuts.
Pull your “noodles” out of the pan, drain and pat dry, and place on two dinner plates. Add a drizzle of evoo, a squirt of fresh lemon juice, a few sliced baby tomatoes, some chopped basil, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese to each plate (or skip the cheese to make it vegan, duh).
OMG. So delicious with an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect light, simple meal. Serve alongside grilled chicken if you like!