Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Butternut Squash and Fiji Apple Soup

bsquashDuring the winter months I tend to reach for the heavier, richer foods that are more comforting. Now with a 10 week old, time seems to blow by even faster everyday which makes it a little harder to make some of the dishes I so love to make. So I’ve been on a search for something a little more filling but quick and hearty.

So today I threw in some butternut squash and roasted it, in between the laundry, emails, phone calls, and baby feedings. This is what I got! So good! Healthy, hearty, and filling!

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 medium Fiji apples-cored and sliced (save a little for garnish- if ya want)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Herbs de Provence
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core, and seed the squash. In a pan, drizzle olive oil and place squash on top. Cook for about 25 minutes or until it becomes tender
  2. Once it’s tender. Chop squash roughly and add to a high-speed blender. Add sliced apples, coconut milk, salt, pepper, and herbs. Blend well until smooth.
  3. In a dry pan, toast pumpkin seeds on medium heat until they become fragrant and become darker in color. About 2 minutes. Make sure to watch them they will burn quick!
  4. Add soup to a bowl. Top with apples and pumpkin seeds!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yoga For Flexibility

Hi everyone, this 40 minute class is perfect for dancers or anyone who is serious about gaining flexibility. This is an intermediate to advanced class so some flexibility is already required. I will be making a flexibility for beginners class soon enough for those of you who are just starting out :)

We will play with quad stretches, splits, deep hip openers and lots of fun backbends. Have a strap or a block nearby and let’s get started!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Tropical Oatmeal

tropical oatsBrrrr! It’s freezing out! Old man winter is definitely here now! We were spoiled over the past couple months including 70 degree temps on Christmas Eve now it’s 12 degrees without the wind chill and we’ve already had our first snow with more to come this weekend. Usually being only 5 miles from the beach keeps our area a little warmer and the snow away.

Well the one thing we can’t change is the weather so I am offering a tropical getaway with this recipe!!! Escape to the fire-place with your bowl of soaked oats loaded with tropical fruits and it should give you a mini escape to a tropical island! Enjoy!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 C of Raw Oats
  • 2-2.5 C of warmer unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 mango-chopped
  • 1/2 C fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 banana-sliced
  • 1/2 pear-sliced
  • 1/2 dragonfruit-sliced
  • 1-2 kiwi-peeled and sliced
  • handful of blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tsp cacao nibs
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a bowl add oats and warm coconut milk. Let sit till oats soak up the milk and add a little more if you want it to be a little more creamy and not so dry. Top with cinnamon.
  2. Line the bowl or place in sections all your fruit
  3. In the middle top with coconut flakes and cacao nibs. Dip your spoon in and enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Protein Packed Superfood Smoothie!

superfoodLooking for a healthier option for dessert for your New Year Resolutions or new diet? How about a pick me up for mid-day or just something protein packed or a little sweeter for breakfast with out all the guilt? Lately the way my days have been going with a busy Pilates studio, a new baby, (now almost 2 months old-where does time go!) 2 other small children, and major to do list, not to mention the unexpected that seems to be popping up on a daily basis! And we actually had our first snow Sunday! I’m not too crazy about it feeling it’s 10 out, but the snow is pretty just this once! ;)

I’ve been craving something mid-day that is satisfying and delicious but won’t leave me feeling guilty and yucky after I eat it. Being a new mom again with a hectic schedule, there’s no time for me at all. If I can brush my teeth alone with out a baby on the hip and someone else trying to take the door off the hinges it’s a good day! So yesterday I started throwing things in the blender that were going to make me feel a little more at ease and a lot more relaxed.

Here’s everything you need for this one and I swear this one will stay in your arsenal for a while! I don’t know if I could get sick of this one! Here’s your yumminess!

Makes about 4 small smoothies

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened sunflower butter
  • 2 Mejool dates-pitted
  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Caco nibs and a little more for garnish
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes for topping

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender add milk, sunflower butter, dates, chia, and cacao nibs and blend until all ingredients are mixed.
  2. Pour into a glass top with nibs and coconut flakes.
  3. Enjoy with you feet up on the couch by the fire! ;)

 


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ACAI Bowl- Tropical Fruit with a little Chocolate Punch!

ACAIWell old man winter finally decided to show his face with 19 degrees and flurries on the car this morning. Luckily I’ve got myself hunkered down in the house this morning trying to get something accomplished! Between the remnants of Christmas, a stack of paper work, and a demanding little 6 week old is making it a little harder for this mama to get anything completely accomplished.

So I needed a little pick me up this morning for breakfast! (This will probably be my lunch also as big as I made mine!) Lack of sleep, a busy Pilates studio, and most of the time doing things balancing a baby in one arm and the task in hand in the other is making time management and productivity a little more of a challenge lately.

This recipe great for any time of the day really! Need a mental break, nutritional boost, or a little pick me up to get you going about your day? Grab this recipe! You can change-up the ingredients also for what you already have at home or want to add personally!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C of ACAI powder or 1 packet of juice
  • 1 1/2 C unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Kiwi-sliced
  • 1/4 pomegranate seeded
  • 1 Clementine
  • 1/4 Mango- sliced
  • 3 Gooseberries
  • 10 fresh Currants
  • 1 Tbs- hemp seeds
  • 1/2 Tbs- Cacoa nibs
  • Handful cashews
  • Handful macadamia nuts

Directions:

  1. Add ACAI powder or juice and coconut milk to a high-speed blender. Mix Well.
  2. Pour into a shallow bowl
  3. Add pomegranate seeds to middle of the bowl.
  4. Circle the pomegranate with nuts, nibs, and seeds
  5. Fill in and line the bowl with kiwi, mango, clementines, currants, and gooseberries

 


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