The first dairy alternative I ever tried was Silk soy milk. It was my go-to milk replacement for my morning cereal and in my coffee.
Then suddenly, the dairy case at the grocery stores were flooded with milk alternatives — almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc. — and I tried almost ALL of them. I found myself coming back to Silk soy milk for both the smooth delicious taste and the 8 grams of protein per cup. Having given up meat several years ago, I was hard-pressed to meet my daily protein requirements. Falling back in love with soy was a great plant-based way to get the protein I needed in the mornings to fuel my workout and keep me satisfied until my next meal. Silk is also low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol, two more wins!
A boost of protein in the morning provides your body with what it needs to burn fat instead of muscle during a workout. Try this Tropical Yogurt Parfait using creamy vanilla Silk Soymilk for breakfast to wake up your taste buds and get your day started off right.
- 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup Vanilla Silk Soymilk
- 1/4 cup diced mango
- 1/4 cup diced banana chunks
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup all-natural granola
- 2 tsp. chopped or crushed walnuts
- 1 tsp. honey
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend together Greek yogurt and Vanilla Silk Soymilk until creamy and most lumps have disappeared.
- In a glass or mason jar, add the diced mango.
- Add half of the yogurt/soymilk blend to the glass directly on top of the mango.
- Add the diced banana and shredded coconut.
- Add the remainder of the yogurt/soymilk blend.
- Top with honey, granola, and chopped walnuts.
- When ready to eat, stir together & enjoy!
- If you are not planning to eat right away, store the granola & nuts separately. Pour on just before stirring, add honey, and stir.
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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
AsparagusYou can find asparagus almost all year-round thanks to the lengths grocers go to in order to keep these greens in stock, but nothing beats the flavor-rich freshness of locally-grown asparagus during the spring. A cup of asparagus boasts a healthy dose of vitamin K (essential for your bones to absorb calcium) and immune-boosting vitamin A. Asparagus is also know to de-bloat your tummy, so eat up before you hit the beach for a lean & defined physique!
ArtichokesArtichokes contain a compound called cynarin, which are not to stimulate your taste buds & make bland food taste better. They are also rich in inulin, which promotes growth of good bacteria in your gut. Also a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and folate, these tasty veggies are a nutritional powerhouse that are hard to beat!
RampsRamps, also known as wild leeks are a spring delicacy available only for a few weeks in spring, beginning mid-April. If you haven’t tried ramps, hit the supermarket or farmer’s market for this delightful veg you can use in any recipe that calls for leeks. In addition to vitamins A and C, you’ll get a dose of iron as well as immune-boosting selenium.
If you are interested in getting the most nutritional bang for your buck, look no further than superfoods. What’s so super about them, you ask? Basicially, superfoods are simply those that are plentiful in multiple nutrients and have been shown through scientific research to offer health benefits.
You are no doubt already eating a superfood-rich diet — broccoli and blueberries to name a couple — but there are lots that you probably aren’t eating. Here are 5 healthy superfoods to get your hands on this February.
I grew up in Louisiana, and I was a huge fan of the local Community brand coffee with chicory. I couldn’t imagine that the same chicory I used to drink in my coffee was the same chicory I now see offered as a seasonal green in fancy restaurant salads — but it was (one was the root and the other was the leafy greens, but still the same plant!)
Chicory root is known to detoxify the liver, as well as to aid digestion — both of which would come in handy after a weekend in the Big Easy 🙂
The greens, on the other hand, pack a punch of vitamin A, vitamin K, and choline to name a few. Cruise by your favorite farmer’s markets in February and pick up a head of chicory to serve up in your salads or to saute and serve under your favorite protein.
This was not intended to be a post about Louisiana, but again I am struck by a memory of numerous kumquat trees that lined the neighboring fence of my elementary school’s playground. We had no idea what these little orange globes were until a teacher told us, but burned countless hours picking these sweet little beauties as kids.
The peak of the growing season is in the winter lasting until about March, so now is an ideal time to try this citrus fruit that is high in potassium, as well as vitamins C and A.
To eat, rinse & toss the whole thing in your mouth – be careful with the seeds!
Maca is a root originating in South America which has been shown in clinical studies to boost libido. Maca is also known to improve stamina in athletes, regulate hormonal imbalances, and even help with fatigue.
Maca is available in powder form, which is great for adding to smoothies and protein shakes. Don’t go overboard, though … the powder can be quite bitter in large doses.
There are a variety of teas, energy bars, and even chocolates that contain maca — a super convenient way to taste test this superfood.
I love parsnips and include them in one of my favorite winter comfort dishes, Winter Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie, a recipe I found in Food & Wine magazine.
Parsnips are high in fiber, which we need to aid in the prevention of heart disease, and some types of cancer. They also contain a healthy dose of folate, a nutrient necessary in energy metabolism and essential for women planning to become pregnant.
When you go on a hunt for parsnips, they look like a big white carrot. They’ll probably be hiding next to the radishes and other root veggies in almost any produce section of a any supermarket during the winter months.
Last but not least … passion fruit … you can’t leave this seasonal fruit off the list in February because of its name alone!
Passion fruit is a great source of vitamins A and C, and don’t be afraid to eat the seeds for an extra dose of fiber.
These exotic beauties are also a good source of plant-based iron, a perfect healthy snack for vegetarians who may need an iron boost.
- 1 1/2 cups Green tea (freshly brewed, then chilled)
- Juice from 1/2 small lemon
- 1 cup romaine lettuce
- 1 cup organic spinach
- 1 Kaffir lime leaf
- 1 inch fresh ginger (peeled & chopped)
- 1/4 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract
- Coarsely chop romaine, lettuce, and Kaffir lime leaf.
- Place all ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender (such as Vitamix) and secure lid.
- Select Variable 1.
- Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
- Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
- 3-4 large heirloom tomatoes (I used yellow & red ones above)
- 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
- Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thinly
- Extra-virgin olive oil (best quality you can afford — you only need a couple of capfuls)
- Aged Balsamic Vinegar (again, good quality makes all the difference)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Sea salt
- Slice tomatoes and arrange on a plate. I find that a big serrated knife does the best job slicing tomatoes.
- Add a thin slice of mozzarella in between each tomato slice. Sprinkle the chopped basil leaves over the salad, then add a little sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
- Using the cap from your bottle of olive oil, add a capful to each row of the tomato combo on your plate.
- Finally, drizzle a small amount of balsamic down the center of each row & you are ready to feast!
- 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (with juices)
- 1 cup (8 ounces) of canned garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) to the soup – Save the rest of the can for garnish later!
- 1 14-oz can coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 diced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)
- 2 Kaffir Lime leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Salt, Pepper, and Red Chili Flakes to taste
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or medium/large pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, crushed garlic & a little salt & black pepper. Cook until the onions become translucent (about 8 minutes).
- Add the diced tomatoes, maple syrup, cilantro, and Kaffir Lime leaves. Stir to mix well.
- Add the garbanzo beans and canned coconut milk. Fill one of the empty cans with water, and add this to the pot. Cover with a lid and and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a blender in batches to puree ingredients.
Ingredients1/3 cup yogurt (I used lowfat Greek yogurt) 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste) 2 tablespoons finely ground cereal (with no added sugar — I use Udi’s Au Naturel granola)* 2 teaspoons finely ground walnuts*
Directions1. Mix yogurt and oil in a bowl. Add lemon juice and mix well then add the honey and mix well. (It is important to add each ingredient one at a time, mixing well between additions to obtain a smooth, creamy texture.) 2. Add ground walnuts and cereal to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Serve at once. * You can finely grind the cereal and walnuts using a small food processor or mortar and pestle.
Mireille’s notes:* You can do a week’s worth of grinding cereal/nut mixture and keep it refrigerated so in the morning it will take just an instant to mix together! * Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, have no fear, you will not taste the oil in the fine creamy blend. Very simply and oh so tasty! What’s your favorite healthy breakfast recipe?
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 dashes cinnamon
- dash salt
- 2 dashes ginger powder
- 3/4 cup plus 3 tbsp 100% egg whites
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted in microwave (plus extra coconut oil to use in skillet)
- 3/4 cup almond milk (may substitute regular milk here if you aren’t on a dairy-restricted diet)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pam cooking spray
- In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (coconut flour, whey protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ginger.)
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together egg whites, 3/4 cup almond milk, vanilla extract, and melted coconut oil.
- Pour the egg white mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well. You want this batter to be the consistency of regular pancake batter. If it is too thick, add a little more almond milk to thin out.
- Spray a large skillet with Pam cooking spray & heat over medium-low heat. Add a little coconut oil to the pain as well.
- Once oil is melted, pour some of the batter into the skillet to form a 6-inch pancake.
- Cook until the bottom of the pancake has reached a golden-brown color and top is set (you will see the pancake bubbling, just like a regular pancake). Flip & cook the other side.
- Remove from pan & repeat until you have used all of the batter. This recipe makes about 6 pancakes.