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Recipe: Frozen Banana Granola Pops

Recipe: Frozen Banana Granola Pops

We loving enjoying an ice cream cone on a hot summer day but recently discovered a new sweet treat to add to your summer rotation with frozen banana granola pops. Using Viki’s Granola (and specifically the Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola) as a base creates a crunchy, along […]

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

As much as we try to do our very best when it comes to eating healthy, we have to admit it: we have a huge sweet tooth! And while we are all about wholesome eats, we still want a treat every now and again, cause, […]

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Not sure about you, but we hate the cold weather! But we have to deal with multiple layers and comforting meals to warm us up. With that we’ve been trading in our everyday healthy staples: you know salads, smoothies and so on for heartier a.k.a warmer food options like a soup and a comforting bowl of chili. Typically, though, chili offers little in the healthy department so we decided to slightly alter this standard dish changing into a healthy chili. What is that really? Well, basically it includes a lot of the same elements of a traditional chili with some slight upgrades (yes, kale is involved). Read on to check out our easy, healthy chili recipe that’s sure to be a favorite this winter.

Healthy Chili Recipe for Winter

Ingredients:

1/2 red onion, cut up
1/2 clove of garlic, cut up
3-4 stalks of carrots, cut up
1/2 cup of frozen kale or spinach
1 sweet potato
1/2 cup of corn
2 cans of organic black or kidney beans
1 package organic beef (optional)
1 package of tomato sauce
1 tomato, cut up
1 lime
splash of olive oil
dash of cinnamon
dash of turmeric
dash of cumin
salt and pepper

Optional: sour cream, cheese, avocados

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. When ready, place your sweet potato inside the oven and let cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Then, cut up the onions and garlic and place them in a pot. Turn the heat on a low-setting, add some oil. Wash the beans and add them in, along with the tomato sauce. Add in your spices (turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, chili spice, salt and pepper). Add in your kale (or spinach), carrots, and corn. Stir. Add some oil and cut up garlic to a separate pan. Add the meat and let cook. When the meat is ready, add it to the chili pot. Squeeze the lime into the pot. Stir and cover. When the sweet potato is ready, get it out of the oven, cut it up and add it to the pot. Stir and let cook for another 10 minutes. Garnish with avocados, cheese and sour cream (if desired). Enjoy!

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

Happy T.G.I.F, y’all! The workweek can be crazy where we love to check-in with ourselves and loved ones, shut off the phones, and show our selves some love – whether that be eating better or giving your skin some attention via a mask. To help you […]

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

We never meet a taco night that we didn’t love. Really, how could you not love a tortilla-filled meal that’s filled with cheese, beans, meat, and really anything that you want stuff all up in there?! But the issue, as with many of our favorite […]

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

golden milk

You may have seen some pictures of golden milk floating around your Pinterest boards or circulating on Instagram. A concoction of turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, and ginger, this power blend is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that’s also high in antioxidants. With all of that goodness, you can clearly see where the ‘golden’ part comes from. Since we are always looking for alternatives for our mid-day coffee, we thought it was time to try out a hearty cup of golden milk to see what it’s all about. Read on to check out our recipe and to see if we think it lives up to the hype.

golden milk prep

Golden Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

Serves 1
2 cups of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of coconut manna or coconut oil
1 tablespoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
A few shavings of fresh ginger
2-3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup

Directions:
Add the coconut milk into a medium-sized pot. Add in the chia seeds, turmeric, ginger and your sweeter. Stir and let simmer. Add your coconut oil or manna to a cup. In a few minutes, add the blend to your cup and stir. Drink right away.

So, does golden milk live up to the hype?

Well, taste-wise the drink is very earthy and slightly bitter. We didn’t want to add in that much sweeter but found that it needed a little more to balance out the turmeric. Overall, though, we found it pretty enjoyable and something we could savor as opposed to something we would mindlessly drink, like with our lattes. It was a slower, more methodical mid-day drink that also happens to be bursting with nutrients, which is a serious win-win in our book. Also, there are several alternative recipes out there where you can use black pepper, almond milk and others without ginger or chia seeds. The best part of all, it is really, really easy to make and it’s also vegan and gluten-free.

Happy healthy drinking!

Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Winter is known for its comfort foods, which we will happily be indulging in next week with Thanksgiving. But this time of year is also know for its more methodical and slower recipes that take time to create as they nourish the mind, body and […]