Strawberry Blue Cheese Salad with Whole Grain Croutons

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Slices of Ezekiel Sprouted-Grain Bread, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 sprig of fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 2 oz blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1/2 large yellow bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Toss cubed bread, coconut oil, and rosemary in a bowl.
  2. Place cubed bread onto skewers and grilled for a few minutes until crispy.
  3. Toss croutons with strawberries and veggies. Drizzle with raw apple cider vinegar and a dash of raw honey.

Spring Asparagus with Green Onion

Simple and delicious
Simple and delicious

Ingredients:

1 bunch Organic Asparagus Spears, chopped

A sprig of Green Onion/ Scallion, diced

1 dash of Balsamic Vinegar

Hot Pepper Flakes and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

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Directions:

1. Steam chopped asparagus over boiling water for 5 minutes.

2. Add diced green onion to steamer for an additional 1 minute.

3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with hot pepper flakes to taste.

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Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder: Epic Protein

Epic Protein

Do you need protein supplement?

Generally speaking, you are likely getting enough protein if you fuel your body with balanced, real, whole foods on a daily basis. It is unnecessary and can be harmful to strain on your kidneys and waistline with excess amounts of protein intake (especially animal protein). While I advocate nourishing your body through whole foods whenever possible, a high-quality protein powder can be a convenient choice under certain circumstances (ex.midnight cravings, pre-workout boosting, quick workout recovery, vegan bodybuilding). However, I’m pretty picky in choosing a high quality plant protein powder. I stay away from artificial sweeteners or coloring, and I favor products with 100% organic, high quality amino acid profile, and added super foods (ex. Probiotics, Digestive enzymes, Goji berries) that are delicious, easy to dissolve and swallow.

I’m really Happy with Epic Protein. This superfood-enriched protein powder has the cleanest ingredients I have seen. It’s nutritious, non-chalky, and delicious. The primary protein sources in Epic are Sprouted Brown Rice, Yellow Pea, and Sacha Inchi. Together, This high quality powder is an excellent choice for muscle growth, energy and endurance boost.

Product Highlights

  • 100% plant-based, organic, non-gmo, raw, gluten free and hypoallergenic
  • high protein content (19-26g per serving)
  • Great source of iron
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • O grams of fat, sugar, sodium
  • No additives, “natural” flavoring
  • Complete amino acid profile with a balanced ratio of BCAAs for optimal protein synthesis
  • Creamy and Delicious
  • Sweetened with Stevia leaf

Protein Source:

 Sprouted Brown Rice-The sprouting and fermenting process activate the enzyme activity between the amino acid bonds (similar to protein hydrolysates), which may increase protein content and aid better absorption, excellent for muscle repair.

Yellow Pea– Hypoallergenic and easy to digest, which is not likely to cause bloating or gas. It is high in BCAAs (branched chain amino acid), great for muscle building.

Sacha Inchi- AKA SaviSeeds- provides 8 grams of complete protein per ounce. This superfood is rich in vitamin E and ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which may promote abdominal fat loss, reduce cholesterol levels, and prevent heart disease.

While EPIC powder is fine enough to dissolve in water and have a full-bodied sweetness flavor by itself, I like to mix it with organic no sugar added coconut water or homemade soy milk. Each flavor supplies all of the essential amino acids and an exotic blend of nutritious superfoods. My favorites are the Original, Green Kingdom, and Chocolate Mocha.

Original:

  • 26 grams of protein per serving
  • Rich in phytochemicals and prebiotics from Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Contain antioxidant rich Cranberry Seeds that help fight free radicals

Green Kingdom:

  • 20 grams of protein per serving
  • Creamy texture, rich real flavor and full-bodied sweetness with no ‘fake’ aftertaste
  • Exotic blend of land and sea greens including kale, indian moringa and spirulina
    • Spirulina, an antioxidant-rich algae with protein, B-vitamins, calcium, and iron. Packed with Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which may regulate blood sugar and prevent cravings.

Chocolate Maca:

  • 19 grams of protein per serving
  • Creamy texture, rich sweetness with no ‘fake’ aftertaste.
  • Packed with antioxidant-rich cacao and adaptogenic maca root.
  • Raw cacao contains living enzymes, rich in magnesium, calcium, and iron
  • Contain Ceylon Cinnamon- a natural sweetener and powerful antioxidants that may help regulate blood sugar levels

Epic Protein is the current plant-based protein powder I recommend to my clients and friends. If you would like to learn more their products and give it a try, please visit www.sproutliving.com

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Immune-Boosting Power Juice

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Ingredients

1 small nub Ginger Root
1 small nub Turmeric
1 tbsp Fresh Mint
2 medium cucumbers
3 orange/yellow bell peppers

💊If you are pregnant or have any medical condition, don’t forget to get your doctor’s approval before trying herbs and supplements as they may interfere with other medicines you are taking.


Preventing Chronic Disease with a freshly made organic juice in the morning. Experience with different in-season produce and keep a blend of vegetables and fruits at a 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 ratio. 
If you can tolerate a pungent taste, incorporating healing roots such as ginger and turmeric may boost your immunity.

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 According to Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ginger and Turmeric have been associated with digestive health and having anti-aging properties. Their powerful antioxidants can repair the free radicals our body produces, reduce cellular DNA and membrane damages that cause premature aging and chronic disease.

 The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center suggested that FRESH ginger and turmeric (Curcumin) may contain anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, potentially suppressing cancer cells growth and inflammation. Other lab studies suggested that ginger may protect brain cells against Alzheimer’s disease, delay the aging process and strengthen memory. The anti-inflammatory agents in ginger and turmeric may be helpful in improving the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Don’t forget to maintain an active lifestyle. Proper exercise can improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation.

 

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Spring Clean Your Health

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Spring clean your health with in-season veggies and an active lifestyle. Look for antioxidant-rich, fiber-rich fresh produce such as asparagus, sugar snap peas, artichokes, bitter melon, and watercress. To incorporate more vegetables in your diet, simply broil/steam a bunch of asparagus with poached eggs for breakfast, toss some garlic-sautéed sugar snap peas over your salad for lunch, and blend a watercress soup with pine nuts for dinner. (Check out Spring Asparagus with Green Onion)

I enjoy both raw and steamed vegetables as they retain the most flavor and nutritional value. I like to steam my veggies with a sprig of chopped scallion or a few slices of fresh ginger. In-season fresh veggies are rich in flavor, there’s no need to cook them in butter or heavy sauce. After steaming, sprinkle with some freshly ground black/red peppers and a dash of balsamic vinegar for extra zing.

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