Stir-Fry Friday

TGIF! I love a great stir-fry, but most people believe that they can be a lot of work. So check out this easy, healthy, and quick recipe.

Stir-frying has been around for centuries. Many cultures eat them everyday. It’s a quick, one pot, one bowl way of eating in our fast-paced lives that should be done more often than we do. The best part about this dish is that you can add anything your heart desires. You can pack tons of veggies and tons of flavor into one dish that every family member will enjoy. One thing I like to add that gives the dish a kick of flavor is Bragg Liquid Aminos. Since soy sauces out there are overloaded with sodium (about 440 milligrams in 1/2 tsp on average), we have to try to find a better way to season the dish without sacrificing that rich taste soy sauce gives you. That’s why this product is a great choice! What you have here is a product that is a low sodium alternative (only 160 milligrams of sodium) and an amazing flavor enhancer.

The stir-fry that I love the most uses pad thai rice noodles. These resemble fettuccine spaghetti, but are wheat and gluten free unlike most store-bought spaghetti. They are perfect for making one of Thailand’s national dishes right at home! Rice noodles are so versatile, they can be put in any dish hot or cold.

Simple Stir-Fry

  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 14 oz broccoli
  • 10 oz yellow squash
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp. healthy oil of your choice
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos (a natural alternative to soy sauce)
  • herbs and seasoning of your choice

Instructions

  1. Pre-soak your rice noodles in hot water for 8-10 minutes
  2. In a pan over medium heat, sauté your vegetables with a small amount of water, add 1 tbsp oil, garlic, and herbs of your choice
  3. Cook your vegetables until they are tender
  4. Remove vegetables from the pan, set aside and cover
  5. Drain noodles and add them to your pan with the remaining 2 tbsp. oil
  6. Toss noodles and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the noodles are done to your preference
  7. Add your vegetables back into the pan with the noodles and top with Liquid Aminos

 

And don’t think you are limited to only the vegetables that I use. You can use any of your favorites to make a tasty version of this recipes for yourself.

Have fun and happy eating!

Picking The Right Produce

We’ve always been told to eat our fruit and vegetables. But before we consume them, we need to keep our eyes peeled for any kind of bad pesticides and GMOs that could be lurking around in our produce! I recommend to buy as much organics as possible, but sometimes it can cost too much and not be as affordable.

That’s why I want to share with you the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. It can help consumers, who might be concerned, make better choices. This way, you can still have all of your fruits and vegetables and still reduce the amount of pesticides going into your body.

Continue reading Picking The Right Produce

Granola Baked Apples

I had this feeling to bake something up that would be sweet and healthy. There is no greater thing to have as a sweet treat than fruit itself. But instead of just reaching out for an apple, I decided I should try to come up with something different. That’s where these apples came to play!

Only a few ingredients go into this wonderful treat. It’s like eating an apple pie without the guilt!

 

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Granola Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 c granola
  • 2 apples, cut in half and cored
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉
  2. Place your apples on an 8x8 or 9x13 baking pan
  3. In a bowl, combine the granola and coconut oil
  4. Scoop about 1/4 of the mixture on top of your apple halves
  5. Drizzle the honey evenly on to your filled apples
  6. Bake until tender when pierced, this is about 20-30 minutes

Let’s Talk Chickpeas

This friday I want to talk to you about chickpeas (a.k.a garbanzo beans). They’re loved all across the world and should have a place in everybody’s cupboards! A cup of raw chickpeas contains the following:

  • Potassium: 50% RDA
  • Vitamin B-6: 55% RDA
  • Magnesium: 57% RDA
  • Iron: 69% RDA
  • Many other vitamins!

They also make a great source of protein and fiber. Chickpeas, aside from nutritional facts, have been known to give us many health benefits. It can help support our bone health, decrease the risk of heart disease, decrease the risk of cancer, prevent constipation, and many other benefits.

 

HOW TO INCORPORATE MORE CHICKPEAS INTO YOUR FOOD:

Chickpeas are available year round and can usually be found packaged or canned.

NOTE: When buying canned chickpeas, try to buy organic and non-BPA lined cans.

They have a nutty flavor and are delicious in pretty much anything. Their use is universal, and the dishes that can made with them ends only at how far our imaginations can go. Some examples to use them include:

  • Sprinkling them raw on top of salads
  • Making hummus
  • Adding them to soups
  • Using them for a substitute for mayonnaise or other spreads

One of my favorite ways to use them that I haven’t mentioned is roasting them. Their crunchy, delicious, and can be snacked on just like popcorn!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • One can of organic chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp. oil or broth (I like to use coconut oil)
  • Spices of your choice ( I like to use cayenne and turmeric )

 

STEPS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Drain your chickpeas and blot them dry with a paper towel.
  3. Toss them in your oil or broth and sprinkle on your desired spices.
  4. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until they reach your desired crunch

 

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Go Gaga for Goji Berries

Goji berries are a type of fruit that we can use to boost our health. They are said to help stimulate the immune system, give us energy, and help us fight off diseases. These berries have a great nutritional content and bright red-orange pigments, the Chinese have been growing the goji plant for about five thousand years.

 

WHAT DO THEY HELP WITH?

Goji berries are said to help with many things regarding our health, including:

  • Promotion of weight loss
  • Strengthening eyesight
  • Fighting and preventing cancer
  • Helping our mood
  • Helping increase longevity

Health expert David Wolfe talks about goji berries in his book Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.

He calls them one of the best antioxidants on the planet. And he’s right!

These small berries are PACKED with a protein source, nineteen amino acids (eight of which are essential to the body), zinc, iron, B vitamins, and vitamin E. However, dried goji berries are not a rich source for vitamin C.

 

HOW DO I USE GOJI BERRIES?

A reasonable amount of goji berries to consume is about a handful (0.5 ounces). People have used these throughout history to make soups and teas. You can easily snack on them like raisins or mix them into your recipes.

 

HOW DO THEY TASTE?

When dried, they have a soft and chewy texture. Their taste is like a cross between a cherry, a cranberry and a raisin. The taste is pleasant and is slightly bitter. I like the taste and I hope that you will too!

 

WHAT DO I LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING GOJI BERRIES?

  1. You should try to make sure that you buy your goji berries from an organic brand. As nonorganic berries are often sprayed with pesticides and are sometimes dyed to have a richer shade of red. And that’s not good!

2. When it comes to these berries, size does not matter. There isn’t a link between the size of them and their quality.

3. This is what your selected goji berries should look like:

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They should also be moist but not too moist, as some companies soak their goji berries in sugar waters to rehydrate them!

 

In conclusion, goji berries, among other superfoods, are a great way to improve our health. If not this berry, than any organic berry is a great source of antioxidants. Try goji berries today, your body will thank you!