Category Archives: Fruit

Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs

This is a great frozen treat made from organic butter and cream cheese  They are a great alternative to ice cream.

IMG_0368•1/2 cup organic strawberries (preferably fresh)

•8 oz (1 brick) organic cream cheese, softened

•1/4 cup organic butter, softened and cut into chunks

•2 tablespoons erythritol OR 10 drops liquid stevia

•1 tablespoon vanilla extract

The butter and cream cheese should come to room temperature (do not let it melt, they need to be firm).  Cut the leaves off of the strawberries and put in a blender with the erythritol and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Add the strawberry mixture to the cream cheese and butter and mix with a hand mixer or in a food processor.  Spoon into a silicone muffin tray or candy molds.  Freeze for 1-2 hours then pop out and store in the freezer.

Note:  this recipe was adapted from the original on http://www.ketodietapp.com

Maximized Energy Bars

Core Plan

People love to have a grab-and-go option for a quick snack or for re-fueling after a workout.  Unfortunately, the options are typically not healthy ones.  Most are loaded with sugar, refined and/or high glycemic carbohydrates, soy protein and artificial flavors.  This recipe is simple to make, stores well, can be taken on the go, and can be altered to your taste.  This healthy recipe is loaded with raw enzymes, protein, good fats, and antioxidants.  Make a double batch and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Makes about 25 square bars

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Base:
1 cup almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight
¼ cup cocoa nibs
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup hemp seeds
1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein or 3 tablespoons cacao powder
7-8 dates, soaked for at least 30 minutes, and pitted

Optional Add Ins:
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened blueberries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
Soaked walnuts
Chia seeds

Using a food processor, mix almonds until it reaches a mealy texture.  Add all other ingredients except the dates and mix well.  While the motor is running, drop in one date at a time until the mixture starts to form a ball.  You may have to scrape the sides and move the mixture around a bit to be sure the dates get incorporated.

Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter over a damp paper towel (to keep it from moving around on you).  Put the mixture on the parchment and press into a square or rectangle with your fingers into an even layer about ¼” thick.  You can also cover with another piece of parchment and use a rolling pin.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares and store in a parchment lined/layered container.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Mason Jar Cobblers

Core and Advanced Plan

Serves 4

 

photoAbout 3 cups of fresh berries

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup erythritol (like Swerve)

1/4 tsp sea salt

Organic Butter

Put the berries into four half-pint canning jars. Combine the almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Whisk it together with a fork and pour it on the fruit, and then top with a generous pat of organic butter. Put the jars in a square baking dish. Bake it at 350 for one hour.

Let the jars cool completely then put the lid on and store in the fridge for up to a week.  You can also top with cocoa nibs, stevia sweetened whipped cream, or chopped nuts.

 

Enjoy

Healthified Waldorf Salad

Advanced Plan

Serves 1-2

waldorf salad1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced (or a 1/4 cup of raisins) CORE PLAN ONLY
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped
3 Tbsp organic, full fat yogurt or homemade mayonnaise (recipe in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper to taste
Organic Lettuce leaves

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt and the lemon juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes (if using), and walnuts. Serve on a lettuce leaves.

Juicer Recipes

Here is a good selection of juicer recipes.  Feel free to add greens or greens powder to any of the recipes for added nutrition.

Ginger Apple Juice
4 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 inch fresh ginger
OPTIONAL:  1 fresh beet
If you put the beet in it is very, very red but tastes great.

Apple Pineapple Ginger Juice
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed, skin removed
1/2 inch fresh ginger
Juice the apple and ginger together, then juice the pineapple and serve.

Midtown Blend
1 large lemon
1-1/2 handful spinach
1 small beet
2-1/2 apples
3-4 carrots
1 thumb size Ginger root

Blueberry Grape Juice
handful of organic grapes
1 cup blueberries, fresh or thawed from frozen
Process the fruit in a juicer and serve.

Apple Kiwi Juice Recipe
3 kiwis, peeled
2 apples, cored and sliced

Pine-Orange-Berry
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed, skin removed
5 strawberries

Apple Strawberry Cobbler

I had made a batch of Almond Power Bars for an event this past weekend and as usual, ended up with  a lot of leftover crumbs and small chunks after cutting the bars.  I usually just throw them away but for some reason, I poured them into a bowl and put them in the refrigerator thinking I could maybe use them as a cereal.

Looking through a magazine, I came a cross a recipe for apple cranberry cobbler and had an idea to use my Almond Power Bar crumbles as a cobbler topping.  It turned out fabulously!!!  Best of all, it is Advanced Plan approved.

2 granny smith apples, chopped
handful frozen strawberries (approximately 8 )
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon xylitol (or more to taste)
1 – 1 1/2 cups Almond Power Bar Crumbles (Recipe in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book)
8 pats butter

Put chopped apples and strawberries in a pie dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and xylitol and mix.  Top with crumbles and pats of butter.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until apples are tender and cobbler is bubbly.

(Sorry, we ate this up before I could take a photo)

Saving unused produce

I get a lot of vegetables from my CSA and there are times when I just don’t use them in time.  Instead of letting them spoil, here is a quick and easy way to save them for future use.  Nothing is worse than having to throw away organic vegetables.  (See below for instructions on fruit) 

Although fresh and raw or lightly steamed is best, this technique will help with freezing.  Blanching vegetables only takes a few minutes in boiling water.  Blanching helps kill the bacteria and stops the enzymes that cause the food to go bad.  By cooking them quickly and immediately freezing them, most of the nutrients are preserved. 

Just prep the vegetables by cutting or trimming them.  You want everything in “ready to cook” mode.  The best thing to do is to blanch the item, then spread them out on a baking dish for freezing.  When frozen, you can transfer them to a parchment lined bag or other container (don’t put food right next to the plastic).  Freezing on a tray first prevents the entire contents from sticking together thus allowing you to take out only what you need when you are ready to reheat them. 

Most vegetables take 2-3 minutes of blanching time only.  It is a quick and easy way to preserve your fresh veggies for future use.  They are great when you have to pull together a quick meal. 

To reheat, simply sautee them or steam them for a few minutes. 

For fruits, there is no need to blanch first.  You can freeze any kind of berry and stone fruits like peaches and plumbs – just remove the pit and cut in fourths or sixths.  Frozen berries are great for smoothies later on.