Posts Tagged lunch

Berry Poppy Seed Salad with Greens, Mangoes, Coconut, and Almonds

Berry Poppy Seed Salad with Greens, Mangoes, Coconut, and Almonds

My little kindergartener is majorly crushing on some girls at school.  For the last week or two, he has spent the evenings with paper and pen writing love notes to all of his girlfriends.  His love notes are envelopes with a carefully penned “I love you.”

I thought the joy of writing love letters was unsurpassable.
I was wrong.
Dead wrong.
Receiving a love letter from a very cute girl was beyond exciting. The letter is adorable with a picture of the two of them holding hands.  He carefully hung it on his magnet board by his bed so that he can look at it as he falls asleep at night.

And while my kindergartener has been crushing on girls, I have been crushing on this amazingly berry good salad.  Spinach, romaine, mangoes, strawberries, un-sweetened dried blueberries, unsweetened coconut flakes, and a handful of crushed raw almonds topped with a Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – is amazing.  My husband loves this salad with a little feta cheese and an organic grilled chicken tender marinated in a healthy Italian dressing.  Either way, I love this salad.

 

Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
adapted from Our Best Bites

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup raw organic honey
1-2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
About 10 cracks of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries
2/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

In a blender or Vitamix, combine the vinegar, honey, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, berries, and oil.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer dressing into a mason jar or dressing container and add poppy seeds.  Shake and serve.

Store dressing in the refrigerator.

 

Pin It

Raw Apple Holiday

Raw Apple Holiday

apples + peanut or almond butter + unsweetened coconut + raw pecans + chocolate chips = amazing.

Serve it at your next big event, share it with a friend, or enjoy it with a warm blanket and book.
This treat has the power to transform any day into a holiday.

 

Tips:

  • For easier drizzling, heat your almond/peanut butter on low heat prior to pouring it over the apples.
  • Splash your apples with fresh orange juice (prior to toppings) to prevent browning.
  • For added sweetness, try mixing organic almond or peanut butter with a little organic maple syrup and vanilla prior to drizzling your apples.

 

Tantalizing Pad Thai

Tantalizing Pad Thai

2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 carrots – cut into small chunks or grated
3 large heads of broccoli – cut into small chunks
1 green pepper – diced
1 tomato – cut into small chunks
3 cloves garlic – minced
2 dashes of dried red peppers
One to two generous sprinkles of dried cilantro
2 Tbsp. agave nectar
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
16 oz. coconut milk
1 ½ Tbsp. almond butter
1 pkg. whole wheat noodles

 

Cook noodles according to directions on package.

Meanwhile – heat coconut oil in a large skillet. Add broccoli, green pepper, tomato, garlic, red peppers, and cilantro. Cook vegetables until tender.

Add agave nectar, lime juice, soy sauce, coconut milk, and almond butter to vegetable mixture. Continue to cook on medium heat for five to ten minutes.

Serve vegetable mixture over noodles.

Enjoy!

Breakfast for Champions

Breakfast for Champions

Breakfast for Champions

Apples – diced
Bananas – diced
Dried fruit ( shredded coconut, dates, raisins, goji berries, etc.)
Oats (optional)
Favorite nuts

Combine ingredients in a large bowl.  Top with milk or a scoop of coconut whipped cream.  Yum!

Halloween Monster Eyes

Halloween Monster Eyes

My boys are getting pretty excited for Halloween.  My kindergartener is excited for the big Halloween parade at his elementary school, my preschooler is excited to collect candy, and my one-year-old does not care – he just wants to wear his shoes.  He loves shoes.  No costumes have been solidified, although I have to admit that I am loving this costume idea.  The boys will probably dress up as a little bit of everyone and everything.  Something like Spiderman with Buzz Lightyear wings, clown wigs, and pirate patches.  I’ll be sure to share some pictures.

Halloween Monster eyes are one of our favorite sugar-free Halloween meal traditions.  To make your very own Halloween Monster Eyes, simply hard boil and egg and allow it time to cool.  Once the egg has cooled, peel off the outer shell and cut your egg in half vertically.  Top your egg with a slice of olive and your Halloween Monster Eyes are ready to be enjoyed.  Yum!

Here are some fun sugar-free ways to enjoy Halloween:

And in case you missed it – we posted our favorite Pumpkin Gingerbread Pancakes with Homemade Syrup this week.  Have a Happy weekend!

Disclaimer

This site is used for informational purposes only for application to improve one's own health. Health is ultimately an individuals responsibility. All information provided should be reviewed, researched, and analyzed for one's own purposes. The information on this site is provided for educational purposes only. Circadian Wellness assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.