Holiday Detox Survival Kit, Part 2

The second addition to the Holiday Detox Survival Kit, this post features the first part of a soup-and-smoothie pairing: Savory Carrot Ginger Soup. Smoothie recipe will follow, in a subsequent post.

Ginger cleanses the body by stimulating digestion and circulation. Its digestive actions help to flush the build-up of waste and toxins in the liver and colon. Its high concentrations of gingerol and shoga, both of which have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, contribute to the production of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes neutralize acids in the body, providing relief from gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.

Savory Carrot Ginger Soup

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Chia, Hemp & Almond Banana Pancakes

Chia Hemp Almond Banana Pancakes
These Chia, Hemp & Almond Banana Pancakes are almost too good to be true.  Flourless and gluten-free, this recipe is also soy free and contains no added sugar.  The natural sweetness of the bananas, enhanced with stevia extract, give these Chia, Hemp & Almond Banana Pancakes the perfect amount of sweetness without the empty calories.  Each serving (1 pancake) boasts 12g protein, 10g fiber, 600mg potassium–with only 5g sugar.

This recipe utilizes a “cereal” by the Nature’s Path brand ‘Qi’a Superfood’ made with only 5 ingredients (chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, and slivered almonds–all organic, gluten-free and vegan).  I was pacing around kitchen this morning trying to think of what could be used as a gluten-free, paleo flour that wouldn’t require a trip to the store.  As I contemplated whether to use oats or almonds, I noticed the bag of chia-hemp-buckwheat cereal–and realized I’d stumbled upon the perfect prototype for this delicious and nutrient-dense Chia, Hemp & Almond Banana Pancakes Recipe. Continue reading

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Apple Banana Fauxtmeal with Flax

Apple Banana Fauxtmeal
This recipe makes an excellent “fauxtmeal”. Whether you enjoy it at home or pack it in a thermos, this grain-free oatmeal alternative is just as comforting as the real thing. Packed with potassium from the banana and Omega-3’s from the flax, this breakfast is the perfect morning fuel. Warming and slightly sweet with a hint of tartness, it is a sure-fire winner in terms of taste. Keep away the winter blues with this hearty first meal–providing your apple a’ day and cayenne pepper to boot!

Quick and easy to prepare, this fauxtmeal can be made with or without a food processor.

Apple Banana Fauxtmeal with Flax

Ingredients

1 ripe banana
1 organic pink lady apple (or similar variety), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup silken tofu
1/4 cup soy milk or almond milk
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds / flax meal
1 Tbsp whole flax seeds
1 Tbsp almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp raisins or chopped dates (optional)
A sprinkling of cayenne pepper to taste

Method

In a food processor or with a fork, mash the banana with the ground flax seeds/flax meal, cinnamon, silken tofu, and soy/almond milk. Warm on the stove or microwave and top with chopped apple, flax seeds, raisins/dates and cayenne pepper.

Hint: Try it as a snack, or a healthy dessert recipe!

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High protein breakfast parfait

Gluten-free and vegan parfait with granola and bananas

I’m a huge fan of granola but most store-bought brands send me into sugar overdrive (followed by a very inconvenient “comedown” and crash around 3pm). Despite the fact that oats are a whole grain, complex carbohydrate and not the “instant release” type, I need something with a bit more protein [and a lot less sugar] to make it through the day. Enter the high-protein breakfast parfait. Made with silken tofu and sweetened with banana, it contains no added sugar (apart from the granola garnish). The rest is pure protein (nuts and seeds)…and chocolate–which contains theobromine, a natural mood booster! (just thought I’d point that out, to justify eating chocolate for breakfast). The optional soy yogurt adds a dose of healthy probiotics to aid in digestion and boost immune function. And now, the recipe:

High Protein Breakfast Parfait

(makes 2-3 servings)

Ingredients

1 package silken tofu
1 banana
1 cup plain soy yogurt (optional)
1/3 cup unsweetened dutch-process cocoa or raw cacao powder
1/4 cup vanilla-almond granola (or your favorite flavor)
1/3 cup raw, shelled pumpkin seeds and/or sunflower seeds
1/3 cup raw cashew pieces or crushed whole cashews
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Method

In a blender or food processor, add the tofu, soy yogurt (optional), and banana. Blend for a minute, or until mixture is churning and smooth. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend on a low setting or pulse (if using a food processor) until smooth.

In a parfait glass, create layers with nuts and seeds (and a sprinkling of granola, to taste).

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