Black beans and chocolate. Probably not the first combination that comes to mind. But these decadent black bean brownies are the perfect vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free dessert (and no one will ever guess that they’re packed with awesome, healthy ingredients… including beans)! Plus, you can make them using simply a blender. This is what I call a win-win-win situation 🙂
Summer is all about relaxation and restoration. With constant pool and beach activities – not to mention the crazy heat – a delicious and healthy treat is well deserved. That’s why I’ve created this minty matcha protein smoothie. Refreshing with its minty flavor, energizing with matcha, and satisfying with protein, this is the ideal smoothie to get you back on your feet (or chez, whichever one you prefer 🙂 ).
This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach English of some children in a small fisherman village in Southeast Sicily called Pozzallo. I wanted to approach this task innovatively, and, as always, food came to mind. How could I weave in English and cooking together, and what are some of the benefits of doing so?
Both peanut butter and chickpeas are fantastic sources of protein, but together in sweetened bites may not sound the most appetizing. That is, until now with the most delicious Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls! I was tired of those store-bought energy bars whose taste resembled that of a cookie: I needed something that would fill me up, with ingredients as simple as possible. Typical energy foods have a long list of weird dehydrated vegetables, and the sugar levels can exceed 20g easily.
Hello soon-to-be-smoothie lover! You may have already seen all over Instagram cute pictures of leafy smoothies, and wonder to yourself why anyone would drink that. I have to admit, that was my reaction to them until this month. Going from activity to activity, you need something that’s quick and will power you through – and smoothies are the perfect way to do so. They’re easy, and the most convenient way to pack in your fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fats. For smoothie skeptics like me, along with smoothie enthusiasts, this simple smoothie recipe is the tastiest there is :).
When it comes to granola, personalization is everything. To satisfy all your wants, try making your own. Adjust the sweetness, add your spices, and just play around with it – it’s fun, trust me.
These past two weeks have been quite packed for me, and I needed a basic, no-fuss breakfast – that’s preferably seasonal too! Cinnamon spice overnight oats is as simple as it gets, even more than cereal and milk; all you have to do is mix and refrigerate, and you have yourself breakfast for the next 5 days. And before you discard this recipe because you think it’ll be mushy, I can assure you that with steel-cut oats, it keeps its hearty qualities. With just a three ingredient base, you can add anything you want – peanut butter, vanilla, pumpkin puree – the options are endless. Plus, you don’t need an exact recipe 🙂
Perhaps one of the best food related things about Fall is the beverages: the coffee cups warming your hands on your way to work, the pumpkin spiced latte on your break, the list goes on. Sometimes, instead of entering out in the cold to get your fix of these beverages, make it at home and make it better health and taste wise! All you need is a coffee creamer base to transform it into your favorite beverage.
Superfood and candy – now that sounds like an oxymoron. Enter peanut butter cup chia pudding, the perfect way to satisfy your candy cravings, while taking in some superfood benefits!
Summer is officially here, and for those that hope to stay healthy during the heat, I have the perfect recipe for you – vegan chocolate pudding. You can make within 5 minutes because there are only 5 ingredients: cocoa powder, maple syrup, salt, vanilla, and… avocado. Before you judge this snack based on the avocado, I assure you that you will not even taste it. Proof: my brother’s friends loved it, and asked for seconds. Also, the chocolate flavor masks any trace of avocado. Overall, it’s an extremely healthy alternative for the summer, and it actually cools you down. Snacks in the summer often include heavily color-died popsicles, or ice cream sandwiches – but this pudding is guaranteed to make you feel more satisfied, and stay full longer. Avocados contain a high amount of potassium, monounsaturated fatty acids (aka “heart healthy fat”), fiber, and antioxidants which help combat aging. Aside from all the health benefits this pudding may offer, it is incredibly easy to make, and within several times of making it, you’ll notice that you don’t even need to measure out each ingredient.
It’s creamy, velvety, and is quite addicting for chocolate lovers!
- 2 medium-sized ripe avocados
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup maple syrup (add to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a dash of salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.