Ginger Quinoa Stir Fry

Need a healthy dinner idea packed with fiber and protein to keep you feeling full? Whether or not you chose to take the vegetarian route or not (shrimp being optional), check out this stir fry dish you and your family will love!

1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
1 tbsp scallion
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups Portobello (preferred for its meaty texture) or crimini mushrooms, washed and sliced
2 cups of broccoli florets
1/3 cup purified water
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup hoisin sauce

Bring stock to boil, add quinoa and then simmer covered for 15 mins until the liquid is absorbed

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium to high heat, add the onion, ginger and scallion and cook for 10 mins on medium heat stirring frequently. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms and broccoli to the skillet and raise heat back to medium-high and cook stirring frequently for a few mins.

Add water, soy sauce, hoisin, and shrimp to the pan and cook stirring frequently for 5 mins and serve.

1 cup of jumbo shrimp, peeled and washed (optional)



FINISHED PRODUCT OMG SO SO SO GOOD!!!

Anti-Aging Smoothie: My Daily Breakfast

Why start off your day with a smoothie?

Well firstly, studies show that consuming fruit and greens in the morning will assist the body’s effort to detox (riding the body of chemicals and synthetic hormones from our environment, the food we eat, cosmetic products we use, the list goes on…) so that is one of my main purposes.

Studies have also shown that detoxifying the body of such carcinogens will assist in slowing down the aging process. So if you’re beginning to take an interest in detoxification/cleansing, introducing a breakfast smoothie is a GREAT place to get started.

Secondly, WEIGHT MANAGEMENT. More details on this further down…

MY ANTI-AGING SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1 ½ cup of fresh or frozen berries (assorted blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries)
2-6 tbsp of plain kefir or probiotic supplement
1 scoop of Pure Encapsulations Whey Protein Powder
1 scoop of Pure Encapsulations Pure Lean Fiber or 2 tbsp of ground flax seed
1 tsp of Pure Encapsulations liquid fish oil
2 handfuls of spinach
Splash of water or non sweetened juice, depending on your preference of consistency or taste

NOTE: You WILL NOT taste the spinach but if you are weary about it add a bit in at a time after it is blended and taste, continue to add a bit more each day until you reach your tolerance level. I personally add 3 cups no problem (that’s enough for 3 side salads at a restaurant)! If you want to step it up OR switch it up alternate between spinach and kale! This is VERY important, incorporate greens in your diet where ever you can!

It is these ingredients that really make this smoothie an excellent MEAL, and provides the following nutrients to assist with weight loss and keep you feeling full:

Whey Basics: 24g of protein from a CLEAN, grass fed cow. Studies show that consuming over 20g of highly absorbable protein in the morning increases your weight loss efforts significantly.
EPA/DHA Liquid: 1300mg of CLEAN omega 3 fats in the forms of DHA and EPA
Pure Lean Fiber: 3g of fiber, which will aid digestion and expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller for longer
Probiotic 5: If you don’t have kefir on hand or you just can’t handle the taste, adding a probiotic supplement is highly recommended to not only assist with digestion but it will also help decrease your intense sugar cravings.

The End Product:

YUMMMMMMMMMM!

Vegetarian Pita Pizza

Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean compromising on taste or your favourite foods, but altering them to ensure the meal is nutrient dense and proper portions are served.

Feel like pizza? Yes we all cave once in a while and order take out pizza but do yourself a favour, go for whole grain thin crust and skip the meat toppings and you will trim off hundreds of calories, saturated fat and carcinogenic nitrates by doing so.

Have a few minutes and want a healthier alternative? Try taking a SMALL whole grain pita (roughly 140 cals) and brush lightly with olive oil, top with tomato sauce (hopefully homemade, low salt and zero added sugar), chopped mushrooms, spinach, green pepper, onion, and organic mozzarella & parm cheese (low fat if your goal is to lose weight). Place in the oven @ 350F for about 10 mins and you’ll have a delicious pizza that is roughly 300-350 calories.

Still missing the meat? Once in a while I add some Veggie Pizza Pepperoni by Yves as I did in the photo above; however watch your processed soy consumption as that can easily be overdone and lead to thyroid conditions.

Minestrone Soup

Another one of my favourite fall cleansing soups, I chose green beans and brown rice in this version of the classic Minestrone…

A tbsp coconut oil, my preference is the tasteless refined version
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large red onion, diced
4 stalks of celery, chopped
4 medium carrots, sliced
1 organic, low sodium tomato soup
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
6 cups of organic vegetable broth
1 cup shredded cabbage
Salt and pepper to taste
Dried basil, oregano, sage, thyme, red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup chopped parsley
1 cup frozen peas
1 bunch swiss chard or kale chopped
2 cans of beans, your choice
2/3 cup brown rice pasta, quinoa or brown rice, cooked separately and added after soup has chilled to avoid over cooking the grains