Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Starting Mother’s Day Off Healthily! 


With… My favorite morning shake!


1 cup Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt 

1 cup ice cubes

1/2 cup sliced organic strawberries

1/2 cup raspberries 

1 tablespoon chia seeds 

Additions: 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 scoop protein powder of choice, 1 cup spinach or kale, or more ice to make it more of an iced shake/sorbet! 

Blend and enjoy! 

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL past, present and future mamas! ❤️❤️❤️


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I Heart Friday’s 


Happy Friday!

Sometimes, simple breakfasts are the best. Organic, vanilla bean Greek yogurt with some berries!  Berries have a lower amount of sugar than many other fruits which makes them perfect to pair with a dollop of yogurt! 
  


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Organic, Homemade Baby Food!


  

Yes, you heard me… Baby food. No, we do not have a baby. 

I’ve been looking after the cutest little guy that loves his food. LOVES. And during this time I have started to learn the ropes of making all types of baby food!  It’s easy. Wash your  fruits and veggies well, steam/roast/boil and then blend!  If you can, buy organic 🙂 

Starting off with single ingredient foods, it is so easy to make and store!

Graduating to multiple ingredient baby food…

Favorite combinations are:

Sweet Potatoes with any of the following:  kale, spinach, carrots, apple, butternut squash, banana

Carrots and Peas

Apple and Squash

Pear and Spinach, Kale or Banana. 

Mango with pear, apple, banana, or melon

Cauliflower with spinach, kale, Apple, carrots, graded cheese, peas, broccoli, squash… (You get the idea)

Store leftovers in mason jars or vacuum seal! Freeze in ice trays and defrost when you need it. 

🙂 


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Do You Know… The Muffin (Wo)man?


Recently, muffin making has been a ‘thing’ in our household. I usually make a ton so my husband can take them to work during the week. I put whatever I can find in them from zucchini to carrots to apple to banana… With chia seeds and oatmeal too! 

I’ve never been a huge baker but I figured I should have some go-to recipes like these.  Ready for the fail-safe recipe?

Ingredients (these are the ones I use):

3 cups of organic flour

1 cup of organic sugar 

1 tablespoon of baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1.5 cups of yogurt

3 eggs (2 whole, 1 egg white)

1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)

Additional items based on preference: 

2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped or grated veggies or fruit of choice, 3 tablespoons of peanut/almond/cashew butter and the list goes on!

Feel free to substitute coconut oil instead of butter as well 🙂

Instructions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

2.  Mix all dry ingredients together. 

3.  Slightly melt butter. 

4.  In a separate bowl, whisk all wet ingredients together. 

5.  Fold in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients gently. Be sure to not over mix!

6.  Add additional ingredients of choice. 

7. Spray the heck out of your muffin tin! No lining needed. 

8.  Fill your muffin tin with scoops of the mixture until it is filled to the top. 

9.  Bake for 25-27 minutes. Use a toothpick to see if it’s done!  Cooking time may vary depending on the type of ingredients you choose. 

10.  Take out of the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. 

11.  Enjoy!


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Simply Delicious Breakfast!


Sometimes the best things in life are the most simple! I love this combo: one slice of toasted multigrain bread, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, 5-6 slices of banana and a drizzle of honey! I can never get enough!

Total carbohydrates: 35.5 grams

Here is the breakdown:

1/2 underripe banana: 11-12 grams
Multigrain bread: 17 grams
1 T of natural peanut butter: 1.5 grams
1/2 t natural honey: 6 grams

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Apricot Butter!


For those that have apricot trees, I’m sure there are so many that you don’t know what to do with them!

We recently acquired some from my future in-laws, and as they were sitting in our fridge, I was trying to figure out what exactly to do with all of these yummy fruits…

Of course, my go-to is butter. Who doesn’t love to spread fresh homemade fruit butter onto your toast, pancakes, muffins, waffles, oatmeal or on top of some ice cream! Yum!

Here is the recipe, it is quite simple!

You’ll need:

40-50 small apricots
1 cup organic raw sugar
1.5 cups coconut sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 dash ground cloves
1.5 teaspoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

How-to:

1. Rinse apricots!

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2. Cut apricots into halves or thirds, remove pits and place into slow cooker.

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3. Add all sugar, spices and lemon juice and stir it in!

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4. Keep stirring until all sugar is mixed in.

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5. Turn slow cooker on low for 8hrs.

6. Once finished, use an emulsifier to blend contents.

7. Take the top off, turn off slow cooker and let it cool for an hour or until room temperature. This will help thicken the consistency.

8. Can, and enjoy as desired!

🙂

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Millions of Peaches…


We recently acquired quite a few peaches from Tom’s dad’s house. Of course I had a lot of ideas of what I could make but unfortunately time doesn’t allow for that many!

My first thought was a peach sauce or jam. I think I shall call it saucy peaches.

It is one of those, throw it together, set it and forget it kind of recipes! Here’s the deal!

You’ll need:

We had 15-20 small, ripe peaches.
Use 8-10 med-large peaches if you’d like as well.
2T water
1-1.5T cinnamon
1t nutmeg
3T of local honey (you can use more depending on the level of your sweet tooth)
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cloves
2t Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Rinse then cut into small cubes WITH the skin on. Gotta love that fiber!
2. Add to crock pot.
3. Add all other ingredients to pot.
4. Stir to get those spices soaking into the peaches.
5. Set on low for 8hrs. (I like to do this at night so I can wake up to the wonderful smell in the morning!)
6. With a potato masher, mash peaches to the consistency of your liking. You can also use an emulsifier if you’d like also.
7. If you like it sweeter, add more honey!
8. Nom nom. Can it!

I’ve put this into my oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, on top of ice cream, bread, have used it for baking and added it to sauces.

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PB2… How I love thee!


If you love peanut butter, you have no excuse NOT to get it. It’s basically all natural peanut butter – without the oil! Straight up ground peanuts – 85% less fat, protein packed and amazing!!

I could seriously eat this out of the packaging. But what I do is kind of odd – but it works!

I brew my coffee (12oz).
Add 1 teaspoon of local honey.
I add ice.
Transfer iced coffee into my shaker.
Add one scoop of protein powder (Currently using Raw Fit Protein).
Add 2 tablespoons of PB2 chocolate (made with real, delicious cocoa).
Sh-sh-sh-shhhhhake it.

It’s amazing. Do it. I strongly suggest it. This way, you’re drinking one beverage only, and getting your caffeine intake as well as your meal replacement!

Yum!


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Splurge Alert


Tom had a colonoscopy on Thursday and his colitis is in remission! No flare ups and hardly any inflammation. Awesome news!

And so he splurged today…

Cinnamon French Toast with fruit… AND corned beef hash with and over medium egg.

The waiter asked, “Are you eating anything??” Haha

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Got Bread?


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I am really not one to eat bread often. Especially white bread. Normally, I’ll go for wheat or just no bread at all. Fortunately I’m not a huge sandwich person! Although there is King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread and it is DANGEROUS! I could eat a sandwich for every meal if it was good for me. So what I saying is this, if you’re not diabetic and do not have Celiac’s, indulge! It’s amazing. Have a slice for me!