Happy 4th of July & A Healthy Red, White & Blue and Summer Fun Recipe

Happy 4th of July to all of our American Friends!! What better way to celebrate than with beautiful, healthy foods, so here’s a quick and easy recipe for your Independence Day Celebration.
Red: Strawberries (organic), White: non-dairy whipped cream, Blue: Blueberries (organic):
  • Hull organic strawberries by removing the green stem or calyx from the top of the berry.
  • Cut the bottom tips for a flat edge, so the strawberries can stand upright.
  • Fill hulled strawberries with non-dairy whipped cream. (MimicCreme Healthy Top Whipping Cream (or) Soyatoo! Rice Whip Vegan & Soy-Free whipped cream (or) Your choice of non-dairy whipped topping.
  • Toss rinsed & dried organic blueberries into a little Organic Blue Agave Nectar for added flavor and a nice shine. (wipe the agave from the bottom of each blueberry to prevent sliding)
  • Top crème filled strawberries with a single blueberry & serve.

Soyatoo! Rice Whip: Available at Whole Foods, Wild Oats & Online Retailers. Soy version also available, which is purely vegetable, organic, raw materials and in part from Fair Trade. TIP: For best results read all instructions:  Leave at room temperature for at least 15 min prior to use. Turn upside down and shake contents toward nozzle. Lift  nozzle & clean thoroughly after each use & be sure to refrigerate storing upside down. (low-carb) If you like Rice Dream Non-Dairy beverage, you’ll really enjoy this topping.

MimicCreme Healthy Top Whipping Cream: Is a delicious, truly non-dairy, non-soy whipping cream! Healthy Top by MimicCreme is made from a healthy blend of organic virgin coconut oil, almonds, cashews, sweet almond oil and natural cane sugar. Healthy Top is also gluten-free, contains NO hidden caseinates (casein is derived from milk) and produced using only non-GMO ingredients. Healthy Top is also cholesterol-free, kosher-parve (parve is a Herbrew term that describes food without any meat or dairy ingredients), contains no hydrogenated oils or trans fats, no high-fructose corn syrup, and no polysorbate 60. Chill as cold as possible, whip and enjoy! 16 fl. oz. resealable container yields approximately 4 cups whipped cream per carton. Available at Whole Foods & Amazon.com.

How To Whip MimicCreme Healthy Top:

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Berry, Berry Dairy-Free Smoothie

1/2 Cup of Frozen Blueberries

1/2 Cup of Fresh Blueberries

1/2 Cup of Frozen or Fresh Strawberries

1/4 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Raspberries

1 1/2 Cup of Zico Coconut Water

1/2 cup of crushed ice for a thicker smoothie

3 Tbsp of Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed

This recipe might vary slight depending on your blender.  If you have a high-powered blender proceed by tossing in all ingredients, if not you might need to premix ingredients or add additional liquid. High powered blenders can easily crush ice while blending whole foods, whereas other blenders might require you to pre-crush ice prior to adding.

Completely optional: Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seed is a great way to add protein to your smoothie, with only 2g of carbs it is very low-carb & low-starch diet friendly.

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon & Anchovy Vinaigrette

I absolutely love Kale in all of its glorious varieties and prepared in many different ways. I often eat kale as a side or an as entire meal, because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering  and cancer fighting benefits.  This is a fun, tasty recipe for anyone looking to add more vitamin K to their diets.  This dish is perfect for a low-starch/balanced protein diet, and to make more vegan friendly simply omit the anchovies & eggs.  If your not growing your own Dinosaur Kale, be sure to pick up a few bunches from your local Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods or the Organic Produce section of your local grocery store.

Beautiful Kale of Many Names: Dinosaur, Tuscan & Lacinato:

Ingredients:

  • 14 ounces organic Dinosaur Kale, devein & remove large stem, thinly slice crosswise (makes approx 8 cups)
  • 6 Anchovy fillets packed in olive oil, drained (Trader Joe’s/approx 174 mg of sodium)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed organic Lemon Juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon 365 Organic Dijon Mustard (Whole Foods) or Spicy Brown Mustard (Trader Joe’s)
  • 3/4 cup Extra-Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
  •  Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 hard-boiled Egg, peeled

Prepare:

Vinaigrette: Combine the organic lemon juice, anchovies, garlic & mustard in a blender; purée until smooth. Keep the blender running while you very slowly pour in the oil. Season with freshly cracked pepper to taste. Cover and chill.  Can be made 2 days ahead & kept refrigerated.

Using a microplane zester/grater and a small bowl, grate your hard-boiled egg.  I personally choose to use only the egg white, but if you prefer not to waste your egg, continue to grate the yolk as well.  Grating can be done up to 6 hours ahead, simply cover, chill & store separately from other ingredients.

Toss kale and creamy dressing in a large bowl to coat. Add additional freshly cracked pepper if needed. Top with grated eggs and voilà!  Enjoy as a meal or serve as a side dish, compliments of “The Positive Pear”  (to modify for vegan friendly avoid the egg & anchovy)

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