Easy Kale & Hummus sandwiches

This is a quick, simple, and nutrient dense sandwich that you can easily make at home. I chose to feature kale because there are very important benefits to consuming it. Kale is high in fiber, iron, and filled with antioxidants. It helps lower cholesterol and supports your cardiovascular system. It is also high in calcium; which in turn will help keep your bones strong. Kale aides in detoxing your body and you will start to feel more refreshed.

You will need:
2 pieces of bread (I used whole wheat)
Hummus (I used Whole Foods low fat)
Kale
Cucumber
Chili flakes
Half of a lemon

Optional for side snack:
1/4 banana
A spoonful of your favorite seeds
Peanut butter

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To season the kale, I simply squeezed lemon juice and sprinkled chili flakes.
Slice the cucumbers.
Spread the hummus on one slice of bread.
Layer on the cucumbers.
Then layer on the seasoned kale.
Spread hummus on the other slice of bread.
Assemble and…done! Quick, easy, and so good for you.

Now slice your bananas. I love bananas and peanut butter together. Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamin c. I dipped it into a blend of pumpkin seeds and watermelon kernels that I bought from a farmers market. It’s a great alternative to sugary sweets to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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Replace your processed lunch with a vitamin rich sandwich. Your heart and health will thank you later ❤ Cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle!

Peppered Beef Stir “fry”

I was never a fan of red meat, but I like to eat it every now and then. The media has scared so many of us from it. Red meat isn’t bad for you if you choose the right cuts and eat in moderation. In this healthy recipe I chose top round steak. It’s lean and tough, so I asked the butcher to slice it thin for me. Remember not to overcook round steak because I think it’s better rare/medium rare.

You will need:
1/2 a pound of lean beef (I used top round steak)
3-4 bell peppers (I chose red, yellow, and green)
1 red onion
half of a lemon
a few cloves of garlic
a teaspoon of vegetable broth (I always skip the oil)
fresh ground black pepper
any other seasonings you’d like to flavor your beef with (I always skip the salt

So here’s the thinly sliced round steak:

photo 2 I transferred it to a big bowl with a few cloves of garlic (I LOVE GARLIC hehe), juice from half of a lemon and added lot’s of black pepper. I covered it and let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.

Meanwhile, I cut all the bell peppers and red onions. I added a few leaves of cilantro. I absolutely love the bright colors of all the peppers and onions combined

Instead of oil (hence the “fry”) I used a dash of vegetable broth to coat my wok and added more garlic. Leave it on high for about a minute. You’ll be able to smell that garlic 🙂

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Throw in the beef and watch it sizzle 🙂

You want the beef to be nice and rare like this:

photo 4(1)Transfer all the beef to a bowl.

Now it’s time to stir “fry” the veggies until they are nice and tender:

photo 2(2)Add the beef from before. Combine and stir for a quick minute or two:

photo 4Pair it with some brown rice (even better if you skip the rice and make lettuce wraps!)

photo 3(1)See, so you can still have “red” meat and not feel guilty about it 🙂

Cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle <3<3