Vegan Blueberry Cookies

Here’s the first recipe to a series of simple, easy, vegan cookies I will blog about.

I have been in bed all day feeling a little under the weather. The one thing I love to do is cook, bake, you know… just be in my kitchen. I had a weird craving for cookies (I say weird because I rarely like sweets), and wanted to make a batch. I decided to whip up some healthy vegan cookies that anyone could enjoy.

You will need:
1 [ripe] banana
1 cup of rolled oats
1 spoonful of dried blueberries

*if you want the recipe a little sweeter; add a dash of Stevia or any sweetner you like.

See, three ingredients. Thats it.

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Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and mush it all together with your hands 🙂 Make sure you wash your hands before or use a glove.

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Scoop the mix into a cookie sheet or foil. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until slightly brown at 350F. Here’s a convenient trick: if you don’t want to use an oven or don’t have one, microwave each cookie for about a minute. It’s still just as yummy.

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A guilt-free dessert you can enjoy any time of the day 🙂 I didn’t use any dairy, flour, added sugars; nothing. It is nutritious and tastes great. Cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle ❤

Asian salad mason jar

This is a quick and easy mason jar idea 🙂 I decided to create an Asian inspired salad. I want to feature edamame in this post because there are many great health benefits associated with it. Edamame beans are high in protein and low in fat. It also aids with digestion and helps lower cholesterol.

You will need:
kale
spinach
cherry tomatoes
baby corn
edamame beans
(shredded) carrots
pepper flakes
lemon juice (or whatever dressing you’d like; sesame ginger would be ideal)
red onions
alfalfa spouts

So when prepping a salad in a mason jar, you usually want to put the heavier dense items on the bottom. Well I wanted to put the kale and spinach first this time because I wanted it to “merry” with the lemon juice. So I guess, I kinda’ went against that rule 😛 Anyways, you probably noticed that I didn’t specifically write how much of each ingredient I used (or you need). It’s a salad, eyeball it 🙂 Salad are low in calories, so eat as much of this rabbit food as you can!

First add the lemon juice (Or whatever dressing you like) and red pepper flakes. It’s my personal choice to use lemon juice because I love the tartness. Next add all the other raw ingredients. When you’re ready to eat the salad, shake the jar, and pour it out on a plate. I actually like to eat it straight out of the jar. The more colorful the salad, the better!

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I love using mason jars because its easy to store and easy to take on the go. Obviously, I love that I can recycle these jars. There are endless possibilities 🙂 And besides, they are super cute and fun to use. I have other great ideas that I’ll post soon.

Cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle ❤

Raw Taco Salad

So here’s another quick and easy recipe for my “Mason” jar series. I decided to combine healthy produce together to create a raw salad. I used ingredients you would find in a taco; but without the meat. This salad can be stored in your fridge for a few days. I love to eat this as is, but I also use it to dress up other simple meals. I tend to use kale and spinach in all of my salads, but choose which ever greens you love most.

You will need:
Kale
Spinach
cilantro
half of a lemon
corn
green onions
1-2 tomatoes
1/2 mango
1/4 jalepeno
yellow onion
bell pepper (I used yellow)
1/2 avocado
ground black pepper
*since it is a salad, you can add as much of each ingredient as you like! There’s no wrong way in this recipe 🙂

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Its best to put the juice (or your dressing of choice) on the bottom. Here I used lemons and black pepper.
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Add all the heavier, firmer ingredients first. Then add the more delicate, fragile ones last (the spinach, kale, and cilantro)
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You can enjoy this raw salad as is, but for those seeking to add more protein; here is an example of how I used this salad to dress up a boring egg and turkey wrap:
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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland. “Mason” jars really help bring out your creative side and at the same time you are helping the environment by recycling these jars. This jar came from a pasta sauce I bought from Whole Foods a few months ago 🙂 There are endless possibilities. I can’t wait to post more “mason” jar recipes.

Replace your boring meals with a fun, nutrient rich healthy meal. Your heart and health with thank you later ❤ cheers to a happier and healthier lifestyle!

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!