Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip

Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip

This is the best gluten free & dairy free dip of all time!  I love that this fulfills all of my friends and I in our diet specifications while also being super clean.  You can easily make this completely grainless as well if you omit any crackers and just serve veggies on the side.  Regular greek yogurt can be subbed in if dairy can be tolerated:)

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What you need:

  • 1 container of hummus-you can either use store bought or make your own
  • 1 5.3 oz container of plain dairy free yogurt (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 T chopped dill
  • 1/3 cup chopped cucumber
  • squeeze of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • dairy free yogurt-I like Kite hill plain or greek plain
  • 1/2-3/4 cup walnut haves
  • a few T chopped parsley

How you do it:

  1. Pour walnuts into a large pan and toast over low heat-this is a quick process so keep a watchful eye!  Roughly chop once cooled
  2. Make the tzatziki: combine yogurt, minced garlic, dill, cucumber and lemon juice
  3. Spread hummus all over the bottom of a round or square dish
  4. Layer the tzatziki over the hummus layer, then top with the tomatoes
  5. Add the scallions over the top of that and then the artichoke hearts
  6. Next sprinkle over the chopped olives and then the walnuts.
  7. Garnish with parsley overtop.
  8. Serve with carrots, radishes, endives, peppers and crackers of choiceGFG Enjoy! Signature

Quick 7 layer guide- Layer the dip in the following order: hummus, tzatziki, tomatoes, scallions, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, toasted walnuts

Adapted from thefeedfeed.com

 

Cacao Mint Chip Balls

Cacao Mint Chip Balls

If you have a crazy sweet tooth but like to find tasty treats with health benefits-this recipe is yours to savor!  Super simple and easily interchangeable ingredients is the name of the game here. You can use any type of raw nuts and seeds and sub the coconut butter for coconut oil or another fat of choice.  These are loaded with healthy plant based fats, antioxidants from the cacao, and naturally sweetened with a small portion of dates.  For those of you who deal with regular gas, distention and bloating the fresh mint is a natural stomach soother and digestive relief aid.

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What you need:

  • 1.5 cup raw nuts/seeds (I used a mix of organic walnuts, cashews and sunflower seeds)
  • 2 dates (soaked for 5-10 min in hot water to soften, depitted)
  • 2 T cacao powder
  • 1 T each flax seed, chia seed, maca powder
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides
  • 3-4 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 handful of fresh mint or 1-2 tsp peppermint extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup cacao nibs or mini dark chocolate chips

How you do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except cacao nibs/chips) into a food processor and mix to combine all into a thick tough
  2. Fold in cacao nibs or chips
  3. Roll into balls and freeze; Can store up to a week in the fridge or much longer frozen!

Makes about 10-12 balls

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Creamy Ginger Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

Creamy Ginger Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

Why do I love a smoothie in a bowl this time of the year?!  It’s far more digestion-friendly than slurping your smoothie down out of a cup through a straw.  In the teachings of Ayurveda: cold, mixed foods like smoothies can be harsher on the digestive tract-especially during the Vata (late fall-winter) season AND especially for those of us who identify with a Vata dosha-for more on Ayurveda visit this site for some quick info or I recommend this book: Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda 

While Ayurveda preaches somewhat against smoothies in general I find that they are an easy way to pack in a lot of nutrition and are convenient for a busy morning.  If you’re like me and you find that you smoothies just don’t “sit” as well in the winter months as they do they rest of the year then scroll down to my “belly-proof” smoothie tips below the recipe!

PS: this smoothie is fruitless, refined sugar free, belly de-bloating and filled with skin food! (walnuts, sweet potato, flax, collagen are especially skin-nourishing!)  A whole lotta functional nutrition going on here 🙂

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What you need:

  • 1/2  steamed/roasted sweet potato (~1/3 cup mashed)- can use fresh or frozen
  • ~1 cup dairy free unsweetened milk
  • 2 T ground flax or chia seeds
  • 3-4 raw walnut halves
  • 2 scoops collagen protein (I used Vital Proteins collagen peptides, Vanilla Bulletproof collagen would work well here too!)
  • 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • ~ an inch of fresh ginger root
  • 1 date (ideally soaked in hot water to soften)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • optional: dash of turmeric, pinch of black pepper
  • optional toppings: bee pollen, unsweetened shredded coconut, sunflower seed butter, fresh fruit

How you do it:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until desired thickness is reached.  I added ~1/4 cup hot water to warm up my smoothie a bit. Use less water for thicker; pour into bowl and add toppings!

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Belly-Proof your Smoothie:

What to do to help your body tolerate smoothies better during the winter (Vata) season and/OR all year long:

  1. Eat out of a bowl with a spoon:
    • this slows down your consumption of the smoothie and encourages some chewing action-all of which will better up-regulate digestive juices and bile flow to more efficiently break down and absorb food + reduce bloat
  2. Eat at room temp or warm it up
    • warm foods soothe the digestive tract during the colder months of the year
  3. Make & blend the day before
    • this allows the nuts/seeds to soak and partially breakdown allowing for easier absorption of micronutrients
  4. Add potent spices (ie turmeric, ginger, cinnamon)
    • these help to amplify the metabolism and soothe the gut lining
  5. Add seasonal produce
    • add fresh fruit/veggies that are in season->sweet potato, root vegetables, cooked apple for natural sweetness during this time of the year vs. berries in the summer; choose fresh vs. frozen if you can

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Mine is topped with coconut flakes, bee pollen, sunbutter and chopped organic pear

DIY Hemp Milk

DIY Hemp Milk

This is an easy and more gut friendly nut-free milk that you can make in a pinch and avoid any gums/additives that you find in most plant-based milks these days!  I love whipping up a batch of this to add to my smoothies, matcha lattes or for making chia pudding!  If you don’t have a high speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec you may need to use a cheesecloth or milk bag for straining.

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What you need:

  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (make sure GF)
  • Pinch of himalayan sea salt
  • optional: local honey, cinnamon, cacao powder, nutmeg

How you do it:

  1. Add all ingredients above to a high speed blender (Ideally vitamix or blendtec) until creamy
  2. Add optional ingredients to taste!

Makes four 1/2 cup servings

Store in a mason jar in the fridge for 2-3 days; shake well before using.

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Recipe adapted from http://nourishingvibesnutrition.com/

Blueberry Peach Breakfast Bars

Blueberry Peach Breakfast Bars

These bad boys are free of any added sugar whatsoever and this recipe features my fav grain free & gut friendly flour alternative of the moment-tigernut flour! Learn more about this nutty tasting, lightly sweet, fiber-rich root vegetable here. You can absolutely sub any fruit you like and make this a healthy dessert vs. a breakfast by adding a spoonful of coconut whipped cream or coconut milk icecream! Are you strict Autoimmune Paleo (AIP)? Sub a gelatin egg (see below) for the regular egg and leave out the flax and nut topping-add coconut flakes instead 🙂

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What you need:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup tigernut flour-sifted!
  • pinch of pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • heavy dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup full fat coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pastured egg (room temp)
    • OR 1 gelatin egg-(1 T grass fed gelatin with 1 T lukewarm water until gelatin is wet; pour in 2 T hot boiling water and whisk vigorously until it thickens)
  • 1.5 T ground flaxseed (flaxmeal)
  • 1 small peach (chopped)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup blueberries
  • 2-3 T chopped pecans (optional)-leave out for strict AIP

How you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375, line 8×8 with parchment paper or grease well with coconut oil
  2. Combine dry ingredients
  3. Combine coconut oil. coconut milk, vanilla
  4. Whisk apple cider vinegar into wet ingredients, whisk in egg until well combined
  5. Add wet to dry until combined
  6. Pour into baking dish and top with fruit, press down lightly to make sure fruit is in the batter
  7. Top with chopped nuts
  8. Bake for 40-45 min or until edges look golden + knife comes out clean -should appear soft in texture like a muffin/scone
  9. Let cool & slice

Makes 9-12 bars depending on how you slice ’em

Store in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze!

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