Healthy Food

The Art of Plant Based Diets

*From my article in The Beachside Resident November 2018
Mother nature gives us the good stuff. Not only are fruits and vegetables beautiful but they fuel our bodies. I chose super vibrant art inspired food to highlight the juicy details. Check out the amazing benefits from each of these ingredients:
Dragon Fruit: High in nutrients, fiber, minerals and vitamins, low on calories and a great source of antioxidants and magnesium. Ideal for gut health and boosting your immune system. Put it in a smoothie or with your yogurt.
Star Fruit: High in vitamin C and a great source of potassium with anti-inflammatory properties. Also high in fiber. These also look awesome as a garnish on a martini glass. 
Carrots: Rich in vitamin A. Great for your metabolism, promotes healthy skin and reduces vision problems. Reduces cancer risks and lowers cholesterol. Top carrots on your salad or sneak them into your muffins or meals.
Beets: wonderful source of fiber, C and folate. Beets have a plethora of benefits, like boosting your endurance, digestion, brain health and sexual health. Just don’t be scared when you drink a glass of beet juice then next morning when you poop. It’s just beets. Juice them or top off your salad with some beets. They also make a great base for a veggie burger and pairs well with goat cheese. 
Spinach: Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate and it isn’t good for you. In fact, 40% of the population can’t even process it due to the very common MTHFR mutation, which causes many issues, including ADHD, autoimmune disorders, depression, brain fog, anxiety and more. Folate can be found naturally in your leafy greens. I put some in all of my meals and even in my smoothies. Also a great source of tons of other minerals and vitamins your body needs that you can’t get in a bag of Doritos.
Healthy Food

Homemade Shallot Sriracha Salad Dressing

From my article in November 2018 The Beachside Resident:
Shallot Sriracha Dressing

2/3 cup of Balsamic vinegar 
2/3 cup of Olive oil
1/4 cup of liquid aminos
1 lime juiced
1 tablespoon of Sriracha 
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
Pinch of ground pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic and parsley seasoning (or fresh)
1/2 shallot
1 tablespoon of Local honey

Put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. I use my Ninja, the smaller single use container for smoothies. Blend and serve! 

This salad dressing is very simple, natural and fresh. When you realize how easy and delicious making your own dressing may be, you will be spoiled and turn your nose up to the bottled dressings that have the shelf life of your grandmother. You are skipping all of the preservatives and fillers and making something that tases like it belongs in a gourmet restaurant. Go ahead, impress your friends and family with this recipe at your upcoming holiday parties. If you have someone that can’t do spicy, leave out the Sriracha. You can also throw in cashews and a little more honey. I store mine in a mason jar. You can play with different flavors by using a 1:1 ratio of oil and vinegar. Another favorite that I make is olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, shallots, honey, ginger and garlic.