Whole Green Love » Nourish http://wholegreenlove.com Real, Whole Food Recipes. Green and sustainable living. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:01:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.20 Homemade Beet & Mango Fruit Snacks http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/12/02/homemade-beet-mango-fruit-snacks/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/12/02/homemade-beet-mango-fruit-snacks/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:10:41 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5867

Keeping our kitchen stocked with healthy food for our family seems to be a full time job. Time consuming, but worth it. Our daughter isn’t a huge snacker, but it’s so nice to have food in the house that transports easily and is ready to grab-and-go on our way out the door. Toddlers with tummies on empty are disasters waiting to happen.

Homemade Beet & Mango Fruit Snacks | WholeGreenLove.com

Homemade fruit snacks are one of my favorite things to make for Lyla. She absolutely loves them because she thinks she’s getting a special treat. I love them because they aren’t the junky store bought fruit snacks and she’s getting a little bit of real fruits and veggies, plus a nice dose of gelatin – a great source of amino acids and good for digestion and bone health.

This recipe is inspired by a fruit snack recipe from Thank Your Body, one of my favorite blogs. Making this recipe with blueberries has been our favorite, but I wanted to try sneaking some antioxidant-loaded veggies into them this time with beets.

These store well in the fridge for a couple of weeks, but they don’t last that long in our house.

The beets in this recipe give the fruit snacks a beautiful, vivid color, just like the store bought variety!

Do you make homemade fruit snacks? What are your kiddos favorite flavors?

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Mango Coconut Cream Popsicles http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/08/04/mango-coconut-cream-popsicles/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/08/04/mango-coconut-cream-popsicles/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:53:50 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5832

We’ve been having a beautiful summer in Wisconsin this year! It hasn’t been too hot and our weekends have mostly been rain free. But thankfully, we’ve gotten enough rain that we rarely have had to water our garden. It’s growing wonderfully!

Mango Coconut Cream Popsicles | WholeGreenLove.com

Perfectly hot weather calls for popsicles on the porch for a special treat. The not-too-wholesome ingredients of store bought popsicles – even “all natural” or “all fruit” kinds – keeps me steering clear of that part of the frozen food section.

Making your own popsicles is super easy and they have such fun molds out there that you can have ones that are perfect for adults and kiddies too. I purchased these adorable popsicle molds this year and have been getting tons of use out of them! They are the perfect size for little mouths and each mold in the set is a different sea creature. Lyla loves picking one out herself.

I had extra left over after pouring this mixture into the molds. We were on vacation at the time (extra popsicle eating happening then!) so I kept the extra in the fridge to refill the molds as the week went on. You could also freeze the extra you have and then defrost it to pouring consistency when you need to refill your popsicle molds in the future.

This is a wonderful combination of tropical flavors and the reminiscence of a dreamsicle- like treat that comes from the coconut cream. It’s more filling than an all fruit popsicle because of the yummy coconut cream. I have made this recipe with and without the banana – both are delicious.

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Meyer Lemon & Thyme Fettuccine Alfredo http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/04/28/meyer-lemon-thyme-fettuccine-alfredo/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/04/28/meyer-lemon-thyme-fettuccine-alfredo/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:00:29 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5818

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Fettuccine Alfredo | WholeGreenLove.com

 

Real homemade fettuccine alfredo is definitely one of my favorite Italian dishes. There is something homey and comforting about that delicious white sauce that gets me every time.

I came across a recipe the other day that called for meyer lemons in an alfredo dish. I had never really thought about putting the two together, but come on! Sheer genius if you ask me! I could eat lemon in just about anything and how fitting to mix it with a rich pasta dish to cut into that heavy flavor. Below is the recipe I put together.

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Fettuccine Alfredo | WholeGreenLove.com

Meyer Lemons are the queen bee of the lemon family. They have a slightly milder and sweeter taste when compared to a traditional lemon and are in general, so good! I always get so excited when I find them at the grocery store this time of year. I try to incorporate them into as many dishes as I can to get my fix.

 

If you are looking for a yummy pasta dish you HAVE to try this. It’s flavor is so simple, but so delicious at the same time. The lemon gives it a great spring flavor for this time of year.

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Fettuccine Alfredo | WholeGreenLove.com

This alfredo sauce is creamy and full of flavor. It is so simple yet bursting with flavor. It would be great served next to a fresh spring salad. This dish can definitely hold its own, but feel free to throw in any vegetables if you’d like to add a little more color or texture.

 

I was so pleased with how my creation turned out and I can’t wait to make it for company this coming week!

 

Enjoy!

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How to Choose the Best Yogurt http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/04/14/how-to-choose-the-best-yogurt/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/04/14/how-to-choose-the-best-yogurt/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:13:28 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5805

How to Choose the Best Yogurt | WholeGreenLove.com

Yogurt is a staple in so many homes. We always have yogurt on hand, whether it’s for a meal or snack, it’s bound to get into our bellies one way or another.  All yogurt is not created equal. Just like you may consider where your meat or eggs are coming from, you may want to pay closer attention to your yogurt source and ingredients too!

Laura has made her own yogurt in a crockpot…you can find her recipe here. I have been busy enough lately that I haven’t gotten around to making it myself, but look forward to trying my hand at it!  It looks pretty simple and is also quite economical as well!

I have found a farm stand that is open on Saturdays where I can get fresh homemade raw milk yogurt…it’s fantastic! Hey, if I don’t have time to make it, I’d rather purchase the homemade variety from someone in my community!

How To Pick Your Yogurt |WholeGreenLove.com

I will buy yogurt from the grocery store as well, but keep it very simple…whole milk, cream on top, plain yogurt. When you look at the yogurt section of a grocery store it’s like a yogurt explosion of every possibility you could imagine. You have to be so careful though with ingredient lists and would probably be surprised by all the “stuff” you can find in something labeled simply, “strawberry yogurt”.  Between artificial sweeteners, stabilizers, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup, there can be a lot of non-yogurt ingredients in your yogurt cup.

Whether I’m buying from my yogurt stand or a quality variety from the grocery store, I sweeten or flavor yogurt right before I eat it.  That way you have control over everything you are putting in your mouth from the granola, to the fruit, to the maple syrup drizzle.

How To Pick Your Yogurt |WholeGreenLove.com

You’ll probably find your yogurt tastes so much better when you add your own flavor to it.

Depending in how sweet or ripe your fruit is you may not even have to sweeten it up. I find that the cream on top yogurt gives it just the right amount of natural sweetness most of the time.

Do you have favorite yogurt brands you turn to? Or how about a homemade yogurt recipe that you make? We’d love to hear how you dress your yogurt up!

 

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Coconut Devonshire Cream http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/04/09/coconut-devonshire-cream/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/04/09/coconut-devonshire-cream/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:04:40 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5801

One of our most favorite treats that Joanna and I make together are crumpets topped with Devonshire cream and lemon curd. It’s the perfect combination of tasty carbs, creamy goodness, and crisp lemony curd.

A craving for this tasty treat came over me the other day while I was shopping at Trader Joe’s. But they don’t carry Devonshire cream. That wasn’t going to stop me!

Coconut Devonshire Cream | WholeGreenLove.com

This is a lovely cream to use like we do with crumpets and lemon curd, but it’s also a great topping for fruit, scones, or can really use it any way that you would use whipped cream.

Wondering how you can use the rest of the coconut cream? Stay tuned! I will have a post soon on how to incorporate it into a homemade popsicle recipe. Yum!

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10 Things Every Foodie Needs in Their Kitchen http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/03/17/10-things-every-foodie-needs-in-their-kitchen/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/03/17/10-things-every-foodie-needs-in-their-kitchen/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:33:58 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5778

10 Things Every Foodie Needs in Their Kitchen | WholeGreenLove.com

I’m not big on lots of kitchen appliances or gadgets. We’ve gotten by without a traditional blender for years (because of one of the items I have listed below). Many items take up too much room and just aren’t necessary. There are a few things that I cannot live without. The kind of items that are used often and food staples that when they run low, I get anxiety. Seriously.

  1. Immersion blender. You need one. I’d have to say we use ours four days a week or more. We use it to blend smoothies, puree soups, make homemade fruit snacks, among other things. I have even used it to make dog treats. I’ve heard people say, “Well, I have a blender.” I would probably kill myself trying to blend hot soup in batches in a blender. With an immersion blender, you don’t need a traditional blender. Plus, it’s WAY easier to clean. This is the kind I have. Love it.
  2. Butter. I think I put this on my list because I got super anxious today when I noticed the only butter we had in the house was what was left in the butter dish. I need way more than that on hand to feel comfortable. I am currently soaking oats in a butter, coconut oil, and yogurt mixture. Lyla and I made cookies last night with butter, and we cook just about everything in it when we aren’t using coconut oil. It’s a great high temperature cooking fat. And let’s be real – the flavor is amazing. Kerrygold is a wonderful option and is easy to find in stores.
  3. Coconut oil. While I’m talking about fat, coconut oil is a must have in any foodie kitchen. It goes great in smoothies, and I find more and more recipes that I’m using it in. The last few body products I’ve made included coconut oil. It’s not only moisturizing for the bod, but it’s nourishing as well. It’s antiviral, antifungal, and contains a wonderful saturated fat called lauric acid, which is known to increase your HDL (good cholesterol).
  4. Mason jars and glass food containers. Last year, I rid our kitchen of any food storage containers that were not glass or BPA free. We had some old containers our cabinet that were warped and stained, and I just wasn’t sure if they were BPA free. As more research comes out, they still aren’t sure if BPA free products are keeping us completely safe. Because of that, stocking your kitchen with glass food storage containers is so important. We still have some plastic containers, but I’m careful that we do not heat food in them. Plastic still serves us well when we need to keep food in our chest freezer. Glass just doesn’t always work well for that.
  5. Eco-friendly cleaning supplies. The kitchen is a dirty place. We are always in the kitchen and as soon as you clean up and leave, you are back in there again preparing the next meal. I’m not an antibacterial freak in general, but I like to use a cleaning product in the kitchen that can disinfect with after I’ve handled a big ol’ raw chicken. I use this for cleaning the sink to get rid of grime and keep it squeaky clean, and I made this natural spray to use as a disinfectant. You can find tea tree oil here.
  6. Bone broth. Easy to make and a serious superfood, bone broth is a staple in our kitchen. We use it in soups, I drink it straight, use it when cooking grains, and I include it when cooking a roast for extra moisture. If you buy part of a cow, you should have gotten the soup bones which is what you need to make broth. If you don’t, ask your local butcher. The other ingredients are inexpensive kitchen scraps that you likely already have. Here is a recipe to get you started!
  7. Nourishing Traditions. Basically the bible for real foodies, this book includes wonderful non-mainstream guidelines for nourishing your family. It also includes some great recipes to get you on the right track. Click here to check it out.
  8. Quality olive oil. Two things about olive oil: not all olive oils are created equal and there are many reasons you should stop cooking with it. It is, however, a perfect topping on already cooked veggies, drizzled on top of soup, used as a salad dressing, or in dips, and it contains some excellent fats and nutrients that we need.
  9. Stainless steel pots and pans. Non-stick pans contain toxic coatings, which leach from the pan to your food during the cooking process. Stainless steel, cast iron, and enamel-coated cast iron are better options for fabulous cooking without the toxins. It is possible to season your stainless steal pans in order to create a non-stick surface. Read more about that here.
  10. Slow cooker. Our slow cooker finds it’s way to the kitchen counter multiple days a week. I find it to be the most useful kitchen gadget as a working mom. I can throw a whole chicken, beef roast, soup ingredients, and a so much more in the slow cooker in the morning and dinner is ready when I come home. Any technique I’ve used in the oven does not create a chicken or roast as moist as the slow cooker can. It’s also a wonderful tool for making broth, since I don’t like leaving a pot simmering on the stove while I’m out of the house or overnight. I find that oatmeal turns out the best when make in the slow cooker. Having one with a timer is key, so you don’t over cook anything!

What can you not live without in your kitchen?

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Arugula & Apple Salad http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/03/11/arugula-apple-salad/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/03/11/arugula-apple-salad/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:01:43 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5770

Arugula & Apple Salad | WholeGreenLove.com

I am so excited and so ready for spring to make its appearance. It’s that time of year when you can just feel it in the air and you wish you could just pull it to you faster. When you realize that just isn’t possible, the next best thing is to make springy foods…of course!

Arugula & Apple Salad | WholeGreenLove.com

We were out to dinner for a friend’s birthday the other week and I had a delicious spring tasting salad that I knew I must re-create at home. The flavor combinations were spot on and I loved all the texture and “crispness” the salad held.

Arugula & Apple Salad | WholeGreenLove.com

This recipe is awesomely simple and really tasty. It packs a punch with all the flavor combinations of peppery arugula, sweet fennel, tart crisp apples, and sharp cheese. We served our salad as a side with a chicken breast, but it could definitely stand on its own. I’d love to try mixing in some fresh watercress next time. I think that would taste great with it and add to the fun texture mix. With spring approaching, pea shoots would also fit well into this salad. Yum!!

Have a great week everyone!

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The Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby Real Food http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/03/08/the-best-tips-for-feeding-your-baby-real-food/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/03/08/the-best-tips-for-feeding-your-baby-real-food/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:27:35 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5765

The Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby Real Food | WholeGreenLove.com

Starting baby on their first foods is exciting, but admittedly, it’s a bit stressful. You don’t know how they will react to new foods. Will they be allergic to the food? Will it upset their digestion? I remember wanting to sit in an emergency room parking lot the first couple of times we gave peanut butter to Lyla! Just in case. You might be wondering if you have all of the tools you’ll need to make homemade baby food and how do you even transition to that point?

There is so much to think about when it comes to feeding your baby: how to deal with picky eaters, finding healthy baby food recipes, and even figuring out the high chair situation. When we went through this with Lyla, I remember being asked a lot, “what recipes do you use to make baby food?” None really. While there is one recipe posted below (for a more advanced eater), whole foods are the perfect choice for first foods, even after you’ve passed the “first foods” stage. Teaching your child to understand the flavor of singular foods is important. Masking the taste of a veggie in a fruity blend may set you up for a picky eater later on. Children should know what an egg yolk, avocado, and beef tastes like.

Below are some of my favorite posts on anything related to feeding baby from some real food bloggers I love. Plus a few of our own.

7 Ways to Inspire Adventurous and Healthy Eaters

Baby Led Weaning

Grain-free Oatmeal Recipe

We Stopped Using a Highchair

5 Children’s Books for Raising a Foodie

Baby Food Making Mama

Healthy Eco-friendly Baby Food

Make Your Own Homemade Baby Food

Why Your Baby Should Not Eat Cereal!

Why Start Solids at 4 to 6 Months

Moms – what did you feed your babes for first foods?

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Berry Almond Smoothie http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/23/berry-almond-smoothie/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/23/berry-almond-smoothie/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:56:55 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5757

BerryAlmondSmoothie | WholeGreenLove

I’m always on the lookout for new smoothie recipes that will keep me interested. I don’t like smoothies to have an overly sweetened fruit taste and I want to feel satisfied from a smoothie, which is why I tend to put good fat sources in it to keep me feeling full longer.

This smoothie recipe turned out great, and because of all the healthy fats in it, you’ll get a nice rich and creamy smoothie. To me, it is just the right amount of sweet.

BerryAlmondSmoothie | WholeGreenLove.com

There is definitely something about drinking a smoothie in the winter that lifts you up and is a tiny reminder that spring and warmer weather is around the corner. It is that time of year when you need any kind of reminder to get you through. Am I right?

What kinds of healthy fats or unusual ingredients do you find yourself putting into your smoothie?

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Easy Cast Iron Skillet Nachos http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/15/easy-cast-iron-skillet-nachos/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/15/easy-cast-iron-skillet-nachos/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:29:48 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5740

Who doesn’t love a big ‘ol plate of cheesy nachos? Now that I have created this recipe once, I can see some nacho dinners in our future. They are filling, cheesy, and contain some veggies and beans. Healthy, right?

 Easy Cast Iron Skillet Nachos | WholeGreenLove.com

How to Make Nachos in a Cast Iron Skillet | WholeGreenLove.com

The cast iron skillet is great because it keeps this dish hotter then a normal pan when you take it out of the oven. The cheese stays melted for longer and nachos are always delicious when served hot. If you are looking for cheese that is a little saucier, give these recipes a try!

Homemade velveeta

Basic cheese sauce

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Winter Citrus Salad with Maple & Lime Dressing http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/10/winter-citrus-salad-with-maple-lime-dressing/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/10/winter-citrus-salad-with-maple-lime-dressing/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:55:16 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5731

Winter Citrus Salad with Maple & Lime Dressing | WholeGreenLove.com

I was inspired this weekend to make a wintery fruit salad. I had been perusing through Pinterest and found a gorgeous picture of a Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing from Halle Cottis at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. It not only looked divine, but I could just imagine how juicy and citrusy it would be.

Winter Citrus Salad with Maple & Lime Dressing | WholeGreenLove.com

In the wintertime, I feel like I sort of jump off the fruit boat and will merely have it as a side here and there. We’ll have an apple with lunch or a cut up orange with dinner…nothing to write home about. I saw this winter fruit salad and thought to myself – hey…I can jazz it up too! Winter doesn’t mean you have to pack up the fruit salad, you can just reinvent a wintery creation.

I used what I had on hand at our house and it turned out delish!

Winter Citrus Salad with Maple & Lime Dressing | WholeGreenLove.com

This salad turned out so good. Not only is it simple to throw together, but the flavor combination between the citrus, maple, and warmth of the ginger really made it a hit at our house.

Winter Citrus Salad with Maple & Lime Dressing | WholeGreenLove.com

This salad was a reminder to me that it doesn’t have to be mid summer or fall for me to enjoy a delicious fruit salad. It tastes even better the next day after it has marinated overnight! The citrus juice also helps to slow down the browning process of your apples and bananas, which is nice.

Thank you for the inspiration, Halle! It was a great reminder!

Whole Lifestyle Nutrition: Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

 

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Why Being a Christian Affects the Way I Eat and Feed My Family http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/05/why-being-a-christian-affects-the-way-i-eat-and-feed-my-family/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/05/why-being-a-christian-affects-the-way-i-eat-and-feed-my-family/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:59:12 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5714

Why Being a Christian Affects the Way I Eat and Feed My Family | WholeGreenLove.com

If are you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that our first love is food. Real, wholesome, from scratch, nourishing food. We don’t avoid flour, sugar, fat, dairy, or other things that some blogs avoid because we love it all because we think that moderate consumption of everything made from scratch (even some sugar) is okay. What first comes to my mind when I think of eating real food, staying active, and keeping my family’s life in balance is certainly the fact that it makes us feel good, get sick less often, have more energy, sleep well, and hopefully prevent chronic illnesses down the road. These things are well-documented and researched benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

I heard someone say recently that they think people need to be less “crazy” about the foods they eat. She felt very strongly that God has a plan for everyone and even if you avoid all of that junk, you can still end up with cancer if that is the plan He has for you. She said it’s great to be educated about food, but to stop getting so hung up on nutrition because if God wants you to get cancer, you will.

What do you think?

I’m well aware of the fact that people who work hard to avoid environmental toxins, food dyes, GMO foods, and junk food in general may still get cancer or some other disease. And someone who eats crap food, never exercises, and drinks food dye cool aid all day long, might never develop any kind of illness. God has a plan for everyone.

But here’s why I think it’s important we are conscious of our food choices and overall health decisions, from a Christian standpoint.

As a Christian, a very easy place to go first is the reminder in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

While this passage is referring to sexual immorality and not specifically to the food we put in our body, God’s desire is for us to honor Him with our body. That means nourishing it with healthy foods and not polluting it with junk. Also, how are we to carry out His plan and be good witness for Him if we are constantly dealing with the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle? We can certainly serve God and others more effectively if we have first taken the time to nourish ourselves properly.

If you take a trip back to Genesis and the Garden of Eden we know that God created man and woman with care and consideration. In the same way that we wish a safe, happy, and healthy life for our own children, God wants the same for what He created – for us to respect and care for our bodies.

The Bible also reminds us that God calls us to be stewards of the earth and the animals that live on it.

Genesis 1:28: God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Leviticus 25:23-24: The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.

We may need to rethink our regular purchases at the grocery store as it related to feedlot beef, chickens raised inhumanely, and produce coming from farms that destroy the earth with their pesticide use. While most people make the decision to spend more time sourcing their food strictly for health reasons, have you thought of how your dollar influences the care or destruction of the earth and the animals on it? Are you supporting farmers who would treat the animals the same way that you would if you cared for animals in your own back yard? What would God think of the way that we are currently caring for and managing his creation? Since most of us are no longer farmers to be direct stewards of the land and animals, do our purchases support what would be pleasing to Him?

Whether you are a Christian or not, you are likely making good food choices already if you are a regular reader of this blog. My goal with this post was to think about real food and caring for ourselves from a little bit of a different perspective.

Besides the obvious health benefits of being mindful of eating a healthy diet, why are those choices important to you?

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Breakfast Yogurt & Granola http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/03/breakfast-yogurt-granola/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/02/03/breakfast-yogurt-granola/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:33:09 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5719

 

Breakfast Yogurt & Granola | WholeGreenLove.com

Okay, so I know yogurt and granola can seem kind of boring, but when you spice it up with a new twist or flavor combination you can fall in love all over again.

If you are working with good quality ingredients, you’ll be amazed at how good something as simple as yogurt and granola can taste.

Breakfast Yogurt & Granola  | WholeGreenLove.com

When you stick with fresh, whole and real foods you’re not only saving yourself time in preparation, but you are giving yourself a gift of taste and health.

I was figuring out breakfast the other morning and not quite sure what I was going to make. I ended up throwing this yogurt combo together.

I know…simple right?! But it is so yummy!

When we can, we get our yogurt fresh and raw from a local lady. Check out Laura’s recipe to make your own crockpot yogurt. I still need to try my hand at that! We also have some yummy granola recipes you can check out if you click here, here and here.

Breakfast Yogurt & Granola  | WholeGreenLove

If you are short on time to make your own granola, you can find some great premade ones out there…just be sure to look at the ingredients list to make sure they aren’t sneaking anything past you. I’m using a great one right now that has amaranth, quinoa, coconut oil and chia seeds. It tastes great with the yogurt recipe above.

I LOVE macadamia nuts. I could literally eat them every day. They add a nice buttery crunch to this breakfast treat. You can eat this any time of day it’s that good. If you are looking for another delish macadamia nut recipe this macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi is quite good!

Breakfast Yogurt & Granola  | WholeGreenLove

What this recipe reminded me of was to not forget to revisit old or simple food favorites. The nice thing with these kinds of recipes are you can add as much or as little of ingredients as you’d like.

Get your yogurt on!

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How to Eat Real Food While Traveling http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/01/28/how-to-eat-real-food-while-traveling/ http://wholegreenlove.com/2014/01/28/how-to-eat-real-food-while-traveling/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 01:18:47 +0000 http://wholegreenlove.com/?p=5693

Just after Christmas, our family went on a wonderful vacation to La Jolla, CA. What a beautiful place! The weather was so incredible. I honestly think that I would be a nicer person if I could start my morning with a walk along the coastline. When you are coming from Wisconsin’s ridiculously cold winters, it’s really something when there is no temperature change when you walk from inside to the outdoors.

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It had been a really long time since Nic and I had traveled. Since our honeymoon, actually. While we’ve always eaten pretty healthy, we hadn’t taken a substantial trip (I don’t count weekend getaways to Door County and Lake Geneva as vacations) since we really cleaned up our diet and completely focus on real, whole foods. In fact, it’s been more than 10 years since I studied abroad in Australia and I still can look back now and remember not feeling the best, gaining a few pounds, and the crazy sugar cravings while I was there. There were lots of weekend trips of eating out, eating fast food to keep costs down (hey, we were college kids on a budget!), WAY too many alcoholic beverages, and food from a dining hall. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my body was not happy. Traveling and eating out can really do a number on you.

I wanted to make sure that we were mindful of eating well on our vacation to La Jolla, without being too obsessed or getting carried away with it. I wanted to pack smart snacks, stock up on a few items for our hotel room when we arrived, and pick some great places to eat out. My favorite part of traveling is trying new, local restaurants. Here’s how we kept our eating in tip top shape while on vacation:

How to Eat Real Food While Traveling

  • Our hotel room was equipped with the perfect little fridge where we could keep things like milk, blueberries, and cheese.
  • We bought a non-homegenized, low pasteurized whole milk so Lyla could have a quality milk to drink throughout the week and I could scrape the cream off the top for my coffee. Yum.
  • We kept breakfasts simple. Scripps Inn had a very small, but wonderful area of breakfast options. Most of the options were pastries, so we stuck with the plain yogurt and granola. If you aren’t crazy about the breakfast options at your hotel, that’s the perfect meal to pick out a few healthy choices from the grocery store. I’m someone who NEEDS breakfast, but I don’t like rushing out of our hotel room in the morning to find something to eat.
  • I packed a lot of healthy snacks. Did you check out our post about real food travel snacks for kids? I chose things that traveled well, were easy to pack, light weight, and wouldn’t give you that yucky stomach feeling. You know how traveling can mess with the gut? That bloated, tired, uncomfortable feeling of eating on the road is the WORST!
  • I did a lot of research ahead of time to find some farm to table restaurants that were near to where we were staying and traveling.
  • Scope out restaurant menus ahead of time, especially if you are going somewhere you don’t think will have real food options. In social situations at restaurants, it’s easy to gloss over the menu and settle on something too quickly. Peruse the menu online and make a good decision before you even sit down to eat. But…keep your ears open for the specials…
  • Places like airports and malls with food courts can offer some surprisingly healthy options. Keep in mind, you usually have to seek out that ONE healthy kiosk or restaurant, but take your time and look for it. I found a wonderful salad place at Ohara airport. I got to pick my greens, all of my own toppings (tons to pick from!), and a dressing.
  • Drink water. When you are traipsing through airports, being served beverages on a plane, or hitting up touristy eating areas at meal times, it’s easy to grab something sugary. Just because it’s there and looks delicious/refreshing, doesn’t mean you should buy it. Think of how your body will feel after downing a fake, sugary soda (ginger ale gets me every time!). Not good. Just chose water. You won’t regret it.
  • Don’t get too hung up on organic and GMO foods while traveling. These things are important, but fresh, whole foods are more important when your options are limited.
  • For your kids and airplane travel, carry milk onto the plane. I worried about this ahead of time, but I shouldn’t have. Lyla is 2 ½, and I clearly am not breastfeeding any more. I thought I’d get hassled for bringing milk on the plane for her. Not at all. Everyone was super nice about it at security – they just tested it for explosives and sent us on our way. At least for your travel days, you can ensure quality milk for your kids.
  • A great tip I got from some of my real food blog peeps: create your own whole milk. Unfortunately, most public places only carry low fat milk. If that is the case, order milk and ask if they have half and half to add to up the fat content. Although, if you are on the flight I was on, they didn’t have milk at all. I asked for whole milk while we were in flight. I didn’t actually think they would have whole milk, but I thought I would just ask. Didn’t even have low fat.

I’m not typically someone who takes pictures of their food in restaurants, but I wanted to share some of our great meals.

Puesto La Jolla, CA | WholeGreenLove.com

Chicken al Pastor and Zucchini & Cactus Tacos from Puesto - incredible flavor and the perfect amount of spice!

Herringbone La Jolla, CA | WholeGreenLove.com

Bone marrow with a bourbon glaze and sour apple from Herringbone – perfectly done with amazing crusty bread! Also, I had the best Brussels sprouts I have ever tasted, they were fried with candied pecans. Om nom nom.

PrepKitchen La Jolla, CA | WholeGreenLove.com

Stayed in one night and got take-out from PrepKitchen – tempura broccoli, WNL Burger, slow roasted pork belly, and butternut squash gnocchi. All amazing.

Piatti La Jolla, Ca | WholeGreenLove.com

Our New Years Eve dinner was at Piatti - An endive and arugula salad with marinated beets and a lemon vinegarette, and a black mission figs, caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, pancetta, mozzarella, basil, shaved grana padano pizza. No words to describe the deliciousness.

We had such a great trip – got to relax, soak up some sun, enjoy the fresh ocean air, and ate delicious meals. No upset stomachs, didn’t pick up any sickie bugs, and stayed regular (TMI? ha!). I’ll consider that a successful family vacation!

How do you plan ahead or make smart choices when you eat while traveling?

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Bing Cherry Tart with Mascarpone Cream | WholeGreenLove.com

Over the holiday I tried a new dessert out…I mean come on, you have to stretch your comfort level sometimes, right?! I initially was going to make a plum tart because I knew Ryan’s mom would be a big fan of that, but I couldn’t find fresh or frozen plums anywhere in Jackson at the end of December. Ha!  It was a sign I needed to amp up my creativity and that’s where frozen bing cherries came into play. I was that weird person at the store walking around aimlessly trying to devise a plan when I had my light bulb moment/sigh of relief that they had what I needed.  Due to the nature of the winter season, I knew I’d be getting frozen bing cherries, but they worked perfectly and were quite tasty.Bing Cherry Tart with Mascarpone Cream | WholeGreenLove.com

This recipe takes a little prep work, but is quite delicious. Fruity desserts are my favorite!

Bing Cherry Tart with Mascarpone Cream | WholeGreenLove.com

Bing Cherry Tart with Mascarpone Cream| WholeGreenLove.com

This tart is not only lovely, but so delicious!! If you like fruity desserts, you’ll need to try this. Plus, who doesn’t love seeing their work of art being lifted out of the tart tin to reveal it’s beautiful self! Ha!

Bing Cherry Tart with Mascarpone Cream | WholeGreenLove.com

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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