Okay, I have a little dirty secret to share, lol. I used to loooove mayonnaise. Of course, I knew it wasn't good for me, but I spread it on my sandwich anyway! Yeah, yeah, you can sit there and judge me.... but! now I have this perfectly healthy alternative! Make a big batch of it, put them in small jars and keep some in the freezer (yeah, I know, freezer again lol) and some in the fridge. You can use this as a base for, practically anything. As a spread for sandwiches, wraps, salad dressings, pasta sauces, and dips. Hence Superhero! This one is basic and ill add more recipes using this Cashew Cream.
My two kids are huge fans of pesto. So a few years ago my objective was to make my homemade pesto delicious and recently it shifted to making it as nutritious and as healthy as possible. So now I too can enjoy my pesto paste without feeling guilty about all that saturated fat and a ton oil. I often put my spiralizer to work and make zucchini noodles to add them in with wholewheat spaghetti. Adds more veggie fiber without compromising the flavor. We use this pesto for pasta, grilled vegetables, sandwiches and even salad dressings.
It takes a little bit of time to get used to its texture, at least that was the case for me. But as I always say tastes are acquired, no one is born with a set of tastes. Once you understand all the benefits of this little black seed you wouldn't want to miss out on it. It is so easy to incorporate into your diet. Add it to your breakfast cereal or granola, sprinkle on your salad, avocado or hummus toast. Easy! This basic chia pudding is very adaptable. If you like chocolate then add raw cacao powder. You can add spices or more fresh fruit, you get my point.
I honestly prefer to chew my food, but.. sometimes when I get busy running about and feel like I've been missing some nutrients I add green smoothies to my morning routine. And I like to add all the superfoods to it that I have. Like ground flaxseed, hemp seed, spirulina, chia, just to name a few. And since I like to chew my food I, sometimes, make it a little special and add some texture in form of my homemade Delicious Healthy Granola and fresh fruit. Or if you really want to take your smoothie to the next level, try this Parfait.
I was never a big fan of granola and cereals in general. It almost felt like eating a dessert, lol. Until I adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen to my taste and then it kind of evolved into this vegan version. Needless to say its totally modifiable and adaptable. And most important, super, super easy.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I try to pack as many nutrients in it as I possibly can. Just in case I get caught up during the day and don't get the chance to plan the rest of my meals properly. So here is my Ultimate Overnight Oats that is a staple in the house. I have a Huge jar of this mix in the freezer at all times. Why freezer? you might ask because I add loads of seeds, nuts, and dried fruit in it, and as you know those are best kept in the freezer. Who wants a bite of a stale nut in the morning?! lol
Pretty much every ingredient in this list is optional. You can omit or substitute any of them. I always try to maximize the nutritional value of my meals. So with these ingredients in the mix, your breakfast will become a great source of daily requirements of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, proteins, omega 3, dietary fiber and other nutrients and minerals. Not to mention the deliciousness of it...!
You can soak this mix in any plant milk (almond, soy, rice, oat, hazelnut) or even water. If I soak it in the water I usually add a spoon of nut butter in the morning for extra creamy texture and flavor.
You can prepare it few days in advance. (If you’re forgetful and want to avoid disappointment in the morning...)lol. Soak it in few small jars or one large whatever’s more convenient. It lasts up to 4, 5 days in the fridge.
If you have a little extra time in the morning you can take your overnight oats to a next level. Add orange or lemon zest, spice it up with either nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin spice. Sweeten with maple, brown rice or date syrup. Load it with any fresh seasonal fruits and berries and dig in!!!