In Nutrition Stripped style, we’re taking water to another level with Simply Infused Water. Infused water with fresh fruit, fragrant herbs, raw veggies, and spices. In this guide and how-to post, learn how to make your own healthy, nutritious flavored water with nothing artificial just the goodness of real foods, herbs, and spices; I also share some of my favorite flavor combinations. A note, these infused waters don’t contain an entire days worth of vitamins or anything extreme like most store-bought “vitamin waters” with added vitamins- this is all about natural and subtle flavors and natural nutrients. Keep it simple.
The King has arrived, The King smoothie that is. This smoothie is a tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley and his love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I was craving one of these famous peanut butter and banana sandwiches one day and thought to myself, “this would be awesome in smoothie form” Thus, I made a few healthy tweaks to package this sandwich into a smoothie and created a delicious and perfect meal to-go or a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Although, this is the Nutrition Stripped smoothie interpretation of this classic sandwich, it still captures the taste and textures very well.
Now that you’re well equipped with knowledge all about lemons from my previous post, today I share with you a quick and simple (per usual) recipe. Introducing Zesty Lemon Shallot Dressing. This dressing is light, refreshing, and brings a lot of life to plain salad greens. I love pairing it with peppery arugula, dark kale, or romaine. This salad dressing can also be used as a dipping sauce for roasted veggies, raw veggies, tossed on quinoa or rice, used as a marinade, tossed on tofu or tempeh, or drizzled over other proteins.
If you’re not a big fan of onions (as they’re an acquired taste), you’re in for some good news. Quick note about shallots: shallots are in the “onion” family, but they have a much more mild taste. Unlike an onion, which is considered to have a single edible large bulb, shallots are made of several clusters of bulbs similar to garlic. Shallots are used in a variety of ways including freshly sliced as a condiment/topping, pickled, softened by sautéing fried as a condiment or garnish (which is common in Asian cultures), and dried/dehydrated.
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 juice of lemon
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 shallot, minced (about 2 Tbs.)
- 2 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon zest of lemon
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
- fresh ground black pepper
- Simply combine all ingredients (minus the olive oil).
- Simultaneously whisk and pour the olive oil with the remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl (this will emulsify and bring the ingredients together).
- Using a high speed blender, you may also combine all the ingredients in the blender. Turn on low speed and slowing pour the olive oil in.
- Serve after mixing.
What’s your favorite lemon dressing? Have you tried shallots before? Share below, I’d love to hear!
Have a zesty day friends,
Lemons. Refreshing, light, sometimes sweet, mostly sour, always pleasant in my book. Lemons are one of several fruits we typically don’t consume whole (as in eat straight up!), lemons are normally used as a flavor catalyst or to bring an acidic profile to a dish. The sweet lemon varieties, such as Meyer lemons, do not contain as much citric acid, which is responsible for giving lemons its sour and tart taste. Lemons are culinarily speaking versatile from sweet to savory. Some of the most common culinary uses for lemons are in salad dressings, simply in water, desserts, savory dishes, squeezed on an avocado, added to homemade hummus//dips//salsas, squeezed on fish//chicken, whatever your tart heart desires.
Spirulina Energy Globes are something I’ve been making for years, yet they went unnamed for quite some time. These little “globes” are packed with nutrients, especially minerals to keep you fueled and energized throughout the day…enough to plant some trees for Earth Day, right? Right! To celebrate Earth Day, which is Monday April 22nd, I thought I would fuse together the ingredient of the week, spirulina into my favorite quick snack, a variation of energy balls (at least, that’s what I like to refer them too). They’re basically my take on a homemade Larabar, which is a popular nut and dried fruit bar, only with a boost of nutrients and protein.
Spirulina Energy Globes is a great way to first introduce spirulina to most people, it’s an uncommon food wrapped into something very common and delicious, a truffle! Spirulina is naturally blue-green in color which created a beautiful deep teal color when mixed with dates, nuts, and cocoa powder– it’s also a great way to “disguise” this blue-green algae for the little ones or anyone else who has an aversion to greens! They’re chewy, sweet, and rich in flavor and in plant-based protein.