Nutrition Stripped is your stripped-down guide to an unprocessed lifestyle with no expiration date. Here I share my passion for all things nutrition, wellness, and whole foods recipes. i hope through this blog you will get one step closer by learning the simple ways to nourish your body and live well!
Let’s take water to another level, with Simply Infused Water. Infuse it with fresh fruit, fragrant fresh herbs and spices. The warmer months are approaching (well at least here in Nashville), for some of you it’s been warmer for a while now or soon approaching for the rest of you; either way hydration is of utmost importance. Mother nature has a strong presence and voice in the spring and summer time as we’re always called outside to play, be more active, enjoy the wind, feel the sunshine, appreciate nature and the etherial qualities of blooming flowers and plants, and all the amazing outdoor activities with loved ones!
Engaging in these activities and naturally moving more requires more fluids and keeping ourselves hydrated. This is where the most important beverage of all comes into play, water! Lets face it, I hear all too often “McKel, I hate water” “I don’t like the way it tastes”, “I forget to drink enough”, etc. Water doesn’t have a taste and maybe therein lies the whole challenge to drinking enough or more water, it lacks flavor. Now of course, simple and plain water is the perfect choice, but if that’s not going to do it for you, lets infuse it!
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.
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 insalad 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.
Introducing my Spirulina Energy Globes! 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.