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!
Maple Tempeh with Herbed Quinoa is another delicious, gluten-free, and vegan friendly dish for this holiday season. It’s filled with plant-based proteins, fiber, with heart healthy and digestive benefits. As promised in my previous post, this month is all about celebrating recipes related to the holiday season- with some green smoothies on the side of course. This Maple Tempeh is baked with maple syrup until caramelized, paired with a delicious and fluffy herbed quinoa, and topped with chewy tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts. It’s a holiday flavor explosion… in your mouth.
More tempeh! If you remember a couple months ago I shared a 6 Layer Tempeh Taco Dip that was a perfect healthy dish to bring to your football parties and other gatherings. Today I’m using tempeh in another way- as an entree. Tempeh is such a great plant-based protein that I love eating especially when I’m in the mood for something a little heartier than most other plant-based proteins. You can use it in stir-fry, baked, sauteed, crumbled, in sauces, etc.
Orange NOcreamsicle. You may be thinking “McKel, what?”. If you’re from the US, we’re all very familiar with the orange cream popsicle as a favorite frozen treat. If you’re not familiar with it, an orange cream popsicle is a frozen dessert with a thick ice cream-like center surrounded by a super sweet orange icy popsicle. I absolutely love this combination of the bright and refreshing orange with the thick creamy vanilla flavored center. What I don’t love about it, are the ingredients used to make this popular cold treat. Today I share with you one of my favorite variations on a Stripped Green Smoothie, Orange NOcreamsicle (no-cream, non-dairy, no unnatural sugars).
All the flavors of a classic orange cream popsicle in one healthy glass! Compared to an orange cream popsicle, which contains over 30 ingredients (including the worst offenders high fructose corn syrup, food dyes and more sugar), check here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to name a few reasons why I’m not a fan of high fructose corn syrup, and why you shouldn’t be either. This Orange NOcreamsicle contains under 7 quality ingredients. You know I enjoy my smoothies post-workout and this is another smoothie perfect for that.
Healthy chocolate cake and frosting; all while not over indulging in the calories, carbohydrates, nor fat…can this be true? Yes! You can have your cake and eat it too. Actually this chocolate cake is quite the opposite, it’s low calorie, low carbohydrate, high fiber, and high protein. Coconut flour is the star ingredient that allows all this goodness to happen. Chocolate.Mousse.Frosting. Three words that individually stand their own ground, but when put together, flavor party in your mouth! As with my Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse, I’m calling the avocado back into action with it’s perfect creamy and thick texture without having to use any dairy, processed sugar, or hydrogenated oils as with most frostings. This mousse is also great with simply dipping fresh fruit in it (i.e. strawberries, pears, apples, plums, etc.).
Pictured// Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake with large fig chunks diced into the cake and baked, topped with slice fresh figs, sans the Chocolate Mousse Frosting.
I tested this recipe out using many variations, trust me it was challenging work eating all of these delicious chocolate cake recipe successes and failures…such a hard job (wink, wink). I use the term “failures” in the kitchen with a grain of salt, because nothing is ever a failure, I’m continually learning new ways to develop recipes and combinations of flavors, therefore a more suitable term would be learning lessons. So next time you’re in the kitchen and you have a “failure”, back yourself up with positivity and say “no, this was just a learning lesson”, and keep the good cooking/baking vibes rolling ;)
My sweet and I were taking a stroll through one of my favorite farmers markets here in Nashville, the downtown Nashville Farmers Market. If you’ve never been to your local farmers market, I highly encourage you to go! Not only is the produce bountiful, beautiful and fresh, but you’re purchasing from local farmers and giving back to the community. A win win in my book. I always catch myself staring in a daze at the vibrantly colored vegetables and fruits displayed. Every turn around the corner you see gorgeous baskets overflowing with dark leafy greens, crunchy carrots (not baby carrots, real rooted carrots!), beets, tomatoes galore, sweet peaches, ripe watermelons, and so much more. My nose captured the sweet fragrance of peaches flowing through the air and I immediately headed in that direction, but the baskets full of deep purple eggplant caught my eye and I was stunned. The first thing my veggie belly said was…baba ghanoush!
Not only do I love eating baba ghanoush, but I really love saying it. Say it out loud with me… bah-bah gane-oush (which actually has several spellings). So what is baba ghanoush anyways? Traditionally it’s a dip/condiment/appetizer made with eggplant and olive oil; but it’s made all over the world in different variations including tahini, onions, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar, chili powder, cumin, mint, or parsley. I love all variations, but I especially enjoy it made with creamy tahini and refreshing lemon juice. Unfamiliar with tahini? Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds (just like peanut butter is ground peanuts).
Today I share with you a quick recipe to show and express your patriotic side for July 4th today! Red White and Blueberry is a vibrantly colored and flavored smoothie that’s sure to please your taste buds, your body, keep you hydrated in the heat, and won’t weight you down with that “heavy” feeling (especially with all the other goodies available at parties). Red White and Blueberry smoothie is easy on digestion (which is so important friends!), loaded with nutrients, fiber, and protein. All in all, this is a fantastic way to celebrate July 4th with a healthy twist.
I’m sure many of you are planning parties, BBQ’s, or hang outs with friends and families (I know we are!), and many of these gatherings ask to bring a dish, drink, or something to share. Some of my favorite effortless and portable eats to share at cook outs and BBQ’s are salads (check here,here, and here), snacks (Almond Coconut Date Globes, Spirulina Energy Globes or my recent favorite Spicy Sweet Nut & Seed Mix). All of these are perfect to share with loved ones and can make everyones tastes buds explode (even the little ones!). This recipe combines the sweet flavors from bananas, and cherries, with the slightly tart flavors from the raspberries and blueberries and if you know me, you know I snuck in some greens (spinach) is perfectly disguised in the blueberry layer- no one will know!