Green Coconut Smoothie

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Today Tina has for you, dear reader, a tasty way to sneak some veggies into your day.  We all love smoothies.  Not all of us love vegetables.  It can certainly seem daunting to eat the recommended amount of servings of something you don’t particularly enjoy.  Here’s what Tina writes about this challenge:

“As a Registered Dietitian I see plenty of people who really have a difficult time eating vegetables.  I also see people who love smoothies and will add kale or spinach to their drink to increase the phytonutrient value.  I’m a big believer in making sure that a person eats at least 4 cups of raw or 2 cups of cooked vegetables a day.  The antioxidant nutrients that are available in the vegetables as well as the vitamins and minerals will help not only your energy cycle run more smoothly, but also help with detoxification of toxins in your body.  In this smoothie I have added GreensFirst greens, which is a fantastic product that is loaded with spinach, kale, kelp, broccoli sprouts and many more vegetables and fruits and super foods.”

So drink up these veggies and enjoy this cold refreshing recipe!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut/almond milk
2 scoops Xymogen Whey Protein or Vegan Fit Food vanilla
1 scoop supergreens powder (I use GreensFirst)
3 frozen strawberries or cherries
2 cubes of frozen pineapple
1/4 cup frozen mango
Ice as needed

Directions:
Put into Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.

 

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Enjoy!

 

Springtime Italian Pasta Primavera

Everyone loves pasta.  Everyone.

Everyone loves pasta. Everyone.

Continuing with our theme of eating healthy, here is a springtime pasta dish full of veggies and plenty of important nutrients.  It can be made to be gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, FODMAP friendly- or all of the above!  We’re sure it will become another family favorite, and although kids aren’t usually fans of chunky veggies, the versatility of making the topping separately allows some wiggle room for pickier eaters.  Don’t be discouraged by the long ingredient list, either: many of these items are probably already in your pantry.

Feel free to substitute ingredients for different dietary needs.  No matter which combination below you choose, there will be a healthy dose of benefits: the recommended amount of fiber is 15 grams or more per day, and you’ll take in 8 grams from this meal alone.  The cheese and pasta are rich in protein, the veggies in complex carbohydrates and the olive oil in healthy fat.  Who knew pasta could be so helpful?

Once the veggies are prepared, this is a quick dish that is sure to please your springtime culinary desires!

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 large garlic clove, chopped (leave out if following FODMAP)
3 cups whole tomatoes in can drained and chopped
1/2 cup sliced red onion (replace with chives if FODMAP)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided (or more)
1 cup spaghetti squash (see below on how to prepare)*
1 package gluten free pasta (I used TruRoots ancient grain spaghetti)
1 cup cubed zucchini
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese, divided, parmesan or nutritional yeast
Freshly ground black papper
Lemon slices (optional)

*To prepare spaghetti squash slice in half and remove seeds.  Place in a glass baking dish cut side down.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash adds a satisfying crunch to pasta dishes.

Spaghetti Squash adds a satisfying crunch to pasta dishes.

Once cooked through you can spoon out the spaghetti.
Place pasta in boiling water and cook for about 7 minutes.

Directions:
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oregano and garlic; saute 30 seconds.  Add red onion, tomatoes and 2 tablespoons parsley.  Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Add spinach at the end and allow to wilt, then turn off heat and cover to keep hot.

Place spaghetti in a bowl and top with vegetable mix.  Place either parmesan, goat cheese or nutritional yeast on top and allow to melt.  Can garnish with more parsley or lemon or green onions.

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Enjoy!