Celery, Date & Almond Watercress Salad

February 21st, 2019 | no comments

A good source of fiber, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamins A, K and C, celery is oh so much more than “crunchy water”. Interestingly, the celery leaves contain the most vitamin C, calcium, and potassium, so please don’t discard them like I used to do! 

There are so many different ways you can incorporate celery into your meals. One of the easiest is to make a celery salad! It doesn’t sound that appetizing, I know…but wait till you try this simple recipe.

It uses whole celery (including the leaves) and is tossed with chopped watercress, toasted almonds, a bit of shaved Parmesan cheese, and chopped dates. A simple dressing of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil is all it needs to bring out the delicious flavor and allow for maximum nutrient absorption. 

I served it for dinner alongside gluten free avocado toast topped with a sunny-side up egg and a dash of hot sauce. 

This recipe was inspired by bonappetit.com.

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Celery, Date & Almond Watercress Salad
This recipe uses whole celery (including the leaves) and is tossed with chopped watercress, toasted almonds, a bit of shaved Parmesan cheese, and chopped dates. A simple dressing of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil is all it needs to bring out the delicious flavor and allow for maximum nutrient absorption. 2 Earthfoods per serving ♥♥
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 8 large celery stalks, thinly sliced on a diagonal separate leaves and set aside
  • 4 cups watercress, chopped
  • 3 pitted dates, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Course Dinner, Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 8 large celery stalks, thinly sliced on a diagonal separate leaves and set aside
  • 4 cups watercress, chopped
  • 3 pitted dates, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. To toast almonds, you can use your toaster oven or toast in a 350° preheated oven. This will take a few minutes in the toaster oven or about 8–10 minutes in the oven. Stir occasionally, until golden brown. Watch carefully because they can burn in an instant! 🙂
  2. Toss almonds, celery, celery leaves, watercress, dates, and lemon juice in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add Parmesan and oil and toss gently.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 395Total Fat: 32 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Sodium: 475 mg; Potassium: 1030 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18 g; Dietary fiber: 7 g; Net Carbohydrates: 11 grams; Sugar: 11 g (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 12 g

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Earthfood Energy Bars

February 5th, 2018 | no comments

Other than a select handful of bars (like the Elemental Superfood Seed Bars!), most of the so called “nutrition” bars on the market are nothing more than big fat sugar bombs disguised as health food. I find it to be much healthier (not to mention more cost-effective) to make my own. This recipe is as simple as it gets! With five Earthfood servings per bar, I found it most appropriate to call them Earthfood Energy Bars!

Point blank, these bars make me happy! Not because they are tasty and filling (which they ARE!)…but due to the addition of a secret ingredient used by the Inca warriors for endurance. The addition of maca powder places this bar in a league of its own. Maca–also know as Peruvian ginseng– is part of a group of plants called “adaptogens”, which means that it can help your body fight fatigue and cope with every day stress in a more peaceful way.

Earthfood Energy Bars are loaded with nuts and seeds…and then more nuts and seeds! Pure maple syrup is the sweetener…but don’t worry, it works out to be just a smidgen over one teaspoon per bar.

I just know you will fall in love with these bars. ♥

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Earthfood Energy Bars
A raw, no-bake bar full of good healthy fat and protein! The extra special ingredient is maca powder. Maca, a root vegetable native to Peru, is considered an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body adapt to stress. If you can't find maca powder or would rather leave it out, just replace it with two extra tablespoons of ground flaxseed! Earthfood Energy Bars store well in the freezer...so go ahead and double the batch! 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, grind the almonds until coarse. Add to a bowl with the sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pepitas, chia seeds, cacao nibs, maca powder, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and fresh ground almond butter. Mix until well combined and add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  3. Tear a sheet of parchment paper slightly bigger than an 8X8 pan. Line an 8X8 pan with the paper and add the mixture, spreading evenly to cover the pan. Pack down tight with your hands, then place in refrigerator for one hour to set. Slice into squares and store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 195Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 75 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein:6 g
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