Friday, July 22, 2011

Spinach with Almonds

Pair these two super foods together and you can’t go wrong! Spinach is full of antioxidants and other vital nutrients. Almonds help balance blood sugar, blood lipids, and protect against heart disease.

5 cloves of garlic, pressed or chopped
1/3 cup raw almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
sea salt to taste
1 pound spinach, washed and drained
1/4 cup water

Heat pot large enough to contain spinach on high heat. When bottom of pan is hot, reduce heat to medium and add oil. Saute garlic and almonds until almonds are slightly toasted. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, stir then add spinach and water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir and turn off heat. Keep covered for an additional 10 minutes to let spinach wilt.

Serves 4 as a side dish.


Vanilla Shake

This meal replacement shake is vegan, raw, and packed with iron, bone-building trace minerals, and healthy fats!

To improve the digestibility of the cashews, they should be soaked in water overnight. Then discard the water since it will contain the enzymes that inhibit digestion. For a smooth texture, soak the dates at least 4 hours. You can use this water since it will be infused with date sugar.

4 dates, soaked
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked and water discarded
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1/2 cup ice
1 cup cold water

Drain water from dates into a measuring cup. Top with cold water to measure 1 cup. Put all ingredients in the blender except for the ice. Puree until smooth. With blender on, add one ice and continue to blend until smooth.

Serves 1.