Cinco de Mayo with Food Should Taste Good! Mango Salsa Recipe.

My love for Food Should Taste Good products started a while back, their GMO-free products are delicious and they continue to add new flavors of chips. In our house I try to stay away from keeping mindless snack foods around on a regular basis but when there is a special occasion or we are entertaining homemade salsa or guacamole is a simple go to for me and we always pair it with Food Should Taste Good chips! 

If your are entertaining or celebrating the festivities of the day tomorrow here is a simple and delicious 5-ingredient recipe for you to make...

5-Ingredient Mango Salsa

Ingredients
(Makes 6-8 servings)
3 Yellow (Champagne) Mangos cut and diced
1/4 red onion diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Dash of Salt

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix!

I like to pair this salsa with Food Should Taste Good Lime chips or Jalapeno ones for a little kick. If you looking for a great meal to celebrate the holiday try making some fish tacos and adding this salsa on top, it's perfection!

Thank you Food Should Taste Good for providing me with product, all opinions are my own. 
 

Tropical Green Smoothie...Take me somewhere warm!

So it is officially spring but to us here in Chicago that means it has snowed, rain stormed and it is super gray and damp. But the end is near, I know it. To brighten your day and give you a boost of vitamins and nutrients I have this delicious, creamy tropical green smoothie for you! I have added this into my breakfast rotation this week and I am so happy I did. The flavor is perfection and the creaminess makes it feel almost like a treat. I love to know that I have had some greens early in the day, without a smoothie sometimes I don't get any veggies until much later into the afternoon. I would love to hear, how do you get your greens in the morning?

This recipe is super simple, just toss all ingredients into a blender and enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 stalks Curly Kale
1 1/2 cups Spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup frozen diced Mango
2 Tbsp Almond Butter
1 to 1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Maca Powder (energy boost) 

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Cauliflower, 2015 Vegetable of the Year.

Until recently I did not each much cauliflower besides on a crudite tray. I found it to be fairly flavorless and boring, but in November I started playing around with the fact that it is pretty flavorless and that is actually great because it makes it very versatile.  I'm calling cauliflower the vegetable of 2015 for many reasons, primarily because most of us are always looking for a way to replace the carbohydrate portion of our plate without losing the satiation of eating those delicious comfort foods.  Back in November I created a lightened up cauliflower mash that replicates mashed potatoes pretty well.  My latest cauliflower endeavor has been cauliflower rice and we are very in love!  The husband and I both love Mexican food which can be very carbohydrate heavy, and don't get me wrong I enjoy carbs but the nutrient rich ones not the empty ones like white rice and flour tortillas, so using cauliflower rice is an amazing way to replicate a burrito bowl but with healthy ingredients and no empty calories or sugar.

Before we get to the recipe let's chat all things Cauliflower. Cauliflower is part of the brassica family, more commonly known as a cruciferous vegetable. 

  • Contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that prevent cancer.
  • Fiber rich which helps with satiety, weight loss, and promotes healthy digestion.
  • Packed with choline, a nutrient that helps with memory and is essential for learning.
  • Nutrition breakdown: 1 cup of chopped raw cauliflower contains 27 calories, 2 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat, 0 cholesterol, and 2.0 grams of fiber.
  • 1 cup of cauliflower provides approximately 77% of your daily vitamin C needs, 20% vitamin K, and 10+% B-6 and folate needs.

Cauliflower Rice Swiss Chard Burrito
This dish is perfect for everyone, it is gluten free, dairy free, and can be made vegetarian or vegan all at the same time by just serving it without the meat!

Recipe
(makes approximately 4-6 servings)
Chicken Carnitas (recipe from my good friend Elle)

6-8 large Swiss Chard Leafs or none, if making bowls
1 16 oz. can sodium-free Black Beans
2 medium Tomatoes diced

Guacamole
2 medium Avocados
handful of chopped fresh Cilantro
juice of 1 Lime
Sea Salt to taste
(optional small green jalapeno diced for extra kick)

Cauliflower Rice
1  large head Cauliflower
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 Scallions finely chopped
3 Garlic cloves diced
Sea Salt

Instructions
To prepare the guacamole; mash avocados, add chopped cilantro, salt and lime juice and mix until one smooth consistency.

For the cauliflower rice, remove the stem and chop into medium sized florets. Place cauliflower florets into food processor and pulse until a quinoa like consistency, set in a mixing bowl to the side.  Using a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium heat and add garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes and add scallions and cauliflower. Saute for 5-7 minutes and add salt to taste. 

You can serve this two ways; using a large Swiss Chard Leaf place all ingredients on the leaf and roll. To secure roll you can tuck in the end or use a tooth pick. Or, serve cauliflower rice, black beans, tomatoes, chicken and guacamole in a bowl & garnish with a squeeze of lime juice and some fresh cilantro. 

Green Detox Bowl. Enjoy. Indulge. Detox.

It happens- we eat too much, maybe drink too much and every once in a while that's ok! What happens after we indulge is what's important. It is easy to have one bad night and then tell yourself you've already made one bad food decision what's one more, this is where you stop yourself and hit the reset button.  
Here are my suggestions for when you know you know you might overindulge:
1) Get in a good workout the day before and the day of indulgence.
2) Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated helps with bloating and can help you feel satiated, preventing you from overeating.
3) Have a workout planned for the next day, something that will get your blood pumping and a good sweat going.
4) Plan a healthy day of eating following your overindulgence; including lots of leafy greens, lean protein, and antioxidant rich foods.

Start your day with my green detox bowl! It is packed with antioxidant rich foods, ingredients to aid in digestion, hydrating coconut water to flush your system, and some extras for energy. This bowl is dairy free and gluten free! The recipe makes two servings, you can share or place the second half in a mason jar and enjoy the next day!

Green Detox Bowl
(makes two servings)

Ingredients
3/4 cup Coconut Water
1/4 inch slice fresh peeled Ginger
2 tsp Maca Powder
1/2 Frozen Banana
1/2 cup fresh or frozen Pineapple
1/2 cup fresh or frozen Mango 
1 large stem of Swiss Chard
2 large or 3 small stems of Dinosaur Kale
1 tsp Cinnamon 
Optional Toppings:
Goji Berries (superfood!)
Golden Berries (superfood!)
Shredded Coconut

Workout Plan for the Week:
Sunday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Monday: Shred415 Arms and Abs
Tuesday: Teach Bootcamp and Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Wednesday: 7 mile Run
Thursday: Shred415 Total Body
Friday: Pilates
Saturday: OFF