{Nourish} Roasted Delicata Squash with Dukkah and Pomegranate

Dukkah Roasted Delicata Squash

I am always looking for ways to cut down on prep, especially for weeknights dinners and special events. Sometimes this can be a simple as having to chop less! This healthy recipe, Delicata Squash with Dukkah and Pomegranate, needs very little prep and it cooks in the oven which means most of the cook time is hands-free. You know that’s my thing! Vegan and Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Dairy Free, it’s crazy delicious and loaded with good for you nutrients.  Continue reading “{Nourish} Roasted Delicata Squash with Dukkah and Pomegranate”

{Thrive} 5 Tips for Beating Winter Dryness + Giveaway

As the temps get cooler and the heat goes on, it often feels impossible to stay well hydrated inside and out. My skin, scalp, nose and throat feel so dry that I am tempted to bath in oil every night. Last fall and winter were particularly rough on my skin and body so I implemented a few simple self-care routines that really helped. I’m hoping they will help you too. Plus, enter to win a FREE BeautyCounter Calendula Lip Moisturizer because dry winter lips are no good! Continue reading “{Thrive} 5 Tips for Beating Winter Dryness + Giveaway”

{Thrive} Mindful Moment: Is Eating Before Bed Bad?

I’m excited to introduce a new line of posts, Mindful Moments, that are meant to provide quick and simple tips to help your tune into your wellness routine. This tip has to do with eating before bed – a question I get quite often. I was going to say late-night eating but considering I’m light’s out by 9:30-10 these days, that doesn’t really apply to me unless we redefine late-night as 8pm. Who’s with me? 

Is It Bad to Eat Before Bed?

Clients often ask me about late night eating in regards to calories and weight gain but I’m hoping this tip will get you thinking a bit differently. You see, sleep is our bodies time to rest, detoxify and recuperate. When we eat to close to bedtime, we force digestion to take place while we are sleeping and this forces our body to work overtime. Not a good thing. 

So instead, try this shift in your wellness routine. Make lunch your largest meal, as digestion peaks at this time and you need the most energy during the day. Eat lighter at night, staying in tune with your bodies hunger cues. Make sure you eat enough to feel satisfied but don’t overdo it. 

Allow at least 2 hours between dinner and bedtime so your meal has a chance to digest and move from your stomach into your small intestines. The benefits: 

  1. more restful sleep
  2. decrease risk of reflux
  3. improved detoxification and overall health 

If you need a bedtime snack, choose something light and easy to digest like a warm cup of milk or milk alternative with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg or a small, higher protein snack which will stabilize blood sugars. Try a hard boiled egg or a scoop of almond butter. 

Remember, this is not about depriving yourself and perfection doesn’t exist. Be mindful of your hunger cues and have a little nosh if you needto. Remember that our body will get into a rhythm if we are consistent. Increase the size of your day time meals and snacks and see if that helps you feel more satisfied at night. Plus, late night snacking isn’t always hunger driven – you could be eating out of habit or emotional nourishment. The best medicine for our emotional health is a good nights sleep – so digest first and then get some good Zzzz’s. 

Read More: 6 Tips for Better Sleep

 

 

{Thrive} Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products + Giveaway

A few months ago, an instagram post inspired me to give “Plastic Free July” a try. Like most attempts at changing a habit, the first few weeks are more about awareness than success. Wowza. While I was far (I mean FAR) from plastic free for even a day, the exercise sparked in me a willingness to change. So now, I share with a you a few of my favorite products, some tried and true and some new plus a few tips on decreasing plastic and living more sustainably because even small efforts make a difference. Plus, win a pack of reusable straws. Giveaway at the bottom of post!  Continue reading “{Thrive} Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products + Giveaway”

{Nourish} Cooking Video: Sorghum Tabbouleh with Grapes

I don’t know about you but I refuse to rush the end of summer! There’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill and enjoy outdoor dining. Whether I’m cooking for my family of three or entertaining friends, I love the idea of family-style dining and shareable dishes. That was was the inspiration for this beautiful Mediterranean Plate that features a Whole Grain Sorghum Tabbouleh made with Grapes (yum) as the centerpiece. I partnered with Simply Sorghum to re-introduce you to this versatile, naturally gluten-free grain. 

What is Sorghum?

Another great question. Sorghum is a naturally gluten-free whole grain that, like quinoa, is a good source of protein. Plus, whole grain sorghum helps keep you fuller longer and provides beneficial dietary fiber for digestive health. Toothsome in texture (think barley), sorghum has a mild, nutty flavor.

Speaking of Whole Grains, try this Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Pistachio and Mint

Healthy Benefits of Sorghum 

Sorghum grain is packed full of nutrients you need to stay healthy.

  • Protein provides the building blocks for bone, muscle, skin and enzyme development
  • Iron strengthens the immune system and oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood
  • Vitamin B6 is integral in synthesizing antibodies and enhancing nerve function
  • Niacin provides improved blood circulation
  • Magnesium aids in calcium absorption and body temperature regulation
  • Phosphorus helps form healthy bones
  • Fiber supports healthy digestion 

How to Build a Mediterranean Plate?

I like to think of this as a deconstructed Greek Salad of sorts and the nice thing is, there isn’t one way make this or a set number of ingredients you have to use. Here are some ideas and you can take it from there – make it your own! It’s a great way to clean out the fridge of veggies that you’ve been meaning to use. 

 

Proteins and Dairy: 

  • Grilled Meat, Chicken or Fish
  • Tofu or Tempeh
  • Bean Salad
  • Feta, Haloumi or Mozzarella Cheese (you can use any cheese you like though)
  • Hummus (Try this Roasted Eggplant Hummus

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Greens like kale, spinach or even grilled romaine 
  • Fresh or roasted tomatoes and peppers, sliced cucumbers 
  • olives
  • Citrus (lemons and oranges)
  • Grilled Zucchini, Asparagus or Eggplant
  • Steamed Green Beans 

Additional Items: 

  • Naan
  • Pita
  • Pita Chips
  • Crackers 

New To Sorghum? Try one of these delicious recipes: 

Za’atar Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes, Sorghum, Apples and Kale (Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Friendly)

Sorghum Salad with Lemon and Tahini

Sorghum Tabbouleh with Grapes and Dill

Yield 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole grain sorghum  
  •  4 cups water
  •  1 cup halved green grapes
  • 2 cups diced English cucumber
  • 2/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup chopped dill
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  •  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the whole grain sorghum.
  • Bring 4 cups of water or stock to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Add 1 cup of whole grain sorghum. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Fluff the sorghum with a fork and transfer to a medium mixing bowl to cool.
  • Once the sorghum is cool, combine the grapes, cucumber, herbs, oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper. Serve