3 Berry Recipes to Help You Take Advantage of Summer’s Superfood

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3 Berry Recipes |  The Organic Beauty Blog

Berries are my favorite part of spring and summer.  They’re everywhere, they’re delicious, and they are loaded with amazing health benefits.  One of my favorite summertime treats is opening up my grocery delivery box to find tons of fresh, organic berries that I get to enjoy all week long.

We all know (hopefully) that berries are loaded with antioxidants, which make them an amazing anti-aging and anti-cancer food, but perhaps we could use a little reminder about why these colorful little treats are so great?  Behold:

8 Awesome Health Benefits of Berries:

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Grain-Free Cherry Crisp (paleo, vegan)

Grain-Free Cherry Crisp | The Organic Beauty Blog

Ahhhhh cherries…. These little puppies are so good (and good for you!) that they don’t last long in our house (check out my recent post on all the amazing health benefits of berries here).  But after a few weeks of traveling and insanity, I found a bag of forgotten, nearly-past-their-prime cherries in a dark corner of my fridge, and knew I had to get them into our bellies right quick.

Enter: the trusty crisp!  Crisps and crumbles are such a quick, easy, and healthy dessert, but one I typically reserve for fall/winter… Apple crisps, pear crumbles, something about these humble desserts just elicit images of cozy evenings by the fire in the colder months.

But with summer upon us and berry season in full swing, I thought, why not make a summery version of this favorite, in a perfect size just for two?

I opted for a grain-free cherry crisp as opposed to a crumble since it’s easier to omit oats (which are more of a fall/winter grain) in favor of nut flour.  And instead of cinnamon (which is a warming, cold weather spice), I used cardamom (a cooling, digestion-boosting summer spice), which lends a different flavor profile to the dessert, and complements the cherries beautifully. The whole thing ends up being totally grain-free and the use of maple syrup as a sweetener makes it paleo as well.  It’s pretty much the perfect healthy dessert!

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Spinach Fennel Salad with Blackberries

Spinach Fennel Salad with Blackberries | The Organic Beauty Blog

Adding berries (and fruit in general) to my salads is one of my favorite ways to punch up my dinners, take advantage of summer’s most potent and healthy foods, and reduce sugar cravings.  Check out all the amazing benefits of eating berries this time of year here.

Pretty much any salad can benefit from the addition of some yummy seasonal berries, and this one is no exception.  This salad is detoxifying, slimming, and loaded with powerful antioxidants and beautifying ingredients.  Plus, the delicious natural sweetness of the berries and the dressing mean you’re not going to be craving dessert!

Feel free to sub in any berry you love, though I think blackberries work best in this particular recipe.

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Raspberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Raspberry Coconut Overnight Oats | The Organic Beauty Blog

The warm summer months obviously don’t lend themselves too well to hot breakfasts like oatmeal, which is where overnight oats are a lifesaver.

Overnight oats take no time at all, can be eaten straight out of the fridge, and still give you all the heart-healthy, blood-sugar balancing, cravings-busting benefits of oatmeal, without the wintery vibes.

To make these overnight oats even more summery, I added shredded coconut and coconut yogurt, and of course, BERRIES!!  Any berries will do for this recipe, but I like raspberries for this particular iteration.  Check out my recent article on why berries are summer’s perfect superfood!

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3 Gut-Healing Recipes to Make Your Stomach Happy

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One of the most common health concerns I hear about from my clients is stomach troubles.. I’m not just talking about the serious, diagnosed kind, but rather just a feeling like something is off.  From bloating and gassiness, to occasional stomach pain or just feeling crappy after a big meal or a wild night, digestive issues are so commonplace that we almost kind of take them for granted.

Our digestive system is a barometer for the state of our whole body.  An out-of-balance digestive system can lead to emotional and psychological issues (heightened stress, anxiety, depression), nutrient malabsorption, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, and so, so, so much more.  It’s the first place I look when a client comes to me with a myriad of mysterious and seemingly unrelated issues.

Healing the gut leads to healing throughout our whole body, so getting our gut to a happy place should be our number one health priority!

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Seasonal Cooking With Milk & Eggs: Kale Pesto Rice Bowls and Healthy French Toast

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Seasonal Recipes with Milk & Eggs

I have to say, it is a super gratifying feeling to wake up every Monday morning to find two big bags of healthy, local, organic produce and groceries just waiting on my doorstep.  It’s like a blank canvas of healthy awesomeness.  What delicious things will I whip up this week?  It’s a surprise every time.

I’ve partnered with Milk & Eggs, an amazing farm direct grocery delivery service, to bring you guys some delicious, super seasonal, and always healthy recipes a few times a month.  I’m so excited to share some of my favorite dishes with you!

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Peanut Butter Healthy French Toast

Peanut Butter Healthy French Toast

French toast is one of my favorite comfort foods, so I’ve been determined to make it healthier, especially before I get little M obsessed with it too.

The best and easiest way to make healthy french toast is changing the kind of bread you use.  I like to use sprouted, whole grain bread instead of the typical crappy white bread, which instantly makes it a healthier, fibrous breakfast, instead of a high glycemic sugar bomb for the body.

The other healthy modifications include omitting sugar or maple syrup, and using peanut butter and fruit instead!  Peanut butter is naturally sweet, and makes this yummy french toast even higher in protein, which is great.  If you need even more sweetness in the batter, you can mash up a banana and mix it in, but I personally find that the peanut butter plus some added berries when serving makes the french toast sweet enough, and I can feel good about serving it to my toddler.

Dinner Tonight: Hearty Vegetarian 3 Bean Chili

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It’s a whopping 50 degrees in LA today, which is a perfect excuse to whip up a batch of delicious, hearty, and warming chili. I think this may be as close as we get to winter in these parts (but who’s complaining?), so I’ll take what I can get.  

This chili is super fast and easy to make, so it’s a perfect weeknight meal.

You can make it with or without a fake meat — I usually go without, but was feeling extra punchy today, so I added some yummy veggie chorizo.

*Note: Since this recipe relies heavily on canned goods, make sure to look for organic, low-sodium, and BPA-free!! 

Vegan Three Bean Chili

Serves 4

GF, V

3 tbsp olive oil
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 package vegan chorizo (optional)
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
3 14 oz. cans organic beans (I used one can each cannelini, kidney, and pinto beans, but you can use whatever beans you have around!), rinsed and drained
1 24 oz. can crushed organic tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth (add a little more if you want your chili on the soupier side)
Sea salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a large pot, add onions, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté over medium heat until onions are soft. Add spices and stir. Add beans, tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until flavor are combined. Top with chopped parley or cilantro.  Enjoy!

Miraculous Lactation Smoothie

Miraculous-Lactation-Smoothie

When you’re a breastfeeding mom, your supply can become a bit of an obsession. So many things can impact it, and when your baby is 100% dependent on that liquid gold for nourishment, it can definitely send you into a panic when your supply takes a hit. I got sick with the flu a month ago, and my supply dwindled to scary levels. Thankfully I had a nice supply of frozen milk to get us through the rough patch, but it was still harrowing.

To get my supply back up, and to keep it flowing, I take Motherlove More Milk Blend, Shatavari, and Malunggay, and I drink this smoothie at least 4 times a week.  You guys, this stuff is no joke. After a week of taking the supplements 3 times a day and drinking this smoothie, I was pumping 5 oz. per breast, which is crazy for having a 3 month old. I actually cut back the supplements to even things out, but still drink the smoothie regularly.

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