These bites are small in size but are big with health benefits. They contain chia seeds, which are referred to as a "superfood" because they are rich in many vitamins and minerals and omega 3s. The cacao nibs are also rich in minerals and fiber, and the nuts are a good source of healthy fats. This snack is gluten free, sugar free, and grain free, is easy to make, and tastes yummy!
1 cup raw hazelnuts (or almonds)
2 tbsp instant decaf coffee granules
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
2/3 cup of Medjool dates (pitted)
4 tbsp cacao nibs
2 tbsp chia seeds
Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
Place nuts, coffee granules, protein powder, and sea salt in a food processor and grind into coarse flour. Add the dates and process into a dough. Add the cacao nibs and chia seeds, and process again. Check the consistency: if the doug...
Quinoa and Kale Salad - this hearty salad is perfect for summer potlucks, or as an easy weeknight dinner when it's too hot to use the oven or grill. This recipe serves 4-6.
1 cup quinoa (red is my favorite)
1 can (15 oz) organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
1/4 c. finely chopped shallots
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cups baby kale, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (walnuts can be substituted)
Cook quinoa according to the package directions. Drain off any excess cooking liquid and cool completely. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl, and add the garbanzo beans, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, and shallots.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking as you go. Pour over the quinoa...