To be honest, before this recipe I really wasn’t a big fan of kale–and the only way I would incorporate it into my diet was by hiding it in a smoothie.
The BF managed to change my mind about kale in our early dating days …
It was Halloween 2018 and I was heading to his house for the very first time. The plan was to dress-up and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters in his neighbourhood.
I showed up as Organic Farmer Jen (no surprise there) and he dressed up as Superman (padded abs, biceps, quads and all).
We really didn’t discuss dinner plans before I arrived (I was mentally prepared to eat my stash of organic dark chocolate and SmartSweets for dinner), but to my surprise this man had some dinner ideas up his jacked Superman sleeves.
He busted out a gluten free keto pizza from the freezer and then grabbed a bunch of kale from the fridge. Now, the kale didn’t excite me as much as the pizza did, BUT I was extremely impressed that this bachelor had something green in his fridge and was prepared to do something with it.
I decided not to mention that I wasn’t a big fan of kale, afterall I did show up as Organic Farmer Jen and what organic farmer doesn’t eat kale, right?!
So, after 10-minutes of methodical kale prep and warming up keto pizza, there we were, the organic farmer and jacked Superman enjoying our first at home dinner–that he made!!!
I realized two important things that night:
- I actually do like kale, I just needed the right combo of ingredients to make it tickle my palate.
- Jacked Superman and his kale recipe might be keepers!
We now make this kale recipe on a regular–and I enjoy it just as much today as I did when I tried it for the very first time.
The combination of lemon, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil makes kale exciting and flavourful. It’s the perfect low-carb, high-fiber side to any fish or meat dish (or gluten free keto pizza!).
Give it a try and leave me a comment below with your thoughts!
Sautéed Lemon & Pine Nut Kale
INGREDIENTS: (serves 3-4)
1 bunch leafy kale, chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 lemon, juice only
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 tbsp avocado oil
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste
1. In a large stove-top pan saute garlic in avocado oil until fragrant.
2. Add kale to pan. Use tongs to coat kale in oil and garlic. Add sea salt.
3. Once kale has wilted down, add pine nuts and allow them to toast slightly.
4. Add in lemon juice, turn off burner then finish with olive oil. Toss one last time and serve.
This Eggnog Smoothie is bursting with holiday flavour! It’s creamy & delicious just like eggnog, but without the refined sugar, dairy and other problematic ingredients. Not only is it void of unhealthy ingredients, but it’s packed with healthy ones, like greens, dates, avocado, high-quality protein & more!
How would you like to indulge in holiday flavours like eggnog, candy cane, gingerbread, roasted chestnut and peppermint mocha without worrying about your waistline expanding over the holidays?
Cravings for holiday goodies tend to hit hard given that temptation is all around.
You might be asking – “Jen, how the heck do you stay on track during the holiday season?!”
My approach is simple – I satisfy my cravings instead of attempting to beat them.
The trick here is finding ways to replace unhealthy, sugar-loaded options with healthy alternatives that leave you not only satisfied but healthier (mentally, emotionally and physically).
I’m always experimenting with different recipes that allow me to enjoy delicious and familiar flavours while still staying on track with my health and weight.
My dessert-inspired smoothies have allowed me (and so many others) to enjoy mouthwatering meals that not only leave you feeling satisfied and healthy, but help kick cravings too.
So, if you’re looking for healthy & delicious holiday smoothies like Eggnog, Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Roasted Chestnut, Peppermint Mocha, Ferrero Rocher and more, grab my smoothie e-book HERE!
AND just in case you need some convincing, give my eggnog smoothie a try.
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This Eggnog Smoothie is bursting with holiday flavour! It's creamy & delicious just like eggnog, but without the refined sugar, dairy and other problematic ingredients. Not only is it void of unhealthy ingredients, but it's packed with healthy ones, like greens, dates, avocado, high-quality protein & more!
- 1 cup frozen greens, spinach, kale, broccoli
- 2-3 dates
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 scoop PurePaleo Protein, vanilla, or 2 scoops PurePea (plant-based option)*
- 1/2 tsp. ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the perfect side to your next meal! They’re easy to make, delicious and super healthy. This recipe is keto, paleo, plant-based & AIP friendly!
DID YOU KNOW? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Brussels sprouts are used to improve digestive health.
Just one cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provides four grams of fiber, which numerous studies show is important for digestive function.
Fiber helps to support digestive health by encouraging regular bowel movements, preventing constipation or diarrhea, and detoxifying the body by pulling toxins and waste out of the gut.
In addition, Brussels sprouts contain glucosinolates and sulforaphane. Glucosinolates can help protect the lining of the digestive tract and stomach therefore reducing the chances of developing leaky gut or other digestive disorders. Sulforaphane facilitates in the body’s detoxification process and can help prevent bacterial overgrowth from occurring in the gut.
According to TCM, it’s recommended that cruciferous veggies (like Brussels sprouts) be cooked to enhance digestion and to nourish the spleen, which can become taxed if bombarded with too many raw or cooling foods.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the perfect side to your next meal! They're easy to make, delicious and super healthy. This recipe is keto, paleo, plant-based & AIP friendly!
- 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, halved
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Preheat oven to 400F.
Toss Brussels sprouts in avocado oil, salt and pepper and spread on baking dish.
Cook for 30-minutes, tossing them mid-way through.
Once cooked, transfer to serving dish and mix in 1 tsp apple cider vinegar.
Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is one of my favourite smoothie recipes during the Autumn. Not only is it nutrient-packed, but it’s also loaded with delicious fall flavours!
This smoothie will provide you with the right balance of macro-nutrients, including protein, making it a great meal replacement. It contains …
- Smart, high-fiber carbohydrates (from greens & some fruit)
- Healthy and essential fats (from avocado)
- High-quality and easily absorbed protein (from a gut friendly protein powder)
Try replacing one meal a day with a nutrient-rich smoothie like this one. It’s a great approach to weight loss and better health!
What you need for Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Frozen greens (spinach, kale, broccoli …)
Pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin works well)
PurePaleo Protein (vanilla)
Pumpkin pie spice
Water (or unsweetened nut milk)
Give this DIY pumpkin pie spice recipe a try
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp nutmeg
1 ½ tsp allspice
1 ½ tsp cloves
I recommend buying organic ground spices to make this blend. Mix spices together in a bowl and store in a small glass jar. Feel free to double or triple this recipe so you have plenty of pumpkin pie spice for the season.
Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Green Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is one of my favourite smoothie recipes during the Autumn. Not only is it nutrient-packed, but it's also loaded with delicious fall flavours! This smoothie will provide you with the right balance of macro-nutrients, including protein, making it a great meal replacement.
- 1 cup frozen greens
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, canned
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 scoop PurePaleo Protein, vanilla (available in my shop)*
- 2 dates, optional
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2-1 cup water, or unsweetened nut milk
DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint oil has been shown to be effective at naturally treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies show that peppermint oil reduces spasms in the colon, relaxes the muscles of your intestines, and can help to reduce bloating and gassiness.
To help relieve IBS symptoms, try:
- Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your smoothie (check out my recipe below).
- Adding 1–2 drops of peppermint essential oil into a glass of water or capsule and take before meals.
- Applying 2–3 drops of peppermint essential oil (along with a carrier oil) topically to your abdomen.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie
INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1.5 cups frozen spinach
1 banana (frozen preferably)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 tsp cacao powder
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (chocolate)*
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil (food-grade) OR 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2-1 cup water
A few ice cubes (optional)
1 tbsp cacao nibs (stirred in after blending)
*If you’re using PurePaleo Protein (vanilla) I suggest adding 2 tsp of cacao powder.
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1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and stir in cacao nibs.
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