Curried Cauliflower Cashew Salad

Curried Cauliflower Cashew Salad

With my background being Chinese Jamaican, I grew up loving curry! This is a much lighter take on a deli salad using roasted cauliflower and a cashew based sauce. Make this ahead of time and take it with you on a picnic. This salad is great simply wrapped in a lettuce wrap.   Curry Roasted Cauliflower 1 large head of Cauliflower Juice from a Lime 2 teaspoons Curry ½ teaspoon coriander 2 teaspoons Honey ½ teaspoon Salt Toss cauliflower florets in sauce and bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes. Cashew Curry Sauce ½ Cup Cashews, Soaked ½-2/3 Cup Hot Water 1 Tablespoon Curry 1 Tablespoon Honey ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 garlic clove 1 tablespoon lime juice A few slices of ginger (optional) Blend till smooth. For the Salad: Curry Roasted Cauliflower 2 Red Bell Peppers ½ Cup chopped apricots ½ cup Cashews, toasted 1 Cup Green Peas, thawed ¼ Cup Cilantro, diced Toss all the ingredients together till well combined. Enjoy on its own or in a lettuce...
What’s Your Craving?

What’s Your Craving?

Instead of thinking of cravings as weaknesses, think of cravings as a message from your body. Cravings be caused by a variety of factors including emotions, dehydration, imbalance, lack of nutrients, season changes & hormones.  Before grab that candy bar, think about what your body may want and why. Try some of these healthier options next time you have a craving. Sweet Fresh Fruit, Fruit with a nut/ Seed butter, Porridge, Sprout bread with a chia jam, Smoothies, Banana “Nice Cream,” Dark Chocolate, Sweet Veggies Salty Kale or Seaweed Chips, Salted Edamame, Hummus, Pickled Vegetables, Guacamole and fresh veggies Crunchy Rice Cakes, Crunchy Fruit like apples, Popcorn (try it with salt pepper and a bit of nutritional yeast), Crunchy veggies & dip, Whole Grain Crackers with Hummus, Nuts & Seeds Creamy Smoothies, Yogurt, Avocados, Chia Seed Pudding, Hummus, Pureed Soups, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Coconut Milk  ...

Spring Detox and its Benefits!

Time for spring cleaning, but while you clean your house, you should clean your body with a spring detox! Spring is the time for growth and renewal and your body is energizing itself for the busy months to come. It is the perfect time to get rid of the toxins in your body and gain some rejuvenation after those long winter months. There is no hiding that we pack on a few pounds physically and emotionally from the heaviness of winter. If we don’t change our habits and cleanse our bodies, we leave ourselves open to colds and flu, which is one way the body works to cleanse itself.  People generally become more stagnant in the winter and suffer from general aches and pains which can also be helped with a good spring cleanse. Many cultures have historically fasted or cleansed during the spring months, and all in radically different fashions. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a spring cleanse, but it is something everyone can benefit from. You need to choose one that is the best fit for you and your health.  Your body may tell you what kind of cleanse it needs and for how long! Spring is the time nature produces many fruits and vegetables that are perfect for a natural detox.  This includes berries, sprouts, greens, and bitter roots that also help improve your immunity and fight off toxins and diseases. Your body should crave different foods to prepare for and get in sync with the new season. We need to listen to what our bodies need and what is offered in nature...

Clean Eating vs. Diets – Why diets don’t work

We have all heard the phrase, and many of us, including me, have lived it… “Diets don’t work!”  Sure, sometimes you lose the weight for a short period of time, but diets cannot give you long-term sustainable weight or fat loss. When going through these drastic changes of dieting, your body goes into shutdown mode and your brain releases hormones telling your brain that you are starving. So when the diet is done, your body wants to replenish what it lost, plus some. When you diet, you are consuming less food, so your metabolism slows down and you also lose muscle in the process. In no circumstance, in a healthy body, would you want to lose muscle mass! Instead we need to focus on what is being put into our bodies, and not how much of it. It’s time to eliminate “diet” from our vocabulary. CLEAN EATING IS NOT A DIET, IT IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE. It is making the conscious decision to be happier and healthier, not only for you, but for your family.  Clean eating is all about being aware of the pathway your food had to go through from growth, to your plate. It is focusing on consuming whole or real food and reducing or eliminating processed, refined, or handled food from your diet. Focusing on raw, organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and good fats, the benefits go far beyond just weight loss.  You gain more energy, improved body system functioning, improved cognitive abilities, better skin, better hair… the list goes on! SOME GENERAL TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN EATING CLEAN INCLUDE: Limit processed foods Increase...

Ten Tips for Weight-loss

1. DRINK WATER – Often the feeling of hunger is confused with dehydration. Next time you feel a snack, try having a glass of water. Even mild dehydration can alter our body’s metabolism, so aim to drink eight glasses a day and limit soda, caffeine, and alcohol. 2. EAT CARBS–REAL CARBS! – Skip the refined stuff, like white bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, and pretzels, and eat the real stuff!. Choose complex carbs like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes over the refined stuff. Foods with fiber like fruits & veg slows digestion and promotes stable blood sugar levels. Not only that, they’re packed with antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation in the body! When it comes to carbs think whole grains and close to nature with all the fiber and phytonutrients intact. 3. CHOOSE HEALTHY FATS – Get your healthy fats! The body uses fat for energy, healthy of hair, skin, nails, vitamin absorption & other everyday bodily functions. Some sources of good fats include nuts, seeds & my favorite… avocados. 4. EMPHASIZE LEAN PROTEIN – Our bodies use protein to renew & replenish our cells, give us energy & stabilize our blood sugar. Our bodies are literally made out of the amino acids that make up protein in our food. Some plant based sources include quinoa, beans, nuts & seeds. 5. EAT BREAKFAST – Don’t tempt yourself with mindless snacking till lunch. Jumpstart your metabolism and eat breakfast giving yourself better control of your cravings. If you’re not ready first thing in the morning, bring breakfast to go, listen to your body and eat when you’re ready. 6. EAT MORE FREQUENTLY – Maintain your...