Fill up on glorious greens and bright summer tomatoes with a zesty avocado twist. Makes a wonderful, filling meal or works beautifully as an accompaniment to poultry, meat, or fish. This recipe contains a whopping 4-5 servings of vegetables and tons of incredible nutrition and health-giving natural fats. All hail kale! Full of liver phase II detoxification support, minerals, and antioxidants. Combined with tomatoes, lemon, avocado, and cashews, this salad supplies almost the complete vitamin and mineral spectrum.
In a bowl, combine 100g chopped curly kale (stems removed), flesh of 1 chopped avocado, and the juice and zest of 1/2 large lemon. Using your fingers, gently massage the avocado into the kale leaves until well combined and thoroughly coating all the pieces. To this, add 100g quartered cherry tomatoes, 25g chopped cashews, and 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste). Toss to combine with the kale leaves. Let sit for 3o minutes while the kale leaves soften slightly. Enjoy!
serves 1 as a large meal or 2 as a side dish (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Cuckoo for cocoa! Thats the catch phrase for Cocoa Krispies, right? Well, even if it's not, it's fun to say! If you or the family struggle to give up the fun breakfast treats or you are nostalgic for simpler times, this recipe is perfect. It's sugar-free and very low in carbohydrates but packed with natural goodness: protein, fats, nutrients, and antioxidants. It will fill you up without sending you on a sky high sugar rush. The cinnamon helps improve your insulin sensitivity and balance your blood sugar. The cacao confers loads of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. Chocolate is back for breakfast, kiddies!
In a bowl, combine 1 medium egg, 100ml almond milk, and 3/4 tsp liquid stevia (optional for sweetness). Mix until well combined. Then add 150g ground almonds, 4 Tbsp ground cinnamon, and 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder. Mix thoroughly, and if it's too dry, add a splash of almond milk. You're aiming for a cookie batter style consistency.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper and drop tablespoon sized dollops of batter evenly spaced, like you're making cookies. Spread each one out until it is fairly thin, about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) height. Bake at 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees F) for 10-15 minutes until firm. Remove from oven and break into small pieces, then spread the pieces evenly across the tray again. Place back into the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes until crispy. Remove the tray from the oven, let the crispies cool, then transfer to an airtight container.
You can also omit the egg and dehydrate these for a raw vegan version.
makes 3 servings (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Your breakfast woes are over! This is my super easy cereal swap. Spend 5 minutes once a week making up a batch of this, and you'll have a pre-made breakfast cereal ready to go each morning. Packed with natural protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats with no refined carbohydrates, sugars, or grains. It's totally delicious and will help keep your mornings fuss free and your body full of energy until lunchtime.
In a large bowl, combine 75g each of sesame seeds, whole flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds, chopped walnuts, chopped dried un-sufured mango slices, and dried blueberries. Once the ingredients are well incorporated, transfer to an airtight container for storage. Enjoy with plenty of milk (great with almond milk!) and, if desired, a few drops liquid stevia to add sweetness while your taste buds transition to the sugar-free way of life.
makes six 100g servings (multiply ingredients to serve more)
Delightful! These are quite simply little pots of fluffy chocolate joy. I resisted for years trying out avocado-based desserts, and I now realise what a terrible decision this was! The flavour and texture is literally identical to a classic French mousse recipe using sugar, eggs, and cream, and I challenge anyone to tell the difference in a taste test. It takes only 60 seconds to whip these up on a blender, so it's a perfect solution when you're hit with a chocolate craving. The best part is the true beauty of the ingredients--avocado and raw cacao are two of nature's healthiest jewels. There's no need to feel guilty indulging in this as a snack or following a meal. Just reduce the fat in your meal to make room for the 1/2 avocado in this recipe, and you're all set. (Also adjust the carbohydrates if you are adding dates to the mixture).
In a high-speed blender, combine the flesh of one whole avocado, 4-6 Tbsp raw cacao powder, 125-175ml water, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. This tastes delicious without added sweetness, but if you'd like a little bit, add 1/8-1/4 tsp liquid stevia or 2-4 pitted dried dates. The trick with this recipe is to start with the lower amount of each ingredient, blend, then taste. Exactly how much you need will depend on the exact size of the avocado you are using as well as the minimum liquid your blender requires in order to operate and blend the ingredients. Start with 125ml water (1/2 cup), then add just a bit more until your blender turns the avocado and cacao powder into a very fluffy, light, mousse. If you are using dates, blend the water and dates first, then add the remaining ingredients to ensure the smoothest result. Spoon equally into two dishes. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later.
serves 2 (multiply ingredients to serve more)
My absolute favourite cracker recipe. So crunchy and savoury and satisfying. You honestly won't believe that there are no grains whatsoever in these bad boys. I adapted this recipe from the one by Domini Kemp and Patricia Daly in their book, The Ketogenic Kitchen, which they adapted from Sarah Britton in her book, My New Roots!
In a bowl, mix 75g sunflower seeds, 60g chia seeds, 45g ground psyllium husks (try KIKI Health brand), 45g whole flaxseeds, 30g pumpkin seeds, 20g sesame seeds, 2 tsp fennel seeds, 3/4 tsp sea salt, and 1 tsp dried thyme. Next, add 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil to 200ml boiling water so it melts, then pour into the dry mix and incorporate until thoroughly mixed. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and, using a spatula, spread and press the dough evenly across the tray. Place into a preheated 170 degree C oven. Bake for 20-30 minutes until crispy. If the edges get crispy while the middle is still soft, break off the edges and place the remaining back into the oven to bake until crispy. Let them cool, then store in an air-tight container. You can also dehydrate the dough overnight until firm for a raw food version.
Makes about 12 crackers
This is a gorgeous, uplifting take on traditional coleslaw. Don't get me wrong, I love mayo (paleo whole-food style) as much as the next girl, but sometimes you want to feel light and fresh with your ruby red cabbage goodness. Why? The vitamin C in the dish is off the charts. The detoxification support will keep your hormones balanced and help prevent cancer. This is slaw's much sexier younger sibling come to dinner, so buckle up!
In a bowl, combine 1/2 a head of shredded or grated red cabbage, 1 small red onion cut in half and sliced very thinly, 1 handful chopped flatleaf parsley, 1 minced red chili pepper (seeds removed), juice and zest of 1 lime, and sea salt to taste. Toss to combine and enjoy!
This is a deliciously simple hummus you can make in 3 minutes flat or fancy up with a little more work. First, however, let's unravel the "hummus controversy". Is it a super healthy snack? Or is it bad for us because of all the fat? Or because it contains carbs? Or even worse, because it contains both carbs and fat? No one can seem to agree! So, let's break it down logically. One half of this recipe, which is probably about how much a person ends up eating when they munch on hummus, contains 44g fat, 25g carbs, and 15g. This is just about a perfect. Throw in some non-starchy vegetables (which contain another 5g protein), and you have a really well-balanced meal. But does anyone ever really eat a hummus salad? Umm, no. Hummus is normally eaten with bread or or sweet potatoes or rice or chicken or avocado or dressing or a whole load of many, many other things. And when eaten as a snack, even with just some veggie sticks, this is essentially a full meal. Now we can start to see the danger of hummus. It is a powerful source of fat, carbs, and protein, so use wisely. Other than this, go forth and hummus!
To a food processor or blender with a tamper, add 250g (1 tin) rinsed, drained chickpeas, 4 Tbsp (48g) olive oil, 4 Tbsp (50g) light tahini, juice of 1 lemon (3.5 Tbsp), 2-4 minced cloves garlic (start with 2), and 3/4 tsp sea salt. Pulse or blend until creamy (a few lumps are fine). Taste and add a bit more salt or garlic as needed. If the food processor or blender is struggling, add a tiny bit of water to assist.
To fancy things up, sprinkle with a few chopped pecans, minced jalapeños, chives, and/or caramelised onions.
makes 2 snack servings or 2 meal servings
I promise, this salad will inspire you! Sweet and zesty with lime and red peppers. It's perfect to boost your MTHFR gene and support your GST genes for detoxification. It's also outrageously high in vitamin C, coming from the peppers, cabbage, and lime. The antioxidants in this will change your life! Wonderful following a workout to help prevent next-day muscle soreness. It also contains 3 full servings of vegetables so is a perfect match for your meal.
In a bowl, combine 100g shredded purple cabbage, 200g diced red pepper, 25g baby spinach, and juice of 1/2 lime. Toss thoroughly and enjoy! If desired, add chopped avocado or olive oil for a dose of healthy fats.
You might call this a smoothie... But it feels much more like a creamy, dreamy milkshake. It's a great snack to boost energy levels or, if you're feeling adventurous, a crazy looking dessert. This is a practical way to increase your antioxidant intake to support inflammation, detoxification, anti-aging, skin health, fatigue, and fat loss. Really, anything you're looking to improve about your health.
In a high-speed blender, add 100g frozen berries, 75g-100g frozen spinach, 4 pitted dates (more if additional sweetness is desired), 20g flaxseed oil, roughly 1/2 tsp fresh turmeric root, and roughly 1 tsp fresh ginger root (optional). Add just enough water so that the blender will operate. Blend on high until creamy and all the ingredients are liquidised. Enjoy!
Guacamole made even better. Seriously, need you know more? This is some of the most more-ish guac you'll ever try, and its nutrient superpowers are ramped up with extra flavours. Fresh cilantro (coriander) is purposely excluded from this recipe, but if you're lucky enough not to have the gene that causes a revulsion to cilantro (no joke), add 1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro to taste along with the chili powder.
In a bowl, combine 2 Tbsp minced red onion, 2 chopped avocados, 1 minced clove garlic, juice of 1/2 fresh lime, and 10 cherry tomatoes cut into eighths. Mix and moosh together with a wooden spoon until creamy but with some lumps. Add a pinch of red chili powder and sea salt to taste, mixing thoroughly to combine.