Kaleidoscope Salad

Kaleidoscope Salad

Spiralizers have become so popular, and they provide a new way to introduce more vegetables into dishes creating healthier recipes. This Kaleidoscope Salad kick-starts your senses with its curly, colorful, ever-changing textures, sweet and savory flavors and delectable crunchy topping. This recipe comes from the new book 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes by Jennifer Williams and Marilyn Haugen and Robert Rose Books.  It’s my latest favorite new book to get some fresh and healthy recipes to make. How does Twisted Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing, Parsnip Spaghetti With Pine Nut Basil Pesto and Spiraled Fruit Tarts Sound? Amazing! In this book there are options for vegetarians, gluten-free diets and low carbohydrate diets, but there are also wonderful meat, poultry and seafood dishes too. Check it out and try one of my favorite recipes below!

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Tip for this salad:

After spiralizing bell peppers, you will need to remove the white flesh and seeds from the strands. Alternatively, you can core the peppers, but they will not hold their shape as well during spiralizing.

The salad topping can be used on a variety of fruit and vegetable dishes. It can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia, known as a superfood is wonderful in this Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe. Packed with potassium, fiber and magnesium, these seeds are great for energy, endurance and digestion. While it’s easy to toss them in lemon water (see my recipe for Lemon Water with Chia Seeds). Chia seeds are a great addition in this dessert (or as a healthy breakfast). I used cacao powder which is also a healthy superstar, rich in antioxidants. Make this recipe the night before, and you’ll have a nutritious nondairy creamy chocolate dessert. Happy Friday!!

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon Kale Smoothie

Watermelon and Kale are two superfoods that (believe it or not) my three kids love! Last week we went out walking in our fun Alabama 97 degree heat, and I made this Watermelon Kale Smoothie topped with chia seeds and fresh watermelon and OMG it was so good! I know, I know. It looks weird at first. Trust me on this one. You just have to try it! For 152 calories and 3.6 grams of protein, this recipe also is very high in vitamin C and manganese as well as potassium, Vitamin A and B6! For health benefits of watermelon click here. For health benefits of kale click here.

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

Vanilla Chai Power Bars

I just got my hands on a FABULOUS vegetarian cookbook: Vegan Everyday by Douglas McNish, a vegan executive chef who has a strong commitment to health and organics. Published by Robert Rose Books, this cookbook is filled with 500 recipes that are bold, innovative, fresh and wonderful for vegans and non-vegans. You’ll find recipes for every occasion and every meal of the day. I love the Peach Cobbler, Mini Quinoa Croquettes, Singapore Summer Rolls, and these Vanilla Chai Power Bars. These energy bars are a great item to keep on hand for snacking on the go, or enjoy them as a quick breakfast with a cold glass of milk. Filled with millet, chia seeds and spices, these bars are too good! My kids went wild over these, and they are awesome for travel too. If you’re looking for puffed quinoa and millet, you can find them in most well stocked supermarkets and natural food stores. Enjoy and be sure to check out this amazing cookbook!

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

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Yes, I am at it again with this Blueberry Smoothie Bowl perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. I made a banana and blueberry smoothie, but wanted more so I added flaxseed, chia seeds, milk, and protein powder. I prefer to enjoy smoothies with a spoon these days so I topped it with some of my favorite healthy toppings.

Health benefits of Blueberries: Blueberries offer many nutritional benefits. They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, full of antioxidants and a good source of manganese (which is important in bone health). To find out the health benefits of blueberries see

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons). New research suggests that including chia seeds in your diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. It’s said that the amounts of omega 3′s can also work reduce symptoms of depression and increase brain function. A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains 139 calories, 11 grams of fiber, four grams of protein and 9 grams of fat, as well as calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and B vitamins.

Health Benefits of Flaxseeds: Studies have suggested that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease  stroke, caner and post-menopausal symptoms. Flaxseed contains high levels of fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids. Just two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contain more than 140 percent daily value of the inflammation-reducing Omega 3 fatty acids and more lignans than any other plant food. One tablespoon of flaxseed contains 55 calories, three grams of carbohydrates, 2.8 grams of fiber, 1.9 grams of protein and 4.3 grams of fat. See more about seeds in my article on Fitness Republic.

10 Minute Protein Pancakes

Protiein Packed Pancakes

Start your week off right with these 10 Minute Protein Pancakes. I love breakfast for dinner, and these provide you with plenty of great flavor and protein. They contain chia seeds – the highest known plant source of omega 3’s and omega 6’s. These are also said to help to energize and detox the body. I made these for the kids, and they loved them (they had no idea what was inside).  Thanks to Veria.com for sharing this recipe, one that you should keep in your files for sure.

Chia Seed Banana-Nut Muffins

Have you heard of Chia Seeds? If you haven’t, read on. These wonderful seeds are on my list of top super foods of 2012. Chia seeds have more calcium and fiber than flaxseed, and they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. They are also said to boost energy levels. They have a nutlike flavor, and they add flavor and crunch to baked goods, oatmeal, cereal, salads and in yogurt. Try them in this recipe for Chia Banana-Nut Muffins. It’s so easy, with no mixer needed. I made these on sunday, and before I could turn around, all of them were gone. My kids went wild over these. Feel free to use mini muffin pans for variety. If you use mini pans, bake them at 350F for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy, and check out this powerful seed.

Chia picture from Pinterest