Date Smoothie

Date Smoothie

Okay it may sound weird at first. Dates in a smoothie? Yes, it is true… Combine milk, pitted dates, almond butter, and cacao powder with ice, and you’ll have a breakfast or dessert smoothie that is so filing and good! Dates are sometimes overlooked but they provide energy and are great when you’re craving something sweet. They do have calories but also fiber so they are good to help regulate digestion and contain vitamins such as B 6 and niacin. Paired with milk, almond butter and cacao powder, this recipe can be a healthy breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. If you’re not familiar with cacao powder, you can find it at specialty grocery stores. It’s healthy alternative to chocolate with great flavor but without sugar and any processing. It’s also raw, vegan and a source of antioxidants, iron and fiber. This only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so blend and enjoy!

Guiltless Chocolate Ganache Tart

Guiltless Ganache Tart

My husband’s favorite travel destination is Scotland, and he continually raves about the Gleneagles, a magnificent French Chateaux set amid rolling hills in the heart of Scotland. With 232 rooms, 26 luxury suites, three championship golf courses, an ESPA spa and four restaurants, including Scotland’s only two Michelin stars in Scotland, I can see why. This Scotland destination is on my bucket list, but for now, I am thrilled to share this decadent Guiltless Chocolate Ganache Tart. This healthy recipes is made with raw Cacao and courtesy of Louise Westra, Naturopath at ESPA Life at Gleneagles Hotel.  As summer (and swimsuit season) approaches, it is possible to eat right while still satisfying your chocolate cravings. It is going on our Mother’s day menu!

Proving that Scotland cuisine extends far beyond the stereotype of haggis and whisky, the luxurious Gleneagles (just a 1-hour drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow) serves up healthy, tempting cuisine at its ESPA Life wellness center. ESPA Life is home to a hand-picked team of alternative health and fitness specialists, offering personal programs to optimize guests’ wellbeing and vitality.

 

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree and Pine Nuts

Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree & Pine Nuts

Kale has become one of the most popular superfoods and National Kale Day is October 1st. I love innovative fall and winter salad recipes, and this Shredded Kale Salad with Date Puree and Pine Nuts is a beautiful recipe packed with so many nutrients. This recipe, from home and style expert, Svitlana Flom (also the Editor-In-Chief of Art de Fete) is one of my latest favorite kale recipes. Svitlana has an informative website that offers tips and recipes to help women enrich their home entertaining style. Beautiful recipe packed with so many nutrients. Be sure to check it out!

Heart Healthy: No Bake Blueberry Bars

What is your favorite no bake recipe? I have been obsessed with “no bake” recipes this summer, especially desserts. These No Bake Blueberry Bars are so easy to make. I saw this Strawberry Oat Bar recipe in a recent Whole Living Magazine, and I had to try them with blueberries. Both the strawberry and blueberry versions are so good! I used almonds instead of macadamia nuts, but any nut would work. Dates and nuts are so healthy for you. Dates are a sweet fruit that grows on palm trees and contain B vitamins, Vitamin C and fiber. They are a good source of energy and low in fat. Almonds are a great protein source, heart healthy and help with cholesterol.

No-Bake Date Nut Energy Bars

I am always looking for new, healthy snack ideas for the kids, and if I can come up with a no-bake recipe idea, then even better. My two boys love dried dates, so I thought this combination of dates, nuts and flaxseed would make a great healthy snack, dessert or breakfast idea. You’ll love these too. No-Bake Date Energy Bars are not only “no-bake”, they are also gluten-free and perfect for all of my friends following the Paleo Diet. They also make a great pre or post workout snack so enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from “The Dramatic Pancake”.

Passover Granola Recipe

When my friend, Amy, told me about her Passover Granola recipe, I was very intrigued. I had never heard of granola for Passover before, and I thought, “what a novel idea.” She sent the recipe to me, and I tweaked a few things, cutting down the oil and butter and adding the dried fruit bits and pecans. I was so thrilled by the results because it is truly hard to find Passover snacks and dessert ideas. Serve this Passover Granola on its own, sprinkled on top of nonfat Greek yogurt or topped with almond milk.