Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

blueberry Banana Smoothie bowl

 

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.

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!

Kale Frittata Recipe

I love making Frittatas so I thought why not a Kale Frittata recipe? I added red bell pepper, leeks, Parmesan and feta and oh, it was fabulous! Add any of your favorite vegetables such as mushrooms, onion, tomato, or other greens such as collards or swiss chard. Kale, one of the top super-foods, is so healthy for you and inexpensive. This is a great way to use it up, using 31/2 cups of fresh kale. Serve with a side salad and you’ll have a great holiday brunch, lunch main course, or a “what’s for dinner “recipe. Enjoy!

Salmon with Warm Black Bean Salsa

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When Whole Foods Market asked me if I would do one of my television cooking segments for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” on Alaskan Salmon, I said, “Yes, please.” We eat salmon at least once a week at my house. Salmon is called a “superfood” because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. It’s also a prime source of protein and contains vitamins A and B. This salsa works great with the dish featuring “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray”. Serve the salsa warm or at room temperature.

Watch my segment, Friday, July 9th at 11:30 central time.