5 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes

Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

For Mother’s Day this weekend, I am sharing five  healthy Mothers Day recipes (all smoothie bowls) starting with this Pomegranate Berry Smoothie Bowl. These recipes are all easy, healthy and filled with raw, sweet fruits just in time for spring and Mother’s Day. Happy Mom’s day to all of you moms out there and have a great weekend!

Most of these recipes are in my latest cookbook, 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes published by Robert Rose Books.

Berry Yogurt Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

Berry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl

Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

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Watermelon Tropic Smoothie Bowl on Ingredients, Inc.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

If you like tabbouleh, you’ll be a fan of these Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a tiny grain, often called “super grain” because it’s rich in so many nutrients, particular protein and all nine essential amino acids. The most common color of quinoa is white, which is what I used in this recipe. If you’re looking for other options, red quinoa has a richer taste. Black quinoa has an early flavor. Rainbow quinoa is a mixture of red, white and black.

Usually tabbouleh seems time consuming to prepare, but this recipe only takes 35 minutes from start to finish. Start with cooked quinoa and add tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, fresh parsley, green onions,  fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, black pepper and stir. It is that easy. This recipe is perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner. It can also be completely gluten-free, using gluten-free tortilla wraps.

Feel free to half this recipe if you only are serving two people. If you make the entire recipe, the quinoa mixture is great as a healthy side. I like to eat one wrap and spoon the rest over mixed greens. Enjoy and have a great rest of your week! Alison

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Huevos Rancheros Wraps

Start your Cinco De Mayo off on the right foot today with a healthy and easy morning breakfast. My Huevos Rancheros Wraps are loaded with protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. This recipe is great for the kids and adults, with only 15 minutes of preparation time.

When I worked on my first cookbook 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, I wanted to the first chapter of the book to be a breakfast chapter. This was in 2011, when breakfast sandwiches were not very popular. I have twenty breakfast recipes in the breakfast chapter, and my publisher continues to tell me how much foresight I had. Nine years later, I’m still making these Huevos Rancheros Wraps.

Feel free to add or subtract ingredients from this recipe to make this your own. For example, substitute thawed frozen edamame beans for the black beans. Add corn and substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the cheddar cheese. If you don’t like black olives or onions, remove them. If you want to add additional protein, top these wraps off with plain nonfat Greek yogurt. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Have a great Tuesday and week ahead!

This recipe is from my book 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2011 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

 

Three Ingredient Banana Smoothie

Looking for a super easy breakfast or snack recipe idea?  This Three Ingredient Banana Smoothie recipe is effortless. We have been making a lot of smoothies lately, and this one is the simplest. This recipe is quick and easy with very little cleanup. It is also great for kids and adults, gluten free and is only 3 ingredients.

If you want to increase the protein in this recipe add 1 (6 ounce) container of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and/or your favorite protein powder. My favorite plain nonfat Greek yogurt brands are the Fage and Trader Joes. With this addition, I add an extra teaspoon of honey. Also, I add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseeds to this recipe. You can’t taste it and adding it increases the fiber and antioxidants.

Even though you don’t always see bananas on superfood lists, I definitely consider it to be one. Bananas contain fiber and antioxidants (such as including dopamine and catechins), potassium, Vitamin C and folate. There are also studies that state that bananas can reduce bloat, fight cancer, help with digestive issues and increase energy. One banana provides nearly 500 milligrams of potassium, giving athletes a quick dose of this very essential mineral.

Alison’s Chicken Pasta Salad

If you’re looking a great pasta salad with chicken recipe, look no further. The first time I made this pasta salad, I knew I wanted my name on it. Alison’s Chicken Pasta Recipe makes a great lunch or light dinner that can be ready for hungry kids or spontaneous guests. You may want to double the recipe because it goes so fast.

This is a recipe I developed for a recipe collection I worked on with Canolainfo.org. I like to grill extra chicken and use the leftovers to make this recipe. Serve it on a bed of mixed greens or as a light main course served with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio. It is a terrific recipe to take on a picnic or make at the lake or the beach. This recipe is healthy, fresh, easy and fantastic. I can’t give it any more props than that. Try if for yourself and let me know what you think. Happy May everyone!

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS

Per Serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Carbohydrates 34 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 21 g
Sodium 190 mg
Potassium 377 mg

Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is so hearty, flavorful and healthy that I wonder why I don’t make it more often. This Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup is one my favorite lentil soup recipes. Hopefully, you have most of these ingredients already at home.

Lentils are filled with protein and fiber as well as iron, minerals and B vitamins. One-half cup of cooked lentils has:

Calories: 140

Fat: 0.5 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Fiber: 9 grams

Sodium: 5 milligrams

Protein: 12 grams

Lentils come in three main varieties: brown, green and red. Most grocery stores carry brown lentils, usually dried. Green and red lentils may be found at specialty food markets. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook quickly without pre-soaking. Just make sure to rinse away any dirt, dust or debris before adding them to recipes.

Californian Sandwich Recipe

Californian Sandwich

We have been eating healthier than ever since this quarantine started. Does anyone else feel that way? I know that my kids do. They are not scrambling for food at college, Instead they are enjoying our fresh, homemade meals every single day (the bright side of being stuck at home). We have all been doing a ton of outdoors exercise and at-home workouts. Because we are all focused on staying healthy, we take time every Sunday to discuss and curate our weekly menu. This California Sandwich Recipe has been a go-to recipe. I have been making it often and occasionally altering it to create different variations.

After I wrote my cookbook, 400 Best Sandwiches Recipes, I was often asked in television and radio interviews which sandwich recipe was my favorite? It is extremely difficult to choose between 400 different sandwich recipes. This California Sandwich is in my top 5 favorites. I love the simplicity of the goat cheese spread combined with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, avocados and sprouts on this multigrain bread. If you can’t find alfalfa sprouts, I love using kale or broccoli sprouts, which are typically available in grocery stories. I also like to recommend adding fresh basil if you have some at home.

This sandwich is perfect for a spring or summertime lunch or dinner served with a tossed salad, corn salad and/or fresh fruit. I promise it is as good as it looks! If you’re interested in ordering a copy of my cookbook, click here.

Simple Homemade Fresh Pesto

Homemade Pesto

I am thrilled about our fresh herbs growing right now. We planted them in hanging baskets a few weeks ago, so they’re plentiful at the perfect time. During this quarantine they have been a lifesaver (one less thing to purchase at the store). This Simple Homemade Fresh Pesto recipe is so easy to make and takes only 5 minutes. Toss fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan, olive oil, salt and a touch of a fresh lemon juice in a blender or food processor. It is that simple.

I have been making this Homemade Pesto recipe lately on a weekly basis. Friends often ask me. What do you use basil for besides on pasta or on a tomato, basil, mozzarella salad? Here are a few suggestions:

•To add to pasta with grilled chicken or shrimp

•To serve on top of grilled or roasted flounder, snapper or salmon

•To add on top of avocado toast

•To puree in soups

•To use as a base for homemade pizza

•To spice up a fresh salad

Basil is packed with nutrients. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium and antioxidants. Basil is also an anti-inflammatory food so it can also help individuals with inflammatory health problems such as  arthritis. Some studies also say that eating basil can help with acne and help protect the skin from some effects of aging.

Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches

With kids at home right now, I wanted to share a twist on the basic tuna sandwich. Make it fun by mixing and matching different types of bread to jazz up the kids’ sandwiches. These Tuna Checkerboard Sandwiches are my healthier version using fresh lemon juice and white wine vinegar instead of mayonnaise. I also add freshly chopped basil or dill to mine if you have that at home or in your garden. This recipe is light, flavorful and a great new way to get the kids to eat more tuna. Let me know how your kids like it. Stay well!

This recipe is in my first internationally published cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” published by Robert Rose, Inc. If you’d like to purchase a copy, purchase here.

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl

Where have I been? I know I said I was getting back to my blog, and I’ve let y’all down. Although I have not been posting here, I have been keeping up with my daily fitness and healthy eating. Probably more hardcore than years ago. So, what have I been up to lately? Working, yes. Traveling for work, yes. Working out, yes. Doing yoga, yes. Cardio, yes. Finding time to read, yes. Trying to turn off technology, trying. Cooking and eating at home 90% of the time, yes.

I was saying to my husband the other day that no matter what’s happened in my life and the twists and turns that life has taken me, I have stayed truly committed to fitness, healthy living, healthy eating. Today is the 5th day of a 21-day partner yoga challenge I am doing at Kiva Hot Yoga. This is my first yoga challenge. For this challenge, we have to do yoga at least 4 days per week (I’ve done 5 days straight so far), keep up with a food journal and work with our partners to inspire each other and help each other be accountable.

My partner and I did not know each other well before this, but we’ve been chatting every day since this began. I was telling her about my some of my work background, and she said, “I hit the lottery with partners”. I sent her a few healthy recipes I was making this week including this Wonton Soup Recipe by Skinny Taste, which is so easy, fast and amazing.

I have not had the opportunity to tell my partner yet about my smoothies and smoothie bowl recipes. I made this Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl, which was perfect after my 90 minute hot yoga class this morning. Pomegranate juice, tea and strawberries are the stars of this recipe, which all contain antioxidants. It’s refreshing, filling, hydrating and tasty. This is one of 200 recipes in my cookbook. If you’re interested in a copy of my book, you can order it on the “shop” button here.

That’s all for now. More to come, Alison

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl

If you can’t find pomegranate-flavored tea, you can substitute any berry-flavored tea.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup brewed pomegranate-flavored tea, chilled

1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

1 tbsp. liquid honey

11/2 cups frozen strawberries

Ice cubes (optional)

Suggested Toppings

Sliced strawberries

Pomegranate seeds

Goji berries

Muesli

Chia seeds

Directions:

1. In blender, combine tea, pomegranate juice, honey and strawberries. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a bowl or bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

Courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.