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Sweet Potato Taco Salad

  

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to indulge in one of my favorite foods! Avocado! This morning someone told me that 87.3 million pounds of guacamole will be consumed in celebration of this Mexican Holiday. 

One of my favorite taco fillings is roasted sweet potato. The flavor combination of avocado, beans, and sweet potato is a winner in my house. During my dinner planning for the day I decided to toss the ingredients into a salad for my lunch, then serve the remainder filling over sprouted corn tortillas for dinner. Let the fiesta begin!
Ingredients:

4 cups of chopped romaine lettuce 

1 cup of roasted diced sweet potato 

1 diced avocado 

1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes 

1/4 cup small diced red onion 

1/4 cup of cilantro 

1/4 cup diced black olives

Lime dressing:

1/4 cup of coconut milk mixed with juice of 1 lime  and salt/pepper to taste.

Add jalapeño to crank up the heat!

Toss all the ingredients together and drizzle lime dressing over the salad. Serve leftovers over tortillas and enjoy!

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Green Smoothie Bowl

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It has been quite a while since I last posted a recipe…..Spring is a crazy time in our house! We have four out of five family members celebrating birthdays, happy birthday to me! Yay!

While planning for birthday parties, class parties, dinner and lunch with friends, and our regular crazy family schedule, I have not had time to post anything new!

Lately I have been having loads of fun experimenting with smoothie bowls, check us on Instagram @blissbalancehealth for some fun smoothie bowl pictures. There is one smoothie I have had everyday for the last two weeks, my green smoothie. Most of you are familiar with my green juice and my reinvented version of green juice, but this is a bit different. I wanted to have a smoothie that was creamy and think enough to serve in a bowl.

Avocado seemed like the perfect ingredient to add great flavor and texture to my smoothie. I also wanted to sweeten up the smoothie a bit, use the avocado in a way the brought me back to my roots. In Brazil we use avocado as a fruit and is mostly served with sugar. This is a health blog, so don’t worry I won’t be adding sugar to my smoothie, but my next best substitute! Dates!

There is a good combination, of greens, protein, and healthy fats in this smoothie. This well rounded smoothie can keep you full for a long while. If you want to serve it as a meal replacement just add your favorite plant based protein powder and enjoy!

To make it into a smoothie bowl play around with your favorite toppings. Some of my favorites are seeds, nuts, coconuts, fruits, dried fruits, bee pollen, cacao nibs, etc…. The version in the picture above has goji berries, coconut, and cacao nibs.

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Ingredients:

1 small avocado

1 banana

2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 cucumber

1 tablespoon of nut butter

2 inch piece of fresh gingerpur

2 dates (3 if you like it sweeter)

Juice of 1 lemon

8 oz of water

Mix it all in a blender and enjoy it by itself or with your favorite toppings!

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Receita em Português :

Ingredientes:

1 abacate pequeno

1 banana

2 punhados de espinafre

1/2 pepino

1 colher de sopa de manteiga de amendoim

Pedaço de gengibre fresco de 5 cm

2 tâmaras (3 se você gosta dela mais doce )

250 ml de água

Suco de 1 limão

Misture tudo em um liquidificador e apreciá-lo por si só ou com seus ingredientes favoritos !

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Spring Pea Soup

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Happy Saint Patricks’ Day!

On our way to school this morning my children announced that I might get pinched a lot today because I wasn’t wearing any green. Upon arriving at home I quickly changed into a green shirt to remedy the situation. Green shirt on, I decided to up my “green” game by eating lots of green foods throughout the day!

Green juice, a staple of my mornings, was the first green food of the day. For lunch I decided on a light pea green soup, the recipe that I will be sharing with you today. The inspiration to make this soup came from sitting on my back porch, listening to the birds, and watching the beautiful trees. Hello Spring! 

Peas have a lot of nutritional value. High quantity of plant based protein being one of them. Peas are used in most plant based protein powders as a primary source of protein nowadays. Peas are also high in fiber, a key component in easy digestion and also in controlling the blood sugar levels. This nutrient rich light soup was the perfect light lunch for today! Go on and give it a try!

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Here is how to prepare it:

1 bag of 20 oz frozen peas or 4 cups of fresh peas

1 qt of vegetable broth

1 tsp of coconut oil

1/2 yellow onion

1 garlic clove

1 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tbs of fresh mint

2 tsp of fresh basil

1 tsp of dried oregano

1/4 cup of coconut milk

Sauté the onion and garlic with the coconut oil until translucent, then add the vegetable broth and herbs and bring it to a boil. When the liquid is in full boil add the peas to the pan and after 3 minutes or so add the coconut milk. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer it to a blender or food processor. Blend the mixture, then serve the soup topped with your favorite seeds, and chive. Enjoy!

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Aqui está como prepará-lo :

1 saco de 600g de ervilhas congeladas ou 4 xícaras de ervilhas frescas

1L  de caldo de legumes

1 colher de chá de óleo de coco

1/2 cebola amarela picada

1 dente de alho picado

1 colher de chá de sal

1/2 colher de chá de pimenta do reino

2 colheres de sopa de hortelã fresca

2 colheres de chá de manjericão fresco

1 colher de chá de orégano seco

1/4 xícara de leite de coco

Refogue a cebola e o alho com o óleo de coco até ficar transparente , em seguida, adicione o caldo de legumes e as ervas e trazê-lo para ferver. Quando o líquido estiver fervendo, adicione as ervilhas para a panela e após 3 minutos  adicione o leite de coco. Retire a mistura do fogo e transfira para um liquidificador ou processador de alimentos. Em seguida, servir a sopa cobertas com suas sementes favoritos e cebolinha . Aproveite!

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Turmeric Tea…a lighter alternative

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Recently I had to deal with a little bit of inflammation and pain on a tooth that has given me trouble over the years. After visiting with my dentist he advised to take a few over the counter anti-inflammatories. Those who know me well have learned that I must be in my death bed before taking drugs. Call me stubborn, but I believe there are plenty of natural remedies available before you spend $20, $30, $50 on a drug.

What I really wanted was my Turmeric milk!

Complicating matters, there have been a consistent string of winter storms in my area. This area is not used to handling snow or ice, so schools have been closed regularly. My routine has been all over the place and slowed down quite a bit. Ingesting several cups of milk per day while hanging out at home didn’t seem like a good idea, but drinking several cups of tea sure did!

Playing around with my milk recipe I came up with a different “tea” version. Wonderful not only for inflammation, but also aids in digestion! A win win in my book! Give it a try! You might decide you like the old version better, but if you are watching your calorie intake this new one is for you!

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How to make the tea….

Ginger tea base:

Boil 1 cup of water with about an inch piece of thinly sliced ginger. Let it simmer for 5 minutes or so. You can also make a quart of tea by boiling a quart of water with 1/4 cup of thinly sliced ginger.

Add to the ginger tea:

1 tsp of ground turmeric

1 slice of lemon

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of cracked peppercorn

Enjoy it warm!

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Receita em Português 

Como fazer o chá ….

Base de chá de gengibre:

Ferva 1 xícara de água com cerca de um pedaço de gengibre cortado em fatias finas. Deixe ferver por mais ou menos 5 minutos . Você também pode fazer um litro de chá fervendo um litro de água com 1/4 xícara de gengibre em fatias finas.

Adicionar ao chá de gengibre :

1 colher de chá de cúrcuma em pó

1 fatia de limão

Pitada de canela

Uma pitada de pimenta do reino

Aproveite-o quente!

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Need a pick me up? Try the Bliss Poppers!

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Have you ever been to a Brazilian birthday party and tasted “docinhos”?  No? Do not worry, today I’m bringing you the infamous Brazilian treat to your kitchen. Literally translated into little sweets, docinhos range in a variety of flavors.  From chocolate, coconut, to fruit flavors. The “brigadeiro” or the chocolate kind is by far the most popular and the genesis for this post.

Your favorite Vedic Master has been experimenting in the Bliss Balance Health test kitchen with an assortment of energy snacks for myself, husband, and children. My husband and I will usually eat things just because they are good for us, but add kids to the mix and taste becomes super important! A healthier version of docinhos was the perfect solution for my family and yours too! Thus, I bring you the Bliss Popper!

Interesting enough, “energy balls” seem to be popping up on social media sites. Embracing the trend, I created a couple of unique versions with full flavor combinations.

So what is in an “Energy Ball” aka Bliss Popper?

Dates are a very under appreciated treat.  And in our house, they are used in multiple ways for cooking and acting as a base ingredient for many recipes. A little side note, I have even turned a couple of people into “date addicts”.  But alas, lets get back to the Bliss Popper.  Dates have a pure organic taste of sweetness and wonderful texture that makes them very easy to substitute for sugar.  Dates are the base of my poppers. Nuts and nut butter are also added to help with texture and increase protein and healthy fats. I recommend almond butter. Completing the organic mix for the base are coconut flakes and cacao powder. These ingredients are essential in their Brazilian counterparts. As your taste dictates, experiment with the options I provide.

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You can also play around with toppings to roll the “docinhos” . My favorites are cacao powder, cacao nibs, goji berries, and coconut. Feel free to come up with your own!

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Ingredients:

Base

1 cup of dates

1 cup of almonds

1/4 cup of almond butter

Version I add…

2 tbs of cacao powder

2 tbs of water

1/4 cup of coconut flakes

Version II add…

1 tbs of maca powder

1 tsp spirulina

2 tbs of water

1/4 cup of coconut flakes

In a food processor blend all the ingredients together. Roll them into balls, add more water if necessary. Roll them with your favorite topping and enjoy!

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Receita em Português

Ingredientes:

Base:

1 xícara de tâmaras

1 xícara de amêndoas

1/4 xícara de manteiga de amêndoa

Versão I adicionar …

2 colheres de sopa de cacau em pó

2 colheres de sopa de água

1/4 xícara de flocos de coco

Versão II adicionar …

1 colher de sopa de pó de maca

1 colher de chá de spirulina

2 colheres de sopa de água

1/4 xícara de flocos de coco

Em um processador de alimentos misture todos os ingredientes juntos. Rolar em bolas, adicione mais água se necessário. Cobrir com sua cobertura favorita!

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Armenia’s Cali Salad

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Last year I had the pleasure to visit California six different times. During one of my visits, I  was able to carve out some time and visit a very dear friend of mine who lives in gorgeous Santa Barbara. As always we had so much fun enjoying each other’s company and catching up! Closing out the visit, she served me the most gorgeous spread for dinner that was beautiful, healthy, and inspiring!

After dinner we sat by the fire with some chocolate and fruit. Catching my attention was the unique and unfamiliar fruit platter. Lying amongst a traditional spread of finger fruits (strawberries, grapes, etc..) there were these orange looking fruit that reminded me of tomatoes, but just a bit harder. Curiosity got the best of me and I immediately popped a bite into my mouth! Instantly I fell in love with this new fruit. “What is this?” I asked.  “Persimmons!” my friend answered. Growing up in Brazil, living in Texas and in Europe, I had never come across persimmons before. Well, last week I am in the grocery store and what do I spot? Persimmons!!!

Eagerly, I purchased the best eight persimmons I could find to bring home and experiment with. Persimmons are winter fruits, and currently in season. The first persimmon experiment was simple, recreate my California experience with with a nutritious, diverse and filling salad.  Enhancing the salad, with another winter fruit, I added pomegranate.

These two winter fruits are the anchors for my California salad with kale as the green foundation. Remember that it is important to massage the kale because it holds its texture even once dressing has been poured over it. Take your time and give the kale some tender love and care! Making the food with joy is half the fun!

Use the massaged kale as a base for any salad you enjoy!

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Here’s how you can bring a piece of California to your home:

4 handfuls of Kale cut into small pieces

1 persimmon sliced into thin strips

Seeds from one pomegranate

1 avocado thinly sliced

3 tbs of hemp seeds

1/4 cup of edamame

3 tbs of pine nuts

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tbs of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle the lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper over the kale and spend about a minute massaging the leaves. Top the salad with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!

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Receita em Português

4 punhados de Kale corte em pedaços pequenos

1 caqui cortado em tiras finas

Sementes de uma romã

1 abacate cortado em fatias finas

3 colheres de sopa de sementes de roma

1/4 xícara de edamame

3 colheres de sopa de pinhões

Suco de 1 limão

2 colheres de sopa de azeite

Sal e pimenta a gosto

Regue o limão, azeite , sal e pimenta sobre a couve e gastar cerca de um minuto massageando as folhas. Cubra a salada com os ingredientes restantes e aproveite!

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The Incredible Smoothie!

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During the cold months I usually want something comforting and grounding for breakfast. Recently I had a few requests for a smoothie that included the flavors of my home town in Brazil.  The requests reminded me of growing up, and a few of my favorite Brazilian fruits; Papaya, Mango, and Pineapple.  By the way, Brazilian pineapple is better than Hawaii’s!  Actually this is a big debate in my house.  But we will save that for another post.

Searching in the market I found a few of my childhood favorites. As I shopped for these beautiful fruits an idea began to form in my mind about the nutritional content of the fruits I had chosen. Most of them have a high content of vitamin C, much more than the usual “old faithful orange”. As the flavors came together, the orange still managed to find a place in my smoothie.

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Brazilian inspired, locally crafted I present to you my “Incredible Vitamin C Hulk smoothie”! Why Hulk, well, he is one of the more popular super heroes in Brazil and nothing can hurt The Incredible Hulk.  Not to say my smoothie will make you impervious to the Flu, but it sure will help.  During the winter season it is important to load up  with Vitamin C preparing for a possible cold or flu. My philosophy is always stock up in the nutrients in the most natural way possible, so this is it!

Add some color and tropical flavors to the cold months, with an organic southern hemisphere blend of fruits.

Incredibly delicious and nutritious yet, simple to make!

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1 cup of diced pineapple

1/2 cup of diced papaya

1/4 cup of diced mango

1 diced Kiwi

1 3 inch piece of cucumber (skin off if not organic)

1/2 cup of orange juice

1 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp of ground turmeric

1 scoop of a vegetable based protein of choice (optional)

Just mix it all in your favorite blender and enjoy!

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1 xícara de abacaxi em cubos

1/2 xícara de mamão em cubos

1/4 xícara de manga em cubos

1 de Kiwi em cubos

1 pedaço de pepino de 7 cm ( pele fora se não orgânico )

1/2 xícara de suco de laranja

1 1/2 xícara de leite de amêndoa sem açúcar

1/2 colher de chá de cúrcuma em pó

1 colher de uma proteína à base de vegetais de escolha (opcional)

Basta misturar tudo em seu liquidificador favorito e aproveite!

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