Blending eggs with vibrant green herbs and vegetables like spinach, green onion and basil makes the eggs themselves green, and they remain so even once they are cooked. Besides their hue, the greens also add their nutrients to the dish- a myriad of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The eggs can be scrambled, baked into a frittata or folded into an omelette. I filled this version with green tomato, avocado, rosemary ham and a few sprigs of land cress, a leafy green from the famously healthy and cancer preventing brassica family. These marbled green tomatoes are a fully ripened heirloom variety with a delicate flesh and sweet, mild flavour. This time of year they are increasingly available at farmers’ and produce markets and even at regular grocers. The thinner the stuffing ingredients are sliced, the better they can be arranged inside the omelette.Adding a side salad makes it into an even healthier full meal. A bit of extra spinach and tomatoes can be the base and then it can be drizzled with a favourite dressing and any extra toppings, like these chives and thyme flowers.Land cress is a very easy leafy green to grow and eat in a range of raw and cooked dishes. It has a nice shape, flexible stem, tender leaves and slightly peppery flavour.
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped (the darkest green parts from the end)
1 well packed tablespoon fresh basil
a couple dashes each of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
Avocado oil (or oil of choice)
100 grams ham, sliced
1 green heirloom tomato
a few sprigs of land cress or preferred leafy green
Preheat an omelette maker or set a small skillet on the stove over medium heat.
Place the eggs, spinach, green onion, basil, salt and pepper in a high powered blender or food processor and blend until the greens are fully liquified.
Spray the surface of the omelette maker or skillet with a thin layer of oil then pour the egg mixture in. If using an omelette maker, follow the package directions, if using the stove leave the eggs to set until the bottom edges are firm and small bubbles start to rise to the surface. At this point flip it over and leave it to cook for another two minutes or so, until fully set.
Place the omelette on a plate, add in the filings over half then flip the other half over.
Some blue iced tea and flavoured sparkling water create a light, refreshing and vividly coloured iced tea. Adding in some iced cubes with fruits frozen in add in a rainbow of colour and keep it cool. Staying properly hydrated , especially as the weather heats up, is important for our bodies inside and out and trying out different herbal teas can be a healthy way to mix it up. Continue Reading →
Smoothies are a great option for healthy treats. With the right ingredients they can taste sweet and decadent but still be filled with important and beneficial nutrients. This version has raw cacao powder and chocolate protein powder to make it very chocolaty and some hazelnut butter to create a nutritious nutella-inspired flavour. A few Medjool dates add in lots of natural sweetness along with fiber, minerals and vitamins while some cashew milk blends it all together into a thick and creamy smoothie. Continue Reading →
Layering peanut chia pudding with fresh strawberries makes for a PB and J inspired healthy treat. They contain a very healthy amount of fiber, good fats and protein which make chia pudding both satiating and satisfying. Some Medjool dates make it naturally sweet and add in some extra nutrients while a combination of peanut powder and peanut butter give it a strong peanut flavour and variety of textures. Continue Reading →
Adding some different fruits to a salad offers a variance of flavours, colours and textures to increase its appeal. The options and combinations are nearly limitless but here I went for sweetness with strawberries and pears alongside creaminess with avocado, cashew nuts and a simple vegan Caesar dressing. Altogether they create a filling and nutrient dense salad bursting with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, protein and healthy fats. Continue Reading →
Energy balls are basically round, very healthy cookies. They are easy to prepare because they do not require any baking time in the oven, although they could be flattened with a fork and called cookies instead. Their ingredients are all very nutrient dense- making them a potent source of energy. They are really versatile and can be a good way to use up bits of dried fruit, nuts and seeds leftover in the pantry. Generally I use a mixture of dates, nut butter and some kind of nut flour or oats as the base. Continue Reading →
When Christopher Columbus came to the New World he also found out about papayas for the first time and hailed them the “fruit of the angels”. They are a tropical fruit with a buttery consistency and unique flavour that sort of tastes like a blend between mangos and cantaloupe. They have a slight muskiness that can be nicely balanced with a sprinkle of some freshly squeezed lime juice (or chia pudding with lime juice already in it). Papayas contain a special enzyme called papain, which helps with the digestion of protein and is used to treat traumas like sports injuries as well as allergies. They are also a great source of vitamins C and A, folate, fiber and several minerals including magnesium and potassium.
My brother loves to tease me that lettuce cups are just a salad in a salad. But they are light and refreshing and do feel slightly different than just eating a large salad; I prefer to think of them as extra healthy tacos. For the base here I used butter lettuce, its soft texture and delicate taste earn its name, it is almost buttery. It is tender enough to easily bite into but when doubled up it is sturdy enough to not fall apart, creating an ideal base for these cups. Continue Reading →
A good piece of wild salmon is one of the healthiest foods to build a meal around. Add in a fresh, colourful salad with a light vinaigrette and perhaps a little topping for the salmon and voilà- a well balanced plate loaded with beneficial nutrients. When it comes to eating healthily, a palm sized piece of simply baked fish and a mound of vegetables is pretty near perfect. Continue Reading →
Endive leaves are the perfect shape for one- or two-bite appetizers, they are like edible spoons that can be filled with whatever your heart desires. I topped these with a quick bruschetta mixture for a colourful and easy option. To make it even faster, some chopped tomato can be tossed in an already prepared pesto sauce or a fresh salsa from the deli can be used. Continue Reading →