The first tea I fell in love with was green tea. Without knowing its incredible benefits, I was blown away with how it took away my bloating. I didn’t know my bloating could “Go away.” I was 13 years old when I had my first green tea experience, and it is really what catapulted me into my love for tea, and my fascination with medicinal healing agents for the body. For years, it was all I drank, and actually inspired me to work for Teavana in 2007. It was my first job, and I was in LOVE with tea all day, every day! It was an educational experience in itself, and my coworkers were THE BEST! Continue reading “How To Ignite Your Brain The Green Way”→
One of the greatest challenges I face (and my clients) while living an oil free lifestyle is the social aspect of food. It’s a large part of social living here in the United States, and everywhere else, really.
I’d like to direct this post to my clients, as their dedication to their nutritional programs and lifestyle changes with food continue to inspire these oil free food creation recipes.
For newbie oil free lifestylers, it’s easy to reach the false conclusion that you aren’t able to eat anything on a diet that’s oil free. This is often the conflict my clients run into within their logical breakdown. I don’t blame them either! We’ve learned to prepare foods with mass amounts of oil, which I have learned is often unnecessary. However, what is required is the will and motivation to be open to a new way of preparing foods 🙂
Oil free life-styling can often be intimidating for the person who loves to eat pasta, or anything with grains, really.
In college, I loved pasta in the simplest form : garlic, olive oil, with salt & pepper. Now that I live oil free, I still love to enjoy pasta the same way, just without the oil. However, I also love to enjoy bland foods 🙂
For the sake of your pallet, lets make this a bit more enjoyable for you!
When it comes to choosing a grain for pasta, I love to use Farro by Rustichella d’Abruzzo. I trust their product because of their incredibly authentic farming practices and the quality of pasta they produce 🙂 Loaded with protein, fiber, and minerals!
For tomato sauce pasta lovers, there’s an available product that’s oil free! Love to advocate Engine 2 as a pasta sauce alternative if you don’t have time to make your own 🙂
All organic ingredients
Serves 3-4 people
1 Box of Farro
1/2 head of broccoli
1 cup Engine 2 pasta sauce
1/2 cup Wallaby Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tsp ground oregano
2 Tsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1/2 Tsp Turmeric
1/2 Tsp black pepper
1/2 Tsp air dried sea salt
1 small handful of baby heirloom tomatoes
Boil purified water in a stainless steal pot. When water is done boiling, add dried pasta and cook for about 15 minutes, or until soft.
Chop broccoli into florets and soak in purified water for at least 20 minutes to enhance their vitality 🙂
Drain pasta, leaving about a 1/4 inch of water in the pot. At this point, add your broccoli to the pot with hot pasta. Cover the pot with a lid to allow the steam from the pasta to lightly blanch broccoli. Let sit for 5- 10 minutes.
I prefer to blanch my veggies this way so they’re not exposed to high amounts of heat for long periods of time. It leaves them with plenty of texture 🙂
Once broccoli is lightly blanched with pasta, you may add the remaining ingredients.
Mix softly and gently with a wooden spoon so pasta doesn’t fall apart.
Serve with a side of greens and mix it all together for full flava 😉
Enjoy this fully loaded oil free pasta protein bowl!
For more information regarding filtered water and the system I’ve been using for the past year for drinking, food prepping, and cooking, find out more here!
When you first begin to recreate your lifestyle by making healthier choices, it can often seem as though you’re going to be missing out on the beautiful pleasures of life! All that encompass food, really.
I’ll definitely be one to tell you that in my childhood years of constant dieting, I often felt deprived. However, at the same time, dieting became my way of life that in reality I learned to love.
Today, my food creations seem to be greatly inspired by my childhood favorites 🙂
One of my all time unhealthy favorite foods was the McDonalds Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. The thought of it now is a bit disgusting just by knowing what’s in their food products.
SO, with reminiscing on this childhood fav…I’m excited to share this super simple remake with you!
Just in case you need to jaunt your memory…
If you stay away from dairy products, then you can substitute with a clean source of dairy free yogurt.
Keep an eye out for those chemicals in dairy free products, please!
I love to advocate Wallaby Yogurt because of their wide variety of cultures use in their products 🙂