Vegetarian ✻ Grain-Free ✻ Gluten-Free ✻ Dairy-free ✻ Naturally Sweetened
This grain free date sweetened and sprouted granola is awesome for hiking, the kids love it as an afternoon snack, and it's really beautiful to give as a gift. It’s protein and mineral rich, super delicious, and great to make ahead! Below is a base recipe, but you can use whatever mix of nuts and seeds you like or have at home. I have also included some nutrient-dense optional add-ins for you to try. I always like to keep a batch of sprouted grain-free granola mix and bars on-hand and I think you will too!
Consuming plant-based foods is a foundation for a healthful diet and promotes optimal wellness. However, many of us are actually blocking our nutrient absorption by consuming anti-nutrients such as phytic acid. The good news is that decreasing phytic acid in these nutritious foods is actually quite simple!
To get the most from each bite, soaking OR soaking and sprouting, are two methods to increase the nutritional value of some plant foods including nuts, seeds, dried legumes, and grains. It may take a moment to learn this simple method. Rest assured, you will soon be like the millions of others that wished they had learned this sooner!
Below are simple preparation tools to improve nutrient absorption, promote improved digestion, and increase nutrient density (1). Hard to beat!
Vegetarian ✻ VEGAN ✻ Grain-Free ✻ Gluten-Free ✻ Dairy-free ✻ Paleo
The original version of this dressing comes from a recipe that my dear friend, Jennifer Rieger! She makes the absolute best Caesar dressing. Her dressing inspired these dairy-free and vegan versions. This vinaigrette is perfect for classic caesar salad with romaine (try the romaine grilled - yum!), coleslaw, as a dip for crunchy veggies, or on grilled chicken or fish for a weeknight meal. It holds well in the fridge for 3-4 days, so including this recipe in your weekly meal prep is a great way to add tons of flavor and even nutrition with not a lot of work.
One of my favorite twists on this recipe is to add handfuls of other fresh garden herbs for variety and extra punch. Fresh herbs like thyme, cilantro, basil, and dill are all wonderful. Most herbs you have on hand will work!
What an amazing time of year for healing. We move from the expansive nature of summer to the more internal, contractive nature of Autumn.
In many healing and spiritual traditions, Autumn is a time of letting go and of new opportunities. This season shows us how beautiful it is to slow down, relax and release. In Chinese Medicine, Autumn is associated with the Metal Element and the Lungs. This season is all about protecting boundaries, setting limits, and organizing around our priorities.
This is a time to ask ourselves what we are holding onto that may not be serving our highest good. This is a time to forgive and move forward. This process of letting go is deeply connected to grief, the emotion of the lungs. When we let go, we create space for new opportunities, deeper healing, and more connected relationships. We may feel a sense of loss, grief, and opening. For some of us, grief and trauma have become stuck in our bodies and are holding us back from our healing potential. If you are suffering from grief, sadness, or chronic lung or digestive symptoms, this is your season to let it all go!
I love beets and beet greens for how grounding and nutritious they are - providing folate, dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, iron, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and more! This wonderful garden beet salad is a perfect way to utilize all parts of the beet plus it’s versatile and so incredibly satisfying.
Some insights on nourishment:
Their beautiful color: Beets primarily get their deep red color from the phytochemicals (color pigments) belatins which are associated with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties helping to repair cellular damage, fight inflammation, and support our immune systems. Beets also contain beta-carotene (plant form of vitamin A, orange color pigment) supporting eye and skin health as well as immunity - to name a few functions (1),(2).