Ideally, a paramount issue behind why most of us don't eat healthy most of the time has A LOT to do with the convenience factor. It's easy for me to tell my clients to make sure majority of their plate at every meal is full of vegetables. Or that they should make it a point to consume at least a pound of vegetables daily. And while the FDA would recommend we consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, one specific question lingers:
How on this green earth are we supposed to consume the magnanimous amount, yet SUPER beneficial veggies consistently on a daily basis?
People, AC Art Of Food has found the answer!
Visiting family a couple of weeks ago, I noticed in my sister-in-love's fridge, a container of powdered super greens. She explained to me how her and her hubby drink this mixed in water, juice, or a smoothie, every morning and it made them feel amazing! Now, don't get me wrong, I have seen and performed research on various powdered greens before and have concluded that collectively they serve a great purpose of health and convenience...all in one scoop!
Now fast forward to this week and I'm perusing the shelves of Walgreen's and stumble upon Amazing Grass' product line of advantageous, alkaline potent, easy to consume greens! I mean think about it, the ease of simply scooping all these healthFUL antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and nutrients into a single glass of at least 8oz. of water and you're getting a huge jumpstart of fruits and veggies for the day! Now you will still need to consume as many fruits and veggies that you can in a day, this product and other dehydrated brands simply provide a good boost to get you started.
There are a few flavor options to choose from. While I chose the 'lemon-lime' flavor, I add my scoop to a 32oz of water to mask the sweetness from tye stevia. This is primarily due to me not particularly caring for the taste of stevia, even though this naturally sweet green is loaded with nutrients and health benefits, combined with the lemon-lime flavor does not my palate please. However, the original is quite refreshing! I did also notice online a watermelon flavor that I can't wait to order next, and just in time for the summer!
Because I fast intermittently, I drink my 25 calorie serving Amazing Greens and a couple cups of green tea or black coffee in the morning and I'm good up until I eat lunch around noon. However, I would not recommend my clients consume this solely as their meal because of the really low calorie content, unless participating in IF. Ideally I would pair this green beverage with a small meal, or the powder mixed into a smoothie or meal replacement shake.
On the contrary of me praising this product, I have read reviews concerning one of the popular energy-boosting ingredient, Yerba Mate. While there has been some buzz regarding large amounts consumed of this antioxidant rich nutrient may have ties with mouth and esophagus cancer, the small amount included in Amazing Greens does not seemingly pose a threat.
So don't take my word for it, go out and grab a container for yourself! Try it and let me know how it works for you!
cheers to convenient sipping...for your health!
Instead of buying prepackaged fruit cups and/or fruit in gel, try simply taking a few minutes to prepare fresh cut fruit in a large container for easy accessibility and serving.
Many of these prepared fruit snacks found on grocery shelves may be labeled as 'natural', and in most cases that's great, but nothing beats assembling your own to create a fresh fruit snack that you feel certain about and know that nothing extra has been added.
In addition, the natural snacks found in stores often contain artificial preservatives to assure freshness. Try my approach below and feel great about the all-natural alkaline preservative I recommend for your fresh fruit assembly.
You simply save so much and gain peace of mind with preparing your own food period.
In preparing your own fresh cut mixed fruit you:
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What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
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So as the self-appointed Culinary Health Consultant of Savannah State University Tiger Alumni (lol!), I have devised 3 Get-back-right 'Post-Homecoming Detox' recipes for the week after to recoup and re-align from the past weekend 'activities'.
Ultimately, this is simply an awesome way to jump-start to a healthier body and lifestyle, inside and out!
Enjoy the recipes below along with these helpful tips below:
1. No fried food for the next 3 days.
2. No artificial or added sweets for the next 3 days.
3. No alcohol for the next 3 days.
4. Drink 8oz. of warm lemon water every morning.
5. Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in water everyday.
**POST-HOMECOMING 'Tiger' DETOX**
- Gallon of water
- 1/2 sliced cucumber
- 1 inch peeled ginger root
- 1 lemon sliced
- handful of fresh mint leaves.
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 apple
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 inch turmeric root
- 1 cup spinach
- Blend until smooth.
- Container of low-sodium vegetable broth
- 4 green onions chopped/sliced
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- the juice of 2 limes.
What's your favorite part of homecoming?
Let me know in the comments below!
This one-pot wonder is such a velvety taste of wonder that you will not believe how super easy it is to make! Each ingredient is sautéed in one pot, melding together a delicious symphony of vegetables, natural sweetness, and healing spices that welcome the cooler weather approaching.
Warm healing spice notes from the turmeric, cumin, and nutmeg in this recipe make this Maple Butternut Squash Soup actually a Super Food Soup! Oh, and did I mention this rich delicious bowl of goodness and mercy is VEGAN! *Insert warm and fuzzies here*
Try this recipe and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to post pics to the comments below!
What's more is that this delicious recipe has the comforting flavor of homemade mashed potatoes, without the guilt! Only 33 calories and 3 carbs per serving! Compare that to the 129 calories and 25 grams of carb in real mashed potatoes per serving!
Are you a fan of cauliflower or nah?
Drop a comment below and let me know how you prepare your cauliflower!
Now don't get me wrong, nothing says summer like a delicious bowl of strawberry shortcake, but now that I'm incorporating everything into creating a healthier lifestyle, I decided to bring this cherished, comfort-food dessert into a delicious treat- minus the 'cake'. What's more is I can do it for under 100 calories a serving!
While this post is primarily about strawberries, other fresh fruit is super ideal to make variations to this delicious and light recipe. Sliced banana, slivered almonds, and a cherry on top is sure to be your new guilt-free-go-to banana split fav, but don't stop at fresh! Grilled fruit loves fresh whipped cream just as much. In fact, grilled pineapple and peaches literally curls my toes and drives me into my happy dance! And just in case you were wondering, my son thought it would be a great idea to secure a chocolate sandwich cooke as the topping in the pic below, lol!
I must admit I was a bit hesitant to even think that whipped cream would satisfy my sweet tooth for a cool, refreshing, vanilla topping. I naturally coveted 'ice cream' as the ideal accompaniment. Boy was I wrong! Whipped cream is super light yet flavor potent, and might I add nearly 230 calories LESS than its iced counterpart! YES! Two tablespoons of 'real' whipped cream is only 15 calories with less than 1 gram of sugar! (...I'll wait and let you read that again). This is literally a win-win situation. So check the recipe below and become a winner!!
What delicious variations would you try with whipped cream and fruit?
Let me know in the comments below!
Well, it depends ultimately on what you're looking for. Salads are light and refreshing meals that don't make you feel guilty...right? Well you may be surprised to find the calorie counts to be high and health ratings low in some of your favorite salads. This is largely due to the high-fat content in the dressings that make them taste sooooo good! For the amount of dressing added to these 'healthy' salads from our favorite restaurants, calories can skyrocket upwards of 300 calories alone! Not only that, but add the cheese, nuts, dried fruits, meats protein, boiled egg, croutons, etc., and your healthy-option-salad is running neck-and-neck with, if not exceeding the calorie count of your average cheese burger combo meal.
No fear, AC Art Of Food is here! My Black Bean & Greens Salad is a super healthy flavorful one that includes a modest selection of ingredients that are flavor-packed and nutrient rich. Simplicity speaks volumes!!
RULES OF THUMB:
- Less is best- choose your favorite 3 ingredients, no more than 4 and add to your salad greens.
- Oil & vinegar, or my favorite, lemon & oil are super delicious with a pinch of sea salt, garlic powder, and fresh cracked pepper- don't knock it 'till you try it, you'll be surprised!
- Want more of a creamy taste- make avocado one of your toppings with the dressing option above.
- WRAPS: Size is everything! Smaller wraps tend to run between 75-120 calories, much lower than their larger counterparts and are just as filling! Portion control is key- EVERYTHING in moderation.
What's your flavor- Salad or Wrap? Let me know in the comments below!
*The 7 day flex taste & move Challenge*
...are you ready for the first day of the rest of your lifestyle?
Exclusive to only this AC's Cart Of Foodies FB GROUP and site subscribers!
7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge
- What it is: A 7 day meal plan and fitness challenge with options...it's FLEXIBLE
- Who: AC's Cart Of Foodies FB Group & AC Art Of Food site subscribers ONLY! (You have to subscribe to this site www.acartoffood.com in order to join the Facebook Group 'AC's Cart Of Foodies'!)
- When: Saturday, September 8th (Receive your meal plan and choose your workout and get ready to 'Taste & Move' Sunday!)
- Why: To help you jump-start the new you, and the FIRST day of the rest of your new lifestyle!!🤗
• An AC Art Of Food customized 7 day meal plan (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) focused on **culinary health**- this is NOT a 'diet'. Unlike most meal challenges, the 7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge has a meal plan that you can eat for a lifetime!
(ACAOF's term **culinary health** is a mindful healthy eating lifestyle. It is not meant to restrict, but more so to incorporate better eating habits and eliminate the crap that ultimately harms your body)
• 7 different workouts with 7 daily routines each from various movement experts/trainers who have created specific routines just for my ACAOFoodies to choose from for your 7 days based on what best fits you!
• Each day of the challenge will also be accompanied with an inspiring motivational passage curated by a phenomenal author just for ACAOFoodies that will encourage you to be the best you, inside and out....and to keep you going!
• Plant based with options for your protein of preference. All meals have been specially designed for this challenge😋
The Workouts: (each workout listed has 7 days of routines):
•To be clear, the value of this challenge is priceless!!
But as a thank you and to show appreciation for my loyal subscribers and ACAOFoodies the **7 Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge** is FREE!!
AC Art Of Food's new monthly interactive custom meal plans will be available with 6 and 12 month subscription discounted rates coming this Fall!
🤓So stay tuned to our AC's Cart Of Foodies Group page for more info and to ask questions in preparation for September 8th!!🤓
🥘. 7-Day Flex Taste & Move Challenge
...are you ready to start the First day of the rest of your lifestyle?
I’m super excited to share this, so come along and join me in this true journey of culinary health! Comment below with your thoughts on eating to increase the health level of your blood.
So while you deal with homework and teacher supply lists, let AC Art Of Food help you with snack and lunchbox ideas to satisfy your tiny scholar’s large appetite!
These are very tasty and may make their way into your lunch bag as well.
Just thought I’d give you a heads up!
- Nitrate-free deli turkey or ham
- Mozzarella cheese (lower in fat that most cheese)
- Fresh spinach leaves
2.Bagel My Tuna
- Thin sliced bagels
- Your little ones favorite prepared tuna salad
3.Chicken, Tuna, Egg, or Tofu Salad Boats
- Fresh and firm cleaned romaine lettuce leaves
- Prepared chicken, tuna, egg, or tofu salad (tofu salad: prepare like egg salad substituting diced extra firm tofu)
- Your favorite crackers
- Your favorite cheese/ veggie cheese, sliced to the size of crackers
- Your favorite protein (pepperoni, turkey, ham (the veggie options for these work perfectly! Tofurky is a great option)
5. Protein Caprese Salad
- 1 cup prepared quinoa, toboulei, or couscous
- 1 cup fresh spinach, kale, or other lettuce leaves
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella diced
- Handful of basil, chopped
- 1 tbsp balsamic glaze (found near the oils and vinegars in your grocery)
6. PB&J Pinwheels
- Whole wheat tortilla
- Natural peanut butter
- Your favorite 100% fruit spread
- Pita round, halved and pocket opened for stuffing
- Prepared Cesar salad (fresh romaine + Ceasar dressing + lemon juice, and toss)
- Protein: shrimp, diced turkey, chicken, or veggie protein
8. Fruit Wafflewhich
- 2 frozen waffles
- Cream cheese
- Your favorite 100% fruit spread
9. Crudite Sushi
- Flatbread or other flavored wraps (tomato, spinach)
- Cream cheese with herbs
- Nori/Seaweed sheets
- Thinly sliced fresh veggies (cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers, etc.)
Need more ideas?
As I glanced over at the fruit on my counter, I noticed an almost too juicy pink grapefruit that had about one more day left before I would toss it into my compost bin. That’s when the ‘AHA!’ hit me! Why not?! It’s in the citrus family but with a sweet and bitter twist at the same time. Why not try a different and complex flavor boost with grapefruit? And it did not hurt one bit for me to be reminded as I gazed out my kitchen window that fennel was growing beautifully in my garden this season- I thought it the perfect accompaniment with this fruit. What’s more, fennel greens/tops pack a similar, yet more potent punch in comparison to dill.
End result, my favorite seafood seasoning of the summer! These flavor combinations resulted in this trout being off the taste charts!!
Now, I simply adore the sharp zip in flavor I get from citrus when enjoying seafood, but all seasonal fruit is fair game!!😋
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The Verdict: I felt the crab croquettes lacked flavor. I was somewhat disappointed that I didn't taste the sea-sweetness of fresh crab in these little bites. While I was thankful they were not loaded down with stuffing/breading like some, basic bland crabmeat rolled in panko and deep fried, unfortunately allowed much to be desired. Not to mention I was saddened by the very sauce I've seen Chef make on TV. The 'Comeback Sauce' reminded me of the combination of a well known salad dressing sandwich spread and ketchup mix. Thankfully my palate was saved with the broccolini which was prepared to perfection! And the hubby's club sandwich was fresh, delicious, and exactly how I would make it!! Trust, adding sliced boiled egg and avocado to a traditional club sandwich makes everything right with the world!re to edit.
The Verdict: AWESOME!! I do believe my favorite part of the bar though was the amazing variety of sweet and luscious tropical fruit- truly earth's candy if I ever tasted. Our amazing server Bridgette gave us an awesome tip: Come down to dine 30 minutes prior to the end of the buffet. That way we'd pretty much be satisfied for most of the day! Boy was she ever right! And as an added bonus, Bridgette became such an insight to me as our 'culinary health' discussions regarding blood conditioning provided validation for a facet of AC Art Of Food. She was and is a true gem!
The Verdict: A toe-wiggling winner!
The Verdict: The perfect ending bite to a perfect vacation!
This very well may be one of the easiest, quickest, healthiest, and super delicious ‘no fuss’ way to celebrate with your tastebuds as well as your eyes! Super simple because all you need is fresh veggies (or fruit), Abstract Spice, sticks, and a fire! Now, I do generally like to add a drizzle of flavored olive oil once the kabobs are done for an extra layer of flavor!
5 KABOB KICK-OF TIPS
- Be sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes prior to making your kabobs. This prevents potential mini fires when setting the sticks directly on the heat.
- For best results, DO NOT soak/marinate your veggies/fruit. While this is an awesome flavor booster, it doesn’t work well with kabobs simply because marinating veggies and fruit will leave them wilted and soggy. Not ideal for grilling kabobs since the heat will already soften the veggies/fruit in the process.
- Try to pierce each ingredient as much in the center as you possibly can. This helps with balanced cooking and easier eat-ability(yep, made that word right on up, lol!). There’s nothing worse than going in for a bite of your kabob and having pieces fall off the skewer because they were pierced too close to the edge.
- When grilling your kabobs, temperatures may vary based on a traditional charcoal or gas grill. For this reason watch your kabobs and turn when the char on your veggies is prevalent on the edges, maintaining the veggies still at their bright color in the middle. This way you get the desired bbq flavor with the veggies still crisp and vibrant. Try turning approximately every 2 minutes.
- If adding an animal protein to your kabobs, be sure they are in small portions to adhere to the short cooking time on the grill. For this reason, marinating land protein such as chicken or beef is essential since this process breaks down the meat. However, for seafood, I do not recommend marinating since sea protein cooks super fast. *For contamination purposes, prepare animal protein and vegges separately*
FRUIT: Pineapple, Nectarines, Watermelon, and other melon are seasonal and perfect for the grill. Because of their firmer flesh they can withstand direct heat better than most other fruit, maintaining and even intensifying their flavor!**
Pretty easy, huh? Feel free to throw in marinated tofu or tempeh as well! The veggies/fruit you select to go on your skewers is completely up to you. This also goes for the order in which you stack them. Personally I always shoot for the 'rainbow' in trying to find the brightest most vibrant plants, which coincidentally are so easy to find in the summer!
We're not perfect, and neither is cooking food. Many people make the assumption that because you can cook you automatically are an awesome baker...WRONG! Baking is more like chemistry and 'exacts'. See, no, that's not cooking at all. Something tastes off? Add a pinch of this or a dash of that to balance the taste. Texture of your sauce too loose? Make a slurry with cornstarch or flour to thicken it up. You can even step it up a bit and add pureed white beans. See, you can't do this in baking. Your soufflé didn't rise? Oh well, you gotta toss that bad boy and start over again!
So enjoy this delicious egg pie that you can serve for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner with a salad on the side. And don't forget to make your own. Don't like shrimp? Add cooked chicken or omit it all together. Not a fan of kale? Spinach is a delicious and just as healthy substitute!
Ahh, the beauty of cooking! Where do you think I came up with my mantra, Make It Your Own? You see, with cooking, you can!
This green veggie bowl is super simple and is tasty warm or chilled. Please try it out and let me know in the comments what you think, along with any questions or ideas you may have.
Pan Seared Cod w/ Veggie Relish & Capers
4 pieces of cod fillet, cleaned and pat dry
1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half
1.5 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp capers
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp abstract spice
1 tsp sea salt
fresh cracked pepper
4 cups fresh spinach
1Add fresh spinach leaves to a serving platter.
2Preheat skillet with 2 tbsp of butter on medium-hight heat.
3Pat cod fillets dry. Lightly rub each fillet with olive oil.
4Season both sides with Abstract Spice.
5Sear both sides of cod until browned and crispy on the edges (approximately 2 minutes on each side).
6Remove fish and set atop fresh spinach on serving platter.
7Add wine to de-glaze the pan, removing bits stuck onto skillet. Add shallots and minced garlic to skillet and sauté for approximately 1 minute.
8Add remaining olive oil, tomatoes, broccoli, and salt- cook for 2- 3 minutes.
9Blend in remaining butter, capers, and fresh cracked pepper to taste- simmer until butter is completely melted.
10Pour vegetable relish on top of fish; squeeze lemon juice on top to finish.
11Serve and enjoy!
*Feel free to substitute your preferred protein and whatever vegetables you have on hand. #MakeItYourOwn!
There is a scale in our bodies on the ph spectrum that balances acid and alkaline in the body. You want your body on the alkaline side. 'Why' you ask? Cancer cells CANNOT live in an alkaline environment. For this reason, prevention is paramount.
This champion of a woman beat the odds by focusing her diet on alkaline rich foods. Just think, if we all incorporated alkaline rich foods into our diets the monumental changes we can make to our lives. Please be clear, I am not stating, nor am I in a position to state, that this is a cure for cancer. However, I am expressing that alkaline foods are a large contributor in the fight against cancer.
I became so pumped by this story that my mind immediately started buzzing with ideas on how to create delicious recipes rich in alkaline. There are plenty of these types of foods to choose from, check out a few of my favs below:
- swiss chard
- alfalfa, barley, and wheat grass
- sweet potato
I didn't have to look any further than my own backyard garden for one of the stars of my recipe where I'm growing gorgeous swiss chard! The recipe you ask? Here it is! My colorful Alkaline Rich Black Bean & Leek Salad. This amazing salad was a huge hit at our cookout! But this is just the beginning! I can't wait to develop more of my new 'F@#$ Cancer' recipes!
Buuuuuut, the sun has come out for the weekend! Now my family is well aware that Mommie does not cook over the weekend. It's pretty much a go-for-yourself type of meal situation on Saturdays. So we decided on nachos. Not just any nachos, my purposeful 'Quick Repurposed Vegetarian White Bean Nachos', yummers! Have fresh spinach, red onion, tomatoes, and avocado, we will nachos make! For my boys, I seasoned up some fresh ground turkey, but for me, I reheated my white bean stew, and what a genius move that was!! My son even added it to his taco seasoned ground turkey and it blew his mind! With some additional toppings such as chopped black olives, cheese, and sour cream, nacho night was on and poppin', and packed full of protein!
*ACAOF Tip*: Never begrudge leftovers!
When the weekend comes, check the inventory in your fridge (you have to anyway to know what to pick up from the grocery store!), and you'd be surprised with what you can come up with when you add a little imagination! Salads, wraps, tacos, and of course, NACHOS!
...Quick Repurposed Vegetarian White Bean Nachos that is.
Check out my creation below!
What do you like to create on the weekend for good eats? Let me know in the comments below!
Quick Repurposed Vegetarian White Bean Nachos
Layer a foil-lined sheet pan with the following:
- Nacho chips (*tip: heat nachos alone for about 6 minutes to crisp them)
- Slow Cooker Vegetarian White Bean & Kale Stew (click here for the recipe) *Canned or prepared white beans can be used if necessary*
- Additional meat-less protein if desired
- Fresh spinach
- Diced onion
- Shredded cheese (Monterey Jack and Cojita are my favs)
- Place loaded pan in oven for 5-10 until cheese is melted
- Take pan out and top with your choice of:
- Fresh spinach
- Chopped avocado and/or guacamole
- More cheese
- Diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
- And yes, sriracha, and whatever else your heart desires!!
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