*AC Art Of Food in NO way supports nor condones the abuse of drugs, however when used responsibly, cannabis holds many benefits and has been proven to have lifesaving affects.*
In honor of this green holiday, I found a recipe that incorporates the beneficial cannabis oil and a healthy sweet treat all at the same time!
But first, let me provide a bit of education for those out there a bit reluctant or all out against this flowering plant of the Cannabaceae family, when used responsibly that is.
Paraphrased from Wikipedia:
Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes.
The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.
Cannabis is also known as hemp, although this term is often used to refer only to varieties of Cannabis cultivated for non-drug use.
Cannabis has long been used for hemp fibre, hemp seeds and their oils, hemp leaves for use as vegetables and as juice, medicinal purposes.
Preliminary evidence suggests that cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms.
Below are just a few of the amazing benefits derived from cannabis:
Again, when used responsibly and as medicinal, cannabis is quite beneficial and a lifesaver to many. And like with anything used irresponsibly, this plant can be harmful- yet, there are no findings of cannabis having fatal effects.
Now for the good stuff!
Epicurious has a delicious popcorn treat to satisfy your cravings in honor if today! This recipe combines a flavor combo for your palate that is sensational!
I mean really, sweet + savory + spicy + popcorn + weed... any objections?
This particular recipe in its current form is vegetarian, not vegan. However, to make this popcorn recipe completely vegan, swap the honey for agave.
If you're going to have the munchies anyway, might as well cut out the middle man and get it all in one. This recipe will seriously step up any basic Netflix & Chill evening!
Don't take my word for it, CLICK BELOW and try it out for yourself!
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:
four (4) simple Steps to
What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
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Sandwich this delicious filling between your favorite choice of bun. My family typically raves over a potato roll. However, we have also ventured out to the Hawaiian, brioche, artisan rolls, and of course for my keto-diet-friendly foodies, a nice firm leaf of romaine a scrumptious substitute!
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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!
*happy NATIONAL TACO DAY*
Even though the shell has been replaced with a cool and refreshing crisp lettuce leaf, the warm vibrant and rustic flavors of the curry spice balance this one-handed masterpiece perfectly. With Abstract Spice as the all natural seasoning base for flavor, the added rich fall spices of curry and paprika are heightened for a more distinguished tasting taco. Taking this flavor to an additional level is the arugula. Usually I have fresh cilantro as a garnish for my tacos that packs bright flavor, however, the 'peppery' bite of arugula deepens the warm spice tones to pair even more harmoniously with these tacos. Finishing with a squeeze of lime adding delicious zing to the layers of flavor and freshness, these tacos are a force to be reckoned with!
Like with many of my newer recipes, my Green Goodness Curry Taco Boats also include simple ingredients and preparation making it an ideal recipe to prepare during the week. You can even prepare the curry seasoned filling ahead of time and just heat and serve when you like. These are also super convenient for packing for lunch!
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR TACOS? LET ME KNOW AND MAYBE I'LL FEATURE YOUR RECIPE IN A POST!
Hey hon! Because salmon is not always in season I try at all times to get it wild, obviously even when it IS in season. However, if it's out of season I try to purchase it at @costco where they have a sticker on the package of their fresh salmon when it's out of season that states it's antibiotic free/responsibly raised. Try to go to a fish market if possible though. You know our ❤30349❤ connect 'Fulton Bay Fish Market' on Roosevelt is a trusted neighborhood spot- but remember they're closed Sun-Tues😉. And if you want a larger selection, you can't beat @yourdekalbfarmersmarket - open err'day from 9am-9pm! (except for Christmas and Thanksgiving). As far as the types of fish that I ADORE, and of course good for you😜, are trout(my fav right now❤), good ol' whitting is awesome as well. Cod is also an excellent thicker meaty fish compared to these others I mentioned. Hope this helps babe!! Let me know!!
What are your reservations about fish? What is your favorite way to prepare it? Let me Know inthe comments below and maybe I'll try it out and feature you in my next fish post!
And can you believe it, they have the nerve to be better for you than your standard white flour based pancake too!
Around this time right at the turn of the season, grocery store shelves are packed with pumpkin spices throughout! I snagged my spice at one of my favorite farmer's markets that I have been patroning for as long as I can remember! Yep, none other than Your Dekalb Farmer's Market! My goodness, they have everything in there!
These Fall Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes are sure to become a season tradition in our home. Obviously butter and maple syrup are a must. But adding warm spiced apples on top would definitely set these babies off right!
There's no better way to say 'Welcome Fall'!
What are your favorite fall time breakfast favs? Let me know in the comments below and share your delicious ideas!
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!
These bars are perfectly convenient to grab-go-and-toss in your lunch or workout bag. I enjoy a bar 30 minutes prior to my workout to get the fuel needed to power through my workout with a 'boosted' calorie burn weapon!
The sweet-tart juicy burst from the dried cherries combined with the creamy chocolate goodness of the chips is like a symphony of flavors backed with the satisfying crunch of the walnuts. While I would not recommend these bars as a dessert treat since their sweetness is mainly derived from the cherries and dark chocolate alone, this dense bar is a super delicious treat that motivates me to live my best workout!
*NOTE: To make this more of a sweeter treat, add 1/2 cup brown sugar to the mix.
Check the numbers below!
Calories: 240 Cholesterol 0mg Total Carbohydrate 29.4g Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 11g Protein 10.1g
what's your go-to pre workout boost? 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.
An awesome not-so-new Super Food I adore is amazing matcha! I was already a fan of green tea when I discovered this powerfully beneficial beverage. I first became aware of matcha several years ago from Dr. Oz and became obsessed with finding out more!
Simply put, matcha is finely ground green tea leaves- the best of the best tea leaves that is. Matcha has been a beneficial zen hot beverage of choice in Japanese culture for thousands of years and is a ceremonial tea tradition. Similar to the already cancer fighting, immune boosting properties, and weight loss aid of the traditional green tea leaves that are steeped for tea, matcha is that much more potent. Matcha also breaks down fat in the body from entering into cells which makes it an amazing defense against cardiovascular disease and obesity. Be mindful that matcha’s fine green powder contains about 30 grams of caffeine. However, this caffeinated ‘boost’ is more of a calm alertness as opposed to the jolt-then-crash that coffee often times causes.
It is suggested that you have a small bamboo whisk in order to blend the fine grounded powder completely into the boiling water. The actual process of whisking the tea is itself a traditional Japanese zen ritual, and it is highly recommended to prepare this tea properly. However, I never picked up a whisk, but I did rediscover an alternate way of dissolving and getting the most out of my sipping. Actually my Aunt Colette taught me this process years ago with her coffee:
- Add your small amount of matcha powder to the cup.
- Add in a liquid sweetener such as agave or honey.
- The sticky texture adheres to the fine powder and dissolves it as you stir this mixture together with a fork. You’ll notice a deep green shiny paste.
- Mix in your hot (not boiling) water and you have a delicious zen, disease fighting beverage to get your day going. I like mine with a touch of almond creamer.
This beautiful antioxidant green powder can be found in health food stores, some mainstream groceries, specialty food stores, vitamin shops, and as well as online. Unlike regular, yet beneficial green tea, matcha costs a pretty penny. However, a very small amount is needed when preparing this tea. Beware of the premixed matcha ‘drinks’ that are heavy ladened with sugar and milk cultures that can defeat the entire purpose of sipping this green medicinal gem. So make sure you check the contents and seek a 100% matcha powder. This way you have control with your add-ins of sweetners, non-dairy creamers (latte), etc.
An interesting find in my research is that of the lead content in matcha. Most of the superb quality green tea leaves are grown and harvested in Japan where the natural elements of preserving the tea leaves increase the levels of this element. Approximately 90% of the lead remains in the leaf after being steeped for traditional green tea. However, since matcha is the actual green tea leaves themselves grounded, all is consumed. For this reason, I would suggest one cup in a day. And remember when steeping regular bag tea not to leave the tea bag in your cup. Steep to your level of taste strength, which should be anywhere between 2-4 minutes, then toss.
Not much of a tea fan? No problem! Matcha powder can be added to pancakes and waffles, smoothies, salads, cocktails, ice cream, many pastry items such as cookies and brownies, and so much more! Just a teaspoon of matcha goes a long way and adds endless possibilities to your culinary creations. There's something for everyone to enjoy to benefits of this ancient healing powder!
For even more info about this power packed super powder, check out this awesome report from CBS This Morning!
Matcha madness: Rising popularity of green tea jolt in U.S.
comment below and let me know how you enjoy your matcha!
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