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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes! An easy recipe made with clean, simple ingredients. If you love potato pancakes you will love this recipe too. Healthy, low in carbs and a great way to incorporate summer vegetables into your diet.   

Hi, guys! Happy to be back on the blog after a few weeks (you can watch my daily updates on INSTAGRAM). I’ve been a little busy with school (last time I shared that I’m working towards my certification as a holistic health coach at IIN) plus I was getting ready for last week’s workshop which was a huge success.

It was my first time co-hosting a workshop entirely in Spanish and while I was a ball of nervous at first, the love and energy in the room gave me the push and confidence I needed to execute a successful event!  Thank you to all the ladies that joined us (below are some pictures). It was magical and epic and I can’t wait for the next event on October 5th in Miami with the ladies of The Mpire.

Ok, now let’s talk about this week’s recipe, Zucchini Pancakes! This yummy dish is an easy and budget-friendly way to get a healthy meal on the table. Think Potato Pancakes with less carbs and more nutrients!  

Health Benefits of Zucchini

  1. High in fiber and potassium
  2. Rich in B vitamins especially folate, riboflavin and B6
  3. High in vitamin C and polyphenols (especially in the peels) *if eating the peel try to buy organic*

Bonus: It’s zucchini season which means lower prices and better quality! Winner!

Double Bonus: Double the recipe and freeze what you don’t eat. They come back to life in a pan with a little ghee or grass fed butter!  Enjoy them plain or as part of a bigger dish – anything goes!  

Ingredients

3 cups grated zucchini (takes 4 medium zucchini to make 3 cups)

1 cup + 3 tablespoons arrowroot four

1/2 cup coconut four

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of each: smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper

Ghee or grass-fed butter for frying

Toppings

Fresh, chopped chives, scallions or cilantro (optional)

Dairy-Free Tzatziki (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Grate zucchini. Squeeze the water out of the zucchini and place in a medium bowl, discarding the zucchini juice.
  2. Add in the arrowroot four, coconut four, eggs and spices and mix until combined.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the zucchini batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  4. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

¡Pancakes de Zucchini! Una receta fácil hecha con ingredientes limpios y simples. Si te encantan las Pancakes de Papa, te encantará esta receta también. Saludable, baja en carbohidratos y una excelente manera de incorporar vegetales de verano en su dieta.

¡Hola chicos! Feliz de estar de vuelta en el blog después de unas semanas (pero me pueden seguir en INSTAGRAM para ver mis posts diarios). He estado un poco ocupado con la escuela (la última vez que compartí que estoy trabajando para obtener mi certificación como asesor de salud holística en IIN), además, me estaba preparando para el taller de la semana pasada, que fue un gran éxito. Fue la primera vez que fui anfitrión de un taller totalmente en español y, al principio, super nerviosa, pero el amor y la energía en el estudio me dieron el empuje y la confianza que necesitaba para ejecutar un evento exitoso! Gracias a todas las chicas que se unieron a nosotros (a continuación hay algunas fotos). Fue mágico y épico y no puedo esperar para el próximo evento el 5 de octubre en Miami junto a las chicas de The Mpire una colectiva de mujeres, mamas emprendedoras.

Ok, ahora vamos a hablar de la receta de esta semana, Zucchini Pancakes (o Pancakes de Zucchini)! Este delicioso plato es una manera fácil y económica de obtener una comida saludable en la mesa. ¡Piense en pancakes de papa con menos carbohidratos y más nutrientes! Que les parece? 

Beneficios para la salud del Zucchini

1. Alto contenido en fibra y potasio.

2. Rico en vitaminas B, especialmente ácido fólico, riboflavina y B6 

3. Alto contenido de vitamina C y polifenoles (especialmente en las cáscaras) * si come la cáscara, intente comprar productos orgánicos *

Bono: es temporada de zucchini, lo que significa precios más bajos y mejor calidad!

double bonos! duplica la receta y congela lo que no comes. ¡Vuelven a la vida en una sartén con un poco de ghee o mantequilla alimentada con hierba! Disfrútalas simplemente o como parte de un plato más grande. 

Ingredientes

3 tazas de zucchini rallado 

1 taza + 3 cucharadas de harina de arrowroot 

1/2 taza de harina de coco

3 huevos

1 cucharadita de cada uno: pimentón ahumado, comino, sal, pimienta Ghee o mantequilla freír

Para servir (opcional) 

cebolla fresca, picadas o cilantro

Tzatziki sin lácteos (opcional)

Instrucciones

1. Rallar el zucchini. Exprima el agua del calabacín y colóquelo en un tazón mediano, desechando el jugo de calabacín.

2. Agregue las cuatro flechas, el coco cuatro, los huevos y las especias y mezcle hasta que se mezclen.

3. Caliente una plancha o sartén ligeramente engrasada a fuego medio-alto. Vierta o coloque la masa de calabacín en la plancha, usando aproximadamente 1/4 taza para cada panqueque.

4. Dorar por ambos lados y servir caliente.

We had a great time!! Until next time, ladies!!! 

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La pasamos super chicas! nos vemoas la proxima! 

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Breakfast Favorites Kid-Friendly

Food Cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them!

Food Cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them!

Food cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them! Cravings are important messages from the body that guide us in maintaining balance. Here’s a quick guide to understanding and deconstructing cravings and help us understand and address what are body is trying to tell us.

 

Understanding Cravings

The body is a perfect machine. It knows when to go to sleep, wake up, pee and poop! It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees F, and breaks down food into energy and nutrients. Our lungs never skip a breath and our hearts never skip a beat. The body is constantly processing information and monitoring the environment to keep us balanced. Instead of seeing cravings as a weakness we should see cravings as important messages from the body that help guide us in maintaining balance.

 

What is the body trying to tell me (+ how to reduce the craving)! 

 

  1. Reduce sugar intake: sugar craves sugar! Pack your day with foods that are high in fiber, healthy fat and protein. A meal high in carbohydrates and sugar (I.e. bagel with cream cheese, breakfast cereals and other processed foods) leaves us feeling tired and sluggish and promotes sugar cravings throughout the day.   
  1. Drink plenty of water: Hunger and thirst can produce similar sensations in the brain, causing it to become confused. One way to reduce food cravings is to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  1. Get good sleep: Ghrelin is a hormone that controls our cravings for carbohydrates and simple sugars. When we sleep poorly or go for long periods of time without sleep, our bodies make more ghrelin. Make sure to get good quality sleep every night to balance hormone levels in the body and avoid unhealthy cravings throughout the day.  
  1. Avoid hunger: When the body is very hungry, it can crave more calorie-dense foods than usual, including fried and processed foods. Instead of waiting for intense feelings of hunger, it is better to have a regular pattern of healthy, nourishing meals and snacks planned throughout the day to avoid unwanted cravings.
  1. Emotional eating: Allow me to get a little inspirational here! J While it’s important to pay attention to the foods we eat, it is just as important to analyze what else is going on around us. For example: Being dissatisfied with a relationship, felling bored, stressed, or uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice can all cause emotional eating. Many people try to cope with uncomfortable emotions or difficult situations by seeking balance through food. Food can provide a form of relief, or even an escape, when you’re under stress. In this way, food is being used as a strategy to fulfill areas of our lives that aren’t being satisfied. Keep this in mind the next time you experience cravings.

Takeaway!

Remember a healthy lifestyle isn’t only what we eat or how much we exercise. It’s our relationships, our finances, our jobs… it’s the entire package. We must make it a priority to look within ourselves and learn to listen to our body. Only then can we really identify the root cause of any dietary issue. 

As you know, I’m working towards a certificate in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). One of the reasons I chose this program is 1. My love for nutrition and understanding how food affect the body 2. Learning to connect the mind and body in order to achieve overall health because one cannot thrive without the other.

We can eat kale for the rest of our lives but if the mind set isn’t right we will never establish a healthy relationship with food.

I’m so excited to share my journey as a Holistic Healthy Coach with you. You will notice more posts like today on mind, body eating and ways we can improve our overall health and lifestyle.

Ok, now back to cravings! Today, I gave you 5 tips that help us understand cravings and what our body is trying to tell us. I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy breakfast to help beat unhealthy cravings. Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wraps using grain-free tortillas and a side of sautéed kale. A perfect combination of fat, protein and fiber!

Until next week, friends! (Don’t forget to check out this week’s Announcements below)

Ingredients 

1 package organic extra firm tofu, water drained 
1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil 
1 garlic clove, minced 
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped 
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp ground turmeric (optional)

 Extras

Grain-Free Tortillas (I like this brand)

Avocado

Sautéed Kale

Sliced Tomatoes

Instructions

Using your hands or a fork crumble the tofu into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add the crumbled tofu and combine. Season with salt, pepper, and turmeric (optional). Wrap in grain-free tortillas and serve with sautéed kale, sliced avocado and tomato (optional).

Bonus Tip: Adding up to a teaspoon of turmeric will give your tofu scramble the yellow color that makes it look like scrambled eggs plus it’s a great way to incorporate more of this anti-inflammatory superfood into your diet! 

 

Relates Links: Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes , 4 Breakfast Flips For Back To School 

Announcements

 I’m proud to announce that I’ve partnered with Health Coach Martha Gaviria of Sabor Holistico for a Women’s Workshop in Spanish.

Join us on Saturday, July 13th from 10am – 12pm at Freshmade NYC for a fun morning complete with cooking tips, delicious food and other fun surprises! Click the flyer below for event details and reserve your spot. Note:

The workshop will be in Spanish only.

Versión en Español

Antojos de comida: ¡como entenderlos, reducirlos y reemplazarlos! Los antojos son mensajes importantes del cuerpo que nos guían para mantener el equilibrio. Aquí hay una guía rápida para comprender y deconstruir los antojos y ayudarnos a entender y abordar qué es lo que el cuerpo trata de decirnos.

Entendiendo los antojos

 El cuerpo es una máquina perfecta. ¡Sabe cuándo irse a dormir y despertarse! Mantiene una temperatura de 98.6 grados F y descompone los alimentos en energía y nutrientes. Nuestros pulmones nunca dejan de respirar y nuestros corazones nunca saltan un latido. El cuerpo está constantemente procesando información y monitoreando el entorno para mantenernos equilibrados. En lugar de ver los antojos como una debilidad, deberíamos ver los antojos como mensajes importantes del cuerpo que nos ayudan a mantener el equilibrio.

 

¿Qué es lo que el cuerpo trata de decirme (+ cómo reducir el deseo)? 

1. Reducir el consumo de azúcar: el azúcar ansía el azúcar! Empaca tu día con alimentos ricos en fibra, grasas saludables y proteínas. Una comida rica en carbohidratos y azúcar (es decir, bagel con queso crema, cereales para el desayuno y otros alimentos procesados) nos hace sentir cansados ​​e inactivos y promueve los antojos de azúcar a lo largo del día. 

2. Beba mucha agua: el hambre y la sed pueden producir sensaciones similares en el cerebro, causando que se confunda. Una forma de reducir los antojos de alimentos es mantenerse hidratado durante todo el día. 

3. Duerma bien: la grelina es una hormona que controla nuestros antojos de carbohidratos y azúcares simples. Cuando dormimos mal o pasamos largos períodos de tiempo sin dormir, nuestros cuerpos producen más grelina. Asegúrese de dormir bien todas las noches para equilibrar los niveles de hormonas en el cuerpo y evitar los antojos poco saludables durante el día. 

4. Evite el hambre: cuando el cuerpo tiene mucha hambre, puede desear más alimentos ricos en calorías de lo normal, y tambien los alimentos fritos y procesados. En lugar de esperar sentimientos intensos de hambre, es mejor tener un patrón regular de comidas y bocadillos saludables y nutritivos planeados durante todo el día para evitar los antojos no deseados. 

5. Comer emocionalmente: ¡Permítame un poco de inspiración aquí! Si bien es importante prestar atención a los alimentos que comemos, es igual de importante analizar qué más está sucediendo a nuestro alrededor. Por ejemplo: estar insatisfecho con una relación, sentirse aburrido, estresado o sin inspiración por un trabajo, o carecer de una práctica espiritual puede causar una alimentación emocional. Muchas personas tratan de lidiar con emociones incómodas o situaciones difíciles buscando el equilibrio a través de los alimentos. La comida puede proporcionar una forma de alivio, o incluso un escape, cuando estás bajo estrés. De esta manera, la comida está siendo utilizada como una estrategia para cumplir con áreas de nuestras vidas que no están siendo satisfechas. Tenga esto en cuenta la próxima vez que experimente antojos. 

 

¡Conclusión! 

Recuerde que un estilo de vida saludable no es solo lo que comemos o cuánto hacemos. Son nuestras relaciones, nuestras finanzas, nuestros trabajos … es el paquete completo. Debemos hacer que sea una prioridad mirar dentro de nosotros mismos y aprender a escuchar nuestro cuerpo. Solo así podremos identificar realmente la causa raíz de cualquier problema dietético. 

Como ustedes saben, estoy trabajando para obtener un certificado en Coaching de Salud Holística del Instituto de Nutrición Integrativa (IIN). Una de las razones por las que elegí este programa es 1. Mi amor por la nutrición y la comprensión de cómo los alimentos afectan al cuerpo 2. Aprender a conectar la mente y el cuerpo para alcanzar la salud general porque uno no puede prosperar sin el otro. Podemos comer kale por el resto de nuestras vidas, pero si la mentalidad no está bien, nunca estableceremos una relación saludable con los alimentos. 

Estoy muy emocionada de compartir mi viaje como coach de nutrición holístico con ustes. Notará más publicaciones como hoy, maneras en que podemos mejorar nuestra salud y estilo de vida en general. Ok, ahora volvamos a los antojos!

Hoy, di 5 consejos que nos ayudan a entender los antojos y lo que nuestro cuerpo está tratando de decirnos. No puedo enfatizar lo suficiente la importancia de un desayuno saludable para ayudar a superar los antojos poco saludables. Aquí hay una receta rápida y sencilla para wraps de tofu envueltas en tortillas sin grano servidas acompañas con col rizada (kale) salteada. Una combinación perfecta de grasa, proteína y fibra! Hasta la próxima semana, amigos!

(No olvide revisar los anuncios de esta semana a continuación) 

Ingredientes

 1 paquete de tofu orgánico extra firme, escurrido

1 cucharada de aceite de aguacate o aceite de oliva

1 diente de ajo, picado

1/4 taza de cebolla amarilla, picadasal y pimienta para probar

1 cucharadita de cúrcuma molida (opcional) 

Extras

Tortillas sin grano (me gusta esta marca)

Aguacate

Salteado de col rizada (kale)

Tomates en rodajas  

Instrucciones

Usando sus manos o un tenedor, desmenuce el tofu en trozos pequeños y déjelo a un lado. Calentar el aceite en una sartén a fuego medio. Una vez caliente, agregue el ajo y las cebollas y saltee durante unos minutos. Añadir el tofu desmenuzado y combinar. Sazone con sal, pimienta y cúrcuma (opcional). Envuelva en tortillas sin grano y sirva con col rizada salteada, aguacate rebanado y tomate (opcional). 

Sugerencia extra: ¡Agregar una cucharadita de cúrcuma le dará a tu tofu el color amarillo que hace que se vea como huevos revueltos y además es una excelente manera de incorporar más de este superalimento antiinflamatorio en tu dieta!

Anuncios

Me enorgullece anunciar que me he asociado con coach de salud, Martha Gaviria de Sabor Holistico para dar un taller completamente en español! Un taller para mujeres sobre cómo alimentar tu cuerpo para obtener máxima energía, nutrición y vitalidad atravez del desyuno.

Únase a nosotros el sábado 13 de julio de 10am a 12pm en Freshmade NYC para una mañana divertida con consejos de cocina, comida deliciosa y otras sorpresas! Haga clic en el flyer a continuación para obtener detalles del evento y reserve su lugar.

Nota: El taller será solo en español. 

Un fuerte abrazo!!!

 

 

 

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Dinner Entrees Summer

Health Benefits Of Purple Potatoes

Health Benefits Of Purple Potatoes plus the recipe for Mayo-less Purple Potato Salad. Made with cashews, Dijon mustard and fresh herbs, this dairy-free side dish is perfect for summer bbqs by the pool.

Unlike white starchy potatoes which don’t offer much protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and have a high glycemic index, their pretty cousin, the purple potato, is quite the opposite. 

Purple potatoes are rich in fiber and protein and provide good amounts of potassium and vitamin C, as well as various B vitamins. Most importantly, however, purple potatoes contain more than 4 times the antioxidants as regular potatoes, largely due to the concentration of flavonoids, the pigments that give red, purple and blue plants their rich coloring.

Health Benefits Of Purple Potatoes

  1. Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
  2. May Prevent Blood Clots
  3. Are Packed with Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

You can read more on the health benefits of purple potatoes here

Cooking Purple Potatoes

Purple potatoes are versatile but can become mushy if overcooked. We like to roast them or mashed.

Keep in mind that mashed, boiled or roasted is the best method versus deep frying, which kills useful nutrients and is harmful to our health.

Here’s a recipe for Mayo-Free Potato Salad made with purple potatoes! Joe and I are hooked on this easy to make salad and you will be too!

We hope you enjoy them! Don’t forget to share your photos with us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK using the hashtag #OurFlipSideLife

Announcements

You might have noticed that I’m sharing this blog post in English and Spanish (see below).  I thought it would be helpful for native Spanish speakers, like myself, who follow the blog to enjoy it Spanish as well.

Also, don’t forget to check out the EVENTS section of the blog for information on pop-up class and events in NYC, the Hamptons and Miami! There’s a lot happening this year, guys! I’m so excited!

Ok, now back to the recipe.

Until next week, friends! Lots of love and good health from our family to yours! 

Mayo-Free Purple Potato Salad

Ingredients

2 pounds purple potatoes

3 cloves garlic

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, then drained

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/3 cup avocado oil

1 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

2 chives, chopped

salt and black pepper to taste

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Cut the potatoes into squares and place them in a large roasting pan. Toss with avocado oil, sea salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread out potatoes in a single layer and bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and set them aside to cool.
  5. While the potatoes roast combine the garlic, drained cashews, mustard, and avocado oil in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy, adding water if needed to thin slightly. 
  6. Add the cashew sauce, basil, dill, chives, salt, and pepper and toss to combine.
  7. Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!

Version En Espñol

A diferencia de las papas blancas con almidón que no ofrecen mucha proteína, fibra, vitaminas y minerales y tienen un alto índice glucémico,  la papa morada, es todo lo contrario.

Las papas moradas son ricas en fibra y proteína y proporcionan buenas cantidades de potasio y vitamina C, así como varias vitaminas B. Sin embargo, lo más importante es que las papas moradas contienen más de 4 veces los antioxidantes que las papas regulares, en gran parte debido a la concentración de flavonoides, los pigmentos que dan a las plantas rojas, moradas y azules su rico color.

Beneficios para la salud de las ppapas moradas

  1. Puede ayudar a bajar la presión arterial
  2. Puede prevenir coágulos de sangre
  3. Están llenos de antioxidantes y fitonutrientes

Puedes leer más sobre los beneficios para la salud de las papas moradas aquí

Como cocinar papas moradas

Las papas moradas son versátiles pero pueden volverse blandas si se cocinan en exceso. Nos gusta asarlas o hacer puré. Tenga en cuenta que el puré, el hervido o el asado es el mejor método en comparación con la fritura profunda, que elimina los nutrientes útiles y es perjudicial para nuestra salud. 

¡Aquí hay una receta de ensalada de papa sin mayonesa hecha con papas moradas! A la familia les encanta y es fácil de hacer. ¡Esperamos que les guste!

No olvides compartir tus fotos con nosotros en INSTAGRAM y FACEBOOK utilizando el hashtag #OurFlipSideLife 

Anuncios

Puede que hayas notado que estoy compartiendo la publicación de hoy en inglés y en español.

Pensé que sería útil para hablantes nativos de español, como yo, que seguimos el blog para disfrutarlo también en español. Que les parece?

 Además, ¡no olvide consultar la sección de EVENTOS del blog para obtener información sobre la clase emergente y los eventos en la Ciudad de Nueva York, los Hamptons y Miami! ¡Mucho está pasando este año, chicos! ¡Estoy muy emocionada! 

Ok, ahora volvamos a la receta. 

Hasta la próxima semana! ¡Mucho amor y buena salud de nuestra familia a la tuya!  

Ensalada de patata morada sin mayonesa

Ingredientes 

2 libras de papas moradas

3 dientes de ajo

1/2 taza de cashews crudos, remojados en agua caliente durante 30 minutos, luego escurridos

1 cucharada de mostaza de dijon

1/3 taza de aceite de aguacate

1 taza de albahaca fresca, picada

1/4 taza de eneldo fresco, picado

2 cebollines, picadas

Sal y pimienta negra al gusto

Instrucciones

1. Precaliente el horno a 450 grados F.

 2. Corte las papas en cuadrados y colóquelas en una asadera grande. Mezcle con aceite de aguacate, sal de mar y pimienta. 

3. Extienda las papas en una sola capa y hornee por 20 minutos, revolviendo ocasionalmente.  

4. Retire las papas del horno y déjelas a un lado para que se enfríen. 

5. Mientras se asan las papas, combine el ajo, los anacardos escurridos, la mostaza y el aceite de aguacate en un procesador de alimentos. Pulse hasta que esté suave y cremoso, agregue agua si es necesario para adelgazar ligeramente. 

 6. Agregue la salsa de cashews, la albahaca, el eneldo, las cebolletas, la sal y la pimienta y mezcle para combinar.

 7. Servir caliente o frío. Disfrutar!

 

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Dinner Kid-Friendly Snacks

Baked Polenta Fries!

Baked Polenta Fries! This delicious polenta recipe is made with organic, non-gmo corn. Crispy on the outside and tender in the middle, serve as a healthy snack or appetizer!

What’s Polenta, you ask? Polenta is a dish made of cornmeal or corn flour. It can be served as a hot porridge, or cooled and solidify into a loaf that can be baked, fried, or grilled.

But before I share the recipe for these ah-mazing Baked Polenta Fries, I want to talk about corn and why genetically modified corn (and genetically modified corn products) can be harmful to our overall health if we don’t pay close attention to the type of corn that we buy.

What’s so bad about corn?

Corn is the #1 grown crop in the United States and the second most genetically modified ingredient in the world (next to soy). About 88 percent of all corn grown in the US each year is genetically modified. (1)  Plus most corn today is sprayed with dangerous pesticides.

What are Genetically Modified Foods (+ Why We Should Stay Away!)

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms made up of genetic material that has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.

According to the Center for Food Safety, some of the main human health concerns related to consuming GMO foods are (2)

Allergic Reactions

Antibiotic Resistance

Cancer

Loss of Nutrition

Toxicity

In summary, genetically modified corn is bad for our health because it’s artificially made and holds no nutritional value plus all the other harmful side effects it produces. But what about corn that isn’t genetically modified?

Not all corn is created equal (and here’s why!)

Unprocessed and properly prepared, non-GMO whole corn kernels offer impressive nutrients. For example; vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, and potassium. Plus corn (especially purple corn) contain antioxidants linked to eye and skin health. Also, fresh corn on the cob also gives us our dose of dietary fiber.

So, the next time you’re in the mood for corn make sure you pick up organic, non-gmo corn for a trusted local source like your local farmers market or neighborhood farm share.

Now that we’ve learned a little bit about which corn is best, let’s go back to today’s recipe.

Joe and I are very into Baked Polenta Fries these days! They are sparingly easy to make and Caro loves them too.

Baked Polenta Fries

Ingredients

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup organic, quick-cooking polenta (I like this brand) 

1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or ghee

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil spray

 

Serve with:

Spring onions, chopped 

Sir Kensington Ketchup, for dipping

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium pot, bring vegetable broth to a simmer. Add the polenta in a thin stream stirring all the while with a whisk over medium heat. Continuing stirring until the polenta thickens, about 1-2min.
  3. Add the butter, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper and combine.
  4. Transfer the polenta to a 9 x 12-inch dish. Smooth to make the thickness as even as possible. Refrigerate 1-2 hours, until set.
  5. Cut polenta into rectangles or wedges about 4-5 inches long. Transfer polenta fries to a lined baking sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil spray and bake 15-20 minutes on each side.
  6. Remove from the oven.
  7. Serve hot and top with chopped spring onions and a side of your favorite dipping sauce!

 

We hope you enjoy them! Don’t forget to share your photos with us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK using the hashtag #OurFlipSideLife

Weekly Announcements…

We have a lot of fun Pop-Up Baking Classes coming up this summer! The first one is Wednesday, June 12th at Freshmade NYC followed by a very special Baking Class in the Hamptons the first week of August! For event details and to book a class please visit the Event section of the blog.

Also, our next Woman’s Wellness Workshop will take place in September so make sure you sign up for our newsletter for more on that.

Lastly, if you haven’t downloaded a copy of my FREE e-cookbook you can do so by clicking HERE!

Until next time, friend! Sending you lots of love – today and always!

Karla

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Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles): This fun, family-friendly recipe is a crowd pleaser that offers a delicious alternative to desserts made with refined sugar and other harmful ingredients.  

By now we know that refined sugar is harmful to our health. In fact, a high-sugar diet has been associated with dangerous health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But cutting out sugar can be challenging especially for the kids.   

Avoiding Refined Sugar

One way to reduce refined sugar at home is by introducing healthy sweeteners like organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, maple syrup and bananas. These alternatives don’t spike our blood sugar levels like refined sugars do and taste delicious. 

If you follow the blog you know I like to use organic coconut palm sugar when I bake. Organic coconut palm sugar is unrefined, vegan, non-GMO and has a 1:1 ratio when substituting for refined sugar (i.e. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would subsitute for 1 cup of organic coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar instead).

Raw honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it. Bonus: Raw honey has numerous medicinal properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Maple syrup is great to bake with. Replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Baking Tip: Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

Bananas can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in your recipes. Combine 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas with a few tablespoons water then puree until smooth, adding water as needed to get a smooth consistency.

These are just some ways we can cut back on sugar at home! Try substituting sugar with one of these heathy sweeteners and let us know what you think.

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Fudgesicles made with bananas and maple syrup! Carolina loves making them with us. It’s a fun and healthy activity we do as a family. 

BTW – I hope you guys had a chance to download a free copy of my e-cookbook. The e-book offers 25 family-friendly recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious.

Click here to get a free copy.

And! I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of The East End in the Hamptons this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm celebrating Mother’s with a special pop-up baking class. I’m so excited to have partnered with ShineNYC to bring our FlipBox Mini Bakers this special event. For more information click visit the Events section of the blog or click here

Ok, now here’s the recipe!  Until next week!

Easy To Make Fudgesicles

Ingredients

4 bananas

¾ nut butter

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbs cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

Related links: Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars  Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free Raspberry Muffins

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Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! (plus eliminating food waste)

Beet Green Recipe: Easy, Delicious Pesto! Did you know you can save time and money by using food scraps for other, healthy recipes like pesto? Homemade pesto can be made with veggie scraps like beet greens, carrot greens, and ramps.

You can also save veggie scraps to make broth or chopped up leafy greens and sauté in a little garlic and olive oil.

But before I get into this today’s beet green recipe, allow me to geek out on food waste in the US, a topic I’ve been learning about in my nutrition course and feel is important to share.

American households throw-out about $2,000 worth of food per year? (mind blown!) Most of us don’t realize how much food we throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled or unused produce, so much food goes to waste.

Tips for Reducing or Eliminating Food Waste

Fortunately, there are many things we can do at home to reduce or eliminate food waste. Here are some tips:

Green juice, veggie broth and herb cubes can be made from veggie scraps. After you strip the leaves off of dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard or collards, use the stems for cooking or juice them.

Sometimes we can’t get through a bunch of parsley or cilantro. Finely chop your herbs, place them in an ice cube tray, pour olive oil over the top and freeze. So simple and easy!

Or Make Almond Pulp Crackers and No-Bake Almond Pulp Energy Bites with left over pulp used to make  almond milk . I’m going to try this next and report back to you

Ok, now the good stuff! I don’t know about you Joe and I LOVE.PESTO and most veggie tops like carrot tops, ramps and beet greens make the most delicious pesto! Plus it’s easy to make and stores well in the Fridge.

We are loving beet green pesto these days, maybe it’s because I buy beets often so the tops are always around. Either way, it’s delicious and simple to make!

Joe loves to dip radishes in beet green pesto. I like to spread it over crackers and also add it to my pasta.

Bonus: beet greens are loaded with antioxidants and are high in vitamins and minerals.

This beet green recipe is for pesto but beet greens are also delicious when sautéed. Tip: you can blanch beet greens to remove some of the bitterness but I don’t consider beet greens to be all that bitter and often skip this step.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and hope this blog post encourages you to eliminate food waste by using more of your veggies + healthy food scraps you would otherwise throw-out! Every little bit helps!  

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend! Caro and I are off to Puerto Rico for a short trip! Looking forward to warner weather and a short digital detox (more on this soon).

Till next time, friends!  

Ingredients

4 cups of beet greens, stems removed

1/2 cup of pine nuts (walnuts or some of other but can also work)

3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for a dairy-free version) 

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of fresh black pepper

1/4 cup of avocado oil (olive oil works too)

Instructions

1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients minus the olive oil. Begin to blend while slowly adding in the olive oil until the mixture is fully blended and the olive oil is fully added.

2. Serve over toast, mixed in with pasta, as a dip for chips, and ENJOY!!

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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

creamy 

refreshing 

and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  

 

Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!

 

Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!

 

BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!

 

Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!

Ingredients

2 green plantains

Avocado oil, for frying

Sea salt

Toppings (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)

 

Instructions

1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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