Month: March 2015

Build A Bomb-ASS Salad

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I like a Big Salad. 

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I also like a little Seinfeld.

I strive to get salad in every day because the nutritional benefits of raw veggies are like, INSANE.

However, It isn’t always easy or exciting to munch on salads every day of the week.

Do I think salads get old, fast?

HELL YEAH.

I’m here to inspire  you to build a better salad.  A salad that keeps your tastebuds excited.

A more BOMB-ASS SALAD.

Building a better salad involves some creativity on your part, so look alive folks. I need your head in the game, here. I’ll give you a simple recipe for success, you choose from the many options given, or go rogue and do your own thing if you feel so inspired.

As if you need me to explain the benefits of eating salad, but if you want a little push over the edge I’ll give you a blurb of all the wonderful things you get when you eat fresh salads:

FIBER. Ever heard of it?

Fiber can help lower cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and maintain bowel health. Might be TMI but it is ESSENTIAL to your WELL BEING to have a fully functioning elimination system. When you eat quality foods, the body is able to extract the nutrients it needs and then get rid of what it doesn’t need— the (literal) crap you DON’T want sitting in your body for a long period of time backing up your pipes. Fiber keeps things moving.

The nutrients from your assorted mix ins can range depending on what you choose, but it is proven that the consumption of raw vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer. <—-NEED I SAY MORE?

 

So, whats the secret recipe to building a Bomb-Ass Salad?

 

–> GREENZ <–

–> MIX-INZ <–

–> CRUNCH FACTOR <–

–> DRIZZLE <–

 

Greenz- These are the base of your salad. The most nutrient-dense options are dark, leafy varieties. Keep your tastebuds guessing and try different combinations. Shoot for at least 2 cups of greenz.

Choose from:

Field Greens, Spinach, Kale, Arugula, Chard, Watercress Iceberg, Romaine, Dandelion Greens, Mustard Greens. There are endless options.

Mix-Inz-  This is where the magic happens. Mix-inz are assorted chopped vegetables and fruit that add flavor and nutrients. Shoot for a rainbow variety of mix inz and score bonus points in the form of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Use ½-1 cup chopped Mix-Inz.

Choose from:

Pepper, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Mushrooms, Carrots, Celery, Beets, Cabbage, Asparagus,Fermented Veggies, Avocado, Oranges, Apple, Grapes, Mango, Pineapple, Pomegranate Seeds, Strawberry, Fresh Herbs —> Get The Picture?

 

CRUNCH FACTOR– These babes up the ante in your Bomb-Ass Salad. The Crunch Factor allows you to add healthy fat or vegan protein to boost the nutritional crunch punch in your bowl. Use 2-4 tablespoons for this section.

Choose from:

Raw Seeds, Raw Nuts, Chia Seeds, Shredded Coconut Flakes, Flax Seeds, Goji Berries

 

DRIZZLE- The DRESSING. Dressing salad is a MUST for some folks who can’t stomach the thought of chewing lettuce. The internet has an endless supply of recipes suited for your ever changing taste. When I need inspiration, I search Paleo Dressings– this gives me recipes that consist of the most basic ingredients and I substitute the honey in most recipes for stevia or coconut sugar.

** Time Saving Tip**

I make a jar or two of dressings in the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge.

 

“But Sam! What about the protein?!”

Add in whatever you prefer for protein. My intention was to help you beef up your veggie game.

To get your juices flowing, I’ve provided you with not 1, not two, but THREE Bomb-Ass Salad recipes that bitch-slap boring bowls of lettuce in the face.

 

Summery Strawberry Salad

Recipe By: Samantha Rispoli

2 cups organic romaine and spinach mix

¼ cup sliced red onion

¼ cup chopped organic celery

½ cup sliced organic strawberries

2 tbsp slivered almonds

Lemon Chia Vinaigrette

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp sweet (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, xylitol or ½ tsp liquid)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl or shake to combine in a bottle.
  2. Toss prepped salad ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss ingredients to coat and serve.

 

Massaged Kale and Ruby Kraut

Recipe By: Samantha Rispoli

2 cups chopped organic dinosaur kale leaves

½ ripe avocado

juice of ½ lemon

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds

½ cup Ruby Kraut

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add kale, avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Massage ingredients together with hands for 2 minutes.
  3. Top salad with raw sunflower seeds and Ruby Kraut. Enjoy!

 

Thai Ginger Salad

Recipe By: Samantha Rispoli

1 cup sliced red and/or green cabbage

1 cup romaine, chopped

1 small carrot, grated

½ cup chopped sugar snap peas

½ organic red pepper, sliced

2 tbsp cashews

Ginger Sesame Dressing

¼ cup tahini

3 tbsp coconut aminos

1 tbsp sesame oil

½ tbsp fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp garlic, minced

½ tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together salad ingredients with ginger dressing until coated.
  3. Serve topped with cashews. Enjoy!

Now, go out there and make some bomb salads, my friends!

Do you ever get in a salad rut? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite ways to beat the boring salad blues!

Xo Sam

Thats How The Girl Scout Cookie Crumbles (an arguMINT for my version of this American classic)

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It’s that time of year again.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME, BITCHES.

The Girl Scouts of America are taking over the world one thin mint at a time. If you are like most people, you feel you have zero willpower against these adorable evil geniuses. How can you not support the growth and education of a group of young girls?

THAT’S HOW THEY GET YOU.

Not only are they incredibly overpriced, but girl scout cookies aren’t even GOOD FOR YOU. I feel like we all know this but I’ll post a photo of the nutrition label ANYWAY.

mtc_thinmint_lbbJunk, man. Not to mention a serving size is 4 cookies. 
Are you joking Girl Scouts of America? Because thats HILARIOUS.
Find me anyone in the world who is able to eat just 4 thin mints in one sitting.
4 sleeves, maybe.  Alas, I digest.

I’ve got a super easy cookie recipe to satisfy that thin mint craving. Go donate your cookie stash (and the guilt that comes with it) to a homeless person and whip up a batch of these healthier sweet treats. They are grain free and use simple ingredients. HOLLA!

Thin Minty Cookies
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1 ripe avocado

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup granulated sweetener (I used coconut sugar)

1 tsp alcohol free peppermint extract

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used LILY’s Dark Chocolate Chips)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet

2. In a large bowl, mix ingredients until smooth. I used a mixer.

3.  Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and use the back of the spoon to spread the batter into flat circles.

4. Bake cookies 9-10 minutes

5. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the pan. Lift off sheet with a spatula and enjoy with a glass of cold coconut milk!

Yum! Enjoy my friends!  Have you tried  this recipe? Let me know how you enjoyed it! Leave a comment below and share!

Sunday Pancakes + WTF Are You Waiting For?

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Are you a person who usually skips breakfast throughout the week because you are just SOOOO busy or you’re just “not that hungry”?  I am so OVER hearing this excuse.

Let me tell you something. Breakfast is an important meal because it balances blood sugar. This ALONE should be reason enough to start your days with some filling noms.

NOBODY wants to be around your sour patch self at 11:00 am when you’re crying over a box of munchkins in the office. Get some food in your face STAT and stabilize your cravings before we commit you. 

I am an advocate of breakfast and brunch. More so brunch because I like me some savory noms, but I enjoy a pancake here and there. I know you do too, so I come to you with a RIDICULOUSLY EASY PANCAKE RECIPE FOR ONE.

Yeah, it’s made with flax seeds. Sound hippie?

 REALITY CHECK:

the refined flour and sugar laden sweet stacks you are used to SPIKE your blood sugar sky high, only to crash shortly after you finish eating. This can leave you feeling hungry soon after you stuff your face.

SOLUTION: FIBER+FAT

Fiber makes you feel full while controlling blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. This power pancake gets its fiber punch from ground flax seeds and coconut flour.
The FAT factor is important for curbing cravings and nourishing your BRAIN. When you feed your noodle healthy fats, you’re able to think clearly and focus better. Flax seeds, eggs and coconut oil in this pancake help deliver a fatty force to be reckoned with.

But what about the syrup and butter?

Bro, I am no stranger pancake toppings. I offer you a BONUS nutritional roundhouse kick of a topping.

RASPBERRY CHIA JAM. AWWW YEAH.

If you want to use butter and syrup, I won’t stop you! Look for REAL organic maple syrup and grass fed organic butter. Why? Because you’re worth it. That’s why. Don’t skimp on your health, man.

Bomb Ass Flax Pancake

1/4 cup ground flax meal

1 tsp coconut flour

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼  tsp baking powder

vanilla extract

sea salt

1 organic egg

1 tbsp melted coconut oil + 1 tbsp for greasing up the pan!

2 tbsp  non-dairy milk

Raspberry Chia Jam

1 cup fresh or thawed frozen organic raspberries

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp lemon juice

For the PANCAKE:

  1. Whisk pancake ingredients in a bowl  until smooth.
  2. Heat a small frying pan with coconut oil over medium low heat.
  3. Pour batter into frying pan and swirl until batter covers the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cook until edges become firm and golden.
  5. Flip pancake and cook another 3-4 minutes on the other side, until golden.
  6. Serve with JAM or anything else that tickles your fancy.

For the JAM:

1. Pulse ingredients together in a food processor. Jam will thicken the longer it sits.

SO. EASY.

Wanna repeat this delicious moment over and over again? Double or triple the recipe and make smaller pancakes. Freeze them and pop em in the toaster oven when you need your fix. The raspberry jam can be kept in the fridge until you devour it in it’s entirety.

Enjoy!

XoXo

Is Self Love Selfish?

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Be HONEST.

Do you tend to meet other peoples needs before your own?

Do you pick on yourself, the way you act or the way you look?

Do you often feel guilty or shameful for the food choices you make?

Do you hold your tongue in situations often so as to not “make waves?”

Is it difficult for you to tell people NO?

Do you feel selfish accepting help from others or taking time for your needs?

Are you feeling mentally and physically drained day to day?

 

If you answered yes to  most of these you could have a negative association with self-love.

 WHAT is self love?

It’s the deliberate practice of taking responsibility for your needs and desires by creating your life in a way that honors them.

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for your NEEDS and DESIRES. <—-Who else is gonna take responsibility for your needs and desires? HINT: It’s not your boyfriend, your mom or your BFF.

 

I was led to believe it was narcissistic for wanting to put my needs first, that the ultimate act of love was to give all you had to others.

 

FACT:

It totally feels good to share the wealth! When you are able to lift someone else’s spirits in any way,  it makes your heart explode with love and gratitude…

 

…but if we continually give love to everyone else without REPLENISHING our own stock, we eventually drain our resources!

 

The truth is that when we love ourselves first, we acknowledge our own POWER. Self-love translates to HOW YOU VALUE YOURSELF. If you don’t value yourself, you allow others to take advantage of your time and energy, thereby rendering you a less vibrant, less productive person.

 

Accept your body and mind as it stands NOW, not in the future when you lose 10 lbs or meet the person of your dreams. It is so very difficult to build strong connections with others when you don’t have a sturdy foundation of self love to begin with.

 

When you have refueled your self love tank, your capacity to positively influence others expands.

So ask yourself…

 

If I truly loved myself, what would I do?

 

I want to hear from you!

Leave a comment below and tell me what you would do if you truly loved yourself TODAY!

 

XOxO Sam

 

#eatyourgreens March Challenge

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“Say it with me… SUNLIGHT!”

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 Things I love.

1. The movie BRING IT ON (absolute CLASSIC)

2. The SUN (It’s BACK, BABY!)

3. Green foods (We are all little Irish, right?)

4. Melting snow

5. Watching my dog frolic (fall) through said melting snow.

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I’ve been feeling great since the sun has been shining, which is in turn pulling me out of my cave of blankets and pillows on the couch.

Whilst soaking rays a few days ago, I decided to start a challenge on Instagram to inspire people to start incorporating some fresh green goodness into their daily meals.

FACT: Adding new foods INTO your diet is much easier than REMOVING entire food groups in order to be healthy.

FACT: It’s March and everyone is already dying foods green to be festive, so this challenge will help you fit right in…only your food will be naturally green.

FACT: It’s that time of year when the sun is starting to shine and you are motivated to stick to your healthy living goals!

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This challenge involves one small change every day by ADDING more food to your meals. By the end of the month, you’ll experience: 

—–> More Energy

—–> Less Cravings

—–> Better Looking Skin

—–> Anti Inflammatory Benefits

—–> Excitement To Try New Green Foods

 Along with the increased nutrients you gain from eating healthy produce!

It’s a WIN:WIN if you ask me.

You In?

COOL. Here’s what you do!

1. Share this post on Facebook! Inspire someone you know to take one small step for their health!

2. Follow ME on Instagram @NourishingnomswithSam

3. Post photos of your green dish DAILY. Tag me and #EatYourGreens 

4. Get creative with your food! Have fun!

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WHOA……need some ideas for green foods?  I got you, baby!

broccoli

spinach

kale

peppers

arugula

watercress

bok choy

avocado

collards

tomatillos

basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme

green onions

cucumber

zucchini

green apple

chard

artichokes

asparagus

brussel sprouts

cabbage

endive

green beans

peas

lettuce

okra

seaweed

……is that enough inspo? ALRIGHT now go get your greens on! Don’t forget to tag me!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

XoxO