<![CDATA[CHEF CRAFTED NUTRITION - Recipe Blog]]>Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:01:06 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Breakfast Arugula Salad]]>Thu, 01 Jul 2021 11:00:00 GMThttp://chefcraftednutrition.com/recipes/breakfast-arugula-salad3044234Spring and summer collide with this amazingly simple and tasty salad.  You can adapt this for any season, any fruit, any nut or seed, and any type of green leafy base.  We love using eggs with a runny yolk as the "dressing" to our salad.    Grab a great recipe that is perfect for any meal of the day.
Have you ever considered having salad for breakfast?  Another great idea to add to this recipe is a handful of granola to add a bit more of that crunch many people love. Berries, arugula, nuts all provide powerful antioxidants.  One of the 5 oz containers at the store or arugula usually makes about 4 breakfast salads, or two entree sized salads in our experience!  Add a bit more oil, lemon or vinegar if you prefer a more acidic flavor.  

If you substitute lacatino kale for arugula, make sure your massage the kale with your hands to allow it to soften naturally.  Simply tear the kale into bit sized pieces, drizzle with a squeeze of lemon and oil, and massage away for 1-2 minutes to get the most soft and salad ready (pre dressed) greens!
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<![CDATA[Grilled Cajun Okra]]>Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:57:52 GMThttp://chefcraftednutrition.com/recipes/grilled-cajun-okraOkra is a wonderful vegetable that many people think is just a slimey vegetable to go in gumbo.  When prepared right, the slimy texture is gone, and you are left with a wonderful side dish!  


Avoid Slimy okra follow these tips:
  • cook okra with high heat
  • avoid overcrowding your pan, this will reduce heat and cause the slime
  • pickling okra helps reduce the slime factor
  • cooking with acids (like tomato sauce) reduced the slime
  • slice in half and roast in the oven
  • char grill it like the recipe we have shared!

Do you have high cholesterol?  Try adding okra into the mix!
The gel-like substance in okra called mucilage, helps bind to cholesterol during digestion, causing it to be excreted in stools vs being absorbed in the body.

Blood sugar issues? Okra has been linked to helping improve blood sugar control, but if you are taking metformin there may be a food-drug interaction that should be avoided.  Talk with a medical professional before adding lots of okra to your diet.
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<![CDATA[5 Superfoods Brain Power Balls]]>Tue, 18 May 2021 11:00:00 GMThttp://chefcraftednutrition.com/recipes/5-superfoods-brain-power-balls
These balls are a wonderful bit sized dessert thats make ahead friendly and requires no cook time.  Whipping together 5 wonderful superfood ingredients with a few other items.   Oatmeal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter, and cacao nibs combine with a few other great ingredients to bring together nature's sweetness with a fiber packed bite size dessert!  Get the recipe and enjoy this great little energy boost any time of the day.
12 Servings: Recipe Yield is about 36 Balls
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds ⁄
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 12 ounces Medjool Dates pitted⁄
  • 3/4 cup Almond Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips ⁄
  • 1/2 cup Cacao Nibs
  • 2 tablespoons Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Combine oats, coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and salt in food processor until finely ground.
  2. Add dates, nut butter, and vanilla extract utnil it begins to form a ball.
  3. Add chocolate chips and cacao nibs and pulse 10-15 times (to incorporate).
  4. Roll dough into 1/2" balls and place on parchment lined sheetpan and freeze for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer to storage container and store in freezer for long term or in fridge for up to 7 days.
Nutrition per 3 balls:
​290 calories, 33 g carbs, 16 g fat 5.3 g sat fat, 5.7 g protein, 1/2 servings fruit, 7.5 g fiber, 54 mg sodium
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