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I heart my morning coffee. But hey, my usual cup of joe just got some fierce competition…
New research suggests that yerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) tea deserves equal adoration – especially if you exercise. When sipped before a moderate workout, it can increase your calorie burn by 24%. Now that’s a skinny latte!
So what is yerba mate exactly? It’s a naturally-caffeinated (about the same as black tea) dried tree leaf from South America that can be brewed just like regular tea.
Make: Morning Mate Latte
1. Steep 1 yerba mate tea bag in 1 cup hot water for about 5 minutes.
2. Add 1/2 cup warm unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
3. Top with cinnamon.
– Steep the tea bag longer for a stronger flavor.
– Add a teaspoon of honey for a bit of sweetness.
– Use 2 tablespoons coconut milk instead of almond milk. Oh creamy.
Mmmmm… mate latte!
Oh My Goodness! Beans out of the slow cooker taste amazing. Try this ONCE and you’ll be a believer.
I recently started making beans in a slow cooker & let me tell you… it’s totally worth the effort. Soaked & slow cooked beans taste awesome PLUS they are easier to digest and a better source of protein & minerals than canned versions.
Use slow cooker beans to make veggie burgers, mash in tacos, puree into hummus or chop into veggie-friendly sandwich fillings. More beans in your life = more plant-protein & fiber.
Get the full OMG! Slow Cooker Beans Infographic!
If you only take cinnamon off the spice rack to spice up your morning oats, you are ‘SRSLY’ missing out.
Aside from being awesome at sustaining your energy mojo and improving cholesterol, cinnamon can be used to cut back on sugar & enhance your natural beauty.
Here are 3 ways to put cinnamon to work:
1. Natural lip plumper. Channel your inner Angelina by dipping your finger in coconut oil & then into ground cinnamon. Massage mixture on your lips for a minute. Wipe or lick it off. Reapply a little oil & enjoy fuller lips.
2. Sugar swap. Hold it. Don’t put sweetener in your coffee. Instead stir in 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Also great to sweeten up smoothies!
3. Breath freshener. Cinnamon’s antibacterial properties keep your mouth fresh. Keep a few cinnamon tea bags in your purse or desk so you can make a cup anytime you need to eliminate evidence of meal.
Get your seaweed on!
Sea cake [see-keyk]; noun.
1. a vegan, gluten-free, high-fiber version of a traditional crab cake. The star ingrdient: nori seaweed.
2. crab cake, hold the crabby.
Nori seaweed, best known for holding sushi rolls together, is easy to find in the Asian section of most grocery stores. Research suggests that mineral-rich nori has anti-inflammatory & immune boosting properties.
– Make a batch of sea cakes in under 20 minutes.
– Serve them on spring greens w/ lemon & tartar or cocktail sauce.
Get the full recipe! Click HERE.
What 1 thing should always be in a healthy fridge? Without a doubt it’s washed & ready leafy greens.
Arugula, baby spinach, kale mix, spring greens,
shredded cabbage, romaine…stock up! Leafy greens are real miracle workers for health & weight. You can use them for salads, but my favorite way to use them is as a GREEN BASE.
GREEN BASE = Put greens in a bowl & then put whatever you are going to eat on top. Done.
This week (& beyond), aim to put almost anything you eat on a GREEN BASE. My favs:
- Pasta: Put hot noodles on greens to wilt perfectly
- Pizza: Cut pizza into squares & use as croutons
- Tacos: Turn taco night into taco salad night
- Steak & potatoes: Top greens w/dinner classics
- BBQ meats: Combine sweet BBQ+bitter greens, yes!
- Chinese takeout: Dump 1/2 your usual on the greens
Listen, without a sauce, you just have a pile of vegetables. With a sauce you turn that pile into a crave-worthy meal or snack.
This sauce is low drama & can be made in seconds. The key is using seasoned brown rice vinegar, which is just a mild vinegar w/ a sweet & salty balance from grape juice concentrate & sea salt.
- 1 part natural creamy peanut butter
- 1 part seasoned brown rice vinegar
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- warm water (add as much or as little as you’d like to get the consistency you want)
Stir the ingredients together & try the sauce as a:
- Veggie dip. Pair w/ carrots, broccoli & peapods.
- Salad dressing. Toss w/ shredded cabbage or spinach.
- Marinade. Coat tofu, tempeh or chicken & grill/bake.
- Simmer sauce. Stir-fry w/ veggies & serve on brown rice topped w/ chopped peanuts & green onion.
Mix a batch of sauce in a mason jar & refrigerate for ready-to-use goodness.