Chickpea and Curry Lentil Soup

Cold Weather is Here…Time for Soup

I love when colder weather comes and it’s time to break out the cozy sweaters and boots, hot tea, and warming soups. I always have homemade chicken or vegetable broth in my fridge, fresh or ground ginger &; turmeric, garlic, lentils and quinoa on hand during the cooler months…

Chickpea & Curried Lentil Soup

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

2 T. curry powder

1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 1/2 T. olive oil

32 ounces of organic vegetable or chicken broth (try homemade)

2 T. whole fat coconut milk

1 yellow onion, finely diced

2 T. fresh ginger, peeled & minced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. pink salt

1 1/2 cups roasted diced tomatoes

1 cup dry red lentils

1 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked & drained

1 cup chopped greens, kale, spinach, or dandelion (liver cleansing)

Optional:

Chopped cilantro (heavy metal detoxifier) or parsley

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Directions: 

In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and ginger and sauté stirring frequently until onions are soft. Add turmeric, curry, cumin, pink salt, and stir, then add in the broth, diced tomatoes, lentils, and chickpeas. Bring this to a low rolling boil and stir well. Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer until lentils are cooked throughout, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add the coconut milk (yummy) at the last few minutes and the chopped greens. Try over brown rice, quinoa, or simply on its own.

Jen's Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

This Chia Seed Pudding is packed with protein, omega-3, antioxidants, and loads of fiber that you can make in less than 5 minutes!

Chia Seed Pudding

Serves: 2 servings

Ingredients

2 cups almond milk

½-3/4 cup chia seeds

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons local honey or liquid stevia

¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder

Options: 2 tbsp. cacao powder and/or collagen powder

Instructions

For Blended/Smooth Version: Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high for

1-2 minutes until completely smooth.

For Whole Chia Seed Version: Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender

until smooth. Stir in chia seeds.

Pour mixture into a jar or glass container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4

hours or overnight to let gel. I prefer to make this at night to have ready for a fast

breakfast the next day. It is also great to make in the morning for a healthy dessert

at night. I love either some blueberries, strawberries, or cherries, with slivered

almonds or walnuts on top.

Superfood Smoothie

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What am I obsessing on right now?? Well, it’s the beautiful pure broccoli sprouts! I add them to my smoothies, salads, avocado toast, sweet potatoes, juice, you name it. I’m always trying to take my health to the next level and sprouts are it! Broccoli sprouts have up to 50x the amount of sulforaphane to fight off cancer. These little green giants are broccoli on steroids! They have a tremendous amount of minerals, enzymes, and nutrients to give us extra energy, boost our immune system, and seriously detoxify.

Superfood Smoothie

1 Banana

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

2 Dates

Handful of Broccoli Sprouts

1 Cup Coconut Water

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Nutrex or Health Force Spirulina

Blend together and enjoy!

Fat Burning Berry Smoothie

This smoothie is perfect for fat burning and healing your gut. Drink it for breakfast and be full for hours. Perfect combination of fiber, antioxidants, and protein!

Fat Burning Berry Smoothie

1 banana

1 cup wild frozen organic blueberries

4-5 organic fresh or frozen strawberries

2 tbsp. Chia seeds (let them soak 5-10 minutes)

1-1 ½ cup organic or homemade almond or cashew milk

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1-2 tbsp. Lakewood inner leaf aloe

Small handful of cut cilantro or dandelion leaves

Optional: Health Force or Nutrex, or Spirulina powder

Blend together and enjoy! Add ice for thicker consistency.


Jennifer's Alkalizing Juice Blend

Drinking this green juice will alkalize your body and leave you feeling fabulous. 

1 and 1⁄2 cups coconut water
2 leafs of kale
1 handful spinach
3 stalks celery
1 green apple
Juice from 1 lemon
1⁄2 bunch parsley

Combine ingredients in juicer. Note: add the coconut water at the end to your juice.

My Favorite Nut Milk Recipe

Homemade nut milks are fast and easy-to-make. They are a perfect addition to your morning smoothie, afternoon tea, or even a dessert!

One cup raw (natural) almonds, soaked
3 to 4 cups of purified water
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp of unrefined coconut oil
Dash of sea salt

Place almonds in a bowl and cover with filtered water and soak overnight or 6-8 hours. Discard water.

Add nuts, fresh filtered water being careful not to fill your blender past 3/4 full.  Add lid tightly and blend on high speed until nuts are completely broken down, usually 1-2 minutes. Strain with a nut milk bag (available online or at health food stores) into a jug or bowl.  If you don't have a nut milk bag, you can also use cheesecloth. Rinse the blender and add back the strained nut milk. I then add my cinnamon, salt, and coconut oil with the nut milk.  Delicious! 

Afternoon Juice Pick-Me-Up

This low-calorie and delicious juice is the perfect way to supercharge your afternoon and metabolism with a healthful burst of nutrients.

Ingredients

4 stalks celery
1 green apple
2 lemons (juice only)
1 cucumber (peel if desired)
Fresh turmeric, 1 inch
Handful spinach
2 chards
¼ habanero (go easy, it’s spicy!)
1 small beet

Combine all ingredients into a blender, processor, or juicer. Enjoy!

Energizing Morning Smoothie

This morning mix will keep you energized and satisfied all morning long!

Ingredients

3 tbsp. soaked chia seeds
1 cup homemade almond milk
Fresh cilantro and mint
2 scoops of Garden of Life or Sun Warrior Vegan Protein Powder
½ avocado
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp. of olive oil (add at the end of your blending)
1 tbsp. coconut oil
½ tsp. cinnamon or fresh vanilla bean

Combine all ingredients in blender, incorporating the olive oil last. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Jennifer's Favorite Nighttime Treat

Want a delicious and indulgent feeling bedtime treat? Try Jennifer's chocolatey fix!

1 cup of homemade almond milk or organic store bought
1 tbsp. of unrefined coconut oil
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp. of cacao powder

Heat almond milk on stove, medium heat. Stir in coconut oil and cacao powder. Take off heat and add cinnamon. Blend in the blender if desiring a creamier consistency.

Enjoy! It’s delicious!