Super Immune Smoothie

Turmeric is a spice that I don’t cook with often enough! It is a super spice loaded with anti-inflammatory health benefits. Turmeric is often used in Indian cooking and has a bold yellow color with warm flavor! Since we are focusing on food inspired by travel this month for Healthy Food Friday’s, I thought this super-spice would make the perfect addition!

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Turmeric is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. So when my mom’s arthritis started acting up I knew I wanted to find some simple ways to incorporate Turmeric into meals. Adding it into smoothies, tossing with roasted veggies, and adding the spice into my egg scrambles or frittatas are my favorites! 

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To go along with this super-spice… a super smoothie!
Super Immune Smoothie

 

Super Immune SmoothieAroundtheweb

Cleansing Garlicky Baby Bok Choy Soup from An Edible Mosaic

Turmeric Tea from The View from Great Island

Easy Curried Eggs from Seasonal and Savory

Turmeric and Honey Super Booster from With Food and Love

Homemade Lemon Thyme Musard from Wonky Wonderful

Grilled Turmeric Chicken from She Simmers/Serious Eats

Ginger Turmeric Spiced Carrot Soup from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Vitality Shots from Spabetty

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Do you incorporate Turmeric or other super-spices into your meals?

Homemade Pumpkin Purée & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you’ve been by the site recently you may be aware of my excitement about the Fall. I mean, clearly obsessed with it. Well, on my way home from work on Friday the farm was loading up their shelves with PUMPKINS. I pulled right over and picked up 2 sugar pumpkins to make some homemade pumpkin purée with. Let the pumpkin-everything begin! Yes, you can easily buy canned pumpkin, I always have a can or two on hand, but what’s better than fresh? PLUS, you get to roast pumpkin seeds, and those are just the perfect snack. So, what better way to start off the Fall baking with the purée that goes into so much of the goods!

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Creamy and delicious.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Homemade Pumpkin Puree Oh, and keep in mind, cutting the pumpkin is an arm workout in itself! Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Yes, I licked the food processor. Then went in for a spoonful. Don’t judge. 

Pumpkin: Do you love it or hate it? 

‘Everything Bagel’ Topped Cauliflower Rolls [VIDEO]

Growing up in New York, the “everything” bagel was my go-to sandwich bread. A toasted egg everything or a whole wheat everything… You name it, I loved it. These Everything Bagel topped Cauliflower Rolls are low carb, paleo-friendly, and a perfect roll alternative.

 

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

Now, you know I don’t eat those bagels anymore, not even the gluten-free ones, so I bring to you an alternative that is really so beyond good! When these rolls were baking in the oven my whole apartment smelled like those glorious everything bagels I loved so much.

Everything Bagel Cauliflower RollsCheers to another delicious and healthy alternative!

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

Everything Bagel Cauliflower Rolls

Homemade Meat Sauce

If you’ve been reading my blog by now you may know how much I LOVE Italian dishes. With that being said, you also may know that I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This meat sauce is delicious and always a hit; it can go with a ton of things! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and it always all goes!

Homemade Meat Sauce | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Homemade Meat Sauce | Lexiscleankitchen.com Zucchini Linguine with Homemade Meat Sauce | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

My local Whole Foods Market had a sale today… and I love a good sale! $1.99 for Organic Strawberries. That is a serious steal. I decided to stock up and make a batch of my Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam. What does this go perfectly with? Oh well… just about everything! On top of your morning oatmeal, spread on some toast, or mixed with almond butter to make a nut butter and jelly dip (oh yeah, that’s happening)… endless possibilities!Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam | Lexiscleankitchen.com #healthy #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

Ingredients: (should make 2 containers worth)

  • 5 cups organic strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and cut
  • 1/4 cup raw organic honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Rinse strawberries well and cut into pieces
  2. In a bowl, pour honey over strawberries
  3. Mix together and let sit for 20 minutes
  4. Transfer mixture to a pot
  5. Add lemon juice, and lightly smash strawberries with a potato masher
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer
  7. Once simmering for 5 minutes, add chia seeds
  8. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often to avoid sticking
  9. Once thick, remove from heat, let cool and store in air-tight containers for up to one week.

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Benefits of Raw Honey:

  • Rich in B vitamins
  • Antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties
  • Promotes body and digestive health
  • Strengthens the immune system

Benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Loaded with iron, calcium, omega 3′s, magnesium, and antioxidants
  • Mineral powerhouse
  • Natural detoxifier
  • Improves health of hair, skin, and nails

Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam | Lexiscleankitchen.com #healthy #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree
Chunky Strawberry Chia Seed Jam | Lexiscleankitchen.com #healthy #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree

 

Delicious & Easy Snack Idea:

Paleo “PB & J” Dip:

  • 1 heaping tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 heaping tbsp homemade jam
  • Fruit of choice (I like it with an organic gala apple or a banana)

Paleo PB & J Dip | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Sweet Potato Buns

Sweet Potato Buns make the perfect bread-alternative to any sandwich, in my opinion! I love to make chicken sandwiches, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and the traditional BLT with them. They are healthy and SO simple to make!

 

Sweet Potato Buns | Lexiscleankitchen.com

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes:

  • Rich in Vitamins B6, C, D and, E

  • Rich in antioxidants

  • Rich in beta-carotene

  • Aids in weight loss

  • Good source of magnesium

Benefits of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt:

  • Controls the body’s water levels

  • Promotes stable pH balance in cells

  • Naturally promotes healthy sleep patterns

  • Supports healthy respiratory function

  • Assists the body to better absorb nutrients

Benefits on Cinnamon:

  • Improves cognitive and memory skills

  • Helps stabilize blood sugar

  • Arthritis relief

  • Contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin k, and calcium