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These superfood bars made with buckwheat, almonds and chia seeds and sweetened with honey and dark chocolate are a great on-the-go snack.

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IngredientsServes: 24

  • 170g raw buckwheat
  • 160g hemp seed hearts
  • 135g flaked almonds
  • 95g coconut flakes
  • 60g chia seeds
  • 90g cacao nibs
  • 375g almond butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 170g honey
  • salt to taste
  • 340g dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter, divided

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:10min ›Extra time:1hr › Ready in:1hr25min

  1. Line a 20x30cm (9x13 in) baking tin with parchment.
  2. Combine buckwheat, hemp seed hearts, almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds and cacao nibs in a large bowl.
  3. Mix 375g almond butter, sugar, honey and salt together in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Pour in buckwheat mixture; stir until completely coated. Press mixture into the prepared tin.
  4. Place chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat; stir until melted, about 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate over the mixture in the pan with a spatula.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into squares.

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by Kasey Smith

By far the best healthy snack I've ever made! Even my pickiest eater loved them. The one that would go into convulsions at the thought of eating something fresh or green. I made them exactly according to the directions. They are so good and very filling. I was a bit confused by the addition of white sugar but thought there must be a reason since all the other ingredients are so healthy. I think next time I may try a natural alternative such as xylitol. Any suggestions?-09 Aug 2018


Finding Balance + A Superfood Green Drink

I was seriously considering trying a juice cleanse. You know, one of those three to five (to seven!) day restrictive regimens of nothing but super-nutrient-packed vegetable and fruit juices, meant to cleanse, reset and restore your body’s system. Celebrities and health gurus extoll the virtues. People swear by it.

I completely fell for the glamorous, healthful message of cleansing. Heal yourself. Cleanse the toxins maliciously intent on draining your energy. Start anew. The basic theory is that by cutting out everything from your diet but the very healthiest and nutrient-rich produce for a few days – essentially giving your body and digestive system a rest – your body is restored. It seemed easy enough. Lately, I’ve caught myself yawning more frequently. Feeling sluggish. Slipping in an extra cup of coffee mid-morning. Life has been busy – the good kind of busy – but I haven’t been taking care of my body like I should be, or taking time for myself. I’m starting to feel it. A few too many of these and a few less trips to the gym will do that. I began to think that I just needed to press the reset button with a cleanse. I could get back to a healthy baseline.

That is until I did some research and quickly realized that a three day cleanse would cost upwards of $150. That may work for cleansers more dedicated than me, but spending that much to give up eating solid food for three days was neither plausible nor justifiable. The sticker shock alone catapulted me back to reality. Maybe the high cost was a good thing. It was at least cause for some serious reevaluation. Maybe my focus should be less about swinging the pendulum in the absolute opposite direction – and expecting a collection of perfectly concocted, cold-pressed juices to be my cure for malaise – and more about simply finding a better balance.


Instead I’m embarking on my own version of a cleanse. One to improve my life/work/health balance. One that involves simply making healthy living and eating a stronger priority, but still leaves plenty of room for daily indulgences (like my morning espresso). Little changes, like taking a break from meat for awhile, and focusing even more on fresh, seasonal produce. Pushing myself towards extra morning workouts. Even when it’s cold, and the bed is oh, so cozy. Finding my own, best balance.

And my secret cleansing weapon? Starting off my day with a homemade, vitamin-and-nutrient-packed green drink. That’s my real takeaway from this cleansing saga. Tons of healthy, raw, superfood goodness blended to verdant oblivion in a tasty juice. Admittedly, this plan is nowhere near as intense as a professionally-designed juicing program, but that’s kind of the point. I’m also bound to receive a lot less eye-rolling from the Honey than if I happened to casually mention, that, oh by the way, “I’m doing a cleanse…”

I go through phases with what I add to my standard green juice recipe. The base ingredients stay pretty much the same: baby spinach and kale or Swiss chard, cucumber, apple, fresh herbs, coconut water and a squeeze of lemon or lime. The add-ins depend on what’s in season, or, more often than not, what’s in the freezer. I like to add a bit of fresh ginger, and a handful of frozen blueberries or blackberries. Sometimes I’ll switch in frozen pineapple or mango chunks. You can even sprinkle in some chia or flax seeds if you’re feeling especially healthful.

Full disclosure: If you add berries to the recipe, which I often do, it will quickly lose its bright, green color. The deeply pigmented juices of blueberries and blackberries easily overpower the colors of just about every other ingredient in the blender, leaving you with a very healthy, deep mauve drink. Not quite as eye-catching, but I promise you, still delicious.

And if juicing/cleansing/green-drinking isn’t your thing? Not to worry, Lovelies! I have many, many traditional sweet and savory winter recipes bouncing around in my head for this holiday season (and not a blender in sight!).


Breakfast Superfood Yogurt Bowls

Valentine’s Day just passed us by… and it’s officially the month of love.

Our daughter Olivia is now at the age where she understands and gets excited for holidays, birthdays, and pretty much any reason to decorate the house for a celebration. When she started seeing heart decorations appear at every store and in the windows of several neighbors’ houses, Olivia immediately became curious. I explained that Valentine’s Day was a day that we got to tell all the special people in our lives how much we love and appreciate them.

Although I’m right with Olivia in my love of decorating the house and having a reason to celebrate pretty much anything, I try to make it a point to make my family feel important and appreciated on a daily basis. Being the fan of food that I am, that love is usually shown through the food I serve.

We are big fans of yogurt in this house. It’s our go-to weekday breakfast routine. When we want to feel extra fancy, we dress it up like these Breakfast Superfood Yogurt Bowls. It contains our favorite rich and creamy variety… FAGE Total 5% plain Greek yogurt along with some especially nutritious and tasty toppings!

When I think luxury in the yogurt aisle of our local grocery story, my eyes (and stomach) always goes to FAGE. The all-natural Greek yogurt is unmatched in its rich and creamy texture and delicious taste. Made with only milk and live active yogurt cultures, FAGE Total 5% plain Greek yogurt is full of protein, contains no added sugar, is a good source of calcium, and is Non-GMO Project Verified!

Best of all, it pairs perfectly with your favorite toppings!

The topping options are pretty much endless when it comes to yogurt bowls, but we have our tried and trusted favorites around our house. Hands down Olivia’s favorite topping is sprinkles (i.e. chia seeds). That’s right. In quite possibly our greatest feat as parents to date, Olivia thinks that superfood-tastic chia seeds are indeed sprinkles.

With Olivia’s peanut allergy, we’ve been digging almond butter around here lately. It’s a flavorful and healthy addition to theseBreakfast Superfood Yogurt Bowls!

Asheley is a fan of crunchy granola and those powerhouse flaxseeds, which contain a whole bunch of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants.

Me? I’m a fruit topping kind of guy. Give me all the superfood power that strawberries, blueberries, tangerines, and bananas have to offer. Of course I swap out fruit depending on what looks good at the supermarket, but these are definitely some of my favorites!

When it comes time to create aBreakfast Superfood Yogurt Bowls that the whole family will enjoy, we make sure to include it all on top of our favorite FAGE Total 5% plain Greek yogurt! It’s such a luxuriously nutritious way to start our day and keeps us going strong all morning long!

Check out how versatile FAGE Total 5% Plain Greek Yogurt is with all of these recipes!


Superfood chocolate bark

It seems like from the start of January everyone is looking to eat healthier and detox from the holidays.

I’ll admit…I’m one of those people.

While I of course still enjoyed some healthy soups and salads over the holidays, I definitely also indulged in some not so healthy treats. I also took some time off from the gym. (after having come down with a bad cold, and then coming down with laziness.)

So this 2018 so far has been all about yoga, green smoothies, and quinoa salads for me.

That being said, I still have a really big sweet tooth. I always find I need at least a bite of something sweet after a savory meal. Anyone else the same?

Rather than reaching for really sugary treats, I decided to work on some recipes that are both healthy, but still satisfy that sweet tooth.

This superfood chocolate bark has officially become my new favorite healthy treat. It’s made with 70% dark chocolate, (and we all know how good dark chocolate is for you!) chia seeds and goji berries. (among some other healthy nuts & seeds)

If you’re more into the taste of white chocolate, I’d recommend trying this white chocolate bark! (it’s vegan and equally as healthy as this superfood chocolate bark!)

I mean, I don’t even know if it’s fair to call this a “treat.” It’s really more like an explosion of superfoods all mixed together!

The thing I love most about the superfood chocolate bark is how easy it is to make. I’m talking 10 minutes, 6 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 1 pan.


Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • If your dates are dry, soak them in warm water for 5 minutes then drain and proceed with the recipe. Fresh Medjool dates should be soft and sticky. This is what helps bind the bars together so everything sticks.
  • Goji berries have a unique taste that some people may find slightly bitter. If you don’t love the taste of goji berries, you can cut the amount in the recipe in half, only sprinkle them on top, or leave them out entirely.
  • This recipe is very versatile and can be adjusted as needed. If there are any nuts or seeds you don’t have on hand or don’t like, you can replace them with equal amounts of any other nut or seed.
  • What to do if your dough is crumbly: add more dates and dried fruit and pulse together again.

For the Squares:

  • 1 cup carrot, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 chia egg ( 1 tablespoon chia seeds 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I use cashew)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I use quinoa flour or whole wheat, both have turned out great.)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

For the Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked over night and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons cashew milk (any none-dairy milk will do.)
  • A pinch of sea salt

Superfood Morning Scuffins

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Raw Superfood Granola Bars

Hemp seeds are a “must eat” on our list of foods. We’ll admit, the list of healthy things we keep adding to our daily “must eat” list is getting a bit out of hand—between the vegetables, flaxseeds, raw vegetable juices, fermented foods, etc. our stomach barely has room to fit it all in. Knowing the health benefits of hemp seeds (especially for plant-based athletes) we are finding creative ways to get our daily hemp fix. We think of hemp seeds almost as a “superfood” because they have a tremendous nutritional profile. Look at just a few of the benefits

  • all 20 amino acids!!
  • easily digestible protein
  • essential fatty acids
  • great source of Omega-6 and Omega-3

And here it is….vegan, raw, tasty, and oh-so-delicious, these bars are top-notch for satisfying your hunger.


  1. Line an 8-inch square tin with baking paper (two strips laid crossways inside the pan is a quick way to do it).
  2. Place a large bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure that it doesn’t touch the water. Break the chocolate into the bowl and when it begins to melt, remove from the heat and stir until completely melted.
  3. While the chocolate is melting, place the condensed milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the butter is melted.
  4. Remove from heat and add to the chocolate, along with the almonds. Add 1 cup of the coconut and fold together.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared tin, smooth the top, and scatter on the remaining coconut. Chill until firmly set.
  6. When set, remove from the pan and cut into squares.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Women’s Weekly Food.


Equipment

Any coffee grinder would work, but this is the exact one I have. I put in 1 cup of whole beans.

I have the “cups” set to 12 cups, and the grind set to “coarse”.

I love cold brew coffee. It is where you steep the coffee grinds in water overnight (or longer!). It gives you a much smoother coffee that isn’t acidic at all. Plus, very convenient since it’s ready for you in the fridge!

I love that this filter fits in to a quart size wide mouth mason jar that I already have. The less kitchen clutter the better. Plus! Love that once I take the filter out the cold brew is already in the jar I’ll be storing it in.

I use this hand frother to mix in my monkfruit and collagen peptides into the heated up coffee. You could use a fork, but I love how quickly this mixes it completely in. I use it to mix a ton of other drinks too!

This frother is a GAME CHANGER! You add in your liquid creamer, press the button, and this wonderful gadget heats AND foams your creamer! Gives you that amazing coffee shop style latte at home.


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