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Eat This or That: Davidson College Student Edition

Eat This or That: Davidson College Student Edition

Davidson is known for a lot of things. The small student-teacher ratio, its long-standing honor code, and Steph Curry are just to name a few. Although these are a few factors that put Davidson on the map, I would have to say one of the most underrated things […]

Kt’s Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

Kt’s Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

Hello Friends! As promised in my last post, I’m here to give you my recipe for healthy cookie dough dip. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and healthy! Best served with sliced apples or graham crackers, this can be a great snack or dessert option. This is especially a great […]

Easy Food Swaps for a Healthier Lifestyle

Easy Food Swaps for a Healthier Lifestyle

It’s officially Spring! So long Winter, it’s time for warmer weather and sunnier days.  I decided to procrastinate my Spring cleaning in the apartment by “cleaning” my camera roll instead. I stumbled across some old pictures and felt inspired to share some healthy food swaps I’ve enjoyed making this past year. So whether you’re trying to lose couple pounds before Spring break, or you just want to start eating a little healthier,  here are a couple of food swaps you can make to your diet:

Oats instead of Refined White Flour.

I used ground oats instead of processed white flour to make these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. A delicious treat on the go!

The reason I started to use oat flour instead of white flour actually happened out of laziness. I didn’t have any regular flour in my kitchen and wanted to bake muffins so I opted to use oatmeal packets instead. It turned out pretty good! Later, I found out that oat flour has many potential health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. It’s a great option for those who are gluten-free and a great nutrient dense food that can keep you satisfied.

If you don’t want to go to the store and buy oat flour you can make your own just like me.  All you need is oatmeal packets or old fashioned oats and a blender. Blend the oats until they’re grounded into a fine flour and there you go. There are so many things you can bake when using oat flour. Personally, I like to use oat flour when making banana bread or muffins such as the one’s pictured here.

 

Collard Green Wraps instead of Bread.

For those trying to reduce the number of refined carbohydrates in their diet, try swapping out your bread and wraps for collard greens. Collard greens are part of the cruciferous family which includes veggies such as kale, broccoli, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy. This family of plants is loved by nutritionists because they’re high in nutrients while staying low in calories.

According to Medical News Today, some of the health benefits of eating collard greens include lowering the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Collard greens can also promote healthy complexion and hair.

While there are many ways to cook and eat collard greens, I like to keep it simple and use the leaves as wraps. Just lay out 2 or 3 leaves and fill it with your favorite fillings that you’d use when making a sandwich or wrap. The results look like a giant, green and healthy burrito.

Collard green wrap with Chicken burger, tomatoes, cucumbers and guacamole.

Zoodles instead of Pasta.

Zoodles. The fun name stands for zucchini noodles.  These green vegetables are spiralized into elongated strips that can be used in place of regular pasta dishes. They’re low in calories and carbs, but high in fiber and vitamins. You can purchase zoodles pre-made at most grocery stores or you can make your own with a spiralizer.

While there are some initial skeptics (hi mom and dad) to this zoodle trend, you just have to find the right way to prepare the dish. The best part about zoodles is that they are super versatile when prepping them to eat. You can eat them raw or you can cook them. While my parents did not favor the raw zoodle dishes I’ve cooked for them, they were fans of the sauteed zoodle pad thai picture below:

Raw zoodles with turkey, veggies and pesto sauce. Super simple and super healthy.

 

Sneak in the extra vegetables… This pad thai is actually made with zoodles. 

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

This Cookie Dough Dip has a secret ingredient…

This no-bake cookie dough dip is for those with a sweet tooth. It’s thick, delicious and guilt-free!I used to make this recipe every other week this past summer because of how easy it was to make.  You can dip yummy foods such as graham crackers or apples in it (or do what I do and just eat it straight with a spoon). This dip is gluten-free, low in fat, and high in protein all thanks to a surprise ingredient. What makes this dip healthy but have a similar taste and texture to the real stuff? The secret is Chickpeas! Blend it together with some oats, nut butter, agave, and baking soda and there you go!

Want to try it out for yourself? Stay tuned, my official recipe for my No-Bake Healthy Cookie Dough Dip drops next week!

Treat Yo Self: A Valentines Day Food Guide Around Davidson

Treat Yo Self: A Valentines Day Food Guide Around Davidson

A day to love, or a day to try and forget. There are always mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day. There is, however, a universal thing that everyone can appreciate regardless of your relationship status, and that’s free food. I’ve decided to make the ultimate guidebook […]

Kt’s Cold Brew Smoothie Bowl

Kt’s Cold Brew Smoothie Bowl

With spring a month away I’ve already started thinking of all the refreshing foods ahead such as watermelon, popsicles and my personal favorite: smoothies. I love smoothies, but I never understood how someone could drink one to replace a meal. Maybe it’s because the absence […]


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With spring a month away I’ve already started thinking of all the refreshing foods ahead such as watermelon, popsicles and my personal favorite: smoothies. I love smoothies, but I never understood how someone could drink one to replace a meal. Maybe it’s because the absence of chewing that makes it seem so unsatisfying? A meal with no crunch nor texture seems pretty lackluster. So how can we fix this?

Introducing the smoothie bowl. Millennials have popularized this food to the top of the basic scale, and I’m not talking about pH levels. Think pumpkin spiced lattes and avocado toast. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this smoothie bowl fad, just think of a smoothie with some crunch to it. Traditionally these bowls are smoothies dressed with toppings such as granola, fruits and whatever else. It’s kind of like a chilled fruit soup, similar to a sophisticated European summer dish.

I love smoothie bowls, which is pretty obvious given to the amount of them I post on my food Instagram page. I’ll make them at least 2-3 times a week in my apartment, or I’ll go to my local juice bar and grab a bowl.

Even though I am a huge advocate for smoothie bowls, there are some people who are skeptical to this whole movement. Some people don’t see the point in eating a smoothie with a spoon. Buzzfeed even wrote an article featuring smoothie bowls as one of the food trends that need to be left in 2017. I’m here to dispute the criticism made by the skeptics. Besides the obvious reasons that they are super refreshing and delicious, here are a  couple more reasons you should give smoothie bowls a try:

Satisfy your sweet cravings 
Dessert for breakfast? And it’s healthy? We’re talking the best of both worlds here. For someone like me who suffers from a severe sweet tooth, smoothie bowls are a great way to satiate those cravings. You can add a scoop of peanut butter, cacao nibs, fruits or a little honey to make a guilt-free confectionary concoction. The best part is that they’re light, yet they fill you up! You can eat these to fuel up for a workout or stave off your hunger during a long day of classes.

Sneak in those veggies!

You can pack your smoothie bowl with vegetables without influencing the taste. This is especially helpful for those who struggle to get their daily serving of greens.  I usually like to throw in some spinach or cauliflower in my smoothies, but you can use whatever is laying around your house! Beets, carrots, kale—go crazy. I recommend storing some in the freezer for easier smoothie prep. By throwing in  frozen fruits and vegetables into your smoothie you avoid having to add ice and watering down the consistency.

This is one of my breakfast smoothie bowls which incorporated beets!

Never gets boring.

There are endless combinations you can throw together for a quick snack or meal. I usually throw together whatever is laying around in my apartment. My ingredients are usually whatever fruits or veggies are in season. For example, fall time is perfect for my pumpkin spice coffee bowl and summertime is great for my low sugar avocado spinach smoothie bowl (Recipes to come in the near future!).

We can’t forget about the toppings. You can drizzle some nut butter or sprinkle some chia seeds on top. Add some extra fruit and granola and voila, an edible masterpiece.


Feeling inspired? Or still skeptical about this trend? Whatever the reason, I think you guys should give them a try. I prefer to eat my smoothie bowls in the morning with Cheerios instead of just having plain cereal and milk for breakfast. Here’s one of my favorite go-to recipes inspired by my teammate’s aunt who made these for us over spring break last year (thanks lex!!). It’s vegan, gluten free and made with such simple ingredients. This cold brew coffee smoothie bowl will keep you full and energize you to take on your day:


Kt’s Easy Cold Brew Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients for Base:

  • 1 frozen banana (in chunks)
  • 4-6 oz of your favorite cold brew coffee
  • creamer of your choice to taste  (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 date or agave to taste
  • 2 tbsp of nut butter
  • 2 tbsp of quick oats
  • Cheerios or cereal of your choice

Toppings:

  • chia seeds
  • fresh fruit
  • granola or granola bites

Directions:

  • Place your favorite granola/cereal at the base of your bowl.
  • Blend smoothie ingredients together until smooth consistency.
  • Add your toppings!

 


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