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Berry Breakfast Bars

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I must admit that when it comes to breakfast, I often default to a handful of go-tos. These go-tos involve one of two things: oatmeal or a smoothie. There’s nothing wrong with these go-tos (they are my favorite breakfasts!), but sometimes I want to try something new. I usually achieve this by changing up the toppings in my oatmeal or the fruit and veggies in my smoothies. But still, sometimes I want something entirely different. It’s not that I lack creativity, it’s that I lack the time. These berry breakfast bars can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to three days.

And don’t get caught up in the fact that these are ‘breakfast’ bars. They can totally be eaten as a snack or for dessert as well!

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BERRY BREAKFAST BARS

Makes 6-8 bars

Ingredients:

– 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
– ½ cup gluten-free oats
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds or nut/seed of choice
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Juice of ½ lemon
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1 cup mixed fresh berries, chopped

Procedure:

1. Place all ingredients in food processor fresh berries. Process until ingredients are well combined and mixture sticks together when pressed with fingers.

2. Transfer to a parchment lined dish such as a pyrex or cake tin. Press mixture down into pan to flatten out. Here you can decide what thickness of bars you want. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes.

3. While bottom layer is setting, place mixed berries in food processor and pulse a few times to chop them up. You may leave a few out for decoration. Spread over date mixture and slice into bars.

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The thing I love about these bars is that the toppings are so open-ended. Blueberries and raspberries instead of strawberries and blackberries? Sure! Peaches and plums or apples and kiwis? Why not? Don’t worry about staying within the berry family at all! Experiment!

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berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Dates High in fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium. Regulates digestive system, provides energy, healthy sweetener, boost the nervous system.
Gluten-free Oats stabilize blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, contains antioxidants
Sunflower Seeds Anti-inflammatory (high in Vitamin E), nerve calming, vegetarian protein, supports detox, good source of healthy fats.
Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging.

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berry breakfast bars - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Asparagus and Beet Salad

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One of my favorite things about the springtime is that asparagus comes into season. Asparagus season is very brief–lasting only from late February/early March till about mid-May–so I am always sure to take advantage of the few weeks asparagus is on the shelves and at farmers’ markets. I love asparagus in any kind of flavor situation: Grilled, sauteed, steamed, roasted… Apparently you can pickle asparagus too, but I’ve never tried that (somehow it doesn’t sound too appetizing, I don’t know, that’s just me).

This particular recipe has steamed asparagus–which alone may sound kind of boring–but combined with beets, mint, lemon and balsamic vinegar creates a five-way marriage of awesomeness.

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ASPARAGUS AND BEET SALAD

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

– 1 pound beets, peeled and sliced
– 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
– 2 Tablespoons chopped mint leaves
– 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– Splash of lemon juice
– Sea salt and black pepper

Procedure:

1. Place beets in a steamer and steam for 10-15 minutes, until tender.

2. Remove beets and add asparagus to steam for about 8 minutes, until tender. (You may steam these together if you don’t mind the asparagus getting stained by the beets.)

3. Place steamed vegetables in a bowl and toss with remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

4. Serve over mixed greens or grains.

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asparagus - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Asparagus – High in vitamin K (which prevents blood clots and supports bone health), high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, supports digestion and regulates blood sugar

Beets – Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and aid detoxification. Red beets support the heart and blood.

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Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo

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Spices 101

If you’re like me, you have a ton of spices in my spice cabinet that you hardly ever use. They were probably for recipes I wanted to try and either made them once or didn’t make them at all. For this month’s food post with Giovanna Garcia we decided to make a little ‘Spices 101′ guide. There are so many health benefits packed into each teeny grain, I figured it was time to give the little guys some credit.

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We underestimate the power of spices. In my journey to health and in helping others reach their optimal health, I’ve learned to incorporate spices in every dish to enhance health benefits, but also for their amazing flavor. Spices have been used medicinally and therapeutically for many years. Each spice provides it’s unique flavor, color, and healing properties. Get creative with these beautiful offerings nature provides us with and enjoy the wonderful benefits.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a delicious naturally sweet and warming spice that has been used for thousands of years for it’s medicinal properties. It helps balance blood sugar, it’s high in antioxidants, improves risk of heart disease, anti-microbial, anti-clotting and the scent boosts brain function. Cinnamon is most often used in sweet dishes, but also goes well in savory dishes. Use in smoothies, chia pudding, desserts, porridge, tea such as homemade chai, soups, sautées and on roasted vegetables.

CAYENNE

Cayenne is used for it’s therapeutic properties in many populations. It packs a punch of benefits and has been commonly used in America for detox and helping the body become less acidic. Cayenne pepper is anti-inflammatory, eases pain, anti-cold and anti-flu, anti-fungal, aids digestion, reduces blood clots, and promotes heart health. It can be used in all types of cooking such as sauteing, roasting, salads, dressings, dips, sauces, teas, and even chocolate desserts. I love adding it to my superfood hot chocolate drink for a nice kick.

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CUMIN

Cumin is a delicious spice with a nutty and peppery flavor. It is commonly used in Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. It also contains some important nutrients such as iron, manganese, copper and calcium. Cumin supports the immune system, aids digestion and is cancer preventative. It can be used in soups, stews, as meat and vegetable seasoning and dips and sauces such as hummus and pesto.

PAPRIKA

Paprika is a spice a spice made by drying and grinding up fruits that come from the chili family. It is used in many cuisines to season and add color to rice, soups and stews. Paprika is high in antioxidants, vitamin E and iron and is anti-inflammatory. It is often used to garnish dishes, but it’s benefits actually increase when lightly heated. Use paprika in soups, stews, to season vegetables and meats, in rice and salads.

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TURMERIC

Turmeric has a bitter and peppery flavor. It has an orange color and resembles ginger root. It is one of the main ingredients in curry, which is what gives it the orange-yellow color. Turmeric packs a punch of nutrition as well as adds an earthy flavor to dishes. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, cancer preventative, aids circulation, high in antioxidants, supports the immune system, eases pain, anti-bacterial, supports detox, speeds up wound healing and protects against flu and cold symptoms. It is mostly used in savory dishes, but can also be incorporated into sweet foods. Use turmeric to season vegetables and meats (it combines great with cinnamon), smoothies, curries, stews, soups, drinks such as hot chocolate or smoothies and chocolate treats.

NUTMEG

Nutmeg is a spice used to add flavor and aroma to dishes. It can be used in sweet and savory cooking. We commonly see it in dishes related to the holidays. Besides it’s delicious flavor, it has many health properties. It is anti-inflammatory properties, aids digestion, supports the immune system, relieve pain, boost skin health, aids detox, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, and improve blood circulation. Use nutmeg in porridge, smoothies such as this awesome pumpkin spice smoothie, desserts (especially chocolate), pesto, to season vegetables and meats and sauces.

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spices 101 - drifter and the gypsy blog
By Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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A winter’s salad

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You know what makes me sad? Winter produce. Not that I don’t like it, but the fact that it frequently gets overlooked. We often attribute fruits and veggies with the summer season. (Helloooo loves of my life: tomatoes, peppers, stone fruit, strawberries, watermelon….) But the winter has so much beautiful produce to offer as well!

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SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND ENDIVE SALAD

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Salad

– 2 cups endive
– 8 brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
– 5 radishes, thinly sliced
– ¼ cup kalamata olives

Dressing

– Juice of 1 grapefruit (about ½ cup)
– ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
– 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
– 1 small shallot, minced
– Sea salt and black pepper

Procedure:

1. Place all prepared salad ingredients in a bowl.

2. To make dressing, place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, whisk all ingredients together for a dressing with more texture.

3. Toss dressing into salad and serve.

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I don’t normally put grapefruit in my salads, but the tangy mixture of tart and bitter is a most wonderful juxtaposition of flavors.

a winter salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Grapefruit – High in vitamin C and other antioxidants, cancer protective, prevents kidney stones and aids detox.

Brussels sprouts – High in vitamin K and vitamin C, aids detox, anti-inflammatory, supports cardiovascular health, high in fiber and aids digestion.

Apple cider vinegar – alkalizing, aids detox, supports skin health, soothes a sore throat, aids digestion, anti-bacterial and aids allergies.

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a winter salad - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe & ingredient highlights by Giovanna Garcia // Words & photography by Micaela Hoo

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Citrus Cream Tarts

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I am a firm believer that pretty food tastes better: Vibrant green smoothies, colorful salads… nature’s candy, right? These little tarts get bonus points for being pretty AND cute.

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CITRUS CREAM TARTS

Makes 3 tarts

Ingredients:

Crust
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
– 15 soft medjool dates
– ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Citrus Cream
– 1 cup coconut cream
– 1 Tablespoon coconut nectar
– ½ teaspoon vanilla
– ¼ teaspoon sea salt
– Zest of ½ lemon
– Zest of ½ orange
– Juice of ½-1 lemon

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Procedure:

1. To make crust: Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until mixture holds together when pressed with fingers. Line a small pie pan or 3-individual size pie pans with parchment paper and press mixture into bottom and sides of pan. Place in the refrigerator while you make filling.

2. To make filling: Place all citrus cream ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed. Pour cream over crust and place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes, until filling has set.

3. Once tart cream has set, garnish with desired toppings and slice to serve.

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Ingredient Highlights:

Medjool Dates – high in fiber, provides energy, good source of B6, potassium, manganese and copper.

Coconut Milk – provides quick energy, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, great source of good quality fat.

Citrus – high in vitamin C (antioxidant), alkalizing, aid detox, anti-inflammatory.

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citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
citrus cream tart - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Dark Chocolate

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When life is as unpredictable as a box of chocolates, there isn’t much as comforting as a box of chocolates themselves. Why? Because chocolate always tastes good, that’s why.
diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
When Giovanna told me she was making her own chocolates (available to order online soon!), I imagined it being a super intensive and laborious process. But–as most things in life–this chocolate only LOOKS harder to make than it is.

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DARK CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

– ½ cup raw cacao powder
– ½ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
– 1-2 Tablespoons raw honey or grade B maple syrup
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.
2. Line a tray or flat plate with parchment paper and pour mixture over it. Spread out evenly to about ¼ inch thickness.
3. Place in refrigerator until firm, about 20 minutes. Break up into pieces and enjoy.

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diy food: dark chocolate - drifter and the gypsy blog
Ingredient Highlights:

Raw cacao: High in antioxidants, magnesium, and iron. Aids in balancing blood sugar, boosts energy, balances mood and fights stress.

Raw honey: Antimicrobial and antibacterial. Supports the immune system.

Extra virgin coconut oil: Anti inflammatory, antibacterial, high in healthy fats, supports brain function, supports skin health and aids in weight loss by keeping us full longer.

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Try this recipe for the next time you have a gathering. I bet you’ll impress every one of your guests! And they won’t even have to know it was a cinch to make. (Our lips are sealed).

Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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DIY Food: Herbal Vanilla Latte

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Something has happened to the United States and it’s called Snowvember. If you’re in Buffalo, New York, Snowvember takes on a whole new meaning. Case in point? This. And this. BuzzFeed even made a post about it. I somewhat spoiled living in California because Snowvember has decided to skip right over the extreme west and plague the rest of the nation. But still, this Herbal Vanilla Latte is the perfect solution for all.

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HERBAL VANILLA LATTE

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 4 Tablespoons raw hemp seeds
– 1 cup spring water
– 3 cups hot herbal tea (chamomile, mint, nettle, rose)
– 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
– 2 teaspoons maca powder
– 2 teaspoons vanilla
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– 4 drops vanilla stevia or 1 teaspoon raw honey
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. Place hemp seeds and water in blender and blend until smooth to make hemp seed milk.
2. Add remaining ingredients to milk and blend until smooth and frothy.
3. Serve and garnish with extra cinnamon.

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Herbal teas are anti-inflammatory and most support digestion. The maca in this drink is what provides a boost of energy, enhances mood, supports strength and endurance, balances hormones and helps us cope with stress.

You can make this latte with any nut milk of choice, but I chose hemp seeds to add some complete protein and healthy fats to the drink.

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Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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