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Tucked away in the valley of Los Angeles hides rustic Aroma, an enchanting bungalow style cafe famous for its heavenly array of flaky pastries and moist cakes, hand roasted coffee, and generous portions of home-style recipes that uniquely integrate comfort and health food.
Owner Mark Gunsky designed the delightful oasis based on the idea of “something for everyone.” Locals claim the bustling hotspot never fails to draw a loyal crowd from the doorway to the lovely clothing shops along chic Tujunga Avenue. The staff is cheery, the atmosphere is eclectic, the vibe is the essence of southern California: the perfect commingling of laidback and upbeat.
The barista recommends the fresh salmon filet or buffalo mozzarella stuffed caprese press Panini yet reassures: “Absolutely everything is good.” Good and affordable, with all dishes under $15.
Wind your way through the restaurant and you’ll feel right at home amongst the walls of antique relics and cozy nooks. Enjoy a sunny day by people watching on the café’s sidewalk seating or find your happy place beneath the orange blossoms on the back patio, adorned with darling red umbrellas and kitschy hanging bulbs.
Its charming yet relaxed mystique may be just the reason Aroma is so dearly coveted as a celebrity secret frequented by Ashley Greene, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens. During my visit I spot Tyler Blackbird, actor on the popular television series “Pretty Little Liars.” No need for a star map here.
The server promptly brought out my “personal trainer endorsed” breakfast platter: a homemade turkey burger patty, scrambled egg whites, spinach, and black beans with flour tortillas; a hearty meal overflowing the edges of my colossal plate. For a light lunch, you can’t go wrong with the wild rice and tofu salad, a summery fusion of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and sliced avocado on a bed of baby mixed greens with (you guessed it: homemade) lemon-herb vinaigrette.
To top it off, a creamy dark chocolate chip loaded cheesecake slice with crumbly Oreo crust. The tangy, fluffy texture is perfectly countered by the bittersweet chocolate. It’s just the icing on the cake.
The Healing Powers of Tea
It picks you up and calms you down, warms you and refreshes you. With black, white, red, green, and herbal varieties, there’s a tea for every taste, and now this time-honored superfood is trending as the drink of choice for health-conscious people of all ages and cultures. This fascinating book boils down the rich history of tea—as well as the ever-expanding list of health and weight loss benefits found in its leaves. You’ll discover:
· How black and white teas are heating up the beverage world with antioxidants and nutrients that lower heart disease, stroke, and cancer risk, and fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
· How age-defying spa treatments made from tea can soothe your skin, soften your hair, and give you an all-over glow and peace of mind.
· The latest knowledge from top medical researchers and tea experts on how the superfood can tackle digestive problems, depression, anxiety, aches and pains, and add years to your life.
· Over 50 home cures you can stir up to boost energy and lessen stress, and treat the common cold, insomnia, and more.
· Comforting recipes like Warm Scones with Jam and Devonshire Cream, Assorted Finger Sandwiches, Scrumptious White Tea Scallops, and Russian Tea Cookies paired with the perfect brew—hot or iced.
Better health is just a sip away. With this book (sweetened with lively stories) you’ll learn the hottest tips to improve your health, boost brainpower—and even clean your house!
Cinnamon: A Diabetic's Godsend
Naturally sweet and delightfully aromatic, cinnamon is a wonderful fat resistance food just waiting for you in the spice rack. Mulled apple cider simmering on your stove with a stick of cinnamon is the ultimate aromatherapy for your home. And cinnamon is tough enough to go it alone, without added sugar.
Yes, this spice can add delicious flavor and amazing health benefits when sprinkled on your favorite dishes or on new creations. Turn an ordinary dish or drink into a healthy comfort food.
Research indicates that powdered cinnamon, about a half teaspoon a day, may help prevent diabetes or reduce blood sugar in adults who have diabetes. One study found that cinnamon helped reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes. With these potential benefits, it’s no wonder cinnamon is a hot topic in health news.
Easy Tips for Using Cinnamon
Do something good for yourself and enjoy cinnamon sprinkled on healthy dishes any time of day.
Have a little cinnamon with your oatmeal, granola, cereal, or yogurt in the morning.
Place some apple slices into a small bowl and shower them with cinnamon. Add a few walnuts, and you’ve got a delicious treat with pectin fiber and healthy omega-3 fats. Or try mixing some cinnamon into applesauce it tastes a lot like apple pie without the crust!
Coffee or Tea
You might sprinkle cinnamon on that latte or cappuccino when you are out. Why not do the same when you have coffee or tea with milk at home?
Dinner and Dessert
For the adventurous cook, a dash of cinnamon works beautifully with vegetarian spiced dishes such as curries or masalas.
For dessert, how about a baked apple with cinnamon? Here’s the recipe from our book The Fat Resistance Diet.
Baked Apple with Cinnamon and Walnuts
Imagine walking into a kitchen filled with the rich aroma of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven. This is comfort food at its best. The sweetness of soft, warm apples is enhanced by pomegranate syrup, and the walnuts are crunchy and satisfying.
2 Apples for baking, such as Macintosh
1 Cup Unsweetened Pomegranate Juice
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
16 Walnut Halves
Core the apples and place in a baking dish. Pour the pomegranate juice over apples. This will become syrup when cooked.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake in a toaster oven or oven at 350° Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until apples are soft. Baste apple with syrup while cooking.
Plate the apple and top with walnuts and syrup. Serves two.
Nutrition per Serving
3 g Protein
41 g Carbohydrates
11 g Fat
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America's Best Comfort Foods
A dish of pasta shells loaded with creamy, bubbly, perfectly browned cheese. A sprinkling of spices. And all of it rich and gooey. That&rsquos the mac &rsquon cheese at Slows Bar B Q, a neighborhood joint in Detroit where the star side dish has earned the nickname of &ldquocrack-n-cheese&rdquo thanks to its highly addictive deliciousness.
There are certain feel-good foods we universally reach for when we need to be comforted. A fragrant bowl of chicken soup. A dose of silky mashed potato. A 10-napkin serving of unctuous barbecue. Restaurant trends may come and go, but comfort foods are forever. Fortunately, America is awash with restaurants where the traditional never went out of style.
&ldquoAs everything around us changes faster than ever, there&rsquos a comfort in things that stay pretty much the same,&rdquo muses Salma Abdelnour, a New York&ndashbased food and travel writer who blogs about her food adventures at salmaland.com. &ldquoThere&rsquos a reason why comfort food is comforting&hellipwe know what it&rsquos going to taste like, and we know how we&rsquore going to feel when we eat it. That kind of predictability is priceless.&rdquo
In this era of food anxiety, it&rsquos no wonder we sometimes feel the need to throw the book away and tuck into foods that remind us of simpler times. &ldquo[Comfort foods] soothe the psyche by reminding us of comforting childhood memories,&rdquo says Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, a food columnist who writes about home cooking for About.com. &ldquoFor most of us, these foods are far from gourmet, and generally epitomize home cooking.&rdquo
Of course, the foods we tend to most associate with comfort aren&rsquot likely to win any accolades from nutritionists and dietitians. In fact, unapologetic carb-loading is probably the single most satisfying element in a good comfort food dish. When Filippone asked her readers for their favorites, they sung the praises of such fat- and calorie-laden stars as meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken. (Strangely, salads didn&rsquot make the cut.)
While on the hunt for America&rsquos best comfort foods, we stuck to tried-and-true dishes that tend to evoke a sense of place. We found a bigger-than-Texas chicken-fried steak in Houston, biscuits and gravy worth lining up for in Nashville, and a chicken soup recipe handed down through generations in Philadelphia, along with a host of other feel-good staples.
The common denominator: all of them are unpretentious, homemade, and in most instances, the kind of dishes that would cause a riot were the restaurants to take them off the menu. About the only things you won&rsquot find on our list are any radical surprises. And isn&rsquot that kind of comforting? &mdashEmma Sloley
104 Places to Enjoy Dinner & Drinks on the Patio
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With the return of spring comes the return of patio dining — one of our favorite things to do in B-Town. Something about enjoying dinner & drinks outside in the spring warmth feels oh-so right after a long winter spent inside. Tons of eateries in town offer patio dining, and we&aposve rounded them all up so you don&apost have to. See how many you can cross off this list each time you visit!
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Bakeries,s & Sweet Treats
If tea is your beverage of choice, BloomingTea is a must. With over 100 loose-leaf teas, you&aposll have a new brew to try each time you stop by the teahouse. Savor your tea in the warm breeze on their front porch patio to complete the experience.
The Chocolate Moose is Bloomington&aposs most beloved ice cream parlor, serving the community since 1933. Enjoy a scoop or two of homemade ice cream on their patio — be sure to use their mural as a backdrop for a picture-perfect shot of your sweet treat before digging in.
Cup & Kettle Tea Co.
Enjoy an organic tea blend and a fresh pastry under the sun&aposs rays at Cup & Kettle. You&aposll want to snag a pic for the &aposGram here too — their drinks & treats are too beautiful to not share!
Crumble Coffee & Bakery
Crumble has two locations in town, and both of them offer patio seating! Enjoy one of their new spring drinks (strawberry thyme iced tea, anyone?) and a signature crumble bar while relaxing in the revitalizing weather.
Hartzell&aposs Ice Cream
Hartzell&aposs is a local-favorite stop for incredible homemade ice cream. They offer both traditional and unique flavors, which are ever-rotating. Grab an ice cream cone, a Spinner (their take on a Blizzard-type treat), a shake, malt,ਏloat, sundae, smoothie, parfait, Slush Puppie — whatever you like, they probably offer! They even carry non-fat frozen yogurt and Carbolite, a water & whey-based ice cream sweetened with Splenda. Choose your adventure, then head across the street to People&aposs Park to enjoy your sweet treat at a picnic table.
Hopscotch has two locations at different ends of downtown B-Town, both conveniently located on the B-Line Trail. Put your pup on a leash, go for a morning walk on the B-Line, and stop by Hopscotch to enjoy a nitro cold brew with a scoop of ice cream while you people-watch with your pooch.
Inkwell Bakery & Cafe
Located on The Square, The Inkwell is a great spot to grab a casual breakfast or lunch with a friend. Savor a broken yolk sandwich and a cappuccino on their patio — it&aposs all about the little things in life.
Patio weather and ice cream were basically made for each other, right? Enjoy a signature Jiffy Treet Cyclone on the patio at one of their two Monroe County locations for the perfect sunny day outing.
Needmore Coffee Roasters
Drive over to Needmore Coffee Roasters on a weekend morning to sip a cup of ethically-sourced, internationally-grown coffee at one of their many picnic tables.
Vegan friends, this one&aposs for you: Rainbow Bakery is Bloomington&aposs only 100% vegan bakery. Step outside the box and try a maple bacon donut — trust us on this one. The bakery also sells Hopscotch Coffee, and few things are more satisfying than coffee & donuts under the glow of the sun.
This classic Bloomington coffeehouse boasts three locations, all featuring a patio for patrons to sip their smoothies, jive with their joe, or savor their scones.
Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, & Bars
Bear&aposs is located right across the street from Indiana University&aposs 3 rd Street class buildings and dorms, which makes its patio a great spot for sipping a beer and doing some IU-inspired people-watching. There&aposs nothing like taking in the hustle &ustle of the college crowd.
Butler Winery Downtown
Butler Winery offers a quaint downtown Bloomington tasting room with a lovely secret garden. It&aposs a magically relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine on a bright, sunny day.
Butler Winery & Vineyard
Want the entire winery experience? Head over to Butler&aposs vineyard to enjoy a flight of wines as you admire their beautiful seven acres of growing grapes.
Sitting down for craft cocktails andਊrtisan food on Cardinal&aposs patio overlooking the B-Line Trail is about as Bloomington as it gets. Looking for the perfect Instagram moment? Head around to the side of their building to take a pic of your drink in front of their mural — don&apost forget to use #visitbtown!
Friendly Beasts Cider Company
For a truly unique B-Town experience, head to Friendly Beasts. Specializing in hard cider, all varieties of the drink are fermented & blended here in Bloomington. The taproom & patio are open to people of all ages, and light snacks & soft drinks are offered in addition to cider. Friendly Beasts is perfect for families, couples, and friends alike.
Looking for a bit of a hidden gem brewery while you&aposre in town? Function is your place. They offer a continually-rotating selection of in-house beers to enjoy on their patio in downtown B-Town. They also offer incredible artisan shareables & sandwiches — their sandwiches are consistently voted Best in Bloomington!
Kilroy&aposs on Kirkwood
The complete opposite of a hidden gem, KOK is one of the most well-known bars in Bloomington. Their front patio is a great spot to enjoy lunch with friends on a weekday, and their back patio is the place to be if you want to experience IU bar life on the weekends. Roy&aposs is also currently offering extended patio seating through the summer as part of Kirkwood&aposs pedestrian-only space initiative.
Nick&aposs English Hut
Nick&aposs offers a small patio out front of their Kirkwood tavern, and they&aposre also participating in Kirkwood&aposs pedestrian-only space initiative. For those in town for Hoosier-related events, Nick&aposs is a great place to grab a meal and/or drinks, people-watch on Kirkwood, and take in the IU social culture — especially on a game day.
Oliver is one of the largest wineries in the US, and they&aposre ranked among the nation&aposs top 25 wineries to visit. Their grounds are just as impressive as their delicious selection of wines — regardless of the season, Oliver always has breathtaking landscaping to admire from their expansive patio & grounds. For the wine lover, Oliver is a must on your list of Bloomington patio destinations.
Enjoy post-work drinks and gourmet hotdogs at the Orbit Room. They&aposre offering temporary patio seating in a parklet outside of the venue as part of the city&aposs pedestrian-only space initiative.
The Sinkhole is known for their unique beer offerings, hand-picked from breweries across the country for the freshest, most exciting experience. Enjoy a great beer on their warm & inviting patio!
Switchyard Brewing Company
Switchyard is a local favorite due to their great beer selection and all-ages taproom & patio. It&aposs a great spot for the family to relax and enjoy an afternoon out of the house.
Grab a seat at The Tap&aposs patio, order their famous Tap fries (they&aposre worth the hype, we promise), and enjoy a selection of over 450 beers as you take in the energy of the heart of downtown Bloomington.
Unique brews, great food, and a dog-friendly patio: we&aposre convinced this is the holy trinity of patio dining, and Upland has it all.
The Upstairs offers a unique experience to its patrons — their bar & patio is on the second floor of a strip-mall-esque building on Kirkwood Avenue, which means you can enjoy great drinks and even betterompany while overlooking the hustle & bustle of Kirkwood&aposs crawlers. Raise a toast to the nearby Sample Gates and snap a photo of the moment for the &aposGram.
With over 100 authentic Indian dishes on their menu, Amrit India offers something for everyone to enjoy. Admire the hustle & bustle of The Square as you devour your meal on their patio.
Stop by Anatolia to enjoy an authentic Turkish meal on their garden patio. Lush, vibrant, and full of flowers, it&aposs easy to believe you&aposreining in an actual Mediterranean garden.
Anyetsang&aposs Little Tibet
Little Tibet is a triple-threat, as they specialize in Tibetan, Thai, and Indian cuisine. Craving Tibetan food? The dumplings are a must. Indian? You have to go with the curry. Thai? Try the tom ka. In any case, enjoy your plate on their shaded, garden-esque patio.
Head to Btown Gyros for a casual Mediterranean meal on 4 th Street. The eatery offers gyros, falafel, shawarma, and more. Sit on the patio and close your eyes as you savor your fare — for a moment, you might feel like you&aposre actually under the Mediterranean sun!
Specializing in Burmese fare, Burma Garden offers a variety of authentic dishes at a great price-point. Take in the culture of 4 th Street by enjoying your meal on their patio.
Do Asian Fusionuisine
Do offers a variety of Asian Fusion cuisine to enjoy on their patio. Choose whether you want to sit under the sun or under the covered section of the patio, depending on what the weather is like.
Few things are better than enjoying authentic Mexican food and a margarita in the sun. Stop by one of El Ranchero&aposs two locations with a patio, and try their quesabuena for a fresh take on Mexican cuisine.
Feta Kitchen + Cafe
Feta offers a variety of healthy, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Enjoy the boutiqueਊtmosphere of their patio and nearby businesses while you delight in a fresh & sustainably-sourced meal.
Looking for an upscale Italian eatery? Look no further than Grazie Italiano. A Friday night spent enjoying grilled branzino or veal scallopini on Grazie&aposs patio is a Friday night well-spent!
Happy Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere at a great price-point. Feast on Thai spring rolls, Massaman curry, pad see ew, and more on their spacious wrap-around patio.
This authentic Indian restaurant offers a modern interpretation of classic dishes, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Enjoy your Indian dish and downtown Bloomington at once on their patio.
The Irish Lion offers a hidden, whimsical-feeling patio called The Glen, and enjoying your authentic Irish meal there is an absolute must during the warmer months.
Juannita&aposs is aꃞlicious, authentic Mexican restaurant with a great patio deck. The patio is especially enjoyable during their late-night specials — Taco Tuesday, Pinata Party Friday, and Eat Salsa Dance Salsa Saturday, anyone?
Enjoy Korean favorites like bibimbap, bulgogi, or japchae on Korea Restaurant&aposs picturesque patio. Feeling adventurous? Try their stir-fried squid!
La Charreada offers a variety of Mexican dishes & drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Take your meal outside to an umbrella-shaded table on a nice day to really bask in relaxation.
Le Petit Cafe
This quaint cafe, located on the B-Line Trail, offers an ever-changing menu of Provincial French-style dishes & desserts. While they technically don&apost have a patio, they take brunch orders from a window on the side of their building on Saturday mornings — grab a crepe and make a short walk down the B-Line to enjoy your French fare at a picnic table.
My Thai&aposs downtown location offers patio-style seating on the front porch of their restaurant. Savor one of their many lunch specials at a well-sought-after patio table the next time you&aposre in the mood for Thai food!
Osteria is a charming, authentic Italian restaurant located in a 1880&aposs-style carriage house in an alley off of Kirkwood. The hidden gem is offering temporary patio seating as part of Kirkwood&aposs pedestrian-only space initiative — enjoy their rustic comfort food on the patio while you can!
Ami is a local-favorite when it comes to sushi. Enjoy a few rolls with friends on their cozy patio across the street from IU&aposs campus.
Experience the flavors of authentic Afghan cuisine on Samira&aposs patio. Their smoked salmon salad is the perfect refreshing meal onਊ warm afternoon.
Siam House has a peaceful, quaint patio that&aposs reminiscent of a Thai garden. It&aposs the perfect place to enjoy a plate of pad Thai on a sunnyꃚy.
Looking for modern Mexican food with an interesting twist? Look no further than Social Cantina. If you&aposre over 21, enjoying a margarita with your meal is a must. Grab a table on the patio to do some people-watching on the busy Square while you soak up the warm weather.
Experience traditional Turkish fare on the patio of this international restaurant. Sofra&aposs combo appetizer plate is very popular and allows you to try an assortment of incredible Mediterranean food at a fair price.
Taste of India
Offering authentic Northern & Southern Indian cuisine, Taste of India is a 4 th Street favorite. Their large patio deck is the perfect spot to enjoy your meal and the culture of "International Row."
The 3 Amigos
The 3 Amigos have been serving authentic family recipes straight from Mexico since 2015. Their huge menu offers flavors for everyone to enjoy, from chimichangas to burritos to fajitas and much more. Grab a seat at their covered patio for maximum enjoyment.
3 Amigos Taqueria
3 Amigos Taqueria is The 3 Amigos&apos sister location — they strive to continue the tradition of the original restaurant while venturing into a new era with their menu. Grab a seat on the patio and try their famous cheese sauce with your meal.
Viva Mas Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Viva Mas offers an expansive menu of traditional Mexican food and drinks. Enjoy a tequila flight and shared nachos on the weekend, or delight in a weekday lunch special for under $10.00. In any case, indulge in your comida on their large covered patio.
Aver&aposs Pizza East
Order a Cream & Crimson pizzaਏrom Aver&aposs on the east side and enjoy your unique, gourmet &aposza on their patio.
Bedrak is a great local brunch spot. Enjoy a flight of their fresh-pressed juices along with one of their delicious dishes — we recommend the signature Cubano and the French toast bites (on the patio, of course).
Big Woods Bloomington
Big Woods offers patio seating on their wrap-around porch and back patio. Their artisan food, in-house beer, and signature cocktails make for the perfect place to catch up with friends, have a date night, or treat the family to a fantastic meal.
If you&aposve never experienced a Bub&aposs elk burger, take yourself down to the local burger joint and prepare to be floored. Save room for one of their delicious hand-dipped milkshakes — what&aposs a better patio meal than a burger, some fries, and a milkshake?
Bucceto&aposs Smiling Teeth West
Bucceto&aposs offers Italian food with a sprinkle of Californian inspiration. Enjoy vibrant, innovative pizzas with the family at Bucceto&aposs west side patio.
Located across the street from Sample Gates, BuffaLouie&aposs offers incredible bone-in & boneless wings and a great IU dining experience. Grab a spot at one of their picnic tables on a nice day and take in the bustle of campus culture.
Butch&aposs Grillacatessen & Eatzeria
New York-meets-Italy at this sandwich, pizza, and salad shop. Butch&aposs multi-page menu ensures there&aposs something for everyone to enjoy, and their many picnic tables offer a great place to savor the flavor.
Located in a quaint village community in Bloomington, C3 offers hand-crafted cocktails & seasonal cuisine. Their patio, often host to local musical acts, is perfect for a romantic date night.
Enjoy a New York-style pizza on this pizzeria&aposs patio. We highly recommend you go with the crumbled sausage — trust us. Cafe Pizzaria isurrently offering even more patio seating than usual as part of Kirkwood&aposs pedestrian-only spaces initiative.
Crazy Horse is another local favorite, and they have a great patio. It&aposs the perfect casual spot to meet with friends for dinner & drinks — they carry 80 beers from around the world, in addition to domestic, import, microbrews, and draft beers, plus their full bar.
Dagwood&aposs Deli Sub Shop
Dagwood&aposs boasts their knowledge of the blueprint for the perfect sandwich. Create your own perfect sub, or try one of their signature concoctions. Chow down on that bad boy on their patio to fully appreciate the power of a great sub on a sunny day.
Da Vinci Pizza & Pasta
If traditional Neapolitan-style pizza & pasta is your thing, head over to Da Vinci&aposs. They offer an abundance of unique &aposzas and noodle dishes for you to enjoy on their downtown patio. We recommend the Pera pizza for those wanting to go out on a limb and try something different.
Eric Gordon&aposs Greek Pizzeria
There&aposs no shortage of pizza places to try in B-Town, and Eric Gordon&aposs Greek Pizzeria is one of the newest to join the ranks. One of their best lunch specials includesਊ small pizza & order of garlic butter breadsticks for under $10.00 — chow down on their patio across from Memorial Stadium.
Farm-to-table fans, FARM is your place. Enjoy seasonally-inspired fare at their funky, vintage venue — FARM famous fries are a must on the patio. Patio seating at this eatery has also been temporarily expanded as part of the city&aposs pedestrian-only spaces initiative.
Fat Dan&aposs Chicago-Style Deli
Hotdogs, burgers, and smoked meats are what you&aposll find at Fat Dan&aposs. Is there any better way to enjoy those foods than under the sun&aposs rays? We don&apost think so.
Feast Market & Cellar
Feast offers a range of unique, gourmet food for brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. It&aposs a great place to try something out-of-the-box, like their lamb flatbread or duck confit. The ambiance on the patio is perfect for a date or intimate gathering.
Inspired by New York culture, Goodfellas serves specialty pies, calzones, and oven-baked subs. Their restaurant is located on Kirkwood, so their patio & pedestrian-only space seating is a great place for those who enjoy people-watching.
Hive offers fast, fresh, and healthy comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their patio is dog-friendly, making it the perfect stop after your daily walk.
inBloom Eats + Juice
If you&aposre seeking a great Instagrammable foodie moment, look no further than inBloom. Their smoothie bowls are the stuff IG dreams are made of, and their patio tables make the perfect backdrop.
Laughing Planet Cafe
Enjoy California-inspired burritos, bowls, and quesadillas on Laughing Planet&aposs large patio. Stop by Soma, located on the lower level of the same building, for a coffee pick-me-up after your meal.
Lennie&aposs offers great pizza, pasta, and salads, and we especially love their $10.00 lunch special. Order a slice & salad, salad & soup, or soup & slice to enjoy on their patio or in their pedestrian-only space on Kirkwood.
Serving California-inspired seafood & steaks, Malibu has a casual, upscale atmosphere that&aposs perfect for a special occasion dinner. Enjoy your fine fare in the warm air on the patio for that extra bit of ambiance.
Mother Bear&aposs West
Arguably Bloomington&aposs best pizza joint, Mother Bear&aposs new location on the west side of town offers a patio for you to enjoy your pie, pasta, wings, and more.
Vegetarians will love The Owlery&aposs plant-based menu. Their poutine is highly recommended by our vegetarian townies, and we&aposre betting it tastes even better when enjoyed on their downtown patio.
The Spoon is a well-loved local favorite. Their quirky atmosphere, secret-garden-esque patio, and incredible food make for a great experience. If you&aposre a fan of salmon, you have to try their smoked salmon hash and smoked salmon bennie — they&aposre two of Bloomington&aposs best breakfast dishes.
Rush Bowls offers a vast menu of customizable smoothies & smoothie bowls. Their goal is to provide Bloomington with quick, healthy, filling, and delicious food options. What&aposs better than enjoying a smoothie bowl on the patio on a nice, sunny day?
Overlooking Monroe Lake and the Hoosier National Forest, Scenic View is arguably Bloomington&aposs best patio-dining location. For a truly striking experience, have dinner on the patio and watch the sunset over the lake &ਏorest.
Fans of Cajun and creole-inspired food should definitely stop by Southern Stone. Enjoying a plate of shrimp & grits on the patio is a great way to start any day.
Swing-In prides itself on being the best regular-old-pizza around town. Enjoy some good-ole pizza, pasta, wings, and stromboli on their patio the next time you&aposre looking to go back-to-basics.
Truffles Fine Cuisine & 56 Degrees Bar
Enjoy a wide range of dishes, from seafood to international flavors to classic steak dinners, on Truffles&apos small, intimate patio.
A local-favorite upscale eatery, Uptown offers New Orleans-inspired brunch, lunch, and dinner. They have an abundance of patio seating to offer, as they&aposre included in Kirkwood&aposs pedestrian-only spaces plan.
Village Deli is one of B-Town&aposs most beloved breakfast joints. It&aposs always busy on the weekends, so we recommend getting there early if you want your pick of patio seating. They&aposre also part of Kirkwood&aposs pedestrian-only spaces initiative, so you do have a little more wiggle room than usual as far as outdoor seating goes.
The Village Pub
The Village Pub is a high-end gastropub known for their great food, cocktails, and funky atmosphere. Enjoy one of their gourmet meals & craft cocktails on their picturesque patio.
Wee Willie&aposs is a classic breakfast diner with a menu chock-full of comfort food. Located in our neighboring Monroe County town, Ellettsville, Wee Willie&aposs is a great place to take the family for breakfast on the patio in a slower-paced environment.
Windjammer Bar and Grill
The Windjammer is part of the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marinaਊnd is open to both resort guests & the public. The entire backside of the restaurant faces Monroe Lake andtures a windowed wall & ceiling for maximum lake views. Take your casualꃺre outside to their huge patio to enjoy the lake even more.
Yogi&aposs Bar & Grill
Yogi&aposs is an IU fan institution as far as B-Town dining goes. Their new downtown location offers patio seating across from several popular bars — it&aposs a prime people-watching spot during the late evening hours!
Buffalo Wild Wings
Craving wings from the nation&aposs most beloved wing joint? Head over to Bdub&aposs to enjoy a wing bundle and a beer on their patio.
Cheddar&aposs Scratch Kitchen
Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere and Texas-style comfort food on Cheddar&aposs patio.
What&aposs better than a Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich and waffle fries? A Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich and waffle fries on the patio.
Chipotle has two locations in town, both of which offer patio seating. However, the Kirkwood location&aposs patio is a bit bigger, and you get the people-watching element. We&aposll leave it to you to choose your Chipotle patio adventure.
Culver&aposs offers some of the best fast-food burgers, and their cheese curds & concrete mixers are out-of-this-world. Enjoy your meal on their shaded patio for maximum enjoyment.
Five Guys is another great nationwide burger joint. Enjoy your burger & bag fries on one of their two patios in town.
Enjoy a freaky-fast sub on the patio of any of the three Bloomington Jimmy John&aposs locations.
Joella&aposs Hot Chicken
Next time you&aposre craving fried chicken, skip KFC&aposs and try Joella&aposs instead. Their house dipping sauces are unique &ꃞlicious, and their parm garlic fries are an absolute must. Is there a better way to enjoy a fried chicken meal than under the sun on a patio?
The nation&aposs favorite deli offers a small shaded patio in Bloomington, perfect for enjoying your favorite McAlister&aposs sandwich and a famous iced tea.
Noodles & Company
Craving a quick-yet-delicious bowl of pasta? Stop by one of Bloomington&aposs two Noodles locations, and slurp your noods on the patio.
For a freshly-prepared comfort meal, head over to Panera Bread. For maximum comfort, let the sun warm you as you savor your soup & sandwich on the patio.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Think of Potbelly as an elevated Subway — they offer great subs, salads, and sides. Also located on Kirkwood, Potbelly&aposs patio is yet another great spot for people-watching the IU crowd.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Favor Qdoba to Chipotle? Grab your Mexican grub at their location across from Sample Gates and chow down on the patio.
All Starbucks locations in town have a patio to enjoy the nation&aposs favorite coffeehouse beverages.
Wendy&aposs on the east side features a small patio for you to sit andnjoy your classic burger,ਏries, and Frosty.
Benefits for Health and Soul
Organic Cacao Powder is a happy powder that stimulates the production of endorphins we all know what they are. If you feel blue and need healthy comfort food, try protein balls covered in Cacao Powder. You’ll get a fantastic amount of antioxidants as well they’ll improve and support your general health.
Organic Cacao: Nutrition Information
You won’t believe the amount of fiber found in Cacao powder, as well as levels of iron and calcium. This combination makes this product unique, as you won’t find many to offer the same values. If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, this is definitely a must, experiment, add it to your smoothies and protein balls, you’ll see the difference in no time. Besides, calcium, magnesium, and manganese help support bone health. Moreover, this powder is another excellent product to add to your gluten-free diet, congrats, its a keeper.
Five ways to bring hygge to your plate
"During winter I like to cook with more wild vegetables such as swiss chards, artichokes and wild asparagus, they are all great for you," says Lino Sauro.
2. Savour every mouthful
"Sit away from your phone, emails and TV - they can shut down your digestive system and cause you stress. Instead, focus on mindful eating. To do this, slow down and engage with the eating process and look at how the food tastes, smells and looks," says Sepel.
3. Soothe with spices
"In Sweden Christmas is the highlight of the long winter months. Cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and orange are used in all our traditional Christmas dishes including mulled wine and tea. To us, these ingredients have become feel good ingredients reminding us of the cosy and magical time of Christmas," says Chirilas.
Sepel also recommends spicing up a bland veggie bowl by sauteeing in coconut oil and adding turmeric, cumin and chilli flakes.
4. Pretty up your plate
"Present food nicely on a clean, crisp white bowl or plate and then add fresh herbs to garnish," says Sepel.
Chirilas also recommends nice cutlery. "We add a level of cosiness to the food interaction at Fika by offering timber knives to spread the butter on our toast with. Timber butter knives are found in all Scandinavian households and are much loved and enhance the experience in our customers eyes," says Chirilas.
5. Do indulge in dessert
Of the healthy kind. Try these muffins, this healthy chocolate mousse, delicious fruit with cashew cream or anything from Teresa Cutter.
Ultimate chocolate cake
Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter and line a 20cm round cake tin (7.5cm deep).
Put 200g chopped dark chocolate in a medium pan with 200g butter.
Mix 1 tbsp instant coffee granules into 125ml cold water and pour into the pan.
Warm through over a low heat just until everything is melted – don’t overheat. Or melt in the microwave for about 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Mix 85g self-raising flour, 85g plain flour, ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda, 200g light muscovado sugar, 200g golden caster sugar and 25g cocoa powder, and squash out any lumps.
Beat 3 medium eggs with 75ml buttermilk.
Pour the melted chocolate mixture and the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir everything to a smooth, quite runny consistency.
Pour this into the tin and bake for 1hr 25 – 1hr 30 mins. If you push a skewer into the centre it should come out clean and the top should feel firm (don’t worry if it cracks a bit).
Leave to cool in the tin (don’t worry if it dips slightly), then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut the cold cake horizontally into three.
To make the ganache, put 200g chopped dark chocolate in a bowl. Pour 300ml double cream into a pan, add 2 tbsp golden caster sugar and heat until it is about to boil.
Take off the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool until it is a little thicker but still pourable.
Sandwich the layers together with just a little of the ganache. Pour the rest over the cake letting it fall down the sides and smooth over any gaps with a palette knife.
Decorate with 50g grated chocolate or 100g chocolate curls. The cake keeps moist and gooey for 3-4 days.
27 Food Writers & Nutrition Experts Share Their Favorite Simple Green Smoothie Recipes
Green smoothies are all the rage, especially for those who want to eat healthy but are always on the run. Green smoothies are among the healthiest smoothies you can indulge in, meaning you get all the benefits of a refreshing, delicious treat without the guilt! And, they’re perfect smoothies for those following the paleo diet, too.
The good news: you can enjoy a delicious green smoothie without spending tons of time in the kitchen. If you’re on the go, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store to grab a delicious green smoothie you can enjoy on the way to work, as a tasty lunchtime meal, or a well-deserved treat at the end of the day.
Our Edible® Treats menu includes a variety of mouth-watering options that are so delicious, you’d never guess they’re actually good for you! Try our refreshing blend of Pineapple + Honeydew + Kale, or create your own smoothie by choosing ingredients from our Create-Your-Own menu, such as a tasty mix of banana, pineapple, and kale. Add a scoop of whey protein for an extra protein punch. Looking for a keto diet-friendly smoothie? Try a blend of blueberries, kale, and protein powder. The options are endless!
For more delicious green smoothie recipes, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say.
Cam is a blogger and publisher of RealHomeJobsNow.com, a site dedicated to helping job seekers find legitimate work that can be done from the comfort of home. She’s been researching home-based work and working at home since 2008.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe makes a bright and delicious smoothie that maintains its beautiful green color and provides a great mix of carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, fiber, and Omega-3.
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
- 2 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (or more/less for desired taste)
- Filtered water (enough to reach desired consistency)
“Blend and enjoy! Note: If you prefer a cold smoothie, make sure to use cold water and/or add ice. If you are using a high wattage blender, you can blend all ingredients at once. If not, blend the first three ingredients with water, then add the remainder with enough water to reach the desired consistency.”
Kylie Goldstein is a travel and food writer and Japan expert at Tourist Japan.
“Matcha is known for its health benefits including antioxidants and its naturally detoxifying qualities. Classified as a superfood, Matcha, made from green tea leaves, is a part of most diets in Japan. It’s mostly consumed in tea, but also included in ice creams, desserts, and of course, smoothies!
“At Tourist Japan, making a Matcha smoothie is one of the best ways to start the morning off right. Matcha also contains naturally occurring caffeine with l-theanine which can replace a morning coffee, giving a boost of energy that will last longer and does not
have the same effects as coffee. Mixing Matcha together with fruit is one of the best ways to incorporate this powerful superfood and enhance its earthy flavor.
“Matcha Mango Morning Smoothie:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup of mango (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tsp of Matcha powder
- 1 cup of nondairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk
“The combination of fruit and Matcha is both flavorful, healthy, and filling – a perfect way to start a morning. By not adding any other protein to this shake (such as soy milk, spinach, or protein powder), it helps maintain the powerful properties of Matcha. Mixing iron together with green tea actually reduces the EGCG (antioxidant) properties.”
Hope Bolinger is a literary agent, soon-to-be published novelist, and smoothie enthusiast.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is:
- One banana
- A handful of spinach
- Half an avocado
- Rice milk, covering the ingredients in the blender
“Instructions: Blend well until smooth. Depending on the blender, you may need to implement a colander. It serves 2 or more, and you can add more bananas or spinach to serve more.”
Deanna Tomaselli is a Pittsburgh-based PR and social media professional. Her blog, PRetty in Pittsburgh, features insights on the PR and marketing industry, as well as travel, Pittsburgh happenings, fitness, food and fun.
“Here’s my favorite go-to recipe:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana (frozen then thawed a bit is key for the best texture!)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Pineapple and mango chunks (I like to buy these in the freezer section so it’s all ready to go)
- Giant handful of spinach”
Kristin Nowzek is an entrepreneur and health enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Cirkle Kids Designs, a thoughtfully designed and curated baby apparel company with an important social mission.
“While it may be tempting to reach for one of those highly-processed energy bars or baked goods (yes, I know they’re delicious!) to stave off those mid-day hunger pains, your body, mind, and heart will thank you if you don’t. With a little bit of prep work, smoothies can take just minutes to make and be an excellent option for an on-the-go meal replacement.
“This simple green smoothie recipe packs a nutritional punch, and keeps you full and energized throughout your day. The best part – it’s delicious!
“Pro tip: Portion out the ingredients into resealable bags ahead of time so making your smoothie is as easy as grabbing and blending on your way out the door.
- 1 cup tropical mix frozen fruit (pineapples provide important digestive
enzymes that help prevent inflammation)
- 1 fresh banana (for healthy carbs and potassium)
- 1 cup fresh spinach (for fiber, vitamin C and potassium)
- 1 cup fresh kale (the health benefits are astounding: loaded with vitamins A, C, K, B6, antioxidants, beta-carotene, potassium, and calcium)
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds (rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium)
- 1 to 2 tsp ground flax seeds (packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber)
- ½ cup milk (adjust to achieve desired thickness – coconut or almond milk recommended for a delicious boost of creaminess)
- ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (optional)
“Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!”
Rhian has a food blog where she posts easy, undetectably vegan and gluten-free recipes, focusing on healthy comfort food and naturally sweetened desserts using plant-based ingredients. She made a lot of dietary changes after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2015 and decided to share her new recipe creations online.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is made using 1 cup milk of choice (I like to use unsweetened almond milk), 1 persimmon, and a handful of spinach or kale. Persimmons are great alternative to bananas, as they also provide natural sweetness to balance out the bitter greens and act as a thickener for the smoothie. As an added bonus, they offer a good dose of vitamin C. You can add a pinch of ground turmeric or some fresh ginger for an extra kick. You can use peeled, chopped, and pre-frozen persimmon instead of fresh for an even thicker, creamier smoothie.”
Rebecca Park is a registered nurse from New York City and
founder of the natural health resource, RemediesForMe.com. She is always looking for new ways to eat healthier and to find foods that will benefit her gut health and metabolism.
“Breakfast green protein smoothies help to keep you full and lose weight. They also taste great! Here are my two favorite green smoothie recipes.
. Green Blend Smoothie: This smoothie contains healthy, good, satiating fats, vitamins and minerals, and omega-3s.
- 1 to 2 scoops of protein powder
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup of organic vanilla soy/almond/cashew milk
. Spirulina Smoothie: Spirulina is a superfood that is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Protein helps you to stay full for longer and makes building lean
muscle quicker. More muscles helps the body to burn more calories throughout the day.
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 cup of organic vanilla soy/almond/cashew milk
- 1 banana”
Jasmine earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida. She enjoys being a resource for patients and strives to help every Tampa Rejuvenation patient reach their goals!
“For health and nutrition, my favorite simple green smoothie always has spinach, kale, ginger, carrots, and orange juice (as a base). The fiber in the vegetables should help slowly absorb the sugar from the juice when it’s ingested.”
Roberta Perry and her sister, Michelle, started ScrubzBody™ in 2006.
“My favorite simple green smoothie is:
- 6 large leaves of kale, including stem
- 6 large leaves of spinach, including stem
- 1 peeled cucumber
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 cored apple
- 1 peeled lemon
- 1 inch of ginger
- 2 large pineapple stalks
- A large handful of grapes
“Put in the blender, hit start, and go! This recipe can be used in cold-press juicer, as well.”
McKinzie Bean started Moms Make Cents in June of 2016 to help teach moms how to build profitable blogs and businesses so they could have the freedom to stay home with their kiddos.
“Our family absolutely loves green smoothies, and it is the only way that I can get my three-year-old to eat his vegetables. He literally begs for this smoothie every night. Parenting win!
- 2 cups of spinach
- 2 bananas
- 1 to 1.5 cups tropical frozen fruit mix
- 1.5 to 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (optional)
“It makes approximately 4 to 5 cups.”
Kim Goeltom is a Certified Master Wellness Coach through the International Association of Wellness Professionals and is the owner of Creating Legacy Wellness. She is also an IAWP Admissions Advisor and Master Coach Leader.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is called Kim’s Green Power Smoothie to Recharge Superwomen:
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana, or use an avocado if you’re allergic or dislike banana
- 1 large handful of kale or spinach
- 1 handful of strawberries
- 2 tbsp of your favorite nut butter or sunflower butter
- 2 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
“Directions: Blend the first two ingredients together. Then blend again once all of the ingredients are in the blender. Feel free to get creative and change out the strawberries to another fruit for variety or use ground flax meal in lieu of chia seeds to create an ever-evolving green smoothie! Power up and have fun!”
Sarah is the Content Director at Perfect Keto, with a mission to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health and well-being.
“My personal favorite is the Citrus Keto Green Smoothie.
“It’s a great way to start a day and get vitamin C for better immunity. This refreshing, low-carb citrus keto green smoothie will tickle your taste buds and help boost your energy levels for a productive day.
“Ingredients are as follows:
- 8 oz milk of choice
- 1 tbsp MCT oil
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 handful of ice
- 1 handful of spinach
“Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix on high until smooth.”
Emese Maczko and her husband share plant-based and gluten-free recipes on their blog called My Pure Plants.
“My favorite simple green smoothie is a Kiwi Banana Spinach Smoothie, which I boosted to create my Lactation Smoothie after we welcomed our second daughter in October 2018. It is an allergy-friendly smoothie that is not only refreshing but covers all bases from vitamin A and C to calcium and iron – all important things for a breastfeeding mom. The smoothie contains kiwi, banana, spinach, lime, oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and hemp powder.”
Milana Perepyolkina is an international bestselling author. Two of her books are Gypsy Energy Secrets: Turning a Bad Day into a Good Day No Matter What Life Throws at You
and Dark Chocolate for the Soul: Turning a Bitter Life into a Sweet Life No Matter What Happens to You.
“Here is my favorite simple green smoothie recipe:
- One pack of frozen acai berries
- One apple
- One banana
- A bunch of chard leaves
- One scoop of raw sprouted vanilla protein powder
“Blend until smooth. Drink with gratitude.”
In addition to her own private practice as a wellness coach, Karina Hammer is also the host of the Magnetic Heart Radio Show, a Health & Wellness Magazine Columnist, Founder of Nashville Integrative Health, and Director of Coaching for The Butterfly Institute. In her practice, she focuses on supporting professional women with their immune, digestive, or vocal health challenges.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is the Super Simple Kid Approved Green Smoothie. This is a delicious green smoothie that even kids will like!
- 1/2 cup organic apple juice
- 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
- 1/2 cup organic frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup organic frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup organic spinach
- 1/2 cup organic kale
“Optional superfood add-ins include hemp seeds, bee pollen, coconut oil, or avocado. Directions: Blend all ingredients and enjoy.”
Susan Schenck, LAc, MTOM is an award-winning author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet as well as Beyond Broccoli: Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work.
“My fave green smoothie is very simple: 1/2 cup pineapple blended with a cup of spinach and a cup of pure water. Easy and DELICIOUS!”
Delanie West is a hands-on creative with experience leading award-winning product development, design, packaging, and global sourcing teams. She helps people and organizations execute creative vision for ideas, projects, products, and brands.
“I have been drinking and making green smoothies for well over 20 years. Before you could find milk substitutes, before the vegan trend, I would consume smoothies because I was a vegetarian and needed a healthy option that was easy to make and ‘eat.’
“Before you could bounce into one of a number of branded ‘smoothie’ shoppes, you might be lucky to find your local mom and pop health food store that would blend one for you.
“Because there weren’t many places to have one made, I made them at home.
“My favorite has been a go-to for at least 20 years!
“I use Spiruteen (but any vegan protein is good), fresh or frozen spinach, frozen banana, and sometimes I use Green Vibrance. I blend it with almond, soy or rice milk, a date, or some honey.
“That’s it! It’s a keeper and so great!
“Super Creative Green Shake
- Scoop Spruteen powder
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Scoop Green Vibrance
- 8 ounces almond / soy or rice milk
- 1 Medijool date or tablespoon of honey
“Blend, and adjust milk for consistency.”
Heidi Bright was diagnosed with aggressive end-stage uterine cancer in 2009 and entered radical remission in 2011. She earned Champion of Cancer Care, Unsung Hero, and Voices of Women awards. Heidi is the author of physician-endorsed Thriver Soup: A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer Journey (Sunstone Press, 2015).
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is the Chocolate-Mint Smoothie. If you like mint and have a high-powered blender, try this green smoothie.
- 1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
- 1 handful raw organic cacao nibs or 2 tbsp plain cocoa powder
- 1 bunch fresh organic mint leaves
- 1 tsp organic vanilla flavoring
- Sweetener of choice (unprocessed sugar, raw honey, raw agave nectar, stevia, and xylitol are options I’ve used)
“Place all in a smoothie blender, whirl, and enjoy. For a minty ice cream, place the smoothie in a freezable dish. Pull out of the freezer every hour and beat with a mixer to break up the ice crystals. Eat when ready.”
Melissa Eboli, a.k.a. Chef Via Melissa, owns Via’s Kitchen, a personal chef and catering company that focuses on clean eating and allergy friendly cooking based out of NYC. Dishes boast with flavor while keeping nutrition and presentation top of mind while serving up a party for your palate.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is the Chef Via Melissa’s Minty Cherry Chocolate Chip Delight Smoothie. Here’s the recipe for one serving:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- 1 scoop vanilla vegan & greens protein powder
- 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
- 2 tsp flax seeds
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp chlorella
- 4 drops mint flavoring
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips”
Jessica Rosen is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Co-Founder of Raw Generation.
“Sugars from fruit are not the same as white sugar found in so many of the processed foods we find in our grocery stores. For a sweet treat that will give you energy and won’t expand your waistline, try this Energizing Tropical Avocado Smoothie, a fresh smoothie packed with fruit and greens, including avocado!
- 1/4 avocado
- Handful of baby spinach
- 1/2 cup of pineapple, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup mango, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1-1/2” slice of ginger (optional)”
Dr. Steven Loehr
Dr. Steven Loehr has grown Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture to a team of over 20 specialized physicians and professionals helping over 10,000 patients. He leads his team to redefine the standard of health care through patient education and creating a culture of problem solvers to blaze into the new frontier of healthcare.
“These are my favorite simple green juices, which can also be made as a smoothie.
- ½ lemon (peeled)
- 1 cup grapes
- ½ cup honeydew
- 1 kiwi
- Handful of mint
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 green apples (cored)
- 1 head Swiss chard
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 head red leaf
- 2 cups spinach”
Stella Metsovas, author of Wild Mediterranean, has been in private practice for over ten years, during which she has researched and promoted the importance of gut balance as a key component of complete wellness. Beyond her private practice, Stella is regularly called on as a media resource.
“This Gut-Strengthening Smoothie is my favorite simple green smoothie recipe.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 1/2 grapefruit, peeled & chopped
- 1 kiwi, chopped
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup jicama, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Protein powder of your choice, such as pea protein
“Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the grapefruit and kiwi blend for 30 seconds on high. Add the greens, jicama, protein powder, and olive oil. Blend for an additional 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.”
Stacy Caprio is a Life Coach at Stacy Caprio Inc.
“My favorite green smoothie recipe is:
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 banana
- Handful of broccoli
- 2 scoops yogurt
- 2 cups milk”
Tamsin Astor helps busy people organize their personal and professional habits so they have time for what they want and need and time for fun. They make 35,000 decisions every day. Tamsin helps people change their mindset and create new behaviors using habit science, so they reduce their decisions!
“Here’s my favorite simple green smoothie recipe:
- 1 handful of greens (spinach or kale)
- 1 piece of fruit (apple, banana, or pear)
- 1/2-inch knob of fresh ginger
- 2 cups of water or coconut water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
“This combination is flexible, which allows you the space to add whatever you have in your fridge. It has ingredients to boost your digestion and immune system!”
Elise Marie Collins
In addition to being a yoga teacher and a health coach, Elise Marie Collins’ resume includes numerous books on healing foods and well being.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is:
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of parsley
- 2 tbsp raw honey, Manuka preferred
“I love this recipe because you can drink it every day. Packed with vitamins and minerals, parsley’s superfood powers are often disregarded because of its reputation as a toss-away garnish. Plus, honey is a great sweetener and energy-booster. It’s good to have a jar of quality healing honey, such as Manuka, on hand. All of the ingredients in this smoothie are good to have on hand everyday.”
Veladya Chapman is the creator of Earth Mama Medicine.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is:
- 1 cup of organic spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1.5 cups of fresh cashew milk (or any other nut milk)
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- A dash of liquid chlorophyll or spirulina for extra green, cell-feeding nutrients!”
Ysabel Montemayor is the lead RD at Fresh n’ Lean.
“My favorite simple green smoothie is called the Tropical Green Smoothie (The Green Machine).”
- 1½ cups dark leafy greens (spinach or kale)
- ½ cup sliced cucumber
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1 cup chopped frozen pineapples
- ½ to ¾ cup coconut water
“The recipe yields 2 servings. All of the fruits and veggies in this smoothie are are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. I like to use dark leafy greens because they are easy to blend and are associated with numerous benefits such as better blood, bone, heart, and eye health. A bit of cucumber will add a refreshing flavor, and pineapples will add juicy tartness. Adding a banana adds natural sweetness and thickness to the smoothie while helping balance out the tartness/bitterness from the pineapples and greens. I like to use frozen fruit because it helps create a desirable thick, icy texture without the need for ice cubes. Coconut water helps ease blending while being rich in electrolytes, which are important for hydration.”
These green smoothies are simple, meant to be easy to make if you’re pressed for time or kitchen-challenged. If you’re crunched for time, on the go, or simply want a great-tasting, effortless treat, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store and choose a combo of fresh, never-frozen ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie on the go.
'If you go to any health food shop they have the equivalent in chocolates, sweets, crisps, ice-cream and more but without the processed sugars.'
The benefit of making the swap will mean that your blood sugar levels won't spike, so you won't get that depressed low after, which means you don't get into a cycle of constantly eating these foods to give you energy and a high.
Make pancakes with ground almonds and milled flaxseeds for a healthier breakfast
'They are also far less addictive and because you are being kinder to your body, you won't get the self saboteur meets the guilty binge,' she said.
Christianne says you will also not gain weight as easily without the processed sugars and there are a myriad ways to satisfy sweet tooth cravings without piling on the pounds.
She continued: 'Why not make your own treats? Home made chocolates are really easy to make - just a bit of raw cacao, honey and almond nut butter. Put in some moulds and freeze.
'It tastes delicious and takes about two minutes to make, and 30 minutes to freeze.
'So whilst the nights are drawing in and the fire goes on, make a lovely hot cup of cocoa with raw cacao, honey and almond milk, and notice how wholesome, happy and comforted you feel, with out the bloat after.'
HEALTHY EATING: COMFORT FOOD WITHOUT THE GUILT
Nutritional breakdown - per serving
Ingredients: 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 large onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped 1 heaped tsp hot chilli powder 500g lean minced beef 300ml beef stock 400g can chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato puree ½ tsp dried marjoram 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until hot. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper and chilli powder. Stir well, then cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high and add the minced beef. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, break up the mince as it fries and browns – make sure you keep the heat hot enough for the meat to brown, rather than stew.
Pour the stock into the pan and add the tomatoes and tomato purée, marjoram and sugar. Season and stir the sauce well. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, until it is gently simmering. Cook for 20 minutes. Check the pan occasionally to make sure that the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom or isn’t drying out. Add 1-2 tbsp water, if needed.
Add the kidney beans and simmer for 10 minutes, adding a little more water if that looks too dry. Taste the chilli and adjust the seasoning add extra chilli powder if needed. Cover the pan, turn off the heat and leave the chilli to stand for 10 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to mingle.
Topping suggestion: Top your chilli with low-fat crème fraîche, chopped avocado and chopped fresh chillies. This is a lovely way to jazz up a simple dinner. Allow 70 extra calories per person for the avocado, assuming half an avocado each, and about 20 calories extra for 1 tbsp crème fraîche.
Recipe from Jane Michell, weight loss and nutrition expert, author and the founder of Jane Plan
STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
Strawberry Chocolate Brownies
Nutritional breakdown - per serving
Ingredients: 200g dark chocolate, (try to use one with around 70% cocoa content) chopped 2medium eggs 200g dark Muscovado sugar 150g 0% fat Greek yoghurt 150g plain flour 2 tbsp Streamline strawberry jam fresh strawberries to serve
Method: Preheat the oven to 170C/ 150 fan/ gas 3 and line a 20cmx20cm tin with greaseproof paper. Heat the chocolate over a pan of hot water, stirring occasionally. While the chocolate is melting whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until they’re fluffy and thickened. Continue whisking, gradually adding the sugar and then stir in the yoghurt. Gently stir the melted chocolate into the egg mixture until completely combined then sieve in the flour and gently fold in. Pour half of the mixture into the brownie tin spreading into the corners then drizzle over the Streamline strawberry jam. With a skewer or tip of a knife, lightly swirl the jam into the mixture. Add the remaining mixture, again spreading to the corners then bake for 30-35 minutes until the brownie has a crust on top but is still soft in the middle. Leave to cool in the tin then cut into 16 squares. The consistency improves the next day, so if you can bear it keep them in an airtight tin overnight and serve the following day, with fresh strawberries.
Recipe from Streamline Foods
Makes 4 x 6 four-inch pancakes.
Nutritional breakdown - values for the entire recipe
Ingredients: 240g ground almonds 1 tbsp milled flaxseeds 1 tsp baking soda 1 large egg 2oz/60g unsweetened almond milk 240g coconut milk 2 tbsps coconut oil, melted
Method: Mix the ground almonds, flaxseeds, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the milk and oil and whisk together. Whisk the mixtures together gradually, adding more milk if needed, one tablespoon at a time, to make a nice pancake batter. Lightly oil a frying pan and heat over medium heat, and pour a cup of batter into it. Cook for three minutes each side. Serve with fruit, maple syrup, Greek yogurt etc.
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Ingredients for the pizza base: 1 cauliflower 8oz/225g brown rice flour 2 tbsps chia seeds with 120mls water half a mango 1 lemom dried herbs salt
Ingredients for the topping: Add toppings of your choice, e.g. tomato puree, mushrooms, spinach, basil, tomatoes
Method: Place the chia seeds in a cup with the water for 10-15 minutes, so that the mixture becomes gelatinous. Process the cauliflower in a blender, then place the mixture in a tea towel and squeeze out all the water, thoroughly. Combine all the pizza base ingredients together flatten the dough out and place on a baking tray – oil the tray slightly to prevent sticking. Bake in the oven on 200°C / 390°F / gas mark 6 for about 25 minutes. Once cooked, add your topping and place back in the oven for a further seven minutes. A really delicious alternative to pizza – you will be so surprised how scrumptious it is.
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Ingredients: 4 quince, peeled and cut into eighths (use pears if you cannot get quince) 4 apples 100g raisins 1⁄2 tsp ground allspice 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp sea salt 4 tbsp coconut flour 100ml apple juice
For the crumble topping: 150g coconut oil, melted 250g rice flour 100ml agave nectar 1⁄2 tsp sea salt 60g chopped nuts
Method: Preheat the oven to 190oC/gas mark 5. Put the quinces in a small saucepan with water and cook for 10 minutes. Put the apples, sultanas/golden raisins, allspice, cinnamon, salt, almond flour, apple juice and cooked quince in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine, making sure you turn and coat every piece of fruit. Put the mixture into a 25cm square baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes, until the juices are bubbling. Put the coconut oil, flour, agave nectar, salt and pecans in a large bowl. Bring together using your hands, until a sticky dough forms. Remove the baking dish from the oven and scatter the dough randomly over the fruit. Return to the oven and bake for a further 10–15 minutes, until the crumble is golden. Allow to cool slightly before serving with a yoghurt.
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Ingredients: 500g potatoes diced 1 medium swede cut into chunks 200g soft cheese with herbs 150ml vegetable stock 650g skinless, boneless cod, cut into large chunks 100g cooked peeled prawns 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley Cheese
Method: Boil the potatoes and swede until tender for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 190C/ gas 5/fan 170C. Put the soft cheese and stock into a large saucepan and heat gently until smooth. Stir the fish into the sauce with the prawns and parsley. Put the mixture into a baking dish. Drain the potatoes and swede, mash them well and season with black pepper. Spoon the mash over the fish to cover it completely. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then grate some cheese and add to the top and grill for five minutes. Serve with vegetables of your choice.
Recipes from Christianne Wolff, author of The Body Rescue Plan and The Body Rescue Detox Recipe Book
PHIL VICKERY’S GLUTEN FREE CORNFLAKE, SWEET POTATO AND PECAN BROWNIES
Nutritional breakdown - values per serving as calculated by nutritionist Juliette Kellow
Gluten free cornflake, sweet potato and pecan brownie
Ingredients: 100ml light extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing baking tin 150g bitter chocolate, chopped 120g gluten free flour (for best results, see recipe below) 100g finely crushed Gluten Free Honey Corn Flakes 1 tsp baking powder quarter teaspoon xanthan gum 150g roughly chopped pecans 150g soft brown sugar 2 medium eggs, room temperature 250g skinless cooked sweet potato pulp (warm)
Gluten free flour ingredients (makes 500g): 175g sorghum flour 175g potato starch 150g tapioca flour
Method: For this recipe begin by making the gluten free flour. For best results, thoroughly sieve together the sorghum flour, potato starch and tapioca flour. Alternatively the three ingredients can be mixed together in a food processor and pulsed until combined. Next pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas 6. Line a 25cm square baking tray or baking dish with parchment paper and oil well. Melt the chocolate and oil together over a pan of simmering water, or gently in the microwave. Be careful that the chocolate doesn’t get too hot while doing this. In a bowl mix together the gluten free flour, finely crushed cornflakes, baking powder, xanthan gum, pecans and sugar. Pour the warm oil and chocolate mixture into the warm potato pulp and beat well before adding the eggs. Finally add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well. Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 30 minutes, or until set, the exact time of baking will depend on your oven. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before cutting in to squares to eat immediately, or freeze for future use.
Tips: To create the perfect sweet potato pulp bake two medium sweet potatoes in their skins for about 45 minutes at 190 °C, gas mark 5. Once the potatoes are soft slice them in half and scoop out the flesh.
Banana and date flapjacks
BANANA AND DATE FLAPJACKS
Ingredients: 100g dates, pitted and soaked in 100g boiling water 85g ripe banana (when peeled) - about one small one 1tsp homemade vanilla extract (if avoiding sugar), or 1tsp bought 50g virgin, organic coconut oil, melted ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 250g gluten-free oats (or 'normal' oats if you can tolerate gluten)
Method: Place the dates in a bowl with the boiling water and leave to soak for at least five minutes. Once soaked, tip the dates and water into a food processor or blender along with the banana, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda. Process until smooth and paste-like. Tip the paste into a bowl and add the oats. Stir to combine, then place the mixture in a greased oven-proof dish measuring approx. 20 x 15cm. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees, 160 degree fan, gas mark 4 for approx. 25 minutes until golden and firm. Once cool cut up and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days
Recipe from recipe developer and food blogger Vicki Montague
DOUBLE LAYERED RAW VEGAN CARROT CAKE WITH THICK CASHEW CREAM CHEESE FROSTING AND SUPERFOOD TOPPINGS
For the carrot cake 2 large carrots, peeled 180G coconut flour 180g pitted dates 150g dried pineapple 50g unsweetened shredded coconut 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Method: Cut the carrot into small chunks. Throw all the ingredients (including the carrots) in your food processor. Pulse the food processor until it’s all in really small pieces and sticks together
For the cashew frosting: 300g raw cashews, soaked for two hours 2tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tablespoons of liquid coconut oil 1/3 cup coconut nectar
Method: Blend all the ingredients in your high-speed blender until smooth. Using as little water as possible. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
For the toppings: Goji berries and dried fruits chopped nuts and shaved almonds bee pollen
Method: Start by making the cashew cream cheese frosting. Ideally you’ll soak the cashews for 2 hours or so to soften them up and activate the nuts so as to be easier on the digestive system. Drain the water from your nuts and then simply blend everything together in a high speed blender until smooth. You’ll need a bit of water to blend everything together, but try and use as little as possible as we want to achieve the thickest and creamiest topping ever. The coconut oil will keep the frosting smooth whilst the coconut nectar will bind everything together and give the cream it’s beautiful thickness. Keep this to one side, but be careful not to eat it all before you finish the cake — we all know how tempting it is to lick the bowl!
Next, tip your diced carrots and all the other cake ingredients into your food processor. The food processor doesn’t use water, so to ensure an even texture pulse the food processor until the mix is in really small pieces and sticks together!
Tip the mix into a cake tin and tip onto greaseproof paper, and repeat so that you have to bases. Place in the fridge for an hour to help the bases solidify.
After an hour, assemble the cake. Put the thickest cake on the bottom and spread a layer of cream cheese frosting over it before placing the second layer on top and do exactly the same thing. For the final layer sprinkle your mix of superfood toppings over the top layer of frosting. Get creative with your toppings - cooking should be fun after all. Next time we’re going to get liberal with some grated lemon zest.
Recipe from Melanie Procter, owner and founder of Thai health and detox resort, Phuket Cleanse
Venison and fresh fennel curry
VENISON AND FRESH FENNEL CURRY
Ingredients: 450g cubed venison steak 200 grams of good thick plain yogurt Juice of one fresh lemon 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds 1 tsp roasted fennel seeds 1 tsp roasted nigella seeds 1 tsp roasted mustard seeds 1 tsp crushed & roasted coriander seeds 4 green cardamoms, slightly bashed 1 black cardamom, bashed 1 small piece of cassia bark 2 cloves 1 bay leaf 2 medium sliced onion chopped finely 1 tsp turmeric powder 4 Kashmiri chillies crushed 1 tsp of kasuri methi 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 large chopped tomato 6 baby tomatoes 1 tsp jiggery 300ml water 1 large bulb of fennel, sliced 6 fresh curry leaves salt to taste 1 teaspoon garam masala Small bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
Place the venison in a large bowl (preferably one with a lid), add the yogurt & fresh lemon juice, mix well, cover and place in the fridge overnight.
Heat the oil in a large pan on a low to medium heat. Add the cumin, fennel, nigella, mustard seeds, crushed coriander seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom, cassia bark, cloves & bay leaf. Wait until you hear a crackle and then add the onions, turmeric, crushed Kashmiri chillies and methi, as well as the ginger and garlic.
Sauté on a low heat for five minutes, then add the chopped tomato, baby tomatoes and jaggery, reduce the heat to low, and allow all the ingredients to cook for at least 15 minutes.
Now add the venison and increase the heat (please make sure you bring the venison up to room temperature for 15 minutes before adding to the pan), cook for a further 15 minutes, add the water and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Remove the lid and add the fresh sliced fennel and fresh curry leaves, stir well and replace the lid on the pan for a further 15 minutes.
Remove the lid, switch off the gas, and add the garam masala and fresh coriander.