Nourishing Food Bank Inspired Recipes {in partnership with Dole}

As someone who posts a lot of recipes and works with clients on a 1:1 basis with their nutrition goals and health concerns, I can sometimes forget that a good majority of our population does not have access to or the means to shop at high end grocery stores, or the ability to work with a nutritionist. But that doesn’t mean that they should not have access to be able to eat meals that provide them with a slew of nutrients. Health and food should be accessible to ALL.

That’s why I am happy to be partnering with DOLE Packaged Foods {DPF} and their initiative to work with organizations like Food SHARE and Feeding America to help feed those in needs. They have helped provide community gardens to numerous CA elementary schools and plans to donate 1.5 million pounds of healthy foods to Feeding America through a Buy One, Give One campaign with Kroger, kicking off in 2018. The food will reach 600+ food banks around the U.S. I’m happy to be sharing two of Chef Jamie Gwen’s food bank inspired recipes below featuring Dole’s Packaged Foods that are accessible and affordable to all.

As a nutritionist, here are a few things I love about Dole’s packaged food options: Their goal is to create packaged foods that are closer to nature, while still being convenient. They are committed to offering products that are not genetically modified, so even if someone does not have the means to buy organic, they can still feel good about choosing Dole’s line of products. They also choose to pack their food in 100% juice instead of high fructose corn syrup {linked to health issues like diabetes, weight gain, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and more}, and their packaging is BPA free {linked to hormone and fertility issues, brain and behavior problems, cancer, and more}.

Sweet Peach Breakfast Smoothie

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Ingredients
3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter {or favorite nut butter of choice}

1 cup jarred DOLE® Sliced Peaches, drained

2 small ripe, frozen bananas

3 tbsp. plain yogurt {I used coconut yogurt}

Pinch ground cinnamon

2 cups ice

Directions

COMBINE peanut butter, sliced peaches, bananas, yogurt, cinnamon and ice in blender. Cover. Blend until smooth.


DOLE® Tropical Fruit Crumble

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10 MINUTE PREP TIME SERVINGS 8

Ingredients

3 cans (15.25 oz. each) DOLE® Tropical Fruit, drained

3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided {I used coconut sugar}

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided {I used almond flour}

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup organic, gluten-free old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup packed brown sugar {Used 2 tbsp. organic maple syrup instead}

1/4 tsp pink sea salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature {I used ghee}

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375 F.

DRY tropical fruit well with paper towels.

Spoon tropical fruit in large bowl, stir in 1/2 cup granulated sugar {or coconut sugar}, 2 tablespoons flour {or almond flour}, lemon juice and pinch of salt. Toss to evenly coat.

STIR together remaining 1/2 cup flour {almond flour}, oats, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar {coconut sugar/maple syrup} and 1/4 teaspoon salt, in separate mixing bowl.

Mix in butter {ghee| until topping is clumpy.

SPOON tropical fruit mixture into 9-inch square baking dish Scatter topping over

tropical fruit.

BAKE 30 to 40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

Serve with dollop of yogurt or vegan vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Quality nutrient dense foods and recipes should not just be something available to people who can afford the extra splurges. I love that DPF makes their foods accessible to all and that they are supporting food banks nationwide. Dole Packaged Foods continues to make efforts to alleviate hunger relief nationwide. To learn more head here: https://dolesunshine.com/hungerrelief.











Dessert for breakfast {a nutrient dense shake/smoothie recipe}

Chocolate Malt Shake

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A smoothie for breakfast has the potential to provide an abundance of nutrients, and whole body nourishment. Here are the essentials for a dreamy breakfast shake/smoothie bowl that tastes like dessert, while nourishing the brain, hormones, adrenals and more.

Liquid base: 1 cup homemade walnut milk

Protein: @nkdnutrition pea and matcha powder {plant based, and also serving up a big dose of antioxidants}

Frozen item: ½ cup frozen zucchini {less sugar than bananas}

Fruit: ¼ cup frozen wild blueberries {brain food}

Fiber: Handful of microgreens and 2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds {nutrient dense + aids in digestion}

Healthy fat: 1 tbsp. cashew butter {heart supportive}

Superfoods: 1 tbsp. cacao powder{mood elevating}, ½ tbsp. maca powder {supports the adrenal system}, and a light drizzle of @beekeepers superfood honey

Herbs/spices: 1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon {helps balanced blood sugar} and a few dashes pink sea salt {minerals}

Toppings {having toppings on top of your smoothies to chew aids in digestion}: ¼ cup Figs and 1 cut up cookie dough bliss ball

This type of meal keeps me energized and full until lunch time.

Blog sponsored by Naked Nutrition.

Why CBD isn't a Wellness Fad and Should be a Part of Everyone's Lifestyle

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CBD oil is all the “buzz” in the health world right now, and while some trends come and go, I believe this one is here to stay and become more of the norm. Not only in the wellness space, but as part of most people’s lifestyles because of the slew of health benefits it packs.

To start, what is CBD? First, let’s discuss what it is not. CBD {cannabidiol} is not marijuana that will get you “high”. It is just one of over 85 different cannibinoids that is found in the cannabis plant. These primary chemical compounds are found in hemp and all cannabis plants, but unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. 

As humans we have our own endocannabinoid system that helps keep us in homeostasis {a state of balance} making CBD a highly useful tool for our bodies to use and reap its benefits. 

Choosing to add CBD to your lifestyle helps you not only maintain homeostasis, but can help support emotional and physical stress. It helps support a healthy mood, as well as healthy sleep patterns and appetite. It helps fight inflammation in the body {at the root cause of most, if not all, diseases} and manages pain. It’s also full of antioxidants making it great for supporting a healthy immune system, and protecting the brain against neurodegenerative diseases and mood disorders such as depression. On a personal level, it has helped with the anxiety I typically experience a few days a week, especially when I wake from sleep. I take it and almost instantly the anxiety subsides. I have also noticed that it helps me with digestion and inflammation. CBD’s vast health benefits are likely due to the fact that it is able to bring the body back to homeostasis, so whatever you may be experiencing within your own unique body it can help bring you into back into balance.

Because of the abundant of benefits it comes with this is a product that I recommend to all of my clients that I work with. It’s a versatile medicine that will help your body adapt to whatever it may be experiencing and at least one {if not more} of the issues mentioned above are commonly found in people across the board. To best support one’s system, I recommend that they add CBD in addition to other holistic lifestyle choices that include stress management such as journaling, time spent in nature, yoga, and/or breathwork, and a well-balanced, organic whole foods diet full of anti-inflammatory foods, healthy fats, fiber, phytonutrients from leafy greens, veggies, and fruits, and clean protein sources, while limiting {or better yet, completely eliminating} consumption of gluten, processed foods and sugars, and conventional dairy. 

So with all of the new CBD products on the market what is my go to CBD oil? My fav brand that I have been lucky to experience is Tonic CBD, specifically I love that the hemp that they source is organic {the best way to reap all of the benefits without getting exposure to toxins sprayed on non-organic plants}. Two of my favorite products of theirs, and ones I use daily are their OG Tonic made with hemp extract, ashwagandha, black seed oil, MCT oil, and pure maple and Chill Tonic made with hemp extract, ashwagandha, lemon balm, passionflower, black seed oil, mct oil, and pure maple. I love that these are extracts that I simply put under my tongue and hold for 10-30 seconds before swallowing and I almost instantly feel better.

 Use code fitbritt for 10% off your order and become a CBD believer. Unlike many supplements that you take and “question” if they are working, these blends noticeably work and have made such a positive impact on my life by lowering anxiety, as well as the inflammation and pain I sometimes experience. *This post was not paid for, and is truly my own account and experience with this specific product and CBD in general*