Maddy’s Famous Lime Dip

Maddy’s dip is definitely one of THE most celebrated dishes throughout our college life and easily one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had. All of our friends get so excited when she brings it and it’s literally gone in minutes. Maddy has finallyyy given me permission to post her recipe!! It’s so simple to make, delicious and loaded with protein.

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Maddy’s Famous Lime Dip

Ingredients:

2 cans yellow corn

2 cans black beans, strained

1 tub crumbled feta

1 bunch scallions, chopped

Lime Tortilla Chips

(Mix separately):

1/3 cup sugar (or 4 Stevia packets*)

1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/3 cup Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Squeeze of Lime

In a big bowl, combine corn, beans, feta & scallions in bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper and lime and pour over other bowl. Serve with Tortilla Chips (*Lime Tortilla Chips taste the best, and really make the dip!)

Floating Dinner Party

IMG_3280This past weekend my friends and I threw a little post-graduation wine & cheese party on the boat during sunset, it was so beautiful being on the water. We had an incredible cheese plate from the most adorable cheese shop in Charleston, goat.sheep.cow. We also had delicious appetizers… I made my Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrot Farro and Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds. My friend Hanna brought her dangerous artichoke garlic dip and Maddy brought her FAMOUS lime bean dip.

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Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Seeds and my Farro with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

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Maddy’s Famous Lime Dip

Watermelon

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Watermelon Fresca

3 cups seedless watermelon

1/4 cup water

Juice of 1 lime

Handful fresh mint

1 packet Stevia

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together, serve over ice and enjoy!

Feeling festive? Add 4 oz of vodka to the blender for a fun refreshing cocktail! Recipe from Tone It Up

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Raw Lemon Almond Protein Balls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • (+ 1/2 cup for coating)
  • 1 cup Almonds, ground soaked in water overnight)
  • 3 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 stevia packet
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt

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In a food processor, grind up almonds. Add the rest of ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes until doughy. Roll dough into small balls and roll in coconut to coat, put balls in fridge (or freezer) to set about 1 hour. (I put a little lemon juice on my hands to roll because it was a little sticky — and if it’s too wet, put in refrigerator for an hour or so before rolling).

Makes about 20 balls

Only 79 Calories per ball

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Recipe adapted from Petite Kitchen

Blueberries & Avocado Salad with Lime

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup washed organic blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Stevia

In a bowl, add  blueberries, avocado and chia seeds. Whisk together juice of 1/2 a lime with a packet of stevia and pour over fruit, mixing all together gently.

I love this salad so much, I got it from Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Foods … I love to bring it to the beach or to picnics, or even use it as a dip!

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Blueberries 

Blueberries are a delicious little ways to stay healthy, beautiful and stress free. They are ranked number one in antioxidant power, which help protect from harmful free radicals that can damage your skin. The manganese in blues also aid in metabolism energy. Just a handful satisfies 25% of your Vitamin C needs aiding in collagen formation, keeping your skin youthful and plump and reduces inflammation. The manganese in blues also aid in metabolism energyThe Texas Woman’s University found that the polyphenols in them can reduce fat tissue from developing in your body! One cup has only 80 calories and virtually no fat.

For nutritional information on avocados, see my Avocado Kale Sandwich 

3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

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Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 egg white

2 stevia packets

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Separate and whisk one egg white, and stir into bowl of shredded coconut until combined, stir in two packets of stevia. (Using a 1 Tablespoon measuring spoon makes 8, and using 1/2 Tablespoon makes 14), scoop mixture and press into the tablespoon, keeping mixture together, then place onto the cookie sheet (I had to tap it a little for it to fall out). Bake for 10+ minutes, keeping an eye on them because they can burn easily! You want them light golden brown. You can put under broiler for a minute if the tops of the macaroons don’t become brown. Remove and cool.

They tasted so tropical and delicious, brought me right back to summer. I got this recipe from Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth, she only uses 2 ingredients: Sweetened Coconut and an egg white, if you want to try that too! I tried a low sugar version :)

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Banana Snacks

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My post-workout protein snack today was my favorite: sliced banana with peanut butter, honey, sunflower seeds, bee pollen and local honey.

(Tip for Allergies: I’m having a horrible time with allergies this year from the pollen and a friend suggested that I have a spoonful a day of local honey; it acts kind of like a flu shot, giving you immunity to the pollen because its the same type of pollen that the bees are getting, I already feel so much better!)

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Below is the same snack but I cut it differently and added almonds.

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If you love bananas, check out my Vegan Coconut Banana Pancakes and my Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancakes

 – B a n a n a s –

Did you know that according to the latest Japanese Scientific Research, a full ripe banana with DARK patches on the yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor), which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more darker patches it has, the HIGHER its immunity enhancement quality; so, the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality. A yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than a greener skin version.

Eating just 1 a day increases immunity.

Have a relaxing Sunday & enjoy a banana! :)

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#uglyfruitisthebestfruit

Tropic-Omega Bowl: Banana, Kiwi, Chia Seeds, Almonds & Agave Bowl

I am nourished.

{Sliced Bananas, Almonds, Kiwi and Chia seeds drizzled with Agave Nectar}

Inspired by my favorite surfer yogi blogger:: Surfbad

Nuts & Seeds are amaziiing sources of essential amino acids & healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for your body, but in particular for your brain health. Studies show that foods rich in Omega-3 lowers the cell inflammation that causes loss of memory. I recommend obtaining your omega-3’s from pumpkin, chia and flaxseeds, walnuts, etc. Dark leafy greens like kale contain Omega-3′s as well.

Chia means “strength” in Mayan language

100% more essential fatty acids than salmon

2x the antioxidants found in blueberries

A complete protein: has all the essential amino acids

6x more calcium than milk

6x more iron than spinach

41% of your daily fiber in just one serving

Anti-inflammatory

Provides natural extended energy known as “Aztec running food”

Crazyy high in alpha-lipoic acids (aka that-ingredient-that-makes-skin-cream-cost-a-bajillion-dollars) helping with cell function promoting radiant skin, diminishing lines. Mix together 1 tbsp of seeds in an 8oz glass of warm water and 2 tbsp of honey, let sit for 5 minutes, then rub and exfoliate skin. BOOM

4.4 g protein, 12.3 g carbs, 10.6 g fiber, 0.6 g monounsaturated fat, 4.9 g Omega 3 fat, 1.6 g Omega 6 fat, 137 Cals

A great source of protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B2 (metabolism booster) and phosphorus. They are a concentrated source of protein: a quarter-cup has more protein than an Egg. Although most people are afraid of the “fat” in this snack, almost all of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat

6 g protein, 6.1 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 8.8 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g omega 3 fatty acids, 3.4 g omega 6 & 163 calories