Simple Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Broccoli is probably my number one superfood! Its high in fiber, vitamin C which aids in absorbing Iron, magnesium, potassium, and many other nutrients! It is a go-to of mine when I want to boost my immune system, and feel good (and its delicious). In the past I’ve loved to steam broccoli, or sauté it. My newest obsession — Roasting it with garlic and olive oil. Yes, its that simple. The taste is amazing with little flavor pockets of roasted garlic, and the crispy edges and soft centers is the perfect texture. Check out the recipe below!

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4 as a side

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of fresh broccoli, cut into florets

  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped

  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Mix broccoli florets and chopped garlic with olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay separated and flat on a baking sheet.

  3. Roast in the oven for 15-20 min, turn halfway through.

  4. Bake until broccoli is lightly brown on the edges and tender when pierced with a fork.

  5. Squeeze lemon on top of broccoli (optional) and serve warm.

Enjoy!

Overnight Cold Oats

This is definitely one of my favorite breakfast foods. Its delicious, and so convenient and easy to make! You can make a bunch of them and save them in the fridge for the whole week, making it super easy to just grab one and head out the door. Here's my recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of regular oats

  • 1/2 cup of almond/coconut/soy milk

  • 2 Tablespoons of yogurt (optional)

  • Handful of cut up fruit: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches, anything you want!

  • Fun additives as well: honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds, flax, hemp seeds, etc.

Mix it all together in a glass mason jar with lid, and store it in the refrigerator overnight. It'll be ready in the morning. That's it. Enjoy!

Smoothie Season!

One of my favorite parts of spring, besides the weather being awesome, are smoothies! I recently bought a Nutri Ninja, which has made smoothie making so much easier, cleaner, and fun. Yes, I said fun. I feel like I could put anything in that thing, and it would taste delicious. But I've narrowed down my technique and this is what I've learned makes a good smoothie:

  • You need at least one thing that is sweet. I usually use a banana, or an apple.

  • Something creamy. For that I use either yogurt, or an avocado.

  • Something frozen. I will use frozen fruit, which is usually my second sweet ingredient (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, etc.) Or just a few ice cubes.

  • Something hearty, fibrous, that thickens. For this I like to use some kind of vegetable: kale, spinach, carrots, but you can also use some oats or almonds.

  • You need a form of liquid: soy, almond or coconut milk, orange juice, or coconut water.

  • And then for some extra goodness here's a list of things that are great additives that make your smoothie extra special: almond/peanut butter, fresh ginger, fresh mint or basil, cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutmeg, goji berries.

  • Lastly, a good thing to remember is less is more. Pick a good 5 ingredients with confidence and stick to that. I've gotten weird and tried putting 10 different things in the blender... it didn't taste very good. And now have fun!

Kale, banana, blueberries, goji berries, plain yogurt, and coconut milk

Kale, banana, blueberries, goji berries, plain yogurt, and coconut milk