Stay warm and treat yourself with some lavender hot cocoa! This recipe is a cinch and not only adds antioxidants to your day, but some foodie flare. Studies show that cocoa consumption is associated with decreased blood pressure and improvement in cholesterol levels, among other benefits.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp dried lavender (we found this in the bulk herbs at HEB Central Market)
1 tbsp local honey
Pinch of salt
In a small saucepan heat almond milk and dried lavender. Steep for about 5 minutes. Strain lavender from almond milk. Place milk back into saucepan and whisk in cocoa powder, honey, and salt. Heat thoroughly, pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.
Tip: Shop for the highest percentage of cocoa in your dark chocolate to receive the most health benefit. We recommend 70-80%!
If you need a refreshing idea for your classic roasted chicken, then this is it! This healthy satisfying dinner is great for the family and full of flavor. We are jazzing up our meal with black rice, an ingredient also known as purple rice or forbidden rice. This rice is extremely high in a class of flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanins, which may protect against heart disease and cancer.
Before we begin, if you aren't familiar with trussing poultry, then take a look at this tutorial. You can also cheat and purchase a rotisserie chicken, but keep in mind it's sodium content.
2-3 lbs whole roasting chicken, thawed
3-4 cups diced sweet potatoes
1 medium onion, diced
1 bunch of kale, ripped into pieces
2 medium avocados
1 cup uncooked black rice
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to season
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pat chicken dry with paper towels inside and out. Season with salt and pepper and coat skin with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Truss your chicken and place in your roasting pan. Scatter sweet potatoes and onions around the chicken in your roasting pan. Coat vegetables with 1-2 tablepsoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Let chicken roast for 60 minutes, until juices run clear. Vegetables should be fork tender. Remove from oven, baste with juices, and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Prepare black rice while chicken is roasting. Like brown rice, the black variety takes longer to cook than white rice. Rinse rice under water until water runs clear. Add 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice with a pinch of salt in a saucepan and turn to medium heat. Let rice come to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and let simmer for 40 minutes. Take off burner, and let steam with lid on for about 10 minutes.
Prep your entree by arranging in a bowl- 1/3 to 1/2 cup black rice, 3-4 oz sliced chicken, 1/2 cup roasted vegetables, large handful kale, and 1/2 sliced avocado. Top with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.
Tip: Swap sweet potatoes for any vegetables you have at home!
Make fruits and veggies more interesting! This bruleed grapefruit is an effortless way to start or your day or entertain friends at your Sunday brunch.
1 grapefruit, cut in half
2 tbsp coconut crystals
Heat oven to broil at highest temperature. Place grapefruit halves on cookie sheet and sprinkle with coconut crystals. Place under broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized. Let cool, and enjoy! Makes 2 servings.