April 27, 2018 2 Comments Health & Food

Anti-Inflammatory Snacks & Smoothies

Many of you asked for some new recipes! I figured I’d add the three S’s. Snacks, Sauces, and Smoothies! These snacks are quick and easy.

For me, they’re quite filling since I eat a lot of them, because they’re so yummy! I also included my two favorite sauces. I make these and store them in refrigerator for a few days to add to anything. I add them to zucchini pasta, or chicken dishes. Sometimes I even use them to dip my sweet potato fries into. And last but not least, smoothies! I will always have a smoothie when I’m craving something sweet. When we remove toxic mold from our bodies, our bodies start to crave sugar. Have you noticed? I sure have. I crave sugar like no other. And when I feel the craving come on strong, I go straight for one of these smoothies. They’re simple and satisfying.

Feel free to check out more of my full recipes here: Anti Inflammatory Meal Recipes Link

Do you have recipe in mind that you’d like for me to find a recipe for that is anti-inflammatory? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to find something!

Amy Myers Recipes

For what I do eat, I follow Dr. Amy Myers: The Autoimmune Solution recipes for the most part. Here are some of my favorites, along with my personal Acai Bowl recipe!


Sauces:

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Dairy Free Pesto Sauce

One of my all-time favorite sauces is pesto. I love it on (gluten/dairy) pizza, chicken, zucchini pasta, you name it! I’ll even add it to chicken tacos. It’s simple and the perfect addition to any dish.

Servings: 1 cup +/-

Prep Time: 10 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of basil – stems removed, tightly packed (add cilantro, mint, or parsley if desired
  • 3 medium cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place basil and garlic into a blender.
  2. Slowly drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the mixture with intermittent pulses.
  3. Process the mixture until it resembles a smooth paste, and add enough olive oil to make it spreadable.
  4. Add sea salt to taste.
  5. Store in the refrigerator in a small glass jar or glass bowl.

Link for reference: Dairy Free Pesto Sauce Link


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Tzatziki Sauce

I used to love Greek food. Gyros, falafel, greek salads, and I would drool at the site of it. Tzaziki normally contains a lot of dairy but I’ve found a great alternative. I’ll use it on my chicken, salads, or to dip sweet potato fries into.

Servings: 1 cup +/-

Prep Time: 10 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream (depending on preferred thickness)
  • 1/2 cucumber slices (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp dill (dried or fresh)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and pulse until combined. Do not over pulse so cucumbers are still slightly intact.

Link for reference: Tzatziki Sauce Link


Smoothies: 

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Blueberry & Cream Smoothie

Am I the only one who LOVES blueberries and cream anything?! This smoothie is delicious and will curb your sweet cravings. If you don’t like blueberries, swap it out for another dark berry like blackberries or raspberries. Or just add them all in if you’re feeling like overachieving.

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk, well mixed
  • scoops Vanilla or Unsweetened Protein Powder of your choice (No whey) 
  • Dollop coconut cream optional, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except extra coconut cream in high-speed blender and blend until desired consistency is reached. Top each smoothie with a dollop of coconut cream if desired.

Link for reference: Blueberry + Cream Smoothie Link


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Coconut-Chai Gut Soothing Smoothie

I used to buy these vanilla chai smoothies from Trader Joe’s daily. In fact, I think I was addicted. No seriously, I’d spend $90 a month on these puppies. This is a great sugar free, dairy free, gut friendly smoothie alternative.

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 banana frozen
  • Tbsp Protein powder of your choice (Preferably a vanilla flavor) Or you can use a collagen powder
  • tsp vanilla extract or 1 two-inch piece of vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • pinch sea salt
  • Ice and/or water to desired consistency

Instructions

  1. In a high-speed blender, blend coconut milk, frozen banana, protein OR collagen, vanilla, spices and salt.
  2. Add ice and/or water to desired consistency.

Link for reference: Coconut-Chai Gut Soothing Smoothie Link


Snacks: 

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Carrot or Sweet Potato Fries

I’m a huge snacker. I always love to be eating something crunchy or crispy. And although I wish I could sink my hands into fries from In-N-Out, I make a healthier alternative. If you’re going to choose carrot fries, don’t eat too many at once. If you’re going to make sweet potato fries, then please indulge!

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • 10 carrots or 4 sweet potatoes washed and peeled
  • tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice carrots or sweet potato into fry shaped rectangles or preferred thickness.
  2. Toss carrots or sweet potatoes in avocado oil. Place on parchment lined sheet pan. Season with garlic powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast carrots or sweet potatoes in oven for 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. For an extra crunch, turn on broiler and broil the carrots or sweet potatoes for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on them. Remove from oven and enjoy! 

Link for reference: Carrot Or Sweet Potato Fries


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Warm Cinnamon-Banana Mash 

I’m a sucker for bananas. This recipe is as easy as it gets for something quick and fulfilling. Cinnamon is great for reducing inflammation and boosting immune health.

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 dash cinnamon to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat banana on skillet over low-medium heat, in the oven (350 degrees F)

Link for reference: Warm Cinnamon-Banana Mash Link


Leandra’s Acai Bowl 

Mmmmmmm, my favorite! I’ve always loved acai bowls. When I would buy acai bowl out in public, my stomach would always hurt after from so much sugar. I’ve learned to make them myself with much less sugar and only the sugar from the fruits. Trust me, it tastes just as good, if not better! Enjoy 🙂

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 Minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 2 packs frozen unsweetened acai berry packs (TRY: Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack. Tip: Run the acai packs under warm water for about 5 seconds to help break them up a bit.
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 small banana, sliced
  • Feel free to create your own granola: I use smashed walnuts, smashed almonds, goji berries, and unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Acai purée: Add banana, acai packs, blueberries, and coconut milk to your blender. Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down a bit. Feel free to add a little more coconut milk if things aren’t breaking up. Scrape down the sides of blender if needed. Blend on high for about 15 more seconds.
  2. Add toppings: Pour acai purée into a bowl and add banana slices, blueberries, and your own granola. (Make sure it’s not actual granola, gluten, or oats).

Disclaimer: I personally do not have any affiliation with any of the companies or their recipes that I’ve listed above. These food recipe recommendations are based on my own experiences with these recipes, and what has worked for me. They may not work for everyone, but based on my personal experiences with them and the research I’ve conducted, I would recommend them for you to try out!

If you have any questions or other suggestions, please leave a comment below or shoot me a message on the contact page. I respond as quickly as I can, and am always here to help!