Author name: Emily Maxson

Homemade Chocolate Bars

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and gifting healthier Homemade Chocolate Bars is the perfect way to let your loved ones know how special they are to you. This recipe is fun to make because you can customize them with the type of chocolate you like and any additions you desire. Nuts, seeds, dried and freeze-dries fruits, puffed quinoa, toasted coconut, salts and spices are all great options. 

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hummus

Hummus

Hummus is a delicious nutrient-packed spread or dip that originated in the Middle East and quickly became popular throughout the world. This simple, classic hummus recipe is easy to make and tastes much better than the store bought versions.

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The Oak Island Press

The Oak Island Press

This refreshing citrus cocktail was created while we were on vacation with friends on Oak Island in Lake of the Woods. This remote island is accessed by boat from a small town in northern Minnesota. Before we crossed the lake to our friends’ cabin, we gathered supplies at the neighborhood grocery store, grabbing an assortment of citrus fruits to use with a small citrus juicer.

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

This salad was inspired by a dish I had in Nashville at the restaurant Biscuit Love. I was there for breakfast with a few girlfriends and we decided we needed to order something healthier to balance out all the indulgent biscuit dishes we were sampling. We ordered their shaved Brussels sprout salad that comes topped with a few poached eggs. It ended up being as delicious as their famous biscuits. 

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Kale Salad with Garlic Dressing

I’ll be honest here: Kale was not one of my favorite vegetables. It is, however, a nutritional powerhouse loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and fiber,making it very worthy of consumption. Because of the nutritional benefits, I used to just throw kale in my smoothies to make sure I was getting it in my diet. Then I started adding a little to my salads, adding more each time. It grew on me, and now I love it.

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Easy Fresh Lemonade with Mint

This lemonade is so simple to make. The recipe uses the whole lemon, peel included, so no juicing is required. The essential oils in the peel not only add great flavor, but also help to boost immunity, aid digestion, and neutralize free radicals. The lemonade is sweetened with a honey simple syrup, so no refined sugars, artificial colorings or flavorings. It is wonderful on its own or you can add vodka for a refreshing summer cocktail. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Basil Green Smoothie

Strawberries and basil remind me of summer. Combining them gives this green smoothie a unique flavor that is so enjoyable you won’t even realize you are drinking two servings of your daily leafy greens. The avocado gives this smoothie the creaminess of a milkshake while adding nearly 20 different vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, and monounsaturated fat—the good fat we all need. The dates add the perfect touch of sweetness. Enjoy!

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Chopped Green Salad

Chopped Green Salad

I hesitate to call any food my favorite, but I could eat this salad all day, every day. It’s dressed with Macadamia nut oil and fresh lemon juice which allows the raw flavors of the other ingredients to shine through. The sautéed and seasoned almonds add just the right amount of additional flavor. This salad is fresh and crunchy and oh so good! You will love it. Enjoy!

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Avocado Burgers

These are honestly the best burgers. I have yet to meet someone who has not loved them. My mother made these often when we were growing up and they are still a favorite for everyone in my family. Be sure to use 85% or 90% lean beef. A higher fat content than that will cause the burgers to fall apart on the grill. For those of you who like more fat in your ground beef, don’t worry. The avocado adds enough fat to keep them tender and juicy. At my house, we like to eat these wrapped in lettuce with tomato. If you eat bread, they are also incredible on a toasted, buttered bun. Enjoy!

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