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Posted By - Kate Spencer On January 07, 2016

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Back to Life, Back to Reality, Back to the Here and Now. Yeah.*

Top 3 Ways to Get Back Into It:

No. 1: Matcha.

Antioxidants abound in Matcha green tea and it’s a great alternative to coffee. And the process of drinking it is very zen, dating back to 11th century Japan. What is it good for? Your heart, your brain and weight loss. Since Matcha is made from whole green tea leaves crushed into a fine powder, it is also an excellent ingredient. 

Here’s a great recipe from Cheryl Malik, the food & lifestyle blogger of 40 Aprons:

MATCHA GRANOLA WITH BLUEBERRIES

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

2 cups nuts and/or seeds (almonds, walnuts, whole flaxseed, chia seed)

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

¼ cup + 1 tablespoon real maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

big pinch salt

1 cup dried blueberries

2½ teaspoons matcha powder 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 250º F. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Pour over oat mixture, toss to coat. Cut out two pieces of parchment paper and place onto two baking sheets. Spread mixture onto the baking sheets and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and scrape mixture into a large bowl. Let cool for a few minutes and then sprinkle the matcha over and toss to combine. Add in dried blueberries and toss to combine. Keeps in an airtight container for several weeks.

No. 2: Spiced Up Yogurt

Yogurt can absolutely be savory - - and greek yogurt might have met it’s match with Icelandic yogurt, which is finally [almost] everywhere in the form of siggi’s yogurt. COOKGIRL recommends picking a blend that you can add some amazing flavorful spice to. And because it seems that cauliflower is also having a moment, here’s a great recipe for whole roasted cauliflower that includes a spiced up yogurt from siggi’s:

WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbs vegetable oil

1 head cauliflower, whole with stem and leaves removed

1 1/2 cup siggi's plain 0% Skyr

1 lime, zested and juiced

1 Tbs cumin

1 Tbs garlic powder

2 Tbs chili powder

1 Tbs curry powder

2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 400*. Lightly grease a small baking sheet with a bit of vegetable oil. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, lime zest, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, curry powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well. Drunk the entire head of cauliflower into the bowl. make sure it's well coated.

Set right side up on the prepared baking sheet. Roast in the oven until the surface is lightly browned. About 30-40 minutes. The marinade with create a lovely crust on the cauliflower. Let the cauliflower cool for about 10-15 minutes then cut into wedges to serve.

No. 3: The Science of Friendship

Since it is now proven science [Harvard Study on Happiness] that the greatest indicator of longevity in life is based on the strength of the relationships in your life, eliminate the solo soldier element of your get healthy mission and…..host a cocktail party. Really. 

You can have jicama and carrots, but it is the people in the room that make you laugh and the conversation that stimulates your brain that will add years to your life and life to your years.  

Mary Giuliani, Mario Batali’s catering partner, just published The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover and it is full of great recipes and hilarity. Since it’s Awards Season, host a party with chicken satay, edamame dumplings and the “easiest champagne drink ever.” 

As she says in her Twitter profile, “Because no great story ever started with a salad.”

Cook On!

 

*Thank you En Vogue.

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