April 2016 Archive

Asparagus & Tomato Salad

This asparagus and tomato salad is light, refreshing and bursting with flavour. The perfect side dish to serve at your next summer BBQ! 

  Asparagus & Tomato Salad | Haute & Healthy Living

Last week we finally pulled out the barbecue…it’s about time….it’s almost May for crying out loud! I absolutely LOVE barbecue season. Everything just tastes SO much better on the grill. We’ve been whipping up lots of delicious meals from these Roasted Garlic & Chicken Feta Burgers to these flavourful BBQ Chips Chicken Kabobs. One of my favourite meals to have when the warmer weather hits is grilled up chicken or burgers along with a delicious and refreshing salad.

Asparagus & Tomato Salad | Haute & Healthy Living

Enter this amazing Asparagus & Tomato Salad. I originally got inspired to whip up this salad because this month at work, we’re featuring foods for digestive health. Asparagus and tomatoes just happen to be a source of prebiotics which provide food for the probiotics or healthy bacteria in our digestive tract. When I served this salad up, I never imagined it would be such a hit! Who would’ve thought that asparagus and tomatoes would taste so delicious together! And the dressing is out of this world. The avocado provides a wonderful creaminess to the dressing and the feta pumps up the flavour, while adding some protein. This salad might just become a new favourite at those summer BBQs ;)

Asparagus & Tomato Salad | Haute & Healthy Living

Asparagus & Tomato Salad

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 2 pints cherry and grape tomatoes in varied colours, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled light feta cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add asparagus and boil for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine asparagus, tomatoes, avocado, feta cheese and basil. Toss until evenly distributed.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the asparagus mixture and toss to combine.

Asparagus & Tomato Salad | Haute & Healthy Living

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 8• Calories: 194 • Fat: 9 g • Carbohydrates: 5 g • Fibre: 2 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 175 mg • Cholesterol: 8 mg

Elysia, XOXO
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These cookies are not only super tasty, they are also a source of fibre and probiotics, which can help promote a healthy digestive system! Perfect healthy snack or treat for the whole family!

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies | Haute & Healthy Living

I’m sure I have said this many times before but I have this huge love for chocolate and peanut butter. There is just something about that combo that gets me every time. So naturally, I tend to experiment with lots of different recipes that incorporate these ingredients. My latest concoction are these No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies. The best part about this recipe is….yes…the chocolate…and the peanut butter, BUT it also contains a mystery ingredient that no one would ever guess. Drumroll please….. the secret ingredient is kefir! This recipe is absolutely amazing for digestive health because kefir contains over two billion live active cultures per one cup serving, which can help replenish those healthy bacteria in your digestive tract and improve overall digestion. Plus, the fibre from the oats and coconut keeps everything running smoothly….if you know what I mean…

These cookies are also super filling, and would make a great snack or healthy treat for on the go! Whip up a batch to store in the fridge or freezer for a nutrient rich sweet treat!

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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • ¼ cup plain kefir

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix oats, cocoa powder, coconut, and salt.
  2. Add coconut oil, honey, peanut butter and kefir and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop mixture with a small cookie scoop or spoon onto parchment paper and flatten slightly so that they resemble a cookie.
  4. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve or keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Cookies | Haute & Healthy Living

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 16 • Calories: 141 • Fat: 9 g • Carbohydrates: 13 g • Fibre: 2 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 5 g • Sodium: 37 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO