In the Kitchen with @HealthywithNedi

A common misconception is that healthy eating is boring or that vegetables can’t taste good. We’re here to debunk that myth! Our team absolutely loves getting creative in the kitchen and seeing what delicious creations we can whip up. You could even say that food is our love language :) 

At our event last night with Neda Varbanova, Holistic Health Coach & Recipe Developer (@healthywithnedi), she reassured us of just how delectable healthy eating can truly be. We were blown away by her delicious Matcha Banana Bread recipe and by all of her healthy kitchen tips and tricks. Here were some of our favorite takeaways from Neda on how to “healthify” your kitchen for cooking and baking alike! 

  1. Shop smarter! Neda recommends looking for packaged products that are minimally processed, free of additives, colors and chemicals, non GMO and organic. 
  2. Keep the staples on hand! Neda’s top six that you’ll always find in her kitchen are avocados, lemons, eggs, cinnamon, bananas and almond butter. 
  3. Stay equipped! A good chef has the best tools to help do the job! Neda’s favorites include a food processor, blender, juicer, spiralizer, grater, measuring spoons & cups and a good set of knives!
  4. Simple swaps for a long way! Neda doesn’t skimp out on her favorite dishes, she simply makes a ‘better for you’ version with premium, whole food ingredients. Some examples include swapping traditional pizza for cauliflower crust pizza, french fries for baked potatoes or baked sweet potato fries, or ravioli for zucchini ravioli
  5. Keep a healthy dessert on hand always! Neda is a big baker and has an even bigger sweet tooth. She always has a fresh baked good on hand. Either try out the matcha banana bread with some chocolate chips or her black bean brownies for this week - they’re to die for! 

 

MATCHA BANANA BREAD
 
INGREDIENTS
4 bananas, plus 1 banana for decoration
4 eggs, whisked
4 tbsp fiber gold syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp coconut butter, melted
3 tbsp matcha powder
2 tbsp Whole Earth monk fruit sweetener
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups almond flour
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3-4 tbsp Lily’s Sweets baking chocolate chips
Coconut oil cooking spray
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the 4 bananas and mash with a fork. Add the eggs, fiber syrup, coconut oil, and coconut butter. Whisk until well combined.
  3. To the same bowl, add the matcha powder, monk fruit sweetener, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Slowly add in the almond flour. Continue whisking to avoid clumps. Stir in chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.
  5. Lightly grease loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour the banana bread mixture in.
  6. Thinly slice remaining banana and top the bread with it, making a straight long line.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
  8. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!
GG VEGAN PIZZA
 
INGREDIENTS
8 plain GG crackers
8 tbsp tomato sauce
8 tbsp shredded vegan cheese
 
Optional: mushrooms, red pepper flakes
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place GG crackers on top.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of tomato sauce on each cracker, and top with a tablespoon of cheese.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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