Super Foods for the Superbowl!

January 26, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, What's New, snacks

Snacky-crunchy pumpkin seeds

Sweet & savory pumpkin seeds

Oh so fresh salsa and snacky crunchy pumpkin seeds!

In the peak of summer when ingredients were coming off the vine, I taped a Bloom with Barb test pilot with Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, Founder of The Get in Touch Foundation.

What does this have to do with the Superbowl? Well, we went “bloomin’ in the kitchen” with healthy and yum snacks that are fresh, easy and delicious (and in the summer many ingredients can be found locally). PERFECT to please a crowd any time of year and for your Superbowl night of snacking!

Video: See these recipes prepared below in my Bloomin in the Kitchen segment.

7 Spice Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups raw unsalted pumpkin seeds (peppitas)
2 tablespoons agave nectar, maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, chili powder, cinnamon, ground corriander, cumin, nutmeg and sea salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins, or dried and juice-sweetened cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix agave, syrup or honey and spices in a bowl and set aside. Spread 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes. Add seeds to the bowl and stir spices to coat. Return pumpkin seeds to the oven on the cookie sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Break into clusters and toss with raisins, cranberries or cherries and remainder of the raw pumpkin seeds.

Oh so fresh salsa!

Oh so fresh salsa!

Garden Fresh Salsa

2 cups grape or plum tomatoes, chopped
1 tomatillo, chopped
1 jalepeno pepper, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon chill powder or more to taste
sea salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, toss all ingredients and serve with a variety of chips (blue tortilla, multi-grain and rice chips). Best if ingredients marinate before serving.

Dried Plum & Apple Green Smoothie

smoothiesgaloreA simple delicious and nutritious smoothie recipe from Dr. Susan Smith Jones’ new book Recipes for Health Bliss: Using NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life.

The common name for dried plum is prune which Dr. Susan uses in her screen-shot-2011-01-03-at-74748-amsmoothies as a natural laxative,  good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, beta-carotene, and iron. They help lower cholesterol and are beneficial for the blood, brain, and nerves. “Use this smoothie as a refreshing mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up guaranteed to keep you in the flow.”

1 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or nondairy if you are a vegan)
8 dried plums, pitte
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup frozen apple-juice concentrate (you can also find it bottled and unfrozen)
1/4 lemon, peeled (leave pithy part on)
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 leaves fresh mint
5-6 ice cubes

Blend until smooth and serve. Serves 1-2.
For more information,  go to www.SusanSmithJones.com to find out how to get her bestselling book at a discount.

Bloom Talk: The Joy of Natural Living with Dr. Susan Smith Jones

Eating Clean

February 19, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

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Can we nourish our bodies with delicious food that’s good for you and closer to the source?

Guest: Terry Walters author of Clean Food
LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio
Aired: March 4, 2010

Join me and my guest, Terry Walters who is all about good health - body, mind, and soul.

For the past ten years, Terry has been teaching people to make screen-shot-2010-02-02-at-95337-pmdelicious, healthy foods to nourish themselves and their families and compiled her recipes into Clean Food based on whole, minimally processed foods that can improve your health and your future in a sustainable way.

We’ll talk about eating clean and living well as Terry believes in nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich foods in a rainbow of colors and a full spectrum of tastes. “It’s about making healthy choices that nourish our bodies, our families, our communities and our environment. One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well.”

Terry’s website