COLLARD GREEN WRAPS WITH CASHEW CREAM CHEESE (AKA BEST SUMMER WRAP)

One of the questions I’m asked most often is how to eliminate bread from the diet.

This collard green wrap fully delivers and brings a world of flavor along with it! It’s super quick and simple, and everyone in the family will love it. The wrapping technique itself is key, read more about that below.

The key to making any collard green wrap is all in the prepping. There are two things you will want to do. 1) Slice away the first few inches from the bottom. The collards back bone is hard and will only get in the way. 2) Run a knife gently down the collard greens spine to make it more flexible. This will prevent rips and tears when rolling.

Another key technique when wrapping is to avoid over stuffing. For a nice clean crisp, no mess wrap, keep in mind portion control when putting on all the layers.

This recipe below will make 6 wraps that are perfect for lunch or a snack on the go. It will keep in the refrigerator nicely for a few days or so when wrapped and sealed. Add a side of avocado or chicken if you are looking for something a little heavier.

 

COLLARD GREEN WRAPS WITH CASHEW CREAM CHEESE (AKA BEST SUMMER WRAP)

total time 15-20 min

serves 6

– 6 Collard greens

-cashew cream cheese (recipe below)

– 6 sun dried tomatoes (cut each in half to give a total of 12 pieces)

-2 sweet red peppers thinly sliced

-1 1/2 cups arugula/ lettuce mix or spinach

-optional- 6 slices of  deli meat (organic free-range turkey or chicken)

-optional -drizzle on some of your favorite salad dressing

 

Recipe: Lay collard green out flat once you’ve removed the first few inches from the bottom and gently ran a knife down the spine. Spread  2 tablespoons of cashew cream cheese (keep at least 2 inches away from border). Cut 2 sun dried tomatoes in half and place evenly over top cream cheese. Place 4 arugula or lettuce mix leaves over top cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes, disperse 5 very thin slices of sweet red peppers over top lettuce and top with 1 deli meat slice. Roll once and then fold sides in and keep rolling. Keep in mind that you want to make it all nice and snug. Once it’s done being rolled press down firmly so everything inside is nicely dispersed and snug. Cut in half and enjoy or tooth pick it and refrigerate.

 

CASHEW CREAM CHEESE

-2 cups of cashew (soak in water for a few hours or overnight)

-2 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

-1/2 cup filtered water

-2 tablespoon red onion

-1 1/2 tablespoon chives

-2 tablespoon nutritional yeast

– dash of cayenne pepper

-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

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Recipe: Blend soaked cashews with lemon juice and water in a blender and then transfer into mixing bowl and add all other seasonings.  Optional: Add herbs like parsley, cilantro and basil for extra flavor and nutrition 😉

Voila!

 

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BUZZED WITH ENERGY WITHOUT JUICES, SMOOTHIES OR MEGA DOSES OF NUTRITION.

This May was an amazing month for me. I went to Cuba for the first time ever and celebrated my mothers wedding, I had the time of my life! The weather was SO hot, the beaches were unreal, swimming in the ocean felt like you were floating on air, and the sunsets were breath taking. The only thing that was a tad of an adjustment was the food. It was tasty and all, but being at an all inclusive resort there was absolutely zero green smoothies, juices, or big salads with avocado and kale. Without my mega doses of nutrition I was worried my energy would fade away.

Even though my body wasn’t getting the same amount of nutrition, there was one thing that gave me more that enough energy and had me buzzed on my toes all day long. And no it’s not coffee 😉

The one thing that kept me buzzed with energy all day long was my primary foods.

Primary foods are everything else in life that feeds our body and soul; spirituality, relationships, career and physical activity.

Do you remember playing outside as a kid and hearing your mom call you in for dinner. You were having such a blast that the last thing on your mind was food.

Times have changed so much that we are accustomed to eating as a way to fuel our body for “complete” energy. Whole foods are definitely an important fuel for our body, but a job or relationship that takes a lot of energy out of you, or a lack of physical activity and spirituality can leave you depleted more than ever, no matter how much kale or broccoli you eat.

Being disconnected from all the technological noise that Facebook, texts and emails can bring allowed me to soak up so much more Vit L (love) and really feed my primary foods.

It wasn’t until I got back home that my energy dropped and my zest for life slowly faded away. It made me realize that I needed to re-evaluate my agenda and the relationships in my life. I needed to add more excitement by taking more time to do things for me and trim our the relationships that are not supporting me or my lifestyle.

Check out the circle of life to see which areas of your life needs a little extra T.L.C to help bring things back to balance.

Place a dot on the line for each section to designate how satisfied you are with that aspect of your life. A dot placed towards the center of the circle indicates dissatisfaction, while a dot placed towards the periphery indicates ultimate happiness. When you have placed a dot on each line, connect the dots to see your circle of life.

Now you have a clear visual of any areas that may need your attention.  

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