Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Cravings

Hello! I'm just stopping by to share a few of the things on my "currently craving" list.

I started listing them all out and then realized they fell into just a few main categories.

All the spring greens: 
I make an effort to eat seasonally and always delight in the abundance of fresh produce that heralds spring's arrival: mint from the garden, fat stalks of asparagus, garlicky ramps, freshly shelled peas, crisp radishes, and all manner of herbs and lettuces. To me, these months are all about eating green, literally, as illustrated by these nourishing dishes.

Revitalizing Salad

Spring Gratitude Bowls

Chopped Green Goddess Salad

Pea Shoots with Burrata, Lemon Olive Oil, and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus Salad with Fried Capers and 7-Minute Eggs

Spring Harvest Buddha Bowl with Dill Shallot Vinaigrette

Swiss Chard Stem & Ramp Spring Rolls with Miso Green Goddess Dipping Sauce

Healthful, High-Protein Snacks:
As someone who tends toward a paleo/primal/grain-free way of eating, protein is a mainstay of my meals. Recently, as I've increased the intensity of my workouts, I've become even more conscious of incorporating protein into my snacks for muscle recovery and appetite satiety. Here are a few on my to-try list.

Protein Power Snack with Chocolate and Cashew

Grain-free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread

Flourless Chocolate Chunk Coconut Blondies

Superfood Chocolate Quinoa Bark

Coconut Matcha Energy Bars

Raw Banana Bread Shakes

Simple Seasonal Pleasures:
Some cravings don't fit neatly into a category. Here are a few of the "odds and ends" I'm loving right now.

Moodling around the house with the windows open

Early evening hikes in the foothills, enjoying the blooming wildflowers

A good book to read on the patio (what are you reading right now?)