Noor’s RAINBOW Mango Salad

Noor’s Rainbow Mango Salad

 Warning: this salad is extremely high in benefits.

They say “eat the rainbow,” and we (Holistic Health Coaches) say “eat THE rainbow,” but mean an incredibly different rainbow. 🙂 

 

Noor's Rainbow Mango Salad

Noor’s Rainbow Mango Salad

 

So, here I introduce my rainbow salad. It’s full of health benefits A to Z.

Mangos are not only a tasty fruit, they have remarkable benefits. Among them are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate and B Vitamins. Mangos are great for healthy skin, bone health, has cancer preventative benefits, beta-carotene, and dietary fiber- which aids in digestion and heart health. What more can you want from something that tastes so sweet and luscious?

Mangos are on the clean 15 list, meaning they are low in pesticides. This means you don’t need to worry about buying organic mangos. Just make sure you let them ripen so they can be wholly sweet.

I can go on and on about the benefits of the organic bell peppers, the organic parsley, tomato, organic greens, blueberries (in the homemade dressing I made) cucumbers, avocadoes and mushrooms.

This is like an anti-cancer, high healthy fat, high fiber, Vitamin A, K, C, B and flavonoids super salad. It’s high in photochemical and good for you antioxidants.  The raw walnuts I toss on top not only add flavor and a crunch. They give the salad a boost of omega-3 fatty acids which we all need to get from food.

 

Now you tell me, would you rather eat my rainbow, or the popularly advertised candy “the rainbow”?

Ingredients:

4 cups organic greens

2 cucumbers

1 organic yellow bell pepper

1 organic orange bell pepper

1 medium tomato

1 bunch organic parsley

2 organic avocadoes, ripen

8 small white button mushrooms

Raw walnuts for topping

My homemade clean-eat blueberry dressing

 

Directions:

  1. Place the organic greens in a serving bowl.
  2. Wash and cut the bell peppers into small cubes. Place color coded atop the greens.
  3. Wash and peel the cucumbers. Cut slices and place next to the peppers, atop the greens.
  4. Wash and chop the tomato and place it in the middle of the plate, atop the greens.
  5. Chop the parsley and place it atop the tomatoes.
  6. Pit and cut the avocadoes into cubes and place atop the greens, near the peppers.
  7. Wash and sliced the mushroom and place atop the greens. You get the picture now. 🙂 
  8. Serve with my homemade, clean-eat blueberry dressing. (Recipe to come later!)
  9. Top with raw walnuts for optimum benefits and a mouth-watering crunch.  
    Veggie Party

    Veggie Party

     

    Noor's Mango Rainbow Salad

    Noor’s Mango Rainbow Salad

     

  10. With my clean -eat blueberry dressing and RAW Walnuts.

    With my clean-eat blueberry dressing and RAW Walnuts.

Noor’s Hide-Your-Greens Pain Relief Smoothie

Noor’s Hide Your Greens Pain Relief Smoothie

(Thick enough to call Ice Cream)

 

Topped w/ raw walnuts.

Topped w/ raw walnuts.

Move over Tylenol, here comes Holistic Noor and her smoothie.

This smoothie contains pain relief benefits, without the negative side-effects.

Did you ever imagine kale or spinach in your dessert? Well, I’m here to make it happen without making you plug your nose drinking it.

When you’re craving that sweet treat or need some energy early in the morning, this recipe is the perfect drink.

You can put less liquid and call it ice cream, or you can add a bit of liquid to make it a drinkable smoothie. That’s up to you my friend.

Now, let’s get to it.

I developed this new habit of becoming extremely sneaky with greens, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and other health foods. I throw them in drinks, desserts, and dinner entrees without others knowing. 😛

As for this smoothie, it’s full of super-foods, and therefore is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory benefits, flavonoids, muscle recovering anthocyanins, and more.

What am I talking about? Well, one of the secrets here is the Organic Tart Cherry Concentrate, considered a super-food. It’s full anti-cancer mechanisms, has anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular benefits, joint pain relief, and the potent flavonoid, anthocyanins, which are known to not only reduce stress and inflammation, but also do a lot with aiding your muscles in repairing. So this smoothie/treat would be perfect after a workout. Get on it.

The banana is not only there to cover up the vegetables, it also aids in muscle recovery, aids in constipation, lightens your mood, and actually stimulates growth of bacteria (the good kind!) in your gut.

The flaxseed? Where do I begin? If I were to recommend one new habit everyday it would be to add flaxseed to your routine. 1-2 tablespoons a day is great. They are high in insoluble and soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and have anti-inflammatory benefits. Make sure to buy whole flaxseeds (unless your pre-ground is cold-milled) so you don’t eat them without the benefits. Grind them in a spice grinder and top them on your smoothies, avocadoes, soups, or salads.

 

At this point you’re convinced enough, that you’re reading this while blending up this recipe. 😛

Enjoy every sip!

 

Hey, where'd my greens go?

Hey, where’d my greens go?

 

 

Ingredients:
½ cup liquid (water, fresh squeezed OJ, or milk of your desire) Add more or less depending on desired consistency

1 cup organic greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard, etc of your choice)

1 tablespoon Organic Tart Cherry Concentrate

1 small banana, ripen

½ cup organic frozen mixed berries

1 tablespoon freshly ground flaxseed

Optional: top with chopped raw walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. In your single serve blender, blend the liquid, organic tart cherry concentrate, and the organic fresh greens until it becomes a pure green liquid.
  2. Add the banana, berries, and flaxseed. Blend will.
  3. Top with the walnuts if desired. Drink or spoon up immediately!

 

Feel the energy? I’m sure you do.

Chockfull of Ingredients in Your Chocolate Ice Cream

Children scream for ice cream, and adults simply reach for it without sound. As a child I loved ice cream, until I realized what I was being fed. Turning over the container merely scares me, especially with the paragraph comprised of ingredients I can’t pronounce. So what’s in ice cream that’s a hazard to our health? Simply, too many things for me to cover, but I’ll give you a taste of it.

Carrageenan is found in almost every ice cream or frozen yogurt brand out there. It’s used as a thickening agent to make your treat nice and thick, but can also cause harmful effects on your body including cancer.  Is it worth it? Not when you can make an alternative, which I will share below.

Many frozen treats have coloring, including red 40, blue lake 1, yellow lake 5. As I’ve stated numerously, this sounds like I’m in an art classroom, not in the kitchen eating dessert. Food colorings are proven to be harmful by the FDA and have proven to cause ADHD in children.  According to labelwatch.com the CSPI, Center for Science in the Public Interest, recommends avoiding all artificial food coloring.

Watch out for the famous high fructose corn syrup, I don’t even want to get into this. I don’t believe that all sugar is created equally, and if you believe so, well read on. In no way, shape, or form do I consider that Organic Raw Honey or even dates can be on the same scale as high fructose corn syrup. While honey and dates are natural, and have plenty of health benefits, high fructose corn syrup comes from GMO ingredients. What’s to compare?

So as a treat I’ve transformed my regular frozen banana ice cream into “chocolate” banana ice cream using carob powder instead of cocoa powder for a few added health benefits. The texture is merely the same as the store bought chocolate ice cream, but the after-feeling is incomparable. This is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, additive free, added-sugar free, and most importantly guilt free. Oh and don’t forget, this has only 3 ingredients, while the majority of store-bought ice cream has a minimum of  15.

Top with organic berries, raw walnuts, carob chips, etc.

Top with organic berries, raw walnuts, carob chips, etc.

Ingredients:

4-5 frozen bananas peeled and pre-sliced *

½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk, the fat adds to the creaminess)

1/3-1/2 cup carob powder (you can use this amazing raw cocoa powder)

Directions: (can’t get easier than this!)

STEP 1:

Place your frozen bananas, carob powder and almond milk in the food processor and pulse until creamy.

You may need to stop and scrap the sides a few times with a spatula (please, unplug the machine while doing so, you don’t want to accidently turn it on).

Unsweetened almond milk, frozen bananas, and carob powder.

Unsweetened almond milk, frozen bananas, and carob powder.

Place frozen bananas,  milk, and carob powder in food processor. 

Place frozen bananas, milk, and carob powder in food processor.

Yes, it's nice and creamy.

Yes, it’s nice and creamy.

Thick and creamy texture.

Thick and creamy texture.

STEP 2:

Serve in desired bowls. Top with fresh berries, mango, or other fruit, and if you’re a nut-a-holic like me, pile on raw walnuts, pistachios, or cashews. Toppings are unlimited, there are no rules. 😉

:) Yummy taste, and no damage to your health.

🙂 Yummy taste, and no damage to your health.

*The best way to have your frozen bananas is this: every time you have over-ripe bananas in your fruit plate peel them, slice them, and place them single layered in a tuber ware. Freeze them and whenever you’re in the mood for ice cream take them out and use them for such recipe.

Now, that’s ice cream to scream for. 😉

Noory’s Heavenly Sunnah Bites

 

OK, as promised to my friends who tried these, here is my recipe for the mini brownie bites. I know everyone likes brownies, but sometimes in little bites things taste even better. Top it with sunnah “caramel” sauce that doesn’t make you crash and well, you found the perfect recipe for a sweet treat.  This is a whole food dessert, no sentence long preservatives and chemicals necessary. Layan loved these the most. 

Guilt free.

Guilt free. Good stuff.

Ingredients:

My Same Old Black Bean Brownie Ingredients (varied a bit for this recipe’s texture):

1/3 Cup Organic Sweet Potato Puree (pumpkin works just fine)

2 Tbsp Organic Cashew Butter, Almond Butter or my favorite Walnut Butter (or even peanut butter works)

1 Can Black Beans, washed and drained

2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg, Certified Organic/pasture-raised 

1 1/2 tbsps Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Organic Carob Powder

½ tsp Baking Soda

1/8 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt

4 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey, dates, or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

1/4 clean-ingredient carob chips (choc chips can replace it just fine if you prefer) 

 1 teaspoon whole black seeds (the powerful seed!)

From the Sunnah Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates (balah or fresh)

3 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

2 Tbsp Organic Cashew Butter (or my favorite walnut butter!)

1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt

2 Tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

 

Nut Topping

24 Whole Cashews or Raw Walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray your mini muffin baking cups with olive oil spray.
  2. Place all Brownie Ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse it well. 

    Place all the brownie ingredients in the food processor.

    Place all the brownie ingredients in the food processor. I pulse it for a few mins.

  3. Spoon batter evenly into the mini muffin tin. You’re welcome to grease your pan with organic coconut oil. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

    Fill the muffin tin with batter.

    Fill the muffin tin with batter. 

  4. Let the brownies set for a few minutes and cool before adding the sunnah caramel sauce.
  5. Place all Sunnah Caramel Sauce Ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth stopping to scrape down the sides so you don’t end up with uneven chunks. 
    Place caramel sauce ingredients in food processor.

    Place sunnah caramel sauce ingredients in food processor.

    Scrape the sides down and allow it to become smooth.

    Scrape the sides down and allow it to become creamy and smooth.

  6. Add sunnah caramel to the top of each mini brownie. Top each with a single Cashew or raw Walnut. 

    Top w/ sunnah caramel

    Top w/ sunnah caramel

  7. Bismillah and enjoy!

 

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Black Bean brownie bites with "sunnah caramel" sauce.

Black Bean brownie bites with “sunnah caramel” sauce.

Noor's Clean Black Bean Brownie w/ Sunnah "Caramel" Drizzle

Noor’s Clean Black Bean Brownie w/ Sunnah “Caramel” Drizzle. Rectangular shape, same dough.

Noor’s Natural Element, Guilt-Free, Finger-Licking Blackberry Cheesecake

It’s no wonder why cheesecake always has the bad rep; it begins with a crust full of partially hydrogenated oils, bleached flour, and some sugar too. It ends with a sugary topping we misinterpret for “fruit”. Let’s not forget that culpable feeling after eating such a treat.

 So instead of eating that and having to remorse, I created what I call the Natural Element Blackberry Cheesecake, full of natural ingredients, or “elements” our bodies can digest normally.  

This is a NO-BAKE recipe and the only tools you need is your food processor, a medium bowl, hand blender, and a spatula.

 

 

Crust Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates (soaked is better for your food processor!)

1 cup raw cashews

¼ cup raw almonds or raw walnuts 

3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2-4 tablespoons hot water

 

Filling Ingredients:
2 packs Organic cream cheese (or my popular coconut “no dairy-cheese” recipe to come later)

½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or any type of milk)

1/8 cup Organic Raw Honey or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

2 packs (about 1 ½ cups) fresh blackberries*

 

*You can substitute blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mango, etc 

Directions:

STEP 1

Place all “can’t get healthier crust” ingredients into your food processor and blend well until dough like (the crust would look better w/ chunks of nuts/dates showing but not too coarse). PRESS into a pie pan using a spatula or back of a spoon.

Noor's Nut Crust

Noor’s Nut Crust

STEP 2

In a medium bowl hand blend the cream cheese, almond milk, and Raw Honey/Coconut Palm Sugar. Blend on medium-high until very creamy and no chunks remain.

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Hand blend cream cheese, almond milk, and Raw Honey/Coconut Palm Sugar.

STEP 3

Cut a few blackberries in half, toss in all berries and fold with a spatula.

Fold in blackberries.

Fold in blackberries.

STEP 4

Scoop into the pie crust keeping the crust showing on the edges. Cover with wrap and freeze several hours or overnight.

Ta-da

Ta-da

Yum

Yum

*When ready to serve slice and top with fresh blackberries or make a quick blackberry sauce (smashed fresh blackberries). 

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