Category Archives: NEW YORK CITY

Yes it can be overwhelming, SO much to do and see and eat! I’ll give you some of my all time favs, so you can feel like a real New Yorker.

Summer Time White Gazpacho

 

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Well its definitely summertime in NYC. Hot and humid, that sounds about right. Even though it does feel a tad bit early this year- I’m not complaining!

When it’s hot and muggy out, my body craves cool, raw, clean and refreshing foods.

A dish that will help to remove toxins and clean the blood, giving an overall feeling of lightness and a cooling effect.

Smoothies, juices and salads are no brainers, but I feel like people often forget about soup. As lets face it, it’s usually served hot. But in hot climates such as Spain and many Mediterranean countries, cold soups are very common on the summer menu.

I like the idea of this “white” gazpacho, as it is full of protein and Vitamin E thanks to the almonds and gives an impression of richness due to the color and creamy looking texture.

So simple and easy to make, all of the ingredients are raw,  so you can just pop everything into a blender and lunch or dinner is ready in about 5 minutes.

 

Ingredients:

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1/2 cup raw almonds (if you feel you have trouble digesting almonds, you can soak them in bowl of water for 24 hrs, drain and then use)

Handful of fresh cilantro

Pinch of dried oregano

½ lemon juiced

1 cucumber, peeled

1 yellow pepper

1 garlic clove

1 handful of green grapes

1-2 cups of water (you decide how thick or thin you would like it)

Sea salt to taste

For Garnish:

Few slices of avocado

Sprinkle of sliced or crushed almonds

Sprig of cilantro

And drizzle of very good quality extra virgin olive oil

2+ servings

 

Instructions:

 This is the super easy part: cut up everything very roughly and pop into blender with water. Whizz away and you’re done!

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Good to Know:

Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, biotin, and copper. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, molydenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Fortunately, although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 11 grams of fat, a sizable portion of it (7 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

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Cumin & Lemon Avocado Toast

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One of my favorite lunch time spots in NYC (St. Helena in Brooklyn) used to offer this on their menu. Sadly they are no longer around, but you can make this for lunch or breakfast in about 2 minutes! It’s so fresh, with creamy avocado, fragrant cumin and a squeeze of tangy lemon juice on crunchy whole wheat toast.

Put the ham and cheese away and try something new!

Ingredients:

1 avocado
1 tsp of cumin powder
1/2 lemon (juice)
s&p (good quality sea salt)
Drizzle of good quality olive oil
2 pieces of your favorite toasted whole wheat or multi grain bread

Instructions:

Scoop the avocado flesh from the avocado and place in a bowl.

Add the cumin, s&p and lemon juice

Using a fork, mash it all up.

Smooth onto toasted bread and drizzle with good quality olive oil (key!)

2 minutes later and you are eating! 🙂

Health Benefits:

The Amazing Avocado:
Anti-inflammatory properties, omega 3 fatty acids, Fiber, Vitamin K and C, Folate, Potassium