Happy Gut Kitchen

Bye-Bye Coffee, Meet Matcha Tea for a Happy Gut

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Do you think there is no match for your morning coffee?   Think again.  Think Matcha.  Matcha tea is green tea that provides the great boost of energy that coffee gives plus it is rich in anti-oxidants.   The traditional Eastern tea ceremonies center on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha, a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed tea leaves.

While on the Happy Gut Cleanse we suggest matcha as a coffee replacement.  Whether you are on the cleanse or not, you still can get all the boost of coffee with our Happy Gut Life protein and fiber-packed Matcha Energizer smoothie.

Matcha Energizer

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Servings:

Makes about 2 – 3 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
Blend time: 30 secs

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon  matcha tea powder

2 cups filtered water, divided

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 cup almond milk

1 large handful of spinach

2 tablespoons cashew butter

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 1/2 to 2 scoops protein powder

1 tablespoon shredded coconut  (optional)

1 tablespoon ground flax  (optional)

Step 1:

Combine the matcha tea powder and 1 tablespoon filtered water in a small ceramic bowl or mug and mix into a paste.

Step 2:

Heat 1 cup filtered water on the stovetop until fine bubbles form; do not boil.  Add the heated water to the matcha paste and stir well to make tea.  Set the tea aside and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Step 3:

In a blender jar, combine the remaining water and the rest of the ingredients in the order they are listed, including the coconut and flax, if using.  Add the cooled tea last.

Step 4:

Blend well on high for 20-30 seconds (until smooth)

Step 5:

Add a couple of ice cubes to the blender if you prefer to make your smoothie colder.

Not only is it healthy and good for you, matcha tea smoothies are a brilliant bright green color which will wake you up and get you going in a positive vibration!

 

Recipe by Dr. Pedre

Superbowl Recipe #2. Happy Gut, Crowd-Pleasing Cashew “Cheese” Dip

Happy Gut launch party

Looking for a healthy, crowd-pleasing Superbowl snack? Touchdown!

We have two to share for your hungry football guests. Go here for Lemony Hummus and below for our Cashew “Cheese” Dip.  Both are great for gut health and make for Super Tasty Bowls.

Chef Vivian Ciofi served both at the Happy Gut book launch party to rave reviews.

*Send us your photos of this recipe and the best one wins a signed copy of Dr. Pedre’s Happy Gut book!  Enter before Feb 8! Best photo published on social media!  Send to support@happygutlife.com!

Good Luck!

Cashew Cheese Dip

Delicious garlicky, dairy free “cheese” dip.

WF  DF  GF  SF  VEG  VG
Servings:

Makes about 2 cups
Prep time: 4 hours
Blend time: 30 secs

 

Ingredients:

 

1 lb. raw cashews, soaked in water for 4 hours and drained

4 ounces of water

The juice of two lemons (approximately 4 ounces), separated

4 ounces of nutritional yeast

2 cloves of garlic

Salt to taste

Fresh chopped parsley to taste

 

Step 1:

Add the cashews, yeast, garlic, 2 ounces of water, and 2 ounces of lemon juice to a food processor.

 

Step 2:

Process until blended. Taste and season with salt and additional lemon juice. You can now add more garlic if you like, and add additional water and pulse to attain the consistency you like. The more liquid you add, the creamier it will be.

 

Step 3:

Pour the “cheese” into a bowl and fold in chopped parsley, and serve.

 

Contributed by Vivian Cioffi

Superbowl Recipe #1. A Super Bowl of Happy Gut Hummus!

Happy-Gut-Lemony-Hummus

Looking for a healthy, crowd-pleasing Superbowl snack? Touchdown!

We have two to share for your hungry football guests.  Lemony Hummus and Cashew “Cheese” Dip.  Both are great for gut health and make for Super Tasty Bowls.

Chef Vivian Ciofi served both at the Happy Gut book launch party to rave reviews.

*Send us your photos of this recipe and the best one wins a signed copy of Dr. Pedre’s Happy Gut book!  Enter before Feb 8! Best photo published on social media!  Send to support@happygutlife.com!

Good Luck!

Happy Gut launch party

Lemony Hummus

Hummus with a lemony zest and the rich flavor of roasted garlic.

WF  DF  GF  SF  VEG  VG
Servings: Makes 2 cups
Preparation time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 Head of roasted garlic*

3 cups of chickpeas**

Zest of 1 large lemon

Juice of 1 large lemon

2 ounces of tahini

2 ounces of olive oil

sea salt and white pepper to taste

 

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare roast garlic. Slice about ¼ inch from the top to expose the cloves. Peel off the loose paper. Place the garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil. Place in the center of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Check on the garlic – you should be able to easily slide a paring knife in. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out the soft garlic and set aside.

 

Step 2:

For the chickpeas:  1 lb. of dried chickpeas yields 8 cups. You may cook the whole pound and refrigerate the extra for another use. Alternatively, cook about a little less than ½ lb. to yield 3 cups. Choose your favorite method – we like to rinse and pick over, and cook in a pressure cooker according to instructions provided by manufacturer.   We do not soak over night, but any method works.

 

Step 3:

For the hummus: Place the chickpeas in a food processor. Add the garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice, tahini and olive oil, and process until you achieve your desired level of smoothness, adding cold water to help thin the hummus. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour into a bowl and serve.

Contributed by Vivian Cioffi