While we all know that shopping organic is the absolute best way to go, sometimes it can be hard to buy everything organic because it can get pricey.  I believe though that it is super important that you get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet daily.  So instead of avoiding them all together in fear of consuming harmful pesticides, use this list to determine which fruits and vegetables are a must to buy organic and which ones you can get away with buying conventionally from time to time.

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This list came about because several years ago when I realized that shopping organic was necessary and I just couldn't afford to go organic all at once.  Heck, even now I can't always afford buying all my groceries organic.  Anyways, when I started doing research on the fruits and vegetables that contained the most pesticides I kept running into several "Dirty Dozen" lists, which were fantastic and super helpful.  The only thing was, was that every list varied slightly, so I decided heck with the dirty dozen stuff and just came up with a list that contained the fruits and vegetables that are found to have the most pesticides.  This is that list.  So if there ever comes a time when buying everything organic is not possible for you, at least buy these ones organic and you will be doing great!  Remember that if you are just starting out in the organic world, take baby steps.  You don't have to make all your changes at once.  Change takes time and as long as you keep moving forward and keep taking steps, even little ones you are making improvements and that is amazing!

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Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com

Ugh, I have been on a roll with food lately and not in a good way!  For the past week it seems like I am screwing up whatever I touch.  In one day I burned three different dishes!  This is usually a problem I don't have but geez, lately my internal clock is OFF.  You know that clock that tells you that even though the timer hasn't gone off yet, your dish is definitely done now.  I usually have that, not so much anymore.  What is wrong with me?!?!  

Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com

Luckily this salad has turned out amazing for me each and every time I have made it in the past month, so all is not lost!  It has taken some time for asparagus to grow on me.  It was definitely not one of my favorite vegetables growing up but now I love it.  If you haven't been an asparagus fan in the past try grilling it.  It brings out the best flavor and the ends get a little crispy which not only gives it a good crunch but it tastes really good too.

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What I am sharing with you today is the basic recipe, feel free to add some grilled chicken, grilled steak, or pasta to it and make it a meal.  It really is so versatile.  For dinner one night I added grilled steak and for lunch I added some bow tie pasta, both were great.  

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Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad

serves:  3-4

ingredients

14 asparagus spears

1/2 c grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced

1/2 c kalamata olives, sliced

5 c spring salad mix

1 Tbsp julienne cut sun dried tomatoes

1/4 c olive oil

1 1/2 tsp Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning

1 tsp italian seasoning

1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

additional olive oil for drizzling

salt

pepper

 

directions

1.  Preheat the grill on high.

2.  Wash the asparagus and trim the stems.  Line up on a sheet of tin foil.  

3.  Place the tin foil with the asparagus on the grill, turn grill to med-high heat.

4.  Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus and season with salt and pepper.

5.  Cook for 5-7 minutes, flip asparagus over and cook another 4 minutes or until lightly browned in places.

6.  Remove from grill and cut into 1" pieces.  Set aside.

7.  In a small bowl add tomatoes, olives, olive oil, Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning, italian seasoning, and red pepper.  Stir together until mixed well.

8.  In a salad bowl add the spring salad mix, top with asparagus, tomato mix and sun dried tomatoes.  Toss well and serve.

 

*Add grilled chicken, grilled steak or pasta on top of the spring salad mix, then proceed with the other toppings for a complete meal.

*Shaved parmesan or goat cheese added on top would make this dish sing.

 

Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
Italian Grilled Asparagus Salad l wanderingroot.com
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Mocha Protein Bites l www.wanderingroot.com

When I first started making the transition over to more mindful eating something I was not willing to compromise was taste.  Life is short, so yes I want my food to taste good and be good for you.  Something I instantly loved when making that transition was protein balls.  There are a plethora of protein ball recipes on Pinterest and most of them are quite delicious.  So I decided it was time that I try my hand at creating my own protein ball recipe.

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I am so glad I did, because man these are good!  I have been having this undying craving for coffee and chocolate.  Probably since these have, for the most part been absent from my life since finding out I was pregnant.  I have caved a few times and had a cup of decaf and occasionally I do indulge in some good quality chocolate but overall I have been very mindful about avoiding these.  Lately though this craving has escalated.

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Soooo I just HAD to come up with something to satisfy this craving and be nutritious as well.  That is where these Mocha Protein Bites were born.  They are perfectly sweet, have just the right amount of that mocha taste without being overwhelming.  The other plus is that the ingredient list is short and most of the items can probably already be found in your pantry.  BONUS!  All you have to do is toss a few things in the food processor, shape into balls, and pop in the freezer.  Quick and easy.  Warning though, they can be slightly addicting.

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Mocha Protein Bites l  www.wanderingroot.com
Mocha Protein Bites l  www.wanderingroot.com

Just looking at these pictures are making me crave them again.  Another batch may need to be whipped up!  Side note, is it weird that I love the coloring of dates?  They are so pretty with the rich carmel color and the wrinkles add so much character.  Enough crazy talk, onto the recipe!   

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Mocha Protein Bites

ingredients

1 c pitted whole Deglet dates {about 17 dates}

1 c whole almonds

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp coffee grounds {I used organic decaf}

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 c gluten free oats

 

directions

Pit the dates, place in a bowl, cover with water and let soak for 45 minutes.  Place almonds in a food processor and process until the almonds are finely chopped.  Drain the dates and add to the almonds.  Process until a sticky dough forms.  You may have to occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the vanilla, cinnamon, coffee grounds, unsweetened cocoa and process until everything is mixed together well.  Add the oats and process just until mixed.  

 

Form into balls and place on a plate or cookie sheet.  Make sure the balls aren't touching one another.  Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes so they are "freezer zapped" {this will allow the balls to be placed in a container together in the freezer without freezing to each other and making it difficult to separate them}.  Take the balls out of the freezer and place in a glass jar or container.  Store in the freezer.  These are soft enough to enjoy right out of the freezer or can be taken with you as a snack for later.  Enjoy!

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Mocha Protein Bites l www.wanderingroot.com
Mocha Protein Bites l www.wanderingroot.com