Genni Lee Hester


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pistachio pesto

Here is a beautiful plus unique pesto sauce to make before summer’s end.

Ingredients: 

1 cup of basil

4-5 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of olive oil

2/3 cup of shelled pistachios

Pasta of choice

Directions:

Utilizing blender, begin with the basil (adding a little water as you go). Next throw in the peeled garlic, blend more. Stop the blender and push the ingredients down towards the blade then slowly add the olive oil. Once you have a nice consistency, repeat the process but add your shelled pistachios. You will create a nutty, aromatic pesto sauce. Simply pour this over your al dente pasta and enjoy!

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healthful valentine’s day meal #tbt

Hello,

I am sharing a simple Valentine’s Day meal from last year because it is so darn yummy.  Combine cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and baby beets to make a festive dish. A kale salad with a zesty ginger (aphrodisiac:)) dressing compliments the baby beets’ sweetness. Round everything out with a lovely (yet cost efficient) red wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. Whatever your plans may be, have fun and be well!

With love,

Genni.

happy valentine's day

happy valentine’s day

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

fresh kale

fresh kale

p'tit piaf vin rouge

p’tit piaf vin rouge

festive tools

festive tools

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

spooning

spooning

heart attack

heart attack

heart cleavage

heart cleavage

up close & green

up close & green

all together now

all together now


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hot chocolate oatmeal

Brrrrrr… it is cold here in NYC.

I have been craving something rich and satisfying for breakfast. Oats are especially yummy this time of year, but if you do not mix-up the toppings you might get a lil bored! The other morning I was rummaging through my cabinets to find some perfect ingredient to create a new buzz to my morning routine. Chocolate is always the right answer. Throwing a spoon or two of cocoa into the oats creates a whole rich and satisfying breakfast. Try it out…. oh, and coffee doesn’t hurt either ;).

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1/2 cup of fresh H20 

– 1/2 cup of oats
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– 1-2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

– fruit of your choice 
– handful of pecans

Directions:

  • bring milk & water to boil
  • add oats (regular or quick cook)
  • add sprinkle of salt
  • last minute of cooking throw in: cocoa, vanilla, and fruit (I love to warm berries up but prefer bananas on top).
  • put into bowl and add remaining toppings.

 

 

 

 


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pitahaya: an easy summer snack

Are you looking for a quick, refreshing bite?

If so, try out the hydrating pitahaya [dragon fruit]. This delicious fruit is a delightful mix between a kiwi and a grape. Although there are several studies reporting potential health benefits of this refreshing fruit, an extremely exciting one is a 2010 study published in Pharmacognosy Research where scientists found that this fruit can be effective for, “controlling oxidative damage and decreasing aortic stiffness in diabetic rats.” It is hard to go a day without hearing about the diabetes crisis in America. Since cardiovascular issues can occur in both type 1 and 2 diabetes, this wellness knowledge can be a great tool.

To indulge: Slice in half then cut both horizontal and vertical lines through the interior. You can use the skin as a little pink bowl :). To make it extra zesty slice, add fresh lime, and then chill for 10 minutes. As much fun as funky recipes are to prepare, make sure to enjoy the simplicity of summer!

With gratitude,

Genni.

 

pink dragons and blue skies

pink dragons and blue skies

outdoor dining

outdoor dining

healthy highs

healthy highs

sliced

sliced

close-up-and-seedy

close-up-and-seedy


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mamey smoothie

Hi there :),

Mid-week is upon us and a little healthy inspiration can keep us powered through the week. Currently I am vacationing and writing in Ixtapa Mexico! With the tropical climates I have integrated more raw fruit into my diet. Today I am sharing photos and a recipe for my mamey smoothie. Mamey is a tropical fruit with a thick creamy texture. It tastes a bit like sweet potato and leaves a nice vanilla cherry taste on the pallet. This creamy beverage is super filling and satisfying. Being a tropical fruit it does have a larger carbohydrate and sugar concentration, but one single cup can supply more than 60% of your B6 and Vitamin C daily requirements. Additionally it has close to 30% of your daily potassium needs.

With love,

Genni.

Recipe:

1 ripe mamey
2 cups coconut milk
1 handful of fresh coconut slices
1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey (optional)
1/2 a cup of filtered water
5 ice cubes

outside/inside

outside/inside

organic honey

organic honey

coconut milk/fresh slices

coconut milk/fresh slices

smooth

smooth

cheers!

cheers!


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repost: pizza vegetariano

Hi there,
If you are looking for a few easy vegetarian options to add to your Memorial Day festivities, try one of the delicious options below. Quick tips: use pesto instead of traditional pizza sauce, add tofu in lieu of ricotta, and don’t worry about getting messy! 
Warmly,
Gen. 

Margherita, Tofu Ricotta with Pesto, Sauteed Veggie

Organic Shrooms

Fresh Tomato, Gluten-Free Crust

Eat Your Veggies!

Directions: Buy a pre-made vegan and/or gluten-free crust and top it with anything yummy.
Photos courtesy of Michelle Heimerman (acamerainthekitchen.com)


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healthful valentine’s day meal

Hello Readers,

This week on Wellness Wednesday I am sharing a simple Valentine’s Day meal.  Combine cooked quinoa, garbanzo beans, and baby beets to make a festive dish. A kale salad with a zesty ginger (aphrodisiac:)) dressing compliments the baby beets’ sweetness. Round everything out with a lovely (yet cost efficient) red wine from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in France. Whatever your plans may be, have fun and be well!

With love,

Gen.

happy valentine's day

happy valentine’s day

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

zesty ginger dressing: 1 inch ginger, 1/4 apple, 1 lemon

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

add a little olive oil and water to help it blend down in food processor

fresh kale

fresh kale

p'tit piaf vin rouge

p’tit piaf vin rouge

festive tools

festive tools

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

menage a trois: quinoa, baby beets, & garbanzo beans.

spooning

spooning

heart attack

heart attack

heart cleavage

heart cleavage

up close & green

up close & green

all together now

all together now