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Free Printable Farmer’s Market Guide!

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Good Morning!

Did you have a fun Memorial Day weekend? I had a blast! It was so nice to relax and play, with no obligations or “to do” list!  We visited our farmer’s market this weekend. I love the beginning of growing season and all the local produce bursting with nutrition and so fresh! It is also a great outing and sense of community while you support local growers. Here is your free guide! Compliments of me and Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the school where I graduated as a Health Coach!

Just click the guide below, and you will have a free PDF printout you can take with you and refer to! There is also a free recipe and other health tips using Farm Market finds!

Farmers Market Guide

Enjoy your day!

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

Tomato Basil Jam

I love the intense flavor of jams. No matter if they are sweet or savory, the flavors are intensified due to the reduction. This Tomato Basil Jam is no exception. It is thick and full of tomato flavor and only 4 ingredients! The secret is the oven roasting. Slather it on cooked meat, vegetables, or crackers to bump up the flavor of anything!

Tomato Basil Jam (4 Ingredients)

4 Ingredient Tomato Basil Jam


Tomato Basil Jam


3 Large Organic Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Garlic Infused Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil

Preheat your oven to 375º degrees. Slice the tomatoes about a half inch thick. Toss with 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt. Place them in a single layer on two parchment lined baking sheets. Roast in the oven for 50 minutes until the tomatoes are starting to brown and caramelize.

Remove the pans from the oven and cool ten minutes. Place the tomatoes and the remaining 1/4 cup of garlic olive oil into a food processor. Add the fresh basil. Pulse until you get a smooth consistency.

This flavorful savory jam is full of healthy fat, lycopene from the tomatoes and delicious fresh basil. What’s not to love about this healthy spread!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!


Cheesy Kale Chips

Are you a kale lover? Yeah, yeah, you have heard about all the benefits of eating kale, but you just don’t like it that much? Well, have you tried kale chips? It is the best way to initiate anyone into eating kale. Kale chips made in a food dehydrator are addicting! Just like a potato chip, but hey they are good for you! Here is a second variation of kale chips if you like variety, like I do! The Pizza Kale Chip recipe can be found here. Although my daughter’s like them both, they each have a favorite. Skyli’s favorite is the Cheesy Kale Chips and Jessica’s the Pizza Kale Chips. Try them both, they are so good!

Cheesy Kale Chips for blog

Kale has many health benefits, including fiber, B vitamins, vitamin A, K, C, Calcium, Copper, Potassium and Magnesium. I have been getting a lot of leafy greens in my diet lately and feel amazing! Fat helps digest and access the nutrients in greens, and the pine nuts and pumpkin seeds that give these chips a cheesy flavor, also add fat to the chips, as well as the walnuts, so you can absorb the nutrients!

Here’s the recipe!

Cheesy Kale Chips


2 Large Bunches of Curly Kale

1 Cup Pine Nuts

1/2 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds (I used sprouted)

1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts

2 Red Bell Peppers, Seeded

1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Honey

2 Scallions, green parts only

1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt


Taking your thumb and index finger along the spine of the kale leaves, strip the leaves in one swipe from it’s rib or stalk. Thoroughly wash the kale leaves under cool water. Lay out on paper towel in one layer to dry completely, 30 minutes to an hour. I like to use a salad spinner first to get most of the moisture off. It is important the kale is thoroughly dry if you want crunchy chips!

Meanwhile, make the “cheesy” seasoning. In a high speed blender, like a Vitamix, blend all the remaining ingredients to make the pizza sauce. In a very large bowl, place your dried kale and pour the sauce on top. Get your hands in there and thoroughly mix and coat the kale leaves.

Place on six teflon lined dehydrator trays and place in your food dehydrator at 118º degrees for 10 to 16 hours until very crisp.

In the dehydrator, they get crunchy like potato chips and stay that way! If you don’t have a dehydrator, and would like to own one, I highly recommend this one! I have two of them, and they come in handy for a lot of food, including fruit rollups……see the recipe for delicious Banana Coconut Leather here.

Enjoy getting your nutrients!

8 Servings

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!


Spicy Zucchini Sticks

Sides are some people’s favorite part of the meal. I like to have a lot of veggie sides for dinner so I can load up on my vegetables and get a variety of nutrients. As an added bonus, there are lots of leftover vegetables for breakfast and lunch, so I am cooking vegetables once a day, but eating them at every meal.

These Spicy Zucchini Sticks are a perfect side for burger or taco night. They are fast and have just the right amount of heat. I am serving them tonight with Messy Jessie’s.

Spicy Zucchini Sticks

Spicy Zucchini Sticks



4 Medium Zucchini

3/4 Cup Superfine Almond Flour

2 Tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

1/2 Teaspoon Chipotle Powder (No Garlic Added)

1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric


Preheat oven 350º degrees. Wash the zucchini and slice into quarters lengthwise. Lay in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, and brush with garlic olive oil. Set aside. In a small bowl mix together the superfine almond flour, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, smoked paprika, chipotle powder and turmeric. Coat the zucchini sticks with the almond flour mixture by sprinkling over the zucchini and tossing a bit with your hands. Making sure they are in a single layer, bake in your preheated over 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. They are delicious with SCD Low FodMap BBQ Sauce.

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Italian Romenesko Fennel Salad

What is Romenesko?  It is a gorgeous member of the Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprout family. It does look like an alien cousin to Broccoli! I love fun vegetables, don’t you?

romanesco It is bright grass green and very pretty.  I love the texture of it, which is similar to cauliflower.  So I thought, why not incorporate it in a salad cooked?  Here is a veggie packed salad with Italian flair.

Italian Romenesko Fennel Salad with Italian Vinaigrette

Italian Romenesko and Fennel Salad with Italian Vinaigrette


Ingredients for Salad:

1 Head of Organic  Iceburg Lettuce or Two Heads of Organic Romaine

One Head of Organic Romenesko

1 Large Fennel

1 Large Organic Tomato

1 small can of Black Olives (I use Field Day 3.8 oz.)

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1/2 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. fresh Lemon Juice


Finely shave your fennel after cleaning and cutting off top and clean and separate your Romenesko pieces.  In a heavy skillet add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add shaved fennel and romenesko and saute covered for ten minutes until just becoming tender. Remove lid, add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and continue to saute until starting to brown and any liquid has evaporated, about 5 to 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile place your lettuce, sliced tomato and black olives in a salad bowl.

While the Fennel Romenesko mixture cools, make your salad dressing.

Italian Vinaigrette:


1/4 Cup Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Garlic Infused Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar (check it is zero carbs, so not added sugar)

1 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Organic Italian Herbs

Combine all the ingredients and Shake it Up to emulsify.

Italian Vinaigrette

Italian Vinaigrette

Add the Fennel and Romenesko to your salad and toss with the dressing. Serve!  We had this for dinner with broiled fish.  It is a light and satisfying meal.

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Flavorful Golden Beet Sautee

These beets are magically delicious.  Even if you think beets taste like dirt like several of my family members do…these do not!  It is because of Nom Nom Paleo’s recipe for Magic Mushroom Powder.  It is really insanely magical!

Flavorful Golden Beet Sautee

Flavorful Golden Beet Sautee

You can use any color beets you like.  I used golden beets I found at my local market because they are pretty, but any variety will do.


3 large beets or 5 medium, peeled and cubed into 1 inch cubes

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon Magic Mushroom Powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions: Melt your coconut oil in a large sautee pan and add the beets. Sprinkle with Magic Mushroom Powder and Pepper and sautee until starting to brown. Cover the beets for approximately ten minutes to soften and cook through.  Then remove the lid again and continue sauteeing until the liquid is absorbed. Serve.

You will want to use this seasoning for many things. It stores in a jar for a long time just like any other seasoning salt.  It does not add a mushroom flavor to your food, it adds umami.  I would love to hear what you think!

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