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    >>> this morning in "today's" kitchen, what's on the menu? a healthy twist of burgers and shakes. a registered holistic nutritionist and author of "must have been something i ate." peggy, good morning.

    >> good morning.

    >> what's a holistic nutritionist?

    >> basically we take real foods and real ingredients to make you feel amazing every single day.

    >> and one of those --

    >> very natural.

    >> you want to feel good but also want to have comfort food .

    >> yes. we want to indulge.

    >> you have healthy versions of burgers and shakes?

    >> yes. we're doing a burger and we're doing a veggie burger , using quinoa and beans. we have black beans and white beans. i'm going to pulse these up.

    >> are these canned beans?

    >> they are. you can use fresh beans if you want as well. they're high in fiber. if you want to lose weight , make sure you incorporate a lot of fiber into your diet.

    >> they have protein.

    >> fiber and protein and owe meme omega 3s are important. they pass through your body when digested not adding a lot of calories. cilantro and onions. extra virgin olive oil . and we're adding some quinoa and quinoa flakes.

    >> is this cooked?

    >> it is. this is gluten free . it gives you the belly bloat. you want to slim down, try to avoid that. cumin, cayenne pepper , which revs up your metabolism. it's amazing. salt, little pinch. i mixed some chia seeds with water.

    >> like that you spray on the chia pet ?

    >> exactly, exactly. you mix that with water.

    >> i should put that on my head.

    >> you can. it will grow. it's a great egg substitute. you don't want to use egg, you can use this. it's really high in omega 3s, which is great for weight loss as well. it helps to mobilized stored fat. get that in there. give it a little pulse. like that.

    >> we'll do that.

    >> what we have is a little paste here. this is our veggie burger . i'm going to scoop some in your hand.

    >> okay.

    >> you can form littletypattys. before i do that, i have some coconut oil , melted coconut oil .

    >> why coconut oil ?

    >> it can withstand higher temperatures. and it's really good for weight loss as well. it can aid in your weight loss if used effectively.

    >> it smells like a pena colada in here.

    >> it smells really good.

    >> how long do you cook them?

    >> eight minutes per side. you want it nuntil it's brown. bring these over here to dress up our burgers.

    >> now if you want to cut more calories, hollow out the bun?

    >> yes, just like so. in italy, they just hollow it out. these are grain buns. if you want to further reduce calories.

    >> and go gluten free .

    >> you can use lettuce as a bun.

    >> what's this?

    >> you can spread it on top of your burger or bun, either way. it's a little bit of goat's cheese, chipotle peppers, capsa krchc in that revs up your metropolitmetabolism.

    >> and better shakes, healthier shakes.

    >> we have some strawberries, some coconut milk . it's very low calorie but really rich tasting. we added some sunflowers. and it looks like this. you want to try that?

    >> absolutely.

    >> and the cookies.

    >> quinoa, cacao nibs. the greater caloric burn you have.

    >> delicious.

    >> strawberries, banana, coconut milk .

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updated 1/9/2013 8:35:05 AM ET 2013-01-09T13:35:05

Recipe: Bean & quinoa burger

  • Bean and quinoa burger
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cooked white kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, steams removed and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes (or 100 percent pure rolled oats)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Creamy chipotle sauce
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon adobo (from can of chipotles)
  • 1/4 chipotle, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon yacon syrup
  • Cabbage slaw
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

For burger:

In a small bowl, mix chia with water until a let sit for a minute or two until a gel forms.  In a food processor, add beans and puree until smooth.  Then add chia mixture, cilantro, onion, oil, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, sea salt and pepper and pulse until combined.

Mix in quinoa and quinoa flakes (or rolled oats) until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties. Grease a grill pan with coconut oil and cook on high for about 8 minutes each side.

For chipotle sauce:

Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. 

For cabbage slaw:

Mix extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cumin, sea salt and pepper until well combined then mix into slaw. 

Recipe: Strawberry banana shake

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sunflower sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Add all ingredients into blender and blend! Serve immediately. 

Recipe: Tahini chocolate chip cookies

  • 1 cup tahini (or almond butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoon ground chia, mixed with 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup 100 percent rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix tahini, chia mixture, cinnamon, coconut sugar and pinch of sea salt until well combined, then mix remaining ingredients. You might want to get in there with your hands to ensure it’s well combined and dough-like consistency is formed. Roll into golf-size balls in your hands, then press flat on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or greased with coconut oil. Smooth top and form into rounds. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before eating.

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