Wellness for the Family: Star Wars Day Recipes

Star Wars fans, today is your day!

Michelle Dunaway and Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, have some sweet, healthy treats to celebrate.

This week in Wellness for the Family, they’re making Yoda soda and Wookie cookies.

Seven Leia Mediterranean Dip served with Trooper Scooper Chips

Ingredients:

•        Hummus – homemade or store bought

•        Labneh or plain Greek yogurt

•        1-2 Artichoke hearts, chopped

•        2-4 Tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped

•        2 Cucumbers, de-seeded and chopped

•        1-2 cups Kalamata olives or black olives, de-seeded and chopped

•        2-4 roasted red peppers, chopped

•        6 ounces of feta

•        Parsley, chopped

Instructions:

1.       Once vegetables are chopped. Place them in a colander/strainer in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This will remove some of the excess water.

2.       Layer hummus on the bottom of a square or rectangular dish.

3.       Mix 2 ounces of feta cheese with 2 cups of Labneh or plain Greek yogurt. Then layer on top of hummus.

4.       Then layer various chopped vegetables on top.

5.       Serve with vegetables or Scooper Trooper chips. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Protein Wookie Cookie

Ingredients:

•        3/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato

•        1/2 cup nut butter (i use peanut butter but almond butter or sunflower seed butter would be great)

•        2 eggs

•        1 tsp vanilla extract

•        1 tsp cinnamon

•        2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey (depending on desired level of sweetness)

•        2 Tbsp. chia seeds

•        1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

•        1/4 cup oat flour (make your own by throwing some oats in a food processor)

•        1 tsp baking soda

•        ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

1.       Combine sweet potato, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl and mix well.

2.       Add vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds and stir to combine.

3.       Add oat flour and baking soda and stir.

4.       Gently fold in chocolate chips.

5.       Scoop onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (8-12 cookies).

6.       Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Yoda Soda

Ingredients:

•        1 cup packed chopped curly kale

•        1 cup packed baby spinach

•        1 cup no sugar added 100% apple juice

•        1 cup frozen chopped mango

•        8 ounces of favorite seltzer or club soda, split in half

Instructions:

1.       Combine kale, spinach and apple juice and blend first to avoid chunky leaves.

2.       Add mango and blend until smooth. Will make about 16 ounces total smoothie.

3.       Pour 8 ounces of smoothie into cup and add 4 ounces of favorite seltzer or club soda. Gently stir. Enjoy immediately.

4.       Will make two 12 ounce servings.

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