Fresh Decadence

Blakely Stein

Ever notice when you go out to eat how you feel different than when cooking at home? More often than not, your shimmering fish or filet is saturated or drowned in butter, oil and salt. As we begin to cultivate our palate with clean vibrant foods, less seasoning and excess oils are necessary when you start with quality, whole ingredients.

Slow down and taste your food, experience the essence, flavors, and textures. This recipe is quick, easy, delicious and packed full of yummy nutrients. Lemony Arugula and Avocado Dip with Pumpkin Seeds is great as a dip or salsa for fish, meat and/or veggie dishes. If you make ahead, store the pit of the avocado in the dip to prevent discoloration, cover and refrigerate. Best if made right before eating.

Experience each ingredient, savor each flavor and delight in the texture. Feel the nutrients be absorbed in your body and give thanks for the abundant beautiful food.

Lemony Arugula Avocado Dip with Pumpkin Seeds

1 avocado
16 oz organic arugula
1 handful of pumpkin seeds juice of 1 lemon
juice of half orange
2 pinches of fresh mint leaves 1 pinch of sea salt

In food processor: add pumpkin seeds, arugula, mint. pulse until uniform in size. add avocado, citrus and salt to taste.

Serve with carrots, celery, plantain chips, corn chips or flax chips

Health Benefits


  • full of vitamins A, C, E, K
  • folate, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, choline – been known to inhibit cancer growth
  • improves immune system
  • aids in building heathy strong bones


  • full of healthy fats that actually can aid in weight loss and burn fat
  • helps lubricate joints to prevent and assist arthritis
  • amazing for skin and hair, reduces and reversing signs of aging – high in vitamins A, C, K and B6

Pumpkin seeds

  • high in zinc ( great for skin) and selenium ( provides powerful antioxidant protection for our skin against UV damage, pollution and other environmental damage)
  • essential fatty acids and vitamin e – also wonderful for the skin
  • high content of phytosterols which can inhibit the absorption of cholesterol


blakely-150x150About the Author
Blakely Stein, a passionate foodie, yogini, surfer, dancer and professionally trained chef offers to change the way you view food, cooking and your health. Blakely’s food journey evolved from culinary school and working the line in the Big Apple to owning her own catering business for the the past four years. The past year she has been cooking in Costa Rica, California and Colorado. She is transitioning into offering healing, education and vitality through her vibrant and delicious food. Her enthusiasm, energy and skill in the kitchen will leave you craving more.