Tropical Almond Bars

On day 12 of a Paleo challenge. Since I am a high endurance runner and nursing a 2 month old, I need high fat, protein snacks. Without them I feel lethargic and have really slow runs. It is amazing the difference when I don’t have higher carb snacks before my runs! Plus, I have noticed the baby sleeps for longer periods when I chow down high carb Paleo snacks.  

When I am short on time, my favorite go to bar is a Larabar. They are good, but not outstanding. Trust me when I say that homemade is better!

When my boys were napping on Sunday (a rare miracle), I made these tropical bars. They are fantastic! The biggest gem in them is the dried cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is my least favorite fruit. I hate it with a passion, but in the dried form it is amazingly delish. I also tossed in some dried mango and pineapple. Yummy! 

Anyways, give these bars a shot. You will love them. 

Tropical Almond Bars
Serves 16
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C Almonds
  2. 1 C Pistacios
  3. 3/4 C Almond Butter
  4. 1 C Cantaloupe, dried
  5. 1 C Pineapple, dried
  6. 1 C Mango, dried
  7. 1/4 C Water
  8. 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Add dried fruit and water to a food processor. Mix together until fruit is chopped into small pieces.
  2. Toss in the maple syrup, nuts and almond butter. Blend together until a thick dough forms and nuts are chopped. You made need to stop the food processor a few times to redistribute the dough.
  3. Press dough into an 8 x 8 pan. Refridgerate for an hour before cutting into squares. Store for three weeks in fridge or several months in freezer.
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Summer Breeze Smoothie

We had a fabulous Saturday at Created to Grow. It is an art studio our friend started that specializes in art class for kids of all ages. The class started out with a dinosaur sensory table, story time, spray painting monsters on easels and playing in the toy room. Mason and the other girls had a ton of fun. Here is a link to our friend’s website if you are looking for a fun thing to do with your kids: www.createdtogrow.com

Before heading to the art class, I made this smoothie to jump start our day. Lately Mason has not really been that interested in drinking smoothies, but he kept asking Daddy for more! I used the Vegan Tropical Strawberry superfood blend from Shakeology, but this is entirely optional. You can leave it out or use another shake powder that you enjoy.

In fact, I put the shake powder in mine, but not Luke’s and he said it was still delicious. He can’t have Shakeology right now because it has chia/flax seeds and oat/rice protein. However, we are starting to reintroduce nuts/seeds/rice during the next two weeks, so hopefully it won’t be too long before he can have it too!

On a positive note he tolerated almonds okay (e.g. no arthritis flares). This is a huge win because then I can start incorporating almond flour into recipes again.

Summer Breeze Smoothie
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Oranges
  2. 3 C Swiss Chard
  3. 1 C Pineapple, frozen
  4. 1 C Mangos, frozen
  5. 2 C Ice
  6. 1 1/2 C Orange Juice
  7. 2 C Water
  8. 1 C Coconut Water
  9. 1 Scoop Vegan Tropical Strawberry Shakeology (optional - omit for Paleo/AIP diet)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Purplicious Carrot Smoothie

Good morning lovelies! 

It is my birthday on Sunday and oh what to do…my husband asked me what I would like to do and the only thing that comes to mind is eat carrot cake! LOL! Besides that I want to take Mason to a choo-choo train store just to be able to watch his excitement as he plays with the Thomas engines. Obviously the last thing is to get a good steak in my belly and watch some football. I LOVE FOOTBALL. Not sure if I have mentioned it before, but I am in three fantasy football leagues and even run a ladies only league.  

Now, onto business. Our CSA box had a purple theme this week, which included purple carrots, purple leaf lettuce, purple daikon radishes, purple cauliflower, purple cabbage…okay you get my drift. Just purplicious goodies all around! My first item of business was to tackle the overflow of purple in my refrigerator with this creamy purple carrot smoothie. 

For the carrots, if you have a high-powered blender you can just remove the stems and toss them uncooked in your blender. I have a Vitamix and this smoothie came out silky smooth!

Speaking of Vitamix, if you are in the market for a new blender, Target is running some great deals on reconditioned blenders right now (they are selling for $300 and are normally $500). I know $300 is still a big chunk of change, but it is TOTALLY worth it. I LOVE MY VITAMIX! Look out Luke, but I am cheating on you with my blender. 

Purplicious Carrot Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Purple Carrots, tough stem removed
  2. 2 C Purple Leaf Lettuce
  3. 2 Bananas
  4. 2 Pears, core removed
  5. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  6. 2 C Water
  7. 1 C Strawberries, frozen
  8. 1 C Pineapple, frozen
  9. 1 C Mango, frozen
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Carrot Tangerine Gummies

Halloween is right around the corner! I have been watching two shows that definitely fit the bill for Halloween type thrillers, “The Walking Dead” and “The Following.” Both are highly entertaining, but “The Following” is just beyond moral! I can’t believe that many people would actually follow along with a serial killer. Yikes, be nice crazy people they all have families! I know, I know it is just a movie, but still there are creepy creeps who would actually do something that terrible! I am actually watching “The Following” while typing up this post :) 

Back to Halloween talk, my little man is going to be Donatello from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween. I can’t wait to share photos of him trick or treating with everyone! For now, I pulled out his photo from last year. He was the Cookie Monster and wanted to go inside everyone’s houses. I love this photo because he looks so unsure about being all dressed up! A little grumpy actually. Still cute though. 

Cookie Monster

I could just look at pictures of my little guy all day long, but I should probably talk about the gummies! I bought this pumpkin silicone mold on Amazon and have been dying to make some fruit and veggie gummies for Mason.

Today I finally got around to making some! For gelatin, I bought this brand on Amazon, Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin. It is grass fed and extremely healthy for you. One take-away you must know is that not all gelatin should be created equal. You may be tempted to buy gelatin from your local supermarket. I don’t blame you, it is cheap and readily available. BUT and a BIG BUT, this gelatin is made from unhealthy animals who are grain-fed and stand around in their own feces all day long! Living in inhumane conditions makes these poor animals prone to infection. To avoid disease, these animals get pumped full of antibiotics, which leads to imbalanced gut flora. Also, grain-fed cows are fed unsafe genetically modified grains, prone to bad bacteria and have a higher tendency of developing food borne illness such as E.coli contamination. 

Cows are supposed to eat grass! It keeps them lean and healthy without the need for antibiotics. Pasture raised animals products are healthier because they contain more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. So, when making your own gelatin it is very important to buy a grass-fed gelatin. 

Now, why should gelatin be included in your diet? There are a whole host of health benefits, but the following reasons are why my family includes gelatin in our diets are:

1) Digestion: Glycine (amino acid) found in gelatin has been found to elevate levels of hydrochloric acid, which is necessary to absorb nutrients and helps aids in the digestion of protein from muscle meats. Adelle Davis and Linda Clark found that as we age levels of hydrochloric acid are depleted, contributing to malnutrition issues, such as anemia. According to Davis, “Too little hydrochloric acid impairs protein digestion and vitamin C absorption, allows the B vitamins to be destroyed and prevents minerals from reaching the blood to the extent that anemia can develop and bones crumble.”1

2) Arthritis Support: Gelatin contains Chondroitin, which is a supplement taken by arthritic sufferers to reduce pain and stiffness. Gelatin is therapeutic for joint, cartilage and tendon health because this form of dissolved connective tissue from animal bones contains proline and glycine. John F. Prudden, MD, DSci discovered therapeutic doses of proline and glycine dramatically improved rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative autoimmune conditions and digestive based conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases.2

3) Lowers Inflammation: Lean protein is heavily consumed in American diets to “promote” heart health. However, the compounds of tryptophan and cysteine contained in lean meats inhibit our thyroid from functioning properly, which in turn causes inflammation and elevated levels of stress in our bodies. This imbalance can be improved by adding gelatin to our diets.3

Davis, Adele, Let’s Get Well (Signet, 1972), p. 142.

Prudden, JF, The biological activity of bovine cartilage preparations, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatology, 1974, III, 4, 287-321.

3 Peat, Ray, Gelatin, Stress and Longevity. http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/gelatin.shtml.

Carrot Tangerine Gummies
Serves 20
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 C Carrot Juice
  2. 1 1/2 C Tangerine Juice
  3. 2 C Fresh Mango
  4. 6-8 tbsp Honey
  5. 7 tbsp Grass Fed Gelatin
Instructions
  1. Put mango, tangerine juice and carrot juice into a high-speed blender. Combine until a smooth juice forms. Transfer juice to a small saucepan.
  2. Add the gelatin to the fruit juice and allow it to bloom for a couple of minutes. Blooming means the liquid will absorb the gelatin on the surface. After the blooming occurs, stir in the gelatin completely with a wire whisk. This mixture will be slightly thick.
  3. Place over medium heat and continuously stir until the liquid becomes thin and runny. Make sure the liquid is warmed through completely, but never let it boil or the gelatin will not set up properly.
  4. Stir in the honey until combined and pour into a gelatin candy mold or a 13x9 cake pan.
  5. Cool for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Notes
  1. Pour any leftover gelatin mixture into a baking pan and cut into squares after it sets in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Modern Parents Messy Kids
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Sunny Citrus Smoothie

When I think of citrus, I think of warm climates, sunny beaches and picturesque sunsets.

Living in Minnesota we are able to enjoy a slice of warm heaven over the summer, but the rest of the year it is a bit cooler. Contrary to what people think, we actually have great weather for 9 months of the year. It is the three months of cold and bitter winters which gives Minnesota the frozen tundra stereotype.

To survive through the bitter cold I like to add citrus to my smoothies. It gives me a sensation of being someplace warm and helps me remember the beautiful spring, summer and fall weather we have. Plus, the vitamin C content in this smoothie is the perfect defense against the upcoming flu season.

Sunny Citrus Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Meyer Lemons, juice
  2. 1 Lemon, juice
  3. 1 Grapefruit, juice
  4. 3 C Orange Juice
  5. 1 C Carrot Juice
  6. 1 C Water
  7. 1/2 C Mint Leaves
  8. 2 Bananas, frozen
  9. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  10. 1 C Mango, frozen
  11. 1 C Strawberries, frozen
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Spinach Pear Smoothie

One of my favorite fruits to add to smoothies is pears! All I do is remove the core (leave the skin on), cut them into quarters and add them into my blender. The reason why I leave the skins on is because according to www.whfoods.com, “recent studies have shown that the skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the flesh. These phytonutrients include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of the pear has also been show to contain about half of the pear’s total dietary fiber”.

Since I leave the skins on, I like to buy organic pears and prefer red, but for this recipe I used the bartlett variety. However, pears are not on the dirty dozen list of fruits and vegetables containing the highest amount of pesticides, so in a pinch you can buy the cheaper non-organic variety. 

Spinach Pear Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Pears, core removed and cut in spears
  2. 2 Lemons, juice
  3. 1 1/2 C Orange Juice
  4. 2 C Water
  5. 3 C Spinach
  6. 2 C Tropical Fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya), frozen
  7. 2 tsp Lucuma Powder or 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes about 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Turmeric Ginger Smoothie

Growth and development is so fascinating! I never imagined it would be so exciting to watch kids grow up at every step of the way. For example, yesterday just out of the blue Mason saw a spider and sang the entire song of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” while I was cowering under the table wishing someone would kill the spider! Nevertheless, I was amazed because we have sung it many times before, but never he never once sang along with us or said any of the words. Guess the saying is true that toddler are sponges! 

Again these random thoughts have nothing to do with a turmeric ginger smoothie, but I am just spouting out the adorable and fun moments of being a parent! All right, now on to the goods….

Many people suffer from arthritis (my husband being one of them). According to the Maryland University Medical Center, turmeric has been found to reduce pain, inflammation, infection and gastrointestinal problems in individuals suffering from autoimmune diseases. Other health benefits of turmeric were highlighted in a 2013 peer-reviewed research study from the “Current Pharmaceutical Design.” In the study, the compound of curcumin found in turmeric was effective at preventing and destroying breast and bone cancer cells in comparison to ginger essential oils. The article is pretty scientific (which would be wa, wa, wa, wa, wa, wa for the masses- quoting Charlie Brown’s teacher), but I included the link (click on the “Current….”) if you are a nerd like me and want to dive into the nitty gritty details. 

With medical research highly recommending turmeric extract for preventing/inhibiting cancer growth and reducing joint inflammation, I have started to incorporate more turmeric into my recipes. However, I have recently learned that if you really want to reap the powerful medicinal properties of turmeric, you need to buy an extract powder that has a higher concentration of the bioactive compound of curcumin. The turmeric spice from grocery store shelves only contains 2-6% curcumin by weight, which is not concentrated enough to reduce inflammation or produce the same effects from the breast cancer research. Also, to attain greater absorption of turmeric extract it is suggested to pair the extract with black pepper or a fatty meal. So, bacon and smoothies was my husband’s suggestion! 

To help with absorption, I recommend pairing this little hidden gem with homemade coconut milk (the store brands are TERRIBLE FOR YOU, see my Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese recipe for details on the harmful food additives found in non-dairy milks) or avocados if using in smoothies. The high fat concentration from the coconut and avocado will bind to the turmeric and allow your body to digest more of the nutritional properties. If you can tolerate diary, you could even use a high fat Greek Yogurt.

The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends 1,200 to 1,800 milligrams of the standardized extract powder daily, which is equivalent to about a 1/2 teaspoon. I just bought this product on Amazon: turmeric extract. Make sure you get a brand that has standardized 95curcumin (curcuminoids). I will let you know how I like it. Oh and you can also buy turmeric extract in the capsule form, but I personally wanted it in the powder form to add to smoothies. 

Turmeric Ginger Smoothie
Serves 2
Turmeric is a wonderful food to add to smoothies because it contains properties that help ward off inflammation, cancer and common flu/cold symptoms. If added as an extract the body will get a higher concentration of curcumin and reap more health benefits. In addition, to the nutritional aspects of this smoothie it is also delicious! Give it a try!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 C Water
  2. 2 C Coconut Milk
  3. 1 C Grapefruit Juice
  4. 2 C Orange Juice
  5. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  6. 2 C Mango, frozen
  7. 2 Bananas, frozen
  8. 1 C Peaches, frozen
  9. 1 tsp Turmeric Extract Powder (see link in post for suggested powder)
  10. 1 tsp Fresh Ginger
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Tropical Cleanse Smoothie

Another catch up smoothie recipe and this is one I made weeks ago! Going on vacation and getting caught up with work priorities has left me quite behind in the blogging world. However, despite this fact I was able to visit one of my favorite couples in New Hampshire during my vacation.

If you have read my “About Me” section I talk about Josh (Pat and Doug are his parents). It has been 10+ years since I last visited Weare, NH to see Josh’s parents and his brother, Jon. In my opinion that is way, way too long! I drove from NYC to Weare, NH and it was a beautiful drive with rolling hills and the foliage just turning red, orange and yellow. The weather was absolutely gorgeous for late September (80s and sunny) with no wind. We sat out on the Hall’s screen porch that overlooks their backyard. Josh made his presence by leaving a feather in the door of the screen porch. Doug made some great seared ahi tuna and steak for dinner. After dinner, Doug and I drove to see Josh’s dedication bench from the Audubon Society. The bench is granite and has an inscription of what Josh wrote for his entrance exam into New England College. I don’t remember the exact words (Doug and Pat do), but I will try to get close with this: “I hope to return to the spot where 1,000 song birds flew overhead.” Jon picked out the perfect spot for his bench as it on the edge of a beautiful, wooded pond. I am sure Josh is proud of the choice considering he was an avid outdoors man and bird lover! In all, being a mom and knowing how wonderful of a person Josh was I can only imagine how much Pat and Doug miss their son. Despite this loss, they are still one of the most warm and caring families I have ever met! It was really sad to say goodbye, but the good news is I will get to see them again in April when I travel to run in the Boston Marathon.

Now I need to try getting my head back into the game and actually write out the recipe to this smoothie. This smoothie’s name has “cleanse” in the title because of the addition of turmeric. Turmeric’s antispasmodic properties help smooth muscles, reduce digestive distress and decrease menstrual cramping. For women who experience monthly menstrual cramps, consuming turmeric extract or bitters twice daily for two weeks prior to expected menstruation has been found to reduce the severity of cramps. So, I guess you could also call this the PMS smoothie :) Ginger is also in this smoothie, which helps to reduce symptoms associated with motion sickness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats. Maybe that is why they have a case of ginger ale on airplanes? It all makes sense now! 

Tropical Cleanse Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is loaded with digestive benefits. So, give this smoothie a try if you are experiencing indigestion, bloating, cramps or nausea.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 C Mango
  2. 1 1/2 C Papaya
  3. 1 1/2 C Pineaple
  4. 2 Bananas
  5. 3 C Spinach
  6. 2 C Orange Juice
  7. 1 C Carrot Juice
  8. 1 C Water
  9. 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  10. 1 tsp Ginger, crushed
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Chard Lemongrass Smoothie

OMG, I am tired to the MAX. It started out with me getting four hours of sleep two days ago (sick baby). Then I was so restless last night that I only managed to get another five hours. Doesn’t help that the dog wanted to go to the bathroom at 3:15 AM. Normally I am up then, but when you fall asleep three hours later than normal, getting up at 3:15 AM is not ideal at all. Anyway, sleep deprivation is the story of my life and has only become worse lately. The good news is you guys benefit because in order for me to make it through the day I need to power myself up with some good nutrition! This smoothie is one item that falls into the GOOD NUTRITION CAMP! Oh and the lemongrass makes it heavenly! I am nut who loves lemon though, so I totally get that you would pass-a-roo on this smoothie if you are not a lemon lover like me. And for you lemon lovers, pucker up because this smoothie has some LEMONY GOODNESS!  

All right, enough of my sleep deprived rambling! In spirit of my other posts, I have drafted up some health benefits of lemon grass and wanted to share it with you all!

For starters, lemongrass is beneficial for many medical condition since it contains anti-septic compounds that work to eliminate harmful micro-organisms, such as bacteria, yeast, fungal and parasites from the digestive tract. For convenience here are some other key health benefits of lemongrass (please refer to this site www.juicingforhealth.com for a more comprehensive list): 

1.Anemia:  Lemongrass is beneficial for sufferers of iron deficiency due to its high iron content. Iron synthesizes of hemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen cells throughout the body.

2.Anti-cancer:  Lemongrass contains citral, an anti-cancer fighter that helps remove cancer cells, while preserving healthy tissues.

3. Anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and detoxifying:  Lemongrass is beneficial for arthritis sufferers due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. The anti-septic properties help eliminate unwanted micro-organisms and cleanse/purify the circulatory system & organs (e.g. liver, kidney, bladder, pancreas, etc.), while helping to reduce the incidence of bacterial and fungal infections.

4. Digestive health:  Lemongrass regulates intestinal function due to anti-microbial properties removing bad bacteria and parasites, while allowing good bacteria to enter the colon and improve digestive-related conditions (e.g. indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, etc.).

Chard Lemongrass Smoothie
Serves 2
Add a burst of citrus to your smoothies by adding fresh lemongrass. This smoothie is rich in nutrients with the swiss chard, pomegranate and tropical fruits. Very healthy way to start out your day!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 C Papaya, frozen
  2. 1 C Mango, frozen
  3. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  4. 2 Lemons, juice
  5. 1 C Carrot Juice
  6. 1 C Pomegranate Juice
  7. 1 C Water
  8. 2 C Swiss Chard
  9. 1/4 C Lemongrass, finely chopped
  10. 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
  2. This recipe requires a high-powered blender or it will not completely break down the lemongrass. If you do not have a high-powered blender you can either juice the lemongrass or strain the smoothie through a mesh strainer prior to consuming.
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Watermelon Mint Smoothie

Last night was a rough night for me sleep-wise. I am an early to bed and early to rise person, so I typically go to bed at 7 pm and get up at 3 am. I know it sounds crazy, but it really works for me and especially works since I have had a long history of insomnia. Ever since I adjusted to this odd schedule I have slept much better almost every night. However, last night was an exception! I was up at 11:15 and never went back to sleep! So, here I am on four hours of sleep. Boo hoo! The hard part is my boss is in town from Arizona so I have to physically drive into the office (I normally telecommute) and try to function enough during our meetings. 

To try to power me through the day, I made this watermelon mint smoothie. Lately, I have really grown to love adding herbs to smoothies. They add freshness and a burst of flavor. I am not sure which I like better, basil or mint, but man they are both a heavenly addition. Plus, according to www.organicfacts.net mint contains the following health benefits: 

Mint Health Benefits

Watermelon Mint Smoothie
Serves 2
Start out your day by making this watermelon mint smoothie. Herbs and especially fresh mint leaves add freshness and create a burst of flavor.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 C Green Leaf Lettuce
  2. 2 C Fresh Mint
  3. 3 C Watermelon
  4. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  5. 2 C Mango, frozen
  6. 2 C Cranberry Juice
  7. 1 C Water
  8. 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Berry Avocado Smoothie

It is day two of the Autoimmume Protocol (see my Autoimmune Research section for more details on foods to avoid/include list) and for day one I went through periods of feeling great to having a monster headache. Not sure if that is a withdrawal from gluten-free grains and/or nuts, but I thinking it is the grains.

For day two (today) I made this incredible smoothie. When I told my husband the smoothie had coconut milk, avocados, kale and strawberries he turned his nose up at the word coconut and it took him a good hour before he pulled the blender container out of the fridge. Then as he was walking out the door he took a big sip and said, “Wow, this is really good. I can’t taste the coconut at all.” So, there you have it, I have one voter who gives this smoothie two thumbs up!

So, you may be curious like I was about coconut. On the Autoimmune Protocol you are not allowed to have nuts or seeds of any variety for the first four weeks. Coconut is deceiving because it has nut in its name. However, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) “Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are allergic to tree nuts, talk to your allergist before adding coconut to your diet.”

Due to the limited impact coconut has on gut permeability, coconut is allowed on the Autoimmune Protocol diet. Plus, there are numerous sources documenting the gut healing properties of coconut. Based on research from www.thehealthyapple.com, the healthy saturated fats and acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties gently cleanse your Gastrointestinal (GI) system by inhibiting the growth of digestive viruses. At any rate, these health benefits are why it is good to sneak in some coconut milk into smoothies! If you are not a fan of the coconut flavor don’t fret because you can barely taste it in this smoothie! 

Berry Avocado Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is a wonderful balance of tang from the lemon and sweetness from the coconut. Even my husband who is not a fan of coconut said this smoothie was delicious!
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5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Avocados
  2. 3 C Strawberries, frozen
  3. 1 C Mangoes, frozen
  4. 1 1/2 C Pomegranate Juice
  5. 1 C Apple Juice
  6. 1 Lemons, juice
  7. 1 C Coconut Milk
  8. 2 C Kale
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Pear Strawberry Smoothie

We are starting a four-week Autoimmune Protocol diet today, which involves the elimination of the following foods from our diet (http://autoimmune-paleo.com/paleo-autoimmune-protocol-print-out-guides/).

I know what you are thinking, “Wow, what are you going to eat for the next four weeks?” So, we are pretty much already there considering I cook meals with very few grains. Instead of thinking about what we cannot eat, we are thinking about the health benefits of eating foods that are more easily digested by our bodies and are more autoimmune friendly (e.g. reduce inflammation/joint pain from arthritis). After four weeks, we can start re-introducing foods to determine what foods cause problems.

If you are curious how foods interplay with our digestive system and contribute to autoimmune conditions read my posts of “Nightshades & Autoimmunity” and “Leaky Gut Syndrome” or check out this site www.paleomom.com for a whole host of information.

To kick off our diet I made this smoothie for breakfast, which includes fresh pears, kale, strawberries and apple juice. This green smoothie is 100% delicious and includes a lot of nutrients from the kale. Kale is the perfect green to add to smoothies due to the following health benefits (http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/food-weight-loss/6-things-you-dont-know-about-kale): 

1. It has more vitamin C than an orange. One cup of chopped kale has 134 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, while a medium orange fruit has 113 percent of the daily C requirement. Gram for gram, kale has more than twice the vitamin C as an orange.

2. It’s…kind of fatty (in a good way!). We don’t typically think of our greens as sources of even healthful fats. But kale is actually a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential for brain health, reduces Type 2 diabetes risk, and boots heart health as well. 

3. It might be the queen of vitamin A. Kale has 133 percent of a person’s daily vitamin A requirement—more than any other leafy green.

4. Kale even beats milk in the calcium department. It’s worth noting that kale has 150mg of calcium per 100 grams, while milk has 125mg.

5. It’s better with a friend. Kale has plenty of phytonutrients, such as quercetin, which helps combat inflammation and prevent arterial plaque formation, and sulforaphane, a cancer-fighting compound.  And acid from lemon juice helps make kale’s iron more bioavailable as well.

Pear Strawberry Smoothie
Serves 2
Pear, strawberries and kale are a refreshing and delicious combination. Try this green smoothie for breakfast or for a nutritious snack!
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5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Pears, core removed
  2. 3 C Strawberries, frozen
  3. 3 C Kale, stems removed
  4. 3 C Apple Juice
  5. 1 Lemon, juice
  6. 1 C Pineapple, frozen
  7. 1 Banana
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Cucumber Lime Smoothie

So, as I was making this smoothie I realized that the ingredients are probably a show-stopper or outside of some people’s element. I kind of thought the same thing as I was tearing off leaves of cilantro and squeezing in fresh lime juice. It almost felt like I should grab a bag of tortilla chips for my guacamole smoothie :) However, I have to say this smoothie is fresh and delicious. It has hints of cilantro and lime, but it takes on more of a sweet flavor from the frozen tropical fruit. One of my favorites for sure!

Why cilantro? This herb has a higher concentration of antioxidants than common fruits and veggies, making it more effective at removing free radical that are running through your body. Cilantro cleanses and removes heavy metals like mercury from the body due to its ability to bind to heavy metals, loosen them from your tissues, and extract them out of your body through a process called as chelation. Aside from these key facts, cilantro also:

  • Is a good source of the minerals potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium
  • Contains healthy bone supporting vitamin K
  • Yields anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol
  • Helps improve sleep quality
  • Relieves anti-anxiety effects
  • Has antibacterial and anti-fungal actions

Source: http://www.healthysmoothiehq.com/cilantro-smoothie (I did not develop this smoothie recipe from here, just used the nutritional facts)

Oh and I have to admit I never liked cilantro for years. I could immediately taste in salsa, Mexican food and other dishes. As soon as I saw this little green nemesis it was game over for eating the food. However, after years of forcing myself to just eat it, I have grown to love this herb. Now, I am happy I stuck with it because the health benefits are great and it also tastes fantastic in smoothies!

Cucumber Lime Smoothie
Serves 2
Cilantro, lime, avocado, cucumbers ... are we making guacamole? No, but I had this exact same thought when I was tossing these ingredients into the blender. This smoothie is actually sweet and tastes fantastic with the fresh herbs and lime juice. Plus it has a powerful lineup of nutritional benefits from the cilantro.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Avocado
  2. 2 C Spinach
  3. 1 Cucumber, peeled and seed removed
  4. 3 Limes, juice
  5. 1 1/2 C Apple Juice
  6. 1 1/2 C Carrot Juice
  7. 4 C Pineapple, Mango, Peach Blend, frozen
  8. 1 C Cilantro Leaves
  9. 2 Bananas
  10. 2 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Citrus Cucumber Smoothie

I am a smoothie addict! I love having them every morning for breakfast. The fun part about smoothies is there are thousands of combinations. This morning’s smoothie of choice was an effort to use up cucumbers and citrus fruits that I had hanging out in the fridge.

The fresh cucumber and orange/grapefruit are a delicious combination! I promise you will love this smoothie!

Citrus Cucumber Smoothie
Serves 2
Fresh citrus, cucumber, bananas and frozen pineapple/strawberries and mango make a delicious combination. This smoothie is great for breakfast, but would also be a perfect summertime treat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Grapefruits, juice
  2. 3 Oranges, juice
  3. 1 Cucumber, seeds and skin removed
  4. 1 C Carrot Juice
  5. 1 C Apple Juice
  6. 4 C Pineapple/Mango/Strawberry Blend, frozen
  7. 1 Banana
  8. 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Coconut Mango Smoothie

In efforts to be more “thrifty” I have started to check out books from the library instead of buying them used on Amazon. Well this plan was working out rather nicely until I spilled a glass of water all over “Gone Girl”. I attempted to dry it out and return it hoping that I could get away with it. However, yesterday afternoon I get a call from the librarian, asking me if I had an accident with the book. Me….pause and then “Um, yep I sure did!” LOL! So, end of the story is there is a stop hold on my library account until I pay for a new copy. So, my effort to be thrifty is amounting to a $23.75 replacement fee. CURSES!

Now that I shared my mishaps, I also want to share this smoothie recipe! All I can say is YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS! It is liquid crack (additive and oh so delicious)!

Coconut Mango Smoothie
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 C Flax Seed Milk
  2. 1 C Pomegranate Juice
  3. 2 tbsp Coconut Butter
  4. 2 C Mango, frozen
  5. 1 C Pineapple, frozen
  6. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
  7. 1/2 C Greek Yogurt, plain (omit for Paleo diet)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 1 - 32 ounce serving). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
  2. Coconut butter is not the same as coconut oil. For this smoothie, I used Nutiva's Coconut Manna. If you haven't tried it before, do it. It is pureed coconut butter and it is delicious for smoothies.
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Mango Ginger Smoothie

In continuing on with my goal of having a smoothie every day for breakfast, I am always thinking about different combinations. One ingredient that I have not touched yet is ginger. Why? Mostly because I am not a big fan of ginger, but I know lots of other people love ginger! 

The main reason I wanted to give a ginger a try in a smoothie is because of its digestive benefits. According to an excerpt on www.livestrong.com

Ginger contains two constituents – gingerol and shogaol – which are thought to help stimulate your body’s flow of digestive juices such as saliva, gastric secretions and bile, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center online. Ginger has been shown in some cases to help improve appetite and reduce digestive problems such as colic, diarrhea, intestinal spasms, gas and indigestion. But one of ginger’s most well-researched benefits is its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting. Ginger may also help increase muscle tone around the intestines and aid the stomach in moving food down the digestive tract. Additionally, ginger may help reduce nausea by interfering with serotonin receptors, which are responsible for sending “vomit” signals to the brain.

So, keeping the health benefits in mind I created this smoothie. If you need a breakfast to calm down some tummy troubles, give this smoothie a try! Even though ginger is not my favorite, this drink was delicious! 

Mango Ginger Smoothie
Serves 1
Start your day out right with this delicious green smoothie. The combination of ginger, lemon, citrus and mango make it light and refreshing.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 C Mango, frozen
  2. 1 Banana, frozen
  3. 1 C Pineapple, frozen
  4. 2 Oranges, juice
  5. 1 Lemon, juice
  6. 1 tsp Crystallized Ginger
  7. 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  8. 1 C Kale
  9. 1 C Carrot Juice
  10. 1/2 C Greek Yogurt, plain (omit for Paleo diet)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 1 - 32 ounce serving). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
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Pineapple Celery Smoothie

Lately, I have been brave about smoothie ingredients. This morning I tossed in some celery, parsley, mixed greens and frozen fruit into the blender and it turned out great! My husband who loves celery in everything (spaghetti sauce and blood mary’s) referred to this smoothie as a delicious, fruit-infused bloody mary. 

If you are new to green smoothies I would recommend starting with my Tropical Green Smoothie, but as you acquire a taste for green smoothies, I highly recommend this one! 

Pineapple Celery Smoothie
Serves 2
Feeling brave, try adding some celery, parsley and mixed greens to a fruit smoothie. These ingredients increase the nutritional content and help to cleanse the body of toxins.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Stalks Celery
  2. 1 C Fresh Parsley
  3. 3 C Mixed Greens
  4. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  5. 2 C Mango, frozen
  6. 2 C Carrot Mango Juice
  7. 1 C Carrot Juice
  8. 1 C Greek Yogurt, plain
  9. 1 tbsp Honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/2 cup of frozen fruit.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 2 - 32 ounce servings). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.
  2. Omit Greek Yogurt for strict Paleo diet or if you are looking for dairy free option.
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Cherry Cilantro Smoothie

Here I go again adding more herbs (cilantro this time) to smoothies! Have I officially lost my mind? Clinically no, but undiagnosed, most certainly (no comments are allowed from my husband here)! Anyway, before you turn your nose up, you should know that:

“According to a study published in a 2004 edition of the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,” cilantro leaves contain compounds that deter the growth and proliferation of certain bacteria. The researchers discovered that cilantro leaves protect against Salmonella species, which commonly contaminate food and cause digestive problems and severe gastrointestinal symptoms.”

Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/cilantro-digestion-9167.html

“Also, there is also a large amount of literature suggesting that cilantro could be one of nature’s best bonding agents, particularly for individuals who have been exposed to heightened levels of environmental toxins and mercury. Mercury excess is a common problem that may be the result of metallic teeth fillings or over-consumption of predatory fish. Many people suffering from excess mercury report that the feeling of disorientation resulting from the poisoning can be greatly reduced through consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.”

Source: http://rawlivingfoods.tumblr.com/post/35875083556/the-health-benefits-of-cilantro

Are you sold on trying it? Probably, not yet. BUT, trust me when I say this smoothie is delicious! Oh and there are other ingredients in this smoothie that are tremendously healthy for you (e.g. avocado, cherries, mangoes, mixed salad greens, rhubarb, etc.). If that is still not enough to convince you to try it, please know that I have made at least 50 different smoothies in the three months. None were bad, some were just okay (didn’t make the blog cut) and most were delicious. This one is in the delicious camp and is in the top ten of favorites for me. I love the tart from the rhubarb/lime and the sweet from the cherries all mixed together into yummy goodness! 

Cherry Cilantro Smoothie
Serves 2
Give fresh herbs a new life by putting them in "green" smoothies. With the addition of cilantro, avocado, lime, cherries and rhubarb this smoothie is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy all in one! Give it a try for breakfast or for a mid-afternoon snack.
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5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 C Mixed Salad Greens
  2. 1 C Fresh Cilantro, leaves
  3. 1 Avocado
  4. 1 tbsp Honey (1 tbsp more if too tart)
  5. 1 C Mangoes, frozen
  6. 2 C Rhubarb, frozen
  7. 3 C Cherries, frozen
  8. 2 C Apple Juice
  9. 1 1/2 C Carrot Juice
  10. 2 Limes, juice
  11. 1 C Strawberry Greek Yogurt
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado. Toss the pit and skin.
  2. Put all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth.
  3. If the mixture is too thick add an additional 1/2 cup of juice one at a time until reaching the desired consistency. If too thin add another 1/2 cup of frozen fruit at a time until it thickens to your liking.
Notes
  1. You may need to push some of the fruit into the bottom of the blender to get all of it incorporated.
  2. Also, for this smoothie you will want to blend it just a tad longer than most because of the rhubarb. It has tougher stems than fruit, so the extra processing is key to get it smooth.
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Peach Frozen Yogurt

Peaches were on sale at the grocery store and I have been dying to make a tropical fruit/peach frozen treat to share on my site. This is so delicious it was hard for me to not eat it while taking photos!

Oh and the best part is there are only five ingredients in the frozen yogurt and it is super easy to make too! Finally, for those sensitive to dairy, Greek Yogurt is easier on your digestive system. See my Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe for more details. 

Now for fun, how about we compare my 5-ingredient version (3 of which are types of fruit!) to the highly processed and loaded with food additive frozen yogurt alternatives:

Ingredients in TCBY Butter Pecan Frozen Yogurt:

Skim Milk, Maltodextrin, Polydextrose, Non Fat Dry Milk, Contains 2% or Less of: Erythritol, Maltitol Syrup, Emulsifier and Stabilizer (Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Mono & Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Natural & Artificial Butter-Pecan Flavor (Propylene Glycol, Water, Alcohol, Caramel Color), Condensed Skim Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Caramel Color, Whey Protein Concentrate, Disodium Phosphate, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Vitamins A & D. Milk cultured with the following live active cultures: B. lactis, L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. lactis, L. casei, S. thermophilus, L. rhamnosus. Contains: Milk.

Ingredients in PinkBerry Cookies and Cream Yogurt:

Nonfat milk, sugar, cookies n cream (sugar, enriched flour [wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin moninitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), soybean and palm oil with TBHQ for freshness, cocoa processed with alkali, invert sugar, contains two percent or less of degerminated yellow corn flour, corn starch, chocolate, salt, leavening [baking soda, monocalcium phosphate], artificial flavor, soy lecithin, whey), nonfat yogurt (pasteurized nonfat milk, live and active cultures), nonfat yogurt powder (nonfat milk, culture), dextrose, carrageenan, guar gum, maltodextrin, mono- and digylcerides, rice starch

Ingredients in Kemps No Sugar/Fat Free Vanilla Frozen Yogurt:

Nonfat Milk, Cultured Skim Milk, Maltodextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitol, Mono and Diglycerides, Food Starch-modified, Locust Bean Gum, Sodium Alginate, Carrageenan, Aspartame, Artificial Flavor, Annatto (vegetable Color), Live And Active Cultures.

Seriously? What the heck is all of that stuff in red? Wouldn’t you feel better knowing you are eating peaches, pineapple, mangoes, Greek Yogurt and honey? I DO & I sure feel better feeding my son homemade frozen yogurt!

Peach Frozen Yogurt
Serves 4
Who doesn't love frozen yogurt? I sure do. This easy to make frozen yogurt is not only delicious, but is loaded with protein from the Greek Yogurt and Vitamin C from the fruit.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 C Honey
  2. 3 Fresh Peaches
  3. 1 C Mangoes, frozen
  4. 1 C Pineapple, frozen
  5. 4 C Greek Yogurt, plain
Instructions
  1. Remove the skin and pits from the peaches. Cut into wedges.
  2. Place the peaches and the remaining ingredients into a blender and mix until a creamy milk forms.
  3. Pour this mixture into an ice cream maker.
  4. Follow the manufacturers' instructions for making the frozen yogurt (I have a Cuisinart and it took roughly 25 minutes to make).
  5. Serve immediately or in the freezer for later. I recommend buying an ice cream safe container for storage (a regular food storage container will cause ice cream to become rock hard and you will need to thaw it for at least 30 minutes before consuming).
Notes
  1. If you are using an ice cream maker that requires the bowl to be frozen for 24 hours prior, make sure to do this step or your ice cream will not freeze properly.
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Pineapple Chia Smoothie

Knowing how much I love to eat as many vegetables into my diet as possible (even if I have to hide them in sauces or smoothies), my mother-in-law bought me a book called, “The Conscious Cleanse.” The premise of the book is to do a 14 day cleansing of your body by removing the primary culprits of digestive issues (e.g. corn, dairy, gluten, soy, etc.). Since I am already 70% of the way there, I decided to give it a try. There are recipes in the book for smoothies, salads, teas, appetizers and main courses, but I wanted to create my own to add to this site. If I directly use any from the book I will let you know :) 

For starters, breakfast in this book is typically a green smoothie or if you are up for something warm then you can do some sort of porridge with quinoa, millet, amaranth, teff, etc. I have both teff and amaranth in my pantry, so I will create two types of porridge somewhere in the 14 days. This morning, I used up the napa cabbage from our vegetable crop share agreement (CSA). Really, I don’t know what else to do with it, I am not a fan of Kimchi or this type of cabbage. In fact, when we got this last year it ended up wilting in my refrigerator and getting tossed out (well, I certainly hope so because it would be a hot mess sitting in my fridge for a year).

Here are some health tidbits for napa cabbage (www.http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/napa-cabbage.php):

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Promoted Eye Health
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Antioxidant Protection
    • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
    • Alleviation of the Common Cold
    • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
Pineapple Chia Smoothie
Serves 2
This green smoothie is highly nutritious with protein from the hemp/chia seeds, antioxidants from the napa cabbage and anti-inflammatory/digestive benefits from pineapple. Drink up and you will not be disappointed!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 C Napa Cabbage, tough stems removed
  2. 2 Bananas
  3. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  4. 2 C Mangoes, frozen
  5. 2 C Peaches, frozen
  6. 1 C Water
  7. 1 1/2 C Carrot/Mango Juice
  8. 1 1/4 C Almond Milk, unsweetened
  9. 4-5 Medjool Dates
  10. 1 tbsp Honey
  11. 1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  12. 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  13. 1 tsp Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Soak dates, chia seeds and hemp seeds in water for 15 minutes. I just let them soak in my blender to avoid having to clean an additional bowl.
  2. After 15 minutes, add the remaining ingredients to the blender. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Add additional carrot/mango juice if the mixture is to thick. If the smoothie is not sweet enough, you can always add an additional tablespoon of honey.
Notes
  1. This smoothie was created to be as a meal replacement, so the recipe creates two 32 ounce servings. With protein and veggies packed into one cup it was perfect for day two of my whole body cleanse. Cut the recipe in half if you want to have smaller servings.
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