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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Banana Split Smoothie

I went through a phase in high school where I loved Banana Split Blizzards from Dairy Queen. Pretty sure it stemmed from one of my co-workers having me try one during my 32-day work stint at Dairy Queen! 32 days, I know! Whoop, whoop!

Let’s just say I despised working at Dairy Queen. Making their make ice cream cones is a pain in the rear! I can’t tell you how long I practiced making them just right. I am sure the first two looked fine, but I am a perfectionist and it just wasn’t my gig. 

Besides my longest job on tenure. Oh wait, I have one that is shorter. I lasted for four hours at Chilis. Talk about dedication. Boy I am beginning to sound like a frosted flake from this post. Maybe it will be helpful to know that I have worked for my current company as a research analyst/director for almost 8 years :) 

All right, so I had a craving for a Dairy Queen Banana Split blizzard today! However, I know their ice cream has carrageenan and a boat load of sugar, so I opted for making a thick smoothie from fresh fruit, walnuts and juice. Boy, boy was it delish!

Banana Split Smoothie
Serves 3
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
Strawberry Walnut Layer
  1. 1 C Strawberries, frozen
  2. 2 C Cherries, Frozen
  3. 3/4 C Pomegranate Juice
  4. 3/4 C Water
  5. 1/4 C Walnuts
  6. 1 1/2 C Spinach
Pineapple Banana Walnut Layer
  1. 2 Bananas, Frozen
  2. 1 C Pineapple, Frozen
  3. 3/4 C Apple Juice
  4. 3/4 C Water
  5. 1/4 C Walnuts
Directions
Strawberry Walnut Layer
  1. Blend together ingredients in a high speed blender until a thick frozen mixture forms. Layer into the bottom of three glasses.
  2. Rinse out the blender for the next layer.
Pineapple Banana Walnut Layer
  1. Blend together ingredients in a high speed blender until a thick frozen mixture forms. Add to the the top of three glasses.
Notes
  1. Serve with finely chopped walnuts, fresh bananas, strawberries, chocolate or shredded coconut on top.
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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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Green Detox Smoothie

Oh goodness, I had another interesting potty training experience yesterday! Mason and I went to the library to return books and get some new ones. He loves it because they have trucks, magnetic letters, and a play kitchen area. I love it because it is a free activity and gives him so much joy!

Going back to potty training as he was in midst of mixing up a “banana soup” he started to show signs of going number two in his diaper. I hauled him off to the bathroom and was super excited when he actually used the potty. BUT and a big “BUTT” as I was reaching for toilet paper to wipe his bottom he unleashed round two all over the floor. He then proceeded to step in it, step on me, and step on every inch of the library bathroom floor. My good intentions turned into a massive hose down of him, me and the library bathroom floor :) Poor guy probably felt terrible, but I never made him feel that way. I just had him help me in the clean up crew and kept congratulating him for going in the big boy potty! 


Now onto my green detox smoothie! I am creating a 5-day detox challenge for the holiday season. My intent is to get this ready the Monday after Thanksgiving with new recipes, but I may have to sub in some recipes that I already have ready if I am under a time crunch. 

With this being Day 1, I want to kick off the challenge with some information on why detoxification is beneficial to your body. Detoxification is the process of removing toxins and free radicals from your body to improve cognitive and physical functioning. 

  1. Cognitive – When toxins and free radicals accumulate in the body can this can negatively affect cognitive functioning. Before undergoing a detox, you may have trouble sleeping, chronic fatigue or trouble with your concentration. By removing toxins from the body, studies have found many of these issues gradually disappear.
  2. Physical – Toxins store up in major organs and your blood stream, detoxification helps organs, such as the liver and stomach begin to work more effectively. Detoxification helps clear your body of free radicals, making your body’s immune system stronger, reducing your risk of cancer and allowing your blood to circulate more effectively. 
Green Detox Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Kale
  2. 2 C Spinach
  3. 2 Bananas, frozen
  4. 2 1/2 C Pineapple, frozen
  5. 1 Apple, core removed
  6. 1 Pear, core removed
  7. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  8. 1/8 tsp Ginger
  9. 4 Medjool Dates, pits removed (optional)
  10. 2 C Apple Juice
  11. 2 Lemons, juice
  12. 1 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup (optional)
  13. 1-2 C Water
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. For low powered blenders, the kale and medjool dates may not be completely blended. Substitute 2 cups of spinach in place of the kale and another tablespoon of honey or maple syrup in place of the dates.
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Pineapple Maca Smoothie

Let it snow! We are going to get dumped on today! We could get a foot of snow or more today. Doesn’t that make you want to move to Minnesota! This is actually abnormal as we haven’t had a storm of this magnitude this early in the year since 1991.

Winter Wonderland

I am just hoping we do not have a super hard winter because I am training for the Boston Marathon. I knew signing up for the race that I would have to train in sub-freezing (maybe even sub-zero) temps and run through buckets of snow, but I didn’t think this would happen until December or January. The snow gods have it out for me. Jerks!  

I know, I know…..it seems strange making a smoothie when snow is on the horizon, but I just love getting as many fruits and vegetables as I can into my morning routine. I used to be a gluten-free cereal or yogurt parfait breakfast girl. Every morning I would either grab a bowl and load it up with some dairy-free milk or have some Greek yogurt and granola. These breakfast choices always left me feeling a little sluggish and never sat well in my tummy! Knowing that I was having issues tolerating grains and dairy, I started a 21 cleanse in July where smoothies were the main staple.

While on the cleanse, I fell in love with having smoothies every morning for breakfast. Honestly, I thought I would get sick of them, but it hasn’t happened yet. Plus, the best part is I have noticed a tremendous difference in my energy and overall well-being.

All right, I was a naughty girl yesterday and flooded my system with at least two pieces of my gluten-free Lemon Cream Carrot Cake (not Paleo friendly, but 100 percent delicious) for my birthday. To get my system flushed out, I wanted to start my day out with some great nutrients. The smoothie I have for you this morning is full of greens and has the nutritional supplement of Maca powder. You are probably not familiar with it or have it readily available. Just skip it if you don’t have it, but you should know that Maca powder is a Peruvian nutritional supplement that is used to treat various conditions, ailments and diseases. Researchers have found Maca powder:

1) Boosts Energy – Maca powder has been found to enhance athletic performance. In a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, “eight healthy cyclists were timed while completing a 40-kilometer bike ride before and after 14 days of taking maca. The study found that maca supplementation significantly improved the athletes’ cycling time, pointing to maca’s energizing effects.”

2) Balances Hormones/Mental Health – A 2006 study published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science found yellow, red and black maca reduced depression in rats, while black maca improved learning and cognitive functioning. The scientists attributed these results to the balancing effect maca has on the production of stress-inducing hormones of cortisol and adrenaline in the body.

3) Lowers Blood Pressure – Maca is rich in potassium, which prevents high blood pressure. A 2010 study from Bioresource Technology found maca was associated with lower blood pressure because its phenolic compounds inhibited the enzyme relevant to hypertension during cultured experiments. 

If you are feeling experimental and what to reap the benefits, try adding some Maca powder to your smoothies! 

Pineapple Maca 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. 3 C Pineapple, frozen
  2. 2 Bananas
  3. 2 C Romaine Lettuce
  4. 2 C Kale
  5. 1 Avocado
  6. 2 Lemons, juice
  7. 2 1/2 C Orange Juice
  8. 2 C Water
  9. 2 tbsp Maca Powder
  10. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar or Honey
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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Shrimp Pineapple Kebabs

Yesterday was our neighborhood Halloween party. I was supposed to go as a beer girl, but my costume (which I ordered from Ebay) never showed up! Sniff, sniff, sniff. So, instead of going as nothing, I decided not to go. I know, I know total party pooper! My husband was trying to encourage me to still go, but this brings me to revealing my personality…

Bare with me for a sec, I promise I will get to it…..

My philosophy professor in college once asked us to write up a brief essay on whether or not we have an open or closed door policy on meeting new people. My answer was neither, I am a revolving door. A revolving door? Yes, I am a revolving door because I am indifferent to people. From my past history, I have a general distrust for people, not really letting them inside until I have evaluated them completely. So, I make them rotate and rotate and rotate until I trust them. Some people get to know me right away, but the majority see only glimpses of me, which is unfortunate because I am loving and funny as shit! My husband is very social, which has helped, but I still go through periods where I am very standoff-ish. Sorry, sorry, sorry….in terms of break up words…..it is not you, but my lame donkey ass!  

All right, so what the heck does this have to do with the Halloween party. Well, large parties put my revolving door mentality into overdrive. Unless it is my own party, the room is filled with people that I do not know or who I do not completely trust. The whole experience puts me into stimulation overload because my brain goes into scanner mode and evaluates the actions, mannerisms and intent of everyone in the room. Sounds kind of crazy, but it can be too much for me! I am not anti-social, but I would much rather be in smaller gatherings or something that involves sports or fishing then I am on my game. Otherwise, I can get really quiet and want to get the heck out of dodge! Ya, so since I didn’t have a costume I didn’t want to stand out for not having costume and didn’t really want to get pushed it my revolving door policy. 

So, if you have ever wondered why I go off for runs by myself or am more independent it is me recharging my batteries and just being me. I am fueled more by independence than social settings. This all used to make me a little self-conscious, but now I just frankly don’t care. I am who I am and lots of people love me. Recognizing all of this, has just allowed me to interact in different ways and try to overcome my shortcomings. Booyah, there you have it, Jess disclosed! 

Enough of philosophical and psychological analysis of myself :) Let’s get down to business….food! This recipe is fresh, delicious and friendly on your waste line. Even though it says it serves four people, it will really only serve two if you have a hungry, hungry hippo husband like I do! I will trade you grocery bills any day of the week! 

Shrimp Pineapple Kebabs
Serves 4
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
  1. 1 Head Cauliflower
  2. 2 C Cilantro, chopped
  3. 1 tbsp Palm Oil Shortening or Coconut Oil
  4. 1 tsp Salt
  5. 1 tsp Pepper
  6. 1 Lime, juice
Shrimp Pineapple Kebabs
  1. 2 lb. Shrimp, peeled
  2. 3 C Fresh Pineapple, 1 inch chunks
  3. 2 Medium Red Onions
  4. 1 Lime, juice
  5. 1 Lemon, juice
  6. 1 tbsp Garlic, chopped
  7. 1 tsp Ginger, crushed
  8. 2 tsp Salt
  9. 1 tsp Pepper
  10. 1/3 C Olive Oil
  11. 1/3 C Agave Nectar
  12. Bamboo Skewers
Directions
Shrimp Pineapple Kebabs
  1. Add all kebab ingredients (except bamboo skewers) to a large bowl.
  2. Marinate 30 minutes.
  3. Soak bamboo skewers in water while kebab mixture is marinating.
  4. After 30 minutes, place pineapple, shrimp and onions onto the skewers.
  5. Heat oven to broil or grill to medium high heat.
  6. For oven, place shrimp kebabs on a roasting pan (put 1/2 inch of water in bottom of pan) and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. For grill, cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
  1. While the kebabs are marinating, remove the florets from the head of cauliflower. Shred into small rice sized pieces with a food processor.
  2. As the kebabs are cooking, heat up oil over medium heat. Add in the shredded cauliflower, cilantro and lime juice. Cook for approximately 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve the shrimp pineapple kebabs over the cauliflower rice.
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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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Celery Raspberry Smoothie

This weeks marks the end of nursing my little guy! My goal was to make it two years and I made it two years and two weeks. In the beginning I didn’t think I was going to make it 3 weeks, but I persevered and eventually it became a very special bonding time for me and Mason. However, as many nursing mothers know ending this bond is hard. My little guy used to ask for mommy milk every night before bed and then when I got back from vacation on Monday he asked for a sippy cup of milk. Sniff, sniff, waaaaaaaaa (yep that was my reaction). Two days have passed since he asked for the sippy instead of mommy milk and I am still sobbing hot mess at bed time and still hoping he asks for mommy milk one more time because I wasn’t ready. Last night I even tried to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as the tears just streamed down my face. The best way I can describe it is an empty feeling, longing for something that you will never experience again unless you are able to conceive a second child. Because of fertility issues there is no guarantee for me, so I think it makes the sadness worse. Anyway, the feeling is like losing someone you loved (it is that sort of empty). Yes, I know I didn’t really lose my son, but I am losing my very special time with him and it is making me cry even as I am writing out this message. I am sure it will get better over time, but it hurts like heck right now. 

On a positive note, life goes on and I will always look fondly on my decision to nurse Mason and nurse him successfully for two years. And with life continuing, I decided I should start putting in some smoothie recipes that I have created over the last couple of weeks. So, the one I have for you today is a celery and raspberry smoothie. I know you are thinking, celery….gross. If you haven’t tried celery in a smoothie, do it! This smoothie actually reminds me of a strawberry rhubarb pie with the tartness from the celery being offset by the sweetness of the raspberries. It was a home run for my taste buds that is for sure! 

Celery Raspberry Smoothie
Serves 2
This tart and tangy smoothie is loaded with flavor from the celery and raspberries. It is delicious for a snack or even for a morning pick me up!
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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 Raspberries, frozen
  2. 2 C Pineapple, frozen
  3. 3 Stalks Celery, rough chopped
  4. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  5. 2 C Water
  6. 3 C Spinach
  7. 2 Bananas
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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Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

Woot, woot. I signed up for a chance to run in the 2015 Boston Marathon this morning. I will not get the final word until October, but I have a good shot considering registration they are now accepting the fastest runners below a previous marathon of 3 hours 40 minutes. My qualifying time was 3 hours and 23 minutes, so my time should be quicker than other applicants. However, there is always a BIG BUT to things as running in this race is also conditional on conception of baby #2. We have been trying, but have been unsuccessful thus far. I have had a history of infertility issues and coupling that with my husband being on steroids for his autoimmune conditions the odds are not in our favor. Knowing how much this race means to me my husband gave me the green light to apply knowing that: A) I might not get in to the race if applicants are faster than me and B) I might not race if pregnant (depends on how far along I would be and how the pregnancy was going). Risky yes, but worth it because running the Boston Marathon has been my dream for years. Anyway, wish me luck on all accounts! 

Now that I got this good news (or potentially bad news) off my chest, now I can share this delicious smoothie. For this yummy drink, I offset the tartness of the strawberries and kiwi with pineapple and bananas. I also added some Kale for additional health benefits. This is the perfect drink to start out your day. For me, it fueled me through my morning run this morning! Enjoy!

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie
Serves 2
Sweet and tangy, oh my! This smoothie is a healthy and nutritious way to start your day or it also works great to power you up for running, walking or whatever exercise gets you moving.
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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 Kiwis
  2. 2 C Strawberries, frozen
  3. 1 1/2 C Pineapple, frozen
  4. 2 Bananas
  5. 1 C Acai Juice
  6. 1 C Pomegranate Juice
  7. 1 C Water
  8. 3 C Baby 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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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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Pineapple Lime Guacamole

Typically I either make a spicy guacamole (of which I should add my recipe) or my Apple Feta Guacamole as a garnish for tacos or burgers. However, both of these guacamoles have ingredients that are not autoimmune diet friendly (e.g. diary, cumin, and jalapenos). Back to the drawing board! 

When creating my Garlic-Herb Burgers I knew I wanted a sweet and savory topping to enhance the herbs and garlic from the burgers. That is when the pineapple and avocados in our fruit bowl jumped out at me. So, there you have it my on the whim creation of this guacamole recipe. Oh and I must mention this guacamole would be the perfect complement to lime tortilla chips (for those fortunate folks not suffering from digestive issues). Jerks :) Okay, you are not really jerks, but I am a wee-bit little jealous! 

Pineapple Lime Guacamole
Serves 8
This twist on a family favorite uses pineapple in place of jalapenos to form a sweet and savory guacamole. It makes a perfect appetizer or garnish for tacos/burgers.
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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 Avocados
  2. 1/2 Red Onion, rough chopped
  3. 1 1/2 C Pineapple, fresh
  4. 2 C Cilantro Leaves
  5. 2 Limes, juice
  6. 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  7. 1 tsp Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Using the pulse setting, pulse together the ingredients approximately 10 times until a smooth. Mix together less if you want a chunkier guacamole.
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Garlic-Herb Burgers

In my quest to make an allergy friendly meal, I came up with these garlic-herb burgers. They are a wonderful combination of flavors with an arugula pomegranate salad base, garlic-herb burger that is infused with green onions, turmeric, basil and sage and pineapple lime guacamole garnish. I wasn’t quite sure when making the side components how it would all fit together, but I have to say that the flavor combinations work perfectly. 

Another added bonus of this meal is the health benefits of turmeric! According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, “turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation”.

Garlic-Herb Burgers
Serves 3
These burgers have an arugula pomegranate salad base, garlic-herb burgers infused with green onion and turmeric and a pineapple lime guacamole garnish. The flavors work wonderfully together to create a delicious grain free, nut free, dairy free and Paleo friendly meal.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
Arugula Salad
  1. 4 C Arugula
  2. 1 C Pomegranate Dressing (see recipe here: www.barerootkitchen.com/pomegranate-dressing)
Garlic-Herb Burgers
  1. 2 lbs Grass Fed Beef
  2. 1 tsp Turmeric
  3. 1 tsp Sweet Basil, dried
  4. 1 tsp Sage, dried
  5. 1 tbsp Garlic, chopped
  6. 6 Green Onions, finely chopped
  7. 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  8. 1 tsp Pepper
Pineapple Lime Guacamole
  1. (See recipe here: www.barerootkitchen.com/pineapple-lime-guacamole)
Directions
Pomegranate Dressing & Pineapple Lime Guacamole
  1. Make both the pomegranate dressing and pineapple lime guacamole according to the links listed in this post. Set aside in the refrigerator while prepping and grilling the burgers.
Garlic-Herb Burgers
  1. Heat up the grill to medium heat.
  2. Mix herbs, spices, beef and onions together in a medium bowl.
  3. Form the burgers into 1/3 pound patties and grill for 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on how you like your burger cooked. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.
  4. While the burgers are cooling, mix together the arugula and pomegranate dressing. Add to the bottom of plates.
  5. Top the arugula salad with a burger and a generous spoonful of the pineapple lime guacamole.
  6. Dig in!
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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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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 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
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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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