Grapefruit Pomegranate

I liked this smoothie so much that I made it two days in a row, which is a rare occurrence for me! This is a superfood powerhouse with grapefruit, pomegranate, chia seeds, kale and maqui powder. If you are not familiar with maqui powder than you should know that these berries contain more antioxidants than any other food on the planet, making them a perfect addition to your morning smoothie! 

Aside from this smoothie we had our 16 week check up with my OB yesterday. Nothing really eventful except we heard a strong heart beat. Every time I hear the heart beat I get a huge sense of relief knowing the baby is doing great. It puts my worry wart nerves at peace for a couple weeks! 

Mason and I also had a fun day yesterday. It was 50 degrees, so we played outside for a change. Of course the lil dude went right for the mud puddles. What fun is dry pavement! Plus, I just let him because that is what baths and washing machines are for! I fully imagine this is only the tip of the dirty little boy ice berg :) 

Grapefruit Pomegranate
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 Grapefruit - skin and peel removed
  2. 1 C Pomegranate Juice
  3. 1 C Almond Milk
  4. 1 Banana, frozen
  5. 2 C Mixed Berries, frozen
  6. 2 C Kale, stems removed
  7. 1 C Water
  8. 2 tsp Maqui Powder
  9. 2 tsp Chia Seeds
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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Rosemary Beef Roast

Yummy, yummy, yumm-meee! This is incredibly delicious. Seriously after 6 hours of this baby cooking it was incredibly hard not to lift the lid and continue to sneak pieces of the corners of the roast. Even my neighbor, Angie, stopped by to drop off a Christmas card and said, “Oh man, something smells good.” 

Aside from making this dish, I am taking a four day statistical programming course. Yesterday we went over second derivatives…I know, I know you are probably thinking what the Deuce Bigalow is a “second derivative.” It is calculus that I haven’t used for 15 years. Boy did I have to get out the broom and dust off oodles of cobwebs to even remotely understand the first of hour of the course. It felt like an episode of Charlie Brown, “Wa, wa, wa, waaaaa….second derivative….wa, wa, wa, waaa let’s take a break.” I understood 10 minute break, whoop whoop! Today should be a lot better because we are through the methods behind the madness…aka the math going on behind the scenes. Now, we are going to actually focus on using statistical procedures for research studies. I can do that part! 

Well, I have to do some prep work for my course, so peace out! Oh and try this recipe. In the words of the movie “Clueless” (yes, shamelessly one of my favorites)…..It’s da bomb! 

Rosemary Beef Roast
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 hr
Total Time
10 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 hr
Total Time
10 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-5 lb Beef Roast
  2. 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 1/4 C Agave Nectar or Honey
  4. 3 Limes, juice
  5. 1/2 C Pomegranate Juice
  6. 1/2 C Coconut Aminos (or Braggs Liquid Aminos if you are not sensitive to soy)
  7. 2 Sprigs Rosemary
  8. 2 Sprigs Oregano
  9. 2 tsp Sea Salt
  10. 1 tsp Pepper
  11. 1 tsp Onion Powder
  12. 1 tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
  13. 1 tsp Chili Powder (omit if AIP)
Instructions
  1. Add spices, agave nectar, olive oil and liquid to the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Place roast on top and cook over low heat for 10-12 hours or until meat is tender (falls apart when trying to pick it up with tongs). Flip meat over every 3-4 hours.
  3. Is that all? Yes, it is that easy!
Notes
  1. Make sure meat is completely thawed before cooking.
  2. I served this with some homemade sweet potato fries, YUM!
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Berry Sprout Chop Salad

Our Christmas decorations are finally up…whoop, whoop!

XMas Tree

We had several issues getting the lights to work this year. The little mother effers really pissed me off because half of the strands were out. I spent at least an hour taking out burnt lights and plugging in news ones, but much to my demise they still didn’t work. Finally I turned to my husband and said, “Combined you and I make X dollars an hour and this is a waste of our time considering we can buy new lights for less than our hourly wage!” He started laughing and said, “Oh honey you are starting to think like me!” LOL! Hence we bought new LED lights so they last longer and we do not have to go through this process again so quickly! The lights are also way more vibrant than standard bulbs. Love them! Now let’s see if the little 2 1/2 foot monster (in the photo) can keep the ornaments on the tree :) 

All right, now on to my day 2 salad for the 12 days of Christmas salads challenge I am doing with some fun ladies! This one is YUMMY! I love the combination of crunch from the brussel sprouts, peppery flavor from the arugula and sweet/tanginess from the orange pomegranate dressing. This one is winner in my opinion. 

Berry Sprout Chop Salad
Serves 2
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10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
Berry Sprout Chop Salad
  1. 3 C Arugula
  2. 3 C Brussel Sprouts, shaved
  3. 1 1/2 C Blueberries
  4. 1/2 C Cranberries
  5. 1/2 C Pomegranate Seeds
  6. 1/4 C Green Onions, finely chopped (optional)
Orange Pomegranate Dressing
  1. 2 Oranges, Juice
  2. 1 C Pomegranate Blueberry Juice
  3. 1/2 Olive Oil
  4. 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  6. pinch of pepper
Directions
Berry Sprout Chop Salad
  1. Toss together salad ingredients into a large bowl.
Orange Pomegranate Dressing
  1. Add salad dressing ingredients to a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake until combined.
  2. When ready to serve, toss the dressing into the salad.
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Blackberry Fig Salad

Today I start a 12 days of Christmas salad challenge with some friends where each day we substitute one meal with a salad. The main goal is to sustain our weight rather than pack on the pounds during the holidays like so many of us do! To kick of this fun-filled event, I made this blackberry and fig salad. Fig newtons are my favorite so my husband and I were joking that we should call this the “Fig Newton” salad or oh gee what did you have for lunch today, “Oh, I had a fig newton salad.” 

At any rate, this salad is delicious and a change of pace from many main stream salads (e.g. boring stuff like garden or Caesar salads). I only say boring because those salads would get old if I had to alternate them for 12 days! 

Blackberry Fig Salad
Serves 2
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10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
Blackberry Fig Salad
  1. 3 C Spinach
  2. 3 C Mixed Greens
  3. 1/4 C Fennel Bulb, chopped
  4. 1 C Blackberries
  5. 1/4 C Pomegranate Seeds
  6. 1/4 C Dried Figs, chopped
Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  3. 2 Oranges, juice
  4. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
  5. 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  6. Pinch of Black Pepper
Directions
Blackberry Fig Salad
  1. Chop figs and fennel. Toss the greens, vegetables and fruit together in a large bowl.
Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
  1. Combine salad dressing ingredients in a pint sized mason jar. Shake until combine and toss with salad greens when ready to serve.
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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Some days are good, some days are bad and some days you just want to go back to bed until the next day! That was my day yesterday.

My day started out with finding out that my sister’s friend shot her self and is in a coma. Now grant it, I didn’t know her, but I just can’t fathom life being so bad that you would try to leave behind a grieving little brother, parents, family and friends. This got me thinking about my life. I am not suicidal, but some days are so crazy stressful that I become impulsive and get agitated/angry very quickly. I recognize that this could escalate into mental health issues (depression) and am working on simplifying my life to make it less stressful and more enjoyable. Working less and blogging less is what I have come to reduce the hours that I am “working.” Instead I should be resting, reading or napping (I don’t know just something relaxing).

I know, I know I have worked so hard to get to this point with my blog, but I have realized that I need a break. It is hard work developing recipes, taking pictures, writing up posts and getting everything posted via newsletters or social media. In fact it is the most time consuming thing that I have ever done. Maybe that is why I pushed it so hard, challenges fuel me.

So, this brings me to my goal for day 4 of my cleaning eating challenge: eat well and reduce the stress in my life! This means that after writing up the clean eating challenge I am going to limit blogging of new recipes to 1-2 per week (I had been average 4-6). Obviously, when I make a fabulous recipe or do some gluten free/paleo holiday baking I will share it with you, but for the next month I may be a little quiet! 

Blueberry Basil Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 5-6 Small Basil Leaves
  2. 2 C Blueberries, frozen
  3. 2 C Cherries, frozen
  4. 1 C Strawberries
  5. 1 C Purple Kale
  6. 2 C Spinach
  7. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  8. 2 C Water
  9. 1 tsp Honey
  10. 2 Tangerines, peels removed
  11. 2 Bananas, peel removed
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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Pomegranate Kale Smoothie

Our second trick or treating experience was a blast! Good thing we know all of our neighbors because Mason likes to go in their houses and take a little tour! Here is a picture of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle:

Mason Turtle
 
Now, what to do with all of the extra candy lying around our house. Lord knows there is no way we can physically eat all of it without going into a diabetic coma. I am researching giving candy to our military troops to show gratitude for their service via this site: Soldiers Angels.

Now on to cleansing my body through smoothies after days of eating candy and gluten free sugar cookies! I am starting out November with this smoothie and it is full of antioxidants via blueberries and pomegranate juice. Hope you enjoy! 

Pomegranate Kale Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 C Pomegranate Juice
  2. 2 Bananas
  3. 2 Apples, cores removed
  4. 3 C Frozen Blueberries
  5. 3 C Kale
  6. 1 tbsp Maple Syrup or Lucuma Powder
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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Blueberry Lucuma Smoothie

I have been dying to try lucuma powder in smoothies! I do not always put a natural sweetener in smoothies, but some of the greener ones (high content of kale specifically) need it! Finally, I broke down and bought some to give it a whirl in a kale smoothie!

So, you are probably wondering, what is lucuma powder? Well, lucuma powder is made from drying whole Peruvian Lucuma fruit at low temperatures and milling it into a fine powder. This low-glycemic sweetener has a distinct maple-like taste and contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. For those looking to decrease their sugar consumption, the low sugar and carbohydrate content make it the perfect addition to smoothies, yogurt, cereal or desserts. 

This blueberry lucuma smoothie is heavenly I must say! As far as flavor, I found the lucuma powder to be a cross between medjool dates and maple syrup (which I love, love, love). In a smoothie, the taste is very mild and it gives of a delicious element of sweetness. YUMMY! You don’t need very much either as I only added two teaspoons (equivalent of 20 calories and 4 carbohydrates). 

For information, the lucuma powder I bought came in a pack of two for $21 on Amazon. If you are wondering why I also add turmeric powder to this smoothie please check out my post turmeric ginger smoothie

Blueberry Lucuma Smoothie
Serves 2
Lucuma powder is the perfect low-glycemic natural sweetener to add to green smoothies. This Peruvian fruit also contains a trace of key nutrients, antioxidants, and micronutrients.
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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 Blueberries, frozen
  2. 2 C Mixed Berries (strawberry, raspberry, blackberries), frozen
  3. 2 Bananas, frozen
  4. 3 C Purple Kale
  5. 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  6. 1 C Orange Juice
  7. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  8. 2 C Water
  9. 2 tsp Lucuma Powder
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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Pomegranate Citrus Salad

Rise and shine! Seriously is my coffee done brewing yet? I can’t wait for it to get in my belly! Okay, coffee is being consumed and I am now a HAPPY CAMPER! All right, on to some business . . . 

I saw a picture for a pomegranate orange salad on Pinterest and thought, “OMG, I need to make something similar for my blog.” So, without even looking at the ingredients of the other salad I came up with this rendition. The whole time I was assembling this salad I kept thinking, “Wow, this looks wicked pretty, almost too pretty to eat.” It took all my effort when taking pictures to not eat the entire thing. I must admit I did end up gobbling up the entire thing for lunch. 

Speaking of gooble, gooble, this would totally be the perfect side dish for a Thanksgiving day meal because it has all of the fall colors! Plus, it would look so pretty sitting next to an oven roasted turkey. 

Pomegranate Citrus Salad
Serves 2
This is a wonderful fall time salad with a sunny citrus dressing and lots of crunch from the kale, pomegranate seeds and sunflower seeds. Enjoy this tasty salad for lunch or use it as a complementary dish to my cranberry pork roast.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
Pomegranate Citrus Salad
  1. 4 C Kale, chopped
  2. 2 Tangerines, thinly sliced
  3. 2 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
  4. 2 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
Sunny Citrus Dressing
  1. 1 Meyer Lemon, juice
  2. 3 Tangerines, juice
  3. 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  4. 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  5. 1/4 tsp Salt
  6. Pinch of Pepper
  7. 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
Directions
Pomegranate Citrus Salad
  1. Mix together salad ingredients into a bowl or shallow dish like shown in the picture.
Sunny Citrus Dressing
  1. Combine salad dressing ingredients and drizzle over the top of salad when ready to serve.
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Kale Blueberry Smoothie

I am catching up on some smoothies I made prior to going on vacation to New York City with my mom and my sister. Boy is NYC fun! While there we visited the Brooklyn Bridge (great view of city from bridge), 911 Memorial/Museum (breathtaking), Statue of Liberty (gorgeous), Ellis Island (spent 2 minutes there & left), Times Square (busy, but very neat) and Grand Central Station (amazing architecture). I would highly recommend seeing everything, but Ellis Island. We literally boarded the same ferry boat that we arrived in because none of it was remotely interesting to my mom, sister and I. If you are a history buff then it would be right up your alley. In all, I had a fantastic time with my favorite ladies! Here is a picture of us having lunch on our first day (well, us minus me).

Mom Katie NYC

 

Now on to the delicious kale and blueberry smoothie. For this smoothie I used purple kale, but you could use any variety. If you are wondering, here is a list of kale’s nutritional benefits (source):

1. Loaded with fiber – Kale will keep you fuller longer, which curbs snacking and keeps your weight down. Diets rich in leafy greens, like kale, have been associated with decreased risks of various cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis.
2. Phytochemical – Kale helps lower the risk of eye related conditions, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, because it’s loaded with phytochemicals (lutein and zeaxanthin). One half cup of kale meets the daily suggested dose of lutein and zeaxanthin (6 to 15 milligrams) for optimal eye health.
3. Vitamin A – Kale contains this antioxidant, which boosts immunity and maintains healthy bone structure.
4. Vitamin K – Kale produces osteocalcin, which is a protein our body uses to strengthen bone composition. Women with low intake of Vitamin K have significantly lower bone density and are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.
5. Vitamin E – This antioxidant keeps our minds sharp by removing free radicals from our brain cells!

Kale Blueberry Smoothie
Serves 2
Hints of lemon, blueberries, cherries and kale make this a delicious treat! I made this for breakfast, but really you could make it for any meal or for a 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 C Cherries, frozen
  2. 3 C Blueberries, frozen
  3. 3 C Purple Kale
  4. 2 Apples, cores removed
  5. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  6. 2 C Water
  7. 2 Lemons, juice
  8. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar (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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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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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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Pomegranate Dressing

I love salads, but rarely like the store bought dressings because they often have sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oils and soy ingredients. To avoid all of this garbage I prefer to make my own. My go to dressing is pretty simple just olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey and salt/pepper. However, today I wanted to spice up this base with some pomegranate juice and basil. I am very pleased with the outcome!

For salad ideas, I like to pair an olive oil and vinegar based dressing with kale (I like how crunchy it is in comparison to red or green leaf lettuce) or arugula (I love the pepper undertones). However, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can use. I am just suggesting two favorite salad greens. Hope you enjoy!

Pomegranate Dressing
Serves 6
In my quest for spicing up an olive oil, lemon and vinegar dressing, I gambled with tossing in some pomegranate juice and dried sweet basil. It payed off because this dressing is delicious. For dinner or lunch ideas, add this salad dressing to either a kale or arugula salad for a perfect main course or side dish.
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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. 1/2 C Pomegranate Juice
  2. 1/2 C Olive Oil
  3. 1/3 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. 1 Lemon, juice
  5. 1 tsp Sweet Basil, dried
  6. 1 tsp Sea Salt
  7. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  8. 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients together and toss with your favorite salad greens.
Notes
  1. The oil separates from the vinegar in this dressing, so just make sure you shake it well before serving.
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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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Cucumber Mint Smoothie

It is operation use up two dozen cucumbers week. Since my husband is out of town and is my garbage disposal, this has been a rather daunting task. First it was salad, then pickles, then give some to my neighbor/mom and this morning it led me to this smoothie. Inspiration for this smoothie came from getting a bunch of mint in our CSA share this week. At first I was thinking of making a chocolate mint smoothie, but since it is summer and I like green smoothies better I went with with a “mojito” remake. As I was drinking this bomb-tastic (e.g. delicious) smoothie all I could think about was, “Boy, this would be good as a summer cocktail”! 

Cucumber Mint Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie reminds of summer and a mojito because of the fresh cucumber and mint. The drink is delicious as is, but would also work well as a cocktail by adding your favorite mixer.
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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 Cucumber, peeled
  2. 1 C Fresh Mint Leaves
  3. 2 C Spinach
  4. 3 C Pineapple, frozen
  5. 1 Banana, frozen
  6. 1 1/2 C Pomegranate Juice
  7. 1 1/2 C Water
  8. 1 tbsp Agave Nectar or Honey
Instructions
  1. Cut the cucumber in half and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
  3. 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 Zucchini Smoothie

Just getting over a migraine. Boy did a nap help! Not sure if others suffer from migraines. I do not get them often, but when I do they are always with an aura. I call it the crappy ring of fire warning me of a crummy headache to come :) 

Moving on to the goodies, this green smoothie takes on a new twist by adding chunks of zucchini, baby kale, frozen fruit and Greek Yogurt. The main reason why I tossed in the zucchini (which is technically a fruit) is I am trying to use up some of the bumper crop coming out of our garden. Both my husband and I think this smoothie is YUMMY and wanted to pass it along to the rest of you.

Berry Zucchini Smoothie
Serves 2
Trying to use up summer squash from your garden? Toss it in a smoothie with some kale, frozen fruit, pomegranate juice and Greek Yogurt. I promise it will be love at first bite (sip).
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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 Medium Zucchini, peeled and chopped
  2. 2 C Baby Kale
  3. 3 C Pineapple, frozen
  4. 2 C Blueberries, frozen
  5. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  6. 1 C Greek Yogurt (optional, omit if dairy free or strict Paleo)
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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Pomegranate Tea Smoothie

My first attempt at this smoothie was an epic fail. I started making it at 4:30 AM. I heard Mason whimpering to get up, so I started up the blender and ran upstairs to get him. While pulling him out of the crib, I heard an enormous CRAAAASSSHHHH! Mason is in the repeat everything mommy and day says phase, so inside all I could hear was, “Oh shit!”

We went downstairs and found the dog licking up the smoothie. The crappy part was it was not just on the floor, but along with walls, our cabinets, the refrigerator, pantry door, etc. It was everywhere. Then later in the morning I tried to go for a bike ride and my back tire was completely flat (needs a new tube). At that point the tears starting rolling down my cheeks. Really the smoothie and tire is not a big deal. There are rags and bike shops for that sort of thing! What it really comes down to is I am crabby/shocked/sad/whatever other emotion I can muster up because yesterday my husband was diagnosed with Psoratic Arthritis at the age of 36. I just keep thinking okay this is not what I want my husband to have to manage for the rest of his life.

At the end of the day, he has a treatment protocol in place and we are just trying to prevent the arthritis from doing more damage than it already has. I know it is just an adjustment and things will get back to normal, but it is just the initial shock that is hard.

Anyway, to make light of this story, I held my chin high and made another smoothie. This is a green smoothie that is full of antioxidants from the blueberries and pomegranate juice and tastes delicious. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is one of my favorite breakfast treats! The green tea, pineapple, blueberry and pomegranate are a wonderful combination that you will absolutely love.
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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 Baby Kale
  2. 3 C Pineapple, frozen
  3. 2 C Blueberries, frozen
  4. 2 C Pomegranate Juice
  5. 2 C Green Tea, unsweetened
  6. 2 C Greek Yogurt
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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