RECIPE: Coconut Blueberry Smoothie

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How delicious is summer?  Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries, oh my!  Try this delicious treat on a hot summer day. Just check your teeth for the blueberry skins after you enjoy! Because nothing says healthy-good-fun like food in the ole “grill”!

In a blender combine:

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1 frozen banana (or 3 ice cubes and 1 Tbsp maple syrup)

2 Tbsp coconut (unsweeted)

4 dashes cinnamon

1 tsp maca

1/4 tsp ground ginger

 

Serve in glass jar and garnish with coconut!

Enjoy!

blueberry smoothie2Come fall and winter, you can sub ice and fresh berries for frozen berries!

 

RECIPE: Making Mocktails

Mocktaillimone2Summertime.  Camping, Boating, Beaching and BBQing.

It’s hard not to over indulge as your social calendar cranks up (and your responsibilities wind down).  I could easily end up over-indulging ever night of the week, if I’m not careful. I’m often told, “You’re on vacation”. Which I find exceedingly annoying, because as it turns out, every weekend of summer is vacation.  And every summer I seem to swell!

A client and I were discussing this conundrum, which subsequently inspired my mocktail making.  What is a mocktail you ask? It’s a alcohol-free beverage that is still super fun to drink.  Many mocktails are made with syrups and sugars and other headache-causing ingredients that can still leave you feeling lousy the next day.

I wanted my mocktail simple and both chemical and sweetner-free.  I used a lemon lime La Croix as the base. (Can someone please give me the correct pronunciation on these!? Is it La “quwaah”? Or La “croy”? or some other Alex Trebek pronunciation I haven’t considered)

Give this a go, or make your own and share here!

INGREDIENTS:

4 oz ice-chilled lemon lime La Croix (or pour over ice)

1/4 lemon juice and pulp

1/4 lime juice

1 ginger shaving

ALWAYS serve a mocktail in a fun glass with a garnish.

Mocktails. They’re not just for pregnant women.

RECIPE: Mango and Spinach Smoothie

Mango. It’s a nutritionally loaded fruit with 100% of the daily need for vitamin C, 35% for vitamin A, 20% of folate, 10% of vitamin B-6 and 8% of vitamin K and potassium. I am big fan, but I’ve not got a good go to recipe that calls for mango; so I do what I often do… throw it in my vitamix with a few other ingredients until I find my favorite combo.  This smoothie is super simple and even my 9 month old enjoys the result! (hence the baby jars)

Mango and SPinach

In a blender combine:

1/2-1 cup spinach (or just a handful)

1/2-1 cup water

1/2-1 cup chunks of frozen organic mango (ala Trader Joe’s)

The juice of 1/2 lemon

2 dashes powdered ginger

1 dash turmeric

RANT: Home of the Brave (and the Obese)

America. Home of the Brave. We owe so much to those who came before us. We are a lucky nation; a prideful nation. Unfortnately over the years, we’ve also become the most OBESE nation.

Pssst…. I’ll give you a hint as to why…it’s what We The People EAT!

The freedom to eat whatever and whenever we choose.

It’s packaged fake food and portion sizes!

So as you belly-up to your family’s 4th of July BBQ, try and leave a small portion of your plate unfilled. And know that there ARE tasty treats whose first ingredient isn’t processed meat, mayonnaise or Blue Lake Dye #6.

Decide for yourself, what is one thing you can do for your health (and, heck while you’re at it, your country) this 4th?  Consider sampling the veggie tray, maybe bring a Berry Bowl or Summer Corn Salad?

I’m not saying you can’t indulge a little: enjoy the fireworks and pig parts, but see if you can sneak in some greens between cold beers.  Your body’d think that’d be Yankee-Doodle-Dandy.  God Bless America.IMG_2284