RECIPE: Strawberry Banana and Ginger Smoothie

Here’s a twist on an old favorite.  It’s great for breakfast, lunch, a snack or dessert.  Cool and crisp with the perfect amount of sweetness. No refined sugars and lots of fiber to keep you satisfied and your digestion functioning well.

 

Strawberry Banana and Ginger

In a blender combine:

 

2 cups of almond milk (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water)

5 frozen strawberries (or fresh, even better)*

1 frozen banana*

1/2 – 1 inch cube of ginger root

1 dash of cinnamon

 

*could add 1/4 cup of ice and use unfrozen fruit as well

RECIPE: Hemp Seed Pesto

Love Pesto? Is it weird to want to rub fresh basil leaves all over me? That fragrance, so crisp and clean.  I can’t help but pause and sniff it in once I’ve plucked off a fresh leaf.  But, I digress…

Pesto…it’s not just for pasta!  Make some to smear on sandwiches instead of mustard or mayo, scramble it in eggs, add a dollop to a cracker with a smidgeon of salmon, or smother it on shrimp or chicken.

A client recently sent me a clever recipe for kale and hemp seed pesto, that I reworked to retain my friend, basil.  This is a great option for folks with nut allergy!

Hemp Seeds are a protein rich superfood! Basil is an alkaline cancer-fighter, garlic lowers cholesterol and keep vampires away (2 birds, on stone) and lemon helps detoxify!

Hemp Heart Pesto

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Hemp Seeds (hemp hearts)

1 Garlic clove, chopped or pressed

2 cups Basil, chopped

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Sea Salt and ground Pepper to Taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a blender combine the above ingredients; start with hemp seeds and garlic, add basil , lemon juice and spices, finish with olive oil.  Use a spatula to scrape in to glass container for storage.

Makes about 1/2 cup (which is a lot of pesto!) Store what you don’t use immediately in a jar in fridge for a week or so. Freeze what you won’t use in near future. Or use as a facial masque. (not really…though maybe?)

RECIPE: Healthy Breakfast Muffin Bars

Tired of spending heaps on “bars” that are packed with sugar?

Need a quick treat that keeps you sated all morning long?

Have a taste of these breakfast cups!

Depending on the kind of oats you use, they can be gluten Free and oh so nutritious. Pump up the protein by adding nuts or seeds. You can also make them more dessert-ish by adding dark chocolate chips to the mix.

granola bars

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375

In a mixing bowl combine:

1 1/2 cup Rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free)

3/4 cup coconut sugar (I use TJ’s organic)  or maple syrup to minimize the glycemic load

(though you could use brown sugar if you’re going all desserty)

2 eggs (farm fresh hormone free, of course)

1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter

1/8 cup softened butter

3/4 tsp baking soda

6 oz chocolate chips*

1/4 chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds*

 

* optional

Pour concoction in to greased (I use butter or coconut oil) muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can pour in to greased glass dish and cut in to bars. Either way, viola!, breakfast is made for the week!

 

RECIPE: Green Detox Smoothie

Well, hello there! I’m your new favorite smoothie!

This jar of nutrition is incredibly delicious!  It’s a quick but healthy breakfast and makes enough for two, so share with your favorite morning time buddy or enjoy some as a snack later in the day. This morning I offered a spoon of it my 1 year old, who then enjoyed more than her share! Recipe is inspired by Barre3, my fave workout and health encouraging resource!

Green Detox Smoothie

In a turbo blender combine the following ingredients:

2 cups almond milk

1 cup organic spinach

1 frozen banana 

1/2 organic apple

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp hemp hearts

1 slice dried apricot

1-2 tsp dried ginger or 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp maca powder (optional) 

RECIPE: Nut-Rageous Smoothie

Nut smoothie

Want to curb your sugar cravings?

Try this Nut-rageous smoothie, inspired by Mark Hyman.

It’s packed with protein to keep you full all morning long, and makes enough to have a second smoothie later in the day or the following morning.

I make several jars of the nuts/seed ingredients that I can quickly dump in to my blender.

Combine:

2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

2 Tbsp Flax seeds

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

8 Brazilian nuts or Walnuts

1 Frozen banana

1/2 frozen wild blueberries

1/2 cup organic spinach

1 cup almond milk

1 cup filtered water

2 tsp cinnamon

 

RECIPE: Secret “Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream” Smoothie

You want to know a secret? Packing protein into your meals cuts cravings and obliterates hunger. Plus protein helps build strong muscles, which boosts metabolism.

So add clean protein to everything! A sneaky way to add protein to smoothies is to…

blackbean choclate smoothie

wait for it…

add black beans.  Sounds gross, I know, but ain’t nuthin’ gross about this tasty concoction! The beans not only add protein, but also create a smooth, thick creamy texture you are sure to love.

And as always, throw in some greens to make it a well-balanced meal!

black beans

Portions are approximate, so less water if you prefer a thicker smoothie.

In blender combine:

~3/4  cup milk (I use hemp but almond, coconut, rice, soy or cow’s milk work too)

~1/2 cup filtered water

~1/3 cup black beans (preferable cooked, but fine uncooked, from a can, rinsed and strained)

2 Tbsp cacao (coco powder)

1 Tbsp maple syrup (honey or sweetener of your choice would work too)

1 banana, frozen (you could use a raw banana + 3 cubes ice instead if you don’t store peeled frozen bananas in your freezer)

3 dashes cinnamon

Optional de-veined chard leaf or handful of spinach

[photo from nutmegnotebook.com]