RECIPE: Pistachio and Spinach Smoothie

One of my coolest girl friends recently shared with me her favorite smoothie recipe. This is a girl who went heli-skiing on her honeymoon and stole Michael Jordan’s retired jersey from the Dean Dome rafters.  (Only one of these actually happened, but this girl would do happily do both, and then some).

So if it’s a Pistachio Smoothie that is her daily tall-glass-o-Bad-Ass, then this is what’s going in my Vitamix tomorrow morning:

Pistachio SMoothie

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup filtered water

6-8 almonds

12-14 pistachios

4-6 cubes ice

(1 scoop protein powder, unflavored or  vanilla) optional

(1 tbsp maca powder) optional

RECIPE: Iced Coffee Smoothie

Need a quick, healthy pick-me-up in the morning? Have I got the smoothie for you!

I’m not usually a coffee drinker. In fact, I managed to make it through college, medical school and residency without picking up the habit. But as a mother of a newborn, I’ve found I could use a little more “Get-Up-And-Go” in the mornings.

So I created this healthy iced coffee to help me survive. Hope you enjoy it!

Iced Coffee

In a Blender Combine:

1 cup Spinach

Coffee (either 1 Tbsp coffee beans oR 1/2-1 cup of yesterday’s left over coffee)

1/2 cup Almond Milk

1/2 cup filtered H2o

4-6 cubes Ice

1/2 tsp (or just 4 dashes) Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (optional for sweet lovers)

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds (optional Super food, also packs in some protein)

1 tsp (or a splash) Vanilla

 

 

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Oat Smoothie

Want a quick, simple,  healthful smoothie recipe that won’t leave you hungry? This scrumptious, gluten-free smoothie is filling and delicious!  Oats are high in fiber, help lower cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular disease. So instead of cooking up sugar laden, pre-packaged oatmeal in the am, try this healthier alternative!

 

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats (I like Trader Joe’s)

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1/2-1 cup water

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Oat Smoothie

RECIPE: Fixer Elixir

Tis the season for tree timing and gift giving, ’tis also the season for getting….coughs and head colds, that is…

Especially if you are dashing about, decorating the halls, and generally over-extending yourself, you may find yourself a little run down.

The moment you feel that fullness in the back of your throat or the congestion in your nose, concoct this creation to stop that cold before it grows fur and antlers!


Fixer Elixir 2In a blender combine the following ingredients:

1 cup filtered water

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup ice

The juice and pulp of 1/2 lemon (seed are fine too)

1/2 inch x 1/2 inch cube go ginger

1 dash (1/8 tsp) cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp of honey (preferably raw)

 

Mix together, guzzle and let the healing begin!

 

RECIPE: Peaches and Cream Cups

My friend Lisa returned from her family’s organic peach farm in Colorado with these phenomenally good peaches.  They were magically delicious by themselves, but I was in charge of a dessert for a dinner party, so I thought I’d somehow incorporate them in to a sweet treat.  I used to use store bought or canned peaches, a tube of ‘slice and bake’ sugar cookies and grocery store vanilla ice cream as a summer dessert before I knew any better.  So that chemical-laden, highly processed treat, oddly, was the inspiration for this healthier, more tasty dish.peaches peach crumble ingredients

It’s pretty simple if you just want to sprinkle a granola “crumble” on top—MUCH EASIER and same taste, by the way.  But if you are aiming to impress, have some extra time, or just like to shoot for the stars, try the home made granola cups.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Peaches

All Natural Vanilla Ice cream

All Natural  Granola

But if you want a granola cup, not a granola crumble, here’s how you make your granola cup:

Preheat your oven to 375

GRANOLA CUP INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c sunflower seeds (raw or salted)
7-8 medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
4 dashes of cinnamon
Combine all of the above in a food processor and then mold in to cup cake pan with baking cups.
Option to glaze with maple syrup and olive oil (1 Tbsp of each combine and then brushed on)
crumble cups

Bake on 375 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.  At this point you can save the cups for future use in the fridge, or go ahead and add a few pieces of your chopped peaches, and return to oven for another 10 minutes.

peach crumble cups

Pull your peach granola cups and let cool a few minutes. Then serve with organic vanilla ice cream. Only the good stuff!  If your cups crumble, trust me, no one will notice, because these are mind-blowing good!

peach crumble dessert

RANT: How Will This Year be Different?

New yearsAs we reflect on ’13 and makes plans and promises for ’14 consider what will be different?

What are you not  doing that you would like to?

How will you be better?

What patterns, beliefs and habits will you shift to become the better you?

Do you have things about yourself you hope to change (or that loved ones wish you would change)?

What keeps you from being the best version of yourself?

What obstacles prevent you from living the life you want?

What will be different?

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If you find this post somewhat vague and annoying, please disregard it and/or visit some of my more entertaining posts like “Slow Down” , “When Im good…” or “Stop Making Excuses”

But if these questions spark something with in and you are truly motivated to make healthful change, contact me if you’d like help with becoming the you you want to be (wellandbalanced@gmail.com)