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: 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: 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: Loco for Coco Smoothie

Don’t let the greens fool you!

This sweet treat has no added sugar or sweeteners, but could be your favorite new dessert!

Try this guilt-free, gluten-free, vegan, all natural, sustaining blood sugar smoothie–you will NOT be disappointed.  loco coco smoothie

In a blender combine:
2 handfuls Spinach (or kale)
1 handful (~1 cup) ice
1/3 cup Coconut unsweetened
3 dates
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2-1 cup almond milk
Blend and Believe. (how delectable this simple, nutritious smoothie tastes)

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: Fake Food and Sneaky Ingredients

OK, it’s been a long time since I Ranted.

But This really ticks me off.  When companies sell a “food”, for example sunflower seeds, the consumer should expect that they are in fact buying…..SUNFLOWER SEEDS.  Not some chemicalized version of a sunflower seed.  Just like if you buy Mayonnaise, it shouldn’t have EDTA in it, same with Triscuits, or anything else out there.

I used to pick an item up and look at its fat content.  If it was high I was supposed to avoid it.

Then I was taught to look at the carbohydrate count. If there were too many carbs or sugars, I was taught it would make me fat.

I now know, what really matters, in fact the ONLY thing that matters when you buy a food, is that you look at THE INGREDIENT LIST!

It’s what’s IN the food that matters!

Additives, fillers, preservatives, flavor enhancers are added to almost everything!  And they are known to cause obesity, diabetes, behavioral problems, and cancer.

So what are our stores filled with them?

See the two examples below:

The Trades Joes Sunflower seeds’ ingredients: Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower oil, and Salt (All reasonable)

The Harris Teeter Sunflower seeds’ ingredients: Sunflower Seeds, Salt, CONRNSTARCH, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS , HYDROLIZED SOY PROTEIN (????)

Are these added ingredients necessary?

 

sunflower seedsThe above example isn’t even near the worst.  There are sauces with known carcinogens and crackers with cancer causing agents sprayed in the bag to keep them “fresh”.  How Fresh is Cancer!?!

So please people, LOOK AT THE INGREDIENTS! Know what you are eating! If you don’t recognize it, can’t pronounce it, or it has numbers or all caps letters in the ingredient list (BHT, EDTA, Yellow 5, etc) Don’t Eat it!

 

Pledge to yourself, your health and your family’s health, to EAT ONLY REAL FOOD!