Green Smoothie

What a great way to start your day! I Dalways say you should start your day off right and this is certainly something to add to your morning routine to make it happen!! 

This recipe yields 4 servings. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • 4 strawberries 
  • 1/2 cup blueberries 
  • Handfull grapes
  • Handfull spinach 
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp flax seeds
  • 2 Tbls hemp hearts
  • Handfull cashews 
  • 2 tsp spirulina 
  • 1 tsp wheat grass 
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Water
  • Lime wedges for garnish, optional 

What to do:

    1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth
    2. Add more almond milk or water to your liking depending how thick you like your smoothies. 
    3. Pour in a glass and garnish with a lime and straw. 

    Enjoy!

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    Kale and Purple Cabbage Salad

    I’m on a mission to eat healthier. By healthier I mean increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables, decreasing dairy and decreasing animal protein. Where will I get my protein do you ask? The right kinds of veggies and superfoods. For example, I just started using spirulina (it’s not in this recipe but could have been now that I think of it!) Here’s some info on it if you’re interested. Spirulina info. It’s loaded with more than just protein. 

    Not only is this salad full of veggies and nutritional value, it’s all raw and looks so pretty. The key to eating raw kale and Cabbage, in my opinion, is time. Give it time to soak in however you decide to dress it. Two to three hours and tossing it every 1/2 hour is how I do it. They’re both tough and hearty so soaking them softens them. 

    What you’ll need: 

    • One bunch of kale, coarsley chopped
    • 1/2 head purple Cabbage, sliced thin
    • 1 carrot, shredded
    • 1/2 red pepper, sliced small and thin
    • 1/2 yellow pepper, sixes small and thin
    • 10 dried figs, sliced thin
    • 1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
    • 1/4 cup raw hemp hearts
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • Juice of one lemon
    • 1/2 cup (or more depending how much you like) extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    • S & P

    What to do:

      1. Prepare and mix all ingredients in a large bowl. 
      2. Cover and refrigerate for a total of 2-3 hours minimum, tossing every 1/2 hour the first 3 hours. 

      Enjoy!

      Overnight Oats, Chia, and Then Some

      Overnight Oats, Chia, and Then Some

      Recipes for overnight oats are all over the net. Oats are pretty bland, for the most part, so I like to spice it up. The more I put in the better it tastes!  There are so many goodies you can include in your overnight oats including seeds, nuts, and/or fresh and dried fruits. Don’t stop there! You can use any kind of milk and a bit of your favorite sweetener too (just stay away from anything artificial). My point is, don’t limit yourself to just one recipe. Switch it up, put some variety into it and add some flavor!

      This is just a side note but I like making these on a work night so I can grab my breakfast and walk out the door in the morning. Plus they’re a healthy way to start the day!

      Make your own favorite combination out of these ingredient ideas. I would suggest only using one type of oats at a time and one type of milk with or with out yogurt. Put as many fruits, seeds, nuts and sweeteners in as you’d like. Take it easy on the sweeteners too, you don’t want a sugar high. 

      Types of Oats:

        1. Organic rolled quick oats
        2. Steel cut
        3. Regular rolled oats
        4. Scottish oats

        Types of Seeds:

          1. Chia
          2. Sunflower
          3. Pumpkin
          4. Hemp
          5. Flax
          6. Sesame

          Types of nuts:

          1. Almonds 
          2. Cashews
          3. Peanuts 
          4. Pecans
          5. Pistachios 
          6. Walnuts

          Types of Fruits (fresh or dried):

          1. Blueberries
          2. Raspberries
          3. Strawberries 
          4. Cherries
          5. Currants
          6. Pomegranate 
          7. Acai berries
          8. Bananas
          9. Blackberries
          10. Dragon fruit (so pretty to look at and packed with nutrients but not much flavor)

          Types of Sweeteners:

          1. Agave
          2. Raw sugar
          3. Brown sugar
          4. Honey
          5. Maple Syrup

          Types of Milk:

          1. Traditional cows – whole, 2%, or skim (try to stick with organic)
          2. Plain Greek Yogurt in addition to your choice of milk (again organic)
          3. Almond
          4. Coconut
          5. Soy
          6. Rice

          I’ll share my personal favorite combo to give you a better idea. I put 2 Tbls of oats and chia and 1 Tbls of the other ingredients in a mason jar. At the end, I fill it up with milk. 

          • Quick oats
          • chia seeds
          • sunflower seeds
          • pumpkin seeds
          • flax seeds
          • almonds 
          • fresh blueberries
          • dried cherries
          • agave
          • organic milk
          • Greek yogurt

          P.S. All of my ingredients are organic even though I don’t always say it and highly suggest you do the same.

          Enjoy!