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Green Smoothie Tips – Avoiding Diasters

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After twelve years of making green smoothies I have a few tips to share to help you avoid disgusting tasting smoothies. Hope you enjoy these green smoothie tips and I hope they encourage you to make more delicious and nutritious green smoothies in the near future!

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Green Smoothie Tip#1 Avoid or Minimize Strong Tasting Greens

We’ve all had this experience where we enthusiastically make a green smoothie only to taste it and be let down because of its pungent flavor. Here are some tips on how you can keep your green smoothies tasting divine!

The type of greens you are using can affect the taste of your smoothie. I personally love: parsley, spinach, romaine, lettuce, kale, collards, mache, lamb’s quarters, nettles, miners lettuce, purslane and or chard in my green smoothies.

Cilantro, dandelion greens, mustard greens, arugula, cabbage, and bok choy I only use in small quantities because of their strong flavor. However, sometimes you might need to adjust the fruit to greens ration. Which leads us to tip #2.

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Green Smoothie Tip#2 Find the Right Balance

The recommended ratio of fruits to greens in a green smoothie is about 60% fruit to 40% greens by volume. It usually works out perfectly, but sometimes the greens you are using might be especially strong tasting and you might need to adjust the ratio of fruits to greens.

If your green smoothie tastes too “green” (bitter) simply add a bit more sweet fruit such as a banana, a cup of chopped mango, or a handful of ripe figs.

Or if you don’t want to add more fruit, you can add a bit of white stevia powder which is a non-caloric sweetener made from the stevia herb. One to two pinches should do the trick to make your smoothie palatable again.

If your green smoothie is too sweet, simply add the juice of a lime or lemon. You can even peel the lime or lemon and use the whole fruit. A cup of sour berries such as raspberries might also do the trick.

Green Smoothie Tip#3 Add Some Spice

You can try adding spices or fresh herbs to your smoothies such as basil, mint, lemon balm, lemon verbana, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, carob, and or vanilla to add flavor. You don’t need much spice for a big impact; a little will go along way.

Green Smoothie Tip#4 Boost the Nutrition

Some people enjoy just the simple combination of fruits and greens in a green smoothie, but you might want to boost the calories and nutrition of your smoothie creations. If you are looking to add calories and extra nutrition here are some smoothie boosters you can add to any type of smoothie:

young coconut meat, avocado, coconut milk, coconut kefir or yogurt, flax seeds, spirulina powder, e-3 live blue-green algae, uncooked oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, tahini butter, dried goji berries, cooked quinoa, cooked rice, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts to name a few.

Green Smoothie Tip#5 Use the Right Equipment

If you really want a smooth and creamy green smoothie you really need the right equipment. Although you can still make a smoothie in a regular blender, you won’t get the same velvety consistency from a high-speed blender such as the Vitamix. The Vitamix blender is my absolutely favorite blender to reach green smoothie heaven! For more info on the Vitamix blender you can click here.

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Posted on March 3, 2015   2 Comments

Almond Butter Cookie Recipes – Gluten Free

I just love almond butter! For me, it’s the most decadent treat. In honor of Valentine’s Day month treat yourself and your loved ones to some almond butter goodness with these two almond butter cookie recipes. One of the almond butter cookie recipes is raw and the other one is cooked. Take your pick or make both and enjoy!

almond butter cookie recipes

Raw Almond Butter Cookies

*Adapted from Raw Food Real World

4 cups raw almond flour (You can buy the almond flour or make it by simply putting raw almonds in the food processor and grind them until you get a coarse flour.)
1 cup raw unsalted almond butter
3/4 cup raw honey
seeds from 2 vanilla beans
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Roll the dough out between two layers of parchment, wax paper, or teflex sheets until about 1/4 inch thick. Then, remove the paper and cut out cookie shapes with a cookie cutter. Gently transfer the cookies to the dehydrator and dehydrate at 118 degrees for at least 12 hours or until crisp. Store in the fridge and they will last about a week. Makes about 36 small 2 inch cookies or 24 medium 3 inch cookies.

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Vegan Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup raw unsalted almond butter
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup gluten free quick cooking oats
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons warm coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, mix wet ingredients first and then add coconut sugar. Then, continue to mix in dry ingredients adding the chocolate chips last. Spoon drop cookie batter onto a coconut oil greased baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool before serving. Makes about 12-15 almond butter cookies. Enjoy!


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How to Treat Bamboo Cutting Boards with Walnut Oil

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For Christmas I was gifted some brand new bamboo cutting boards. For those of you that might own bamboo cutting boards or other natural wood boards, I wanted to share with you how to treat bamboo cutting boards with walnut oil.

Treating bamboo cutting boards with walnut oil will preserve their beauty and make them last longer. It’s best to treat the boards before you use them for the first time, but you can still use this method on boards that you already own.

1. First you will need walnut oil. You can get it at most grocery stores. If you don’t have walnut oil you can also use slightly warmed coconut oil. Most other vegetable oils are not recommended because they turn rancid too quickly.

2. Dip a cloth or paper towel into the oil and lightly coat (your completely dry) bamboo cutting board.

3. Let the bamboo cutting board air dry until the oil is absorbed.

4. Repeat every month or so. You’ll be glad you did!

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Healthy Raw Food Snack Recipes for Kids

I regularly get asked if I have any good and healthy raw food snack recipes for kids. I don’t have kids myself, but I used to work with children and I know how picky they can be! When kids would show up at my raw food potlucks I was always delighted when they liked a raw food recipe or two. It seemed that the more simple the recipe, the better.

When I worked in daycare I also noticed that kids actually gravitate towards raw fruits and vegetables naturally over cooked veggies. But of course, each child has their unique preferences!

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raw food recipes for kids: blueberry pear puree

When I worked in the public school system I would notice that some kids would bring store bought apple sauce to school as a healthy snack. This gave me the idea to share with you two raw food puree recipes that could be easily made for children instead of the traditional cooked apple sauce.

Blueberry Pear Puree

Blueberries are full of antioxidants that assist healthy cognitive function in kids and adults!

1 banana
1 pear
1/4 cup blueberries
pinch white stevia powder to taste (optional)
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend in a high speed blender with the tamper until smooth. If you don’t have a high speed blender you can use a food processor with the S-blade instead. Serves 2.

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Raw Apple Sauce

A naturally fresh snack with no preservatives or refined sugar. Great with granola too!

4 medium sized Fuji apples, chopped
6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 cup chopped pineapple (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender with the tamper until smooth or if you do not have a high speed blender you can use a food processor with the S-blade. Serves 4.

raw food recipes for kids: almond butter wraps

Almond Butter Lettuce Wraps

A great healthy snack idea for kids is a raw food version of the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My recipe uses romaine lettuce instead of bread, almond butter instead of peanut butter, and a homemade chia seed berry raw food jam.

raw food recipes for kids: rasberry jam

Raw Food Jam

1 cup rasberries
2 tablespoons honey or another liquid sweetener (*Do not feed honey to children under 1 year of age!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
pinch white stevia powder (optional)

Blend the raspberries and honey in a blender or food processor on low until blended but still slightly chunky. Pour into a bowl and add the chia seeds and stevia powder (if not sweet enough). Let sit for at least 15 minutes before using. Unlke regular jam, this raw food jam will only last a few days in the fridge. Makes about 1/2 cup of jam.

*You can use any berry for the jam, I just happened to have raspberries on hand but strawberries or blueberries would work.

Almond Butter Lettuce Wraps

4 leaves romaine lettuce
4 teaspoons almond butter
4 tablespoons chia seed berry jam
1 banana sliced into rounds

Spread the almond butter on the romaine lettuce leaves and then top with banana and the chia seed berry jam. Serves 1-2.

healthy snacks for kids: zucchini noodles

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce

You can try to get your kids to eat raw zucchini squash by peeling the zucchini and putting it through a spiral slicer to make squash noodles; serve with a simple and sweet fresh tomato sauce.

1 large peeled zucchini spiralized with a spiral slicer

Kid Friendly Fresh Tomato Sauce

2 medium ripe tomatoes (about 2 cups chopped)
2 mejidool dates (pitted)
2-3 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
dash sea salt or to taste

Blend all the sauce ingredients in a high speed blender until the sauce is nice and creamy. Pour the sauce over the squash noodles. Serves 1-2.

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Posted on January 19, 2015   No Comments

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

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Variety is the spice of life or so they say. Variety can also make a huge difference when you’re attempting to eat healthy. The same green smoothie every morning can get monotonous if you don’t mix it up once in awhile.

Have you tried using figs in your smoothies lately? Figs can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of foods including a green smoothie. Not only are figs delicious, but they are good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid.

I know what you are thinking, how can you find fresh figs in the middle of winter? Well lucky for me, my local Trader Joe’s grocery store now carries frozen figs in the frozen fruit section.

For those of you that don’t live near a Trader Joe’s you can easily use dried figs. Just remove the stems and put them in a high speed blender such as the Vitamix with your other smoothie ingredients.

If you don’t have a high speed blender you can soak them for at least an hour beforehand to make them soft. You can also use the fig soak water which will be nice and sweet. Just make sure your dried figs are organic with no preservatives!

mango fig green smoothie

Mangos are another fruit I encourage you to eat more of! Mangos, either fresh or frozen are great in green smoothie recipes as they add a creamy consistency when blended much like a banana, and they add a sweet and tangy flavor. Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C.

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For this green smoothie recipe I used frozen mango, figs, and romaine lettuce. Hope you enjoy!

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

5 organic figs (fresh, dried, or frozen)
1 banana
1 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup coconut water
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
pinch white stevia powder or to taste
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Makes about 32 ounces. Serves 1-2.

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Posted on January 15, 2015   No Comments