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Posted on Aug 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Blackberry Mint Smoothie

Blackberry Mint Smoothie

Okay, I know I’ve said it before about discovering some really good smoothie concoctions. But this one is absolutely delicious.   I usually add a banana to smoothies for creaminess, but I wanted this one frostier…icier…slushier. Something about the mint and the blackberry called for something sharp and refreshing so I left the smoothing banana out. I do a combo of sweeteners here (honey and maple syrup) so it doesn’t end up tasting like either one. Don’t use too much mint – subtlety is the key to it’s sublime flavor. I add parsley for it’s staggering health benefits. Feel free to leave it out altogether but, if you just add a bit, I think it deepens the earthy blackberry. (It also complements raspberries and blueberries). Kale is just a staple in my smoothies. I rarely make one without it, it’s such a superfood. The smoothie is generally just the delivery system for the kale. But, in this case, you’ll drink it for absolute enjoyment as well.   This sure woulda...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Beta Blast

Beta Blast

“Stimulating. Cleansing. Internally antiseptic.”  Ever think you’d hear those words applied to a common orange? “Detoxifying. Anti-bacterial. Good for digestion.” A description worthy of a lowly carrot? According to a book my mother gave me called The Food Doctor, Healing Foods for Mind and Body, yes!  Moms and books are always right. Well, these two are. I decided to combine these orange superfoods to make one heck of a beta-carotene rich smoothie.  Beta-carotene is one of those friendly little anti-oxidants we love to invite to dinner. It helps your body remain cancer-free and in perpetual, sunny health. We could all use more help with that. I could. Okay, I could use more help with that. You may love this smoothie just because it’s so zippy. Since carrots and oranges are both sweet, and therefore tasty in smoothies, I thought I could get away with adding a bunch of spinach too. Turns out, you can! Note: always add some banana or apple when you put greens in your smoothie. They really...

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Posted on Jan 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Blueberry-Parsley Smoothie

Blueberry-Parsley Smoothie

Parsley is more than just a cheerful, green garnish, although it does do wonders for a bowl of pale food. It does so many magnificent things for the body as well, that I have cherry picked (parsley picked?) a few for you: -Parsley contains a lot of anti-oxidants.  Those are so good for you, just get as many as you can. -Parsley is high in folic acid.  Not artificial folate, but the actual, real, whole stuff.  Folic acid is thought to be crucial to babies in the first weeks of their gestation.  If you happen to be past that stage, it’s also great for your heart. -Parsley is anti-inflammatory. As I understand it, when your body is, um, un-inflamed, it can turn its attention to fighting off nasties, rather than inflammation, and maintain it’s healthy state. -And, parsley is good for your bones (look, I started a sentence about parsley with a word other than parsley.  But I ended it with parsley.  Parsley.  What a funny word). Normally, I...

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Posted on Dec 28, 2012 | 0 comments

The Grossest Looking, Best Tasting Smoothie

The Grossest Looking, Best Tasting Smoothie

I was afraid.  Really afraid.  And I’m not squeamish about food.   When Cute Banker presented me with this morning’s smoothie, I was a little taken aback by it’s utter greenness.   These photos are a little hazy, a little dreamy.  Not because I’m such an expert with the iPhone camera, but because 1) it, like all photos that turn out well, it was a happy accident of technology, light, and the fact that no short person came along and bumped me, and 2) because this concoction really does taste dreamy!   This photo isn’t to emphasize how much the smoothie looks like grass. It’s to illustrate how tasty it is, in spite of that. While this smoothie is startlingly palatable, it’s also intensely good for you and likely improves all your senses.  Which is how I can hear you saying how odd it is to take food into your backyard and take pictures of it.   With all the goodies we’ve been ingesting this wonderful holiday season, I...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2012 | 7 comments

All Hail the Vitamix

All Hail the Vitamix

When I received a Vitamix, I knew, but I didn’t know, how much it would change my life. My kids (and Cute Banker and I) get multiple servings of raw vegetables and fruits almost every day without protest. This greatly reduces my guilt over not producing gorgeous bowls of green and orange delicacies with every meal. They also get occasional doses of chia seeds, hemp seeds, probiotics, chlorella and spirulina. They are detoxing heavy metals as they slurp up the yummy smoothies, none-the-wiser to the weird seeds and powders that mom puts in them. I do take care to familiarize them with these ingredients and cultivate a taste for them at times, but in the hustle of every day life, these smoothies are a realistic go-to. This morning, we had carrots, oranges, red cabbage, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, local honey, and a few grains of sea salt. And ice to make them cold. Sunrise Salad Spinner Sometimes, the smoothies turn out brown. Spinach and strawberries do that. Tasty,...

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