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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 Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Anytime Strawberry Shake

Anytime Strawberry Shake

UPDATE: I tried this with one cup of coconut milk and one cup of coconut water (instead of half & half and yogurt) for a non-dairy version, and it worked! This is an “anytime” strawberry shake because it calls for frozen strawberries, which you can get any time of year. And also because it’s so fast, you can make one any time you get a craving for cold, creamy sweetness. My son requested dessert one day, and he specifically wanted strawberries and milk. Not having fresh strawberries, I came up with this.   The frozen berries provide all the thick icyness you need, so adding ice cream isn’t necessary. Just use some full fat dairy, and you’ve got your creamy component. You can also substitute whole milk for the half and half. It will be just as delicious, but thinner. Instead of a strawberry milkshake, you’ll get strawberry milk. Also good! Now that I’ve said “full-fat,” I have to say I do like to include plain kefir, which only...

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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 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal

I am out of everything.  My kids are unsympathetic to this.  They still insist on eating! And they don’t appreciate being asked to wait while mommy showers, makes a list, and goes to the store. Once again, breakfast was dictated by what tiny shreds of foodstuff I could find in the corners of my kitchen. I found some rolled oats.  Not normally a favorite unless I spice it up with dried fruit, at least.  Hmm, fruit.  I have jelly!  What goes with jelly? Peanut butter?  Yes! I think I’m on to something. First, cook the oatmeal. Next, mix in the peanut butter (or almond butter or sunflower butter…) Spoon it into bowls.  My oatmeal was pretty stiff today (I’m also out of filtered water) so I made kind of a sculpture out of it. Swirl in the jelly (if you have looser oatmeal), or dribble it on top (if you’re going for the fine dining effect). Finally, very confidently present your diners with “Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal” like...

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Posted on Jan 9, 2013 | 1 comment

It’s a Date!

It’s a Date!

First thing every morning, before I can even reach my coffee maker, I am met with demands for Breakfast!?!? And, first thing every morning, I think: I gotta put the coffee maker in my bedroom. Next, I think: what can I make for breakfast that: 1) the kids will eat, 2) is nutritious, and 3) is actually in the house. #1 is easier if the little gourmands haven’t had it in a while. The harder part is coming up with a large enough variety to be interesting.  Our current rotation of eggs, oatmeal, and waffles just isn’t big enough.  Although, come to think of it, they’ve never turned down a waffle.  I think I’ll need to work on a homemade, super pumped up version of waffles that I can keep in my freezer.  But that’s another goal for another post. Today, I happened upon the Vitamix recipe book that came with my blender.  I haven’t opened the thing in three years.  Suddenly, all kinds of new and delectable recipes are calling...

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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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