With so many colds and flu going around, thought it'd be a good time to remind you of my immune boosting smoothie. Not only will it help keep sickness away, but it tastes delicious too! Even the kiddos will love this one.
IMMUNE BOOSTING APPLE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
Blend in high speed blender until smooth:
1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk (or water)
1 apple, your choice, cored and quartered
2 cups loosely packed spinach
2 teaspoons raw organic honey (local if possible)
1/2 inch knob of ginger, peeled and chopped (use an inch if you like it)
juice of 1 small lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
4 to 6 ice cubes
If you’re anything like me, you’re not wired for self-care.
As I see it, as women we’re trained to put others first … and to put our own needs last (if we even know what those are!). Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll get to what’s important to me, soon” and then of course you get busy handling everything for your partner, your boss, your kids, your friends? We readily sacrifice our body, our energy, and our own happiness as we serve others. In a way it’s a noble intention. But the consequences for us and others are profound.
We are maxed out, burnt out, exhausted, depleted, and in denial of just how fried we are. We imagine that someday we’ll look after ourselves. That one day this intolerably long to-do list that never seems to end will get completed AND THEN we can enjoy life.
The truth is that our running our lives “on empty,” and thinking it is best to put everyone else first causes all kinds of problems - for our health, our wellbeing,...
Valentine's Day says red to me. Red flowers, red boxed gifts, red clothing, so we need a red smoothie. Ok...pink will do too! The flavor is amazing and it's packed with nutrition. Start your V-Day off just right with this breakfast!
Combine all ingredients into blender or bullet. Blend and enjoy!
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened and carageenan free
2 cups strawberries
4 dates, pitted
¼ cup raw beets, grate so blend easier
1 tablespoon cacao powder
Loaded with heart-healthy fats, protein, and a dash of nutrient-rich maple syrup, this is the kind of treat that you’ll feel fabulous giving your sweetie for Valentine’s Day...and he or she can enjoy this delicious treat guilt-free!!
1 cup raw cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
⅓ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, mix together the nut butter and coconut oil until smooth. (This works best if the ingredients are slightly warm).
Add in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, sea salt and vanilla, and stir until smooth and creamy.
Transfer the mixture to a dish, lined with plastic wrap for easy removal, and smooth the top with a spatula.
Place the dish in the freezer, and allow the fudge to set for at least an hour before slicing and serving. Thanks to the coconut oil, this raw fudge will melt quickly if left to sit in a warm room, so it's best served directly from the freezer. ...
2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (aka old fashion oats)
½ cup raw nuts, chopped
¼ cup raw seeds (sunﬂower or pumpkin seeds are great)
½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey (or a combo of both)
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 large pinch ﬁne sea salt
Directions: Preheat the oven to 300º F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use your clean hands to mix well and toss to coat. Your hands will warm the coconut oil and melt it into the mixture if it’s solid, just be sure to mix well with other ingredients so there aren’t any chunks of oil left. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until very lightly toasted. (To make this recipe completely raw-friendly, dehydrate the mixture 5-6 hours at 115ºF in a food dehydrator instead.) Cool before serving or storing. This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to...