Sunday, February 9, 2014

Smoothies for Breakfast

I've taken a liking to starting my days with smoothies. This is actually a bit unusual for me but I love the boost of raw energy I get from a good smoothie in the morning. My favorite recipe is super simple:

1 fresh banana
1 packed cup fresh greens
1 cup frozen fruit (I like berry blends or mangos)
1 cup water
1 Tbsp chia seeds

I often double this so I can share with my family. It's the best way I know to get dark leafy greens in my girls' diet. They love it!

Friday, December 27, 2013

2 Week Liver Cleanse

I have owned this book for years and have always intended to do the two week liver cleanse. I'm prepping now to get started BEFORE the new year and can't wait to see how this cleanse goes.

The plan incorporates raw foods, fresh juices and some steamed veggies along with small portions of whole grains to keep detoxing manageable (and hopefully not so miserable!)

I plan to post the plan and execution daily to keep myself accountable and document the results.

Here's to a happy liver!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Raw Brownies

I have a new favorite raw sweets recipe - raw brownies! These have a mere 3 ingredients and are so wonderfully satisfying.

Raw Brownies

1 1/2 cups fresh pitted dates
1 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw cacao powder

Place dates and cacao powder in a food processor and process until fully incorporated and a "dough" forms. Add pecans and process until the nuts have the desired sized chunks (the mixture will be crumbly). Press the mixture onto a 6"x9" glass pan (lightly grease the pan with oil - I used coconut) and place in freezer for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Store in refrigerator to keep up to 2 weeks - if they are around that long :)

Enjoy these awesome treats with your friends and family.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sassy Green Juice

This afternoons juice made by my wonderful husband is tangy and sassy! So good!

5 apples
2 lemons
8 cups spring lettuce mix

We are really enjoying this juice. Makes my mouth happy :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Reboot - Juice Feast!

Yesterday my husband and I started juicing after being inspired by the film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. You can find the movie on Netflix or Hulu for free and if you haven't seen it I would recommend it. I'm inspired most by how ordinary people (many from my home state of Iowa) took charge of their health. I've wanted to try a reboot for quite some time and never have it a go, until now.

So I'm praying for grace to do a juice feast, as I like to call it. I'm choosing to focus not on what I'm missing out on but rather the abundance of nutrients that I'm consuming as I feast on fresh juice. I haven't determined how long I will be juicing exclusively yet. Just taking one day at a time for now.

So some of the combos we've tried so far and loved are:

Apple, beet, pear, kale & broccoli
Carrot, orange, romaine & cucumber
Watermelon, kale, cilantro
Watermelon, cilantro, lime

We've enjoyed all if these so far. I'll post our favorites and some photos as we go.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Raw Crumble

This crumble recipe is inspired by one introduced to me by my friend Stephanie. The crumble can go over any fruit salad or combined with a good quality yogurt (raw or not, yogurt has wonderful live cultures that make the gut happy. Probiotics are our friends ;)

I always use raw organic ingredients whenever possible.

Raw Crumble
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)

Process nuts, dates and seeds separately in a food processor to a crumbly consistency. Combine all ingredients in processor and pulse until well mixed. Spoon over your favorite fruit salad. Store in airtight container in refrigerator to maintain freshness.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Watermelon Cooler

Summer is here and I wanted something fast and simple to cool off.  I've never tried a watermelon smoothie before but couldn't resist trying.  Watermelon is naturally sweet and juicy, alkalizing and a staple of a summer diet.  Here is what I came up with:

Watermelon Cooler

2 cups watermelon cubes
1 cup ice

That's it!  Place the watermelon in the blender first.  It's so juicy that you don't need to add any water.  Blend, serve and enjoy.  Its that simple.
This recipe makes one large serving or could be two smaller servings if you are willing to share.

I've been using tiny ice cubes from a special tray I bought that creates little cubes rather than the standard large cubes and I love it.  The tiny cubes blend more easily - my Blendtec can easily handle the large cubes but I like how the littles blend up so quickly and with a lot less noise.

I am committed to consuming a lot more smoothies this summer so I will be posting mostly smoothie recipes for a while.  No doubt I will come across some raw food recipes to post now and then as well :) Here's to summer!!