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Ginger Tea

One of my personal favs. This is my "go-to" recipe for whenever my tummy isn't feeling quite right or when its feeling just fine.  I love ginger.

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea

Ingredients

  • Fresh Ginger Root (About 2" long), peeled
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • lemon slices (optional)
  • Local Honey

Simple Steps

1.

Pour the water into a saucepan and heat until boiling

2.

Grate the ginger root into the saucepan. Let it come back to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

3.

Strain the tea into a cup using a fine mesh strainer. Add lemon and honey if desired. 

Tip:  If you don't want to use a grater and strainer then you can peel the ginger and thily slice it into your cup before adding boiling water. The pieces will be big enough so they will sink to the bottom of the cup. 

Fruity Water

It may sound simple enough but sometimes we just need a little reminder to liven things up. Add this or any variation of fruit to plain water and drink up.

Fruity Water

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • Filtered Water

Simple Steps

  • 1
    All all sliced fruit to a large pitcher adn top with fresh cold filtered water. 
  • 2
    Store in the refrigerator

Tip:  You can buy a bag (or several bags) of frozen chopped fruit and throw those into your cup, thromos, or uber-cool mason jar in the morning. They are already washed and cut and will keep your water colder longer.

Red Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

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This Red Cherry Chocolate Smoothie is a fun and delicious smoothie that I whipped up for breakfast yesterday morning.  It can be enjoyed any time of the day and would make a great snack or dessert.  I added the beet to give it the bright red color and a bit of a nutritional “kick”.  The Hemp seeds provide additional protein while the maca and raw cacao powder provide an energy boost.  We are very picky about our cherries around here and only like to snack on them when they are really crunchy and crisp (which only lasts about a day).  I wash, pit and freeze all the rest so that I can make smoothies out of them later on.

Ingredients
1/2 c. pitted sweet cherries
1/4 c fresh blueberries
1 T Raw cacao powder
1 2″ chunk of peeled raw beet
1 T raw hemp seeds
stevia to taste
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup filtered water

Directions
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.

 

Green Smoothie

2013-05-28 09.33.42Some days I just feel like I need a boost.  That is when I turn to my Vitamix and my garden for inspiration. Today’s “Green Smoothie” is very soothing and earthy and is just what the body ordered.

I added a bit of stevia extract to the recipe since I wanted to balance it with a bit of sweet to go along with the earthy tones from the greens and the tartness from the lime and apple.  The avocado gave it the creaminess and will help keep the body satiated longer.

This smoothie may not be for beginners as it is not sweet.  Those looking for more sweetness may want to add a banana to the mix.  As I always do, feel free to experiment.  Get creative.  Try something new!

Ingredients
6 lettuce leaves
6 kale leaves
1 handful of spinach leaves
1/4 cup of cilantro including stems
1 golden apple, cored
1 lime, peel removed
1/3 small avocado
1/2 t maca powder
1/2 t stevia (more if you like it sweeter)
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup of filtered water

In a high speed blender add all ingredents and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Banana and Cacao Smoothie

Some days I can be just plain lazy when it comes to cooking. With work keeping me so busy I have not been in the mood to dirty up too many dishes.  I keep things simple and throw good foods into my Vitamix and drink up!  I made this Banana and Cacao smoothie one day when I was low on groceries in the house. It turned out to be really yummy so it has become one of my new “go to” drinks. This drink does double duty, it provides me with a serving of greens and  protein, plus it gives me so much energy I don’t even want my one-a-day 6 oz cup of coffee.

Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 medium banana, raw
1 cup kale, raw, chopped
2.5 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 gram stevia sweetener
2 tbsp hemp seeds hulled
6 fl oz water, tap, drinking
1 glass ice cubes

Recipe Directions:
Add all ingredients to high speed blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrient Analysis per Serving:
Calories: 308.5
Total Fat: 8.2
Saturated Fat: 2.2
Trans Fat: 0.0
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.0
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0
Cholesterol: 0.0
Sodium: 47.1
Carbs: 49.7
Fiber: 11.4
Sugars: 15.4
Protein: 12.0

 

 

 

Sweet Cherry Smoothie

This Sweet Cherry Smoothie screams summer!  I have had it as a snack or as an indulgent dessert.  Give it a try as It is a quick and easy way to satisfy a sweet craving.  

Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 cup sweet cherries, raw, pitted
8.0oz home made almond milk, vanilla
1 tbsp agave nectar, organic, raw
1 cup ice cubes

Recipe Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high for 30-45 seconds.  Serve immediately.

Nutrient Analysis per Serving:
Calories: 250.7               
Total Fat: 8.1
Saturated Fat: 0.6
Trans Fat:  0.0
Polyunsaturated Fat:  0.0
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0          
Cholesterol: 0.0
Sodium: 8.6
Carbs: 44.2               
Fiber: 5.2
Sugars:  36.5
Protein: 5.0


Lemon Lime Ginger Ale


Simply refreshing with the added benefits of ginger and fresh lemon to help with inflammation.  

Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 fruitlemon, raw, no peel
1 fruitlime, raw
1 tbspginger root, raw
2 tbspagave nectar, organic, raw

Recipe Directions:
Remove the peel and seeds from the lemon.  Remove the peel from the lime.  Peel a 1″ piece of ginger root. Add the lemon, lime, ginger root and agave nectar to a blender with 1 cup of pure water.  Blend on high-speed until well combined.  Place 1/4 cup of lemon lime mix in a glass filled with ice. Top with fresh sparkling mineral water.  Serve immediately.


Nutrient Analysis per Serving:
Calories: 27.0               
Total Fat: 0.1
Saturated Fat: 0.0
Trans Fat:  0.0
Polyunsaturated Fat:  0.0
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.0          
Cholesterol: 0.0
Sodium: 0.5
Carbs: 7.6               
Fiber: 0.6
Sugars:  5.8
Protein: 0.2


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