Strawberry Banana “Surprise” Shake

August 16th, 2018 | no comments

What’s the surprise? Frozen cauliflower!

Wait! Wait! Don’t leave until you hear me out. Frozen cauliflower is precooked and when blended into a smoothie, is seriously undetectable. You just can’t add too much or it will give the smoothie an off flavor. I’ve found a half cup to be the perfect amount. 

But wait…there’s another surprise! I’m always looking for ways to add more veggies into my meals and shakes are the easiest way to accomplish that. So why not go there? Well, I did. The second surprise is raw carrots. Can you say vitamin A, fiber, and a hint of sweetness? 

I’ve said it before, my shake recipes are NOT sweet, and that is by design. This shake is no different. Listen, they aren’t supposed to taste like a chocolate milkshake. Sweetness is a trained preference, one that can be changed. The goal is to recalibrate your taste buds so that you begin to pick up the natural sweetness of the small amount of fruit in the shakes, without having to add sweetener or extra fruit. 

If you must have a sweeter-tasting shake or you’ll die, try adding one of the following:

  • a natural flavor enhancer, like a few dashes of ground cinnamon; a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange; a few sprigs of fresh mint; or a teaspoon of organic, pure vanilla, or peppermint extract
  • ¼–½ cup more fruit
  • up to 1 tsp. of raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut nectar, or a pitted date
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Strawberry Banana "Surprise" Shake
Frozen cauliflower is precooked and when blended into a smoothie, is seriously undetectable. You just can't add too much or it will give the smoothie an off flavor. I've found a half cup to be the perfect amount. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 minutes (or less!)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 small avocado peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1/2 medium banana frozen is best!
  • 1/2 cup strawberries frozen is best!
  • 1/2 tbsp. nut or seed butter the only ingredient should be the nut or seed (salt is OK)
Course Smoothies
Prep Time 5 minutes (or less!)
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 small avocado peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1/2 medium banana frozen is best!
  • 1/2 cup strawberries frozen is best!
  • 1/2 tbsp. nut or seed butter the only ingredient should be the nut or seed (salt is OK)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (such as Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja) in the order listed and blend until smooth.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Sodium: 60 mg; Potassium: 1170 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 45 g; Dietary fiber: 16 g; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 18 g (no added sugar); Protein: 7 g

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Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast”

December 12th, 2017 | no comments

 

A lovely sweet and creamy combination with just a touch of salt, makes this one of my fast favorites for breakfast. I like to serve a few of these sweet potato toasts alongside my eggs in place of traditional toast, and when I’m not in the mood for eggs, I slice up the whole sweet potato, top it with avocado and make that my breakfast!

Don’t like avocado? Top your toasts with hummus, diced tomatoes, black beans, and a sprinkle of cilantro, or fresh ground almond butter, hemp seeds, and apple slices. Want a little extra protein? Top it with a sliced hard-boiled egg. Use your imagination…the sky is the limit!

To save time, slice up and toast three sweet potatoes and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then all you have to do is pop them in the microwave and add your toppings!

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Sweet Potato Avocado "Toast"
A simple avocado toast recipe using mashed avocado, sea salt, and pepper. Feeling adventurous? Try a combination of my suggested toppings. This is so much more nutritious than traditional toast. Nature at it's best! 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 large avocado peeled, pitted, and mashed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Hemp seeds, milled flaxseeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped free-range hard boiled egg, sriracha sauce, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 large avocado peeled, pitted, and mashed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Hemp seeds, milled flaxseeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped free-range hard boiled egg, sriracha sauce, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs
Instructions
  1. Leaving skin on, slice sweet potato crosswise into ½” slices. Brush both sides with oil and run through three cycles in toaster oven.
  2. Allow to cool slightly. Top with mashed avocado and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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