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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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

May 24th, 2018 | no comments

I love blueberry muffins, but I don’t like what they do to my blood sugar. I adapted a recipe I found online by cutting the amount of honey in half and adding psyllium husk powder to increase the fiber content and lower the glycemic response (the effect that a food/meal has on blood sugar after it’s eaten) of the final product. As a result, these muffins are NOT sweet, but I think you will find the coconut flour offers a pleasant natural sweetness on its own. 

Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins taste amazing with a dab of butter or fresh ground peanut or almond butter. 

The best part about these muffins is they are diabetic-friendly, with 8 grams of fiber, loads of good healthy fat, 6 grams of protein and only 10 grams of net carbohydrates.

They are also gluten, dairy, and grain free! If I am going to enjoy a Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, I usually smear it with a teaspoon or two of Kerrygold grass-fed butter and pair it with a hard-boiled egg. Enjoy! ♥ 

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Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins
Whip up a batch of these amazing muffins and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or freezer for up to a month (but I doubt they will last that long!). Spread with grass-fed butter or fresh ground almond butter and pair it with a hard boiled egg...breakfast is served! This recipe is free of gluten, dairy, and grains. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour Nutiva brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, psyllium husk powder and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In a blender or bowl mix the honey, milk, eggs, coconut oil and vanilla. Add the chia seeds and blend on low. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the blueberries to mixture at the very end, and gently stir together.
  4. Spoon the batter into greased cupcake sleeves or tins and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Cool on rack and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 260 mg; Potassium: 85 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar:  9 g (6 grams of added sugar from the honey); Protein: 6 g

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Tropical Turmeric Shake

May 10th, 2018 | no comments

A well-balanced and satisfying shake contains five main ingredients:

  1. A liquid base
  2. Healthy protein
  3. Healthy fat
  4. Veggies and fruit
  5. Functional foods

My Tropical Turmeric Shake uses unsweetened coconut milk as the liquid base, hemp hearts for protein, avocado and MCT oil for healthy fat, fresh kale, lime, mango, and pineapple for veggies and fruit, and fresh turmeric and ginger for functional foods. 

It’s loaded with tons of healing Earthfoods (six servings to be exact). Drink it for breakfast or lunch and I promise you will feel on top of the world! 

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Tropical Turmeric Shake
My shakes are not sweet...and that's by design! This is something I had to work on decreasing little by little over the years. If you are just getting started and would prefer your shake a little on the sweeter side, try adding an extra serving of fruit or one teaspoon of raw honey. This recipe is gluten, dairy, and grain free. 6 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12-16 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp. fresh turmeric root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered ginger
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts Or 2 tbsp. Earthfood Powder (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/2 small avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 tbsp. MCT oil I like Dr. Formulated MCT Oil
  • 2 cups fresh organic kale or spinach
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango or 1/4 of a banana
  • Sprinkle organic, unsweetened coconut flakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 12-16 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 lime
  • 1 tbsp. fresh turmeric root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger root Alternatively you can use 1 tsp. of powdered ginger
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts Or 2 tbsp. Earthfood Powder (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1/2 small avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 tbsp. MCT oil I like Dr. Formulated MCT Oil
  • 2 cups fresh organic kale or spinach
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango or 1/4 of a banana
  • Sprinkle organic, unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients (except coconut) to a high-powered blender (such as Vitamix, Blendtec or Ninja) in the order listed and blend until smooth. Top with a sprinkle of organic, unsweetened coconut flakes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Click HERE for Earthfood Powder recipe!

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 27 g; Saturated Fat: 15 g; Sodium: 65 mg; Potassium: 1125 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 40 g; Dietary fiber: 14 g; Net Carbohydrates: 26 grams; Sugar: 15 g (no added sugar); Protein: 11 g

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Fiber-Rich Pumpkin Coconut Flour Pancakes with Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Syrup

March 28th, 2018 | no comments

Every once in awhile I have a taste for pancakes. Because they are 100% pure refined carbohydrate, traditional pancakes tend to leave me feeling stuffed, yet unfulfilled. I’m not sure about you…but when I eat, I want it to count!

I went on the hunt for a pancake recipe that not only offered nutrition, but one that had some muscle too. The recipe below is a compilation of several with the addition of two secret ingredients (psyllium husk powder and ground flax seed…shhh!) to bump up the fiber content, which works to stabilize blood sugar.

Oh, I almost forgot…the Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Syrup! Seriously, what are pancakes without syrup?

I used to have a total crush on maple syrup. But just like traditional pancakes, syrup is pure carbohydrate- so all it does is drive up the blood sugar even higher than before.

I created a much healthier syrup solution. Simply whisk together slightly warmed fresh ground peanut butter (you could also use almond, cashew or sunflower butter), warmed unsweetened coconut milk, and just a touch of raw honey (or maple syrup). Trust me, your pancakes won’t miss being drowned in maple syrup.

I have a feeling you’ll  this recipe. 

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Fiber-Rich Pumpkin Coconut Flour Pancakes with Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Syrup
Free from gluten, dairy, and grains, but full of nutrition and fiber, these pancakes will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished! 9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per serving...not bad! You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze up to a month! 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 2 pancakes + 2 tbsp. syrup)
Ingredients
Pancakes:
  • unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour I like Nutiva brand coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or more/less to reach desired consistency
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey you can use pure maple syrup if desired
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings (serving size: 2 pancakes + 2 tbsp. syrup)
Ingredients
Pancakes:
  • unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 organic free-range eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour I like Nutiva brand coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. psyllium husk powder I use NOW brand psyllium husk powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or more/less to reach desired consistency
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey you can use pure maple syrup if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat large frying pan over medium heat and grease with a teaspoon or two of coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, coconut milk, eggs, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla until combined.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine baking soda, cinnamon, coconut flour, flax seed, psyllium husk powder and salt. Make sure no lumps are remaining.
  4. Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture, taking care not to overmix.
  5. Place ¼ cup of the batter on the preheated pan. Gently pat the top of the pancake with the bottom of the measuring cup to flatten just a bit. Cook 5 minutes or until pancakes begin to bubble in the center. Flip and cook 3 minutes on the other side until lightly browned.
Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Syrup:
  1. Add peanut butter and coconut milk to a microwave-safe bowl or liquid measuring cup. Microwave for 30 seconds or until warm. Stir together until combined. Stir in honey.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (2 pancakes + 2 tbsp. syrup): Calories: 280; Total Fat: 17 grams; Saturated Fat: 6 grams; Sodium: 302 mg; Potassium: 180 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 23 grams; Dietary Fiber: 9 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Sugar: 9 grams; Protein: 11 grams

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Chocolate Peanut Butter “Pudding”

January 28th, 2018 | no comments

The beauty of this recipe? It can be eaten as a sweet treat or wholesome breakfast! And guess what? It’s dairy-free. The sneaky ingredient is avocado- which lends a beautiful creamy texture…just like traditional pudding!

With five Earthfoods per serving, it offers healthy fat and fiber, (from the avocados, chia seeds and fresh ground peanut butter) and a rich, natural chocolate flavor from the raw cacao powder.

It’s naturally sweetened with a mere 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup and ripe banana. You can omit the chia seeds If you don’t care for the texture…but just remember, you’ll be missing out on the omega-3 fatty acids!

Want it a little sweeter? Add another tablespoon of pure maple syrup or raw honey. Don’t like banana? Leave it out!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter "Pudding"
This deliciously decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter "Pudding" is the perfect sweet treat OR nutritionally-balanced breakfast. The secret ingredient is avocado, which gives the pudding its thick and creamy texture. It offers healthy fat and fiber, (from the avocados, chia seeds and fresh ground peanut butter) and a rich, natural chocolate flavor from the raw cacao powder. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados, ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk Or other unsweetened nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter The only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced into thin coins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 small avocados, ripe, peeled and seeded
  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk Or other unsweetened nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter The only ingredient should be peanuts (salt is OK too)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced into thin coins
Instructions
  1. To a food processor or blender, add avocados through chia seeds and process until smooth.
  2. Portion into dessert cups and top each with one tablespoon of peanut butter, one tablespoon of chopped peanuts and two banana coins.
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