Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

March 6th, 2018 | no comments

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? My Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie uses no added sugar (honestly, it doesn’t need it!) and is a rich source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that offer numerous health benefits.

When it comes to strains of bacteria, more is better because different strains support different functions in your body. For example Lactobacillus acidophilus
supports digestion, absorption, and immune health, while Lactobacillus rhamnosus can help with vaginal and urinary health. Kefir contains a whopping twelve strains of live and active cultures, compared to only three strains in your standard yogurt.

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Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is a super easy way to sneak some probiotics into your—and your unsuspecting family's—diet. If you like your smoothies a bit on the thicker side, simply reduce the amount of nut milk. You can easily make this up ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a quick breakfast. 5 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥♥
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. kefir Wallaby Plain Organic Whole Milk Kefir
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened nut milk almond, coconut, macadamia, or cashew milk
  • 1 tbsp. milled flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 medium banana, ripe frozen makes for a creamier smoothie!
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 4 oz. kefir Wallaby Plain Organic Whole Milk Kefir
  • 4 oz. Unsweetened nut milk almond, coconut, macadamia, or cashew milk
  • 1 tbsp. milled flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ground peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 medium banana, ripe frozen makes for a creamier smoothie!
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 325Total Fat: 17 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 210 mg; Potassium: 325 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30 g; Dietary fiber: 7 g; Net Carbohydrates: 23 grams; Sugar: 12 g (no added sugar); Protein: 12 g

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Golden Milk

February 26th, 2018 | no comments

I’ve lost track of the number of people over the years who’ve shared just how little time they take for themselves. In fact, most take ZERO! Some wear it proudly like a badge of honor, while others are quite embarrassed. They tell me how many hours they work each week and the number of activities their children are involved in. One woman I spoke to the other day works two jobs and over 70 hours a week to make ends meet!

But when I ask about them— specifically “how do you take care of YOU?”— all I get is a blank stare, followed by a: “Time for me? Yeah right!”

If this sounds like you, I understand your reality might not change (i.e. you still have bills to pay and your children still need you), but you can choose to carve out a little time just for YOU.

That’s where Golden Milk comes in. This soothing tonic is filled with anti-inflammatory compounds found in fresh turmeric and ginger, with a hint of cinnamon and pepper. Remember, pepper serves to increase the absorption of curcumin, which is the main active ingredient in turmeric.

Set aside 10-15 minutes in the evening, pour yourself a cup of Golden Milk (treat it like a special occasion by using a special mug or tea cup), put your feet up and bask in the wonder of the present moment while you sip on this beautiful, healing orange beverage.

As you wind down from a hectic day, you deserve to do a little something good for your body. Don’t you think?

Remember, If you don’t make the time, you’ll never take the time.

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Golden Milk
Set aside 10-15 minutes in the evening, pour yourself a cup of Golden Milk (treat it like a special occasion by using a special mug or tea cup), put your feet up and bask in the wonder of the present moment while you sip on this beautiful, healing orange beverage. Prepare in directed quantity and store in the refrigerator so you'll have it all week long! 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Drinks
Servings
servings (one for each day of the week!)
Ingredients
  • 7 cups Unsweetened nut milk
  • 3-inch piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and grated
  • 3-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (optional)
Course Drinks
Servings
servings (one for each day of the week!)
Ingredients
  • 7 cups Unsweetened nut milk
  • 3-inch piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and grated
  • 3-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except honey to a saucepan. Heat on low for 10 minutes or until warmed through, stirring occasionally. Yes...this is my kitchen, and yes, this is the "disclaimer" I have posted for those who eat in my home. They can't say I never warned them! 🙂
  2. Remove from heat. Using a fine-mesh sieve to remove the pulp, pour milk into a pretty teacup or decorative mug. Top with a dash of cinnamon.
  3. Store remaining milk in a glass container and refrigerate for the week. Warm before serving.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts (without honey): Calories: 40Total Fat: 3 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 245 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 4 g; Dietary fiber: 1 g; Net Carbohydrates: 3 grams; Sugar: 0 g; Protein: 1 g

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Mel’s Feel-Good Smoothie

November 25th, 2017 | no comments

 

Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get a ton of nutrition (and I mean a TON) in the least amount of time. I’m in love with them because they give me the opportunity to incorporate powerful foods that I wouldn’t be otherwise eating on a daily basis (like fresh ginger and turmeric root).

I’ve experimented with many smoothie concoctions over the years, and one thing that remains consistent is I’ve always included three nutrient “blocks” in each recipe:

 

  1. Fiber-rich “Earthfoods”: berries, kale, spinach, red cabbage, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger.
  2. Earthfood-based fat: avocado, fresh ground almond butter, fresh ground peanut butter, walnuts, MCT oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds.
  3. Healthy protein: unsweetened plant-based protein powder, Bone Broth Protein Powder, or Bone Broth Collagen Powder.

This combination of fiber, fat, and protein offers the perfect blend of nutrients to:

  • Satisfy my hunger
  • Keep my blood sugar stable
  • Keep my brain sharp and focused
  • Fill me with tons of energy!

This Feel-Good Smoothie is one of my favorite go to recipes. It satisfies me to the core and, as the name suggests, really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries to sweeten my smoothie, which means it isn’t very sweet at all! This is by design.

But I didn’t start out this way.

I used to add more fruit and a stevia-based protein powder to my smoothies, which gave it an ultra-sweet taste. The problem was, I found myself getting hungry about an hour after I drank it. At first I thought I was losing my mind! How could I possibly be hungry? But then I learned that sweetness, whether from sugar, stevia, or artificial sweeteners, enhances the appetite and motivation to eat. Also, because they are hundreds of times sweeter than regular white table sugar, these zero-calorie sweeteners encourage sugar cravings and sugar dependence. Because of this, I very gradually traded my stevia-based protein powder for unsweetened Bone Broth Protein Powder and Bone Broth Collagen Powder, and also decreased the amount of fruit.

It took quite some time before my taste buds adapted to prefer less sweet and quite honestly, I never thought I would see the day! Now when I accidentally eat or drink something with stevia, it tastes unpleasantly sweet. My taste buds have actually reset themselves! 

If my Feel-Good Smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date.

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Mel's Feel-Good Smoothie
This is one of my favorite go to smoothie recipes. It satisfies me to the core and really makes me feel good! I use only about a 1/2 cup of frozen wild blueberries, which means it isn't very sweet at all. Feel free to add one teaspoon of raw honey, pure maple syrup or coconut nectar, or one pitted date if you prefer a little more sweetness. I hope you enjoy the energizing benefits of this smoothie as much as I do! PS: One serving of this smoothie contains 17 grams of fiber! Not bad considering the minimum daily recommendation for dietary fiber is 25 grams. 🙂
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. Unsweetened nut milk Try unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, flax milk, or macadamia nut milk! Check the food label to be sure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in the ingredient list!
  • 1/2-1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein Powder or Bone Broth Collagen Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 handful fresh organic kale
  • 1 handful sliced red cabbage
  • 1/4 large avocado Or 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 2 thin slices fresh turmeric root
  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until smooth- about 30 seconds.
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The Ultimate Comfort Food!

September 3rd, 2017 | no comments

I don’t know about you, but every once in awhile I get a mean craving for mac-n-cheese! Since I’m all about taste AND nutrition, I prefer to make my own. This recipe is adapted from one that I found while searching for a solution to the traditional boxed variety. Thank you Lindsay from www.pinchofyum.com!

I chose chickpea pasta because of its rich fiber and protein content, making it an ideal solution for those watching their blood sugar. I enjoyed this dish with a nice side of roasted vegetables and leftover organic free range chicken!

 


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Upgraded Mac-n-Cheese
The ultimate comfort food that you can actually feel GOOD about eating!  Made with chickpea pasta, butternut squash, caramelized onions and your favorite cheese.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Banza shells or elbows, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup Red onion, sliced thin
  • 5 cups Butternut squash, cubed (about one small) To save time, purchase peeled and cubed butternut squash!
  • 5 cups Organic chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia nut are all good choices.
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheese I use a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Banza shells or elbows, uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup Red onion, sliced thin
  • 5 cups Butternut squash, cubed (about one small) To save time, purchase peeled and cubed butternut squash!
  • 5 cups Organic chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew, macadamia nut are all good choices.
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2/3 cup Cheese I use a blend of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in skillet on low to medium heat and add onions. Saute for 15-20 minutes until fragrant and brown.
  3. While onions are cooking, remove the skin and seeds from squash and cut flesh into cubes (or purchase already peeled and cubed butternut squash). Bring broth to a boil in a large pot and add squash. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Drain squash, reserving 1/2 cup of broth. Add squash, reserved broth, milk, sea salt and cooked onions to a blender and process until smooth.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta, stirring to coat. This recipe makes a bit more sauce than you will need. No worries...store in an airtight container and refrigerate for later in the week.
  6. Stir in cheese and mix until melted throughout. Season with salt and pepper to taste!
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