Tropical Kiss

A warm night, soft breeze, the sun setting through the palm trees and the sound of gentle ocean waves breaking on the shore. Sound good? That’s what this drink reminds me of. The orange and red swirl through the glass like the sunset and a hint of coconut kisses your lips as you take your first sip. Even if you aren’t sitting and watching the sunset with your Valentine on a warm tropical night you can imagine it, can’t you? Kristy Ingredients: 1...

 

Juice Detox Recipes

We are well into day 3 on our 5 day juice detox and I wanted to share some of our favorite juicing recipes.  Here are just a few of our favorites. ~Sarah The Green Cucumber 1 cucumber 1 large cup of spinach 1 large cup of parsley 1 celery stock 1/2 medium lemon, peeled Pink Delight 8 ounces watermelon 4 ounces strawberries (if frozen thaw first) 4 ounces raspberries (if frozen thaw first) *Pink Delight is best when made in a blender and then...

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Breakfast Shake

The last few weeks I’ve gone through a LOT of different protein powders.  I’ve been trying to find a protein powder that I can add to a smoothie for part of my morning breakfast that doesn’t leave that chalky, weird tasting/feeling in my mouth.  I’ve tried hemp powder, rice powder, raw blended powders, pea powders and a bunch of others.  They all sucked!  Lately I’ve been incorporating hemp seeds into my meals.  They...

 
Spicy Infusion Tea

Spicy Infusion Tea

I normally don’t drink flavored tea but around the holidays I love to make spiced tea. Take today for instance, I was out in the rain going in and out of a dozen different places running errands and when I got home all damp and cold the first thing I did was to brew up a hot cup of this delicious and aromatic spiced tea. The tea warmed me up and the aroma lifted my spirits.  What better gift can you give to someone than some happiness in a...

 
Homemade Coffee Creamers

Homemade Coffee Creamers

At least once or twice a week we get a request for a coffee creamer recipe.  Up until now I’ve been reluctant to post one since neither my hubby nor I drink coffee.  Luckily I found a willing guinea pig participant to taste all of my creations.  One thing to keep in mind when making any of the flavor variations is that you can add or subtract amounts based on your personal preference.  These are more or less guidelines to help you get...

 
Homemade Condensed Milk

Homemade Condensed Milk

Last week at my children’s gymnastic studio they were having a used book fair to raise money for a child that had just been diagnosed with cancer. :( While browsing through the books I came across one that could have been written just for me.  It was a bit tattered and definitely worn but on the cover I could easily read the title - Sweet and Natural Desserts without Sugar, Honey, Molasses, or Artificial Sweeteners by Janet Warrington.  It...

 
Homemade Almond Milk and Almond Meal

Homemade Almond Milk and Almond Meal

I’ve never been much of a milk drinker.  When my family and I switched to a plant based diet giving up dairy wasn’t really that hard for me.  For my son it was a little tougher.  He normally starts his morning with a glass of hot milk.  I knew there were a ton of non dairy milk substitutes on the market so I figured we would be ok.  Then I took a look at some of the ingredient lists.  Quickly the options of non dairy milk substitutes...

 
Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade

One of my favorite parts of summertime is sitting outside in the evening enjoying a glass of cold lemonade.  I had some leftover fruit puree from the Fruit Popsicles that the kids and I made the other day and thought it would be fun to mix it into my lemonade.  It was delicious!  Now, you can find tons of recipes online for fruit flavored lemonades.  Unfortunately 99% of them contain sugar.  In fact most will contain more sugar than fruit!  This...

 
Mang-conut Sorbet

Mang-conut Sorbet

I entered my local Whole Foods today and what did I behold? A mountain of gold and I was sold. Ok, so I’m not a poet but there was a mountain of gold champagne mangoes. I’d been looking for some ideas for healthy eating on the road for our upcoming cross country trip to California and while you wouldn’t usually think ‘sorbet’ this recipe is made for traveling. So, whether it’s across the country or just to work,...

 
Blueberry and Green Tea Sorbet

Blueberry and Green Tea Sorbet

Tea is truly a superfood indeed. Green tea especially. It can lower blood pressure, help prevent cancer and osteoporosis, lower your risk for stroke, promote heart health, possibly even help prevent sunlight damage to skin, i.e. wrinkles and skin cancer.  Berries contain flavonoids that can counter cell damage in the body, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Blueberries contain more disease fighting antioxidants than any other...