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Kale Blood Orange Green Smoothie

As a preemptive trial for the green smoothie challenge I’m taking part in starting April 1, I’ve been experimenting with various green smoothies, but it’s largely been for breakfast, when my husband is already at work, and he was a little jealous. So tonight he got a green smoothie as part of dinner, and I got a little creative with various fruits that were laying around. Luckily, you can’t taste the kale in this one! Previous attempts tasted like blended salad, which was just awful.


Kale Blood Orange Green Smoothie

First, blend:

1 handful baby kale

1 c. cold filtered water

1/4 c. aloe juice

3/4 c. Trader Joe’s Green Plant juice

Then, add:

1 frozen banana

1 blood orange, peeled and sectioned

1 lime, peeled and cut in quarters

1 apple, cored, and cut into sections

Lots of fiber in this one! If you’re not a fan of “chewing” your smoothie (although you should make the motions with your mouth, I’m told, to aid in digestion), you can easily filter out the pulp.

Makes enough for 2

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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Beverage, Breakfast


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Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake”

I was perusing Facebook today and found a friend in raptures over a banana milkshake she made. That sounded delicious, but naturally, I can’t add a bunch of French Vanilla ice cream like she did, and I wanted it to be a bit more healthy than that, anyway. I’m in Spring Cleaning mode (it hits me way early every year), so I’m all about using leftovers and partial containers; I had frozen bananas, and almost-empty natural peanut butter, greek yogurt (the only dairy I can tolerate), and almond milk. This was the result; feel free to modify to your heart’s content. This is a great shot of potassium, too!


Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake”

You can adjust the amounts and taste to your preference…even add some chocolate syrup to it if you’re a huge chocolate fan. As I blend, I taste test and adjust until it’s just right for my mood.

2 frozen overripe bananas

1/2 c. all natural peanut butter (just ground up peanuts)

Enough almond milk to give it a good milkshake consistency…probably 2 cups or so

3/4 c. plain greek yogurt (substitute So Delicious vanilla coconut milk ice cream for a special treat! Or just coconut milk yogurt- also keeps it vegan)

1/3 c. PB2 (a gluten-free, dairy free, all natural powdered peanut butter with cocoa powder in it…absolutely delish) 

if you don’t have PB2, you might want to get some…or just add extra peanut butter and as much cocoa powder as you feel is tasty

**If you want it a bit sweeter, add some raw honey or agave**

PB2’s entire ingredient list is this: Roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, sugar and salt, and is certified gluten free.

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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Beverage, Breakfast, Dessert


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Dairy-free Hot Chocolate Mix

Dairy-free Hot Chocolate Mix

Looks delicious, doesn’t it? It is. And it’s the first hot chocolate that I’ve had since going dairy-free almost a year ago, so I’m savoring it. You can too!

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Mix

3 c. coconut milk powder OR dry goat milk powder (Meyenberg is what I used, though it does have a taste to get used to)

2 c. powdered sugar

1 1/2 c. cocoa powder (use the good stuff, it’s worth it)

1 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips (again, the good stuff)

1/4 tsp. salt

Throw it all in a blender or food processor until it’s finely ground and well mixed.

1/3 c. mix to 1 c. hot “milk of your choice”

Enjoy! đŸ™‚

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Beverage


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