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    Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie with Chia Seeds





    I’ve recently discovered the awesomeness of super food chia seeds and have been experimenting with them (you can check out my Pinterest Yumminess board for some recipes). The evidence seems to point to chia being a super vegan source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and protein. Plus, chia seeds add just a bit of texture without much (any) flavor. So, I thought I’d try them in a smoothie. I made this for my dinner last night, and it was so tasty, I decided to post it here for you!

     

    Ingredients:

     

    8oz organic milk

    1 container (individual serving) of organic greek yogurt (I used vanilla)

    1 ripe banana

    1/2 cup of frozen raspberries

    1/2 cup of frozen peaches

    1 Tbs of chia seeds

    1 Tbs of ground flax seed

    1 Tbs of raw honey

    1 tsp of vanilla extract (if you used plain yogurt)

     

    Put all of the ingredients in your favorite blender. Blend & drink!

     

    Note: I did not use ice because I had frozen fruit on hand. If you use fresh fruit, I’d recommend adding a bit of ice if you like your smoothies cold! This made around 20oz of smoothie, so my kids split the extra – it was very smooth, creamy, and fruity-sweet. Delicious!

    Another note: Next time I’ll add some spinach or kale for a vitamin boost!

    Final note: I made this with milk & dairy-based yogurt. I’m sure coconut milk & coconut milk-based yogurt would work as well – and make it vegan! 

    Posted: Jun 05 2012, 14:17 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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    Vegan Strawberry Cream Smoothie





    Two days ago, we went cherry & strawberry picking! The cherries were gone within 24 hours - we ate every last delicious one of them! The strawberries, however, being small & at the end of the season, were not so tasty. As of this morning, they were ready to either be made into a smoothie, or tossed out to the woods for the squirrels. We decided to go for a smoothie - and I'm glad we did! Here's the super-simple, healthy recipe I threw together. It turned out so yummy, the kids asked for MORE! Too bad we were out of strawberries!

    INGREDIENTS:

    1 cup of fresh Strawberries

    10oz of Coconut Milk (we used vanilla-flavored)

    Ice

     

    PREPARATION:

    Put the ingredients into a blender and blend well! Serve immediately & ENJOY! This recipe made approximately 2 8oz servings.


    PS: I'm sure you could add whatever fruits - or even veggies - that suit your fancy & this would still taste delicious. The sugar in the vanilla coconut milk added just enough sweetness to the smoothie, though I'm sure you could add a bit of agave nectar or honey if you like it sweeter. I found the richness of the coconut milk made the smoothie just the right creamy consistency - but I'm sure yogurt or whole milk would work well too, if you prefer dairy. Please let me know if you make this smoothie & end up adding anything to it. We'll definitely be making this one again in the future & I'm always open to suggestions!

    Posted: Jun 18 2011, 15:50 by kelly | Comments (4) RSS comment feed |
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    Autumn Vanilla Apple Milkshake (A.K.A. Witches' Brew)





    Autumn Vanilla Apple Milkshake (A.K.A. Witches' Brew)

    We made this super simple and fabulously delicious recipe yesterday at our friend's Halloween Party and it was a big hit (both with the kids AND adults)!
    Here's how to make it for your own spooky celebration:

    2 Cups Apple Cider (I prefer Organic, and unpasturized, but you can't always find that, of course)
    1.5 - 2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream (again, Organic is best)
    2 Tablespoons Honey
    1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
    1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg


    Blend ingredients together, sprinkle with additional nutmeg, and serve right away
    (we found that the mixture separates a bit after a while). The recipe recommended adding optional orange food coloring; we opted instead for orange cups. :)

    PS: If you're interested in the apple cranberry sauce in the picture, I have the recipe, here.

    PPS: The witches' brew recipe was found in a book called Howling Good Halloween Recipes by K. Hartman & M. Steindler

    Posted: Oct 29 2010, 17:00 by kelly | Comments (0) RSS comment feed |
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