Chocolate Pumpkin Milkshake

I know that healthy and milkshake don’t normally go in the same sentence…

But for the sake that legging season is upon us, I have to be a lot more careful what goes into my belly. Leggings don’t necessarily hide EVERYTHING. (In a perfect world right?) That’s what oversized sweaters and jackets are for though!!

Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Milkshake

So, in a sense, this isn’t really a milkshake. But it’s creamy and somewhat thick, sweet and full of flavor! So in my mind, it’s a milkshake. (Minus the fat and calories!) Also, there is real pumpkin puree in it, so when you serve it to your kids they are drinking vegetables…

I mean, could you be a better mom?!

Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Milkshakes via The Diva Dish

Chocolate Pumpkin Milk
 
Ingredients
  • (For the Whipped Cream)
  • 1 can full fat coconut, refrigerated for at least 24 hours
  • 1 TB. pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • (For the Milkshake)
  • 1 cup non dairy milk
  • 1½ frozen banana
  • 6 frozen cubes of pumpkin puree(Just add puree to ice cubes and freeze)
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 2 TB. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Prepare your whipped cream first by scooping out JUST the solid white flesh from the can and placing it in a bowl. Using hand beaters, whip the cream until creamy.
  2. Next add the maple syrup, spice, and vanilla extract.
  3. Whip until fluffy and place covered in the fridge until you're ready to use.
  4. For the milkshake, add all of your ingredients into the blender until blended. Top with whipped cream and drink immediately!

 

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Just look at those smiles! They would never know I didn’t make that drink with a gallon of ice cream ;)!

The BEST Acai Bowl

From the age of 16 through 20 I worked at smoothie businesses.

One might think this is where my love of ‘healthy living’ developed…But when a pizza place next door starts exchanging you breadsticks for smoothie, well…

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Also, did you know the majority of smoothie chains make their smoothies with sugary juice and frozen yogurt ice cream? It makes them taste oh so delicious! But it also kind of cancels out the fact that drinking a smoothie is a healthier option.

Does that mean pizza bread sticks could have been a healthier choice?!

I’d like to think so.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Hands down one of my ALL TIME favorite smoothies are Acai bowls, which are becoming quite popular.

(Let it be known that I totally like Acai Bowls before they were cool.)

But unlike so many others, I won’t toss my beloved smoothie bowls to the curb when it gets popular. I won’t think of it any different even though it has become quite the media whore.

No. I will love them forever. Why? Because when Acai Bowls are tomorrows news and another health craze becomes the star…I’ll still be there. Just like I was for Kale.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

One smoothie place I worked for used apple juice and strawberry juice with acai ice cream.

Another used almond milk, vanilla ice cream, and acai smoothie packs.

With the knowledge I have and for the love of all things healthy, I came up with is what I think the BEST Acai Bowl ever.The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

But seriously, what makes them so popular? Besides the looks, it’s a great way to make a meal out of a smoothie. You can add fruit, crunchy granola, and a drizzle of funny and eat it all up with a spoon!

It’s mad I tell you, MAD. But once you do it, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. Then before you know it, you will dream about it, and then well…

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Then you will make an acai bowl i guess.

Or you will drive to the nearest juice bar and have them make it for you because most likely they will know you by name and exactly what you want. So in order to avoid that embarrassment you will have to make it at home sometimes.

You’re welcome.

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 1 acai smoothie packs, I found mine at Costco
  • Handful of frozen strawberries and blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • a little bit of non dairy milk-I used cashew or almond
  • (opt. a little bit of apple juice)
  • 1 TB. agave
  • handful of ice
  • Toppings:
  • chopped fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, sliced bananas, and a drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. Add all smoothie ingredients into a blender and add a splash or two of liquid (milk and apple juice.) The less milk, the creamier.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add toppings to smoothie and dig in with a spoon!

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

The BEST Acai Bowl from The Diva Dish

Would I trade this acai bowl for a box full of breadsticks now a days? I mean…No, but I love bread sticks so…halfsies?

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie + Our Kitchen Before Pictures!

*Need a quick snack for your hungry littles, or even yourself? This Walnut Berry Smoothie is the perfect treat to keep those bellies full!*

I’ve discovered over the past month that there is not only ONE but TWO places near my house that make Acai bowls. You know those smoothie bowls topped with fresh fruit, granola, and a drizzle of honey?

I’ve been back and forth to both locations because I don’t want to embarrass myself with how many acai bowls I’m really eating. Gosh dang…They are just so good.

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

Unfortunately a regular bowl is just shy under TEN DOLLARS, and after 4 visits in a week your husband will start to question your insanity. I’ve tried to make my own acai bowl at home, especially since I used to make them in high school when I worked at a smoothie place…I’m like a pro.

But by the time I go to the grocery store to buy the acai, my kids all of the sudden act like a pack of wild kangaroos raised them, I forgot my list at home, and the store feels like it’s 115 inside and I begin to sweat profusely. And then I’m pregnant, so that basically means my mind is a bowl of spaghetti.

NOW do you see husband?!?

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

SO, I’ve been trying to make my own versions at home using what I have on hand LIKE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT…and I recently found a combination that I LOVE.

Smoothies are such a staple in my household, we are basically addicted to them. They are just so quick and you can add whatever you want depending on how you are feeling.

In this case, my girls asked for a pink smoothie, so I did my best and aimed to please.

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

Sadly it was purple and they were pissed.

Thank goodness for Princess Sofia the First and her purple obsession!

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. almond milk, unsweetened
  • ⅓ c. yogurt of choice, I used plain greek yogurt for more protein
  • ¼ c. frozen strawberries
  • ¼ c. frozen blueberries
  • ¼ c. frozen raspberries
  • ¼ c. frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 heaping TB. walnuts
  • 1 heaping TB. chia seeds
  • 1 TB. honey
  • ½ c. ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. Optional: Top with your favorite toppings, like fresh fruit, granola, and a drizzle of honey!
  4. Serves 2 littles and one mama (For a snack)

 

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

Walnut Berry Protein Smoothie from The Diva Dish

This is great as an afternoon snack, bedtime snack, or ‘I just need a snack’. You can definitely make this to be like an acai bowl and top with your favorite granola, fruit, and honey! But if your like me, you forgot the granola along with the acai…

Nailed it.

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Side note:

We are re-doing our downstairs in our home!! 🙂 (Yes, we are having a baby in two weeks lol!) I know this isn’t a DIY blog, but who doesn’t love before and afters right?!

We don’t have the after just yet, but I do have really crappy before pictures!

Before: kitchen/ The Diva Dish

Yup! That’s our fridge in our living room!

Before: kitchen/ The Diva Dish

Before: kitchen/ The Diva Dish

I’m excited to show you the after!

Have a great week!

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake

I don’t know about you guys, but this is kind of how I feel after the holidays…

Tired, chocolate all over my face, hair in a bun because I’ve been doing lots of “relaxing”…

It’s not pretty.

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake, The Diva Dish

I know in years past I’ve written out a few things I learned the previous year, and goals that I wished to accomplish the following year. But I won’t do that today.

Because I’m really bad at deadlines and goals.

And because I said I was working on a breakfast e-book last May, and I hoped to have it done by the start of the school year 2014.

And It’s not done. Not even close.

I actually didn’t make a ‘list’ of goals for this year because If there is anything the year 2014 taught me it’s that things happen, and plans go out the window, and most likely we won’t be prepared for things to come.

How’s that for motivation?

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake, The Diva Dish

Let’s cut the Debby Downer crap and say even though this was a ‘harder’ year for me (and maybe some of you too), I was tremendously blessed and I think I may have turned into a grown up.

Almost.

Bachelor starts Monday, so there’s that.

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake, The Diva Dish

SO whatever this year may bring, I say Bring It On! If there is ONE thing I’ve learned this year it’s that no matter what, things will be ok and work out for the best.

Unless of coarse there really is a chocolate shortage like everyone is talking about, then by all means START FREAKING OUT!

And don’t forget to drink a lot of milkshakes. Healthy ones and some not so healthy ones ;)!

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake, The Diva Dish

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake
 
Vegan, Diary Free, GF, Healthy
Ingredients
  • 1 large banana cut into slices and frozen
  • 1 spoonful of natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. good quality vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
  • dash of salt
  • a few splashes of non dairy milk
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until nice and creamy!
  2. Sip through a straw or eat with a spoon! Enjoy!

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake, The Diva Dish

I promise I’m going to start working hard on that e-book! I already have TEN recipes, but I really want to have at least 25. So if there are any special breakfast request, let me know! The goal for this book is quick, healthy, easy, kid friendly, and of coarse delish! 🙂

Healthy Banilla Peanut Butter Milkshake, The Diva Dish

P.S.

I also swear I’m going to work on painting my nails more often. #nomorechippednailpolish

P.P.S

Im having a baby in like a month or so?! AHHHH! I can’t wait to kiss that little baby’s face!

Footage Friday: Chocolate Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Here is the deal my friends….

I’m trying reeeeallly hard to post a Footage Friday video every friday. Buuuut, I’m also really trying to focus more on quality than quantity. So if I don’t have a video up, it’s most likely because I don’t have anything I’m super proud of to show you!

It’s because I love you guys so much ok?!

And it’s also because I have two arms, and  somehow have to film, make two kids happy, entertain in a video, and make it work…

I need a 3rd arm, seriously! My life would be ALOT easier :).

So today’s video is a recipe for Chocolate Greek Yogurt Popsicles! Yeaaa! It’s already too hot for me here in Las Vegas, and It’s only going to get hotter…Remind me why I live here again?

Happy Popsicle Making & Happy Weekend!

Citrus Creamsicle Smoothie/Milkshake

There was a time when I went to Costco and bought a large sack of grapefruit because I was determined to loose 15 pounds.

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I planned out my morning to where I’d eat that grapefruit cut in half  and eat it with a silver spoon, and watch my metabolism kick start and burn that fat away. The very first morning I tried it, I took a bite of that grapefruit and thought…

&%#$

That’s disgusting.

Then I read you could sprinkle a little sugar on top to take away the tartness. So I tried that.

A sprinkle on top turned into a spoonful of sugar with each bite, and well the only thing that kick started that morning was my attention span.

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Sure, most people enjoy grapefruit in the morning. It’s tart but sweet, and the perfect way to start the day. I look at it as, it’s like drinking straight lime juice and 13 minutes later I’m completely starving. It just doesn’t work for me. But I can eat an entire watermelon and feel completely full till noonOddly enough, my favorite green juice taste like a grapefruit, and this new recipe I’m about to introduce has a hint of grapefruit as well. Also, this grapefruit cake most likely taste incredible…

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But if there is one thing I’ve learned in living a healthy lifestyle, it’s that food that is healthy needs a partner. Like Kale. You wouldn’t eat kale plain would you? I mean some of you might, that’s ok…(no it’s not.) But if you massage the kale with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and then roast it, it’s delicious!

Same thing goes for grapefruit. Pair it with a friendlier (and sweeter) citrus, along with the sweetness from the honey and the banana. Followed by the cream from a coconut (or greek yogurt), and next thing you know you are telling Orange Julius “Buh Bye!”

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And now you have a reason to enjoy that 20 pound bag of grapefruit that you got from Costco…

You.Are. SOO.Welcome.

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Citrus Creamsicle Milkshake/Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 1 orange
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 tsp-1 TB. raw honey
  • ¼ c. coconut cream(milk), or greek yogurt
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Juice the citrus. Reserve ½ c. of the juice for the drink, and save the rest for drinking, smoothies, etc.
  2. Add the ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy.
  3. Sip and enjoy!

 

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Seriously though, anyone need some grapefruit?

 

Fresh Vegetable Tropical Fruit Smoothie

With spring just around the corner bringing warmer temperatures, smoothies have finally made a way back into our daily rituals!

I’ve started something new with making smoothies, which has been using fresh vegetable juice as the liquid base! Green spinach smoothies are so last year…(Ignore the fact that I had one for lunch.)

I’ve never been a  huge fan of throwing raw veggies into a blender and praying that the frozen banana will mask all the flavors, and honestly..I’m not a huge fan of fresh squeezed juice. I don’t get too excited to drink kale, lemon, ginger, and beets. Am I a horrible health food blogger or what?! I do believe though that If you play around with the ingredients enough, you can make the perfect combination of a fresh vegetable juice! Like my most favorite one of all I posted a while back!

 

But these type of smoothies are not only for adults, I actually prefer them for my growing girls! My 18 month old is still young enough to where she can’t quite chew raw veggies and when I cook them I can’t always guarantee she will eat them! This is another way that I can relax just a little bit more knowing that her body isn’t relying on the few foods she does love.

Because if that were the case, she’d be living off of the fishy gold fish crackers she found on the floor at Target the other day…(That’s probably why she is always sick.)

Consider this smoothie as the first step of fresh veggie drinks. It’s a good step in the right direction, and eventually I’ll create that kale & beet juice smoothie that my kids, and yours too, will go crazy for!


Fresh Vegetable Tropical Fruit Smoothie
 
With Spring just around the corner, fresh tropical smoothies pair perfectly with the warmer temperatures! Instead of the typical 'green' smoothie, this drink uses fresh veggie juice as the liquid base followed by tropical frozen fruit!
Serves: 1-3
Ingredients
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 1- 1/ ½ apples
  • Handful of frozen mango
  • handful of frozen peaches
  • ½ banana
  • 1-2 TB. ground flax seeds
  • 1 TB. honey
  • ice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using a juicer, juice the celery, carrots, and apple. You need enough juice to measure 1 c. of liquid.
  2. Add the fresh juice to a blender, and add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until creamy.
  4. Enjoy!

 

The only bad thing about Spring approaching, besides allergies, is the fact that I’ve got to shave my legs on a regular basis. Can’t get away with hiding behind leggings anymore!…

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Here is one of my favorite fresh green juices of all time! 

 

Green Smoothie Tutorial Video!!

Things to get a little crazy around here on a daily basis, and I find myself falling farther and farther behind on certain things.

No, I’m not talking about how often I miss showers or don’t shave my legs…You guys already know I rarely do those things.

It seems as if I have been doing a not so good job on updating this blog on necessary things…like that recipe page!

Which, I am happy to say is completely updated!! Woo Hoo!

I’ve also fallen really behind on emails, so if you have emailed me and really hate me…I understand.

But tonight I am planning on answering and replying to all my emails. Do you still love me?

I’ve also finally put a YouTube icon on my page. And although it’s not the same size or color as my other ones…well…Baby steps my friends.

As for that RSS feed button…Well, I’m still working on it. I really am unintelligent when it comes to this whole computer/web blog thingy.

Although…

I did manage to film a video tutorial on how to make a Green Smoothie, using a regular blender!!

A few warnings before you watch this video:

1. Baby Boo does not match. Like…at all.

2. My face looks really pale. I promise I’m not sick.

3. My voice is annoying…sorry.

Ok, I hope you guys enjoy the video!

Thanks for watching! Have a great start to your week!!

All about Green Drinks 101

**Update:  I have had a lot of questions regarding the type of blender I use to make green smoothies. I’ve always used a Vitamix. Click HERE to see the Vitamix. If that one is too pricey, I’ve also successfully used my Magic Bullet Blender for years, link HERE .”** (affiliate links)

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The thought of eating vegetables can be gag-worthy to some…

But the idea of DRINKING your vegetables can sound just down right repulsive.

If you would have asked me 5 years ago to drink a green smoothie I would have laughed in your face than had nightmares for 6 months after that. They are down right scary.

Oddly enough, not only do I now eat my veggies, but I drink tons of them too. Trust me. I gots me lots a friends….(And good Engrish too…)

And if somebody asked me what is ONE thing they could do differently to adapt a healthier eating lifestyle, I would beg them to drink a green smoothie everyday. It’s the one thing that I believe can have a major impact on your diet and change the way you feel.

But what exactly are the benefits of drinking green?

Improved digestive system

Better energy

Opportunity to give your body nutrients it most likely wouldn’t receive on a regular basis

Being able to eat raw veggies(w/o a cup of ranch dressing on the side.)

-Weight loss

-Fight off sickness

-Sleep improvement

-Rid your body of toxins

-Essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals

-Helps your kids (and hubby’s!) get their veggies

-Fast to make AND healthy!

The list goes on and on….

But sometimes the benefits are not enough to convince somebody to drink green. Sure it’s good for you, but is it really worth stomaching something that can taste so freak nastay?

That’s where your wrong my friends…Because I am here to tell you I have never tried a green drink I didn’t like.(And trust me…I’ve had my fair share of green drink varieties.) With the right ingredients, knowledge, and helpful perks, green drinks can taste more like a regular smoothie(even a dessert one) without even noticing the hint of any vegetables!

First, let’s start with the veggies:

Spinach is an obvious choice when it comes to drinking greens. It’s a very mild tasting green, so a lot of people love to use it. On top of that, it’s a familiar ingredient. People are scared of it, but not too scared since they know a little bit about it. I think spinach is a GREAT green to add in smoothies, but I think sometimes we get stuck in a rut of ONLY using spinach. There are SO many other veggies out there that have different types of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that our bodies need.

Here are my favorite veggies to use as of right now:

Spinach

Kale (no stems, just leaves. Stems are stanky!)

Rainbow and Green Chard

Collard Greens

Dandelion Greens (Just a little, it can tend to me strong)

Mustard Greens (just a little, it kind of has a kick.)

Cucumbers

Carrots

Beets

Avocados

Pumpkin Puree

*Remember to wash your greens to get rid of dirt and yucky stuff! (Yes, I said yucky. So professional.)

And to store greens properly, I just wash them, dry, and then put them in labeled zip lock bags with a paper towel.

Perfect for portioning sizes for smoothies and what not!

Next Step: Add your fruit!

Veggies aren’t the only thing that you can add to your green drink. I especially love adding fruit!

Fruit is a great way to add a natural sweetness to your drink, giving it a ‘smoothie’ like taste, and hiding the taste of some of those veggies. Not too mention fruit is another great way to get in some extra goodness like antioxidants and fiber!

Here is some of my top fruits to add in smoothies. And fruit will do, it just depends on your liking. For more tropical flavors choose things like mangos, oranges, pineapples, etc…

Bananas (GREAT sweetener! Also does well hiding those veggies!)

Cherries

Strawberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Raspberries

Mangos

Pears

Pineapples

Peaches

Orange Juice (Fresh squeezed)

Pomegranates

Grapes

Apples

Next, give that smoothie some VA VA- VOOM!

Here is where you can go above and beyond a strawberry banana smoothie, and move onto a sweet almond cherry coconut bliss smoothie. The world is your…green drink? That made no sense, but are you catching my drift? There are many little things we can add to our green drinks to give them that extra flair that will make them more desirable to drink. No one ever said no to a chocolate PB drink! And if they did, well then…I’m speechless. 🙂

Here are some things to add to those green drinks to give them some extra OOMPH!

Nut Butters (Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Walnut Butter, Sunflower Butter…etc. Great source of protein and healthy fats!)

Nuts (Don’t have the butta’, then just throw in a few nuts!)

Cocoa Powder (Chocolate…Heck yes!)

Carob Powder

Oatmeal (Bring on the hearty breakfast grains!)

Almond Extract

Vanilla Extract

Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger)

Mint Leaves

Basil Leaves

Coconut Milk

Orange Juice (If you combine coconut milk and Oj, you get a creamsicle taste!)

Cocoa nibs

Dark chocolate chips

PB pong balls or Fudge Balls or S’more Balls

Apple Butter

Pumpkin Butter

Lemon, Lime

Ginger

Don’t forget those added bonus:

Every green drink needs those few added bonuses that will boost their nutrient value even more!

Here are my favorite little added bonuses:

Chia Seeds

Ground Flax seeds

Protein Powder (I love to use a plant based protein powder. My favorite brand is Sun Warrior!)

Choice of Liquid (whether it be non dairy milk, reg. milk, water, etc.)

Lastly if needed, add a sweetener.

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t usually need a sweetener, especially if I have loaded it with fruit. But the more stronger tasting veggies like beets, I tend to add a little bit to sweeten the drink to my liking.

Here are my favorite go-to natural sweeteners:

100% Pure Maple Syrup

Agave Nectar

Raw Honey

Dates

Stevia

So where to begin?

Start simple. Add ingredients you are familiar with, and slowly each time add in different things to get used to. You will adjust smoothies to your taste buds preferences, and in time find what is right for you!

Here are a few recipes to get you started!

 Beginners Green Drink

1 C. non diary milk

2 C. spinach

1 frozen banana

1 TB. Chia Seeds

1 tsp. Sweetener of choice

1tsp. vanilla

Ice

Optional: Peanut Butter

 Tropical Cream Green Drink

1/2 C. fresh OJ

1/2 C.-1 C. coconut milk

1 C. spinach

1 C. kale

1 frozen banana

1/2 c. frozen pineapple, mango, or peaches

1 tsp. vanilla

2 TB. coconut flakes

ice

Red Velvet Smoothie

1 C. non dairy milk

1 medium beet peeled, steamed, and chopped

1/3 c. frozen raspberries, cherries, or strawberries

1 frozen banana

4 TB. cocoa powder

4 pitted dates

1 TB. chia seeds

2 tsp. sweetener of choice

1 tsp. vanilla

ice

PICTURE

Green Smoothies are great for breakfast! Baby Boo has one pretty much every morning, it’s her favorite thing to have!

Here is a typical smoothie for Boo. It’s loaded with healthy fats, protein, greens, and tons of vitamins and minerals!!

Princess Bliss Avocado Green Smoothie

1 C. milk of choice (I used coconut-from a carton, not a can.)

1 frozen banana

1/2 frozen avocado

1/2 c. kale

1/4 c. oats

1/4 c. vanilla yogurt (soy or reg.)

1 TB. Chia seeds

1 TB. almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 TB. maple syrup (Boo really doesn’t need a sweetener because she can’t tell the difference, but for older kids you could add a little more than 1 TB.)

ice

Then this morning for breakfast the three of us split this smoothie:

My husband said it was the BEST smoothie he has ever had…And trust me, those words don’t always come out of his mouth…

SHOCKER! 🙂

Chocolatey Chocolate Green Smoothie

1 c. milk of choice

handful spinach

handful kale

handful chard

1/4 c. dandelion greens (just the leaves)

1 frozen banana

handful frozen cherries

4 spoonfuls cocoa powder

2 TB. almond butter

1 TB. chia seeds

2 TB. agave nectar

2 c. ice

A lot of times I make more than enough smoothie, so I just freeze the extra in an ice cube tray and use them for another day! That way, when I am in a hurry I just throw some in a blender with some milk and voila!

Whew! That was a LONG post! Don’t be afraid to try a green drink! If anything, you won’t regret the way it will make you feel on a regular basis. 🙂

For additional recipes, just go to my recipes tab underneath the header and click on green drinks!

Have a great day!! 🙂

Healthy Living Class, Green Drinks, Sweet Eats, and Salads!

**Editors Note: This post was written in 2011, and the recipes in this post are the most popular recipes on my website! To find the recipes, scroll down to the bottom. If you would like to read how these recipes came about, continue reading below!**

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Last night I taught a healthy living class.

And like always, as the guest were arriving, I was behind on everything…

I had friends making Peanut Butter Pong Balls(made with almond butter instead), made my dad run to McDonalds to get some ‘samples’ (of no-no’s), and I was busy making sure things were set and ready to go…Oh and repeating in my mind the things I was going to say.

I decided to do a display table of ingredients I love that I think everybody should include in their daily eating lifestyle. Each had a little note card with info about the ingredient.

That, and I figured I would most likely forget to talk about them…so they were there for people to look at.

My mom asked why some of the notecards read, “Super Sexy” and “Totally Awesome” in which I basically replied, “That’s how I talk Maaaaoooommm DUH.”

When it came time, everybody crowded around me waiting to hear what I had to say. Pretty much through my whole presentation I was scatterbrained.

(This is a GREAT picture of me!)

“So these are Chia Seeds, they are full of Omega-3’s! Oh wait! Let’s talk about lunches!”

What the?

I’m also pretty sure in the beginning my voice shook like thunder due to nerves, and I sounded like I wanted to cry. I also said the phrase, “I could pound it when it came to eating…”

My grandma that was there had NO idea what I was talking about…

All together though, I had such an amazing time. It meant the world to me to have the people that I loved, look up to, and even leaders who taught me, be there and support me and my passion.

I tried my best to get my message across, and I am praying tonight that people understood more than, “Uh dummm…I like Spinach. It’s tasty…I like to drink it too.”

🙂

Besides that, I wanted everyone to know that this world that God has created for us brings forth so many amazing whole, fresh, and natural foods. We need to stop feeding our bodies packaged, processed, mass produced, and an excess of animal products.  We need to start giving our body the wholesome food that it deserves and needs to survive, which are things like grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes.

I also figured if anything,  I could win over there hearts with samples.

My first sample was a green smoothie, which if you know me is an obvious choice for a sample. 🙂

I really wanted to get across that adding a green smoothie into your every day lifestyle will do wonders in it self. Your giving your body things that you would most likely not eat on its own, especially in its raw state (not cooked, doused with dressing, etc.).

They are great for babies, toddlers, kids, AND adults. Not to mention, they are SO versatile. If you follow me on facebook, you might have heard that a smoothie made with milk, spinach, kale, chard, cocoa powder, cherries, and bananas is like dessert! (Something that NO one would complain about 🙂 )

But I have to say I am kind of mean. I didn’t just do an original green drink. I made it hard core and beefed it up with tons of greens…

I really wanted them to like me.

Everything Green Smoothie

Everything Green Smoothie
 
*This smoothie makes quite a bit and could easily serve two adults. Unless your like me and can eat for two, then you could drink it all on it's own. It could also serve 2-3 kids, one mama and 2 children...etc.. 🙂
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 c. non dairy milk, more if needed for thinning out smoothie
  • handful of fresh spinach
  • handful of fresh kale, no stems
  • handful of swiss chard
  • 2 green apple, cold and cit into slices/core removed
  • ½ medium cold cucumber
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • sweetener of choice, stevia is what I used/honey works well too (1-2 tsp.)
  • 1½ c. ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy. Drink immediately. Enjoy!

I could tell people were a little worried when it came to try it.

That’s ok, I made sure I shoved one down everyones throat whether they liked it or not. 🙂

Next came a little something sweet:

Peanut Butter Protein and Energy Balls. (I made them with almond butter instead though.)

Everyone really enjoyed these. They were something sweet that you could pop in your mouth if you wanted to satisfy your sweet tooth. OR, if you need a boost during the day, wanted a snack after a workout, or even something for your kiddos after school. Naturally sweetened, full of healthy fats, proteins, and made with….Love…

Awe.

Up next we had a Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad.

Yet again, I was mean and didn’t make their sample with quinoa. I actually was thinking later that night that throwing in some grain would definitely add more “Va Va Voom” to this meal, so the next day I made it again.

You get your protein from the beans and quinoa, some good grains from the quinoa, healthy fats from the avocados, veggies from the spinach and tomatoes, and delicious-ness from the tasty dressing.

Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c. dry quinoa
  • 1½ c. vegetable broth
  • (OR 1 c. prepared/cooked quinoa)
  • 1 c. garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ diced onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, bottom stems cut off
  • 2 c. spinach
  • (dressing)
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 juicy lemon, or two not so juicy lemons 🙂
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. I like to use a rice cooker on the white rice setting to make it easy!
  2. Once the quinoa is cooked, set it aside to cool.
  3. In a food processor, add cilantro and spinach. Process the greens until the are chopped up finely.
  4. In a bowl, add the chickpeas, chopped greens, tomatoes, avocado, onion, and garlic.
  5. In a bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Pour over the salad.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat! Enjoy!

Salad originally adapted from Oh She Glows, Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad.

I found an unpleasant surprise in my cilantro.

Yuck. Dirt is so disgusting.

This is hands down one of my favorite salads to date!

Everything turned out to be such a success! I am so grateful for those that came out to support me!

And of coarse, none of this would be possible without you guys!! Thanks for coming back each and every day and supporting me…

I know things tend to get a little “Cray Cray” over here some times…

Come back Friday and see what Baby Boo is eating off those beaters. :-)!