Superfood Fruit Smoothie Made Simple

Posted on April 12, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Americans need to take back control of their food!  My neighbor mentioned that she had to get to the store to buy some packets of powdered fruit smoothie so she could make them in her blender again.  You can probably imagine my reaction.  I said, “Why would you pay for that?”  and “Have you looked at the ingredients list?”  Let’s just say she has thanked me profusely several times now for teaching her that she doesn’t need a package from the store that some gigantic food manufacturer has put together.

Fruit smoothies are so simple if you have a blender and a freezer.  The best base for all of them are frozen bananas and other fruits and vegetables.  Peel ripe bananas and slice in smallish slices, then throw in a ziplock bag and freeze flat so you can break off as many as you want when you are using them.  Bananas make smoothies creamy and thick so they are a great base.  After that any other fruit and many frozen veggies work great too.  It’s a very sneaky way to get vegetables into children’s diets!  Basically it is frozen stuff, sweetener (honey, maple syrup, stevia, even dates – your choice), and liquid (milk, nutmilk, water).

Mine above there is a special superfood smoothie.  I included frozen banana, rhubarb (yep, using up last year’s frozen supply before this year’s comes in – low calorie and high nutrient, why not?), kale, and papaya.  Then some stevia for sweetening and 1 T. each chlorella and spirulina and some coconut milk.  Absolutely delicious!

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The final product makes it possible for me to consume the spirulina and chlorella because I do not find these palatable, believe me, but their health benefits are astounding so I throw them in here where I can’t taste them.  The final color is surprising, but I think especially boys would like the idea of a pond scum smoothie – eeewww!  Hard to believe, but I’m telling you, it tastes wonderful.  And again, every cell in the body sings, “Thank you for the FOOD!”

By the way, that is a stainless steel straw in there.  What a great concept!  I have tried to eliminate plastic from my food and I didn’t know, until recently, that there was any other choice for a straw, but glass and stainless steel are now available for reasonable prices too.  I invested in 10 of these and I will never have to buy straws again and none will go into the landfill or need to be recycled.  And I won’t be sucking up plastic chemicals along with my smoothie.  Just great!!

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Superfood Energy Balls Made Simple

Posted on April 5, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I love the whole concept of the energy ball or bite (scooped into balls or cut into cubes).  If you have a food processor you can whip these up in a jiffy!  Today’s offering is packed with superfoods.  I find them perfect for a holdover when I’m hungry but I still have a meal to cook, or when I’m having to delay a meal because of an appointment, or even for a super easy, tasty dessert!

These balls have superfood ingredients I ordered from nuts.com which proved to be an economical place to order as well as friendly!  Here is the recipe and the one thing I learned and will do differently next time.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 C. ground almonds

1/2 C. ground pecans

1/4 C. flaxseed meal

1/2 C. unsweetened grated coconut

1 T. maca powder

1/4 C. shelled hemp seed

1 T. mequite powder

1 T. cacao powder

1 T. cracked cell chlorella powder

6 pitted medjool dates

1/4-1/2 C. cashew milk (make super easy by blending soaked raw cashews and water)

Mix all above really thoroughly and then add 1/4 C. tart dried cherries and 1/4 C. cacao nibs for a quick mix.  Then use a small cookie scoop to make about 40 balls.  I rolled them in coconut sugar which became sticky and runny after awhile because of the moisture in the balls.  You would be better off rolling them in coconut or crushed nuts.  Next time!

Just a note about chlorella and it’s cousin, spirulina which I think can be used pretty much interchangeably.  If you smell these powders you may be tempted to throw them out because they are very unappetizing!  Same thing for tasting them all on their own.  But they are worth consuming because these dried algae (yep, basically pond scum!!) are PACKED with amazing health benefits.  In a recipe like this you really will not even know it is there by the taste, but your body will be smiling on a cellular level.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

I’m on about week 4 now of the anti-inflammation eating plan and I feel great!  Mood and energy are up so I’m going to stay with it for awhile.

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Superfood Energy Balls Made Simple

Posted on March 26, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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I have been recently inspired by a book recommendation from my medical doctor:   Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods byJulie  Morris

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Ground Almonds (could use any nut) 1 C.

Flaxmeal 1/4 C.

Carob powder 1/4 C.

Green mix of spirulina/chlorella – 1/4 C.

Grated coconut – unsweetened – 1/2 C.

Honey – local, raw – 1/4 C.

Applesauce – organic – 1/4 C.

Cherries – dried, tart – 1/2 C.

Whip everything together in the food processor except the cherries.  Add last for just a quick mix-in, not to chop them up.  Make small balls and roll in more unsweetened coconut (or ground nuts).  Freeze.  Enjoy frozen!

I’m pretty amazed at how you can’t taste the spirulina or chlorella at all.  These energy balls taste great and make you feel great too!  This is an important concept of the book.  That is, an eating experience includes the after affects.  When you eat something that you really enjoy and you feel light, energetic and strong afterward that is the best eating experience!  Today I’m off to get some chia seeds.  I can’t wait to use them and report back.

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