When I think of summer, a few things come to mind. Popsicles and lemonade. Traditionally, these things are made with lots of sugar and other additives. Well I have come up with a few healthier alternatives. MightyNest sent me some great products to help me make these healthier treats.
Start your breakfast in a healthy way with this Energizing Green Smoothie. I don’t do a lot of smoothies for breakfast. I much prefer overnight oats. However, my husband likes smoothies a lot. So I made this Energizing Green Smoothie for him. One can never have too many healthy smoothie recipes right? Especially green smoothie recipes. It’s a great way to add greens to your diet. All you need is 4 simple ingredients to make this healthy smoothie! If you like this smoothie, you may also like my raspberry coconut smoothie.
This healthy smoothie is vegan, gluten free and paleo. I added the chia seeds, so there is a boost of protein and also lots of fiber that should keep you full until lunch. You could always make this smoothie the night before, pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Then pop out and blend what you need in the morning. Easy peasy!
If you look at coconut milk in the store, you will notice that pretty much every brand contains carrageenan. Even the organic brands. So the only other option is to make it yourself. The good news is that homemade coconut milk is so easy to do. It only takes a few minutes. The best part about homemade coconut milk is that you can flavor it however you like. I like to add a couple dates for sweetness, but you can also add in some chocolate for a sweeter treat. 🙂 This homemade coconut milk would be great in my coconut vanilla chia pudding or my raspberry coconut smoothie.
I did a small juice fast the other day, and this immune boosting juice was one that I made during that juice fast. You may think, wait a minute. Juice a sweet potato? Trust me. They make for some yummy juice. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with Vitamin B6 and Vitamin A. The yellow pepper adds another level of sweetness while boosting your immunity. Yellow peppers are also high in Vitamin C. If you are interested in the type of juicer I use, you can see it here.
It’s giveaway time again. I know many of my recipes require a blender, so I wanted to be able to give you an opportunity to win one. I contacted Blendtec and they gave me a Blendtec blender to review and another to give away. This blender is awesome. I especially love how wide the pitcher is. Makes for very easy cleaning. I whipped up this smoothie in no time at all. In fact, there are set modes on the blender so you can just press a button and walk away. Great for all us moms out there who are trying to keep up with the kids as we cook.
The Blendtec blender available for giveaway is their Black Designer Series + a Twister Jar. A $570 value to one lucky reader! Contest is open to US and Canada residents only.
Not only have I made this smoothie with it, but I have also used it to grind oats into flour, and make soup. It handled every job beautifully. The twister jar is great because it can tackle the smaller jobs like hummus and almond butter.
Raspberry Coconut Smoothie
Raspberry Coconut Smoothie
- 2 cups raspberries (I used frozen, but fresh will work too)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 4 T coconut butter (shredded coconut work work too)
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1 T chia seeds
- Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend for about 60-90 seconds.
- With the Blendtec, you just hit the smoothie button and it does the rest.
If you plan on drinking 1 serving and saving the rest, pour the remaining smoothie into ice cube trays and freeze for quick blending on another day. Enjoy!
Who doesn’t like a refreshing cold drink in the summer? I know I love it on hot days like today. Problem is, most store bought mixes are laden with processed sugar and chemicals. Take a look at the ingredients in this Country Time Lemonade that I got off their website. Did you notice how there are no actual lemons in the ingredients??? There are, however, lots of other unwanted additives. I have highlighted some of the nastier ones.
Ingredients: SUGAR, FRUCTOSE, CITRIC ACID, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF MALTODEXTRIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM CITRATE, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, CALCIUM FUMARATE, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, YELLOW 5 LAKE, TOCOPHEROL (PRESERVES FRESHNESS). CONTAINS: SOY.
You can almost guarantee that the soy products contain
GMOs. This is easy to make and much better!
If you don’t want a drink, you can make these into popsicles using these molds. I made mine using a juicer, but you can use a blender and strain if you like, or just make it into a lemonade smoothie! I got the idea for this after I saw all the fruits that came in my co-op basket.
- 2 lemons (remove rinds, but leave as much white as possible)
- 3 mangos (skins removed and pitted)
- 4-5 cups honey dew melon cubed
- 1-3 T of raw honey or maple syrup
- If you are using a juicer , juice all ingredients except for the honey.
- Take a taste.
- Add 1-3 T raw honey or maple syrup depending on how sweet you like it. I personally love the tarty flavor.
- If you are using a blender juice the lemon separately.
- Add the rest of the fruit and the sweetener into the blender with the lemon juice.
- Blend for about 90 seconds.
- Serve immediately or store for later. I got about 32 oz of juice out of mine. Enjoy!