Archive | July, 2016

Turn Your Green Smoothie Into a Meal

24 Jul

Green smoothies are a great way to boost your vegetable intake, increase energy levels and fill the gap between meals.  But did you know that you can make your green smoothie into its own meal?  All you need to do is add a protein and healthy fat source to create a well-balanced meal.  Try this recipe:

Pineapple Kale

2 cups raw kale

1/4 cup pineapple

3/4 cup almonds

1 banana

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons peanut butter

Combine ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Superfoods to Boost Your Smoothies

20 Jul


Superfoods are nutrient dense fruits and vegetables that are powerhouses for our health and immunity. When making a green smoothie, try adding one or more of the below ingredients listed below to get the most out of your drink.

Spinach and Kale – both are great sources of vitamin K, calcium, fiber and iron.  Kale actually provides more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables.  These should be the base of your green smoothies.

Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Cranberries) – full of fiber and vitamin C, these antioxidant powerhouses are a sweet addition to your smoothie.

Pomegranate – high in antioxidants and antiviral properties, pomegranates are great sources of vitamins A, C, E and folic acid.

Greek Yogurt – creamier and thicker than other yogurts, Greek yogurt is protein and probiotic packed.

Turmeric – a plant powder long used as medicine to naturally fight inflammation and bowel issues.

Ginger – an all natural remedy, ginger not only adds a sweet taste but helps fight inflammation and upset stomach.

Cinnamon – this well known spice offers anti-inflammatory properties, is full of antioxidants, may help reduce the risk of heart disease and also helps lower blood sugar levels.

Chia, Flax and Hemp seed – not only do these seeds have loads of magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium, they also supply essential fatty acids.

Healthy 4th of July Vegetable Tray

7 Jul
Flag Vegetable Tray
American Flag Vegetable Tray
1 Large Cookie Sheet
Square Container for Dip – I used a sandwich container similar to this.
Small Star Fondant Cutter
3 Cucumbers
10-15 Radishes
Grape Tomatoes
2 Red Peppers
Dill Dip Ingredients
1/2 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
8 oz. Light Cream Cheese
1 tablespoon Fresh Dill, minced
2 tablespoon Fresh Parsley, minced
1 tablespoon Dried Minced Onion
1 teaspoon Salt
6-10 drops of Blue Food Coloring
Slice the vegetables and line them up on the cookie sheet in rows of white and red.
Mix all ingredients of the dip together in a bowl. Gradually add a few drops of the food coloring until you get the desired blue.
Add the dip to a square container and place in the top left side of the cookie sheet. Thinly slice a radish and cut stars then place in rows on the dip.