Chocolate, Berries + Super Greens Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-free, Kid-friendly)

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If you’ve ever had chocolate dipped strawberries, you already know what a perfect pair berries and chocolate are.  

For some reason, up until this point, it had never crossed my mind to mix the two together.  I am SO glad I did though, because this smoothie is. the. bomb. 

I'm sure you already know I'm obsessed with chocolate. Cacao powder is my favorite way to add that delicious chocolatey flavor in my diet without all the bad stuff that comes with regular, store bought chocolate.  So chocolate and berries it is for me! Mix in some other goodies and organic greens superfood and you’ve got your perfect breakfast, really!

This smoothie was a huge hit with the kids, even though the color isn’t exactly bright and shiny. 

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Heres how I made it. 

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Ingredients: 

Method: 

  1. Blend all ingredients together in high-power blender until smoothe.
     
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-Ashley  

Superhero Strength Green Smoothie (Kid-friendly)

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This smoothie is so packed full of delicious nourishing ingredients, that you and your kids will both feel like you have super-hero powers after drinking it down! Or if you’re like me, and have been eating junk while traveling for the past week or so, it will give you a quick jump start to detox your body of all the toxins.

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It has all you need, really! Lots of fresh greens, healthy fruits + healthy fats from the avocado, what more could you need to start your day?

Did you know mangos are packed FULL of antioxidants and are known for promoting healthy skin and digestion?? Their high antioxidant content has been known to prevent cancer and they also contain many trace minerals that are lacking in the average American diet like potassium, magnesium and copper.  

Who knew something so deliciously sweet could be so healthy?

Ingredents: 

3/4 or 1 whole mango
2-3 stalks kale (stems removed)
handful spinach
1/2 avocado
1 + 1/2 banana
juice of 1 lemon
4 square inch pineapple cubes
3/4 cup coconut water
lots of ice 

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in high power blender until smoothe, add ice at the end until desired consistency is reached. 
  2. Tell your kids they aren’t allowed to have any! 

   

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Lemon Ginger Tonic for Flu Season

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With flu season in full swing, my whole family fighting a cold of some sort and Christmas travel plans looming in the near future, I decided it was time to break out my dear old friend, the Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Lemon Ginger Tonic. 

No, this is not a smoothie, but if you’re like me and love lemons and don’t mind a little kick, you could probably drink it down like it was one. 

Instead, I take one shot sized sip of it first thing every morning when I’m trying to be preventative against colds and viruses or when anyone in my house is sick.

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Inflammation in the body has been linked to so many diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, obesisty, Alzheimer’s, etc. It is also thought to be a pre-curser of sorts to premature aging.

Unfortunately, many people walk around in a chronic state of inflammation without even realizing it.  Here are a few reasons inflammation can develop.

  • Stress/anxiety
  • Lack of sleep
  • Diet lacking of good quality omega-3 fatty acids
  • Poor gut health
  • Diet high in processed grains and sugars
  • Environmental toxins
  • Free radical damage

Besides looking at this list and trying your best to eliminate as many factors as possible, there are some powerful anti-inflammatory foods that can significantly decrease inflammation in the body and help prevent and fight disease. 

Turmeric 

Turmeric is a bright orange spice known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral  and anti-cancer properties.  It is what gives curry its orange/yellow color.  

Basically, this spice wards of disease, you guys.  If you have never experimented with adding it to your diet, you need to ASAP. 

While Indian cultures have long revered this spice and used it to treat wounds, infections and cure other diseases, the western world is just beginning to acknowledge its powerful medicinal properties.  Several studies have shown its effectiveness against treating cancer. 

Ginger 

Ginger is another one of the most healthy spices in the world.  It also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant superpowers.  It has been used for medicinal uses for centuries to aid in digestion, treat nausea and fight off the Flu and common cold.

Raw Honey

Raw honey contains bee pollen, a super nutritious compound containing powerful antioxidant flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, and enzymes.  It has been known to fight seasonal allergies, help with a nagging cold or cough, and fight disease.  

Unlike store bought, commercial honey, which has been heavily processed, chemically refined and heated to a degree which renders vitamins, minerals and enzymes unusable, raw honey has all of those properties intact in an easily absorbable form. 

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Lemons 

Lemons are densely packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein.

Garlic  

Garlic has powerful medicinal properties as well, known for curing the common cold, aiding in digestion, fighting disease including cancer and heart disease (by lowering blood pressure.)  It is also another powerful antioxidant and is known for its antiviral properties.

Flax-seed Oil 

A healthy source of Omega-3 fatty acids.  These healthy fats helps the absorption and assimilation of all the other ingredients into the body, especially Turmeric. 

Black Pepper 

It is a well known fact that black pepper can increase the absorption and bioavailability of Turmeric into the body.

So now that you know the method behind the madness of why anyone would take a shot of this spicy and sweet concoction on a regular basis, here is how I make this little miracle working tonic. 

 

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Ingredients 

  1. 4-5 lemons  - juice and some of the pulp
  2. 4-5 fresh organic Turmeric roots, peeled  
  3. 3 garlic cloves
  4. 1/3 cup raw organic honey (or to your likeness of sweet)
  5. 1 large 1-2 to 1 inch cube ginger
  6. 1/3 cup flaxseed oil
  7. 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions 

Blend all ingredients in high power blender until smoothe.  Store in a container with a lid in the refrigerator for about 1- 1 1/2 weeks, take one or two shots daily to ward off illness.

Be warned, it is VERY spicy! I actually enjoy the flavor a lot but my husband and some other friends I have had try it have a hard time getting it down.  Add as much raw honey as your heart desires to make it palatable! 

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Citrus Mint Green Smoothie - Kid Friendly, Paleo, Vegan

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I am always on a mission to find ways of getting more greens into my own diet and my children’s.  So when I find a green smoothie that both kids and I LOVE and keep asking for more of, I take it as a indication that I should write this one down.

This smoothie is so refreshing, what a wonderful way to start your morning!  Not only is is packed with lots of Vitamin C and healthy greens, but it also has some healthy fats from the coconut milk to keep your tummy full and give your brain a little boost.

If you're kids are distrustful of green smoothies, this one should bring them over to the dark side (or should I say "green" side?)

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Here are a few green smoothie pointers for kids:

  • Make sure you add a lot of ice to make your green smoothie super cold
  • Make sure to blend the consistency very fine, no one likes a chunky feeling in their mouth when drinking a smoothie
  • Drink it in front of them and wait for them to ask you for some
  • NEVER tell them to drink it! Toddlers are tricky - if you tell them to do something, they think they should do the opposite
  • If all else fails, use the better eater to encourage the other smoothie skeptic ("Oh, look how strong S is getting drinking his smoothie!)
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Ingredients:
3 stalks kale stems removed
1 handful spinach
1/2 large orange (or one whole small) peel removed
2 dates soaked overnight
1 banana
juice of 1 large lemon + add generous portion of pulp too
1/2 inch cube ginger
2/3 can organic coconut milk - I use this brand
4-5 mint leaves
splash of OJ (optional)
lots of ice

Method:
Blend all ingredients in high power blender until smooth.

 

Purple Super-food Smoothie

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I'm wild about finding ways to add superfoods like kale and beets to my diet.  And when I find a way to sneak them into a drink that my kids will actually drink, I get really nerd-like excited.  

That's why today I am sharing with you a recent favorite of ours, the Purple Superfood Smoothie.

Most of you already know how much of a powerhouse of nutrition kale is.  It contains high amounts of vitamin A, C, K, Iron, Calcium, and other vital nutrients.  It's also good for your heart, is high in antioxidants, fiber and is very anti-inflammatory.

But are you aware of the crazy long list of health benefits of beets or beetroots?  Let me just name a few for you. (1)

  • Improve liver health and function - A healthy liver helps your body to naturally detox. 
  • Prevents against certain cancers - Studies have positively correlated beet consumption to protecting against skin, lung and colon cancers. 
  • Naturally high in folate -  This makes beets the perfect vegetable for pregnancy, as folate helps to develop a healthy spinal column.
  • High in vitamins A and C
  • Naturally high in Iron - Prevention of anemia. 
  • Boost energy
  • They are a natural Aphrodisiac -  High levels of boron are known to boost the production of sexual hormones (which can increase fertility, libido, sperm mobility)
  • High in Potassium- The potassium content of beets can prevent blood clots from forming, lower your blood pressure & ward off strokes.
  • Support detox - The betalin pigments in beets support the bodies detoxification process.
  • Decrease inflammation in the body
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Okay, okay.  You get the point, beets are an often neglected superhero of super-foods.  Bottom line here, find a way to eat more of these little guys.  Be warned though! They will stain everything in sight, including your ungloved hands and pretty white cutting board.   In my opinion, the benefits far outweigh the stains.

So here it is, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Ingredients:
2-3 dates soaked overnight
small handful of cashews soaked overnight
1 banana
2-3 stalks of kale
1 handful spinache
1/2 medium beet
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup nut milk
ice

Method:
Blend all ingredients together in high powered blender until smooth. 


 

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Resources:
1. <https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/beets.html>