Chocolate avocado smoothie

This is seriously so freaking good you would never know it was actually healthy. I had this for a desert last night. It tastes just like a real chocolate milkshake that I used to love so much as a child, without the nastiness of dairy and sugar. It’s a great way to use up a ripe avocado that will otherwise go bad. Avocados are a regular staple in my diet. I have one almost every day.

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Green nut milk

This pretty green nut milk was surprisingly sweet and tasty. It’s a great way to eat your greens! It’s also great on a cleanse. I had this for dessert and was very satisfied:)

Green Nut Milk

serves 2-3
1 2/3 cups water
1 cup cashews
2 soft pitted dates
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large handful of spinach
Put all ingredients in a blender and blitz until completely smooth

green nut  milk

Photo credit -www.yummly.com

My picture didn’t look so pretty so I used this one. The green milk looked exactly the same!

Pineapple kale smoothie

This is my all time favorite smoothie. I love the combination of flavors, especially the pineapple/mint. Kale is one of my top favorite foods ever. I eat it every day in one way or another. The benefits are endless.According to an article I just read on the healthy advocate.com, kale is anti-inflammatory, and inflammation is one of the strongest signs of physical and mental aging. When we consume anti-inflammatory foods, we boost our bodies defenses and quench the fire that contributes to the wear and tear of aging. Antioxidants are also abundant in kale, and these antioxidants go right away at attacking and defeating free radicals that can wreak havoc on the skin and other areas of the body.Vitamin A may help keep you attractive, as eating foods rich in this vitamin provides a slightly reddish-orangish hue to the skin. Researchers have found that individuals prefer other individuals who give off this color in the skin. Also, the high vitamin C content in kale may help protect against premature aging of the skin by protecting the skin from ultra violet light. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals produced from prolonged sun exposure.

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The healing power of juicing

I’ve been juicing a lot lately. I love juicing. The benefits are so amazing I can feel the difference right away. Think of juices as liquid vitamin supplements, only better tasting. They are concentrated nutrition, a delivery service that gets it there in half the time. Juices give the body a break from the process of digestion, making it great for cleansing. The nutrients are packed with antioxidants and essential amino acids that are rapidly assimilated. If there’s one thing that has the most positive and immediate impact on your health, it’s drinking organic, green juices daily. The big difference between the green juice and the green smoothie is the pulp, the fiber. Both are very healthy for you, but juicing is great for when the seasons change, or just giving ourselves a break from food.

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Pumpkin pie smoothie and Raw Pecan love pie

This is my favorite time of year here in Charlottesville. I love fall and all the delicious desserts that come along with it. I love pumpkin pie and pecan pie and warm apple pie. It’s just that I’m trying to watch what I eat and I don’t want to eat sugar and dairy and gluten. I like feeling like I had a nice dessert without all the guilt. I just created this pumpkin pie smoothie, which I kinda copied from Integral Yoga, but so what! Here it is….

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Brazil nut milk

I made brazil nut milk last night because I didn’t have any raw almonds, which are hard to find unless you order them online. I bought some raw brazil nuts from the bulk section of whole foods. This milk was so rich and creamy, it’s amazing! I use it on my cereal and in my coffee. I was drawn to the brazil nuts, weird, it was a very strong craving. I notice that about myself, when I’m  feeling connected and relaxed I am drawn to certain foods. My body communicates with me if I will only listen. Turns out brazil nuts are high in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid-soluble antioxidant. Antioxidants are essential when your immune system is down or if your just feeling blah. It is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes of mucous membranes and the skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Brazil nuts are also the highest in the natural mineral selenium. Here’s the simple recipe…

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Colleen’s Orange Julius

My sister Colleen was here visiting for Labor Day weekend and made me an Orange Julius
for dessert that was so delicious. It reminded me of the real orange julius we used to get from the mall that originally was loaded with fat, dairy and calories. It also tastes like a creamsicle. Here’s the recipe…

Servings: 1 person

  • One orange or tangelo
  • One cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (this works best but you can use unsweetened vanilla Almond milk or any other nut milk)
  • One teaspoon of vanilla
  • Half a packet of Stevia
  • Two ice cubes

Blend and enjoy your own Orange Julius.