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Summer Shakes

Woohoo!  Summer is finally here!  I can hardly contain my excitement.  Being new to the Syracuse area I keep hearing about countless fun family filled activities in beautiful Central New York.  

Summer means summer break, family vacations and trips, picnics and summer sports, and enjoying the good old outdoors.  It also means ice cream and other cold concoctions!  

Since my son and I have healed from our food sensitivities and other health issues and can tolerate refined sugar we partake in a little ice cream from time to time.  Eating in moderation has become a rule of thumb for us.  

We are label readers so we look for ice cream made with grass fed milk and as much pure ingredients as possible without the chemicals and preservatives.  This type of ice cream is hard to find but it is out there.

I haven't been a proponent for cold, icy shakes despite the health industry promoting shakes and smoothies.  In my opinion it's overkill.  If you feel cold most of the time or have kidney issues, having cold foods will make your symptoms worse.  This is really important.  If your body is already in a cold state, why would you put cold on top of cold?

There is a time to eat certain foods.  So eating a little ice cream during the hot summer months is alright to do.  But like I've mentioned before eating in moderation is key for us.  

I find ice cream to taste very sweet these days.  There are a few good alternatives to ice cream like blending up shakes, buying an ice cream machine to make homemade ice cream and freezing fruit popsicles.  These are super easy and fun to make for the family. 

When my son was in daycare his classmates got ice cream from the ice cream truck each afternoon.  At the time Constantine could not have refined sugar so I had to prepare something similar at home and bring it to him at his school.  This way I could control the ingredients that went into his daily snacks.

He always enjoyed these homemade treats.  He was happy and mama and daddy were delighted as well.  

Below you'll find four refreshing summer shakes to try.  Last summer I started doing what my mom does in her kitchen.  She likes to look inside her pantry and pull out things that she can utilize in her cooking, baking or what have you.  So these shake recipes are the result of that experiment.  My family and I thoroughly enjoyed these shakes last summer.  I highly recommend them on a hot summer day preferably during the middle of the day.

If your goal is to decrease your sugar intake these shakes can be a big help to you.  You will not only cut down on sugar but will still enjoy something cold, nutritious, and delicious.

There may be a few ingredients that are new to you. 

The first shake recipe uses lucuma.  Lucuma can be found in most health food stores as well as at online stores.  Lucuma fruit is also known as "The Gold of the Incas."  It is high in antioxidants, beta-carotene, and is an anti-inflammatory.  It has a natural, mild sweetness thus it's perfect to use in desserts and shakes.

For the second shake recipe I wanted to create a shake using quinoa flakes.  Quinoa contains the highest protein of all the grains so this is a really good one if you're looking for an added boost to your day.

Last summer we spent some time in Visalia, California and discovered a lovely stand that sold these addicting açai bowls and shakes.  We loved going every morning.  I asked the folks at Farm Fresh Bowls if they could make a shake specially for my son who at the time was dairy sensitive.  They were so kind to create a personalized shake for my boy.  

When we got back to the east coast I decided to make a similar shake which I am calling the Visalia shake after our trip to Visalia, California.  This recipe uses a dandelion leaf or two.  If you are unfamiliar with dandelion it can be found in your local grocery store or at the farmers' market.  Though dandelion is very bitter this shake is as sweet and delicious as can be.  Dandelion is in season so definitely add this to your diet as much as possible.  When you eat in season and locally, you get the most rich, nutrient dense produce available.  Nothing beats it!

The fourth shake recipe is a simple blend of raspberry, watermelon, Medjool date, and coconut products.  There's been some controversy about coconut lately in the media.  I occasionally use coconut oil in cooking.  Also, I will use coconut oil in baking desserts which is maybe once or twice a month.  Again the key is moderation.  My take on this subject is if you are allergic or sensitivity to coconut, don't consume it.  My ancestors had coconut in their diet from the beginning of their existence so in my book coconut is fine to eat especially for me and my family.  Know and listen to your body.  I look for non-GMO and organic coconut products.  

I really can't say which of the four is my favorite.  I like them all for the  summer months but I don't recommend them during the cold months.  Give them a try and let me know what you think, will you?   Remember to get organic and local produce as much as possible and have an awesome summer, everyone!


Lucuma Shake

Ingredients

1/2 cup filtered water

Splash of pineapple juice

Half frozen apple, half frozen peach with frozen cherries, blueberries, raspberries to total 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit

Half plum

1 tsp lucuma powder

1 tsp coconut oil

Handful of spinach

Dash cinnamon

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend.


Quinoa Fruit Shake

 Ingredients

1/4 cup canned coconut milk

Small handful of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries

Quarter peach

Half tbsp Coconut manna

Half tbsp Coconut oil

Half tbsp Quinoa flakes

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend.


Visalia Shake

Ingredients

Juice of half of an orange

1/4 rice milk, nondairy milk, or organic grass fed/raw milk

Dandelion leaf or two

3 handfuls frozen blueberries

3 to 5 pineapple chunks

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend.


Raspberry Watermelon Shake

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut water

1 Medjool date

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen watermelon

Half tbsp coconut oil

Half tbsp coconut manna

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend.

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There is a time to eat certain foods. So eating a little ice cream during the hot summer months is alright to do. But like I’ve mentioned before eating in moderation is key for us.

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The Kidneys

This past summer Constantine was in the kitchen with me just finishing up his breakfast shake.  Suddenly, he was bent over, gently bracing his mid section and grimaced, "Mama, my stomach hurts."  As I rushed over to comfort him, I was quite alarmed and wondered what could be causing this digestive issue.    Nothing he did or ate was out of the ordinary so I was really at a loss.

The next day I had an opportunity to ask my mentor about my son's condition.  She told me, "Give your little boy a hug!  Children shouldn't be having cold, icy shakes."  

I was really confused.  For the past two years having healthy shakes for breakfast was part of our morning routine.  If you have been following my blog, you know that we do morning shakes.  Even the health gurus have plastered it all over their books, magazines, and websites promising the long-term benefits of having a daily shake in the morning.  But here was my mentor telling me something completely different.

She explained that timing is everything.  As soon as you wake up whether first thing in the morning or from a nap the body is in a cold state and it takes time for the body to warm up and get to its normal temperature.  When we sleep our body temperature drops so putting cold on top of an already cold state actually hurts the kidneys.  The food we put into our body matters and having a cold, icy drink first thing in the morning negates living a healthy lifestyle and has consequential health problems especially for the kidneys.

I cannot stress the importance of kidney health.  Kidney health is associated with bone health so if your kidneys are deficient most likely you will see a deterioration in bone health and immunity.  If you have kidney disease, kidney stones, gallbladder stones or issues, as well as knee problems, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis, you should consider supporting your kidneys with the right foods.  

Foods That Support The Kidneys

For kidney support there are certain foods that help nourish the kidneys.  Warming foods like oatmeal, soups, and stews are fabulous for supporting the kidneys.  If you really need the support, I highly recommend oatmeal in the morning as well as miso soup and bean soups.  Beans like cannellini, black, and kidney are great for kidney health.  Just make sure to rinse them very well if you get canned beans. I prefer Eden brand because they've been around for a long time and their packaging is BPA-free.  

You should avoid foods that are salty and foods that cool you down or are cold, including cold drinks and ice cream.  I'm not saying to never eat ice cream (by all means ice cream is great in the summertime) but if you have a kidney problem, I would avoid ice cream until your kidneys have healed.  

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I believe that kidney disease and related problems can be reversed.  Knowing how to take care of the kidneys is essential to living a healthy, happy life.  If you are interested in how you can better support your kidneys with delicious recipes and medicinal herbs, I may be reached at info@elainejavier.com or here.  For those who join my 6 month program, I am giving a sample of my kidney tea as well as the other teas from my Health For The Holidays Tea Collection.  It's time to start supporting the kidneys and learn how to nourish them on a deep level.

She told me, ‘Give your little boy a hug! Children shouldn’t be having cold, icy shakes.’

Warm Shakes

The day after my mom's surgery I talked with her about my blog and told her that I was in need of new recipes.  I have for a long time admired my mom's quick thinking and wit.  Plus she has an excellent memory even though two surgeries ago her head and skull were cut open.  Amazing!

Food is one of my mom's loves and she has a knack for whipping up new dishes.   And so she came up with a shake recipe that is just right for the season.  I had to type it up on my phone to later try it out for myself.  And yes, it's pretty impressive!

This time last year I was on the Clean Program and had to drink shakes twice a day, one for breakfast and the other for dinner.  I have to say that it was a challenge because drinking cold shakes in the winter time was not fun.  Thank goodness for warm shakes!      

My mom's shake recipe uses sweet potato.  It's great because sometimes I don't want a  fruit shake and a change is welcome, right?  I really enjoy this shake because it reminds me of what's to come.  This is a shake that reminds me of fall and the coming holidays.  It's truly wonderful!

I'm also including a favorite warm shake that I like to call the Cinnamon Bun shake.  It's so simple and clean.  It is reminiscent of a lovely horchata drink, creamy and almost festive. 

So here are the Sweet Potato shake and the Cinnamon Bun shake.  Try them on a cold winter day.  Enjoy!


Sweet Potato Shake

 

Ingredients (Use organic ingredients when possible)

1 small sweet potato

Extra virgin olive oil for brushing the sweet potato

1/2 cup frozen watermelon

1 small apple cored and peeled

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup organic rice milk

1/2 tbsp maple syrup or to taste

 

Directions

Clean the sweet potato well.  Brush it with some extra virgin olive oil.  Bake it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Use the toothpick test to make sure it's ready.  As you let it cool off for a bit, add the rest of the ingredients into a blender.  Peel the skin off of the sweet potato and add it to the blender.  Blend and enjoy!  Makes one to two servings.


Cinnamon Bun Shake

 

Ingredients (Use organic ingredients when possible)

1 cup organic rice milk

Pinch Himalayan pink salt

A few dashes cinnamon

1 Medjool date, pitted and cut in small pieces

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions

Add the ingredients in a blender.  Blend and enjoy the creamy richness! Makes one serving.

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Thank goodness for warm shakes!

Piña Colada

Since it's becoming nippy outside I'm so motivated to cook and bake comfort foods.  Earlier this week I made clean chili mac and just the other day I cooked my mom's chicken adobo.  Both hit the spot.  

As I was cooking the adobo I noticed that I still had a good deal of pineapple juice in the refrigerator.  I decided to utilize it in a new shake creation.

And it came out perfect!  ¡Bellísimo!  

This shake is very easy to make and it has just a handful of ingredients.  I have to note that my shake has a very special, dear to my heart ingredient as it was handpicked from my maternal grandparents' backyard.  

Since retiring completely my mom and dad usually visit the Philippines every year.  At my maternal ancestral home there grows the langka (jackfruit) tree.  Luckily the fruit was ripe and ready to be picked when they were home last time.  Well, they brought it back with them and generously packed some for me.

I honestly did not know what to do with the jackfruit as it has been in my freezer for several months.  Somehow I remembered it and decided to add it to this new shake creation.  I fell in love with the flavors immediately.  It's got the right sweetness and texture.  

So here's my Piña Colada shake recipe.  We just discovered the Piñata apple at Whole Foods.  Try to find it as I think it's well suited in this recipe.  If it's not available, try Gala or Fuji.  

I like to have this shake in the morning, for snack, and even with my mom's chicken adobo.  Hers is a real treat so keep reading in the days ahead as I will post her special adobo soon!  You are going to love it.


Piña Colada

 

Ingredients (Use organic ingredients when possible)

1/4 cup organic rice milk or any dairy free milk

1/4 cup organic pineapple juice (I used Lakewood Organic)

3 pineapple chunks

1/4 cup frozen jackfruit (Native Forest sells organic young jackfruit in a can)

Half of an apple, cored and peeled (Use Piñata, Gala, or Fuji)

 

Directions

Add all ingredients in a blender and blend to a smoothie consistency.  There may be some tidbits of pineapple and apple so pulse for about 10 to 20 seconds.  Enjoy!  Makes one serving.

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I have to note that my shake has a very special, dear to my heart ingredient as it was handpicked from my maternal grandparents’ backyard.


  

Simple Shakes

As a kid I loved to open a large bamboo trunk that my mom bought in the Philippines which contained rows and rows of music treasures.  I'd peruse through my mom and dad's old records and play some old time favorites on their record player.  One of my favorite songs was "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra.  I adored his voice and the catchy tune.  From time to time I catch myself singing the song to my little boy.

Last week certainly felt like summer again in the Northeast.  Just as the temperatures were beginning to dip, we suddenly found ourselves enjoying 80 degree weather in early November.  So I thought it's time to make some nice cool and yummy shakes to accompany that nostalgic feeling of summer days.

I'm going back to keeping shakes simple.  Sometimes adding too many ingredients and add ons results in a confusing concoction of sorts.  Let's enjoy the richness and simplicity of the flavors instead.

This time I'm sharing two simple shakes that take just minutes to whip  up.  These have really become staples since we are savoring them practically every day.

The first one is called Peach Cherry Jubilee.  This one makes everyone in the house happy thus its name.  It's smooth and naturally sweet because of the dark cherries and apple.  If you have body aches or pain and are tempted to reach for the Advil, drink this shake instead.  Eating at least six cherries is the equivalent of one Advil and it really works wonders!

My second shake recipe is the refreshing Mango Pineapple Delight.  We love this one a lot, too.  My son can't get enough of it and he's so picky. This one is high in fiber content and the mix of flavors is oh so good!  I love the combination of mango, pineapple, kiwi, lime, and a little maple syrup.

Lately, we've been using organic rice milk as our milk base since it's the only milk my son can drink at the moment.  We're using Organic Rice Dream, the non-refrigerated carton.  Though I am really tempted to start making my own rice milk as these milk brands contain preservatives and are not entirely clean.  Many milk brands contain xanthum gum which may cause people to itch or have digestive issues.  We noticed Constantine scratching a lot but once we eliminated all food sources containing xanthum gum his skin started clearing up.  Also, beware of other gums like guar gum as some people could be sensitive.

As I approach my one year anniversary of eating clean I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences and some of our favorite recipes with you.  Thank you for reading and following along.  As the weather gets colder stay tuned for my post on warm shakes perfect for the upcoming holidays.


Peach Cherry Jubilee Shake

 

Ingredients (Use organic ingredients when possible.)

1 cup rice milk (we like Organic Rice Dream, unrefrigerated carton) or any milk you like preferably dairy free

1/2 cup frozen peaches

2/3 cup frozen dark cherries

Half of an apple (we like gala apples) cored, peeled or unpeeled

Few dashes of cinnamon or 1 tsp

 

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Enjoy!  A Blendtec or Vitamix blender works best.  Makes one to two servings.


Mango Pineapple Delight

 

Ingredients (Use organic ingredients when possible.)

1 cup rice milk or any milk you like preferably dairy free

1 cup frozen mango

6 frozen pineapple chunks

Half frozen kiwi

1 or 2 slices lime juice, about 1 to 2 tbsp

1 tbsp real maple syrup or to taste 

 

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  A Blendtec or Vitamix blender works best.  Makes one to two servings.

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I’m going back to keeping shakes simple.




Best Berry Shake Ever

My son has to be the pickiest eater that I know!  Even when my parents had him for two weeks at their home they were dumbfounded.  My mom is the best cook but she called me a number of times to let me know she was cooking up a storm doing her best to feed the boy but he would only take a couple of bites and be done with eating.  Between my husband and me, we have a hard time feeding him.  

But lo and behold I think that I've found his favorite shake thus far!  I'm calling it the Best Berry Shake Ever because all of us in the family are really enjoying it.  Yesterday morning I made three good size servings and my son practically drank most of it leaving very little for his mama and daddy.  As long as he's eating healthy this mama is happy.  

This shake is adapted from the Blender Girl's Antioxidant Avenger Smoothie.  But my version is completely clean which means it strictly follows Alejandro Junger's Clean Program protocol.  I have found that I feel my best when I adhere to it so I'm pretty much on a clean diet 24/7.  For anyone who is dealing with chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, fatigue, or other ailments, thousands of Dr. Junger's patients and readers have found that his program works for them including myself.  

While talking to my mom about how my son just loves this recipe, she offered a really good suggestion.  Instead of ice cubes, add in frozen watermelon cubes.  She's so right!  Watermelon is high in glutathione which is the body's most important antioxidant. 

This shake is fantastic to help prevent colds or even if you are already under the weather.  It really has it all - fiber, healthy fat, protein, glutathione, vitamins, and nutrients!  It's packed with lots of fiber from the berries.  The ginger and cinnamon help boost the immune system.  I add concentrated chlorophyll into the shake.  Chlorophyll feeds the good bacteria in the gut so you want more of the good than the bad.  And it's hydrating from the coconut water and watermelon.  If you are nursing a cold, I recommend using fresh fruits so that the shake is not too cold.  Enjoy!  


Best Berry Shake Ever

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup coconut water, add more if needed

2 cups organic frozen or fresh blackberries, blueberries, and  raspberries

1 organic frozen or fresh pear, cored and cubed

1/4 tsp ginger, minced

1/4 tsp cinnamon

12 - 18 drops of liquid chlorophyll (I use ChlorOxygen.)

2 handfuls of organic baby spinach (optional)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 - 1 cup frozen watermelon 

1 tbsp coconut manna

1 scoop hemp protein powder (I use Nutiva.)

 

Directions

Blend all ingredients preferably in a high performing blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix.  This shake serves two healthy glasses.

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This shake is fantastic to help prevent colds or even if you are already under the weather. It really has it all - fiber, healthy fat, protein, glutathione, vitamins, and nutrients!

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Berries

It's important to change up my shakes from time to time.  Not too long ago I gave my son his regular shake and to my dismay he didn't touch it.  Now, he is two years old and getting super picky these days.  (He always asks for milk, that's goat's milk, and raisins.)  So when he just wants to eat those two things, I throw my hands up in the air in frustration.  Oh!  What's a mama to do?

Luckily, I quickly figured out that he he's like his grandma.   He still enjoys shakes but he has to try new and different concoctions.

I was craving something different for breakfast this morning.  So I peeked in the refrigerator, the freezer, and the pantry, and I just took some items out.

I was in the mood for blueberries and blackberries.  I love them because they are full of wonderful nutrients and antioxidants.  So I came up with this berry coconut shake with some really good for you toppings.  I love it and hope you will too!

    


 

Crunchy Blueberry Blackberry Coconut Shake

 

Ingredients

3/4 cup coconut milk beverage, unsweetened

3/4 cup organic frozen blueberries

1/3 cup organic frozen blackberries

1/2 small banana

Dash of cinnamon

1 tsp coconut flakes, unsweetened

1  to 2 tsp flaxseed meal

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp coconut manna

3 ice cubes

 

Toppings (These add crunch to your shake so please don't omit.)

Toasted coconut chips lightly salted, to taste (I use Dang brand.)

Raw chocolate cacao nibs, to taste

A few organic blueberries (optional)

 

Directions

Add all of the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.  Pour it into a glass.  Then add your toppings.  You can also include a few pieces of fruit like blueberries.

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I was in the mood for blueberries and blackberries. I love them because they are full of wonderful nutrients and antioxidants.

Dates

Medjool dates are a godsend to many who strive to eat a clean diet and at the same time have a sweet tooth.  Since eating clean I still crave desserts big time!  I still love eating cookies, tarts, and cakes but the trick is to stay away from store bought sweets.  Even if the label says sugar free I don't trust it.  (That normally means that there are fake additives like Splenda which actually gives you sugar spikes.)  It's way better to make your own treats with the highest quality ingredients you can get your hands on.

One of the key ingredients to use in making sweet baked goods or sweet shakes is medjool dates.  Medjool dates are fabulous because they are more plump and taste better than regular dates plus they have a number of health benefits like much needed nutrients and fiber.

My family and I start our mornings with a delicious shake.  One of our favorites reminds me a lot of ube (pronounced oo-bay) which is a purple yam.  I like to call it the purple dinosaur because the color makes me think of Barney.

 

The Purple Dinosaur

Ingredients

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (I like Silk or Whole Foods brands)

1/4 cup coconut water

1 cup organic frozen blueberries

1 tbsp raw almonds

1 tbsp raw almond butter

1 tbsp coconut flakes

1 medjool date pitted (if you like your shake sweeter add 1 or 2 more medjool dates)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp organic coconut oil (optional)

 

Directions

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!

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You can also find medjool dates in your local grocery.  This brand contains the pit but it's easy to remove it.

Medjool dates are fabulous because they are more plump and taste better than regular dates plus they have a number of health benefits like much needed nutrients and fiber.

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Coconut

One of my son's favorite books is "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom".  It's a fun children's book about alphabet letters going up the coconut tree.

In today's post I highlight the coconut since it's become known as a superfood.  I practically use it every day in my cooking and in skincare.  It's become one of those items that I can't live without.  I've got a bottle in the kitchen and another one in the bathroom.  

For the past week, I've been serving my family a coconut milk shake with frozen peaches and raspberries.  It's been well received in my household thankfully.  My boy signals for more so I've been making two batches every morning.  Then he does a happy dance and keeps slurping away.

Here's my latest shake concoction called Lucky 7.  My son Constantine helps me make this.  It's great because we've made it into a numbers game.  I round up the fruits and all the other ingredients, count up to seven, and he drops the ingredient into the blender.  May it help power up your day as it does for us!  Have it in the morning for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with coconut chips.  Oh so addicting but so healthy for you!

 


Lucky 7 Shake

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (So Delicious brand, green label.  So it's easy to remember, 3 + 4 = 7)

3/4 organic banana or a small banana

7 frozen organic peach slices

7 frozen organic raspberries

7 ice cubes

7 raw almonds

1 to 2 tsp organic coconut oil (optional but recommended)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp pur vanilla extract

1 tbsp coconut nectar or to taste (optional)

1 tsp ground flaxseed meal

1 tsp protein powder

 

Directions

Blend the ingredients in a blender till you get the desired consistency.  If you don't want it too cold and thick, you can  add less ice cubes.  Also try 7 frozen organic strawberries to change up the recipe.  Enjoy!

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Have it in the morning for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with coconut chips. Oh so addicting but so healthy for you!

Ditch the Soda

As a child I spent a lot of time in my parents' beauty salon.  My mom used to work from 9 in the morning to 9 at night.  Being so busy with her business, she would skip breakfast and lunch.  When she needed some refreshment she would ask me to get her a can of Coke from the refrigerator.  I would count the number of cans she would drink.  The most was four a day.  

Years later my mom developed type 2 diabetes.  These days she takes her prescription medications and watches what she eats.  

I'm proposing that we stop the madness with sugar.  It's one of the most addictive sweeteners that's causing massive havoc with people's health these days.  Studies have shown over and over again that sugar is not good for us.  It causes unnecessary weight gain, dangerous sugar spikes, and diabetes to name just a few health concerns.

Let's ditch the soda, mass produced candies, sweets, and factory foods once and for all.  Let's try a beverage that still gives you the pep people look for.  Kombucha is the best drink to replace soda and even wine or champagne if you are looking to cut down on alcohol consumption.  Kombucha is a very good probiotic to help repair the gut.  A lot of people suffer from gastro problems.  This stuff can help prevent that.  Kombucha is a fermented tea that comes in an amazing assortment of flavors.  Personally I love Gingerade and Gingerberry by GT's Kombucha.  It's perfect anytime of the year especially that the weather is warming up.  If you don't know the story of how GT's Kombucha came about, you should read about it here.  GT's mom is a cancer survivor and credits her successful remission to drinking kombucha every day.  I love these kind of stories that give hope.

I recently introduced kombucha to my dad.  He's been a diet and regular Coke fan since he was a kid.  He can't help it.  He's loves sweets -- donuts, cookies, ice cream.  He first tried the Gingerade flavor but didn't like it too much.  It must not have been sweet enough for him.  But he tried the Gingerberry and loved it.  I think I've gotten him hooked!  Success, yes! 

I like to drink about a cup and a half every day; sometimes more if I'm feeling under the weather.  Kombucha needs to stay chilled or it will spoil.  Most grocery stores carry it.  Look at the chilled drinks section or even the organic section of your local grocer.  Kombucha is one of the best drinks you can feed your body so I would definitely stack up on them and get rid of the soda and other sugary drinks.

Here is a cranberry apple shake that uses a little bit of kombucha.  It's a nice change from other kinds of fruity shakes.  Try it and enjoy!  My little boy had one this morning and gave me a nice big smile.  :)

 


Cranberry Apple Shake

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup coconut water

1/4 cup frozen cranberries

A half of an organic apple peeled and cored (use a frozen apple half if you want your shake cold)

1/4 tsp organic pure vanilla extract

1 tsp organic cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut sugar

A splash or two of Gingerberry Kombucha or any flavor

4 ice cubes

1 to 2 tbsp organic apple butter (use more if you like sweet shakes)

2 tsp ground flaxseed meal

1 scoop protein powder

 

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Serve and enjoy!

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Good Morning Shakes

For a lot of people coffee gets their morning started.  I've never liked coffee.  I'm actually the only one in my family who is not a coffee drinker.

When I was three years old I had a traumatic experience with coffee.  It was a hot summer day and I was thirsty.  At the counter I reached for a white styrofoam cup assuming that it was a cup of Coca-Cola with ice.  It tipped toward me and all the hot liquid spilled onto my chest and soaked the front of my shirt.  I shrieked in pain and began to scratch.  The next thing I remember I was on a hospital bed being treated for second degree burns.  The scars lingered until I got to high school; they faded and finally disappeared, but the incident affected me for life.  I won't ever drink a cup of Joe.

Funny how these things happen.  Since everyone else had their coffee, I needed my own comforting, warming beverage.  That ended up being tea, good old healthy tea.  I'm still a tea drinker but I've found something even better to start my mornings.

Since going on the clean diet I've found numerous benefits in having a shake or smoothie every morning.  They are super healthy and fast to do.  Perfect for busy moms, dads, kids, just about everybody.  And they're filling and can last you to your next meal.  Shakes are easily digestible, nutrient packed, and delicious.  Shakes have become part of my daily routine.  My two year old son actually gets excited when he sees me making a shake.  (I've actually been serving him shakes for a while now and I think they have helped him.  We've been very blessed with a happy, healthy boy and I like to think that good diet plays a significant role.)  He loves to press the smoothie button of the Blendtec to blend the mixture all up.  Then he loves to prepare his sippy cup with a straw.  My boy gets a serving and a half.  When he's done with the first serving he gives me his cup and points for more.  I change up the recipes from time to time so we get some variation.  Shakes are great for children because you can add vegetables like spinach and superfoods and goodies like chia seeds, coconut manna, cinnamon, ground flaxseed meal, maca, and protein powder.

Here is our latest shake creation.  It's call the apple crisp shake.  Everybody loves a good apple crisp.  Well this is our version just in liquid form.  It's filled with yummy organic gala apples (always, always get organic when it comes to apples to avoid those nasty pesticides), super healthy raw walnuts, coconut manna, and cinnamon just to name a few.  We hope you like it!

Try the one shake a day habit.  You'll reap the health benefits quickly.  Make the switch from your regular cup of Joe to a good morning shake.  In no time you will see what I mean.

  


Apple Crisp Shake

Ingredients

1 organic apple cored and peeled (I like organic gala apples but you could use any variety)

1 organic pear cored and frozen (you could keep the peeling for added fiber and health benefits, or you could use another apple cored peeled and frozen)

1 cup organic almond milk (not all almond milks are created the same.  You want to avoid the ingredient carrageenan. Whole Foods brand is one of the best.  I also use Silk almond milk unsweetened original.  But it's best to make your own.)

2 tbsp coconut sugar or coconut nectar to taste

2 tsp ground flaxseed meal

2 tbsp raw walnuts

1 tbsp coconut manna (also called coconut butter)

Pinch of pink Himalayan salt

1 tsp organic cinnamon

Pinch of nutmeg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 scoop of protein powder (Sunwarrior Warrior Blend, Vega Performance Sport, Garden Life Raw Protein and Manitoba Harvest are among the best!)

 

Instructions

Blend all ingredients together preferably in a Blendtec or Vitamix until smooth.  Serve and enjoy!

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