Hello 2017!!!

2016 brought many changes for our family.  The Papa opened a new practice at the same time my sewing business took off.  I ended up having to step in and take on a bigger role in the practice than anticipated, so needless to say we were BUSIER than ever.  The Mama wasn’t “at home” anymore, and this required much adjustment on many different levels for everyone in our family.  One of the biggest areas that suffered was our healthy lifestyle, both with exercise and eating.  It became easier and easier to brush off exercising and homemade food in exchange for quicker, easier options.  I can honestly say that I firsthand have a brand new appreciation for working mamas.  That is not to say that being “at home” isn’t hard work; it is!  But trying to maintain that same level of everything that I had while at home while also working outside of the home on a daily basis was a brand new challenge for me.  I have given myself 6 months to transition, but now it is time to get down to business!  I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions being a requirement in one’s life.  I believe that any time is a great time to make a decision to change.  BUT, the new calendar year brought a perfect opportunity to give me the push I needed to buckle down.  I have a renewed desire to feed my family healthy, homemade snacks and meals.  It is just going to require a stronger desire, incredible organization and forethought and planning.  I know that I am capable of all of these things, and I am excited to see what this year brings for our family.  Let’s start the year off with this delicious smoothie we had this morning for breakfast.  I did not have all the ingredients, so it was modified.  I will post the original recipe below, along with my changes.  ENJOY and make it a great 2017!!!

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Blueberry Blast Smoothie (Whole Food Energy by Elise Museles)

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates*
  • 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds**
  • pinch of sea salt

*I used 2 Tbsp. raisins instead  **I used 2 Tbsp. Tahini  ***I also added 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter and some crushed ice

Add ingredients to high powered blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.  This smoothie has a strong lemon flavor, and also a nutty flavor the way I made it.  It was delicious and very filling.

We enjoyed this before and after a family run.  We are embarking on a mostly whole foods diet this month.  Check back often for recipes and ideas.  Happy New Year!

Gluten Free: A Day of Whole Foods

I will show you how easy it is to eat a day of unprocessed, whole foods.  Today was vegetarian, gluten free and minimal dairy.  It involved minimal prep and very little time in the kitchen cooking.  I feel great and completely satisfied after eating this today.  I will probably top off the evening with a cup or two of caffeine free herbal tea.

Breakfast:

  • coffee with 1 tsp. sugar and half & half
  • huge green smoothie (1/2 bag spinach, 1/2 bag frozen blueberries, 1/8 cup hemp seeds & water)

Snack:

  • peach

Lunch:

  • salad (romaine, cucumber, carrots, red peppers, raw pecans, dried cranberries, artichokes) with balsamic vinagrette dressing

Snack:

  • raw carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, celery & raw almond butter

Dinner:

  • onion, mushroom, green beans sauteed in ghee & Braggs liquid aminos with 3 scrambled eggs topped with tomatoes
Gluten-Free Vegetarian Dinner

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Dinner

Fruit Spotlight: Raw Green Smoothies

There are so many wonderful green smoothie ides and recipes out there.  It’s almost seemingly pointless to write another green smoothie post.  That won’t stop me though!  My life is busy and chaotic, and those things do not always make healthy eating easy.  I have many wonderful recipes for tasty, but more importantly VERY EASY, green smoothies.  Smoothies, especially raw green ones, are a great way to get massive doses of fruit and leafy green veggies into your diet.   Now, I love them, but if you are used to a lot of sugar in your diet they might not taste AWESOME to you!  Cut out most of the processed sugar in your diet and your taste buds will come alive! I really try hard to make a blender full of this goodness most days.  You can chug it all down in the morning, or you can drink it throughout the day.  My two go-to recipes are below for you to enjoy!  You will definitely need a Vitamix or other high-powered blender to achieve the smooth consistency of the drink.

BSB Green Smoothie

BSB Green Smoothie 

BSB (Banana Spinach Blueberry) Green Smoothie

Ingredients (for 2 large servings):

  • about 5-6 oz. of spinach (about 1 full bag, it should fill half the blender, pressed down)
  • 1 banana
  • 10 oz. frozen blueberries (1 bag)
  • water (to fill the blender halfway, or as much to reach desired consistency)

Put ingredients into blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.

KHM Green Smoothie

KHM Green Smoothie

KHM (Kale Hemp Mango) Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • about 5-6 oz. of kale (about 1 full bag, it should fill half the blender, pressed down)
  • 1/4 Cup hemp seeds
  • 5-10 oz. frozen mango (1/2 – 1 bag, depending on how think you like the smoothie)
  • water (to fill the blender halfway, or as much to reach desired consistency)

Put ingredients into blender in the order listed and blend until smooth.

KHM Green Smoothie

KHM Green Smoothie

Recipe: Hasty Hemp Drink

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Hasty Hemp Drink

Hemp is one of nature’s most amazing foods.  It is a complete protein high in omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.  This drink is so smooth, with a consistency almost of water, that I cannot call it a smoothie.  My girls and I enjoyed this after our morning bike ride today, and it was delicious, nutritious, and quenched our thirst.  It made one large serving.  I enjoyed the glass you see above, and my daughters each drank a smaller glass.

Hasty Hemp Drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt (unsweetened preferred, if not then vanilla or plain)
  • 1/8 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 handful of dark leafy greens (I used an organic kale blend)
  • 1 tbsp. honey (optional)

Blend all ingredients in the Vitamix (or other high-powered blender) and enjoy!  You could substitute a dairy yogurt if that is your preference.

Note:  I cannot guarantee the smooth consistency if you use a standard blender.   You could also substitute dairy yogurt if that is your preference.