PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

The pace is picking up in the Milu home for the holidays. School is in full swing, weekly co-op groups, family gatherings, fall cleaning in the house and getting ready for the holidays. My health saving meal is my morning … Continue reading

PECAN BANANA FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

PECAN BANANA FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

Once a month, we gather with some of our homeschooling families for poetry and tea time. Our friend Flo organized this event for our community. We love spending time together and watching our children interact and have fun. We also … Continue reading

Green Juicy Juice!

Detox is always the buzz word around this time of year. I have been craving lots of cool veggies with the warmer weather here in Florida. This morning I started my day off with a big glass of refreshing greens, sweetened with an apple and a hint of mint and ginger πŸ™‚ This creation is loaded with kale (an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and K, calcium, and many more), broccoli, spinach (move over Popeye!), and some other ingredients to give it a little zing! Put a little “pep” in your step with this delicious juicy juice!

Ingredients:

(use organic produce when possible)

2 leaves of kale (stems removed)Green Juicy Juice

1 cucumber (cut into 4 pieces)

handful of baby spinach

1 carrot (peeled and cut into 4 pieces)

1 apple, quartered (I prefer granny smith or gala)

1/4 inch sliver of fresh ginger

2 sprigs of fresh mint

2 sprigs of fresh parsley

Directions:

Fill blender with 4 ounces of filtered water. Add all ingredients. Add a handful of ice and a little more water. Blend until smooth. I use a Blendtec so I just press the “juice” button. Sip and enjoy!!!

Encouraging You!

Sonya

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Caramelized Banana French ToastGood morning and Merry CHRISTmas!!! My family would like to wish you a very blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy new year! I created a Christmas breakfast for my family and I wanted to share it with you! I adapted the idea from a recipe my friend Barbara and her husband Joel make for their family. This recipe is definitely something you eat only on special occasions. Although it is a clean eating version of comfort food, there are still high calories and sugar in this dish. May this be the beginning of many healthy recipes and salubrious tips I share with you and your family!

Honoring God in all that I do,

Sonya

Caramelized Banana French Toast

Filling:

3 bananas

1 Tbs. of organic butter

1/2 cup of yogurt cheese*

1 Tbs. of raw honey or coconut nectar

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Dash of cinnamon

French Toast:

6 slices of whole grain bread

3 organic free range eggs

1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Pure maple syrup

Directions:

Make the caramelized bananas first. Slice the bananas diagonally, heat up a pan on medium heat, add butter, bananas, cinnamon, then drizzle a little honey over them and brown on both sides. You will smell the wonderful sweetness of the fruit as they brown! While they are cooking, make your filling.

Mix yogurt cheese with honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Spread yogurt mixture on a slice of bread. Place a third of the bananas on the bread, spread more yogurt mixture on another slice of bread, then place that on top of the banana and bread to make a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining 4 slices of bread to make a total of 3 sandwiches.

Heat up pan on medium heat and add a little coconut oil to grease the pan. While pan is warming up, make your french toast mixture. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well with whisk or fork. Dip sandwiches in the batter and flip two times in the mixture so the bread soaks up the liquid. Brown on both sides.

Drizzle a little of pure maple syrup on top and serve.

Bon Apetite!

*Yogurt cheese is just yogurt strained in a fine mesh colander. I do it the night before so it becomes thick. Place a cheesecloth or even a plain paper towel in a fine mesh colander. Place the colander over a bowl. Add the yogurt and let it drain overnight in the refrigerator. It’s a great alternative to cream cheese! Less calories, lactose, and sodium, and more protein!

Your Go-To Breakfast

Are you pressed for time between the kids and your daily to-do list? With the holidays in full swing, moms often neglect eating a nutritious and filling breakfast. So try my go-to breakfast which is a high fiber, omega 3, warm your tummy kind of breakfast!steel cut oats

Banana Nut Steel Cut Oats

1 cup of steel cut oats

1 cup of water

1 cup of almond milk

1 banana

ΒΌ cup of chopped walnuts

2 Tbsp. of ground organic golden flax seed

2 Tbsp. of raw honey or maple syrup

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Β½ tsp. of cinnamon

Directions:

Combine oats, water and milk in a pot. Cover and bring to a gentle boil. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Mix in remaining ingredients and serve.

Makes 2-4 servings.

You can add other fruit such as strawberries or blueberries. Let me know if you try other ingredients. I would love to hear your comments!