SUMMER ZUCCHINI PESTO

SUMMER ZUCCHINI PESTO

Summer is officially here! With the heat and humidity in sunny Florida, I prefer lighter meals. This time of year makes it easier to detox and eat more healthful, since the weather curbs our appetite from heavier foods. Our family … Continue reading

CHEWY GRANOLA BARS – CLEAN EATING STYLE!

CHEWY GRANOLA BARS – CLEAN EATING STYLE!

I don’t keep processed snacks in the house because they have NO nutritional value and they are quite addicting and toxic. Excitotoxins, food dyes, corn syrup and a myriad of other things are often added to packaged snacks. These ingredients … 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

BANANA CHERRY WITH A BING! ICE CREAM

BANANA CHERRY WITH A BING! ICE CREAM

Our family loves ice cream. It’s a food we crave, but we don’t keep it in the house for fear of a late night binge. How often do you walk down the ice cream aisle and think, “How about a … Continue reading

Harvest Apple Butter

Harvest Apple Butter

Every year in the fall, my heart pines for the crisp cool breeze, the beautiful and vibrant colors of fall leaves, and the smell of sweet cinnamon spiced comfort foods. Since I live in South Florida, for now I can only get the comfort foods. So to celebrate our version of fall, my son and I whipped up some delicious, clean-eating harvest apple butter! We had so much fun mixing up the ingredients and savored the fragrant smell of apples and cinnamon in the air. So we hope this brings a little genuine “fall” into your home.

Harvest Apple Butter

6 organic honey crisp or gala apples

2 organic Bartlett pears

1/2 cup of filtered water

1 Tbs. of pure maple syrup

1 Tbs. of coconut butter (also called manna)

1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of freshly grated ginger

Preparation:

Peel, core and cut the apples into small chunks. Peel and cut the pears into small chunks. Add fruit, water, cinnamon, and ginger to a medium sauce pan and cook on medium-high heat for about 1 hour. Stir mixture several times during this simmer process so it won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Add syrup and coconut butter, mix well and let cook another 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat and mash up the fruit with a wooden spoon. If you desire a smoother consistency, you can blend in a food processor or blender. We preferred our recipe chunky.

You can eat this like apple sauce (like we did), or use it on pancakes or waffles for a clean-eating meal, with yogurt or even some homemade ice cream. Oh it really is so yummy!

Bon appetite!

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“Momma can I have more smoothie, please?”

 

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“Momma can I have more smoothie, please?”, my sonย  asked eagerly, holding up his empty cup. Oh how I love to hear those words when I make him something healthy. I refilled his cup with a smile on my face and topped it off with three strawberries on the side of his cup.

Spring is officially here in South Florida. It was in the mid-80’s as we ventured out to the park today with some friends. The hot sun and touch of humidity left us hot, tired and thirsty. One of my favorite ways to cool off besides jumping in the ocean, is with a cool and refreshing smoothie. We just picked up fresh strawberries from Bedner’s market the other day so I had to incorporate them into my recipe.

Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and they help regulate blood sugar levels. I added some pineapple and coconut butter to give the smoothie a tropical zing. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme which aids in digestion. They are also high in manganese, which helps develop strong bones and connective tissue. And the coconut butter, well I could do an entire post on the benefits of coconut butter. Coconut butter helps improve your skin, kills bacteria, improves the immune system, helps stimulate metabolism, and so much more.

So sip on this delicious guilt-free smoothie!!

Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients:

4 ounces of plant-based milk

1 frozen ripe banana

1/2 cup of fresh pineapple

1/2 cup of fresh strawberries

1 Tbs. of coconut butter (manna)

5 ice cubes (more if the banana isn’t frozen for a creamy consistency)

4 ounces of filtered water

Directions:

Add ingredients in a blender in the order listed above. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Bon appetite!

Do you have a favorite smoothie you would like to share with us? I would love to hear from you in the comment area ๐Ÿ™‚

Encouraging You!

Sonya

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!