BERRY BEETIFUL SMOOTHIE

Okay, I could not resist this pun! I recently made a delicious berry + beet juice and the inspiration was from a drink I grabbed from Whole Foods’ juice bar the other day. Beets help purify your liver and blood. And since I have been feeling a bit stagnant, I thought beets would be a good base for a detox juice. These ruby beauties contain vitamins A + C, B6, and folate, not to mention minerals such as potassium, magnesium, manganese and calcium.  Beets are high in sugar. One cup is about 9 grams of sugar, so use them in moderation. I only used a 1/4 cup of my beet juice blend for my smoothie and then diluted it with coconut water. The greens really help offset the sugar content.

And don’t forget to use the leaves of the beet root! I recently discovered that beet greens have more iron than spinach! So don’t discard the leaves when juicing! This beauty elixir was a labor of love since there is a two-step process. First, I made the beet juice and then I used some of it for my smoothie. Use organic when possible! I found the ginger and lemon or lime, help cut the earthy flavor of beets!

Beet Juice Ingredients + Instructions: (Juice these ingredients in a juicer)

2 organic beets, washed and cut into quarters

leaves of the beets

1 organic Granny Smith apple, quartered

1 organic cucumber, cut off ends

1 organic zucchini, cut off ends

1 head of organic romaine lettuce, washed + cut off ends  (I used the prepared one in the 3-pack)

1 organic lemon or lime

1-2  inches of fresh ginger

Pour into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid. (This helps keep it fresh, longer.)

Smoothie Ingredients:

1/4 cup of the homemade beet juice

1/4 cup coconut water (add more if needed to blend mixture)

1/2 cup organic blueberries

1/2 cup organic strawberries, cut off stems

1/2 frozen banana, cut into large chunks (omit if sugar is an issue)

**If your berries aren’t frozen, you may want to add a little ice for a nice smoothie consistency.

Blend until smooth, in a high-powered blender like a Blendtec.

I add a drop of doTERRA lime essential oil to my smoothie. It really adds a deeper citrus flavor and compliments the beet and ginger flavors!

Enjoy!

 

WATERMELON + LIME POPSICLES

Watermelon Popsickles

July is National Watermelon Month and I have been wanting to make these for a while, so this is an opportune time for a nice, juicy popsicle! I had a sweet, ripe watermelon and wanted to add a little zing to it, so I added a fresh lime. You could also add a couple drops of lime essential oil to really bring out the lime flavor!

Watermelon doesn’t just taste good, it also has some great health benefits! This delicious fruit contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. It’s about 92 percent water, so it is a great way to stay hydrated. Watermelon also contains Vitamins A, B6 and C, magnesium and potassium. The lime helps digestion, blood sugar levels, constipation and even heart disease!

This was an easy treat to make so you shouldn’t spend too much time in the kitchen. And it’s kid-approved so it makes a great healthful treat.

Ingredients:

4 cups of ripe watermelon

1 lime

Dash of sea salt

2 drops of lime essential oil (optional)

Preparation:

Add all of the ingredients into a blender and puree. Pour into the popsicle containers and freeze overnight. Enjoy this cool, refreshing treat the next day!

 

HOMEMADE ALMOND MYLK

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I’m always running out of almond milk! I have smoothies for breakfast almost every day. So, here is a quick and easy way to make your own!

Almond Mylk
1 cup filtered water
Handful of almonds (about 10)
Dash of Himalayan or sea salt
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of pure vanilla extract
Blend on high in a high-powered blender until smooth + creamy

I don’t sweeten mine, since I’m adding a frozen banana to my smoothie. If you want to sweeten this, add a little honey or a few chopped pitted dates. If the texture of the dates bother you, you can strain the mylk with a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

Enjoy!

SAVORY GUACAMOLE – GONE IN 5 MINUTES!

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This guacamole is probably one of my best snack recipes. So with Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, I thought I would share it with you! I made this dip last week for our marriage ministry and I kid you not, it was gone within five minutes! The balance of the sweet onion, minced fresh garlic, the hint of lime with a dash of cayenne… it was spot on with our Mexican fiesta. Ole! (I swear I just heard a Guitarrón in my head! 🙂

I wanted to keep this recipe clean and authentic, so this is quick and easy for you to create in your kitchen. I used my food processor, but you can totally do this without one. The texture will just be “chunkier”. I added pure doTERRA lime essential oil, at the end of the mixing, to add depth to the flavor. It really brings out that bite of lime that totally compliments this recipe. You can purchase the oil here.

Note: This recipe fed over 20 people (as a garnish/dip). Please use organic ingredients when available.

Ingredients:

3 Haas avocados, quartered

1/2 medium sweet onion, quartered

1 medium ripe tomato, quartered

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 lime, juiced

handful of fresh cilantro

Dash of cayenne pepper

1 drop pure lime essential oil

Preparation:

Add ingredients to the food processor in order listed (except for lime essential oil).

Pulse mixture until you reach the desired consistency.

Place in a glass bowl and add the essential oil. Stir with a wooden or stainless steel spoon. The essential oil can leach toxins from plastic containers or utensils and I avoid metal, so the avocado doesn’t brown.

Enjoy with a clean-eating salad or tortillas!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

 

 

 

 

CURRY AND COCONUT LENTIL SOUP

Coconut Curry Soup

The weather has not been cooperating to help Floridians get into festive spirits for fall. But I’m still going to start making soups! I made this one last week, when it was a little cooler. Okay, maybe only a few degrees cooler and less humidity. I love making soups. They are the epitome of comfort food and a great way to eat tons of vegetables for a meal. And my son devours them. Bonus point for momma!

Coconut and curry are one of my favorite combinations and I add a couple drops of lemongrass essential oil to give it a little zing! I always wanted to cook with lemongrass, but never had any on hand. Until I started using essential oils. Now I always have it on hand, so I can plan my meals without hunting down lemongrass in the grocery stores.

This dish is very filling, loaded with fiber and an array of nutrient-rich vegetables. You can serve this with a fresh loaf of bread, but we are gluten-free so we just eat the soup.

Ingredients:

1 package of dried lentil beans, rinsed

1 large Vidalia onion, chopped

1 head of cauliflower, chopped

1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces

4 carrots, peeled and diced

1 container of baby bella mushrooms, sliced

1 container of fresh baby spinach

2 large tomatoes, diced

1  13.5 oz. can of full fat coconut milk

6 cups of vegetable broth (1 more cup if you like a lot of broth)

1  6 oz. can of tomato paste

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbs. curry powder

1 Tbs. freshly grated ginger

1 Tbs. sea salt

2 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Preparation:

In a large pan on medium-high heat, saute the onions for a few minutes. Then add the carrots and sweet potatoes and cook for about five minutes.

Next, stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for about two minutes.

Add the coconut milk, vegetable broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, curry powder and sea salt. Mix ingredients well, then add lentil beans.

Then add the cauliflower and add 1 more cup of vegetable broth if you like your soup to have more broth. Bring to a bubbling boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.

Cook for about an hour. Stir in 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Make sure you measure the oil on a stainless steel spoon and then stir into soup. This avoids adding too much oil to the recipe.

This makes a huge pot of soup. About 8-10 servings. We had seconds and froze the rest for a cooler day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Pumpkin 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 protein shake. It’s quick, easy and packed with nutrition. I wanted to change-up my recipe since it’s fall, so I just had to add pumpkin! Pumpkin contains vitamin A, carotenoids, fiber, zinc and so much more. Plus it adds a rich, creamy taste to your smoothie.

Have a happy fall!!!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut milk (I used the canned, full-fat version)

1/2 cup pure pumpkin

2 drops pure cinnamon essential oil* (I only recommend 1 brand)

1 wooden toothpick tip, dipped in clove essential oil

1 scoop plant-based  protein

1 vanilla bean pod, (scrape the inside to get to the beans, don’t use the pod)

(you can substitute for 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, but this tastes better 🙂

1 Tbs. raw honey

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 small frozen banana

5-6 ice cubes

1/2 cup coconut water

Preparations:

Add ingredients in order listed. Blend on high until creamy consistency.

Note: Make sure when adding essential oils, you add the cinnamon by first dropping it into a spoon and then stir it in. Dip the wooden toothpick into the clove and then swirl it into the mix. This avoids adding too much oil to your recipe 🙂

VEGGIE + HUMMUS WRAP

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I was shopping at Bedner’s, my favorite green market store, the other day and got inspired to create a veggie sandwich I had on my honeymoon in Costa Rica. The sandwich was loaded with sweet, roasted veggies and topped off with melted cheese on fresh focaccia bread. This sandwich was so delicious, we stopped at Al Bacio on the way to the airport to enjoy it one last time.

As much as I would have loved to recreate the exact recipe; I had to find a healthier alternative for the bread and cheese. So, what better way to replace bread than with a green leafy veggie. I needed something to really bring the sandwich together, so I added my homemade hummus.

This sandwich was a labor of love. I roasted a large batch of veggies and whipped up a big bowl of hummus, so my husband and I can enjoy this sandwich several times this week! I didn’t have mushrooms at the time, but they were part of the recipe I wanted to create, so I included them in the ingredient list. I will have to make this again next week, just to savor the mushrooms. Let me know how much you enjoy this recipe too!

Ingredients:

2 red peppers, sliced
1 zucchini, halved and sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 ear of corn
2 large portabella mushrooms, sliced
6 carrots, halved and sliced
3 Tbs. Coconut oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Hummus (find recipe here)
Collard greens (6 large leaves), washed

Balsamic vinegar

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease two shallow baking pans with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.

Toss veggies (even the ear of corn) in a large bowl with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and salt and pepper to taste. (You may need to add a little more oil.)

Divide them between the two shallow baking pans. (If the pan is too deep, it will steam your veggies!!)

Roast veggies for 30 to 40 minutes. Check every ten minutes and stir the veggies around so they roast evenly.

Remove from oven and let cool. Cut corn off of the cob and mix in with veggies.

Place one collard leaf flat, with stem part of the leaf pointing away from you. Spread about 3 tablespoons of hummus on the center of the leaf. (Picture shown is the opposite way to place leaf down. I realized this after rolling my first wrap 🙂

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Add a generous amount of veggies on top of the hummus. It comes to about a 1/3 cup of veggies. Then lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar over the veggies.

Fold up the bottom of collard leaf and roll up to form a wrap.

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Enjoy your totally guilt-free, nutrient-packed meal!!!