Recipe: Smoothie Cubes

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Hi there Friends,
Here is my take on the Jamba Juice smoothie mixes you can buy in the frozen food isle of your local grocery store.
Step 1: Buy seasonal or on sale fruits
Step 2: Buy or make some plain yogurt
Step 3: Gather your desired ingredients (can be whatever was on sale or what you like)
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I choose to make two batches, here’s what I used

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Berry Batch                                                                                                                  Tropical Batch

– 1 small avocado (good fats & fiber)                                                                 – 1 small avocado (good fats)

– 1 tbsp. coconut oil (good fats)                                                                          – 1 tbsp. coconut oil (good fats)

– 1/4 cup hemp seed (extra protein)                                                                 – 1/4 cup hemp seed (extra protein)

– 1 cup plain yogurt (protein)                                                                              – 1 cup plain yogurt (protein)

– 2 cups mixed berries (frozen or fresh)                                                          – 2 cups mango (fresh or frozen)

– 2 cups organic strawberries (frozen or fresh)                                            – 2 pineapple (fresh or frozen)

– 1-2 bananas (for sweetness )                                                                             – 1-2 bananas (for sweetness)

Instructions:

Blend it up!

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Pour into ice trays. This amount will fill up two trays. Freeze until solid. To de-mold, run them under war water for 2 seconds and bag up.

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You can either bag them in serving size portions or place them all in one bag with a zip top or twisty tie to secure the opening.

When you are ready to enjoy them, pour desired amount in blender with 1-2 cups of liquid (can use milk, juice or even water, since you already have the creaminess in the banana and yogurt)

Or use this mixture in a popsicle mold, a kiddie favorite. Enjoy summer in a cup! What are some of your tips/ideas for summer drinks? Do share.

Recipe: Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Pie

Recipe: Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Pie

Here is a wonderful creamy dreamy alternative to using pumpkin in a pie. I came up with this idea when pumpkins were not available, but sweet potatoes and butternut squash were on sale. When I do see them on sale … Continue reading

Wrapping Up Week Two: 40 Day Green Juice Challenge

Wrapping Up Week Two: 40 Day Green Juice Challenge

WRAPPING UP WEEK TWO of the 40 Day Green Juice Challenge. Here is the summary of what went on. See below for a couple new juice combos. Sunday: I forgot to keep tabs. Monday: Water/tea: 6  cups       Juice: 8 cups      Exercise: … Continue reading

Wrapping Up Week One: 40 Day Green Juice Challenge

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Here I am WRAPPING UP WEEK ONE of the 40 Day Green Juice Challenge. So, I promised a quick summary of what’s been going down the hatch and other tidbits of interest.

Sunday:
Water/tea: 6 cups      Juice: 6 cups      Exercise: 10 minute walk      Cheat: 1 cup smoothie (all fruit/juice with a little yogurt added)

Comments: I was really hungry today. Even though I made it a point to eat light yesterday. I had a caffeine headache (I had been drinking caffeinated teas) and was tired.

Monday:
Water/tea: 6 cups       Juice: 4 cups      Exercise: 40 minute walk      Cheat: 1 cup homemade turkey broth

Comments: Again, I was super hungry with a worse headache. I napped when my toddler did (which I don’t normally do)

Tuesday:
Water/tea: 6 cups       Juice: 8 cups      Exercise: 15 minute walk       Cheat: 1 cup homemade turkey broth

Comments: Same as yesterday.

Wednesday:
Water/tea: 4 cups       Juice: 8 cups       Exercise: 60 minute walk      Cheat: NOTHING!

Comments: I felt a lot more energetic today.

Thursday:
Water/tea: 4 cups      Juice: 8 cups       Exercise: 10 minute walk       Cheat: 2 small slices of turkey

Comments: Same as yesterday.

Friday:
Water/tea: 7 cups      Juice: 8 cups        Exercise: 10 minute walk      Cheat: 3 slices of chicken breast (home cooked)

Comments: Same as yesterday.

Saturday:
Water/tea: 4 cups      Juice: 6 cups        Exercise: 3 hour walk           Cheat: Bean burrito, 2 cookies (both homemade)

Comments: I kind of had a feeling I would need to eat a bit more today. We had a family outing to LEGOLAND and I had to walk around all day.

Total Tallys:

Money spent: $40.00 spent on veg & fruit ($25.00 organic kale, $5.00 cucumbers & lemons, $11.00 fruit)
Total Water/tea consumed: 37 cups/ 296 oz.          Total Juice consumed: 80 cups/640 oz.       Exercise: 315 mins./5 hrs 15 mins.                               Weight Loss/Gain: -4 lbs.

Other comments:
I started the day drinking 2 cups of warm lemon water as per Allison’s suggestion. The only organic produce I used was the greens. All the other items were regular produce that I washed and peeled. I did nap or rest most days, though I feel next week I will be able to go without one. I had hoped I’d be able to exercise this week, but other than walking the kids to the park, I couldn’t really muster the energy. I would suggest to anyone doing a juice fast is to start on a long weekend when you can get extra rest and be hungry/grumpy by yourself. I think if I could’ve rested more and was not at home chasing two kiddies, doing the meals, plus weekly baking of granola, cookies & muffins, I would not have needed to eat a little. I was really hungry and really low on energy and since I still needed to function around the house, I went ahead and had a few little cheats and continued on my juice fast. Ideally, I would have liked to avoid cheating entirely, but I really felt I needed to in order to keep up. All that to say, I hope my body will have adjusted better by next week. It’s been really difficult to be around food this week and I have missed the act of eating. I made all my juice at one time and froze it, because there was no way I would have time juice and clean the juicer everyday. The only thing I didn’t think of was to vary the recipe. I pretty much had the SAME juice everyday. Way boring, and I drank it out of hunger, instead of enjoying it. So next week I shall be drinking different juice mixes. I also came across another blogger’s suggestion, to have your ‘green’ juice first and finish with a sweeter ‘dessert’ type juice after. That way you look forward to something later. What a great idea! I will be having my green juice in the morning and my sweeter juice in the early evening. I will be sharing some of the juice combos I will be enjoying this week, so check back often. (Psst, some of  them do not require a juicer) Anyhoooo, that’s a wrap for this first week of the 40 Day Green Juice Challenge. Won’t you follow along for next week?

Our Summer Sand Pail List

Our Summer Sand Pail List

Hey there friends, Do you need a little inspiration to kick off the summertime fun? Here is OUR SUMMER PAIL LIST I put together for my guys, we’ll see how far we get. Maybe you’ll see something that sparks your imagination, … Continue reading

Recipe: Homemade Granola

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Original recipe from beautythatmovesblog
Makes approx. 14-15 cups of delicious goodness.
Here is a wonderful granola recipe I adapted. I usually make a huge batch of granola every other week to feed the masses in my family, but feel free to cut the recipe in half to better suit your needs.

Homemade Granola
9 cups organic oats (I used old fashioned oats)
1 1/2 cups organic flax meal (I just crack the flax seed in the coffee grinder)
1 1/2 cups organic wheat germ
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. sea salt (optional)
4 tsp. vanilla (optional)

1 cup melted coconut oil (Can also use butter or oil)
1 1/2 cups maple syrup (More often I use 1 cup of organic sugar melted in the oil)

1 cup of nuts or seeds of your choice (Chop into small pieces if needed)
1 cup of raisins or dried fruit (Cut into small pieces if needed)
1/2 cup of raw hemp seeds or coconut flakes (optional)

Step 1:Preheat oven to 250 degrees
Step 2:Combine a the first set of ingredients.
Step 3: Melt the coconut oil or butter (with sugar if using) mix in the maple syrup.
Step 4: Pour the oil over the dry ingredients and mix with your hands to coat everything evenly.
Step 5: Place in the middle of the oven and bake until golden brown, stir often. Keep an eye on your granola so that it doesn’t burn.
Step 6: When cooled completely (important, or it won’t be crunchy), transfer to an airtight container and add nuts and dried fruit. Stir to combine.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Tip: If your granola gets a little stale, pop it in the oven for a re-toasting and reduce your recipe next time.

40 Day Green Juice Challenge

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Hello there Lovely People,

A couple of weeks ago a post popped up in my email box from Allison at Mamasweeds blog announcing her husband taking part in a “Biggest Loser” challenge that his company is doing http://mamasweeds.com/2013/05/07/zaks-juice-fast-update-two-weeks-in/. She also reminded me of the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross. The film is about this man’s journey to lose weight, change his lifestyle and to get off of medication. You can read more about Joe Cross on his website: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/ And right now you can view the “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” documentary for free on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpLQwWKb3l8

I had watched this documentary a year or two ago and greatly enjoyed it. Hubbs got me a juicer, I visited a local organic farm to buy day old organic produce at 50% off and began my foray into the land of green juice. It’s been an interesting ride! Green juice takes getting use to, no question about that. I’ve tried some pretty awful tasting concoctions. I have also tried some pretty great ones as well. There comes a time where you find yourself actually enjoying your cold green juice.

Tip: Start with very mild tasting greens and veggies. Say spinach and cucumber, add an apple and a squeeze of lemon. Anyone can handle this mix first time around. Set yourself up for success and don’t get freaked out when you try a nasty combo. Make a note to self and try again.

All this to say is, I am going to begin my own 40 Day Green Juice Challenge! It will run from May 12-June 20, 2013. I will spare everyone the daily updates and rather do a short summary of: 1. Juice consumed 2. Water/herbal tea (no sweetener) 3. Exercise (time and activity) 4. Weight (gain/loss) on Sundays until the Challenge is complete. I will also let you know the cost of juice items.

I won’t get into all the great reasons to juice, exercise, lose weight for health during this 40 Day Green Juice Challenge. However with just a couple clicks of your mouse you will very easily find some excellent information on the web. I will leave you with a couple juice and smoothie combos to get your feet wet with.

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Recipe Idea: Orange & Carrot juice with frozen mango smoothie. Keep a stash of these babies in plastic Ball jars in the freezer for a quick on the go snack.

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Recipe Idea: Spinach Banana Mango Blueberry Smoothie. Garnish with fresh or frozen blueberries.

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Recipe Idea: Organic Beet & Orange Juice. Make friends with a local organic farmer to get some awesome fresh produce.

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Recipe Idea: Green Juice with Banana, Yogurt & half an Avocado. It’s a meal to go!

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Recipe Idea: Yogurt, Raw Hemp Seeds, Pineapple & Banana Smoothie. Look out for more and more stores carrying healthy and organic options! I found the raw hemp seeds at Costco peeps. Uh-maz-ing!

Hope this post inspires you to take a baby step towards becoming just a little bit healthier this year. I have been watching the Biggest Loser on Hulu for inspiration. Are you doing something awesome for your health? Do tell!

Disclaimer: I am no dietician or health guru. So please check with your doctor, etc. before taking part in a juice fast.

DIY Tutorial: Mercury Glass Bottom Hurricane Candleholder

DIY Tutorial: Mercury Glass Bottom Hurricane Candleholder

Here is a fun little décor project, Mercury Glass meets Hurricane Candleholder Materials needed for this project:           – Glass taper candleholders ($1.00 from Dollar Tree) – Glass pillar candleholders ($1-$1.50 from Dollar Tree (sm. ones) and Walmart (lg. … Continue reading