Strawberry Pie Smoothie (Or Perhaps, Strawberry ‘Nog?)

I love happy accidents, especially when it comes to recipes. Your mistake is somehow transformed into creativity (or at least that’s how I chose to see it).
I had planned on having a cashew banana smoothie this morning with cinnamon and nutmeg (sort of like a frosty egg nog), so last night I went ahead and put my dry ingredients into the Vitamix. When I got up this morning, I realized the bananas sitting on my counter were still too green to use and I didn’t have any frozen.

I did find a bag of organic strawberries hiding in my freezer (under bags of frozen beans and veggies… I really need to organize my freezer, but it is a little like a treasure hunt in there!). I decided to just make a strawberry smoothie. I didn’t think about the fact that I had already put cinnamon and nutmeg into the blender. I poured the strawberries in and then thought, “Oh… this is going to taste weird.” Not wanting to waste anything, I just went ahead with it, and it turned out really yummy! It sort of reminds me of strawberry pie.

I threw in a little green (as I always do), but that’s completely optional. You should try it though; you don’t taste the spinach at all!

1 1/2 cups almond milk
3 deglet noor dates, pitted
10-12 whole frozen strawberries (if you use fresh berries, toss in a cup of ice cubes)
1/4 cup cashews
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 big handful of spinach

Blend everything on high until creamy and enjoy!


Carrot Apple Coconut Juice

I’ve been reading a lot about coconut oil lately and it’s amazing how much good it can do for your body! It’s being classified as a superfood, with benefits including weight loss, better brain function, and increased energy and metabolism. It’s antiviral, antifunctal, and antibacterial. It can help reduce seizures in epileptic children, improve blood cholesterol, lower your risk of heart disease, act as a sunscreen, kill yeast infections, reduce the symptoms of AIDS, increase brain function in Alzheimer’s patience… the list of benefits goes on!

I’ve decided to start incorporating at least 1 tablespoon into my diet each day. You can add coconut oil to practically anything, in addition to cooking and baking with it. Most references suggest buying organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil for consumption. It may add a very slight coconut taste, depending on the amount you use and what you’re putting it in, but I consider that a plus! I added it to this juice recipe and loved that little hint of coconut flavor.

carrot apple coconut juice

This makes about 2 8oz servings if you use the blender method.

2 medium-large sized fuji apples (or your fav apple), roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped into quarters
1 teaspoon organic virgin coconut oil

I don’t have a juicer, so I just use my Vitamix and a nut milk bag for straining. If you have a juice, run the apples and carrots through and then serve warm with the coconut oil melted into the juice.

If you have a high-speed blender, throw in the carrots, apples, and 1/2 cup water and blend on high for about 30 seconds. Strain through a nut milk bag and if the juice isn’t already warm enough from the blender, microwave it for about 30 seconds and then stir in the coconut oil.

And don’t be afraid to toss some greens in there while you blend. 🙂

Health and happiness to you in 2014!

Creamy Vanilla Cashew Shake

This shake is simply heaven! The cashews make it creamy while the frozen bananas act like ice cream to thicken. The dates give just the right amount of sweetness, and of course, I love cinnamon in everything. Add a pinch of nutmeg to make this eggnog-esque!

If you don’t have a high-speed blender, make sure to soak the dates and cashews in warm water for a few hours or overnight before blending.

Serves 1

1/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
a handful of ice
1 frozen banana
a splash of vanilla (maybe 1/2 teaspoon?)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 medjool dates (if you use the smaller deglet noor dates, I’d use 6)

Put everything into a high-speed blender and blend on high until creamy (about 30 seconds).

cashew shake