I am a huge smoothie lover. I have been making smoothies of various types, especially green smoothies, for years and have lots of recipes but I am always on the lookout for new ones. They are a great way to get kids on board with “drinking their veggies” because you can hide the offending plant based foods inside a smoothie with fruit and other ingredients that disguise them. And it’s not just veggies, you can also add nuts, seeds, probiotics, fish oils, you name it. They can be a powerhouse of nutrition and they taste good. What more could you ask for?
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List of books you get in this bundle:
1. Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook
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3. Holistic In The City 21 Day Smoothie Guide
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5. 40 Days of Green Smoothies
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Sorbet is not to be confused with ice cream or even sherbert. Sorbet is basically fruit and sugar blended into a delicious treat. Growing up sorbet was always my favorite because I would get stomach aches from ice cream and sherberts (which have milk and cream). There are numerous reasons to fall in love with sorbet his summer:
- It’s cool and refreshing!
- Its can be very healthy and full of antioxidants and minerals (from the fruit)
- It is vegetarian and vegan friendly
- It is easy to make at home with nought but a blender
- Many varieties have no added sugar, colorings, or additives
- Tastes like you are taking a bite out of summer
- You can try lots of groovy new flavors
It is no wonder then that I think the idea behind Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet is so awesome. They have taken the concept and of sorbet and reimagined it and made a bounty of amazing flavor profiles. Just imagine:
- Tart and Juicy Lemon with Candied Zest
- Organic Peanut Banana with Chocolate Fudge
- Juicy Orange Passionfruit with Lychees
- Pistachio and Sea Salted Caramel
- Raspberry with Dark Chocolate
- Creamy Coconut Chai
Good heavens! This is not your mom’s sorbet.
These sorbets come from a company created by mom who wanted healthy food for her kids and a chef who embraces the farm to table concept. They specialize in fruit and nut sorbets of a quality and variety unlike any other. They emphasize whole ingredients, using only fruits at their seasonal peak, and nuts and herbs fresh from the farm. Their premium nut flavors are so creamy you’ll never believe they left out the cream.
What I love about these sorbets is the dedication to real, whole, sustainable, and local ingredients to make an already healthy summer treat an even healthier one AND a planet friendly one. I love that it takes an old classic and recreates it into something artisan and modern. The foodie in me really appreciates the bold and unique flavors that I cannot get elsewhere.
I like that they are dairy free and plant based because although I have no issue with an omnivorous diet I do see the benefit of plant based options and I still have tummy issues from milk and cream so yay for me! I was also hooked on the company after taking a gander at their website and seeing a photo of their pint containers being reused/recycled for plants and herbs. Now that is a company after my own heart!
To learn more check out their website and find their locations and follow them on Facebook. Celebrate summer with some cool summer treats that are sure to amaze your palate.
This time of year everything is orange and black. Pinterest is loaded with images of cupcakes, cookies, and sweets galore with orange and black icing and sprinkles. Thank goodness my kids don’t frequent pinterest or I would pulling my hair out with requests for all these items. As it is I avoid taking them to the store this time of year because I don’t want requests for all the candy on the shelves. But because I know they will get candy at school, at parties, and while trick or treating I just plan ahead and amp up the nutrients and healthy foods during and after this sugary season. See my post on Staying Healthy and Boosting Immunity AFTER Halloween.
This year part of those efforts will be adding a little of my own orange and black…
The Black – Chyawanprash. Say what?? According to good ole Wikipedia it is a jam-like cooked mixture of sugar, honey, Triphala, ghee, sesame oil, berries and other herbs and spices. That is a lot of health and goodness packed into a jelly/jam. Organic India’s version of 100% Organic Chyawanprash contains 36 herbs in a sweet base made from gur (organic cane juice reduced to a syrup) honey and ghee (clarified butter). They recommend one teaspoon twice daily for maximum benefits. It also gets bonus points because the honey is still raw. It is added after the heating process.
It is pretty strong in flavor so adding a small dollop to a tart apple slice works well for us.
The Orange – Turmeric Formula capsules. Turmeric is absolutely essential in our lives. I am convinced of it. It is important for a variety of health and dietary needs. See Amazing Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric. You can add this lovely spice to a variety of foods but a super easy way to get more turmeric is to take a capsule. For young kids who can’t take one, I suggest the turmeric milk recipe found in the article above.
Have a happy, healthy Halloween and beyond!
My fermentation repertoire is sadly limited up to now. I have thus far only made kombucha, kefir, yogurt, and sourdough. I have wanted for a very long time though to make other fermented foods. High on my list are sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, ginger, and salsa but really I want to go wild with it. I love fermented foods and they are so very good for you. I credit fermented foods with helping me heal from the devestation wreaked upon my body by chemotherapy drugs after my bout with cancer. The drugs kill healthy cells and the healthy bacteria in the gut as well. Fermented foods helped me immensely, during chemo and after. They are now a big part of my family’s diet and one of our weapons against illness. We just don’t get sick very often and I credit all the fermented food we consume.
My love of Kombucha, and my disdain for the hefty price tag spurred me to make it myself. I would like to save even more by making more of my own ferments and I found the perfect guide to help me in this goal.
Last week I had the pleasure to meet a wonderful and knowledgeable blogger while at an activism and social media conference, Tamara from Oh Lardy. I have been a fan of her blog for a long time so it was awesome to meet her and even more awesome to hear her talk about fermentation and her new book… Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits and Vegetables. I was super excited to get home and await it’s release, which was yesterday. I have already read it cover to cover. I love it!
Not only am I exited to make all of the items on my wishlist (sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, ginger, and salsa) with the provided recipes I am also excited to try those I never even heard of….Dilly carrots, mushrooms, fruit leather, and lemonade. The instructions are super clear so I am 100% positive that I can take these recipes and run with them and the photos are gorgeous. I hope my creations look half as nice!
In This PDF E-book, You Will Learn…
- The importance of the roles gut bacteria play in your digestive tract.
- The basics of the process of fermentation, how it happens and why.
- The benefits of consuming fermented foods (there are so many!!)
- What materials you need to ferment foods at home to get you on your way to becoming a confident fermenter.
- How you know when you food is fermented and other frequently asked questions.
- How to make almost 40 different recipes easily in your own kitchen; recipes your whole family will love!
This is a digital e-book, not a print book. This e-book can be downloaded and read on your iPad, Kindle, smart phone, computer…almost any device! You can read this e-book anytime, anywhere.
From now through November you can purchase a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix Standard blender starting at $299. This is a $30 savings off the normal reconditioned price and hundreds off a brand new Vitamix blender. These reconditioned blenders come with a new container and a 5 year warranty. Free shipping too. This is an AMAZING deal!! Know anyone that wants one for the holidays???
I have had my Vitamix for about eight years and it is still going strong. I recommend it to anyone hands down as a must have gadget for the kitchen and a great value for the money. This little kitchen instrument is powerful and indispensable. Here are a few reasons why:
Benefits of using a Vitamix
Not only is the Vita-Mix is super easy to use, it has powerful health benefits. Hundreds of people have written letters to the Vitamix Corporation, witnessing their improved health because of their Vita-Mix. Thus, Vitamix can be used to naturally build up a weakened immune system. I got my Vitamix after I was diagnosed with cancer and I used it daily all throughout my fight with the big C. I have used it almost every day since.
The Many Uses
In addition to the many health benefits, it can be utilized in a variety of manners: juicing whole foods, cooking soup from fresh organic vegetables, and making homemade ice cream and sorbets. New mothers who practice green living use their Vitamix for making baby food, from whole foods, for their babies. People with health issues, like high cholesterol, cancer or heart disease, have experienced an improvement in their health after using Vita-Mix for an extended period of time. Why? Because it encourages you eat eat healthy whole foods and makes them easy to prepare!
Vitamix Saves Time
Vitamix is loved by working men and women because it is such a huge time saver. After a long day at the office, you come home worn out, too tired to cook a full meal. With this blender, you can walk in the front door, throw your ingredients into the machine, and in minutes you have a healthy serving, minus all the hard work.
The Vitamix is a heavy duty blender, a food processor, ice cream/sorbet maker, wheat grinder, and so much more all warped in one amazing package. It blends food at speeds up 218 miles per hour. They can be ordered online or purchased directly at store demonstrations throughout the country. It comes with two books including and amazing cookbook with hundreds of recipes for soups, salsas, ice cream, smoothies, dips, nut butters, and hundreds of other things. This machine is so good at blending smoothly you can through fruits and veggies in their whole form into this blender and mix it up smooth.
Likes: I have been using my Vitamix for 8 years now and it is still going strong. I have made hundreds of smoothies, sorbets, ice cream, soup, salsa, tomato sauce, cobbler, key lime pie filling, salad dressing, cookie dough, and even pie crust. I could never go back to using a regular blender after having this machine. I have found that I don’t even need a food processor anymore either. In fact I use my machine so much that is rarely gets put away because I always need it for something!
Dislikes: I don’t really have any dislikes although I have found that purchasing the extra dry grinding container is a good idea if you plan to grind wheat into flour. The regular container doesn’t do as good of a job although I have used it to grind flour before.