Healthy Smoothies

Libido Boosting Smoothie

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Smoothie, Vegan | 9 comments

As I just finished writing a guest post for Modern Alternative Pregnancy about, Seven Sexy Foods That Boost Your Libido Naturally. I had a smoothie come to mind, of course! I love smoothies. I love making smoothies that are functional too. While I have received some emails from moms for my Homemade Miralax Smoothie, this one is bound to be more “pleasureful.” Drink this Libido Boosting Smoothie for a few days and take notice how things heat up in the bedroom! Libido Boosting Smoothie: 1 Organic Celery Stalk 1/2 Avocado 12 Organic Frozen Strawberries 1/2 cup of raw almonds soaked over night 1/2 cup of fresh spinach leaves 1 tsp of Raw Maca Powder 2 tsp of Raw Cocoa Powder 2 tablespoon Grade B Maple Syrup (Remember, B is for “Better”) Whip it up in your blender and enjoy. This makes 2 servings. This is not a very sweet smoothie, so if you need to add a little more syrup, go ahead and add some to your liking. Are you wondering why this combination? Celery: Eating raw celery increases sexual stimulation in men Avocado: This “fertility fruit” is known to help increase libido in both men and women Strawberries: Foods rich in Vitamin C can actually enhance arousal and sensitivity and Vitamin C is also needed to help increase sperm production. Almonds: High in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids and the amino acid L-Arginine, which helps improves blood circulation and enhances erectile response in both men and women. Soaking raw almonds not only releases residue and tannins from the skins, but has greater absorption of the nutrients by the body and increased digestibility Maca Powder: One of my favorite ways to boost my energy naturally in the morning, this Peruvian root vegetable used as a folk remedy to increase stamina, fertility, energy, and sexual function. It also helps balance hormones Chocolate! Truly nature’s aphrodisiac, it releases those good hormones we feel after the a little romp in the bedroom. I hope you enjoy this, whenever you need a little fuel for the...

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Homemade Pedialyte Recipe

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Food, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes | 15 comments

I’ll never forget when my daughter was sick at 18 months old. She hadn’t had a wet diaper in 24-hours, sick with the stomach flu and not keeping anything down, we went to the ER. It was an awful experience, long lines and we made the decision to go home and wait it out through the night so we all could rest comfortably at home. I recall reading somewhere about coconut water’s natural electrolytes and since I am against having anything artificial, I opted to give my daughter some coconut water to drink that evening. I refused to buy Pedialyte, even though my husband was willing to go buy it. The coconut water was the first thing she took well and wanted to drink. Still not keeping much in, we decided to go back to the ER first thing in the morning. No long lines, we got right into see a doctor. They asked their questions, then they asked what was she drinking: Me: “Coconut Water” Nurse: Head turns, “What? Me: “This, coconut water” Nurse: “Did you try Pedialyte?” Me: “No, this has electrolytes in it.” Nurse: “Ok, we’ll bring some out.” Me: Shrugging shoulders, “Ok…” I am sure she went back to her co-workers, “Yeah, we have one of those granola moms out there.” They brought it out and gave it to her, she drank it. Then hurled it right back up. I was not happy, afterall, my daughter had not even had juice at that point in her life, let alone red, blue dyes, sucralose and other crappy preservatives that is in there. She grabbed the coconut water and I made her sip it slowly. Since then, I created my own homemade version. What I like about this: 1. It is cheaper 2. It doesn’t go bad in 24 hours 3. Free of dyes, artificial sugars, and other preservatives 4. Tastes better I have passed this recipe on to other mothers and while some kids take it and others don’t, the one thing I do know about moms, is that they feel good about this recipe and they can keep the contents on hand in their pantry when needed. I do! If all else fails, you can give them just straight Smart Water. Homemade Pedialyte: 1/2 cup of Smart Water 1/2 cup of unflavored coconut water 1/4 cup of organic, unfiltered apple juice 2 drops of Vitamin D3 drops (400 iu per drop) Mix and drink up! Also makes for a great post recovery drink after a long workout. Check out my recent post on What To Do When the Stomach Flu Strikes Do you have any special drinks or remedies that you use when you are sick and...

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Corn Free, Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Refinded Sugar Free, Smoothie, Vegan | 5 comments

I love smoothies! A big thank you to Square One Organics for giving me some frozen pumpkin pie puree to make a smoothie for the Strollers in the Front 5K here in the city. If you want to check out some healthy breakfast tips and the kiddie version of the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, check out the article! Now that my daughter is hooked on Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, I had to go back out to the store and buy more Square One Organics Pumpkin Puree. My husband took the kids out for 24 hours so I can get busy in the kitchen for a local cooking contest, I made this Creamy Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie for myself before my friend’s Power for Pink workout here in Chicago. It was just the right kick to start off the day before a fun workout. Creamy Pumpkin Pie Latte Smoothie: 1 2oz pouch of frozen Square One Organics Pumpkin Puree 1/2 frozen banana 1/2 cup of organic coffee 1/4 cup almond milk 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Raw Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder 1/2 tsp of cinnamon dash of nutmeg Blend together and enjoy! I love fast food breakfast! Don’t you? I promise both are...

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4th of July Drinks: Firecracker Frosty & Cherry Sparkler Colada

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Smoothie | 0 comments

I was asked by Vital Juice Chicago to create a drink recipe for the 4th of July. I had one day, so I came up with two and let them pick one. What you don’t see is the other recipe, both are kid friendly (and parents can add a little liquor too). Cherry Sparkler Colada Blend: 1 c of frozen pineapple 12 frozen cherries 1 6oz container of Cherry Almond Milk Yogurt (Amande) 1/3 cup of coconut water Blend together Makes 2 servings Pour into glass and add 1/2 c of lime flavored sparkling water. Want to kick it up? Add 1/2 oz of light rum and 1 oz of Amaretto. Want this Firecracker Frosty? Go to Vital Juice Chicago to get it! Happy Birthday...

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Homemade Miralax: Pearberry Smoothie

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Family Health, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Smoothie, Vegan | 4 comments

Last week I posted about the NY Times article and my problem with doctors not giving parents the tools to help children go to the bathroom. Over the weekend, I gave a stab at making a homemade Miralax that was tasty for kids to drink. This takes about 2-minutes total to make. While I know it is so much easier to have a jug of chalk on hand, but to use REAL food that has many health benefits of fiber, vitamins and minerals, seriously you can’t go wrong. The ingredients are simple: 1/2c of flax milk or other non-dairy milk (remember, milk can be constipating) water will be fine too. 1 organic pear (5.5g of fiber) 1c of frozen raspberries (8g of fiber) 1T of unfiltered flax oil (1g fiber) 2tsp of raw honey *If you would like to add your favorite vanilla non dairy, non-soy protein powder, then you may, but it is not necessary, though we did. Blend in your blender and drink up. I would give kids half of this, adults should drink the whole thing. The pear gives it a nice foam, while the frozen raspberries give it that frozen smoothie texture, flax oil helps things to move along and honey, well that too has a laxative effect. Even in the Bible, in Proverbs 25:16 it states: “If you find honey, eat just enough–too much of it, and you will vomit.” Raw honey has its medicinal purposes. Not only does it have trace minerals we are lacking, it has a lubricating effect on the intestines helping waste move along. Heck, someone even did a study on it, but sometimes the Good Book is truly full of information that has been known for centuries. That’s it. This smoothie will provide half of your fiber needs for the day for adults and half of it will for children. Simple? Yep, that easy. Now give it a...

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Ditch the Miralax- use these natural solutions to ease constipation.

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Food, Healthy Smoothies, Vegan | 11 comments

A local friend and blogger posted this NY Times article on her Facebook Page: “Miralax, A Popular Cure, But Not for Children” I read the article in its entirety and have several problems on many levels. But here is what you need to know and understand about constipation and going number two. First, we should have one healthy bowel movement daily. I don’t care what doctors tell you it is NOT normal to go every other or every three days. We should be eliminating once every 24 hours and if you go twice per day, even better. A sign of a true healthy digestive track. Take a look at your track record here, if this has been an ongoing problem, then you must take a good, hard look at your diet and water intake. Both can have a profound effect in how you feel. The foods we eat can cause irritation in our system, especially if we eat the same foods over, over and over. Here are some reasons why things get stuck: 1. Lack of fiber in the diet 2. Not enough water 3. No exercise or sitting for long periods every day 4. Underlying food sensitivity 5. Antibiotics Fiber: There are two types of fiber soluble and insoluble. Soluble dissolves in water and works in the large intestine by absorbing water into the stool. It also helps sweep up the cholesterol and helps to make you feel full, bonus! This is what good ole fashioned oatmeal will do for you. Insoluble does not dissolve in water, well a little bit, but it helps bulk up the stool and get push it through. Grounded flax seeds is an example of insoluble fiber, it is 75% insoluble, 25% soluble. Most fruits, veggies, beans are a combination of both (eh-hem..). However, if you do not drink enough water when you consume insoluble fiber, it can be harder to push it all out and why water intake must be increased when you increase your fiber. How much fiber do we need? The Institute of Medicine says, 14g for every 1000 kcal of food. Roughly about 19g of fiber for kids ages 1-3; 25g of fiber for kids 4-8; and 30g of fiber over the age of nine. Now you know. Food sensitivity: There is plenty of research out there that links chronic constipation to an milk intolerance. Even the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics states, “A trial of dietary elimination of cow’s milk should be considered if there is chronic constipation and other modes of therapies have not worked.” Even if other modes of therapies have worked, consider eliminating milk and ALL milk products for 2 weeks in kids, 3 weeks in adults and denote how the body changes. Also processed wheat, anything white has been stripped of its natural fiber content. And in some cases, a gluten sensitivity can cause chronic constipation even when everything else has failed. I would first give dairy a try. So what about Miralax and the use of helping kids get their systems working. It is a short term remedy if a remedy at all. Miralax if used on a daily basis makes our colon, well lazy. Why should it have to work when Miralax is doing the work for you? Constipation is an issue that needs to be addressed by using dietary approaches that are simple and better for our health than just swallowing some liquid chalk. For those parents who are addicted to giving their kids Miralax, here are some safer options: Flax Oil: Is an excellent choice helping kids...

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