Smoothie

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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What To Do When The Stomach Flu Strikes

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Family, Family Health, Smoothie | 15 comments

In the last three weeks, I have seen numerous posts on Facebook on families and kids falling victims to the stomach flu. I’ll also get inbox messages on what they can do to prevent or reduce it naturally. The bad thing about the stomach flu is you already have the bug before you even know it. It can take 24-48 hours for it to rear its ugly head. It is especially hard when our kids get the stomach flu as it typically will run it course through all of them. Two years in a row I have dodged the stomach flu while it went through my family and it really has to do how well we eat, rest and take care of ourselves (and a lot of hand washing!) So here are my tips on What To Do When The Stomach Flu Strikes: Homeopathic Solutions are approved by the FDA and while this is still a new area for me, I have found great results using homeopathic tablets. My kids love taking them for teething, restlessness, and I have used the cold tablets myself with excellent results. Acute Stomach Flu: Start with Oscillococcinum at the very beginning or if exposed. (I have used this when I have felt the flu coming on and it worked extremely well, I always have this stuff on hand!) Then Arsenicum album 9C is best, but 30C is fine: 5 pellets once at the beginning. Then Alternate: Nux Vomica for nausea (if vomiting – feels better after vomiting, tongue is often coated, aka white) AND Ipecac for nausea (if vomiting – does not feel better after vomiting, tongue is NOT coated) Both 9C or 12C is best, 30C is fine: 5 pellets every 30-minutes to an hour and then spread out as they feel better. Diarrhea Homeopathic Solutions: Podophyllin: for yellow (often squirting) diarrhea. 12C, 5 pellets after each stool Croton tiglium: Also for yellow profuse diarrhea (often squirting)- common in infants) may be excoriating to “bottom” 12C, 5 pellets after each stool. Aloe: Urgent diarrhea often with mucus and a lack of sphincter control. 6C, 5 pellets after each stool Cinchona (China): Diarrhea with lots of smelly gas and often bloating. 6C, 5 pellets after each stool For Severe Abdominal Cramping: Colocynthis: 12C, 5 pellets as often as needed 1.) Forgo the Lysol and get Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Lysol is full of nasty chemicals that can actually cause more harm than good, especially when we are sick. The toxic fumes can make it harder to recover. I like Dr. Bronner’s and use it to clean just about everything in my home. For times like these I use the soap infused with Peppermint Oil as it is great for those with indigestion, nausea or vomiting. You can buy this at Target, Whole Foods, specialty stores or order online. And yes, I clean everything with this soap. 2.) Stay hydrated! Smart Water has all the electrolytes added without the nasty sugars, dyes or preservatives found in Gatorade or other like electrolyte drinks. I actually make our own Pedialyte Recipe and have a bottle of Smart Water and Coconut water on hand so I am prepared: 1/2 cup of Smart Water 1/4 cup of plain coconut water 2 Tablespoons of Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice Drink after each vomiting or diarrhea episode. 3.) BRAT Diet: This comes after you are able to keep clear liquids down. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Here is what I recommend first. Toast with coconut oil sprinkled with cinnamon. I eat coconut oil every day for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal,...

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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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Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Strawberry Colada Green Smoothie

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Smoothie, Vegan | 1 comment

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I would share my delicious Strawberry Colada Green Smoothie recipe. It got the thumbs up from my 4yr old daughter. This makes it a fantastic post workout smoothie. Strawberries and pineapple are full of vitamin c which helps with fat utilization (or burn fat) and helps bind to iron in the spinach resulting in maximal iron absorption. Exercisers who lack vitamin C burn 25% less fat during their workouts, so get those C’s! The coconut oil is a medium chained fatty acid helping aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, boosts metabolism, and aid in muscle recovery Strawberry Colada Green Smoothie Put in blender in this order: 4 frozen strawberries 1/3c of frozen pineapple 2c of spinach or other greens 1/2c of Unsweetened Coconut Milk (water will work too) 1T of coconut oil melted (don’t add until it starts to blend) scoop of vanilla protein powder, I use Vanilla Warrior Blend Raw Protein by Sunwarrior As the fruit, spinach, milk and protein powder are blending, slowly add coconut oil. Coconut oil will harden when it cold or when you add it to cold items, thus resulting in coconut oil chips. This will also allow for the oil to fully blend in your smoothie. Pour and...

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