How to make a Simple Smoothie

Organic strawberriesMy son got himself a GoPro.  I had never heard of a GoPro but I  now know that it is this cool little video camera that has all kinds of features.

He said that I could use it to make a video in the kitchen.  Awesome.

I have only done one other video before, that is about what I typically eat in a day.  Check it out here.  It was made not long after my head injury.

I decided to make a short video for you; showing you how I make a smoothie in the morning. Very, very simple.

I was rather nervous and so I am not my usual smiley self!  With practice, I will get better. Watch it here.

The measurements for the ingredients are all listed below.

I forgot to mention that adding your favourite flavours is a great idea.

Here are some suggestions:

  • vanilla
  • maple syrup (just a little)
  • cinnamon
  • raw cacao powder
  • freshly squeezed orange juice
  • almond butter
  • use hemp or flax seeds instead of chia
  • coconut oil

Breakfast Green Smoothie
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3 cups
 
This is a very simple smoothie that can easily be modified to suit your tastes. Choose organic ingredients whenever possible.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • liquid to cover chia seeds
  • 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 10 oz spinach or green of choice
  • ½ avocado (optional)
  • liquid to cover (water, coconut water, almond milk, cashew milk, etc)
  • protein powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Before you hop in the shower, put your chia seeds in your blender and cover with water to soak.
  2. Once you are ready, put all ingredients in the blender.
  3. Blend for several minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings (may need to add vanilla or another banana or a shot of maple syrup)
  5. Pour and enjoy until you feel full.
  6. Save the rest for later in the morning.

Thanks for reading!  If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe and join me on Facebook,  Twitter or Instagram.

Barbara’s Raspberry Dream Cakes

Raspberry Dream CakeI enjoy desserts that are delicious in flavour, not in sweetness.  I would rather have a juicy piece of fruit than say, a doughnut with icing.

In order to please myself with a dessert that I would love, I made this recipe this past weekend.  We had a holiday on the Monday (Victoria Day here in Canada) and I thought that I would make something special.  I made it as a cake in a springform pan rather than the individual cakes that I will show you today.

We ate it all up with smiles on our faces, longing for more.

Since I did not photograph the initial process, I decided to make the recipe again.  Last night, after work.  This time as individual cakes.

 

Dream Cake 1

I organized myself in the morning by soaking the dates and the cashews and putting the coconut oil in bowl, ready for the warm water bath.  I also took the raspberries and coconut meat out of the freezer.

I worked the evening and did not arrive home until 8:30pm.

I started preparing the cakes and by 9:30pm, the delicious treats (and photos) were complete AND I had tidied up!  Not bad, I say.

How is this done?

Let me tell you…

Remember to use organic products whenever possible.

Begin by soaking your cashews in water.

soaking cashews

Next get your dates soaking.

soaking medjool dates

Add the chia seeds to the thawed raspberries, along with the juice from the raspberries.  Put this mixture in the fridge to allow it to thicken.

raspberries and chia

Set out the coconut meat to thaw.

coconut meat

A word about the coconut meat.  I used an unpasteurized, organic,  frozen coconut meat.  This was my first time using the frozen meat.  It really added to the flavour of the creamy filling.  It is full of electrolytes and antioxidants and is so healthy for you.  It is a little on the pricey side but I think that it is worth it.

To make the base, you will need to grind the almonds to a fine meal…

almond meal

…add the dates (drain them first) to bind it all together.

almond and date crust

So far so good, right?

Get out your muffin tins and put a bit of parchment paper in each.  This will make it easier to get the little guy out when you are ready to enjoy it.

Make balls of the dough and flatten them out by hand.  Put them in the bottom of each muffin tin.

crust in the tins

Now for the filling.  Are you excited yet?  I am!

Drain the cashews and put them in the food processor.  I don’t bother to clean out the processor.  Let’s keep it simple, shall we?

Add the remaining ingredients: lemon rind, lemon juice, melted coconut oil, coconut meat, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

ingredients for filling of Dream Cake

Process this until it is smooth and creamy.

creamy Dream Cake filling

Scoop on top of the crusts in your muffin tin and top with the raspberry sauce.

Dream Cakes in the tins

Place in the fridge to firm up.

Dream Cake

Serve and enjoy.

Dream Cakes

Oh my,  definitely enjoy.

Thanks for reading!  If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe and join me on Facebook,  Twitter or Instagram.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Barbara's Raspberry Dream Cakes
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12-16
 
This is a refreshing, delicious dessert that can easily be made into a round cake in a 8 " springform pan. Switch the raspberries for other fruits that you like. Get organized the day before you want to make this. Thaw the raspberries, soak the dates and cashews. Add the chia to the raspberries. When you are ready to start, it will be a swift process.
Ingredients
  • 300g frozen raspberries, thawed
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted (1 cup), soaked at least an hour
  • 1¼ cup cashews, soaked at least 4 hours
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 large lemon, about ¼ cup
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted using warm water bath method
  • ½ cup young coconut meat, thawed
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place the thawed raspberries, along with their juice in a bowl and add the chia seeds. Stir together until well combined. Set aside in the fridge, to allow the mixture to thicken. May be done ahead of time and kept in the fridge.
  2. Place the coconut oil in a bowl and put this bowl in a bowl with hot water. Set aside to let the oil liquefy.
  3. Grind the almonds in a food processor until it resembles a fine meal.
  4. Chop the soaked dates and add to the almond meal. Pulse until a sticky dough forms.
  5. If making individual cakes, divide the dough into 12-16 balls. Flatten with your hands, to form small circles that will fit in the bottom of the muffin tin.
  6. Put parchment paper in your muffin tins and place the circles in the bottom of each tin. Set aside.
  7. In your food processor, put (remaining ingredients) cashews, lemon rind, lemon juice, melted coconut oil, coconut meat, maple syrup and vanilla. Process until you have a smooth, creamy mixture.
  8. Scoop a heaping tablespoon or enough to fill the muffin tin ¾ of the way, into each muffin tin. You may have filling left over (darn!). Have it for breakfast.
  9. Scoop some raspberry sauce on to each cake.
  10. Place in the fridge for a few hours.
  11. Remove from the tin and serve.
  12. May be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  13. May be stored in the freezer (be sure to bring to room temperature before serving) for up to 2 weeks.

A Simple Guide to Menu Planning

Rainbow SaladI feel that it goes without saying that organization is the key to successful menu planning.  Having a clean and well-organized kitchen will encourage you to spend time there and create beautiful dishes for yourself and for your family.

Balance is also important to planning a weekly menu.

Balance

  • the season
  • the weather
  • your health
  • your individual tastes
  • what is available to purchase
  • your cooking and working schedule
  • the dietary needs of your family.

I feel that this can be applied to any type of diet.  I choose a Plant-based, Whole Foods diet that is gluten-free and vegan with mostly raw foods.  That is what works best for us.Continue Reading

Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding

imageI splurged and bought beautiful organic strawberries this week.  I really wanted to just eat all of them but decided that I had better share with my family.  So I made this pudding for dessert tonight.  I had some for breakfast too but don’t tell anyone.

Chia seeds have amazing health properties.

Here are just a few:

  1. Important for digestive health – high in fibre
  2. High in Omega 3
  3. Good for your bones – high in Calcium
  4. High in Manganese – another nutrient that is good for bones
  5. Helps reduce belly fat – stabilizes blood sugar
  6. Lowers cholesterol

Great reasons to eat chia seeds, right?Continue Reading

How to Detox The Easy Way

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sunThe calendar says that Spring is here.

Spring is a good time to do some detoxing to improve your health, boost your metabolism and help renew your energy.

“Why?” you ask.

Gently cleansing your body has the following benefits:

  • boost your metabolism
  • give your body a rest to allow it to repair itself
  • remove toxins and wastes from your body
  • improve your blood sugar levels

I know that there is a negative stigma attached to doing a cleanse or detoxing so I thought that I would make a few simple suggestions.Continue Reading

7 Types Of Food That Calm Your Body

camomile-tea-elena-elisseevaIt’s a New Year and life just keeps on moving.

After 16 months of being off from my day job, I am heading back in 2 weeks time.  I am feeling a bit stressed about it.  It will be like starting a new job.  Things have changed.  People, policies, procedures have changed.

Luckily my employer and my staff are happy to have me back and are doing all that they can to ensure that my return is as pleasant as possible.

Luckily I am now physically able to go back to my job.  My body has done well to heal.

To ensure my success, I am making a conscious effort to give my body the best food that I can.Continue Reading

Basic Nut Mylk

 

Almond. MylkAlmonds have many benefits that I outline in the  post called ‘The Almighty Almond’.  Almond mylk is a tasty nutritious drink that is very versatile and delicious.

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds, cashews, pecans or your favourite nut
Tiny pinch of sea salt
5 cups water (4 cups if you want it creamier)

Procedure:

  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  • If you do not have a high speed blender, soak the almonds overnight first
  • Strain through a nut mylk bag (this is optional when using cashews)
  • Add to your favourite smoothie recipe or drink as is.
  • Will keep for at least 4 days refrigerated but you will need to shake it up before use

Adventurous Variations:
-add 1 vanilla bean or 1 T alcohol-free vanilla extract
-sweeten with ½ cup pitted dates or ¼ cup agave syrup or pinch of stevia
-add 3 T raw cacao powder

Thanks for reading!  If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe and join me on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Basic Nut Mylk
Author: 
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds, cashews, pecans or your favourite nut
  • Tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 5 cups water (4 cups if you want it creamier)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  2. If you do not have a high speed blender, soak the almonds overnight first
  3. Strain through a nut mylk bag (this is optional when using cashews)
  4. Add to your favourite smoothie recipe or drink as is.
  5. Will keep for at least 4 days refrigerated but you will need to shake it up before use

Barbara’s Breakfast Delight

What a delicious way to start the day! 

Serves 1

Ingredients:
Do your best to have all organic ingredients.
1 large apple, grated
1 large pear, diced ( or another apple, grated)
1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
1 handful raisins
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (or more)
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

Procedure:

  • Wash and prepare the fruits as suggested
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Enjoy with someone or eat it all by yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventurous Variations:

-if you find ginger too strong, grate it and then squeeze the juice out
-add a handful of shredded coconut
-add a handful of juicy pineapple
-use cranberries instead of raisins
-add a tablespoon chia seeds or hemp seeds
-add a small handful of chopped nuts

 

Barbara's Breakfast Delight
Author: 
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Serves 1
 
Do your best to have all organic ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 1 large apple, grated
  • 1 large pear, diced ( or another apple, grated)
  • ½ lemon, freshly squeezed
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon (or more)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
Instructions
  1. Wash and prepare the fruits as suggested
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Enjoy with someone or eat it all by yourself!

Chocolate Green Delight

020-375x5001CHOCOLATE GREEN DELIGHT

Ingredients:
1 large mango
Several handfuls of fresh spinach or kale
2T raw cacao powder
1 tsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds(optional)
water as needed or fresh almond mylk

Procedure:

  •  In a blender, place items in order; mango, cacao, chia (if  using), and spinach
  •  Blend until smooth, adding water as needed or fresh almond  mylk
  •  Serve immediately
  •  Serves 1

Adventurous Variations:
-use pineapple instead of mango
-add fresh blueberries or raspberries
-add ½ tsp vanilla
-add 1 tsp maca powder
-add your favourite protein powder

Thanks for reading!  If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe and join me on Facebook and Twitter.

Chocolate Green Delight
Author: 
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 serving
 
CHOCOLATE GREEN DELIGHT
Ingredients
  • 1 large mango
  • Several handfuls of fresh spinach or kale
  • 2T raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds(optional)
  • water as needed or fresh almond mylk
Instructions
  1. In a blender, place items in order; mango, cacao, chia (if  using), and spinach
  2. Blend until smooth, adding water as needed or fresh almond  mylk
  3. Serve immediately
  4. Serves 1

The Simple Way to Lose Belly Fat, Increase Energy and Feel Great!

My cousin’s daughter (she is 21 years old)sent me a text yesterday.  She and her friend are doing a 28 day detox.  She wanted to know if I had some recipes to share.  Of course I do!
I did give her some more information that I thought was important to share with her.
This is what I wrote;
Dear Nienke,
I am proud of you for taking the initiative to care for your body in this way.  Not many people take the time to do this and then they wonder why they don’t feel their best.
I want to share something with you that I have learned over the years.Continue Reading