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Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe: Cucumber Lime Mango Green Smoothie

Whether it's summertime and you want to fill yourself with something nutritious before putting on your bathing suit and heading out to the pool, or there's a chill in the air and you're trying to fit into those jeans from a few years back, this healthy green smoothie is a perfect option for a quick breakfast, a grab-and-go snack, or even a light meal replacement.  Chock full of fruits, veggies, and herbs (and no added sugar!) you'll feel satisfied and virtuous after drinking this delicious, healthy green smoothie. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel: Healthy Green Smoothie:  Cucumber Lime Mango Green SmoothiePrep Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 2 cups plain kefir (or use almond or coconut milk) 1 Tbsp. chia seeds 1 banana 1 cucumber, cut in thirds 1 - 2 cup baby greens (kale or spinach work well) 2 cups frozen mango chunks 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 1/2 lime, juice only, about 2 Tbsp., or use 1/4 lime with skin if your blender is...

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

This sweet and creamy Chocolate banana “ice cream” is completely satisfying even with no added sugar. Cool and creamy, you won't miss traditional ice cream nor any guilt that goes with it!  Add chocolate, peanut butter or strawberries to create your favorite custom flavors.

Watch the YouTube video:Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes     Makes 4 servings 4 bananas, peeled and frozen 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup milk or almond milk (optional) Peanut butter, cocoa nibs, chopped nuts (optional) Blend the frozen bananas and the cocoa powder in a standing blender. Add the milk, if desired, for easier blending. (You can also add a spoon of peanut or other nut butter, maple syrup, and/or a touch of vanilla extract.) Blend until smooth.Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 129, Total Fat: 1g, 2%; Saturated Fat: 1g, 3%; Cholesterol: 1mg, 0.5%; Sodium: 19mg,...
  Feb 10, 2017  Healthy Snacks, Recipes

What are Chia Seeds and How Do you Use Them?

What are Chia Seeds and How do you Use Them?What are chia seeds and how do you use them? Chia seeds have big health benefits.  They are grown in South America and come from a plant called salvia hispanica. Traditionally they were used by cultures in South America for fuel and strength. They have caught on big time in the US because they are such an easy to use and affordable source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients. Chia seeds are tasteless and odorless. Because they are so absorbent, they can be used to thicken soups, smoothies, beverages and even make fruit jam, and because they expand in liquid, they can help keep you full.We love to use chia seeds to make:Chia pudding Chia lemonade Smoothies Yogurt Thicken overnight oats/oatmeal As a vegan egg substitute As a thickener for soupsTry this chia pudding as a quick breakfast or snack:Maple Vanilla Chia Pudding2 servings, 3/4 cup each (or divide into 4 smaller servings to serve...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie RecipeI'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)

When I was 10 years old, I used to bake granola and sell it door-to-door to raise money for the Leukemia Society. Since then, I got into the habit of buying granola to sprinkle on my morning yogurt. I don’t know why, since it’s so easy to make at home.  Recently, friend Allison Soffer gave me some of her delicious homemade granola and it inspired me to get back to my granola roots. My 18 year-old son, Solomon, and I collaborated on this granola recipe. It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet.

Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High...

How to make perfect popcorn on the stove and 15 popcorn topping ideas

How to make perfect popcorn on the stove and 15 popcorn topping ideasDon’t eat that gross microwave popcorn—it’s bad for you and too salty and fake tasting. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make perfect popcorn on the stove in minutes and share some creative popcorn seasoning ideas. You’ll never go back to microwave popcorn again! Don’t worry about the oil and butter on the popcorn you make at home—for most of us, it’s the processed, chemically fake yellow stuff that we need to worry about more. Ever heard of popcorn lung? It’s a thing—look it up. Basic popcorn recipe8 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each) 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 2 - 3 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or coconut oil for popping 2 – 3 Tbsp. melted butter, coconut oil or olive oil to toss with popcorn 1/2 - 3/4 tsp. popcorn salt, to taste 1.    Heat a heavy pot over medium-high heat, add the oil and the popcorn kernels and shake the kernels around to coat. 2.  ...

This Year Will Be Different: 8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All

8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It AllMoms and Dads, are you TIRED of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches, making dinner AND doing the dishes?  Basically, are you tired of doing it all?? Most of us realize that our kids can do more, whether it’s making their own breakfast, taking out the trash, doing the dishes or folding the laundry. But too often we hesitate to delegate, either because we don’t know the right age for the children to start, we get tired of nagging and decide it’s just easier to do it ourselves, or we have trouble relinquishing control of the way things are done. But, at the same time, we’re often frustrated and exhausted from trying to do it all, and we realize it would be better for all of us if our children took on more responsibility. Here's Aviva’s advice in the Washington Post for how to delegate more and get changes to stick. Please read and share your new school year resolution for...

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

No matter your situation when school lets out in June, whether you are happy to get a break from supervising homework and packing lunches, or you’re stressed because you’re scrambling to fill hours usually reserved for school, you probably wonder how to keep your kids’ minds sharp and their bodies occupied productively for 10 weeks during summer “vacation.”

You may wonder:

• How will I prevent my children’s brains from atrophying when they aren’t in class for 6 hours a day?

• How will we keep them off of YouTube, tablets and the TV when those digital babysitters are not only easy temptations, but can also feel like the only way we can get a little break?

• And how can I make sure they don’t forget their hard-learned math, reasoning and reading skills when school is on hiatus for so long? (Those summer “math packets” don’t really cut it when our kids forget about them until the week...

Healthy Dessert or Energy Snack: Fudgy Figgy Balls

I’ve been on the prowl for more healthy dessert recipes that can satisfy my sweet tooth and my need for something portable and chewy but doesn’t have added sugar like packaged energy bars do. I received some lovely black mission and golden figs from California Figs (which represents California fig growers) and transformed them into these sweet and chewy balls that you can enjoy for a healthy dessert or high energy snack.  By the way, figs are as nutritious as they are delicious--they are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Figs have many uses; I’ve found they are also a lovely addition to a cheese plate for entertaining guests, and I’ve also been tossing them in pasta with a savory cheese and toasted nuts.Fudgy Figgy BallsPrep (no cook) = 15 minutes Makes about 16 balls 1 cup dried black mission figs (about 14 figs), stemmed if necessary (just pull or cut the hard stem off if they have one) 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. water 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter 1/2...
  Mar 7, 2016  Healthy Snacks, Picky Eaters 2

Happy National Nutrition Month! These Videos Will Get your Kids to Want to Eat Healthier

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It’s a great reminder to make healthy food choices for ourselves and our family every day, like making home cooked Six O’Clock Scramble dinners, limiting highly processed foods, packing our kids lunches (or having them pack their own), eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, and keeping added sugar in our diets to a minimum. Most parents want to offer healthy food options for their children, but many find themselves bombarded by their children’s relentless pleas for sweets or junk food.  If you are a parent, do you find that you conflict with your kids too often over their food choices? If so, I recommend watching these videos with your children, especially if they are in grades K - 6. My friend Carmen Johnson of Healthy Kids Revolution has worked with thousands of school-aged kids and has figured out that once...