Raw Healthy Pumpkin Banana “Shake”

This is super healthy and tastes great.    Perfect flavor combination with the canned pumpkin and the “Pumpkin Pie Spice” for the upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving holiday to entice picky children yet with all the healthy nutrition and non dairy aspects parents love.   This is naturally sweet on its own, but you can add a little bit of sugar, honey or stevia for added sweetness.  I utilized a few “light coconut milk” cubes to add some healthy fats give  a nice frothy rich milkshake feel to a “raw” shake.  I finished it off with some sweet nutmeg spice and chopped walnuts sprinkled on top.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 “light coconut milk” cubes or 1/2 cup unfrozen coconut milk (coconut milk frozen in an ice cube tray)
  • 1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin (I used Trader Joes brand from last year)
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I used Almond Breeze)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin Pie spice, couple shakes to taste (I used Trader Joe’s brand or you can make homemade)
  • stevia,  a bit of honey, sugar to taste (I didn’t need any)
  • Optional : top with  sweet nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice and chopped wlanuts

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients except sweetener in a high speed blender
  2. Taste and add sweetener if necessary
  3. Pour into two glasses and top with sweet nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and chopped walnuts
  4. Serve and enjoy

 

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Basic Green Drink Recipe for 1

 

This is my basic “go to” recipe for my green drink I make in my high speed blender a couple times a week.  Great for beginners.  I like this recipe because the ingredients are easy to find, store and blend together in a snap.  There are a lot of “extras” you can add, or variations you can do with  this basic recipe which I will be going over here in the future.  I think adding in a a few basic “green drinks”  made for just one person is an simple quick starter item to add if your starting a healthy diet.  Just add in a couple of times a week if your just beginning out, and then start getting more creative.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 cup chopped Dino (also called Tuscan)  kale
  • 1 small apple or 1/2 of a large apple,  sliced, skin on (your choice)
  • Half to one whole banana (I use frozen banana slices for a colder drink)

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vita Mix) for a minute or two, until well blended.

Optional: (you can add a small scoop of vitamin fortified “Greens” powders, there are many on the market, I use Green Vibrence, Vital Scoop, ect.  There are many on the market at Whole Foods or any supplement or vitamin store.

Drink and Enjoy

This drink is filled with lots of nutrition and less than 200 calories if using unsweetened Almond Milk, and around 230 with an added greens powder

 

 

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Sunny California Morning Juice

This is so yummy!  Made it this morning in a snap!  Maybe its because I am coming off a cold, but I swear, since I starting “juicing” 2 days ago, and I do notice  my digestive track is running so much better and faster.  I”m still eating regular nutritious food, including one big mainly raw salad a day, but this juice thing is starting to feel that much better on my body.

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium sized carrots
  • 1 big parsnip
  • 1 big golden beet
  • 1 regular sized apple (I just used plain old red)
  • 2 inch peel piece of ginger (I love ginger, so you may only want to do 1 inch)

Put all ingredients through my handy dandy juicer (ACME brand but there are so many) and DELISH!

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Bright “Beet Up My Cold” Juice

Playing around with my juicer I came up with this little concoction, which is really tasty, and I’d like to believe, kicking some butt on my current cold.

Wash all the veggies and cut up to sizes that can fit in juicer.  Peel the ginger before putting through the juicer or a vitamix.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Beets
  • 2 apples
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 to 2 inch  piece of ginger (peeled)

Put through juicer (mine is an ACME brand) or vitamix if you want to keep the pulp. If I’m feeling a bit whimsy,  I like to serve my more colorful juices in fun glasses, like wine or martini glasses.  If there is  extra, just store in fridge for up to a couple of hours, or in mason jar up to 24 hours.  However I suggest to drink right away after you make it.

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“Breakfast Joe Juice”: Pump up Your Immune

It been no secret on my recent Facebook posts, I’ve been fighting a pretty nasty cold, that came with all the yucky side effects and completely drained me of my energy.  My immune system is already not the greatest, due to all the chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell high dose chemo I received about 5 years ago, so when I get hit with a cold, its hard.  The first thing I do is just close down everything stressful going on in my life and REST!  I also start paying especially close attention to what I put in my body nutrition wise.  I start eating lots of raw salads, drinking nutrient infused stocks, and now that I have my juicer back in working form, I’ve begun to juice again!  When you use organic fresh ingredients in a “juicer”,  its a fast delivery system of  vitamins,enzymes, minerals, chlorophyll, phytonutrients into your tummy,  which then goes directly into your bloodstream for your little body to soak up and distribute through out your body.

I just started juicing on the encouragement from the lovely Kris Carr, her site www.crazysexylife.com , her book “Crazy Sexy Diet”, and my good friend Jody, and oncology nurse who has been juicing now for about a year and swears by it.  There is a lot of misconceptions about people who “juice”.  They are “granola heads” or “new age”, or that they don’t eat real food, meat or anything “fun”.  Personally I started juicing because it seems like a heck of a lot better way to get all that great stuff I spoke about above, than taking a bunch of supplements.  Its natural, and the number of different juices you can make is endless.

So here was my first attempt for a morning “Juice”, to boost my immunity while I was sick.

Directions:  Run all ingredients through the juicer or high speed blender, then add in the optional greens powder

  • 1  really big fistful of spinach
  • 1  really big fistful of Kale
  • 2 apples or pears chopped with skins on
  • 1 inch or more piece of peeled ginger (my favorite add in!)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • Add in a bit of Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or filtered water for more liquid to taste
  • (Optional) a scoop of a concentrated greens powder called “Vital Scoop”, but you can omit this or use any concentrated greens formula

Drink up!  I loved it

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