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Breakfast. A great place to start!

I start my day with warm water and lemon and/or turmeric tea. Turmeric tea is what I look forward to every day! (Shh don’t tell anyone I left out the extra “r” in the sketch below- it was before I realized it had that R!) you can read more here

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I love my new(ish) discovery of Young Thai Coconuts. I use the juice and the meat for so many things (the recipe below, smoothies, and add the water to my juice blends).

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Lemon Creme (with Blueberry)

  • meat from 3 young Thai coconuts
  • 1/2 C lemon juice, and zest
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Butter (can use all oil)
  • 2 TBSP Coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • seeds from a vanilla bean, pos discarded

 

 

Put all in a Vitamix and blend til smooth. Add water or coconut water so that it is a little runny. Then  Refrigerate and chia seeds will firm it up  I like mine at a yogurt consistency, but sometimes it is more like a thick pudding. This photo has blueberries and Young Living ningxia berry syrup and it is SO delicious!

IMG_0219Super Cereal Blend

 Ingredients:

  • 1 C Buckwheat
  • 1 C Millet
  • 1 C  Quinoa
  • 1 C Amaranth
  • 1/2 C Sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C Chia seeds

put all ingredients in a container. I first poured into the jar…but then i couldn’t mix them. So I dumped them into a bag, gave a couple of good shakes, then poured back into the jar for storing.

 

For Un-soaked cereal;

  • 1/4 C of Super Cereal Blend
  • 1 Cup water

Rinse porridge well in a fine mesh sieve.   bring  to a boil, then simmer 20 min.  Enjoy with warm milk, sweetener of choice, spices, fresh fruit and superfoods (goji berries. I love to use cinnamon, maple syrup, nut milk and blueberries . Sometimes I also do cranberries and toss those into the water while boiling.

Soaked Cereal:

  • 1/4  C Super cereal blend
  • 1/2  C water
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Rinse cereal well using a fine mesh sieve (I have started skipping this step!). place in a small pan with the ACV and cover with boiling water (kettle is fine, i used my hot water dispenser). In the morning, drain and rinse. Add 1/2 cup water, bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 10 min. Enjoy with warm milk, sweetener of choice, spices, fresh fruit and any superfoods you can.

This came from My New Roots, you can take a peek here

 

Juice:

I lOVE Juicing! Starting off your day with a green juice, well it just starts the day off right. Sometimes, I am great about juicing fresh daily. Other times, Not so much. So i have a handy little trick. I take a day and juice a ton of stuff with lots of variety. I pour the different juices into jars. Label them..because, although, you THINK that you will remember exactly what is in them, you won’t. Sad but true!  I usually make lots of green juices, a good bit of beet (my favorite), carrot, and often lemon. I like to have lemon handy for all sorts of reasons, so I make little ice cubes out of those. I also will add a lemon to the green ones that i am making. When I am done juicing, i start making juice cubes. I have some small, some medium and some large ice cube trays. I am not quite sure how i collected such a collection! But I do know that I found some that had lids and bought a few for this very reason.

Flash forward a few days or weeks…..Take a few cubes of this and a few of that and put them in  ball jars (because they have lids) and stick them in the fridge to begin a slow thaw.

I am sure that we would all agree that fresh, immediately drank from the juicer is the BETTER way to consume, But as a second choice- this rocks! No preservatives, not pasteurized, only pure goodness.

Are you Wondering what is good to juice?:

Greens: watercress, spinach (but not if you have a weak thyroid), kale, collard, turnip, beet tops, parsley (a LITTLE goes a LONG way!). I like to add in lemon, cucumber and sometimes and maybe dandelion or arugula. Depending on what quantities you have, you can keep the green juice at single ingredients or mix a few of them together. I add the lemon and cuke into other greens.

Red: beets. Beets + carrots. Beets + carrots + orange or lemon. You can even add in a little apple. But the beet is sweet enough, so don’t get carried away and make it counterproductive by making it too sweet.

Orange: Same as before, just leave out the red beets. You can add yellow or orange ones though!

Flu Shot: this is one of my favs! Tumeric root, ginger, lemon. These are a freezer must, so they are handy if you ever feel like you are coming down with something, or if you have been exposed to any sicklies!

General: You can add ginger to any or all of the above. I like to freeze leftover coconut water from making the Lemon Creme (from above) and add those to the juices. Sometimes I add Aloe Vera juice, or just water until I get the consistency and taste that I want.

Just keep in mind that sticking with organic is pretty important here. If you are juicing and getting concentrated nutrients from these vegetables, you will also be getting concentrated pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals! YUCK! The goal is to feed your body, not clog up your liver with toxins.

Smoothies:

More on these later. It will need it’s own post, but yet, couldn’t be left off the breakfast menu!

 

Ciao,

Stephanie

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More Pumpkin…latte and smoothie

 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

(makes 4 servings)

  • 1 Cup unsweetned vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 packages Starbucks Via coffee
  • 7 drops vanilla Stevia, liquid
  • Optional: whipped cream, coconut or rice milk

Directions:

  • mix all together, then add 8 oz hot water
  • heat mixture until warm on stove top
  • add extra milk to taste

optional: top with whipped cream , caramel drizzle (recipe below)

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Salted Caramel Sauce (vegan!) makes 1 cup

  • 1 cup dates, presoaked
  • 3 Tbsp agave
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Put all in a food processor. be sure to scrape sides and enjoy on all kinds of treats!

 

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Pumpkin Spice Milkshake Smoothie

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp cashew butter (always choose natural!)
  • 1/2  tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 3 fresh dates (pitted)
  • 6-10 drops liquid stevia
  • dash of sea salt (great for minerals)
  • 1 serving Natural Protein Powder of choice (vanilla hemp is a good choice)

Place all ingredients in your Vitamix and blend until smooth.

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other options, try these…

pumpkin pie smoothie

Pumpkin protein smoothie

Pumpkin Peanutty Cider Smoothie…

Well, that is certainly a mouthful! And Delicious!! Seriously…apple, peanut butter, pumpkin… what a combo!

It all started when I was looking at leftover apple cider in the fridge while deciding on a smoothie flavor of the day. Well, let me tell you, the “what’s in the fridge today” method was super successful (this time- haha)!

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Pumpkin Peanutty Cider Smoothie

8 oz apple cider (for a less sweet version, add 4 oz cider + 4 oz water)

1/4 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup peanut butter (or 1/2 cup if you want it more peanutty!)

1/2 – 1 Tbsp Dandy blend (adds a slight coffee flavor that brings out the other flavors)

1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

optional: I added all of these for my Rocking blend! but since they do not add much in flavor, but lots in a powerful health punch, it is up to you! the banana adds a little sweetness, but also creamy smoothness.

1 Tbsp Maca

2 Tbsp pea protein (for variety, already has some protein with the nut butter)

4 (+/-) drops stevia

1/2 frozen banana

2 Tbsp flax oil

Give all a whir in the vitamix. I like to add all but the banana, then toss that in at the very end. just works nice that way.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

I LOVE smoothies for breakfast. I also LOVE  looking at my list of great smoothie add-ins and coming up with yummy new flavors. So, now I offer up to you “Chocolate Covered Cherry”. I am trying not to be obsessed with this one!! Since cranberries are in season, I like to stock up and freeze them because this seems like the only time that I can find organic ones.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry  Recipe:

Almond Milk,  2 cups

Cherries (or cranberries, pomegranates) 1 cup

Cocoa        1/4 cup

vanilla     1 tsp

Stevia    10+ drops  (add to taste)

Dates     4   (pitted)

banana, frozen   1

 

 

optional add ins: 

Dandy Blend (1/2 Tbsp)

Brazil nuts (2-4)

Chia seeds (2 Tbsp)

Maca (1 Tbsp)

 

 

 

 

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