Drinks

Green Detox Smoothie

This recipe is just the thing after the rich foods, sweets, and overindulgences of the holidays!

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INGREDIENTS:

2 cups baby spinach

2 cups baby kale

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 medium green apple, chopped

1 cup frozen sliced banana

1 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon honey

See the entire recipe and directions on the Damn Delicious recipe blog.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

This is a nice fall treat that's perfect for a breakfast or snack!

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Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree
1.5 cups almond milk
2 bananas, peeled
1 cup ice cubes
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds and/or hemp seeds
¼ cup (gluten-free) regular rolled oats (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

*optional: stevia or maple syrup to taste

See the entire recipe and directions at In Sonnet's Kitchen.

Orange Wheatgrass Snoothie

Wheatgrass is an incredibly nutrient dense superfood, while still being mild tasting and slightly sweet. This recipe uses simple, easily available ingredients to make a tasty smoothie that's a great way to start the day!

1/4 cup water or coconut water
1/2 cup non dairy milk
1/4 cup fresh wheatgrass OR 1/4 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
1 orange or 2 tangerines
1/2 banana, frozen
1/2 cup ice

See the full recipe and directions at Blender Babes.

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

Raw apple cider vinegar is so healthy for you- it has benefits for weight loss, detoxification, it’s antibacterial, it can help with lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and may even have protective effects against cancer. It’s been used for thousands of years for its many health benefits- it was even frequently prescribed by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, in 400 BC for a variety of health issues!

Apple cider vinegar can be an acquired taste for some. First, I’d say, don’t try to drink it straight- it’s too strong!  Dilute it with water to make it easier to drink. This recipe is a great one to make apple cider more palatable, and its ingredients even add to ACV’s effectiveness.
This recipe makes a lot for convenience’ sake and can be kept in the fridge and sipped a few times throughout the day.

 


Ingredients:

• 2 glasses of water (15-30 oz.)
• 4 Tbsp. Bragg – Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, the chunks of stuff floating in the jar)
• 4 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
• 4 Tbsp. honey (raw honey if possible)


See the entire recipe and directions at Bembu.com

Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk Recipe

If you haven’t heard of golden milk, also sometimes known as golden turmeric tea, you’re in for a treat!  Turmeric and ginger are wonderful, comforting, anti-inflammatory spices, and this recipe is an easy way to add more anti-inflammatory compounds to your diet.

We’ve posted our favorite recipe below, though there is also an easy, blender version below that. Try them both and see which is your favorite!

•    1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk
•    1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
•    1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
•    1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
•    1 tablespoon honey
•    1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
•    1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
•    Ground cinnamon (for serving)

See the entire recipe and directions at Epicurious.

 

Here is another recipe for golden milk that we like since it’s so simple (everything is mixed together in a blender and then heated on the stovetop).
 

Also, if you would like to try golden milk without the hassle of a recipe, we do carry prepared golden milk powder by Jarrow called Golden Tea at the store which is dairy free and can be served mixed with hot water or the milk of your choice.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

This recipe makes a delicious, low sugar pumpkin spice latte that can be enjoyed at home!  It's a wonderful taste of fall!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon

See the entire recipe and directions at Eating Bird Food.

Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie

This amazing smoothie is quick to put together and is a great way to start the morning!

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls spinach or leafy greens
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne (start light and add as desired)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Read the entire recipe and directions and Be Whole Be You.

Cacao Superfood Smoothie

One of our customers brought this recipe in, and I liked it so much that I wanted to share it! This is a fantastic shake that's easy to put together.  It's full of nutrient dense foods and is a great energy boost in the morning!

  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbs. bee pollen
  • 1 tbs. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. maca powder
  • 1 tbs. shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup ice*
  • raw honey to taste (optional)

 

Note: Instead of the ice, you can use a frozen banana if desired.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Delish!

Stevia Sweetened Ice Tea

I love sweet tea, but do not love the calories or grams of sugar that comes from table sugar.  I keep a pitcher of this in my fridge at all times.  It's an easy and delicious way to stay hydrated.

  • 5-6 herbal or decaf tea bags*
  • 8 packets of stevia
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 quart pitcher

Add boiling water to a Pyrex or other glass or ceramic container.  Stir stevia into boiling water until completely dissolved.  Add tea bags and steep (when using herbal teas, I will usually steep them a good 15 minutes or more to get the full flavor from the teabags).

Add concentrated tea and stevia to a 2 quart pitcher and fill with cold water.  Serve with ice and enjoy!

*It's best to use non-caffeinated tea for this iced tea so it can be drunk at night if desired.

 

Make Ahead Frozen Smoothie Packs

Smoothies are a fantastic way to start the day, and are a great way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  The only problem is that they can be a little bit fiddly to make in the morning when you’re tired.  Making frozen smoothie packs takes the guesswork out of making smoothies, and you can even label the bags with the days of the week to reuse so you’re ready for a healthy smoothie every day!

Here is a site with five great smoothie pack recipes.  

Here are 10 wonderful Vitamix smoothie pack recipes.  

Smoothie packs are simple to make without a recipe, however, just add your greens and fruits to a bag with some added protein powder, flax, or chia seeds if desired.  In the morning, add your liquids to the blender (coconut water, yogurt, water, or other juices) along with the contents of your prepacked smoothie bags (the ziplock bags can be reused for the following week).  Enjoy!  

 

GREEN TEA AND CHIA SEED SUPER DRINK

If you've never had a chia seed drink, they're a real treat!  This tea couldn't be easier to make, and it's full of antioxidants, fiber, and omega 3s!

8 - 10 ounces filtered water
1 bag green tea (you can also use roobios or hibiscus)
1 - 2 tablespoons chia seeds (depending on desired thickness)

Mason jars are wonderful for making these!

See the entire recipe and directions at In Sonnet's Kitchen.