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Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

I am not a morning person… but I am quickly learning to be one.  When I married my husband eight years ago, it never occurred to me that his “morning-ness” would inevitably transfer to our three boys.  Needless to say, this girl-who-loves-to-sleep-in rarely stays in bed past 6:30 am.

Every once in a while, I do stay in bed.  And while I sleep, the little boys have a daddy-date with Lego’s, Car Ramps, and Nerf Guns.  Daddy-date-mornings are incredibly awesome.  Saturday morning I was awoken at 8:30 am by one excited dad who begged me to get out of bed quickly before the destroying-18-month-old had a chance to demolish his latest creations.

Stumbling out of bed, I discovered that my house had been invaded with pirate Lego ships.

Lego ships with pirates and cannons and planks.

Carefully swimming through shark infested oceans (my kitchen floor), I whipped up a batch of my favorite Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie.  When the treasured smoothie was securely poured into cups, I set sail with my boys and landed on a desert island where I enjoyed my breakfast smoothie.  Simple moments like this are the true treasures found in life.

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

1 handful raw cashews
2-3 Tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
1 avocado
1 very ripe banana
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
Dash of salt
1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 handful of spinach
1-2 cups water

Directions:
1. Remove pit from avocado and scoop fruit from it’s shell.
2.  Place all of the ingredients in your high-powered-blender (I love my Vitamix – it works perfectly in recipes like this).  Blend ingredients until smooth.  Add additional water if needed to create the consistency you desire.

 

Almond Butter Apple Dip

Almond Butter Apple Dip

1 cup organic almond butter
1/4 cup organic pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Organic sprinkles (optional)
and Apples… lots of them.

Stir together almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.  Carefully cut apples into wedges.  Enjoy with apple wedges and a burst of sprinkles.   It is not unusual for our family to consume ten apples when combined with this delicious dip. I do not always add a full 1/4 cup maple syrup when we enjoy this dip… sometimes only add a tablespoon or two.  This recipe is incredibly flexible, so play around with the quantities.

Peanut butter can be used in substitution of the almond butter, but be careful…  While peanut butter is extremely delicious, peanuts contain arachidonic acid that can promote inflammation, causing further harm to injuries, already inflamed tissues, and constipation/irritable bowel.

 

I was referred to this YouTube video by a friend, and I fell in love. This girl is absolutely adorable, and the argument she makes about the benefits of organic foods is irresistible.

 

Berry Poppy Seed Salad with Greens, Mangoes, Coconut, and Almonds

Berry Poppy Seed Salad with Greens, Mangoes, Coconut, and Almonds

My little kindergartener is majorly crushing on some girls at school.  For the last week or two, he has spent the evenings with paper and pen writing love notes to all of his girlfriends.  His love notes are envelopes with a carefully penned “I love you.”

I thought the joy of writing love letters was unsurpassable.
I was wrong.
Dead wrong.
Receiving a love letter from a very cute girl was beyond exciting. The letter is adorable with a picture of the two of them holding hands.  He carefully hung it on his magnet board by his bed so that he can look at it as he falls asleep at night.

And while my kindergartener has been crushing on girls, I have been crushing on this amazingly berry good salad.  Spinach, romaine, mangoes, strawberries, un-sweetened dried blueberries, unsweetened coconut flakes, and a handful of crushed raw almonds topped with a Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – is amazing.  My husband loves this salad with a little feta cheese and an organic grilled chicken tender marinated in a healthy Italian dressing.  Either way, I love this salad.

 

Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
adapted from Our Best Bites

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup raw organic honey
1-2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
About 10 cracks of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries
2/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

In a blender or Vitamix, combine the vinegar, honey, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, berries, and oil.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer dressing into a mason jar or dressing container and add poppy seeds.  Shake and serve.

Store dressing in the refrigerator.

 

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Raw Apple Holiday

Raw Apple Holiday

apples + peanut or almond butter + unsweetened coconut + raw pecans + chocolate chips = amazing.

Serve it at your next big event, share it with a friend, or enjoy it with a warm blanket and book.
This treat has the power to transform any day into a holiday.

 

Tips:

  • For easier drizzling, heat your almond/peanut butter on low heat prior to pouring it over the apples.
  • Splash your apples with fresh orange juice (prior to toppings) to prevent browning.
  • For added sweetness, try mixing organic almond or peanut butter with a little organic maple syrup and vanilla prior to drizzling your apples.

 

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

Cold mornings are best greeted with warm breakfast dishes.  This warm berry breakfast cobbler is a sweet way to start the day.  Enjoy this dish on a cold morning or evening… you will not regret it. And this dish is amazingly simple.  Whip up a warm healthy breakfast in minutes.  Your cold feet will thank you.

 

The variability of this dish is amazing.

Enjoy it plain, with plain Greek yogurt, or with a generous scoop of coconut whipped cream.

 

Either way, you are going to love it.

And if you do not absolutely love it…  you can call me and I will eat your warm breakfast berry cobbler for you.

And that makes me kind of hope that you do not like it. (hee hee hee)

 

Warm Berry Cobbler with Greek Yogurt

Warm Apple Berry Breakfast Cobbler

4 large sweet apples and/or pears – chopped into cubes
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, raspberries, etc.)
1 Tbsp agave nectar or sucanat
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup of oats or healthy granola/cereal (gluten-free is applicable)
Crushed almonds, pecans, etc.

 

Heat coconut oil in a large skillet. Add apples and or pears and saute until tender. Add berries, sucanat/agave nectar, cinnamon, granola/oats, and nuts. Bake until berries have “burst” and your oats are ready to crumble.

 

Eat it.

Enjoy it.

Love it.

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