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Kale Me Later – Day 4 – Seven Days of Smoothies

The midway point of Seven Days of Smoothies is today! You didn’t think I would forget about green smoothies did you? They are my favorite! In fact I love them so much, I want to give you an an A-Okay to throw greens into any of the smoothies on this seven day challenge! Kale Me Later is the smoothie of the day, but you’re going to want to do it now not later. ūüôā

Lucuma powder, a¬†maple flavored natural sweetener from the Inca fruit which contains¬†iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and beta caroteine is an optional add in to your smoothie. Matcha adds green tea flavor to the smoothie as well as a powerhouse of antioxidants like the Catechin EGCg known for it’s cancer protective properties. It is energizing, detoxifying, and helps concentration and focus.

If you want more green goodness, feel free to double this recipe for a larger smoothie!

Kale Me Later - Day 4 - Seven Days of Smoothies

Kale Me Later Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Green Grapes

1/2 Green Apple, Core Removed

1 Cup Frozen Kale (fast & convenient, prewashed)

1 Tablespoon Lucuma Powder (optional but good)

1 Teaspoon Matcha Green Tea

1/2 Cup Crushed Ice

2 Tablespoons of Grass Fed Gelatin or Your Favorite Protein Powder (add after initial blending and blend just until incorporated to prevent foaming)

Blend all the ingredients together until very smooth. Then add the gelatin or protein powder and blend briefly.

 

 

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How to Make a Healthy Matcha Green Tea Spiced Latte

Fall is almost officially here! Who is excited? It is my favorite season!

Here is a three minute video I created demonstrating a Healthy Matcha Green Tea Spiced Latte to enjoy this Fall!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Spiced Latte

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Hot Filtered Water

1 Teaspoon Matcha Green Tea Powder

1/4 Cup of Full Fat Coconut Milk (No Additives)

1 Tablespoon of Grass Fed Gelatin (Collagen)

1 Teaspoon of Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract or (1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla Powder for AIP Paleo)

1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg (use Mace for AIP Paleo)

1/8 Teaspoon Cardamom(use Cinnamon for AIP Paleo)

Place in a BPA Free Shaker with a whisk inside. Shake 30 to 40 shakes. Add to your mug and¬†it’s ready!

Matcha in Flips

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Spiced Latte

 

Enjoy your day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

Tropical Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

It’s Mother’s Day weekend! If my Mama lived closer, I would make her this delicious Tropical Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert, because it is absolutely delicious, and also because it has nutrient rich ingredients that will make her skin glow and benefit her body!

Tropical Matcha Ice Cream

Tropical Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

I have to admit, I am passionate about Matcha. I started drinking it years ago because of the rich green tea flavor! I love the taste, and the health benefits were an added bonus! Matcha is packed full of antioxidants, and even though it contains caffeine, it calms and relaxes the body while it energizes. It contains high levels of¬†chlorophyll,¬†vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. If that wasn’t enough, there are EGCG’s in Matcha that lower blood sugar and cholesterol. Matcha detoxifies, increases metabolism, boosts memory and concentration,¬†and is disease and cancer preventative. Wow! Who doesn’t want all that?

Tropical Matcha Ice Cream

Okay, so that is one of the ingredients in this creamy, tropical ice cream. I also added pineapple, mango, lemon juice (Vitamins A and C), and avocado which all beautify your skin! There is coconut milk and coconut oil for healthy fat (along with the avocado). The avocado adds extra creaminess with a neutral flavor, and finally natural honey. So, let’s eat ice cream in a very healthy way!

Tropical Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Fresh Cubed Pineapple

1 Ripe Mango

1 Can Full Fat Coconut Milk (No additives for SCD Diet)

1/2 Cup Good Honey (clear if eating SCD Low FodMap)

1/2 Ripe Avocado

2 Tablespoons of Matcha Green Tea Powder

1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

1. In a blender, blend all the ingredients.

2. Refrigerate Ice Cream Mix for at least 4 hours or overnight.

3. Churn in an ice cream maker. I love this one.

Serve!

Tropical Matcha Ice Cream

Tropical Matcha  Green Tea Ice Cream

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

Island Get Away Immune Boosting Parfait

Island Getaway Immune Boosting Parfait

Island Getaway Immune Boosting Parfait

It is so important to keep our immune systems strong and feed ourselves nutrient dense foods during the winter months when we want to avoid colds and flu! For me, that means the treats I choose to put in my mouth need to be full of nutrients as well. I am not a perfectionist when it comes to food, but if you want to heal your digestion and keep your immune system strong, live long, and avoid downtime due to winter illness, there are ways to have your treats and not sacrifice nutrients. The Island Getaway Immune Boosting Parfait recipe consists of organic superfruits including raspberries, mango, pomegranate juice, currants, walnuts, almonds, lemon juice, banana, cinnamon, superfood matcha green tea, coconut, honey and a little vanilla. It tastes like a decadent dessert, but it is also a dense, nutrient rich food that will benefit your body’s cells, be part of a diet to keep your immune system strong, has flavonoids, phytonutrients, antioxidants, good fat, vitamins and minerals. ¬†All you need is a blender!

Some lifestyle choices that will help you meet your wellness goals this winter season are moving your body, getting enough sleep, getting outside in the sunshine and/or supplementing with Vitamin D3, and as mentioned, food choices. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D in the winter time. We get it naturally from the sun, but during the winter months and even the summer months, due to sunscreen, our bodies often do not absorb enough. Vitamin D is supportive to our immune systems. It is a hormone, not a vitamin, and is necessary for our immune systems to function properly. I started supplementing with Vitamin D3 this Autumn and within a week I was sleeping better.¬†Here is an article for more information on the benefits of Vitamin D along with a short video. Also, Chris Kresser has written an informative article on Vitamin D entitled, “Vitamin D: the new super-nutrient?” You can read that article here.

So, pick your favorite exercise and commit to it regularly. For me that means weights and cardio three days a week in the mornings, yoga on the other days, and walking outdoors (weather permitting). Restorative yoga helps me wind down and sleep in the evening, especially when I have had a hectic day, (just 15 minutes will help). Lately I am really having fun with ball workouts. They make me feel like I am playing like a kid, not working out, but I am seeing results! Here’s one that I like. So, choose something that is fun! You will be getting the benefits of exercise and endorphins from doing something you enjoy, like jump roping or hula hooping. Here is a inspirational article on winter workouts from The Aloha Way, Source of Happiness entitled “Winter Workouts, Take it Inside¬†by Eric Petri. And another on the benefits of stretching called “Stretch Your Way To Wellness” by Donna Flagg.

So here is the delicious, nutrient rich, parfait recipe:

Island Getaway Immune Boosting Parfait

Ingredients:

First Layer Mango:

1 Ripe Mango

1/4 Cup Raw Walnuts

1/4 Cup Organic Dried Currants

1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Second Layer Raspberry Pomegranate:

2/3 Cup Organic Frozen Raspberries, Thawed

1 Tablespoon 100% POM Juice

1 Ripe Banana

1/4 Cup Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

Third Layer Matcha Green Tea

4 Teaspoons Powdered Matcha Green Tea

1/4 Cup Raw Almonds (I used sprouted)

1/4 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk, no additives

2 Tablespoons Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

2 Tablespoons Pure Honey

Finish with pomegranate seeds on the top.

Directions: Starting with the first layer, blend all the ingredients until smooth and pudding consistency. Divide between three glasses or dishes evenly. Repeat with the Raspberry Pomegranate layer. Repeat with the Matcha Green Tea layer. Top with 1/2 teaspoon pomegranate seeds on each parfait. Chill two hours before serving.

Keeps in the refrigerator for 4 days.

I like these for breakfast. It is a serving of Matcha in each parfait. They are also good post workout! I hope you enjoy them. Imagine you are in a sunny island paradise on vacation while you are eating it for extra benefits!

Makes 3

Eat your nutrients! You deserve it!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

*I contacted POM Juice directly to inquire about any additives or fillers in their 100% POM Juice and was told they put nothing in it. It is pure pomegranate juice. So, this item is SCD Legal.

 

Toasted Hazelnut-Vanilla Nut Milk & Lattes

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Are you a hazelnut lover? I have this new recipe for Toasted Hazelnut-Vanilla Nut Milk that I adore with my cold brew iced coffee and matcha green tea. Nut milks are nutritious and easily made at home without the fillers and gums that can be difficult for your digestive system.

The nuts are plentiful in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and also essential fatty acid. Also, nutritionally, they contain Folate, B-Complex Vitamins, Copper, Magnesium, and Iron.  They make delicious milk!

You can make the milk with raw hazelnuts, but toasting them boosts the flavor profile and makes the milk even more delicious.  There is just three ingredients to make the milk. You do need a high speed blender and a nut milk bag. The nut milk bag is very inexpensive and handy to have around.

Homemade Nut Milk Tools. High Speed Blender & Nut Milk Bag

Homemade Nut Milk Tools. High Speed Blender & Nut Milk Bag

Ingredients:

4 Ounces Hazelnuts (Toasted & Skins Removed)

2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract (SCD Legal)

6 Cups of Filtered Water

1  Pinch Himalayan Pink Salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350¬į F.

On a parchment lined cookie sheet ¬†toast hazelnuts in one layer in middle of oven 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly colored and skins are blistered. Using a lint free kitchen towel, wrap the nuts hot from the oven and¬†let them steam 1 minute. ¬†Briskly rub nuts in the towel to remove loose skins (don’t worry about skins that don’t come off) and cool completely.

Place the nuts, vanilla, water and salt in your high speed blender and blend for three minutes.  Pour into the nut milk bag and drain the liquid squeezing gently at the end to extract all the liquid.  Pour into a pitcher or storage container and refrigerate.  It stays fresh for about a week, if it lasts that long.

Makes 6 cups

Here are some of the ways I love to use it.  You can also use it as you would any milk in your recipes and baking where you want a hazelnut flavor.

Make a Matcha Green Tea Latte!

Directions: Whisk 1 teaspoons of Matcha Green Tea into 1/4 Cup of hot water. Stir in 1 cup of Toasted Hazelnut-Vanilla Nut Milk and pour over ice. It is so refreshing!

iced-matcha-hazelnut-latte

Iced Hazelnut Matcha Green Tea Latte

Use it in Coffee for a delicious Hazelnut Flavor without the Syrups.  Iced or hot!  Here I made  iced coffee with a cold brew coffee, ice and toasted vanilla hazelnut milk.  You can choose to add honey if you like your beverages sweet.

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Toasted Hazelnut Milk Iced Coffee

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

After travelling to China my first time, I fell in love with Matcha. ¬†When I went into the little corner markets there, in the snack isle, they had a variety of little Matcha Green Tea cookies to choose from. ¬†They were delicious with a delicate sweet green tea flavor! ¬†I get excited about new food ideas and combinations. ūüôā ¬† They were so good and mildly sweet, as Chinese desserts tend to be.¬† Here I have recreated the little green tea matcha cookie using my favorite unsweetened matcha powder.

Matcha Powder

Matcha Powder

Matcha has amazing health benefits as well.  It is cancer fighting, high in antioxidants, boosts memory and concentration, increases metabolism, combats inflammation, oxidation and aging and contains potassium, vitamins A and C, Iron, Protein and Calcium. I use 1/4 cup in this recipe, which comes out to 1/4 teaspoon of matcha per cookie.   I hope you enjoy them as much as my girls and I do.  They are made with almond flour and good fat.

Matcha Cookie Dough Scoops

Matcha Cookie Dough Scoops

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Ingredients:

2 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Matcha Green Tea Powder

1/4 Cup sliced Almonds

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1/4 Cup Clear Honey

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Egg White

1/4 teaspoon ground Cardamom

1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract (no additives beside vanilla & alcohol)

Add coconut oil, honey, egg white, cardamom & vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and whip on medium high for 3 minutes until light and creamy.  Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine almond flour, matcha powder and salt.  Add to the wet ingredients just until blended.  Alternatively you can use a hand mixer, it will just take longer to get the coconut oil mixture light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Scoop with a tablespoon cookie scoop onto two parchment lined cookie sheets. Take a pinch of the sliced almonds and press into the top of each cookie. Bake at 325 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes. Cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies

Matcha Green Tea Cookies - Grain Free

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

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