Tropical Smoothie

This beautiful, creamy smoothie is perfect to get you thinking about someplace tropical.  We recommend throwing in a fun straw, closing your eyes, and let your mind wander for a while!

The coconut in this smoothie is not only great as a dairy substitute, it is also good for you. Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6.  They also contain selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.  Coconuts also help improve your immune system, help detoxify, and support your metabolism.

The mango in this smoothie is not just for taste, it also provides amazing health benefits like it’s co-ingredient (Is “co-ingredient” a word???).  Mangos are high in antioxidants which help fight against cancer.  They also contain high levels of fiber, vitamin C, and pectin which help combat cholesterol (especially the bad cholesterol).    They are also good for clearing your skin and improving eye health.

So, you’re not just escaping to the tropics with this smoothie, you’re actually improving your health at the same time!

Tropical Smoothie Ingredients:
– Handful of spinach
– Coconut chunks (found Frozen at Trader Joes)
– Plain Kefir*  – gets your probiotics
– Tbsp Hemp seeds
– Mango
– 1 – 2 Scoops Protein powder of choice
– Avocado (half)
-4-5 ice cubes
*You can use coconut kefir if you are dairy-free.  This will only enhance the coconut flavor 🙂

Instructions: Add your spinach, kefir, hemp seeds, mango, protein powder, and avocado to your blender.  Add the frozen coconut and ice last.  This order will help liquefy the smoothie faster and easier.  Blend until smooth.

Now, kick back and relax….that is, at least, until the kids start screaming for help for something really important…like “Mom! Where’s my sports headband???”

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Salads Don’t Have to Be Boring

Continuing on with our week inspired by the book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Ashlee made one of the recipes from the book, a “Decadent Salad with Spinach, Chicken, Crushed Walnuts, and Sliced Strawberries”.  Not only is this salad beautiful and delicious, but it follows the “Bowe Glowe” food plan which focuses on aiding your gut.

Decadent Salad from the book The Beauty of Dirty Skin

This salad contains so many good things to help improve your gut and ultimately your skin; protein, healthful fats, prebiotics, and probiotics. See the ingredient list below:

Ingredients for the Decadent Salad with Spinach, Chicken, Crushed Walnuts, and Sliced Strawberries:

  • 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup raw dandelion greens
  • 3 ounces boneless skinless grilled chicken, diced
  • 1 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinaigrette (homemade dressing is preferred and provides even more prebiotics (shallots/onion and garlic) and probiotics (raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar).

This is a great salad you can enjoy while feeling great about what you are putting into your body 🙂  To order The Beauty of Dirty Skin from Amazon, click on the image below:

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Kombucha – Why Wouldn’t Cha?

Inspired by the book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin by Dr. Whitney Bowe, I’ve been on a mission to find some probiotic products that will increase the good bacteria in my gut to improve my skin and overall health.  So, I decided to try kombucha.

What is Kombucha Anyway?
Kombucha is a beverage which can be served cold or hot that is produced by fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria otherwise known as SCOBY.  The SCOBY breaks down the sugar in the tea and releases probiotic bacteria.  After it ferments, the drink becomes carbonated, so don’t be surprised that it has a little fizz.

Why Kombucha?
While new to many of us, kombucha has been around for 2000 years as a remedy for inflammation and cancer prevention.  Research is still ongoing but much of the results are encouraging regarding cancer prevention, improved mental health, weight loss, reducing liver toxins, and  reducing cholesterol.

But, it’s the gut where kombucha is really gaining in notoriety.  It is touted as a rich, probiotic drink that will improve gut health, which can help improve digestion, improve your immunity, and oh one more thing – all of these factors will help improve your skin.  Cue The Beauty of Dirty Skin book.  But, don’t take our word for it – read the book and make your own decisions.

Kombucha can be made at home, but there are many great products to buy at your local grocery or health food store.

Here are our faves:

Gingerade Kombucha
Libby’s Favorite Kombucha drink: Gingerade by GTS Synergy

I like this GTS Synergy Gingerade the best because it is low in calories and doesn’t have a strong vinegar taste compared to others.  It’s actually very similar to ginger ale.  My kids even like it!”  – Libby

 

 

 

Ashlee’s Favorite Health-Ade Kombucha & Suja Probiotic Juice

The Cayenne isn’t hot, it just has a little kick!  The apple one is smooth and nice with no overpowering flavor.  The lemongrass is my personal favorite – it’s strong but if you like lemon flavor, you’ll love this!” – Ashlee

 

 

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Herbal Beverage – Coffee Alternative

Dandelion tea

So my friend Anna introduced me to this “Dandy of a drink” 😉.  It’s an herbal drink that can replace coffee,  no kidding it is really good!  I wanted an alternative in the evening to tea –  tea just gets boring sometimes.  There is no caffeine so you can still sleep like a baby!

My drink of choice with this product:
Warm 1 cup milk alternative. I choose coconut milk, one scoop of Dandy Blend and some cinnamon to top it off!

Benefits of Dandelion:

– Protects Bones. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and dandelions contain 10 percent of your daily value. …
– High in Vitamin K. …
– Cleanses Liver. …
– Fights Diabetes. …
– Fights Skin Infections. …
– High in Antioxidants. …
– Rich in Fiber. …
– Good Source of Vitamin A.

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Delicious Soup in 10 Minutes

Here’s an easy Butternut Carrot Ginger soup that will take you 10 minutes max!

Ingredients:
– 1 cubed butternut squash
– 3-5 chopped carrots
– 2 cloves garlic
– 1 can coconut milk
– 1 cup chicken stock or veggie stock
– Ground ginger to taste
– Salt to taste

Directions:
If you’re like me, I buy the butternut squash already cubed! Steam the veggies,  put in the blender with remaining ingredients, and blend well.  May need to do it in two rounds in the blender.  Transfer to pot to cook on stove about 5 minutes.
Pour into a soup cup and throw on some jalapeño’s for a little kick and serve. Fast, easy and sooooooo delicious!  Look at that color- I feel healthier just looking at it👀

Additional topping options: – toasted coconut flakes, cilantro, and/or toasted almonds.  All of these taste great!

Butternut Carrot Ginger Soup

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Cold-Press Probiotic Vinegar Juices

SujaHere’s my new obsession – Suja Probiotic Vinegar juices.  These cold-pressed blends of organic Apple Cider Vinegar or Coconut Vinegar keep “the mother still intact”  and they have four billion live probiotics in every bottle.  Yes, you read that right!  To top it off, they taste great too!

Suja Organic Probiotic Coconut Vinegar Juice
Suja Organic Probiotic Coconut Vinegar Juice – Lemongrass Lime

There are 9 flavors in all including, strawberry, hibiscus ancho chile, and cucumber ginger. My favorite is the Lemongrass Lime Coconut.

What’s so great about cold-pressed juices? “At Suja, we use Cold Pressure, also known as High Pressure Processing (HPP), instead of high heat, to extend shelf life & to help maintain essential vitamins, minerals & enzymes.

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You can sign up for a subscription to Suja products or you can purchase individual bottles at local retailers (Heinens, Giant Eagle, Target, Whole Foods, etc.).  So, try a bottle and let us know what you think.  Your gut will thank us 🙂

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Shaved Brussels Sprout and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

This Shaved Brussels Sprout and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad is going to be a new regular dish in our household (and I just made it last night! ).  It’s relatively easy with the exception of chopping the brussels sprouts and butternut squash – but really you could make it easy by buying these two items pre-cut.

Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe
Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

 

Ingredients:

12-15  Brussel Sprouts (estimate)
1 Butternut Squash (medium size)
3/4 C dried cranberries (or dried cherries)
1/4 cup goat cheese crumbled (adds creaminess without overpowering salad – feel free to add more if you love it)
1/3 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil (dressing)
2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (depending on how tangy you like it)
1-2 Tbsp dijon or honey mustard
1 Tbsp maple syrup – use the real deal
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 425F.  Peel and cut butternut squash into cubes (or buy pre-cut), drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.  Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and bake in oven  until cubes are browned and squash is soft and chewy (20 – 30 minutes).

Trader Joe's Cut Butternut Squash
Trader Joe’s Cut Butternut Squash

In a small bowl mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and maple syrup and whisk until you have an even consistency.

Shave/Slice brussels sprouts (or buy this pre-cut to make it really easy) and toss in a large bowl.  Add goat cheese, cranberries, and brussels sprouts. Pour 2/3 dressing over if you like your dressing light.  Add more depending on your preference.

Trader Joe's Shaved Brussels Sprouts
Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Try it and let us know how you like it!  There’s a comment section below 🙂

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