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Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free, Chocolate, Avocado & Banana Smoothie Recipe

Dairy Free Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana
Smoothie Recipe

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This delicious Chocolate, Avocado, & Banana Smoothie recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and with a simple tweak works for Paleo too!  Smoothies are a nutritious way to start the day and with the chocolate in this one, the kids will think they are having dessert for breakfast!

Smoothies are a super easy, very nutritious way to start the day! There are so many different options that it’s pretty much impossible to get bored with them. This dairy-free smoothie is made with avocado (which gives them an extra creaminess), banana, coconut milk, and cocoa powder!

Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some healthy options so easy when you have a picky eater! Children that wouldn’t consider touching an avocado or spinach are quick to drink it if you add chocolate or berries. The possibilities are truly endless!

Smoothies also work well as an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up after a workout. Stick with natural sweetness like raw honey, bananas, or maple syrup for a healthier smoothie than those made with sugar or sweetened yogurt.

Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ banana
  • ½ large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ice
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Water to cover all ingredients
Instructions
  1. Blend avocado, banana, and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Notes
Use carob powder instead of cocoa powder and omit the honey if you are following a paleo or AIP diet.
Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

This recipe is so delicious and easy!! You can make it as basic as you want or feel free to add orange puree, mango, and other ingredients to make your smoothie even more delicious!!

Preparation

  • Using the smoothie or ice crush setting on your Vitamix blender. Purée orange, banana, carrot, mango, coconut water, hemp seeds, honey, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, salt, and ½ cup ice in a blender until smooth.

A pinch of salt makes everything taste better, including savory smoothies.

Mango Carrot turmeric smoothieIngredients for your Carrot Mango Turmeric Smoothie

SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS

  • 1 blood or navel orange, peel and white pith removed
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of local honey (Benefits of Local Raw Honey)
  •  cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon shelled raw hemp seeds
  • ¾ teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  •  teaspoons turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Vitamix 7500 BlenderThe most common Vitamix shopper’s question is some variant of, “I want a Vitamix to make smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts. Which model would be best for me?” The answer is that all Vitamix machines work great for those purposes; which one is best for you depends on if you want to pay for extra features.

If you’re overwhelmed by the choices and just want to know my preference, I’ve used all of the different types of Vitamix blenders, and the one I use on a daily basis is the 7500, with an extra 32-oz container for blending smaller amounts. (For the best deal, check out certified reconditioned.) All of the models are excellent, and I don’t think there is a wrong choice. (Plus, if you change your mind in the first 30 days, you can get a full refund, including covered shipping both ways.)



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How to Soak Nuts and Make Cashew Milk or Cashew Cream

How to Soak Nuts and Make Cashew Milk or Cashew Cream

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Making home made nut milk or nut cream is delicious and it’s so much easier than you might think. Especially if you have a Vitamix blender. This recipe and how-to is focused on making cashew cream or cashew milk but the method is nearly identical for a variety of different nuts. I do believe in soaking my nuts in purified water before turning them into cream or milk. The timeline for nut soaking times is below.

Which Nuts are Best to turn into Milk?

I have made nut milks from almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and pistachios, but from what I understand the similar methodologies apply no matter which nut you decide to use. Macadamia nut milk in particular is amazing, so rich and full of incredible flavor, but it  has got to be the most expensive nut milk you can make. I only make it as a special treat during the holidays.

How & Why to Soak Nuts for Milking.

Most nuts, seeds, grains and beans are covered in natural chemicals – enzyme inhibitors and toxins – that protect them while growing. These nutritional inhibitors and toxic substances are enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens. Once harvested, those same chemicals, the major one being phytic acid – are indigestible to the human body and must be broken down before consumption. When food containing phytic acid is consumed, the acid combines with important minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc in the intestinal tract and blocks their absorption which inhibits our digestive systems’ ability to break the nut down properly.

The very simple process of soaking releases these chemicals, helping you to absorb your food’s essential minerals and nutrients.

Soaking nuts in filtered water makes them easier to digest and improves their flavor.

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makes 1 quart
* I find that 1 cup of nuts is more than enough for 1 quart of milk, some people prefer 2 cups.

1) Soak your raw cashews and vanilla bean in filtered water for at least 2 hours.

2) Discard soaking water and rinse your cashews and the vanilla bean.

3) Place soaked cashews, honey (or other sweetener), vanilla bean, a dash of sea salt and 4 cups of water in a blender. Cover and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. It will be milky and have a bit of foam on the top.

4) If you’re using a Vitamix blender it will blend the cashews smooth. If you’re not using a Vitamix then strain milk through a nut bag, doubled up cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.

NOTES:

Some people prefer not to strain their cashew milk, since it technically doesn’t have to be, (think about all those glorious creamy cashew cream sauces). Even though it has far less pulp than other nuts.

These same instructions work for any nut you may choose to use. Though, generally almonds & cashews are my favorites.

Store in a covered glass jar, bottle or pitcher in the refrigerator, it’ll be good for about 4-5 days.

Separation is totally natural with homemade nut milks, just be sure to shake it up just before serving.

 

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Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

Gingerbread Smoothie Blender Recipe, Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free

If you are on a gluten-free diet, then you may miss out on some of your favorite holiday treats, including gingerbread cookies and other snacks. Luckily, with a Vitamix blender and the right ingredients, you can recreate the classic taste of gingerbread cookies in a refreshing smoothie.

This gingerbread smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Anyone can enjoy this tasty, holiday smoothie.

Ingredients

This recipe uses almond milk. If you prefer, you can substitute this with coconut milk or even coconut water; though, the almond milk blends well with the other ingredients. Use the following ingredients, to whip together your own gingerbread smoothie:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of fresh ginger (anti-inflammatory)

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Gingerbread Smoothie Directions

You may want to thaw the bananas slightly, before making your smoothie. Pour the almond milk in your Vitamix mix. Add the bananas and honey. Mix for a few seconds and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high for about thirty seconds, or until your mixture has a smooth and creamy consistency.

If you want, you can switch molasses for the raw honey; though, the raw honey is a healthier option. Using the ingredients listed, this 32-ounce smoothie has 210 calories, 53 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein. This drink is best when consumed immediately. If you need to store leftovers, store the extra smoothie in your fridge and drink within 24 hours.

Do not use this drink as a meal replacement – it should be treated as a snack. Reward yourself with a gingerbread smoothie after you get home from work or after supper. This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare – much faster than cooking a batch of real gingerbread cookies.

If you want to tweak the flavor of this smoothie, consider using a pinch of nutmeg or a little extra ginger. For those that find the taste of almond milk too strong, switch to coconut milk, this may help recreate the taste of the dough.

During the holidays, it can be hard to find traditional snacks and treats that you can eat while on a gluten-free diet. This gingerbread smoothie does a good job of simulating the taste of fresh gingerbread cookies, whipped together in a blender, without the added sugar that you would get from the real thing.

This recipe is essentially a basic banana and milk smoothie, which is one of the most common bases for a smoothie.  In this gingerbread smoothie recipe, the use of raw honey, vanilla, and ginger helps to replicate the taste of gingerbread. The raw honey is a great sugar substitute and can be used as a sugar substitute in a number of recipes.

As the holidays approach, do everything you can to stick to your diet plans. As tempting as fresh gingerbread cookies can be, there are healthy alternatives. In addition to this gingerbread smoothie recipe, look for other holiday smoothie recipes that you can easily make with a Vitamix blender.

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Preparing your own smoothie is an easy option for replacing a meal. In a few minutes, you can have a complete meal, full of beneficial nutrients. There are thousands of smoothie recipes that you can use with a Vitamix blender, which can make it difficult to find the exact recipe you are looking for.

If you are trying to find a morning meal replacement, then you will enjoy this cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie recipe.

The caffeine and antioxidants found in the green tea will provide you with your morning energy, while the honey will help to regulate your blood sugar levels. This will keep you on track and focused throughout the day, without leaving you with a sugar craving in the middle of the afternoon.

Before making this recipe, it should be noted that it requires fresh green tea. Brew a single cup of green tea before preparing your smoothie, using one or two green tea bags. You will require a half-cup of green tea to make the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie. Pour the half-cup of green tea into a small airtight container and place in your fridge.

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Ingredients

Along with the green tea, you will need a few additional ingredients. In addition to everything listed below, you can also add your choice of fresh, leafy greens, such as spinach or kale; though, this is not a requirement. Here are the basic ingredients for the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie:

  • ½ a cup of green tea
  • ½ a banana (frozen)
  • ½ a cup of almond milk (can be replaced with coconut milk or soymilk)
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Directions

Add all of the ingredients to your Vitamix blender, starting with the green tea, then the milk, followed by the produce, honey, and cinnamon. Some people also prefer to add ice. If you choose to add ice, blend the ingredients for a minute, then add the ice and blend for another minute.

Blend the ingredients until smooth and then serve. This should make one large serving of the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie.

Raw honey is a vital ingredient in this recipe. It contains an abundance of beneficial vitamins and minerals, while giving it the sweetness that would usually come from sugar. Among the ingredients found in raw honey, you will receive a healthy dose of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and vitamin C, as well as minerals – iron, copper, calcium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

This combination of nutrients will boost your energy, provide you with antioxidants, and support the development of healthy bacteria in your gut, while also preventing the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi.

A green tea smoothie is intended to cleanse your body and build up your immune system. This makes the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie the perfect meal replacement for the cold or flu season. If you want to protect your body from the cold or flu, boost your metabolism, and improve your health, try drinking a cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie several times per week.

 

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RECIPE: Vanilla and Macadamia “Ice Cream”

RECIPE: Vanilla and Macadamia “Ice Cream”

Craving a bowl of ice cream?  Enjoy this simple, three-ingredient ice cream recipe… without the guilt!

Also check out their Coconut Chocolate Rough Ice Cream or Berry Banana Ice Cream.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (soaked overnight) (nut soaking guide)
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract or fresh vanilla pods
  • 2 tbsp honey (extra to drizzle)

WHAT TO DO

  1. Combine ingredients together in your Vitamix blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. 
Run the mixture through an ice cream machine as per instructions.
  3. 
If you don’t have an ice cream machine, place in the freezer in a large container and freeze until firm (approx. 4 hours), removing every hour to whisk with a fork.
  4. Serve and drizzle with honey.

SOURCE: http://foodmatters.tv/content/3-healthy-ice-cream-recipes-sans-cream