Smoothies for a snack 😋😌👍

Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.

With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘

Smoothie recipe:

Two bananas

1/2 mango

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1cup OJ

1 Tsp Nutella

1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed

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Healthy sweeteners for everyday use👍

The most difficult part of replacing white sugar with healthy sweeteners is missing the convenience of sugar. Any where out of our own kitchen replacing sugar won’t be easy, but more and more places will provide honey or molasses if you just ask for it . 

Here is a list of healthy delicious sweeteners:

honey; date sugar; coconut sugar; maple syrup & molasses

Honey  the nectar of the gods, is also used topically for centuries to heal wounds and fight infections. It’s also great for adding flavor to homemade dressings and marinades.

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Date sugar– made from dried dates. Haven’t tried this one but we love adding dates cut in small pieces to oatmeal, salads, cottage cheese, eggs, and peanut butter sandwiches.

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Coconut sugar– also known as coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar, or coconut crystals is made from the sweet nectar of flower buds of the coconut palm.

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Maple sugar– boiling sap from maple trees dried, powdered, and sold as maple sugar. Also great with cinnamon or ginger for added flavor to sweet potatoes, and grilled vegetables.

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Molasses– dark syrup is the byproduct of processing sugar cane, but it has antioxidants, making it a better option than refined sugar. With its bold flavor it is a tasty ingredient for cookies, smoothies, barbecue  and beans.

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Grab a yogurt for snack or a meal on the go

With so many choices, all we have to remember is that plain yogurt has probiotics  that are good for our guts, and has calcium to keep our bones strong, and protein for our muscles.

Organic Greek yogurt adds more thickness to smoothies and parfaits. It is high in protein while still being low-cal. There is about 100 calories in a 6-ounce container of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. With fruits and honey added to plain yogurt we can lose the extra calories added sugar, and additives from flavored yogurts.

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Yogurt, with raisins, granola, berries, nuts, and for more flavor a dash of cinnamon, and for sweetness maple syrup

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Make a power Breakfast using these 10 Ingredients:

Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk
Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk

Easy to prep, and fast cooking. Have these ingredients on hand, to prepare a quick, delicious, and powerful breakfast.

Almond milk
Berries
Banana
Mango
Baby spinach
Pumpkin seeds Dates

Serve Egg, Spinach, Quinoa and Feta for one Powerful Breakfast .

Make it simple for yourself by stocking your pantry with canned, frozen or freeze dry ingredients for quick meals.

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Belly warming Fall Drinks

hot chocolate, Hot apple cider, spiced hot chocolate
A cup of hot chocolate with whip cream, hot apple cider, spiced hot chocolate.

Apple Cider, Spiced Hot chocolate, Hot Chocolate, Warm Pumpkin Spiced Drink, All these drinks are nonalcoholic, so enjoy it with your family.

Apple Cider
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups apple cider
Garnish with
whipping cream, Caramel topping, Ground cinnamon

Spiced hot chocolate
milk 3 cups (cow’s, almond, rice, soy)
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of ground chilli or cayenne pepper
1-2 cinnamon sticks
3-4 star anise

hot chocolate, Hot apple cider, spiced hot chocolate.
Hot chocolate, Hot apple cider, Spiced hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate
1 ounce semisweet or dark chocolate (Ghirardelli)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s )
2 cup milk
1 tablespoons granulated sugar to taste
pinch salt

Warm Pumpkin Spiced drink
1 cup whole milk, heated until very warm
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whipped cream, optional
Cinnamon, optional

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