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Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies

Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies
Awhile back, I wrote a post about Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal that has been very popular with Yummy readers. (Thanks for all of the enthusiastic feedback!) Since then I've been experimenting with a smoothie version of that recipe. Breakfast before school or work, or on the way. If you have kids and have a hard time getting a healthy breakfast in them before school, let them choose or create a favorite flavor and help you make them ahead of time. Great boost before or after exercise. Make ahead convenience. A complete meal in a glass. 321calories, 4.2g fat, 58.5g carbs, 13.9g protein, 7g fiberHigh in antioxidants, fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, and Vitamins A, B12, B6, C, DWeight Watchers PointsPlus: 6-8 points (I didn't get consistent results using the WW calculator, but this gives you a general idea. I honestly can't drink a whole 2-cup serving at one time. Chia seeds are power food (and a perfect smoothie thickener).

Avocado and Banana Smoothie Shooters Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up and I’ve been thinking about another green drink to share with you. Last year I made Kiwi Coconut Smoothie Shooters and they were a big hit. This year I decided to try avocado smoothies in the same fun shooter glasses. Avocado and Banana Smoothie Shooters 1 banana 1 avocado 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (honey or vanilla flavour) 1/4 tsp peppermint or vanilla extract (optional) honey or agave, to taste (optional) Topping: Greek yogurt (honey or vanilla flavour), semi-sweet chocolate shavings Peel and cut up banana and avocado into chunks, then freeze until firm. Other Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes:Beer StewShepherd’s PieGreen Chocolate Chip CookiesKiwi Coconut Smoothie ShootersGreen Scrambled Eggs

Homemade Dark Chocolate (Paleo) About a week ago I was with Ronin at our favorite little outside lunch spot. It was completely empty except for one other lady who sat at the table right next to us. My first impression of her was that she looked young for her age (she was probably around 50). Her skin was perfect, she had almost no wrinkles and she was in amazing shape. She was not wearing a stitch of makeup (hey I notice these things) and seemed to just ooze this healthy happy glow. Anyway I told her I eat a Paleo diet and she said, "Oh I have the most amazing and easy recipe for Paleo dark chocolate!" What you will need: 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil 1/3 cup of honey a few dashes of sea salt Directions:Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. This is incredible and I highly suggest you pair this with wine (I sound fancy but trust me I'm not) like my husband and I did the night I made it.

Spiced Chai Concentrate I've had this recipe for homemade spiced chai concentrate bookmarked since January, but I finally got around to making up a batch this morning. The verdict? Delicious. It's easy to make and smells delicious, too. I only made a couple of changes to the recipe, reducing the amount of sugar and ginger to suit my tastes. Spiced Chai Concentrate 4 1/2 cups water 1 stick cinnamon 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped 7 whole cardamom pods 2 whole star anise pods 10 whole cloves 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon orange zest 10 bags of black tea 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon vanilla Prepare the spices and the tea, and set aside. Strain the mixture into a 4-cup glass measuring cup or large bowl, discarding the spices. To serve, mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part milk. From TheCatNipCat's recipe on the Tasty Kitchen Blog.

Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe Advertisement - Scroll down for Smoothie Recipe I have to admit when I first heard of a smoothie with avocado in it I really wasn’t sure. Avocados in my salad or on my sandwich are great, but in a drink? Well, I decided to go ahead and give it a try anyway and I am so glad I did. This smoothie was a hit for just about everyone in my family. Even my three and four year old liked it. I’ll be upfront though and say that this is more a meal replacement than it would be a snack. Another great tidbit about this smoothie that I didn’t know until I research it, is that avocados have anti-inflammatory properties and even though they are high in fat, the natural raw fat they offer actually help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients more effectively. Ingredients: 1 Medium Avocado, peeled½ Cup Greek yogurt1 medium Banana1 Cup unsweetened Original Almond Milk1 tsp Vanilla extract3 Tbs Honey6 Ice Cubes Add all ingredients to Blender and blend to desired consistency. So what’s not to love??

Overnight, No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Don't miss my follow-up post to this one with8 MORE REFRIGERATOR OATMEAL FLAVORSplus FAQs and more tipsCLICK HERE This easy, no-cook "summer porridge" has make-ahead convenience and is packed with nutrition to get your day off to a healthy start. Make it in individual mason jars for a perfect serving size and an easy grab-and-go breakfast straight from the fridge (it's eaten cold). Take it along to work or anywhere. Apparently this kind of cold yogurt & oatmeal mixture has been around for awhile. I played around with some different flavor combos, and created single portion recipes that will fit in a half-pint mason jar. ch-ch-ch-CHIA seeds. Sources: Dr. In addition to chia seeds, this refrigerator oatmeal has protein- & calcium-packed yogurt and fiber-rich oats. Step-by-step photos for makingRefrigerator Oatmeal First, I'll show you the basic procedure for making refrigerator oatmeal. RECIPE LINKS. Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. view on Amazon: white plastic jar lids Step 4. Step 5. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Very Cherry Shirley Temple with Lime Very Cherry Shirley Temple with Lime As a kid whenever I was in a restaurant, the one and only drink I ordered was a Shirley Temple. I savored that one maraschino cherry on top of the drink and saved it for the very end. It was sort of like the prize in the Cracker Jack box….the cherry was the best part of the Shirley Temple. Now that I’m a grown-up (but a kid at heart of course) I make my own Shirley Temples and load them up with maraschino cherries. To jazz it up I like to add thinly cut lime wedges in with the cherries. The sweet of the cherry and the bitterness of the lime seem to complement one another in this drink too..….kind of like the Yin and the Yang. It’s fun serving this drink in a mason jar too. So there you have it, a small twist to an old classic. Let’s check out the ingredients. Lemon lime soda, grenadine syrup, maraschino cherries, ice, and…. …..whole limes. Here’s how to make it: Cut the limes into thin wedges. Then, Next, add the grenadine syrup….. …..and stir. Add more ice….

Smoothie Recipes for Menstrual Cramps Guide to Fighting Menstrual Cramps ( Home | Diet | Foods | Recipes ) Are you trying to find healthy smoothie recipes that are good for women with painful periods and menstrual cramps? This section of our Guide to Treating Menstrual Cramps with Food contains smoothie recipes and other healthy drink recipes that call for some of the best anti-cramping foods including bananas, pineapple, dark cocoa powder, and yogurt. And the best thing is, the smoothies included here are a cinch to make – regardless of whether you're using a Vitamix, NutriBullet, or just a regular blender! Cantaloupe Smoothie with Probiotics The delicious combination of cantaloupe melon and yoghurt in this smoothie packs a powerful punch of nutrients that help ward off menstrual cramps. See the Recipe Looking for a Powerful Smoothie Maker That Won't Break Your Bank? Pineapple and Banana Smoothie See the Recipe Hot Chocolate with Almond Milk See the Recipe Want More Recipes?

How to Make Herbal Popsicles ~ A Recipe Looking for a fun and effective way to incorporate more herbs into you child’s diet? Make herbal popsicles! These little homemade treats are super refreshing during the heat of summer and they provide a nourishing and immune system building snack the whole family is sure to enjoy. High-C Herbal Berry Pops Supplies -reusable popsicle molds-blender-equal parts of elderberries, hibiscus flowers, alfalfa leaf, rose hips to create my nutritious High-C Herbal Blend -jar or pot Ingredients -2 cups prepared High-C herbal tea -1 cup frozen or fresh berries -a handful of seasonal greens -sweetener of your choice Method 1. 3. Notes -The High-C blend is a combination of herbs that I love due to it’s antioxidant content, nourishing properties, and significant level of vitamin C – all of which strength the immune system and boost the body’s ability to protect itself (even assisting the skin in it’s ability to provide natural sun protection). -Get creative!

heatherross - blog - Now In Season... We just returned from a dreamy week spent on a lovely little lake in Monroe, NY. Most of the time it was just TC, Lobo, Benito and I (yes, we took the cat) but last Sunday we had some friends up for a day of swimming and grilling. The houses owner had told us that our best bet for fresh produce was a place called Blooming Hill, where a farming family has transformed its barn into a green market, cafe and weekend restaurant, with tables and umbrellas set up on a mostly flat stretch of mowed grass along the edges of the small stream. The farms jolly owner and his extremely friendly staff and family stock tables with their produce as well as mason jars full of icy lemonade with fresh mint and even a local selection of local cheeses in the barn. I love carrots, and was thrilled to discover a new (to me, at least) way to cook them. It was hard not to eat them raw in the car on the way home. Corn, too, was always a mid-late summer crop in Vermont.

3 Easy Infused Water Recipes Infused waters are one of my favorite warm weather beverages. These fancy waters are perfect for parties or just a special treat to yourself! You can make a pitcher for a group of friends or single servings, like these. Lemon and Cucumber Water. Strawberry and Basil Water.This recipe a unique and so pretty! Mint Water. I hope that you enjoy some pretty fancy water! 38 No-bake Treats & Desserts | The Skinny Pear Don’t have time to bake? Sometimes, you just don’t have time to bake cookies or cakes….or maybe you just don’t feel like…or maybe you’re baking something already, have a massive urge to make something sweet and you don’t want to wait until whatever is in the oven is done cooking. Yeah I know how it is, so I have 37 amazing treats and desserts that do not require ovens! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. There you go; no oven, no problem!! I’m out, THis post is part of Girl Meets Nourishment’s: Unproccessed Friday’s This post is part of Food Renegade’s: Fight Back Friday To support my blog, please use this link when you shop for coconut flour or other raw products: Truly Organics It is simply a way to reference my blog for your purchase. Joyce Schmalz (The Skinny Pear) I am married with two beautiful children ages 7 & 5. Comments

Dole Pineapple Whips from the Magic Kingdom Disneyworld was so right this time, for so many reasons. First of all, the kids are finally old enough to go on the teacups alone. That saved the Quiet Man and I at least 72.3 arguments. No one had to make the supreme dizzy sacrifice of taking two wild and crazy kids on such spinning madness. Oh please oh please oh please it will be so much fun and you'll never regret it. And even that makes me a little dizzy, but don't tell. and eating. Just in case you think I post only good pictures of myself on my blog. Dole Pineapple Whips Estimated Cost: $6.00 for four servings. Notes: Plan on making this on a day when you will be around for a few hours. PS Sorry about the funny spacing. 2 20 ounce cans Dole crushed pineapple with juice 2 tablespoons lemon juice Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice. Next Up: The Wild Animal Kingdom

Breakfast Oatmeal Smoothies | Mission for Fit Since January of this year, I’ve had a slight obsession with smoothies. I started out on the healthy track that month by substituting Visalus (Body by Vi) shakes twice a day as snacks, as well as eating low-carb meals three times a day. Visalus was a great starter for me, as I found I had alot of energy from the shakes directly after drinking them. The unexpected change it made for me was dropping me down to one single cup of coffee a day, when I was easily having 4 or 5, without even meaning to. I did drop some pounds after two months, and I was running plus lifting weights. I then transitioned to protein shakes with whey powder. I got my best results when I dropped the powders, used whole foods only, and counted calories in all shakes. I got Cory hooked on shakes for breakfast now, and he makes one pretty much everyday before work when he’s short on time. My Favorite Breakfast Smoothie Recipes! Happy Sunday peoples! Like this: Like Loading...

Homemade Fruit and Veggie Gummy Snacks | Live Simply This time of year it’s everywhere! It’s talked about on kid’s television shows, prominently displayed on store shelves, and passed out everywhere from the library to church. Candy! Now, I’m not writing this post to bash candy or any parent who allows their child to occasionally partake in candy treats. During this time of year, my kiddos are constantly being lured into the pretty colorful treats. With this season of candy in mind, I set out to make a candy my kiddos would eat and view as a treat. Unlike the gummies my kids love from the store (even the organic ones are processed) these gummies are packed with fresh fruit and veggie juice making them not only healthy, but also appealing to little eyes. What’s that, mom actually wants us to eat candy? Go ahead, mom, offer another gummy candy, these are healthy and delicious! What you will need: How to: To make the orange colored juice you will need: 5 carrots, 2 oranges (peeled), and 2 apples. Wash, dry, and trim veggies. Ingredients Instructions