Pick Me Up

Pineapple Lemonade

This time of year I spend my free weekends at the beach.  It’s not too hot, not too cool, but the perfect breezy temperature.  I always crave tropical fruits around this time, too — especially pineapple.  This fruity drink is so tasty and refreshing that it’s almost like a pina colada, without the guilt of too much artifiicial sugar (or alcohol)!  By adding the cucumber (one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat) to the pineapple, it helps to balance out the acidity.  It’s more tart than sweet, so I added stevia to mine.  I also had MCT Colada oil on hand (we sell this in our office), so I added a teaspoon of that.  Wow!  Every frosty sip made me feel like I was on the coast of somewhere beautiful…

  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water (OR coconut water)
  • stevia to taste
  • handful of ice 

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and frosty.  Sip away!

Creamy Nut Butter Dip

Let’s be honest, we all have days when we stand in front of a fully stocked refrigerator and say to ourselves, “there’s nothing to eat.”  In reality, there’s plenty to eat, but most of what we have takes preparation, which translates to: ”I don’t want to/have time to cook.”  Today was such a day for me.  I was so hungry, yet nothing appealed to me because I didn’t have TIME to prepare anything–I just wanted to eat.  A lot of times when I find myself in that situation, I know I just need a little something to give me the energy to cook or work, whatever the case may be.  I can’t take all the credit for this tasty little pick-me-up.  My friend, Cindy, shared a slightly different version of this with me that she was feeding her baby girl as an afternoon snack.  It stuck with me and came to my rescue at just the right time.  What a treat this was!  So there you have it, it’s kid AND adult approved.  Enjoy.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 TBS Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 TBS raw, organic creamy cashew nut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple flavored agave nectar OR 2-3 drops stevia
  1. Stir all ingredients together until well combined.  Serve with your favorite raw veggies & fruits.  Apples & celery were delicious for dipping!
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Summer Spritzer

It’s days like today that cause my husband and I took look at each other and say, “it’s another day in paradise”.  We feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place as Central Florida where the sun is {almost} always shining, grass is lush and green, and trees and flowers are in full bloom.  Our favorite place to spend our weekends is in our backyard, enjoying the breeze, swimming in the pool and relishing the simple things in life.  After all, they are, often times, the most gratifying.  This fruity drink was inspired by our little “paradise”.  One sip made us feel like we were far away in the tropics.  It was the perfect complement to the warmth of the shining sun.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sparkling water (or coconut water)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • juice of 1 small lime
  • 10 drops of stevia

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Serves 2.

Pearrot Slushie

When the warmer months come along and I’m spending more time outdoors, I begin to look for icy, cold beverages to accompany me.  There’s no science to this pear & carrot drink; I just happened to have them both in my house and it sounded interesting enough to try.  It turned out to be very refreshing and filling and wasn’t full of artificial sugar like most slushie drinks are.  The next time your spending the day outside, you might enjoy this, too!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 pear
  • 1 Tspn fresh ginger
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2-1 cup of ice
  • *optional* a few drops of stevia to taste

Blend all ingredients in Vita-Mix or other strong blender.

Fruity Avocado Salad

While the avocado is actually a fruit, it is most often used as a salty food.  I can find a use for it in almost everything I eat.  It is an incredibly versatile food.  Just some of the many ways I enjoy avocados are in the obvious guacamole, the less obvious chocolate “pudding”, and regularly in my smoothies or green shakes.  Yesterday, I decided to try something even more outrageous — eat it as a fruit!  Sadly, this is something I have never done.  I almost always sprinkle it with sea salt.  I needed an easy to prepare pick-me-up, a sweet snack in the afternoon, and this is what ended up in my bowl.  It hit the spotI even had it for breakfast again this morning.

Ingredients: 

1 avocado, cut into chunks
fresh pineapple cut into chunks
1/2 banana, sliced
a handful fresh blueberries
a few raw pecans (almonds or walnuts)
the juice of half a lime

Combine the first 5 ingredients, then squeeze lime juice over all fruit.  Give it a toss and enjoy.

Walnut Pecan Butter

I used to be intimidated at even the thought of making my own nut butters.  I first {grudgingly} attempted almond butter and it was a success.  Then I began to explore my nut options to see what else I could turn into a spread.  I like almonds, but I LOVE walnuts.  That was my next endeavor.  But why stop there?  I decided to mix & match my favorite nuts.  This was incredibly rewarding.  The natural sweetness of both the walnut and the pecan need nothing added to them, but with just a hint of sea salt and agave nectar, it reaches new heights.  In the photograph you can see a spoon in the jar.  That’s because that’s how we eat it.  Straight from the jar.  No bread, fruit, or celery stick required. 

 

Ingredients:

1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw pecans
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp light agave nectar

Put nuts in Vita-Mix or any heavy-duty blender and mix on low-speed until it begins to get sticky.  Stop the blending every minute or so and scrape the sides.  Continue this process until a butter is born.  Add agave and sea salt and give it one last whirl.  This makes 8 0z.  To fill a mason jar, double the recipe.  See if yours makes it to the fridge before it’s consumed.