St Patty’s Day: Minty Madness Smoothie

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Happy St. Patty’s day! I am sure some of you will be having other beverages that do not include spinach… or almond milk… BUT if you are on the detox (or  just looking for another delicious healthy smoothie recipe) you have to try this refreshing,  creamy Minty Madness Smoothie.

This 7 ingredient smoothie tastes somewhat how I would imagine the popular Shamrock Shake tastes … only WAY better. It also doesn’t contain the a million chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients the certain fast food chain uses. Not to mention it’s full of naturally flavorful ingredients that provide so many health benefits. It’s full of vitamins A, C, K and D, B vitamins, folate, magnesium, potassium, fiber, protein, antioxidants, healthy fats,  and many other vitamins and minerals.

I tested this recipe last weekend and have been craving it ever since. This creamy, minty goodness will be sold at the Galley all of next week in honor of St. Patty’s day. Come and get one of your close by! If not be sure to make it at home. I think it will soon become a smoothie staple in your household.

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Serves 2

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least an hour or overnight*
1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
1 cup spinach
1 serving vanilla hemp protein
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup fresh mint
vanilla bean (from one pod) or 1-2 drops vanilla stevia or extract
optional: honey or stevia for desired sweetness

In vitamix or high powered blender, add all ingredients. Blend on high for 1 minute or until creamy and smooth. Note: you may need to add more almond milk if too thick.

*The longer you soak the cashews the creamier the consistency. I like to soak overnight but if you forgot and need this smoothie now, it still tastes delicious with them soaked for a few minutes

Enjoy!

a few meal inspirations

Hello fellow detoxers!  I can’t believe how  many people have decided to join me on the 21 day detox. I am so thrilled to have you with me on this journey with me to vibrant health and new beginnings.

YAY! You made it through the first few days. Pat yourself on the back, they really are the hardest.  It’s like the minute you tell yourself you aren’t eating gluten you want that bagel staring at you on your co-workers desk…even if you usually don’t even eat bagels. Humans are strange creatures.  I promise though, those cravings will quiet everyday until they are gone completely. Sugar and caffeine seem to be the hardest part for people, especially eliminating them if you are used to having them daily.

If you are having headaches due to caffeine withdrawal, have some green tea. You can even buy flavored green tea that may help with a sweet tooth. If that sweet tooth will not give up, have a small piece of fruit or a green smoothie with 1/2 a banana or green apple and some coconut oil and unsweetened almond milk.

I swear they will soon start tasting like milkshakes to you (once your taste buds adjust to the natural flavors). I make this smoothie for my husband when he is having a sweet craving and he wouldn’t swap this for his favorite milkshake now, would you Mike? 😉

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hi Mike! came across this pic in my phone

A clean treat that is loaded with protein, fiber, antioxidants and other vitamins.

ChocoBanana Protein Smoothie
1 cup spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1 Tbs almond butter
1-2 Tbs raw cacao powder
1.5 tsp coconut oil (organic, cold-pressed)
1 Tbs hemp protein powder
3/4 cup unsweentened almond milk
1/2 cup ice
1 tsp honey or maple syrup(optional)
Additional add-ins : ground flaxseed, chia seed, raw cacao nibs (add after for choc chip pieces)

Blend until smooth.

Sorry, I went off on a smoothie tangent.  Anyway, I am really enjoying all of the emails about your progress so far- mentally and physically. It has only been a few days but I am seeing that a lot of you are already noticing positive affects. Whether it’s a noticeable change in energy levels, moods, stress, bloat, or any other digestive health issues, I am beyond excited hear all of your feedback! It only keeps getting better from here.

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about menu and meal ideas. Instead of sending each of you different recipes and ideas, I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite recipes and dishes from friends and fellow bloggers.

Many of these are dinner ideas – but can easily be stored and made into lunch the next day. Switch it up by adding a few more spices or vegetables to it, or even throw it in a saute pan in the morning, crack and egg on it and you’ve got a delicious and easy breakfast.

Be creative and switch out different ingredients and spices to your liking. Most of them are gluten and dairy free, however if one of the items happens to be just swap it out or just nix it. Enjoy!

Recipes:

Cauliflower Lentil Taco Salad,  Food Babe

Quinoa Fried Rice with PorkThe Queen of Quinoa
I substitute with organic chicken, beef or egg. Most of the time I  eliminate meat all together – as quinoa is very high in protein

Kale Rice Bowl , 101cookbooks
Can substitute yogurt with coconut milk yogurt or add avocado for creaminess. Great for breakfast or dinner. 

Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Sage Skillet Quinoa , Recipes to Nourish 

Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa and Creamy Coconut Millet, Inspired Edibles

Quinoa Crusted Sole in a Chili-Lime Glaze, Inspired Edibles

25 Soups and Stews, With Food + Love
All Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg + Meat Free

Here are two recipes I’ve made this past week:

Spiced Salmon with mustard sauce
(I halved for 2 people and still had leftovers) 

Ingredients
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets

Directions
Preheat broiler.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a fork. Rub mustard mixture evenly over each fillet. Place fillets, skin side down, on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 8 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

I know some of you were asking about substituting  breads/wraps for lunch, especially when packing a lunch for work. If you are not going 100% Gluten Free (which is okay, as long as you are eating the right kinds of grains) As I mentioned before, this should be tailored and manageable for your life. Don’t make too drastic of changes unless you know you can plan on maintaining. It’s better to set realistic goals for the detox and be in it for the long haul, then to cut it short or give up.

Creamy Kale + Basil Sauce
Great on any dish. Try it on chicken, fish, quinoa/rice bowls. I even put it on sautéed spinach and eggs for breakfast.

Ingredients
4-5 kale leaves
1 small bunch basil
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 clove garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste
approx. 1/2 cup olive oil
optional: 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (great for vegetarian dishes and adds a cheesy flavor) 

Directions: Place all ingredients in a vitamix/food processor. Blend until well incorporated. Slowly drizzle in olive oil until creamy and well emulsified.

This is so flavorful and adds a nutritional punch to any of your favorite dishes. It’s full of vitamins, fiber, protein, anti-oxidants, and healthy fats.

The other night we made lettuce wraps with our left over salmon. We shredded the salmon on large Boston lettuce leaves, added avocado, cucumber, radishes, chives and fresh dill. Drizzled them with this sauce and it was so good!

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You can make the sauce in large batches and store in the fridge. (Mix well before using, you may also have to add a little more olive oil if consistency thickened).

I am posting my Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Casserole tomorrow, as well as a vegan Shamrock Shake we made this weekend, just in time for St. Patty’s Day (think spinach, fresh mint and vanilla bean, yum!)

21 Day Detox – who’s with me?

Tomorrow begins my 21 Day detox.

I am getting Spring fever and so over this snow (for those of us who have been blasted with seemingly endless snowstorms, you understand).  That tease of warm weather last weekend here in Philadelphia brought on that indescribable feeling  you get when you know nice weather is around the corner. I could feel it in the air, hear it in the chirping birds, see it in the tulips peaking through the thawing earth.

I decided that Sunday I was in a need of a pre-Spring cleanse. I want to feel as alive and vibrant as Spring, whenever it arrives.  If you are like me in the winter you tend to eat more comforting, heartier meals, while hibernating in your cozy home.

That little blast of warm weather was like a wake up call for me. I knew it was time to get my body and mind back in shape and to shed not only a few winter pounds, but to also shed those winter blues and revive my mind and spirit.

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Nothing helps more with that than a good detox (mind, body, spirit) –  mindful eating, more rest, less social media, more journaling, less stressing, more juicing, less processed foods.

So tomorrow I begin my 21 day detox –  just in time for Spring and warm weather.

My detox goes as follows:

I will be eliminating completely : sugar, dairy, gluten, processed foods. 

My main source of nourishment will come from : vegetables (lots of dark leafy greens); grass-fed, organic lean meats; wild-caught fish (smaller the better- less mercury and toxins); healthy fats such as coconut oil, cold-pressed olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocado; grains such as quinoa, brown rice and millet.

I’ll be limiting fruits, caffeine (rarely drink it but occasional green tea is okay).
*If you are a coffee drinker limit to black coffee if you absolutely need.

Aside from the diet guidelines of the detox, I will also be cleansing my mind and building my spirit by adding/eliminating certain actions and activities. I will be off of social media (except for limited time for my nourish and nosh facebook page and blog). I will be limiting stress by adding more meditation, more yoga, morning and night time journaling (this is my all time favorite way to rid anxiety, organize thoughts, and relieve stress). I’ll also be taking epsom salt baths with lavender. The epsom salt pulls toxins from your skin, while the lavender helps to soothe any tension and stress (also good for insomnia and/or headaches).

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I will be digging deeper into my own spirituality and practice it with more devotion and discipline. I also would like to exercise more awareness in my words, thoughts, decisions and actions.

I am really looking forward to this and hope you’ll join me.  If 21 days seems too long, aim for 5-7. Any amount of cleansing time will help jump start your body into Spring mode and help to revive you mentally, physically and spiritually.

Please feel free to email me for recipes and different meals, snacks, smoothies and juices I will be making the next 21 days.  I look forward to hearing from you and to share this amazing journey I am about to embark on.

*Please begin whenever you are ready. Make sure to read these guidelines to prep your body for a cleanse. If you heavily rely on foods that contain dairy or gluten, you may tailor this cleanse to your specific needs. I know what my body can handle and I limit gluten, dairy and sugar on a daily basis, so it will not be such a drastic change for me. It is important you ween yourself into any change in diet by going slow. Contact me with any questions.