Today I am sharing a smoothie recipe with you that I created earlier this week. I have been experimenting with Genuine Health products and used on in this smoothie. I also won a contest and got some free samples, so I will wait to do a review on some of the things I have tried until a bit later.
First up, I have some exciting news. I have been working with a local business, Jaydancin & Zoe’s Market Place in Lambeth, ON. They are an organic make-up shop and provider of high quality natural products for body care and they also offer a variety of natural local and organic products sourced from trusted resources in and around London, ON.
This Saturday I will be in store offering nutrition information and helping you to take simple steps to improve your health. This Saturday I will be chatting about…SUGAR! I will have some alternatives and tips to help you reduce your sugar intake and why you should!
This is a great opportunity to meet me and chat! I look forward to being there and seeing everyone who stops by!
Saturday November 8th, 2014
Jaydancin & Zoe’s Market Place
2454 Main St., Lambeth, Ontario, Canada
Okay, on to the recipe!
Like I said, I have been experimenting with Genuine Health products, in particular the Vegan Greens+ O. It has lots of good ingredients and it is made from 80% organic ingredients. I like that it adds an easy boost to my day in just one scoop and I know I am getting lots of nutrition that is difficult to get from just eating food.
Our food today unfortunately is not as nutritious as it used to be, and while I do believe that supplements are not necessary I think the to thrive with optimal nutrition without supplements is a large challenge! What I like about Genuine Health Greens+ O is that it is whole foods based, I get lots of whole foods in some small package so it isn’t another pill that my body might not breakdown properly and then I have wasted money.
I have only been using this product for about a week and although the flavour is strong (I opted for natural flavour!) it is definitely easy to add to my daily diet and in particular my smoothie!
1 cup almond milk
1 kale leaf
½ cucumber, chopped
½ lemon, juiced (by hand)
1/3 ripe banana
1 scoop Vegan Greens+ O by Genuine Health
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp hemp oil
Add all ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smoothie. Drink and feel energized!
What do you have when you need an energy boost? Do you take a supplement to get more nutrients into your diet?
Okay, so I am one week into my second round of the 21 Day Sugar Detox, feel free to read about my first experience here. This time I did very little planning, this is because I knew exactly what I was getting into, and because I am almost already 100% gluten free (I say almost because there are times that you just can't be sure) and I ate mostly paleo meals, not to say I am paleo, I am not, but I knew that level 3 would be easier this time around than before.
So far so good, not planning things is nice, makes things feel more sustainable, but I still have cravings, mostly for fruit, strawberries in particular. Also, I went to the fair, and truth be told I didn't exactly follow the detox, and realized how fast I can slip into the world of sweets.
I find that I lack self control if I am not being conscious about it, so I need to be more conscious about that. One thing I wanted was a quick snack, high in fat and protein, low in carbohydrates and more interesting then just plain nuts. I created this sugar-free no-fuss paleo "granola."
It is sort of pumpkin-ish, it tastes nothing like pumpkin, but I used gingerbread spice and a scoop or two of pumpkin puree, so it is sort of pumpkin, I am not sure, it all made sense when I was making it.
This turned out crispy and flavourful, not sweet at all (be mindful, granola traditionally is just oats masquerading as candy, this granola has ZERO sweetness, you were warned), but I am excited about the possibilities. I plan on using bananas or apple sauce in the future to add to the mix (but I didn't want to waste my daily fruit option on granola), and potentially add in some raisins after cooking to make it just a touch sweet without a sweetener. It makes a yummy topping to a chia pudding (chia seeds + nut milk) or as a cereal substitute, I think it will look cute on top of a smoothie as well for photo purposes.
Sugar-Free Pumpkin "Granola"
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 cups nuts* (I used hazelnuts and walnuts)
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 egg white, whisked
1 tbsp gingerbread spice blend
2 tbsp pure pumpkin puree (I used canned, nothing added)
Have you done a sugar detox? What would be the most challenging thing for you to have to give up?
Since starting at CSNN one thing I know for sure that I have learned is that we can all use more probiotics! If you have ever taken a second to check out supplemental probiotics at a health food store, or even at the grocery store, you are probably shocked at the price! I started brewing Kombucha, a sparkling fermented probiotics tea after learning how simple (and tasty!) the outcome is.
I drink about 8oz each day, and on days where I miss it, I can feel a difference. Kombucha is a tonic and has therapeutic properties. If you’re not used to it, please start out drinking around 3 or 4oz and work your way up, there’s not much need to be consuming far more than 8oz a day, but do what works for your body, as always.
Here are my ratios:
8 cups of water = 4 tea bags = 1 cup of starter tea
Basic steps for Brewing Kombucha (for information on how much water/tea/sugar to use, refer to this site, it is manning!)
1. Boil your filtered water and add in sugar. Mix to dissolve. Add in tea, let steep for 10 minutes, or over night (watch out for bitterness).
2. Let your sweetened tea fully cool. Hot water/tea will kill the SCOBY.
3. Add the SCOBY, starter tea, and cooled sweetened tea to your large glass jar.
4. Fasten on your cover with the rubber band.
5. Let this sit at room temperature undisturbed for 5-10 days, tasting occasionally to determine your desired level of sweetness/sourness, I usually go for 7-10 days.
I use a combination of black and green tea, I buy organic brands online or from Costco. I also use organic white cane sugar, it works best and it is what I recommended. For more information on the kinds of teas and sugar that can and cannot be used to brew kombucha, check out this site!
Once you finish brewing your Kombucha, you can add flavours to it and make it fizzy! More on that in a future post, for now, go brew kombucha!
Do you brew your own kombucha? Would you give it a try, or is the SCOBY just too creepy?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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