Berry Nutty Breakfast Milkshake

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So another high protein breakfast idea which the kids will love is the Berry Nutty Breakfast Milkshake. I call it a milkshake and not a smoothie because kids tend to think a milkshake is more fun and so I’m just playing with words. You can too! So this shake has protein, antioxidants, micronutrients and you can add additional super-nutrients by adding a ‘super’-powder of your choice. My favorite is immune boosting Chaga powder but you can use any one. Just remember if you add a green like spirulina, it will affect the colour of the shake! So this is just a suggestion, you can play around with it but this is one of my favorites.

Ingredients:

1 cup of coconut or almond milk. You can also use a full fat dairy milk

1 cup of organic mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries)

2 tbsps of nut butter – almond or cashew. You can use peanut but it has a stronger flavor.

1 tsp of Chaga powder extract (optional)

1 tbsp of raw honey

A squeeze of lemon juice and a tiny piece of rind.

Oats or nuts to decorate

Put everything in a blender until smooth. You may need to add more liquid to reach your desired consistency. You can also add ice to make it more of an arctic blast. Top with some oats or nuts and you’re good to go! Of course this is not just for breakfast, it can be a quick snack for those on-the-go moments. Enjoy!

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Egg and Veggie Muffins!

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Adding to my recipes that I’m working on that are high in protein, this is one that kids will love. Baked eggs with veggies. So easy and so good.

Ingredients:

4 pasture raised eggs

1 cup chopped veggies of your choice – tomatoes, onions, broccoli or mushrooms

1/2 cup of shredded organic cheese or goats cheese

salt and pepper

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the 4 eggs. Add the veggies, cheese (optional) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into a muffin tin (with liners) and bake for 15-20 minutes. They can be stored in the fridge for a few days so they can be enjoyed as a quick snack too. Voilà! Enjoy.

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Oatmeal with pear and cinnamon

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Ingredients:

1 cup of steel cut organic oatmeal

3 cups of water or almond milk

pinch of sea salt

1 organic pear

1 tsp of cinnamon

Making oatmeal from steel cut oats does take longer but it is a healthier option than processed quick oats. Bring the water to a boil in a pot and then add the oats and salt. Bring back up to a boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes depending on how you like it to taste. While the oats are simmering, peel and dice the pear and put it in a small pot with a little water. You may wish to add some sugar to taste but this is not necessary. Gently bring the pears and water to a boil and simmer for 5 mins.

Once the oats are done, add the soft pears and top with a dash on cinnamon. Enjoy!

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What a beautiful day for a “yellow” smoothie!

This is the third week of our Smoothie Kids class and in keeping with the rainbow theme, we are making a yellow smoothie. Most yellow fruits are tropical which is indicative of the sunny climate they grow in. Today we will be learning about various tropical fruits and I have a few on hand to show my little learners. We have Horned Melon, Star Fruit and Pineapple. I brought a lemon too but we will only be using a slice for alkalinity purposes. We will also be learning about vitamin C! I hope they enjoy it!!

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Sugar and our children.

I am excited to be speaking in Bronxville, NY this week on the detriment sugar is having on our children’s health. It is such an interesting topic to research and I look forward to a lively discussion on Thursday. Sugar is an anti-nutrient. It is at the forefront of one of the costliest health crisis in our country. Together we will learn how to live healthier with sugar from sources other than sucrose and how to reduce sugar in our children’s diets while increasing their nutrient intake.

This talk is only open to the parents of the Reformed Church of Bronxville school.

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Smoothie Kids!

Today I am very excited to be starting my Smoothie Kids class in Rye, NY. I have the honor of teaching ten 7 year olds how to make smoothies! We’re going to have some fun, learn about berries and hopefully foster a taste for something new and exciting. Summer is just around the corner and I hope my little students will enjoy the next 5 weeks of learning! We will have a different color each week and I look forward to sharing our progress!

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Very Berry Detox Smoothie with Spirulina

As the weather is getting warmer, I am starting to focus on detoxing away the Winter blues and focus on my health. This week I will be making more detox smoothies. I’m sharing my first recipe today. I use Hawaiian Spirulina found here. But you can use any brand. I also added Chaga by Vim Energy which is an immune booster but that’s optional. Let me know what you think!

Very Berry Smoothie Detox

1/2 cup organic wild blueberries

1/2 cup organic blackberries

1/2 cup organic cherries

1 1/2 cups coconut water

2 tbsp lemon juice with a little rind

1 tsp of spirulina

1 tsp chaga powder (optional)

1 drop stevia sweetener (optional)

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