gluten free - dairy free - nut free option - soy free - refined sugar free
These summer temps, man. They have been brutal and I don't know about you but I have been having a hard time doing anything that takes motivation or energy of any kind.
Aside from trying to stay hydrated, stay indoors, dream of fall and consume all the smoothie bowls and shakes that are chilly and delicious.
While still being nutritious of course.
And if you hadn't heard, I have an Ebook out now! Full of Smoothie Bowls that are gluten and dairy free and chock full of all kinds of healthy, good-for-you things.
This smoothie was inspired by the period of my life when I had t gag down a billion dates (IE: pregnancy)
I couldn't stand to eat them, BUT, when I put them into a smoothie I realized it just fueled them as the sugar source and it tasted SO GOOD. So now I'm on a "what else can I make with dates with it still tasting good?" kick.
Enter these Almond Banana Cocoa Date Smoothies. (We call it our ABCD breakfast) Or really a shake. But I feel like you can't say shake and still feel guilt-free at breakfast. Drool-worthy. Cooling for summer. YUM.
Almond Banana Cocoa Date (The ABCD Smoothie)
Sharing my recipe for my Sparkling Strawberry Peach Lemonade on the West Valley Moms Blog today, click here to get this cool 4-ingredient refresher in time for the 4th.
For Mother's Day this year, along with a trip to a cabin in Flagstaff, my husband bought me my first juicer. I've wanted one for so, so long and just never brought myself to spend the money on one. That and I heard they were a P A I N to clean and ain't no mama got time for that.
He however, found me an AMAZING one that is the easiest EVER to clean. This is the one he got me and it's fairy inexpensive when it comes to kitchen appliances that work really well. For the recipe below, YOU DO NOT NEED A JUICER. Just a good blender. So you can keep reading if you have yet to snag yourself a good juicer.
The first juice I made at the cabin was a bust because I put a banana in it. NEWBIE ALERT. Don't do that. Bananas are not meant for juicers haha. If you want to add banana, put your juice in a blender with a banana and blend to finish.
When we returned home, however, I was SUPER excited to hit the farmers market for all the goodies to whip up a morning juice for me and my boys. I made a Carrot Beet juice full of iron and goodies along with some fruits and I'll be posting that shortly.
In addition to my new juices I've been in the mood to whip up a ton of new smoothies and I actually make this one every other morning now to accompany some granola, eggs or oatmeal.
The recipe is SUPER easy and I'm excited to roll out more smoothie and juicing recipes this summer as the temps heat up.
1 C. Silk Soy Milk Vanilla Yogurt Alternative
1 C. Organic Spinach (washed)
1/2 of an Avocado
1/2 Frozen or Chilled Banana
1 C. Frozen Mango
1 C. Soy Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. (I use my Ninja Blender)
Serve immediately in chilled glass, top with additional fruit (optional) and enjoy!
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.