Posts tagged ‘fresh juices’

2018, May 4

Recipe of the Month: Five favorite smoothie recipes

We bought a smoothie maker last month, and I’ve been making my own smoothies again.

Our old machine kicked the curb last Summer, and because I had my eye on a NutriBullet, we haven’t gotten around to deciding to get a new one. NutriBullets are expensive, or at least, they’re expensive over here. I could never justify that amount of money for it.
But then we went shopping one day, had enough time to browse and we looked around in the appliances section of the store. I found a “Concept Active Smoothie” blender, which comes with a bottle as well. I added it to my cart, and an extra bottle for it, which totaled to the third of the price of a NutriBullet. (It is really great, I recommend it to anyone.)
I had to admit that I truly only wanted the commodity of having a bottle or cup I could blend smoothies into and be able to put the lid on it and go go go. It wasn’t about the brand itself.

So ever since the beginning of April, I’ve made at least three smoothies per week. I forgot how much better they taste when they’re homemade! And they’re the perfect thing to have pre-run or post-run.

Below are five of my favorite smoothie recipes so far. I usually watch recipe videos on Youtube, but for these, I haven’t really followed any set recipe. I went with blending what ever I had at home at the moment and experimenting with different kinds of milks, since I don’t like dairy milk.

Spinach Smoothie

Blend together some banana, spinach, a teaspoon of turmeric, lemon balm, mint, a tablespoon of Chia seeds, top with rice milk and blend together.

Avocado Smoothie

Add some banana, avocado, a teaspoon of turmeric, dried cranberries, dried Agen prunes, a tablespoon of seeds mix, lemon balm and top with coconut milk and blend together.

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie

Add some banana, mango, pineapple, mint, a tablespoon of Chia seeds, top with coconut milk and blend together.

Blackberry & Apple Smoothie

Add some banana, apples, blackberries, lemon balm, a tablespoon of Chia seeds, top with hazelnut milk and blend together.

Orange & Carrot Smoothie

Add some orange, carrot, mango, a teaspoon of turmeric, a small piece of ginger, a tablespoon of Chia seeds, top with oat milk and blend together.

PS: I didn’t include measurements, because cup sizes differ, and also, I believe everyone’s personal taste should be the base for adding more or less of any of the above mentioned ingredients.

Bon appétit! ;)

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2015, December 11

My favorite Winter drinks, with recipes

I was in bed with a cold for a few days this week, and while trying to stay as hydrated as possible, I started thinking of my favorite drinks for this time of year. And about how I haven’t done a Recipe of the Month post in a while. So, this will be a two in one blog post.

The following are my favorite Winter drinks, with one recipe included for each category.

Anything Winter-labeled tea
You know I love tea as a general rule, but during Fall and Winter I most enjoy drinking flavors I consider more “festive”. Some of my favorites are:
Pear & Caramel (Sir Edward Tea),
Apple & Cinnamon, Spiced Chai (Lipton),
Lemon & Ginger, Cranberry & Blood Orange or Blueberry & Apple (Twinings),
Magic Moments, Wintertime or Granny’s Finest (Teekanne),
Seasons Winter or Winter Holiday (Fares, a Romanian brand),
Ginger Peach Tea, Spiced Red Fruits or Black Tea Chai (English Tea Shop),
Magic Time (Mistral).

Sweet Ginger Tea

Sweet Ginger Tea

Sweet Ginger Tea

Cut about a one inch piece of fresh ginger root into small pieces, or thin slices.
Boil 250 ml water and pour into your cup over the ginger pieces.
Sweeten with 1-2 teaspoons of honey.
Add a slice of lemon, if you’re feeling adventurous.

The result is a really nice spicy tea, perfect for when you’re feeling chilly or a cold is creeping up on you.

If you’d like your tea less spicy, remove the ginger pieces after 2-3 minutes.
Optionally you can eat the ginger pieces and lemon slice after finishing your tea, or save them to use when cooking something (such as stir fry dishes).

Fresh juices
Orange, Orange & Grapefruit, Orange & Mandarin, Apple & Orange & Beet and Apple & Carrot & Beet combos. When my boyfriend doesn’t make me one in the morning, I like grabbing these on my way to work or during my lunch break, and sometimes even adding a splash of Ginger, Mint or Basil in there, too!

Spiced Orange & Grapefruit Juice

Spiced Orange & Grapefruit Fresh

Spiced Orange & Grapefruit Fresh

Squeeze the juice of 3 oranges and 1/2 of a Grapefruit into a glass.
You can also use a citrus reamer to do this. Strain of pulp if you’d like.
Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon or Pumpkin Spice mix (or both).
Sweeten (if needed) with 1-2 teaspoons of honey.

The obtained juice contains lots of magnesium, vitamin C, other minerals and vitamins making it a powerful antioxidant source besides being colorful and tasty.

Lattes and Hot Chocolate
A nice Caramel latte is the first thing I drink in the morning, but during this time of year, I enjoy switching it up and adding a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Gingerbread Latte or Marshmallow Latte into the mix.
As for hot chocolate, my favorite ready mixes are:
Hot Chocolatta Caramello (LaFesta),
Vanilla Flavored Chocolate Powder (Chocolaterie Monbana),
Seriously Velvety Instant Hot Chocolate (Clipper).
I’m also still in love with the S’mores Hot Chocolate, and recently tried my friend Janel‘s recipe for Cinnamon Hot Cocoa.
In case you haven’t read Janel’s books, feel free to catch up on her Culinary Competition Mystery Series before the next book releases on December 17th! They include yummy recipes, too!

page hot cocoa

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa
by Janel Gradowski

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 2 tablespoons brown sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it)
Dash of ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add some turmeric and maca powder if you want to make this healthier.

Whisk together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small pan with a few tablespoons of the milk.
Stir until a smooth paste forms. Slowly whisk in the rest of the milk until well combined. Add the coconut oil.
Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until almost boiling. Stir in vanilla extract and serve.

I actually used one tablespoon of coconut milk instead of coconut oil, since I didn’t have any at hand, but the result was still delicious!

Coconut oil has many health benefits, including strengthening immunity. It adds a subtle coconut flavor to the hot cocoa, as well as a bit of richness. If you don’t have it feel free to leave out.

Let me know in the comment section below, what are your favorite Winter drinks? Give me the recipe so I can try them out!

Hope you enjoy the holidays with yummy drinks! ;)
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