Category Archives: Drinks

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk SlushieOf course, it’s just like me to find out that I can make shaved ice in my blender as we end summer. I’m honestly not ready for the summer to be over yet and I’m that person who’s yelling, “Stop posting about Fall and pumpkins!” while checking social media during this time of year. I will keep holding on to summer as long as I can which is why I’m bringing you this creamy and delicious slushie recipe. 

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk SlushieI remember getting slushies all the time as a kid, loving the extreme sweetness of those sugar-filled drinks that made my tongue turn into obscenely bright colors. I can’t really imagine enjoying those drinks today now that my taste buds have changed, but I do miss the texture of shaved ice that instantly cools your soul as you drink it. So when I found out that I can make shaved ice with my blender that I’ve owned for 2 years now, I WTFed about the past 2 summers that I missed out making delicious cold slushies.

Well, it’s never too late (or early) to enjoy a slushie in my book so as everyone starts getting ready for Fall, I’ll be here sipping on this strawberry milk slushie imagining that I’m on a sunny beach somewhere. If you are also a summer lover like me, join me and let’s pretend the warm weather and long days will never end. If you are excited for Fall to start, then you should make this anyway because it’s pretty darn delicious and it’s a simple and easy way to take advantage of all the strawberries before they go away! Sad face.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk Slushie
 
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Serves: 1 slushie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ice (about 5 standard cubes)
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
Instructions
  1. In a high powered blender, blend 1 cup of ice until it becomes a consistency of shaved ice.
  2. Pour the shaved ice into a glass.
  3. Place strawberries, almond milk, almond butter, and honey (or maple syrup) into the blender, and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour over ice, and enjoy immediately!

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Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieRecently, I’ve been feeling a bit run down and low on energy. This happens when I push myself a bit too much (the down side of being type A) and stress starts affecting my energy level. I found out about spirulina a few months ago and I decided to give it a try. Although the taste takes some time to get used to, it’s incredibly nutrient dense and known for it’s energy boosting abilities.

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieWhat is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a powder form of blue-green algae that is ultra rich in vitamins (B vitamins, A, E, K, C, and D), minerals (potassium, calcium, zinc, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), proteins and amino acids, carotenoids, and antioxidants. With its myriad of nutrients, it is incredibly beneficial for the health of your brain and body. Though I don’t like to use the word “superfood,” it is considered to be one because of its nutrition profile and its ability to remove toxins from the body.

Some additional health benefits are:

  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces allergy and sinus issues
  • Lowers inflammation in the body
  • Removes heavy metals from the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases fat burning and promotes weight loss
  • Eliminates candida
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
  • Improves memory and protects the brain

That’s not even the extensive list, and I think it’s pretty amazing!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieI didn’t find the taste of spirulina off-putting at all when I first tried it, but many people have a hard time getting used to it. So I thought chocolate would be the best way to mask the taste. Specifically, mint chocolate… because who doesn’t love that?

With some spinach added in for some extra greens, you’ll love this energy boosting mint chocolate spirulina smoothie. I like to drink one of these in the morning, and I do feel more alert and better overall. I’ve been incorporating it regularly into my diet and I love that it feels like I’m eating dessert!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1 or 2 small servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 12 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp honey, if you prefer sweeter
  • Optional: Cacao nibs and shredded coconut, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Please all ingredients (except cacao nibs and cinnamon, if using) in a blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cacao nibs and shredded coconut (optional) and enjoy!

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Beet Kvass

beet kvass

I can’t believe I never knew about beet kvass until a few months ago. I absolutely love beets and fermented foods, soooooo beet kvass should have been on my radar WAY before. I’m so happy to have found out about it now, because this fermented beet drink is one of the easiest fermented foods to make and contains so many health benefits!

What is beet kvass?

Beet kvass is a fermented drink originating from eastern Europe. In fact, Russians have been enjoying kvass for at least one thousand years. According to Weston A. Price foundation’s article:

“Russian soldiers took a ladle full of kvass before venturing from their barracks onto the Moscow streets during a cholera epidemic. Because kvass protects against infectious disease, there is no worry about sharing the glass… Folk medicine values beets and beet kvass for their liver cleansing properties and beet kvass is widely used in cancer therapy in Europe. Anecdotal reports indicate that beet kvass is an excellent therapy for chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, allergies and digestive problems.”

Beets themselves have so many health benefits, and according to Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, beet kvass is:

“valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are loaded with nutrients. One glass morning and night is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.”

beet kvass

beet kvass

beet kvass

I’ve been drinking 1/2 cup of beet kvass every morning and night, and I love how much it has been helping with my digestion. Also, if you have trouble digesting fats, beets are one of the best foods that thin the bile. I highly recommend you try out beet kvass because it costs pennies to make, but the health benefits are so great and numerous!

beet kvass

How does it taste?

Slightly sweet, slightly salty, slightly sour, and very beet-y. If you are not a fan of beets, I don’t know if you’ll love beet kvass. Even for beet lovers, it may take some time to get used to. The first time I made it, I didn’t like how salty it tasted and that’s why I adjusted the original recipe to use less salt. SOME salt is necessary to avoid the formation of mold.

If you have a hard time stomaching it, you can try diluting it with water or soda water and even add some lemon juice until you get used to the taste. To be honest, I drank it more for its medicinal properties than its flavor at first. Now that I’ve been drinking it everyday, I actually love it and look forward to drinking it every day. Just pour into a wine class and pretend that you are drinking a fancy cocktail to make it more fun!

beet kvass

beet kvass

beet kvass

Beet Kvass
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ gallon glass jar
  • 3 medium organic beets
  • ¼ cup sauerkraut juice
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and chop beets into ½ inch cubes.
  2. Place beets, sauerkraut juice, and sea salt into the glass jar.
  3. Pour filtered water into the jar, leaving 1 inch at the top.
  4. Stir well, and cover with a cheesecloth.
  5. Leave at room temperature for 48 hours to ferment.
  6. Taste the liquid and if it's fermented enough, transfer to the fridge.
  7. Drink ½-1 cup each day.
Notes
You may repeat the process with the same beet cubes 1 more time. The resulting kvass will be less strong than the first and you may need to ferment for longer (about 3 days), but you will get the same health benefits. Discard the beet cubes after the 2nd fermentation.

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