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Cucumber-Banana Smoothie

Cucumbers are a great addition to most smoothies. Their water content is high, so you might not need as much milk in this recipe as you do in others. Use what greens are in season. You’ll save money if you grow them yourself. Use organic ingredients whenever you can. This recipes uses leftover ingredients from […]

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Vegetable-Banana Smoothie

Another leftovers type of smoothie for you to try. A lot of times I just use whatever I have on hand. Add more milk if it isn’t smooth enough. Smoothie recipes pack quite the nutritional punch at snack time, or with your breakfast. Ingredients 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (may need more) 1 egg […]

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Tropical Vanilla Smoothie

I love throwing whatever I have into the blender to see what happens. This is one of the food combinations I came up for a recent smoothie. Smoothie recipes are especially tasty, and certainly more healthy, when using organic foods. Feel free to use bits of leftover fruits and vegetables in this smoothie, as I […]

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Fruity Cocoa Goodness (Smoothie)

Once in a while I have a chocolate craving. I find smoothies are a great way to take care of this. Making them thick and adding ice is also a nice treat. Doing so almost makes a smoothie seem like a milkshake. I use organic ingredients when I can. They really do have superior flavor. […]

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Quick Tip: Using Leftovers to Make Smoothies

I know, it sounds gross. But those aren’t the type of leftovers I’m talking about. I am talking about using those leftover bits of raw fruits and vegetables. You know, that half of a banana your little one didn’t eat at lunch, or the three pea pods he neglected. The chopped vegetables, such as carrots, […]

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Banana-Pear Smoothie

For this smoothie, I used the leftover pear and banana from the Pear and Blueberry Cereal I shared with you. Smoothies are a great, healthy way, when done right, to add essential nutrients to your diet. I love coming up with new combinations of ingredients for these drinks.

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Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

This is another basic smoothie, but a very good one. I’m trying to find produce at good prices, and to couple my coupons with sales for whatever other ingredients I’m using for each recipe. I want to spend as little money as possible, while still packing the nutrients into each beverage. I hope you enjoy […]

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Flower Petal Ice Cubes

These are simple to make using organically grown flowers. Try making them in season using the petals from flowers such as: Carnations Johnny Jump-Ups Lilacs Roses Simply place the petals into ice cube trays and cover with water. Freeze and use in water, iced teas, or lemonade. Shannon

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Easy Sun Tea for One

I’ve wanted a mason jar glass with a cover and straw for some time now, and finally picked one up at Renny’s during a trip to the coast with the bestest. The trip was a blast, and I came home with a few things for my kitchen. This always makes me happy 🙂 Once I […]

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Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I’m trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I comply with that most of the time. When I really want chocolate and am at home, chocolate pudding is a dessert I enjoy. Because there is […]

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Apple-Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to use up small bits of food. The other day I wanted to make Apple-Maple Syrup, but I didn’t want the apple peel to go to waste so I used it to make a smoothie. I also had a little cucumber and raw broccoli left over from previous meals. Ingredients […]

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Do You Drink Milk? What Kind?

Rarely do I ever drink cows milk. I’d be more apt to if I could get raw, organic milk, but I cannot. So I bet I drink about a gallon a year… mostly because I like the occasional milkshake. I do drink other organic milks, and am planning to learn to make Paleo ‘milk’ shakes […]

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Quick Tip: Reuse Tea Bags

When I was a young(er) adult, I remember sitting in my mother’s kitchen with my Nan. We were talking about little things, mainly, while making tea. She told me she always uses her tea bags at least twice. She explained that after one use, a tea bag still has plenty of flavor. This made complete […]

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Mint-Lemon Sun Tea

It’s been a while since I added a sun tea recipe, so I thought I’d share a simple one I made yesterday. I knew I was going to want something cold and refreshing to drink when I got home from an extended walk, so I made this in the morning, let it sit on the […]

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What Type of Chocolate do You Use?

The second in a continuing series of posts asking readers’ questions, this one deals with one of my favorite foods. Chocolate! Yes, I do love chocolate. And I do eat it sometimes. Otherwise, I would feel deprived and would not stick to any healthy eating plan at all. I know this is true, because I […]

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Festive Hot Cocoa

Every so often, even I like to have a treat. Now that the autumn holidays are over, I’m craving hot cocoa. I wont have it often, but once in a while I will sit to relax and watch a movie, with a hot cocoa. This simple recipe is what I  usually use. Depending on taste, […]

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Berry-Orange Iced Tea

I’m still coming up with the occasional iced tea recipe. This one is really good. It has a couple different kinds of tea bags, as well as some orange slices. Lemons could be used instead, if those are what were on hand. Ingredients (I use a pitcher with an insert.) 2 Bavarian Wild Berry tea […]

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Minty Strawberry-Orange Lemonade

Lemonades are great but, since I made that orange-lemonade I have experimented more. This one does not have as much lemon, but is pleasing just the same. Ingredients 2 oranges 2 lemons 4 or 5 large strawberries 1/8 to 1/4 cup honey fresh mint leaves water ice Rinse the fruit and mint leaves. Dry them […]

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Orange-Lemonade

I wanted lemonade a couple of weeks back, but did not have enough lemons. So, I made orange-lemonade. It was simple, and the beverage was refreshing. This is what I do: Improvise. Experiment with new things. You might be surprised at what you will enjoy. Ingredients 2 large oranges 2 lemons 1/8 to 1/4 cup […]

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Strawberry Water, For on the Go

One of my new favorites! Strawberry water is so good, and it’s easy to make. I use my glass water bottle because it has an insert, filling the insert with sliced strawberries then placing it into the bottle. Pour water over the strawberries, and cover. It’s that simple. I like to do this the night […]

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Quick Tip: Storing Coconut Milk

I use quite a bit of coconut milk. The milk is good in smoothies, and I use it in other recipes. Usually, I buy this milk in cans and, being the only one I prepare meals for, I tend to use only a half a can of milk at a time. So I pour the […]

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Strawberry-Watermelon Water

I’m still trying new flavored water combinations. This is a recent one and, truthfully, one of my favorites for taste. There are also nutrient factors. For example: Watermelon and strawberries both have vitamins C and B6, potassium, and magnesium. Strawberries have fiber, folate, and omega-3 fats. Watermelon has vitamins A and B1. Ingredients 4 strawberries, […]

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