July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails and No-Bake Salted Chocolate Cherry Doughnuts

ALOHA! Today, just in time for the July 4th celebrations I have some Cool Summer fresh healthy treats for you! Having grown up in the Washington D. C. Metro area, I’ve seen my fair share of July 4th festivities.  My family would drive down to The Mall, early in the afternoon so we could get a spot on the grass near the Washington Monument with a good view of the fireworks and music most years.  Some years, were better than others as I remember.  Some years, the weather would be unbearably hot and humid.  In the late 60’s, there were Hippies, Police scuffles and things were a little less family friendly….  But they all had that swelling of patriotism,  family groups from all Nationalities, hot summer sun and plenty of food and drinks.   Now that I’m still in D. C. but have a little less tolerance for heat and crowds, I prefer to enjoy just as much food and fun but most likely it’s from right in our own back yard.  The music is traditional, the food… a lot more healthy, and the drinks are now less sugary and fresh from the farmer’s market.    “July 4th Cherry-Ice Watermelon Mocktails” …

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Sunwarrior SuperGreens Cocoa Hazelnut Bars

Sunwarrior SuperGreens Cocoa Hazelnut Bars

  The past few weeks I’ve been re-discovering all the deliciously healthy products available from Sunwarrior.  I won some of their products a few years ago on a blog and remembered being so impressed with their ingredients, integrity and flavors.  Now I’ve rediscovered the deliciousness and purity of their products.   I received a sample of some of their current products to try out last month and have been crazy about each one.  I even ordered a bit more after running out of them last week.  They really add a power punch of flavor and nutrition to my smoothies.    The Sunwarrior Activated Barley adds such a great creaminess to fruity blended drinks, I love it.  This one pictured has orange juice, hemp seed, blueberry and oat milk.  A dash of stevia for sweetness makes this drink taste similar to a creamsicle smoothie.  I love how the Barley adds to the blend, and the nutrition of course.  Without the powder it would be more of an icy texture that really doesn’t appeal to me.  Much creamier with the barley blend. For a mid day snack, Sunwarrior has a number of Immunity products that sneak into your regular drinks without a…

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Ka’ Chava Tribal Superfood Meal Shake – Review & A Giveaway!

Ka’ Chava Tribal Superfood Meal Shake – Review & A Giveaway!

     All summer long, I’ve been enjoying the creamy goodness of Ka’ Chava Protein Powder mix in my smoothies.  First I got into the Chocolate (of course)  but the vanilla proved to be my favorite just for its versatility with my drinks.  I’ve combined the chocolate with avocado, cacao, a little non-dairy milk and Pow! A delicious way to skip a meal while on the go or give yourself the boost you need on a busy day.  The chocolate is so full of ‘good-for-you’ ingredients that you just wont believe that you’re tasting such a rich chocolate flavor with all that healthy goodness for you.  It’s just great with the avocado but it’s pretty awesome too on it’s on.  Stash a little of the chocolate powder away for your lunch and you can shake it up in a bottled water for an on the go meal.     For Health and Wellness Daily Breakfast – Kickstart your day with all the nutrients your body needs to perform at your best! Ka’Chava will carry you through until lunch. Just add water and mix well, then be out the door in minutes, ready to take on the day! Healthy Meal On The…

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Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

With 101 Juice recipes and ideas, Danielle Omar’s ‘Skinny Juices’ is a must for anyone concerned for their health. Danielle Omar knows Juicing.  She’s written a reference guide for those who’ve never juiced, want to juice more or even those who’ve juiced for years and want to perk up their regular recipes for juicing.  She know’s her fruits and veggies. Danielle’s writing style isn’t flamboyant.  She writes for the health concerns of others and includes all the science and techniques to back up her instructions and concerns.  She has a clear and uncluttered way of getting her information to us without being boring or repetative as well.  Her recipes are simple, easy to make and fun to drink most of all.  She explains the how’s and why’s of juicing, the differences between juicing and just blending, and how each combination will help and effect your body. ‘Skinny Juices’ is a fabulous reference to start any Detoxification program as well.  Danielle goes through step-by-step instructions for detox.  She explains benefits, concerns and methods for your plan.  And she does it all with simplicity and common sense instructions to get you started.  I made several of her drink combinations on the first…

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Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

     I’ve come to the conclusion lately, or accepted the realization that I don’t really enjoy smoothies as much as the rest of the world.  I’m thinking that I really should be more of a juice person.  And just accept myself as I am.  No guilt. No trying and trying to get a feel for that thick, veggie/fruit packed drink and deal with it.  No, I’m going to be a juice girl.  I’ll save the pulp.  I’ll use up the fresh fruits I buy.  But I’m going to go much more for just pure juices when I make up morning meals in a glass.  That’s just me of course.  Ya’ll keep blendin’ away the way you like it an d we’ll all get a little healthier. So you’re just not a carrot kinda Girl?  Here are some other fresh Summer drink ideas that may suit your fancy: Simple Limeade Maybe it’s just a ‘Lemonade’ kinda day?  This one has a touch of Coffee substitute for added flavor without the caffeine.    Watermelon Slushie A healthy, sugar and caffeine free Iced Coffee Creamer may be what you want. These three are a few I’ve enjoyed from the health food store…

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A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

Vitamin A + Beta Carotene + Vitamin C = My A. B. C. Smoothie “Antioxidant Blast in a glass” I first saw this drink on Pinterest so I’m not pretending to be so clever as to have created this magnificent tribute to antioxidants and vitamins, but here it is for you now: 2 Carrots (roasted or steamed) + 1 medium size Sweet Potato (cooked) + 1/3 of a fresh Pineapple + 1 inch of fresh Ginger Chill + Blend + Drink = Power Surge! This kind of easy, fantastically healthy and delicious recipe is a great example of small changes I’ve made to my diet in the past 4 years.  Before eliminating  all dairy, and then all animal products in my diet, it was really just ‘what can I eat so I can continue to go’ and ‘how can I stay as thin as possible’  Today things have changed dramatically for me and my diet.  Living a Vegan Plant based lifestyle is such a great confidence builder for me.  I think more kindly about the world and I treat my body more kindly.  I don’t crave Bacon.  I don’t crave fat filled creamy shakes.  I do crave the energy boost and…

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‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #1 from Becky Striepe @ glueandglitter.com “Mom and Baby Breakfast: Peach-Ginger Green Smoothie”

‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #1 from Becky Striepe @ glueandglitter.com “Mom and Baby Breakfast: Peach-Ginger Green Smoothie”

  My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the…

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Baby Kale Creamy Coconut Detox Smoothie

Baby Kale Creamy Coconut Detox Smoothie

One year ago I gobbled up a  bowl of this:    Kale and White Bean Soup My Kale saga continues this October in a much more chilled state.  This baby Kale mixes with creamy coconut and berries and blends into my favorite smoothie of the season.  Its detoxifying properties are perfect to gin up the body’s healthy state prior to those Holiday meals just around the corner.  Plus, it tastes great.  I hadn’t used any ‘baby’ Kale until now…tons of baby Spinach but not Kale. Who would have ever thought that these beautiful delicate little leaves were related to the stuff thrown onto so many restaurant plates as an awful garnish?  It really seems like a different animal.  I’ve been nibbling on the fresh baby leaves since I got it home this week. It mixes its sweetness in with the creamy coconut to make a rich, thick & satisfying drink, loaded with good stuff! Baby Kale Coconut Cream Detox Smoothie 1 cup Baby Kale, 1 cup unsweetened Coconut shreds, 1 cup mixed berries (frozen), 1 cup sliced banana (frozen, about 2 medium),         2 Tbs. Fresh Ginger diced. Soak the Coconut in 2 cups of water overnight…

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Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita

Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita

So sorry to see those 90 degree summer humid as soup days go away………..NOT!! I will miss my fresh juicy watermelon though. I had to come up with a way to prolong that sweet fruity taste a little longer into the year. The recipe for for this lovely, lite summer treat couldn’t be more simpler.  Just 4 ingredients and a few hours in the freezer. Watermelon Granita 8 cups of Well Ripened Seedless Watermelon cut into large pieces 1 Cup of Organic Sugar 1/2 Cup of Vanilla flavored Nut Milk  ( I used Coconut) Juice of 1 Lime Combine all ingredients in a blender.  You may need to add the watermelon pieces in batches.  Blend until smooth. Pour the blended mixture onto a cookie sheet or large cake pan.  Cover and freeze for a few hours or overnight. Scrape the frozen watermelon with the tongs of a fork to loosen icy flakes of granita.  I’ve been scraping off just what I need for each serving and leaving the rest solid.  If you don’t have room for a big pan to sit flat in your freezer you can use a deeper pan.  Just freeze it for a longer time.  Keep covered…

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Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

  A funny thing happened to me when I ventured into making my own homemade crystallized ginger candy this week. I discovered Ginger Pear Tea ♥   This candy is simple to make.  Just slice up some fresh ginger into thin strips, boil it for 30 minutes, add sugar, dehydrate, eat!  A wonderful thing happens  when you pour off the liquid you’ve been softening up the ginger in.  It makes a fantastic tea.  I had yet another overly ripened pear again so I added some juice from the pear  in with the ginger water.  Add a little stevia and BOOM! A spicy rich tea that is even good for you.  Between the candy and the tea I am loving my ginger this week!  I purchased a small 4 oz. jar of crystallized ginger last month from Pensey’s and nibbled away at a little each day.  At $4 I felt the need to conserve my cravings no matter how deliciously healthy the bits were.  But now its all mine at only pennies per cup.  Its ginger all around and as much as I’d like.  I love the spicy sweet and the chewy texture of the candy.  The tea gives it’s own…

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Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea

Guest posting last week at Veganosaurus was  such fun….thanks Susmitha for featuring my blog and for being such a wonderful friend and blogger ♥ Here’s the post I shared last week for Rose Hip Tea: This is a simple…very simple…herbal tea recipe but it  has given me many hours of peaceful relaxation…………..it’s just great!  I’ve discovered a new and healthy way to relax each evening and it’s just ‘groovy’ that a habit can be good for me these days….. Who knew that roses, such a lovely thing to look at, can also be a super healthy drink to sip and relax with? Rose Hip Tea is a mildly sweet herbal tea made from the fruit of the rose bush, or “hips”. For an extensive look at Rose Hips, check out my old friend and Foraging Expert Sunny Savage here:   http://youtu.be/yzftj3kJkd0 Rose Hip Tea is most famous for it’s abundance of Vitamin C but also contains significant amounts of A, B-1, B-2, B-3, D, E and K.               It also provides plenty of Calcium, Iron, Zinc and lot’s of fun flavonoids!  YEA…… So how can you steep up a cup of this light lovely tea for…

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It’s a Lemonade kinda day

It’s HOT! Time for a cool drink………. It got hot here in the East way too quickly this year.  I had such a craving today for a lemon drink that I grew up with.   I had to pick up a few choice lemons and stir up a batch of the best lemon drink you’ll ever taste. This drink is a twist on Ice Tea and Lemonade.  You’ll need a jar of Coffee substitute like Cafix Brand.  These coffee substitutes are made from grains, usually barley roasted and sweetened with some molasses. Cafix is delicious hot or cold.  I usually mix some in with my heated Soy milk in the morning.  Just mix up a pitcher of your favorite lemonade.  Then pour in enough Cafix syrup to turn the lemon aide a deep brown.  Some in my family like to add just a little, I like a lot………   To make the coffee / Cafix syrup:  heat about 2 cups of water to a boil and then stir in 1/4 cup or so of Cafix.  Stir until the powder dissolves.   You can keep the syrup in the fridge to use for future batches.  Each time you make up some lemonade, just pour in a…

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Healthier Iced “Coffee” Beverage – Dairy, Caffeine and Sugar Free

Healthier Iced “Coffee” Beverage – Dairy, Caffeine and Sugar Free

Reposting a popular drink recipe from last year.  Still one of my all time favorite things to gulp sip on anytime of day…. This is my daily, sometimes bi-daily …..tri-daily? ….drink this summer. It’s so refreshing, mildly sweet, and easy to make. The ingredients can be adjusted to your own liking. Substitutions in Nut Milks and coffee can be made. I like it just as it is though……………no sugar, no dairy, no fuss! I drink the same thing when it’s cold too………just warm it all up instead of adding Ice. The proportions I’ve worked out are: Cafix is available at iHerb and most health food stores. For the syrup: Boil 2 cups of water. Dissolve 2/3 cups of Cafix Coffee Substitute (or instant Coffee)  into the hot water. Add in a few Tbs. of Cocoa Powder for a MOCHA flavor. Add in sweetener of choice. (I add about 1 tsp. of Liquid Vanilla Stevia in mine) Store your syrup in a sealed container in the fridge.  Or pour syrup into ice-cube trays. For the Drink:                                                                                          …

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Sugar-Free Drink & Dessert Syrup

I haven’t ever tried the famous Starbuck’s Pumpkin Latte that everyone raves about each fall…but it sure sounds yummy! With 49 Grams of Sugar for the Starbuck’s  ‘Grande’ size……..and 380 calories for a 16oz. drink……….no thank you. But when I saw the picture on Pinterest from Savvy Eats for a ‘Coffee Shop Pumpkin Syrup‘, I knew that I had to try out a sugar-free version that I could use with Nut Milk or Cider.  After making this into my own version, sugar-free, I’m sure it will be perfect topping for ice cream or pies as well. Pumpkin Spice  Sugar-Free Drink and Dessert Syrup Recipe from SavvyEat.com Spoon in 1 – 2 Tbs. of syrup into hot drinks or drizzle over desserts. 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree 2 Tbs. Liquid Vanilla Stevia (I used NuNatural’s Brand) or 1/2 cup Agave 1 cup water or apple juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves Heat all ingredients in a non-stick saucepan over low heat.  Simmer until the Pumpkin has reduced down and the sweetner has thickened into a syrup.  If using Agave, you’ll need to stir more frequently. I used liquid Stevia and it reduced on low after…

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It’s a Lemonade Kinda Day…

It got hot here in the East way too quickly this year.  I had such a craving today for a lemon drink that I grew up with.   I had to pick up a few choice lemons and stir up a batch of the best lemon drink you’ll ever taste.                                               This drink is a twist on Ice Tea and Lemonade.  You’ll need a jar of Coffee substitute like Cafix Brand.  These coffee substitutes are made from grains, usually barley roasted and sweetened with some molasses. Cafix is delicious hot or cold.  I usually mix some in with my heated Soy milk in the morning.  http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/2012/02/morning-routine.html Just mix up a pitcher of your favorionade.  Then pour in enough Cafix syrup to turn the lemon aide a deep brown.  Some in my family like to add just a little, I like a lot………   To make the coffee / Cafix syrup:  heat about 2 cups of water to a boil and then stir in 1/4 cup or so of Cafix.  Stir until the powder dissolves.   You can keep the syrup in the fridge to use for future batches.  Each time you make up some lemonade, just pour in a little syrup to the pitcher and stir. …

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