Tropical Taste Explosion (recipe)

With the hot summer weather here, it’s time for a super tasty green smoothie to start your day. This is my new favorite! It’s easier if you freeze the ingredients ahead of time, but if you haven’t frozen them, just add 5-6 ice cubes to make it smoother and creamier.

Tropical Taste Explosion

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of Nutrimeal Free (plant-based meal replacement powder)
  • 1 tbsp Fibergy (added fiber)
  • Handful of greens
  • 300 ml of water
  • 5-6 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ frozen banana
  • shredded coconut
  • cinnamon
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Finished product

Directions:

  1. Pour water into a blender and add everything but the Nutrimeal Free & Fibergy.
  2. Blend until all chunks have disappeared.
  3. Add Nutrimeal Free & Fibergy and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into a glass or mason jar to serve.
  5. Top with shredded coconut and a dash of cinnamon

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 28

Green Smoothies for Two

Green Smoothies for Two

Funny how a day that started so poorly can end so well! Today was a bit of a rough day to start, to say the least. Getting my second dose of IV antibiotics turned out to be a lot more difficult than anticipated (too many cooks, too many government agencies involved) so most of my day ended up being quite stressful. Not the usual situation for me at all.

Superfood Bars

Superfood Bars

After it was all sorted out, I decided to come home and make a healthy treat from the 30 Day Whole Body Detox Guidebook. Did you know that dark chocolate is the solution to any problem? True story! Thanks to Tanya Fraser for her Superfood bars, they always come in handy and taste amazing AND full of goodness. Let’s just say that my family and I love them.

Cupcakes Save The Day!

Cupcakes Save The Day!

And to make things even better – my hubby surprised me with a pink box from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe!! It’s not often that he surprises me, so this was extra special.

Mushroom & Rice Bowl

Mushroom & Rice Bowl

Dinner was one of my own recipes from the book, Mushroom and Rice Bowl. I used a different technique today, inspired by the movie Julie & Julia (Julie Child that is). She mentions that it’s important “not to crowd the mushrooms” or they won’t brown. First I sautéed the onions and then moved them to another saucepan to keep them warm. I added half of the mushroom to the pan, and browned them. Moved them to the saucepan, and browned the rest. Then I added everything back into the frying pan and added the thyme, salt & pepper. It turned out amazing. Probably the best I’ve ever made.

Twenty-eight days and no alcohol – not even one glass! This is the first year I haven’t cheated with wine. Friday night I will be celebrating, and yes, enjoying a glass (or two) of wine.

Still not sure if you’re ready to do the program? Join us on Thursday May 1st at 9 pm EST for another great webinar with myself, Dr. Erica Mattia and Linda Heredia, two of our program contributors for 2014. Please message me for your personal invitation and code! 

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 20

Sharing my green smoothie

Sharing my green smoothie

Two-thirds of the way through the program and I am confident that I will keep many of the habits I have created on the program so far. I am even more excited for the positive testimonials that have been shared on our Facebook page and in our group too!

One thing that I love about this program is that my daughter is getting involved as well and she has been eating many of the foods I am making, especially green smoothies. She loves green juice as well. Whether we realize it or not, our kids are imitating us and learning their eating habits from us. If you don’t like your greens, neither will your kids! Sara has been sharing stories of success with her teenage daughter as well, so you can positively influence your children at any age!

What is your biggest success so far in the 30 Day Whole Body Detox program? Share in the comments or on Facebook.

 

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 4

12 weeks of empties

12 weeks of empties

One of the things that can be a challenge during the detox is giving up alcohol for 30 days. I do enjoy a bottle of wine over a weekend and ciders when the weather is nice. So it’s always a bit of a challenge to give it up, but I figure if I can give my liver a break for one month of the year, it certainly helps. I returned our empties today, we had been collecting them since the holidays so there were a lot. It really puts into perspective how much we do (or don’t drink).

The fridge is FULL

The fridge is FULL

Having a fridge full of delicious and healthy food is a benefit to the program. I always forget that often many of the recipes make several portions so that I end up with lots of leftovers. I would caution you to purchase only what you need for the first 3 days on your first trip to the grocery store when planning for the detox. If not, you may end up with some of the fresh fruits and vegetables spoiling.

Today I enjoyed the Orange-Ginger Detox Smoothie again for breakfast. My daughter helped me make the No Bake Protein bars, which she loves. A few friends have suggested replacing the almond butter with sun butter so that they can be taken to school as snacks. Lunch was leftover tacos, in a sundried-tomato wrap. For afternoon snack, I enjoyed a pear with almond butter, it was so delicious! I find that during the detox I rediscover some of my favorite snacks and other foods I had forgotten about.

Someone is stealing an almond from my Buddha Bowl!

Someone is stealing an almond from my Buddha Bowl!

I made the famous Buddha Bowl recipe, from our friends at Lettuce Love Café, for dinner. Since I had some avocado salsa leftover from last night’s dinner, I used that instead of sliced avocado. It was amazing.

Many of you are starting your detox on Monday. Make sure you read the pre-detox preparation post and review your guidebook before you start. Take a photo of your groceries and share with us on Facebook. Cherlynn Moore, our graphic designer, has shared her detox story with us on her blog. Let’s do this together!

 

30 Day Whole Body Detox 2014 – Day 2

A great start to Day 2 of the 30 Day Whole Body Detox with my tasty morning lemonade, thanks to Linda’s video from yesterday. Sadly, this was short lived. Whether detox related or simply that I slept the wrong way, my early morning headache turned into a full blown migraine. Luckily for me, my 3 year old is fairly self-sufficient so it made things easier. I did not cheat on the program, although I chose easier and more ‘comfort’ type foods today as I felt fairly nauseous from the migraine.

Sunrise Smoothie

Sunrise Smoothie

For breakfast, I tried the Sunrise Smoothie, another recipe from The Green Smoothie Bar. It was delicious and my daughter loved it as well. We made some Cherry Chia Pudding for snack, but it didn’t really turn out as I think the liquid to cherry ratio was off. Instead we had some simple wraps for snack. I love the Live Organic Raw® Sundried Tomato wraps, they are fairly small so if you have just one, it makes a great snack.  I also added Sprouts for Life, these are great sprout blends that add a crunch to a salad or a wrap.

Simple wraps

Simple wraps

Dinner was my hubby’s favorite, Nutrimeal™ Free pancakes. This is a recipe I create a few months ago that he perfected. He confessed tonight that he loves pancakes and is so happy that we’ve found a healthy, gluten-free alternative (that’s packed with protein too!).

Pancakes

Pancakes

I’m grateful for a quiet day at home and an early evening tonight. I started my bedtime routine again last night and I found that I slept much better!! No more iPad before bed – I should know better (I wrote about it in my book) – but I had gotten into this habit a few months ago. This program is a great reason to stop and replace it with a better habit, such a reading from an inspirational book.

Are you on Instagram? I’ve been making short videos of the photos of the foods I’m eating during the detox. Feel free to follow me.