Summer time is for smoothies

Summer is a season where people head down the shore, plan weekend getaways, and get their tan on. It’s a time where you grab yourself a beverage, preferably a smoothie drink loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep you hydrated. My favorite smoothies include strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and spinach. I try to go with whatever my body is craving.

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What you’ll need:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Banana
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Protein powder, cinnamon, tumeric (optional)

Directions:

Blend it until smooth and ENJOY!

 

DIY 4th of July snacks

It’s that time of the year for grilling, swimming, and don’t forget the patriotic desserts. Make a red, white, and blue fruit kebab that will show you’re true American pride. This Do It Yourself (DIY) snack is healthy and nutritious and totally easy to make!

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Photo Credits Christa Alexis

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberries, Bananas, Blueberries, or Apples
  • Kebab Sticks
  • Patriotic Plates

DIRECTIONS:

Get a pack of kebab sticks. Slice strawberries into thin pieces or just cut off the tops, you can also use apples which can be both for the red and white flag colors.  Red goes first followed by white aka (bananas or apples) each one can be sliced into semi-small pieces.  Finally, add the blueberries and repeat the pattern.

As you can see above, you can slice more or less depending upon what kind of look you want and which fruits you like the most. 

Green smoothies

Scoop one serving of Coconut Greens into your smoothie & get your daily servings of vitamin B enriched veggies. It’s the perfect way to start the day. You can stay hydrated all day long with the coconut water based supergreen powder. Go green & stay lean!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 4 Strawberries (or more if you’d like)
  • Califia’s Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1 Scoop of Coconut Greens

Blend it up & drink your heart to greens!

Get your non-dairy sweet tooth fill with Endorfin Foods!

Endorfin Foods has an assortment of dairy free, soy free, and uses non-roasted cacao beans. It’s the way chocolate should be made. The chocolates are made with coconut sugar, essential oils, Peruvian pink salt, and with fruits and nuts. I tried the dark “milk” chocolate, pink lotus & coconut mylk and pink walnut, goji berry, and pistachio bark. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants that are good for your heart and gives you happy “endorfins.” The chocolates are a blend of sweetness and slight bitterness to make for a delicious sweet treat. Subscribe for a monthly chocolate subscription box and get your daily sweet tooth fill.

As the chocolate says on the wrapping, “Food is medicine.”

 

No dairy, no problem!

Dairy has a lot of additives, extra fat, and also slows your body down.  It takes even longer to digest dairy. Many of us believe that dairy is beneficial for calcium; however, coconut milk, kale, collard greens, broccoli, figs, and oranges are other highly enriched calcium dairy alternatives. I recently decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle. Immediately, I noticed I had more energy and even shed a few extra pounds. My meals are more simple and full of veggies and fruits. I love to start my day with a smoothie, and end it with a salad and a protein, but for snackin’ time I have nuts, clementines and popcorn. Start to eliminate dairy and see what happens!

  1. More energy
  2. Loss of weight
  3. Feeling full
  4. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
  5.  Less cravings

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What’s sweet and good for you? Pineapples!

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Pineapples are sweet and delicious with a ton of health benefits. It’s a great snack that will keep you feeling satisified. They have a high level of vitamin c, magnesium, fiber, and essential vitamins like B6 and B1.

The fruit contains high levels of water to help you stay hydrated all day long. It also helps with digestion and keeps your immune system strong. You could also purchase bromelian pills (extracted from the stem and core) for similar benefits but why wouldn’t you want to bite into this delicious fruit instead?

Did you know pineapples are composed of  various flowers? It’s true. The fruits fuse together to create the core.