Category for beverages
Posted on January 28, 2015
Cilantro is a super food full of healing properties and incredible phytonutrients. In addition to chelating heavy metals from the body, cilantro helps to build healthy skin and hair, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Cilantro also contains antimicrobial properties (this is likely why it’s been widely used in cooking for cultures in warmer climates, prior to the development of refrigeration).
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I often post photos of my healthy green […]
Posted on January 13, 2015
Golden Turmeric Root Milk will brighten even the dreariest of days with its gorgeous hue. What is turmeric root? Turmeric root has brown skin and brightly colored orange flesh, and looks similar to ginger root. It has a slightly bitter, delicately spicy flavor. The ground spice turmeric, found in most kitchen spice drawers and used in curries, comes from turmeric root.
Turmeric is incredibly healing and contains a substance called curcumin that has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Its effects have been likened […]
Posted on January 6, 2015
The health benefits of dandelion tea are numerous. Dandelion root is a fantastic liver cleanser. When ground and roasted it makes a wonderful coffee replacement. I first introduced Dandelion Root Coffee as a substitute for traditional coffee here on my blog in early 2011, though this healing beverage has been part of my routine for far longer.
Usually, I make my dandelion coffee from scratch. If you’re wondering how to make dandelion coffee, it’s easy. I purchase dandelion root online, roast it […]
Posted on December 11, 2014
When I discovered that Starbucks was coming out with a Chestnut Praline Latte, I decided it was on! Yes, I’m taking on the behemoth of beverages with my healthy version of this festive holiday drink. My caffeine-free Chestnut Praline Latte is made with real chestnuts, coconut milk, and nourishing Dandelion Coffee. According to Starbucks, their Chestnut Praline Latte contains “espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices.”
Yes, I know it’s mighty easy to go to Starbucks and order […]
Posted on December 5, 2014
Just the other day, my children and I were discussing the etymology (i.e., derivation) of the word “eggnog.” According to Wikipedia, the drink may have originated in England, and it is possible that it developed from a drink called “posset,” a beverage made of hot milk. Eggnog’s second syllable, “nog,” seems to have come from the word “noggin” which is from 16th century English and appears to mean “small cup or mug.”
This Eggnog recipe is based on Alton Brown’s eggnog. […]
Posted on October 2, 2014
This Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is perfect for fall! It’s also great for those times when you’re in the mood for a Pumpkin Pie but don’t want to go through the hassle of baking one. It’s made with baked pumpkin or squash. Remember, a pumpkin is a squash. For the smoothie depicted above I actually used one cup of red kuri squash. When the weather gets a little chilly I tend to bake a pumpkin or squash a couple of times per week […]
Posted on August 29, 2014
Brazil Nut Milk is rocking my world. This dairy-free milk tastes just like the real thing according to my older son (now a teenager). I think this nut milk recipe is the bomb. Brazil Nut Milk is a fabulous dairy alternative. It’s creamy, smooth, and easy to make, with only three ingredients.
I serve Brazil Nut Milk with my Paleo, grain-free Mulberry Granola. It’s also delicious on top of Paleo Porridge, or in Dandelion Coffee. If you miss cookies and milk, […]
Posted on August 15, 2014
Have you ever wondered how to make lemonade? It seems like such a simple thing. Until you actually try to do it. Making lemonade from scratch is fantastic for a bunch of reasons.
First, it tastes incredible. There’s nothing like freshly squeezed juice from real lemons. Making your own also allows you to avoid the nasty chemicals and preservatives in store bought lemonade. However, the biggest reason I like to make homemade lemonade is to avoid the sugar in the store […]
Posted on February 7, 2014
Paleo Chai Latte made with organic warming spices will heat you up on a chilly day.
The perfect breakfast beverage, Paleo Chai Latte, made with warming Ayurvedic spices will keep you cozy during this crazy spell of cold weather.
Made with eggs, coconut oil, and antioxidant rich chai spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves), this rich hot drink makes a great on-the-go breakfast. Sometimes I serve Paleo Chai Latte as a healthy snack in the afternoon, as it gives me a nice […]
Posted on December 28, 2013
Brew up a cup of this rich and creamy White Hot Chocolate made with real raw cacao butter and relax by the fire.
I’ve wanted to create a White Hot Chocolate recipe for just about as long as I can remember. When bought at a coffee shop or elsewhere, White Hot Chocolate is generally one of those uber sweet drinks made with far more sugar than my system can handle.
After creating a bunch of Paleo Christmas Cookie recipes this past month I’m […]
Posted on August 16, 2013
Beat the summer heat with this refreshingly healthy green drink.
I have a new favorite green juice recipe. Although I’ve never done a full on green juice diet or green juice detox, I think that green juice has major benefits and drink it several days every week. I feel so healthy when I get a big bowl of vegetables into my diet, in liquid form, in addition to the veggies I eat all day long.
I found a mojito green juice recipe […]
Posted on May 22, 2013
The Citrus Smash is a fresh juice that my younger son created and photographed on his own.
Looking for a refreshing way to start your day? Look no further. My younger son presents you with his Citrus Smash (which he both created and named). He loves using our juicer before going to school and after dinner to make delicious fresh fruit juices from scratch.
This fresh squeezed orange juice, spiked with grapefruit and lemon, is packed with vitamin C and bioflavonoids. He […]
Posted on January 5, 2013
Simple Green Juice made with just three ingredients (cucumber, parsley, and lemon) is ultra refreshing.
Happy New Year! Just in case you are still deciding on your New Year’s resolutions, I found a bunch of quick and easy ones in Esquire Magazine.
If you’re going to sit naked on a couch, put a towel down
In emails, use capital letters at the start of sentences, except when in a real hurry
Join a gym. (I’m not saying go. Just join.)
Chew your food two times […]
Posted on December 16, 2012
Healthy Hot Toddies for the holidays offer a cup of pure deliciousness in a sea of junk food.
The perfect drink for your neighborhood Christmas cookie exchange or New Year’s Eve party, I serve these healthy Hot Toddies to both adults and children, and sometimes I make ‘em as an after school treat for the boys and the gaggle of friends they bring home.
It is best to start making this spicy, warming drink several hours before you plan to serve it […]
Posted on October 17, 2012
Filled with freshly ground cinnamon and other antioxidant rich spices, I serve healing Pumpkin Spice Lattes piping hot.
Now you can make your own dairy free Pumpkin Spice Latte with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Make this beverage low sugar as well by using honey and stevia in place of refined sugar. I based my recipe on the Pumpkin Spice Latte from recipegirl.com. Lori’s site, gorgeous and hip, is a wonderful source of inspiration.
Did you ever wonder what’s in Starbucks […]
Posted on August 21, 2012
Mint Chip Protein Shake, full of hemp seeds and kale to power you through the day.
I love a good protein shake. I don’t love eating a lot of protein sans vegetables or fruit. This shake solves that issue with a healthy handful of kale. Yes, you heard me, kale.
I’ve had this gluten free, dairy free protein shake for breakfast the last three days in a row. I used kale that I picked from my garden. Starting the day off with […]
Posted on February 16, 2012
Have you seen Hallie Klecker’s new book The Pure Kitchen?
This cookbook is a lovely collection of healthy gluten free, dairy free recipes. I absolutely love the “Energizing Breakfasts” section which contains quick and easy smoothie recipes full of superfoods; the book also contains wonderful recipes such as Spring Pesto Drizzle, which is packed with healthy greens.
I had the pleasure of meeting Hallie at a conference last year, and can assure you she is every bit as lovely in person […]
Posted on December 2, 2011
Homemade and dairy free Peppermint Hot Chocolate to keep you warm and cozy on a cold winter’s night.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate is easy to make, and far better than the instant hot chocolate that comes in a package, which is loaded with sugar and definitely not dairy free. Additionally, I find this soothing and healthy beverage to be a great substitute for all of the peppermint candy floating around this time of year.
I make this dairy free hot chocolate with coconut […]
Posted on October 31, 2011
Naturally sweetened Apple Cider Soda spiced with cinnamon and ginger.
Tonight is the start of the season for sugar overload. What to do? Spicy apple cider soda! A perfectly healthy drink that will satisfy your sweet tooth with a variety of delicious and healthy super spices including cinnamon and ginger.
While I love homemade Hot Apple Cider, I find that this naturally sweet, cold cider drink is a festive alternative to the customary hot cider beverage. And since you’ll still be […]
Posted on August 4, 2011
This dairy free peanut butter protein shake is a great way to start the day. I like to drink it before I go to the gym –the protein (about 50 grams) gives me energy during my entire workout, and then some.
I’ve been on a major peanut butter kick lately, in fact, this is my third gluten free peanut butter recipe in the last week or so. Earlier, I posted my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies, after that I posted my […]