posts tagged "beverages"

Citrus Smash

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 […]

Simple Green Juice

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 […]

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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 […]

Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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 […]

Iced Ginger Chai

Posted on July 7, 2011

I love a good cool, yet spicy drink in the summer.  This Iced Ginger Chai recipe is based on one of my favorite products, Bhakti Chai.  It’s heavy on the ginger, cardamom and black pepper which I love.

While I love Bhakti Chai, it does not like me; there is way too much caffeine in this drink for my body type (vata). Even the decaffeinated product contains small amounts of caffeine, so in my version, I use roiboos tea as […]

Kale Creamsicle

Posted on October 6, 2010

This dark green, luscious shake is my go to drink when I need a little protein pick me up.

To me, the flavor of the kale is not that pronounced, what comes through is the creamy richness of the protein powder with the tart sweetness of the orange, thereby forming a yummy gluten-free, dairy-free creamsicle experience in a glass.  Enjoy!

Kale Creamsicle

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1 cup kale, chopped
1 whole orange, peeled and chopped
¼ cup water
1 scoop Frank Zane Egg White Protein Powder (or protein powder […]

Watermelon Aguas Frescas

Posted on June 18, 2010

Aguas frescas are a popular fruit beverage from Mexico.  Naturally gluten free and completely refreshing, my children fell hard for this cool drink, taking bottles of it to the ball field yesterday.

Green Lemonade

Posted on April 23, 2010

After last weeks Almond Joy Chocolate Bark post, I received this message on my Facebook Page from Suzanne Hodgman Hodsden:

That’s really nice, but what about some healthy recipes for us health nuts!

Quite a lot of interesting comments followed hers and a good debate was had by all –except me, I just post the recipes and try to stay out of the debates. And furthermore, while I don’t spend a good deal of time on Facebook, I must confess, I […]

Strawberry Lime Shake

Posted on April 16, 2010

I’m loving this gluten free, dairy free Strawberry Lime Shake made of fresh homemade coconut milk.  My boys love it too.  After I took a picture of the shake yesterday and placed it in the fridge, the boys grabbed it greedily and drank it all down.  They have a certain penchant for consuming my photo shoots like that.

Here’s the recipe so you can make your own.

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1 ½ cups coconut milk
1 10-ounce package frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly […]

DIY Coconut Milk

Posted on April 13, 2010

I hadn’t thought of making coconut milk from shredded coconut until I read Sarma Melngailis’ book Living Raw Food.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  Sarma has great recipes and tons of fabulous information for everyone –you don’t have to be raw to enjoy this book.

I also want to recommend Sarma’s products from her company One Lucky Duck.  I haven’t ever met Sarma (or spoken to anyone at her company, I place all of my orders online) however I […]

Ginger Cilantro Green Shake

Posted on March 16, 2010

The idea for this green smoothie comes from the amazing Sarma of oneluckyduck.com.  I recently purchased her book Living Raw Food and am loving it.  While some of the recipes can be complex, she has many that can be made in minutes. 

This Ginger Cilantro Shake is a hybrid of her Cilantro-Pineapple Shake and her Bangkok Baby.  Here is my version, a nice healthy green drink for Saint Patrick’s day.

Ginger Cilantro Shake

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1 bunch cilantro
1 cucumber (no need to peel), cut […]

Homemade Hot Apple Cider

Posted on December 14, 2009

Many apple cider recipes have sugar added to them and are overly sweet, for my taste. This recipe however goes in the other direction, I add water to it to dilute the natural sweetness of the apple juice. This also stretches the amount, making the recipe more economical.

I made this the other day during the super chilly weather and with it’s warming spices (cinnamon and cloves) it hit the spot.

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1 quart apple juice
2 cups water
5 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
1 […]

Vegan Eggnog

Posted on November 13, 2009

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked for a vegan eggnog recipe.  This gluten free, dairy free (egg free) eggnog is not too challenging to make and full of filling rich yumminess.

Unlike other eggnogs, it’s not too sweet and has a nice delicate nutmeg flavor.  If you want to decrease the sweetness further, go with only 1 tablespoon of agave in the recipe below, or eliminate it entirely.  You’ll still have the natural sweetness of the almonds […]

Frank Zane’s Protein Powder Piña Colada

Posted on September 22, 2009

I love making smoothies for myself and the boys.  During the last few months, several people have asked me what kind of protein powder I use in my frozen drinks.  My favorite protein powder, in fact, the only one I use is made of egg white and stevia and is produced by the incredible Frank Zane.

Zane’s Frank Zane Egg White Protein Powder (or protein powder of your choice) is delicious any way you serve it.  I love making a fruit […]

Greeña Colada

Posted on September 4, 2009

Even though summer is coming to a close, I’m still into my green juices and smoothies; more than ever, in fact.  This is one of my favorites and I owe credit to Meghan Telpner as it is based on one of the recipes from the Green Cleanse on her site.

I’m running out to the airport with one of these in hand to refresh and revive me on the dash to Denver.  Soon I’ll be in NYC doing signings and I […]

DIY Sparkling Beverage

Posted on December 21, 2008

Although I don’t drink alcohol, I do enjoy indulging in a sparkling beverage at festive events.

This little fruit based treat below is perfect for adults and children on special occasions.  My boys love it, as do I.  Here, I use pineapple juice, though feel free to use any juice of your choice and garnish with your favorite citrus or other fruits.

DIY Sparkling Beverage

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2-3 (32 ounce) bottles sparkling water (I use Apollinaris)
1 (32oz) bottle fruit juice (I used pineapple, though anything […]

Hot Cocoa

Posted on October 8, 2008

There was a distinct chill in the air last night which lead me to put on slippers and make a cup of gluten free, dairy free hot chocolate.  This quick and easy beverage can be simply made from scratch in a matter of minutes.

Hot Cocoa

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¼ cup (raw) cashews
1 cup water (room temperature)
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
20 drops stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Place cashews and (room temperature) water in a vitamix; puree on high until […]

Raspberry Smoothie

Posted on August 5, 2008

My birthday party last weekend was great fun. The only snafu? Excess victuals. There must have been 1 pie per person in attendance at our gathering. And while a good time seemed to be had by all –a couple handfuls of children jumped on the trampoline with the sprinklers going under it –my refrigerator was still overflowing by the evening’s end.

Luckily, our friends Chris and Larry had their own soiree the next night and were kind […]

Lemon Cooler

Posted on July 18, 2008

Looking for some cool refreshment? Then look below, not to the “recipe” above. I found this little yellow post-it in the kitchen today after my husband made the boys breakfast. It seems my younger son did a bit of cooking (when dad went upstairs to take a shower) and has also apparently begun to create and record his own recipes.

Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend this dish which I believe is called, “French Toast Scrambled Eggs.” My […]

Iced Tea

Posted on June 17, 2008

Baseball is indeed over. However, all-stars have begun and my son and several of his little cohorts are on the team. We are now therefore faced with practice daily from 5:30 to 7:30. Thank goodness I am not coaching!

I will however, be providing the team with lots of snacks and good beverages such as the one below. This scrumptious iced tea really hits the spot on a summer’s day. It is sweet, lemony and refreshing.

Rooibos tea […]