Make a Jam Out of It

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Do you have an abundance of fruit you have NO idea what to do with? Grab your mason jar, you’re in for a treat. You can really impress a guest or your special someone with a jar of this yumminess. The best part? You can really use any of your favorite fruits (I went with blueberries) and this will be done in NO time at all.

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Week One: 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge

Greetings everyone! I hope all is well and that the new year is treating you right! Like I mentioned a few posts ago, I embarked on a 30 day green smoothie challenge. I started off excited, nervous and mostly nervous. I was afraid. I thought, how in the world can I survive replacing one of my meals with a smoothie? I was convinced I was going to starve.

I must admit the first few days were NO fun. I started my challenge with a smoothie for breakfast. Now, if you don’t know already the time between dinner and breakfast is the longest time you really go without food (hence breaking the fast). Having a smoothie for breakfast made me feel a bit weak at first. I felt hungry again within a few hours. I also realized that I was obsessed with this idea of having a big breakfast. Breakfast is actually one of my favorite meals of the day. I love the infinite possibilities for breakfast food. I think I just made myself hungry.

I have switched up the times of day when I have a smoothie. Some mornings I can tolerate a smoothie for breakfast, as long as I keep my lunch satisfying and nibble on a palm full of almonds or cashews to sustain me. I have had smoothies for lunch and even have had it for dinner. I’m only a week into the challenge and I just CRAVE a smoothie whenever I’m hungry. I have stocked up on frozen organic berries, mangoes, bananas, kale and spinach. I plan on making use of the recipes provides each week.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes (tweak them however you like!):

Super Green Berry Machine

What you need:
2 cups raw baby spinach (or kale)
3/4 cup organic orange juice
1 cup frozen organic strawberries/blueberries/mixed berries (whatever you like)
1 banana
1 tablespoon Udo’s oil (a vegan friendly Omega 3/6/9 Oil blend)
1 level scoop of Gary Null’s Green Stuff
1 teaspoon of Organic Bee Pollen/Chia Seeds/Hemp Hearts (whatever you like!)

How you make it:
1. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add a little extra liquid to the smoothie to get a better consistency. Keep your OJ on hand! Organic only please!

Power Protein Smoothie (compliments of Simple Green Smoothies)

What you need:
1 banana
2 cups spinach
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
10 whole almonds
2 cups water (or unsweetened almond milk)
4 tablespoons vanilla flavored protein powder (try: Spirutein)

How you make it:
1. Blend well and enjoy! This smoothie is especially great for breakfast.

I will be posting more smoothie recipes as the challenge continues!

Minus my 2 day encounter with the flu, I have really felt wonderful. The effects of having at least ONE green smoothie a day is incomparable. I have great energy, focus and feel phenomenally slim. I have been off of caffeine for a few weeks and I don’t miss it as much. The smoothies have really curbed the caffeine craving!

Keep on the look out for my updates on the challenge!

Peace, love, and green smoothies (and no beef duh!).


Vegan Blueberry & Peach Pancakes

If you love breakfast as much as I do, finding the time to spoil myself for breakfast is definitely like a piece of heaven. A friend of mine brought me about a dozen organic peaches and I decided tossing them in some homemade pancakes would just be the bees knees. Blueberries and peaches seem to go together. The combination is sweet, tart and comforting. It took me about 15 minutes to make about 4 jumbo pancakes. 

Here is a recipe for the most simple (and DELICIOUS) pancakes ever (inspired by Chloe Coscarelli)! 

What you need: 

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon 
¾ c. coconut milk (or soy or almond- coconut is prob the best) 
3 Tbs. maple syrup, plus extra for serving (I used a little bit of agave nectar instead of so much maple syrup)
8 oz. fresh blueberries & 3 peaches, diced into small cubes
Vegan Butter (for topping)

How you make it: 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, whisk together milk and maple syrup. Add the liquid to the flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not over mix; the batter should have some lumps. 

Lightly oil a large nonstick skillet or griddle and heat over medium-high heat. For each pancake, pour ¼ cup of batter onto the skillet and sprinkle blueberries on top, if using. When small bubbles appear in the center of the pancake, it is time to flip it. Let it cook on the other side until lightly browned and cooked through, about 1 more minute. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. Serve pancakes with warm maple syrup.

I gobbled these amazing pancakes up so quick I wondered where they went. 

Yes, they are THAT good.

Peace, love and no beef!