Posted in Clean Eating, Green Juice, Health, Nutrition

Pistachio Cherry Smoothie

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Occasionally it gets boring thinking of recipes for green juice smoothies, so as suggested of Institute of Integrative Nutrition, my health coaching school, I ordered Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris. Besides getting to look at a whole book of different exciting recipes, Morris, a natural food chef, takes this blended drink business, one step further and shows us how loading her “thirst clenching recipes with the healthy goodness of super foods” — A smoothie will be even more remarkably beneficial to our health. For her 100 recipes she selected 15 main incredible nutrient dense super foods full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. Some are the following ingredients … Goji berries, Cacoa, Chia Seeds, chlorophyll-rich Superfoods, Maca, Noni, Aloe, etc.

Wanting to go a little different than my green juice with kale or spinach, today I tried the Pistachio Cherry. Definitely a nice sweet change of pace.
Morris writes in the book, “Pistachios provide a tremendous amount of sweet, creamy flavor to this blended drink – a real treat. Plus, thanks to the antioxidants in the cherries, goji berries, and even pistachios, this blend is particularly helpful for protecting eyesight.”

This recipe makes 2 16 ounce servings. I cut it in half, just in case I didn’t like it. I knew I can always make more. And I assure you I will try this again. Yum Yum!

1 1/2 cups frozen cherries, pitted
1/4 cup unsalted pistachios, shelled
1/4 cup dried goji berries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ice
sweetener, to taste (optional), I did not see the need to add sweetener.

Blend together all the ingredients, except the ice, until creamy and smooth. Add the ice and blend until frosty. Taste, and sweetened as desired.

The SUPERFOOD BOOST for this recipe is add 1 tablespoon cacoa powder.

Let me know what you think in the comments or if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Posted in Clean Eating, Health, Nutrition

Seriously, What Is Clean Eating

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It seems the last month all I keep hearing and reading is, “I ate a clean lunch”, “There is only clean food in my house”, etc. but no one explains it well. Some say they eat only a few ingredients, organic, or not eating anything from a box.

The nitty-gritty is eating “clean” is choosing to eliminate all processed foods and extra additives, artificial flavorings, artificial colorings, sugar substitutes from their everyday eating.  Basically, you are choosing to eat food that has not been messed around with. Eat whole, unrefined foods as close to their natural state that can be purchased. Some of these things can come in a box. Wellness Today says, “Simply put, whole foods, which can include dairy, soy, and gluten, prepared with few added ingredients and very little processing”.