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Kefir Love

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At two recent seminars I conducted, I asked participants if they had heard of or ever tried kefir. There were mixed reviews among both groups. The prevailing opinion of those that had tried it was that it tastes “funny.” Kefir does have a tart taste (think buttermilk) and it is an acquired taste. The great thing about kefir is that it packs a whopping 11 grams of protein per serving! So for my dairy-loving friends, this product packs a protein power punch!

So for those people that have not yet acquired a taste for kefir, or haven’t tried it and are reluctant to, I recommend mixing it in smoothies to get the benefits while cutting the tart taste. Since the kefir dialogue has been started, I thought it might be nice to share with you a couple of kefir recipes that you can try.

If you make them, please comment and let me know what you thought!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time…veg in, don’t vet out!

Karen

Kefir Orange Creamsicle

1 cup kefir (plain or vanilla flavor works best)

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 TBSP honey (optional)

Ice

Mix in blender and enjoy!

Kefir Cherry Tart Smoothie

1 cup kefir (plain or vanilla works best)

1 cup fresh or frozen cherries

1 tsp vanilla

1 TBSP honey (optional)

Ice

Water…if needed to thin out the mixture

Mix in blender and enjoy!

Kefir Lemonade

1 cup kefir (plain or vanilla works best)

Juice of two lemons

1/2 cup water

Ice

Mix in blender and enjoy!

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Raspberry Smoothie

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This past weekend, I ran a Spring Detox Event. The highlight of the event was making smoothies for the group. It was fun to mix different combinations and give everyone a try. Each participant went home with a “smoothie starter kit” that had maca powder, ground flaxseed, cacao powder, and some recipes to get them started.

While we didn’t make this particular recipe at the seminar, it’s a really good one, and so I wanted to share it with all of you. This is a gluten-free, vegan, protein-packed smoothie that will really get your day started in a healthy way. Enjoy!

Raspberry Smoothie

5 ounces silken tofu

1 cup frozen raspberries (you can use strawberries instead, if you prefer)

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

2 TBSP honey (use brown rice syrup if you want to keep the recipe vegan)

1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

Blend and enjoy!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well!

And until next time, veg in….don’t veg out!

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Smoothie Operator

Happy Fall, Everyone! No doubt everyone has heard of “spring cleaning,” but I like to also do a bit of “fall cleaning,”in fact, I did that to my home over this long holiday weekend. Now, I’m about to do the same thing for my body.

The beginning of a new season is a fabulous time to give your body a little cleansing and rebooting. Juicing is a great way to do this. Juicing gives your body lots of healthy nutrients, and, it’s a great breakfast alternative for those of you that have trouble eating a big meal first thing in the morning.

So, welcome to my second installment of juice and smoothie recipes. I hope you enjoy them! If you try any of them, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

Veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

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4 plum tomatoes
1 cucumber
1 small red or orange bell pepper
1/4 small red onion
1 cup of parsley
Juice of 1 lime
Dash of hot sauce (optional)
Dash of salt (optional)
Run all ingredients though a juicer and enjoy. Don’t have a juicer? No problem. Throw everything in the blender and strain the juice before drinking.

Breakfast on the Move
Handful of fresh strawberries
Handful of fresh raspberries
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cut of milk of your choice
Ice
Blend and enjoy!

Kale, Pineapple, and Almond Smoothie
1 cup of almond milk
1 cup of kale
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1/2 cup of pineapple
1 banana
Ice
Blend and enjoy

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Shake
1 large handful of blueberries
1 cup of spinach
2 TBSP of almond butter, peanut butter, or nut butter of your choice
1 TBSP cacao
Dash of cinnamon
1 cup of water
Scoop of protein powder
Honey to taste
Blend and enjoy! WARNING…this smoothie is not an attractive color (think battleship grey)but I promise…the taste more than makes up for the funky look!

Vanilla Almond Shake
2 cups of coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 TBSP of vanilla
1 TBSP of almond butter, peanut butter, or nut butter of your choice
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
Honey to taste
Ice
Blend and enjoy!

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