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Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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A fail post…don’t ever, ever, ever mix these things together…

99% of the time, I can toss a smoothie together and it tastes great. Once in awhile I make something gross and this is one of those times! This thing tastes like sour grass! This is what I used: bok choy, baby kale, pineapple, a tomato, and a squeeze of real lemon. Greens + citrus (in this case) did not = delicious. It looks like something from a horror movie:

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On a side note, try cooking bok choy or kale (they taste similar) with mushrooms + meat (chicken, beef, etc). <<< tastes great!

If you make a smoothie with citrus fruit or berries, it’s always a good idea to use a banana to neutralize the strong flavors.


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How to make ice cream in a coffee can

No ice cream maker? No problem! You can make ice cream in a tin can, a jar, or even a ziploc baggie.

PALEO ICE CREAM RECIPES

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Coffee Can Ice Cream How To:

http://theysayitsmylife.blogspot.com/2012/09/tin-can-ice-cream.html (step by step pix)

http://meinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/tin-can-ice-cream.html

http://recipes.slides.kaboose.com/303-easy-fun-homemade-ice-cream/4

http://chewnews.com/originals/how-to-make-ziploc-bag-or-coffee-can-ice-cream/

Jar Ice Cream How To:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-save-your-sanity-with-single-serving-coffee/?ALLSTEPS (lots of pix)

Ziploc Bag Ice Cream How To:

http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/2010/08/ice-cream-in-baggie-kids-project.html

 


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Michelob ULTRA Light Cider Beer – Gluten Free

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My favorite beverage is Smirnoff No. 21 with some citrus such as oranges or limes, but I’ve cut way back on it – to once every two months or so. I’ve kept my eye out for a lighter alternative. I recently discovered Michelob Cider. I’m not a huge beer fan, but this stuff is light and delicious. It’s 4% and tastes even better than a cold corona or bud light lime. I’ve been seeing it in more & more gas stations, Brookshires, HEBs….. If you want to indulge a little, but not go crazy, you should try a 6pk. Enjoy! 🙂

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Raw Zucchini Pasta and Creamy Avocado-Cucumber Sauce

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Ingredients

1 large zucchini (1 per person)

Grape, cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes, halved

Arugula

Zest of one meyer lemon or regular lemon

Pea shoots (optional)

Jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed (optional)

Avocado-Cucumber Purée

1 medium avocado

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thick

1 meyer lemon or regular lemon, juice of

2 garlic cloves

1/4 tsp white pepper or black pepper to taste

Salt to taste

A few large leaves of basil (optional)

Directions

Prepare your zucchini noodles julienne style or spiralized. Or alternately, cook your pasta of choice, about 8 ounces.

For the puree, place all ingredients into a food processor/blender and process until creamy. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like.

Toss zucchini pasta with avocado-cucumber puree and a handful of arugula. Serve with tomatoes, peas shoots, jalapenos, lemon zest, lemon wedges and fresh cracked pepper.

Thanks to: Dr. Oz & Julie West


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Refreshing Cucumber Limeade

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4 cups water (or however much fills desired pitcher)

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

3 limes

4 tsp agave syrup (or any sugar syrup)

Ice (as much as desired)

Sprig of cilantro

Sprig of mint (optional)

Directions

Add 1 thinly sliced cucumber, a large sprig of mint and a sprig of cilantro to a large pitcher of water. Allow the flavors to infuse for at least an hour. This will become the base for the drink.

Heat 3 limes, sliced in half, in the microwave for 30 seconds. Squeeze the juice from the limes into a cocktail shaker. Add 4 teaspoons agave syrup or a sugar syrup to the lime juice, ice cubes and 1 cup of the cucumber infused water. Shake vigorously and pour into glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Bonus tip: Freeze the cucumber-infused water in an ice cube tray and use this ice in place of regular ice when making the drink.


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Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Corn Cocktail

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ingredients

  • 16 jumbo shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

preparation

1. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water, then blot them dry with paper towels.

2. Place the chile powder, garlic salt, coriander, oregano, cumin, and pepper in a mixing bowl and whisk to mix. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Stir in the olive oil. Let the shrimp marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

3. Cook the shrimp, following the instructions below for any of the grills, until just cooked through. When done the shrimp will turn pinkish white and will feel firm to the touch.

4. Spoon the Avocado and Corn Salsa into 4 large martini glasses or serving bowls. Drape 4 of the hot shrimp over the edge of each glass or bowl and serve at once. Or for a cold shrimp cocktail, let the cooked shrimp cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the shrimp, covered, until they are chilled before serving them with the salsa. The cooked shrimp can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

CONTACT GRILL:
Preheat the grill; if your contact grill has a temperature control, preheat the grill to high. Place the drip pan under the front of the grill. When ready to cook, lightly oil the grill surface. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grill, then close the lid. The shrimp will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes.

GRILL PAN:
Place the grill pan on the stove and preheat it to high over medium heat. When the grill pan is hot a drop of water will skitter in the pan. When ready to cook, lightly oil the ridges of the grill pan. Place the marinated shrimp in the hot grill pan. They will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes per side.

BUILT-IN GRILL:
Preheat the grill to high, then, if it does not have a nonstick surface, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grate. They will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes per side.

FREESTANDING GRILL:
Preheat the grill to high; there’s no need to oil the grate. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grill. They will be done after cooking 2 to 4 minutes per side.

FIREPLACE GRILL:
Rake red hot embers under the gridiron and preheat it for 3 to 5 minutes; you want a hot, 2 to 3 Mississippi fire. When ready to cook, brush and oil the gridiron. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grate. They will be done after cooking 1 to 3 minutes per side.

tips:

•The traditional way to devein shrimp is to make a V-shaped cut that runs the length of the back. The advantage of this method is that the shrimp opens up like a butterfly as it grills. A quicker way to devein is to insert the tine of a fork in the back of a shrimp about 1/4 inch deep to snag the vein, then slowly and gently pull it out.

•For a striking presentation, spoon the salsa into oversize martini glasses and drape the shrimp over the side of the glass.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chile-Rubbed-Shrimp-with-Avocado-Corn-Cocktail-231540#ixzz2Y3CyhfyX