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Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut

Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe final smoothie in this series is packed with nutrients and has no added sugar.  So I call it the health nut.

Dates and fruit add a touch of sweetness while flax seeds, avocado, egg yolks and vegetables provide critical fats, vitamins, minerals and omega-3’s.

The health nut is a very mild smoothie.  There are no strong flavors that overpower.  It is perfect for kids.

I used yogurt for probiotics, but this smoothie works just as well without any dairy products.  You can use coconut milk or water to get the correct consistency.  Then add a powdered probiotic.Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

This smoothie does require a little bit of forethought.  You should soak the dates in warm water for a bit before using them.  The dates plus the soaking liquid will help sweeten the smoothie better that way.  I just put the dates and water in the blender the night before and add the rest of the ingredients in the morning.

You can adjust the amount of dates and fruit to your liking to make the smoothie sweeter if desired.

This smoothie is great as part of your breakfast or lunch or even for a mid-day snack.  Pour some in a travel mug with a straw and sip on it throughout the day when you need a little pick-me-up.

A smoothie is a great way to add nutrients to your diet with little effort.  This health nut smoothie is a delicious way to do it.Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

 

Simple Smoothie Series: The Health Nut
Serves 1
A simple, nutritious smoothie with no added sweeteners.
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 dates, pitted, soaked in 4 Tbsp. warm water
  2. 1 small or 1/2 medium apple
  3. 10 -15 grapes (red or green)
  4. 1 medium stalk celery
  5. 1/2 medium carrot, peeled, cut in chunks
  6. 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt, kefir, coconut milk yogurt, milk or coconut milk
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1/4 avocado
  9. 1 Tbsp. flax seeds
  10. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in warm water over night or at least 3 hours.
  2. Combine the soaked dates (with liquid) and the remaining ingredients in a high powered blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
  1. You can soak the dates in the blender.
  2. The egg yolk, flax seeds and avocado are all optional, depending on your tolerance.
  3. You can substitute cucumber for the celery.
  4. You can substitute cooked squash or pumpkin for the carrot.
  5. You can add 2 Tbsp. soaked nuts if you tolerate nuts.
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Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie

Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple PieThe next simple smoothie in this series is called the sunrise smoothie.  It’s the perfect morning drink.

The combination of orange, banana and strawberry gives a burst of flavor and also great color. It almost looks like a sunrise.  Though you don’t need to take warning for this red sky.

By adding yogurt and egg yolks to these fruits you create a vitamin powerhouse.

My oldest really loves this smoothie.  And she can be picky about smoothies.  It is bright and fresh and a great thing to boost your energy for the day.  She renamed it the morning milkshake.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

If you want to add some healthy fat to the smoothie avocado, coconut oil and flax seed all work well.

Don’t forget to pair it with some properly prepared starch (quinoa, rice, sourdough bread, fried potatoes, etc.) for better absorption and digestion.  Then you’ll have a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Even if it’s cold and the sun isn’t shining during the winter you can start your day with a nutritious sunrise – in a smoothie!  Take your fermented cod liver oil with it to boost your vitamin D, just like the sun does.Simple Smoothie Series Sunrise Smoothie || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Smoothie Series: Sunrise Smoothie
Serves 1
A fruity smoothie that looks like a sunrise in a glass.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 medium banana
  2. 1 clementine (or half an orange)
  3. 1/3 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  4. 1/2 cup yogurt (or kefir, coconut milk or coconut milk yogurt)
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup), if desired
  7. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smoothie.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. You can add 1/2 small avocado, 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or 2 tsp. flax seeds for extra fat.
  2. Leave out the honey if serving this smoothie to a child under one year of age.
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Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad

Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple PieFor the final installment in my simple supper series I have a recipe so easy it doesn’t even require any cooking!  We all have nights where we need something this easy.

Salmon salad takes about five minutes to prepare.  You can do it right before you eat or you can prepare it in advance.

Canned salmon is combined with celery, cranberries and mayonnaise for a delicious, easy meal.  The celery adds a nice crunch.  The cranberries give a little sweet and tart flavor.

Then add some seasoning to taste and you’re all set.

My kids LOVE salmon salad.  They enjoy anything with salmon.  But they really liked this salad. 

I served it on bread/rolls for sandwiches.  You can put it on a bed of lettuce or rice or even eat it with crackers.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I packed the leftovers in my daughter’s lunch (she requested it!).  For the lunch I just served it plain.  What an easy and nutritious lunch.

I try to serve seafood once a week.  This salmon salad is a really easy way to do that and be sure the kids will eat it.

Salmon salad is perfect for a meal where you need to walk in the door and eat.  It’s even great on the go.

If you don’t have salmon on hand you can use tuna or roast chicken or turkey.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Salmon salad can be spruced up a bit to make it fancy enough for guests.  Add chopped nuts and diced avocado for a really rich flavor.  Serve it on crackers for a delicious appetizer.

This is a great recipe for the holidays.  The red of the cranberries and green of the celery make it look very festive.

I saved the simplest for last.  Salmon salad is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It only takes five minutes to prepare.  And everyone loves it.  I call that a winning recipe.Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad || Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Simple Supper Series: Salmon Salad
Serves 4
A simple salad that comes together in minutes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (6 oz.) cans boneless skinless salmon
  2. 2 celery stalks, diced
  3. 1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
  4. 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably homemade - see post for link)
  5. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. pepper (optional)
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1 tsp. dill weed
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Notes
  1. The cranberries can be replaced with raisins or cut up apricots.
  2. The salmon can be replaced with tuna, turkey or chicken.
  3. Serve the salad plain, on bread, with crackers or over rice or quinoa.
  4. Additional add-ins include chopped nuts and diced avocado.
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Homemade Go-gurt

Yogurt in a tube…sounds kind of gross to me.  Which is why I’ve never tried it.  But kids seem to love them.  Sadly my daughter was introduced to go-gurts in preschool this year.

In an effort to help her enjoy the foods she likes in a healthy manner we decided to make our own version of go-gurt.

I tried a couple methods that were ok but kind of tough to eat.  Finally we came up with a good one.

I used my vacuum sealer to make a go-gurt package.  Then we filled it with thick smoothie.

This go-gurt has a two-fold benefit.  It does not have the fillers, sweeteners, etc. that you’d find in the boughten version.  And it does have tons of nutrients – egg yolks, kefir, fresh fruit, avocado.

You can use any type of healthy yogurt or smoothie you like.  Smoothies work well since you can make them very thick.

You can also turn this into a frozen treat (or use fruity water to make homemade ice pops) .  Simply fill it, stand it upright and stick it in the freezer.  What a great snack on a hot summer day.  You could also fill it with fruity water, homemade pudding or homemade ice cream and freeze it…homemade ice pops, pudding pops or ice cream pops!

This isn’t really a recipe.  It’s a how-to.  Now whenever your kids want go-gurt you can give them one…and feel good about it.

My daughter wanted to decorate it, but we didn’t have time.  Next time we’ll use some permanent markers to write on the bag before filling it.

This post is linked to Real Food Wednesday.

Homemade Go-gurt

Using a vacuum sealer create a “bag” with an opening about 1 1/2 inches wide.  Use a funnel to pour in smoothie or yogurt of your choice.  Enjoy!

Here are a few smoothie ideas: fruit smoothie, pumpkin pie smoothie, green smoothie

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Avocado Fries

I once heard a chef on tv (I won’t mention names :P) say you should NEVER cook avocado.  Boy was she wrong!!!  I cook avocados all the time.  They are delicious!

While doing GAPS I got very creative with avocados.  I put them in soups, on salads, blend them in smoothies, add them to eggs, use them for “bird’s nests,” all kinds of stuff.

My favorite is to fry them in a pan.  I use either butter or coconut oil and a healthy dose of unrefined sea salt.  The result?  Golden, crispy, salty outsides with rich, creamy insides.  So good!  It’s like eating french fries…but much healthier.  So much good fat and vitamins and minerals (did you know avocado is high in potassium? :).  You can eat them plain or dip them in ketchup (make it better with fermented ketchup), pesto or honey mustard…or just about anything really.  Eat them like fries or use them to top a salad (like croutons).

I like them as part of an easy to prep lunch.  I just toss them in the pan and let them cook while I feed the kids.  This isn’t much of a “recipe,” but in case you’ve never cooked an avocado I’m posting it.  Give it a try.  You’ll be glad you did.  If someone ever tells you not to cook avocados…ask them if they’ve tried avocado fries.

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday and Real Food Wednesday and Fresh Bites Friday and Fight Back Friday.

Avocado Fries

1/2 avocado
1 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil (or combination)
unrefined sea salt (to taste)

Melt butter or oil over medium heat in a small skillet.  Add sliced avocado (the thickness just depends on your taste).  Sprinkle with salt.  Let cook on each side until golden and crispy, about 5-7 minutes per side.  Add extra salt if necessary.  And don’t forget to eat the salty butter out of the pan.  Just don’t burn your mouth 🙂

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