Smoothie Heaven

Why do I love smoothies so much? Probably because they satisfy my milkshake craving while not adding any guilt about what I’m eating.

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Anyways, I found this cool smoothie chart on pinterest. (If you click it, it will take you to the actual full sized link.) Very fun and it makes it easy to figure out what you want to put into a smoothie though I would say that not all the options on this chart are super healthy. But it is well organized.

 

 

 

 

This is what I put into my smoothies. (I’m pretty sure I got this recipe from you though so it shouldn’t be a surprise.

  • 1 container of fat free yogurt
  • 1 bananasmoothie2
  • a couple of strawberries
  • some frozen berries (these act like ice without making your smoothie watered-down)
  • 5-8 almonds
  • 4-5 leaves of spinach ( I never even taste them)
  • some vanilla almond milk to make it a little more liquid and less chunky

 

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After I put all those in the blender I just blend them up. For me, what I really hate is cleaning up. That’s why I enjoy the blenders that gram got for us. Do you have yours out on the West Coast or is your still here in the East?

 

 

Either  way, the only other thing I was thinking about adding to these smoothies that i have for lunch everyday, is some sort of protein something or other. Ashley used to add some protein stuff into her smoothies when we were in China and she swore by it Maybe I will ask her for that info and get back to you about it. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maple Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Beware. They’re paleo.

Alright so, I made these last night purely so I could post you the recipe. This is probably one of the top 10 recipes I’m asked for. I use to call them paleo chocolate chip cookies, but they’re not really chocolate chip cookies. When you bite into them the first thing you taste is the sweeteners – maple syrup and coconut. The coconut is subtle though.

I forget if you said you liked coconut. If you don’t, I think you’ll still dig these. They’re cookies. Guilt free. No sugar, no gluten, no reason not to try them next time you’re in the baking mood.

Oh! One thing. If you have extra time, make your own coconut butter. It’s easy. You take 2 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut (yes, you can get it at Trader Joes’ – our fave), add a tablespoon of coconut oil, and blend it. But only try to make your own if you have a really strong blender at home. A Ninja or a Nutri-bullet. Otherwise, buy it. I think Wegman’s has Coconut Butter. Amazon does too so you can Prime it. Or you can check for a local Whole Foods – which always has paleo things like this.FullSizeRender

Can I also tell you that I’m ALREADY sick of using my phone to take pictures? We’re going to need to invest in a better camera, dude. Oh mommmm, if you’re reading thissss… National Daughter Appreciation Day is coming up!

Makes: ~2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (4 cups) almond flour — I recommend Bob’s Red Mill, available at every local grocery store
  • 4 T coconut flour
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 T vanilla extract
  • 1 T ghee
  • 1 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (I like the chunks, but the mini chips are good too)


Directions

Make ’em:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (minus chocolate chips)
  • Combine wet ingredients in a different bowl
  • Combine the two sets of ingredients together and stir really well. Use a mixer. It’s an arm workout for reeeal.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Press the dough into silver-dollar-sized disks.
  • Use coconut oil spray (from Trader Joe’s!), spray your baking sheet, place the cookies down, and bake for 10-15 minutes. They’re done when they’re golden brown around the bottom edge.

 

~Bon Appetit from the West Coast