Macademia Nut Milk Iced Latté
I am on the official search for a creamy non-dairy milk. I have come across Macademia Nut milk and it is delicious! I got an unsweetened kind by "Milkademia" and you can find it in the pantry aisle of stores like Sprouts. I guess you could also make your own if you are so inclined! You would just need raw shelled nuts and water, and a cheese cloth to strain it. (You can make almond milk like this too). I added a little vanilla extract for sweet, feel free to sweeten it with a little honey if you like.
Cilantro Lime Spritzer
When the spring and summer weather rolls in, I like something more refreshing to drink on the patio, but nothing too sweet. This is as simple as it sounds, a spritzer made with fresh herbs and seltzer. I like to experiment with different herbs. This one is made with lime and cilantro. Other combinations that work well are strawberry and basil, orange and mint, and lemon and rosemary.
Try it out! The straw is paper and compostable :)
Tip: I love growing herbs on the patio, then I just pull what I need when I need it!
Healthy tip; Cilantro is a great detoxifying herb, and so is lemon/lime. Use it for liver support.
Warm Turmeric "Golden Milk"
Turmeric is an Ayurvedic spice, and also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Antioxidants help combat oxidation from harmful free radicals. I use turmeric for patients often to decrease pain, inflammation and preventation of chronic disease. Turmeric is best absorbed with a small amount of black pepper and a little bit of fat, such as coconut milk. In this special drink it is served as a milk, warm, and mixed with some cinnamon and vanilla for a nice flavor. Try it out!
Tip: Be careful about stains from the yellow color of turmeric, it tends to get everywhere!
Healthy tip: Antioxidants work best to be taken on a regular basis, since we are constantly exposed to harmful free radicals from the environment, pesticides in our food, and general aging.
Almond Butter Blackberry Smoothie
I like mixing together similar colors to create a bright smoothie recipe. This recipe is a play off of peanut butter and jelly, using blackberries and almond butter together. I thought chia seeds, plums, and broccoli would also support the "purple" theme. You can substitute out the almond butter with peanut butter or any other nut butter. I like to stick vegetables in my smoothies for fiber and to keep the sugar/fruit content low. The healthy fats like avocado make it creamy instead of a high glycemic banana. Kids will love this too!
Tip: If you use frozen berries, they will keep longer in the freezer and then you won't have to use ice in the smoothie.
Healthy tip: Packing your morning smoothie with protein from nuts and a protein powder will keep you full for hours prior to lunchtime.
Golden Turmeric and Orange Smoothie
This creative combination of turmeric, carrot, ginger, and orange is sweet and creamy. I like to add some cinnamon and nutmeg for a little bit of spicy. If you use coconut milk it goes really nice with the turmeric. If you want to add some extra probiotics you can use a scoop of yogurt, or the ginger turmeric coconut yogurt "Co-co yo" makes.
Tip: Try not to get the turmeric powder on any counter top or it will stain.
Healthy tip: Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, good for brain health, and reduces inflammation in the body. Make sure to get organic, from the bulk section of the grocery store.
Energizing Green Smoothie
Green smoothies can actually taste great with the right ingredients! I happened to make this on St. Patrick's Day when I was visiting Maui, HI. I added fresh cut pineapple and it went so well with the fresh lime and spinach. Avocado makes the smoothie creamy, and then you don't need to add yogurt or banana but you can if you would like to. Cilantro gave this smoothie an extra boost of fresh herb flavor, I love cilantro. Enjoy!
Tip: If you want to substitute the spinach for kale you can, both are full of B vitamins and calcium.
Healthy tip: Cilantro is a great detoxifying herb for the liver. It is also a natural diuretic that can help with bloating and water retention.