Peachy Carob Smoothie

To make room for a photo of this morning’s breakfast creation I had to purge some photos from my iPhone.  With well over 300 photos and videos taking up space it was time to clean house.  I hate it when this happens.  The photos are all saved on my computer but it still breaks my heart to delete photos of Lennox.  Scrolling to the top, I always delete the oldest first – it’s become my ritual.  Seeing how much the little guy has grown in such a short time makes me more sad and just plain proud. That little boy has grown from a little speck in my tummy to a speed crawler –  gosh – that still amazes me.  Now someone remind me why I chose to get the 16gb and not the 32gb iPhone.  I woulda had much more space to keep those precious snapshots of my little monkey.  When this phone dies, I’m goin’ big on the next one!

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Peachy Carob Smoothie

1 1/2 handfuls of frozen peaches (such scientific measurement I know)

1/2 banana

1 tsp chlorella

1 tsp maca

2 Tbsp raw organic carob powder

1 cup coconut water (just guessing, I didn’t measure)

Raw cacao nibs to sprinkle on top

Directions:Whizz in blender till peach chunks are gone.  Pour into a fancy glass and sprinkle with cacao nibs.  Drink some and go back for more cacao nibs.  Repeat.

Read about the benefits of raw carob powder here.

Read about the benefits of chlorella here.

Read about the benefits of maca here.

Read about the benefits of raw cacao nibs here.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

Yesterday I finally made it to the gym. Yay!  These days I’d choose an hour at the gym over an hour at the day spa (well really I would pick both).  Lennox doesn’t particularly like the day care at the gym and I’m right there with him on that, so I sneak off to the gym when my family is available to hang out with the little dude.  Unfortunately, because I don’t get to go as regularly as I would like, I tend to go a little overboard.  Yesterday was no exception.   In my book there isn’t much that is better than that day after soreness from a good workout…to a point.  So to combat what I felt was a little too much of a good thing I made this smoothie.

Strawberry Lemongrass Smoothie

1 banana

7 strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

1 handful of ice

1 tsp chlorella(high in protein and B12)

1 tsp chia seeds (helps speed recovery)

1/2 tsp to 1 tsp agave nectar (or sweeten as you choose)

4 drops doTERRA lemongrass

Directions: Whizz in blender and thank me later!

As an athlete, lemongrass is one of my favorite essential oils.  Not only does it smell divine (at least I think so), it is awesome in so many ways.  It’s an anti-inflammatory, after exercise it promotes relief of lactic acid build up (great for rubbing on sore muscles), it can increase athletic performance by increasing blood circulation, and it enhances energy.  Lemongrass is a mild diuretic and cleansing to the bladder and kidneys.  It can reduce cholesterol, relieve chronic fatigue symptoms, it stimulates and strengthens the nervous system.  Lemongrass is a great way to wake up the lymphatic system and it invigorates and strengthens the entire body.  Doesn’t is sound like the perfect addition to a morning smoothie?  I thought so too!

Now, be careful though.  Not all essential oils are safe to take internally.  Even most therapeutic grade essential oils clearly state on the bottle – not safe for consumption.  That is why I only use doTERRA’s CPTG (certified pure therapuetic grade) essential oils.  doTERRA’s oil are beyond therapeutic grade, they are beyond organic and 100% safe to take interally for this reason.  They even have a FDA supplement facts label on the bottle.  I get my oils at wholesale prices, if you are interested in finding out more about doTERRA’s fabulous oils message me at veganfamila(at)gmail(dot)com.  I’ll happily send you some to try out in your own recipes.

xoxo,

Crystal

Strawberry Banana Pilaf

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Jamming out to “Moves Like Jagger” during lunchtime today was so much fun!  We danced around giggled while Lennox had an “appetizer” of cut up kiwi and I whipped up this Strawberry Banana Pilaf as a main course (haha). This was so good … I couldn’t even get Lennox to share with me.  He ate the whole bowl!  OK, I sneaked a few nibbles.

Strawberry Banana Pilaf

1 tsp. coconut oil

3/4 cup cooked brown rice

1/2 banana

2 strawberries

1 tsp. almond butter

Saute rice in coconut oil add almond butter.  Cut up fruit and mix in.  Try to sneak a bite before your kiddo eats it all!