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‘Nice Cream’ – A.K.A. the bomb dessert!

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“Nice Cream” for all of us who LOVE dessert and yet… well… care about our health. This is the new fav in the Wang homestead… Nice cream is about enjoying delicious desserts while simultaneously being “nice” to yourself. It of course has no cream, refined sugar or even a hint of dairy… But it does have FLAVOR. You will need a lot of frozen bananas. I suggest buying them in bulk.

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We always ask our local market for the nana’s that ‘wont sell’ because they are so brown. They usually give us an insane discount and waa laa… we have a dessert for about .50 cents. I hope you have such luck too. In order to prep for this upcoming week of nice cream recipes, I suggest you peel those nannies and freeze them so that when the urge comes upon you, you won’t have to resist!

So stay tuned this week for FIVE creative and delicious ‘nice cream’ recipes! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

the tropical storm (greens + tropical amazingness)

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This might be Rob and I’s favorite smoothie… mostly because it is so delicious! The tropical fruits add such a “vacation like” taste to this glass of goodness while the kale and spinach keep it clean eating.

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Check out the incredible health benefits of these tropical fruits too. You might be surprised!

Kale – provides comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. There are over 45 flavonoids in kale. (Side note: flavonoids are incredible… they help protect your blood vessels from rupture or leakage, enhance the power of your vitamin C, protect cells from oxygen damage, and prevent excessive inflammation throughout your body. Thank you flavonoids!)

Spinach – great non-heme source of iron giving your body the energy it needs. Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium and full of magnesium which helps with muscle and nerve function).

Banana – high in tryptophan (great for fighting the blues) & high in potassium with 3 grams of fiber!

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– rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds. Excellent source of vitamin-A, vitamin-B6, vitamin-C, vitamin-E and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin.

Pineapple – promotes healthy digestion with a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain. Bromelain digests food by breaking down protein. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. Further, daily consumption can help fight against arthritis and indigestion. Further, pineapple is rich in B-complex vitamins like folate, thiamin, pyridoxine and minerals like copper, manganese and potassium.

Lemon – unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Excellent source of vitamin C.

Chia seed – a seed grown in Mexico that means “strength” which makes sense because these little seeds give you a boost! Full of omega-3 fatty acids, 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fiber (per 2 Tbsp), antioxidants and calcium all of which are easily absorbed!

Flax seed – full of omega-3 essential fatty acids…great heart-healthy effects! Fiber, both soluble and insoluble…power seed!

Coconut water – more potassium than four bananas (or so the claim!) It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes making it very refreshing and hydrating!

Ingredients

2 cups of coconut water (or filtered water works great too)
3 cups kale
1 cup spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen mango
1 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/3 lemon, peel removed
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 tablespoon agave (OR less! This makes for a very sweet smoothie)
2 ice cubes
2 brazil nuts (optional)

Instructions

Blend it all together, adding more ice or water for the consistency you prefer. Then drink and imagine your on some tropical island…even if for just a few minutes.

 

the Carpinteria (a.k.a.) avocado peach smoothie

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Carpinteria… the land of avocado orchards. Even better, the home of my dear friend Kate. She is more like a sister than a friend. We can say everything or say nothing at all and we have a good time. I have learned so much about life, and love and hope and disappointment from her, but mostly, she has taught me courage. She is the most courageous friend I know. She is smooth and sweet and surprising like this smoothie. I hope you get to drink this with someone as awesome as my friend Kate.

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This smoothie is pretty light… nothing too dominating… (with exception of ginger… use as much or as little as you prefer) it is refreshing and simple! This amazing fruit (avocado) is usually the main character in guacamole but don’t limit its potential! Avocado adds an amazing creaminess to smoothies and ups the ante in nutrient content! Give it a try… I think you will love it!

Avocado – omega-3′s and anti-inflammatory benefits! Key carotenoids antioxidants provided by the avocado are quiet impressive… they include but are not limited to alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and neochrome. These fat soluble phytonutrients are easily absorbed because of the perfect amount of dietary fats found in avocados.

Ginger – an excellent carminative component (promotes the elimination of intestinal gas). Components which relax and soothe the intestinal track. Helps reduce nausea and vomiting. Contains gingerols which is a highly anti-inflammatory component.

Peaches – high in minerals such as, potassium, florid and iron. Helpful for strengthening bones and teeth. Moderate amounts of vitamin C which is required for connective tissue synthesis in your body!

Honey – contains vitamins such as (but are not limited to!) B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and certain amino acids. Some of the minerals include, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc!

Ingredients

1/2 avocado ( I freeze mine for a lovely texture (thank you Bekah for the tip!)
1 3/4 cup frozen peaches
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 small lemon, peel removed
2 + tablespoons honey (or agave)
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, skin removed
6 ice cubes
1 1/2 cup water

Instructions

Blend all the ingredients together. Adjust sweetness as desired.

 

the week of smoothies aka wellness in a glass!

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One pro about starting your day with a smoothie is that it gives your digestive track a longer vacation from having to work hard first thing in the morning. Which of course allows all that energy to go to I don’t know… work, kids, a run… all of them? These nutrient dense glasses of wellness give you energy that last all morning long without feeling sluggish.

We decided to try a five-day, ‘smoothie challenge’. While we love smoothies…it has not been our household routine to always start the day with one. But with the warmer months approaching we figured that this little challenge would ensure that we gain five new healthy smoothies to choose from and of course share with you all. We will have a variety of smoothies, some more “intense” (aka greener) than others…So lets begin the challenge! We would love to hear from you if you have a ‘go to’ smoothie! Please share in the comments!

Check back each day for a new variation of “wellness in a glass”

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