Creamy Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

Arugula, Pineapple, Avocados, Oh my!! I’m excited to share this smoothie recipe with you.

Florida summers are really hot. Some days we’re in the triple digits! It’s no wonder we like to have smoothies in my house this time of year to stay hydrated and boost our nutrition!

I like to choose ingredients that pack a great punch to put in our morning smoothies. The best way to start the day is with nutrients that satisfy our taste buds and provide energy. Most days I add beets to my smoothies, which I love, but this recipe has been a welcomed difference. Especially for my son.

Health Benefits of Arugula

Arugula is a cruciferous vegetable we should try to enjoy regularly. It’s a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C and K, calcium and it also provides some iron. It has a high water content so is great for staying hydrated in the summer months. It also has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects on the body, which is one of the reasons it increases energy. Recent studies have shown that the erucin found abundantly in arugula inhibits proliferation of cancer. The isothiocyanates found in arugula and other cruciferous vegetables work in a way similar to chemotherapy, and may stop the progression and/or migration of cancer without the toxicity. (Source)

Sweet, Sweet Pineapple

Pineapple is one of my favorite choices for naturally sweetening smoothies because of the digestive benefits it confers. Just one cup of pineapple provides all the vitamin C required for a day. It also provides potent antioxidants, and over 75% of the trace mineral manganese we need for healthy bones, teeth, skin, blood sugar levels and more! Studies show that those who consume at least 3 servings of fruit per day are 36% less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss, than those who eat 1.5 servings or less. (Source)

Avocados & Its Healthy Fat

If there’s no fat with your vegetables, you are greatly reducing the amount of nutrients you are able to absorb (source). Choose the right type of fats to pair with your vegetables, such as avocado, coconut, olive, tallow, lard, etc. For smoothies, I like to use wholesome avocado and coconut as they impart the best flavors. The highest concentration of phytonutrients in avocados are closest to the peel. We tend to cut it in two lengthwise, then peel it with our hands. The nutrients found in avocado help with cardiovascular health, blood sugar control, insulin regulation, and fighting inflammation. Based on animal studies, it may also help prevent against arthritis! (Source)

Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie
My son asks, “What did you put in it to make it sooo delicious?”

Creamy Avocado Pineapple Arugula Summer Smoothie Recipe (Serves 1-2)

Ingredients
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1/2 Large Avocado
2 Cups Arugula
1 Cup Liquid (We like to use water or water kefir)

Directions

1. Add ingredients to blender so heaviest ingredients are on the top. Since I use a NutriBullet, that’s frozen pineapple, avocado, arugula, then the liquid.

2. Blend, put in serving cups and enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this recipe by leaving a comment below!

Dairy-Free Raw Eggnog Recipe: Featuring Almond & Coconut Milk

Dairy Free Raw Eggnog

I still remember our dairy-free days like they were yesterday. Although I enjoy raw dairy now, there are some dairy-free recipes that I have grown to love. This yummy and high-fat raw nog is one of them. It’s a great way to start your day whether it’s the holiday season or not!

It is very simple to make, too. I find it tastes best with ingredients that are very fresh. Pin this recipe so you don’t lose it…you won’t regret it!

Dairy-Free Raw Nog (Serves 1)

1/4 cup almonds
1/2 fresh coconut
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
Nutmeg
Other spices to taste
Honey

Instructions

1. Soak almonds overnight in 1 cup water with a pinch of sea salt.

2. In the morning, rinse and blend with 1/2 cup of water. Strain with a fine-mesh strainer, cheese cloth or nut milk bag.

3. Cut up fresh coconut and blend with 1 cup water (add more if your blender requires it, but it will be creamier if you get away with using less water!). Strain with a fine mesh strainer, cheese cloth or nut milk bag.

4. Separate 3 eggs.

5. Mix 1/2 cup almond milk with 1/2 cup coconut milk. Stir in 3 egg yolks until mixed well.

6. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and spices to taste. I love using some fresh grated nutmeg and a pinch of ginger! Other spices such as cinnamon, clove, cardamom, etc. would work great as well.

7. Add a little raw honey to taste and enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this recipe by leaving a comment below. I personally can’t get enough of it this time of year!

Simple, Easy, Tasty Mini Meatballs (No Flour Required!)

Sometimes finding simple, easy, quick and tasty recipes for a special diet can be difficult–especially when many recipes use replacement items that you can’t have. I understand. My son is on a limited diet and it took me a while to find a wide variety of yummy things he can eat without feeling deprived. We usually add a bunch of spices to ours, but the recipe below is very basic yet still very yummy.

Mini Meatballs

These can be enjoyed on their own, in spaghetti sauce, salads or sandwiches, or as a deconstructed burger with all the fixings. My son absolutely loves them along with fresh tomato slices, avocado chunks, and naturally fermented pickles.

Basic Mini Meatballs (Serves 1-4)

Ingredients
1lb ground beef
1/2 tsp celtic grey salt
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1tsp tallow, lard, ghee, etc.

Directions
1. In a mixing bowl, mix ground beef, salt, and pepper together well.

2. Shape the mini meatballs by taking small chunks and rolling them in the palm of your hand.

3. Heat skillet to 300o and add a tsp of tallow or other saturated fat to pot. Spread fat evenly.

5. Add half the mini meatballs (or more if they will fit comfortably in the skillet) and let them cook. Roll them around every now and then so they brown evenly. Once cooked, remove with a slotted spoon or a big fork.

6. Cook the remaining meatballs until browned evenly then remove.

7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

These may be frozen before cooking, or after allowing them to cool after cooking. They will make life easier!

Stay tuned for my personal favorite mini meatball recipe. What are your favorite spices to add? Let me know by leaving a comment!