Creamy Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie Recipe

Arugula Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

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.

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!

Naturally Fermented Ajad (Thai Cucumber Relish)

I’ve been really quiet, I know. I have a good reason, well, sort of. Last year around this time, I returned to the world of working outside the home. It’s been a major adjustment. I haven’t adjusted. My heart is in the home, my heart is working on my blog. I won’t bore you to death, but, a few good things did come out of it. I went to a restaurant I would not have gone to had I not made friends who eat regular food. Not that I didn’t have friends who ate regular food before, but…well, you know. Anyway, I went to this restaurant, and I tasted the most delicious cucumbers ever. Thai cucumbers. I always thought I was not a huge fan of Thai food before I tried these.

So, I tried this cucumber dish and I thought, wow, this tastes SO delicious, I need to ferment it! So, I did just that. I have to share the recipe. It’s yummy!

Ajad - Thai Cucumber Relish

Naturally Fermented Ajad Recipe (Makes 1 Qt)

Ingredients
2 large cucumbers
4 small shallots (or 2 small onions)
1/2 of a chile pepper (use another hot pepper or garnish with red bell peppers if unavailable)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup raw honey
3.5% brine, about 8g salt per cup of water

Directions
1. Slice cucumbers thinly, then quarter and add to a mixing bowl.

2. Chop shallots, chile pepper and cilantro, then add to mixing bowl.

3. In a bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, mix 1 cup water with 8g Himalayan Pink salt, then stir in honey.

4. Add all ingredients to a 1qt jar.

5. Stir 8g salt with one cup water and add to jar. Repeat until vegetables are fully submerged.

6. Add a pinch of Caldwell’s starter if you’d like. Mix well.

7. Close jar, and allow to ferment for 12-24 hours. If your house is hotter than 76 degrees, you may want to refrigerate in the day to help retain crispness. Adding oak or grape leaves, liquid or powdered tannins are other options.

You can enjoy these as a side to almost any dish. I love them with chicken mostly. We also eat them as a snack. Yum!

Dairy-Free Raw Eggnog Featuring Almond & Coconut Milk

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!