• F R I D A Y !

    Happy Friday friends!

    I'm sure everyone is super excited to enjoy their three day weekend! Hopefully everyone will also be enjoying yummy food! Check out this recipe for how to make some refreshing and pretty drinks! :)

    Photo by: Bethany Nauert

    Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

  • Recipe: Not Your Average Cereal

    Happy Wednesday!

     Today we are sharing a super yummy breakfast recipe with you!  This meal is healthy, fun to make and SO delicious! It’s also a great alternative to eating your typical cereal.

    Let’s try it!

    “Not Your Average Cereal” Recipe

    Ingredients: (Serving size: Small breakfast bowl)

    • ½ Cup of Cooked Quinoa  (The quinoa can be used hot or cold for this recipe. Both are very good! When used hot this could take place of oatmeal and used cold it’s more like cereal.)
    • ¼ cup of Granola (We love Whole Foods Brand Granola and for a gluten-free option we love Udi’s Original Granola – pictured below*)

    • As little or as much Fruit you’d like:
      • Banana
      • Kiwi
      • Apples
      • Nectarines
      • Strawberries
      • Blueberries
      • Blackberries
      • Raspberries

    *Note*: We used these fruits but what ever fruits you like can be added instead! You can also sub nectarines for peaches or add them both to this dish! 

    • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Nectar  -- This is my secret weapon! SO yummy! A substitute for this could be agave or honey but I can almost guarantee after you try this stuff you won’t use agave again!
    • ½ cup of Unsweetened Original or Vanilla Hemp Milk (We used Unsweetened Vanilla for this recipe. Hemp milk can be found in Whole Foods along with Soy milk, Almond milk, etc. You could also use these instead of the hemp milk but the taste of the hemp milk adds a great flavor to this meal!)
    • OPTIONAL: 1 Medjool Date (or any dates of your preference – you can always add more if your heart desires!)
    • OPTIONAL: 2 Tablespoons of Hemp Seeds
    • OPTIONAL: 1 Tablespoon of Ground Flaxseed (You can add whole flax seeds if you wish though!)
    • OPTIONAL: Small amount of Goji Berries (about 7-10 berries

    Let’s make this!

    Directions:

    • First start by making the quinoa. If you’re not familiar with cooking quinoa, it may seem like not a lot but it will expand when you cook it. You will only use about 2/3 of a cup of cooked quinoa for the recipe but I usually make a whole cup so I have leftover for the rest of the week. Directions are generally on the back of the packaging but if you buy lose quinoa here is how you make it… 

    *Add 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of boiling water. Then bring your water down to a low heat. Cover the pot and let simmer for 10-15.  Your quinoa is done when each grain spirals out.

    • Now that your quinoa is done you can add it to your bowl. (I used a small breakfast bowl that's  about one cup.)  Pictured: Blue flower bowl from Ikea.
    • Next, add your granola  

     *Note* You can layer the granola on top of the quinoa or stir it in. 


    • Add your fruit! We put on ½ sliced up banana, ½ sliced and cubed kiwi, a few raspberries, a handful of blueberries, 1 strawberry sliced into quarters, a few blackberries, quarter of a nectarine cubed and a quarter of a Gala apple cubed. Toss all your fruit on top of the granola and quinoa.
    • Cut your date(s) into quarters and top with fruit.
    • Top your fruit and dates with the flaxseeds, hemp seeds and goji berries. This step is optional!

    • Pour on the coconut nectar or sauce/syrup of your choice! We really recommend using the nectar though! Another option is you can pour some into the quinoa/granola and then top again on your fruit for an added sweetness! 
    • Pour the hemp milk over everything! 
    • Thank us for sharing this amazing recipe! ;)
  • Recipe: Kristen's Go To Green Smoothie

    Happy Friday everyone!

     Today we are sharing a green smoothie recipe with you! Kristen makes this almost every morning. Green Smoothies are a great way to start your day! They are quick and are super healthy! (Depending what you put in them!)  We love smoothies because you can throw anything (well almost!) in the blender and have a filling “meal.” The problem we’ve noticed and have heard is that people have a hard time masking the taste of the leafy greens. This recipe promises to do just that! It’s nutrious and sweet! Try trading this one day for your breakfast, or even as an afternoon snack!

    Kristen’s Go To Green Smoothie

    You will need…

    • 1 banana
    • 2 Stalks of Kale (remove leaves from the stems)
    • 1 generous handful of Spinach
    • 1 small handful (palm size) of blueberries
    • 1-2 spoonfuls of ground Flaxseed
    • 2 spoonfuls of Hemp Protein Powder (This is optional, we think it adds great flavor to the smoothie in addition to the protein but the smoothie will still have a great taste if you choose to not use this ingredient.)
    • ½ cup of Orange Juice
    • ½ cup of water
    • 3 large ice cubes

     

    Let’s make this baby!

    • Start with putting your banana in followed by the leafy greens and the rest of the ingredients!
    • Blend and Enjoy!

    **Note**

    • If you don’t have orange juice you can always cut up a large orange (We prefer Valencia oranges.) and replace the ½ cup of orange juice with more water.
    • If you want extra sweetness or an additional flavor, you can add a ½ of a peach.
    • If you find your smoothie is coming out more liquidy and you want a thicker consistency you can add more leafy greens!
    • Another option is adding a spoonful of tahini. You can use this instead of the protein powder or in addition to. This will also make your smoothie thicker.

     

     

  • Alcohol Free Mimosas

    Happy Monday! (Or unhappy Monday, depending on your hangover...)

    We hope everyone had a fun filled safe weekend! Some of you might be craving that morning “recovery drink” but unfortunately have to get back to the weekly grind. Instead of swinging by your local Starbucks, try this at home remedy. We almost guarantee you won’t need coffee...

    If you don’t drink alcohol and want to be able to enjoy the same drinks but somehow substituting the booze we have just the treat for you!

    ** We warn you though that there is A LOT of sugar in this drink!**

    We bring to you...Alcohol Free Mimosas!

    Get your drink on!

    Faux Champagne Recipe:

    You will need:

    • ½ Cup Sugar (We used organic white cane sugar otherwise the color of the champagne turns brown, unless you like brown looking champagne then knock yourself out! )

    • ½ Cup Water

    • ½ Cup Orange Juice (Fresh Squeezed or store bought)

    • ½ Cup Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice (1-3 Large Grapefruits)

    • 1 Pint Chilled Ginger Ale

    Directions:

    • Boil the sugar and water.

    • Once it starts to boil, remove pot from the heat and let cool.

    • Add the Orange juice and Grapefruit juice.

    • Chill until super cold.

    • Add Ginger Ale when you’re ready to serve!


    Alcohol Free Mimosas:

    Once you’ve chilled and made your “champagne” you can add more Orange Juice to create a mimosa! We topped off our mimosas with the left over pulp from our Grapefruits!

    **Note: This is optional but definitely adds a little somethin’ to the drink!**

  • Recipe: Mint Shake and Smoothie

    Smoothies and Shakes are some of my favorite things to make and get creative with! You can put almost anything you want in the blender together and just drink and go! I LOVE that! With the summer heat here, it inspired us even more for something refreshing and mint was the perfect contender as the main ingredient for these drinks! First up “Minty” Shake!

    “Minty” Shake

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Large Banana
    • 2 Handfuls of Spinach
    • 3 Spoonfuls of  SoDelicious Coconut Mint Ice Cream
    • 2 Dates
    • 1 Splash of SoDelicious Coconut Milk
    • 2 Spoonfuls of Coconut Meat from a Young Thai Coconut
    • ½ Cup of Coconut Water from Coconut
    • 6 Large Mint Leaves

    Notes:

    • The great thing about this ice cream is it is dairy free, soy free, gluten free and has no added sugar! (Not to mention it's super good!!)
    • Recipe makes 14oz.
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    The next recipe is for those of you who want to make the minty shake but either don’t want to have the ice cream in it, are cutting back on sugar or want something that isn’t so dessert like. This recipe could really be eaten anytime of day even morning if you’d like!

    “Minty Smooth” Smoothie

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Large Banana
    • ¼ Cup Coconut Milk
    • 1 Large Soaked Date
    • 1 Generous Handful of Spinach
    • 2 Spoonfuls of Coconut Meat from a Young Thai Coconut
    • ¼ Coconut Water from Coconut
    • 3 or more (depending on how minty you like things) Large Mint Leaves
    • 3 Large Ice Cubes

    Notes!

    • Recipe makes 14oz.
    • Add more mint leaves for more minty flavor.
    • You can use ½ a banana with fewer mint leaves but it will leave you with a thinner consistency.
    • If you want to use a full banana with 3-4 mint leaves you will have a thicker/more minty smoothie!

    Let’s Make This!

    Put everything in a blender and blend!