Malted Calci-yum Rich Chocolate Smoothie

Malted Calci-yum Rich Chocolate Smoothie

Malted Chocolate Calci-yum Rich Smoothie
Move over Carnation Instant! This creamy, delicious smoothy is chocked-full of calcium and other bone building minerals, including omega-3 fatty acids.
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Serves:: 1 serving
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Ingredients:
  • 1-11/2 frozen banana
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp tahini (sesame butter)
  • 4 oz water, or unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp blackstrap molasses
Directions:
  1. Pre-freeze bananas in a freeze-able container (Peel bananas, break into 3 or 4 sections, and freeze for several hours. Will keep for several weeks.)
  2. Blend ingredients until creamy.
  3. Bottoms Up!!
  4. Calci-yum Rich Chocolate Smoothy Photo

    Calci-yum Rich Chocolate Smoothy


 

Mint Mojito Mocktail

Mint Mojito Mocktail

Mint Mojito Mocktail

Mint Mojito Mocktail

Mint Mojito Mocktail
Mojitios are a Cuban rum laced beverage. Call it a mojito or call it a nojito, this alcohol-free, kid-friendly version of our ocean-side favorite is refreshing and fun. Use any variety of fresh mint or spearmint.
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Recipe Type:: Beverages
Serves:: 4 servings
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Ingredients:
  • 24-32 fresh mint leaves (about 3-4 sprigs)
  • 4 limes, juiced (about 4 Tbsp juice)
  • 4-6 tsp dark agave nectar
  • 5 cups ice cubes (about 2 dozen)
  • 8 oz club soda
Directions:
  1. Place mint, lime juice, agave nectar and ice cubes in your blender. Blend until ice cubes are crushed to desired texture.
  2. Pour into 4 tall serving glasses. Add about 2 oz club soda to each glass. Stir with a tall spoon.
  3. Decorate with a spring of mint and a ¼ wedge of lime (optional).

 

 

Refreshing Maple Lemonade

Refreshing Maple Lemonade

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p.166, Real-Life Vegan (www.RealLifeVegan.com)

 

Refreshing Maple Lemonade
The practical benefit of maple syrup for lemonade is that it mixes with the cold water instantly, whereas sugar has to first be dissolved by boiling into a syrup first. The flavor benefit is indescribable…you just have to experience it yourself to understand the uplifting combination. One large juicy lemon or two limes will typically provide enough fresh juice to make a single serving. While fresh juice is always preferable, bottled organic juice will do in a pinch.
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Recipe Type:: Beverages
Serves:: 1 glass
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Ingredients:
  • 3 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 8 oz water
  • several ice cubes
Directions:
  1. In a single glass or large pitcher, stir well with a tall spoon.
  2. Bottoms up!

 

Calming Chocolate Tonic

Calming Chocolate Tonic

Spicy Chai Hot Chocolate
This rich, creamy, hot chocolate “tonic” pays homage to the Aztecs who first consumed cacao as a beverage. I love the idea of this warm delicious drink as a “therapeutic” beverage. Certainly it warms the heart as well as the body, especially if you sip it with someone you adore.
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Recipe Type:: Blissful Chocolate Beverage!
Serves:: 4 servings
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Ingredients:
  • 15 oz can (425 ml) coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) cocoa powder
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup, pure honey or dry sweetener
  • pinch salt
  • Optional ingredients:
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract or
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 slices fresh ginger root
  • pinch chili powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp (2 ml) ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1⁄2 tsp (2 ml) ground cardamom or coriander powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) instant coffee (or chai tea bag)
  • NOTE:
  • To reduce fat content, other nut milks or soymilk can replace all or some coconut milk, but coconut is the smoothest, richest and most delicious.
  • OPTIONAL TREAT for SPECIAL OCCASIONS:
  • Top with SILKY WHIPPED CREAMY TOPPING and sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa powder!
Directions:
  1. Whisk together the coconut milk, cocoa, salt and sweetener and any optional ingredients, in a small pan over medium heat until steaming.
  2. Pour into your favourite mug and sip slowly and mindfully, enjoying every mouthful of pure pleasure.
  3. (Remove ginger root, teabag and cinnamon stick before serving.)

 

Calming Chocolate Tonic

Calming Chocolate Tonic

Healthy Holiday Beverages! Ho-ho-ho!

Healthy Holiday Beverages! Ho-ho-ho!

When I assist clients who are having health challenges, be it digestive distress, allergies, or weight regulation, I recommend they avoid or minimize their alcohol intake to allow their livers and pancreas the ability to be free of having to metabolize alcohol. This allows their organs an opportunity to do the other important functions that help them to overcome their issues.

p.166, Real-Life Vegan (www.RealLifeVegan.com)

Most hosts today will ensure there are non-alcoholic beverages but in so many cases those choices are sugar-ladened soda pop, or punches laced with soda pop. Not a healthy choice and possibly no less damaging to our liver and pancreas. So what to do? If you are a health conscious host, here are some delicious, easy ideas for your guests.

There are several beverage ideas and recipes in Real-Life Vegan (my second book available at eStore) including: Mint Mojito Mocktails, Juice Spritzers, Coconut Chia Water, Maple Lemonade, and Iced Herbal Teas.

WARM SPICED WINTER BEVERAGE RECIPE!

As we’re heading into the winter holiday however, I want to arm you with a healthy version of an easy, popular, warm, non-alcoholic beverage for entertaining. I’ve served this up for many parties and even taken it in a thermos for after-tobogganing or skating get-togethers.

For parties I either use a large pot on the back burner of the stove if space allows, or I plug-in a large slow cooker / crock pot in an area where everyone can help themselves.

This is so simple, yet so wonderfully festive! It’s only two ingredients…pure organic non-clarified apple juice (sometimes also labelled “apple cider”) or pear juice or a combination of both…simmered with tea bags that contain spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, and cloves…for example this one that is easily found in most grocery stores > http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/herbal-teas/bengal-spice

Now…be sure not to wimp out on the spices! This is where people go wrong when making herbal teas, and you don’t want to make the same mistake with spiced cider. You’ll want to use at least one tea bag for every 3-4 cups of juice. So if you’re making a large pot (I’ve used my canning pot for large crowds) you’ll likely be adding an entire 20 bag box of tea bags. A large slow cooker maybe 8-10 tea bags.

Be sure to allow time for simmering the spiced cider so it can activate the spices and develop the rich flavors that are so delightful. Once your juice is simmering, let it continue to simmer for at least 20-30 minutes. If you make it in advance you can turn off the heat and then rewarm when the party begins. Your house (or office staff room, or party room) will fill with a holiday fragrance that even the alcohol drinkers will be commenting on!

Warm Spiced Cider (no sugar added)

HEALTH BENEFITS of SPICES!

That’s it…2 ingredients, juice and tea bags! No refined sugar…no artificial ingredients…no regrets! There are healthful benefits thanks to the power of spices. Even though pure, organic apple juice is a much healthier choice than soda pop and other sugary beverages it still contains a high concentration of natural sugar (carbohydrate.) Cinnamon has been shown in numerous studies to assist the metabolism of carbohydrates. Ginger root is an anti-inflammatory spice. Cloves and cardamon have immune supporting properties. So by adding spices to this delicious beverage you are getting health benefits. People with diabetes may even be able to handle a moderate size mug, especially if sipped along with a whole-food, plant-strong diet. (www.RealLifeVegan.com)

I hope you enjoyed this blog. I would love to hear your comments, and receive your feedback on suggestions future blog ideas! Thanks for “tuning in!”

To your health and happiness, Victoria