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Showing posts with label cinnamon. Show all posts

Almond Butter-Apple Pie Smoothie

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Any Apple Pie Smoothie recipe I've come across that is delicious seeks to replicate the apple pie a la mode idea using yogurt or thick cream to replicate the ice cream scoop mixed in with the fruit and the crust.  So, so yummy!  

I was experimenting and found that the following ingredients come together creamy, sweet, fruity and so satisfying as a dessert smoothie that you might never want to fuss around with pie crust again!

Into your Vitamix carafe put the following:

*3 Apples, sliced, core and seeds removed
*small nob of fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced or grated
*2 T. Maranatha Raw Almond Butter
*1-2 T. Raw Honey
*1 T. Cinnamon
*Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt (or to taste)
*1 C. Frozen Peaches (Secret Ingredient!)
*3-4 C. Almond Milk (I used Almond Breeze)

Whirl together until creamy smooth.  The Frozen Peaches bring out the 'apple' flavour more than apples do on their own (don't know why?).  Try it yourself and see if it is not ambrosia!


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Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie

Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie
This Thickalicious take-off on a Christmas Cake as a smoothie
When designing this 'cake' smoothie, I wanted to get the essential flavour "idea" of Christmas cake but without having to expand the recipe to include all the not-so-healthy ingredients you might find in a typical Christmas cake (and I'm not referring to the commercial ones).  There is NO butter, so you don't have to worry about that... in fact, like all of the Christmas smoothies, this one is also vegan which means no yogurt either, or other dairy products.  Of course, if you are not vegetarian, you can go ahead and put in whatever you like from the animal by-product arena.  I'm hoping that the almond milk and the oatmeal carry the mouth-appeal for all the fats-- milk, butter, eggs-- in this smoothie.

I also have skipped most the rum or brandy and the raisins and/or currants.  Instead I'm using frozen  seedless grapes and I believe that these little gems do the trick as a much healthier, tastier sub.  Along with the grapes, the dates provide wholesome sweetness (I also added a packet of Sweet Leaf stevia, and you can opt for more sweetener of your choice, or just stick with the dates).  Too, I kept the spices to a minimum, using a small amount of nutmeg and a more pronounced portion of cinnamon.

I like it-- it satisfies my Christmas Cake urges in a more satisfactory way, and I don't have to start putting it together in October! (I vaguely remember that regimen from my long-ago Trudy Traditional days).

Thickalicious Christmas Cake Smoothie (serves 2)
Put the following in your blender carafe and whirl up:

  • 1/2 C. Rolled Oats (Gluten-Free if preferred)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp.   ground Cinnamon
  • 9 pitted Dates (or more if desired)
  • 1 C. Frozen Seedless Grapes
  • 2. C. Almond Milk (or 1 C. Almond Milk and 1 C. Water)
  • 1 pkt. Sweet Leaf Stevia powder (or sweetener of choice and how much you want-- optional)

Thickalicious Apple-Grape Superfood Green Smoothie

This is a wonderful Green Smoothie, if I do say so myself.

There are three super-foods in this Apple-Grape "Superfood" Smoothie: Astragalus, Chia seed, and Cinnamon.  Although it is another Thickalicious smoothie, we have cut the oats down to a 1/2 Cup and amped up the (Medjool) dates to a dozen from the 6 I have used in the other recipes.  If you love Apple Crisp dessert, you will love this sweet and tasty breakfast smoothie.

Layer the following in a Blender Carafe (or in 2 bunches for less powerful blenders):

  • 1/2 C. Rolled Oats                                               }soak in 1 C. of Water 30 min. before
  • 1 tsp. Chia Seed (ground in a coffee bean grinder) }soak in above 1 C. of Water before
  • 1 tsp. Astragalus Powder (More information about this Chinese herb at bottom of this post)
  • 1 T. Cinnamon
  • 12 Dates, pitted
  • 1 C. Frozen Green Grapes
  • 2 juicy Apples, cored and chopped (I used McIntosh Apples, juicy and flavourful)
  • 1 large handful of Tender Greens
Whirl up and enjoy!

Product Description for Astragalus

Astragalus root is one of many herbs 
known by several names. Astragalus 
membranaceus and Astragalus 
propinquus are both Latin names for 
the unique plant more commonly known
as Astragalus root. 

Astragalus comes from the pea family, 
and has been used for thousands of 
years in traditional Chinese medicine. 
Astragalus herb is thought to boost 
overall vitality. IChinese medicine
it has been historically used to promote
healing and reduce pain.


The Green Smoothie vs. Radiation Poisoning

*2-6 Celery stalks, chopped
*1 Apple, cored, chopped
*1 C. Blackberries, frozen or fresh
*1 T. Cinnamon
*1/2 tsp. Turmeric
*Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
*1 T. Raw Honey
*1/4 C. Raw Pumpkin Seed
*1/4 C. dried Coconut
*Water (1 - 1 1/2 Quarts)

Spin up. Drink by itself (i.e., don't eat it with your breakfast, etc. Give yourself about an hour before and an hour after eating to digest this. There are several kinds of radiation that will be protected against by drinking Green Smoothies every day.  (recipe adapted from David Wolfe)

Smoothie of the Week: Apple-Almond-Blackberry Green Smoothie

Here is another delicious Blackberry Smoothie-- using apple, almond milk and of course, blackberries.

Now, it is possible that the combining of the almond milk and the fruit might pose a bit of a digestion problem for some-- if so, just take a full-spectrum enzyme before, during or after the smoothie... enzymes help with digestion.

Combine the following in your Vitamix (or other) blender carafe:
*Frozen Blackberries
*Tender Greens (Kale, Baby Spinach, Romaine, etc.)
*2-3 Apples (cored, all seeds removed, skin on)
*1-2 C. Fresh Almond Milk (10 soaked almonds per Cup of Water spun up in Vitamix)
*1 tsp. Cinnamon
Whirl up until fully creamy smooth.  Add more water or almond milk if it is too thick.  Mmmm.

Smoothie of the Week: Pumpkin Howl

courtesy of JillWellington at Pixaby
Pumpkin Howl is just a real scary name for a delectable 'pumpkin pie' type smoothie. I think you'll love it:

Put the following in your blender canister:

  • Meat and Liquid from one Young Thai Coconut (or 12 oz of Coconut Water)
  • 1/2 C. of canned Organic pumpkin puree
  • 4 soaked dates (pit removed) or Stevia to taste or Maple Syrup to taste
  • Cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon or as desired)
(makes enough for two adult portions)  


Apple Cider Green Smoothie

Mmmmm.... Apples are definitely a nice clean crisp fall fruit choice for smoothies.  And they 'warm up' with a couple of shakes of cinnamon or cardamom... as you wish.  

When I was a kid and went out trick'n'treating I remember the smell of MacIntosh apples being crunched into in the cool (sometimes frigid lol)night air. 

 I grew up where we didn't grow big apples (just crabapples and small tart pie apples)-- the MacIntosh of that day was such a treat!  Well, on the weekend at the Farmer's Market in Steveston, we picked up some "old fashioned" MacIntosh and some Ambrosia, great locavore varieties.  Organic, of course-- apples are highly sprayed fruits so please buy organic... if you scrimp on the cost of other fruits, buy something like oranges that have a thicker skin.  

Here is a perfectly delightful and tasty Apple Cider Green Smoothie, all made up in your blender... no dairy (yogurt, etc.) and really just 3 ingredients (besides water) to give you a real clean start to your day or to refresh you somewhere along in your day... you really can't miss with apples for taste and nutrition!

Put the following in your high speed blender:
*2 Tasty organic Apples (not too soft), cored and chopped, but with skin still on
*Chopped organic Celery, including the leaves (cut off the bottoms)
*2 shakes good quality Cinnamon powder, or perhaps Cardamom seed ground in your coffee bean grinder
*2 C. Filtered Water, more or less, as you desire
(you might choose to add 1 T. Braggs Apple Cider-- with the "mother" in it-- and perhaps 1 T. Maple Syrup for extra enzymes)

Whirl up and go climb a tree!

Did you know that....

  • apple, like other fruits, is 'antidepressant'?  Try it-- feeling down? Grab an apple and munch!
  • pectin-- soluble fibre-- in an apple slows down the release of sugars into the bloodstream and thus controls insulin levels... the apple is a pancreas-friendly fruit
  • by lowering insulin levels, the pectin also reduces cholesterol levels
  • the antioxidant activity in one medium-size apple with skin is equal to 1500 mg of Vitamin C.  Studies show that both human liver cancer cells and human colon cancer cells are inhibited in growth by the application of apple extracts in vitro
  • people eating lots of apples have lower rates of lung cancer than those who don't
  • Quercetin, a flavenoid in apples, is found right under the skin, so don't peel your apples to get the most benefit from eating them
~facts above from AtoZ of Health, Beauty and Fitness 

This smoothie information is for you-- it's my bias-- so please see your own health care professional before making any health-related decisions. If you found anything useful, intriguing, or have questions, I would really appreciate your feedback... please use the comment box below. To your better and better health, ~Cynthia

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