Raspberry Lemonade (Refined Sugar Free)

This bright, tasty low-sugar lemonade gets its beautiful red color from raspberries-pure and simple. The drink is so easy to make and bursting with antioxidant Vitamin C from lemons and raspberries. I hope this beverage helps give you a break from the heat!

Add to a large glass container:

10 cups cold water

10 ounces raspberries (washed)

2 large lemons (sliced)

1 tray of ice cubes

1 cup coconut nectar

1/4 tsp. liquid lemon drop stevia (optional)

Use a large spoon to stir ingredients together well. Let container sit overnight (or at least 8 hours). Pour lemonade into glasses over ice. Enjoy!

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Black Forest Smoothie (Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan)


Cherry, Black, Forest, Smoothie, Vegan, Dairy Free

I am on a cherry kick at the moment. Since I haven’t been able to find fresh cherries quite yet, I’ve been using organic frozen cherries in my smoothies the last few days. They really brighten up a smoothie on so many levels. This drink could very well be called Beauty Smoothie since it is loaded with antioxidants, beta carotene (which is critical for healthy skin),fiber and healthy fats. My children who think anything with chocolate is awesome (OK me too!) gulped this smoothie down in seconds. This drink always gives me a boost of energy and is a fabulous get-up-and go morning breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.

Cherry, Black, Forest, Smoothie, Vegan, Dairy Free


Add to Vitamix or Blender:

3 cups homemade or unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cherries

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

1/3 cup cacao powder

1/3 cup coconut nectar (or sweetener of choice)

1/2 cup ice cubes

Blend on high speed for 2 minutes. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

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Mango Milkshake (Vegan)

Ahh…mangoes. How I love thee. The continuous winter weather we are having here in the Rocky Mountains  has me dreaming about a week at the beach in the warm sun. So while I can’t transport myself and the rest of the family to the tropics at the moment (hopefully one day soon!), I can make a beach worthy milkshake.

I love milkshakes, but haven’t had one in years from a restaurant due to the ingredients found in commercial milkshakes. This “milkshake” is made up of only five ingredients with the base being coconut milk. It is a good fix for any sweet tooth you may have or if you just want to treat yourself to something special. I often make this drink for my daughter as a quick, healthy snack before swim lessons or a trip to the park.

Mangoes are loaded with potassium and Vitamins A, C and E. The addition of banana to this drink adds a boost of fiber and manganese to the drink. Coconut milk is rich in lauric acid which has anti-viral properties that help to boost the immune system.

Add to Vitamix or Blender:
1 can coconut milk (this brand is BPA free)
2 mangoes, peeled and flesh removed  (2 cups frozen mangoes will also work)
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

Blend on high for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Serve in a glass and enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

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Green Chia Smoothie (Dairy Free)

Do you crave a snack during the day that will give you energy, boost your immunity and have your skin glowing from the inside out?! Look no further…I present you with The Green Chia Smoothie!

Three of my favorite superfoods are in this drink: Kale, chia seeds and raw honey. Kale, my favorite green leafy vegetable, has a rocking nutritional profile. This cruciferous vegetable is loaded with Vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, iron and manganese. Strawberries are also an amazing source of Vitamin C and contain numerous antioxidants. Chia seeds are incredibly rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. Chia seeds are known to help regulate blood sugar. Their high fiber content also helps to keep you full longer. Raw honey is anti-bacterial and anti-viral and adds the perfect slightly sweetened taste to this smoothie. So take a few minutes today to take care of yourself and drink up this heart healthy smoothie!

Add to Vitamix or Blender:

3 cups filtered water
1 cup kale, chopped
1 banana
1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 Tbsp. raw honey


Blend on high for 2 minutes. Pour into glasses and enjoy. Cheers to radiant health!
Serves 4.
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Strawberry Almond Milk

This recipe was inspired by the lovely Amber over at The Tasty Alternative. Amber recently posted a wonderful recipe for Homemade Almond Milk. Although I used to make my own Almond Milk all the time; admittedly I have been slacking lately and buying it at my local health food store–time to change that! Fresh, pure ingredients are always better. A great read on what’s wrong with packaged Almond and Coconut Milks can be found here.
My daughter always spots the Organic Strawberry Milk at the health food store and asks to get it. Have you seen how much sugar is in these “healthy milk” packages?! It boggles my mind that they get away with claiming these drink as healthy.
After spotting some strawberries at the store today, I decided to see if I could create my own version of Strawberry Milk at home. My daughter came back twice asking for more milk, so I think the recipe was a success!
This milk is creamy, fresh and lightly sweetened. Almonds are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, protein and Vitamin E. Strawberries are an incredible source of Vitamin C.
1 cup almonds
6 cups water
2 cups strawberries, sliced
3 Tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. liquid vanilla stevia (optional)
In a large bowl, soak 1 cup of almonds in 6 cups of water for at least 6 hours. I like to replace the soaking water at least once during this time, if possible. After 6 hours (or longer), drain and rinse the almonds.
Place the almonds with 6 cups of fresh water in a blender or Vitamix. Blend on high for 2 minutes. Strain the milk with a nut milk bag (or strainer). Set the almond pulp aside and put the strained milk back into the Vitamix. Add in the strawberries, honey and stevia. Blend on high for 1 minute. Enjoy!
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