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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Beauty Smoothie! (Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free & Vegan)


Want to get  your GLOW on?! I know it is not pumpkin season, but fortunately you can enjoy pumpkins year round and they will do wonders for your skin. Pumpkin is an outstanding source of Vitamin A, fiber and iron. Chard is jam packed with Vitamins A, C, E, K, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin A promotes skin cell turnover which helps bring new skin cells to the surface. It is a fabulous antioxidant that boosts your immune system and promotes skin health.

Add to Vitamix or Blender:

1 17 oz. carton of Pacific Natural Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree (I found it at my local Whole Foods)

3 cups homemade almond milk (or unsweetened almond milk)

3-4 large red chard leaves (kale also works great)

3/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut nectar

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

Makes 6 servings.


Please note you are welcome to omit the coconut nectar if you want no added sugar/sweetner at all, but my kids drink this smoothie with me everytime I make it so a touch of sweetness makes it a recipe my whole family will enjoy!

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30 Second Smoothie! (Sugar Free & Vegan)

You know that feeling when you are absolutely starving and just need something to eat FAST?! I know it very well. After running errands with the kids, I often like to make this quick smoothie. It helps me get through to the next meal.

What I love about this smoothie is that it is made up of only a few ingredients and contains no refined sugar. This drink provides a protein boost and satisfies my sweet tooth. I like to throw in a probiotic boost to keep my gut healthy and boost my immune system.

Bananas are a great source of prebiotics which support the probiotic bacteria in our colon, allowing vitamins and minerals to be better absorbed. Bananas are also a good source of fiber, Vitamin B6 and potassium. Almond butter offers up calcium, iron, magnesium and protein.

Add to Vitamix or Blender:
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup almond butter
2 bananas, peeled
1/8 tsp. liquid vanilla stevia
1 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)

Place all ingredients into Vitamix and blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy!

Serves 2.

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10 Snacks for a Better Workout

In one week, I will be running my first half-marathon. I am getting excited for the big race. Slowly, but surely over the past few months, I have been logging miles both outside and at the gym training for the event. I run two to three times a week depending on my husband’s schedule as he has to watch the kiddos while I get a little dose of freedom…I mean a workout in 🙂 

Since I don’t have hours on end for running these days, I really try to make my runs count and maximize the time I do get to run whether it be practicing hills or improving my speed. I try to eat smart prior to a run which means having a snack that is both a good source of complex carbohydrates as well as packed with protein. After a run (or a strength training session at the gym), I make sure to prepare an easy, quick snack as I am usually quite hungry afterwards. So whether your passion is mountain biking, walking or Zumba, here are 10 recipes to help you make the most of your workouts!

5 Pre-Workout Snacks

By the way, if you have ever wanted to run a half-marathon, YOU can do it! My best friend motivated me to run my first race in 7 years this past Thanksgiving which was a 5K. Since then I have slowly been running more miles each week, adding in an extra mile or two per week. If you are interested in the 3 month half-marathon training schedule, I created for myself, feel free to email me at 

I will be sharing my Top 10 Favorite Fitness Foods with you soon 🙂

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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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