Vanilla Pear Protein Power Smoothie (Sugar Free & Vegan)

Vanilla Pear Protein Power Smoothie (Sugar Free & Vegan), gluten free, paleo, doterra

My daughter adores pears. They are her favorite fruits hands down. My son…he can eat strawberries like craaazy.

I created this smoothie to please my pear loving daughter and to make sure everyone in the family gets a good dose of protein and fiber in a smoothie. It’s been hot here and that usually means lots of homemade ice cream, salads and smoothies. I try to pack as much of a nutritional punch in all of those categories as possible ūüôā This smoothie is satisfying, fulfilling and darn good for you. Enjoy Friends!

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Vanilla Pear Protein Power Smoothie (Sugar Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Beverage, Smoothie
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan
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Serves: 2
  • 1 cup unsweetened or homemade almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pear, washed and cored
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (of your choice)
  • 2 tsp. white chia seeds
  • ⅛ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  1. Place all ingredients into a Vitamix or blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Serve over ice and enjoy!

How to Make a Healthier Cup of Coffee!

A Healthier Cup of Coffee

I never used to be a coffee drinker. I was a tea gal. I used to hangout at coffee shops on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO drinking amazing herbal tea blends. I was crazy about green tea, rooibos tea, fruit tea-you name it. Then I had kids. And everything changed!

A hot cup of coffee on a cold wintry morning started it all. It was my time for ME in the morning. I enjoyed the taste of coffee, the smell…all of it. And then I had toddlers and really didn’t want to give up my coffee ūüôā

Over the past few years, I have changed up my morning cup of Joe quite a few times. I’ve made it sugar-free at times with liquid vanilla stevia. I’ve tried various creamers and just had it straight up black like my French hubby loves. But lately I’ve been making it as healthy as possible.

As a nutritionist, I know that coffee is quite acidic. While coffee is full of antioxidants and has many health benefits, it should be consumed in moderation. I now enjoy coconut milk cream in my coffee as a dairy-free alternative to traditional creamer. Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a fatty acid, that has antibacterial and antiviral properties helping to build the immune system to fight infections and viruses. Additionally, coconut milk also naturally contains electrolytes including magnesium, chloride, potassium and sodium which helps keep the body hydrated and working at an optimal level.

A touch of cinnamon still makes the coffee an enjoyable drink and helps stabilize blood sugar and helps to lower LDL (or bad cholesterol). Raw honey is a superfood that is full of natural enzymes and immune boosting properties.

Voila! Drink up Friends or add my suggestions to a cup of tea if you prefer¬†ūüôā

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A Healthier Cup of Coffee
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Dairy Free
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Serves: 1
  • 8-10 ounces hot brewed organic coffee
  • 1Tbsp. chilled coconut milk cream
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (use liquid vanilla stevia if avoiding all sugar)
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil (or a dash of cinnamon)
  1. I store the canned coconut milk in the fridge and then the cream is on top when the can is opened.
  2. Add coconut milk cream, honey and cinnamon to cup of coffee and stir. Enjoy hot!






Vanilla Cashew Milk (Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan)

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We drink a lot of almond milk around here. I make my Strawberry Almond Milk recipe quite often. And while we love it, sometimes it’s good to change things up. Homemade Cashew Milk is a wonderful alternative to almond milk that is creamy, delicious and equally good for you. Cashews are rich in copper, iron, magnesium and protein.

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 Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 cups cashews, soaked in water for 8 hours (and then drained)

7 cups filtered water

15 drops liquid vanilla stevia

1 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Blend on high for 2 minutes. Place hand on top of lid when blending as the container will be quite full.

Place a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth) over a glass container and pour milk through bag, allowing the milk to pour into the storage container. Place container in fridge and drink within 2-3 days.

Please Note: With cashew milk you don’t need to use a nut bag as cashews blend up very well into the mixture and leave very little pulp. Yet, I still run the milk through a nut milk bag¬†one time to remove the small particles and ensure the texture is completely smooth.

Makes 8 servings.

This was shared on Wellness Weekend, Full Plate Thursday, Keep It Real Thursday, Raw Foods Thursdays, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

Peach Apricot Smoothie (Dairy Free, Sugar Free & Vegan)

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My sweet neighbor brought me over some fresh apricots she had picked from her tree a few days ago. Generally, I would try to make a baked dessert with the perfectly ripe fruit. However, my daughter begged me to use the apricots in a smoothie.

I wasn’t quite sure how apricots would taste in a smoothie…but when it is 100 degrees out, a refreshing smoothie made with any type of fruit sounds appealing. I am pleased to say this smoothie inspired by my creative daughter is simply delightful. And with another bag of ripe apricots lingering in my kitchen, I’ll be making this scrumptious smoothie again tomorrow. Enjoy this drink and the huge Vitamin C boost it will give you!

Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 1/2 cups homemade almond milk (or unsweetened almond milk)

4 ripe apricots

2 peaches

1 banana

10 drops orange liquid stevia (or a half of a peeled orange)

1/2 cup ice cubes

Blend on high for 1 minute. The drink should be smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Yum!

Serves 4.

This is linked to Whole Food Fridays,¬†Freaky Friday,¬†Fresh Bites Friday,¬†Fight Back Friday,¬†Full Plate Thursday, Pennywise Platter,¬†It’s a Keeper Thursday,¬†Keep It Real Thursdays,¬†Tastetastic Thursday,¬†Allergy-Free Wednesdays,¬†Tasteful Tuesday Party,¬†Slightly Indulgent Tuesday,¬†Fat Tuesday,¬†Recipe of the Week,¬†Inspire Me Monday,¬†My Meatless Mondays, Made From Scratch Monday,¬†Melt in Your Mouth Monday,¬†Monday Mania and¬†Wellness Weekend.

Cherry “Soda” (Sugar-Free, Vegan)

How many commercial sodas can advertise that they contain only three ingredients and¬†and are free of¬†refined sugar?! Well now you can make your own “soda” at home and feel good about it. Here’s my simple recipe with only… you guessed it, three ingredients. ūüôā

Add to a large glass filled with several ice cubes:
1 1/2 cups sparkling mineral water
2 Tbsp. tart cherry juice concentrate
1/8 tsp. liquid vanilla stevia

Stir with a large spoon. Drink up!

P.S. The benefits of tart cherries are numerous. Tart cherries contain loads of antioxidants and are a good source of iron. For my Tart Cherry Strawberry Ice Cream recipe click here.

This recipe was shared on Fight Back Friday, Allergy Friendly Friday, Wellness Weekend, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Made at Home Mondays, Monday Mania, Fat Tuesday, Healthy 2day Wednesdays and Real Food Wednesday.