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Ginger Basil Limeade

I am actually super excited to share this drink, I have loved limeade for as long as I can remember. Not only that but the ginger and basil in this drink gives it a unique but thirst quenching and delicious taste. Enjoy, I know I did!

“Ginger limeade strengthens your digestive fire. Add a pinch of salt (or better yet, salt the rims of a fancy glass) and you have a perfect, late afternoon pick-me-up alternative to coffee. This recipe benefits a wide range of constitutions, is delicious and easy to digest. Confidently offer a glass to your whole family, or any friend, knowing you will help them feel cool and light after a just a few sips!” Courtesy of: Joyful Belly (Should be Joyful Debbie.)

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Basil
  • 2 inch Ginger (Fresh)
  • 1 whole Lime
  • 2 tsp Raw Sugar
 
Directions
  1. Use a fine grater to make about 1 teaspoon of lime zest. Juice limes.
  2. Chop ginger into chunks.
  3. Add 1/4 water to a blender with ginger, lime juice, lime zest, raw sugar and a small handful of fresh basil leaves. Blend until smooth.
  4. Combine ginger-lime juice with 8 cups of water in a pitcher. Garnish with fresh basil.
  5. Chill to serve.
  6. Salt the rim of your glasses to complete this mock-tail while satisfying all six tastes!
 
Notes
Stimulates-energy, Quenches-thirst, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic


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Raspberry Banana Chia Seed Protein Blast

On the go? Don’t have enough time to cook or make anything? Well this is the perfect alternative for you. It is flavorful and will keep you full until you do have time in your busy schedule to eat something.

“If you have an activity filled day ahead and you need a good start, or the heat gets you beat and you need an afternoon pick-me-up after a work-out, try this protein filled Raspberry Banana Chia Seed Protein Blast which guests of Red Mountain Resort in Utah enjoy.  Bright, thick, creamy and sharp!”

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons Chia seeds
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup whey protein powder
  • 2 bananas, peeled
Directions
  1. Scoop yogurt into the blender first for easier pureeing.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and blend until smooth; scrape sides of the blender to make sure all powder is incorporated into the recipe.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.


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Miraval Green Smoothie for Clear Skin

Clear Skin? Sign me up, it is equally nutritious as it is delicious! Enjoy and go green, thanks Miraval Resort!

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped cucumber, with skin on
  • 1 cup Granny Smith apple, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 cup chopped celery hearts
  • 1 heart of romaine lettuce, about 6 oz., or, a handful of baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple for a sweet flavor or- the zest and juice of 1 lime for tart flavor
  • 1 sprig parsley
 Directions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a heavy juicer or blender, and process on high speed until smooth and frothy.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and serve immediately.
  3. Makes 12 oz. Calorie count is a for 6 oz serving.


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Natural Energy Juice Shot

I found this great power booster recipe by Scott D at Rancho La Puerta. What I love the most is it is so easy to make, I think I will go try it!

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The Power Booster Energy Shot from Tierra Allegre is a natural energy juice drink.  It reminds me of falling in love.  It left me warm and tingly inside and looking forward to our next encounter. The flavorful fresh ginger packs in a wallop of antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory benefits.  The cayenne adds a dash of heat.  This natural energy drink is perfect for a late morning energy boost. I also enjoy it in the afternoon as a refresher, as a replacement for caffeine. Makes two shots, about four ounces each.

Ingredients:

  • 1” Chunk of Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 Medium Lemon
  • 1/2 Green Apple
  • Dash of Cayenne

Directions:

  1. Slice or chop ginger so it fits in your juicer.
  2. Peel the lemon. Slice the lemon into quarter sized wedges for easier juicing.
  3. Slice a whole green apple in half. You can juice the seeds and stem. Rub the lemon peel or drizzle a little lemon juice onto the exposed side of the apple to prevent oxidation. Preserve the unused half for later.
  4. Process the lemon, ginger and apple through your juicer.
  5. Pour the juice into small glasses and sprinkle with a dash of fresh cayenne. You can grind your own cayenne in a blade coffee grinder or spice grinder.


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Power Food Fruit Smoothies

Here’s to 2017! What changes do you plan to make in the next year? Some of the best advice I’ve received is to focus on changing my daily habits. Over time, these daily changes will add up to a lifestyle change! This said, a great way to make an attainable change is to start the year off with healthy choices. For you, this may look like replacing your grab and go granola bar in the mornings with a  power food filled Fruit Smoothie. Half Baked Harvest has compiled an excellent guide to smoothie making that will jumpstart your resolutions. Happy New Year!

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Strawberry Acai Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red beet (1 small), peeled and roughly chopped (or grated if you have a weak blender)
  • 1 cup frozen (or fresh) strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen (or fresh) raspberries
  • 1 ripe fresh (or frozen) banana
  • 1 teaspoon acai berry powder*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I use coconut, almond or goat milk)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use coconut yogurt if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon dried goji berries (optional)

Optional Toppings:

  • plain Greek yogurt
  • bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds or ground flax
  • granola
  • fresh fruit and or goji berries
  • almond butter or other nut butter

To find full preparation instructions, visit the original recipe on Half Baked Harvest. Want more healthy recipes from Half Baked Harvest?  You can follow Half Baked Harvest on social media: FacebookTwitter, and  Instagram.


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Gluten Free and Vegan: Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

Cool off with a naturally gluten-free and vegan smoothie that also features this year’s starring superfood ingredient: matcha. If you’re a little cautious to try matcha, this is a great way to be introduced to the green tea’s powerful antioxidant benefits. Paired with coconut in this smoothie, the matcha finds a great balance in taste and texture. If you’re not already on the matcha bandwagon, you may surprise yourself in not only loving the endless health benefits of the green tea but also the taste. With only one teaspoon of matcha, it already has 60 times the antioxidants than a comparable amount of spinach leaves. Now that’s what I call a super food! Serving more than two? Be sure to double or triple this recipe to suit your summertime entertaining needs. Enjoy and happy summer!

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Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. can light coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 2-3 tsp. matcha
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. agave (or maple syrup, honey, etc)
  • Small handful ice

For detailed directions on how to prepare this smoothie, you can find the original recipe on The Garden Grazer. 

Kaitlin, of the blog The Garden Grazer is a self proclaimed vegetable enthusiast who enjoys making recipes that complement her passion for veggies. Her blog features recipes that are a creative and delicious take on eating fresh. For more from Kaitlin and all things The Garden Grazer, connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.