Chia and Flax Deliciousness!

photo (8)I wanted to share a product I recently discovered at Whole Foods.  Decadent Blend Chia and Flax Seed by Spectrum Essentials is an easy way to get Omega 3s, fiber, and antioxidants  It is a blend of organic ground chia seeds, flax seeds, cocoa, and dried coconut. It does have a small amount of added sugar but I think it’s a really great way to sneak some extra goodness into your baking and smoothies.  I love watching my kids inhale something that I know is soooo good for them!  This can easily be added to pancakes, waffles,  or baked goods. I made a smoothie this morning with 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 stalk celery, 1 banana, 1 handful frozen pineapple, 1.5 c water, and 1 T Decadent Blend Chia and Flax Seed.  It was delicious and I can’t wait to try some other combinations!  Let me know if you come up with any new recipes using this product!

Peace and Greens,

Melissa

Trying Jessica Alba’s Green Drink

After seeing actress Jessica Alba on all the talk shows this week, we decided to try her green drink that she mentioned.  We didn’t have her exact proportions, just the ingredient list, so it was “experimental” to say the least.  But, hey, we had fun and certainly got a good dose of greens in the process!

Super Green Smoothie

IMG_0511You know I LOVE my green smoothies but sometimes I do get a little bored and like to tweak things a bit. Well, thanks to http://www.thekitchn.com for providing me with the inspiration for this yummy twist! If you are bored with your morning fuel, try this for something new and delicious…sure to put a spring in your step!

1 large handful chopped kale or spinach
1 banana
1/2 sliced avocado
2 T almond butter
1 c pure unsweetened coconut water or coconut milk
1 T ground flax seeds
1/8 t ground cinnamon
a few ice cubes

Drink up!
Melissa

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Sounds a bit strange but it’s actually really yummy!  I realized when I fell in love with pumpkin pie frozen yogurt last winter that a cold pumpkin smoothie was worth a try.  Pumpkin is packed with fiber and Vitamin A and is a good source of Vitamins C and E, magnesium, and potassium.  Beta-carotene is the amazing component that gives pumpkin its bright orange color and helps to ward off several cancers and protect the heart. Pumpkin is also low in calories; just 49 calories in a cup, yet has enough fiber to help fill you up.

Go on, you know you want to try it!!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1 c  canned pumpkin puree (NOT pie-filling)

1 c plain low-fat Greek yogurt

1 frozen banana

1/2 t nutmeg

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1 c almond milk or milk of your choice

1 T maple syrup or agave

8 ice cubes

Blend, Sip, Smile

 

Peace and Pumpkin,

Melissa

Charlie’s Favorite Smoothie

Try this delicious smoothie on your most critical  little sprout!  Charlie came up with it himself and it is sweet, healthy…well, pretty fantastic!

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

1.5 cups frozen pineapple

1 ripe banana

2 T flax meal

1 big handful baby spinach

1.5 cups vanilla rice milk

handful of ice cubes

Why eat pineapple?  Loaded with vitamins and minerals, pineapple is  full of health benefits.  Manganese, a trace mineral, is needed to build connective tissues and bones.  Bromelain helps suppress coughs,  loosens mucus, and aids in digestion.  Pineapple is also known to prevent macular degeneration, which leads to vision loss, and alleviate arthritis. There’s plenty more, but I think you get the picture:)

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Melissa

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Great Day at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market!

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello on Saturday morning.  We truly enjoyed chatting with all of you!  Our Green Monster Smoothie was given a thumbs up by the majority (about 80%!) and we were happy that everyone was willing to give it a try.

For those of you tuned in to the Olympics last night, did you see double amputee Oscar Pistorius downing his own version of a green smoothie?  He truly believes getting his greens everyday helps to boost his performance.   As the first disabled person to ever compete in the Olympics, I’d say those greens are working in his favor!  What an inspiration!

Here is the recipe for our Green Monster Smoothie:

2 handfuls spinach

1 banana

1 c frozen mango

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 T flax meal

1/2 to 1 c cold water

2 cups ice

Blend and enjoy!

Peace and greens,

Melissa

Sprouting Souls at the Farmers’ Market

Please come out to see us tomorrow morning from 8AM until noon at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary!  We will be whipping up our favorite green smoothie and discovering the benefits of the abundant local produce!

We hope to see you there!

Click here for more information about the WWFM…http://westernwakefarmersmarket.org/