Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

We are ending 2014 on a healthy note after sampling some delicious smoothies from Tess Masters, aka the The Blender Girl and her new app “The Blender Girl Smoothies App.”

This includes an amazing assortment of high-quality, delicious recipes with gorgeous photography, and includes user-friendly features right your fingertips. One of our favorites is the interactive function that allows the user to consider what they “Feel, Need, and Crave” to “find their perfect blend” and visual cues that indicate specific benefits and attributes of each recipes (e.g. detox, weight management, alkaline, anti-inflammatory, protein rich, immunity boost, energizing, unsweetened, contains nuts).


Recipes found in the Blender Girl Smoothies App are accessible to all audiences, and each also offers educational and step-by-step “how-to” information about incorporating “super foods,” health boosts, unique ingredients and unexpected flavor additions profiles.

This includes recipes that incorporate natural flavors and sweeteners, while many recipes are also raw, nut-free, soy-free, corn-free and/or sugar-free. They also include different and fun smoothie recipes that incorporates fresh, unexpected and vibrant ingredients for incredible, exciting flavor combinations.

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Check out some of these delicious recipes from Tess to inspire your healthy habits for 2015.

Green Mojito

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This is a cold-and-flu buster and potent detoxifier, all in one zesty cocktail! The bromelain in pineapple suppresses coughs and loosens mucus, while mint clears respiratory congestion, soothes sore throats, and alleviates nausea. The vitamin C in limes has antibiotic power, anti-inflammatories in kale and pineapple combat arthritis, and ginger boosts immunity, aids digestion, and adds a powerful zing.

Serves 2

1 cup (240ml) coconut water or water
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
3 limes, peeled and quartered
1 cup (25g) torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed)
1/2 cup (18g) firmly packed mint
2 cups (320g) frozen pineapple
5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Chai Tai

chai tai

If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s—so you may feel a tad less cheeky as you head to heaven.

Serves 2

1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
1 cup (240ml) coconut water
1/4 cup (43g) chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
2 medium frozen sliced bananas
1 cup (125g) ice cubes (optional)

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

1 tablespoon blanched raw almonds, soaked
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil

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Dinner Made Easy with Eat Smart

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After the end of a long day of school and work and all of those activities in-between, I love the time to stop all of the busyness and have a delicious dinner with my family.

It isn’t always easy to make intricate meals though with exhaustion and time constraints   where I like to serve the freshest and most healthiest food with quick shortcuts. One of our favorite quick and healthy meals is sautéed shrimp with whole wheat pasta and veggies. This quick the veggie part got even easier when I used the Kale & Red Chard gourmet vegetable salad kit from Eat Smart.

Essentially, this involved boiling the pasta water as I made a simple, yet flavorful sauté of olive oil, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper and the Kale & Red Chard gourmet vegetable salad kit and its stir fry sauce. This also included an incredible way for the kids to get a burst of veggies in the meal as the kit contained a delicious and unique combination of vegetables including  broccoli florets, red chard, kale, snow peas and carrots.


In addition to this kit, the New Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits also include other delicious varities like Sesame Bok Choy, Wild Greens & Quinoa, Roasted Yam Salad, Beets & Greens and more – all of which are packed with five to seven delicious and beneficial superfoods.

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After the meal was done, we all loved how fresh, flavorful, and simply delicious the vegetables were as they enhanced the shrimp and pasta. Not only that but this is a super convenient and easy way to get a huge dose of veggies as well as a fun way to create new recipes using their sophisticated combinations of ingredients.

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Shrimp Whole Wheat Stir Fry with Kale & Red Chard 

1 box of pasta of your choice (I usually use a whole-grain one)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lemon
1 pound of shrimp, cleaned
1 bag of Kale & Red Chard from Eat Smart
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese, optional

Cook pasta as directed on the box. While the pasta is cooking, start preparing the vegetable and shrimp medley. Drizzle some olive oil on a pan, along with 1 fresh lemon and the garlic. Add in the kale and red chard kit. Let cook for 10 minutes and then add in the shrimp. Cover and let cook for another 10 minutes, stirring the combination periodically. When the pasta is done, mix in the veggie shrimp mixture and add parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and serve!


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New Mac N Cheese Recipe and Clean Up Tips

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I’m not supermom. Our mac ‘n’ cheese usually comes out of a box. Though the kids love it, I’m not a huge fan. Thanks to a little inspiration from American Express’ two new web series “My Everyday Dish” and “Everyday Genius”, I now have a few new kitchen tricks up my sleeve to make my everyday life a little bit easier.

The idea is to get out of your comfort zone a little, just a little. Now through the end of the year, I want to make the season special for me and the family in meaningful way. Not big splashy gifts. I’m talking experiences. For this #EveryDayMoment it was all about turning a basic into something special. This delish dish involved four different cheeses and a little bit of elbow grease.

Homemade Mac ’N Cheese w/ Caroline MiLi Artiss | My EveryDay Dish
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Homemade Mac ’N Cheese w/ Caroline MiLi Artiss | My EveryDay Dish

Caroline’s recipe was a huge hit. Especially with the grown upe who usually turn their noses up at the cheezy yellow mess. This looked and smelled divine. But the dirty pots and pans were not so pretty! Thanks to “Everyday Genius’ with Kari Byron, which offers simple solutions to life’s everyday problems, I had a fix for that too.

How to Unstick a Dirty Pan | Everyday Genius with Kari Byron
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I hope you try this special Mac ‘N’ Cheese that I made AND the clean up tip. Turns out you’re never too old to try a new trick in the kitchen. Check out even more “My Everyday Dish” delicious recipes and great “Everyday Genius” lifehacks on the American Express YouTube page. Like the Amex EveryDay Credit Card, American Express is on a mission to celebrate #EveryDayMoments and make your life just a little bit easier!

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This is a sponsored post through American Express. All opinions are my own. As is the mac ‘n’ cheese–but I’d share!

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Thanksgiving-Inspired Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is usually all about the over-indulgent food, but we tend to forget that the perfect cocktail can make all the difference. For all of your entertaining needs, we are excited to share a variety of Thanksgiving-inspired cocktail recipes from Sparkling ICE and VOGA Italia Wines.

Check out these fun recipes that feature popular Thanksgiving flavors including spiced pumpkin, tart cranberry, and cinnamon apples.



3 oz. Sparkling ICE Crisp Apple
1 ½ oz. Whiskey or Brandy
1 teaspoon honey
Cinnamon stick and allspice cloves for garnish

Coat the bottom of a glass coffee cup with honey. Add whiskey or brandy
Heat Sparkling ICE Crisp Apple in a small sauce pot
Pour hot Sparkling ICE Crisp Apple into glass and stir to combine ingredients
Garnish with cinnamon stick and allspice clove



2 oz VOGA Prosecco
2 oz Pumpkin flavored vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1 dash orange zest
1 dash of cinnamon

Pour vodka, triple sec and orange zest into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice
Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Top with VOGA Prosecco
Garnish with an orange twist, a dash of cinnamon and serve


Ingredients (makes 10 servings):

1 cup Sparkling ICE Pomegranate Blueberry
½ cup orange juice
1 cup lime juice
1 bottle of dry red wine
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup frozen apples
1 cup frozen oranges

In a large glass pitcher stir together the Sparkling ICE Pomegranate Blueberry, orange juice and lime juice
Add wine and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves
Add frozen apples and oranges
Cover and chill for 3 to 24 hours before serving
Garnish with orange peel



Frozen Cranberries
1½ oz. VOGA Dolce Rosso
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Vodka

Crush cranberries into bottom of a glass
Shake VOGA Dolce Rosso, Cranberry Juice and Vodka with ice
Pour over crushed cranberries and add more cranberries for garnish

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10 Recipes To Celebrate the Cappuccino

Today ladies, we join the nation in celebrating the cappuccino. That delicious, foamy cup of caffeine that starts our day and warms our bellies. Did you know that the cappuccino dates back to the Viennese coffee houses of the 1700s, known then as a “Kapuziner”? If you want to make your own cappuccino at home, head on over to The Shopping Mama for step-by-step directions from an Italian barista, but today, we are looking at other delicious ways to enjoy the cappuccino flavor beyond the cafe. Cappuccino muffins? Cappuccino cheesecake? Cappuccino tiramisu? Yes, please!

  Cappuccino Recipes

Without further delay, here are ten of our favorite cappuccino-flavored treats to celebrate the day. And yes, most of them are desserts – you’re welcome.

tiramisu-with-cappuccino-yogurt-final-600-with-text11. Cappuccino Yogurt Tiramisu – who said cappuccinos are just for breakfast? We love this sweet treat made with Liberté cappuccino yogurt.

cappuccino-icebox-cake-w2. Cappuccino Icebox Cake – Airy, light and delicious. Perfect for dessert. Or breakfast.

DSC_6213. Cappuccino Cupcakes – What better way to celebrate a national holiday then with these festive cupcakes?

cappuccino-714x10244. Cappuccino Cookie Dip – I know the name alone has sold you on this. You can dip just about anything into this – simple sugar cookies, pretzels, bread. Also, I’m pretty sure, a spoon. A perfect addition to your next girls’ night.

6561024797_104467c36d5. Cappuccino Biscotti – You know what would go great with these? Yep, a big cappuccino.

Cappuccino Fudge6. Cappuccino Fudge – We won’t lie. These aren’t healthy. But we were pretty much sold when the first ingredient was marshmallow cream.

DSC_7568-620x8267. Cappuccino Muffins – Another excellent choice to go with your morning cappuccino.

6853920599_2ea5559868_b8. Cappuccino Pancakes – Cappuccino pancakes with mocha syrup? We’ll be right over for weekend dessert….I mean, breakfast.

Cappuccino-Chip-Granola-Bars-title9. Cappuccino Granola Bars – While we’d love to sit and enjoy a hot cap, we are always on the go which makes these portable bars a great choice to get that cappuccino flavor on the run.

chocolate-cappuccino-cheesecake_923110. Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake – Cheese, coffee and chocolate??! Now that you’ve drooled all over your keyboard, put this trifecta of goodness on your “To Make” list for this week.


Happy National Cappuccino Day!


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(Video): Vegan Homemade Chili Recipe

Vegan Homemade Chili Recipe

While we are loving the cooler weather as an excuse to rock our favorite fall fashions, it is also an incredible time to enjoy the comforts of staying in. With that comes more cooking and baking with one of our favorite recipes being a Vegan Homemade Chili. A healthy addition for the whole family, this easy recipe was made in a slow cooker where you essentially combine the ingredients, set the timer and enjoy a hearty fall staple in a few hours. Be sure to check out this food video below, and discover even more tasty recipes by visiting our YouTube channel.

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Cooking Fun With Foodstirs

cooking with kidsCooking is the perfect way to spend quality time with your kids, teach them valuable life skills and end up with a delicious reward at the end! This weekend, my boys and I tried out Foodstirs, a monthly subscription box delivered to your doorstep.

cooking with kidsOne of the best ways to teach your kids about healthy eating is to help them learn to cook, and Foodstirs provides a monthly opportunity to do this. Whether you’re a novice cook yourself or an experienced chef, you’ll love the fun recipes, cooking tips and time with your child.

cooking with kidsEach box comes with a progressive cooking lesson – our first one was on measuring and mixing – two recipes (a sweet treat and a healthy dinner recipe) with related cooking skills, all dry ingredients for one of the recipes, and a kid-sized cooking tool (we scored those cute green measuring spoons).

FoodstirsMy 6 and 4 year old had a blast mixing and measuring the ingredients for our Gooey Brownie Cupcakes. While we worked, I read them the included tips on measuring (dry ingredients vs. wet) and mixing (beating vs. stirring) as well as the fun facts on cocoa (It takes around 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate!). The boys checked off the skills they used as we went through the recipe.

FoodstirsBaking with kids is always a messy task, but for kids, the mess is part of the fun! I loved how the Foodstirs kit was put together with simple, kid-friendly instructions and blended learning about cooking skills with kid fun.


Now my boys are ready to tackle the second recipe – the Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes for dinner.

You can choose from Foodstirs’ 3- or 6-month series including a special gift once your child has completed the series or specialty one-time kits like a Popsicle Kit or Celebration Cake Kit. Foodstirs also donates a percent of proceeds to notable organizations focused on fighting world hunger with their Foodstirs Bake It Forward program.

Visit Foodstirs to select your own kit – the perfect way to spend an afternoon with your kids or a great gift idea for a budding chef! (And by the way, the end results were delicious!)


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Easy Lamb Recipe Your Family Will Love

Cedar Springs, Shepherd’s Pride

Yum, we’re cooking Lamb Kofta. If you are on the hunt for a lean protein your kids will love and adults will applaud head to market and load up on healthy ground lamb to create this updated version of meatballs. This is the Middle Eastern version called KOFTAS and I think this food trend should sweep the nation!

Kofta, also called kefta, is the Middle Eastern word for spiced meat ball. Koftas are essentially meat “logs”– meatballs smooshed on a stick for hand-held, mouth-watering, dip-able deliciousness. These are so easy to make, you can serve in large batches (perfect for entertaining or making double batches to freeze for later).

I’m sharing my favorite kofta recipe with American lamb from Mountain States Rosen. This lamb is not ordinary. It was raised sustainably on 100% vegetarian diet by family ranchers in the American West. Starting with the best ingredients mean the end result will be fabulous.

lamb kofta recipe

Lamb Kefta Kebabs with Dried Fruit-Mint Quinoa
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients – Lamb Kebab
2 pounds ground Cedar Springs or Shepherd’s Pride lamb
1/2 cup finely minced onion
6 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
12 skewers (metal or wooden soaked in water about 20 minutes)

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In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Form into 24 oblong patties, about 2 inches in length; thread 2 patties onto each skewer.
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill skewers until lamb is just cooked through, 2 minutes per side (meat will be pink on the inside). (Skewers can also be cooked under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes until medium-rare–that is how I made these.) Remove from heat; rest for 3 minutes.

easy fruit quinoa recipe

Ingredients – Quinoa
2 cups quinoa
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (about 6 apricots)
1/3 cup chopped dates (about 3 large dates) NOTE: I swapped out dates for raisins
4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Follow cooking instructions on quinoa box/bag. When done, remove from heat, fluff and cover for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and toss quinoa. Serve with skewers.

I believe in exposing the kids to a wide variety of healthy foods. Lamb is nutrient rich, making it a natural fit for healthy diets. On average, it’s an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin. Plus, lamb has five times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than beef. Koftas are a perfect starting place, because:

1. Sweet and savory flavors like cinnamon, cumin and garlic tempt small taste-testers;
2. Kids will enjoy the preparation scene—helping you squish the lamb onto sticks with knuckle-like imprints; and
3. Lamb Koftas are totally dippable in kids’ favorite sauces: tzatziki yogurt, barbecue, Asian sweet-and-spicy, etc..

You can find this consistently tender and succulent American lamb under the brand names Cedar Springs, Shepherd’s Pride, or store brands. Visit for more recipes and information.

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Homemade Guacamole Recipe

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Homemade Guacamole Recipe

With summer entertaining in full-swing we are excited to share our tried and true recipe for guacamole. A favorite in my home (in fact my daughter suggested that I feature the recipe), this guacamole recipe is really easy to make with the kids and offers a fast and simple side for all of your entertaining needs (who doesn’t love a good guac?!). Packed with healthy fats, this savory recipe is a crowd-pleaser that is fantastic with chips and veggies. Check out our recipe and video below for the ultimate addition to your parties and home taco nights.

Homemade Guacamole
Serves 6-8
4 avocados, de-pitted and cut up
2 tomatoes, cut up
1 tablespoon of pre-chopped garlic or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 lemons
4 limes
1/2 red onion, cut up
salt and pepper, taste to determine preference

Cut up the avocados, onion, and the tomatoes and add them to a mixed-sized mixing bowl. Mix and add in the garlic, lemons and limes. Add in the salt and pepper and taste. Either mash with a spoon or use a hand blender on low to mix everything together. Serve with your favorite chip and veggies..


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Healthy Summer Pasta with PAM #EasyCookingWithPam

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Pasta is a staple in our house with the kids generally favoring a traditional red sauce. Over the summer, thought I love to take advantage of all of the fresh vegetables from our local farmers market where I like to incorporate them into as many meals as possible. One of our favorites is a pasta pesto dish that is bursting with veggies such as eggplant, kale, fresh tomatoes, squash, and carrots.


To prep the dish, I spray a non-stick pan with PAM Cooking Spray. Personally, I love using the Original flavor but they also offer eight specially formulated non-stick cooking sprays such as Purely Olive Oil, Simply Coconut, and Let’s Grill, PAM® – offering a delicious and flavorful option for all meals. Another bonus is that all PAM sprays leave up to 99% less residue – making it your ally in the kitchen and allows you to save time during prep and clean up.

This makes for effortless cooking, and for this pasta dish adds a burst of flavor where the veggies never stick to the pan. A great recipe for the summer (and beyond), enhance your food this summer and make clean-up a breeze with PAM and their delicious non-cooking sprays.

Healthy Summer Pasta

Healthy Summer Pasta

Healthy Summer Pasta
1 box of pasta of your choice (I usually use a whole-grain one)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4-5 long carrots, cut up
1 zucchini and/or squash, cut up
1 red, yellow or orange pepper, cut up
1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch of kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
3-4 sprigs of fresh basil, cut up (can be dry)
3-4 sprigs of sage, cut up (can be dry)
1/2 cup fresh pesto (see recipe here)
drizzle of PAM Cooking Spray
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese, optional

Cook pasta as directed on the box. While the pasta is cooking, start preparing the vegetable medley. Using a non-stick pan, spray the PAM and then add in the tomatoes, garlic and kale. Keep on a low flame as you add in the remaining vegetables (carrots, peppers, squash, zucchini), fresh herbs and pesto. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes, turning it periodically. When the pasta is done, add it to the veggie mixture and let cook together for about 10-15 minutes. Add in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and serve!

The beauty of this recipe is that you can add in a variety of veggies and add different spices (depending on your kids).

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