Category: Beverages

Energizing Matcha Smoothie

I’m a frappuccino addict. A green tea frappuccino addict to be precise. It all started years ago when I friend introduced me into the the world of these frozen delights. But through the years, I’ve come to realize that even thought they might contain beneficial green tea, the frappuccinos are also fun of sugar (or artificial sugar) and other crazy, not beneficial ingredients. This left me with a problem. I wanted green tea frappuccinos but I didn’t want all that junk. My wallet would also appreciate having less of my money go to silly drinks. Thankfully, I’m also addicted...

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Apple Pie Smoothie

I’ve been wanting to try this apple pie smoothie for some time now but it wasn’t until this week that I took the plunge. The weather shifted to hinting of fall and suddenly I was ready for all things autumn! The great thing about this smoothie is that while it has obvious “dreaming of fall” flavor it is still a nice cool drink on a warm “still summer” day. So even if you are in the hotter regions and fall seems a long ways away, you can whip up this smoothie and imagine it’s a crisp fall day. Much...

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

Do you buy carrots like we do? We buy 10 pounds of carrots at a time and we go through them in just a few weeks. We could probably go through them much faster but my carrots would plan a mutiny against me if we ate them that often! Needless to say, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to make use of all these carrots. This, by the way is why most of my recipes on this blog have to do with carrots; carrot cake popsicles, sunshine carrots, carrot fries, sunshine carrot soup, carrot cake baked...

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Real Food Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

I’ve always had a soft spot for Saint Patrick’s Day. We never really went crazy with celebrating it outside of one year when my great-grandma went all out and cooked a bunch of Irish food but since I’ve got Irish heritage, I always felt like I was a part of history when Saint Patrick’s Day came around. I want to pass that on to my children a bit. Of course, there’s hundreds of recipes out there that you can make to celebrate March 17th but not all of them are very healthy. Just the amount of green dye that...

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Chai Spice Smoothie

I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with chai lately. The combination of spices is heavenly and you can use them in so many things. Fair warning, I’m bound to have a few chai recipes on this blog soon! Did you know that chai actually refers to tea and not the spices that we usually think of as chai? Growing up in a  world of coffee shops on every corner, I will admit that this was news to me! Masala Chai is what we are actually referring to when we think about “chai”. Masala meaning a mixture of...

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3-2-1 Herbal Tea – A Homemade Kool-Aid Alternative

If you had a childhood like mine, you likely remember a bright red drink being your beverage of choice. Kool-Aid is a classic for many kids but it’s really not all that kid friendly. What’s wrong with Kool-Aid? Well as is often the case, this convenience beverage is full of not so lovely ingredients: Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Red 40, Salt, Artificial Flavor, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Artificial Color, Blue 1 The main concern in this ingredient list is the food dyes. There are a few other ingredients that’s I’d rather not see (artificial flavor?!)  but the main reason...

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Homemade Oat Milk

I’m always on the look out for a new dairy free alternative. One of my children is sensitive to cow’s milk in that it will make his eczema flare up so I need alternatives for him. He’s also allergic to nuts so finding a milk alternative can be tough. I’ve tried coconut milk and we like that when mixed into things like smoothies or curries but we’re not fans of how it separates when cold. I wanted an alternative that could be as smooth as milk. Enter oat milk. If you are like me then you’ve never heard of...

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