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An Easy Way to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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I have talked about my Vita-mix a lot on this blog.  And it’s truly because I use it a lot.

The most important thing the Vita-mix does for our family is helps us make delicious shakes full of plant-based foods!   The Vita-mix allows us to consume way more produce than we would otherwise.  My kids even ingested beets in this beet shake!

I’ve made super-fresh basil pesto, peanut butter and even a pumpkin bread with my Vita-mix.  It is not just a blender!

Here are five surprising things you can do with a vita-mix:

  1. You can make a smoothie with an apple with the peeling, a beet, and other fresh produce.  And it’s a smooth smoothie.  You can even throw whole flaxseeds in there and they will be ground in your smoothie (something you cannot do with a blender).
  2. You can make fresh, hot soup made with broth and whole vegetables.
  3. You can make cold ice cream!
  4. You can make your own nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc) without adding any extra oils or ingredients.  Just nuts.
  5. You can make your own breads with the dry mix carafe and even grind your own flour.

It’s just wonderful for helping our family get more fruits and vegetables in our diet.  Especially our kids!

If you’re like most people, it’s just hard to get enough fruits and vegetables in your diet.  The Vita-Mix provides an easy way to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Even raw! 

The Vita-Mix can help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Get more fiber in your diet
  • Prevent disease
  • Eat more raw foods
  • Get way more fruits and vegetables in your diet than you typically do, and it can taste great!

If you’ve ever even entertained the thought of dumping a lost of money in a juicer, consider this fact: you will lose a lot of the fiber and other nutrients by not eating the whole fruit.  With the Vita-mix, you will be able to keep all of that important nutrition!

I know that they are not cheap, but they truly are a wonderful investment in your health.  Below you will find a  link to one similar to the one I use in all of my posts.  (Mine is a few years old so it’s slightly different)

 

 

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Smoothies and Cookbooks

For all you busy people out there (isn’t that everyone??) I have a few thoughts on health and time management.

I ordered a cookbook recently, which I have been dying to actually use.  It’s a classic.

joy of cooking cookbook This book is amazing.  It’s not just a cookbook with recipes, it is like a cooking novel.

But here’s the thing: I haven’t used it yet.

Why?  Because I can’t seem to muster up the time and energy for it right now!  It looks pretty on my shelf and I do plan to use it eventually.

So with life pulling from all directions (i.e. screaming 2 year old pulling on my workout pants that I have on because I plan to go work out as soon as I get dinner cooked), how can we really focus on being  healthy?

My simple thought on this is that we just keep trying to find what works for us.  And everyone is different.

Here is what works for me (some days):

vita-mix smoothie Which turns into this (in my Vita-mix):

vitamix smoothie {By the way, I threw everything into my Vita-mix and took this to work with me}

Making a smoothie with all of that fiber (berries, flax seed, carrots, etc) and protein (from milk and protein powder mostly) will keep you satisfied and takes so little time to prepare.

Vita-mix smoothies can also be made in a regular blender, but it just may not get quite as smooth as with the vita-mix (but still super delicious).

As a busy mom, I can think of 101 excuses for not eating healthy, so I just have to keep doing what works for that moment.

 

 

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Pumpkin Smoothie

pumpkin smoothie In efforts to enjoy something festive yet also healthy, I decided to make a pumpkin smoothie.

And not just any pumpkin smoothie, but a pumpkin pie smoothie!

If you want a delicious way to get Vitamin A, protein, fiber and omega-3’s, make this.

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 cup of canned pure pumpkin (you could actually use a little more for a stronger pumpkin flavor)

1/2 cup nonfat plan greek yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup agave nectar (or you could use honey!)

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 tablespoons flaxseeds

dash of cinnamon (optional)

pumpkin smoothie pumpkin smoothie greek yogurt pumpkin smoothie agave nectar pumpkin smoothie flaxseed Directions:

Put all ingredients into Vita-mix (or other blender).  If using a regular blender, grind your flaxseeds in a coffee grinder.  If using a Vita-mix, you can put the whole seeds in and it will grind them for you.

Blend until smooth and mixed well.  I added about 6 cubes of ice to get it cold enough to suit my taste!

My picky eater (who just turned 5) even loved it!

pumpkin smoothie pumpkin smoothie jar During the holidays, there are so many temptations.  When a strong pumpkin pie craving hits, make this delish pumpkin smoothie!

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipe

chocolate peanut butter recipe If you’re like me and get a puzzled look on your face while trying to decide whether you like chocolate or peanut butter more, then this chocolate peanut butter recipe is for YOU!

Here’s the great thing: it requires two (that’s right, just two!) ingredients.  Guess what those are!

chocolate peanut butter ingredients That’s right, peanuts and chocolate chips!!!

This is almost as easy as when we saw how to make peanut butter before.  Just one little extra step.

What You Will Need

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

2 cups honey roasted peanuts

A food processor (I used my Vita-Mix)

 

I used a store-brand honey roasted peanuts and Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips that are oh so good!

chocolate peanut butter chocolate chips

chocolate peanut butter peanuts chocolate peanut butter peanut Add ingredients to the Vita-Mix or other food processor.

chocolate peanut butter vitamix Process until smooth.  With the Vita-mix, I processed it twice just to get it extra smooth!

chocolate peanut butter in vitamix Look at the beautiful, smooth peanut butter it produced!

chocolate peanut butter And….this would make a wonderful food gift.

homemade chocolate peanut butter This chocolate peanut butter recipe can save you money (store-bought chocolate peanut butter can be quite pricey) and allows you to control the ingredients that go into it!

Enjoy!!!

 

{Linking up to What’s Cooking Wednesday, Craft Catwalk, This Chick Cooks & Life Made Lovely!}

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

sweet potato salad I have fallen in love with a new dish: it’s a sweet potato salad recipe!

When I first saw the recipe, I honestly didn’t think that I’d love it, but I do!  I’m not one to actually crave a salad, but this one I do crave.

The best thing: like the other favorite recipes I post, it’s very simple.

What You will Need:

Mixed greens (I use a package of mixed greens and add more spinach)

Sweet potatoes (I used 2 large sweet potatoes in this recipe)

1 vidalia or red onion

Feta cheese

Olive oil

Dijon mustard

Honey

Red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Peel and cut sweet potatoes. 

sweet potato 3.  In a mixing bowl, toss sweet potato pieces with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper and 1 red or vidalia onion cut into wedges.

sweet potato salad ingredients 4.  Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish and spread evenly.

sweet potato salad baking dish 5.  Roast for 30 min at 350 degrees F and then turn potatoes over and bake 30 more minutes.

6.  While potatoes are roasting, put ingredients (1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons honey, 3/4 cup olive oil, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper) in a blender or food processor (I put it in my Vita-mix!) and blend thoroughly.

dressing for sweet potato salad 7.  Top salad greens and spinach with roasted sweet potatoes and onion.  Add feta cheese and dressing.

sweet potato salad closeup {Recipe source – I did change some ingredients for the dressing}

We ate a piece of baked chicken along with this delicious sweet potato salad, and it was perfect.

Also, as my husband pointed out, the roasted sweet potatoes would be marvelous by themselves (although I’d still probably sprinkle a little feta cheese on mine)!

Enjoy!

If you like this sweet potato salad recipe, you should definitely check out this strawberry spinach salad!

{Linking up to This Chick Cooks!}

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Smoothies Help me Sleep at Night

shake in mason jar You’re probably thinking that I have trouble sleeping, and I have found the magic formula to aid in sleep, right?

Well, this is sort of  true.

Here’s the truth: I am a Registered Dietitian with a very, very picky eater living in my house.  He is four years old, and has the determination of a 20 year old!  And when he is determined not to eat something, he won’t.

I have been known to try to trick him into eating something new, but usually it doesn’t work. Can you relate?

As a dietitian, this type of problem can really stress me out.  I, of all people, know the importance of getting a well-balanced, healthy diet.

Imagine my shock when my dad started giving my picky eater “green drinks” (full of fruits and vegetables) and he actually drank it.  And sometimes even asked for more!

little buddy drinking shake I have shown how to make your own peanut butter and make pesto with the Vita-mix, but the shakes we made with the Vita-mix are just as amazing.  My picky eater says “YUCK” about a blueberry but he sure will drink it!

I “hide” all sorts of things in these yummy “milkshakes” (as my picky eater calls them!): flax seeds, Greek yogurt, spinach, carrots, strawberries, blueberries and lots more!

vitamix shake with flaxseeds The smoothies we make are full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

vitamix berry shake If I can’t get my little picky eater to eat many fruits and vegetables, at least I can get him to drink them!

It really does help me sleep at night.

{Linking up to Mouth Watering Monday & This Chick Cooks}

 

 

 

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How to Make Peanut Butter

how to make peanut butter

Until recently, I had no idea how to make peanut butter and never even considered making it.  One day it occurred to me that my VitaMix (“blender on steroids”, as we like to call it) could make peanut butter.  I had no idea how easy, fun and cheap it could be!

I love peanut butter, but it has to be the natural kind.  I lost my taste for JIF and Peter Pan years ago and never went back.

To make your own natural peanut butter, all you need is a food processor (in my case, my much-loved Vitamix!) and dry roasted peanuts.

I have made the peanut butter with unsalted, lightly salted, regular salted, and honey roasted peanuts.  Each of them worked just fine, but I liked the unsalted and the honey roasted the best!

homemade peanut butter peanuts homemade peanut butter vitamix how to make peanut butter vitamix how to make peanut butter tamper homemade peanut butter in vitamix homemade peanut butter closeup The result: creamy, smooth fresh peanut butter!

homemade paenut butter in jar A mason jar is perfect for storing the peanut butter!

  homemade natural peanut butter Sometimes I find peanuts on sale and am able to save a good bit of money.  Even when I can’t find them on sale, I prefer to make my own peanut butter because it’s really fun and my boys love it.  They always beg for a spoonful of it straight from the VitaMix!

I was shocked when my picky eater (the Little Buddy) actually liked my natural peanut butter.  Now he eats it on his dinosaur sandwich almost every day!

peanut butter sandwich Now that you know how to make peanut butter, you can make it a fun thing to do in the kitchen with your kids!

{Linking up with The Thrifty Home, Mouth Watering Monday, Life Made Lovely, Foodie Friday and This Chick Cooks!}

 

 

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Almond Cake Recipe

Honey Almond Cake A cake without flour and sugar.  Can it be?

Oh yeah!  This honey almond cake recipe is so delicious, and if you don’t tell anyone, they will never, ever guess that it is made without flour and sugar.

And the wonderful part of this cake is that it is full of omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy) as it is full of almonds.  I’m not going to lie…it’s not super low-calorie.  But it does have the health benefits of almonds.

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How to Make Pesto

how to make pesto

If you want to know how to make pesto, you will be so happy to learn that this delicious, beautiful sauce is very easy to make.

It’s a versatile sauce, as it can be used in foods such as pasta, pizzas, or dips.  In my mind it’s a delicacy.

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