tropical mango orange smoothie – Wellness Wednesday and a Dad Update

tropical mango orange smoothie

So many of you are asking after Dad and how he is doing (and again, we are eternally grateful for all of the support) – I know I have not really updated lately. Dad went back into the hospital after …

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healthy defense juice – Wellness Wednesday

juice defense

The news tells us this year the flu is the worst ever.

My schedule is jam packed right now – not complaining at all, I am having FUN – and I am tired.

I am afraid to breathe when someone sneezes or coughs in public.

I am using antibac gel like body lotion.

I’m not a doctor, and I am not going to list immune defense properties of the veggies I am currently inhaling in raw and juiced forms. I will tell you that the first six ingredients of this recipe were picked for their vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – feel good energy for me!

The cherries, mango and pineapple were added for sweet flavor. When I finished taking photos, I blended a banana in as well, taking this well over the 24 ounce mark. One huge jar of deliciousness will hopefully help me fight all the bugs out there.

juice defense - wellness wednesday

healthy defense juice

1 lemon, peeled
1 golden beet
1 handful broccoli
4 large carrots
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
handful cherries, pitted
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup pineapple

Juice lemon, beet, broccoli, carrots and garlic. Pour into blender with apple cider vinegar, cherries, mango and pineapple – blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

juicing for wellness

*holds jar of juice in the air* Cheers!


Native Foods Café


…because wine is a staple, right? I can think of a few girls who will agree with me.

Yesterday Jason took the day off, and we toured the Street of Dreams. We love going each year, and this year was especially fun because we had our new house in mind.

We are planning to remodel our kitchen and I have drawn plans for what we want, but I was looking for things I may not know about that I may just have to have! We were both looking for furniture and decor inspiration as well, and we came home with a stack of magazines, brochures and ideas.

I will share more soon, but right now this is a What I Ate Street of Dreams Day, instagram and phone photo style.

Complete with wine staples. Like juice!

Breakfast was a juiced smoothie – carrot, beet, apple, ginger juice – blended with spinach and banana. Tasty, energizing and filling!

I also had a piece of tahini avocado toast before we left the house.

Our tickets to the tour included two drinks – beer or wine.

Summer staple, right there. We stopped after house number five, sat and enjoyed a crisp and cool chardonnay.

After two more houses, the tour was complete and we were hungry! Off we went to Native Foods Café

Jason had tacos. I didn’t taste them, because sheesh do you see all the cilantro on them?! They were filled with quinoa, beans, guacamole, all kinds of love. He said they were fantastic.

The side he chose was Lemon Dill Potato Salad – which I did try, and it was fantastic. Fresh and bright.

My choice was the daily special – the Classic Deli Reuben:

I chose sweet potato fries as my side, and dipped them in The Most Glorious Ranch I have ever tasted. (Let the record show, I have tasted a lot of ranch).

The reuben? Amazing.

Jason had a gluten free beer, of which he said “yeah, it was good. those gluten free beers don’t have much body, you know?” and I loved my lavender lemonade. Lots of body…?


A cardamom rose cupcake.

I was excited about this one, because I love rosewater flavored desserts, but honestly, this rose frosting was way too strong. I loved the cardamom cake, though, and the ratio of frosting to cake? Perfect.

All in all, a great day. I always love the Street of Dreams tour, and this one has motivated me to finish unpacking and hanging artwork, start on the painting and decor projects I have in mind, and get contractors in here to bid on the kitchen!

…and Native Foods Café? You will be seeing me again very soon. I have a plan to enjoy each and every item on your menu…


Native Foods Cafe on Urbanspoon


daily juice

with pureed raspberries.

Today is my last day of class. I have mixed emotions – I do not want it to end, our group is so fun and I could spend many more days cooking and learning. I am also excited for it to end, so I can get in my own kitchen and start creating! I have so many new ideas my mind is reeling.

I will miss these new friends I have made (many traveled to be here), and I am giddy happy to have been taught by Mark Reinfeld, a supremely talented and accomplished chef who makes plant based and raw diets exciting, fun and accessible.

The past few days have been focused on raw foods, no cooking. In the mornings before class I have been eating raw at home, and enjoying my daily juice. This morning I poured the fresh juice into the blender with some fresh raspberries, making a smoothie. Bright, sweet and tart.

bright breakfast blend

serves two

8-9 large carrots
1 golden beet
2 apples
1 inch piece ginger
1/2 pint raspberries

Juice carrots, beet, apples and ginger, transfer to blender. Add raspberries and blend on high power until smooth, about 1 minute.

Cheers, happy Friday!


Piña Colada breakfast smoothie

Last week I discovered you all like Piña Coladas. Several people have already made the Lightened Up Piña Colada, and I am happy to report that “lightened up” did not mean missing anything. So far so good – people are liking this light version.

Since we really shouldn’t begin the day saying “it’s five o clock somewhere”, I have a solution for the early cravings of those creamy cool and sweet tropical flavors. Unless you’re on vacation. Then go for the real thing.

Piña Colada breakfast smoothie

dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan, no added sugar

serves two

11.2 ounces coconut water (small container)
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
handful ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender, serve with pineapple garnish and enjoy!

As you can see, I really do have a fresh pineapple around at all times in the summer. I’ve been having these each morning since Sunday. Today’s has spinach as well – yum!


triple berry guava smoothie

I am still juicing at least once a day, most days. Lately I have brought back the juiced smoothie (juice then add to spinach and other fruit in the blender)), and sometimes just a smoothie.

I have been loving raspberries lately! I found some at the farmers market the other day, and as I do every year, stood at the kitchen counter eating the whole pint. Good thing I bought a whole flat – I know myself.

I can’t say the guava is from the farmers market, or even that it is local. Sometimes I need a guava. They make smoothies especially fluffy creamy smooth.

triple berry guava smoothie

vegan, gluten free, dairy free

serves two

1 1/2 cup coconut water
juice of 1 lemon
2 scoops vanilla protein powder

1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 frozen banana, pre sliced
1 guava, cubed

Combine coconut water, lemon and protein powder in blender. Add berries, banana and guava, blend on high until smooth.

Enjoy outside in the sun, before facing the living room full of boxes that still need unpacking…



National Spinach Day

spinach pancakes


Today is National Spinach Day. You may know that spinach is one of my favorites – probably always in my top five foods list. I always have at least one large box (usually two) of baby spinach in the fridge at any given time. Right now? Two.

I’ll take any chance to share some of my favorite ways to enjoy spinach. While most of these recipes incorporate spinach, a couple just like to sit atop a spinach salad, like my award winning pepper jacks. Yep, they’re cute, but you must try the carrot ginger quinoa filling – yum!

carrot ginger quinoa pepper jacks


My spicy green Thai curry is a popular green recipe- I receive emails about this recipe a lot, and it was featured in a newspaper back east. Again, this is one that I add spinach to after the recipe, something to serve atop or alongside. Delicious.

spicy green Thai curry


Vibrant, bright and green:

asparagus pepper bisque


A party favorite:

spinach blini with pimiento spread


Our newest favorite is stuffed with spinach:

lemon piccata enchilada


Almost every smoothie I make includes spinach – it is a great energy source to start my day, and it blends with almost any flavor. Some of my favorite flavors?

chocolate cherry mint smoothie – or “The Hulk”


This smoothie is easy to make while traveling:

pumpkin smoothie


Happy National Spinach Day!

Will you be celebrating?

mixed berry oatmeal muffins with crumb topping

One of the aspects of the foodie 100 that I am really excited about is the author program, where we have opportunities to work with brands and new product. One of my favorite parts of being a nurse to my dad recently? Feeding him good food! I have been making fresh green juice for him each morning, and he likes it! He has been enjoying yogurt lately, too, so when Activia and Foodie offered to send me the new Harvest Picks flavors, I knew I could make some good eats for Dad.

Adding fresh fruit. granola, coconut and chia seeds to the Harvest Picks peach flavor made a tasty and filling parfait for Dad’s breakfast each day this week. He said the peach is his favorite flavor, describing it as fluffy, smooth and sweet. I tried to get him to draw more pictures

Yesterday’s breakfast was a Harvest Picks Smoothie:

I juiced fresh kale, apple, ginger and spinach, then blended it with one Harvest Picks strawberry flavor. The yogurt sweetened the juice and made a filling snack to go with our standard two cups of coffee

and a muffin.

I used the Harvest Picks mixed berries flavor to make muffins – fluffy, fruity and filling. Add crumb topping gives a crunchy finish, while the yogurt makes them chewy and delicious. These muffins got rave reviews – I’ll be making them again with other flavors.

mixed berry oatmeal muffins with crumb topping – see muffin recipe here.

If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen some #Glam tweeting going on recently. We have been having some fun chats – the chat from last Monday is still going on, if you’d like to join in:


New Activia Harvest Picks is a deliciously fruity and silky smooth yogurt.  You will enjoy a Harvest of real fruit in every silky spoonful.

Compensation was provided by Activia via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Activia.