Faux-puccino Smoothie: Whole30, Sugar Detox, Paleo Recipe

Treat yourself to a faux-puccino – real food ingredients make this smoothie far better than a coffee store drink.

Faux-puccino smoothie that uses only real food ingredients. It's the perfect healthy substitute for your Starbucks favorite.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never had a frappuccino. But I’ve had plenty of smoothies, and this one may be my favorite to date.

It’s a coffee based smoothie, so it’s excellent in the morning, OR an awesome pick-me-up to chase away the mid-afternoon slump.

I’d say this is an ideal smoothie to make with leftover coffee, but we’ve never had leftover coffee in our house, so I wouldn’t really know.

I’ll brew a special pot of coffee then tuck it away in the fridge just for this smoothie.

But here’s an idea. You know that cup of coffee you set down in the morning but forgot about until the afternoon? Perhaps you’d put it in the microwave to warm it up and then found it in there hours later? You could use that coffee. 🙂

You can make this smoothie with any kind of milk your family drinks: almond, soy, cow’s, coconut…

I use almond milk. That keeps it dairy-free so it’s suitable for a Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox diet.

But if this is not a concern for you, cow’s milk works just fine!

After your milk and coffee, you just need a few more additions.

faux paccino smoothie ingredients

I love that the almond butter adds some protein to this smoothie. It makes it more filling and sustaining. The almond butter, plus the banana, make it sweet.

If you want, freeze the banana first. It’ll make your smoothie taste more like a frappucinno.

Now, I suppose, if you were so inclined, you could add some oats to this faux-pucinno. Then, you’d have a nourishing breakfast on the go – with your coffee included! Winning!

Faux-puccino Smoothie: Whole30, Sugar Detox, Paleo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coffee, chilled
  • 1/2 cup milk (almond, soy, cow's...)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 banana, sliced (can be frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Add coffee, milk, almond butter, banana, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to a blender. Process until ingredients are smooth. Serves 1.
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Since my girls are the frappuccino drinkers, I had them be my taste tasters on this recipe. I got a two thumbs up review. They both agreed that this made a delicious substitute.

This recipe only makes one smoothie, so be prepared to double, triple, or even quadruple it because everyone in your family will want one.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

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Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce

Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make but tastes better than anything store bought.

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make. This ice cream hack will not only impress your kids but it tastes better than anything store bought.

One of my fondest childhood memories involves digging into a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate shell sauce – otherwise known as magic shell.

I loved to crack the topping with my spoon to reveal the creamy vanilla ice cream underneath.

Although we try to eat healthy in our house, we all love a sweet treat. During the summer, ice cream is the top of our cravings list.

One night I decided to experiment with making a homemade chocolate shell sauce.

Why did I wait so long? This recipe is easy and the results are better than anything you can buy in the store.

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make. This ice cream hack will not only impress your kids but it tastes better than anything store bought.

If you are turned off by this recipe because you don’t like coconut oil, it may be that you’ve never bought the right kind of coconut oil.

Try buying refined coconut oil. It has a neutral flavor, so you skip the coconut taste. This is the brand I use.

If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water. I don’t advise microwaving the chocolate.

Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate.
  2. Once chocolate is melted, stir in coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour over ice cream. Allow to cool and set before serving (a few minutes).
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Truthfully, if I was making this chocolate self to eat by myself (and boy would I love to!), I would probably add some cinnamon or some cayenne pepper. I think both flavors pair so well with a dark, rich chocolate.

This recipe does make a generous portion. We had plenty leftover. I stored it in the fridge, then just reheated in the double boiler.

What flavor ice cream will you choose to top with your homemade chocolate shell sauce?

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Fat Flush Detox Drink Recipe

This detox drink is full of fat flushing ingredients.

A great tasting detox drink full of fat flushing and metabolism boosting ingredients.

Oh friends. Let me tell you a little something about turning 40.

On your 40th birthday, chances are good, real good, that your metabolism will pack a bag and hit the road.

Whereas you previously may have been able to eat with abandon (raises hand), you will no longer be able to do so, much to your disappointment.

The sad fact is, once your metabolism has up and left, you will join the legions of other 40+ somethings who put on two pounds per year. Every year.

Fast forward to 46. At 2 pounds a year, that means you may weigh 12 pounds more than you did on your 40th birthday.

How do I know? I happen to be 46.

The good news is, there are foods that can help you rev up your metabolism and flush out your compounding fat.

choice organic green tea

Start by making iced green tea. This is my brand of choice, and it is what I used to taste test this recipe.

Metabolism boosting green tea will form the base of your drink.

Next, you’ll add half a cucumber.

Cucumber can help you both detox and lose weight. You have the option to peel the cucumber and scrape out the seeds. However, you will be removing some of the nutrition of the cucumber when you remove the skin.

In case you didn’t know, English cucumbers naturally have less seeds, so they may be the right choice for you if you typically scrape the seeds out of your cucumbers.

By the way, if you happen to find a lemon cucumber at the Farmer’s Market, they are delicious in this drink.

You’ll finish making your detox drink with lime juice and mint. The lime is another metabolism booster while the mint aides in digestion.

Lime and mint are key ingredients in a detox drink.

Fat Flush Detox Drink Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 bags organic green tea
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 5-7 fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Steep 2 tea bags in 6 ounces hot water. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Add enough ice to cool down tea and make approximately 8 ounces of iced green tea.
  2. In a blender, combine green tea, cucumber, lime juice and mint leaves. Blend on medium speed.
  3. Drink daily before a meal.
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Since this is a fat flushing detox drink, I don’t suggest the use of sweeteners.

If you find yourself craving a sweetener, you may want to play with the amount of mint you add. More mint flavor could eliminate your desire for the sweet.

HOWEVER, if you just can’t tolerate this drink and need to add honey, so be it. Just try to add less each time until you can enjoy and embrace the taste of real, whole ingredients, and never add more than a teaspoon. And most importantly, go for the raw stuff so you are getting a little bit of health benefits.

I like to drink this before lunch. It helps to fill me up with good-for-me ingredients before I eat, helping me to feel fuller faster. Not to mention, it is refreshing and delicious.

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Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade: SodaStream Recipe Idea

Have a sodastream? Try making Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade.
Sparkling blueberry lemonade is a fun sodastream recipe idea. It packs a lot of flavor in a little drink. It's sweet, it's sparkling, and it's a lovely substitution for soda.

We love sparkling water in our house. I’m actually quite happy drinking a glass of sparkling water – nothing added.

But sometimes I crave a drink with a little added flavor.

That’s where this Sodastream recipe idea comes in.

Reasons to love this drink:

  1. It’s not really a recipe. It’s more of a serving suggestion.
  2. Adding sparkling water to your drink cuts down on the amount of sugar you are consuming from the lemonade.
  3. You get a serving of antioxidant rich blueberries.
  4. You only need three ingredients to make a refreshing sparkling blueberry lemonade.

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic blueberries
1/2 cup organic lemonade
Carbonated water from your Sodastream (or purchased plain sparkling water)

In a blender, blend together the blueberries and lemonade. Pour into glass and top with sparkling water.

It’s that easy!

Need more sweet? Add a bit more lemonade and bit less of the sparkling water.

This recipe makes one serving of sparkling blueberry lemonade. You may double, triple or quadruple the recipe – depending on how many you need to make.

Did you know you can use a mason jar on the blender? I show you how to make this recipe in it’s own mason jar here:

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It saves me from having to wash the blender and the mason jars fit right into my dishwasher. Hallelujah!

What is  your favorite Sodastream recipe?

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Can You Toast Sweet Potatoes in a Toaster?

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? I find out!

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Have you seen the newest Internet rage? It’s sweet potato toast and it’s taking over Instagram.

I love the idea of sweet potato toast. I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables into our day, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I started by slicing a sweet potato as thin as I could using a mandolin. Then I popped two slices into the toaster and used the highest setting per the advice of the world wide web.

This is how my toasted sweet potato turned out:

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I had to stop the toast when I smelled burning.

I figured the sweet potato was sliced too thin. That’s when I decided I would hand cut the sweet potato a bit thicker and try again.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Again, I set the toaster to high to toast my sweet potato slices. I’ll remind you, this is what the recipe on the Internet says to do.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

As you can see, the ends, where the sweet potato was thin, were totally burnt. I cut that part away and gave the remaining middle part to my two trusty sweet potato toast testers.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

We all agreed the center was under done.

Burnt edges. Under done center. Gross.

I then decided I would toast it on the highest setting once, then lower the toast setting by half, and toast it a second time, knowing I would have burnt edges that I would need to cut away.

That plan did not work.

I tried 3 more times to actually toast a sweet potato before I gave up. There was no combination of heat and slicing that actually produced anything resembling toast.

That’s when I though I’d give the microwave a try.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Big mistake. BIG.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

I was not about to give up. There had to be a way. It’s all over the Internet!

I gave it one more try. This time I opted to use the broiler. I lined up a few slices on the broiler pan and broiled them on high for a little over 3 minutes.

Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster?

Finally! It worked! I made sweet potato “toast” in the oven on broil – not in my toaster!

The broiler worked to thoroughly cook the sweet potato with minimal amount of burning. Plus, I could slice the sweet potato a bit on the thick side so it could easily take toppings.

How to really make sweet potato toast. No, not in the toaster.

We smeared our sweet potato toast with almond butter then topped with a sliced banana and a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Have you tried to toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? What were your results?

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Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches: Freezer Recipe

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up then freeze. Perfect for mornings when you are on the go.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings you are on the go.

I recently posted on my Facebook page that I was spending an hour making a bunch of freezer breakfasts for my daughter who has to be at work at 5 am this summer.

She’s been an absolute trooper about getting herself up and out the door in the morning.

Since I am still in bed at that hour, I wanted to have some healthy options for her that wouldn’t take a lot of time in the morning.

These Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches are super easy to prepare.

You start by cracking one egg into each muffin cup.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Once you’ve filled all 12 cups, lightly scramble the eggs. No need to go crazy, you are just looking to break up the yolk.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

It’s optional, but we always add a tablespoon of grated sharp cheddar cheese to our eggs.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Plus, we really like to add about a tablespoon of green chiles. Again, it’s an optional ingredient.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Being from Colorado, we take our green chile pretty seriously. I buy the huge jars of 505 Southwestern Hatch Green Chile at our Costco. It’s out of this world good and makes these egg sandwiches so tasty!

If you can’t find it in your Costco, you can find it here.

Okay, enough about my love of green chile.

You are now ready to bake your eggs. They bake up super light and fluffy.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

While the eggs are baking, you need to be cooking your bacon and slicing your English muffins.

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

Finally, once everything has cooked, you assemble your sandwiches.

I use one strip of bacon, torn in half, on each sandwich. Then I wrap them tightly in foil and slide them into a freezer safe bag.

I know I don’t have to tell you this – but don’t heat the sandwich in the foil, k?

We use foil because once the sandwich has been microwaved, it can be rewrapped for eating on the road and the foil helps keep it warm. Then it can be tossed in the recycling bin.

Here’s a super awesomesauce picture of how I freeze them. Ok, terrible picture but you totally get the idea now, right?

Muffin tin egg sandwiches are easy to whip up. Make a batch to freeze and you'll have a healthy breakfast on mornings when you are on the go.

That’s it! It only takes about 30 minutes to complete 12 sandwiches!

Muffin Tin Egg Sandwiches Freezer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen large organic eggs
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: green chilis
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 12 whole wheat English muffins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crack one egg into each cup of a muffin tin. Lightly beat each egg.
  3. Add approximately one tablespoon of cheese to each egg. Season eggs with salt and pepper.
  4. Optional: Add 1/2 tablespoon green chilis to the eggs.
  5. Bake eggs for 18-20 minutes or until set.
  6. While eggs bake, fry bacon slices. Allow to drain on paper towels before cutting in half.
  7. Split open English muffins.
  8. When eggs are finished and slightly cooled, run a knife around the edges of each egg. Pry egg loose and place on an English muffin. Top with two halves of bacon. Replace muffin top.
  9. Wrap breakfast sandwich in tin foil. Place in freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 6 weeks.
  10. To reheat: place sandwich in microwave and cook for 1 to 1/2 minutes.
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I love having quick and easy meals in the freezer, don’t you?

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Healthy Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese Frosting

Whip up a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting in a matter of minutes!

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

Who’s going to be the star of the next BBQ/Memorial Day/4th of July???

YOU ARE!

Just show up with a watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting and everyone will love you!

As an added bonus, this is really simple to make. Like really simple. I’m talking it can be done in about 15 minutes.

How’s that for easy?

Please use real whipping cream for this recipe. It’s so easy to make and it really does taste different from the frozen stuff.

homemade whipping cream

But if you must use the frozen stuff, I would adjust the amount of powdered sugar you add to the frosting. Start with just a 1/4 cup and add more as needed.

I can’t really tell you how many slices of watermelon the frosting recipe will frost. If your watermelon is sweet, you may need less frosting. If your watermelon turns out a bit tasteless (I’m sorry! Such a bummer, isn’t it?), you may find you want to add a thicker layer of frosting.

Your watermelon may also be wider than the watermelon I purchased. If that is the case, your frosting may not cover two slices.

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

IF you are worried about having enough cream cheese frosting, double the recipe. Any additional cream cheese frosting can be used as a dip for strawberries, or spread on a chocolate wafer, or sandwiched between two graham crackers, or just eaten with a spoon!

Healthy Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Berries or other fruit for toppings

Instructions

  1. Cut two one-inch wide slices from the middle of the watermelon.
  2. Beat whipping cream until stiff peak form.
  3. Add sugar, cream cheese and lemon zest. Beat just until smooth and combined.
  4. Frost watermelon slices with cream cheese mixture. Top with your choice of fruit toppings.
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I used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to top my pizza – making it perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July. But you could also use peaches, bananas, kiwi…. choose any of your favorite fruit combos!

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

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