Watermelon Gazpacho

Note: this is still a work-in-progress but I simply had to share. The consistency needs to be a bit thicker but it is still amazingly refreshing.

Watermelon Gazpacho  

3 cups watermelon, chopped (white seeds are OK, toss the brown ones if they are in there)
1/2 cucumber (seeds removed)
4 mint leaves
1/3 cup basil
1/4 cup parsley
1 tsp shallot
Dash pepper
1 tbl olive oil
Splash lemon juice





Method:

Not much of one! Once you have prepped and washed everything above, place everything in a food processor and pulse, blend, viola.

Super easy. Super fresh. Super delicious.



I think next time I will add more cucumber and possibly another veggie to thicken it up. I still ate it with a spoon but you could drink it like a smoothie as well.

Stay tuned for the next version!

Enjoy ;)

Banana Hemp Smoothie

Believe it or not, I haven't eggs with my breakfast all week. I know. I know. But this smoothie is just too good...




Banana Hemp Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
Handful of fresh spinach
1/4 coconut milk (the concentrated canned kind)
2 tbls hemp seeds


Method:

Throw all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse. Blend. Consume ;)




A Yummy Variation:

1 frozen banana
1 tsp cocoa powder (vs blueberries)
Handful of fresh spinach
1/4 coconut milk
2 tbls hemp seeds




From the looks of it, I didn't really have the patience to blend this one up very well...

Mmm... I'm thinkin' this one is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or heck even dessert ;)

Sugar-Detox Variation: 

2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 semi-frozen* green-tipped banana
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cold coconut milk (from a can, full fat, organic)
2 tbls hulled hemp seeds 




Enjoy ;)

Creamy Strawberry Smoothie

For as much as I love smoothies, I've been thinking I should probably add some more green to mine. And while avocado is technically a fruit, I feel like I'm adding some awesome nutrition to my smoothie if I put one in there AND I was trying to come up with something that didn't have banana since I had already had one in the morning.

Avocados also contain much less sugar - actually zero and a very small amount of carbs (3) while contributing a healthy dose of good fat. You can read more about the nutritional breakdown of the lovely avocado here.


OK, enough of that rambling.

Creamy Strawberry Smoothie:

1 avocado
2 handfuls of spinach
5 frozen strawberries
1/4 cold water
1 tbls coconut flakes
Splash of lemon juice




Method:

Not much of one :) Slice the avocado, add in the spinach and strawberries and blend. Then add in the water, coconut and lemon juice.


Yeah... apologies for the not so great photo as I put this right into a to-go mug. Although, I must tell you, I kept this in the fridge in a to-go mug and ate a few hours later and the green stayed green even with the avocado. I was  pleasantly surprised.

Enjoy ;)

Berry & Peanut Butter Smoothie

Yikes, can't even say that this one is Primal. Legumes. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. I tell people all the time that legumes are the devil. But every once in while...?

They'e called exceptions for a reason ;) 


Berry & Peanut Butter Smoothie:

3 good-sized fresh strawberries
~ 1 cup of frozen blueberries
1/3 cup vanilla coconut ice cream ( I use Coconut Bliss )
1/3 cup water
1 tbl unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tbl peanut butter


Method:

Blend the strawberries, blueberries and vanilla ice cream together and then add in the rest of the ingredients.

Easy, fresh and delicious!

Enjoy ;)

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

YUMMY!

Lol. OK, I had to get that out as I am eating (drinking?) this right now. It's delicious! I've been having a hard time with consistency of smoothies lately and I think it's because I wasn't adding a banana because I eat a banana every morning right when I wake up before my workout so I didn't want to double up.

 Apologies for the poor photo, I apparently was in a hurry to have my smoothie :)



Note that the measurements aren't exact but pretty close.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:

1 large banana
4-5 frozen strawberries
1/3 cup vanilla coconut ice cream (I use Coconut Bliss)
1 tsp dairy free cocoa powder
1/2 tbls coconut flakes
1/3 almond milk

Method:

Blend the banana, strawberries and ice cream together first then add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend thoroughly and viola!





This was divine after a nice long hike. Definitely hit the spot.

Love my Saturday hikes :)))


Enjoy (on the back patio in the sunnnnn ;)))

Banana & Oats Smoothie

I actually had a hard time waiting to eat this... I made it in the morning and brought it to work for my lunch.

I simply adore my non-paleo cheat, oats. Yum.

This was sooo easy to prepare, extremely satisfying and quite delicious.

Banana & Oats Smoothie:

1 cup raw outs (gluten-free)
1 banana
Dash of cinnamon
Few dried cranberries
1 tsp honey
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk




Blend it all up and you have a nutrient packed smoothie whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner (though as a side note, my body does not like oats in the evening. They are difficult to digest so eating them in the morning or early afternoon is best... )















Enjoy ;)

-Sunshine Girl