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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

KAL Juice

Kale + Apple + Lemon are the key ingredients that make this drink, drinkable for me.  This is a refreshing drink that quenches my thirst and leaves me feeling satisfied.

What You Will Need:

6 - 8 Kale leaves
2 Granny Smith Apples, core & halved
1/2 - 1 Lemon, peeled
4 celery stalks
1 - 3 inch piece of Red Beet
5+ ice cubes (optional, but highly recommended)
Other optional ingredients:  1 inch piece of fresh Ginger; 1 cucumber

Let's Begin:

Rinse all fruits & veggies.  In juicer, place a little of each of the fruits & vegetables, alternating to get a mix.
Pour juice, in drinking glass, over ice.  That's it!

There are a lot of juicer recipes available; but this is one of my personal favorites.  Since I am a little squeamish about drinking these types of juice drinks, I don't add a large variety of vegetables, yet.  Although I loved to eat cooked & raw vegetables, I am working my way up to adding certain veggies (& even fruits) to my drinks.  I think it is the apples & lemon that make this drink palatable.  And serving over ice is the way I enjoy it best!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Banana Breakfast Cookie.  You can eat these, guilt-free.  I found this recipe from Isabel De Los Rios' Beyond Diet, which I started following.  She has SO many great recipes.  My daughter made these moist delights...

Here's what you will need: 

2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1/3 cup Almond Butter
2/3 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/4 cup Protein Powder (We used Vanilla flavor)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup Chopped Nuts (Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds...)
1/4 cup Carob or Chocolate Chips

What to Do:

1.  Mix the mashed bananas and almond butter.  Peanut butter will work as well.
Add applesauce, protein powder and vanilla extract.  Mix well.

2.  Add oatmeal, nuts & carobs to the mixture, combining well.

3.  On a parchment lined cookie sheet, drop the cookie dough and flatten with the spoon.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden brown.

A Happy & Healthy Breakfast!

These store well, IF, you manage to have any leftovers.