Purple Resolution Smoothie

I have to say that I am kinda on one time smoothie/juice diet! I try to create luscious smoothies each day and feel like oh I need some more! Smoothie diet sounds no fun, but it kinda is. Especially if you like to experiment with pairing fruits and veggies together. Sometimes it can be a shocker and sometimes it can work like a charm!

Just try with basics greens and fruits and later on start experimenting with adding various health foods like peanut butter, almond butter, fig butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, aloe vera pulp, wheat-grass shots. People tend to add Matcha green tea powder or protein powders too for more energy.

I am still taking baby steps with fruits, veggies, and seeds. Maybe in few more weeks I will be able to get my hands on other ingredients as well.

Start from any 4-5 of these:

Greens – Kale, spinach, arugula, kiwis, green grapes, others.

Reds – Cherry or grape tomatoes, watermelons, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, red bell pepper, others.

Oranges – Carrots, oranges, clementines, nectarines, others

Yellows – mangoes, pineapple, yellow bell peppers, lemons, others.

Purples – Blueberries, blackberries, plums, pomegranate seeds, fresh figs, purple grapes, others.

Whites – Bananas, dates, melons, ginger, pears, apples, white peaches and nectarines.

Later on experiment with seeds, protein powders, and green tea variety. Variety is the spice of life, so try to enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables every month. Visit farmers markets and try the local produce. Come home, Google recipes, and experiment!!

So here is one more smoothie recipe which has a lot of berries!!

Ingredients:

1 cups of kale (black or green kale)

1 handful of cherry tomatoes

1 handful of purple champagne grapes

1 handful of blueberries

1 handful of blackberries

1/4 piece of pear

1 clementine

2 cups of cold water

1 teaspoon of agave nectar (optional)

Method:

Juice everything up in your blender. As usual I don’t remove any seeds because my Blendtec does the job well. If you want you can strain the juice too.

Enjoy!

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Pan Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients:

2 Large Potatoes (Boiled)

1/2 tablespoon of Olive Oil

1/2 tablespoon of Butter

Basil & Rosemary (Fresh)

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Red Chili Flakes

Method:

1. Pan roast the white potatoes (boiled) with its peel. Just burst it open with a potato masher

OR

1. Peel the boiled potatoes and dice them.

Add butter and olive oil in a pan.

Roast until gets brown and crispy. Add herbs Chili flakes, and salt-pepper. Serve hot as a side dish or a breakfast hash potatoes.

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Blueberry – Banana Smoothie

In recent times a lot of speculations are going on about the frozen drinks being healthy and people have started switching there diet around frozen smoothies or say smoothie diet.

Well, I have read many articles about it and have got mix reviews about “Frozen fruit drinks” to be really healthy or not. The most given fact is the level of sugar content in those frozen drinks.

Time to time even I crave for good smoothies and Jamba Juice happens to be my favorite one. Anyhow after getting blendtec, I started experimenting a lot with fruits, veggies, and also mixing fruits with veggies.

This recipe is extremely simple and you just need 5 ingredients. A perfect breakfast time smoothie.

Ingredients: ( Serving: 1 large glass)

1 medium size banana (peeled and frozen)

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup of Greek yogurt or plain yogurt

1/4 cup of water or crushed ice

1 tablespoon of honey or agave nectar

Method:

Blend everything. I used smoothie mode on my blendtec.

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Blueberry Jam

Who doesn’t like jam. Actually in last two years, I have hardly purchased any store-bought ones, as home made jams are very easy to prepare. Moreover, you can control your ingredients, especially sugar. You can know exactly what is in your recipe, which is my all time favorite homemade cooking advantage.

I don’t have much knowledge on canning, so I make small batches of jams. Small batch can be easily consumed in a month’s time frame. Jams can be used not only on a slice of bread or a croissant, but you can mix it with granola and Greek yogurt for a perfect breakfast on the go. It can be baked in a puff pastry with brie cheese. There are several uses.

Summer is going on and we frequently visit local farms for fruit picking. If you haven’t experienced farm fresh picking, then please do so. It is a perfect day out activity with your family and friends, especially kids.

My husband and I have gone for several of them: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and apples. You can also pick pumpkins during Halloween-Thanksgiving holiday time.

Ingredients:

2 cups of fresh blueberries

1/2 lemon juice

1/2 cups of sugar

2 tablespoons of pectin (a vegetarian option)

Method:

Heat up your pan at low-medium temperature.

Add blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and pectin. Mash everything well.

Now reduce until 1/3 of the original quantity.

Cool it a bit and fill it in a clean and sterilize container jar.

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Sprout Beans (Protein Filled Breakfast)

For vegetarians beans, cereals, pulses, and lentils are very important protein sources. As an Asian Indian I utilize lots of them in my daily meals.

The moth beans (also known as brown bean or matki) and they can be easily found in Indian grocery stores. I also use the similar technique for sprouting Moong (known as green beans or green grams)

The difference between all the three (trio) beans are nicely explained here. http://www.nandyala.org/mahanandi/archives/2007/06/24/moong-moth-and-red-chori-bean-sprouts/

For Sprouting:

1 cup green or brown beans (Washed)

4 cups of lukewarm water (soak)

Cheesecloth or wire mesh colander or Sprout Maker

Method: Wash the beans well 2-3 times under running water. Now soak them in lukewarm water overnight. They will soak most liquid and fluff up. In the morning drain most water and wrap all beans in cheese cloth. Keep them moist by spraying water for an entire day or two. After two days refrigerate them. This will keep the sprouts fresh for a week.

These sprouts are full of protein and fiber. You can cook them for a protein filled breakfast.

My cooking method is simple.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of canola oil

Sprouted beans (mentioned in the beggining of this post)

3-4 cloves of garlic (minced or chopped)

1 pinch of asafoetida (good for digestive aid)

1/4 teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 lemon juice

1/4 cup water

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat up the oil. Add asafoetida and garlic. Don’t brown the garlic, just saute it until you smell like garlic. Now add turmeric powder and sprouts. Saute all.

Add water and heat it up until all the water is soaked by sprouts. We don’t want to mush up the beans. They should be soft and cooked through. Add lemon juice in the end and serve.

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Breakfast

Sweet Potato Pancake (Store Bought Mix)

Bruce’s complete pancake and waffle mix is a great mix. I got it from the store named The Fresh Market. My husband and I loved it. It doesn’t taste like store bought mix and makes soft and fluffy pancakes. Just add water into your mix. Form pancakes in your pan and serve.

I served it with my Maple Walnut Butter https://myhealthyhappyliving.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/walnut-maple-butter/

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Breakfast in a Jar

I have to be honest, this is one of my most favorite breakfast idea. Quick and easy fix for your office time. Blog Skinny Taste gave me an idea to give this recipe a try. I have altered my version, but you can chose ingredients according to your preference.

Recipe 1
Ingredients:
1 pack of Instant Oatmeal (any flavor)
1/2 cup Almond milk (any dairy or non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon chopped dried cranberries (or raisins/dried prunes/ dried cherries)
1 tablespoon dried slivered almonds (or walnuts/pecans)
1/4 cup of fresh blue berries
1 tablespoon homemade strawberry preserve
1 teaspoon chia seeds (or flax seeds)

Method:
Reuse a glass jar (short kind) add all the ingredients at night. Leave it overnight in the refrigerator.

Next morning at work just microwave the jar (minus the lid) for 30-45 seconds.

Enjoy.

Note: if using regular instant oatmeal then add any natural sweetener (like maple syrup or brown sugar or agave nectar or honey or fruit preserve).

Recipe 2
Use any combinations such as wheat germ/oat bran/cereal of your choice, fruits, dairy/non dairy milk, nuts, and seeds. Use natural sweeteners mentioned in my note above.

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