Green Pina-Colada Smoothie

My NEW favorite smoothie!

If you love pineapple and coconut, this is the smoothie for you!

Green Pina-Colada

Green Pina-Colada

Green Pina-Colada


Large handful of fresh spinach

1/2 Fresh Pineapple

4 T Shredded Coconut (Fresh or dried unsweetened)

Coconut Water (Enough to almost reach top of fruit)

Blend and savor the flavor!

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Oh-So-Delicious Smoothie ❤

❤ Oh-So-Delicious Smoothie for Two  ❤

So this is my, oh-so-delicious, compromise.  I wanted to make Dr. Oz’s breakfast smoothie (from his 3 day detox/cleanse),

but no one in town had raspberries!  NO ONE!  I checked grocery stores, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club!

I even asked if they had any ‘out back’ and I some said this has been very common lately.  Weird!

Oh So Delicious Smoothie!

Oh So Delicious Smoothie!


1/2 C Spinach
1 Banana
2 C Dark Cherries (frozen)
1 T Almond Butter
2 T Ground Flax
Add enough water to cover about 3/4 of the ingredients.
Blend & drink up!
It was soooooooooooo good I drank it before I remembered to take a photo of it!


Inspired by Sushi, Salad

I was craving some spicy kani sushi and decided to create a sushi salad instead.  I didn’t use rice but was soooooo tasty!

To make a raw version, instead of using fresh crab, you could make a spicy nut cheese to top off your salad!

I got a little carried away and made a “pretty” one and a “splattered” artsy one.

I have people vote on which photo to use here but got about an even response.

Many liked “pretty” but others liked a “little of everything in every bite.”

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

This is what I used to make it:

Inspired by Sushi, Salad

3 C Spring mix greens

1 Avocado

1 Roma Tomato

1 Sprig of Scallion

8 oz. crab (for raw, use a raw nut cheese instead)

3 T Mayo (use nut mayo for raw)

1 T Siracha


Arrange greens, avocado, scallion, and tomato on plate.

Mix siracha with mayo, then add to crab and mix well.

 Top salad with crab mixture!

Artsy Splattered Sushi Salad

Artsy Splattered Sushi Salad


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Made these this morning!  These are a quick, healthy snack!

So easy to make, I think I could easily get addicted to making various forms of these!

Stay tuned!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bar

1 C Almonds

1/3 C Sunflower Seed

2 T Peanut Butter

10 Dates

1/4 C Special Dark Chocolate Chips


Soak dates for about 3 hours, then drain water & remove pits

In food chopper or food processor, chop almonds then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor.

Add remaining ingredients.

Mix all ingredients together.

Line a 9 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 10 equal sized balls.

(Bars will cut easier if you refrigerate for 15 minutes prior to cutting.)

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Need your chocolate fix?  Do you like coconut?  This is the best!  I recently bought a Lara Bar for the first time when I was away from home and wanted something relatively healthy to eat until I could get home.

I decided to give it a ‘google’ for homemade recipes and stumbled upon Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog and found a recipe that I modified just a little to make it totally raw!  I also wondered what the nutritional content was so I used’s Recipe Calculator!

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bar

(Makes 8)

10 Dates (Pitted)

1/3 C + 1 T Shredded Coconut (Fresh for Raw)

1 T Chia Seed

3 T Cocoa Powder (Raw/Unsweetened)

1/3 C Almonds

1/2 C Pecans or Walnuts


Soak dates for about 3 hours & remove pits.

In food chopper or food processor, chop all nuts then set aside in bowl.

Process dates in chopper or processor

Add remaining ingredients except for 1 T Coconut.

Process together until ingredients are well mixed and are sticking together.

Line a 6 x 6 pan with parchment paper

Pour mixture onto parchment paper and firmly pack down til flat or you can roll into 8 equal sized balls.

For bars: Sprinkle 1 T coconut on top and press down til it sticks

For balls:  Roll balls in coconut

Nutrition Facts

Raw Coconut-Chocolate Energy Bars
  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 109.4
  Total Fat 2.0 g
  Saturated Fat 1.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
  Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  Sodium 1.5 mg
  Potassium 261.4 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 20.2 g
  Protein 1.4 g
  Vitamin A 0.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 4.0 %
  Vitamin C 0.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 0.2 %
  Calcium 3.2 %
  Copper 10.1 %
  Folate 1.5 %
  Iron 4.3 %
  Magnesium 8.1 %
  Manganese 11.3 %
  Niacin 2.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     2.6 %
  Phosphorus     3.8 %
  Riboflavin 1.4 %
  Selenium 1.0 %
  Thiamin 1.3 %
  Zinc 2.1 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

(’s Recipe Calculator)

Cocoberry Peach Smoothie


Cocoberry Peach Smoothie

1 Cup Peaches

1/3 Cup Blackberries

1 tsp Chia Seed

1 Cup Coconut Milk

Blend & Enjoy!

Caution: When using frozen peaches, sip slowly.

Frozen peaches can lead to B~R~A~I~N  F~R~E~E~Z~E!!!!!!

Cocoberry Peach Smmothie

Blackberry~Basilana Smoothie

“It’s whats for dinner!”

Blackberry~Basilana Smoothie
1 Banana
1 C Blackberries
3/4 C Coconut Milk
About 1/4 C Basil


Blend & enjoy!


Yup, you guessed it!  I had to make “the girls” their own just to keep them out of my glass!

Silly girls, smoothies are for people!

"The Girls" (Lil Roo & Auhmi)


Raw Avocado Bites

Raw Avocado Bites

(My take on Avocado “Fries”)


Raw Avocado Bites

Raw Avocado Bites

1 Large Avocado (pitted and diced)
1/3 C Nutritional Yeast
1T Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Mix last 3 ingredients then toss avocado til evenly coated!


“Spaghetti” Under Clams

You’re in luck today!  Two posts in one day!  I guess that helps make up a bit when I’ve been slacking!  I hope you enjoy this one!

Tonight’s dinner, Gluten Free, was a soft spaghetti squash under a mountain over bettered garlic clams with scallion.  I had never tried spaghetti squash before.  I’ve taken a quick liking to it!  It was interesting how when I sliced it, the strings just about fell out!  I didn’t realize how easy this was!

I usually make this over real spaghetti but I’ve transitioned to a mostly gluten-free diet.

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“Spaghetti” Under Clams (for lack of a better name)


1 Large Spaghetti Squash

Cook at 400 degrees for about an hour.

Remove from oven and let cool while you make clams.

When clams are ready, scoop seeds out of squash,  remove “spaghetti,”  and separate into 3-4 dishes.

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2 Cans Whole Clams (or 8 ounces fresh shucked clams)

4 T Butter

2 Stems Scallion (Green Onion)

1-2 tsp Garlic Powder (or 1 clove fresh minced)

Melt butter in pan, add garlic, scallion, and clams.

Warm on low heat for about 7 minutes.

Pour over “spaghetti”