Showing posts with label smoothies and juice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smoothies and juice. Show all posts

Monday, June 18, 2018

How to make vegan ice cream or nice cream with frozen fruit.
If you haven't heard the buzz about nice cream, yet, you are in for a tasty treat! Way healthier than high fat, high sugar ice creams, nice cream recipes are the healthy ice cream treat you have dreamed about. Feel like eating ice cream for lunch? With nice cream, you can do that and have to guilt hangover afterward! This recipe is vegan, paleo, gluten free and 100% delicious!


Friday, February 23, 2018

how to make a smoothie bowl
If you are looking for an easy smoothie bowl recipe to help you overcome the winter blahs, this Sunny Days smoothie bowl from my book Beautiful Smoothie Bowls will perk you right up! Even if you have never made one, this easy recipe will teach you how to make a smoothie bowl. And if you love it, please be sure to come check out my collection of 80 of the best smoothie bowl recipes in Beautiful Smoothie Bowls. You'll have a great collection of smoothie bowl recipes and nice cream recipes to keep you fueled up and healthy all year long.
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Sunny Days Smoothie Bowl Recipe


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links.
Cancer. It's an ugly word that has touched far too many in my life - and if the statistics hold true, probably in yours, too. This month, Cost Plus World Market and I are partnering together to share recipes specifically for cancer warriors. And because I wrote THE book on smoothie bowls, of course, I wanted to put together a nutrition-packed smoothie bowl recipe just for this occasion!

Smoothie bowls are perfect for getting lots of nutrient dense foods broken down in a blender to make them easier to digest - and because they are so pretty it's like a special little pretty treat just for you! I designed this recipe with cancer patients in mind but it's superfood packed and great for anyone - whether you are a cancer warrior or not!


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall flavors are some of my favorite.  I love crisp apples, sweet butternut squash, the early winter greens and of course, pumpkin.  This fabulous pumpkin milkshake is vegan and refined sugar free due to the maple syrup.  It is delicious with just a hint of decadence.  Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike!  We couldn't get enough of it in our house, and likely your family will love it, too!  


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Do you love apple pie? I sure do. When our local farmers started bringing fresh apples to the farmer's market, my son asked if we could make an apple pie. It was 100 degrees outside, so uh, no. Sorry. BUT I did agree to see if I could make him an apple pie smoothie and I must say I am pretty proud of how this turned out!

Now you can enjoy apple pie all year round - even when it's hot outside - since this is your secret to no-bake apple pie!


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Sometimes a side dish for dinner is beyond me.  The thought of throwing together a batch of biscuits or a decent salad sounds lousy, so smoothies have become a regular at dinner (and at breakfast and lunch).  

I often freeze fresh some fruit a few days in advance, and just throw in a little bit every time with a piece or two of fresh fruit.  It adds a nice sweet element to a meal while still providing lots of nutrients.   

This delicious vegan smoothie is a recent favorite!  It feels fresh and summery!  It will be perfect for your last minute dinner prep or even an upcoming brunch!  


Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Do you ever have a weeknight where you are too tired to cook? Or it's hot out and you don't want to warm up the house even more by cooking? I'll admit it: I've had several of these nights lately. Instead of ordering a pizza, though, I've been making smoothie bowls - and my family is loving it!

Making a smoothie bowl takes less time than picking up take-out and is SO MUCH BETTER for you. Plus, when you make your smoothie bowls extra thick, your kids will feel like they are eating ice cream for dinner - but it's actually full of healthy fruit, seeds and veggies. WIN!

Before we jump into the recipe, I want to thank Earthbound Farm for sponsoring this post. They have a delicious variety of organic salad mixes that are great for salads, sides, smoothies and more. During the month of April, pop over to to take a quiz and get a coupon for $1 off any Earthbound Farm product (plus  they will plant a tree for every quiz taken - up to 20,000!). Awesome!

Let's hop into the recipe shall we?


Thursday, April 14, 2016

So you've seen the smoothie bowl trend and now you want a part of the action? I'm here to help!

I am constantly on the go and end up drinking most of my smoothies through a straw. A smoothie bowl, though, is a great change of pace. It gives you the nutritional power of a smoothie and the satisfaction of any other kind of breakfast you eat with silverware. It helps you slow down a bit to become more mindful of what you're eating instead of gulping it down on the go. Plus the toppings are great. The toppings can really make or break a smoothie bowl.

When I posted this smoothie to Instagram this week, I saw people mentioning they had never had a smoothie bowl before and wanted some detailed directions. So here they are!

Oh? And if you decide that eating your smoothie with a spoon isn't your style, my son proved that it's just as good in a glass jar with a straw

(PS if you don't already own stainless steel straws, you're missing out! These are the ones I like best for smoothies.)


Thursday, January 29, 2015

This post is brought to you by Silk.

One thing I've learned from my recent exploration into a more primal style of eating is that you can have really delicious "treats" that are still healthy for you and not overloaded in sugar. This easy chocolate banana smoothie is just one example. It's a great source of calcium and vitamin C and it's doing pretty good for potassium and vitamin A as well!

I used my "mason jar blender hack" to blend this up in a pint size mason jar so making this a simple and easy treat to whip up that is good for you, too!

I've written about products in Silk's line up before (here and here) and I have to say - their almond milk products are my favorite hands down! I think their chocolate almond milk tastes even better than traditional chocolate milk - and it has 50% more calcium to boot. Since we've drastically reduced how much dairy we are eating, this is really important to me, especially with two growing kids - because when their little bodies get everything they need, they bloom (just like a flower!).

Of course all of Silk's products are enrolled in or certified by the non-GMO project so despite GMOs still not being labeled in the US, I know that nothing coming out of a silk carton is a product of genetic engineering - that's important to me! Additionally, their products are all free of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

This post is brought to you by Silk.

Everyone loves to get fancy coffee drinks at their favorite coffee shops but the price and calories can add up fast! Using the new Cashewmilk beverage from Silk, you can blend up your own Starbucks Inspired blended coffee - with entirely organic and Non-GMO project verified cashewmilk and for only half the calories!

Cashewmilk is the latest offering from Silk and comes alongside some of my other favorite dairy alternative products such as their almond milk and holiday nog. While I usually prefer the sweetened, vanilla flavor of most alternative milks (like almond milk), for Silk's Cashewmilk, I preferred the unsweetened version both for things like poured over cold cereal and in blended recipes like this blended coffee drink!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This post is brought to you by Silk.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake Recipe

Do you find it hard to get a healthy breakfast in your belly in the mornings? I definitely have mornings when I don't think I'm hungry when I'm home but 10 minutes later, I'm driving down the road and realize my body needs breakfast. If I planned ahead, this isn't a problem. On mornings I didn't plan ahead? Let's just say it can get ugly when your only options are Starbucks or fast food.

With a little bit of forward planning, you can have have a nutritious breakfast smoothie that takes just a couple minutes to whip up and is easy to take on the go. Use my mason jar / blender hack and you'll have next to no clean up. Swap your daily coffee drive through habit for this instead and you'll have plenty of fuel to help you make it through your morning - no caffeine needed! Serve this recipe to your kids and they'll think you've gone nuts (dessert for breakfast?!) but you'll be happy because you know that's it's good for them! This recipe contains more than 10 grams of protein, 25% of your daily calcium intake and 15% of your daily iron recommendation

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This post brought to you by ALO Drink. All opinions are 100% mine.

Once upon a time when I worked in Call Center Land, one of my co-workers would frequently bring bottles of ALO, an aloe vera drink to work. I'd never heard of drinking aloe vera and thought the whole thing sounded weird - I mean, isn't aloe vera for treating wounds? Once I actually tried one, though, I was hooked - this stuff is SO good! It's even become my four year old's favorite treat. If I really want to reward him for extra awesome behavior, he gets a bottle of ALO.

ALO takes organic aloe vera juice and pulp (not powder like some competitors) and mix in fruits, vegetables and other good-for-you tasty things (like honey) to make drinks that are nutritious, super hydrating and flat out tasty. They're also naturally low calorie, fat free and gluten free - and Non-GMO Project verified.

While I love drinking ALO straight from the bottle, I was challenged to come up with a fun cocktail using ALO as a base and had a lot of fun doing it. I took my favorite flavor from the ALO original line and blended in some frozen fruit to make a tasty daiquiri-style drink (feel free to add rum to yours but I think it's pretty good by itself!)

Because ALO drinks are so hydrating, it's perfect for the super hot weather we've been having. If you decide to add rum to yours, be sure to drink responsibly!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I love how much variety there is in the world of green smoothies. You can make a smoothie that tastes green or you can make a green smoothie that isn't even green at all (like the sneaky green smoothie). This smoothie is more of an intermediate green smoothie - it's clearly green and while you can taste a bit of of the green as you drink it, the overall flavor profile is tropical and delightful. Even my four year old loves it!


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh watermelon chunks
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 large handful of fresh baby spinach*
  • 2 sprigs of fresh curly parsley*
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint*
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries*
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup green tea or coconut water as needed
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid persistent pesticides

Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


  1. Add the watermelon, lime juice, spinach, parsley and mint to blender and blend for several minutes until very smooth and no green chunks remain.
  2. Add frozen strawberries, pineapple and mango and blend. If the smoothie is very thick or becomes difficult to blend, add green tea or coconut water a 1/4 cup at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There is no shortage of love around here for smoothies (check out my Smoothies and Juice category for more tasty recipes!). Lately, as I've been approaching my due date, I've been trying to be more intentional about my iron intake - which means a lot of green vegetables. And a girl can only eat so many salads! Smoothies have been my savior in this regard.

Recently, Skyhorse Publishing sent me a copy of The Healthy Smoothie Bible by Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh blogs at Prolific Living and has compiled a collection of 108 healthy smoothie recipes in this book - including a nice collection of green smoothies (perfect for helping me boost iron!). I gave a couple recipes a whirl (see what I did there?) and loved this Limy Minty Charm. Not only was is delicious but it had a great consistency and didn't separate when my husband drew out how long it took him to drink it.

Check out the recipe but be sure to scroll down to the bottom to enter to win a copy of The Healthy Smoothie Bible for yourself!


  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 fresh lime, juice squeezed into blender
  • 1 handful parsley*
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach*
  • 1 small handful fresh mint*
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid persistent pesticides

Yield: 1 large serving
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


(please note these instructions are my own - and are my recommended instructions for all green smoothies to avoid green chunks) 
  1. Add all ingredients except frozen pineapple to blender and blend on high until all greens are well blended and no chunks remain.
  2. Add pineapple and blend until no chunks remain.
This recipe was republished with permission from Skyhorse Publishing. Limy Minty Charm Smoothie recipe appears on page 174 of The Healthy Smoothie Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live Long by Farnoosh Brock. Photography is my own.

Now its time to giveaway a copy of The Healthy Smoothie Bible to one lucky reader so you can make this and 107 more recipes that each look delicious! The book also has great information about nutrition, when smoothies make more sense than juice, and a variety of supplements you can add to the smoothies!

Sadly, you've missed the giveaway.

BUT you can still order this book on Amazon!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

*Please note that neither Creative Green Living nor this recipe are in any way related to Jamba Juice or their line of "fruit-refresher" smoothies.

Coconut water is a great way to rehydrate. Coconut water naturally contains more potassium than most sports drink so it helps your body more efficiently hydrate than drinking water alone. This is great for hard workers and pregnant women alike - unfortunately I don't like the way plain coconut water tastes

Lucky for me, if you add it to some sweet summer fruit and take it through a whirl in your blender, you have a delightful drink that will keep you hydrated and give you an extra nutrition boost, too! This smoothie is light and sweet and tastes like summer in a glass.


  • 1 cup fresh watermelon chunks
  • Juice of one lime
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries*
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid persistent pesticides

Yield: 1 large serving
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


  1. Add all ingredients except strawberries to blender. Blend until watermelon is well incorporated and no longer grainy.
  2. Add frozen strawberries and blend until desired consistency is reached (add extra coconut water or watermelon if it is too thick, add extra strawberries if you need it to be thicker).
Serve with a sprig of fresh mint and sip through a straw while relaxing on your back porch!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This recipe is brought to you by Stonyfield.
My family is chronically late for things. So much so that friends who spend any large quantity of time with us will frequently give us a different time to arrive to events than they tell the other people. Want the Bonhams to show up around 3:30? Tell them to be there by 3. I wish I were joking.

Lack of a sense of urgency is definitely not the reason we are running behind. I feel like we're always rushing to try to not be so late. Sometimes we actually manage to be on schedule - or close to it. But then we remember nobody has had breakfast!

When we are in a rush but we still need to get breakfast into our bellies, smoothies are a great option. They are portable and can be enjoyed on the go - so unlike a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, I don't have to wait around for the 3 year old to finish taking his sweet time eating breakfast. They are also quick to prepare. In less than 5 minutes, I can have a smoothie for three people whipped up, wash the blender and be out the door.

This smoothie is great because the Greek yogurt really boosts the energy and the sticking power of the smoothie so you can still feel full a couple hours later. Still need something to crunch? Grab a handful of almonds to munch alongside your smoothie.


  • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt*
  • 1 banana
  • 1 fresh orange, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen organic strawberries*
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing organic options for these ingredients to avoid persistent pesticides, GMOs and antibiotics or hormones.

Yield: 2 servings
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count


  1. Add yogurt, banana and orange to blender. Blend until very smooth.
  2. Add frozen strawberries and continue blending until all chunks are gone. If a thicker smoothie is desired, add additional frozen strawberries. If smoothie is too thick, add milk or a milk substitute until desired consistency is reached.

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disclosure: This post is brought to you by Stonyfield as part of my Stonyfield ambassadorship trip to the 2014 SNAP Conference in Utah. While I was compensated for my time spent creating and photographing this delicious recipe for you, all opinions are my own. I only ever work with brands whose products I love and think you will enjoy as well. See my full sponsored post policy here. If you're coming to SNAP 2014, please leave a comment or give me a shout out on social media. I'd love to meet you and hook you up with some Stonyfield swag!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, everyone is seeing green! Even if your kids don't normally want to eat or drink green foods, this holiday is a great way to trick, er, encourage them to try something new! Even though it has a bright color, the flavor of spinach is so mild when blended into a fruit smoothie, you can't even taste it.

  • 1 large handful fresh organic baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup milk* (or your favorite milk alternative)
  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt*
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches*
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
*Choose organic for these ingredients to avoid GMOs, added hormones and persistent pesticides.

Yields 2 smoothies


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Green smoothies are so good for you. Feeding your kids spinach will give them a high dose of vitamin A as well as a good boost of Vitamin C and Calcium. Combining it with nonfat, high protein greek yogurt from our sponsors at Stonyfield provides a great boost of both protein and calcium - perfect for little growing bodies!

The problem, of course, if that many kids are averse to eating or drinking green things- even when it doesn't "taste green". So what's a mom to do? Be sneaky of course!
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