Strawberry Banana and Ginger Smoothie

Here’s a twist on an old favorite.  It’s great for breakfast, lunch, a snack or dessert.  Cool and crisp with the perfect amount of sweetness. No refined sugars and lots of fiber to keep you satisfied and your digestion functioning well. In a blender combine: 2 cups of almond milk (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water) 5 frozen strawberries (or fresh, even better)* … Continue reading Strawberry Banana and Ginger Smoothie

RECIPE: Pistachio and Spinach Smoothie

One of my coolest girl friends recently shared with me her favorite smoothie recipe. This is a girl who went heli-skiing on her honeymoon and stole Michael Jordan’s retired jersey from the Dean Dome rafters.  (Only one of these actually happened, but this girl would do happily do both, and then some). So if it’s a Pistachio Smoothie that is her daily tall-glass-o-Bad-Ass, then this is what’s going in … Continue reading RECIPE: Pistachio and Spinach Smoothie

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Oat Smoothie

Want a quick, simple,  healthful smoothie recipe that won’t leave you hungry? This scrumptious, gluten-free smoothie is filling and delicious!  Oats are high in fiber, help lower cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular disease. So instead of cooking up sugar laden, pre-packaged oatmeal in the am, try this healthier alternative!   In a blender combine: 1 cup organic spinach 1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats (I like Trader … Continue reading RECIPE: Gluten-Free Oat Smoothie

RECIPE: Loco for Coco Smoothie

Don’t let the greens fool you! This sweet treat has no added sugar or sweeteners, but could be your favorite new dessert! Try this guilt-free, gluten-free, vegan, all natural, sustaining blood sugar smoothie–you will NOT be disappointed.   In a blender combine: 2 handfuls Spinach (or kale) 1 handful (~1 cup) ice 1/3 cup Coconut unsweetened 3 dates 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2-1 cup almond milk Blend and Believe. (how … Continue reading RECIPE: Loco for Coco Smoothie

RECIPE: Peaches and Cream Cups

My friend Lisa returned from her family’s organic peach farm in Colorado with these phenomenally good peaches.  They were magically delicious by themselves, but I was in charge of a dessert for a dinner party, so I thought I’d somehow incorporate them in to a sweet treat.  I used to use store bought or canned peaches, a tube of ‘slice and bake’ sugar cookies and … Continue reading RECIPE: Peaches and Cream Cups

RANT: Fake Food and Sneaky Ingredients

OK, it’s been a long time since I Ranted. But This really ticks me off.  When companies sell a “food”, for example sunflower seeds, the consumer should expect that they are in fact buying…..SUNFLOWER SEEDS.  Not some chemicalized version of a sunflower seed.  Just like if you buy Mayonnaise, it shouldn’t have EDTA in it, same with Triscuits, or anything else out there. I used … Continue reading RANT: Fake Food and Sneaky Ingredients

RECIPE: Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe below is from my girls at Portland Outdoor Indoor Nutrition and Training! (If you haven’t tried POINT, go immediately! First two classes are free.  Bad ass workout, full pant and sweat-fest and laughter guaranteed!)   Preheat your oven to 350. In a food processor combine (don’t double this recipe; it might be too much for your machine to handle): 1 1/4 C canned chickpeas (aka … Continue reading RECIPE: Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

RECIPE: Sweet-Tang Healthy Smoothie

I whipped this smoothie up not long ago and my ‘sweet thang’ (pictured below) loved it’s sweet tang! Greek Yogurt packs in the protein to keep you full all morning long.  The water cleanses your system and spinach cranks up the antioxidants! Honey lends a sweet, anti-inflammatory hand while the frozen pineapple and orange bring on the vitamins and tropical bliss.  The small piece of … Continue reading RECIPE: Sweet-Tang Healthy Smoothie

RANT: Study Abroad

Next month I’m headed to Italy for a Wellness Retreat. (By the way, contact me if you are interested in participating in or creating your own Wellness Retreat wellandbalanced@gmail.com) While in college, I spent my junior Fall semester “studying” abroad in Florence, Italy.  “Study Abroad” was really code for excessive travel, red wine appreciation and the ingestion of copious amounts of gelato, olive oil and pasta. … Continue reading RANT: Study Abroad

RECIPE: Super Power Bars

Okay boys and girls, how’s your healthy new year coming along!?!  Have you added or increased your exercise routine? Are you putting healthy, chemical free foods in your body? I hope so!  If you, like me, need something quick and convenient to grab on the go but are tired of paying for ‘bars’ that are loaded with sugar– If you are looking for something healthy, … Continue reading RECIPE: Super Power Bars

RANT: Breaking Bad Habits

“Choose a quit date. It can be a significant day, like a birthday or anniversary or hold no significance at all.  Start cutting back between now and then, and determine what you will do instead of smoking when you get stressed or want a cigarette” That’s what I tell patients who are contemplating ‘smoking cessation’ (as we call it in the medical biz). But how effective … Continue reading RANT: Breaking Bad Habits

RANT: Fa La La Lardo

Ok my lil’ Sugar Plums, tis the season for over indulgence.  If you made it through Thanksgiving without heartburn or a pant size adjustment, good on ya!  But holiday parties abound these next few weeks. So brace yourself and your belts.  I could name 900 tasty treats you are likely to encounter this Yuletide, from egg nog to saltine toffee (<-do not click there, it’s a … Continue reading RANT: Fa La La Lardo

RECIPE: Power Balls!

I have to be honest. I almost didn’t share this recipe with you guys.  Because I was going to launch the Power Ball Super Dessert line and retire on an island, giving 50% of my Power Ball proceeds to charity.  But I’ve decided my charity act instead, is going to be passing it along to you. Not that you are a charity act…really I’m way … Continue reading RECIPE: Power Balls!

RECIPE: Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed pudding is a great way to get your sweet fix on while packing in the mega nutrients, not the calories! This recipe and photo comes a la the ladies at POINT, the baddest work out in Portland! CHIA SEED PUDDING: 1 Cup unsweetened almond or unsweetened coconut milk 3 Tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp REAL maple syrup (less if … Continue reading RECIPE: Chia Seed Pudding