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Blueberry Lemonade November 13, 2016

Filed under: Beverage,Gluten Free,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe — Crista @ 10:33 pm

Found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/blueberry-lemonade.html

The 11-year-old has been asking to make lemonade and somehow blueberries got thrown into the mix, so I googled recipes and found this one. It’s a fair amount of work for a beverage, but kind of worth it when you can get the kids involved. We quartered the original recipe, so this makes just one pitcher, but I might make more next time. It’s pretty tasty…and makes a darn good sangria if you just add some red wine! I’m thinking vodka would be pretty great adult additive as well…

1 cup fresh organic blueberries
1 1/2 plus 1/8 cup organic sugar
7 organic lemons (separate juice from first 1/2 lemon for blueberry syrup)
4 cups water

First, to make a blueberry syrup, heat the blueberries, 1/8 cup sugar, and juice from 1/2 lemon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce the heat and simmer until thick, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar with 1 1/2 cups water and stir to dissolve the sugar and create a simple syrup. (If the organic sugar crystals are brown, this will be a dark brown syrup, but the color will lighten when mixed with the other ingredients.)

Once the blueberry syrup has thickened, strain the blueberries through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing to get all the liquid out, then place the liquid in the fridge and chill until cold (or place the pan in a bowl of ice to chill more quickly).

Pour the lemon juice through a mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add the simple syrup and 2 – 2 1/2 cups water. Add the blueberry syrup, stir it around and then give it a taste. Add more water if it it’s too sweet. Serve over ice.


Strawberry-Banana Smoothie September 13, 2014

Filed under: Beverage,Breakfast,Fruit,Gluten Free,My Favorites,Recipe,Snack — Crista @ 7:04 pm

Having moved away from strict paleo but jumping in with both feet into the “Lifestyle” level of the Whole Life Challenge, I’m pretty happy to be able to use plain (organic) yogurt in my smoothies. Just whipped one up that is so simple, and pretty damn delicious! I included 1/2 scoop of a new organic/gluten-free/dairy-free/soy-free protein powder that a friend introduced me to recently, since I hadn’t had much protein today and needed a little boost.

1 tbsp organic unrefined flax seed oil
1/2 scoop Raw Fit protein powder
4 small organic frozen strawberries
4 slices organic frozen banana
1 organic plain greek yogurt (I’m a fan of Stonyfield)
1 cups unsweetened almond milk

Blend all of the above in Ninja or similar food processor/blender, pulsing for 30-60 seconds or until completely blended…and enjoy!


Sugar Free Unprocessed Hot Cocoa October 7, 2013

Filed under: Beverage,Dessert,Miscellany,Paleo,Recipe — Crista @ 11:01 pm

Came up with this paleo-friendly hot cocoa all on my own when I was in need of a little comfort beverage the other night. Super simple and delicious!

1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
1 tsp unsweetened organic cocoa powder
3-5 drops liquid stevia extract

Heat almond or coconut milk in small sauce pan on medium-low. When hot to preference, stir in cocoa powder and stevia. Pour into your favorite mug and ENJOY! For an extra special treat, top with coconut whipped cream. Pumpkin spice or coffee could also be added for a twist.



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