Posts Tagged ‘hemp seed’

Tasty Tuesday: Kale Smoothie

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I confess, I am a bit obsessed with kale and finding new, exciting (and tasty) ways to include in my family’s diet. My kids are so used to me putting kale into their food, my 5 year old even asked me if I put kale into his pancakes the other day. Although I assured him there was no kale in his pancakes, he didn’t believe me. “Why are they a funny color then?” he inquired. They were admittedly kind of a funny color but kale was not the culprit this time; the pancakes had blueberries in them. I did however serve the blueberry pancakes with a kale smoothie. 😉

We are on vacation right now which makes eating the way I prefer to eat a challenge…in other words I suck at being vegan right now. Although we did travel with our blender (a true sign of a blender addict) so smoothies have my redemption! Plus they are a cool and refreshing treat during the hot summer weather. This kale smoothies has been a particular recent favorite of mine:


1.5 cups coconut milk

1/4 cup frozen mango

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 frozen banana (fresh is fine too, I just prefer it frozen)

1 date, pitted (optional, but I tend to include it, especially if I am giving some to the kids)

2 tablespoons hemp seed

3-4 de-stemmed pieces of kale


Blend on high for at least two minutes or until kale is completely blended smooth (you don’t want little chunks of kale in your smoothie). This recipe makes enough to share!

Two quick tips for awesome smoothies:

1. Green smoothies tend to blend best when liquid is on the bottom and greens are on the to, so put your liquid (milk, milk alternative, water, etc) in first and your greens in last.

2. If you have bananas that are about to spoil, peel them, half them, throw them in a plastic baggie, and pop them in the freezer. Then when you want to add a banana to a smoothie, you have a sweet frozen banana ready to go! (extra ripe means extra sweet!).

What do you like to include in your smoothies? Any favorites you want to share? Would love to hear what others are blended up these days! 🙂


Tasty Tuesday: Energy Boosting Smoothie

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Have you ever noticed the discrepancy of energy levels between a mother and her children? In other words, kids seems to have endless amounts of energy while most moms are operating on rather low energy reserves. One easy way to BOOST your energy levels is through FOODS! Try this smoothie recipe for a quick, healthy, PURE energy boost. This smoothie is a perfect way to start your day in place of caffeine or for when you hit that 2:00pm slump we are all too familiar with. It only takes minutes to make and can turn your day around in an instant. What gives this smoothie an energy boosting kick? Well actually ALL of the ingredients do! Check it out…


1 cup of water

1/2 ripe banana

1 generous Tablespoon almond butter (preferably raw)

2 dates (be sure to remove the seed)

2 Tablespoons Hemp Seed

2 Tablespoons Cacao Nibs

2 ice cubes

Blend for two minutes and enjoy! This recipe makes one generous serving (you’ll find this smoothie surprisingly filling) so if your kids are going to want some (like mine always do) you might consider making extra. 🙂

What helps give you an extra energy boost? Would love to hear some more ideas from readers!


Tasty Tuesday: Vegan ‘Yogurt’

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

One thing my kids really miss eating since going dairy-free a few years ago is yogurt. I will occasionally buy almond, coconut, or soy yogurt for them however it’s an expensive substitute, high in sugar, and comes with a lot of packaging (typically they are only available in single serving containers as opposed to a bulk container option). So I decided to experiment in the kitchen to see if I could come up with a homemade vegan version for them. Much to their delight, here’s what I came up with (adapted from a recipe in Vegan Express):


4 cups sliced strawberries

1 package Silken Tofu (this is the brand I use and I highly recommend if you are going to eat soy products they be non-GMO and organic)

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice such sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup. The amount you decide to use will depend on the sweetness of the strawberries and your personal preference.

Dash of vanilla or almond extract


Set 1 cup of slice strawberries aside. Place remaining strawberries, tofu, sugar, and vanilla/almond in a food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for about an hour. Serve topped with reserved sliced strawberries. You can also add granola, nuts, other types of berries, coconut or any other topping that adds to the deliciousness of this snack.

so easy and so yummy!

So while this recipe mimics the texture and taste of yogurt it does not provide the same health benefits because it lacks the live and active cultures that fermented dairy products contain. One way to increase the nutritional content of this vegan yogurt would be to sprinkle with a probiotic powder as well as topping with a granola that has plenty of healthy seeds in it such as hemp, chia, and/or flaxseeds.

Lastly if you are not familiar with Silken Tofu, it comes in aseptic packages and does not need to be refrigerated. Most health food stores and even well stocked grocery stores carry it. Silken tofu is quite versitile and can be used to replace dairy in many recipes such as deserts, cream-based soups, cream cheese, sour cream, etc. On it’s own it’s pretty much flavorless and can adpapt to the flavor of most any dish you want to make. I have used it to make vegan lasagna, vegan vegetable dips, vegan chocolate pie, and more. One caution is this is not the type of tofu you would use in a stiry fry or the like; it’s too ‘soft’ for that type of dish. It’s best for recipes calling for heavy cream or soft cheeses.





dash of vanilla


Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Granola

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

If you like granola but have never tasted homemade granola, you are in for a real treat! Homemade truly tastes way better than store-bought granola primarily because you can customize it exactly to your own preferences. Here’s a basic recipe to get started, but as always I encourage you to play with the proportions. Granola recipes are pretty forgiving, so have fun and experiment to create your own favorite!


1 cup of coconut oil (or whatever type of oil you prefer)

1 cup of honey

splash of vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

5 cups of rolled oats

2 cups mixed chopped nuts; any combination will work. (tip: I pulse nuts in the blender to chop)

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

1 cup coconut

1 cup cranberries

1/2 cup hemp seed

All mixed together and ready to bake


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon in a pot over medium heat. Mix all other ingredients, except cranberries and hemp seed, in a separate bowl. Pour honey/oil mixture over oat/nut mixtures. Mix well to thoroughly coat oats. Spread oats evenly on baking sheet. There is likely enough for two baking sheets. Bake oats for approximately 10 minutes. Stir and cook for approximately 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and immediately mix in cranberries and hemp seed. Let it cool and store in an airtight container.

It’s really that easy!! Of course an additional bonus to making your own granola is it is tons cheaper than buying it from the store! Not to mention it is a super healthy breakfast or snack that keeps you feeling full and provides long-lasting energy.

Ready to enjoy!!

 If you try making your own granola, let us know what how it went. Did you add any extra ingredients? Would love to hear from all you crunchy, granola-munching mamas! 🙂