Pomegranate Super Food Green Smoothie Recipe

Did you know one pomegranate contains nearly 20% of your daily dose of vitamin C? Other reasons pomegranates are a powerhouse fruit:

  • Rich in three different antioxidants
  • Seeds are a great source of fiber, up to 25% in one pomegranate
  • Nutrient dense: high in vitamin K, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron
  • Low in fat + no cholesterol

Even more powerful when combined with lemon + apple.

AND it's perfect for the holidays aka cold season.

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The only thing not pictured is the lemonade coconut water. I only used a little of it to add some flavor because it has sugar. I like to stick to plain filtered water as a base to avoid the extra sugar and calories. The lemon flavor was totally worth it, though. You could sub fresh or bottled lemon juice instead.

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I basically can't do anything without having some kind of incident. Thankfully I had extra smoothie, and this was much better than, say, dropping my camera or breaking the mason jar. (I have battle wounds from kitchen misadventures).

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Pomegranate Super Food Green Smoothie Recipe

Handful of spinach leaves Scoop of Green SuperFood powder Lemonade coconut water (or fresh lemon/bottled lemon juice) Filtered water Tbsp flax seed 1 apple (I used a honeycrisp) 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions: Put handful of spinach leaves in blender and fill with about 1-2 inches of lemonade coconut water (enough to blend the leaves into liquid). Add flax seed and green powder at this stage. Blend until all is liquid. Add apple pieces + pomegranate seeds. Add enough filtered water to blend the rest into smoothie consistency.

If you have a nice blender like a Vitamix, I imagine you can just shove everything in and blend away.

 

What's your go-to cold fighting or prevention method?

 

Sources: Mercola, Med-Health, Southern Living

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DIY Vanilla Sugar Body Scrubs (Easy Homemade Gift Ideas)

Last year my sister made a homemade body scrub for my other sister's baby shower. It smelled so good and worked really well. I've been meaning to start making my own ever since. So last week while I was supposed to be packing for my trip to CA, I decided to make these instead! It's amazing what I'll get into to avoid packing. The scrub we gave as a party favor was made with brown sugar, olive oil and vanilla. We put it in baby food jars to make it extra cute. (I say we but most of this was the brilliant work of my sister Diana, who is an excellent party planner!)

I didn't have any brown sugar on hand, but I did have a 3 year old bag of organic sugar, so that's what I used. It works great, but doesn't smell as good as the brown sugar. It also wasn't as soft as brown sugar, so that might be something to consider if you have sensitive skin. I have super dry skin that does well with a little extra jagged-ness.

The basic recipe for any body scrubs: 2 parts sugar, brown sugar or sea salt 1 part carrier oil (such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil) Extras such as vanilla, essential oils, vitamin E oils, coffee grounds, etc.

I got the measurements for my scrubs from Wellness Mama and then cut everything in half. I am not claiming these recipes to be my own. Please visit the Wellness Mama site and see all of her brilliant natural body care recipes that inspire me!

Easy Homemade Vanilla Sugar Scrubs

CheapEasy to makeFree from potentially harmful chemicalsLeave skin feeling soft + smooth

Basic Vanilla Sugar Scrub: 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 tsp vanilla

Relaxing Vanilla Lavender Sugar Scrub 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 tsp vanilla 4 drops lavender essential oil

Which scrub is better? I like the smell of the coconut based scrub better, but the basic vanilla scrub is easier to use. The coconut oil hardens at room temperature, so you have to warm it up and mix the whole tub over again. The basic vanilla scrub doesn't have much of a scent but it's super easy to use and my skin was smooth and soft for days (which is RARE for my face). For both, I love that I can use them all over and they leave my skin super soft, so I don't have to use lotion after my shower!

Storage Options: While I generally like to store things in glass containers, I found (from experience with the baby food jars above) that water, oil and glass don't always make a good combo. I'm a known clutz, so maybe it's just me, but I decided to err on the safe side and go with plastic this time. It doesn't look as pretty for pictures, but that's okay. I'd rather not have to clean up a shower full of glass and sugar again.

 What's your favorite homemade gift to make and give?

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My Favorite Nutrient-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe

A refreshing green smoothie is by far my favorite way to start the day. Not only is it delicious, but green smoothies can be serious nutrition power-houses if assembled correctly. They provide a boost of energy, plus a great way to sneak in nutrients you might be lacking during the day. It's ideal to make your smoothie 70% veggies and 30% fruits to cut back on the sugar. I like to add extra ingredients like flax seed for the omega-3 fatty acids and green powder for a variety of goodies like wheat grass, spirulina, etc.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 hand fulls of spinach
  2. 1 cucumber
  3. 1 apple
  4. 1 pear
  5. Coconut water
  6. Filtered water
  7. 1 tbsp flax seed
  8. 1 tbsp green powder

Directions:

  1. Place spinach, flax seed + green powder in blender with about 2 inches of water or coconut water
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Slowly add remaining chopped ingredients, blending and adding water as needed
  4. Add ice if desired to thicken and make colder

Makes about 20 oz, which I split into 2.5 smoothies. Store in an air tight container for up to 2-3 days. The sooner you drink it, the better and more nutritious, though!

Notes:

  • Coconut water is great for hydration, but often has a lot of sugar, so I keep this to a minimum and add regular filtered water.
  • Mixing the ingredients slowly, starting with the greens, is a nice trick to make sure everything is blended. This probably isn't necessary if you have a good blender, but mine was about $30 and is about 7 years old.

green smoothie ingredients

Here are a few other fun ingredients to try: +Your favorite protein powder +Hemp seeds for protein +Chia seeds for energy and protein +Bananas for a thicker consistency +Maca powder to regulate hormones +Avocado for healthy fats and protein

The possibilities are endless! What are your favorite things to blend into a green smoothie?

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Danielle Zeigler

I'm Danielle, an SEO and Digital Marketing Strategist on a mission to help creatives and entrepreneurs harness their strengths, personality, and energy to easily + authentically market their work to exactly the people who need it.
I specialize in SEO and content marketing as ways to attract clients TO you. I'm extremely introverted, so I'm allll about the inbound marketing!

6 Healthier Alternatives to Drinking Diet Soda

Is diet soda bad for you?1. Aspartame is a neurotoxin, carcinogen and has been linked to weight gain. It increases the risk for heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and osteoporosis, among other things. [see below]

2. Artificial Coloring aka Caramel Coloring has been listed as a carcinogen by the FDA.

I'm focusing on diet soda because this is something I've struggled to give up. There's just something about a cold, fizzy, sweet drink in the afternoon! And while I don't think having one every so often will do all that much harm, people tend to over-do it. These are alternatives that have personally helped me.

6 Healthier Alternatives to Drinking Diet Soda (or regular soda!)

Start by adding in other drinks so you can crowd out the diet soda. Experiment to see what you like best.

1. Add lemon, lime, mint or berries to your water Get creative! Fresh lemon juice and frozen berries are a great addition.

2. Flavored carbonated water La Croix has some great flavors like coconut and citrus. You can also use something like a Soda Stream and experiment with making your own flavors like homemade ginger ale.

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3. Kombucha Kombucha is a fermented tea. Eating + drinking fermented foods is great for your digestive system. The good bacteria help break down the food that passes through. You've heard that you should eat more yogurt, but there are many more options! Fermented tea and water (below) are also naturally effervescent, so they have a little fizz and they usually have a little sweetness. My personal favorite Kombucha is GT's brand, but there are tons of brands available now.

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4. Water Kefir Kefir is another fermented option. Kefir comes in either water kefir or milk kefir, but for this purpose I recommend water kefir. You can purchase kefir grains from places like CulturedforHealth.com and watch their videos for home fermentation.

How to Make Water Kefir Soda Homemade Soda Pop

5. Brew your own iced tea {or buy unsweetened ice tea} This can be done with your favorite tea bags, or buy your favorite unsweetened tea. This puts the sweetening in your hands. You can use something like stevia extract or limited amounts of natural sweeteners.

How to Make the Best Iced Tea

6. Green Smoothies This one may seem like a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Why are you drinking that soda? For me it was an afternoon energy boost and treat to keep from snacking. Green smoothies offer the sweetness, give you energy and are full of nutrients. They're not calorie and sugar free, but they're probably my favorite alternative. Remember to make your green smoothies with 60-70% vegetables and avoid high-GI fruits like mangos.

The Hari Shake New Ideas for the Green Smoothie Lover Guide to Building a Perfect Green Smoothie

Note: Be wary of sodas found in health food stores. Many brands still contain caramel coloring and other unfavorable ingredients. Zevia and Whole Food's 365 brand are examples.

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Regular soda is no better. A single can may include anywhere from 20-40g of sugar, plus the caramel coloring. Alternatives to regular soda:

Fizzy, Bubbly, & Fresh: 10 Recipes for Homemade Soda D.I.Y. Healthy Soda Recipes (Fizz Ed) Soda Pop Stars: The Best Fizzy Drinks 20 Recipes for Healthy Alternatives to Drinking Soda

Have you stopped drinking or limited drinking soda or diet soda? How did you do it?

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