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Quick Bites: Not Just for Summer

Season-appropriate smoothies to carry you into the cooler months
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NUT MILK

Ideally, you’d soak your nuts overnight. But, if you’re in a hurry you can dry roast your raw nut mix instead of soaking.

You can use raw pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds. Dry roast them on low/medium heat in a cast iron skillet, frequently turning them until they are lightly browned.

Now that you have your nuts ready you will simply put a big handful into your blender (use a regular blender, not a Vitamix), fill to the top with water, and blend for at least one minute.

Strain this mixture into a big bowl through a standard small mesh kitchen strainer. If you prefer very smooth nut milk you have to strain through a cheesecloth. ~ Nut milk courtesy Victoria LaFont


DON'T GET SICK

The changing of seasons can be tough, take these suggestions from the folks at Tahoe Central Market to stay healthy.

Cold and Flu Tonic

1 oz lemon juice — good for skin, high in vitamin, and great for detoxifying the body

2 oz chopped ginger — digestion aid and anti-inflammatory, and can reduce pain

2 oz honey — contains antioxidants, soothes cough and throat irritation

1 dash of cayenne — breaks up and moves out congestions, aids in digestion and circulation

hot water

Osha for cough or congestion

Osha is a root that has been used as a deep medicine for a long time. It is a warming, stimulating expectorant, and immune system stimulant.

With dropping temperatures also drops the appeal of the oh-so-refreshing fruit smoothie. However, we are here to tell you that smoothies are not just for summer and can in fact be a great way to prepare on-the-go meals in the fall and winter. While the ingredients may not be your typical strawberries and bananas, we suggest giving these smoothies a shot; be it on your commute to work in the morning, on the way to the hill, or an afternoon snack; heck, they would even be great for desert.

The Best Vanilla Smoothie Ever

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

2 cups homemade mixed

nut milk (or, if you’re a dairy-lover, sub whole raw milk or cream)

3 dates

2 Tbsp ground chia or hemp seeds

1 Tbsp organic

vanilla powder

1 Tbsp Coco Hydro (coconut water electrolytes)

2 raw organic pastured eggs

1 pinch salt

1 pinch nutmeg

1 pinch cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend ingredients together well and sprinkle cinnamon on top to serve!


Malted Milk Macadamia Nut Smoothie

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

4 cups homemade

cashew milk

4 to 6 dates

2 Tbsp macadamia nut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lucuma powder

1 Tbsp organic cocoa powder (NOT raw cocoa)

1 Tbsp Coco Hydro (coconut water electrolytes)

2 raw organic pastured eggs

1 big pinch real salt

1 pinch cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend ingredients together well and serve it up! YUM!

Optional special ingredient: You can also add grass-fed liver powder to smoothies. It adds a myriad of extra nutrients, hard-to-get amino acids, and actually gives this smoothie a deeper, more malty flavor. ~ Smoothies courtesy Victoria LaFont, digestive wellness expert. For more recipes from LaFont visit victorialafont.com/

 
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September 14, 2017