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Quick Bites: Not Just for Summer

Season-appropriate smoothies to carry you into the cooler months
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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


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


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


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

Malted Milk Macadamia Nut Smoothie

Serves: 2


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


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

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