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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

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After a week of the flu and nearly a week of semi-recuperation, I finally am feeling better than semi-narcoleptic, achy, and half-dead. It’s fantastic! I’m really not so good at staying still, doing nothing, or making time to just relax. On top of that, I generally don’t get sick very often. So when some ailment knocks me on my ass the way this round of the jerk-flu did, it’s almost a necessary reminder to just slow down.

That said, I am finally cooking again and eating like a normal person. However, my days have also been very full of fresh smoothies, juices, and loads of tea. The following smoothie was a sick-week-cocktail, but I am adding it to my list of go-to-anytime-smoothies… since that’s precisely when this is an excellent smoothie to drink. Anytime.

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Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Yields about 72 ounces, enough for 4 large smoothies.

Ingredients:

1/2 a small pineapple, peeled, core removed, then cubed
1 pound strawberries, hulled
2 medium sized ripe bananas (preferably frozen ahead of time, but not necessary)
16 ounces unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt
1 cup fresh juice (orange, pineapple or strawberry preferably)
10-15 ice cubes

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Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender, blending until smooth. If the smoothie is a bit to thick, you can add more juice.

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Harvest Margaritas

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Holiday season is well underway. Thanksgiving came and went. Christmas Eve is tomorrow, followed by Christmas and then the New Year will be here before long. The foods and treats are plentiful, often heavier than other times through the year. And although I enjoy a good drink year-round, it seems that this time of year even the drinks are heavy. Eggnog or hot chocolate, perhaps coffee, laced with liquor. Creamy drinks, whose dairy and alcohol make my stomach hurt more than I desire. Besides, in my ripe old age I much prefer a less-sweet drink.

This margarita is an alternative to the heavy drinks of the season. The spiced simple syrup that is present in these margaritas is steeped with enough spice to leave this feeling more like fall or winter than an any-time-of-year margarita. Should you find yourself in need of a holiday party drink idea, the recipe can also be multiplied and made into a pitcher-style margarita for easy serving.

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Harvest Margaritas

Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay

Yields 2 margaritas

Ingredients:
4 ounces good quality tequila (I like Don Julio Silver or Anejo)
1 1/2 ounces chilled spiced simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
4-6 dashes bitters
ice
lime for garnish

For the simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
8 whole allspice berries
8 whole cloves
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1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

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Directions:

Prepare the simple syrup: Combine the sugar, water, allspice berries, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cook until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain into a small bowl, cover, then refrigerate until cold.

Prepare the cocktail: Combine the tequila, cold simple syrup, lime juice, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Serve straight up or on the rocks with a lime wedge for garnish.

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Easy Watermelon Margaritas

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When it comes to cocktails, increasingly I find myself of the opinion that minimal ingredients provide a better drink. Especially when I am making a drink at home. There was a time in my life where I didn’t think this was the case. Probably around the same time I concocted “liquor soup” for my roommates and I, served in a bowl with a straw. (Bad decision.)

These days, I enjoy better quality liquor that doesn’t need to be too dressed up or masked. Generally I am a bourbon kind of lady. Knob Creek is my preference, on the rocks or straight. My husband, on the other hand, is a tequila kind of guy.

One of my favorite tequila cocktails is a simple, classic margarita. When using good tequila and fresh citrus, it’s refreshing and delicious. The following is another close favorite and a slightly sweeter take on the classic margarita. When watermelons start showing up in our grocery store, immediately I begin to think about watermelon juice, which is one of my favorite beverages. Turned into an adult beverage? Absolutely.

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Easy Watermelon Margaritas

Yields 4 drinks.

Ingredients:
4 cups watermelon, cubed
2 tablespoons agave or honey
4 limes, 3 juiced and 1 cut into wedges for garnish
1 small valencia orange, juiced
8 ounces tequila
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Directions:
In a blender, puree the watermelon and agave or honey until smooth. Pour the puree through a mesh strainer, transferring the strained juice to a pitcher. Add the lime juice, orange juice and tequila. Stir to combine.

Fill 4 glasses to the rim with ice then pour the margarita evenly into each glass. Garnish each with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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A Post-Workout Smoothie

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Once upon a time I hated working out.  My husband had a gym membership and encouraged me to go with him after we’d been dating for a while, saying I would surprise myself with how much I enjoyed it. Being the stubborn lady I am, of course I dissuaded the offer as long as possible. When I finally agreed to check things out, I got on the elliptical machine and nearly died after a whopping 7 minutes. The treadmill was even quicker in its attempts at killing me. I hadn’t run in years… the last time prior, possibly being when I was a freshman in college, running away from the security at the Best Western with some girlfriends after we snuck into the hotel pool and hot tub on various evenings.

Six years later, my body craves gym time. It’s one of the few places where I can tune out the persistent nagging in my brain to be doing something – be it laundry, dishes, vacuuming, picking up dirty socks or toys that have been left in uncanny places around the house, cooking up new recipes, editing photos from the previous afternoon, etc., etc. For an hour or so I can jump on a spin bike, or treadmill, or elliptical machine, turn the music (or latest Joy the Baker Podcast) in my ear buds up loud and forget everything else.

Then when I’ve sweated, burned an excess of calories off, showered and begun to think about what to cook for the remaining day, I find myself HUNGRY. Lately that time post-workout leaves me craving fresh juice, slightly carbonated kombucha, or smoothies. The food choices that happen post-exercise can make a huge difference between getting stronger and getting tired. There are foods that help the body to recover after a strenuous workout.

This particular smoothie features a number of things. Drinking fat-free milk post-workout promotes muscle gain and fat loss, and but I prefer a low-fat almond milk in my smoothies, rather than dairy milk. This smoothie also contains a number of fruits, which are generally high in antioxidants. As well, the coconut water in here is both low in calories and high in potassium — an electrolyte lost in sweat. This smoothie is great within 20-30 minutes of working out for replenishing your body and boosting recovery. It’s also filling and a great mid-day meal or snack.

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A Post-Workout Smoothie

Yields 9 cups – enough for 4 large smoothies.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 frozen bananas
10 oz. frozen strawberries
6 oz. frozen mangoes
4 oz. frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh spinach, packed
one 17.6 oz. can coconut water
1 cup raw vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tablespoons brazil nut protein powder

Directions:

In a high-power blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth. I like to add the ingredients to the blender as follows:  the coconut water, followed by the spinach, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, protein powder, almond milk, then blend. If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, add more almond milk or coconut water until you reach your desired consistency.

Pour into glasses and drink immediately.

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Orange Dreamsicle Juice

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When I was seven, a little, barefooted, freckle-faced girl who would much rather be outside than in, Kaua’i  experienced the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the state of Hawai’i in recorded history.

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There are details to the experience I remember – like sitting, huddled in one room of our two story house with my mom, dad, sister, brothers, and Uncle Ronnie who flew in from Oahu and stayed with us nearly every week. I remember how dark the skies were prior to the winds and rain, being confused as to why I didn’t have to go and get dressed to catch the school bus for second grade that had recently started. I remember our two large dogs being placed in the bathroom, along with our cat Kiki. I remember the caged parakeets being placed in the oven, which still makes me laugh.

Although fatalities were minimal, the damage was island-wide.  We were without power for quite some time. There were many hibachi-cooked meals and I watched my mom hand-wash then line-dry clothes, which was new to me.  The Army had an obvious presence on island. I remember community meals being offered at the park near my home and how fun I thought it was to go eat MRE’s  or tremendous amounts of spaghetti or kalua pig.

The other thing that I remember is the ice cream truck that would circle my neighborhood. When I could hear the distinct (annoying) song getting louder as it neared my house, I’d beg Uncle Ronnie for money to go get some ice cream. He often told me “Okay,” so long as I got him one, too! My preference was the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bar. My Uncle’s favorite thing to request was an orange creamsicle, which is a flavor and treat that instantly makes me think of being a kid.

When I made this juice, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d be reminded of the orange vanilla-y treats. But that’s precisely what this juice reminded me of.

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Orange Creamsicle Juice

Yields about 24 ounces.

Ingredients:

1 large orange yam
3 cups red grapes, removed from stems
2 small fuji or gala apples, stems and seeds removed
2 valencia oranges, peeled

Directions:

Run all of the ingredients through a juicer such as this one. Stir and drink immediately.

*For the highest quality of nutritional benefits, fresh juices are best consumed right after being processed so the ingredients don’t have time to oxidize while being exposed to air.

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