Making Better Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get some much-needed nutrients. Proper nutrition alone can offer neuroprotection against excess glutamate, and we've learned through Dr. Reid to treat our morning smoothie as our daily multivitamin. The fiber found in smoothies is essential in reducing inflammation and restoring fiber fermentation in the gut. Like everything, it is hard to make a blanket statement about what is right for each person.  Depending on individual needs and the status of one's gut health (refer to testing for microbial imbalances), some may need to work to increase fiber and smoothies slowly.  In these [...]

Making Better Smoothies2023-04-29T19:36:46-04:00

Orange Sunrise Smoothie

As gross as it may sound, I love a carrot smoothie.  The sweet earthy flavor of the carrot and the ginger's spice adds depth to the tropical fruits' sweetness. I understand that many families cannot tolerate so many sugary fruits, so we have also added frozen cauliflower, frozen butternut squash, and/or yellow squash with little flavor change.  This, of course, depends on the ratios used.  We have also omitted the orange juice and just used fresh oranges instead.  Feel free to play with this recipe. Ingredients 1 c.            Pineapple (frozen) 1 c.  [...]

Orange Sunrise Smoothie2020-10-04T12:38:49-04:00

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls are our go-to option for last-minute weeknight meals and tonight was the perfect example of this situation.  While dealing with high temperatures on the official first day of Autumn, I attempted to create a cold autumn-inspired Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl for dinner.  It was a hit!  Heads up, this smoothie bowl is super sweet and is more like a dessert, hence the Pumpkin Pie name. This recipe made three large servings.  Happy Fall!!! […]

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl2020-10-01T16:09:04-04:00

Pink Yogi Smoothie

Shortly after we moved, I discovered the Pink Yogi Smoothie at a local juice bar.  It was so good that I immediately returned and tried to recreate this treat. A very sweet and creamy smoothie that tastes a lot like a milkshake- with less guilt and gastrointestinal distress.  I will occasionally use it as a meal replacement for those days I’m on the run. […]

Pink Yogi Smoothie2023-04-27T13:48:22-04:00

Basil & Berry Smoothie

This simple smoothie works for a quick an easy breakfast, afternoon snack, or even a popsicle.   I will say that it is not very sweet, so if you’re just incorporating smoothies and are looking for a sweeter option, you may want to add a little unfiltered clean apple juice to make it a little more palatable.  I wouldn’t go overboard with the juice as it is a free sugar and can also contribute to yeast, imbalances, etc. This recipe can easily be modified to be used as a base for a smoothie bowl.  If doing so, you [...]

Basil & Berry Smoothie2020-10-02T12:23:50-04:00

Mom’s Monday Morning Breakfast Shake

Did you know that protein powders are a source of free glutamate aka MSG? We avoid them like the plague. However, if you’re interested in adding a little more protein to your smoothie/shake toss in some hemp seeds.  This shake is a treat and should actually be called some sorta latte cappa-thing. […]

Mom’s Monday Morning Breakfast Shake2020-10-02T12:26:02-04:00

Valentine Antioxidant Drink

We sometimes struggle with how to make the food-centered holidays fun, but this simple drink makes for a fun way to celebrate “Valentime’s Day” (as our son called it).  “Coconut water contains varying levels of antioxidants that can make it turn pink. The variation is natural and is just as delicious as the clear water so we embrace it. Enjoy” -Harmless Harvest […]

Valentine Antioxidant Drink2020-10-02T12:26:58-04:00

Beginner Green Smoothie

Early on, the thought of a green smoothie was about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. However, we quickly realized they weren't as bad as we had expected. We grew to love them. Whenever we have overnight guests, I nearly always make them a green smoothie, shock them with the green, and prove how good they are. The sweetness of the fruit does a great job of masking the bitterness of the greens. Green smoothies have been getting a bit of a bad reputation recently due to oxalate load, but it is essential to [...]

Beginner Green Smoothie2020-10-06T13:52:20-04:00

Cold Fighting Pineapple Ginger Drink

Ingredients 1 to 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple (fresh preferred) 1 inch piece of fresh ginger splash of water (more may be needed if using frozen pineapple) Plain (unflavored) carbonated water Instructions Blend pineapple, ginger and flat water in high powered blender. Once well combined, pour into cup with a 50/50 ratio of plain*** carbonated water (look for unflavored in a glass or plastic bottle to keep glutamate levels low…cans are often sprayed with MSG to hide the tin flavor). The pineapple really helps to mask the spice of the ginger. If you don’t [...]

Cold Fighting Pineapple Ginger Drink2019-09-25T13:07:18-04:00

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

Serves 2 Ingredients 1 c. raw cauliflower 1 1/2 c. raw kale or spinach (use dino kale if lower oxalate is needed) 1/2 large frozen* banana 1 1/2 c. frozen* pitted cherries 2 tbsp. raw cashews 2 tsp. cacao nibs (Amazon link for Navitas Cacao Nibs , Thrive Market link for Navitas Cacao Nibs) 3/4 – 1 c. filtered water (depending on desired thickness) Instructions Place cauliflower, greens and water in high powered blender and blend until well combined.  Add remaining ingredients to cauliflower, greens & water mixture and blend until very smooth.  Pour into glass cups and [...]

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie2020-10-02T13:21:51-04:00
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