Pssst…..Can You Taste The Rainbow?

An edible rainbow of nummy fruits and vegetables

As summer is screeching to a halt, there’s a question that I would love to ask: are you as excited for it to be over as I am? If you’re screaming, YES, YES, YES like an Herbal Essence commercial, DO NOT FEEL … Continue reading 

Energy Boosting Toast Ideas

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So you’re not so sweet for sweet potato, huh? Or maybe have some deep connection with toast. Don’t lie; I know the toast filter on Snapchat is your favorite.  Toast has always been there for you. Growing up, it held … Continue reading 

Last Minute DIY 4th Of July Recipes

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You’re officially panicking. 4th of July weekend is here and you are not prepared to host the epic bash you’ve been telling your friends about all month. Have No Fear! Lifestylenerd is here!! Check out these awesome, patriotic and easy … Continue reading 

SpringTime Smoothies

Spring is the season to feel refreshed. This goes in everything you do, from rearranging your home, to always smelling clean and pretty, to taking care of your body.

And every moment of feeling refreshed deserves the loveliest tasting refreshments: smoothies.

Make these two springtime smoothie recipes from NYC Celebrity Chef, Chef Mark Bailey, and Austin-based healthy cooking school, Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, your daily treat.

 

Sunrise Smoothie

From Chef Mark Bailey.

Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:
4 large fresh strawberries, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 large ripe bananas, peeled
3 tbsp honey
1 cup almond milk
2-3 ice cubes

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth (approx. 2-3 minutes) Pour into glass and serve.

 

Tropical Green Smoothie

From Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts.

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Ingredients:
1/4 – 1/2 fresh pineapple (approximately 2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 small papaya, peeled (about 1 cup)
1 orange peeled, seeds removed
3-5 leaves of kale
1 ripe banana (frozen for creamier texture)
1 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional)
1 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 – 1/2 – inch fresh ginger root
2-3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
2-3 cups of water

Optional Ingredients:
1/2 –1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
1 – 2 teaspoons super foods of your choice

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in high-powered blender and blend.

If using a standard home blender, start out by placing the greens in the blender with water first, then blend on high until liquefied.
Add the remaining ingredients, and water as needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Variations:
You may substitute fresh or frozen berries (strawberries or raspberries for pineapple) to make a different variation.
Add super foods like maca, mesquite, goji berries, cacao, ground flax meal, hemp seeds, etc. as desired. Begin by adding any of these in small amounts, increasing gradually as your taste adjusts.
Vary greens, using different types of kale, spinach, wild greens like lambs quarters, napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, cilantro, parsley, celery, etc. Adding extra greens to your smoothie will add minerals and help balance the sweetness of the fruit.