Gluten FreeTropical Green Shake

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Tropical Green Shake

2 scoops Vanilla Shaklee Life Energizing Shake

1 cup frozen chopped greens such as collards, kale, or spinach

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1/2 cup frozen ripe banana

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk

Blend ingredients until creamy.

~Enjoy~

3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream (Vegan)

This is one of my easiest go to dessert recipes for my family when we want a quick and healthy treat for Dessert Night.

Every Friday Night we have either home-made pizza or sushi and a movie night!! Of course we have to indulge in dessert too!! I like to change it up a bit so we don’t have the same treat every week. These “desserts” are pretty healthy and I notice that if I make something too frequently they boys will soon feel like they are eating something healthy and they wont want it anymore. I have a few other recipes that I keep up my sleeve for dessert night as well and plan on doing a Dessert Night Round up blog post for you to share all of my healthy go-to, nutrition packed recipes!!

On the menu for tomorrow night is 3 ingredient chocolate ice cream. This is actually a pro biotic, potassium and protein packed bowl of deliciousness but don’t tell the babies!! Oh and let’s not forget the great source of omegas as well that come with Shaklee’s Life Shake mix.

Ingredients:

3 Bananas chopped and frozen

1/4 C. Cocoa Powder (I have used Cocoa Nibs before but its just a little too bitter for the boys)

1/4 C. Shaklee Life Shake Mix in Chocolate

That is it folks!!

First you need to chop up a few bananas and freeze them. I always have frozen bananas on hand because I buy 2 bunches weekly. I feed the kids some for snacks through the week and the rest will get chopped up for smoothies or froze for future baked goods or this recipe!! I’m always needing bananas!!

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I have a vitamix (that I would die without…..no seriously…….I would die without it……I use it 3x a day at least……They should use me as a spokes person but they arent) that is really amazing and has a “frozen dessert” option on the settings. This is a very high-powered blender so if you have a regular blender I would recommend adding a little dairy free milk to help it along.

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I just dump all the ingredients into my best friend……I mean blender and hit the start button!! It pulverizes it into a beautiful chocolate custard.

After this dump it into a container of your choice, pop the lid on and freeze for a couple of hours.

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It’s so fast and easy and so much healthier than store bought!!

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy this recipe. I am excited to try and mix it up with some more flavors in the future!! Of course I will do a blog post on that for you as well!!

What healthy recipe do you guys have for “Dessert Night” in your house?? I would love to hear!!

PS~I apologize for the poor quality in pictures. We are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so everything (including the lighting) is a wreck right now!!

 

Look What Happens When You Wash Your Fruit and Veggies!!

 

I’ve always given my fruit and veggies a quick wash. Never have I seen results like this in the sink after.

I never bought into the idea that you should use soap or chemicals to wash your veggies but I didn’t feel like they were adequately getting clean.

Vinegar was really the only natural option. I hated the smell and sometimes I could taste it on the veggies I washed. Now I have Basic H!!! Not only is it safe toxic free household cleaner it works on veggies too!! I used two drops, (that right two drops!!) and it cleaned my fruits this morning.

This bottle of Basic H concentrate has over 48 gallons of cleaner in it. (Depending on how you use it)

*need a degreaser? Add 1 1/2 tsp to 16oz of water

*need an all purpose cleaner? Add 1/4 tsp to 16oz of water

*need to wash some Windows? Add 2 drops to 16oz of water

*need a fruit & veggie wash? Add 2 drops to a sink full of water.

Check out my website for other natural cleaning options!! Emilysutten.myshaklee.com

Slow Cooker Black Beans

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Who doesn’t love a new slow cooker recipe?  Let me rephrase…… who doesn’t love a new, healthy and cheap slow cooker recipe. Because we are mostly vegan household we go through ton of black beans so I finally decided to get off my butt and start buying them dried to save us some money (and the environment).

I hope you enjoy this super easy recipe that I make every Monday morning to last us through the week!!

Ingredients:
  • 1-lb dried organic black beans sifted through for pebbles or bad beans
  • 1 teaspoon pink hymalaian salt
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic (optional!! We are crazy garlic consumers!!)
  • This is where some people will add an onion or cumin or chili powder!! experiment and make it your own!
Instructions:
  1. Mix the black beans, salt, and 6 cups of cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. To avoid this step you could soak beans over night
  2. Put the crushed garlic and the beans and cooking water into crock pot, cover, and turn on low.image
  3. Cook for 4-8 hours or until beans are cooked to the firmness that you prefer. Cool beans and liquid. You can now portion onto containers and freeze but we eat this entire pot and sometimes 2 during a week of meals!!image

We portion our’s out in canning jars.image

 

Brownie Batter Protein Bites

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Ingredients

Directions

Combine all ingredients then roll into balls. If you put them in the refrigerator they will get hard and not have the “batter” consistency but they are amazing both ways!!

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Enjoy!!

Thin Mint Smoothie

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In the spirit of Girl Scout Cookie Season, This recipe is perfect!!

Pass on the cookies and try this healthier alternative instead. It’s a fun twist on a green smoothie.
In blender add:
1 cup water
2 scoops Shaklee Life Energizing Shake (any flavor)
2 handfuls of mint
3 handfuls of kale
2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 cup organic yogurt
2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Ice Cubes if desired


Top with chopped dark chocolate chips.

 

Lactation Protein Smoothie Packs

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I have been working on perfecting a lactation smoothie that actually tastes good. My sister is having a baby in a couple of  weeks and I am making her a New Mama Care Package for her to come home to after the birth.

I thought pre packaged smoothie packs would be a great addition since it is so easy to pop them in a blender, add milk, and blend for a healthy meal when you don’t have time to cook (or enough hands).

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So after blending and tasting for a couple of weeks, I think I have it down. The oats, brewer’s yeast, and pure protein and omegas are a perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama!!

Have you ever had a lactation smoothie??

Ingredients:

2 scoops Vanilla or Chocolate Shaklee Life Shake
1 T Peanut Butter
¼ cup Oats
½ Banana
1-1.5 Tsp. Brewer’s Yeast
8 oz. Milk of choice
Ice as needed

Lactation Protein Balls

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I recently made these delicious little snacks for my sister who is waiting to deliver her sweet baby any day now. I am adding them to the New Mama Care Package that I am making for her to come home to.

The oats, brewers yeast, high quality protein and omegas are all the perfect combination to help promote lactation in a new mama. Not to mention the easy healthy snack that it will provide her when her hands are full and she is forgetting to eat!!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey
2 Tbs. Flax Seed
2 Tbs. Chia Seed
4 Tbs. Brewer’s Yeast
1 cup oats
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 26 protein balls.
These also freeze beautifully!!
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I hope you enjoy making this recipe for a sweet new mama in your life. Did you make lactation cookies for your milk supply?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls


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My kids beg to make protein balls several times a week. We make these almost every weekend and then snack on them all week long. Have you tried these yet? When I was in Trader Joes this week, I saw protein balls for sale for $1.70 EACH….I love TJ’s BUT….THAT’S INSANE!!! I make my own for way cheaper and they are sooo yummy!!!

Ingredients:
1 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey
1/2 Tbs. Flax Seed
1/2 Tbs. Chia Seed
Your favorite chocolate chunks
Mix together in a medium bowl or food processor (use the dough blade). Roll into balls or use a small ice cream scooper. Place in fridge. Yields 16-17 protein balls.

New Mama Care Package

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I recently did a blog post about hosting my little sister’s baby shower but I never mentioned the gift I was planning for her. That is because I hadn’t made it yet!!

It has taken me months to come up with what to give her and her husband and my sweet nephew for this once in a lifetime event!!

Many a nights was I up with a fussy baby, wondering what to give them. I always love giving the new mama something because at baby showers the gifts normally surround the baby and not her.

Should I get her cozy Jammies? Nope she already got herself some. Should I get her a pedicure? Nope she already has an appointment for one that her friend is treating her to!! Should I make her a months worth of freezer meals?? Sigh…..Yes I should but I don’t have enough time and patients to do it with two small rowdy boys at my feet.

And then it clicked. When I came home from the hospital with my first I was determined to breastfeed (You can read all about the extremely hard, painful, and grueling journey that I went through here) and I could have used any help that I could get for my milk supply. It would have been a huge bonus if it contributed to my meals for the day!!

So I decided to make her a New Mama Care Package to help her establish her Milk Supply!! In the package I’m including Lactation Protein Balls, two different options of Lactation Smoothie Packs, and some hearty freezer oatmeal for her breakfasts!!

Stay tuned for the delicious recipes!!