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Clean Green Smoothie

Clean Green Smoothie


I hope everyone has been having a great week so far! Our little corner of the world is seeing way below freezing temps, along with a fresh dusting of snow! It's crazy to look outside my window right now and think that yesterday I took an hour-long walk with Charlotte and our dogs!

When the temps get low like this, it's even more important to be sure we're getting as many fruits and veggies as possible. Give me all the immune system support, please! So today I'm sharing our every day, clean green smoothie with you! It's full of leafy greens, fresh fruits and a few extra healthy surprises you wouldn't even know were in there!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably been seeing my Vitamix allll over my stories. Jordan and I have wanted a Vitamix for years. Years, people! Our old blender was in a pretty sad state, and after doing a lot of research (and testing out some of my friends' Vitamix machines), I decided it was time to take the plunge. My only regret is that we didn't get a Vitamix sooner. I am seriously in love, and we have used it every. single. day. We're making soups, sorbet, pestos - and of course smoothies!

What I love most about our Vitamix is that it makes such smooth drinks. I mentioned above that there's some secret ingredients in these smoothies, and those are flax seeds and chia seeds! Both are full of healthy omega-3 fats, fiber and protein, but I'll be honest. I'm not a big fan of seeds in my drinks. When we make these smoothies with the Vitamix, you wouldn't even know they were there, because they get completely ground up. Seriously amazing!

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Makes about 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
2 cups spinach
1 cup kale
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cucumber, diced
1 cup frozen peaches or mango

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients to your Vitamix machine in the order listed above. Select Variable 1, start your machine, and increase to the highest speed. Blend for 50 seconds. If your machine has the frozen drinks setting, select this setting, start your machine and let it run through the cycle. Serve immediately!


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Healthy Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon

Healthy Lemon and Garlic Baked Salmon


Looking for a new favorite weeknight meal? This garlic baked salmon is bursting with flavor, and is so delicious, you'll feel like you're cheating on those New Years resolutions. But you're not! And the best part? It comes together in about 45 minutes, making this our go-to healthy weeknight meal.


This recipe has been used by my family for over two decades. Which makes me feel super old haha! My parents got it from a family friend, and it's one of those recipes that is crazy good probably because it's crazy simple. The flavors are bright and fresh, and I love all the superfood ingredients like olive oil, garlic and (duh) salmon! In the summer we cook this on the grill, and when it's super cold out like it is now, we bake it in the oven. It's delicious either way, and I've included directions for both below! I love to dress up this salmon by serving it with my Parmesan Risotto. or if I'm going for a simple meal I serve it with a my Kale Caesar Salad.


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Ingredients:

1 (2 lb) wild caught piece of salmon*
1/2 cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup chopped parsley
2 teaspoons lemon pepper

Sauce Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat garlic in olive oil until golden. Add lemon juice to the garlic. Simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens a bit, about 5 minutes. Add parsley and stir. Sprinkle lemon pepper  over the flesh side of the salmon.

Oven Directions:

Lay the salmon flesh side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil 3-5 minutes, or until the salmon just begins to brown. Pull the foil up around the salmon, and then pour the garlic sauce over the salmon. Lightly close the foil to create a tent over the fish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until the fish is cooked to your satisfaction. (Salmon can technically be eaten raw, and just like beef everyone has different ideas of what "done" looks like. For us, if the salmon easily flakes with a fork, we call it done!)

Grill Directions: 

Grill salmon until golden. Flip fish skin side down in casserole or foil. Pour garlic sauce over, making sure the foil holds all the oil, and finish cooking to your satisfaction.



* We also use frozen salmon from Costco, which is way more cost-effective since we don't live near a coast! Just thaw the salmon you want to use, and then follow directions as usual.

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Super Good, Superfood Smoothie

Super Good, Superfood Smoothie


I know you're used to seeing more baked goods from me, but I can't live off of cupcakes - right? So today I'm sharing my easy superfood smoothie recipe with you! It's one that Jordan and I both enjoy drinking for breakfast, and sometimes even lunch because it's packed with protein, fiber and tons of vitamins! I also love that it's a paleo, gluten free and vegan smoothie so it's one that most people can have.


Some of the key superfood ingredients in this smoothie are spinach, avocado and berries. Spinach is so good for us - probably everyone could benefit from eating more of it! It's good for skin, hair and bone health and is loaded with protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. Avocado is another really powerful superfood. We all probably know that avocado is full of healthy fats. But it's also a great source of fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. Next up: blueberries! I love using frozen blueberries in this smoothie recipe because they're a pretty inexpensive berry when you buy them frozen (thank you Costco!). They are also stocked with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, properties and are high in Vitamin C and potassium.

Whip up one of these smoothies this week for breakfast or a post-workout nutrient boost!

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Ingredients: 

1 cup almond milk (I love the organic Silk almond milk)
1 packed cup fresh spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries (or berry mix)
1/2 cup avocado (I like the frozen avocado at Costco)
1 tablespoon almond butter (We use Justins!)

Directions: 

Load all the ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth. Top with some fresh berries if you like, and enjoy!


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