10 Smoothie Recipes to Boost your Immune System Using the Vitamin C Powerhouse~ Camu Camu – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

Are you worried about getting sick this winter, with the flu, or worse the coronavirus? Boost your immune system with CAMU CAMU, which has the highest vitamin C content in the world. Here are 10 smoothie recipes using this vitamin C powerhouse. Find the links on my little recipe blog…The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen. (article link below)

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14 Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Holiday Season

My quest for healthy recipes, led me to this article at cookstory.com with healthy holiday recipes for kids. There’s a little of everything, 14 recipes in total:

Balsamic Chicken & Stuffing Muffins

Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms

Fruity Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples

Pork Chops & Cinnamon Apples

Raspberry Chicken

Slow Cooker Ham & Pineapple

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Pumpkin French Toast Muffins

Citrus & Sage Roasted Turkey

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Holiday Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

Nutty Apple Pancakes


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For the main article, follow this link:

 Healthy Holiday Recipes for Kids and Grown Ups Too

Homemade Immune Boosting Gummy Bears

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

Today we have, healthy homemade immune boosting gummy bears, made by her kids.  She includes a free printable PDF of the recipe.

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You will find the video below, and the full recipe HERE.

You MUST watch the video…SO CUTE!!!

For the recipe and her free printable, scroll down!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE HERE!

 

Flu & Cold Wellness Tea

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

Today we have, Flu & Cold Wellness Tea (AKA: Immune boosting Turmeric Tea)

You will find the video below, and the full recipe HERE.

As always, if you wish to go directly to the recipe, scroll down.

Flu & Cold Wellness Tea

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: http://www.flavcity.com
Equipment: Large pot, strainer, spoon, knife

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of water
  • The yellow peel of 1 lemon use a veggie peeler
  • 2 inch piece of turmeric root cut in thin rounds. No need to peel the skin (can be found at Whole Foods – otherwise use 1 teaspoon turmeric powder)
  • 2 inch piece of ginger cut in thin rounds. No need to peel the skin
  • Tiny pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 crack of black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil optional
  • Raw Honey

Directions

  1. Put first 5 ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer for 7 minutes. (don’t boil. According to flavcity.com, this destroys the nutrients in the turmeric)
  2. Remove from heat and strain.
  3. Allow the tea to cool slightly. Pour into a cup and add the honey.
  4. The remaining tea will keep for up to 3 days.
  5. http://www.thepurplealmond.com

Immune Boosting Green Soup

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

Today, we have Immune Boosting Green Soup from simpleveganblog.com. I have adjusted her recipe slightly, recommending the use of BONE BROTH, instead of water or veggie broth.  Bone broth is much healthier, especially if someone is ill. You will find her video below, and her full recipe HERE.

As always, if you wish to go directly to the recipe, scroll down.

Immune Boosting Green Soup

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: simpleveganblog.com
Equipment: Large pot, blender, knife

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1/2 chopped leek
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 head broccoli, chopped
  • 3 handfuls of fresh kale or spinach
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • 3 cups water/vegetable broth (TIP FROM TAMARA: BONE BROTH IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED due to it’s high concentration of nutrients which boost immunity)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • -1 tsp sea salt -ground pepper to taste -4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • The juice of half a lemon

Directions

  1. Combine first 11 ingredients in a pot, bring to boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, and cook til veggies are desired doneness.
  3. Pour contents of pot into a large blender, and add lemon juice and yeast. Blend til desired consistency.
  4. If you choose not to blend, add the yeast and lemon juice to the pot prior to serving.
  5. http://www.thepurplealmond.com

How to make immune boosting juice

Since winter is setting in, that must mean cold and flu season is here as well. This week, I’m focusing on immune boosting recipes. You don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy these super healthy recipes!

First up: Immune Boosting Juice from howdini.com! If you’d like to skip to the recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the page!

Immune Boosting Juice

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Got the sniffles? Feel a cold or the flu coming on? This juice is packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to boost your immune system. No juicer? no worries! Use a blender and some cheese cloth!


Credit: howdini.com
Equipment: Juicer or blender & cheese cloth

Ingredients

  • Water – enough to cover blade of blender (if using)
  • 1/2 lemon & 1/2 orange – peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium apple – chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 4 carrots – chopped
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Juice all ingredients or blend them in a blender.
  2. If juicing, mix cayenne in after juicing
  3. If blending you have 2 choices – drink as a smoothie OR strain through a cheese cloth, as seen in the above video!
  4. Pour over ice and enjoy!.
  5. http://www.thepurplealmond.com

Matcha Green Tea… Turmeric & Matcha Smoothie

I must have spent an hour looking for the right smoothie recipe. They are all very similar, but this one stood out for one reason – TURMERIC! Turmeric is an amazing spice with so many wonderful health benefits. Combine it with Matcha and WOW! What a powerful combination!

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The video below highlights a turmeric and Matcha smoothie. You can’t go wrong with this winning combination.

 

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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10 Summer Drinks to Beat the Heat

The consumption of sugary beverages, such as soda is much too high in the USA. Approximately 63% of youth and 49% of adults drink sugar-sweetened beverages daily. During the summer, it’s so easy to reach for a cold soda, pop the top, and guzzle down the cool drink to quench our thirst.

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BUT…does this quench our thirst? What exactly happens to us when we drink soda? This video is a good reminder for a soda addict, such as myself, just how horrible soda is for the body!

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While water should always be your go to drink, at all times of the year, but especially during the summer heat, we all need a refreshing treat now and then. I’ve gathered together 10 amazing summer drinks, that are healthier than regular soda. I tried to find  the healthiest drinks possible, but,  some do have fruit juice in them. Now, fruit juice is a bit better than soda, (but not much). Juice does a few remnants of nutrients, but it also has natural sugars. In some cases, juices may contain as much sugar as a soda. (SEE ABOVE). However, juice does not have the added caffeine, flavorings, colorings or phosphoric acid, which is contained in soda.

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NOTE: I urge you to use fresh pressed juiced, as often as you can, if possible, as the vitamin and mineral content is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH higher than store bought juice. If you cannot press your own, try to buy organic brands. I also remind you these are for occasional treats, and not to replace your regular water intake. ENJOY!!!

SUMMER BERRY CITRUS SPRITZER

EATING WELL

Summer Berry Citrus Spritzer
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups fresh berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries, or a mixture, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups lemon-lime seltzer or soda water
  • Ice cubes

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE 

FRESH MINT ICED TEA

EATING WELL

Fresh Mint Iced Tea
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 green tea bags
  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 10-15 fresh mint springs (1½ cups)
  • Honey or stevia (optional)
  • Ice cubes

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

ORANGE SPORTS DRINK

SKINNY MS.

Orange Sports Drink
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 quart of water (we use distilled water)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Sea salt
  • 1 pint no sugar added orange juice
  • Juice from one lemon

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

WATERMELON BREEZE

SKINNY MS.

Watermelon Chiller with a Hint of Mint
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon, Chilled
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, no sugar added
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 mint leaf

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

HIBISCUS ICED TEA SPARKLER

DIETHOOD

Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler | www.diethood.com | A very refreshing and delicious spring or summer-drink made with hibiscus tea and soda water. | #drinks #recipe
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 8 bags hibiscus tea 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • ice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • strawberries for garnish

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

VIRGIN PINA COLADA

HOUSE OF YUMM

This virgin Pina Colada is only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to make! Perfect refreshing drink for everyone to enjoy!
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cream of coconut (usually found in a can by the Hispanic foods)
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice (I used canned juice)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Optional garnishes – Maraschino cherries and pineapple chunks

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

2 INGREDIENT SKINNY SLUSH

THE RECIPE REBEL

Enjoy sipping on these refreshing and fruity summertime drinks!! The tastiest way to cool down!
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From THE RECIPE REBEL, here are a few ways to make a 2-ingredient slush

  1. Frozen mango and pineapple juice
  2. Frozen blueberries and grape juice
  3. Frozen mixed berries and orange juice
  4. Frozen raspberries and cranberry juice
  5. Frozen berries – any kind — and iced tea

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE (and more ideas)

STRAWBERRY COLADA SMOOTHIE

COOKING CLASSY

Strawberry Colada Smoothie | Cooking Classy
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz fresh strawberries , chilled, hulled
  • 1 ripe banana , peeled and frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 (5.3 oz) container coconut Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage (the kind found in the dairy isle)*

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

ROASTED PEACH AND STRAWBERRY FIZZ

USE YOUR NOODLES

Delightful spring mocktail - roasted peach and strawberry fizz with no added sugar. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 peaches
  • 600 g strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 1/2 sparkling water
  • abundance of crushed ice

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

NON-ALCOHOLIC SANGRIA

SIMPLE VEGAN BLOG

Non alcoholic sangria #vegan
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups white grape juice (1 l)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (40 g) + 3/4 cup blueberries (120 g)
  • 1 cup orange juice (250 ml)
  • Juice of 1 lime + 2 limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 peaches

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RECIPE

 

SOURCES:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/sugar-sweetened-beverages-intake.html

Healthy Food Tips: Brain Boosting Superfood Smoothie!

We all want to boost our brain power.  With Alzheimers Disease as the 6th leading cause of death in the USA, you’re never too young or old to get that brain working at peak efficiency.. (1) You can give your brain a boost and some added nutrients with this tasty and healthy smoothie!

Source:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/leading-causes-of-death#8

Healthy Food Tips: 3 Cancer Fighting Foods to Eat Daily!

Cancer is so prevalent in our society. Did you know that you have a 38.4% chance of developing cancer at some point in your life? (1) WOW! That’s pretty high! Eating a healthy, whole food diet can help keep it at bay. Here are 3 regular foods, with impressive cancer fighting properties, you should be consuming daily!  00

Source:

  1. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html