PB & J Sorbet

This super simple sorbet is easy to whip up any time of day for a tasty treat in as little as three ingredients. If you have a little sweet tooth, you’ll love this alternative to ice cream. No dairy, gluten, or added sugar involved. Basically, think of it like a dessert smoothie…but better. Oh, you may have noticed that I’m kinda in love with anything PB & J…if you don’t feel the same way, just omit the nut butter for a classic berry sorbet.

Ingredients: (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 cup frozen berries (I use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon cacoa powder for a slight chocolatey taste
  • Optional: 1/2 cup plain yogurt (Greek for protein, coconut for dairy free)

Simply blend all ingredients together until it’s the consistency of sorbet and enjoy! Feel free to add some toppings, like coconut, chopped nuts, granola, cacoa nibs, etc. for a crunch.

One Healthy Breakdown: if you’ve had a bad day, sweeten it with sorbet!

Homemade CocoNut Milk

No, you’re not nuts. Not only is it possible (and super easy!) to make your own nut milk, it also happens to be WAY more delicious and nutritious than store-bought. All you need is a cup of nuts, one can of organic coconut milk, and some water. See, simple enough already!

image(44)On day three of Whole30, this not-a-fan-of-black-coffee sought out for an alternative to her usual cartons of unsweetened almond milk…and what she got was far superior – a decadent, creamy concoction that makes a plain cup of coffee a supreme experience. Another victory for good old whole foods and homemade simplicity…hold the following: Cane Sugar, Salt, “Natural Flavor,” Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan gum, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (B2), Evaporated Cane Juice, Potassium Citrate, Carrageenan, D-Alpha-Tocopherol, Syrup, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Carrageenan, L-Selenomethionine, Zinc Oxide, Folic Acid. Just to name a few of the many additives found on the most popular brands of nut milk. Here’s how it’s done:

IMG_1610Step 1: soak about a half cup of nuts (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, brazil nuts, or any combination of these – raw and unsalted is best) in a bowl of water overnight or for at least three hours.

Step 2: drain soaked nuts in strainer.

Step 3: pour rinsed nuts, 1 can coconut milk, and two cups of water in your Vitamix or high-powered blender and go to town. Once mixture is blended into liquid, store in fridge and use within a week. Makes about six cups. Amazing with coffee, tea, granola, oatmeal, and pretty much anything else. Note that if you’re not a fan of coconut, feel free to blend soaked nuts with one cup water and call it a (coconut-free) day! Also, feel free to experiment with flavorings – cinnamon, vanilla extract, cardamom, sea salt, rose water, etc.

One Healthy Breakdown: go nuts…coconuts!

Holiday Cocktails!

There’s LOTS to celebrate this time of year! With holiday parties left and right, it’s important to be aware of what you’re sipping on. Good old champagne and wine are great options, but who can resist a tasty holiday cocktail?! Unfortunately, these festive bevs can pack more calories than Christmas cookies. Here’s a few delicious recipes for holiday cocktails you can enjoy. Your guests will love them too! “Clink” to that!

unnamedRed & Green Sangria:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary, extra for garnish
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup of white grape juice
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup, stevia, agave, sweetener of choice)
  • 2 cups club soda/sparkling water

Mix ingredients and serve chilled.

Candy Cane Martini:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup peppermint Schnapps
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice
  • ice

Garnish with a candy cane and sip chilled.

Spiced Crock-Pot Cider: (adopted from Food Network’s Slow Cooker Hard Cider)

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  • 2 quarts natural apple cider
  • 1-2 inch piece ginger root
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup sweetener (light brown sugar, honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups gin

Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook for about an hour. Strain solids and serve warm in mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

One Healthy Breakdown: cheers to a healthy, happy holiday season and a happy new year!