Summer Reminiscing: Snack Time!

I think the best motto for trying to lead a healthy lifestyle especially with food is… Keep it Simple and Keep it Real! (and organic if possible :-)) Hubby and I had snack time one lazy afternoon this past summer that was just too pretty not to photograph! One of my absolute favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits. This was the most delicious snack time we’d had in a while. It had me thinking of how incredibly delicious real food is and how grateful I am we get to indulge. Here’s to keeping it simple and real with all our meals!

Ingredients: Pineapple, Strawberries, Bananas, Cherries, Grapefruit and Mango. Use your favorite fruits, especially what is in season since it tends to be the most affordable and have the most nutrients. This is a great breakfast recipe too!

fruit salad

~Munch&Enjoy!~

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Comeback Creations: Sprout salad recipe

Oh dear, has it really been since January 16th since I last posted to my beloved blog? I feel so terrible about that and I also feel like I owe my beloved followers and myself a huge apology. I am so very sorry. I have just had a super sucky time since then. It would only feed ‘the ego’ to delve into the one million reasons the past few months haven’t been so peachy for me so I’m not going there and Eckhart Tolle taught me better anyway! 🙂 In an effort to turn things around and bring some joy back into my life I will slowly make the time to get back in my kitchen and create recipes that I really love. Not the cooking-so-we-don’t-starve I’ve been doing lately. My kitchen is the one place I can go to and it doesn’t cost a fortune to create my recipes, I don’t need anyone’s approval, I don’t have any deadlines and better yet I don’t need to wait to enjoy my creations. Can you tell I need therapy? LOL!

A few weeks ago my dad was really ill so I went home and made him some fresh juice (and soup). It had been so long since I juiced and for a few minutes I felt joyful. Juicing again and seeing my parents so happy and enjoying what I made for them literally almost made me burst into tears in my mama’s kitchen. That moment reminded me that in spite of any seemingly never ending crap we may be going through we’ve got to find and do things that bring us joy. It may not fix everything but for a few minutes we feel the peace and joy that those activities bring.

Thanks to the painfully cold weather we’ve been having I’ve been drinking tea but craving juice the entire time!

This is what I’ve been drinking…

tea

But this is what I really want… Any kind of green juice!

celery apple and romaine green juice

This is one of the few things I’ve made…

vegetable soup

I’m so over soups now and I’d much rather be munching on this healthy salad recipe…

sprout salad recipeIngredients:

  • organic mixed greens
  • 1/2 an avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 a a mango, cubed
  • handful of organic cooked/sprouted garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • handful of organic sprouts (I used broccoli sprouts)

There’s something about the combo of avocado and mango in a salad that really tastes great. Dress the salad however you’d prefer and enjoy 🙂

As for where I’d rather be…  on the Kenyan Coast! Can’t think of a place more beautiful.

Smoothie Recipe #6: Mango Delight Smoothie/Dessert

I truly appreciate my fellow WordPress bloggers. The Mango Tango recipe from Fasting Food & Other Musings sounded so delicious but included quite a few ingredients I don’t consume so of course I adapted it and the result was a creamy Mango Delight that can either be a smoothie or dessert depending on how much water you add. I used…

  • 2 cups of frozen mango (Make sure they’re ripe. I’m not a fan of the prepackaged ones because the mangoes aren’t usually ripe. It’s way cheaper to buy fresh mangoes in bulk, chop them up and freeze them yourself, but it’s also quite a bit of work!)
  • 1/4 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 dates
  • 1/2tsp of vanilla essence

mango delight vitamix smoothie dessert

Blend (I used the almighty Vitamix!) all the above ingredients until you reach a smooth ice-creamy consistency and enjoy. Give this recipe a try, you’ll be so glad you did. It’s healthy, raw, vegan and most importantly DELICIOUS! 🙂

mango delight vitamix smoothie dessert

~Blend & Delight in it!~

PS: I had it for breakfast the first time I made it. Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? 🙂