Noor’s Raw Milk Potassium Smoothie

Noor’s Raw Milk Potassium Smoothie

Full of Probiotics, Potassium, and Phytonutrients 

Smooth, creamy, and healthy.

Smooth, creamy, and healthy.

Did you ever try raw milk? Well if not, let me explain. Raw milk is unheated, unpasteurized, unprocessed milk. It contains live probiotics, and since it’s not pasteurized the enzymes that help you digest lactose are not killed- it’s easy to digest even for those that are lactose intolerant! I don’t drink conventional milk, so it was a definite treat to drink this raw milk, especially knowing the numerous benefits it has. 

So while I was in Turkey this past summer visiting my sister, I put together this raw milk potassium smoothie. The raw milk provides live enzymes and plenty of probiotics. Tossing in the banana doesn’t only provide potassium, but also fiber to aid in digestion. Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, manganese, and surprising to some, has Vitamin C. I must mention I try to always use bananas that a ripen, with brown spots on it .Believe it or not but it will have more benefits for you. Plenty of digestive, cardiovascular, and athletic performance benefits come from bananas too. Need to say more? I didn’t think so.

The flaxseeds provide healthy fats, Vitamin B1, and omega-3 fatty acids, which we need from food sources. Flaxseeds are wonderful anti-inflammatory super-seeds.

The honey is more than just a natural sweetener; it has numerous benefits including antimicrobial and antioxidant benefits, along with the wonderful phytonutrients. We only buy unheated and unpasteurized raw honey. Check these raw honey options out. 

So, what’s not good about this smoothie? It tastes amazing, makes a perfect dessert, and has mind-blowing benefits.

Ingredients:

¾ cup raw milk

1 small banana, ripen (with the wonderful brown spots)

1 tablespoon flaxseeds

1 tablespoon honey, unpasteurized

 

Extremely Easy Directions:

Place milk, banana, flaxseeds and honey in a single serve blender. Blend until smooth.

Raw milk, ripe banana, Turkish local honey, and flax.

Raw milk, ripe banana, Turkish local honey, and flax.

Place in single serve blender.

Place in single serve blender.

Drink immediately for maximum benefits.

Drink immediately for maximum benefits.

Drink immediately to receive maximum benefits.

 

Noor’s Hide-Your-Greens Pain Relief Smoothie

Noor’s Hide Your Greens Pain Relief Smoothie

(Thick enough to call Ice Cream)

 

Topped w/ raw walnuts.

Topped w/ raw walnuts.

Move over Tylenol, here comes Holistic Noor and her smoothie.

This smoothie contains pain relief benefits, without the negative side-effects.

Did you ever imagine kale or spinach in your dessert? Well, I’m here to make it happen without making you plug your nose drinking it.

When you’re craving that sweet treat or need some energy early in the morning, this recipe is the perfect drink.

You can put less liquid and call it ice cream, or you can add a bit of liquid to make it a drinkable smoothie. That’s up to you my friend.

Now, let’s get to it.

I developed this new habit of becoming extremely sneaky with greens, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and other health foods. I throw them in drinks, desserts, and dinner entrees without others knowing. 😛

As for this smoothie, it’s full of super-foods, and therefore is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory benefits, flavonoids, muscle recovering anthocyanins, and more.

What am I talking about? Well, one of the secrets here is the Organic Tart Cherry Concentrate, considered a super-food. It’s full anti-cancer mechanisms, has anti-inflammatory benefits, cardiovascular benefits, joint pain relief, and the potent flavonoid, anthocyanins, which are known to not only reduce stress and inflammation, but also do a lot with aiding your muscles in repairing. So this smoothie/treat would be perfect after a workout. Get on it.

The banana is not only there to cover up the vegetables, it also aids in muscle recovery, aids in constipation, lightens your mood, and actually stimulates growth of bacteria (the good kind!) in your gut.

The flaxseed? Where do I begin? If I were to recommend one new habit everyday it would be to add flaxseed to your routine. 1-2 tablespoons a day is great. They are high in insoluble and soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and have anti-inflammatory benefits. Make sure to buy whole flaxseeds (unless your pre-ground is cold-milled) so you don’t eat them without the benefits. Grind them in a spice grinder and top them on your smoothies, avocadoes, soups, or salads.

 

At this point you’re convinced enough, that you’re reading this while blending up this recipe. 😛

Enjoy every sip!

 

Hey, where'd my greens go?

Hey, where’d my greens go?

 

 

Ingredients:
½ cup liquid (water, fresh squeezed OJ, or milk of your desire) Add more or less depending on desired consistency

1 cup organic greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard, etc of your choice)

1 tablespoon Organic Tart Cherry Concentrate

1 small banana, ripen

½ cup organic frozen mixed berries

1 tablespoon freshly ground flaxseed

Optional: top with chopped raw walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. In your single serve blender, blend the liquid, organic tart cherry concentrate, and the organic fresh greens until it becomes a pure green liquid.
  2. Add the banana, berries, and flaxseed. Blend will.
  3. Top with the walnuts if desired. Drink or spoon up immediately!

 

Feel the energy? I’m sure you do.

Chockfull of Ingredients in Your Chocolate Ice Cream

Children scream for ice cream, and adults simply reach for it without sound. As a child I loved ice cream, until I realized what I was being fed. Turning over the container merely scares me, especially with the paragraph comprised of ingredients I can’t pronounce. So what’s in ice cream that’s a hazard to our health? Simply, too many things for me to cover, but I’ll give you a taste of it.

Carrageenan is found in almost every ice cream or frozen yogurt brand out there. It’s used as a thickening agent to make your treat nice and thick, but can also cause harmful effects on your body including cancer.  Is it worth it? Not when you can make an alternative, which I will share below.

Many frozen treats have coloring, including red 40, blue lake 1, yellow lake 5. As I’ve stated numerously, this sounds like I’m in an art classroom, not in the kitchen eating dessert. Food colorings are proven to be harmful by the FDA and have proven to cause ADHD in children.  According to labelwatch.com the CSPI, Center for Science in the Public Interest, recommends avoiding all artificial food coloring.

Watch out for the famous high fructose corn syrup, I don’t even want to get into this. I don’t believe that all sugar is created equally, and if you believe so, well read on. In no way, shape, or form do I consider that Organic Raw Honey or even dates can be on the same scale as high fructose corn syrup. While honey and dates are natural, and have plenty of health benefits, high fructose corn syrup comes from GMO ingredients. What’s to compare?

So as a treat I’ve transformed my regular frozen banana ice cream into “chocolate” banana ice cream using carob powder instead of cocoa powder for a few added health benefits. The texture is merely the same as the store bought chocolate ice cream, but the after-feeling is incomparable. This is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, additive free, added-sugar free, and most importantly guilt free. Oh and don’t forget, this has only 3 ingredients, while the majority of store-bought ice cream has a minimum of  15.

Top with organic berries, raw walnuts, carob chips, etc.

Top with organic berries, raw walnuts, carob chips, etc.

Ingredients:

4-5 frozen bananas peeled and pre-sliced *

½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk, the fat adds to the creaminess)

1/3-1/2 cup carob powder (you can use this amazing raw cocoa powder)

Directions: (can’t get easier than this!)

STEP 1:

Place your frozen bananas, carob powder and almond milk in the food processor and pulse until creamy.

You may need to stop and scrap the sides a few times with a spatula (please, unplug the machine while doing so, you don’t want to accidently turn it on).

Unsweetened almond milk, frozen bananas, and carob powder.

Unsweetened almond milk, frozen bananas, and carob powder.

Place frozen bananas,  milk, and carob powder in food processor. 

Place frozen bananas, milk, and carob powder in food processor.

Yes, it's nice and creamy.

Yes, it’s nice and creamy.

Thick and creamy texture.

Thick and creamy texture.

STEP 2:

Serve in desired bowls. Top with fresh berries, mango, or other fruit, and if you’re a nut-a-holic like me, pile on raw walnuts, pistachios, or cashews. Toppings are unlimited, there are no rules. 😉

:) Yummy taste, and no damage to your health.

🙂 Yummy taste, and no damage to your health.

*The best way to have your frozen bananas is this: every time you have over-ripe bananas in your fruit plate peel them, slice them, and place them single layered in a tuber ware. Freeze them and whenever you’re in the mood for ice cream take them out and use them for such recipe.

Now, that’s ice cream to scream for. 😉

Noor’s Crust-less Clean Pumpkin Treat

I just love pumpkin, in everything. I make pumpkin cookies, cakes, breads, pies, and well this sort of treat that falls between a fudgy brownie and a pie, without a crust. Pumpkin is very high in Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and fiber. It’s very easy and best of all requires no flour, refined sugar, evaporated milk, or even a crust!  

Ingredients:
16 oz 100% Organic Pure Pumpkin or this Organic Pumpkin Puree I like to use too

2 Organic/pasture-raised eggs

1 medium banana

½ cup raw walnuts, ground* and some chunks

½ cup raw almonds ground or almond meal*

1 tablespoon ground organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder (I only buy aluminum free)

1 teaspoon baking soda

*Use a food processor or a small coffee grinder to grind the nuts. If you dislike the feeling of chunky walnuts in your usual brownies or desserts, grind them completely as you would with the almonds. 

Directions:

STEP 1 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a spring form or 9inch pan.Ground raw walnuts and almonds using your food processor or grinder.

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Raw walnuts and almonds

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Place in the grinder, and make almonds fine as powder. Feel free to completely grind your walnuts as well (I kept big walnut chunks for a crunch).

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Just like that…

STEP 2

Mix all the (dry) last five ingredients (ground nuts and spices) in a large mixing bowl.

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Mix ground walnuts, ground almonds, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.

STEP 3
Stir in pumpkin and eggs.

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1 ingredient: 100% Organic Pumpkin Puree 😉

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Add pumpkin and 2 eggs.

STEP 4
Mash the banana in a separate bowl, add and mix.

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Mash the banana with a fork.

STEP 5
Place in the baking pan for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool and serve. 

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I used a spring-form pan, you can use any kind.

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Baked…

This is what I like about spring-form pans.

This is what I like about spring-form pans.

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Slice and eat.

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Enjoy with a cup of tea! 🙂

I Scream For… Bananas!

Let’s take a break from brownies.

“I screamed for ice cream” as a child, but eventually learned it may not be the best for me.

Just a few months ago I converted frozen bananas into… yes, ice cream, or at least something that tastes as delectable as ice cream, satisfies your sweet tooth, has that creamy texture, and best of all, is good for you! So you get the remarkable taste and texture, and leave behind the unwanted 40+ ingredients in most brands!

I made this the first time only with bananas and my siblings thought the taste of banana was overpowering, so tossing in berries not only covers up the banana flavor, but it adds a nice color too.

 

Ingredients: 

4 Frozen bananas peeled and pre-sliced

½ cup milk (I used almond milk or canned organic coconut milk the fat adds to the creaminess)

1 cup blackberries (or any other fruit, get creative!)

Optional toppings: raw walnuts, antioxidant and benefit full goji berries, or raw cacao nibs

Directions: (can’t get easier than this!)

STEP 1:

Place your frozen bananas and almond milk in the food processor and blend on high until creamy.

You may need to stop, turn off the machine, and scrape the sides a few times with a spatula.

Frozen bananas

Frozen bananas

Stopping to scrape sides down...

Stopping to scrape sides down…

STEP 2:

Add the blackberries (or other fruit) and blend until well mixed and smooth. 

Add blackberries (or fruit)!

Add blackberries (or fruit)!

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

STEP 3:

Serve in desired bowls. Top with fresh berries, mango, or other fruit, and if you’re a nut-a-holic like me, pile on raw walnuts, pistachios, or cashews. Toppings are unlimited, there are no rules. 😉 

 

Fresh mango slice.

Fresh mango slice.

I pile on raw walnuts and pistachios.

I pile on raw walnuts and pistachios.

 Now tell me, what’s better… going to the store and grabbing a bucket of junk-full ice cream, or enjoying a plate of this?

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