Another one for the kids…and those of us that still love the sweet and salty unbeatable combo of PB&J. My son had a reading camp bright and early every morning last week (yikes!), and this was his good morning pick-me-up. A little peanut butter for some protein, a little banana and berries for some energy, and he was off to a good start to his day. And, hooray! We used up the rest of our blackberries from the farm!
- 2 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons organic creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup fresh blackberries (or strawberries or raspberries)
- 1 dropper of vanilla creme liquid stevia
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender, and blend until smooth.
Well, one of our ACs has been out for several days now, so I opted for this refreshing chilled soup for dinner last night featuring the detox superstars parsley, cilantro, garlic, and onion as well as other nutrient packed greens. It was delicious and flavorful and loved by all in my family. Hope you like it!
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- handful of chopped cilantro
- handful of chopped parsley
- 3-4 leaves romaine lettuce, torn
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup yellow teardrop tomatoes
- 1 cucumber, cut into chunks
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 small purple onion, cut into chunks
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- 1 cup cold water
- Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix or other blender, and blend on high until smooth.
When on a recent trip to California, I enjoyed a delicious appetizer similar to these smoked salmon cucumbers. Once back home, I came up with this version starring the omega-3 superstar, smoked salmon. Salmon is loaded with essential (meaning our bodies can’t create them on their own but they are vital to our bodies) omega-3s, which boast anti-inflammatory benefits in addition to promoting brain and heart health. I buy my protein packed wild Alaskan smoked salmon at Whole Foods or www.vitalchoice.com.
- 1 sliced cucumber
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 4 ounces wild Alaskan smoked salmon
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- Lay out each slice of cucumber on a serving tray.
- Spread a tiny amount of plain Greek yogurt on each slice. Be careful not to put too much, as the yogurt can overpower the other flavors.
- Cut the salmon into 1 inch squares, and lay each square on top of the yogurt and cucumber.
- Sprinkle chopped chives on top of the salmon.
I love how quiet my house is on summer mornings; my kids all snuggled in their beds. I love to wake them up to the smell of something baking. And this week, I added my fresh blackberries to lend a tart, rich flavor to pancakes, muffins, cookies, and sweet breads. Nothing beats a warm biscuit spread with soft, organic butter. Try these delicious biscuits made with heart healthy, protein packed almond flour…
- 2½ cups almond flour
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup Earth's Best Buttery Spread (or organic butter)
- 2 organic eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- zest from 1 lemon
- ¼ - ½ lemon extract (to taste)
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- lemon sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine softened Earth's Best Buttery Spread, eggs, honey, lemon zest, and lemon extract.
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir until well combined and a dough forms.
- Fold in blackberries.
- On a piece of parchment paper, roll dough out until about 1½ to 2 inches thick. Dust with a little almond flour.
- Turn a glass upside down and cut 3 inch circles out of the dough.
- Using a spatula, lift the biscuits onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Inspired by Elana’s Pantry biscuits.
Just a few reasons to stock up on blackberries this season…they are one of the top 10 antioxidant foods, packed with vitamins C, A, E, and K, manganese, and of course heart disease preventing, detoxing, diabetes fighting FIBER. Blackberries can be more than a breakfast, snack, or dessert. Try them in this savory chicken dish…
Blackberry Balsamic Chicken
- 4 organic chicken breasts
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup blackberry or raspberry balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a Magic Bullet, Vitamix, or other blender, blend together blackberries, honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, thyme, and sea salt.
- Place the chicken breasts a baking pan, and pour the blackberry mixture over the chicken breasts.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes uncovered or until chicken is cooked through.
- Option: marinate the chicken in the blackberry mixture for 2 hours, then grill.