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Healthy Vegan Shamrock Shake

Minty Feel Good Shamrock Smoothie

With St. Patty’s Day coming up I was hit with a touch of nostalgia today. I was remembering my days as a kid when March was a particularly exciting month because it meant I got to get a Shamrock Shake at my weekly trip to Mc Donald’s. I haven’t had fast food in years, but the memory left me craving a cold minty-vanilla beverage with a preternatural hue. So, of course, I decided to create a version using all natural feel good ingredients. It turned out to be so  delicious, it was hard to stop myself from drinking it all before I took pictures! Below you’ll find the recipe for this sweet, creamy, Shamrock Smoothie. It’s vibrant color looks all the more beautiful when you know it’s not made with a bunch of artificial food colors. Instead we use a touch of blue-green algae called Spirulina that is quite possibly the most nutritious food on the planet. You can find it in the supplement or superfood section of natural food markets and health food stores. …

Merry Mulled Wine- Feel Good Kitchen

Merry Mulled Wine – It’s a Holiday Party in a Glass!

Mulled wine is my favorite drink to serve around the holidays. I love the way the smell hits you right when you walk in the door. It reminds me of a winter I spent in England where at every household I was greeted with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie throughout the whole of December. This is perfect… for parties. You can make a few batches and let people serve themselves. When you want the whole house to smell like the holidays. when you want a warm and delicious drink on a cold winters night. to drink while tree trimming, decorating or baking cookies with friends. Merry Mulled Wine Ingredients: 12 Glasses  3 tangerines 1 medium Lemon  3/4 cup Agave Syrup  1 Cinnamon stick + more for garnish  1 tsp ground Cinnamon  3 fresh Bay Leaves  1 whole Nutmeg  6 whole Cloves  1 whole Vanilla Bean, halved  2 bottles of Chianti, or other medium bodied red wine  2 star anise 1. Peel the tangerines and lemon using a vegetable peeler and add …

Red Velvet Smoothie

Iron Rich Red Velvet Smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I think Red Velvet is one of the best sweet treat flavors around. Unfortunately cupcakes don’t make the best breakfast food, so here’s a delicious, iron-rich, energizing smoothie that is great in the morning or anytime you need a red velvety boost. This Recipe is Perfect… to satisfy your chocolate or sweet tooth cravings in a nutritious way as an energizing and filling breakfast smoothie as a way to refuel post workout  when you need an antioxidant filled energy boost mid-afternoon as a way to sneak veggies in for a picky eater For people with diet related anemia Nutrition Highlights:  Cacao powder, Spinach, Beets, Gogi Berries, Chia and Dates are good sources of Iron which is important for your exercise and work performance and immune function. The fats in avocado will help your body absorb the fat soluble vitamins in this smoothie like vitamins A and E and keep you feeling full and satisfied longer. Dried fruits and avocados are full of fiber which can help slow your body’s breakdown of …

Orange-Ginger Creamsicle Dream Smoothie

This smoothie is so simple to make and ridiculously delicious!  It tastes so good, you’ll think it must be bad for you, but actually it’s filled with fiber, vitamin C and a dose of healthy fats. Ginger is known to stimulate the metabolism, boost the immune system, and soothe the tummy, so it’s a wonderful thing to drink in first thing in the morning. The creamy orange flavor always brings me back to childhood and puts a smile on my face, which is a very nice way to start the day. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1-2 Servings 2 Navel Oranges, peeled and broken into segments 1 heaping tsp Ginger, chopped 1/4 cup Cashews, preferably soaked 2-4 hours 1 Medjool Date, pitted 6 Ice Cubes (about 2/3 cup) Blend everything except the ice until smooth in a high-speed blender*. Add ice and blend again.   *If you don’t have a high-speed blender you can add 1/4 cup water to get the blades to turn, omit the fresh ginger and use a pinch of powdered ginger instead. The texture will …

Sweet Salted Caramel Cashew Milk

The simplest salted-caramel drink is just too delicious to be true. Try it next time you’re craving something sweet and you’ll be shocked that two little dates can add so much caramel goodness to your milk. A little pinch of sea salt just gives it that finishing touch to balance the flavor. All of the ingredients are high in minerals plus you get filling fiber from the dates and heart healthy fats from the nuts. It’s an energizing refined sugar free treat which makes it a great afternoon pick-me-up or post-workout choice. Kids love the sweet taste of this one too. It’s so much better than those drinks made with artificial flavors. Enjoy!  xJacq Ingredients: 1 serving 2 medjool dates, pitted 1/4 cup cashews, soaked 2-4 hours and rinsed 3/4 cups filtered water pinch of sea salt If your blender is on the weaker side, chop the dates. Blend all of the ingredients until smooth in a blender, serve over ice.

The Big Sur Spritz- Perfect for the Holidays!

Ease your way into a long fall evening with this festive cocktail that is just right for the season. It’s an evolved version typical mimosa made with fresh persimmon juice instead of the traditional orange. It was inspired by a trip to Big Sur, California where I first tried persimmon (right off the tree) and where the hillsides are covered with lavender leaving a trace of its’ distinct herbal/floral scent hanging in the air. It’s lovely before a meal as an aperitif. Since it’s only lightly alcoholic it will whet rather than dampen your appetite. Cheers! xJacq Directions: Make fresh fuyu persimmon juice using a juicer. Add a splash to a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine. Float pomegranate seeds on top and garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender or thyme. Add each ingredient slowly to avoid bubbling over. 

The Best Vanilla Coffee Creamer Ever!

This really is the best vanilla coffee creamer ever! I know that’s a bold claim but it’s true. Waking up is a little sweeter with a splash of this rich & creamy goodness in your morning joe. It’s all natural and packed with antioxidants and minerals. Cashews are an excellent source of copper, and a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. The vanilla gives it an incredible fragrance and flavor. What it doesn’t have are any of the weird additives, preservatives or ingredients like palm oil that you find in the store-bought non-dairy creamers. This is one of the basics that I always have in my fridge. Hopefully it will be one of your favorites too. Enjoy! Ingredients: makes 2 cups 1/2 cup cashews soaked in water 2-4 hrs 1 1/2 cups filtered water 1 vanilla bean, split down the middle* 1 tsp maple syrup sea salt Drain and rinse the cashews in a strainer. Add to a blender along with the water and blend starting on low then bringing up to high speed until …

New Orleans French 75

I made my first trip to New Orleans last weekend and had the pleasure of going to the renowned Arnaud’s Restaurant and French 75 Bar. Arnaud’s is one of New Orleans oldest and most beloved restaurants. It was built in 1918 by a French wine salesman Arnaud Cazenave, but some of the building dates back to the 1700s. It’s a sprawling, one-of-a-kind establishment with a grand dining room where waiters in tuxes serve up Creole delicacies (Souffle Potatoes! Alligator Sausage!), a Jazz Bistro with strolling musicians, a mini Mardi Gras Museum, private dining rooms overlooking Bourbon St., and reportedly a couple of resident ghosts. The highlight of our visit, however, was Arnaud’s French 75 Bar and Chris Hannah- quite possibly America’s coolest bartender. When we walked into the bar a woman who had perhaps had one too many milk punch was asking him “Hey aren’t you famous or something? I read about you somewhere…maybe TripAdvisor.” He just smiled and gave a non-committal nod. Upon researching for this post I found he could have said “Don’t …

Cucumber Chile Margarita

Here is another delicious variation on a Margarita. To me it invokes boozy adventures during hot, dusty days in third world countries. I love the mixture of cooling cucumber with the kick of chili as an aftertaste. Muddle the cucumber slices with the cilantro, add pinches of salt and chile, the lime and the agave, then the tequila, shake and strain into a margarita glass. Finish with a dusting of Arbol chile powder to make it look pretty. This also works well in a pitcher. I just juice the cucumber and increase the volume of the other ingredients. Cheers! 3 slices of cucumber Small handful of fresh cilantro I pinch Arbol chile pepper I pinch of salt 2 oz Fortaleza Blanco Tequila 3/4 oz Agave 3/4 freshly juiced lime

Creamy Asian Pear, Ginger and Citrus Smoothie

This is one of those happy accident recipes, where I just threw together what I had in the fridge and it turned out to be too delicious to not share. It’s creamy and sweet with the perfect little tang and spice. If Asian Pears are unavailable, try using another type of pear or sweet apple. This is a great morning smoothie with a nourishing dose or protein, healthy fats, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Apple cider vinegar, ginger and lemon are all energizing and give your digestive system a nice little kickstart. It’s an especially satisfying smoothie for those who, for whatever reason, are avoiding bananas or want something a little out of the ordinary. Enjoy! xJacq Ingredients: 1-2 servings 1 Orange 1/2 Asian pear 3/4 inch chunk of Ginger, peeled 1/2 Avocado 1/4 cup Cashew Nuts, soaked* 3 medium Kale Leaves 2 Romaine Lettuce leaves 1/2 cup Orange Juice 1/2 cup Almond Milk 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar 1 large Lemon wedge, juice only Peel and break the orange up into wedges. If you are using …