Mint, Lime Iced Tea

  The inspiration for this recipe came from a local food truck, Goatacado, that is at our Saturday morning farmer’s market.  They specialize in various quinoa bowls with lots of veggies, avocado and topped with a fried egg. While these are delicious, I really love this ice tea.  I don’t generally like sweet tea but this combination is perfection. I am using Stevia in my recipe since I really am careful about excess sugar and I think I have finally come up with a tea that is very similar to theirs.   This is a great way to stay hydrated when you get tired of drinking just water! Happy Summer!          Ingredients:  4 cups boiling water 2 Peppermint tea bags (I use Pukka Three Mint Tea) Juice of 1 medium lime Stevia to taste     Directions: 1. Boil 4 cups of water. 2. Pour water over 2 tea bags in a shatterproof pitcher (I use my 4 cup pyrex glass measuring cup). 3. Steep for 5 minutes. 4. Add lime juice.     5. Add Stevia to taste (I use the powdered form from Trader Joes). 6. Pour over ice.  Garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of lime.    Enjoy!!!!             © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

How many of you love a pumpkin spice latte?? For many of us, it’s a reminder that fall is here!! The challenge for me personally is that it is loaded with an artificially flavored sweet syrup that does not support the lifestyle that I am trying to live.   The flavors of pumpkin and spice are just so good! Instead of running out to Starbucks, I turned to my baking pantry and figured out how to make this DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte at home. It gave me all the flavor I wanted and it’s the perfect thing to sip on after dinner on a cold evening. You have got to try it!! Helpful tip: this Aerolatte milk frother is around $20 on Amazon! It’s perfect for making lattes at home!     Ingredients: 2 ½ C Almond Milk (or milk of choice) 2 T Coconut Cream ¼ C Pumpkin Puree 1 ½ tsp. Turmeric  1 ½ tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice 3 T Maple Syrup Pinch of Black Pepper Pinch of nutmeg   Directions: 1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.  2. Using an Aerolatte milk frother or immersion blender, blend all ingredients.  3. Heat and serve with a cinnamon stick and some freshly grated nutmeg. 4. For a frothy top whip up your latte with an aerolatte milk frother.                   © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Strawberry Superfood Smoothie

  Strawberry season is here! My favorite way to enjoy them is in a smoothie. I have come up with a yummy, superfood rich smoothie that anyone will love!  The weather is warming up so pull out your blender.  I’ve got lots more smoothie recipes to come. Ingredients: 6 large strawberries 2 cups ice 1 cup water/coconut milk/almond milk 2 scoops collagen powder or protein powder 1 T goji berries 1 tsp. beetroot powder ½ tsp. amla berry powder 1 tsp. barley green powder 1 tsp. bee pollen 2 pitted Medjool dates 2 tsp. chia seeds 1 tsp. maca powder   Directions: Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth adding in extra liquid for desired consistency. Makes two smoothies! Links are included for easy ordering ingredients on Amazon!           © The Sown Life LLC, 2020

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

  Rich, smooth, creamy and packed with nutrition! I have always been a big fan of the chocolate and peanut butter combination and I love finding a way to have it and also have all my superfoods! A couple of dates goes a long way to naturally sweeten this smoothie. Amazon links are included for easy online ordering!!   Ingredients:  1 C coconut milk/water/almond milk/nonfat milk 1 ½ C ice 2 scoops collagen/protein powder 3 T raw cacao powder 2 T peanut butter 1 T goji berries 3 pitted Medjool dates 1 T chia seeds 1 tsp. maca powder 2 tsp. barley green powder ½ tsp reishi mushroom powder   Directions: Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth adding any extra liquid to achieve desired consistency. Serves two!                © The Sown Life LLC, 2020

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

    Ingredients:  1 ½ C frozen peaches 1 banana ½ C ice 1 can coconut milk or 2 C cashew or almond milk 1 ½ scoops collagen/protein powder 1 T goji berries 1 tsp maca powder 1 T flax seeds or chia seeds 2 T raw cashews 1 tsp bee pollen 1 tsp barley green powder 1 tsp reishi mushroom powder   Directions:  Place all ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smooth adding any extra liquid to get the consistency that you desire.                © The Sown Life LLC, 2020    

Susan’s Bulletproof Coffee

  I call this bulletproof coffee but I have subbed out some of the traditional ingredients (like MCT oil) for coconut oil, collagen and reishi mushroom powder. The mushroom powder is great for many things but one thing it helps with here is to balance out caffeine’s effects on our body. The little bit of protein and healthy fat from the collagen and coconut oil make this drink filling and nourishing. It’s a great upgrade for your morning coffee!! Enjoy!   Ingredients: 1 C coffee ½ tsp. Reishi mushroom powder 1 tsp. collagen 1 tsp. coconut oil   Directions:  Using an aerolatte or an upright blender to blend it all together and enjoy!! I love this aerolatte frother! It is awesome.              © The Sown Life LLC, 2020

Fruit Water

Fruit Waters  Spring is here and so are warmer temperatures.  That means it is growing season and fresh, local fruit is on it’s way!!  To stay hydrated during the warmer months I love making my own fruit and herbal infusions.  My favorite way to drink enough H2O in my day is by making fruit waters. A fruit water is just fruit infused in cold water.  I like to use the fruits in season and add some fragrant herbs to compliment the fruit flavor. It doesn’t take very long for the water to take on the flavor of the fruit you have chosen. Just add fruit and herbs to room temperature or ice water and let sit for a few minutes and you have a delicious infused drink. My favorite combinations are Peach, Blueberries and Thyme; Cucumber, lemon and Mint or Strawberry and Basil.  All of these are fantastic. Lemon and Lime with Lemon Balm and Watermelon, Lime and Mint. My herb garden had been completely taken over by Lemon Balm so I am using it as much as I can. There are so many options but this is an amazing time of year to use the spring and summer fruits fruits and herbs to make many variations of fruit water. Let me know if you come up with some new combinations so I can share them on the blog. Happy Spring and Stay Hydrated!!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

  My strawberry plants have been very fruitful this spring so I have put them to good use!  I came up with this beautiful and refreshing drink that incorporates fresh fruit, fruit juices and sweetened with Stevia so you are getting very little sugar but incredible flavor.  I topped this lemonade with some fresh basil for an extra touch and oh my goodness!!! It’s AWESOME! You can also top this with some sparkling water for a refreshing mocktail. Enjoy this recipe! It is so hydrating.        Ingredients: 1-pint strawberries 6-8 lemons 3TBS. Stevia 3 TBS. basil 1/2 gallon filtered water     1. Juice all the lemons and add to a pitcher.     2. Puree the strawberries in a blender and then pour through a strainer or a cheesecloth to get out the seeds  Add the strained strawberries into the pitcher with the lemon juice.     3. Add filtered water to the top of the pitcher and taste to see if lemon is tart enough. Add more lemon juice if needed. 4. Add 3 TBS. of Stevia or to taste. 5. Finely chop 3 TBS. of basil and add to lemonade mixture and let sit for 2 hours.     6. Pour over ice and enjoy!!!     You can opt to use limes instead of lemons or switch it up and use lavender instead of basil.  Make it your own! There are so many variations and a whole summer ahead to enjoy them!     […]

Kefir Water/Soda

I cannot say enough about the health benefits of fermented foods.  WE are the only culture that does not consume fermented foods on a regular basis and I for one, would like to change that!!!  They work even better than a probiotic, in my opinion, as I have experienced personally.   KEFIR WATER Kefir water has been life changing for me.  I have struggled for so long with digestive issues and this has made the biggest impact! Kefir is a cultured and microbal-rich food that helps to restore our friendly bacteria.   It contains strains of beneficial yeast and beneficial bacteria that give Kefir antibiotic properties.  It’s essentially a natural antibiotic!  My daughter had oral surgery this past week and instead of administering the antibiotic prescribed, we combined Kefir water with large doses of bioavailable echinacea to prevent any infection.   You will need: *Water Kefir grains (I order them from Cultures for is at the bottom) Strainer Bowl Raw Sugar Filtered water (if using tap water it must be boiled and then brought to room temperature) 1 quart glass jar 1. To hydrate the grains bring 1/2 cup of water to just boiling. 2. In a 1 quart glass jar, dissolve 1/4 cup raw sugar into the hot water. 3. Add 3 cups cool water to the sugar water mixture. 4.  Make sure the water is cool and then add the grains. 5. Cover with a cheesecloth and store in a warm, dark place (between 65 and 80 degrees) Soak for  3-4 days […]

Favorite Balancing Hormone Smoothie

This is my favorite balancing hormone smoothie recipe! I cannot stress enough the benefits of each ingredient. There are no “fillers” in this smoothie and it is very nutrient dense.  Everything I chose serves a purpose. Whenever I teach a balancing hormones class this is the recipe I share and make for everyone to try. It’s packed full of superfoods, healthy fats and protein. I talk about the benefits of chia seeds and goji berries all the time and they are some of my absolute favorites that give this smoothie extra fiber, calcium and antioxidants. Maca powder is also a rockstar when it comes to balancing out hormones in the body.     There is a lot more I can say about these ingredients but suffice it to say that this recipe is the product of a lot of testing and research on my part. This smoothie really helps my body stay healthy, alert and energized. I get into much more detail about this smoothie in my classes so next time you see me announce one, consider coming!!!   I love being able to connect and tell people in person about these principals. I hope this one becomes a staple in your kitchen. You won’t be disappointed! (I’m pretty sure I’m laughing in this picture because most of my smoothies turn out this brownish color. Oh well, never judge a book by its cover!) Ingredients: 2 Scoops Love n’ Peas Protein powder. (Available to order on Amazon via my affiliate link) 1/2 can coconut […]