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 […]

Calypso Mojito Mocktail

I love to come home in the evening and have some kind of special, celebratory beverage that helps me relax and I want it to feel like a treat. I got into mocktails and have been really loving them. They are such a good alternative for a glass of wine when you want to make sure you are hydrated and refreshed in the middle of your work week.  This is one of my favorite combinations so give it a try!!! Ingredients:  Juice of 1 1/2 Limes A few mint leaves, according to your taste, plus some for garnish Coconut LaCroix 1/4 teaspoon Stevia Directions:  I like to get out a drink tumbler and a muddler and muddle together the limes, stevia and mint in the bottom of the tumbler. You can also do this in the bottom of your glass. 2. Add the muddled mixture to your glass, add ice and la Croix and mix in the tumbler and then pour over into your glass. I like to mix it back and forth a bit between the tumbler and your glass, there is no wrong way! Make it pretty for yourself and garnish with lime wedge and a sprig of mint! Enjoy.         © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Calming Lemon Tonic Mocktail

The full name for this mocktail is the Calming lemon Tonic #2 because it is the new and improved version of the #1. This recipe is not only a fun drink but lemon is so good for detox and digestion, while lavender helps to calm the senses. This is the perfect drink for any time, but I especially enjoy it in the evening! Ingredients: Juice of 1 ½ lemons Fresh lavender (to your taste) Lemon spindrift or Perrier ¼ teaspoon Stevia. Directions: 1. Muddle the fresh lavender with the lemon juice and stevia   2. Pour over crushed ice and top with Perrier or Spindrift. 3. Garnish well and you have a very pretty drink with next to no calories, sugar or side effects!            © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Blackberry, Lime and Basil Mocktail

This final mocktail is especially fun because the blackberry gives it such a colorful, festive look. I can see this one fitting in perfectly for the holidays.  I never regret having one of these, the best part is you don’t have to wait till the evening to drink them, anytime is a good time for a mocktail! Ingredients: Juice of 1 ½ limes 3 or 4 blackberries A few sprigs of basil Blackberry Cucumber LaCroix ¼ tsp. Stevia   Directions:  Muddle together the lime juice, blackberries, Stevia and Basil. Pour over crushed ice and top with blackberry cucumber La Croix Stir, garnish and enjoy!             © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

Mango Hormone Balancing Smoothie

  This new recipe is light and fruity and still fits the bill for Hormone Balance!  It’s packed with my favorite superfoods and has a delicious summery taste! Make yourself one and then go have a seat in the sunshine and enjoy!! Ingredients:  ½ C coconut milk 1 tsp dried Coconut 1 scoop Love N’ Peas protein powder ½ C frozen mango 1 tsp goji berries ½ tsp maca powder 1 tsp chia seeds ½ tsp bee pollen ¼ C oats   Directions:  Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth! You can add a little water if the smoothie is too thick. Enjoy.           © The Sown Life LLC, 2019

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