Singing Bird Holistic Health Coaching

Strawberry Basil Cocktails

This little gem is perfect for sipping poolside or at a late afternoon backyard get together. This recipe makes 4 cocktails, but you will probably have leftover strawberry mush for later!

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INGREDIENTS

1 package (1 pound) organic strawberries

1/3 cup organic basil

6 oz vodka

2 lemons

club soda

ice

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DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Wash your strawberries, cut off the tops and cut into halves. Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and place your stawberries on it in a single layer. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until they look like this:

Let the strawberries cool.

Add strawberries, plus any juice that melted out during roasting, and the basil to a blender or food processor. Blend until it looks like delicious pinkish red mush:

In a medium-sized cocktail glass, pour a 1.5 oz shot of vodka in the bottom. Scoop in 3 tablespoons of the strawberry-basil mush, and mix with a spoon. Squeeze in the juice of a half a lemon. Fill the glass with ice and top with a splash of club soda.

Spring Greening Juice

INGREDIENTS

½ organic English cucumber

½ green apple

2 celery stalks

1 lemon

handful of mint

DIRECTIONS

Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy immediately!

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

½ cup gluten free rolled oats

1 cup homemade pecan milk (recipe included below, but you could also use a non-sweetened store-bought nut milk)

1 cup blueberries

1 frozen banana

1 Tbsp almond butter

½ tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

 

The night before you are going to make your smoothie, soak your oats in your nut milk overnight. Add all items to your blender, and blend until smooth!

 

As far as blenders go, I use a NutriBullet and I love it. It’s probably one of the best kitchen tools that I ever bought. I use it pretty much everyday, whether it be for smoothies, making nut milk, or milling spices.

Low Sugar Margarita on the Rocks

I grew up in Texas. Therefore I think it’s natural that I love a good margarita. It’s the perfect cocktail for those hot summer nights. I know many of you are still frozen right now, but keep this in mind for July or just turn up your heater and pretend!

I know what you might be wondering…yes, you can be a health coach and still enjoy a good cocktail every now and then! Multiple studies have found that having some alcohol is actually good for you. Most of the world’s centenarians (those who live to be 100+) drink. Many drink everyday! The key is moderation. If you have one too many, all of the potential health benefits go away. Women should stick to 1-2 drinks per evening, while men should have no more than 2-3.

INGREDIENTS

3 shots of tequila

½ shot of organic raw agave nectar

2 limes, juiced

2 tangerines, juiced

DIRECTIONS

In this video you will learn how to make a delicious margarita using natural ingredients and minimal sugar!

Blueberry Chai Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

2 cups packed organic spinach

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries

4 dates (pitted)

10-12 raw almonds

1/2 Tbsp chia seeds

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/3 cup water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of cardamom

pinch of clove

pinch of nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients to a high-quality blender and blend until smooth. If you don’t have all the spices, don’t worry. You can just add the cinnamon and it will still be equally tasty. I use the NutriBullet for all my smoothies. It’s great. Never leaves any clumps behind, a snap to clean up, and a lot less expensive than the Vitamix (which I still have my eye on, mind you…)

Voila, a delicious smoothie that blends the flavors of the season with unseasonably warm weather! Don’t be alarmed, because of the spinach and blueberries, your smoothie will have a lovely blue/green color to it 🙂

 

Homemade Almond Milk

I have been thinking about making almond milk for quite some time. After cutting out most dairy in my diet, I needed a replacement…especially for my morning coffee. Store-bought almond milk is okay, but it has a bunch additives, including carrageenan. You can read Andrew Weil’s opinion of carrageenan here. And oh my gosh, homemade almond milk is SO MUCH BETTER TASTING than the store-bought kind!! I am really excited to try making other iterations with different types of nuts and spices.

This version is great for coffee or adding to smoothies.

INGREDIENTS 

1 cup of raw almonds

3 cups of water

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

You will also need a good blender and a cheese cloth. I bought regular cheese cloths, which worked pretty well but some of the pulp still came through. Next time I am going to try an ultra fine cheese cloth or a special nut milk bag (both available on Amazon!)

DIRECTIONS

Soak your almonds in water overnight in the fridge. In the morning, drain and rinse them under cold water.

Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through your cheese cloth into a bowl or pitcher, squeezing out all the liquid. That’s it! Now you have delicious almond milk that you can store in the fridge for up to 5 days! I have read that you can use the leftover almond meal as well (for almond flour or cookies), but I haven’t tried that yet. 

Depending on what consistency you like, you can add more or less water. For reference, the ratio I used came out with a similar consistency to whole milk.

I am really excited to try this with other types of nuts and spice combinations as well! Enjoy!!