Sunday, October 16, 2011

Morning Mango Smoothie

Grab-and-go with this lusciously-creamy (and super healthy) smoothie!  It is a cinch to prepare in the morning and will help you start your day right!   

Serves 2 (less than 100 calories per serving)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk (regular, soy, almond) – I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup OJ 

Preparation
  1. Add ingredients to blender and puree until smooth
  2. Enjoy immediately

For the health of it...
  • Select an OJ with added calcium and vitamin D
  • Grab a handful of your favorite raw nuts and enjoy on the side for added protein to complete this meal

Mangos are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Teff Peanut Butter Cookies

Teff flour is a gluten-free and highly nutritious substitute for other flours (substitute ¼ cup of teff flour per cup of wheat flour).  This recipe (modified just slightly from the back of the Bob's Red Mill teff flour bag) allows teff flour to remain the star flour ingredient. 

My husband could not stop eating them and mentioned after each cookie how delicious they taste.  Even if you aren’t avoiding gluten, these cookies are unique and decadent…

Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup teff flour
  • ½ peanut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients and blend well
  3. Spoon the mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet
  4. Flatten using a fork in a crisscross pattern (for that lovely peanut butter cookie appearance)
  5. Bake for 13 minutes
  6. Let cool on wire rack
  7. Enjoy!  We started with 12 cookies and 3 remained after less than 10 minutes… you do the math…

Health Benefits
Teff is a nutritional miracle for those avoiding gluten in their diet (it consists mostly of the bran and germ).  This ancient grain is a good source of fiber, protein and iron. - it is also rich in calcium.

Did You Know? Teff is the smallest grain in the world – in fact, it takes 150 teff grains to weigh as much as 1 wheat grain!