It’s Been A While…

Reinvention-Karl-Lagerfeld1Two years in fact. Lots of things have gone on to take my attention away from this blog, but now it is time to get busy again! I continue to live grain and gluten-free. My health has improved exponentially in the past two years, and I am ready to take it to another level. I have completed two 21 Day Sugar Detoxes and two Whole 30s…not my favorite things to do, but it builds character. I am getting ready to transition to a different aspect of my career in the next 12-18 months, and I have thoughts percolating on where to go next. I am studying to become a natural health practitioner, which fills me with joy! I plan to add ideas and recipes for using more plant-based skin care as well as grain-free treats. This will be fun!

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Day 9 – 21DSD – Bake and Shake…

IMG_4282It is 7:50 at night and it is 93 degrees outside. I have just come from Open House at my school. Our school is not air conditioned. Lots and lots of parents….excessive heat… not a pretty sight. Three days ago, it was 52 at this time. COME ON NOW – This is New England. We are supposed to be getting ready to view changing leaf colors, not digging out our bathing suits! Madness!

Tonight, I made PaleOMG’s Creamy Green Apple Smoothie! Nothing else would do on such a night! I made it almost exactly, too…but I have a hard time following exact rules.

  • 2 cup fresh spinach (I used 1 cup)
  • 1 green apple, peeled and cored, roughly chopped
  • ½ avocado (I used a whole avocado)
  • ½ cup coconut milk (I used 10 ounces)
  • 1½ cups water (I omitted this)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • handful of ice

Put the liquids in the Vitamix first. Add apple, avocado, spinach and ice. Blend. Drink. Ahhhhh…!!! (This is DELICIOUS! So much better than the Green Shamrock Shake!) Thanks, PaleOMG!

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Day 8 21DSD – A Shamrock Shake!

IMG_4281Who says shamrock shakes are only for St. Patrick’s Day? This Irish girl welcomes a good luck charm anytime! Today, I am enjoying a variation of PaleOMG’s Creamy Green Apple Smoothie. 

I am using a variation, because I ate my last avocado for lunch…poor planning on my part! I think the addition of the avocado would make it thicker (hence the “creamy” in the original version…). I also used half kale/half spinach, because I wanted to.

Here is my version, known now as “Shamrock Green Apple Shake” due to its thinner consistency.

Shamrock Green Apple Shake

  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I used the kind in the carton)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and quartered
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • handful of  ice

Add to Vitamix in order listed. Start on lowest variable speed. Increase to highest speed. Flip to high. Pour and enjoy!

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Day 7 21DSD – This is fun!

I could get used to this. Everyday, some new tasty, whirled up, delicious thing to try. I am hooked on my Vitamix! I have been blithely creating recipes, and have been more engrossed in making than in writing. So, voila! Try this one…it is good!

IMG_4276Coconut Carrot Smoothie

  • 10 oz coconut milk
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1T nut butter
  • 4 ice cubes

Place items in Vitamix. Start at variable speed 1, and slowly increase to 10. Flip to high for a couple of seconds. Pour. Drink. Mmmmm…..

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Day 3 – 21 DSD – Drink your Vegetables!

I may have to change the name of this blog from The Grain-Free Goddess, to The Vitamix Queen! Can you be in love with a kitchen appliance? I feel like a whole new dimension has been opened to me! Let’s juice! Let’s blend! Let’s make soup! This blender does everything but make the bed and clean the bathroom. No matter…look at all the extra time I will have because the Vitamix does everything else!

Here is my creation of the day. Don’t be alarmed by the color…it is absolutely delicious! What do they put in V-8  to make it so red anyway….

Vitamix Vegetable CocktailVitamix Vegetable Cocktail

  • 1/2 tomato
  • handful of baby carrots (it is what I had…)
  • handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 large, peeled, garlic clove
  • 10 drops of hot sauce (I like things spicy!)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup ice
  • water to dilute to desired thinness

Put all ingredients in Vitamix. Start on lowest variable speed (1); turn up to 10, then to “high”. Tamp ingredients with tamper as needed. Add water to thin out if needed.

Pour in glass and enjoy!!

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Day 2 – 21 DSD…Chocolate!

VitamixI am a lucky woman; my Dearly Beloved gave me a wonderful gift for my birthday that I have been lusting after for years… a VITAMIX BLENDER!!! It is just what I wanted! He ordered it last week, right before my birthday, and it arrived today! Perfect to help with my 21DSD plan. I played around with a simple smoothie recipe to give the fab Vitamix a whirl… You would not know that there is no sugar or sweetener in this recipe!


dark chocolate smoothieDark Chocolate No Sugar Smoothie

  • 10 oz unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 heaping T almond butter ( or other nut butter)
  • 1 heaping T dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup ice

Put the ingredients in Vitamix blender in listed order. Start on variable speed, level 1; slowly increase to level 8. Blend for 30 seconds, until desired consistency is achieved.

Pour that bad boy in a glass and drink it dry!

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September’s 21 Day Sugar Detox! – Day One

21 DSDAnother school year, another opportunity to cut excess sweetness out of my life! No, no – I love my job – the excess sweetness removal is courtesy of Diane Sanfilippo’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Program. I did my first round in January, one in March, and it seemed like a great time to do it again. There have been so many changes going on in my life during the summer, this seemed like a great way to get on track. I made it through the day feeling great! My only dilemma was not having enough food prepared. I did have some grain free meatballs in the freezer, and a salad – lunch was made! Eggs and bacon for dinner, and a green apple with almond butter for dessert, and Day One is in the books!

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