Chilled Savory Avocado Soup

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with avocados. I eat them daily. And, when I don't my body craves them.

I've loved them for as long as I can remember. When I was little, most other kids were grossed out by their texture or flavor, but I couldn't get enough. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with growing up in a Mexican-American household or growing up in California, but my mom always had avocados on hand. In the Summer, she usually has at least a dozen at any given time, and I've become the same way.

When I'm not making guacamole or putting them in salads and smoothies, I just cut one open, sprinkle some sea salt on, and eat it with a spoon. The whole thing, and I'm not ashamed!

Let's talk about this Chilled Avocado Soup. Sounds weird, right? But, trust me... it's really good! It's sort of like gazpacho, but instead of tomato, it's got avocado. And, it's perfect for those warm summer days ahead. It's delicious, healthy, packed with all the good-for-you fats; and also really, really simple to make. 

This savory, rich, creamy avocado soup contains no cream or milk. No cooking, no mess in the kitchen. Just seven ingredients and a blender are all you need.

If you want it spicy, try adding a fire roasted serrano pepper in for a nice kick. A little bit of cilantro as a topper might be nice, too!


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What You'll Need

3 avocados, cut into chunks
3 cups bone broth
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 tsp tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What You'll Need To Know

Combine ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth.

Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until fully chilled.

Pour soup into serving bowls and enjoy.

Recipe makes 4-5 servings

Stress Fighting Smoothie

Here's to a tasty travel day and the start of this work-cation!! First stop.. North Carolina. It's a quick stop to say "hi" to the in-laws and drop off our fur babes. This smoothie is perfect for a day f travel because it's loaded with so much nutrients, yet light enough to not give you an upset tummy.

This smoothie includes Sacha inchi, which is rich in protein, omega-3, -6, and -9, alpha-tocopherol, vitamin E, and carotenoids (Vitamin A), and fiber. Its unique collection of nutrients provides notable benefits for the body, like helping with overall immune system support and fights stress. As for the taste, it has a mild nutty, almost peanut taste to it, makig it a perfect swap for nut butter!

Stress Fighting Smoothie

What You'll Need

1 handful baby spinach
1/2 small avocado
2 tbsp coconut shavings
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 tbsp MRM Sacha Inchi powder
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup cashew nut milk
1/2 cup mint tea, brewed and chilled
1/2 tsp Matcha powder (I used this brand) 
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides
4 drops Stevia

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blended up for 90 seconds, or until smooth.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

 

 

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Shaved Zucchini Salad with Plant-Based Cheese and Pine Nuts

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Plant-Based Cheese and Pine Nuts

So you want to eat clean, but you don’t want to feel bored. This  Shaved Zucchini Salad with Plant-Based Cheese and Pine Nuts is so good! It was inspired by Roots Whole Body in Portland, OR. They have a similar salad that will leave you thinking about for days. 

This salad is so easy to make. You can enjoy this as a main or pair it with grilled salmon. If you find yourself with extra zucchini, this recipe is a soul-satisfying and delicious option. 

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Plant-Based Cheese and Pine Nuts

What You'll Need

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 mint leaves, finely chopped
2 pounds medium zucchini, trimmed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
2 purple bell peppers*
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted + 1/8 cup
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
5 cups baby spinach
Kite Hill Plant-Based Cheese**
Avocado

 

 

* If you can't find them, you can use Anaheim peppers that offer a similar taste

** if plant-based cheese isn't your thing swap it out for goat cheese

What You'll Need To Know

In a bowl whisk oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, mint leaves, and garlic to blend. Set dressing aside.

Using a V-slicer or mandoline slicer, slice zucchini into ribbons (about 1/16 inch thick). Place ribbons in large bowl. 

Add dill, purple bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and pine nuts, then dressing; toss to coat together. 

Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Add 1 tbsp of Kite Hill plant-based cheese (or cheese of choice) to each plate. 

Add salad, and add 1/4 avocado to each plate and sprinkle with pine nuts. 

Makes 2-4 servings.
 

 

Happy Blue Coconut Elixir

Happiness in a glass. That's exactly what this is. 

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And, it's not just because it's blue, creamy, and delicious but because it's got Mucuna Pruriens. It's basically happy powder. This extract powder contains 15% L-DOPA, a precursor to Dopamine. Consuming Mucuna Pruriens may enhance brain function, elevate mood, soothe the nervous system and overall well-being. 

If you are wondering what the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream are, let me explain. The main difference is that coconut milk [in a can] will have the layer of thick coconut cream as well as the watery coconut milk underneath, but coconut cream is only made of that thick, spoonable cream. If I need it for smoothies, I'll leave the coconut milk can in the refrigerator overnight, flip it over and open up. Whats left on top is a thick layer of coconut cream.

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What You'll Need

½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/2 scoop E3Live blue majik blue-green algae
1/2 tsp Sunpostion Mucuna Pruriens
Topping: bee pollen
 

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the powders have fully dissolved.

Serve immediately. Pour into a 12oz glass and top with bee pollen.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Coco-Lime Smoothie

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Favorite smoothie recipe of all time?

Probably this one.

I tend to make a variation of the smoothie all the time, but this time I added a few different ingredients and let me just tell you... it turned out pretty darn delicious! And, because I always make similer smoothies to this, I'm always stumped on names. Coco-Lime? Sure, that will do!

You'll love that it has Sacha Inchi, which is a great source of a plant-based complete protein. Mixed with healthy fats from avocado and coconut, this smoothie will keep you satiated!
 

What You'll Need

1 handful baby spinach
1/2 small avocado
2 tbsp coconut shavings
1/2 lime, peeled
1 tbsp MRM sacha inchi powder*
1/4 cup harmless harvest coconut water
1/4 cup hazelnut nut milk (I used this brand)
1/2 cup mint tea, brewed and chilled
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides

Optional: 3-4 drops stevia**

Optional: 1 tsp Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Nut Butter

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender, add all ingredients and blend for 60-90 seconds or until smooth.

Pour and enjoy!

 

 

Recipe makes 1 serving.

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** I added 3-4 drops stevia to make it a tad sweet, but you can leave it out if you wish.