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Ginger Fresca

Prep Time

5 min.

Prep Notes

Enjoy a refreshing, tart and lively mix of health in a glass!  Hydrating water, natural digestive-aid ginger, vitamin-packed lime, mint for mental alertness and memory retention and the metabolism boost and probiotics of apple cider vinegar will get you off on the right foot. This drink makes me look forward to spring break! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sparkling water

  • 1 Tbsp Bragg apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ tsp grated fresh ginger

  • Squeeze of 1 lime slice

  • ½ tsp chopped fresh mint

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients and enjoy!

Yields

1 serving

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Chia Leah Cherry Berry Recovery Smoothie 

Prep Time

2 minutes

Prep Notes

This is my favorite smoothie EVER! I especially love the tart, thirst quenching taste of the cherries, (use frozen UNSWEETENED), and the added texture of heart healthy oats. I can feel the benefits of the satiating fiber in each of these ingredients all day long. It tastes like there is milk in here but it’s vegan, (plant-based). Did you know that tart cherries are proven to improve athletic performance & endurance? They help reduce any post-workout inflammation or pain. They are also a top source of vitamin C to build immunity and a powerful source of antioxidants to fight diseases such as cancer.

Cooking Time

30 seconds

Yields

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cherries, (sub any berry you choose or mix it up with cherry & berry)

  • Half of a frozen banana OR 3 pitted dates

  • 1 Tablespoon chia seed or flax meal

  • 1 Tablespoon almond or peanut butter

  • 4 Tablespoons raw oats

  • 1-1.5 cups water (depending on the consistency you like, start with 1 cup)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender. Add more water if desired.

  2. Enjoy!

GOOD Morning Green Smoothie

Prep Time
5 minutes

Yields
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 banana*

  • Juice from one lemon

  • 1 Tbsp Chia seed or flaxmeal (optional)

  • 3 Tbsp (or so) of water or coconut water

  • 1 peeled carrot OR 1 stalk of celery

  • ½ cucumber

  • ½ granny smith apple

  • 2 heaping handfuls of kale (I use spinach to mix it up sometimes)

  • 1 handful of ice on top

  • *1 banana for first-timers, otherwise skip the banana and add 1 inch of fresh ginger

Directions

  1. Place ingredients from bottom to top in a Vitamix, BlendTec or other good blender.

  2. Blend and enjoy!

Notes
Start the day off with vegetables (full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber) and hydration!

Credit
Chia Leah
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Easy Bone Broth
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Prep Time
5 minutes

Cooking Time
48 hours

Yields
6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • Use the carcass from that leftover organic rotisserie chicken or beef, chicken or lamb bones from local butcher or grocery. By using organic and high quality carcasses, there will be less impurities in the bone broth- think “we are what we eat!”

  • Assorted veggie trimmings or aromatics, about 2 cups (whatever’s in the fridge: carrots, celery, onion, garlic, sage, rosemary, oregano)

  • 2-3 bay leaves

  • Generous pinch of peppercorns

  • Glug of unfiltered apple cider vinegar*

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • 1 nub of fresh ginger (about 1 inch)

  • Filtered Water

Directions

  1. Place the bones, veggie trimmings, bay leaves, peppercorns, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and ginger into the Crock Pot or slow cooker insert.

  2. Fill to one inch below the max line with fresh filtered cold water.

  3. Place the insert into the slow cooker, put the lid on.

  4. Set to heat to high until the broth starts to boil.

  5. Reduce the heat to lowfor 48 hours, (yes hours).
    Tip: Bones should disintegrate in your fingers! This means you have pulled everything out of them into the broth.

  6. Let the broth cool.

  7. At this point, I use a spoon to pull out anylayers of fat on the top of the broth. Then, strain all of the bones and such, bottle up broth into quart sized jars or other glass airtight containers and refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for up to a month.

*Apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized) is a great addition to bone broth because it helps break apart the bones. Plus, ACV is great for digestion among other health benefits.

 

Credit
Chia Leah
www.chialeah.com

Chia Leah's Autumn Smoothie

Prep Time
2 minutes

Prep Notes
This energizing smoothie provides anti-inflammatory powerhouses pumpkin, sweet potato and cinnamon! Use a leftover baked sweet potato or for a cheater, use sweet potato babyfood!  

Cooking Time
0

Yields
2 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling)

  • 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you like)

  • 1 roasted sweet potato, skinned

  • 1 tbsp chia seed

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • Handful of ice on top

Directions

Blend well!

Credit
Chia Leah

Chia Leah's Foxtail Detoxifying Autumn Beverage

Prep Time
2 minutes

Prep Notes
Main ingredients are apple cider vinegar, water and cinnamon. All other ingredients, and amounts, are optional. Most detox drinks are considered an "EEEEEW" drink. This drink actually tastes refreshing, once you get that pucker out of the way. I actually prefer it to apple cider this time of year and my body feels wonderful after I treat myself to it!

Yields
1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm or hot water

  • 2 T ACV (unfiltered apple cider vinegar –I love Bragg)

  • 2 T fresh squeezed lemon

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • Pinch of pink Himalayan seasalt

  • OPTIONAL ½ tsp local honey (or try Manuka honey for a more concentrated menthol taste if you are fighting a cold)

Directions

Fill a mug with all ingredients except water. Heat up water and add to ingredients. Stir and enjoy. 

Credit
Chia Leah
www.chialeah.com