Sugarless Snacks that taste great

Sugarless Snacks that taste great?

I have to admit that when I heard about snack recipes that featured no sugar I was a little skeptical about how the end product would taste.

After all, sugar makes the world go around, or so you might think after spending most of your life scarfing down an endless supply of snack types made with processed sugar.

But there is an alternative to the use of sugar in snacks.

At least, this is what Carolyn Hansen says in her books found at Blended Bites. Nature has come up with some nifty alternatives that are actually quite healthy for us, and which can be used to impart all the sweetness you might otherwise miss in the absence of a dose of sugar.

Dates turned out to be a good way to naturally sweeten the recipes for the desserts and snacks that appear in Carolyn’s books.

Another alternative that most of us are familiar with is honey.

Honey is also an excellent natural sweetener that appears in many of Carolyn’s recipes, including those for tempting cheesecake delights that you can eat without the least pang of guilt. Yes, that recipe for a pink Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake concoction is sure to become one of your favorites.

All done without sugar. Even without flour or butter. After all, who needs high-cholesterol butter in their diet when almond butter and coconut butter can be used instead?

Go check out Carolyn’s site now and tell me that those images of the Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake and the Carob Fudge don’t make your mouth water.

The great thing about these recipes is that they are not just put together with ingredients that are good for you, but they are easy to make AND they do not require any cooking on your part.

If you know how to use a blender, Carolyn says, you can easily follow her directions and churn out a plate full of yum yum in no time.

If this whole idea sounds like a treat to you (hee hee) then here’s where you can go to find out more about how to add more than 200 healthy desserts and snacks to your diet.

Trust me, if you like to eat, this is something that is worth your time – especially if you would not mind losing a few pounds by eating stuff that tastes like it was designed to put on the pounds, not take them off!

When You Have A Blender, Who Needs A Stove?

When You Have A Blender, Who Needs A Stove?

I do not remember the last time that I used the stove. But I have a great excuse.

The only thing I know how to heat up is a teabag. The downside? I eat out every day and the quality of the nutrition I put into my body is not nearly as good as I know it ought to be.

This is why Carolyn Hansen’s books at BlendedBites.com look so appealing to me.

Now the truth is, even though I know I could benefit from eating these amazingly mouth-watering delights, I probably never will. Why?

Because I am lazy, and the idea of having to go to the store to get ingredients, put them in a blender, and then simply pour them out onto a tray seems like a lot of work to me.

But you might not be as lazy as I am, and you might be prepared to take a couple of steps to eat healthy desserts and snacks rather than the store-bought items that are poisoning me.

Well, poisoning might be too strong a word. Still, we all know that the sugar, butter, and other chemical additives that fill traditional snacks are doing none of us any favors. They all contribute in the long run to obesity and other chronic diseases associated with poor nutrition. This is why when someone comes up with a set of healthy food alternatives we should all take notice, rather than continue to be lazy like I am. I am going to suffer the consequences of my actions, I have no doubt. But that does not mean that you need to do the same.

At least I hope you do not. At the very least, do me a favor and go have a look at the recipe books that Carolyn is offering on her site.

If you take a glance at that Strawberry Fields Forever cheesecake alternative or the Carob Fudge, and you still don’t bite (haha) then I will know that I did my bit to help your ward of the coronary disease or hypertension that likely will catch up with you one of these days.

Assuming you eat as poorly as I do, that is. You don’t, do you?

The bottom line: you will want to go check out the Blended Bites recipes if you are less than satisfied with the quality of the desserts and snacks that typically end up inside you over the course of a day.

Can Delicious Snacks Actually Be Good For You?

Can Delicious Snacks Actually Be Good For You?

Remember sneaking into the kitchen when you were young to steal a snack when mom was not looking?

Well, those days might be over if ex-bodybuilding champion Carolyn Hansen gets her way.

She has come up with a set of more than 200 dessert and snack recipes that will have mothers everywhere positively encouraging their children to dig in.

The reason?

The ingredients.

No sugar, flour, or butter to be found in these recipes

– just healthy natural ingredients. No cooking either, for the most part, which makes preparation a snap.

All a mom needs to be proficient within the kitchen to keep her kids satisfied is a blender.

That’s the conclusion Carolyn Hansen reaches in her collection of recipe books she calls Blended Bites.

At first glance, you might be tempted to think that desserts and snacks prepared without sugar and butter might taste like the experimental designs that mom came up with within your youth when she ran low on those items and could not get to the store.

If you share the same memories of those bold snack alternatives that I do you might be quick to dismiss the idea of a tasty snack that foregoes the ingredients that we know contribute to chronic disease in later life.

Too much sugar and butter in the diet are prime causes of obesity, diabetes, and coronary disease.

Carolyn Hansen knew this when she went into her kitchen years ago to find alternatives to the desserts and snacks she found so difficult to remove from her diet.

As a competitive bodybuilder, she was determined to find a way to keep herself from ruining her progress in the gym by bingeing on unhealthy treats when her willpower wore down.

At first, the going was difficult.

It turns out that there are a lot of things to take into account when you begin throwing out the staple ingredients of recipes thousands of years old.

There were a lot of missteps along the way.

But Carolyn persevered, and in the end, she came up with desserts and snacks that she could share with her bodybuilder friends.

Treats that you can share with your family and friends and know that you are contributing to the maintenance of their health, not only today but for years to come.

So, if you want to get your hands on recipes for desserts and snacks that you will not need to feel guilty about eating the next time you have a craving for something delicious,

be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen’s books at Blended Bites,

where she shows you how to take control of your blender and churn out mouth-watering desserts and snacks that will have the kids in your neighborhood lined up around the block for a sample.

Smoothie Recipes

1. Meal Replacement Smoothies

The most important thing to remember when blending a meal replacement smoothie is to include proteins and healthy fats. This combination will guarantee satiety and give you enough energy until your next meal.

Yummy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 10 oz. skim or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey (topping)

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least a minute until smooth. Top with honey for a sweet garnish. Serve immediately!

Afternoon Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 cup fresh kale leaves
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds + 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put the leaves and coconut milk into your blender and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend once again until smooth. Serve immediately.

Pear Banana Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup chopped kale leaves
  • ½  pear
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 ½ cups cold soy milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put them into your blender with spinach leaves and soy milk. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add pear, banana, honey and rolled oats. Blend once again until smooth.

Berry Bomb

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon natural almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup natural almond milk

Directions: Put everything into your blender and mix for few minutes until smooth. Sprinkle with some rolled oats and serve.

Healthy Snack Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ avocado (pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein

Directions: Put everything into your blender and mix for a few minutes until smooth. If it is too thick, add some more water.

2. Protein smoothies

Even if you are not a bodybuilder, your body needs protein and you will benefit from these delicious protein smoothies! Your body requires protein for healthy skin and hair and for muscle growth after an intense training.

Whey Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cold natural almond milk
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 whole banana
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder (whey, hemp, peas)

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least one minute until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Morning Protein Bomb Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pear, pitted
  • ½ avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon flax seeds
  • 3 ounces Greek yoghurt (nonfat)
  • 2 cups cold water

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least one minute until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Tofu Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup soft tofu
  • ¼ avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup cold soy or almond milk (vanilla)
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least one minute until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Banana Apple Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 6 raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped and pitted
  • 1 fresh banana
  • ½ cup Greek yoghurt (nonfat)
  • ¼ cup cold milk (nonfat)
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions: If your blender is not powerful enough, make sure to chop almonds and apple into small pieces before you start blending. Then put all the ingredients into the blender and mix everything until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Protein Fit Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces nonfat Greek yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup fresh kale
  • ½ cup water

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put them into your blender and add water. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add all the other ingredients. Blend once again until smooth.

3. Green Smoothie Recipes

If you are not a fan of vegetables or if you know you do not consume enough veggies during the day, the best way to solve this problem is to get familiar with green smoothies. They are easy to make and will only take a few minutes of your time.

Cherry Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh of frozen cherries (pitted)
  • 1 cup natural almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. natural almond butter
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 4 fresh kale leaves
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put them into your blender and add almond milk. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add all the other ingredients. Blend once again for at least a minute until smooth.

Green Parsley Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 fresh or frozen mangos (pitted and sliced)
  • ½ fresh cucumber
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flakes

Directions: Put all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with some extra coconut flakes.

Green Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (chopped)
  • 1 ¼ cup fresh or frozen peaches
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen cherries (pitted)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)

Directions: Put all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Basic Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ½ cup natural almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. natural almond butter

Directions: Put all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Morning Green Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ½ cup chopped kale (stems removed)
  • ½ cup fresh cucumber (diced)
  • fistful fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ avocado (pitted)
  • 1 pear (cored)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions: Put all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

4. Non-dairy Smoothies

Some people do not like milk or other dairy products, and the others simply cannot stand them (the reason being different allergies or lactose intolerance). More and more scientists point out that frequent consumption of milk and dairy products is not very healthy. The following smoothie recipes do not include milk and dairy products, however, they are still very yummy!

Delicious Pear Morning Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ pear (pitted)
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed (ground)
  • ½ tbsp. hemp seeds

Directions: Put all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Refresh-Me Morning Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ tbsp. natural almond butter
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup mango (fresh or frozen, diced)
  • ½ lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder

Directions: First squeeze ½ lime to make fresh lime juice. Put it into the blender and then add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Antioxidant Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup green tea (chilled)
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
  • ½ tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Energizing Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coffee (cooled)
  • ¼ cup ice cubes or cold water
  • 1 cup natural coconut or almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup cashews (soaked for at least six hours)
  • 1 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder (as a topping)

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cacao powder and enjoy.

Best Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup natural fresh cranberry juice
  • ½ cup coconut or rice milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup cranberries (fresh, dried or frozen)
  • ¼ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. natural almond butter
  • ½ tbsp. honey (as a sweetener, if needed)

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some honey if the smoothie is not sweet enough.

5. Detox Smoothies

Our body suffers from stressful situations and toxins from the environment on a daily basis, which is why regular detoxification of the body is the best way to get rid of excess toxins and restore our energy, radiance and well-being.

Avocado Antioxidant Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado (pitted)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Berry Mix Antioxidant Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp. natural almond butter

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Orange Sun Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • ½ cup mango (fresh or frozen, sliced)
  • ½ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • few ice cubes (optional)

Directions: First peel and mince ginger. Put it into the blender and then add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Kale Detox Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado (pitted)
  • ¼ fresh cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen kale
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder (as a topping)

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Squeeze lemon to make fresh lemon juice. Peel and mince ginger and put it into the blender. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Top with cacao powder.

Amazing Mango Mint Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup non-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. natural almond butter
  • 2 mangoes (fresh or frozen, pitted)
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint leaves

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

What are Alkaline Smoothies

What is an Alkaline Smoothie?

Alkaline smoothies are a kind of smoothie with a high pH level. Well-prepared alkaline smoothies should not cause acid reflux symptoms if consumed.

To make a good smoothie, an alkaline is added to fruits to reduce the acidity in them and help in neutralizing acid in the stomach.

For example, juices containing berries, bananas, and orange juice are not healthy since they have many acids.

An alkaline base is added to reduce the concentration of acid in fruit juices, which counteract the acid. They are suitable for a person diagnosed with acid reflux.

Advantages of Alkaline Smoothies

Alkaline smoothies are imperative because they keep the body alkalized, they are delicious and easy to prepare, and can be taken for weight loss.

They also act as strong oxidants: hydrogen, which has an antiaging impact, and they are known to prevent and treat dangerous diseases such as gout, stomach pain, acid reflux, and diabetes.

In addition, they are rich in natural minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium

which are essential to the old aged, children, and pregnant women since they contain stable content of ingredients suitable for their bodies.

Further, alkaline smoothies are rich in natural neutralizer that helps balance the acid alkalinity condition in the body.

In general, alkaline smoothies are consumed to better the body’s function and are recommended to be taken in the morning instead of having coffee.

Are smoothies alkaline or acidic?


Smoothies made with bananas, berries, and an orange juice base are acidic and dangerous for acid reflux sufferers. In this case, it’s the orange juice basis that makes the drink unsuitable for people who suffer from acid reflux.

Examples of Smoothie

Some of these smoothies that are alkaline are blueberry banana smoothies, dreamy orange smoothies, classic green smoothies, pineapple coconut smoothies, chocolate peanut butter smoothies, and strawberry banana smoothies.

The main difference between this kind of smoothie is the ingredients used. For example, ingredients for making a classic green smoothie include spinach, creamy ingredients, fruits, and optional enhancers.

Ingredients for pineapple coconut smoothie comprise chopped fresh pineapple, coconut milk, tablespoon coconut, cup ice, and toasted coconut.

alkaline Smoothie

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Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe

Sea moss is a powerful seaweed that provides you with 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need to stay in balance and function optimally. Have this as a dessert or even to start your day!

this recipe comes from the https://www.onegreenplanet.org website

Sea Moss Banana Smoothie [Vegan]


Dairy Free
Ingredients
2 frozen bananas (preferred but not required, you can use regular temperature bananas)
2-3 pitted dates
1/4 cup organic hemp seeds
3 tablespoons prepared sea moss (follow the instructions on your sea moss package on how to wash, soak, and blend your sea moss)
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pinches cardamom
3-5 black peppercorns
6-8 ice cubes
1.5-2 cups filtered water (the water should be no higher than the contents of the blender)
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp jaggery (optional)


Preparation
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, leaving the water for last. Add just as much water as there are contents in your blender. If you add too much water, it won’t be thick and fluffy. If it’s too thick, you can always add a tad more water to bring the consistency to your liking.

Sea Moss Smoothie

this recipe comes from the website https://thatgirlcookshealthy.com

Ingredients

  • ▢¾ cup sea moss gel 
  • ▢2 cups frozen mango
  • ▢1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ▢½ tbsp ginger grated
  • ▢1 cup coconut water

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender.
  • Blend the ingredients until smooth or reached desired consistency.
  • Serve in fancy glasses. Enjoy!