Red, White, and Blue, With Lemonade, Too!

Who loves lemonade? I do! I love limeade, too. But there’s something about lemonade!

Lemonade tastes so bright, it’s like your drinking in summer. It’s refreshing and delicious and one of my all time favorite summer drinks! Speaking of all time favorites, Happy 4th of July! Well, almost, tomorrow!

The 4th of July is hands down my favorite holiday. Why? Fireworks, that’s why. This is our last 4th on the beach in FL and hot as it is, the fireworks show is amazing! Because you’re on the coast, you can see up to five fireworks shows at once! The coolest.

Fireworks are my favorite! The way the gold ones drape and fall like an elegant chandelier is so beautiful and the grand finale is like the celebration of all things fireworks!  Anyhow..

back to lemonade.

This recipe is tart and crisp with a sweetness, and berries, too! This 4th of July lemonade is perfect for your festive celebrations and everyone will love it!

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  • 5 cups cold water
  • 1 standard-sized tray of ice cubes
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Stir together with whisk, dissolving the sugar. Add the blueberries and strawberries and enjoy!

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Blueberry Pie Protein Shake

Whether you like it or not, we should all be eating breakfast. I never liked to, and still don’t, really, but I’ve made a point to eat something by 10am each day. (I took a body test and part of it tested my resting metabolic rate, which came back low. I needed to eat more or at least more often.)

Another thing about breakfast is, I don’t always have or make time to cook it. Isn’t that the truth, I mean how much busier could life get most of the time? So, quick and easy breakfasts are usually my go-to, things like a banana or a Larabar.

Another fast yet healthy option is a protein shake. These are a staple in my house and this kind is my husband’s favorite. He’s always a blueberry fan and the cinnamon and vanilla almond milk combine perfectly for that “pie” taste.

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  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries, frozen
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix everything together in a blender and serve.

 

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Homemade Sugar-Free Blueberry Coconut Syrup

Everyone has that favorite fruit they love to put on everything. What’s yours? For Nick, it’s blueberries. Fresh, dried or warmed, he loves them.

This syrup is so yummy, I truly had no idea how amazing it would turn out. And, because the recipe calls for frozen blueberries, this topping can be made year around.

I love that it would be so good on almost anything from pancakes to ice cream. Enjoy!

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  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup coconut shavings
  • 1/3 cup honey

Use a small saucepan on medium heat and add all the ingredients. Heat until the blueberries are warmed and serve immediately.

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Almond Flour Almond Butter Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup/ “PB”& J Pancakes

I’ve wanted to find the perfect combination for gluten-free pancakes for years, and I finally did! These almond flour pancakes have almond butter in them, too, reminding your taste buds of the nostalgic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

It’s hard to create similar consistency and familiarity when you aren’t using conventional ingredients but I nailed it. Try these soon and enjoy!

Almond Flour Almond Butter Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 medium banana, peeledIMG_20171005_182333
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Add banana to a medium-sized bowl and smash it. Mix in the remaining ingredients excluding the coconut oil.

Into a skillet on medium heat add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Pour small pancakes, about 4 per pan, and cook until the begin to bubble and flip, about 4 minutes per side. Use the second tablespoon of oil for the rest of the pancake batches.

Almond Butter and Blueberry Syrup Topping

  • 1 cup blueberries (berries of choice)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Cook together the berries, lemon juice, and coconut sugar in a small sauce pan at medium heat for about 2o minutes.

Top each pancake with a spread of almond butter and a drizzle of blueberry syrup.

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Almond Flour Almond Butter Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup/ “PB”&J Pancakes

I’ve wanted to find the perfect combination for gluten-free pancakes for years, and I finally did! These almond flour pancakes have almond butter in them, too, reminding your taste buds of the nostalgic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

It’s hard to create similar consistency and familiarity when you aren’t using conventional ingredients but I nailed it. Try these soon and enjoy!

Almond Flour Almond Butter Pancakes and Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 medium banana, peeledIMG_20171005_182333
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Add banana to a medium-sized bowl and smash it. Mix in the remaining ingredients excluding the coconut oil.

Into a skillet on medium heat add 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Pour small pancakes, about 4 per pan, and cook until the begin to bubble and flip, about 4 minutes per side. Use the second tablespoon of oil for the rest of the pancake batches.

Almond Butter and Blueberry Syrup Topping

  • 1 cup blueberries (berries of choice)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Cook together the berries, lemon juice, and coconut sugar in a small sauce pan at medium heat for about 2o minutes.

Top each pancake with a spread of almond butter and a drizzle of blueberry syrup.

Like this recipe? Check out my other books, and watch for more to come!

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Emmy’s Fruit Salad

Summer heat calls for lots of hydrating fruit! This is my favorite combination of fruits and the addition of bananas is a great contrast to the berries.

Emmy’s Fruit Salad

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut in half or fourths, depending on their size
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Add all the fruit to a bowl and then the OJ. Carefully mix the ingredients and enjoy!

 

 

Antioxidants for Anti-Aging

Antioxidants boost healthy skin with their wrinkle fighting power. They also combat dull skin and discoloration. For your best look, incorporate these antioxidant filled foods and drinks into your diet.

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Blueberries are full of Vitamin C which is vital in the production of collagen and elastin. Firm up your skin with these delicious berries.

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The antioxidant resveratrol is found in red wine. Resveratrol helps fight fine lines and wrinkles. 5 oz of red wine is a daily indulgence that is practically guilt-free!

Green Tea

Whether flavored or original, green tea is said to be one of the best antioxidant drinks there is. Green tea is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols that fight against free radicals (molecules that destroy healthy skin tissue.) 2-3 cups of green tea each day gives you 240 to 320 milligrams of polyphenols and will maximize your health benefits.

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This morning brew is full of antioxidants too. Drinking coffee increases blood circulation thus promoting healthy skin. Lotions or scrubs with coffee have benefits too such as protecting your skin against UV carcinogens (harsh rays from the sun) and qualities that repair skin tissue.

Along with beta carotene, Vitamins C and A are of the most powerful antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are your ticket to getting these much needed vitamins into your system. Be sure to look for produce in purple, blue, red, yellow and orange hues to maximize the antioxidants you consume.

These are just a few choice favorites packed with antioxidant power. Dark chocolate, fresh thyme and avocados also work to combat wrinkles and smooth your skin. Consume all of these and more to promote and enhance the effects of antioxidants for anti-aging.

 

 

 

 

Red, White And Blueberry Pancakes

The 4th of July is my end all be all most favorite holiday around! Watching fireworks makes me feel all the feels. I love the all day anticipation of the show and cannot wait to partake this evening!

Before the festivities, drinks and fireworks, these pancakes are a must! Filled with red strawberries, white vanilla yogurt chips and blueberries, your breakfast can be as patriotic as the rest of your day.

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  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries and diced strawberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt chips
  • 1/4 baking powder

Mix the mashed bananas and eggs together first, followed by the protein powder and baking powder and combine the rest of the ingredients.

2 tablespoons oil (I like coconut) for the pan

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2  tablespoon maple syrup

Combine in a separate bowl to spoon on top of the pancakes.

Heat two tablespoons oil to a pan to medium heat. Add pancake batter and cook for a couple minutes on each side. Top with syrup topping, slivered almonds and a few fresh blueberries to finish it off.

Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!