I love soups and bone broths because they’re an easy way to get in a lot of vegetables and high quality nutrients into your system FAST, and they are usually awesome leftover (whether they’ve been in the fridge or freezer). I am a huge fan of serving easy dinners on busy weeknights and there is nothing easier than defrosting some soup out of your very own freezer. I especially love this soup because it comes with so many “accessories.” You could certainly eat it plain but it is amazing how the flavor suddenly changes when you pile avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, and cilantro on top. We even sometimes toast tortillas (to make them crunchy like chips) and throw them in the mix as well.
I’m all about great tasting smoothies in my life. Smoothies with a spoon are the way to go. But the best way to thicken a smoothie? Avocado! I love adding avocado not just because of it’s consistency but also its added nutritional benefit. Avocados are a fantastic source of monounsaturated “good” fat (helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol), potassium, folate and fibre.
The Smoothie that tastes like a desert, but delivers like a meal. Being bold and extra green on your first smoothie attempt will not win new green smoothie lovers. Baby steps are the key to making a smooth transition to developing a taste for greens in your child’s smoothie. So make those first few smoothies creamy with a lot of fruit and just a hint of green veggies. Then with each smoothie you serve, add a little less fruit and a little more green leaves. Also a little less juice and milk and a lot more filtered water. Your goal is to pack in your child’s daily needs for green vegetables.
When it comes to health, berries have a fabulous reputation. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that may help keep memory sharp as you age, and raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties. All berries are great sources of fiber, a nutrient important for a healthy digestive system. But if you need more reasons to dig into summer’s sun-kissed little fruits, look no further than two new studies, which suggest that berries may be good for your heart and your bones as well