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Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Cashew Butter Drizzle

It’s officially summer. Wahoo! Today, I’m sharing some scrumptious ice pops that are the perfect 4th of July dessert – and also double as a snack, or even breakfast.

Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Cashew Butter Drizzle Gluten-free and Dairy-free

Strawberries. Chia seeds. Coconut. Cashew butter. 

These babies are full of tasty real food nutrition and besides the freeze-time, they’re super easy and quick to make (and kid-friendly).

Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Cashew Butter Drizzle Gluten-free and Dairy-free

And, here’s the thing – if you’ve seen my other recipes, you know I share recipes that are easily customizable to various dietary restrictions and flavor preferences. We’re all different so do what works for you! #truth.

  • Nut-free or not a fan of cashew butter? Omit or use your favorite nut/seed butter.
  • Don’t have any coconut nectar? Try subbing honey or maple syrup – add a little bit at a time, taste, and add more if needed. Both of those are sweeter than coconut nectar, so you may not need a lot.
  • Like using full-fat coconut milk better? Go for it! You may need to adjust the ratio of sweetener and strawberries as the coconut flavor from the thicker coconut milk may overpower a bit.

Head on over to Red and Honey where I’m sharing the full post and recipe.

Looking for more popsicle recipes?

This lovely Purely Pops Cookbook is full of easy no-bake ice pop recipes – check it out here. These Apple Pie Ice Pops are from Purely Pops and are a crowd-pleaser! 

MTG’s Smoothie How-To Guide: Part 2 – “Where do I start?” PLUS a Recipe for a Creamy Orange Mango Green Smoothie

Smoothie How-To Guide Part 2 Easy Formula and Creamy Orange Mango Smoothie

Photo original by Ryon:Lockhart Photography

Have you seen Part 1, “Smoothie 101″? Click here to read.

I remember when I first started getting into smoothies. I was working on the Food As Medicine program at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, and just getting started on my wellness journey. My manager at the time – my dear friend, Jo – brought in smoothies for me to try and I was hooked!

The flavor combinations were endless, and you could almost feel the vitality bursting from the colorful produce. Definitely food as medicine.

From then on, smoothies have been a staple in my healing repertoire and daily routine, and in my opinion, are a pretty fantastic way to get your fruits and veggies in each day.

But when you’re new to blending, a common question is, ‘where do I start?’ Check out my tips in Part 2 of the MTG Smoothie How-To Guide. I am very honored to be featured in Radiant Health Magazine – so very exciting! 

Check out the article, which includes my tips for getting started with smoothies… including an easy-to-follow formula, tips to make the best smoothies, and ways to make smoothies part of your daily routine.

Oh, and don’t forget the Creamy Orange Mango Green Smoothie – perfect for summer. Cheers!

Creamy Orange Mango Green Smoothie

Check out Part 2 of the MTG Smoothie How-To Guide – “Where do I start” plus a recipe for a super creamy Orange Mango Green Smoothie! Click here to view Part 2.

Did you miss Part 1, “Smoothie 101″? Click here to view Part 1.

Also check out my favorite smoothie and juice recipes or browse my Smoothies & Juices Pinterest board. 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Oh my gosh, y’all. Chocolate-lovers, take note. 
 
Gluten-free, Dairy-free Avocado Chocolate Mousse
 
This super creamy mousse is rich and velvety – the perfect spread or spoonful to nip any craving in the bud. If you’ve seen my sweet potato chocolate mousse or healthy chocolate frosting, you know I’m a sucker for chocolate-y spreads/puddings/mousses.  
 
Gluten-free, Dairy-free Avocado Chocolate Mousse
 
I have a sweet tooth, but because of my dietary restrictions, I like to make my chocolate treats at home. Plus, when you can have fun experimenting combining chocolate with other foods like sweet potatoes, yogurt, avocado, or coconut, why not? Amiright?! 
 
When my hubby and I tried Brianne’s Dark Chocolate Pudding, it instantly became a fave in our house… it calls for raspberries, and chocolate and raspberries is a long-time fave of mine. Bri’s Dark Chocolate Pudding inspired this recipe – so why not make both?! You’ll thank me later. 
 
So, back to this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, nut-free, soy-free chocolate-avocado mousse. It’s made with ripe avocado for some super healthy fats, yes!
 
Avocado Chocolate Mousse - Gluten-free, Dairy-free
 
I like to spread it on pancakes, waffles, toast, apples, Flackers, or I let it sit at room temperature for a bit and it becomes more of a pudding… perfect for topping with berries, seeds, and more chocolate, of course. 
 
Gluten-free, Dairy-free Avocado Chocolate Mousse
 
This mousse is one of my favorite MTG recipes. It’s out of this world delicious and comes together in less than 15 minutes (including clean-up!)… let’s be real, time is a huge factor in whether I make a recipe or not, so this is perfect. Cheers!
 
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
 
Prep time
Total time
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 drops stevia
  • 8 very soft, plump medjool dates (soak them in water soften if needed)
  • A little less than ¼ tsp of salt
  • Flesh from 2 ripe avocados
  • ½ TB vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 TB melted coconut oil
  • 1 TB water
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the water, in a food processor.
  2. Pulse the mixture a few times until it has started to mix together.
  3. Wipe down the sides of your food processor. Pulse a few more times.
  4. Turn the food processor on for awhile to further mix, and pour in the water while it's running.
  5. Process until fully incorporated. The mousse should be smooth and velvety.
  6. Taste.
  7. Too bitter? Add another drop of stevia or another date and process again.
  8. Store in the fridge or freeze.
Notes
This mousse hardens a bit in the fridge - just stir it up to make soft again.
I double the recipe and freeze half in small glass containers. Put the container in the fridge overnight to thaw and it will be ready to eat the next morning!
Not a fan of stevia? Try adding maple syrup or honey to taste.
 
 
 

5 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress Even on Your Busiest Days – Everyday Tips to Keep Your Cool

We all have those on-the-go days, weeks, or months when we’re running from one thing to another with little time for ourselves. 

We feel the stress building, and our bodies stay revved up and ready to tackle the next obstacle. I mean, if you think about it, our bodies are pretty amazing. Life is fast-paced, and we expect our bodies to keep up! 

But, the physical (and mental) effects of stress, especially chronic stress, can be rough – headaches, GI problems, irritability, depression, and sleep issues can all be exacerbated by relentless stress. For me, my resiliency wears down, my hormones go crazy, and my digestion gets totally thrown out of whack. 

Not cool, my friends. 

The good news is we can minimize our stress response by becoming more aware (how empowering is that?!). By taking some simple steps, we can start a relaxation response and totally change our body’s response to chronic stress.

5 Ways to Relieve Stress Even on Your Busiest Days

Original photo credit: Ryon:Lockhart Photography

Also known as… chilling out, y’all.

And I don’t mean that you have to stop what you’re doing and become a yogi or check out of work and hit the nearest spa. These are everyday tips to keep your cool, no massage appointment required.

New to this? Pick one tip and try it this week. Write it down, put it in your calendar, get your co-workers or family to do it with you, or whatever will help you bring awareness to how you’re feeling.

I’ve got 5 easy, realistic tips to start incorporating in your everyday routines. Click here to read more on Red and Honey…

Want more tips to manage your stress? Check out my Meditation and Mindfulness posts.

 

A Coconut Cacao Frosty

Coconut Cacao Frosty - Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan, Paleo

Chocolate. Coconut. Banana. 

The trifecta of yum. Aaaaand full of nutrients. A superfood ‘frosty’, if you will. 

This delightful treat combines that oh-so-good for you cacao and frozen banana for a super creamy dessert. Add in Molokai Coconut Bai5 + toasted shredded coconut and you’ve got a hint of the tropics. 

Pretty darn perfect way to ring in the unofficial start of summer, eh? 

Coconut Cacao Frosty - Gluten-free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Seriously, with just a handful of ingredients, no added sugar, and less than 10 minutes to make, this healthy treat is a must. Just in time for the weekend… 

To take this over the top, garnish with a big dollop of coconut whipped cream like I did on these cinnamon grilled peaches and mango coconut parfaits (bonus, the whipped cream is also gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free). 

Coconut Cacao Frosty - Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

A Coconut Cacao Frosty
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 Heaping TB Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Large Frozen Bananas (in chunks)
  • ½+ Cup Molokai Coconut Bai5
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Heaping TB cacao nibs + more nibs for topping
  • ⅛ cup of Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Instructions
  1. Toast the shredded coconut… spread the shredded coconut in an even layer in your toaster oven or pan (whatever you would use to toast nuts). Toast the shredded coconut for just a minute or two until it starts to brown - then immediately take off the heat as it will burn fast. Set to the side.
  2. Pulse the frozen banana chunks and cocoa powder in a food processor or high-speed blender a few times. Add ¼ cup of the Bai5 in while leaving the processor on. Turn off and scrape down the sides with your spatula. Pulse a few more times, add the last ¼ of Bai5. Scrape down the sides. The consistency should start to look like a smooth, velvety, chocolate-y spread. Is your food processor having trouble? Add more Bai5.
  3. Throw in the cacao nibs and pulse a couple of times to incorporate.
  4. Put in glasses and top with toasted shredded coconut and more cacao nibs. Serve immediately.
Notes
If you use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder, you might need to add sweetener (try stevia, maple syrup, or honey).
Same goes for if your bananas aren't sweet enough… add your sweetener of choice to taste.
Want more coconutty flavor? Mix the shredded coconut into the frosty AND top it with it. Or, try adding coconut extract instead of vanilla extract!
Too thick for you? Add more Bai and process again.
Top with whipped coconut cream to take this over the top!

Wondering about frozen bananas? 

I always have frozen bananas on hand for smoothies, soft serves, and frostys like these. Don’t throw out your spotted bananas! Peel, chop them into large pieces, and freeze so you have them on hand anytime to make delicious frozen desserts.

 

Are you a fan of Bai? Check out my Blueberry Burst Smoothie.

 

Click the links below for info about the products I used in this recipe: 

  1. Cacao Nibs 
  2. Cocoa Powder
  3. Vanilla Extract
  4. Molokai Coconut Bai5
  5. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

 

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