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Refreshing Cherry Limeade

Cherry Limeade Electrolyte Drink (GAPS Friendly)

Refreshing Cherry Limeade

Sometimes you need to replenish your electrolytes, and whether you're on a special diet like GAPS or just want to avoid the commercially prepared store version, it's good to have a few recipes ready in case you need them. Then you can just whip one up with a few simple ingredients.

I don't think I've ever ingested a commercially produced electrolyte because I've always known how easy it was to make at home. And if you need more persuading, take a look at the ingredient label. You'll find artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, artificial sweetener, maybe high fructose corn syrup for the knock off brands and to add insult to injury these drinks are usually  expensive.

Recently my son got a mild case of stomach flu and I was concerned he wasn't drinking enough. He prefers to drink water, but I know that people tend to drink more when there's sweet involved so I decided to try making an electrolyte drink that would be ideal for using on GAPS.

Consider making a batch to have on hand if you are planning to be out in the heat, working up a sweat at the gym or if you've had a stomach bug as it will help you to replenish lost minerals. I think this would also be a big hit to bring for a picnic on a warm day.

The cherries are going to add a bit of natural flavoring so add honey [affiliate link] to taste. Some folks on GAPS that want to stay low on carbohydrates use Stevia and if that's you (even though it's not legal, it's a small cheat in my opinion) omit the honey and use Stevia to taste instead.

It would be very easy to change up this recipe. If you don't have limes, what about lemons? In a pinch you could even use apple cider vinegar for the tang. Add some cinnamon [affiliate link] and you'll have a flavor reminiscent of apple pie. Swap out the cherries with any other berry you have available. Blueberries, blackberries, or possibly a stone fruit, like peaches. The possibilities are endless – just put on your thinking cap!

Refreshing Cherry-Limeade

  1. Puree the cherries (ideally in a high-powered blender) with 1 cup of water.
  2. Add remaining water, lime juice, honey, sea salt and Trace Mineral Liquid.
  3. Serve over ice.

Cherry Limeade Electrolyte Drink (GAPS Friendly)
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Recipe type: Electrolyte Substitute Drink
 
This is an electrolyte drink you can make at home so save money and is also acceptable for the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet.
Ingredients
  • 12 cherries
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or more to taste
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon Trace Mineral Liquid from Concentrace
Instructions
  1. Puree the cherries (ideally in a high-powered blender) with 1 cup of water.
  2. Add remaining water, lime juice, honey, sea salt and Trace Mineral Liquid.
  3. Serve over ice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milkshare

Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milkshake

Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milkshare

This shake was inspired by my friend Jessica Espinoza and 20 Dishes: Junk Food Made Real: Copycat Shamrock Shake® :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free

When I saw her email come through on Friday, (totally appropriate for St. Patrick's Day, I might add), I thought, “Mmm, that looks so good! I want to try that!” Well, as you know, I have a hard time following a recipe perfectly plus I love to improvise, so mine is slightly different, plus it includes chocolate “chips”!

I recently became an affiliate for Dr. Axe's Bone Broth Protein, and they sent me a sample of the Bone Broth Collagen. I have to say I was a teensy bit apprehensive about using it, as it has a flavor to it, similar to broth. However, I could not detect it in this shake and in fact, I think it added a “malt” flavor. I love the old-fashioned malt powder that we used to put in shakes and malts when I was a kid. I'm kind of excited to think I can have that again. I'll let you know if I try another one.

Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milkshake

Serves 2.

  1. Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate is pure cacao and chocolate is allowed on GAPS, in case you are wondering.
  2. If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix you use larger chunks of the chocolate squares; otherwise, you can use a grater to shave the squares into small pieces, or use a sharp knife to shave off bits.
  3. Place everything in the blender and mix until smooth.

Mint Chocolate Chip Coconut Milkshake
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Serves: 2
 
Perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
Ingredients
  • 1 can or 14 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 handful of spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla [affiliate link] extract
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Dr. Axe's Bone Broth Collagen
  • 2 squares Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate, shaved or chopped into small pieces
  • 4 spearmint leaves or to taste (you could also use 3 drops food safe Peppermint essential oil or 1 teaspoon mint extract)
Instructions
  1. Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate is pure cacao and chocolate is allowed on GAPS, in case you are wondering.
  2. If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix you can use larger chunks of the chocolate squares; otherwise, you can use a grater to shave the squares into small pieces or use a sharp knife to shave off bits.
  3. Place everything in the blender and mix until smooth. You should still see minuscule bits of the unsweetened chocolate.

 

 

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee Slush

Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee Slush

Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee Slush

I go through phases of what I have for breakfast, and for the past month I've been on an iced coffee [affiliate link] kick. Before long it will be too chilly for iced coffee, but here in Arizona our monthly average highs are still around 90°F but no colder than 50°F, so in my opinion it's still warm enough for iced coffee. It won't get “cold” until the first week of November and then I'll probably starting have my eggnog drinks for breakfast, but in the meantime, I've been loving my Pumpkin [affiliate link] Pie Spiced Iced Coffee Slush every morning.

You'll want to brew your coffee ahead of time, refrigerate half and freeze the other half. Make a big pot, because you'll probably want this for a few days in a row.

[Or you could cheat and use instant coffee. If you did want to do that, just use two heaping teaspoons, 8 ounces of cold water and 12 ounces of ice cubes.]

This recipe is super easy, and so delicious!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee Slush

Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend. That's it! Pour into a tall glass and enjoy! (I just love my glass straw!)

Are you looking for more recipes featuring pumpkin? I have a bunch here on the blog: Pumpkin Recipes.

Inside the 2nd Volume in my Coconut Flour [affiliate link] Baked Goods series, Baker's Dozen Pumpkin Treats you'll find a baker's dozen (13) of coconut flour baked goods, plus 8 bonus recipes. Click here to get your copy today!

Baker's Dozen Pumpkin Treats

 

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Creamy Banana Blackberry Icr Cream Shake

Creamy Banana Blackberry Ice Cream Shake

Creamy Banana Blackberry Icr Cream Shake

I'm moving my way back towards eating mostly from the full GAPS list of allowed foods. It helps for me to know I can have delicious treats, even though I'm restricting myself from eating certain foods. This Creamy Banana Blueberry Ice Cream Shakes is one of those treats, and helps me to realize there is no need to feel deprived. There is no need to long for commercially produced soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt. There is no need to feel I'm missing out.

I can make a delicious dessert for myself which I know has healthy ingredients which will actually provide nutrition for my body.
This shake is very rich and indulgent. It's exactly what I needed today.

If you wish, feel free to modify it by using coconut milk [affiliate link], or a combination of coconut water and coconut cream [affiliate link]. You could also add a cup of ice cubes to stretch the recipe for two.

Creamy Banana Blackberry Ice Cream Shake

Serves 1

Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

Creamy Banana Blackberry Ice Cream Shake
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Ingredients
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 8 blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (make your own homemade)
  • vanilla caviar from one vanilla bean, optional
  • ½ cup coconut cream (I use Aroy-D)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

 

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Strawberry Coconut Shake

Strawberry Coconut Shake

Strawberry Coconut ShakeThis is a very simple recipe with just three ingredients. You may need just a dab of honey [affiliate link] if your strawberries aren't nice and sweet. Mathew and I each had one of these for breakfast and it was so yum!

Place all items into a blender and whir until completely smooth.

Strawberry Coconut Shake
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Recipe type: Smoothie, shake
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Total time: 
Serves: 1 svg
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender and whir until completely smooth

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How to Easily Get Used to the Taste of Stevia

How to Easily Get Used to the Taste of Stevia

How to Easily Get Used to the Taste of Stevia

Okay, so if you are right at the beginning of your GAPS Diet Journey, this post isn't for you as stevia is not on the approved foods list. However, I do know that many GAPSters use stevia without any problems. When you are ready to transition from GAPS, you might want to know this little trick so bookmark or Pin it for later.

The first time I tried stevia, I was like, “Ewww! That has a nasty aftertaste, I am not going to eat that. Yuck.” The next time I tried stevia I had the same reaction. And the third, fourth and fifth times. And so for many years I just avoided stevia. But I kind of secretly wished that I liked it, because it is a natural sweetener. Some people get into the weeds there because they'll say it's processed commercially and so it's no longer natural.

I'm not going to go into that discussion on this blog post. You can find plenty of debates on the Internet with a quick Google search.

Also part of my secret wish for liking stevia is because it has no carbohydrates or calories. I don't subscribe to counting calories, but I do realize that calories do play a part in weight gain. I do keep an eye on my carbohydrates because if I go too low I have issues but if I have too many I have issues.

So quite by accident I figured out an easy way to get used to the taste of stevia and I want to share that with you today.

I like to drink carbonated water on occasion. Apparently it's not a great idea to have it all the time, and especially not if you have gut problems, but I do enjoy the bubbles. I own a Sodastream and carbonate my own filtered water. But once in awhile I like to flavor the water, so I'll add some of my homemade vanilla or concentrated juice. I rarely add sweetener. My husband still drinks Pepsi and Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola and so those items are still around and every once in awhile I felt kind of sad about Dr. Pepper, one of my favorites.

I don't quite remember how, but I discovered that Zevia (Zero Calorie Soda) was offering coupons for $2 off a six pack. And the grocery store I shop had the six packs on sale for 3 for $10.00. I ended up buying a six pack of every flavor that Zevia sells.

It had been many years since I had my very favorite: cream soda. But, yuck. That stevia taste was there, taunting me.

Then I decided to try another long time favorite: Dr. Pepper, although Zevia calls theirs Dr. Zevia. Still the stevia taste, but I noticed when I poured the Zevia soda over ice, I didn't notice the taste as much.

Next I tried the Zevia root beer. Mmmm… tasty… still noticing the stevia, but not as much.

I tried the orange and grape, but didn't like those at all. Then again, I'd never been an orange or grape soda fan.

I tried the cherry cola. That was pretty good. And the black cherry.

My mom really liked the ginger ale.

Before long, I realized that I wasn't really noticing the stevia flavor. I had accidentally acclimated myself to the taste!

I was pretty happy about this because now I can cut some calories and carbohydrates by using stevia instead of honey [affiliate link].

Do you like stevia? How did you get used to it or have you just always liked it? Do you think you'll try getting used to it by drinking Zevia soda?

 

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Make Your Own Coconut Milk in Just 6 Minutes!

Make Homemade Coconut Milk in Just Six Minutes!

Make Your Own Coconut Milk in 6 Minutes!
Have you made your own homemade coconut milk [affiliate link] yet? Today I'm going to share my recipe for making it in just six minutes.

Note: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon and Tropical Traditions. When you are a first time buyer at Tropical Traditions, and you use my link, I will earn a discount coupon and you will receive a free copy of their book Virgin Coconut Oil [affiliate link] – How It Has Changed Lives and How it Can Change Yours!

For the longest time I used Natural Value Organic Coconut Milk. It was the only brand I could find that was GAPS legal and didn't contain gums or additives. That worked for a time but when I got my Vitamix I decided it was time to try making my own.

There are recipes all over the Internet to tell you how to make coconut milk but I have streamlined the process so that you can have a quart of coconut milk in just minutes. It is so quick I can even make a batch on a day I have to go into work and it keeps for several days in the refrigerator.

It's super simple. Just place 2 cups (150 grams) of shredded coconut into your blender with 4 cups of room temperature water. Turn blender onto high and whir for 5 minutes. If you feel the side of your blender pitcher you will find after just five minutes the coconut milk feels warm to the touch.

Once you start the blender whirring, place your nut milk bag over a colander and place the colander over a deep pot or bowl. This is where you'll be pouring and straining your coconut milk.

After 5 minutes, turn off your blender and pour the mixture into the nut milk bag.

I also love using my  hot pink silicone Gator Gloves – they allow me to squeeze without burning my hands.

I put on one of the Gator Gloves and start squeezing the coconut milk from the nut milk bag.

I'm not able to squeeze every drop of water from the coconut so I end up just 1/4 cup shy of a quart. Close enough! 🙂

Pour the coconut milk into a jar and put a lid on and place in the fridge. Done!

 

Homemade Coconut Milk in Just Six Minutes!
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Serves: 1-3/4 cups
 
Super simple quick and easy method for making your own coconut milk.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (150 grams) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 cups filtered water
Instructions
  1. Place coconut and water into high powered blender.
  2. Turn blender on high for 5 minutes.
  3. While whirring, drape nut milk bag over a colander over a deep pan.
  4. Turn off blender. Pour coconut milk into nut milk bag.
  5. Squeeze the nut milk bag to get all the coconut milk.
  6. Pour coconut milk into a glass jar and refrigerate up to one week.

Make Your Own Coconut Milk in Just 6 Minutes!
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Delicious Obsessions Herbal "Coffees"

Delicious Obsessions Herbal “Coffee” Review + Cinnamon Mocha Hot Egg Nog Recipe

Cinnamon Mocha Hot Egg Nog

My friend Jessica Espinoza has recently started a line of herbal coffees. UPDATE: Jessica has ceased production of her herbal in lieu of acomprehensive instructional guide (and “coffee” recipes) on how to make them yourself. I have heard of these “herbal coffees” and have been very curious, but I've never taken the time to check them out. One friend sent me a sample and I keep misplacing it. I have even bought one of the regular ingredients – roasted chicory root – but never got any further than that.

When Jessica came out with hers, I asked for a sample and promised I would get myself in gear and make a review.

Oh my goodness. I am just in love with the two blends she sent for me to try! For what it's worth, I am not an affiliate for Jessica's product but if you buy because of my review post, please let her know I sent you her way!

So I've been on a hot egg nog for breakfast jag… I have always loved a hot drink with or for breakfast during the winter. I look forward to these delicious creamy drinks so much that I think about them just before I go to bed, knowing that's what I'll get to have in the morning.

When Jessica's herbal “coffee [affiliate link]” blends arrived, it was a no-brainer to use the “coffee” as the base for my egg nog breakfast drinks. I have loved doctored up coffee since my teens. Let me tell you that story and then you'll know why I've purposely never been a dedicated coffee drinker, in spite of loving the flavor.

When I was 16, I worked as a mall maid. I worked six days a week to get my 40 hours and my “day” began at 4pm. The security guards and janitors shared the same break room and coffee, sugar and cream was abundant. One day I decided to try a cup of coffee, doctored up with lots of sugar and powdered cream (double ick, I know!) and it was this lovely caramel coffee flavored wonder. I loved it and drank a cup every single day for about two weeks. Then one day we were out of coffee and I didn't even think about going somewhere and buying coffee, I just went without.

Well.

I spent the next few hours walking around like a zombie because I was falling asleep standing. I decided that my body had gotten used to the caffeine that quickly and I made up my mind I was NEVER going to be one of THOSE people who had to have coffee just to get up in the morning and to make it through the day. From then on, I rarely drank coffee.

But as I said, I have always loved the flavor, not the bitterness, mind you, but the doctored up coffee flavor. Another favorite growing up was Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream from Thrifty Drug Store. Even poor people could afford to buy a nickel scoop of ice cream! We didn't do it very often, but it was a treat for the seven of us children.

So back to Jessica's herbal “coffees”. I boiled one tablespoon as instructed and took a taste. Bitter! But I knew that was a good sign that the coffee flavor would shine through even after “doctoring” it up. I laughed to myself that I was enjoying something bitter, since it is not really one of my favorite tastes.

Jessica sent me two samples: Clean Living Herbal Coffee [affiliate link] and the other is Happy Liver Herbal Coffee. I liked both equally, both tasted like bitter coffee and were simply delicious once doctored up. 🙂

Since I have the MTHFR mutation, my liver can always stand to have support, so I especially like the idea of the Happy Liver Herbal Coffee. Jessica has a post at her site which will tell you all about the benefits of each herb used in the Happy Liver Herbal Coffee.

At first I just made one batch at a time, but then I decided to just make the rest of the packet. That was awesome being able to get up the next morning and have ready to use “coffee” for my drinks.

I really love that I could have this for a drink late at night and it wouldn't keep me awake! I'm looking forward to trying some other variations… I am imagining a coffee shake… iced coffee, what a treat that would be! I LOVE iced coffee! Thank you Jessica for this awesome creation! Now you can make Jessica's herbal coffee blends yourself with her instructional guide that shows you how! Get yours today: DIY Herbal Coffee Substitutes: A complete guide to making delicious herbal coffees to support healing and stress relief.

Cinnamon Mocha Hot Egg Nog

  1. Blend coffee and eggs together until well blended.
  2. Pour into a thick bottomed pan and add vanilla, sweetener, then whisk in gelatin and cinnamon.
  3. Stir frequently and heat until just 160°F.
  4. Remove from heat, add ghee and coconut oil and hit with an emulsion blender.

Serves 1 person.

Cinnamon Mocha Hot Egg Nog Drink
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Delicious hot egg nog for breakfast!
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces "coffee"
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Blend coffee and eggs together until well blended.
  2. Pour into a thick bottomed pan and add vanilla, sweetener, then whisk in gelatin and cinnamon.
  3. Stir frequently and heat until just 160°F.
  4. Remove from heat, add ghee and coconut oil and hit with an emulsion blender.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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