Apples And Ginger

Gluten free,dairy free, and sugar free nourishing whole foods to heal and flourish.

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Smoothie Tuesday! Apricot carrot smoothie

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It has been really hot here in Washington this past week! It seems hotter than the typical July here at least. We have been eating a ton of coconut water popsicles and drinking smoothies to stay cool. Here is an idea- you can pour your smoothie in a Popsicle  mold and make smoothie popsicles! We just received a big box of apricots from my father in law so I am trying to figure out what to do with them all!

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Smoothie Tuesday!

Apricot carrot smoothie:

8-10 apricots
2 carrots
2 stalks celery
2′ chunk ginger
2-3 cups water
1-2 packets stevia powder
pinch turmeric


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Smoothie Tuesday! Blueberry lavender rose smoothie

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This is a great way to feel calm and cool in this hot summer heat! I notice our family tends to get more irritable in the summer heat so this is the perfect cure for that! Lavender and roses are naturally calming flowers when their scent is inhaled or they are ingested. I used rose petals for this but you can also use about a teaspoon of rose water also.

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Blueberry lavender rose smoothie:

1/2 cup blueberries
1 large apple
2 tablespoons cashew butter
2 cups coconut milk
15-20 rose petals
1 teaspoon dried lavender
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 packet stevia


This recipe can also be seen at  and along with many other yummy gluten free recipes.

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Island breeze smoothie

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE Hawaii.  Almost everything about it makes me happy: the food, the weather, the beaches, the sunsets, and the wildlife. So of course I have many recipes that are very ” island” inspired including this smoothie! So turn on your favorite island music sit back in the sun and sip an an island breeze. That is what I am doing on this 4th of July anyways! I’m sure a little rum added wouldn’t be horrible either! Cheers!

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Island breeze smoothie:
1/2 pineapple
1 apple
juice of 1 lime
3 cups coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1/2 avocado
1-2 teaspoons nutmeg
optional: a few drops of stevia or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
This recipe can also be seen at with many other yummy gluten free recipes!

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Smoothie Tuesday! Blood enriching berry smoothie


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It is important to keep a healthy level of minerals in your blood to keep your body strong and to prevent many health issues. Chinese medicine puts great importance on preventing and treating blood deficiency. It can lead to fatigue, heart palpitations, brain fog, anxiety, weak muscles and more. Meat broths, organ meats, and seafood are great for blood building. If you are vegan then black colored foods such as black beans, black sesame seeds, dark leafy greens, spirulina  and molasses are also great for building blood.


Blood enriching berry smoothie:

4 kale leaves
2 1/2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
3 tablespoons ground black sesame seeds
3 tablespoons hemp protein powder
1-2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 packet stevia
2 cups water


This recipe can also be seen on the round up hosted by Allergy Free Alaska

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Bee energized smoothie!

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Here is my other smoothie that I have been meaning to post! I have been loving bee products and supplements lately!  Bee products such as raw honey, bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly have been use for centuries for endurance, anti inflammatory effects, and anti-bacterial and anti aging to name a few. But if you are allergic to bee stings you may be sensitive to other bee products as well so be careful and take it slow if you are unsure.

Bee energized smoothie:

2 oranges peeled (I put some of the peel in for digestive support)
1 apple
large handful of leafy greens
1/2 avocado
1 carrot
2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder
1 tablespoon raw honey (enriched with bee pollen, royal jelly,and propolis)
1 tablespoon bee pollen
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
10 drops vanilla stevia


This recipe is also seen here with many other awesome recipes!

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Smoothie Tuesday! Strawberry nectarine kiwi smoothie

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Hi there! Sorry for the crickets chirping on the page lately! My dad has been in and and out of the hospital this last month with liver/kidney issues due to cirrhosis. So I have been busy helping out my mom and visiting him up in Seattle the last month or so. In the mean time my dog has been retaliating with my being gone more with discovering how to break out of her kennel and destroying  just about everything-cars, door frames,blinds at our house and my parents house.

I actually have a few smoothies that are waiting to be posted that I haven’t had time to post. This one is from a few weeks ago. I have an energizing smoothie that I am going to post tomorrow that includes bee products such as pollen, royal jelly and raw honey. That one was added to my facebook page but never made it to this page. So check out my facebook page also! This has been a busy year for me so far! We are preparing to start treating patients in the teaching clinic at my school this fall. The school has added patented chinese herbal formulas to my program, so I am excited to be able to learn about 100 patented formulas and dispense them to patients!

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Strawberry nectarine kiwi smoothie
1 cup strawberries
2 nectarines
1 apple
4 kiwis
pinch of turmeric
1″ chunk of ginger (optional)
2 cups water

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Smoothie Tuesday! Blackberry mocha shake

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Happy Tuesday! I really enjoyed this smoothie today! I try to avoid caffeine on a regular basis but once in a while I will take a little energy boost to motivate myself to be more productive. I have been trying bee pollen this week to see if I notice any effect and so far its hard to tell. I have been able to sleep better at night but I have been getting a ton of sunshine in the past few days too so it may also be the  fabulous benefits of the highly elusive sunshine (in Western Washington at least).

I have started taking a zumba class at the gym which is totally out of my comfort zone. I think if something is out of your comfort zone then it probably means you need to do it!  How else do you grow as a person?  I have never been someone who feels comfortable dancing so I am excited to try some right brain exercise instead of just hitting the machines or the track!


Blackberry mocha shake

1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup chopped mango
1 apple
2 large handfuls of leafy greens
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground coffee
3 cups water
1 tablespoon bee pollen (optional)
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)
5-10 drops stevia (optional)