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How to Make Your Own Meal Replacement Shakes

My kids and I are huge fans of smoothies. We drink them for breakfast, as a snack, after a workout, or as a cool treat on a hot day. We love all kinds of smoothies, but our favorite is a blueberry smoothie. It’s full of antioxidants and flavor.

• If you have kids and have a hard time getting a healthy breakfast in them before school, let them drink a smoothie. Some smoothies taste like dessert, yet they are so good for you. There is a lot of hidden nutrition that is masked by the sweet flavor of fruit.

• Great boost after exercise. Smoothies are a perfect post-workout nutrition boost.

• A complete meal in a glass. No need to buy expensive, powdery meal replacement packs or shakes. The combination of oatmeal, flax seeds, yogurt, milk, and fruit makes these smoothies well rounded nutrition. Every smoothie will differ a little in nutrition according to the exact ingredients used.

Ingredients:

Oats
Flax seeds
Yogurt
Milk (Almond milk, soy milk, rice milk
Orange juice (optional)
Blueberries
Banana

Directions:

• Add oats and flax seeds to blender. Blend on high until you have the consistency of flour. This helps the oats and flax seeds blend into the smoothie without a rough texture. The finer your grind them, the smoother your smoothie will be!
• Add the remaining ingredients.
• Enjoy your smoothie!


Making smoothies is not exact science. Some folks like them thinner, others prefer a thicker smoothie. Play around with other ingredients and find your perfect consistency and flavor. Sometimes I add spinach to my smoothie, avocado, tofu or peanut butter. As long as my kids only taste the sweet flavor of fruit, they drink it all up!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

If I’m out of eggs and butter, or if I just feel like cutting out fat and cholesterol from my diet (which actually happens a lot), I bake using vegan recipes. Last night I was in the mood for some chocolate so I prepared these vegan chocolate cupcakes. They were delicious. I didn’t miss the eggs and butter at all. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:
1 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c cocoa powder
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 c sugar
1 c almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 c canola oil
1 tsp almond extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin pan with liners.
In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Add the vinegar to the almond milk and stir briskly. Put it aside for a few minutes until it curdles.
In the meantime whisk together sugar, oil and almond extract, and then mix them in with the milk and vinegar.
Add wet ingredients to the dry, and beat until the mixture is smooth.
Pour it into the liners until each is about ¾ full.
Bake for 20-24 minutes.