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Deliciously Organic: Strawberry Coconut Smoothie and Give-Away

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie and Give-Away

Wow, it feels good to be back.  After 32 hours of driving, we finally made it to the desert of California. We are now living on an Air Force Base that's about as barren as it gets.  It's such a drastic change from our home in Florida that it actually makes me laugh when I look out the window.

I had a great time driving across the country, even though I'm not much for long road trips.  When traveling we like to visit the restaurants that are featured on the show "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and we have never been dissappointed.  In Albuquerque we ate at "The Standard Diner" that had amazing onion-battered calamari and buttered bourbon burger (they served organic salads - an unexpected treat while on the road). We stopped the next day in Flagstaff and ate at a restuarant called "Salsa Brava". The menu was very extensive and they're known for their fresh salsa bar.  After fat snowflakes in Flagstaff we began our drive towards the Mojave desert in CA.   I have to admit, it was a bit depressing seeing the mountains slowly die away and the trees disappear until all that was left were Joshua Trees (they look something out of a Dr. Seuss book).

We brought in the New Year with boxes piled up to the ceiling and many warm welcomes from friends.  The kitchen was completely unpacked on the first day so I could get back to cooking.  I also made a trip to Trader Joe's - so thrilled to be able to shop there again!

Now is the time for resolutions and I encourage you to try and make changes to your eating habits in 2010.  When I first learned about organics and eating whole foods I was completely overwhelmed.  I came home, looked in my pantry and thought, "How am I ever going to change all of this?"  So I began by making one change a week.  After 6 months, most of my pantry and fridge was completely changed and I'd barely noticed.  This is a simple method you can use to slowly change the ingredients and foods you use in your cooking.

This year, to help you make new changes I am going to continue to build on the information I've been sharing. I'm going to discuss topics like: soaking your grains, raw milk, healthy fats, etc. The first thing I wanted to share with you is my love for hemp seeds. I use them in this smoothie several times a week and can't get enough. Hemp seeds contain high amounts of protien (11 grams in 3 tablespoons) and omega-3 fatty acids. They are very neutral tasting so they go great in smoothies or sprinkled over salads (if you don't like seeds then you can use hemp oil) . It's best to use them in their raw form since cooking them can damage some of the nutrients. My favorite brand is Nutiva and I thought it only appropriate to give away some of their hemp seeds and hemp oil to help encourage you to make the change. All you need to do is leave a comment between now and Thursday, Jan 7th and I'll pick a name at random and then announce the winner.

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
Serves 1

¾ cup coconut milk
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons hempseeds
½ cup frozen strawberries
1 raw egg yolk
1 tablespoons raw honey

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.


Blogger Peggy said...

smoothie sounds terrific!

January 4, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'm so glad about your blogging plans for the new year! I've been informing myself and rehabing my nutrition for the better part of the last year. I'm finally to the point where the changes are sticking and things are going well. But there's so much information, I've been overwhelmed for sure!

January 4, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Is there a brand of coconut milk that you recommend? Also, are the berries frozen?
Thanks for all the delicious recipes. I have made quite a few.

January 4, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Carrie - I love reading your blog. Every time I am in the grocery store and pick up something (gasp) processed I think about you - and how you would never eat that - and sometimes it makes me put it back down! :)

January 4, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Fuller said...

I am so glad you are back to blogging! I love viewing your blog! I am going to share your blog with my Mother N Love whom I was able to introduce to organics when she visited!!

January 4, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Love your blog, great giveaway!

January 4, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger WillyP & me said...

Happy New Year! Just curious; what role does the raw egg yolk play? Is it nutritional or for binding purposes? Thanks for the giveaway!

January 4, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh how we miss the Mojave desert! It sure is a lot different than Southern Maryland where we are now. Enjoy your time there.

This smoothie recipe is different than my usual organic smoothie recipe. I can't wait to try it!

January 4, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Feeba said...

I'm all about the coconut milk smoothies. I don't even like coconut milk usually, but blend it with some strawberry and mango... yum. I've been wary of tossing "supplements" into my blended drinks, but hemp seeds sound pretty legitimate :)

January 4, 2010 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Rebecca T said...

i've been working on changing to healthier options. pretty proud of the changes i've made so far. so cool can shop at trader joe's. i go to central market every chance i get! right now, we're getting ready to send Tim off to the sandbox. one goal for that is to not stop cooking well for my kids...sometimes i go too easy when he's gone. miss your classes but i love your blog!!

January 4, 2010 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

THe strawberries are frozen and I really like Thai Kitchens or the whole foods brand of coconut milk. The egg yolk adds more nutrients to the smoothie and also makes it creamier.

January 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

This smoothie looks wonderful! And thank you for always sharing so completely your take on nutrition--it continues to be a huge resource and help to my family...

January 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Carrie-wanted to let you know I'm making your simple chili AGAIN tonight! Andy loves it! And I've sent your blog link to all my Arizona friends.

January 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Amy Cantilina said...

So glad you guys made it safely to your new home and you're back to cooking and blogging. I think I might have to go get me some hempseeds!

January 4, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Glad you are getting all settled.. this looks yummo...

January 4, 2010 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hope I win! Trying to gradually make the right changes to my diet.

January 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I too am making the change to Organic for myself and my family. I will be interested in following your blog to help me along...hope you might come by to visit too! Thanks for the info...Good luck with your new move. My niece and her fiance just moved from Oregon to Florida...another culture shock!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

January 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

Carrie...I love reading your blod! After watching Food Inc. my family is going to start buying much more organic foods. It is helpful to read your tips. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 5, 2010 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have yet to try hemp seeds. This would be nice to try. Thanks! Happy New Year!

January 5, 2010 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love your blog. I am all about eating healthy and have used hemp seeds. I haven't tried the hemp oil yet. I'll be checking back frequently!

January 5, 2010 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger lightkeeping said...

Your blog is gorgeous!
The smoothie recipe sounds yummy. I love smoothies and used to make them myself in my previous home, but now that we moved to Ireland we do not have a blender year, so I make fruit salads:) Hope to be able to afford a juicer and a proper blender one day as well as a posh coffee machine to tell the truth:)
Keep the great work!

January 5, 2010 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Diana Bauman said...

Carrie, I to am sharing so much more this year about the value in Real Food! I just wanted to stop by and let you know how much I enjoy your blog, it's essence, and peace when I visit. Just beautiful! Also, I wanted to share with you that after 5 months of switching completely to raw milk, my oldest son has not needed a nebulizer treatment! His asthma usually gets triggered by a cold, and so far, nothing! What a wonderful feeling to not have to see him in such distress. I hope you enjoy your new sunny location and looking forward to your posts in 2010!

January 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Kala-loo Soup! said...

OMG! This sounds amazing as does anything with coconut! I have never used hemp seeds and cannot wait to try this!

January 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Lisanne Boling said...

Thanks for your encouragement in healthier eating! I would love to try this smoothie.

January 5, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Corinne said...

Oh, that smoothie looks so good! I too have been curious about hemp seeds and want to try them. Thanks!

January 5, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Carli said...

Thanks for your always helpful information! I've been trying to soak my grains, but sometimes forget. I also loved your tip about dehydrating nuts! And this...with the hemp...yet another one. It's great to read your posts and get encouragement (or maybe just a reminder for my forgetful self) to do what I know I should be doing! Thanks again. And I hope you get settled in quickly!

Velveeta Aint Food

January 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Looks tasty! Thanks for the chance to win

January 5, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Primary Work at Home said...

This is a perfect refreshment. I love it. Thank you for sharing this one.

January 7, 2010 at 4:51 AM  
Blogger chelsea said...

I've never tried the seads..only the milk. I haven't even noticed them at the health food store...I'm going to look for them now:)

January 7, 2010 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Beatrice said...

I've seen hemp seed used in a cereal mix (with chia seed and perhaps dried apple bits?) but never used it in a smoothie. Interesting.

January 10, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Alina said...

Coconut milk, egg yolks, hempseeds - this sounds fantastic. One of the most original smoothies I've heard of!

May 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

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