Monday, February 11, 2013

Reliant Home and Garden Show 2013

This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity to work this event. ALL the people that visited my booth were great, fun and excited about seeing the Vitamix booth. I loved serving the people.

My Menu consisted of:

Snack 1 - Smoothie
4 Fruit Smoothie
Orange, Banana, Apple, Pineapple, Blue Agave, Water or Milk (your choice) and Ice.                                                  

Or Snack 1 - Green Drink
Water, spinach (and/or kale, chard, arugula), apple, lemon, organic banana, organic pear, and 3-4 celery stalks and Ice.

Or Snack 2 - Ice Cream Orange Dreamcicle, Vanilla, Pineapple and Lemon-Lime
Organic orange juice or Organic Lemonade, Organic Sugar, cabbage, squash, carrots and Ice.

Or Snack 2 - Tomato Drink
Water, Carrots, Onion, Garlic, Cucumber, Celery, Beet, Lime, Parsley and Seasoning.

Soup 3 - Tortilla Soup (page 64 in the Whole Food Cookbook)

Specialty Favorite/Treat
Lime Mint Basil Sorbet - Lime, Basil, Mint Leaves, Dates, Organic Orange Juice, Spinach, Carrots, Squash, Avocado, Cabbage and Ice

Orange Basil Sorbet - Orange, Basil, Dates, Organic Orange Juice, Spinach, Carrots, Squash, Avocado, Cabbage and Ice

Cocoa Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - Non Dairy Creamer, Cocoa, Organic Sugar, Mint Leaves, Carrots, Squash, Avocado, Cabbage, Fresh Mint Chocolate Chips or Regular Chocolate Chips and Ic

Margarita (regular) or with Pineapple - Orange, Lemon, Lime and Pineapple, Organic Lemonade, Water and Ice

Margarita Ice Cream - Orange, Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Avocado, Squash, Cabbage, Organic Sugar and Ice.

Coco Moco Coffee Chiller - Almond Unsweetened Milk, Ground Coffee, Blue Agave, Cocoa and Ice.

Please feel free to email me and

Coco Mocha Coffee Chiller

In case you're wondering what to do with the last bit coffee, start storing it in the refrigerator and use in a coffee drink or ice cream.

Remember the ice cream takes only about 1/4 cup liquid, 1/2 - 2 cups liquid (depending upon how much you're making).

Coco Mocha Coffee Chiller

Monday, February 4, 2013

Mango Kiwi

1 mango (sliced and skinned from the pit, {mango is also your liquid, so it needs to go first})
2 kiwis (peeled and sliced)
2 dates (or 2 tbsp of blue agave or sweetener of your choice, if necessary)
1/2 Ice


1 lemon
2 apples
1 cup kale
1/2 stalk of celery
1/4 cup Organic Lemonade
1 cup water
1/2 cup Ice

Green Pineapple Drink

1 Banana
1 medium hunk of pineapple
1 handful if Spinach
1 pear (cut in quarters)
2 cup Almond + Plus Milk (or whatever milk you choose)
1/2 Ice

Watermelon Facts

We are all familiar with the delicious red sweet part of the watermelon. Well, lets not forget about the rest of this wonderful fruit. It would be wasteful not to utilize the whole fruit. The rind and the seeds are also edible. There are many recipes from different parts of the world including the southern United States describing ways they can be used as a nutritional and tasty food source.

The watermelon is a very versatile food source. The flesh can be eaten raw as a fruit and the rind can be fried and cooked like a vegetable. The watermelon seed can be eaten as a salty snack or stuck on sweetened deserts. Cooks grind the seeds and use like regular flour and melon seed paste. They can also be the ingredients for hot and cold drinks.

As I understand some places they classify the whole watermelon as a vegetable, others as a fruit. Either way not only the red or yellow meaty part can be eaten. The rind and seeds are edible and should be a part of our food source. Obviously since there are recipes, someone is using them as food, but I believe more people should be introduced to the full usage of the watermelon. In some places in Africa they even cook the leaves and add them to their meals or use it as medicine. I believe it is a shame to throw out good food.

Nutritious Watermelon Rind

The watermelon rind contains less sugar and water than the flesh and more fiber. This gives it the heavier consistency and a less sweet taste. Whereas the red flesh has the antioxidant lycopene the white rind has a higher concentration of the amino acid citrulline in it. This is converted to another amino acid arginine which is the precursor for nitric oxide. This will help with blood vessel dilation. Also in the rind is potassium and some vitamin C and B.


1/2 Watermelon (seeded, cut in quarters with as much
2 lemons
3 tbsp Blue Agave
1/2 cup Ice

Morning Drink

Handful of Grapes
1 pear (cut in quarters)
1/2 cucumber
1/2 celery
1 cup milk (of your choice)
1/2 cup Ice