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Protein Smoothie Options

9 Dec

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When making a Protein Smoothie you don’t always need a powder, milk or yogurt protein.  Go for nuts and seeds  which are loaded with protein and add interesting flavor.   Also peanut butter, and other nutty butters give silky smoothness to your smoothie.  And if you are into tofu you can use the silken type.

In a blender add 1 cup of ice, 1 cup of coconut milk, cashew milk, or rice milk, or any other non-dairy beverages.

Here are the many options to chose from.

  • add a tablespoon or peanut butter
  • or 3/4 cup of almonds,
  • or 1 to 2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds
  • or 3/4 cup of any other nuts you have on hand
  • add some or all and blend until smooth!
  • add a banana for extra smoothness and  potassium
  • add  some berries for fruitiness or pineapple
  • peanut butter goes good with bananas
  • nuts and seeds go good with berries.
  • banana, pineapples, and nuts for a tropical drink
  • tofu goes good with all of the above and adds silky smoothness

There are so many ways you can make a protein smoothie that you will never be bored.




Italian Anise Cookies

6 Dec

Susan T's Kitchen

I love making  these cake-like Italian cookies with Anise during the holidays.  They bring back fond memories of baking in the kitchen with my mother when I was a little girl.  These cookies taste good frosted or plain and what’s even better is dipping them in coffee!  Enjoy!

Susan T's Kitchen Susan T’s Kitchen

Ingredients For The Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1/2 cup of sugar ( I like sugar in the raw)
  • 3/4 cup applesauce or 3 large eggs (if you want no eggs in your cookies use 1/4 cup applesauce per egg)
  • 2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of non-dairy milk (rice dream, almond dream, soy milk) or you can use regular milk

 Ingredients For The Icing

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons non dairy milk or regular milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon anise extract

Directions For Cookies

  1. Pre-heat  oven to 350.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixer cream…

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