Brain power- blueberry & Avocado smoothie

A sharp woman with a great sense of humor can conquer the world as far as I am concerened. So when I saw a recipe for "brain power" I immediately jumped at it. Only I tweaked the original recipe a bit to fit my protein and anti- inflammatory needs.

Super easy, and pure love and brain power in one shake.

Blend together:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • half of an avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 3 cups baby kale
  • 3 Tbsp. hemp powder

Add ice cubes if you like, but I prefer to just add frozen blueberries.

Super yummy!




Shake it up...



I woke up not feeling great. Or let me rephrase this,  I woke up feeling super crappy. Pains and aches in muscles and joints, and slightly nauseated from taking Methotrexate. My herniated disc, which I miraculously managed to get under control earlier this year, is acting up again. Yes, not a great start to my day.  The sciatic pain has shown its ugly head in the past few days. And if you are familiar with sciatic pain, I am sure you know, what I mean when I say; anything BUT sciatic pain. I have set reminders on my phone now to walk a mile in the neighborhood every 3 hours and to do my physical therapy exercises twice daily until my back is under control again. Let there be relief, I say.

My fabulous friend, Karen, asked me what perk the "Champagne, Pearls and CI" lifestyle could offer me today. And that lead me to treat myself to this energizing, luscious and glamorous looking protein shake (it is all about the presentation).

Yum, yum and yum.  My day is feeling better by the minute!




Here is my "love portion" recipe:

1/2 cup Cranberry juice -unsweetened,

1/2 cup Pineapple juice

4 cups Spinach

3 tbsp Hemp powder

1.5 cups Raspberries

1 medium Banana






Grilled Cherry Almond Milkshake

Not all fabulous foods and drinks are created equal. This grilled cherry-coconut-milkshake is beyond words and a MUST try. I am so excited and drooling a bit.           -Mette

Grill the cherries in the oven at 375-400 degrees (cut in halves, no stems and pit, please). Chill in fridge after 10-12 minutes in the oven.

Once chilled, blend the various ingredients until you find the appropriate consistency. The cherries should be added last and blended separately.

  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 8 oz unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 pound fresh cherries
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of chili
Claimed health benefits of cherries:
  • Antioxidant Protection.
  • Cancer-Preventive Compounds.
  • Reduce Inflammation and Your Risk of Gout.
  • Support Healthy Sleep (Melatonin) .
  • Arthritis Pain Relief.
  • Reduce Belly Fat.
  • Reduce Post-Exercise Muscle Pain.
  • Lower Risk of Stroke.