It’s National Peach Month! This BIY (brew-it-yourself) iced tea recipe from Tetley Tea bubbles up ginger, peach and orange to a perfect fizzy punch that is both refreshing and refreshingly easy to make. We used Hansen’s Diet Ginger Ale to cut calories & sugar, but keep the delightful taste!

Sparkling Iced Super Tea

Ingredients

1 teabag Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea (with Vitamin C)
1 cup water
1/3 cup ginger ale (“Mom” chose Hansen’s Diet Ginger Ale)
Glass of ice

Tetley Peach Tea

Preparation

1. Bring cup of water to a boil.
2. Pour over 1 Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea teabag in cup, and let steep for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the teabag and allow tea to cool.
4. Once the tea is cool, pour over ice.
5. Top off with ginger ale and enjoy!

Watch how it is made here!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Tetley Tea.*

Kick your smoothie up a notch! Just Spices Smoothie Boost is a sweet blend of refreshing mint, zesty lemon and orange peels, sharp ginger, and a delicate taste of floral hollyhock blossom. From ho-hum to hooray, your morning smoothie just became a lot more exciting!

Smoothie Boost Mixed Berries & Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup (frozen) mixed berries (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup milk or water (or even more to taste) – “Mom” prefers organic milk or nut milk
1/2 teaspoon Just Spices Smoothie Boost
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Preparation

Slice the banana and add it together with berries of your choice into your blender.

Add the Smoothie Boost Seasoning & blend until you get a smooth texture.

With the blades whirring, pour in milk or water to reach the consistency you like.

Now you can toss a few extra fruits on top and drizzle with honey to taste.

Enjoy & Share!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Just Spices.*

Don’t have time to juice or constantly on-the-go? In the New Year, add fresh-pressed, delicious and organic juices to your diet with ease with Telula! “Mom” was recently introduced to this brand and could not be more pleased with the taste, flavor variety and nutritional benefits – perfect for busy families!

This new shelf-stable line of fresh-pressed, organic juices from Made in Nature offers all of the nutritional benefits of home juicing with convenience and affordability for when you are pressed for time. At Tiny Green Mom, we are loving that Telula is packaged in beautiful, 32 oz. recyclable glass bottles and made from organic fresh-pressed ingredients that are gently pasteurized with no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial colors. You can choose from a variety of organic, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables in 10 tasty flavors including Green Fusion, Green Zing, Beet Carrot, Carrot Citrus, Melon Mint, Spicy Lemon, Blackberry Chia, Tart Cherry Chia, Bilberry Banana Chia & Coconut Citrus Chia.

Mom” tried three distinctly different flavors – Carrot Citrus, Blackberry Chia and Spicy Lemon. The Carrot Citrus and Blackberry Chia were huge hits with the entire family, and everyone was clamoring for more!

You can learn more at www.drinktelula.com to view the company’s full product line and to find a store located near you.

About Made in Nature

Made in Nature is a pioneer in organic food with a 25-year history of environmental stewardship, helping to convert thousands of acres of land to organic farming. Many of these farms use renewable energy and provide shade and habitat for endangered species. Today, Made In Nature also serves as a “Food Anthropologist,” sourcing ingredients with true taste of place, ripened at their source and picked at the peak of perfection. By procuring only 100 percent certified organic from a dedicated family of farmers, Made in Nature creates food that is celebrated by culinary creatives as being both nutritious and delicious. Go to www.madeinnature.com to view the company’s full product line.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Pumpkin Spiced LatteTis’ the season for Pumpkin! The harvest fruit is everywhere – from Jack O’ Lanterns on every doorstep to pumpkin spiced lattes and pies in every store! Besides pumpkin being a great decoration and having a delicious flavor for sweets and treats, pumpkins are healthy and nutritious for you.

Pumpkins are a potent antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory food. Juicing them can be better for you (instead of the overly sugar treats). So, instead of a super sweet pumpkin treat — try a healthy twist to the pumpkin craze. The juicing experts at Juicepresso created a healthy twist to a pumpkin spiced latte which also puts to use the pumpkin meat from your Jack O’ Lantern.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

1/2 small pumpkin (seeds, hard rind and stem removed), chopped
1 red apple
1 Meyer lemon, quartered
1-inch piece ginger, well scrubbed

Preparation

Once all fruits and vegetables have been prepared, pressed, and placed in a glass, top off your drink with a dab of cinnamon. Enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Juicepresso.*

Positive Energy SmoothieWhether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast ritual or satisfying summer refreshment, fruit and veggie smoothies are always a hit. Now consider your smoothie with an extra all-natural surge of energy – here’s a gluten-free recipe with Positive Energy OJ that is bound to give you a much-needed boost, at any time of the day!

Natural Energy Smoothie

Ingredients

1/3 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1 cup chopped kale

1 cup spinach

1 banana

1/2 cup Positive Energy Orange Juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 cup plain Greek yogurt (“Mom” prefers organic)

1/2 cup ice

Preparation

Blend ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes 3 cups.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Positive Energy.*

Holiday Everyday PunchFrozen berries and cherries are perfect for this recipe. Thaw the fruit in the refrigerator overnight (in a bowl to collect the juices) and proceed with the recipe exactly as written.

Canned sour cherries are generally found in the canned fruit section at your grocery store. As they’re not generally a big seller — though they should be — they’re usually on the top or bottom shelf.

Tip: To avoid watering down the final product with ice cubes, make a punch cube: before adding the seltzer and lime juice, pour about 1 ½ cups of the punch into a round plastic bowl or food storage container. Add a few fresh berries into the container and freeze until solid. Use your punch cube to keep everything nice and cold during service.

Holiday Everyday Punch

Ingredients

1 pint fresh raspberries
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 pint fresh blackberries
1 can (14.5 ounces) Pitted Tart Cherries, such as Oregon brand, with juices reserved
1 bottle Langer’s Cranberry Açai Plus Juice, chilled
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 3-5 limes, juiced)
1 liter Lime Seltzer Water, such as Polar, chilled

Preparation

In a medium pot, combine the raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and the sour cherries, including the liquid they’re packed with; if you’re using frozen fruit, be sure to add all of the liquid released during thawing to the pan. Place the pan over medium heat, bring to a low simmer, and reduce the heat to keep the fruit just barely simmering. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 15 minutes or until everything is soft. While still warm, pour the fruit and juices into a fine mesh strainer, pressing the berries with a spoon but not pushing the pulp through the mesh. Set the bowl aside to cool, leaving the strainer atop it to collect any last drips of juice. You’ll end up with somewhere between 1 and 2 cups of juice; this juice can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for a month.

To serve, combine the berry juice, the bottled juice and the lime juice in a large punch bowl and stir. Just before service, add ice and pour in the seltzer. If desired, serve the punch with a bowl of fresh berries that your guests can add to their serving.

Makes 20 servings.

*Recipe created by Erin Dow, and image courtesy of Guiding Stars.*

Boo Berry MilkshakesStart the party with a great big BOO-Berry Milkshake, and make this Halloween the freakiest ever! In the midst of assembling your creepy costumes, finalizing scary party plans and putting out cobwebs and ghosts, don’t forget to include the most important party item—a tasty treat that will fill your guests with both fright and delight!

At Halloween gatherings, sugary sweets may sound great, but the post-candy sugar crash does not! The best solution? Nature’s candy—blueberries!

To get everybody in the spirit on an eerie Halloween night, make these scrumptious BOO-Berry Milkshakes with juicy blueberries. Not only are these spooky shakes naturally sweet, they’re ghoulishly festive too. Serve up these spine-chilling beverages to both kids and adults. They will be a smashing (and deviously healthy!) hit at your monster mash… just don’t be scared when the ghostly drinks vanish before your eyes!

Get more inspiring recipes and ideas for enjoying frozen and fresh blueberries all year, and find information about blueberry health benefits at www.LittleBlueDynamos.com.

“Boo” Berry Milkshakes

Ingredients

2 cups frozen (unthawed) blueberries

1 ripe banana

1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt (“Mom” prefers organic)

¾ cup milk (“Mom” prefers organic)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped topping

Additional blueberries

Preparation

In a blender, combine blueberries, banana, frozen yogurt, milk and vanilla; whirl until smooth. Pipe topping into swirls on top of shakes to make ghosts and dot with blueberries to make eyes.

*Recipe and image courtesy of napsnet.com.*

GreenSlush_JPAFor an icy snack, whirl up this mix of fruits and sweet white grape juice. Using the ripest fruit gives the sweetest flavor. For honeydew melon, this means taking the paler, juicier part near the center of the melon rather than the green flesh closer to the rind. The banana should be super-ripe.

Green Slush

Ingredients

2 cups cubed ripe honeydew melon, frozen

1 cup peeled and cubed kiwifruit, frozen

1 ripe small banana, pre-peeled and frozen

½ cup 100% white grape juice, chilled

Preparation

Place the frozen melon and kiwi in a food processor. Slice the frozen banana and add it to the other fruit. Pour in the chilled 100% juice. Whirl and pulse until the mixture is an icy slush. Immediately spoon the slush into plastic cups and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of JuiceCentral.org.*

Bai5 Molokai CoconutIf you are a fan of the 5 calorie superfruit beverages called Bai5 – you are in for a treat with their newest flavor to tantalize your taste buds – Molokai Coconut! The ninth flavor to make its debut – Molokai Coconut joined Congo Pear, Sumatra Dragonfruit, Brasilia Blueberry, Costa Rica Clementine, Limu Lemon, Malawi Mango, Panana Peach and Ipanema Dragonfruit. Yes – they are as delicious and exotic as they sound! “Mom” cannot decide which one is her favorite, as the Panama Peach and Costa Rica Clementine are tied in first place at the moment!

Bai5 Group

The 5 calorie, 100% Natural beverage contains only 1 gram of sugar and is perfect for anytime of the year, especially on a hot day. Drinking Bai5 is a great way to rehydrate while replenishing your electrolytes after a workout and is a great alternative to soda or sugary sports drinks. Most importantly, Bai5 contains the lesser know superfruit, the coffee fruit, which is loaded with antioxidants.

Bai5 can be enjoyed over ice as a refreshing beverage, or the flavors make great mixers for your favorite organic tropical drinks, too! We thought the recipe below sounded pretty tasty, and would be just as good without the rum, too!

Piṅa Bailada

Ingredients

2 ounces of Bai 5 Molokai Coconut
1 slice of fresh pineapple for garnish
2 ounces of organic rum
½ cup of crushed ice
2 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
1 tall, chilled glass

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in tall, chilled glass and enjoy!

For more exciting beverage combinations using Bai5, or to locate a store near you, visit drinkbai.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*
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Orgain healthy kidsCan you believe it is almost time to send the kiddos back-to-school? This Fall, pack a healthier lunchbox with the addition of Orgain Healthy Kids! To add nutritional support to your child’s diet, especially for little who are extremely picky (we have all been there!), these organic nutritional shakes are the perfect addition. Available in 3 flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry, Orgain Healthy Kids provides 8 grams of organic protein, organic complex carbohydrates, organic fiber, a complete vitamin and mineral blend, and a blend of 10 different certified organic fruits and vegetables. It is gluten-free, and free of soy, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and corn syrup. Yes – it is truly a powerhouse!

We tested all three flavors in “Mom’s” kitchen, and loved the Chocolate flavor the best. Another great way to enjoy the shake is to add the Vanilla or Strawberry flavors to a fruit smoothie for a quick breakfast on-the-go or for an after school snack! We also created this little gem of a recipe!

Bananas

Tiny Green Mom’s Monkeyin’ Around Shake

Ingredients

1 container Chocolate Orgain Healthy Kids drink
1 banana
1 6 oz. container Redwood Hill Farm Organic Goat Milk Yogurt – Vanilla (you can use plain for less sugar)
8-12 ice cubes

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

The story behind the brand is one after “Mom’s” own heart! After years of trial, Andrew Abraham, M.D., a practicing physician, father of two, and cancer survivor created an organic nutritional shake called Orgain Healthy Kids (www.orgain.com).

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*