This delicious mock-tail will tantalize the taste buds and is perfect for entertaining this season!

Black Tea Sangria

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

2 bottles 100% Natural Lipton® Iced Tea with Lemon
1 cup unsweetened grape juice (“Mom” prefers organic)
1/4 cup orange juice
1 small orange, sliced
1 gala apple, cored and sliced (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 lime, sliced

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in large pitcher. Chill at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

TIP: For an adult version Sangria, use organic dry red wine instead of grape.

Makes 6 servings.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Lipton®.*

Courtesy of the Maury Place at Monument located in Richmond, VA, here’s a delicious way to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A – in a creamy smoothie with lots of spice!

Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup Canned Pumpkin

1/2 cup Apricot Preserves

1 cup Milk (“Mom” prefers organic)

1 tablespoon Sugar

1 pinch Cinnamon

1 pinch Nutmeg

1 cup Ice

Preparation

Blend all ingredients in a blender until creamy.

The sweetness can be adjusted to taste by adding more or less sugar. Pumpkin Pie spice may be substituted for the nutmeg and cinnamon.

Total preparation time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3

*Recipe and image courtesy of BNBFinder.com.*

Getting the benefits of freshly squeezed juices is as easy as ABC with this delicious recipe!

Easy as “ABC” Recipe

Ingredients

4 Apples
40 Blueberries
25 Cherries

Preparation

Press through a juicer, stir to mix the flavors, serve, and enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Omega Juicers.*

Start the day with this ruby red concoction that will power up your morning!

“Beet” the Clock Recipe

Ingredients

2 Beets
1 Apple
2 Kiwis, peeled
25 Seedless red grapes

Preparation

Press through a juicer, stir to mix the flavors, serve, and enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Omega Juicers.*

This smoothie tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass — without the guilt of buttery pastry and whipped cream. Its cinnamon goodness is just that: a boost that’s anti-inflammatory and getting kudos for lessening the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Kefir adds just the right amount of creamy indulgence with the benefit of belly-friendly bacteria for easy digestibility.

Pumpkin Pie In The Sky Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 cup Green Valley Organics or Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider
1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 medium fresh or frozen banana or 2 pitted dates
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 Tbs. sweetener of choice (we like maple syrup)
1/2 to 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (to taste)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (optional)
1/2 cup ice cubes (adjust to reach desired consistency)

Preparation

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Top It Off: Add a couple of tablespoons of cinnamon granola (and a bit of candied ginger) to the top, grab a spoon, close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re enjoying Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics are available at Whole Foods Markets, natural food stores and specialty grocers nationwide. To find a store near you, go to redwoodhill.com/store and greenvalleylactosefree.com/stores/.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Green Valley Organics.*

Has your get up and go, got up and gone? Juice up your day with nourishing greens, bursting with energy to spare. We added a kiss of apple and a handful of strawberries for sweetness and recommend including a frozen banana for an extra creamy texture. Our Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir or Green Valley Organics Plain Kefir pack a punch of protein. Make enough to share as family and friends will be green with envy of your renewed vim and vigor.

Go-Go Greens Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup (about 1 handful) leafy greens (chard, spinach or kale with ribs removed)
1/2 cup Green Valley Organics or Redwood Hill Farm Plain Kefir
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (about 5 whole berries)
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider
1/2 medium frozen banana
1/2 cup ice cubes (adjust to reach desired consistency)

Preparation

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Bigger Boost: Add a tablespoon of chia seeds for a boost of fiber, omega 3s, and calcium. Add a scoop of lactose-free whey protein isolate powder for added protein.

Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics are available at Whole Foods Markets, natural food stores and specialty grocers nationwide. To find a store near you, go to redwoodhill.com/store and greenvalleylactosefree.com/stores/.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Green Valley Organics.*

Wheatgrass contains over 100 nutrients, has the same amount of vitamin C as citrus fruit, approximately the same amount of vitamin A as dark leafy greens, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and more! Plus, wheatgrass is a great way to get your daily dose of protein as it contains more protein per ounce than beef! If that’s not enough for you, wheatgrass’ high levels of chlorophyll help oxygenate the blood and are very healing to the body.

Tropical Wheatgrass Juicer

Ingredients

1/2 Pineapple
1 Orange
1 Papaya
3 inch round of wheatgrass

Preparation

Remove rind from pineapple and cut into cubes. Remove skin from orange (leaving as much of the pith still on the orange) and cut in half. Remove skin from papaya and cut in cubes. Insert ingredients in your Omega masticating style juicer. Enjoy!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Omega.*

Eight O’Clock Coffee has come up with a simple coffee milkshake recipe you can whip up in no time. Make it anytime to cool down during the last days this summer and get a refreshing jolt! This is also a welcome afternoon treat before the kids come home from school in the Fall.

Banana-Rama Eight O’Clock Coffee Milkshake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cold Eight O’Clock Coffee Original Blend
2 scoops vanilla ice cream (“Mom” prefers soy ice cream)
1 Banana
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup (“Mom” prefers organic)
Crushed ice
*If you really want to pump up the coffee flavor, start by crushing frozen coffee ice cubes.

Preparation

Combine ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired.

Variation: Switch to chocolate ice cream for a truly chocolaty treat!

*Recipe and image courtesy of Eight O’Clock Coffee.*

If you are like most parents, you are on the move this summer! From shuttling children to various camps and activities to fitting in your own workout to taking the annual family vacation, it can be hard to find time to fit in a nutritious meal three times a day! USANA Nutrimeal is an optimal choice for those times when you need a quick, healthy meal that provides your body with the fuel it needs but doesn’t require too much preparation – just a shaker bottle!

This refreshing meal-replacement shake is available in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, vanilla (“Mom’s” favorite!) or strawberry, plus gluten-free options! With 4 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein and a low-glycemic index, the Nutrimeal offers sustained energy without adding the pounds and the body bloat. It is the perfect breakfast shake or afternoon pick-me-up!

For more information, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit usana.com.

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

Get your greens and antioxidants in this delightfully delicious smoothie that can rev up your morning or kick-start your afternoon!

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1/3 cup acai berry juice
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup packed baby spinach
1/4 cup Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream
1 cup crushed ice

Preparation

Place acai juice, blueberries, pomegranate juice, spinach, Natural Bliss, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

*Recipe courtesy of Coffee-Mate.*