More Awesome Products from Ecozoi (plus recipes!)

Cinnamon Banana Shake with Cacao Nibs


Here’s a shake recipe that’s so tasty you can hide your protein powders or probiotic powders inside. Simply blend and pout into your thermos and take it with you on the go.

INGREDIENTS
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 tablespoon protein powder of choice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Whip Cream, for topping
Cacao nibs, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
Blend banana, almond milk, sweetener, protein powder and cinnamon in a blender. Top with whip cream, cacao nibs and extra bananas.

Edible Flower Ice Cubes


Hosting this Summer just got more adorable. Adding edible flowers to your ice cubes gives simple water or lemonade a surprising twist. Just add the flowers to your ice cube tray and fill with water then freeze.

INGREDIENTS
Water
Organic edible flowers, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS
Add edible flowers to your Ecozoi ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water and freeze for at least 3 hours. Serve over ice or even in fresh lemonade!

Summer Salad


Cherry Tomatoes & Kalamatas
Hard Boiled Egg and a Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing

Vegetarians rejoice because these lunch boxes make the perfect salad-to-go. Add your dressing to the smallest box and fill the rest with yummy veggies and olives.

INGREDIENTS
Box #1:
1 handful lettuce
1 avocado, cut into cubes
3 radishes, cut in slices
¼ cup fresh peas (or frozen thawed)
½ cucumber, cubed
watercress

Box #2:
Vinaigrette Dressing
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Kalamata Olives
Cherry Tomatoes
Hard Boiled Egg

INSTRUCTIONS:
Combine salad ingredients and place in the first box. In the smallest container, combine vinaigrette dressing ingredients and cover with the lid. Add cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg and kalamata olives to the second box surrounding the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Hummus Veggie Wraps with Chickpeas


Fresh Cut Peaches and Honey Sesame Almonds
This lunch is so easy to prepare that you can do it in the morning on your way out the door. Packed with fruit, veggies and nuts you can be sure you got all your vitamins for the day!

INGREDIENTS
Box #1:
2 large whole wheat tortillas
1 can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, cooked
¼ red cabbage, sliced
1 cucumber, cut into long strips
1 carrot, cut into long strips
1 tablespoon hummus

Box #2:
1 peach, sliced
1/4 cup almonds
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place the tortilla down and spread hummus on top. Add veggies to the center stacking them on top of one another along with the chickpeas. Roll up the tortilla then cut with a knife. Surround your wraps with extra chickpeas and cabbage, if desired. In a small bowl toss honey, almonds and sesame seeds together then add it to the smallest container. Surround it with fresh peaches. Enjoy!

Picnic Acai Bowls

Açaí has been going strong for almost 20 years. I remember because when I was in high school I was obsessed with finding it at health food stores or ordering it online. The small berries from Brazil are packed with antioxidants and taste amazing. It’s no wonder Açaí places are popping up everywhere and more popular than ever. Now, you can find the powder or the frozen açaí at local grocery stores so you can customize your own any way you’d like.

Acai:
2 tbsp acai powder
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp sweetener of choice (stevia, honey, organic sugar)

Granola:
½ cup (170g) rolled oats
¼ cup (65g) sliced almonds
Dash of cinnamon
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Toppings:
Cacao nibs
Granola
Goji Berries
Shredded Coconut
Granola

INSRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). In a small bowl add granola ingredients and mix. Place flat on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until granola starts to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. In a blender, add acai ingredients and blend until thick. Add ice cubes if you’d like the consistency thicker. Top with toppings and enjoy!

Banana Sushi

This is a cute idea for kids, or even adults (can you imagine a fancy tea party with fruit sushi?). Not only is it super easy to make, the possibilities are endless. You can top these with fruity pebbles, peanuts, sprinkles or chia seeds. Simply dip your banana in chocolate, add toppings and let set. Then cut into even slices and serve with chopsticks.

An Introduction..

For any new followers I would love to introduce myself and thank you for coming along on this journey with me! The last few years I have created a cookbook here, have become self taught in the kitchen and behind the camera, and started my own little business as a recipe creator and food photographer. My dream is to help small food and health food companies launch their products to the world using vivid photographs and unique recipes. After working in the corporate world for the majority of my adult life, I’m excited to explore this passion and see where it takes me. Thanks again for joining me!

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Nature’s Candy Smoothies

We love smoothies around here because they are kid-friendly healthy and delish but I feel like I keep making the same ones over and over. I would love to see what everyone’s making in their own kitchens while I share mine below:

Pink – 2-3 strawberries, 1 blackberry, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

Green – 1 frozen banana, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

Yellow – 1 mandarin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey and ice

Purple – 1/4 cup blackberries, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

White – 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup chia, 1 banana, honey

 

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Food Styling Items I’m Loving Right Now

As a food blogger and food photographer, it’s imperative to find beautiful serve ware and dining sets to showcase my food creations. Luckily, I found a ton great products at Dinner Charm including wooden bowls, rustic spoons, and colorful ramekins for my desserts! Here is a roundup of my favorites!

Wood Bamboo Bowl

Perfect for guests, these wooded bowls hold items like nuts or popcorn all while being stylish and eco-friendly.

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Wood Serving Spoon

This is a must in every kitchen, the beautiful wooden spoon. It’s functional, stylish and great to pop in your own food photographs for an added, rustic touch.

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High Temperature Ceramic Dessert Cups

No matter what you put in these adorable cups, the pastel colors will make it pop. Since they are high heat-safe you can use them for soufflés, crème brulee or even panna cottas. Yum!

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Luxurious Golden Stainless Steel Flatware

Take your average dinner up a notch with these gorgeous gold flatware set. Don’t forget a few extra sets for the whole family.

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Why I Love Black Oil Mouthwash!

Have you heard of black oil mouthwash? It’s the newest beauty secret everyone’s raving about and I love it.

It tastes delicious and helps whiten teeth, leaves your mouth feeling fresh, kills the bacteria that causes decay, helps lower saliva pH to promote tooth remineralization, reduces plaque, and soothes sore gums.

Check out the details here

Use the code TAKEFIVE to get $5 off your order. They ship everywhere!

Braided Cinnamon Roll Wreath

With Christmas around the corner, I am giddy with all the baking possibilities up ahead. I really love a good cinnamon roll, but I’m always wary about the excess sugar and butter in store-bought rolls. Here, I used this recipe by Totally Love It, and estimate the calories to be about 300-400 calories per serving, which is a far cry from almost 1,000 calories for a classic Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Although it’s still an indulgent treat, I feel that sometimes it’s worth it, especially around the holidays. Not to mention your home will be smelling like cinnamon sugar for hours. Yum!

Winter Polar Bear Gingerbread

With the holidays right around the corner, I couldn’t help but get into the spirit with soft and chewy gingerbread bears. They add just the right amount of festive charm to your table, and you can snack on them with your morning coffee or after a meal. After trying out different gingerbread recipes, I found this one yielded the softest dough with the right amount of spice.

My son is going to learn all about hibernation soon at his preschool so these will make adorable little take-away gifts for the kids!

Healthy Apple Pie

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s easy to let indulgences get out of hand. That’s why I’ve already prepared myself a healthier version of the all-American favorite, the apple pie. With limited butter and sugar, I would say this is about half the amount of calories as the real deal, and it tastes great too!

For the Pie Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon salt
2⁄3 cup butter or 2⁄3 cup shortening
5 -7 tablespoons cold water

For the Filling:

4 Gala apples cut in slices
2 tbsp. butter, dash of sugar, dash of cinnamon

Assemble and bake pie crust at 375 degrees until cooked through. In the meantime, cook the apple slices in butter, sugar and cinnamon on the stove until soft. After the pie crust is done assemble the apple slices in a rosette pattern, starting from the outside. Voila!