Fresh Watermelon Martini

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I’m a sucker for anything watermelon including watermelon beverages both with or without alcohol. And a fresh watermelon martini is one of my faves, actually any melon. Martinis are naturally gluten-free, as the vodka is distilled, which most manufacturers claim removes any gluten. You will find that some vodka brands are made from wheat, rye, barley and fortunately, potatoes. I like to play it safe and use a potato vodka, but I have only tasted two, and do not care for either unless they are mixed with a lot of something sweet. Fresh watermelon, agave and optional citrus will do the trick! Continue reading “Fresh Watermelon Martini”

Creamy Mimosa – Naturally Gluten Free

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This mimosa recipe is naturally gluten-free. Though I am allergic to oranges, my guests enjoy mimosa for Christmas breakfast. One of my guests mentioned that the best mimosa she ever had was at a resort. I asked it was a creamy mimosa, and sure enough it was. So, I added a a splash of whipping cream to the blend and everyone loved it. What a perfect addition to any mimosa recipe! It created a frothy, creamy head. That particular guest ended up adding a bit of sugar to her glass, though. Later, I found a recipe online that did include sugar. Below is the recipe I made. Want to really wow your guests? Use fresh squeezed orange juice, strained. Continue reading “Creamy Mimosa – Naturally Gluten Free”

Cow’s Milk and Milk Substitutes

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Gluten-free dieters and everyone else should learn the truth about milk.  I have had the desire to write about the subject of milk for some time now.  I have received emails suggesting drinking camel’s milk, asking why soy milk is bad for us, and most recently, why so many gluten-free recipes call for almond milk, coconut milk or other milk substitute rather than just plain old lactose-free milk.  I cover many milk and milk substitutes below and what you should know them. Continue reading “Cow’s Milk and Milk Substitutes”

Raw Banana Ice Cream

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There is a YouTube video on how to make raw banana ice cream with a juicer. You just remove the skin from bananas; freeze the bananas, whole; remove the filter or screen from your juicer; feed them through and voila! – You have soft serve banana ice cream.  However, what does one do if they do not have a juicer? You can even make ice cream without an ice cream maker and both without a juicer. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, raw, refined sugar-free and sugar-free, as it is naturally sweetened. Enjoy this healthy treat! Continue reading “Raw Banana Ice Cream”

Raw Almond Milk Recipe

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I discovered a healthy raw almond milk recipe while watching a couple of Ani Phyo‘s YouTube videos. She was a guest on my online radio show, Carla’s Cooking not too long ago. She’s wonderful! I have adapted her recipe to my liking, as she is general about the portions so that you can adjust it accordingly. You can watch her video below.

UPDATE: I no longer use vanilla extract or vanilla bean in my milk, and sometimes use little or no dates at all. I’ve always skipped the salt, but feel free to add a pinch to yours. Continue reading “Raw Almond Milk Recipe”

Hemp Milk Recipe

Hemp Milk

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I had purchased some hemp seeds a few months ago when I was watching one of Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Kitchen videos, but since I am already adding hemp protein I feel that I do not need them in my morning protein shake. I also made the mistake by ordering hemp seeds still in their shells and they also were not raw but heated. They are so tiny, I could not possibly shell them myself. I needed a use for them and found it, a hemp milk recipe! I am sure you can make the same recipe with raw hemp seeds, too. Continue reading “Hemp Milk Recipe”

Red Tornado Drink

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In yesterday’s episode of The Doctor Oz Show, April 26, 2010, a bar tender shared this red tornado drink recipe. It’s a great juice recipe and is naturally gluten-free. Made from many fresh fruit and vegetable juices, it sounds so yummy! It was suggested to make in a martini shaker, but I choose to add it to a blender with ice. Add vodka or not. Enjoy! Continue reading “Red Tornado Drink”

Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

Gluten Free Watermelon Smoothie

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The other day I was watching the Paula Deen show and she made water melon coolers. I happened to have had a huge watermelon that I had planned on using when I had company, but didn’t. Making a watermelon smoothie was a perfect way to consume the watermelon fast and watermelon is a great diuretic. I am allergic to citrus so I skipped the lemon juice, but wish I could have used it. But even without the lemon juice, these are

great! And if you choose to add Greek yogurt, it will assist those with candida, though they should avoiding sugary drink. Paula used watermelon, lemon juice and a big scoop of lemon sorbet. Lemon juice is also a great diuretic. I don’t recall her portion sizes on ingredients, but you can’t go wrong with this smoothie recipe, as it is very forgiving. I used Greek yogurt and pineapple juice, but you can use just about anything creamy with any juice you wish. Suggestions for creaminess are: vanilla ice cream, flavored yogurt, whipping cream, etc. All you need is a blender. Enjoy this refreshing watermelon smoothie! You can even make popsicles or other gluten free beverages and cocktails! Continue reading “Watermelon Smoothie Recipe”