Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Few of Allison's Favorite Decadently Healthy Things!

Today is my daughter Allison's birthday!  

She's now settling into a new decade, a new apartment, a new city and preparing for a new job!  That's a lot of change so I wanted to share 3 of her favorite things so that we can all share in her celebration today . . . 

To kick off this day of celebration, let's get started with her favorite juice . . .

Green Up Your Morning!

Green Up Your Morning!
This delicious green juice is my daughter Allison’s favorite!  Its vibrant green color is a feast for the eyes and the flavor creates a little party in your mouth!  If you’ve never ventured into the world of green drinks, this is a fantastic place to start, and if you are a green drink aficionado here is a great one to add to your repertoire!  This one is filled with electrolytes that provide an energy boost for your morning, fiber to keep your heart and digestive tract healthy, and a wide array of antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling young! 
Serves 2

3 cups packed fresh spinach
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and quartered
2 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium cucumber, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pH 9.5 ionized water – or filtered water

Place spinach, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon juice and water into your VitaMix or other powerful blender.  Blend until very smooth, adding more water if necessary so that your juice blend totals 24 ounces.

Pour into 12 ounce glasses and serve!

NOTE:  If you plan to take this drink on a hike or to work, add 1/2 teaspoon raw honey as a preservative to keep it vibrantly green.

Even though she's now in LA and I arrived back in Dallas late last night, I couldn't resist making her favorite avocado and kale salad and snapping a picture by the pool! Since Allison is a girl who loves the sun, warm weather, sunny skies and the pool, I know she will enjoy both the salad and the sentiment!

Allison's Favorite Avocado and Kale Salad

Allison’s Favorite Kale and Avocado Salad
Allison loves kale and has always adored the version from Whole Foods, but eventually started making it herself with a few changes to make it just the way she loves it. Here’s her recipe!
Serves 6

1 tablespoons olive oil 

3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest 

1 to 2 teaspoons chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and mashed

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced cucumber
2 bunches Tuscan or curly kale, stems and tough ribs removed

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, chili powder, avocado and salt.

Roll kale leaves and chiffonade by cutting into very thin ribbons or chop into very small pieces.

Thoroughly combine kale, red peppers, cucumber and avocado dressing. Cover and refrigerate at least 45 minutes before serving to give the flavors an opportunity to meld and kale to soften. 

Now just in case you thought I'd forgotten to mention a cake, well German Chocolate is her favorite!  However, in light of the fact that she's a pretty healthy eater, for her birthday last year I developed a fantastic gluten free German Chocolate Cake and a sugar free and decadently healthy Coconut Pecan Icing!  It's so absolutely delicious that no one will ever guess that it's anything other than a delicious birthday cake from a high end bakery!

GF German Chocolate Cupcake with Decadently Health Dairy and Sugar Free Coconut-Pecan Icing

In fact these recipes are so fantastic that a photo of this cupcake is featured on the back cover of my cookbook, OMG! That's Allergy Free?

To get these recipes and so many others, click on the link below and it will take you to my website where I'm running a spring sale on my cookbook today through the end of the month!

Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter Allison!  We hope you have loved this week of posts dedicated to her . . .

Dr. Mom


  1. What a beautiful daughter!

  2. Thanks! It's hard to believe that she's actually in her 30's! Time flies by so quickly . . .