homemade vanilla almond milk

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homemade vanilla almond milk

Yes, even though my life is super crazy busy with school, this blog (well, I’ve been slacking there a bit) and the kids, I’m still finding (more like making) time to whip up some of my favorite homemade staples each week like; almond milk, granola bark, healthy cookies for snacking, roasted red peppers, sweet potatoes and roasted beets for lunches, and pesto and salad dressings for those last-minute salads and meals. I’m a firm believer that anything homemade is just overall better, it’s tastier, healthier, less expensive, and when you make something from scratch you can control the quality and integrity of the finished product. When you make something from scratch, you know what’s exactly going into your food! Almond milk is one …

strawberry banana smoothie

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I’m officially calling it snack week here at Marin mama cooks, so in honor of snack week I’m going to be posting two of my kid’s new favorite snacks. Yippee! I mean who doesn’t love a good snack, right? I figured this was the perfect week to focus on snacks, as the days are getting longer and spring sports are starting to ramp up.  As a result, kids tend to be hungrier this time of year (at least in my house) and need some fuel to power them through the afternoon until dinnertime.  I don’t mind feeding my kids a snack, but I prefer it to be on the healthier side when possible!  I think I scored with these two snacks, …

minty limeade

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minty limeade (1 of 1)-4

Move over Bootleg, Mint Julep and Mojito, here come’s Marin Mama’s minty limeade, a perfect drink for the whole family on a hot summer day. Lately the kids and I have been enjoying limeades. Whenever we go to Sol Food, we all have to split their enormous limeade. We call it their virgin Mojito, it’s just so tasty and has a bit of a kick to it. When my hubby tried it, it reminded him of a drink he grew up in Minnesota, called a Bootleg. We tried to recreate the taste of these refreshing summertime drinks for our backyard barbeques. We threw together some limes, frozen lemonade and fresh mint leaves and created a mix that brought together the flavors …

beet, carrot, apple and ginger juice – no juicer required

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beet, carrot, apple and ginger juice - no juicer required (1 of 1)-2

Here’s another juice that I’m currently loving that you can make without a juicer. Yaay! I love that I can juice at home without requiring the use of an expensive juicer. It just makes me happy.  I have 2 other juices on the blog that  you can make without a juicer as well, my mean green juice and my carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice. They all taste great and each one of them has a special kick to it from the ginger.  I made this juice up one afternoon and Zoe and John looked at it and decided to call it vamp juice, because it sort of looks like blood, but don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like blood. I’ll admit …

carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice – no juicer required

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carrot, grapefruit and ginger juice - no juicer required

I know, I’m a day late in posting and I’m not doing my usual weekly menu, Sorry! I know there are those of you that rely on the weekly menu for dinner ideas, so I promise I will be back with that next week. This week I’m taking a bit of a blogging vacation, as my kids are on spring break and I’m going to spend quality time with the family and re-energize and re-charge (I’m so in need of some re-charging). I didn’t want to leave you all hanging for a week without a recipe, so I’m going to show you this simple, 3 ingredient juice that you can make without a juicer or with a juicer if you …

how to make a “mean green juice” without a juicer

Marin Mama beverages, how to, kale, most popular recipes, smoothies & juices 58 Comments

mean green juice without a juicer

So, there’s this new juice bar that just opened in Corte Madera for all you locals called, Juice Alley.  It’s an amazing little juice bar that has tons of different organic juice concoctions, vegan snacks and bars. I’m so excited as I love green juices and I also love that it’s right next to my gym.  What a great and healthy treat to pick up after a hard workout, right?  So, I tried their kale and ginger juice.  Let me just tell you that it was amazing and the ginger just popped in my mouth. I knew I was going to have to figure out how to replicate it at home, as this daily juice thing was going to turn into …

homemade Arnold Palmer

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homemade Arnold Palmer

I’m making a toast to my dad, aka, Papa Bear today. Cheers Dad, this post and recipe is dedicated to you. This iced tea recipe came from my dad, and it was one of my favorite growing up summertime drinks. You knew it was summer when my dad made up a pitcher of this sun tea.  I think my dad created the Arnold Palmer before everyone knew what it was. So, you’re probably wondering what’s up with the name Papa Bear? My brother and I gave my dad the nickname “Papa Bear” because he’s always had this year round beard, and he’s the most lovable and huggable person. He truly reminds us of a big lovable bear. My friends chimed …