To share tasty, nutrient dense Gluten Free recipes, fitness & wellness tips and best prices for GF ingredients & healthy products in my locale.

Bailey’s Irish Cream

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This Baileys Irish Cream knock-off recipe is quick and easy to make. Simply use John Jamieson Irish Whiskey and six other ingredients.  Blend, filter and pour the liqueur into glass bottles with ceramic stoppers.  Then decorate the bottles with Christmas ribbons, bows and candy canes.  Share with family and friends.  Cheers !


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Kaizen Natural Whey Protein Powder


  • Kaizen Natural Whey NZ Protein

    from grass-fed New Zealand cows. $26 at Super Store, $36 at Coopers/Save-ons.  Both Natural Vanilla Bean and Chocolate taste great.  I add it to my Shrek smoothie! It’s GF, sweetened with Stevia, contains Bromelain, low in fat, calories and sugar, see Nutrition Facts.



Shrek Smoothie

SHREK Green Smoothie


Last year I got a cool Vitamix Blender for my birthday.  I justify this lavish expense by using it almost daily, keeps hubby happy.   Folks swear on the energy benefits of the juicing craze.  But I hate the thought of spending so much money on fresh fruit, then throwing the nutritious fiber in the bin.  Wasteful and less filling !

You must use Avocado and Spinach for that nice green color not to mention goodness. If you run low on Spinach, throw in some green curly Kale.   I like Pineapple and Green Stevia for exotic flavor and sweetness.  Tip:  I finely chop fresh Pineapple cores and freeze it for smoothies.   The recipe is flexible. You can substitute Almond Milk with Coconut Water, Pears for Apples and Kiwi for Pineapple.  If fruit ripens too quickly, I chop it up and throw it in ziplock bags for future Smoothies. After  experimenting with different additions, I’ve changed the recipe SHREK Green Smoothie v3 PDF to include my FAVs, a couple of shots of Coconut Milk and a scoop of Natural Vanilla Bean Kaizen Protein Powder.  


I have Lemon Water first, then my Shrek Smoothie followed by my Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes. I might eat As Is, but I usually smear a fine layer of Almond Butter and Maple Syrup/Fruit Spread.  Breakfast, my favourite meal.   Then Chai Tea before I get on with my day.  If I don’t have time for my smoothie, I’ll have fresh sliced Grapefruit as a starter.

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Strawberry Watermelon Margarita

Cool, crisp Watermelon is great on a summer day. But sometimes you don’t always pick a sweet one.  Sometimes you buy a humongous melon and for whatever reason the family just can’t finish it. It starts to wilt even though its sliced up draining on a rack in tupperware. What to do ? FREEZE IT!

When it’s set, you’re ready to make a refreshing Strawberry Watermelon Margarita.  Make sure you pick up a good Tequila made with 100% Agave Nectar. We’ve successfully used Camarena, Casadores and 1800 Coconut Tequila for Margaritas. The expert at the Liquor Store suggested that any brand of Triple Sec will work for Margaritas. If you want Tequila for sipping straight up, go for Camarena.


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Margarita Variations

It’s fun trying different Margarita whole fruit combinations.  They say, the more colourful your food, the more healthy it is for you.  They must be right.  Enjoy trying these variations all adapted from the Vitamix Whole Fruit Margarita recipe !

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

We went on our second Mexican Cruise Spring Break 2014 !  The 1st time we went on the Royal Carribbean, 2nd time on Norwegian Cruise Lines.  Different experiences but the crews were fantastic on both voyages.  We spent 2 days in Santa Monica first.  We enjoyed shopping, Universal Studios and and the Mexican Chile Rellenos and Enchiladas at Mariasol at the Pacific Pier.  I wasn’t brave enough to try the Margaritas with  Jalapeno-infused Tequila but enjoyed the Cucumber Mint Margarita.  Since going Gluten-Free, I’ve changed my allegiance from  Guinness (the nectar of the Gods) to Red Wine and Margaritas. Print the PDF for:   Strawberry Mango Margaritas  Use a good quality Tequila, look for 100% Agave on the label. Be careful, these go down real easy ! So easy does it !

“Beber Hasta, Drink Up !”    Scroll down for other fruity variations…

Beber Hasta !

Beber Hasta !

Raspberry Mango:  I didn’t have Strawberries, so I used other frozen fruits:  2 cups Raspberries, 2 cups Mango, 1 Cup Watermelon, 1 Cup Ice, 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar and extra Water to round out the tartness  !

Raspberry Mango Watermelon Margarita

Raspberry Mango Watermelon Margarita

Papaya Mango:  Froze very ripe Papayas on sale.  4 cups Papaya, 2 cups Mango, 1 Cup Ice, 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar and extra Water

Papaya Mango Margarita

Papaya Mango Margarita

Papaya Raspberry:  4 cups Papaya, 2 cups Raspberries, 1 Cup Ice, 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar and extra Water

Papaya Raspberry Margarita

Papaya Raspberry Margarita