Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book: Chocolate Avocado Shake – Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the week. Today I have a special shake/smoothie recipe for you that is unbelievably good and also two books that I’m reading this week.



The smoothie I have to share with you today came as a complete surprise to me. I learned about it from Mimi Kirk (one of my favorite raw foodists) and I’ve made it at least twenty times since! I’ve never been a fan of avocados and I have to admit, I was leery about making this. The results were amazing.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – White Fur – Thyroid Healing – Mango Smoothie

Hello again, friends. 🙂 I have a new smoothie to share for breakfast today and a few new books that I’m reading this week as well.


I picked up a new book regarding healing thyroid conditions which I almost didn’t do because I’ve read so many of these types of books. I honestly thought it would just be repetitious. I was very wrong! I read this author’s other book Life Changing Foods and really enjoyed it, so I gave this one a go.

One of the recipes in the book is titled “Thyroid Healing Smoothie.” Of course, this is a basic mango smoothie that’s healthy for everyone, so here it is!

Ingredients: (1 serving)

  • 2 cups frozen mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup water

Suggested additions which are optional: spinach, arugula, kelp powder, ginger, orange, cilantro, aloe vera gel, raspberries.


Combine chosen ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Here’s what I did…

I ended up making this a few times on different occasions. The first time I added in some cilantro and ginger. It was fairly spicy and thick because I used all frozen mango and banana.

This morning I did it without the two added ingredients and just stuck with mango, banana, and water with a handful of almonds for some creaminess.


It was pretty good and filling! I figure it runs right around 400 calories so it’s a nice breakfast smoothie with tons of vitamins and minerals. You can easily add in more calories by adding any suggestions above or some of your own.

This Week’s Books:

Yesterday, I introduced a few challenges that I’m working on and I added my first two books. Another book I’m currently reading is the Thyroid Healing book you see above. I have a lot to say about this book and will be reviewing it very soon! I’m working on the protocol he recommends and I want to see if it helps with some of my symptoms. I’ll be doing an analysis of the book and I’ll also share my review and my story later in the week. This is an eye-opener! 

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules Epstein-Barr


Blurb: If you’re an avid reader of health books and articles and you think you’re aware of the latest thyroid health information, you’re going to be more than surprised—maybe even shocked—at how much more there is to know. Thyroid Healing is like nothing you have read or heard, and it will bring you true comprehension of the undiscovered inner mechanics of our thyroids for the first time ever.

Experience the epic truth about your thyroid from the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Medical Medium series!

The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from baby boomers and their parents to millennials and even children, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, tingles and numbness, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, constipation, bloating, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, loss of libido, restless legs, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap.

As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with “Hashimoto’s,” “hypothyroidism,” or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes by unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms and conditions attributed to thyroid disease.

In Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering readers to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation, autoimmune disease, and dozens more symptoms and conditions, then offers a life-changing toolkit and many new recipes to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality. It’s an approach unlike any other, and as his millions of fans and followers will tell you, it’s the approach that gets results.


If you’ve struggled with any chronic health issue, you’re not alone—you are one among millions confronting the mysterious symptoms that medical communities have begun to connect with thyroid illness. Like so many, you want the greater truth about the thyroid.

We’ve already waited 100-plus years for real insights from medical communities into thyroid problems, and they haven’t come. Even the most recent expert opinions don’t yet have a handle on what’s really behind your suffering. Hashimoto’s is not the body attacking itself. There’s more to thyroid cancer than we’re being told. You’re not hopeless if you don’t have a thyroid anymore. Thyroid illness should not be blamed on your genes. Today’s thyroid diagnoses do not explain your years of suffering with mystery symptoms.

You shouldn’t have to wait another 10, 20, 30, or more years for scientific research to find the real answers. If you’re stuck in bed, dragging through your days, or feeling lost about your health, you shouldn’t have to go through one more day of it, let alone another decade. You shouldn’t have to watch your children go through it, either.

The meaning behind today’s widespread thyroid illness is so much bigger than anyone has yet discovered—what you’re about to read is unlike any information you’ve ever seen. It’s time for you to take control and become a true thyroid expert. Discover the real reasons and the healing path for dozens of symptoms and conditions, including:

“Since reading Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, I have expanded my approach and treatments of thyroid disease and am seeing enormous value for patients. The results are rewarding and gratifying.”

— from the foreword by Prudence Hall, M.D., founder and medical director of The Hall Center – Goodreads

Find it on Goodreads and Amazon:

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Funky Monkey Cacao Smoothie – Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O’Connor

Happy Wednesday! I have a new book to share this week along with a newly discovered delicious smoothie!


This recipe comes from a book I’ll be reviewing later on. So far, the book is amazing and I’ve enjoyed a few recipes which will be keepers. If you’d like to add this book, you can find it on Goodreads, Amazon, and many other retailers. Mine is the hardcover edition.

Healing Tonics, Juices, and Smoothies

100+ Elixirs to Nurture Body and Soul


Find it on Goodreads and Amazon

I decided to make this Funky Monkey smoothie because I absolutely love Cacao!


For those of you who don’t already know, cacao beans are fully raw cocoa beans. It’s the purest form of chocolate that you can consume and it’s delicious! It’s truly one of my favorite raw foods. We are using the nibs and powder in this recipe.

The Ingredients:

1 cup mylk (how it’s spelled in the book)

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

2 Tbsp almond butter

1 Tbsp Raw Honey or other liquid sweeteners

1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs

Here’s a picture of the ingredients and directions:


Here’s what I did:


I added in my soaked almonds for the milk and the frozen banana.


I added in the cacao powder. I can’t give you a brand because my label is gone, but there are many brands online. I picked mine up from a health food store.



I added in the almond butter.


I just found this new raw honey at Costco. Great price!


Blend it up well.


Then, I added in the nibs and blended for just a few seconds to crunch them up a bit. You want the smoothie to be a little chunky. Here’s the brand I use.




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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – The Cottingley Secret – Toasted Coconut Mocha Smoothie

I have a new book and recipe to share this week!


When I was a teenager, I worked at Orange Julius and always loved their Mocha smoothie. It was always so creamy and delicious. Coffee and chocolate are two of my favorite things and this is what inspired me to make this smoothie. If you enjoy ice coffee, you’ll love this!

-Toasted Coconut Mocha Smoothie-


1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup coffee

1/4 cup toasted coconut

1 TB honey or sweetener of your choice

1 TB cocoa powder

Dash of vanilla extract

1 cup of ice (Frozen banana is an option!)


The first thing you need to do is have some coffee, cold and ready. I usually make the coffee and either freeze it in ice cube trays or chill it in the fridge. Today I’m using chilled coffee.

You can use canned coconut milk, but I like to just make my own with shredded coconut. You can see how I do this on a previous post by clicking here.


Toast your coconut in a pan on the stove. Be careful, because it burns easily. Use low to medium heat until it’s just browned.

Add in the ingredients to the blender in the order listed above, saving a little of the coconut for garnish. Blend until smooth.

This smoothie is actually on the thinner side, but so delicious! I’ve seen variations that add ice cream which make it more like a shake which is even more delicious. You can mess with the ingredients to suit your taste. You could even add in some protein powder or other supplements.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Orange Sweet Potato Smoothie – The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)

I have to apologize for posting so late this morning, but I had my entire post typed up and ready to go, posted it, and there was nothing on the post. I’ve never had that happen before, but let’s try again!


I’m super excited to share a new smoothie recipe and a new book this week! I had a bunch of Japanese sweet potatoes and garnet yams that needed to be used and decided to go with an orange sweet potato smoothie for breakfast. This recipe is great anytime of year, but reminds me of fall which is approaching at an alarming rate. No complaints here!

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Why sweet potatoes? 

  • They’re super cheap
  • High in vitamins A, B6, and C
  • They contain potassium and magnesium
  • They boost your immune system
  • Great for the skin
  • They taste great!

Here’s what I did below…


1/2 cup almond milk

1 Japanese Sweet Potato (super sweet and white inside!)

2 Garnet Yams

1 banana (optional, but you can barely taste it)

1 Orange

1/4+ tsp of cinnamon

1/4+ tsp of ground ginger

1 TB of Honey or syrup of your choice

1 cup of ice – If you’re using frozen ingredients, omit the ice



Put the sweet potatoes in a pan with some water. The water doesn’t need to cover the potatoes. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes.


When they’re done, take them out and peel them. The peeling comes right off.


I like to cut them up into chunks and cool them. In the winter, I’ll put them in hot. There’s nothing better than a warm smoothie like this in the winter…If you’d like to freeze a bunch of these, just lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 4-5 hours. Take them out and store them in a freezer bag for later use. This is super convenient!


Prepare your orange – Leave on as much pith as you can as it’s FULL of vitamin C and adds more fiber. This works best with a sharp knife and mine is a tad dull.


After the sweet potatoes have cooled, put everything in the blender in the order listed. It’s important to load it in the order listed by starting with liquid, adding the foods, and then topping off with ice. It makes the blending go very smooth without the use of a tamper stick.


Blend starting on low, and increasing to high. Here’s a video of me making this smoothie this morning. I love my Vitamix because it tears through anything and makes the smoothest smoothies ever.

It’s worth every penny! It’s so easy to stay healthy when you have the right tools…



Add in your chia seeds and enjoy!


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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Strawberry Banana Smoothie – Lew Watts & Cassandra Fear


I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again! The week is flying by. I have two new books to share today and one of my favorite smoothies of all time. This smoothie is what I call the “converter.” If you’re looking to get someone into drinking smoothies, maybe even yourself, this is the go to recipe- as long as you like strawberries!

Before we get to the smoothie recipe, I want to let you guys know how easy it is to freeze your fresh organic bananas and strawberries for smoothies. It really makes the BEST smoothie to freeze these two fruits ahead of time. Here’s what you can do…


Get a cookie sheet out and layer it with a piece of parchment paper.


Peel the bananas and lay them out so they aren’t touching each other.


Put them in the freezer quickly and freeze for 4-6 hours or more. I like to do this overnight.


Take them out and you’ll notice they’re completely frozen and won’t stick to each other.


Pile them in a freezer bag and freeze immediately. As you can see, they are already starting to thaw out a tad. Do everything quickly and it will result in no browning or sticking, just perfect frozen bananas ready for use. Just take them out as needed!


You can do strawberries the same way. Hull them and rinse. Pat dry and lay them out on the sheet, not touching. Freeze for 4-6 hours or more and take them out. Pile them into a freezer and your good to go! Frozen for whenever you need them. They won’t stick together. Here’s a picture of some strawberries that came out of my garden and went straight into the freezer.


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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Nicholas Kotar – Cassandra Fear – Piña Colada

This week I have a simple smoothie recipe along with some exceptional books to share!

With yesterday being July 4th, I wound up eating a few uncured hot dogs, and while they may be a little healthier than standard processed hot dogs, I always feel like I need to cleanse myself the day after like I’m suffering from some sort of hangover. So, this morning I’m having a smoothie and I’ll have raw food and juices the rest of the day. giphy.gif

I was able to find a few beautiful pineapples over the weekend and they’re ready to cut, so I decided on a Piña Colada smoothie! The only issue is that I don’t have any coconut milk on hand. My problem with canned coconut milk is that the majority of brands you find on the market have sulphites and I have a serious allergy to them. You will find sulphites in many foods including frozen foods, dried fruits, dried coconut, bottled lemon juice, grape juices, and pickled foods. They occur naturally in wines and some other fermented foods as well. You can find organic coconut milk that doesn’t have sulphites, but I make it easy. I buy shredded coconut that doesn’t contain sulphites and use that to make the milk. I’ll show you how to do this first in case you’re in the same situation as me.

For homemade coconut milk you will need:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Water

Yes! I’m dead serious. You don’t need anything else. Here’s the kind I use.


Bob’s Red Mill makes a shredded coconut that doesn’t contain any sulphites. It’s not organic. Here’s the one I get on Amazon. It comes in a pack of 4 for under $12.

Measure out a cup of coconut and add it to 1 cup water in the Vitamix.

Blend it until smooth. Add in another 2-3 cups of water and reblend.

There’s your coconut milk!


If you want to drink the milk alone, I’d add in a little honey. Also, put it through a nut milk bag to strain it. You can see how to use the nut milk bag on my previous post HERE.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book

I’m back on track this week and have an awesome smoothie recipe for you! This is one that I’ve been making for years and comes from one of my favorite raw food advocates, Paul Nison. You can find him on Goodreads by clicking HERE. He’s written a handful of books. The one I’ve read is:

The Raw Life: Becoming Natural in an Unnatural World


-Click the cover to add to Goodreads-

Blurb: This Book will help you learn about health and to achieve your goals. It will simply teach you the way to get the results you desire with the raw food diet. It’s an easy book to understand why and how to eat with simple recipes to help you on your path. Many people who start out on a raw food diet have started with this book. Others who have been eating a raw diet for many years love the interviews in this book with long term raw fooders.

Bahini Smoothie – This is how I make it…


  • 5-6 Bananas peeled – Frozen Bananas are best!
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1-2 TB Coconut butter or manna – (flaked coconut works too)
  • 1-2 TB Raw Honey
  • Dash of salt – Himalayan or a salt with minerals preferred
  • Dash of Bee Pollen (optional)
  • 1 TB Barleymax Powder (optional – You can use any ‘green’ powder or fresh greens) I used a tsp of Moringa
  • 1 cup of ice or more depending on how much you want. If you use frozen bananas, you barely need any ice at all.
  • Paul uses a good amount of water, I only use about a half cup or so. I like my smoothies thicker, if you want it thinner, just add more water.

You can watch Paul make the smoothie in this video, or scroll down to see mine…

This will make roughly 40 ounces or so. 


-Add all the ingredients in the order listed to the blender-


-Start blending slow and then increase to high speed-


-Blend until smooth-


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Special Saturday Smoothie! – Dreamscicle

After making this smoothie I have to share it with everyone. I know I already posted on Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book with a healthy Orange Julius style smoothie recipe, but this one is very close to an Orange Julius, in fact, the only fruit included is oranges. It’s still healthy, even without the greens…

The taste is similar to Orange Creamsicle. Have you guys had one of these before?


They’re delicious. It’s an orange and vanilla flavored combination. Creamsicle = ice cream and Dreamsicle = ice milk.


Playing around with different ingredients in your smoothies is so much fun. It’s hard to mess up a smoothie and you can add in pretty much whatever fruits you want. Maybe you might like this one?

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup almond milk (any milk works- *see note below)
  • 4-5 oranges – for a sweeter smoothie, remove the pith
  • Scant tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Raw Honey (Use more or less depending on sweetness desired)
  • Stevia if needed
  • 1-2 cups of ice ( for a fuller flavored smoothie use less ice, or none at all. I always like mine cold, so I use ice)


Pack the blender in the order given. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book

This morning’s breakfast is a simple smoothie called “The Green Monster.” This is similar to the Vita-mix version taste wise and you’ve probably sampled if you visit Costco during the demonstrations for Vita-mix blenders. It’s a very easy way to get your greens because spinach has such a mild flavor and paired with the oranges-you can’t even taste it.

One of my first jobs as a teen was working at an Orange Julius restaurant. I loved working there and enjoyed most of the smoothies on the menu. The standard Orange Julius was one of my favorites. This smoothie is similar depending on how much sweetness you add to it. Orange Julius uses processed sugar and powder compounds in their smoothies. This is a much healthier option using all fresh ingredients!

This Green Monster has a ton of orange flavor and makes about 4 servings. When replacing a meal, I usually drink close to 32 ounces.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup almond milk

3 oranges peeled – Use only 2 oranges if you want it thicker

2 handfuls of spinach ( If you want to use kale, that’s fine too, but much stronger flavor)

Stevia to taste

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

At least 1 cup of ice

(an option is also to add in a frozen banana.)



The easiest way to prepare the oranges for the blender is to cut off both ends and use a sharp knife to cut along the outside of the orange leaving as much pith (white) as you can. You’ll lose the top pith, but there’s plenty on the sides.



  • When you remove pith, you’re taking away 30% of the fiber.
  • It’s loaded with antioxidants (amazing cancer fighters.)
  • Vitamin C- by including the pith, you’ll double the vitamin C in the smoothie.


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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book

Today’s breakfast was simple and comparable to last week’s Breakfast and a Book in that I had strawberries again. :/ It’s common for me to have strawberries on Wednesdays because I pick up my local organic produce boxes on Tuesdays. I’ll try to make it more interesting next week, but today I do have a smoothie recipe for you!

Did you ever have those ice cream pops when you were a kid that tasted like pudding, but were a mix of chocolate and banana? They’re like these:


Well that’s what this smoothie tastes like. It’s also a fairly healthy smoothie! You can either drink this smoothie, or you can freeze it into popsicle molds for summer. They are so good. We like these silicone type molds here on Amazon. Kids love these and in turn you can feel good that you’re giving them something healthy!


Ingredients in this order:

1 cup almond milk (or 3/4 cup water and a handful of almonds)

5 bananas – preferably frozen but NOT required (line them up on a cookie sheet and freeze for 8 hours, then put them into a plastic bag)

2 heaping Tablespoons of cocoa powder

Stevia to taste

A large handful of ice (if you’re using frozen bananas, you don’t need much ice at all.)

Optional – If you have Blend it Up powder, a scoop of it is great in this smoothie. You can find it here or at Costco – It’s expensive, but worth every penny…

Load it all in the blender in this order… If using a Vitamix as pictured start on low and gradually move to the highest power and blend until smooth.


I don’t like it super sweet so I normally use 2 packets of stevia. This recipe makes enough for roughly 4 people.


I love my Vitamix and use it for so many recipes, even soup. If you want to get into smoothies I highly recommend the Vitamix or Blentec blender. I’ve had many blenders and the Vitamix is NUMBER 1 hands down. I know what’s good for one person isn’t necessarily good for another, but that DOESN’T apply here. Get a Vitamix! I’ll have a post soon on smoothies and equipment that I use.

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