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Dharma Inspired Smoothie August 15, 2011

During yoga teacher training Dharma told us about one of his favorite smoothies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup leafy greens
  • 1 handful of sprouted almonds (almonds soaked for 8 hours with the skins removed)
Put ingredients in a blender and enjoy.  This shake gives you about a weeks worth of vitamin A and is quite tasty.
 

Bring the Smoothies Back June 10, 2011

I enjoy smoothies, but in the cold winter months I typically don’t eat them.  However, with the warmth of summer returning I have added them back into my diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut butter
Throw all the ingredients in the blender and you’ll have a delicious tropical tasting smoothie.  It may look green, but it doesn’t taste green.
Currently my basic rule of thumb with smoothies is:
  1. 1 cup some type of milk (almond, soy, hemp, rice…)
  2. 1 cup spinach (you can even throw in romaine, kale, any leafy green)
  3. 1 cup tart fruit (any berry because they are lower in sugar)
  4. 1 cup sweet fruit (it’s better to use fruit to sweeten your smoothie rather than added sugar because at least you’ll be getting some nutrients, you can use mango, pineapple, dates, or banana)
  5. 2 tbsp healthy fats (coconut butter is sweet tasting, you can also use almond, peanut, or cashew butter, you can also throw in hemp seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, but they tend to give a bitter taste, either way you’ll be giving your body some healthy fats)
 

Tropical Smoothie December 7, 2010

Maybe this smoothie is a little out of place mid-winter?  But maybe it’ll perk you up when a lot of snow is falling on the ground.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup pineapple slices
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tsp goji berry powder
  • 1 tsp camu camu powder

Throw the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

All these ingredients can be found at Wegmans.  If you’re not near a Wegmans then Whole Foods.  When I was going through a phase where I ate mostly raw food I neglected frozen fruit.  But now I find that it is really convenient.  You avoid possibility of mold and bacteria as well as cut down on waste.  In the summer it is a lot easier to enjoy fresh fruit, but in the winter months I’m sticking to frozen fruit.

The goji berry powder is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals.  It has 18 amino acids, loaded with vitamin A.  The camu camu provides a substantial amount of vitamin C, which is great for fighting winter colds.  Drink up!!!

 

Winter Smoothie February 24, 2010

I love my smoothies!  Smoothies are a great way to get nutritious food into your diet and give your digestive system a rest.  This is a great winter time smoothie because the main components are banana (a sugar dominant food) and coconut (a fat dominant food).  Combining sugar and fat during the winter is the best way to keep the body warm.  Adding in warming spices like cinnamon helps as well 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter or coconut flakes or coconut oil or coconut m(whichever is most available)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 clove
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

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Throw it all in a blender and you’re good to go!  You can use as many ingredients from the optional list, they are basically chai spices.  Either way it is a very simple, delicious and warming smoothie.

Fasting on smoothies and/or juice can help slow down the aging process.  Since smoothies are basically already chewed for you, your stomach has to do little work to access the nutrients.  As for juices, there is no fiber everything is absorbed immediately.

Why would you want to rest the digestive system?  Well, after years of hard work our intestines get clogged and less food is absorbed.  This leads to deficiencies, overeating and diseases.  Just as we clean the outside of our bodies daily, it is important to clean the inside on occasion.  Also, allowing the body to cleanse itself and heal aids in slowing down the aging process.

 

Try This! May 15, 2009

Filed under: Gluten Free,Juices and Smoothies,Raw,Recipes — Yvette @ 6:54 pm

One of the best ways to stay healthy is to get green food into your diet.  A large portion of the Standard American diet consists mainly of meat, dairy, eggs, refined flours and sugars which are very acidic and rough on the digestive system.  The most alkalizing foods, foods that counterbalance the acidity, are green veggies.  Other vegetables and very few fruits are also alkalizing to the body.  I’ll remind everyone again that acidity leads to illness, colds and eventually disease.  It is the conditions of your body that allow for illness, not your surroundings. 

So, it is very important, no matter what your diet is, to get some green food into your body.  One of the great ways to get green food into your body is green smoothies.  This way the food is pre-chewed by the blender and all the wonderful minerals and vitamins are easily absorbed into the body.  I experiment all the time with green smoothies and came across a really good one and thought I’d share 🙂

Serving size is for 2 people so if you don’t want that much cut it in half.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of spinach
  • 2 large bananas or 3 small
  • 1 cup of strawberries cut in half
  • 2 cups of water

Throw ingredients in the blender and you have your smoothie 🙂

 

Bunny Spice! April 13, 2009

Filed under: Gluten Free,Juices and Smoothies,Raw,Recipes — Yvette @ 5:00 pm

So I admit this smoothie sounds pretty weird at first, but it’s actually quite delicious.

Ingredients

  • *1 cup of carrot ginger juice (which is mostly carrots with a knob of ginger)
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 cups diced bananas
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

Throw all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

If you don’t have a juicer then I’d recommend mincing a teaspon of ginger and using a cup of carrot juice, I think this should have a similar taste 🙂

 

Green Smoothie April 6, 2009

Filed under: Gluten Free,Juices and Smoothies,Raw,Recipes — Yvette @ 2:18 pm

I know a lot of people hate greens, and have trouble getting them into their daily lives.  I’ve recently come across a great way to get some green food into your diet.  This recipe leaves a lot of room for your own creativity.  It’s supposed to be composed of about 1/3 banana, 1/3 green veggies, and 1/3 watery fruit and water.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • handful of spinach or couple leaves of kale or 1/2 cup of brocolli or some amount of dark greens of your choice
  • watery fruit could be an apple, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, any combination of them or your favorite fruit as long as it has a high water content 🙂
  • 1 cup water

Throw all the ingredients into a blender and enjoy 🙂

Adding blended greens to your diet is great way for your body to easily absorb all the nutrients they have to offer.  Since some greens are pretty tough it’s hard for our digestive systems to fully break down all the food.  So, once in a while give your tummy a break and let your blender do the work!