Rethink.

Just another WordPress.com weblog

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!!!

 

Raw Chocolate November 16, 2010

Filed under: Desserts,Gluten Free,Raw,Recipes — Yvette @ 2:00 pm
Tags: , ,

Here is a raw chocolate recipe that many many people enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cacao powder
  • 1 cup grated cacao butter
  • 1 cup ground hemp seed
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 agave or honey
  • 1 tbs vanilla powder

Pour contents in a bowl and stir.  Then you have two options, if you have a dehydrator you can stick it in overnight, this will prevent the chocolate from melting.  After you dehydrate it overnight place the chocolate into cupcake sheets and stick in the freezer.  If you don’t have a dehydrator then you can just stick them straight into cupcake sheets and then the freezer.

 

Orange Sesame Ginger Dressing October 12, 2010

I’ve been student teaching and teaching a course at SU, so I haven’t been able to post much.  But, I just made this dressing last night.

Ingredients:

  • juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tbs of tahini
  • 1 tbs miso
  • 1 tbs flax oil
  • 1 tsp ginger root powder

Mix ingredients in a bowl and you’re done!  I typically use flax oil in my salad dressings.  This really should be the only oil used on a regular basis because it contains EFA (essential fatty acids).  More specifically flax oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids which are hard to find in the standard american diet.  We are bombarded with Omega 6’s which compete with the Omega 3’s for room in our cells.  Omega 3 fatty acids are known for their ant-inflammatory properties, whereas Omega 6 has inflammatory properties.  This is why it is important to have an ideal ratio of the two.

Many people use olive oil in their salad dressing, but this and the use of all other oils should be limited.  If you are not an active individual, then even the monounsaturated fat is being stored along the waistline.  In fact to be more specific, 97% of the monounsaturated or saturated fat that you eat is being stored along the waistline.

 

Sesame Honey Dressing September 12, 2010

Filed under: Dressings and Sauces,Raw,Recipes — Yvette @ 11:32 pm
Tags: , ,

I have started my student teaching this semester and have found myself really busy.  I have been having a little difficulty with my diet because I no longer have as much time to devote to preparing my food.  This Sunday I decided to make some dressing for the week and hope to make a new dressing each week.

Here is this weeks:

  • 1 tbs. raw honey
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 tbs. tahini
  • 1 tbs. flax oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbs. water

Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir.  I doubled the ingredients so that I’d have enough for the week.  I keep the dressing in a mason jar to preserve it’s freshness.

 

Avo-nut Soup August 6, 2010

Filed under: Gluten Free,Raw,Recipes,Soups — Yvette @ 12:02 pm
Tags: , , , ,

This is a really simple soothing soup.  I fell in love with it at Caravan of Dreams (NYC) and have made a few alterations.  You can serve this as an appetizer or with some crackers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Throw everything in the blender and serve!