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There is always time for a Green Smoothie

GreenSmoothie
This is my morning “go-to” smoothie. Of course, you can change it up or add more ingredients/spices.
 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 bananas, frozen
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • a few sprigs of parsley
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water or plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp barley green powder (or supplement powder of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:

Add to your blender. For the best texture, I prefer using a Vitamix to create a creamy texture.

NOTES:

  1. Sometimes when I use only water, I add 1 TBS of nut butter
  2. I like to add blueberries to this smoothie too, even though it creates a sort of weird color it still tastes great.
 
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Vegetable Juicing for Energy (Video)

Juicing is a way to get a good source of nourishment into your body immediately. Juicing bypasses the digestive process because the fiber has been removed and the vitamins and minerals enter your bloodstream in the most efficient manner possible.
I began juicing at the age of 20.  I would juice some carrots and apples for a quick pick me up while studying in college instead of drinking coffee.  But, it didn’t last long after college.  I don’t think I juiced again until almost age 30 when I was really lacking energy and first noticed that something was not right with my digestive system.
Before I discovered my digestive issue (a little over a year ago in June 2011) I found that I could simply drink juice in the early part of my day until I had my first meal and the juice would help me sustain energy levels so that I could get my tasks accomplished.
Juicing is my lifesaver!
 
So, I’d like to invite you to try some juice. My suggestion is to start with a simple recipe. I suggest 5 carrots and 1 whole apple.  You can add greens later once your body gets used to it.  I like to add kale to this simple juice.  And try to buy organic. Organic produce is the best for two reasons: (1) The juice is going straight to your bloodstream, so you want to make it the very best you can find and not fill your blood with toxic chemicals and (2) Organic produce usually taste better.
Are you wondering how to get started?  You can often find juicers (sometimes unused) at garage sales, which is where I found the one shown in the video.  It’s a Jack LaLane that, at the time I purchased it, sold for about $100 new.  I paid $50 – it was unused.  I’ve seen some starting at $29 at stores like Walmart.  These will get you started.  When you decide to fully immerse yourself into juice, you can purchase an upgrade and loan your first to a friend to try.  I’m telling you that it’s addictive.  So, all of you that already have a juicer in your cupboard, BRING IT OUT to the counter top and get started!
So, below is a video (my first YouTube video) that I put together about juicing. The person behind the camera is my youngest (currently age 10). And yes, my kids drink the juice too.  Of course, they complain, but they still drink it.  Actually, my son asks for it daily as his morning breakfast during school.
The ingredients in the juice in the video are cucumber, kale, carrots, beets, red cabbage, apple and lime.  But remember if this is your first time, start with one vegetable (I suggest carrots) and an apple.  Thanks for watching! 

Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPMkSfnThVs&t=15s

Blueberry and More Smoothie

I decided to begin this morning with fruit.  But after eating and orange and some grapes, I decided that I wanted more.  So I put all of the following ingredients into the Vitamix and out came this delicious smoothie which was enough for two.

Ingredients: (Use frozen fruit for the best smoothie texture.)

1 handful of blueberries
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup grapes
    (I got a jump start on my greens too!)
1/2 stalk celery
1 large leaf of kale
1 large leaf of romaine lettuce

Vitamix it for about 30 seconds.

Now in about 30 minutes I will move on to some more breakfast options.  Note: I always eat fresh fruit at least 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after eating any cooked foods.

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Praline “Mylk” – An Unexpected Treat

I was actually looking for a green smoothie recipe when I came across this recipe in Ani Phyo’s Book, “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen”.  I’d been making almond milk and rice milk in the Vitamix, but today this one caught my attention. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because I was too lazy to measure (I’m not sure why I didn’t use more water??), but to my surprise it was wonderful.  My version tasted like a creamy “hot chocolate”.  Yes I said hot chocolate.  I guess it was the praline-ness of it that made it taste so good.  The vitamix warmed it up, so that’s why it was warm (I didn’t add cold water or ice).  But it was a frothy, warm, creamy and sweet beverage!  I was going to save some for the kids, but that didn’t happen. I’ll have to make them some when they actually get home.  AND best of all — it’s 100% raw.  Like Ani states in her book, “dates have fiber, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and patothenic acid.   [All these vitamins give us energy and THEY ALSO MAKE HEMOGLOBIN!]“
Here is the original recipe (which I plan to make later and keep in the fridge as a milk substitute):
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 TBS coconut oil
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • Pinch sea salt
  •  5 cups water
My version:
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 Mejdool dates, pits removed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 quick shake of salt (from salt shaker)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup of water
Now, when the winter gets here I will add raw cacao (or carob) powder for a true hot chocolate. Carob has only 1/3 the calories of chocolate, it’s high in vitamins A and B and other nutrients.  RAW is the way to go…support your health with good for you, healthy drinks that are yummy too!  I dare you to try this if you like hot chocolate…you will crave “this one” in the future.

One Added Bonus:  Did you know that coconut oil is not stored in the body as fat?

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Water Kefir

I learned about water kefir from Ani Phyo.  You can view how to make water kefir at Ani’s website.  She calls it a naturally effervescent probiotic drink.  Probiotics are full of friendly bacteria for building healthy intestinal flora.

Water Kefir is a fermented using water kefir grains. I purchase my Yemoos. Yemoos also sells Kombucha mushrooms.  I love to drink Kombuchas too, but I haven’t started making it on my own.  I think the Water Kefir is a bit easier.  The entire family loves to drink it and it’s much more economical than any store-bought probiotic.  We can flavor it any way we like using natural fruits. This is a bubbly drink I can feel good about giving to my family.
grains from 

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