Posts tagged #raw vegan green smoothie

Persimmon + Ginger + Mint Paradise Smoothie

The other day I was in the supermarket and saw one of my all time favorite fruits: Persimmon. Though I avoid sugar, my health coach allows me to eat fruit a few times a week. I couldn't resist but buy this sweet goodness that I only see once in a blue moon in Chicago. I whipped up the most satisfying and amazing smoothie with it. I have to caution you that this is a very thick smoothie. So if you prefer a less thick consistency, you will need to water it down a little bit.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! This recipe is a powerhouse of vitamin A and C, B complex vitamins, and Omega 3s!  Here is the recipe:

 

Ingredients:

1. 1 Persimmon

2. 1 inch piece of ginger

3. 1/4 cup of mint leaves

4. 1 tablespoon of chia

5. Bone Broth Protein - vanilla flavor

6. 2 cups of baby spinach 

7. 1 tbsp sprouted cashew butter ( I buy t

8. 1/2 cup of sprouted Brazil Nut milk (see recipe here).

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients on the vitamix and blend well. Careful: This smoothie is addictive!

Green Shake to Get your Diet Back on Track!

I have been off track lately... Running makes me want to eat more and because I know running burns lots of calories, I end up eating way too much sugar and fat... I find myself over-indulging often and my body is not taking it well. The worst part about over-indulging is that your body becomes addicted to the excessive amounts of sugar and fat and stopping the sugar/ fat madness is pretty hard... No wonder clinical experiments show sugar is more addictive than cocaine... (chek this article out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23719144)

But, the excess sugar and fat has some really terrible side effects... I have been waking up puffy and feeling bloated. I decided, it was time to break away from this sugar addiction I developed in the past few months... And, the only thing that helps me get out of a sugar slump is.... a Green shake.

Green shakes are a nutritional powerhouse. When you nourish your body, your cravings diminish because your body does not need to search for particular nutrients that may be missing in your diet. When you feed your body properly, you eat less. 

But let's face it... Who wants to drink a green shake instead of ... say... a plate of pancakes or french toast in the morning? I had to create a drink that would taste so delicious, I would not be tempted to reach for a waffle with peanut butter and banana. Well that is when I came up with a recipe so good, my picky toddler thought she was eating ice cream.... 

After a week, I started diminishing the sugar in the shake by taking away the dates and slowly bringing my body back to a more strict diet. Hope it works for you!

Recipe for Green Breakfast (almost) ice cream

  • 1 large Fiji apple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 4 dates
  • 2 scoops of Green Protein Alchemy  (see product link to the right)
  • 4 cups of power greens ( or spinach)
  • 1 Cup of water 

Blend well and drink! This smoothie is so good even Bella was drinking it like there was no tomorrow...

Things you should be eating: Spirulina

Spirulina is a superfood and a nutritional powerhouse. It is a blue-green algae usually found in freshwater lakes and it is a great source of vegetarian protein. It contains all nine amino acids needed to synthesize protein in the human body. In fact, 60% of the weight of spirulina is composed of pure protein! Unlike animal flesh, spirulina is quickly absorbed by our bodies making it even better than meat. The cell walls of this wonder algae don’t have cellulose, so it is 90 percent digestible. This means it has higher absorption than any other common plant revitalizing your body quickly and effectively.

Spirulina has a lot of micro-nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and the minerals iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It contains a series of antioxidants as well, including phycocyanins, tocopherols and beta-carotene. Because of its macro and micronutrient profile, many professionals use spirulina to treat metabolic diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. Spirulina is also used to treat nutritional deficiencies including iron deficiency.

Spirulina is truly wonderful, the only problem with this superfood is its taste ... I won’t lie. Spirulina tastes like a grassy ocean... Kind of gross really. And it is hard to know what to do with it as it is usually sold in powder form. Luckily for you, I did all of the hard work and found a tasty way to enjoy this nutritional powerhouse. I created a recipe using grapefruit that I use to help my own weight loss. It is creamy, tangy, but also sweet. I'm sure you'll love it. Using spirulina in conjunction with grapefruit increases iron absorption, metabolizes fats, and facilitates weight loss! And remember that in order to metabolize fat, your body turns it into CO2… Yes! Fat is literally breathed out of your body! To intensify the effect of the smoothie, you might want to follow it with some pranayama (breathing exercises) that will allow your body to better utilize oxygen and expel out the CO2… Translation: Bye bye, fat cells! (Click here to view a series of breathing exercises)

 

Green shake with Spirulina and Grapefruit

Ingredients:

  • A handful of dark leafy greens (I used dandelion, but you can use any other dark leafy green)
  • 2 bananas (it is best if frozen)
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons of spirulina
  • water
  • Monk Fruit sweetener (or any other sweetener) to sweeten if you want

Directions:

Peel the bananas, cut them into pieces and put them in a container in the freezer overnight. In the morning peel the grapefruit. Put it in a blender with the spirulina, water, stevia to taste, your dark leafy greens, and the frozen banana. Blend everything in a blender until it is smooth. Drink as soon as possible! If you have any questions, take a look at the video below!

God bless you.