May 20, 2015

Gratitude and Delight

I appreciate all who have recently told me that you read this blog. Thank you!
When I write, I often wonder if anyone will read these words and try the recipes and suggestions I offer. 
Always feel free to send me a note or leave a comment at the end of this post. It's nourishing for me to know that we are connecting. Likewise, please let me know how I can best support you and answer your food and health questions.

Recently, a friend and follower let me know how much she liked the smoothie recipes I had posted. She encouraged me to offer more - here goes.

This one's for you honey!
Love, Lisa

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Place these ingredients in a blender or Vitamix:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup blueberries (either fresh or frozen and thawed for 10 minutes)
1 ripe banana
2 spoonfuls tahini
1/2 cup spoonful whole milk cow yogurt or coconut yogurt (choose a brand with no added sugar)
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Blend well and enjoy for breakfast with quinoa almond pancakes.

Avocado Date Almond Smoothie

Place these ingredients in a blender or Vitamix:
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 handful chopped, pitted dates
1 avocado
1 handful almonds
1/4 cup coconut milk

Blend well and enjoy!

Maca Cacao Smoothie

Place these ingredients in a blender or Vitamix in the order listed:
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon maca powder
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 handful pitted dates, chopped
1 handful almonds, chopped
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Blend well and savor slowly. This smoothie is like a dessert pudding that lends endurance, too.

The sustained energy comes from maca, a root indigenous to the Andes that's often prepared as a food within its local context. It is rich in calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. It contains essential fatty acids and amino acids (the building blocks of protein), too.

Green Fruity Delight Smoothie

In a blender, place:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 ripe avocado
1 green apple, cored and sliced
1 small stalk celery, chopped
2 cups spinach
One inch of ginger root (no need to peel if it's organic)
2 teaspoons spirulina powder
1/2 cup water

Blend well. This is an excellent smoothie for cooling summer heat.

Pineapple Mango Happy Belly Smoothie

In a blender or Vitamix, place:
2 cups frozen, diced mango
2 cups frozen, diced pineapple
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 handfuls cashews
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Blend well and enjoy! You will boost your metabolism and digest better thanks to these incredible, golden fruits - high in digestive enzymes.

Very Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Place these ingredients in a blender:
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 medium banana
1/2 cup unsweetened, whole fat yogurt
1/2 teaspoon each: cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg
1 cup water

Blend well and enjoy! 

The yogurt will provide probiotic support to your gut microbiome and its protein content will keep you going until your next meal.

Chia Raspberry Coconut Smoothie

Place these ingredients in a blender:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 handful raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed for 10 minutes)
1 spoonful chia seeds
2 spoonfuls shredded, unsweetened coconut
¼ cup coconut milk (full-fat and organic)

Blend well and enjoy for breakfast with quinoa date porridge.

You can try smoothie recipes with kombucha or with turmeric here.

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