Posts Tagged ‘smoothie’

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STRAWBERRY DELIGHT

December 12, 2012

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It doesn’t get any easier : coconut milk and strawberries = strawberry delight (:-)

Strawberry Delight

 

Serves 2 (makes 1 litre) :

500 ml coconut milk

300g fresh or frozen strawberries

1 tbsp strawberry powder (optional)

about 100 ml coconut water

Put the coconut milk, the strawberries and strawberry powder in your blender. Add the coconut water to top to 1 litre and blend until perfectly smooth. Enjoy with your best friend.

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RAINBOW SMOOTHIE

December 8, 2012

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Chard is actually a type of beet that has been bred to grow robust stalks with juicy leaves instead of thick roots, and in some parts of the word chard is known as silverbeet. Chard, just like spinach, can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or boiled, sauteed or stir fried.Rainbow chard, or “Bright Lights,” is a mixture of chard varieties with red, orange, yellow or white coloured stalks.

Like all green leafy vegetables, chard is low in both fat and calories, but rich in vitamins A and C, Calcium, Iron and fibre.

In this smoothie, I couple them with health boosting mixed berries, bananas for energy and hemp seed oil for healthy fats and to ensure optimum nutrients absorption. The superfoods are optional, but if you can, include them as they are great : the purple corn extract give us the purple in the rainbow, and adaptogens maca and suma help keep those hormones balanced.

Rainbow smoothie

Serves 2 (makes about 1 litre smoothie) :

(1 bag) about 200g rainbow chard

 about 350g fresh or frozen mixed berries

3 bananas

2 tbsp hemp seed oil

1 tsp maca (optional)

1/2 tsp suma (optional)

1/2 tsp purple corn extract (optional)

Blend everything together until perfectly smooth. You will get a fairly thick smoothie ; thin it to your preferred consistency with 1/4 cup water, fruit juice or nut / seed milk.

Enjoy

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POPEYE GREEN SMOOTHIE

December 2, 2012

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Popeye would love this one : I simply started with spinach and banana, then added the avocado to make it more sustaining and to optimise the absorption of the fat soluble nutrients in the spinach and the banana. The smoothie is absolutely delicious with pure water, but use water kefir or coconut water for your daily dose of probiotics or extra minerals. And finally I added mint for taste and maca because it is my favourite superfood for balancing my hormones.

Popeye Green Smoothie

Makes about 2 litres smoothie (serves 2 to 4) :

2 bags (about 400g) fresh spinach

2 ripe avocados

2 to 4 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

4 cups (1 litre) home-made water kefir or coconut water or fresh pure water

2 big handfuls of fresh mint

1 tbsp maca (optional)

Start with 2 bananas and taste test – if you or your recipients have a sweet tooth, use 4 bananas.

Blend everything together until perfectly smooth and enjoy the Popeye effect !

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BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM SMOOTHIE / PUDDING

November 15, 2012

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This is a Vitamin C packed smoothie that is delicious everyday of the year, but that will particularly boost your immune system as the Autumn sets in and the days get gloomier and colder.

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are native to China. If you don’t know goji berries yet, I am confident that once you discover them you will fall in love with them and will be adding them to everything, sweet and savoury, and struggling to keep your hands out of the bag, as they taste so good …

They look like little bright red raisins, but not as sweet and have a taste faintly reminiscent of pink bubble gum …

Said to increase longevity, goji berries are one of the richest sources of vitamin C on the planet – a handful when you are getting a cold could be just enough to make you well again – and probably the richest source of beta-carotene.

They contain all of the essential amino acids, as well as B vitamins, trace minerals and polysaccharides. Polysaccharides have been found to fortify the immune system.

Keep things simple and super sweet and couple goji with Vitamin C rich oranges.

If you want some of grapefruit’s goodness but you are not too keen on the bitter taste, use as little of the white part of the rind as possible.

If you do like the slight bitterness of grapefruit and the lovely tanginess of lemon, add them to have a full spectrum citrus goodness.

If you do use grapefruit, eat right away for a smoothie consistency. If allowed to stand, your smoothie will set, due to the pectin from the grapefuit rind (also rich in citrus bioflavonoids).

Add anti-viral and anti bacterial ginger and turmeric and you get a super hero that will help you ward off colds.

For 2 (about 3 cups immune booster smoothie) :

2 oranges

2 pink grapefruits (if not using, just subsitute with 3 extra oranges)

1 lemon

1/4 cup goji berries

1 small piece (1 inch / 2,5 cm) piece fresh ginger root

1 small piece (1 inch / 2,5 cm) piece fresh turmeric root

Wash and prepare your citrus fruits by quartering them and removing the skin. Put the citrus flesh and everything else in the blender and blend until super smooth.

Eat right away if you are in the mood or a smoothie or allow to set to a beautiful pudding.

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HOT MACA CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE

October 26, 2012

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This one is a very serious chocolate affair for cacao lovers. Not your regular breakfast smoothie, more for before going out for a whole day of vintage shopping as you need something super sustaining to keep you going while you look for berries.

 

 

For 1 hungry person :

1/4 cup hazelnuts (you can use almonds or even cashews)

1 cup pure water

2 ripe bananas

2 tbsp rolled oats

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla powder or 1 vanilla bean

1/2 tsp maca

pinch of crystal salt or sea salt

Start by making your hazelnut milk : blend the hazelnuts with the water, strain with a nutmilk bag or a very fine sieve. Rinse the blender.

Return the strained milk to the blender. Add the banana, oats, cacao powder, vanilla, maca and salt. Blend until perfectly smooth.

If you are the happy owner of a Vitamix or similar high speed blender, blend further, until the smoothies gets warm.

If you are the happy owner (:-) of a regular blender, pour the smoothie into a glass jar and gently warm it by putting the jar in a pan of boiling water.

Or you can just have it at room temperature too, it is just as good.

Note 1 : The smoothie might seem too liquid for you, but after warming it up the fibre in the oats does make the smoothie set. If you are having it at room temperature, you might want to add in an extra tablespoon of oats.

Note 2 : I personally find the 2 bananas do make the smoothie sweet enough, but you can sweeten it more with small amounts of your favourite sweetener. I would add tiny amounts at a time, taste and only add f necessary.

Enjoy and be rewarded with long lasting energy.

Keep smiling

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GREEN PINA COLADA

October 21, 2012

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Green smoothies are great to whip up in a few minutes for a quick nutritious breakfast that will keep you goig for hours. This one is packed with the nutritional hero that spinach is and adaptogen superfoods to balance your hormones.

For 2 (makes about 5 cups smoothie) :

2 cups coconut milk, store bought (will likely not be raw) / homemade with 1 cup water and 1 cup young coconut flesh or 2 cups water and 1 cup dessicated coconut

OR

2 cups coconut water for a lighter smoothie

1 small pineapple

1 bag (200g) – about 4 cups spinach 

1 lemon, freshly squeezed

1 tsp vanilla powder or 1 vanilla pod

1 tsp ashwaganda

1 tsp maca

1/2 tsp suma (aka brazilian Ginseng)

If making your coconut milk from dessicated coconut, start by blending the water with the dessicated coconut. Strain using a nutmilk bag, rinse the blender and return the coconut milk to the blender. The add the pineapple, the spinach, the lemon juice and the vanilla and blend until smooth. Check the consistency, add more water if necessary to get your preferred consistency. Finally add the superfoods and blend again.

If using store bought coconut milk, young coconut flesh or coconut water, simply put all ingredients in the blender except for the superfoods and blend until smooth. Add more water / coconut water if necessary to adjust consistency, and finally add the superfoods and blend again.

Enjoy !

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PEACH POPPY CREAM SMOOTHIE, NO SUGAR

October 16, 2012

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Most mornings, I will have green juice, and then a smoothie when I get hungry again, which is usually after an hour or two. Smoothies are perfect breakfast foods, as they are easy to digest yet filling, and they are a great vessel for your daily dose of healthy fats and superfoods. This one has an intense peachy – citrusy – nutty flavour delivered in an incredibly smooth cream.

I like to change the nut / seed milk I use, this way I make sure I get the goodness from all the different nuts and seeds. My latest favourite is poppy seed milk. Opium is made from the sap of the seed pod (the big poppy head), not the seeds. And it has to be opium poppy seeds, not just any old poppy seeds. The poppy seeds that are sold in health food shops to sprinkle on breads are perfectly safe and not mind altering at all !

So do give this wonder a try for breakfast or as a mid-day snack (:-)

Serves 2 to 4 (You will need a blender, a nut milk bag or a fine sieve and 15 minutes)

1/2 cup poppy seeds, soaked for about 4 hours

2 cups pure water

peaches, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp maca

1 tbsp baobab fuit powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Start by making the poppy seed milk : blend the drained seeds with the water. Strain using a nut milk bag, a very fine sieve or cheesecloth. Put the left-over pulp on the soil of your plants. Rinse your blender.

Return the poppy milk to the blender, along with the peaches, the maca, the baobab  and the cinnamon and blend until smooth. If you prefer a less creamy smoothie, just add more pure water until you reach your desired consistency. I usually don’t add any sugar or sweetener of any sort to my smoothies, but if you do have a sweet tooth, please feel free to add a small amount of your favourite low glycemic sweetener.

Lick your glass clean.

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