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Acai-Cacao Hemp Smoothie

This weekend I came up with the perfect energy hemp smoothie. It’s simple, deep purple, and full of life. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
3-4 T hemp seeds
8 oz purified water
1 packet Amazing Grass Chocolate Green Superfood
1 spoonful goji powder
1 spoonful maca powder
1-2 T raw cacao nibs
1 spoonful bee pollen
2-3 tsp pumpkin spice
1 packet Sambazon Acai smoothie packet
2 pitted Medjool dates
1 spoonful raw almond butter
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 medium-size banana
¼ cup frozen pineapple chunks

Preparation:
Add hemp seeds to a high-speed blender with 1/4 of the purified water. Blend until smooth. Add the remaining water and blend on high until milky and smooth. Next, add all dry ingredients, blend on high. Then add the dates and blend again. Add remaining ingredients (fruit and acai smoothie mix), blend until creamy and smooth. Ready to serve. Makes 1-2 smoothies.

Sorry, no picture with this recipe. The drinks don’t last long enough to take a snap shot. Lol…

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Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie

I was so proud of my son’s guest blog post and recipe last night, that I thought I would create another smoothie recipe that would have a similar flair to it. So I created this morning’s Super Berries and Papaya Smoothie. It won the “great flavor” test from my son! Hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients:
1 packet Amazing Grass Berry Flavor drink powder
3 T scoop raw Brazil nut protein powder
2 T raw coconut butter
3 T raw lucuma powder
2 T raw maca powder
1 T raw vanilla bean powder
1 T raw honey
2 T raw cacao nibs
3-4 drops clear SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
2-3 bananas (peeled and frozen)
1 pint fresh black berries
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (stems removed)
1/4 cup of açaí (can be berry, juice, or sorbet)
1 small-medium sized Hawaiian papaya (seeded, peeled, and chopped)
3-4 cups prepared raw almond nut mylk
3-4 pitted Medjool dates (small)
filtered water if needed for consistency

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until super smooth and creamy. The smoother the better, since black berries have little stone-like seeds that can get caught in your teeth (it can be annoying…lol).

Greeni-Colada

This is Bradley Marsh, Debbie’s son, who was bored and decided to add a new raw smoothie to the current plethora. She was making her usually green smoothie before dinner and I thought… why not make this interesting? In addition to the greens, I had us add a high amount of frozen fruits and berries; an ingredient not often used in Debbie’s smoothies that is actually a key ingredient here is the açaí. The açaí balances the sweet and sour of the fruits with the bitter or bland greens to get a nice piña colada flavor. Sure, there’s pineapple already in it, but the açaí enhances it so the greens don’t cover up the pineapple entirely.

Due to it being unfamiliar on this particular site, I am going to discuss the brief history of açaí and its common health benefits. Açaí originates from Brazil and grows from palms by the rivers. In berry form, the oils can be used to treat diarrhea and skin ulcers, while the berry itself can be crushed to treat fevers. As for the liquid, it is commonly referred to as the purple juice extracted from the thin outer shell which is soaked soft to allow for the juice to easily strain. Açaí is known as the superior of all other fruits and berries because of its massive amount of B vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids. The minerals found in açaí include an abundance in potassium, copper, and manganese; açaí is so nutritional that less than a serving can feed your body of the majority of required daily intake of nutrients. Açaí also contains a high concentration of antioxidants. The scientific ORAC scale shows that açaí ranks above the blueberry, blackberry, and cranberry as far as the neutralization of free radicals goes. It has been proven that the divine fruit heals and prevents potential metabolic related diseases and cancers.

As you may have already noticed, I am a fan of the açaí berry and juice. In my personal life it has helped me overcome cravings and weight gain. The berry, at least in my opinion, has a very unique and flavorful taste that allows me to take but one small spoonful and feel satisfied; a little goes a long way.

Now for what you’ve been waiting for… the recipe to the Greeni-Colada!

Ingredients:
3-4 cups or handfuls of Baby Spinach
1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Super Food powder
1 scoop of Raw Vanilla Protein Powder
1 T of Raw Honey (optional)
2-3 drops of Peppermint SweetLeaf liquid Stevia
Approximately 1 tsp of Bee Pollen (optional)
1 sliced banana
1-2 sliced frozen peaches
About 1 cup of frozen pineapple
About 1 cup of frozen mango
1/2 cup of soaked frozen goji berries
1/4 cup of açaí (can be berry, juice, or sorbet)
Around 1.5 cups of Fresh Young Thai Coconut Water
Add fresh water as needed or pleased for ease of blending or consistency

Preparation:
1. Add ingredients to blender.
2. Blend until its creamy and smooth.
3. Serves up to 3 tall glasses.
4. Enjoy your Greeni-Colada. 😀

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