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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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Refreshing Green Smoothie

Here’s a smoothie recipe that is not only super healthy and energizing, it is also so refreshing, leaving a nice feeling sensation in your mouth! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 scoop raw protein powder
¼ cup goji berries
2-3 handfuls spinach
1 scoop green superfood powder
1T bee pollen
1 tsp vanilla bean powder
1 small banana
¼ cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mango chunks
1 cup papaya chunks
¼ cup cherries (pitted and stemmed)
4-6 drops peppermint flavored liquid stevia
2-3 cups coconut water
6-8 cubes purified ice
purified water (add what’s needed for desired consistency)
(for best results freeze fruit prior to use)

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender, and mix on high until smooth and creamy. Add purified water a little at a time for desired consistency.

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“Get Well” Brad Shake

My son has come down with the flu, and has been craving orange juices. I wanted to make him an energizing shake that would not only fill his craving needs, but would energize him, and kick-up his immune system. I wanted something simple too. The other day I was viewing one of Jennifer Cornbleet’s video recipes called Travel In The Raw, and got the idea for today’s recipe shake. Brad loved it so much, and it gave him energy to finish his homework, so that he could rest for the remainder of the day and get well. (Sorry no picture).

Ingredients:
3 Cara oranges (or whatever type you like)
3 bananas (medium-large)
4-6 oz fresh coconut water
2 scoops (approx 3T) green foods powder (desired brand)
1-1 1/2 tsp bee pollen
8 purified ice cubes
1 cup purified water (more or less for desired consistency)

Preparation:
Peel and juice the oranges. Add juice and some pulp to a high-speed blender. Peel and cut bananas, then add to blender. Add remaining ingredients (except water), and blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding the water a little at a time until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glasses and drink. This recipe makes about 2 tall glasses. Yummo! 🙂

Banana Fuzz Smoothie

Here’s an old recipe that I meant to post back in April. Sorry, no picture.

This drink is very creamy, and pulpy. The flavors are refreshing for a breakfast smoothie, or a mid-day snack. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 oranges, peeled and seeded
2 bananas, peeled
2 large Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup pineapple chunks
sliced raw almonds, (handful)
purified water, enough to cover half of the blender
1 cup ice cubes, (purified water)

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. You may add more or less water depending on the thickness you desire. This drink will be very pulpy, but very yummy too.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Milk, Smoothies and Shakes

I’ve been testing out some more recipes from Ani Phyo’s book, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. Since I’m a big smoothie gal, I decided that I wanted to create my own chocolate milk and shakes with my own twist. Hope you like them!

Chocolate-Hazelnut Milk.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup well-packed pitted dates
3T raw cacao powder
drizzle of agave
1/2 tsp organic non-alcoholic vanilla extract
5-6 cups water with 4-6 ice cubes (purified water only)

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until well blended, and super smooth. Serve or store in refrigerator up to 3-4 days for later.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Antioxidant Smoothie.
Ingredients:
3 cups Chocolate-Hazelnut milk (maybe a little more)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
1/2 cup goji berries (soaked and frozen)
1 banana (peeled chopped and frozen)
3T maca powder
4-6 drops clear liquid stevia
1 tsp bee pollen
1T raw almond butter
1T raw coconut butter
dash cinnamon powder
5-6 ice cubes purified water

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until super cold, rich and creamy! Yummo!

Chocolate-Hazelnut Super-Sweet Milk Shake.
Ingredients:
3 cups Chocolate-Hazelnut Milk (more or less)
2 scoops raw chocolate or vanilla ice cream
4-6 drops clear liquid stevia
1T coconut butter
1T raw honey
1T mesquite powder
6-8 ice cubes purified water

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until super smooth and frothy. Ready to serve!

Chocolate-Hazelnut Simple Smoothie.
Ingredients:
3 cups Chocolate-Hazelnut milk (more or less)
1 scoop raw chocolate or vanilla ice cream
1 banana
dash cinnamon powder
4-6 drops clear liquid stevia
1 tsp bee pollen
6-8 ice cubes purified water

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender, and mix until smooth.

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Picture: Chocolate-Hazelnut Antioxidant Smoothie

My Favorite Green Smoothie

Well, this is a smoothie that I make quite often, that I shared tonight with my friends on Raw Fu. It’s simple to make and really delicious and refreshing. I hope you like it!

Ingredients:
1 scoop raw protein powder
1 scoop green super food powder
1T Artisana Goji Bliss or coconut butter
1tsp bee pollen
1 tsp raw honey or drops of liquid SweetLeaf Stevia
2-3 handfuls organic spinach
1 handful fresh parsley
1 handful fresh mint leaves
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup or more frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 cup or more frozen papaya chunks
1/4 cup or more frozen mango chunks
6oz coconut water
2 cups nut mylk
purified water and ice to cover

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and mix until green and creamy! Serve cold! Mmm!

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Coconut-Goji Berry Shake

I love this shake recipe. It’s simple, energizing, and delicious!

Ingredients:
Meat and milk of 1 fresh young Thai Coconut
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 T Agave nectar
1/4 cup Goji berries
4-6 cubes of purified ice

Preparation:
Place all ingredients in the blender, and puree until well blended. Makes about 2-4 delicious and energizing shakes!

Sorry, no photo for this one. I drank it too fast! 🙂

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