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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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Creamy Avocado Pie

Avocados are a great food. The best part about avocados is that they are super healthy for you. In fact, avocados are so good for you regardless of the fat and calorie content, you could eat one or two raw avocados every day and be super healthy!

Avocados are one of the richest sources of fiber among all fruits and vegetables. It is loaded with vitamins A, B-complex, B3 (folic acid), and powerful anti-oxidants such as vitamins C and E, calcium, iron, potassium, and so on. They are a great preventative measure against cancers (it literally kills cancer), heart disease, and strokes. As well as fighting off bad breath, great for mouth health, helping with digestion, great for the skin, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, great for the eyes – the list goes on and on and on! “See, FAT can be GOOD! You just have to pick the right kind!!!”

Believe it or not, avocados are a fruit – so what a perfect idea to make a “sweet” creamy avocado pie! The rich, buttery flavor of fresh avocados gives the creamy pie a delicious, sweet buttery cream flavor – really nice! Here’s my recipe for avocado pie. I hope you love it!

Crust.
Ingredients:
1 cup raw cashews (dry)
1 cup raw walnuts (dry)
2/3 cups pitted dates
2 T melted coconut butter
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Preparation:
Combine nuts in a food processor and pulse until almost flour-like in consistency. Add dates and pulse again until crumbly and well combined. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until a dough forms. Remove and transfer to pie pan. Spread dough out over the bottom and sides of the pan, evenly distributing it and pressing it down and smoothing it with your hands to create a shell. Place in the freezer until filling is completed.

Pie Filling.
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup Irish moss (soaked 24 to 38 hours, and drained)
1 cup raw almond nut milk
3/4 cup water
1 cup soaked cashews
1 tsp non-alcoholic organic vanilla extract
2 fully ripened avocados (peeled and stoned)
1 lemon zest
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup yacon syrup
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
1/4 cup raw honey (slightly warmed)
6 drops vanilla cream flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia

Preparation:
Combine Irish moss, cashews, and nut milk together in a high-speed blender for food processor. Pulse until completely broken down and creamy, adding the water a little at a time. Add remaining ingredients and blend until thick, smooth, and creamy. It should hold a shape. Pour over pie crust. Spread evenly, cover with saran wrap, and place in the freezer for 12-18 hours before serving. Top with fresh berries, or berry puree.

This is so darn good! Fat never tasted so great!

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Strawberry Cookies

Recipe adapted from Rose Lee Calabro’s Living in the Raw

2 c. sunflower seeds (soaked 8 hours and rinsed)
1 c. almonds (soaked 12 hours and blanched)
2 c. fresh organic strawberries
2 bananas (peeled)
3-4 pitted medjool dates
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. walnuts (soaked 8 hours)

Process all ingredients except vanilla in walnuts in a food processor until smooth. Add the vanilla and walnuts and process until well combined. Spoon dough onto teflex sheets, and form into small round balls, press slightly to form little cookie shapes. Place in dehydrator for 4-6 hours, then turn over and dehydrate for another 2-4 hours until the desired moisture is obtained. Store in sealed freezer bags in the pantry or in the fridge. I changed the directions slightly on this recipe to make it easier on me. I also prefer the cookies slightly warmed in the dehydrator, but they taste yummy cold too!

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Strawberry Tropic Green Smoothie

2 peaches, stoned and cut
1 banana, peeled
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 scoop raw vanilla ice cream
1 scoop raw protein
½ cup frozen or fresh mango
2 handfuls spinach
2 handfuls strawberries, stemmed and cut
1 handful sliced raw almonds
enough water to cover
4-6 ice cubes

Place in blender and puree until green and smooth. Makes about 2 full servings.

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