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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. 😀

Super Mocha Berry Smoothie

Well, it’s been a while since I posted a recipe. So, I thought I start by adding another super smoothie to the mix. I absolutely love smoothies, and  especially smoothies made with super foods!

This smoothie does have a lot of different super foods included. If you don’t have them all, don’t worry about it – just make it with what you can. However, if you ever get the chance, do try it with all the super foods included here.

One of the super foods included in this recipes besides cacao, and berries, is raw maca root powder. Maca is an incredible super food that grows at very high altitudes, in the high Andean plateaus of Peru. It is considered a tuber root and is related to the potato.

Maca is a healing food. It works to repair the body as needed so that the body can operate at an optimal level of health, while maintaining energy levels at all times. Maca is also great for libido in both men and women, and helps to regulate the hormones – Nature’s natural and best “mojo helper” available! It has also been linked to helping with fertility.

Maca is great for relieving depression, and stabilizing mood. It’s a “feel good” food. The flavor is quite distinct, and resembles that of carmel-like yams. Maca is a nutrient-dense food, making it a super food, and is great in smoothies, raw desserts, yogurt, and more.

Some of my favorite brands of raw maca powder are Navitas Naturals, Raw Food World, and Elements for Life.

For the mocha-coffee flavoring in this smoothie, I prepared some fresh and delicious, caffeine free, non acidic, Teeccino Mocha. It’s organic, and is prebiotic too, made with inulin from chicory root. Teeccino is not coffee at all. It is a special blend of organic barley, chicory, dates, almonds, figs, carob, and cacao – and it’s simply wonderful!

Well, now for the recipe. Enjoy! =)

Ingredients:
1 scoop Chocolate Green Superfood (Amazing Grass)
1 T raw cacao nibs
1 T raw maca root powder
1 T raw carob powder
1/4 c raw cacao powder
1 tsp raw camu camu powder
1 1/2 tsp raw mesquite powder
1 1/2 tsp raw lucuma powder
1 tsp raw vanilla bean powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 T hemp seeds
1/2 T bee pollen
1/4 cup prepared Mocha Teeccino
1 T raw almond butter or coconut butter
1 T raw honey or agave nectar
4-6 drops chocolate flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
1/4 cup pineapple chunks (frozen)
2 small to med. bananas
coconut water (enough to cover more than half the blender)
water and ice as needed for thickness and coldness

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix on high until super smooth, thick, cold and YUMMO!!! Drink this for breakfast, lunch or a snack. It’s super energizing, super nutritious, and super delicious too!

Regarding super foods, today I read a great article on Lovingraw.com by Gabrielle Brick, entitled “What Is A Superfood?” Check it out.

You can also learn more about super foods on my site, here.

Amazing Super Smoothie

For those of you who know me, I love to use a lot of super foods in my smoothies. Even though just having a delicious raw smoothie with fresh greens or fruits, or the combination of both is more than adequate, I find super foods super energizing. That’s why I used them so much. Some super foods may be difficult to find at the local health store. However, you kind find a large variety online.

Today’s smoothie uses several of my favorite super foods, plus and easy to find super green’s powder Amazing Grass. You can find Amazing Grass at the local natural or health store such as Whole Foods or Sprouts, even Fresh and Easy. Or, you can click here to purchase Amazing Grass or click the ad on my blog page.

Ingredients:
1 packet or 8 grams (1 scoop) Amazing Grass Berry Flavor Drink Powder
2 T raw protein powder
1 T raw maca powder
1 T raw camu powder
1 T raw lucuma powder
1 tsp raw suma powder
1 T raw cacao nibs
2 tsp raw vanilla bean powder
1 T (heaping) raw honey
1/2 T raw chia seeds
1/4 cup raw oatmeal
1/4  raw sliced almonds
1/4 tsp cordyceps mushrooms
1/2 T bee pollen
1 T cold pressed hemp oil
3-4 drops vanilla flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
3 bananas
1 cup blueberries (frozen)
1 cup cherries (frozen)
1 cup fresh coconut water
enough purified water to cover ingredients

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed food processor. Blend until super smooth and creamy. Serve cold. Makes about 2-3 tall glasses.

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Super Berry Bam Shake

The other morning I used the frozen gojis with blueberries I had, plus other berries, and then “kick-it-up a notch” for a “Bam” of a berry shake! Try it for yourself. It’s full of super anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and so much more super food!!! 🙂

Note: You can purchase noni, acai, lucuma, and vanilla powder online through the Raw Food World website, or Natural Zing, or through The Raw Guru…

Ingredients:
1 cup goji berries (hydrated and frozen)
1 cup blueberries (frozen)
2 bananas
1/4 cup pineapple (frozen chunks)
1/4 cup pitted cherries (frozen)
1/4 cup raspberries (frozen)
1/4 cup strawberries (frozen)
1T maca powder
1T lucuma powder
1T raw protein (optional)
1T raw oatmeal
1T shredded coconut
1T raw almond butter
1T raw coconut butter or Artisana’s goji bliss butter
1T raw cacao nibs
2 tsp. vanilla powder or scraped vanilla bean
2 tsp. acai powder
2 tsp. noni powder
2 tsp. raw honey or several drops SweetLeaf liquid stevia
6oz coconut water
handful raw sliced or chopped almonds
purified ice and purified water to cover

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and mix until very smooth and frothy like a shake. Ready to serve – and “Bam” you are energized! 🙂

Super Berry Bam Shake

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