Tangy Kiwi Green Smoothie (raw)

This is a super healthy drink….iron, vitamin c, calcium, vitamin a, vitamin k, and much more.  It is important for us to have green smoothies every day, so I have to change it up a bit each time so my family doesn’t get bored with it.

Ingredients:

  • 3 kiwis
  • 1.5 to 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of papaya
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1.5 cups of coconut water
  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 carrot (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of flax seed oil (for omega 3s)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend 4500 (See all Countertop Blenders) (or whatever blender you have).
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. Enjoy!

Peachy Kiwi Citrus Green Smoothie

Kiwi is awesome and packs so much vitamin c.  This will help your body absorb the iron from the dates and spinach more efficiently.  I have also added some protein, omega 3s, b12, a little bit of grains and other awesome goodness for your body.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • 1 peach
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of raw wheat germ
  • 2 to 3 medjool dates
  • 1 cup of nut milk (almond, hemp, hazelnut, etc.)
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 cup of ice

Directions: blend together for a minute or two….preferably in a VITAMIX blender.

Note: this will serve 3 to 4 people

Chocolate Coconutty “green” Smoothie

,,,,just another breakfast of mine! :)

Do you know that coconuts are super good for your body?  Read about it here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of greens (spinach)
  • 1 banana
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup of nut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp of spirulina (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of ice

Directions: blend together…preferably in a Vitamix blender….it makes your smoothies SOOOO much better!

Green Berry Carob Hemp Smoothie

I love smoothies!  Great way to start your day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 cup of non dairy milk (hemp, almond, or hazelnut)
  • 1/3 cup of mixed berries (blueberries, black berries, raspberries, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons of carob powder
  • 1 cup of GREENS: spinach
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1.5 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of ice

Directions: Blend together for a few minutes…preferably in a Vitamix….

Green Fig Smoothie

This is the type of smoothie I make for my family EVERY day!  :)

….healthy, delicious, nutritious, and high energy!…b12, iron, calcium, vitamin c, vitamin a, omega 3s, and even protein!….and much more!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of fresh figs
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 5 brazil nuts
  • 2 tablespoons of flax oil
  • 3 baby carrots
  • 1 cup of chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 a cup of pineapple
  • 1/2 of a small zucchini (this and the pineapple will help your body absorb the iron better)
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 3 tablespoons of raw wheat germ
  • ice
  • raw agave to sweeten (optional)

Directions:

Blend together and serve immediately! :)  Vitamix is my blender of choice.

Delicious RAW Macadamia Zucchini GREEN Smoothie

This is a delicious way to get your veggies, fruits, vitamins, protein, and omega 3s!

I mixed the greens and dates, which are high in iron, with an orange, which is high in vitamin c.  This will help your body absorb the iron better.

Ingredients:

(serves 2)

  • 1 to 2 carrots (depending on how thick you want your smoothie)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 of a zucchini (unpeeled)
  • 1 cup of almond milk (see recipe below)
  • 1/5 cup of raw macadamia nuts
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of honeydew melon (frozen)
  • 3 dates
  • 2 tablespoons of flax oil (omega 3s)
  • 1 tsp spirulina (b12 and other b vitamins, vitamins a-d and even k)…so much more.
  • ice (start with 1/4 cup….then, add more if you prefer)

Note: to make RAW ALMOND “MILK”, soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight, blend (preferably in a VITAMIX with 3 cups of water.  To sweeten the “milk”, add raw agave or a few medjool dates.  Flavor with vanilla, carob, chocolate, etc.  Then, drain.

If you do not have raw almonds, you can just use store bought almond milk.
Vitamix 1700 Turbo Blend 4500 Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor

REMINDER:

**Reasons why we don’t consume cow’s milk/dairy products:

  1. Contributes to cruelty.
  2. Contributes to world hunger because it supports the meat industry.
  3. Contributes to the destruction of our planet’s.
  4. We don’t need to drink other species’ breast milk.
  5. It is linked to cancer and many other diseases/ailments.
  6. It is linked to osteoporosis.
  7. It is linked to obesity.
  8. Hormones in milk causes early puberty.
  9. Antibiotics pumped in cows are not good for our health and our society.
  10. AND SO MUCH MORE!

Watch, listen, and learn:

This is Dr. Barnard’s COMPLETE presentation from the VegSource HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EXPO 2003

Dr. Barnard also discusses how industry, aided by government, exploits these natural cravings, pushing us to eat more and more unhealthy foods.

Breakfast Smoothie (fruity and veggie)

Breakfast smoothie for the family….this will fill up 3 large glasses.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 banana
  • 6 baby carrots
  • 1 hand full of spinach
  • 2/3 cup of fresh frozen strawberries or blueberries
  • 4 pitted medjool dates (for added nutrients and to sweeten up the drink)
  • 2 tablespoons of goji berries
  • 3 tablespoons of raw hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of raw wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup of prune juice
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of hemp, almond, hazelnut, soy or rice milk (*note: add more milk if you don’t want the smoothie as thick)
  • 2/3 cup of ice
  • raw agave (optional…if you want it sweeter)

Throw it all in the blender and blend for a minute.

Carrot cherry smoothie

Savannah loves carrots raw, cooked, or dehydrated.  I prefer eating the carrots in raw form…uncooked and all the nutrients still in tact. Last night she ate 2 whole carrots and it took her almost an hour to finish because it is still a little difficult for her to chew.   We were in a hurry this morning, so, a quick way to give her the carrot was to mix it into a smoothie.  And, she loved it!

  • 1 whole carrot (raw, washed, and unpeeled)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup of frozen sweet cherries
  • 100% all natural orange juice
  • hemp seeds for omega 3s and protein (optional)

Minty Shake/Smoothie

I went to Earthfare today and I was talking to the produce manager about smoothies.  He got very excited about it because he also drinks a lot of healthy smoothies/shakes.  He also gave me a smoothie recipe idea: avocado, apple, banana, cranberry, lime juice, and mint.  I have always known that mint was awesome, but I totally forgot about it!

Well, after he reminded me about it, I got super excited about trying out different mint with avocado smoothies, so I am planning to use mint in food/drinks this week.  Tomorrow, I will also be making some VEGAN SAMOSAS with a MINT AND CILANTRO DIP….so stay tuned! :-)

Mint wakes up the flavor in some foods and drinks.  The medicinal properties range from breath freshener to curing cancer.

Please take the time to learn about the benefits of MINT:

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-mint.html

Daddy's shake for the morning

Daddy’s veggie/fruity protein shake

  • Fresh frozen strawberries
  • Banana
  • Fresh frozen cranberries
  • Spinach
  • Soy milk
  • Hemp seeds
  • a couple sprigs of mint

Savannah's shake

Savannah’s and mommy’s  chocolate cake smoothie

(I say “chocolate cake” because I use a few similar ingredients as my raw chocolate cake/brownie…which Savannah absolutely loves)

(This will be a small serving)

  • 1 half of a ripened avocado
  • 1 half of a fresh frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (or more…depending on thickness preference) of nut milk or rice milk
  • 1 to 4 tea spoons of raw cacao  (just adjust according to chocolaty taste preference)
  • 1 tea spoon of coconut oil
  • just a little bit of spinach
  • 1 table spoon of hemp seeds or raw chia seeds
  • add raw agave to taste
  • and a couple sprigs of mint

Note: this is Savannah’s (small) shake which contains about 7 grams of protein.  The average 1 to 3 year old will only need 16 grams of protein.

Note: if you would like to create a “raw” version of this shake, you may also use coconut water or just plain water.