Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie
Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie

 

A nutritious way to greet the day.

Blend:

1 cup orange or mango juice

1 small handful of raspberries

1-2 tbsp sea buckthorn purée (I use solberry)*

Enjoy!

 

Replace raspberries with 1/4 tsp vanilla powder and a little honey for a sweet twist.

 

*As well as being high in vitamin C, sea buckthorn contains vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B5, D, P, K, and a number of minerals, carotenoids, and phytosterols (known for their cholesterol-lowering properties).

Chocolate Almond Blueberry Oat Parfait

Chocolate almond blueberry parfait
Chocolate almond blueberry parfait

Chocolate almond blueberry oat parfait

… or as I like to call it… breakfast!

The kids love this one.

Soak 1 cup of organic quick-cooking steel cut oats in 1 cup chocolate almond beverage (use plain or vanilla almond milk, nut milk or coconut milk of choice)

Stir in 1 tsp vanilla powder

Let soak at least 30min

Layer blueberries (or fruit of choice) on the bottom of your dish

Spoon a layer of oat mixture

Add another layer of fruit

Another layer of oat mixture

Top with slivered almonds or more fruit (I drizzled raspberry syrup on top)

Eat immediately or chill and serve later.

Enjoy!

 

Creative combos:

Peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla milk, topped with pecans.

Cherries, chocolate milk and vanilla

Mangoes, nutmeg, and vanilla milk, drizzled with honey (mango lassi oatmeal!)

 

 

Radiant Skin Smoothie

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Radiant skin smoothie

Radiant skin smoothie

1 tsp incan spirulina (or blue green algae/chlorella of choice)

3 capsules marine phytoplankton (opened and emptied into blender, capsules discarded)

1 apple

1/3 large cucumber

2 tbsp sea buckthorn purée

1 cup spring water

Place all ingredients into your blender and pulse away.

Drink immediately. Fresh, lively, cooling smoothie.

Beauty Medicine!

Incan Spirulina

Grown high in the Andes with glacial water, incan spirulina has the highest content of phycocyanin available on the market. Phycocyanin is a blue pigment reported to induce the production of stem cells found in bone marrow. Incan spirulina also boasts chlorophyll, enzymes, minerals, fatty acids and antioxidants. Chlorophyll helps rid the body of toxins, which, when built up, can manifest as skin rashes, pimples, and other topical issues.

Marine Phytoplankton

Go to the source. The source of life on the planet. These tiny microorganisms convert energy from the sun into essential nutrients. These micronutrients have been reported to assist with cell detoxification. Phytoplankton is high in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory, as well as assist with cellular function.

Sea Buckthorn

Considered a nutritionally-complete food, this berry packs a lot of punch. It is a natural source of Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9, and… wait for it… Omega-7. Wait, what? Omega-7?  Palmitoleic acid (Omega-7) is a rare constituent found in sea buckthorn berries. It also happens to be a component of human skin. That’s why this particular plant source of vitamin C is touted for skin regeneration and repair. As well as being high in vitamin C, sea buckthorn contains vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B5, D, P, K, as well as a number of minerals, carotenoids, and phytosterols (known for their cholesterol-lowering properties). Said to originate in Asia over 4 million years ago, sea buckthorn is a hearty shrub and happily grows in many regions today, including Canada. Find it here.

Cucumber

With their high water content, cucumbers are excellent at hydrating the body while helping it eliminate toxins. Leave the peel on to get added vitamin C. Cucumbers also contain silica, beneficial in strengthening connective tissues. Our little green friends contain a variety of vitamins, as well as potassium, magnesium and fibre.

Apple

Apples have been known for their detoxing benefits for centuries. Good news for us as this is one fruit we can always seem to find in season somewhere. Many cleanses, detoxes and fasting programs – whether for dietary or meditative benefits – involve consuming only water and apples. This fruit is a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, and makes a sweet addition to your green smoothie.

Spring Water

Enjoy the benefits of pure, fresh, living water. Find a spring near you.

 

The Brain Smoothie

Feed your brain and your family this super-smoothie.
Feed your brain and your family this super-smoothie.

Feed your brain and your family this super-smoothie.

My 9 year-old son told me he thought he aced his PATs (Provincial Achievement Tests) this morning. I asked him if it was because of the brain smoothie I fed him before school or his own natural aptitude for learning. He replied, “The brain smoothie.”

I’m certain he was well-prepared for the tests, but a boosted smoothie can’t hurt. Here’s what he had before school:
2 cups nut milk or coconut milk
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp sprouted chia seed powder
1 tsp chaga mushroom powder
1 tsp maca root powder
2 tbsp raw organic coconut oil
1 tsp pure local honey
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp vanilla powder
a heaping handful of walnuts or cashews 
Play with the amounts as you like (don’t overdo the maca), and eliminate what you don’t have on hand.
Great additions: banana, maple syrup, nut butters…
Blend together until smooth. Makes enough for both of us. A delicious, decadent super-smoothie to fuel his tests and his day.
Always consult a physician before beginning a new nutritional regimen.