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Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

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 It’s here! 

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Cookbook!

I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares.  And the recipes!  Oh, my goodness.  Be still my beating heart.  (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).

If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know.  She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes.  Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes.  I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes.  We had much in common and became online friends.  She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life.  She is the “real deal”.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)

Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender.  Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners.  Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free.  Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection.  One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this,  leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc.  These recipes are so flexible and forgiving.  You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”. 

Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:

Antioxidant Avenger

Antioxidant Avenger

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Incredibly edible edamame dip

Incredibly edible edamame dip

You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.

raw chocolate-orange torte

Raw chocolate-orange torte

 I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now.  We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body.  This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.

 

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie
Serves 2
This blendsation tastes like ice cream and is a protein powerhouse containing spinach, almond butter, and hemp seeds. Pears pair beautifully with the earthiness of the other ingredients, and ginger wakes up the party. If your pears are really sweet, you could leave out the date. Note that the ginger mellows as the smoothie sits. So, if you are not a fan of its flavor, let the blend chill in the fridge for a half hour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
  2. 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
  3. 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
  4. 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
  5. 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
  6. 1/2 banana
  7. 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
  8. 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  9. 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  10. 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
  11. pinch of natural salt
  12. 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
  13. 1 date, pitted and soaked
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
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 At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on Amazon.com.  What a deal!  If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt!  It covers all the bases. 

Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world.  You are a rock star!

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

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Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk

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I was walking up the pathway to the front of the house yesterday and noticed all the fresh blooming violets in the garden beds and along the rock borders.  How beautiful!  Spring is really here! The common wild Violet is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. There are dozens of species of Violet, in various colors that include blue, purple, white, and yellow. I immediately thought to gather these gorgeous little leaves and flowers and put into a salad for dinner.

Yep! I go around the yard picking and gathering weeds and herbs to incorporate in our meals and diet.  With the cold, harsh winter we had, I am so excited that Spring is here offering up fresh food for the picking. This is better than anything that you can purchase in the grocery stores or farmers market right now.  When your food is FRESH, nothing is better. The nutrients are so potent.  Your body takes in the life force of the plant and in turn, feeds and raises your energy.  I always give thanks to the plants I harvest for their gift and offering.

The most IMPORTANT thing to remember that if you’re going to start eating violets (or anything for that matter), please make sure wherever you harvest them, they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals or by the family dog.

Violet leaves and flowers are loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially A and C.   Both of these important vitamins are associated with increased immune function and wound healing.  Violet roots reach way down into moist spring soil and pull up vital nutrients and minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium. The leaves become little green vitamin tablets – a phytonutrient powerhouse. The leaves are tasty both raw and cooked. The flowers are edible, sweet and tangy, and make a gorgeous garnish on salads, smoothies and desserts.  The leaves have a mucilaginous (slippery) quality when chewed and apparently can be used to thicken soups and stews.

Violet is a gentle but potent medicinal remedy.  Violet is a strong blood purifier.  Violet leaves have been used throughout the centuries as a soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory demulcent. Violet also supports the immune system, helping to clear infections of all kinds. They can be a very effective first aid remedy for hot, inflamed conditions of the skin. Simply chew up a fresh leaf and place it on the effected area. A remedy gentle enough for use with children, violet can also be used to soothe hot irritating coughs or headaches. Just make a hot tea of the leaves and sip slowly.

Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors and cancers, specifically those in the breasts. They are most effective when taken both internally and used externally as a poultice. They are also helpful in clearing up other growths and lumps such as cysts, mastitis, and fibrocystic breasts.  Susan Weed’s excellent book Breast Cancer? Breast Health! details the use of violet for various breast conditions.  Violet is also a  gentle lymphatic tonic, aiding the body in removing waste products from the bloodstream.

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Violet propagates itself by seed and throwing out scions, or runners, from the main plant each summer after flowering, and these in turn send out roots and become new plants, a process that renders it independent of seed.

I like to add a handful of violet leaves to fresh salads for a vitamin boost.  Take a bowl and scissors and go out into your yard (or a neighbor’s – with their permission, of course and NO chemicals) and begin harvesting fresh cut greens for a salad.   Other amazing wild herbs and greens coming up right now are yard onions, dandelions, chickweed, plantain – just to name a few.  Mother Nature is saying “Come and get it folks!”  She is providing food to assist us with the changing of seasons.  Bitter, astringent, chlorophyll rich greens that will help us reduce excess water in the body, cleanse, detoxify, boost immune system, purify the blood, and so much more.

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Salad last night consisted of fresh violet leaves, organic baby spinach, yellow and red bell peppers, hemp seeds, fresh sprouts, scallions with a creamy hemp seed dressing.  It was wonderful!

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Another fantastic use for these bountiful greens is to use in smoothies. I made up this low-glycemic Spring green smoothie this morning with produce that is IN SEASON.

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Spring Violet Smoothie
Serves 2
A light, nutrition packed smoothie filled with Spring's freshly emerging harvest that is low in fruit sugar, high alkaline and rich in healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small organic pear
  2. 1 small organic granny smith apple
  3. 1/2 lemon, peeled
  4. 1/2 cup organic parsley leaves
  5. 4 cups organic spinach, kale, swiss chard (or combination of all)
  6. 1/2 cup fresh violet leaves (toss in some flowers too!)
  7. 1/2 avocado
  8. 2 cups water
  9. sweetener of choice ( I used raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Add toppings of choice - I used fresh, local bee pollen and a few violet flowers (eat them first). Enjoy!
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Violets are bountiful right now freshly emerging with vibrant green leaves that are probably right next to your door and in your yard.  Seek them out and you will be rewarded delightfully with nutrition and healing medicine straight from Mother Nature herself.

Get your SPRING greens on!

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FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

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In the interest of eating with the seasons, I have some gorgeous Fall fruits – that I came across at the grocery store (and on sale – SCORE!) that I wanted to share with you so that you could incorporate these little beauties into your seasonal dietary rotation.  The autumnal oranges and reds of the fruit hint at the fact that these fruits are ripe for the picking in the leaf-changing months (or in our case – already dropped).  Their nutritional profile is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Fiber and more. 

I was looking to change up my morning smoothie and with the Fall fruits sitting on my counter, I came up with this smoothie concoction.  Let me tell you, it’s a real winner.  Filling, sweet/tart and pretty too.

Let’s check out the star players in today’s Fall smoothie recipe.

Persimmons

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When choosing persimmons, keep in mind that there are two different varieties: hachiya, which are orange-red, shaped like acorns, and soft and jelly-like (feels like a water balloon) when fully ripe (this is the way you want it); and fuyu, which are yellow-orange, shaped like tomatoes, firmer when ripe, and can be sliced like apples.  I still like my fuyu persimmons soft and mushy – super sweet at this point.  Choose organic if you can.

Persimmons contain high levels of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. These nutrients are extremely important to protect eye retinal damage. Also it protects from cataract or age related macular degenerationPersimmon contains highly beneficial nutrients which protect from free radicals – which protects the body from common disease.

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Now, just one persimmon contains six grams of fiber (can we say healthy poop’s), which is already about a quarter of your recommended daily value. Fiber digests slowly, so it keeps you fuller longer.   The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, is responsible for another appetite-controlling feature: pectin helps regulate blood-sugar levels to keep them from spiking, which can help prevent blood-sugar-crash-related cravings.  My kind of fruit!!

** Note:  Eating persimmon fruit with an empty stomach can cause diarrhea. Also eating in excess also cause diarrhea due to its high tannin content. So be safe and eat persimmon in limited quantity or blended with other ingredients to buffer the effects.  Also, Diabetes patients should stay away from it as it contains high amount of sugar.

Cranberries

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I adore this tart, little berry because it is an all-star food, and with good reason. Cranberries contain a powerful cocktail of protective phytonutrients; plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds (flavonoids and phenolic acids) that act as antioxidants in the body.  I have you liking them too already, right? 

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.  In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract ( contains natural chemicals that act as antibacterial agents and preventing E. Coli which is the bacteria largely responsible for urinary tract infections, from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.)  AND Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).  Liking them more and more!  Again, choose organic if you can.  With the Holidays around the corner, they are available right now, so stock up while they are available – I am.  Keep an eye out for sales – That’s how I found mine.

This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more.  The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels.  It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.

 

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more. The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. organic cranberries
  2. 1 large organic orange - peeled - See NOTE below for TIP
  3. 1 organic persimmon - ripe - cut off top
  4. 1/2" knob fresh ginger root
  5. 2 bananas
  6. 3 TB. raw honey or liquid stevia to taste (8 drops) - I used NuNaturals brand
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder
  9. 1 cup organic coconut milk - canned
  10. 1 1/2 cups fresh water
  11. (optional) heaping TB. of greens powder of choice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until creamy and smooth. Top with favorite toppings if you so desire.
Notes
  1. If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding. You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe. If you don't have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container. I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals. Don't waste. Use as much of your food as possible.
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** Tip:  If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding.  You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe.  If you don’t have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container.  I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals.  Don’t waste.  Use as much of your food as possible.

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I wanted to share this picture of the dogs the morning I made this Fall Smoothie recipe.  They don’t usually line up all together like this so I thought it was sweet.

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From left to right: Meg, Gigi and Blackie. The furry kids say “WOOF” – Hello!

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My Healing Protocol for Candida

My Healing Protocol for Candida

My Healing Protocol for Candida

This post is long overdue to share with you all.  I have had many emails and friends asking me what I did to get my Candida overgrowth under control.  So, here it is.  Every little detail I researched, experienced and healed from.  I had candida for YEARS and didn’t know it.  I hope this post helps you on your quest to diagnose and heal yourself.   Be prepared – it is very long.

What is Candida?

Candida albicans (its official name) is a yeast that inhabits the mouths and intestinal tracts of all humans. That’s right! Everyone has candida. When you are healthy, the candida in your body lives in a symbiotic relationship with you. It will help to detect and destroy other harmful bacteria from harming your body, as well as helping to clean up any excess sugar that may be floating around in your bloodstream that your cells are not able to absorb.

Every time you eat, there will be a small candida “bloom” as the candida feeds on the sugars that are in your blood stream waiting to be ushered into the cell with the help of insulin to be used for energy. Then, once that sugar has been processed, the candida will reduce in number back down to their normal levels.

When there is an imbalance in blood sugar levels, candida will be given the opportunity to grow to a level that is not optimal for the human body.  It has the ability to morph into different structures and will take advantage of its host. 

While it is normal to have some candida in the gut, an overgrowth of candida is problematic. Like everything else, candida creates a byproduct. In this case, the byproduct of candida is toxic to the body. The more candida you have, the more toxicity it produces.  I had several of the symptoms listed below.   My symptoms were classic:  gassiness and bloating upon eating a meal – especially fruit, INTENSE itching all over body and especially in my nose (? I don’t know, but I did!) to the point it drove my crazy at times, lethargy, funked out, foggy headedness, stiff joints).

Candida  has been lead to several common issues such as:

  • Thrush – in the mouth or other areas of the body
  • Athletes foot
  • Poor Digestion (gas and bloating)
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme sugar cravings
  • Rectal itching
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Brain fog – lack of ability to focus the mind
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mood Swings
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Soar throat
  • Low sex drive
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain

Other imbalances in the body can cause similar symptoms as well.  I feel it is important to rule out other issues like gluten or dairy sensitivity, adrenal burn out, blood sugar imbalance issues, emotional issues and even general fatigue before diagnosing yourself with candida overgrowth.  There are always “layers” to our healing process.

If you have several of the symptoms for a candida imbalance, following some simple steps for re-balancing your body should help move you in a healing direction whether or not the root issue is a candida imbalance, or if the candida imbalance is a symptom of another issue.  If you are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned above, you may also want to go see a Naturopath or holistic practitioner just to be sure that there is not a deeper imbalance going on that needs professional attention. Never feel bad about seeking help. 

What Causes Candida To Grow Out Of Control?

There are several things that support a Candida overgrowth and thus lead to an imbalance.  Some of them include:

  • Blood sugar imbalances – Poor insulin receptivity of the cell or other reasons that keep sugars in your bloodstream too long.
  • Bacterial imbalance.
  • Over use of antibiotics without replacing lost beneficial bacteria (probiotics).  (All my life I had been off and on antibiotics till my early 30′s). I’m now 43.
  • A nutrient poor diet that is rich in refined carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.), processed foods, cola drinks, etc.
  • A compromised immune system
  • Birth control pill (I took for over 10 years when I was on it – have been off it since age 29).
  • STRESS! depletes everything in the body on a physical, cellular and energetic level.
  • Lack of sleep and poor sleeping patterns.
  • These two things (stress and poor sleep) in particular will compromise your good bacteria balance, as well as your blood sugar balance.

As you can see, the causes can be multifaceted.   Our bodies are very wise and have many systems in place to protect us from things becoming unbalanced. It is when the body becomes overloaded with influences that are counter-intuitive to health and balance that issues like candida arise.  Our bodies are brilliant energy sources and if we just listen more and pay attention to little nuances and symptoms of it speaking to us – we would be far better along our healing journey. It took me a long time to listen (or even be aware of the fact), so just take it one step at a time and “be there” for yourself.

Do I Have A Candida Overgrowth?

Questions to determine if you may have Candida Albicans

1. Have you used antibiotics or birth control pill in the last 2 years?
2. Do you have gas or bloating?
3. Do you have sugar cravings?
4. Do you have low blood sugar?
5. Do you have history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
6. Does your partner have a history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
7. Are you sensitive to smells?
8. Are you sensitive to alcohol?
9. Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctor cannot explain like; headaches, migraines, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, IBS (Irritable Bowel syndrom), itching, menstrual or sinus problems?
10. Do you feel fatigued all the time?
11. Do you have a hard time concentrating?
12. Do you just not feel right?

I had candida for several years (if not longer).  I sort of suspected it for several months, but the symptoms had gotten worse and (upon learning more about Candida), I thought it was worth a try to do a cleanse.  I was able to confirm that I “officially” had Candida from an iridologist back in April 2011.  Muscle testing can also be utilized by a qualified holistic practitioner, yet if you don’t have access to these avenues, there is a simple test to do at home.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to do the At Home Candida Spit Test.

Candida Spit Test

This is an easy way to test for yeast overgrowth in your gut. When you wake up in the morning (before you eat or drink anything or brush your teeth) fill a glass with room temperature water. Then work up at least a dime-size amount of saliva in your mouth and spit it into the glass of water. You will be watching what happens over the next 30-45 minutes, looking for where the saliva goes.

  1. If it stays on top it indicates that there is not excessive mucous in your mouth harboring candida.
  2. If it grows tentacles that hang down toward the bottom you have some candida in your gut that likely needs to be addressed.
  3. If it sinks to the bottom you likely have significant candida overgrowth in your gut and you need to take action.

OK!  So, if you suspect or you’re pretty sure you have Candida overgrowth to some extent, what to do about it?    It starts with altering the diet.  A few dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way to bringing your body back into the balance it naturally wants to be in. Remember that your body is designed for health. It wants to be and fights to be in balance. Choosing dietary and lifestyle habits that support your bodies natural balance will help lead your body back to balance.   You want to remove anything from the diet that will help feed candida albicans.

This includes:
  • all forms of sugar (white sugar, honey, maple syrup, dates, yacon syrup, coconut sugar, etc)   ** STEVIA is really the ONLY safe alternative and NuNaturals STEVIA was a life saver for me during this time (and still continues to be!)
  • gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, oatmeal) -  No crackers, breads, etc.
  • packaged or processed foods (including meats)
  • condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, pickles, mustard, soy sauce) – hidden sugars and refined ingredients.
  • dried or candied fruit
  • Reduce or Eliminate Dairy - Dairy is one of the worst offenders when it comes to candida imbalances.
  • alcohol (no beer or wine)
  • Vegetables that are high in carbs (potatoes, peas, corn, winter squash)
  • non-gluten grains.  ** I didn’t have quinoa or millet just to be sure.
  • nuts, and fruits should be limited.  ** (green apples, pears and bananas (yes, BANANAS are OK) in moderation.  Even the iridologist guy said bananas were OK when on a candida cleanse.  Good!
  • These are the basis of the diet.
 
So you’re thinking, “What the heck DID you eat?!”  I used the following protocol for 60 days and it got those little buggers under control – back to being my friend rather than my foe. 
 
1)  Lots of veggies!  Any way you want it:  steamed, raw, blended, juiced.  I stayed away from carrots and beets during this time, just to be sure!  Avocados are great!  I did a lot of steamed broccoli and roasted veggies during this time.  Sweet potatoes and winter squash are great baked with goat cheese.  Baking the carrots and beets really cut down on their sugar content, I put those in from time to time.  LOTS of salads!  See RECIPES page for ideas.
 
2) More protein.  (No meat for me!)  I did opt for some organic eggs in the form of HEAVY VEGGIE frittata’s once a week with a large green salad prior.  Just practice proper food combining.  Food combining is also a HUGE factor in digestive health and made such a HUGE difference for me when I implemented it.  Still does.
 
3) Herbal teas and tonics are fabulous at strengthening the system and body.  Boosts immune system and increases energy levels.
 
4)  Have regular colonics (talk with your therapist about this) the first few weeks to flush the candida out of your system quicker.  If you don’t have access to colonics,  just implement enemas during this time and you’ll be fine.    With the higher protein usage, I got constipated a little more, so the enemas were good.
 
5)  Taking food grade diatomaceous earth can assist in killing the candida and allowing it to be removed from the system.  You can mix it in water  and drink it (neutral taste) to incorporate it into your diet.  First thing in the morning and before going to bed – for best results.   DE is great at killing parasites in the body also.  I periodically add this to my dogs food to assist with critters in their gut.  You can also go to your local feed and seed store and purchase very inexpensively – just ask for FOOD GRADE quality.
 
6)  I took a product that did wonders at speeding up the KILLING of those little buggers and getting the population under control.  It is called A.D.P. by Biotics Research Corporation - it is emulsified oil of oregano -natural anti-fungal, anti-biotic.  I started with one tablet at every meal then after a week, I went to taking 2 tablets with every meal.   I still keep a bottle on hand to use if I ever feel the symptoms pop up – not very often at all.  Within a few days of these supplements and changing diet, I am back to normal.  Remember, listen to thy body. 
 
 7) Coconut oil was very helpful!  I started with 1 tsp./day and worked my way up to 2 TB./day.  You want to start slowly, b/c it is so effective, the “die-off” from the yeast might be too fast and you’ll experience really bad detox symptoms – you don’t want that! 
 
8) I also employed SWEATING to detox and cleanse more effectively.  Infrared saunas are nice or just get out in the sun and sweat.
 
9)  Reduce stress and rest more!  This means taking more time for yourself in a loving, compassionate, SLOWER way.  Learn to slow down by practicing deep breathing (your yoga practice should have this down for you), but practice it when you are traveling to and from work, during work, during food preparation, anytime that you can consciously be aware of it.  When you sit down to eat, relax before you put food up to your mouth so that your body is calm and NOT stressed.  Eat in awareness – slowly – chew more – act like it is foreplay – take your time with it – make your meal something that is beautiful to you and for your body (I know this sounds weird, but it has been helping me).  Take a bite, put down utensil and enjoy the food, enjoy your company and chat, make meal time fun, with no distractions of smart phone, internet, tv, chaos, etc.  Some good music in the background is great!   
*SLEEP – When you sleep your body is busy repairing damage, filtering out toxins, absorbing nutrients and generally healing. Without adequate rest it is very difficult for the body to bring itself back into balance. Try to aim for at least 7.5 hours or more, if you can swing it.
 
10) Take a quality probiotic to replenish the GOOD flora and bacteria in the body to help balance out bacterial imbalances, and help to fight candida.  I made almond milk kefir (see recipe link below).  Great way to drink your probiotics and it tastes great (especially with lemon or orange slices in it).

 
 
Here’s the green smoothie I made every a.m.:
(serves 1 +)
 
Tons of GREENS (kale, spinach or whatever you have) – more cilantro or parsley
1.5 cups of water (or almond milk kefir or coconut water kefir) – natural probiotic
2  bananas (less if you want)
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tsp. Spirulina
2 TB. chia seeds
NuNaturals Stevia to taste
Blend and enjoy!
 
I had some days where I felt sluggish and slow – it was a way my body was telling me to slow down, rest and let the healing occur.  This is part of the detox – cleansing the candida out of the system.  Don’t push yourself on these days.  Listen to your own intuition and not your ego. 
 
Once I felt comfortable that the candida was back in its box, I slowly started incorporating some quinoa into my diet and saw I how I felt/reacted.  I did the same for sweeter fruits (mangoes, pineapple, persimmons, etc.) in my green smoothies – as long as I didn’t get any symptoms or reactions, I continued with them.  Always listen to your own intuition and body response. 
 
 I know this is a lot of information, but once you get it down, it’s very do-able.  It’s only temporary and will spark you to get a bit more creative in your life.   Some of you will probably lose some weight during this candida cleanse.
 
I look back on it and say “Thank You” to my candida overgrowth and healing protocol journey. It taught me so much about myself, my lifestyle patterns and habits (that needed tweaking and changing), stronger connection with my body – deeper intuition and so much more.  So, embark on this cleanse with a positive attitude of “What can I learn about myself and draw from on a deeper level?” 
 
 What it boils down to:   having a balanced lifestyle is your best defense against a Candida overgrowth.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you. 
 
Don’t hesitate to connect with me if you have any other questions that I might be able to address for you. 
 

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Imperial Tonics and Tonic Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Imperial Tonics and Tonic Superfood Smoothie Recipe

IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend

 
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If you don’t know me already, I LOVE herbal tonics!  They are one of my passions and I love creating healing recipes with these special, ancient herbs that nourish, tonify and heal the body with consistent use.  While using foods and basic nutrients to improve health has always been captivating, I now see that part of the future really lies in the world of herbalism (going back to my roots).  My passion is no longer disease prevention, but health optimization ….. how good can I really feel and BE!?  

So while the Western model of thinking is rooted in disease and disease-prevention, the Eastern model is focused on longevity, vitality, rejuvenation and enhancing our true energy body on both a physical and spiritual level.  I’ve given you several recipes and videos showing you how to make some of my favorite blends.   Check them out.

Today, I have a real treat for you!  A few months ago, I was approached by Imperial Tonics creator/founder, Marcus Schneider to test and review his new product – Ancient Wisdom.  Upon reading the label, I was IN.  It had some of my favorite tonic herbs ALL IN ONE BOTTLE – Brilliant!   The bottle has 60 servings (with a small scoop enclosed inside – dig deep – it’s in there).  Marcus is the MOST amazing, friendly, kind and supportive guy.  He has answered ALL my questions and is very dedicated at providing a superior product.

I don’t promote or recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t tried myself or think it is worthy to share with you all.  This tonic blend IS WORTHY!!  I have used this blend daily in my tonics and smoothies and am pleased with the results.  Again, tonic herbs are not a quick fix.  Tonic herbs are by definition herbs that safely promote ones health and healthy aging through regular consumption.

  “Tonic herbs are defined as “herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects, even when taken over a long period of time.  Essentially, the tonic herbs are wonderful, healthful “super-foods” which benefit our well being in ways that more common foods cannot. They have a protective, balancing, vitalizing quality beyond that of any other herbs. They are generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile.   The tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health.” (source)

 

Another thing that I am passionate about are SMOOTHIES!  So, it was a matter of time to put two of my passions together:  TONIC SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE!!  Oh, yeah!  This is a fantastic way to get the best of both worlds that digest and assimilate easily, feed/fuel the body, mind and Spirit and tastes AMAZING!  Tonics and smoothies BOOST your immune system, strengthen the body, cleanse all major organs and MORE – Scott and I drink them DAILY and we don’t get sick anymore – our immune systems are STRONG and are able to fend off any critters or bugs that we might come in contact with.  Before I give you the recipe I make frequently, I have more information about the ingredients in ANCIENT WISDOM.

I’m a research nerd and like sharing information with you.  Information and knowledge are powerful.  So, here is extra background information about these tonic herbs so YOU are aware of what you are taking and what to look for on your own health journey.

 

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Reishi

Reishi is my FAVORITE tonic herb!  Reishi Mushroom is a tonic herb for cultivating Spiritual energy, modulating immune function, and promoting health, longevity, and peace of mind.  Reishi mushroom, also known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” and the “Herb of Good Fortune” is considered by many to be the quintessential tonic herb because of its ability to nurture all Three Treasures (Jing, Qi, Shen).  It is an adaptogenic and longevity herb that helps to support and regulate immune function, protect the cardio vascular system, and support and protect the liver. But perhaps its greatest function is that of a Shen tonic. It is unrivaled in its ability to open the Heart, calm the Spirit, and connect you to your higher self. It enhances wisdom and supports spiritual evolution and insight.

Schizandra

Schizandra fruit, from the plant Schisandra chinensis, is “the herb that does it all.”  Schizandra is said to help purify the blood, support the mind, help maintain a strong memory, and help maintain sexual energy and sexual functions in both men and women.  Though Schizandra is believed to benefit all the functions of the body, it has traditionally been considered to have the most influence on the Kidney, Lung and Liver functions.  Read more about this amazing tonic herb HERE.  

Goji berry

Goji berries, a.k.a. Lycium Fruit or Wolfberries, from the plant Lycium barbarum, have been considered to be a “magical” longevity herb and superfood since the dawn of Asian civilization. To this day Goji is revered in Asia for its youth preserving, health protective, strengthening, and mood-supporting properties.  Evidence supports the traditional notion that consuming Goji berries regularly can help support cardiovascular health, support the functions of the pancreas and liver, support immune functions, support eye health, support mood, and help increase and sustain libido.  Goji berries are a super antioxidant food and I eat a small handful daily in my smoothies (toppings).  Read more about this lovely dried fruit HERE.

Astragalus

Astragalus root provides quick energy, supports the immune system, helps digestive function, and is considered one of the most important longevity tonic herbs.  It is one tonic herb that I keep in stock in my own pantry.  Astragalus is said to have an effect on the “surface” of the body — that is, it is used to tonify the “Protective Qi,” known as Wei Qi in Chinese. This Protective Qi is a special kind of energy which circulates just under the skin and in the muscle.  Protective Qi circulates in the subcutaneous tissues providing suppleness to the flesh and adaptive energy to the skin.  Wei Qi is the energy of the skin and immune system, in harmony, that responds to changes in the environment.   It is ideal for anyone that has low energy, low immune function, or weak digestion.  As an energizer, Astragalus is famed for its strengthening effects on the outside of the body, in particular to the musculature. It is therefore beneficial in particular to younger adults, who tend to be physically active and require abundant external energy. Astragalus is used to strengthen the legs and arms, and is commonly used by people who work outdoors, especially in the cold, because of its strengthening and warming nature.  (Count me IN!)

He Shou Wu

He Shou Wu, (also known as Fo-ti or Polygonum multiflorum) is one the premiere Superior class tonic herbs.  Legend has it that it can return an aging person to his or her youthful years. It builds essence, builds blood, and enhances fertility for men and women alike. It is also used in formulas for supporting hair growth.  He Shou Wu has also been shown to increase the body’s level of SOD (superoxide dismutase), a critical antioxidant that the body produces to fight free radical damage. SOD helps the body maintain proper cellular function and replication with protection against DNA damage.

Find out even MORE about this great formula and its benefits HERE.

OK!  Now to that delicious, nourishing and revitalizing tonic smoothie recipe I mentioned earlier. 

 

Tonic Superfood Smoothie
Serves 2
A delicious, nutritious and revitalizing tonic smoothie that will feed/fuel your body, mind and Spirit.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water (or your liquid base of choice - Herbal teas are GREAT!)
  2. 1/3 cup Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds (or 2 TB. raw almond butter)
  3. 2 heaping TB. Navitas Naturals raw cacao powder
  4. 1 TB. Navitas Naturals Maca powder
  5. 1 TB. Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds
  6. 2 scoops (or 1/2 tsp.) ANCIENT WISDOM Tonic Superfood
  7. 8 drops NuNaturals liquid stevia or a small handful of dates
  8. pinch of pink himalayan salt
  9. 2 - 3 frozen bananas
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to desired taste. Add toppings if desired (I sometimes add cacao nibs for a crunch and extra goodness). Enjoy - knowing that you are feeding your body with tonic herbs that will balance, tonify and enhance your longevity of life.
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I hope you found this information helpful and the tonic smoothie recipe to be an enhancement to your nutritional lifestyle.  If you have ANY questions about Ancient Wisdom, don’t hesitate to contact me or Marcus Schneider at Imperial Tonics. 

Here’s to YOUR health!

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I am currently working on a “TONIC Alchemy” E-book that will be full of information on tonic herbs, how to make own tonic blends and include some of my favorite tried & true tonic recipes.  Keep an eye out for it in the future.  I’ll let you all know when it’s ready. 
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References:

http://www.dragonherbs.com/

http://www.jingherbs.com/

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Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie + Video

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie + Video

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie

 

I love starting my mornings off with a HUGE Green smoothie.  This one has been a favorite of ours lately.  With all the lovely sweet mangoes in season along with pineapples, it’s just a winner!  I love pairing the tropical taste of the fruits with the healing and detoxifying properties of zesty cilantro.  Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.

Cardamon is a lovely aromatic spice. In terms of Ayurveda, cardamom increases Pitta dosha and decreases Vata and Kapha.  It is a heart tonic and an expectorant for respiratory diseases.  While it is called for in a wide range of conditions, owing to its carminative properties, one of its most common uses is for digestive health, including the relief of indigestion and flatulence.

This smoothie is packed with Alkaline rich greens, powerhouse superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fatty acids, protein and more!  ALL easily digestible and assimilable.  Tastes like a tropical paradise.   Now THAT’S how to start off your day right! 

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is packed with Alkaline rich greens, powerhouse superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fatty acids, protein and more! ALL easily digestible and assimilable. Tastes like a tropical paradise. Now THAT'S how to start off your day right!
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  1. 2 3/4 cup fresh water
  2. 3 LARGE cups of organic Kale (or your choice of greens - organic spinach is nice)
  3. 1 large handful of cilantro
  4. 2 bananas
  5. 1 mango
  6. 1 cup fresh pineapple
  7. 2 TB. chia seeds
  8. 1 knob of fresh ginger root
  9. 1 tsp. cardamon powder
  10. several drops of NuNaturals liquid stevia (to taste) - optional
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy. Pour into large cups and top with toppings of choice ( I used raw cacao nibs, fresh/local bee pollen and mulberry/goji berry mix). So satisfying and filling.
  2. May the GREENS be with You and Be Inspired!
Notes
  1. Feel free to substitute kiwi or apple for the pineapple. Make it your own!
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Watch Me From “Food is Medicine” Seminar

Watch Me From “Food is Medicine” Seminar

Food is Medicine

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Discussing the importance of a plant based lifestyle.

Last week, I posted that I was speaking along with Dr. Micheal Gallo at his office regarding “Food is Medicine” contributing to his Revive & Thrive Seminars. I discussed my journey with healing myself with plant based foods and how I continue to do so.  I also made two smoothies for everyone attending to sample.  People were blown away by the taste and creaminess of the concoctions and how simple they were to make and incorporate into a daily lifestyle. 

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Preparing smoothies for everyone and having fun.

My wonderful husband, Scott videotaped the whole seminar and we have it provided here for you to watch.  Part 1 is my one hour segment and Part 2 is Dr. Gallo’s segment talking about digestion – it is a MUST watch.  I learned so much from him.  Enjoy and let us know what you think.  Smoothie recipes from video included for you below video links.

Part 1 – Kibby Miller

 

Part 2 – Dr. Michael Gallo

Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothie

  • 2 – 3 bananas (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • small handful of goji berries
  • 3 Medjool dates
  • vanilla stevia to taste (optional)
  • 3 cups organic spinach or kale
  • 1 TB. organic coconut oil

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, I use a Vitamix, until smooth. Enjoy!

Tropical Detox Green Smoothie

  • 1 – 2 cups coconut water or fresh water
  • 2 cups organic spinach  (or greens of choice)
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh mango
  • 2 bananas (frozen or fresh)

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, I use a Vitamix, until smooth. Enjoy!

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Superfood GREEN Smoothie + Winners of Linda Wagner Ebook

Superfood GREEN Smoothie + Winners of Linda Wagner Ebook

Superfood GREEN Smoothie

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In honor of today’s post, which I announce the 3 winners of Linda Wagner’s GREEN SMOOTHIE DETOX ebook, I am sharing with you one of my favorite green smoothies that is great for weight loss, detoxifies, alkalizes , floods the body  with nutrients GALORE on a cellular level and tastes FANTASTIC!  Plus the color is just STUNNING! 

Superfood GREEN Smoothie

  • 3 cups fresh water
  • 1 large mango (peeled) fresh or frozen
  • 2 – 3 bananas (peeled) fresh or frozen
  • 3 HUGE handfuls Organic Spinach (or your greens of choice)
  • small handful organic cilantro
  • small knob of ginger root
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. spirulina
  • chunk of fresh aloe vera gel
  • sweetener of choice (I use NuNatural liquid stevia) to taste

Blend in a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) till smooth and creamy.  Adjust ingredients to your preferred thickness and consistency.  Top with favorite toppings:  some of mine are hemp seeds, goji berries, mulberries, fresh local bee pollen, raw cacao nibs, coconut flakes, etc.  Pour into glass of choice, mason jar for traveling (I do this all the time!) or small bowls for dogs.  My dog’s LOVE their smoothies and come running to my feet when the Vitamix turns ON.  They know what’s coming to them.  I feel good knowing that they are getting great nutrition this way too. 

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Green smoothies for the whole family: Me, Scott and three dogs! We ALL love our green smoothies daily.

I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by all the entries and comments that went into this weeks giveaway.  Thank you so much for each and every one of you that submitted an entry (for I read each one) and I wish I could give all of you a copy of this ebook.  Those of you who didn’t win, I highly recommend supporting Linda in purchasing her ebook – it’s wonderful!   Those of you looking for more information, please feel free to check out my RECIPES page for healthy plant based recipes, smoothie recipes and more that are gluten-free, sugar-free and loaded with top quality ingredients.  These are recipes that I use in my diet and lifestyle DAILY.  Utilize Linda Wagners site also for recipes and more too.  We are all here to support one another on our journey of health and wellness.

NOW, for the winners of Linda Wagner’s Green Smoothie Detox ebook!

  1. Stefani Carlson
  2. Claire Pienaar
  3. Fran T

Congratulations!  I will contact you thru email to provide you with directions how to access your free ebook copy.

Again, THANK YOU, Linda for such a gracious offer to all of our fabulous readers!  It is our mission to INSPIRE each and every one of you to take your health and wellness into your own hands.  Let us know how we can assist you along your journey.   The power to heal is WITHIN you!   You have the Power! Harness it and Shine Bright with Health & Wellness!  

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Ayurvedic KAPHA Superfood Smoothie

Ayurvedic KAPHA Superfood Smoothie

 KAPHA’s Superfood Smoothie

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I love smoothies for their versatility and their ability to get amazing nutrition directly into my body in a way that is easily digested, assimilated, and absorbed .  Those are the THREE important aspects to look at in any type of food or nutrition – how our bodies digest the food without causing stress,  how all the nutrients are absorbed into the body (vitamins, minerals, fats, amino acids, essential fatty acids and such), and assimilated into the cells, tissues, muscles and organs for proper fueling, feeding, healing, strengthening and elimination. Good stuff!!

I hope you enjoyed making the VATA superfood smoothie and the PITTA superfood smoothie already (if you haven’t, go do so this week)!  No time like the present to get yourself in balance with an amazing, nutritious powerhouse smoothie.  Finally, I present to you a balancing Superfood Smoothie for those earthy KAPHA’S.  This recipe is another adapted gem from Cate Stillman at Yogahealer.

Kapha’s Superfood Smoothie

SERVES 1 Person

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups leafy greens of choice
  • 1 tsp. raw honey OR a few drops of stevia to sweeten to taste
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 TB. goji berries
  • 2 TB. raw cacao nibs
  • 1 TB. Maca powder

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy.  If you want to substitute some other fruits with this recipe, check out my Ayurveda Dietary Guidelines post for Kapha.

I am busy this week preparing for the healthy cooking class (mostly cleaning house) that I am offering in my kitchen on Saturday, February 23rd from noon till 2 p.m.  I still have a few openings left, so anyone that is somewhat close by, contact me to reserve your spot.  It’s going to be LOTS of FUN with great information, food samplings and giveaways.

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Ayurvedic PITTA Superfood Smoothie

Ayurvedic PITTA Superfood Smoothie

Pitta’s Superfood Smoothie

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I hope you caught the VATA superfood smoothie recipe I posted yesterday.  Such a great smoothie that grounds and nourishes those airy VATAS and brings them back into balance.  Lots of great feedback on it!  So, today, I present to you another balancing superfood smoothie for those fiery PITTA’S.  This smoothie will nourish and fill you, yet soothe your digestive fire.  This is yet another wonderful smoothie recipe adapted from Cate Stillman at Yogahealer.

Pitta’s Superfood Smoothie

SERVES 1 Person

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 2 cups leafy greens of choice
  • 2 oz. aloe vera juice or large chunk of fresh aloe gel
  • 1 TB. Maca
  • 2 TB. ground flax seed -  nutrients in flax seeds are better absorbed when ground
  • 1/2 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional) or spirulina
  • stevia to taste for sweetener

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy.  If you want to substitute some other fruits with this recipe, check out my Ayurveda Dietary Guidelines post for Pitta.  It is very tasty! You know that I don’t put anything up before sampling and trying it myself to make sure it’s post worthy – this one IS!

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I hope you give this little beauty a try.  

Come back tomorrow for the Ayurveda KAPHA Superfood Smoothie.

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