Amino acids, Beauty, Carbohydrates, drinks, fiber, Health, potassium, Raw, Smoothies, Uncategorized

Drinks, anyone? :)

One aspect of raw veganism that I especially like is the beauty of just about anything you can prepare. And it’s not enough that blending all the gorgeous natural colors and flavors of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts gives you delicious medley of aroma and texture; in those colors live unaltered nutrients ready to fuel a healthy, fit, happy lifestyle.

And on this Friday night, I thought what better thing to do than share some of this beauty in the festive mood of the upcoming weekend.

Just to boost the joyous spirit a bit, I offer you a shot. Greenish, sweet, very aromatic, rich in vitamins C, A, K, as well as iron, water, fiber, and some carbohydrates. For this beauty, take about 3 cups of kale, 1 large kiwi, and a large slice of water melon. Add some mint for even more flavor and…enjoy!

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If, however, you are in the mood for a more girly kind of drink, I think a pinkish, sweet, rich cocktail just might do the trick.

This cocktail is bursting with vitamin A, amino acids, and antioxidants, is quite fruity, with a hint of fresh lime.

Blend together a mixture of cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.

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Add a cup of chopped up mango, a cup of almond milk, a little bit of kale, and the juice from one fresh lime.

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The perfect refreshing deliciousness in PINK!

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Finally, one of my favorites–quite the filling, potassium and fiber – rich, creamy treat. Add one banana to 4-5 cups of kale, 1/2 cup of ground almonds, a pinch of flaxseed, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 cup of spinach. I would have this nutritious smoothie before, as well as after a strength work out any day.

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I hope you are enjoying a lovely Friday night and looking forward to a great weekend. Cheers!

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Why add cocoa?

In the past two days I have been adding cocoa powder to my smoothie recipes- a recent ingredient for me. In the spirit of this blog, I thought I would offer an accessible study, which exposes some of the established nutritional and health benefits of cocoa intake, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Find it here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/119/10/1433.long

and try adding a scoop of cocoa to 3 cups of Kale, 1 cup of spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, 1 table spoon of flaxseed and 1 cup of almond milk. Super tasty, rich in iron, potassium, vitamins A and K, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.

I have increased my intake of iron and carbs in proportion to an increase in running mileage–about 10K/day.

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Enjoy!

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Happy weekend!

How is this for breakfast? Kiwi, pineapple, cucumber, carrots, strawberry, lime. Very slightly sour, light and refreshing, vitamin C, A, B, potassium and fiber-rich, hydrating and nourishing. Ready for today’s 10k!

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Eat fluids, drink veggies

This green frostie is full of fiber, vitamins C, K, and E, potassium, a bit of protein, and copper, and is also hydrating, refreshingly sour, and light. The color comes from blending 3 kiwis with 1/2 a cucumber. Instead of water ice, I used ice made from mango and papaya juice. The juices from the fruits and the cucumber are more than sufficient to create a frosty, delicious drink. Enjoy!

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Eat orange

This intense, beautiful color is from mixing 1/4 papaya with 2 large carrots and 4 strawberries. Add 1/2 lemon and some crushed ice, blend everything together, and enjoy in the sun.

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Almond-berry coconut frostie

It’s wonderful to be able to come home to a large sunny back yard, play with the pup and, as you are enjoying your brand new running monsters (new shoes–wooohooo!) and planning the route for your evening run, beat the heat with this:

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6 frozen strawberries

2 cups of frozen blueberries

1/2 cup of raw almonds

1/4 cup of coconut

1 cup of almond milk

1/2 lime

tadaaa! icy, thick, delicious, and very refreshing.

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A wonderful day

Hello, everyone! I hope you woke up to a lovely Sunday morning. Here in Pilly, it’s a day to enjoy the cooling breeze, the final stage of The Tour de France and the magical award ceremony at dawn, to look forward to a run and some weight work outs later.

The best part is the kick start to this gorgeous day–a green, light, iron and vitamins-rich smoothie cherished on a sunny rooftop next to a very friendly and quite handsome saint bernard.

Just mix 1/2 cup of almonds, 1 banana, 2 plums, 4 strawberries, tons of spinach, 1 large carrot, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1/2 lemon and blend!

Perfect.

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