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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What’s in a glass of raw nutrients

I am all for a science-based approach to well-being. But even I will admit that there is something to be  said about the subjective “UP” you get from knowing you are about to consume, in one 8 oz glass, something truly GOOD–simple, ready, raw, quickly available and rapidly utilizable. I started my day with a glass of iron, antioxidants, vitamins K, A, C, and B, essential amino acids, fiber, carbohydrates and plant fats. I mixed tons of spinach with half a grapefruit, papaya, berries, kale, kiwi, carrots, and flaxseed. I love just documenting all the micronutrients I made available to myself, that I needed and received. It is the thought of doing the right thing for yourself, promoting your own well-being, being the drive of your own health, and the decision-maker of your happiness.

 

I think this alone deserves as much merit as any scientifically-based approach to health. Be your own fan, your strongest supporter, your best care-giver. Admire and love the effects of your kindness to yourself, the beauty you reflect as a result of intelligent self-nurturing.

Then give the same to others. To me, this is the happiest way to be. Humility, love, intelligence, beauty. Go VEGAN!

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Papaya-berry-kiwi-grapefruit smoothie

This is a definite favorite–perfectly balancing sweet and sour, it is best served chilled, ideal in the summer heat.

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You need:

1/4 of a large papaya;

1 kiwi

1 cup of raspberries

1 cup of blueberries

3-4 strawberries

1/3 large red grapefruit

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of almond milk.

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Beautiful.

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Why a RAW vegan?

In this blog, I have put strong emphasis on the consumption not simple of vegan foods, but, with small exceptions–of a raw vegan diet. Of course, this has its exceptions, be it for diversity or nutritional advantage (i.e., better absorption of micronutrients in steamed or boiled carrots and asparagus). So why the insistence on eating raw? Isn’t this restrictive and is it a fad?

Well. Let me start wit the first of the aforementioned concerns: eating raw is restrictive. But is it? The primary arguments to advance this view are most commonly related to cravings or satiety. And since the average diet consists at least somewhat of cooked or processed foods, be it vegan or not, our taste and notion of food has long been associated with this sort of modifying food ingredients. What we forget, however, is that processing, weather through exposure to heat, chemicals, what have you, alters the texture, flavor, or color of foods by altering their structure. Of course, this does not happen without alteration and frequent loss of nutrients, changes in digestability (hence nutritious value), among others. Wat this means is that, in 9 out of 10 cases, you lose nutrients by processing foods. And although feeding your body cooked meals will leave you feeling full, it will also frequently leave you feeling malnourished–you will be lacking some of the necessary nutrients that you did not consume with modified foods. This, among other factors, gives birth to cravings. Craving particular flavors or foods can be indicative of the underlying causes of cravings (and there are plenty). One way to avoid perpetuating the cycle of introducing impoverished nutrition sources only to create cravings which are in turn temporarily satisfied (but in the long term–exacerbated) by similarly inadequate foods is to consume intact, raw, unaltered, and diverse ingredients.

Of course, this might just be a whim of mine, a preference. Or not? See this comprehensive review and summary of multiple studies (check out the list of references, too!)of the advantages of eating raw (and vegan ;)).

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/13/9/1422.full

Food for thought!

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Have I convinced you? After reading this wonderful article, mix 2 cups of spinach with 2 cups of mixed berries, add one fresh cucumber, a tiny bit of almond milk, and enjoy a soury, very refreshing end of the day drink :).

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