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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Beauty, Uncategorized, Well being, Work outs

Nature as your gym

I have pretty much never met someone who does not enjoy a beautiful sight, or sunshine, or a mild breeze. Most of us also love the outdoors if only because of the sense of space, lack of clutter, the calmness, the smell of fresh air.

Yet we often associate fitness and exercise with indoor gyms, stuffy, crowded spaces, and significant expenses. This alone creates obstacles to training: distance, cost, availability, are all added difficulties sufficient to make exercise aversive to many.

Well, one thing is for sure: a trail, a park, even your neighborhood street, will always be there. Going for a hike, jogging on a trail, yoga in your back yard–require nothing but getting out of your house–and exercise starts.

This article reviews all the wonderful benefits of making the great outdoors your free, ever present gym. Enjoy the sunshine, and get your heart rate up:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710158/

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