Archive for green smoothies
Raw Food on the Run
I just want to share something rather special with you.
You may have noticed that the collective vibration of the planet is increasing, and there are more and more healthy-food alternatives cropping up all over the world. Hallelujah, I say!
Eating raw foods helps increase our body’s vibration, yet when we’re out of the house there sometimes aren’t that many options around for eating tasty, pre-made takeaway food. We have to take what’s available (which could be kinda healthy), or bring our own food.
So I love it when I hear of the spread of live-food eateries, it makes me happy!
On Facebook recently I saw a video of health crusader Paul Nison, of the Raw Life Health Show, interviewing a lady who has set up an amazing raw-food take-away venue… underground, in a train station! She sells all sorts of wonderful foods, including salads, burritos, sandwiches, smoothies, juices and sweet treats (tiramisu, anyone?). All RAW! And many customers don’t even know they’re eating raw food when the owner offers them a sample.
Imagine if we had a venue like this in every train station, bus station and airport over the world?
People would have the option to eat ‘on the run’ food with incredible taste and life-giving potential, rather than settle for the less-than-optimal options.
Congratulations to the amazing women who started and run this cafe, which is called RAW period.
If you have a venue like this near you, be sure to give it your support… and perhaps even consider opening your own.
Isn’t this story inspiring?
International Raw Food Day
Eating food that’s ALIVE is so good for you – did you know that?
Fresh, raw food has a high vibration, and when you consume it, it helps you raise your vibration, too.
I mean, really: look at the pic above. Doesn’t it make you feel good just looking at those colourful, vibrant foods? And wouldn’t it be great to glow like the girl in the pic, too? Raw foods can help you do that!
If you’re new to the whole concept of raw food and health, you might be interested to know that today is International Raw Food Day, with the benefits of raw food (including its taste) are being celebrated and promoted around the world.
This Raw Food Day is the brainchild of the original raw food coach, Karen Knowler – I’ve been a student and champion of Karen’s for years, and I love her mission to help change the planet through raw food.
Karen wrote a fab book for beginners recently, called Raw Food Made Simple. If you’re keen to dabble, and would love a full-colour, friendly introduction to raw foods, head here to purchase a copy of this nifty, easily digestible little book.
Or, you could always start with a free copy of my The Green Smoothie Glow ebooklet, which features eight green smoothie recipes and a little explanatory info. Green smoothies are made from fresh fruit and dark leafy greens, all blended into an exquisite elixir that tastes good and does you good!
Also, feel free to register for my complimentary monthly ezine (if you haven’t already – simply enter your name and email address in the box on the top right of this page), which always features a raw food recipe – and if you click on the ‘recipe’ blog category to the left, you’ll discover a heap of my recipes.
And here’s one more fab resource for you: the website Tera Warner.com, which has loads of free resources (including a great blog), plus books for sale, and life- and health-enhancing live programs. In face, Tera is soon to run a 10-day Juice Cleanse with a group, so if the sound of that has piqued your interest, simply click on the link below.
So there you have it. A wealth of fresh resources to start you on your journey towards better health. Thank you to Karen for creating International Raw Food Day – and here’s to your health, and to gooood vibrations.
PS Oooh! A HUGE PS! If you’re at all interested in creating magical raw food dishes, you must check out the work of my beautiful friend, Shakaya Leone of Earth Empress.
You’ll love her Nude Food, an exquisite e-collection of recipes, featuring mouth-huggers such as ‘Shakaya’s Sublime Key Lime Mousse’. Honestly, check it out!
10 Easy Ways to Make Green Foods Part of Your Everyday Diet – and Love Them!
Eating living (raw) foods and having supreme health is a sure-fire way of raising your vibration, so I’m all for it! But I know it ain’t always easy to find ideas for healthy eating that are interesting – and that taste good.
Now, every week, I receive an inspirational ezine from the UK”s Karen Knowler, who’s known as The Raw Food Coach. In last week’s edition of her ezine, Karen featured a superb article that reveals just how easy it is to add more life-giving leafy greens to your everyday eating. I asked Karen if I could share this article with you, because I just know you’re going to find it so helpful.
So, you don’t have any more excuses for not including more greens in what you eat. Go forth and be healthy!
Here’s the article (and be sure to sign up for Karen’s fabulous ezine!):
‘It’s rare that you come across someone who LOVES eating green foods, but that doesn’t have to be the case for any of us. Not only can green foods be delicious, they can make us feel fantastic, helping to cleanse and rebuild even the most jaded of bodies and spirits.
When I first got into raw foods I admit I was one of those raw fooders who relied heavily on fresh juicy fruits, dried fruits and nuts, and most days I’d eat a salad, but it wasn’t what I’d now call a ‘decent’ salad. And that’s because I’ve since learned that it’s nowhere near enough to have some green on your plate and think that’s sufficient, because it’s not! We need dark greens, ideally wild greens, and plenty of them. A plate of iceberg lettuce simply won’t make the grade.
So in this article I’m sharing with you 10 different ideas to get greens into your daily diet and love them, because not only is it possible, it’s vital!
1: The Green Smoothie
Through various mediums I’ve shared what I consider to be the easiest/most yummy green smoothie recipe – Mango & Spinach, so hopefully you’re up to speed with what they are? (Brief explanation: A large amount of leafy green vegetables blended with some great-tasting ripe fruit of your choice to a soup or smoothie consistency.) So how do we incorporate them into our diet? Good times of the day for drinking a green smoothie are: first thing for breakfast (start as you mean to go on – if you start your day with this you’ll feel set up for the day ahead and plenty full enough until lunch time); as a brunch if you get hungry between breakfast and lunch time; as a liquid lunch if you are pressed for time; as a pre-dinner course, perfect served as a drink or even a soup; as a supper if you’re not hungry enough to eat a ‘proper’ dinner, or if you’ve come in late from work or a night out and don’t want to eat before bed.
2: Variety is the Spice of Life
We are all guilty of falling into ruts with our eating habits, eating the same things over and over again, but it’s important in all diets to eat a wide variety of foods for pleasure and nutrition. So too is it important to choose a wide variety of greens from the vast range of green leafy vegetables (and herbs) and not just finding one and sticking with it. Here’s a starter list of green leafies that you can use as a checklist. Whichever ones you haven’t eaten for a while (or ever!) make it your personal project to hunt them down and try them out – starting this week!
Beet greens * Chicory * Chard * Endive * Kale, flat green * Kale, curly * Lamb’s lettuce * Lettuce, Batavia * Lettuce, Cos * Lettuce, flat * Lettuce, iceberg * Mizuna * Rocket (arugula) * Spinach * Turnip greens * Basil * Chervil * Chickweed * Chive * Comfrey leaves * Coriander * Dandelion * Dillweed * Garlic mustard * Lovage * Mallow * Marjoram * Mint * Nettle * Oregano * Parsley * Peppermint * Purslane * Raspberry leaf * Rosemary * Sage * Salad burnet * Shepherd’s purse * Sorrel * Spearmint * Watercress * Wild celery * Wild garlic * Yarrow
3: Green Soups
Green Soups are similar to green smoothies but are thicker, and obviously are looked on as meals rather than drinks. There are some great green soup recipes around. One of my personal favourites is Green Ginger Soup which goes like this… Simply take the following ingredients and blend in your food processor, blender or Vita-Mix until smooth: 1 cup diced tomatoes, ½ cup water, 2 cups spinach, ½ avocado, ½-inch fresh ginger, juice of ½ lemon, 1Tbsp olive oil. Serves 1. It’s truly delicious.
4: Take a Walk on the Wild Side
It’s rarely mentioned but I need to here – it’s vital for all of us to eat wild greens. These greens are (for the most part) as natural and potent as you’re going to get because they’re (typically) untouched by man and have not been treated in any way. So arm yourself with a guide book such as Food for Free and a carrier bag (and gloves if you’re going to pick nettles) and take yourself off for a walk to your nearest wood, farm or leafy park and see what you can find. Of course the great thing about this route is that the food is free, abundant and it’s going to be fresh, fresh, fresh! AND you really feel the difference when you eat wild foods – they’re electric! Great in juices, smoothies, various savoury recipes and of course any salads too.
5: Green Juices
Green juices are of course another great way to get the greens in. The difference between smoothies and juices is fibre – juices have no fibre, whereas smoothies have ALL of the fibre, however, if you find smoothies too bulky or you just don’t like them, then juicing is a great alternative. The secret of a good green juice is to work with 1–3 strong green leaves such as kale, spinach, watercress, parley, wheatgrass etc, then add cucumber and/or celery for more liquid and extra vitamins and minerals, and if you feel your juice needs sweetening, add a little apple, pear, carrot, red bell pepper, lemon or lime. There’s nothing like a green juice for lifting your energy and mind, especially first thing in the morning. Don’t forget, to juice greens you need a juicer that is capable of handling them, such as a Green Star – most centrifugals won’t be able to handle them.
Herbs are nature’s medicine and also one of the chef’s best allies. Herbs are so delicious and so fresh tasting that I encourage you to eat fresh herbs at least once per day. Add them to your smoothies, juices, to your salads and your savoury recipes. Line your window sills with them, they look stunning! Fresh herbs really do make all the difference.
Wheatgrass is the mother of all greens, really. There are many ways you can take wheatgrass, but obviously freshly juiced is best. For more information about wheatgrass, including the many ways to take it and its benefits, click here.
8: The Kale & Avocado Salad!
I’ve published this recipe a number of times but for those who missed it, you can watch me demo it in person right here. This salad is something that I rave about constantly. Everyone who tries it seems to adore it AND then goes on to incorporate it into their everyday life, not just now and again but daily! Why? Because it’s quick, easy and delicious and very versatile AND it enables you to happily eat tons of dark leafy greens! This is what you do:
Finely chop as much kale as you think you can eat plus a little more (it shrinks). Make the pieces fairly small, say 1–2cm square, and set aside in a bowl. Then pour on some olive oil (flax oil is good too, as are others) and sprinkle on a little good quality salt such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan Crystal Salt, or Herbamare. Next, massage the oil and salt into the leaves until the kale becomes ‘wilted’ and glistens. At this point the kale suddenly appears extremely appetizing and you can start to see the potential! Next add half to one avocado and massage that in to the leaves as well. Now you have coated kale. Next, give a good squeeze of lemon juice and mix it all in by hand. Taste test. Add more lemon if you want/need to. Finally, add in your favourite ingredients. For me this means sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, occasionally spring onions (scallions), and sometimes I’ll sprinkle on some garlic or onion powder, or even curry powder! Whatever takes your fancy. And sometimes I dress it with a cup of macadamias blended with ½ cup water and onion powder added. When you have all your ingredients well mixed in, sample a little and add anything that you think might be missing (highly unlikely!) and then sit down, exhale and enjoy!
9: The Superfood Smoothie
Superfood smoothies are never going to be as good as real live fresh green smoothies, but when your fridge is bare then turn to your cupboards and pull out your Nature’s Living Superfood (Vita Mineral Greens in USA) or other favourite green superfood powder and whip up a smoothie with it and other chosen ingredients.
10: Your Own Special Way
Each of us develops favourite ways of doing things over time. Periodically, for example, I will take E3 Live or wheatgrass juice, and then ‘let go of it’ when my body no longer asks for it. Similarly, green superfoods work the same way, as do herbs and all manner of other raw foods in my dietary vocabulary. Follow your own way with greens, whatever that way is, adding more into your daily regime can only be a very good thing!’
© 2012 Karen Knowler
Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach publishes “Successfully Raw” – a free weekly ezine for raw food lovers everywhere. If you’re ready to look good, feel great and create a raw life you love get your FREE tips, tools and recipes now at The Raw Food Coach.
Get Your Green On!
Mmm, looks good, doesn’t it?
This smoothie from a new book by a former client of mine, Kristine Miles. And I’d love to share the recipe with you!
(If you’re a subscriber to my ezine, you would have received this recipe in the March ezine – these are the sorts of goodies you receive as a subscriber! Simply leave your name and primary email in the box on the top right of this page.)
Here it is. It tastes as good as it looks:
- 1 mango
- greens (any dark leafy greens such as Swiss chard/silverbeet or spinach)
- 2 oranges
- 1 cup water
- passion fruit pulp, to top the finished smoothie
- Peel and cube the mango , and place the flesh in a blender.
- Add the greens (if you’re new to greens, just use 1 cup’s worth – the smoothie in the photo uses 2 cups), and then the oranges (chopped) and water.
- Blend until smooth, and serve in a glass with the passion fruit pulp on top.
Kris has over 300 more green smoothies for you to try in The Green Smoothie Bible: 300 Delicious Recipes.
There is a HEAP of super-clear, easy-to-read explanatory information, as well 300 recipes divided up by season or for particular health concerns. Kris is a physiotherapist on Victoria’s beautiful Phillip Island, and has been involved in the raw food and health movement for years.
She knows the health-giving powers of green smoothies, and she’s packed this highly accessible and inspirational book with ideas and wisdom to help you really enjoy these super-nutritious drinks.
Now, try the recipe and let me know what you think – leave a comment below!
The Green Smoothie Glow
This is a view of the blender (the trusty, hardworking Vita-Mix) that whips up my green smoothies at any time of day.
Just look at the gorgeous colour of those greens! These particular greens are fresh from my garden, and are full of zingy, vibrant life force. They’re especially good for us to eat in their raw state, because when we take in living foods, we take on their life force. This means that you experience more energy, my friend. And who doesn’t want that?
Oh, and having a higher vibration means you naturally attract other ‘things’ of high vibration – you know, the good stuff! I do love that law of attraction…
If you’ve heard about green smoothies but think they sound kind of gross, then I’m happy to assure you that they taste good. They contain fruit, and there’s no milk, so it’s kind of like a fruit cocktail, but with an earthy edge. Go on, give them a try!
If you don’t already have a copy of my free Rich Radiant Real Green Smoothie Glow recipe e-booklet, you can grab it from the Freebies page. Try a recipe or two on for size. Take the plunge, and experience a surge of energy.
Here’s to your health! (Excuse me while I go whip up another batch of green lovin’…)
Gorgeous Green Smoothie
I made my girls a green smoothie for breakfast recently, and I just had to get a photo of the gorgeous, rich colours as the ingredients sat in the blender, awaiting a-whizzing.
This isn’t a specific recipe, but I think I used one orange, four bananas and a good ‘chuck-in’ of frozen mixed berries, and then I filled the blender to the top with greens (even though I normally recommend having greens ‘sandwiched’ in between other ingredients so that they have a good chance of getting mixed in – see my free Rich Radiant Real Green Smoothie Glow e-booklet for more smoothie-making tips, and eight other recipes!). I then added about a cup and a half of water, and whizzed it all up.
I just love the colours of fruit – any wonder most of us are drawn to eating fruit!
Have you tried green smoothies yet? Why not create your own recipe, and let me know how it turns out?
Gratitude Friday – 13 August 2010
Wow! Another week has flown by! Here are five of my favourite things that I’m grateful for this week:
- My grandad being well looked after in hospital
- Recording a fabulous guided visualisation for myself, one that is helping me prepare to get my office completely in order!
- Releasing my green smoothie booklet to the world (to grab a copy, head to the Freebies page)
- Being reminded that I don’t function well on only six hours’ sleep!
- Seeing a cherry tree starting to blossom, a sure sign that spring is just around the corner
Would you like to share your ‘gratefuls’ for this week? Just leave a comment below!
Take care, and be good to yourself!
Believe in Green – It’s a Win-Win!
I recently uploaded my latest freebie to the Rich Radiant Real site – a gorgeous e-booklet called The Green Smoothie Glow: A Groovy Way to Get Your Greens and a Gorgeous Glow!. Go download your copy now, over at the Freebies page! You’ll never think about smoothies again in quite the same way. If you’ve never tried a green smoothie before, I dare you to try one this week – there are eight recipes in the booklet, to get you started.
The release of this booklet comes at a great time, coinciding with the annual International Green Smoothie Day on 15 August. This day was started a few years ago by my friend at The Raw Divas, Tera Warner.
Tera has a big heart, and she’s recently put together a BIG project, called Believe in Green (BiG). This is a fundraising project, to raise money for the Lower East Side Girls’ Club in New York. This girls’ club is simply amazing – it provides a safe place for girls (many of whom are immigrants or disadvantaged) to dream big dreams, and to involve themselves in life-changing environmental (and heaps of other) projects.
But, the fundraising isn’t the only component of this project. For 10 days, Tera will be hosting 10 BIG speakers, women – and one man! – who are making a huge difference in the world, and you can listen in on these amazing calls.
For just US$10, you can join the BiG event. Yup, you read that right! Just US$10! And every single dollar goes directly to the Lower East Side Girls’ Club.
Also, during the 10 days of the event, you can be part of a live 10-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, with the chance to win a Blendtec blender.
Honestly, you’d be crazy not to sign up to be a part of this amazing project.
Come join me?
Just head here to sign up. Let’s help change the world!
Big green hugs!