Cranberry smoothie

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup peaches
1/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup guava juice or apple if you don’t have guava
1/4 cup coconut milk
Tablespoon of vegan protein powder
Almond milk to top off

I used fresh cranberries and frozen berries, all organic. Just because its cold out doesn’t mean we can’t use fall fruits to make healthy smoothies!

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I use plant fusion vegan protein powder. I love the taste and it is soy, dairy and gluten free.

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Here is what the site has to say about it:
PlantFusion is a nutritionally-complete plant protein supplement that happens to be highly digestible AND free of common food irritants. The combination of four exceptional plant proteins scores a perfect 1.0 on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS). PDCAAS is the gold standard for rating the quality of protein for human nutrition.

Just combine all ingredients and blend! The coconut milk gives it a nice rich flavor. I topped it with almond milk because its les fattening than a whole can of coco milk 😉

Enjoy!!!

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Vegan Strawberries and Cream Muffins gluten free

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup gluten free flour
3/4 cup sugar (cane sugar)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
1 cup chopped strawberries
1/4 cup vegan yogurt or sour cream

Preheat oven to 350•f line a muffin pan and set aside.

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Combine all dry ingredients. Add wets and mix. Add strawberries last and mix just to combine.

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Pour batter into lined muffin pan.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

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These are light and delicious! A great breakfast muffin. If you are more adventurous you can always add a tablespoon of fresh basil to the mix.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Acai smoothie

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Ingredients:

1 pack of acai frozen smoothie
1/2 large banana
3/4 cup peaches
1/4 cup pineapple
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 cup almond milk (or non dairy substitute)

This smoothie was so good!. I made it to experiment and I wanted more and more! It was YUMMY!

Take a smoothie pack and defrost it. I ran it under hot water for a minute and it was perfect. Add the fruit(frozen) an then the other ingredients and blend in your mixer.

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These are the pack of acai I use. There are two kinds, these and ones with guarana in them. Make sure to get these, as the guarana contains a lot of caffeine. It is made from a seed found in the amazon and is used as a natural energy booster.

Acai:

Acai berries are found in Brazil and com from a type of palm tree. They have been used for centuries by indigenous tribes to treat ailments from ulcers, fevers, blood illnesses, to malaria.

Now people in Brazil have them puréed as a snack or for breakfast with granola an bananas. You can grab a bowl almost anywhere. It was one of the first things I tried when I was there! It’s good for you and tasty.

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These berries are full of antioxidants, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, magnesium, iron, and potassium. They also contain a fair amount o dietary fiber.

Studies are linking this berry to weight loss, and maintaining a healthy weight as it reduces the effects of a high fat diet. It’s also good for your skin and anti aging. Because it helps healthy cell growth. It’s good for your blood and mental health.

Of course any healthy diet will allow you to maintain a healthy body and mind. Some researchers will dispute these “superfoods” and their effects on your body. But your body is made up of what you eat and people who eat better naturally feel better. If you only eat meat and chips and heavy items of course you won’t have as much energy because your body needs more time and energy to digest these things. Healthy superfoods require less energy to digest and are absorbed faster into your system adding to what’s there and giving you a boost of nutrients.

Hopefully you will love this smoothie as much as I do and add it to your weekly routine! It’s great as a breakfast or for a workout. It hydrates and adds energy, plus it’s yummy- did I say that already?

Enjoy!!!

The Green Dr.

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Ingredients:

3 Granny Smith apples
Half bunch kale
Half bunch spinach
( the half bunches are about a good handful of greens)

Kale is packed with vitamins A and C, minerals as well as anti-cancer nutrients which boost white blood cell counts.

Spinach is rich in vitamin c, iron, beta carotenes, is a health booster and it is regenerative. It also helps your liver and your circulation! But it is high in oxalic acid, which interferes with calcium absorption so don’t drink large amounts.

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*Pick small bright green leaves

This juice helps give you clean skin, is a bone builder, and a healer! Basically it’s a health extravaganza… Build a healthy body inside and out, the Dr. Is in!!!

Enjoy!!!!

Ginger Citrus Zinger

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Ingredients:

1 grapefruit
1 Orange (navel works well)
1 Small lemon
1 Inch of ginger root

Juice and then add I/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Citrus is loaded with vitamin c and is so good for immunity. Keep the pith when juicing, as that contains the bioflavonoids (antioxidants).

This juice is an amazing detoxifier. It will help to stimulate your digestive system and ginger can also sooth your stomach. Cayenne also stimulates digestion and helps with the circulation of your blood. Cayenne is great in cleanses because it aids in the absorption of other nutrients, which is why it’s such a popular diet/detox ingredient.
The zinger will also give you a nice energy boost which makes it a great juice to add to your morning regime. It’s refreshing, full of vitamins but with that extra kick to get you going. I love ginger, it’s such a great herb for so many things, and yummy!

Tip: You can yield more citrus juice with a citrus press, but I always use my champion juicer and I get a lot of juice.

Juice with fresh and organic ingredients to make sure you are putting the best nutrients into your body, and of course, enjoy!!!!

Guava Berry Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup mangos
1/4 cup raspberries
2 large strawberries
1 cup guava juice

Combine ingredients and blend in a mixer or magic bullet until smooth!

You can use either fresh or frozen fruit. What I like to do is freeze half of whatever fruit I buy fresh, that way I always have some for smoothies. When you use frozen fruit you won’t need ice, which can dilute the flavor.

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Mangos are rich in beta carotene and minerals like magnesium. Pick one that yields to your touch and smells sweet, don’t go by the redness of the fruit!

I love guava so much but it’s so hard to find them here. When I went to Brazil, they were everywhere and I must have eaten 4 a day! Right now I’ve been using Ceres guava juice.

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If the smoothie is to thick for you, you can always add more juice, too thin add more fruit!

Enjoy!

Red detox juice

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Ingredients:

1/2 beet
3 apples
2 kale leaves

You can leave it like this or add 1/2 a cucumber for added electrolytes! Or add a bit of coconut water to lighten it up as well!

This juice is a great detox mix and is good for your skin! It is full of beta carotene, folic acid, potassium and vitamins c and b3.

The apples will help to sweeten the taste of the greens so don’t be afraid of kale! The beet has a more earthy taste and is full of vitamins. Beets are amazing for cleaning your blood.

For the apples I like to use Braeburn because they are very crisp and full of juice, but you can use Granny Smith or discovery as well. Make sure you wash all your fruits and veggies before use and cut to fit your juicer. The apples can keep the skin but I like to core the seeds.

When choosing your ingredients try to go for the freshest and organic if you can. Local fruit stands and markets always have what’s best in season and you will be supporting local farms.

Juice goes directly into your system so you get the benefits and vitamins right away, unlike solid fruits and veggies which have to go through the digestive process first.

I have a champion juicer and I love it, but there are so many options out there for every kind of budget, so you can always experiment and upgrade from there.

I will do a post on the benefits of juicing and am working on a glossary of terms and ingredient to make everyone’s life easier, but for now enjoy your juice!!