After my raw food cooking class that I attended last week, I was reminded and refreshed about how good a green smoothie is for us. I also learned about digestive enzymes in raw food and how important these are for the digestive process and that many of these are destroyed when food is heated (more on this later). Raw greens in particular are one of the most nutritious whole foods we can eat but many of us don’t eat enough. They are an easy way to eat your greens as they provide us with the nutrition our bodies need and can use. They are loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytonutrients and amino acids (protein). So, today after a weights session with my trainer, and a walk in the sun with my dog – I made myself a super green smoothie. It was delicious, healthy and most importantly nourishing! I was energised for hours afterwards!
My Green Raw Cacao Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 level scoop of protein powder of your choice (I use ultraceuticals which is gluten and dairy free)
1 teaspoon of Maca powder
1 teaspoon of Raw Cacao
150mls of homemade raw cashew milk (see recipe below)
100mls of filtered water
Blend all ingredients well in smoothie, then once smooth consistency (add more milk/ water if needed) add 2 large handfuls of washed baby spinach. Blend a bit more.
Poor into glass and enjoy!
Cashew Nut milk recipe
1 cup of pre-soaked raw cashews (soak overnight in filtered water)
1 cup of water
1 vanilla pod (scraped out the middle)
Blend all together and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Yum in Chai tea/ on other breakfast choices.
I think the reason why I felt so sated was because of the protein in not only the powder, but the nut milk and cacao. Having Cacao at breakfast, felt like a real treat – it almost felt naughty! But it was so delicious and healthy, I am already looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!
Let me know how you go..
Note: If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of ‘green’ smoothies yet, you could make this recipe and instead of adding the 2 handfuls of spinach, start with just a few leaves of cos lettuce and gradually build up till you don’t taste the greens anymore! If you are really just beginning, you can use any type of fruits you like, blueberries are great as they are very low in sugar. It is best to start with a 80% fruit to 20% greens or less. As you get used to drinking them you can increase the amount of greens.
I’ve been spending a lot of time reading other peoples blogs, books, eBooks, recipes and attending raw food cooking classes that I haven’t spent as much time right here writing. I’ve come across some incredible people and sites and so I thought it was time to pay it forward and share the love a bit, letting you know who I’ve been listening to, who I get my inspiration from and where I have been…!
Sarah Wilson – eBook “I Quit Sugar”. I am a big fan of Sarah’s. She writes an incredible and very honest blog over at http://www.sarahwilson.com.au and it was here I first heard about the ‘quitting sugar’ mentality. So, when the eBook was launched I was first to buy it and download. I can’t say I am 100% off sugar (yet Sarah!), but what it has done is (despite being a very ‘healthy’ person) it has made me aware of the many added sugars in my life (such as honey in tea, a piece of fruit), and since this I have cut back enormously. I now choose a piece of (goats) cheese as a snack instead of an apple. If you want to read more, you can buy it and read about it here: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/i-quit-sugar-ebook/
Jess Ainscough is an amazing woman who has managed to kick Cancer in the butt by changing her diet and lifestyle- dramatically. Jess is -for me- an amazing and true example what many cancer sufferers should do…by taking responsibility for her illness she has returned to optimum health so that it can heal itself. The approach is that, we should we try new things and learn what makes feel/ sleep/ work/live better rather than expecting doctors/ drugs etc to fix our illness for us. http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/
Purity – Body, Mind, Soul: is an amazing holistic cleansing and detoxing facility in Hampton. http://colonicirrigationmelbourne.com.au/ Natalie is a naturopath with a true passion for detoxing and has spent 12 years working with clients in Cleansing and Nutrition- not just for the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual aspects. Natalie has taught me so much, and one day I vow to attend her Bali detox retreat!!
Last week I also attended a Raw Food Cooking Course with Natalie. (My husband says Raw Cooking is an oxymoron so let’s call it Raw Recipes!). We spent a delightful night learning about the power of raw enzymes in our food and why we all need to buy new blenders. More posts on this soon!
Louise Hay and Caroline Myss are blogs I have been subscribed to for a long time, and they are both amazing. The principle for both is that all physical ailments have an emotional root. There is a fantastic chakra flash link on Caroline’s site that I find myself drawn to, and asking the questions on the list when I or someone I love is sick around me. http://www.myss.com/chakra/chakrasflash.asp
Dr Libby. I met Dr Libby 4 years ago in New Zealand and have had my eyes completely blown wide open about the health and most importantly ‘wellness’ industry since our first session together. Her first book “Accidentally Overweight” I have given copies to all my friends and family and read myself, and her new book “Rushing Women’s Syndrome” is highlighting another issue we will face the repercussions of over the next decade – if we don’t act now. Libby is so passionate and incredibly smart on all things wellness. Her website needs a bit of a glam up, but the info and human behind the brand is amazing. Libby is the next Deepak Chopra! Visit: http://www.drlibby.co.nz
My New Roots – is a blog of beautiful recipes I get delivered to my inbox about once per week. Every time they come through I salivate! (and immediately have to stop what I am doing to do a quick read!) Some are raw, some are vegetarian – all are delicious. If you need healthy inspired cooking – this is it! http://mynewroots.blogspot.com.au/
Barre Body – I just discovered these people tonight and already I have signed up to my first class! They combine yoga, pilates, ballet to get you really toned and feeling and looking fit…that’s what I am talking about! Will let you know how this new class goes! http://www.barrebody.com.au/about-barre/
Will post more as they come to me, but these are my ‘gurus’ thus far…!