This yummy smoothie is a slam-dunk for those kiddos afraid of green drinks….adults too!

2    C   fresh almond milk (or your fav)

2    T   chia seeds

3    T   cacao powder

2.5 T  almond butter

1 tsp  vanilla extract-optional

1        handful of spinach

1/4     avocado or 1/8 C plain yogurt

5       pitted dates

1-2 C ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender for one minute or until ice is completely broken down.  Taste.  Is it sweet enough?  Is it cold enough?  If not, add a few more dates or honey and/or ice.  Enjoy!

This is how I start my day……and how I energize myself in the middle of the afternoon.  It’s where I go when I need a little boost or self-care.  Five minutes in the kitchen with my Vitamix and carefully selected ingredients gives me the power to set everything right.  It replenishes, recharges and renews.  It has to be green, because green is vitality, life and positive energy.  I don’t just limit myself to the typical greens such as spinach and kale.  I go deep.  I need spirulina, blue-green algae, phytoplankton and chlorella just to name a few of the serious ingredients that are part of my daily regimen.  I hope this inspires you to get creative with your blender drinks!  xxo!

1 C       raw cashews, soaked for 1.5 hours and rinsed

2          dates, pits removed

2 C       filtered water

1 t        vanilla extract

2/3 C    ice

Pour the soaked and rinsed cashews into your blender, followed by 1 1/2 C filtered water, dates and vanilla.  Blend for one minute.  Add the additional  1/2 C water and the ice.  Blend for another minute.  Drape a clean cheesecloth over a bowl and pour the cashew milk in the center of the cheesecloth.  Gather up the ends and squeeze the liquid out.  Pour the strained milk into a glass container and enjoy!!!!!  So yum!!!!

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1 persimmon, peeled
1/2 C pomegranate seeds
2 satsuma’s or any super juicy and sweet citrus
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled
1/4 tsp tumeric
1-2 T acacia honey (or your favorite)
2 T soaked chia seeds
just a touch of cayenne (less than 1/8 tsp)
reverse osmosis water and ice

Blend everything together and enjoy!  I prefer a really thin smoothie so I always use a lot of water.  Depending on your preference of a thick or thin smoothie, just alter the water accordingly.

So far, the healthiest smoothie I have ever had or made!!  Not only does it have a healthy dose of leafy green veggies, but also an abundance of health promoting polysaccharides found in the aloe, tumeric and cayenne.  Don’t be discouraged by the long list of ingredients.  This smoothie came about super fast one morning, knowing I wanted the beneficial compounds tumeric, cayenne and aloe provide.  If you don’t have everything on hand, substitute for healthy items you do have.  Toss everything into a blender with the liquid and lightest items in first and blend away.  Be sure and take notice how amazing you feel after!

1/2 C   George’s Aloe water.  This one is flavorless and colorless.
1    C   Coconut milk (substitute nut milk or cow’s milk if you prefer)
1    C   water
1          frozen banana
1          stalk celery
3/4       cucumber, peeled
1/2       apple, cored and roughly chopped
2          leaves kale
1          handful of frozen strawberries
1          handful of frozen mango
2    C   spinach
1/2 tsp  tumeric
1/8 tsp  cayenne