Green Smoothie #8

  
I’m a bit of a broken record with the Green Smoothie, I’ve sung it’s praises often – and with good reason! So I won’t go into detail too much again, check here if you’re a first-time listener to the Green Smoothie channel. 

But I think it’s important from time to time, in all areas of life, to stop and acknowledge  what’s working for you and what’s not. There is no point soldiering on doing what you think is good for yourself without checking in with body and mind for confirmation. 

There have also been times when I get swept up in the hype of a new superfood or supplement that I suddenly can’t believe I have survived 31 years without (check out my vitamin collection below!), only to find it really doesn’t offer me any extra noticeable health benefits. 

A daily green smoothie is not one such example. There have been times when I’ve dropped my game and haven’t regularly included this baby in my daily diet. I don’t feel as energised, clear thinking and am missing what I can only describe as vibrancy and vitality. 

Since including it in my routine every single day, I feel the difference in my energy, mood and ability to generally get a lot of cool shit done with a smile on my face 🙂 

This simple recipe is my Green Smoothie #8, because it is my tried and tested (and I’ve tested a lot!) recipe that leaves me feeling invincible, made of 8 ingredients.

What is serving you and what can you let go of in your daily routine? Giving yourself time to scan your body and mind for what is working will mean more time feeling great and less time searching for answers you probably already have. 

   
 

What you need:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 big handfuls kale
  • 2 teaspoons “Vital Greens” see pic
  • 1 tablespoon chia
  • 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seed oil
  • Small cube of ginger


What you do:


  • All ingredients in blender for 1 minute

 

  
My ever-expanding supplement collection. Life to me is a never ending experiment of the body and mind! 

I use Vital Green – you could also try spirulina or wheatgrass.

Read more info on the power of green goodness from one of my inspirations Kimberly Snyder

 

By Bam Bam

Golden Milk – Turmeric Tea

  
Deciding to avoid coffee and give my poor old adrenal glands a rest is proving to be both a wonderful and traumatic experience. Wonderful in that I am experiencing my natural energy levels return and can embrace a non-caffeinated love for life that is second to none.

  

Traumatic, in that I still yearn for this strong, short black ex-lover of 22 years, a passionate relationship of cortisol highs and lows. De-conditioning my behaviour patterns in terms of when I poured my beautiful espresso is also proving to be a psychological war with self. 

Luckily I’m kicking ass and feeling great!! 

Made all the easier by discovering delicious alternatives that are a pleasure to prepare and nourish the body and soul – like this ancient Indian Golden Tea. 

I’ve talked about terrific turmeric before in  Kefir Turmeric Smoothie and it’s incredible therapeutic qualities. It’s difficult to describe turmeric in brief simply because it has so many beneficial properties. That’s why the “spice of life,” as it’s known in India, sums it up wonderfully.

This recipe appeals to me because it is so simple, pleasurable and quick to make, just like my ol’ mate. And will leave your adrenals in tact too!
  

  

What you need:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cm cube fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tspn black pepper
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1/2 tspn cinnamon
  • 1/3 tspn ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey 

What you do:

  • All ingredients into blender and blend for 1 minute
  • Transfer to small saucepan and heat until nearly simmering. It will look deliciously creamy 

Enjoy!! 

Salted Caramel Protein Balls

  
I’ve tried making healthy salted caramel treats in the past, much to the dismay and dissapointment of my friends and family! They are either too salty, too sweet or miss that caramel flavour altogether. 

It is quite tricky to get that magical caramel sweet-to-salty ratio correct. Especially if you’re like me and refuse (are too lazy) to use a measuring spoon to carefully calculate quantities. But when you do happen to stumble across that magic salted-Caramel formula in your kitchen on a Sunday afternoon, you grab a notepad and you write that shit down immediately!!  And although caontradictory to my usually rebellious, lead-from-intuition approach in the kitchen, I highly recommend measuring quantities for this one! 

I would also like to illuminate that while this recipe calls for a little extra salt than you’d ordinarily find in a healthy treat, rest assured you are giving your body a decent hit of trace minerals and other health benefits found in Himalayan Pink salt. This stuff is especially useful if you are training hard or recovering from illness. Read more here:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/02/19/the-amazing-benefits-of-himalayan-pink-salt/
Makes about 20

What you need

  • 1 1/2 cups of your favourite protein powder (I use Raw)
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 7 medjool dates (soaked for 10 minutes in boiling water) 
  • 2 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew or any other nut (preferably activated) 
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 2/3 cup Sesame seeds for rolling

What you do: 

  • All ingredients into food processor on high for 3-4 minutes until desired consistency for rolling.
  • Roll in sesame seeds and refrigerate 

  

   
 

You could also roll these in raw cacao nibs or cacao powder which would also be delicious!!