This is a perfect goodie when chocolate cravings pay a visit!
Not only it is delicious, but this smoothie is packed with tons of nutrients (vitamins, minerals and healthy fats) from all the ingredients and a little natural sweetness from the dates. The cacao, considered a superfood, provides good antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats.
This smoothie is so easy that if added a protein shake (I use USANA) it can replace a meal. I usually have this for breakfast or a recovery shake for after a workout.
Makes 4 Servings (20 to 24 Ounces)
- 1 small banana (frozen)
- 1 to 2 pitted Medjool dates
- 1 ½ tablespoons cacao powder (or cacao nibs)
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup baby spinach, tightly packed
- 1 cup water or ice cubes (more if want more dilute)
– Wash and prep all ingredients.
– Blend till smooth and serve.
A better way to show love for myself is to do the things that bring me peace, harmony and balance, and I do that through self-care rituals. One of those practices is juicing greens and what a better way to show love to myself than having a luscious, vibrant velvety beet juice.
Beet juice is a tonic for the liver and known for its detox properties. Its compound Betalin helps with the phase 2 detoxification process where toxins are broken down for excretion. Beets are also high in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It lowers blood pressure and also cleans the blood. It is anti-inflammatory. Beets also have phytonutrients and antioxidants associated to ward off some tumor/cancer.
Beets are naturally sweet and has good fiber that helps keeping you feel fuller and aids with digestion. I personally don’t like super sweet juices (or smoothies), even though it is natural sugar. I add more neutral flavors (also alkaline) to bring down the sweetness like cucumber or celery. It doesn’t change the flavor, instead adds a cooling and fresh taste to the juice. Try it out!
On this extra loving day, not only showing love to those around me, but also to each part of my body, my cells and my organs. Showing some love to the always loyal liver for always working to maintain a clean and healthy body.
- 1 medium beet
- 1 big knob ginger (about 2 inches)
- 1 big lime (or lemon)
- 1-2 large cucumber
Wash all ingredients really well and chop into small pieces. If using organic (or GMO-free) you can keep the peel, otherwise remove before cutting.
Pass all the cut up ingredients through a juicer. If using a centrifugal juicer and you see that there is juice in the pulp, pass the pulp a second time through the juicer.
This warm smoothie has a special place in my heart: it reminds me of my grandma Dionisia ‘Mamita’, who not only cooked deliciously, but also cooked from her heart and you could taste that in her dishes, no matter how simple they were.
I love this drink because it brings me back to my childhood in Peru. The smell of cooked oats and the spices bring back memories when I was little, watching and waiting for my grandma in the kitchen before I headed out to school.
This drink is very is similar to the way my grandma used to make oatmeal for breakfast which was more like a warm beverage to drink rather than a porridge to eat. It has 2 superfoods: quinoa and maca. Quinoa and maca, native to the Andes in South America, (abundant in my grandparent’s hometown), contain lots of nutrient and energy boosting properties, perfect as a healthy breakfast option.
Quinoa is a complete plant protein with lots of phytonutrients and amino acids necessary for cell function and healing. Maca is commonly seen in a powder form, but it comes from a root almost resembling a small potato (or more like a small golden beet). It is known for its energy boosting properties, hormone balance, helps with mild depression and even enhances libido (hello sexy!)
The cacao is another superfood from the jungle in Peru (read about the time I went to the jungle to harvest cacao). It is loaded with antioxidants and with benefits like boosting immunity, prevents heart disease, lowers blood pressure naturally, reduces insulin resistance and sensitivity and provides good healthy fats.
So I tried to recreate the recipe Mamita used for the oatmeal and made it into a smoothie version (blended so it is easier to take it on the go, or for kids who resist to eat oatmeal) plus added a few extra ingredients. Feel free to add/adjust to the recipe and make it your own.
- ¼ cup quinoa
- ½ cup rolled oats (soaked overnight or for a few minutes before use in hot water)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- 1 cup almond milk, or any other nut milk (could also use a handful of soaked almonds)
- dates or honey for sweetener
- 2 cup of water (or more to desired consistency)
I cook the quinoa and oats in water with the cinnamon stick and cloves. Once cooked and cooled a little, transfer to a high-speed blender or Vitamix with the rest of the ingredients and blend until well mixed. It could be served warm or at room temperature.
** To speed up the process, the quinoa could be cooked in advance (if you have left over from quinoa salad).
With Love & Gratitude,
from Mamita and myself 🙂
This smoothie packs a punch of detoxifying power that will assist your liver to clean out your system from harmful toxins and chemicals. It has two powerful foods that help assist our liver and blood at cleaning out toxins. Not only that, but I also love using foods with vibrant colors because in a way, it represents their nutrient level. The brightly colorful they are, the more phytonutrient content they might have.
Beets are rich in the antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanins that help the body make vitamin A. Beets are a great detoxifying food. It has been shown to support phase 2 of liver detoxification. During this process, beet nutrient compounds chemically attach to toxic substances to neutralize them and making them easier to be excreted (more on this in my detoxification blog).
Beets contain betaine, a nutrient that protects the cell from toxins, thus supports the immune system. Betaine has also been used in treatments of depression that along with tryptophan, relaxes the mind. It is also thought that helps prevent cancer because it inhibits the formation of cancer-forming compounds. It also contains high levels of vitamin C and is rich in fiber.
Parsley, well known for detoxifying the blood perhaps for its high antioxidant levels and high iron content, vitamins and minerals.
Avocados, a great source of healthy fat and antioxidants, gives this smoothie a smooth and creamy consistency that can also be substituted with coconut. It makes this smoothie so decadent and silky.
- 1 small beet (peeled)
- 1/4 bunch of parsley
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 small apple
- 1/2 lemon (peeled)
- 2 inch cucumber
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp chai seeds
- 1-4 cups of water
Peel the beet and cut into small pieces. Do the same with the apple and lemon. I usually don’t peel the ginger, but if you’d like, an easy way to peel is to use a teaspoon and scraping the peel out.
I usually try to use every part of all the foods I get, so I use both the parsley leaves and stems when it comes to juicing and blending, but you can take out the leaves only.
Add all the ingredients in a blender. Add more or less water to desired consistency.
This juice has all the perfect ingredients to jump-start my day with fresh flavors, acid neutralizer, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.
You will need a juicer for this one. It also requires some prepping time with cleaning and chopping all vegetables. This process can be simplified if you prep in advance and have all things ready in the fridge.
- 2 whole cucumber
- 1 head of celery
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 lemon
- big hunk of ginger
- 1 inch turmeric root
- handful of parsley
- 1 small green apple
optional: use 1 small beet, it is one major liver detoxifier, decreases inflammation and heals the liver. I would usually add a beet to an afternoon juice, or at least not to have it too early in the morning on an empty stomach. Reason? simply because I try to have less sugar in the morning before having anything else in my tummy. (Read sugar and cancer blog)
Pass them all through the juicer, enjoy the process. To make it a more pleasant experience, pour over a wine glass and spend the time outdoors. Take off your shoes and feel the grass, the concrete, mother earth that is supporting you. And give thanks to what you are about to drink, your cells, your body! 🙂