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Smoothie Tuesday! Blackberry mocha shake

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Happy Tuesday! I really enjoyed this smoothie today! I try to avoid caffeine on a regular basis but once in a while I will take a little energy boost to motivate myself to be more productive. I have been trying bee pollen this week to see if I notice any effect and so far its hard to tell. I have been able to sleep better at night but I have been getting a ton of sunshine in the past few days too so it may also be the  fabulous benefits of the highly elusive sunshine (in Western Washington at least).

I have started taking a zumba class at the gym which is totally out of my comfort zone. I think if something is out of your comfort zone then it probably means you need to do it!  How else do you grow as a person?  I have never been someone who feels comfortable dancing so I am excited to try some right brain exercise instead of just hitting the machines or the track!


Blackberry mocha shake

1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup chopped mango
1 apple
2 large handfuls of leafy greens
1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground coffee
3 cups water
1 tablespoon bee pollen (optional)
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)
5-10 drops stevia (optional)


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Vitamin C Blaster smoothie! Tips for preventing and fighting colds!

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To prevent those spring colds you should increase your intake of vitamin C! Also foods high in zinc like seafood/ seaweed can be a great immunity stimulant!  Avoiding dairy,grains and sugar is also important too for preventing mucous build up that can trigger an impending virus from taking hold. When I know I am on the verge of getting a cold what usually does me in is eating something sugary like a piece of chocolate (this just happened this week).Fortunately I can usually get rid of a cold in 2 days if I really rest and watch my diet.

Hot soups and hot teas are great keeping the phlegm at bay. Especially if you can add ginger, turmeric, and other spices to help clear out the lungs/sinuses. It is also helpful if you can try to do some light exercise to sweat out the pathogen and increase your immunity when you are starting  to get sick.


Vitamin C blaster smoothie:

20 strawberries
2 peeled mandarin oranges
1 lemon with peel
1 grapefruit peeled
juice of 1-2 limes
handful of cherry tomatoes
2-3″ fresh ginger
1/2-1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (or small chunk of fresh)
1-2 packets of stevia (optional)
3 cups water

*Make sure you drink this smoothie at room temperature if you want to prevent and fight a cold! Eating/drinking too many cold foods can increase your mucous! Even better would be to have a cup of tea or soup with your smoothie!

* Cheers to good health!

This recipe can also be seen here along with many other fabulous whole food recipes.


Smoothie Tuesday! Orange turmeric creamsicle smoothie

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Hi there! My site has been a little quiet for a few weeks mostly because I haven’t had any recipe inspirations since I am trying to avoid sweeteners (even natural) and even too much fruit. But I do have some savory and raw recipes in mind that I will try to post soon. I guess you could say anti candida is what I am working on- or avoiding “dampening” foods as they would say in chinese medicine. I will continue with my smoothie Tuesdays but will use minimal sweeteners and lower sugar fruits.This smoothie is very thick so you could eat it with a spoon and call it pudding if you want! Or you can just add a little extra water if you like it thinner. Hope you are having a great spring and feeling healthy!


Orange turmeric creamsicle smoothie:

1 orange with peel
1 orange without peel
1/2 cup mango chunks
1/2 large avocado
1/2 can full fat coconut milk
20-30 drops vanilla stevia
2-3″ chunk fresh turmeric root

* Makes 2 small smoothies or 1 extra large 


This recipe is also seen here with many other yummy gluten free recipes.