CHRONIC CURRY FRIES

CHRONIC CURRY FRIES

WITH FRESH AVOCADO WHIP

 

Urban dictionary defines "chronic" as very high-quality weed, generally with red hairs on it. These fries don't contain any of that. These fries do however, taste amazing, make you feel better than any herb you could ever smoke, and have cayenne pepper on them, which is red and could very possibly resemble small red hairs if you looked hard enough. These fries are bound to have the word "chronic" in their name. Seriously. 

These "fries" are one of my favorite go-to cooked recipes. They're flavorful, spicy, filling and taste like a "cheat meal" (whatever that even means.) These curry fries are so special to me because when I first made them in my kitchen in NY I used hand-made curry powder straight from stash of souvenirs I brought back from the Seychelles Islands. How cool is that? Now, I buy my organic curry powder in bulk at the organic Co-op here on O'ahu. And although it is not nearly as good as that Seychellois curry, it is pretty damn close. Pairing these fries with my fresh avocado whip takes this recipe to the next level. Pair this dish wish some steamed veggies, or a large raw green salad and you have a meal that will leave you so incredibly satiated. 

This recipe includes lots of commonly found spices and seasonings. One of these spices in particular is Turmeric, which I will discuss further in the text below. The good news with this recipe is that if you don't have every single seasoning I use in the ingredient list, chances are your fries will still taste amazing. Curry is a must though, so make sure you have ample amounts on hand at all times from here on out. Which will be easy to do, once you try (and fall in love with) this recipe. Something else to take note of is that I do not measure the exact amount of spices used in this recipe. Rather, I list the spices used in order of largest to smallest portion size used (i.e. curry powder is first, and ginger powder is last because I use generous amounts of curry, and very little ginger.) This is also because you will have to adjust to the amount of potatoes you are preparing, as well as to how spicy/flavorful you prefer your food. Take it easy with some of the stronger-tasting seasonings to start, and go from there. Remember - You can always add more, but removing individual pieces of ground cayenne pepper off of wet potatoes wedges can be a  real b*tch. 

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  • Turmeric - Turmeric has been said to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. It has been used for centuries by holistic healers and wellness practitioners around the globe. It is a powerful medicine that has long been incorporated in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bruises, hemorrhage, toothache, chest pain, and even colic. Turmeric is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome as well as cystic fibrosis sufferers. As if that's not good enough, this dried powder derived from root of the curcuma longa plant has also been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth and metastases. Get chur' turmeric on my friends. Fo' real.

 

RECIPE 

(Serves 2)

2 White Skinned Yams

2 Sweet Potatoes

Curry Powder

Turmeric Powder

Cumin Powder

Cayenne

Nutmeg 

Cinnamon

Ginger Powder

 

AVOCADO WHIP RECIPE

1 Large Avo

Juice of 1 Lemon

1-2 TSP. RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

 

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Thoroughly wash all potatoes and yams before cutting into large chunky wedges. Place potatoes wedges in a bowl and season with Curry Powder, Turmeric, Cumin, Cayenne, Nutmeg , Cinnamon and Ginger Powder. Mix with your (clean) hands in a bowl until spices are distributed evenly throughout. Place potatoes wedges on large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (no oil needed!) Place in oven on 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. After 25 minutes or so, flip potato wedges and continue to cook until both sides are lightly crisped brown. Next, remove pit and scoop 1 full avocado, the juice of 1 fresh lemon and 1-2 tsp. of raw ACV into a high powered blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve as dipping sauce with fries. 

Allow chronic curry fries to cool, dip in avocado whip, eat and repeat. 

You're so welcome. 

x

 

GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE

When the whole "green smoothie" trend started, I was convinced everyone else was "in" on some sick joke that I was unaware of. I remember seeing a write-up that COSMOPOLITIAN Magainze published a few years back recommending that readers start their morning with a banana, lime, pineapple and kale smoothie. I was so excited to give it a go and was determined that the really poor quality blender my family owned would do just the trick. After managing to make the world's thickest "smoothie," (let's be honest - I may or may not have placed the entire lime, peels and all in the blender) I sat down to give my masterpiece a test taste. I could've gagged. Seriously. I laughed it off and convinced myself that that magazine (and every other person for that matter) was lying. A green smoothie could not and would not replace my delicious breakfast meals. Not now, not neva'

This smoothie was a game changer. Fast forward a few years and I finally had access to a high speed blender, as well as a little more basic knowledge on preparing raw fruits and veg (or at least I'd like to think that!) This smoothie is refreshing, delicious and filling. It is sweet, easy to digest and makes you feel like a superhero when you realize you're drinking a smoothie that is naturally greener than the grass in your backyard! GLOWING GREEN, because that is how vibrant your body and mind feels after drinking one of these.

This smoothie contains a few super-foods (but you were probably already expecting that, weren't you?) which I'll discuss further in the text below. This recipe also contains a plant based raw vegan protein powder. When I do consume packaged protein powders I make sure they are of the highest quality and type. Some brands I personally love are

SunWarrior Brand

 SunFood Brand

KaChava brand

I have used a method called Quantum Reflex Analysis to test the quality and strength of these powders, so I am sure that they are the most healthful and wholesome on the market. I enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, lunch or sometimes even dinner! Feel free to top it off with any of your favorite super-food toppings. You can shop SunFood for all of my favorite superfood here: 

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RECIPE

1 FROZEN BANANA

1 REGULAR BANANA

1 FRESH (OR 1 CUP FROZEN) MANGO

2-3 CUPS FRESH SPINACH

2 CUPS RAW COCONUT WATER

JUICE OF 1 LIME

1 TBSP. MACA POWDER

1 SCOOP RAW VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER

ICE TO BLEND

FRESH VANILLA BEAN*

 

PREPARATION

In a high speed blender, blend coconut water and spinach. Making sure that the greens are properly broken down and blended before incorporating fruit is one of my successful smoothie making secrets. Shh! This prevents your smoothie from having clumps, or over-blending the fruit which often leads to oxidation. Next, blend in all other ingredients and ice until smooth. This is when I like to pour my smoothie in a jar, swirl in some Raw Vanilla Bean powder and pop in a re-useable straw. Try this smoothie once a week for breakfast and work your way up from there! Only a few days and I guarantee this baby will have you glowing. 

x

RAINBOW ENSALADA

RAINBOW ENSALADA

Chances are, if a dish contains avocado, I will eat it. There's "salad," and then theres this. This Rainbow Ensalada is one of my absolute favorite go-to Raw-Vegan salad recipes. It is simple, colorful, satiating and seriously bomb. This quick and easy Garlic, Cashew salad dressing enhances the ingredient's natural flavors without taking away from the simplistic taste of raw foods in their whole state. A.k.a - it tastes like a thick caesar dressing (without the horrific taste of dead anchovies.) This recipe requires minimal effort and supplies maximum enjoyment. Fo' real.  

The ingredients for this salad are easy to find and even easier to work with. I always, always make it a priority to buy organically grown or locally sourced ingredients when possible. The vegetables will be fresher, more tasteful and more health-inducing. There is something so special about seeing where your food was gown, and by whom it was harvested. The bond between farmer and consumer is something that is so meaningful, and often unknown by so many of us. I cherish market day here on O'ahu so immensely. I guarantee that your food will taste better if it has been grown and harvested without the use of harmful pesticides and toxic additives. Want to know more about where and why I shop? Check out my page LOCAL

This recipe includes various health-promiting foods and super-foods. Two of these ingredients in particular, are Nutritional Yeast Flakes and Shelled Hemp Seeds. Nutritional Yeast Flakes, or "Nooch," is a staple in my diet. Like a huge staple, which allows me to satisfy those sometimes not so healthy/sorta want a vegan "cheez" pizza cravings. Nutritional Yeast tastes so incredible and provides a nutty, cheese-like taste. As for Hemp seeds, they're also so delicious and beneficial. If you know me, You know I love my hemp. Both of these ingredients are available for you to purchase online. You can shop the link below and save 10% with my SunFood Discount Code

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  • Hemp Seeds -  Hemp seeds are incredibly rich in zinc and magnesium. Raw Hemp seeds contribute  to healthy immune function, healthy bone growth and providing our body with natural sources of iron. These small seeds consist of 36% protein and all of the essential amino acids. A serious superfood - They taste nutty/creamy and are able to used in a large variety of recipes, including salads, smoothies and raw granola. 
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes - These flaks are the vegan/vegetarian/plant-based eater's key to healthy sources of B vitamins. "Nooch" is exceptionally high in b12, as well as Vitamin b1, b2, b3and b6. B vitamins contribute to the body's process of making natural energy from food. Our bodies use this protein to build and maintain healthy bones, skin and muscles. Nooch is entirely gluten free and 100% pure vegan. When buying Nutritional Yeast Flakes, always read labels and ingredients. Stray away from brands that use any "Natural Flavorings," or other additives. Nutritional Yeast tastes "cheezy," and is often used on soups, salads, pizzas and other vegetable dishes. Or if you're like me, you basically will just want to spoon feed it to yourself 2-3x a day. 

 

recipe

1 head romaine lettuce

1 large tomato

1 CUcumber

1/4 avocado

1/4 cup diced red onion 

1/2 cup thinly sliced white cabbage

1/2 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage

FRESH cilantro

green onion

 

GARLIC/CASHEW DRessing recipe:

1/2 CUP SOAKED CASHEWS

2 HEAPING TBSP. Hemp seeds

2 HEAPING TBSP. Nutritional Yeast Flakes

JUICE OF 1/2 LEMON

1 TSP. RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

black pepper

GARLIC POWDER

 

PREpaRAtion:

To soak cashews, place raw (unsalted) cashews in bowl of water for approx. 4-8 hours. You'll only need the cashews for this recipe, so once done soaking, remove cashews and use the excess water to feed your plants or water your garden. Thoroughly wash and dry Lettuce, Cabbage, Tomato, Cilantro, Cucumber, Green Onion and Red Onion. Cut up all ingredients and place in bowl. To make salad dressing,  combine all dressing ingredients in a high speed blender. You may add more black pepper, AC..V or garlic powder to your liking. Once dressing is blended smooth, remove from blender and stir into salad bowl. I have learned that this salad tastes best when you mix all ingredients in a bowl and then pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to marinate the raw veggies and allow the dressing's flavors to be absorbed. 

Enjoy! This salad is freaking delicioso! 

 

 

 

CACAO BLISS BITES

CACAO BLISS BITES

 

Hi my name is Amelia Whelan and I'm addicted to Cacao.

I mean it. I seriously feel so strongly abut high quality, Raw, Cold Pressed Cacao. Powder, Nibs, Beans, I love it all. I never had much of a raging sweet-tooth growing up. But, since transitioning to a high raw plant based diet, I noticed instantly how satisfied I was by sweet foods (fresh and dried fruits especially!) During my final year of High School, and first year of college, I became reliant on coffee. Iced, Hot or Frozen and blended into some frappa-whatever. I wasted too much money on overpriced lattes and espressos on campus, and began to associate coffee with social settings. Meeting a friend, study partner or date (and when I say "date" I probably mean going to cafes alone) for coffee seemed all too familiar. I began to feel tired, lathargetic and moody in the mornings if I didn't get my coffee fix ASAP. My morning schedule revolved around when I could make coffee or where I could buy a cup on the go. It was not until I met with a holistic nutritionist for the first time that I realized how adverse and damaging coffee was to my entire body and life.

Coffee increases catecholamines, which translates to the stress hormones in your body.  The stress response immediately releases cortisol and increases insulin. For those of you who may not know, Insulin increases inflammation, which makes us often feel bloated, fatigue and down-right lousy. I took research upon my own hands and realizes that the acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort. Which usually means indigestion, heart burn, gastric reflux and dysbiosis (which causes imbalances in your gut flora). Coffee is usually heated at exceptionally high temperatures and causes long term damage to our adrenal glands - known as "adrenal fatigue."

Once I was introduced to SunFood cacao powder, I knew that my addiction (yes, Addiction! Like Cocaine, Nicotine and Tobacco) to coffee was long gone in the past. These cacao balls remind me of chewy chocolate truffles. They're rich, provide me with ample amounts of energy, and are entirely raw and health-inducing.  As mentioned in previous blog posts, this recipe does involve a food dehydrator. If you do not have a  food dehydrator that is totally fine! A fridge or freezer usually does the trick. 

The only rule when preparing these incredible sweet treats is: when you do decide to test these babies out in the kitchen, you have to make extra and express over-night ship them to me, here on O'ahu. I'm serious. I mean that. 

Enjoy! Hope these Cacao Bliss Bites are as awesome as the people you enjoy them with.

x

Here are some of the super-foods you will find in this recipe. As per usual, all of these powders can be purchased with my own discount code here:

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  • Cacao - Cacao pods, which grow on Cacao trees has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Mayan. Cacao has been used for medical and preventative health purposes for hundreds of years.. Cacao is filled with energy-boosting nutrients and minerals. Raw cacao contains magnesium which contributes to normal bone health and healthy immune function. Cacao is also one of the few foods which allows for successful absorption of copper and manganese in our bodies. It is also high in selenium and potassium. 

  •  Maca - Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for hundreds of years. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. It is said that Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys or battles. Maca is high in magnesium, potassium and calcium. 
  •   Shilajit - This organic plant material preserved by the darkness and the  pressure of the Himalaya Mountains contains iron, fulvic acid, calcium, magnesium and selenium.  As the sun's rays heat the Himalayan Mountains, the snow melts and a  heavy shilajit resin begins to seep from rock crevices. This resin is then collected by local farmers, dried and ground into a fine smoke-flavored powder. Shilajit contains high levels of fluvial acid, humic acid and triterpenes. It is a rich source of minerals and promotes anti-aging, blood purification as well as increased libidio. Whoop whoop! 

  • Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil consists of over 90% raw saturated fat in the form of beneficial medium chain triglycerides. These triglycerides are used as an energy source in our bodies, unlike long chain triglycerides which are typically found in animal products, highly refined vegetable oils and other processed-fatty foods.  It is by far one of the healthiest oils on the planet. The oil is produced when the coconut flesh is low-temperature dried and cold-pressed. Coconut oil has been for hundreds of years in diet, hygenic health and skin care! 

RECIPE

(Makes 8-12 Bliss Bites)

10-15 Organic Medjool Dates (Pitted!)

2 Dried Turkish Figs

3 Tbsp. Cacao Powder

2 Tsp. Maca Powder

1 Tbsp. CoconuT Oil

1/4 TSP. ShilAjit Powder

 

optional:  Solar Dried Himalayian Pink Salt

CINNAMON

VANILLA BEAN

EXTRA CACAO POWDER

 

PREPARATION

In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Sometimes I turn the blender off right before every single chunk is gone, because I enjoy these bliss bites with a chewier texture. Scoop out all "dough" and roll into small balls with your hands. If you'd like, you can sprinkle the bites with a little Himalyalan Pink Salt, Cinnamon, Extra Cacao or Vanilla Bean Powder (Which is my personal favorite!). Place balls on parchemnt paper and dehydrate for 4-6 hours on 110 degrees Fahrenheit. 

if you do not have a dehydrator you can pop these babies in the fridge for 1 hour, or in the refrigerator overnight! This helps the bliss bites to harden and maintain their chew factor!

 

 

 

 

BUDDHA BOWL PLEASE

Buddha apparently knew what was up in the kitchen.

Buddha bowls are also often referred to as "Nourish Bowls." This makes sense. Buddha bowls are exceptionally nourishing, warming, grounding and satiating. Basically, to be categorized as a Buddha Bowl, your plate, I mean bowl, must consist of vegetables (both raw and/or cooked,) whole grains, such as brown rice, basmati rice, quinoa or bulgar, herbs + avocado with additional dressings, sauces or seasoning. Sounds incredible, I know. 

If my body is craving cooked foods or starches, I almost always make a bowl like this for myself. Incorporating large amounts of vegetables, raw greens especially, is so vital when it comes to thriving on a plant based diet and consuming large amounts of cooked foods. Cooked foods are often times heated at exceptionally high temperatures, which dehydrate our foods, and cause the enzymes in our foods to alter or sometimes, become more difficult to break down and fully digest. Incorporating raw, water-rich cruciferous greens such as organic bok choy, kale, collard or cabbage usually solves this problem. This recipe does include cooked brown rice. In the preparation section below, I let you in on some of my tips and techniques when it comes to cooking grains.  

 

Bowls like these allowed my transition to a plant based diet to be relatively easy-peasy.

Pick your favorite raw vegetables such as fresh mixed greens, spinach, romaine, arugula or cabbage. Then choose your cooked/steamed/roasted vegetables; broccoli, carrots, beets, chard, brussel sprouts, peas, corn, kale or bok choy.

Next choose your protein; chick peas, black beans, refried pinto beans, tofu, edamame or tempeh.

Next, add ripe avocado and some of my favorite add-ins! These include, but are not at all limited to, sauerkraut, kimchee, raw or sprouted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, crushed cashews, tahini, dulse flakes, chopped dates or homemade hummus.

Last but not least is the dressing.

THIS BLOG POST WILL HELP WITH THAT

Here is one of the many recipes for a go-to Buddha Bowl of mine. 

Hope your belly is full and your body satisfied. 

x

 

RECIPE

(SERVES ONE) 

3-4 CUPS (PACKED) ORGANIC SPINACH

2 CUPS ORGANIC BROWN RICE *

1/2-1 CUP FROZEN ORGANIC CHOPPED BROCCOLI RABE

1 CUP GREEN PEAS

1/4-1/2 AVOCADO

1 MEDIUM TOMATO

LEMON JUICE

LIME JUICE

FRESH CILANTRO

3 MEDJOOL DATES (PITTED)

BLACK PEPPER

TAHINI

 

PREPARATION:

* When it comes to grains, I ALWAYS make it a priority to soak before cooking. Soaking grains allows water to be re-introduced to these foods (after usually sitting in packaging for months on end) as well as increase the nutrient content in numerous varieties. Soaking your grains prior to cooking (Minimum of 4-8 hours, overnight preferably,) breaks down the anti-nutrients as well as allows for easy digestion of the often difficult to digest components of whole grains. Soaking has also been shown to break down gluten, which will allow those of us with gluten sensitivities to digest and enjoy these foods more easily. 

Once your rice is finished being soaking, make certain to rinse the rice thoroughly. You won't want to cook your rice in the water it was soaked in, so water your plants with that and get fresh water for cooking. I love cooking my rice on a "Slow Steam" setting on my rice cooker. If you do not own a rice cooker, cook your rice as you would normally by following directions on the packaging/box. If you do not own a rice cooker (Part 2,) you are missing out. I mean it. I purchased my rice cooker on Amazon for less than $20 and am convinced that it has been one of my most used investments when it comes to kitchen necessities. Once your rice is 95% cooked I like to stir in the frozen Broccoli Rabe and fresh spinach. This allows these ingredients to be heated, without having to worry about over-cooking. Usually I buy my organic green peas frozen and in bulk. Believe it or not, you can thaw these babies out in just about 20 minutes, and like to do this while my rice is cooking. The less work, the better. Thawing out your peas and mixing them in hot rice always works wonderfully for me. Next, grab the largest bowl you have and fill half of it with fresh spinach, chopped tomato and cilantro. Once rice and mixed vegetables are finished cooking, place them in bowl and top chopped medjool dates, citrus juice and black pepper. Drizzle some Tahini (can be mixed with equal parts mustard and maple syrup,) and add avocado, grab some re-useable chop stick and get eating!

Hope your Nourish Bowl lives up to its name! Feel free to mix it up and add whatever whole plant based foods and ingredients you have at your home!

 

APPLE PIE NICE CREAM

This recipe is gold. I'm serious. For one of those days when your body is craving something sweet, warming and grounding. How wonderful it is to be able to maintain a clean, healthful, delicious lifestyle, all the while eating Apple Pie and French Vanilla "Nice Cream?" Pretty damn wonderful, I'd say! 

For this recipe I do use a dehydrator (No worries if you do not have a dehydrator!) The ingredients will be the same as listed below. If you would like to bake or cook the apples prior, you may do so! I'll write about this more below.  

RECIPE

1 GALA APPLE

3-5 FROZEN BANANAS

1 REGULAR BANANA

1 TSP. VANILLA BEAN POWDER

1/2 TSP. CINNAMON

1/2 TSP. NUTMEG

1 TBSP. RAW COCONUT SUGAR 

3-5 PITTED MEDJOOL DATES

1 TBSP. RAW ALMONDS

 

PREPaRATION

thinly SLICE APPLES AND SPRINKLE WITH NUTMEG AND CINNAMON. PLACE IN DEHYDRATOR AND SET TEMP. AT 100-110 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. LET DEHYDRATE FOR 2+ HOURS OR UNTIL YOUR LIKING.

 

IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER, PLACE ALL BANANAS, 2 MEDJOOL DATES, VANILLA BEAN POWDER, CINNAMON AND COCONUT SUGAR. ADD A SPLASH OF WATER AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH.

 

IN BOWL, PLACE BANANA NICE CREAM, MEDJOOL DATES, WARMED APPLES AND CRUSHED RAW ALMONDS. SPRINKLE WITH MORE CINNAMON, COCONUT SUGAR AND NUTMEG AS DESIRED.

GRAB SERIOUSLY LARGE SPOON (OR LADEL) AND ENJOY.

 

Without Dehydrator - You may stew the apples on the stove by placing cut apple slices in a sauce pan with 1/2 inch of water. Turn on medium heat and cover for 5-8 minutes. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut sugar. Once apples have become soft to touch and are able to be easily pierced by a fork, turn off stove top and allow to cool. Strain excess liquid.

If you'd prefer to use the oven, preheat to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Place cut up apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut sugar on parchment lined baking sheet. Place apples in oven and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until soft. 
 

 

CRAVING CACAO SMOOTHIE

This has to be one of my absolute favorite recipes. Hands down. Reusable straws up. If you are trying to "kick the coffee," eliminate processed sugary drinks, reduce your daily caffeine intake, energize your day or satisfy a never-depleting sweet tooth, this smoothie is for you. And your mom, dad, sister, brother and friend. I'm serious. It is that good. You will notice in this recipe that I use some powders that may not be in the average household pantry. Maca, Cacao and Shiljat Powder. All three of these powders are well worth investing in. You will only be using small amounts at a time, so you will be able to stretch your dollar and make the most of these health-inducing ingredients. If you do not have Maca Powder or Shiljat on hand, no worries! This baby will still taste amazing.

I personally use SunFood products because I am certian that they are of the highest quality available on the market, never hybridized and always cold-pressed. SunFood products taste amazing and are packaged to prevent against heat and light damage. These powders are entirely raw, vegan and without GMO entirely.

You can purchase these products 10% off when you use my discount code here : 

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  • CACAO - Cacao pods, which grow on Cacao trees has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Mayan. Cacao has been used for medical and preventative health purposes for hundreds of years. Cacao is filled with energy-boosting nutrients and minerals. Raw cacao contains magnesium which contributes to normal bone health and a healthy immune function. Cacao is also one of the few foods which allows for successful absorption of copper and manganese in our bodies. It is also high in selenium and potassium. 

  •  MACA - Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for hundreds of years.. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. It is said that Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys or battles. Maca is high in magnesium. potassium and calcium. 

  •   SHILAJIT - Shilajit, a putrified organic plant material preserved by the darkness and the pressure of the Himalaya Mountains, contains high levels of iron, fulvic acid, calcium, magnesium, humic acid, triterpenes and selenium.  As the sun's rays heat the Himalayan Mountains, the snow melts and a heavy shilajit resin begins to seep from rock crevices. This resin is then collected by local farmers, dried and ground into a fine smoke-flavored powder. It is a rich source of minerals and promotes anti-aging, blood purification as well as increased libido. Whoop Whoop! 

 

RECIPE

2 BANANAS

1 FROZEN BANANA

1 -1 1/2 CUPS OF  SPINACH

2-4 PITTED MEDJOOL DATES

2 TABLESPOONS OF CACAO POWDER

1 TEASPOON MACA POWDER

1/3 TEASPOON OF SHILAJIT 

ICE + WATER TO BLEND

 

OPTIONAL : TOP OFF WITH RAW CACAO NIBS, COCONUT FLAKES, HEMP SEEDS OR GOJI BERRIES. OR ALL FOUR IF THATS HOW YOUR ROLL. 

PINEAPPLE PARADISE SMOOTHIE

This smoothie isn't so much a smoothie, as much as it is an imaginary ticket to paradise. This drink provides a ridiculous amount of flavor. It is too ono (good!) I swear, it can be stormy and grey here, or I can be overworked and overwhelmed, and when I drink this baby I am instantly relaxed. The kind of relaxed you feel when you're lounging in a hammock on a white sand beach. That relaxed.

Pineapple is the main ingredient in this smoothie. One cup of fresh pineapple contains 130% of your daily recommended Vitamin C needs. Pineapples are also the only known source of an enzyme known as bromelian. This enzyme has been shown effective in reducing and alleviating joint pain, muscle stiffness and arthritis. More so, it has also been shown to reduce inflammation, shorten recovery time following surgery as well as inhibit the growth of tumors in our bodies. To keep you hydrated and refreshed this summer, I have also included fresh coconut water in this exotic drink. Coconut water is naturally fat and cholesterol free. The water from coconuts contains more potassium than four large bananas, and hydrates just about every cell in our bodies. So hydrating in fact, that according to Dr. Campbell-Flack, medical resources routinely use the water from coconuts for intravenous hydration as well as resuscitation of critically ill patients. Hook me up to one of those IVs puh-lease! This beverage contains natural electrolytes, so it replenishes us after a sweaty gym mesh (or sweaty beach sesh if you're me!) 

RECIPE

(SERVES TWO! OR WHATEVER)

1 PURE GOLD OR GOLD CROWN PINEAPPLE (PEELED ENTIRELY AND DE-CORED)

2 CUPS RAW COCONUT WATER

4 FROZEN BANANAS (PEELED AND FROZEN OVERNIGHT)

1-2 INCHES OF FRESH VANILLA BEAN 

1 TABLESPOON RAW MACA POWDER

5 ICE CUBES

(OPTIONAL: 2 LOOSELY PACKED CUPS OF FRESH OR FROZEN SPINACH)

 

 PREPARATION

 

PLACE ALL INGREDIENTS IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER AND BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH. SERVE WITH TWO reusable straws, SOME COLORFUL PAPER UMBRELLAS AND A SPLASH OF LIME JUICE IF DESIRED. ENJOY!