Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Raw Hot Chocolate Smoothie

One of the greatest challenges for people on a raw food diet is the cold weather during the fall and winter months. When the days turn shorter and colder, we naturally crave warming and comforting foods. Those who are new to raw food tend to question their "resolve" to stay raw no matter what.

There is, however, a very simple way to keep your blood circulating. Simply add warming spices to your raw food recipes and skip the ice. With a pinch of hot chili pepper or cardamom you can turn your summer smoothies into warming and comforting drinks. Your salads, salad dressings, sauces and dips can be altered in the same way to keep you warm and nourished.

Experiment! And most of all, remember that it is better to be passionate than fanatical about the food.


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp raw almond butter
  • 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 habanero pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
  • raw chocolate flakes - for garnish (optional) 
Method:
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Garnish with "shaved" raw chocolate. Enjoy in good company!
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

         

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Goji Berry Smoothie

Many of my end-of-summer or early autumn recipes include pumpkin. I use as much pumpkin as I can for as long as it is in season. The color makes me smile even on a dark November day.

 Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup ripe pumpkin cut into cubes
  • 1/2 pre-soaked goji berries
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp ground protein powder
  • 1/2 cup nut milk of your choice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of pink Himalaya salt
  • 4-6 ice cubes (optional)
Method:

Place all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy in good company!


In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Recipe inspired by Return to the Garden


         

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Super, Super Rich Raw Chocolate Smoothie with Blueberries and Açai

When I feel like having some chocolate I think twice before I grab a regular candy bar. Although chocolate in any form is good for you and for your soul, only raw chocolate has all the valuable nutrients that protect our DNA and help us slow down the aging process.

Raw chocolate contains more magnesium than any other food. Magnesium is the number one mineral deficiency in the Western world. Magnesium is a very powerful stress relieving mineral. It also relaxes the muscles and helps build strong bones and teeth.

Raw chocolate is also rich in antioxidants. It has an amazing ORAC value of 28,000!

Unprocessed chocolate is also rich in flavonoids that help protect blood vessels and keep the heart healthy. 



Raw chocolate combines very well with berries. For this nutrient dense smoothie I used frozen blueberries and powdered açai berries. The smoothie had a dark bluish-brown color and creamy consistency. It tasted absolutely divine. Believe me, it is absolutely worth trying!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3 Tbsp açai berry powder
  • 1 cup raw cocoa powder 
  • 1 scoop supergreens powder 
  • 2 Tbsp chia seed powder
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut water - add more if necessary
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp virgin flax oil
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • ice cubes - optional 


    Method:
    • Place blueberries, chopped bananas, avocado and coconut water in the blender and process for a few seconds. 
    • Add powdered açai berries, supergreens, cocoa powder, and salt. Blend again.
    • Your smoothie is almost ready.  Now you can add honey and flax oil. Process again until all ingredients are well blended together. Enjoy in good company!
    In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


             




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