Monday, August 5, 2013

Cherry Vanilla Almond Milk Shake

From time to time I hear people objecting to raw food diet for one reason only: they simply do not believe that they will be properly nourished if they had to live on juices and smoothies.

This objection often comes from a simple misunderstanding of the raw food lifestyle and lack of specialized knowledge. 

Raw food is so much more than juices and smoothies, but even if someone decided to take nothing more, juices and smoothies provide more nutrition than many cooked or processed foods.

Smoothies, for example, can be enhanced and fortified with a wide range of raw superfoods and raw protein supplements. I use them frequently for added nutrition and antioxidant protection. 

Here is one of my "enriched " breakfast recipes. I used fresh, sweet, dark cherries that are a great superfood already. If you cannot get organic dark cherries you can use frozen cherries, strawberries or raspberries instead.

By adding some of my favorite, super-nutritious raw foods I created a nut milk shake that will keep you energized for quite a while. 

For a very rich vanilla taste I used whole vanilla been. I soaked it over night in my raw almond milk.

If you cannot find unprocessed argan oil, add some raw flax seed oil.

  • 3 cups ripe cherries, pits removed
  • 1 vanilla bean, soaked overnight in 2 cups of raw almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp raw, unprocessed argan oil
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • 1 scoop raw protein powder
  • 1 scoop raw triple omega blend
  • 2-3 ice cubes

  • Blend cherries, vanilla bean and almond milk for 30 seconds or so.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  • Pour into tall glasses and enjoy in good company!

Sweet black cherries are not only delicious, they are incredibly healthy and really good for you! They are rich in nutrients that help you prevent and repair damage caused by free radicals. They are a great source of the flavonoid queritrin that has been found to fight cancer cells in the body. 

Cherries also contain ellagic acid - another potent cancer-fighting agent; as well as the perillyl alcohol or POH that helps reduce occurrence of all types of cancer. Moreover, the anthocyanin and bioflavonoids in cherries help reduce inflammation in the body.

Many people do not know that cherries are a very good source of natural melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the body's circadian rhythm. This hormone not only improves the quality of sleep, but has also been found to prevent premature aging.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2013


*Information in this article is for eucational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
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