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Amazon to Africa Smoothie Recipe

Amazon African Smoothie

This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.

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Sustained Energy Smoothie Recipe

sustained energy

Smoothies are a great way to keep you going strong all day long. The protein, fat, and fiber in this recipe give you sustained energy, and the super fruit concentrates keep the immune system boosted when you may be most susceptible to “coming down with something”.

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Get your potassium from food and super foods, it is easy! You shouldn’t need a supplement.

If you have been following us for a while now, you know we love supplements. Huge fans! But, as much as we love supplements, we always look to food first, then super foods and herbs, and then to high quality vitamins and minerals when needed. Potassium sits on the supplement shelf for purchase, but this a mineral you should easily be able to get from food, or super food concentrates.

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Busy day Breakfast Smoothie. Fuel: Coconut oil, Plant Protein, doubled Greens

Breakfast Smoothie

This breakfast smoothie is built with a busy day in mind. If you know you will need extra energy, for extended lengths of time, requiring extra brain power and focus, this is the kind of smoothie recipe to follow to optimize your day.

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Folic acid. What you need to know.

Our genes naturally program the creation of tens of thousands of proteins and enzymes telling each of our 70 trillion cells what to do. The MTHFR gene specifically codes for an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme (also known as MTHFR) depends on folate or folic acid to function, and also influences folate activity in the body.

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The cabbage family and your health

cabbage family

Considered one of the most ancient common vegetables, cabbage is also one of the most economical and healthiest vegetables today. Although cabbage is technically a biennial herb of the mustard family, centuries of cultivation have produced other forms of the cabbage family that we are familiar with such as kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

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Kale and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Sunflower seed pesto

This is a quick kale and sunflower seed pesto that is equally as healthy as it is easy to prepare. The cheese can be substituted with an alternative such as Daiya brand cheese or nutritional yeast flakes. This sauce is great served over any type of pasta, orzo, or even used as a topping on crackers. Let us know how you use it! Enjoy.

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Recipe: White Bean and Escarole Stew. High in vitamins A and K.

White Bean Escarole Stew

This stew is great year round, but especially yummy in the winter months. Escarole is a variety of endive that is slightly less bitter. It is high in vitamins A, K and folic acid. The great thing about this stew is that you pretty much throw everything in the slow cooker and let it cook all day!

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Mango Banana Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Matcha Smoothie

The first four ingredients really define the flavor of this matcha smoothie! You could easily change out the protein source (this one uses whey), and the “greens” source, and still taste the prominent flavors that make this smoothie a delicious change of pace!

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Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup

This vegan cream of asparagus soup recipe can be found in the “Feeding the Whole Family Cookbook”. I altered is slightly, but can be made in a variety of different ways. Asparagus is the star vegetable and this soup is a fun and tasty way to prepare it! It can also be served cold. Asparagus has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It also contains inulin, which is beneficial for digestion.

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Vegan Creamed Spinach. Green nutrition in one “creamy” serving.

Here is a delicious vegan creamed spinach recipe. Nothing compares to eating raw greens, but there are qualities to cooked greens that are very healthful and that wouldn’t be obtained by eating them raw. Sometimes I just get a craving for creamed anything, and this way I can get a ton of green nutrition in one “creamy” serving! This vegan creamed spinach makes a great side dish for any occasion. Enjoy!

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Berry Crazy Smoothie

Berry Crazy Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is a variation of the Strawberry Smoothie Masterpiece we have already posted. This one is berry crazy and berry delicious. 🙂 The recipe serves 2 people, so cut the recipe in half if you are going solo. Hint: berry smoothies are great for hiding any green ingredient that you’d like to hide from picky family members. 😉

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Strawberry Smoothie Masterpiece

strawberry smoothie

When I run out of almond, rice, or coconut milk, one of which is usually the base of my smoothies, I will use part water and part organic juice if I happen to have some on hand. When you use whey protein in your smoothies, it will give it a creamy “milkshake” consistency. However, don’t over blend it, because some whey proteins will change your smoothie to more of a frothy consistency.

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Pistachio Pesto. Use on pasta, veggies, or as a sandwich spread.

I love pistachios, so why not make pistachio pesto?! Pistachios are naturally high in many vitamins and minerals including copper, phosphorous and the B vitamins. Additionally, pistachios are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that help protect your eyes. They contain mono and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial for your heart.

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A is for Apple and Avocado

Apple and avocado are definitely A-list fruits! Since different varieties of apples will grow each season, you can almost always find a nice selection in your market. Avocados have become more readily available year round as well, as people’s fear of fat and calories associated with the avocado has finally started to diminish.

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