Persimmon Paradise Smoothie

After all of these years of eating healthy and creating smoothie recipes, I’ve not once tried a Persimmon…until now, that is. I finally found them at my local health market and had to give it a try. If you’re not familiar with what a Persimmon is, well it looks kind of like a Tomato but tastes very similar to an Apricot. It’s actually a type of berry packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids as well as both Vitamin A and C.

There are two varieties (astringent and non-astringent). The one you want to go for is the non-astringent, Fuyu…which is orange in color and has a nice ripe, fleshy inside. When blended, I found that it creates a very pleasing creamy texture; so much so that I did not include a Banana in this recipe. A ripe Fuyu packs a nice sweet punch in addition to being a great source of fiber, so I figured adding Banana would be an overkill. That said, for those of you who aren’t into adding Banana to every smoothie you drink, you’re gonna love this one.

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To round out the flavors and truly make this an immune-boosting delight, I paired the Persimmon along with Clementine and Ginger Root which helps cut the round sweetness with a tangy spice. And adding in some Coconut Manna gives it that extra creamy texture while providing a great source of fat to help absorb the nutrients.

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to awaken your tastebuds, I added a Vanilla protein powder to meld all these great flavors together. I used my personal favorite, Vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein, simply because my constant workouts require an ample amount of recovery and the Vega line of sport products help me do this. That said, you don’t have to use Vega Sport. Vega has many other Vanilla powders to fit everyone’s individual needs…quite honsestly, I’ve tried every single one of them so I know they’d all work great in this recipe too 😉 You can check those out at MyVega.

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Persimmon Paradise Smoothie (1 serving)

  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein – Vanilla (or any other Vanilla variety)
  • 1 ripe Fuyu Persimmon (Calyx/Cap removed)
  • 1 Clementine (unpeeled)
  • 1 thumb-sized chunk of Ginger Root (peeled)
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Manna (manna/butter or whole pulverized Coconut)
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seed

Add all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and process on high speed until smooth. If desired, add ice and blend again for a frostier texture. Pour and sprinkle with shredded Coconut and Cinnamon. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Peach Pie Smoothie

What makes Pumpkin Pie even better? Peaches! 😮🍑🍑I took my classic Pumpkin Pie smoothie recipe and made it summer-ready by adding fresh organic peaches. Yum!!! Super high in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and beta carotene…this smoothie combo is excellent for skin, fighting oxidation brought on by free radicals and maintaining a healthy weight. So, go right ahead, don’t be afraid to gulp this one down and turn your frown upside down 😋😃
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1 Cup Plant Based Milk

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Purée

2 Peaches (pitted/skin on)

1 serving  Vega One Nutritional Shake (French Vanilla)

1/3 Cup Whole Grain Oats

1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

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Blend all on high speed until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Cashew Chive Cream Cheeze

One thing I can’t seem to find as a vegan is a good Cream Cheese substitute. After trying store brands and continually being let down for one reason or another, I set out to make my own. This is super simple, delicious, vegan and gluten-free. You can spread on toast, bagels, baked potato or even a dollop on Pasta…it’s all good! 

 
1 Cup soaked Raw Cashews

2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

splashes of Water (as needed)

1/2 bunch Chives (chopped)

Himalayan Pink Salt (to taste)

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)

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Soak Cashews overnight in a bowl of filtered water. Strain water and add Cashews to a high speed Blender or Food Processor. Add the Nutritional Yeast and Vinegar. Blend while adding tiny splashes of water to the mixture so the mixture smoothly blends. Don’t over-water or you will ruin the creamy texture. You may need to frequently stop/unplug the blender to stir the mixture and push into the blades before continuing. Once you get the perfect texture, transfer the contents to a small container with an airtight lid. Add in your seasonings and the Chives. Combine well and taste. Re-season if desired. Place lid on tight and refrigerate. Should be good for 3-4 days. 

Chocolate Strawberry Quinoa Smoothie 

Whether you’re recovering from a workout or just need a super-boost of nutrition to start your day, this delicious shake is packed with the power you’ll need to sustain your busy life; protein, fiber and antioxidants to name a few. And when people ask where you get your protein from, you can tell em’ where to go! 😜😂

1 Cup Plant-Based Milk 

1 serving Vega Chocolate Vega Sport, Vega One or Protein and Greens

1 Banana

1 Cup fresh Strawberries

1/2 cooked Quinoa (cooled)

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

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Blend all in a high speed blender with some ice. Pour and enjoy post-workout or to kick off your day.

Mango Vanilla Chai Recovery Smoothie

Fitness can be tough on your body. After working up a sweat, the last thing you want to do is another tedious workout in the kitchen. That said, you’ll be delighted that this smoothie can be prepped and blended in under 10 minutes. It’s creamy, refreshing, delicious and a powerful companion to your post-workout routine. And heck, the bright golden color is kinda pretty to look at too! To get it going, all you need is some Vega Sport Performance Protein and a few things from nature’s medicine cabinet; then you’ll be well on your way to making those gains again.

Ingredients
1 scoop Vanilla Vega Sport Performance Protein
1 cup Silk Unsweetened Original Cashewmilk
1 cup frozen Mango
1 Orange (peeled)
1 thumb Ginger (peeled)
1 tsp Chai Spice blend
Optional: Ice cubes

Preparation
1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
2. Pour into a glass and garnish with some shredded Coconut. Enjoy 45 minutes to 1 hour after your workout.

Berry Berry SubLIME Smoothie

Whether you’re stretching, shredding or striding through your best life, make sure to recover your best too! Vega Sport Performance Protein helps make this task a breeze with a powerful serving of complete protein, BCAAs, glutamine and probiotics. Blend it with a handful of thoughtful ingredients and you have yourself a tart, sweet smoothie that will get you back on your feet in no time!

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One of my all time favorite smoothie blends has Coconut Milk Yogurt, fresh berries and Lime. Theres just something about that combo that my tastebuds really love. The “yogurt” creates a beautiful, creamy texture while supplying your gut with some healthy live, active cultures. Of course, Limes throw in a bit of contrast with their zingy flavor…plus their great for your skin and digestion. And don’t even get me started on fresh berries. They are the world’s most perfect food; packed with an insane amount of nutrients, carotenoids and flavonoids. What does that mean?! It means their an antioxidant powerhouse and a nightmare for free radicals which damage your cells.

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Ingredients
1 scoop Vanilla or Berry Vega Sport Performance Protein
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 5.3 oz container So Delicious Blueberry “Yogurt” Alternative
2 cups Baby Spinach
1 frozen Banana
1 cup frozen Mixed Berries
1 lime (juice and zest only)
Shredded Coconut (to garnish)

Preparation
1. Blend the Coconutmilk, “Yogurt” Alternative and Spinach until greens are fully broken down.
2. Add all other ingredients and blend again until smooth.
3. Pour into a glass, garnish with shredded Coconut and enjoy!

Beeting the Odds: 9 Day Body & Mind rEvolution (Day 1)

Today I embarked on my yearly detox in honor of the 45 days of juice fasting which changed my life over 2 years ago. As usual, the goal is to “reset” by purging any negative accumulations from my body/mind; while moving forward both refreshed and reaffirmed.
My plan is to jump into 1 day of transitioning, 1 day of eating raw, 5 days of juice fasting, 1 day of eating raw and ending with 1 day of transitioning. I’m also including a colon hydro therapy session, massage therapy, hot epsom bath/essential oil soaks and my usual regimen of stretching and meditation.
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Day 1: Transition

The Purpose
Transitioning is the time just before and after a raw food/juice fast where we taper off and abstain from our usual habits in preparation for the nourishment of our cells and the release of toxins. When I say “toxins”, I’m not only talking about the way we eat or drink but everything we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. The pollution we breathe, the chemicals we consume through drugs (prescription too), alcohol, cigarettes, the chemical products we put all over our skin and hair, the mental and physical stress we put ourselves through; which all produces hormonal imbalances within us. Even the mental baggage we carry around (and add to) each day. This collective accumulation slows us down, breaks down the immune system, creates obesity, fatigue, unexplained pain and disease.

As we will be focusing much on food consumption, it’s easy to forget about our mind and general mood. That being the case, I urge you to begin to transition off the distractions of constant talking, over-thinking, watching television and general stresses. With a job and family, I understand this could be a tough one. My advice would be to take it as a vacation from work (if possible) and just be very mindful that this time is for YOU. Completely disconnect from the “norm” as much as you can. Relax, meditate, do some stretching or light yoga, read positive books, soak in epsom salt baths, get a massage; this time is truly a detox from everything. Allow yourself to take full advantage of this opportunity and let it all go. Discuss it with loved ones beforehand to gain their support.

The Method

Depending on how often the following items are consumed, 1 day of transitioning may not be enough for your specific situation. Gradually, come off of consuming animal products, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, refined sugars, refined salt, flour/gluten, grains, processed/packaged foods, cooked foods, supplements and vitamins. If taking prescription drugs, continue to take them unless otherwise approved by your doctor. ALWAYS consult your physician before starting any juicing/detox program!

I recommend that anyone not already eating a clean, mostly whole food plant-based diet begin transitioning/tapering off each item daily from up to 1 1/2 weeks prior. This will help lessen your detox symptoms when you begin the fast. In other words, do not wait until the night before to decide to stop doing everything all at once; I promise you will regret it. Do not “binge” or go on “benders” leading up to the detox; you will be miserable, sick and giving up before you even give it a chance to help you.

My First Day (Saturday, April 2nd)

In my case, I’ve only reserved one day of transition prior to going 100% raw because I’ve been fairly clean with my eating and lifestyle. My focus on my transition day will be to abstain from flours, grains and lower my amount of cooked food; while beginning to add in more raw food. Then on day 2, I will be off cooked food and switching over to completely raw. That said, here was my day from start to end along with some photographed highlights.

Psyllium Husks w/ 8 oz Water

8 oz Warm Lemon Water

12 oz Green Juice (Kale, Collard, Cucumber, Celery, Lemon, Ginger)

8 oz Water

Mexican Chickpea Scramble with Mushrooms, Roasted Red Peppers and Spinach. Served with 1 Mashed Avocado.

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8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea (rooibos, elderberries, hibiscus flowers, currants, blueberries, schizandra berries)

16 oz Green Smoothie (Greens/Veggie/Fruit)

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8 oz Water

Roasted Sweet Potato Carrot Soup w/ Cashew Sour Cream & Raw Hemp Oil drizzle

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8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea (Lemon Detox: Burdock Root, Stinging Nettle Leaf, Cleavers Herb, Dandelion Root, Lemon Myrtle Leaf)

Giant Salad w/ Greens, Beets, Cucumber, Tomato, Raw Nuts/Seeds, Avocado w/ Cashew Ranch Dressing (not shown)

8 oz Water

Small bowl of Raw Banana Blueberry Date “Nice-Cream” (not shown)

8 oz Water

8 oz Herbal Tea (Sleep tea: Passion Flower, Chamomile, Linden Flower, Catnip, Hop Strobile, Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Lemon Grass.