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  1. Cooooooling and energizing summer smoothies

    Smoothie-time                                                         
     
    If not now - when? Smoothies are a wonderful summer meal. Yes, I consider them food as opposed to a drink.  Unlike juices they are for the most part a whole foods creation - and often so nutrient-dense that they will fill you up and give you clean energy for many hours to come. Since most smoothies are fruit based, I like to add some fat and/or protein to make sure you don’t get a sugar rush and to slow down the digestion process a bit so that you can really get the most our of your power-packed liquid food. When consuming smoothies, take your time, even chew. I like to eat mine with a spoon and savor every single “bite” of them.
     
    Here are three of my favorite new smoothie recipes that will be photographed next week for my new book.
     
    New Recipes: Summer smoothies
     
    Cucumber smoothie with ginger              makes 2 cups
     
    2 cups cucumber, cut into chunks
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    3 slices of fresh gingerroot
    2 teaspoons honey
    ½ cup water
     
    Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.
     
    Blueberry smoothie with cardamom              makes 3 ½ cups
     
    2 cups blueberries, preferably wild                                    
    2 pears, cores removed, cut into chunks
    2 – 3 dried pitted dates
    1 avocado
    ½ cup water or apple cider
    a pinch of ground cardamom
     
    Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with a few blueberries.
     
    Raspberry smoothie with cacao               makes 2 ¾ cups
     
    2 cups raspberries
    2 bananas
    3 tablespoons cacao
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 cup coconut milk
    1 pinch cayenne
     
    Place all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. If you like it sweeter, add a little maple syrup or honey to taste. Garnish with a few raspberries.
     
    Enjoy and please let me know which one is your favorite!
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