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Cooooooling and energizing summer smoothies

Cooooooling and energizing summer smoothies

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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