It’s so darn hot out there. No relief in site.
But at least it’s the right weather for making smoothies and juices, because seriously, who wants to turn on the stove right now and you can’t just eat salads all the time!
Here are a few guidelines for my favorite vegan smoothies.
I like to add a little fat to my smoothies for the extra sustenance and because it’s good for radiantly soft skin, but you can always eliminate the oil/nuts if that’s not your style.
All of these recipes are definitely open to interpretation….I rarely make the same one twice because I tend to just experiment and use what I have in the kitchen/garden.
Remember it’s best to use fresh organic produce and filtered water!
Some tips for balancing greens with sweetness –
Don’t use the stalks of kale/chard.
Add a few dates for sweetness (take out pits).
Mix with coconut juice (extra potassium, magnesium and super hydration).
Oranges are great for sweetness and zing!
A bit of lemon and ginger can add extra bite and make a really green smoothie more appetizing.
Peaches are a great substitute for bananas because they are fleshy and can be really sweet.
Use parsley sparingly – a little goes a long way – but it’s a great blood purifier so definitely use it sometimes for all the good health benefits, plus it makes your breath smell good!
Great additions to any smoothie –
Hemp nuts or hemp protein powder
Ground Flax seeds
Coconut Oil (great for skin and brain!)
Soaked nuts like almonds or cashews
Frozen fruit (a big time saver)
Raw Avo Chilled Soup:
1 very ripe avocado
1 red bell pepper
1 cucumber with peel
1 or 2 celery stalks
a few sprigs of parsley
a few small green onions/scallions
1 or 2 cups of cold filtered water (depending on your desired consistency)
big pinch of celtic or himalayan salt
pinch of cayenne or black pepper
1 handful of baby spinach
juice from 1 or 2 limes
a spoonful of hemp nuts or a touch of olive oil (adds a bit of depth of flavor and creaminess)
garnishing with a few chunks of avocado and some cherry tomatoes is a nice addition too!
Very Fresh Dark Green Smoothie:
1 bunch of dino or curly green kale
1 pear or banana
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
juice from 1 lemon
spoonful of organic coconut oil
a few sprigs of parsley
a small bunch of mint leaves
1 big mango or 2 or 3 smaller champagne mangoes
2 or 3 cups of baby spinach
1 peach or banana
1 green apple
1 teaspoon of golden flaxseeds
1 small spoonful of coconut oil
1 bag of frozen mixed berries – blueberries and blackberries are best for this one!
1 bunch of purple/red curly kale
more blueberries or a banana for extra sweet fruitiness
cup of unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoon of hemp seeds or hemp protein powder
2 raw beets (scrubbed but not peeled)
A whole lot of raspberries and strawberries
2 peaches (or 1 banana/1 peach)
1 pink/red apple
Head of romaine lettuce
spoonful of coconut oil
Vegan Chocolate Milkshake:
Chocolate Energizing Smoothie powder by Vega or raw organic cacao powder
2 frozen bananas (or peaches)
almond milk or hazelnut milk
a few ice cubes
1 whole vanilla bean or a tsp of vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg
handful of macadamias or cashews and/or some coconut flakes
(and you can easily add baby spinach into this and you wont even taste it!)
What are your favorite combos?