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Ginger Green Apple Smoothie

February 10, 2013
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Here’s a great smoothie if you’re in the mood for something a little different and… tangy!

Recipe:
1 green apple
1/2 frozen banana
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp hemp protein
2 cups cold filtered water

Optional add-ins:
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp hemp seeds

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a blender (we use a vitamix), blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Sources and more info:
Raw Organic Maca Powder
Vitamix blender

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Raw Carob Almond Smoothie

January 18, 2013

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If you’re looking for a smoothie to satisfy the chocolate lover in you give this delicious beverage a try. It’s packed full of nutrients like almonds, hemp seeds, carob etc. it will curb your hunger for several hours while giving you the good stuff your body needs to maintain a high level of energy.

So, you might be wondering, what’s Carob? Does it even count as chocolate? First, Let’s start with a definition of carob powder. Carob Powder – from the ground seeds and pods of the carob tree; used as a chocolate substitute. So, is it chocolate? Answer: No, it doesn’t count as chocolate according to most experts. Unlike chocolate, carob is naturally sweet, low in fat, high in fiber, has calcium, and no caffeine. Perfect for those who love chocolate and crave the taste but would like a healthier substitute.

Recipe:
1 frozen banana
2 cups cold filtered water
1/4 cup almonds (or 2 tbsp raw almond butter)
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp roasted carob powder

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a blender (we use a vitamix), blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Tip: For “fudgesicles”, pour the smoothie into popsicle molds and place in the freezer. Kids love it!

Sources and more info:
Raw Organic Carob Powder
– Whole Foods blog post on The Advantages of Carob

Spirulina Popcorn

July 27, 2012

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Popcorn is an excellent snack, it’s an irrefutable fact. We love it in our household, and nothing shouts PARTY like a big bowl of popped fluffy kernels. Well, almost nothing.

But is popcorn really healthy? Alone, yes. And with Spirulina sprinkled on top? Double yes. What is spirulina? Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid) [1]. You can also add spirulina to a favorite juice or smoothie.

Quite commonly for the sake of flavor, large amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium are often added to prepared popcorn, which quickly converts it to a very poor snack choice. One particularly notorious example of this first came to public attention in the mid-1990s, when the Center for Science in the Public Interest produced a report about “Movie Popcorn”, which became the subject of a widespread publicity campaign. The movie theaters surveyed used coconut oil to pop the corn, and then topped it with butter or margarine. “A medium-size buttered popcorn”, the report said, “contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries, and a steak dinner combined.” The practice continues today. For example, according to DietFacts.com, a small popcorn from Regal Cinema Group (the largest theater chain in the United States) still contains 29 g of saturated fat, as much as three Big Macs and the equivalent of a full day-and-a-half’s reference daily intake. (Source: Wikipedia). Moral of the story, just say no to movie popcorn. [2]

This isn’t the kind of popcorn we’re talking about. No way! We’re talking about the very essence of what popcorn is, we want to go back to the neighborhood where popcorn grew up, to it’s humble beginnings. Simple is almost always better.

So, what do we actually mean? Well, let me break it down like a fraction, well actually a recipe. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments. Thanks!

Recipe:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
Sea salt, to taste
Spirulina powder to taste – We buy ours from Amazon

Directions:
Heat the oil in a 3 quart sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add 4-5 kernels of popcorn and wait until they pop. Add the remaining popcorn kernels and cover. Wait 30 seconds.

Return the pan to the stovetop and cook over medium-high heat. As popcorn begins popping, gently shake the pan back and forth. Keep the lid slightly tilted to allow steam to escape. Continue shaking the pan and cook until popping slows down and most the kernels have popped. Pour into a large bowl.

Sprinkle on salt and spirulina! Green fingers and lips really are cool.

Sources and more info:
[1] University of Maryland school of medicine
[2] Wikipedia – Popcorn
[3] Wikipedia – Spirulina

Fresh Watermelon Sorbet

July 18, 2012
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Summer fruit is amazing right now, dripping sweetness in every bite. We are loving the watermelon! If you have some leftover melon, try freezing some to make a delicious sorbet treat! It is so refreshing on a hot summer day and the kids will love it… so move over popsicle man!

Recipe:
4 cups watermelon cubes, frozen
2 strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 lime, juiced
cold water, as needed to facilitate blending
unsweetened, coconut flakes, for garnish

Directions:
Combine the watermelon, strawberries and lime juice in a vita-mix blender (or food processor). Blend and slowly add water until a beautiful, thick sorbet forms. Spoon into dessert cups and sprinkle with coconut. Kick back and relax!

Serves 4