Very Cherry Coconut Smoothie {Hydrate yo self}

Tempeh Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sammies

After nearly a 2 month hiatus, I’m back ya’ll. It’s hard not to feel guilty for not being consistent posting on the blog but I’m trying not to make this a “chore.” Cooking is not a chore for me and neither is sharing my recipes. I want this to be fun, enjoyable and share some random stories I have for you. I have intentionally created time and space (I got da power!) for, well, recipe creation. I’ve been focusing on simplifying my life even though it seems there are more things filling the space from the things I’ve released. Does that make sense?

Okay, I’ll explain teehee. I recently resigned from my job as a nutrition educator at an elementary school. Around the same time (like less than a month ago) I started my work as a Doula (a birth worker, advocate for mamas) and now I’m working towards completing requirements for certification. I get to nerd out on everything about prenatal, birth and postpartum care. I’m literally reading ALL the time and have hit up the library weekly for books on books on books. While researching up the wazoo (as my husband would say), I’m finding different ways to tie all my passions together. Writing. Cooking. Holistic Wellness. Self Care. Birth. I mean, who said we have to CHOOSE ONE THING. We can do it all without having to do it all, right?

Anywhoooo…even while my brain is on overload, I’m ready for a summer of adventures (and hopefully some births, if ya’ll need a doula holler over here). After a week of weird October feeling weather, it finally feels like June and that heat, is absolutely delicious. Any other heat lovers out there? Or am I alone?

A common theme for me in the glorious heat is to sip on smoothies. I’m really not too big on heavy eating when it’s hot, so anything slurpable and grabable (yes I just made up 2 words) is da bomb dot com. And I don’t know about you but I like things that taste good and keep me feeling AMAZEBALLS as I attempt to get shit done. AMIRIGHT?! lol

Fresh strawberries (they’re in season right now and so damn good) combined with dark sweet cherries and coconut butter, this very cherry coconut smoothie is cooling, hydrating and rejuvenating with high antioxidants (from the berries, YAAAS) collagen (check out Further Food, Vital Proteins or Reserveage), and healthy fats for a gorgeous glow from the inside out.

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Superfoodie Summer Berry Smoothie {Feel Amazing All Day Errday}


Summer (if didn’t know this already) is my favorite season. It’s besides the glorious heat and outdoor adventures. For me, summer is all about the food. Everything I love is in season. I mean, watermelon JUST showed up at the farmers markets but at least there has been a great selection of berries and cherries. 

I love that the farmers market exposes me to things I normally would not have tried if I went to the grocery store. I mean come on, where can I find fresh gooseberries and black raspberries?!!

Berries and melons are how I survive the summertime. They keep me hydrated, energized  and bikini ready. Well, putting on a bikini and feeling sexy af no matter what you wear is the best way to be bikini ready. I don’t like those weird summer weight loss ads. Who the heck decided what the perfect body for wearing a bikini was anyway?!
Okay enough on that rant ūüėČ

Seriously, summer is my favorite time. And my smoothie game is really on point. Some days I eat way less and miss out on essential nutrients with the sweating. And that’s no Bueno. This is where Amazing Grass comes in. I can count on having at least one smoothie a day to get that good good nutrient dense ish in my system. 

https://www.amazinggrass.com/store/protein-superfood-pure-vanilla.html
I have tried EVERRRRY protein powder on the planet and some things are just not meant to be consumed by humans. This is different. 

This superfood blend has 20 grams of complete plant-based protein, 7 servings of alkalizing greens and 2 full servings of fruits and veggies. Say what???

I mean and you can squeeze in your energy boosting spirulina too. So basically you can get that coffee kick without the coffee. 

I’m a huge fan of the vanilla flavor and the best part is there’s no added refined sugar. For the freakin win!!


In all realness, it’s super simple to incorporate to all your smoothies or even if you want to add to your yogurt that’s pretty badass too. 

This smoothie recipe is a great balance of creamy with all the sexiness from the healthy fats from the MCT or coconut oil and avocado and the tangy-ness from the seasonal berries. You will be glowing inside and out. I promise ūüėČ

Superfoodie Summer Berry Smoothie {Feel Amazing All Day Errday}


Serves 1

Total time: 2 mins (too easy not to make everyday!)

What you need:

  • 1-2 cups of spinach or kale
  • 1 avocado (for sexy fat)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil ( Medium-chain triglycerides) 
  • 1 heaping scoop Amazing Grass protein (or your favorite plant based superfood protein powder)
  • 1/4 cup black raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries 
  • 1/4 cup blackberries 
  • 1/4 cup dark sweet cherries
  • 1-1 1/2 cup coconut water
  • Ice (optional)

How you make it:

  1. Whiz these sexy ingredients in your blender. 
  2. Flip your hair back and forth and shake your sexy butt cuz baby you’re fine as hell. 
  3. Feel good about yourself for enjoying a superfoodie summertime sexy smoothie. 

Peace, love and NO Beef!

Guramrit 

Super Green Smoothies

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I am a smoothie lover. I really enjoy making smoothies, seeing how much I can cram into the blender and trying out different flavor combinations (even though I have my goto’s). I began my smoothie journey back in 2012 when I bought a Ninja blender and vowed to make a smoothie every single day ( even in every season,¬†winter too). It just so happened that a 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge with Simple Green Smoothies was starting up at around the same time I began my new-found obsession. I never really thought of putting greens in smoothies (when you have a crummy blender, you understand why–think chunks). 2012 really marked the beginning of my journey to a healthier me so this was really perfect timing. The challenge asked us to replace at least one meal a day with a smoothie. My first thought, “Um, I am going to starve. Are you crazy?” Mind you this was before I did a juice cleanse so I was extremely attached to the idea of chewing and eating (boy do I love eating). The moment the mood swings, purging and attachment to chewing disappeared, I fell in love. I am super serious. I fell in love with green smoothies.

My friends over at Simple Green Smoothies offer 5 great reasons to LOVE green smoothies:

  1. Natural energy booster to keep a little pep in your step in the morning (and during those afternoon slumps).
  2. Natural weight loss can he a happy side effect of gulping these in place of a typical breakfast (just make sure to include healthy fats and protein to make it a more complete meal).
  3. Stay healthy all-year-long. Simple way to boost your immune system when you’re feeling under the weather.
  4. Packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. The phytonutrients in leafy greens boost your body’s immune system and keep it functioning properly.
  5. Hands down‚ÄĒ The best fast food.¬†It takes less than 5 minutes to make a green smoothie (and clean up!) and they‚Äôre super easy to take on the go‚Äď especially when you¬†prep ahead.

I have started to crave green smoothies. If I’m not in the mood to cook, I just whip out my greens, fruit and choice of liquid and create something delicious and nutritious. After acquiring my brand new blender of the Gods, the Vitamix, making smoothies is more fun than ever. ¬†To give my smoothies an extra boost, I include superfoods. But G, what is a superfood? Well, according to Oxford Dictionary a superfood is: a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.¬†Here are a few of my go-to superfoods that are a must in all of my smoothies (or at least most of them- depending on the flavor):

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 1.48.32 PMMaca: an ancient Peruvian tuber is a great natural source of energy. This adaptogen helps improve and attain balance in the body. It especially balances out the hormones helping tame PMS (you know those awful mood swings), increases fertility and helps boost mood as well as immunity. How can you go wrong with a little bit of maca? For maca newbies, start off with just a tablespoon in your smoothie and slowly increase to two tablespoons. An adScreen Shot 2014-01-22 at 1.48.54 PMded perk? It spices things up in the bedroom. Read more about the benefits of maca here.
  2. Camu Camu: this superfood has a sweet and sour flavor, which I really enjoy. It is an amazing source of vitamin C 
    containing 60 times more vitamin C than an orange! Camu is also a great anti-inflammatory, less inflammation equals less sickness.
  3. Flaxseed Oil (or Udo’s Omega Oil) is a great source of Omega 3’s. Not only do your Omega 3’s keep your heart healthy and¬†Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 1.49.23 PMdeliver a healthy dose of good fats to your system (more good fats help burn the bad ones), it boosts your mood. Ladies, that¬†time of the month has us all over the place and we need all the help we can get. Aside from that, your skin becomes more radiant and supple. Winning!
  4. Raw Cacao Powder: I am a chocoholic. Anything with chocolate in it, I am all over it. I only recently started adding this tomScreen Shot 2014-01-22 at 1.49.38 PMy smoothies (obviously not the ones with orange juice or tart cherry juice as a base- mostly coconut water or unsweetened nut milk). We all know that chocolate is loaded with flavonoids and increases endorphins in the body giving you a feeling of etherial bliss, right? But in its raw form you are getting much more! It is high in magnesium, zinc, protein, calcium, fiber and more. Raw cacao can also improve digestion, promote cardiovascular function & health while also lowering blood pressure. I know I have more of a reason to LOVE chocolate (raw, of course).
  5. GreeScreen Shot 2014-01-22 at 1.48.13 PMn Powder: I love my smoothies extra green. Even though in most of my smoothies I put at least 2 cups of greens, I love to add an extra scoop or two of green powder to give it more of a boost. I can instantly feel the energy and power (unlimited power said in¬†Darth Sidious’ voice). Right now I have two favorites: Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder and Philosophie’s Green Dream. I’m starting to favor the Green Dream powder more since it comes with hemp protein and I don’t have to add something extra to my smoothie (not that I really mind!). Green powders give you an extra boost of energy and liveliness. Say goodbye to caffeine (okay, maybe not goodbye) and hello to a rejuvenated version of you!

If you need a little help getting started with your green smoothies the infographic below really helps you put one together or you can sign up for free smoothie recipes at Simple Green Smoothies:

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(**NOTE: OMIT THE SWEETENERS YOU DO NOT NEED IT. Chopped Medjool Dates are a great alternative to sweeteners) 

I hope you start to enjoy some green smoothies and experiment. Make it your own! Add superfoods and be merry!

Peace, love and NO beef!

Guramrit

And that’s me enjoying a super delicious green smoothie after some yoga!