Category Archives for "Juices & Smoothies"

Karma Shamrock Shake

Looking for a healthier alternative to that kid-favorite Shamrock Shake? Check out this delicious, vegan version I whipped up using fresh mint, your favorite vanilla protein powder and raw cashews for creaminess. You won’t even know the difference!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup cashews (I store them in the freezer, so they replace ice)
  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 8 fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
  • large handful fresh baby spinach or kale

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy, green and smooth!

Delicious Creamy Golden Milk

Golden Milk, made with turmeric and ginger, is used as an anti-inflammatory in the Ayurvedic tradition. Usually made with cow’s milk, I make mine with almond or coconut milk, so it’s vegan. It’s great to curb sugar cravings at night and awesome for digestion.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp powdered turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 10 oz. of almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
  • Raw honey or grade B maple syrup, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (regular is fine too)

 

 

Spiced Almond Milk

This healthy, creamy treat is perfect to satisfy those nighttime sugar cravings. And it will comfort you and lull you off to sleep!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 oz. almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Grade B maple syrup
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash cloves

Heat gently in a saucepan over low heat until warm.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Fall is my favorite time of year. And I love when Pumpkins come back in season. I usually buy about 5 or 6 sugar pie pumpkins and roast them up to store in the freezer for the whole season. Then I can make pies, smoothies, ice creams, and other yummy desserts. This smoothie is delicious and packed with protein, depression fighting nutrients and tons of flavor. Enjoy it for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It’s so decadently divine.

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz almond or coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 c. pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 c. cashews ( i freeze mine – as they take place of ice)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 3 drops stevia or 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional, for an extra boost)
  • Optional ice if you want a thicker shake

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until creamy smooth.

“It’s Peachy Green” Smoothie

My Peachy Green smoothie is peachy keen alright. It’s light and tropicalicious. It will transport you right to the islands. Adding spinach or kale gives it even more of a powerful, nutritious punch.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 oz unsweetened nut milk of choice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
  • 2 large handfuls raw spinach or kale

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Creamy, Raw Nut Milk

Vegan Nut Milks are super simple to make, really delicious and good for you. Soaking nuts can help cut the fat content down as well.

Be sure to always use raw nuts, as they are more nutrient dense then their roasted counterparts, and have less saturated fat.

I love to also make hemp milk using hemp seeds. You can get creative with this recipe and use whatever kind of nuts you like.

This nut milk is also a great base for vegan ice creams, especially if you have access to an ice cream maker! YUM!

Also, great to use on cereal, oatmeal or quinoa brekkie bowl, or used as a base for your morning smoothie!!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw almonds or cashews, soaked overnight
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Stevia or coconut nectar/palm sugar, to taste
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract or beans of a whole vanilla bean
  • dash of cardamom, cinnamon or nutmeg (be creative, and use what you like)

After soaking almonds, drain and rinse them well. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you want the milk completely smooth,  strain the milk through a fine sieve strainer or cheesecloth. Otherwise leave in the chunky bits for added nutrition and fiber!!

Acai Chocolate Power Smoothie

This smoothie is not only delicious, but it’s packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, protein and energy boosting goodies. It’s perfect for after a workout, or an afternoon pick me up.

Feel free to leave out the cacao, or to add any other flavors you want. I like it just the way it is, but creativity is something I always encourage in the kitch!

Remember to always buy organic berries, and unsweetened nut-milks (learn how to make your own nut milk here.) This will help to keep the sugar lower and more from natural sources.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz of liquid (water, almond milk, coconut water – you choose) (I like to do 1/2 almond milk and 1/2 coconut water)
  • 1/2 c. frozen cherries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 acai packet (this is sold in the freezer section in convenient packets)
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (great for energy)
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons organic peanut butter, or raw almond butter
  • 1 scoop Vanilla RAW Sun Warrior protein powder (in my opinion the best vegan protein powder available)

I love to also add a greens powder to my smoothie, like Macro Greens. Or feel free to add some raw kale or spinach for an extra green boost.

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If too thick, add more liquid until desired consistency.

Minty Hot Chocolate – Vegan

Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite warm, comforting drinks. Since my body doesn’t like dairy, I made this delicious vegan version which is great at holiday time or on any cold night. I love to make a batch of it for when my girlfriends come over and we top it with my coconut whipped cream. Delish and soothing

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 c. almond Milk or coconut milk, Unsweetened
  • 1 TBS raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 tsp xylitol or maple syrup (add more if you want sweeter)

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine all ingredients and whisk well to combine. Be careful to not overheat and do not boil!