Blueberry Lavender Smoothie

I have added Kefir to Rainbow Light Nutrition, & the whole family is loving it! My intuition was telling me that we needed to add more fermented foods to our yogic diet. Today, my son asked for a smoothie (he calls it “Foon-ee”) for lunch, so I made a Blueberry Lavender smoothie with it – YUM! I used an organic kefir, & then added frozen blackberries, blueberries, a bit of agave nectar, hempseed, & dried lavender flowers from our garden. If I wanted to add a superfood, I would probably add some goji berry powder, today I kept it simple.

 

I will offer some Kefir basics, please do your research if you want more detailed info. I am still in the process of finding the right fit in someone to provide me with Kefir grains, as I would prefer to make my own. If anybody has a good source, by all means pass it along. For now, I have found an organic variety from the store that works.

What is Kefir? It is one of the oldest cultured milks, & has been called the champagne of milk. It contains several species of lactic cultures using active Kefir grains plus Kefir cultures.  Kefir grain is not a true grain ; but a culture that is a combination of yeast & bacteria. It can be made with milk, goats milk, soy milk, & vegan (using water grains called japanese water crystals) without any dairy.

Why is it beneficial? It restores the intestinal flora from people recovering from many different serious illnesses, or from the treatment of anti-biotics. It provides many minerals & important amino acids. It is a great source of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, B1, B12, Vit K, & biotin. All of these provide synergistic healing and maintenance for the body. It is also pre-digested which means that it is tolerated well even by those who are lactose intolerant.

What illnesses does it help treat? Cancer, AIDS, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, colitis, herpes, leaky gut, immune disorders, ADHD, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, & more.

The Cultures in Kefir Lactococcuslactis subsp., Leuconostocsubsp., Streptococcus thermophiles, Lactobacillus subsp.,  L. casei, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, B. bacterium,  and others.

The difference between Kefir & yogurt- Most yogurts today are  “pseudo-yogurts”. They contain all kinds of added sugars, artificial sugars, hormones and anti-biotics, not to mention most only contain one type of pro-biotic culture. Kefir contains a variety of cultures without the rest of that garbage. 


I think this Kefir is going to be an easy one!! Now I just have to learn how to make it!

As always, Cheers to your pristine health- Body, Mind & Spirit!

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Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess ingredients

The swiss chard in our garden Is looking gorgeous. The last of what’s left of the summer garden until the late fall stuff gets going. Almost so pretty it’s hard to pluck it for smoothie time!……The Green Goddess knows that when what she desires is also amazingly positive for her vitality and energy, it’s a win-win.

Thanks swiss chard for inspiring the latest Green Goddess Smoothie today, you are loved and appreciated.  I am making steady progress on the smoothie book some of you know I’ve been working on, & can’t wait for the opportunity to share all the recipes I’ve been experimenting with over the last couple years.

Now for the recipe- my brothers and sisters who appreciate those incredible little hydrogen bubbles, pure energy, & juicy green goddess greatness…..

Green Goddess Smoothie

(all ingredients are organic & fresh, unless indicated)

1/4 green bell pepper

1 stalk- celery

handful- green grapes

1 kiwi- chunked

1/2 cup- cilantro

1 handful- mixed dark leafy greens(* I used swiss chard, kale, & red leaf lettuce today.  Spinach is awesome too!)

1 tbsp- shelled hempseed

1tbsp -chia seeds

1 red radish- sliced

1/2 cup 100% Litchi juice

1tsp. bee pollen

ice

filtered water

Blend, serve, enjoy the green energy! Hemp seed and chia seeds can be found online or in health food stores. Use caution with bee pollen if you are not sure about allergies. It is one of the most ancient and nutrient dense foods on this planet, which I will elaborate on in a future post. Try a few granules first, and work up to a tsp. or more if it’s new to you.

YOU ROCK GREEN LOVE!

Mango Peach Peace Lassi

I was getting asked for recipes all the time; & realized I needed a way to share with the world some kitchen love without time consuming handwriting or emailing.  Not to mention I am an Italian/Irish mama; so I hardly ever rely on recipes!! I store these things in the recipe box in my heart.

Most of the time what I make I call kitchen magic.  What I do is consider everything a co-creation with Spirit in the sense that I let go, love, laugh, play, & mix together what I have on hand. I am not afraid to try and have something be a flop. My patty pan squash the other night is a great example of a flop!!! I also get a thrill taking other recipes and giving them a little “tweakage”. My kids are by far my biggest critics, & my hubby is my biggest fan. Some of my best dishes involve drumming, dancing, chanting, or singing in my kitchen as I am making them.

So here goes my first recipe blog share. I’m going to do these from time to time, although I am not  going to give away the farm so to speak, because I have started writing my first book, & it’s a collection of recipes! Summer is fruit-tastic, and makes me want more smoothies, fresh fruit, & cold drinks! Lately, I have been making mango peach lassi’s and they are a hit with the whole family.


MANGO PEACH PEACE LASSI

1 – 2 whole organic peaches (sliced)- fresh or frozen

1 -2 cups mango- fresh or frozen

1/2  pint organic yogurt

2 Tbs raw sugar, or 2 Tbs raw honey

2 cups almond or coconut milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

cinnamon to taste

nutmeg to taste

shredded organic coconut to garnish

Put all items into a blender, & blend away!  I like to use the frozen fruit so that ice isn’t neccessary.  You can add ice to reach desired consistency. You can also substitute water for the milk, or use your preferred type of milk. Add the whipped cream on top, garnish with the coconut & voila! Enjoy. Serves 1-3 depending on how much fruit you use.

WHIPPED CREAM

1 cup heavy whipping cream (I like local and rbgH free)

2-3 TBS of raw sugar

Using an electric mixer on lowest setting, add the whipping cream to a metal bowl with the sugar, & mix for a couple minutes. Then slowly increase the speed until you have a fluffy cream.  The more fat content of your cream, the more bubbles you will get, the more fluffy it will be. One cup of cream makes 2 cups.

As Strega Nona says “The ingrediente secreto is Love. Always Love.”