Magical Mango Cacao Shake

This is a decadent, thick and creamy mango-lassi-like-but-vegan shake!  There are only four ingredients so it’s a quick and easy treat.

Ingredients:
1. 1./4 cup vanilla soymilk (more if you want to make it a little less thick)
2. 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
3. 1 tablespoon of raw cacao nibs
4. Drizzles of agave to your liking (a little agave goes a long way!)

Direction: Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  In a Vitamix, I put this on setting 4 for two minutes.

So yummy – enjoy!

Superfruit Berry Cacao Smoothie

Here’s a quick smoothie to cool down on this super sunny, decadent 70 degree SF day.

Ingredients:
1. One cup frozen berries (I used super fruit berry blend from Costco pictured below)
2. 1/2 cup of vanilla soy milk, 1/2 cup water
3. 1/2 banana
4. 1 tbspn cacao nibs
5. 1.5 tbpsn honey (you can use less sweetener but I found the Super fruit berries were pretty tart!)

Directions: Put everything in a blender and blend for about a minute or until you get to your desired consistency.  In a Vitamix, I made this on ‘setting 5’ for  one minute.

Enjoy and if you’re off to bask in the sunshine in Dolores park, see you there :)!

Pineapple, Perisan cucumber & Mint Juice

Let’s get this week started right! Since I was just generously gifted my Vitamix  couple weeks ago (thank you Aunt Naomi!!!), I’ve been making juices and smoothies most mornings, and this is one of my favorite ones yet.

Ingredients (for two 16 oz. juices – scale up or down as you like):
1. 1/3 of a pineapple
2. 1 small Persian cucumber (skin on or off)
3. a few mint sprigs
4. 2 tbspn honey
5. 2.5 cups of water

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  In a Vitamix, I put this on setting #5 for about a minute and it was blended to perfection. 

And since it’s Monday and I’ve spent the weekend reading Rumi poems, here are a couple of  Rumi quotes to enjoy with your juice :):
-“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
-“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
-“This is now.  Now is. Don’t postpone til then.  Spend the spark of iron on the stone.  Sit at the head of the table; dip your spoon in the bowl.  Seat yourself next your joy and have your awakened soul pour wine…You’re the tailor, settled among his shop goods, quietly sewing.” 

Blackberry Mint Cacao Super Smoothie

In honor of the sun gloriously greeting us in San Francisco today, I decided to make smoothies with some of the blackberry bounty we picked up this weekend at our local Alemany Farmers Market ($5 for 3 boxes!!).  If you find yourself in SF on a Saturday morning (8 am -2pm), it’s definitely worth checking out the sprawling, affordable, mural-feast-for-they-eyes Alemany farmer’s market, which I just learned was the first farmer’s market founded in all of California (see here).   Anyways here is the Alemany farmer’s market inspired smoothie: I used some of the blackberries and souped it up with raw cacao superfood (which adds a yummy crunchy texture), mint from our garden, and lightly sweetened with agave.

Ingredients (for 1 smoothie, multiply proportionally if you are making a few at a time):
1. 1 cup of soy milk (My favorite is Organic Vanilla Silk, which you can get at Costco or other natural food stores)
2. 1/8 cup blackberries
3. 1/8 cup frozen berries (I used these instead of ice so it doesn’t get watered down, but if you don’t have on hand you can replace with a couple ice cubes)
4. 1 tbsp agave
5. 2-3 mint sprigs
6. 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs (I use Divine Organics but you can use any)

Directions:  Put all ingredients in a blender until everything is well mixed.  Note the cacao nibs will likely stay a little chunky, which gives the smoothie a nice contrasting crunchy texture.  Enjoy, ideally on a hammock or any sun spot you can carve out :).

Strawberry watermelon basil coconut smoothie

My boyfriend Marcus planted basil in our garden recently, which is a great accompaniment to watermelon in both salads and juices.  I got some yummy mini organic seedless watermelons from Costco, and used them with a couple of strawberries, some fresh Thai coconut water and some basil to make this delicious juice.  It’s naturally very sweet from the coco water and watermelon so no added sweeteners are needed.  

Ingredients:

1. 1/2 mini seedless watermelon
2. 1/2 1 large Thai coconut water (you can substitute 8 oz. of coconut water from canned coconut if you can’t find or open fresh ones)
3. 2-3 large strawberries 
4. 1/2 lime 
5. 4 large basil leaves
Directions:
1. Cut up watermelon and strawberries and place in blender
2. Open Thai coconut (we use the coco jack to do so, which makes it easy) and pour in 1/2 of the coconut juice contents 
3. Squeeze in 1/2 lime juice directly
4. Add basil leave
5. Blend until all ingredients are well blended into juice
Makes 1 large juice or 2 smaller juices.  Enjoy!!! 

Tropical Hawaiian Vegan Shake

Blessed to be in Kauai celebrating my one year anniversary with my love Marcus.  On our second day here we stumbled upon a pretty sweet farmer’s market in Hanalei (Saturday morning 9 am-noon) chalk full of all kinds of tropical fruit.  All this tropical bounty begs for a smoothie so I created this avocado, banana, macadamia nut, vanilla soy smoothie sweetened with local honey from a road side organic stop off called Banana Joes.  Only takes a few minutes to prepare and leads to organic, creamy, rich deliciousness – great way to start your day or a great afternoon treat too!

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup vanilla soymilk (I’ve tried almost every brand and think Silk is the tastiest)
2. 1/4 avocado
3. 1 small banana or 1/2 large bana
4. 3-4 macadamia nuts
5. Optional: A few slices of fresh coconut meat if you can find some- otherwise you can leave this out or substitute with 1 tbsp of dried shredded coconut
6. Honey- drizzle amount to your liking: I do about 1 tbsp
7. 2 ice cubes

Directions: Blend everything together and enjoy – share with your love!

Chai-nana smoothie

I love my Soy Chai lattes; whether hot or cold, morning or afternoon, the cardamom, cinnamon, and sometimes ginger in chai is always soul-warming. This morning I was inspired to infuse a classic soymilk, banana smoothie with chai and it turned out delicious,
and is super easy to make:

Ingredients:
1. 1.5 cups of vanilla soymilk
2. 1/2 banana
3. 1/2 cup chai mix (I like Oregon Chai original mix)
4. Optional adds on: Cacao nibs (love that these give a crunchy texture), chia seeds for added fiber, or shredded coconut for a tropical twist.  I put in all three and really liked how it came out – the cacao nibs were especially yummy. 

Directions: Blend everything in a blender until you get to desired consistency.  Buen provecho!

Persimmon Power Smoothie

Today I’m doing a double workout day – bar method and a run – so wanted a pre-workout smoothie to power through.  Persimmons are one of my favorite fruits, and while they are perfect to eat raw, they also taste grate blended up in a smoothie.   They are chalk full of fiber and vitamins so in addition to tasting delicious they are a sweet treat for the body too. This simple smoothie has only six ingredients and you can make it quickly for morning fuel on the go.

 Ingredients:
1. 1 cup vanilla soymilk (almond milk would probably work well too)
2. 1 fuyu persimmon, sliced
3. 1 medjool date, chopped
4. 5 walnuts
5. Chia seeds- about 1 tbsp
6. dash of cinammon

Directions: Put all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency (I like mine to still be a little chunky so don’t blend until perfectly smooth).

Enjoy!!