Dragon Fruit Smoothie

I've been making smoothies without bananas or dates lately to decrease my sugar and carb intake especially earlier in the morning. Using coconut meat or avocados instead of bananas emphasizes on eating more healthy fats, which are still filling and low-glycemic. 

Avoiding sweet and high carb foods in the morning will help decrease sugar cravings throughout the day. This smoothie does contain fruit but not a lot of high carb fruits and the dragon fruit packets are unsweetened. 

The best part about this smoothie is that it's naturally bright pink! Dragon fruit is naturally bright fuschia pink. It's also filled with iron, fiber, and magnesium, which should be incorporated into our daily diet. 

The cocao powder makes this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake, for all you chocolate lovers out there. Hope you enjoy it!



Ingredients:

2 packets of Pitaya Plus

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup mango

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

1 Tbsp. Cocao powder

1/2 Tbsp. Maca powder


Instructions:

1. Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Add more almond milk if it needs to be less thick. Enjoy! 

Triple Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Why eat cacao?

Cocao powder and nibs are extremely nutritional and powerful ingredients and superfood staples in my kitchen. They are high in magnesium, antioxidants, iron, omega fatty acids, flavanols, and fiber. They are one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the planet! Cocao nibs are made from pure cocao beans that come straight out of the tropical cocao fruit. The Cocao bean was culinary gold to Mesoamericans for many years and known as the "Food of Gods" for its superior nutritional profile and amazing flavor. Cocao powder is a great alternative to "cocoa" baking powder, because it is raw and  less processed than "cocao." Its rich in minerals and antioxidants and great to add to smoothies, baking and desserts.

I have so many in my cabinet, and just want to collect them all! Yes, it can be expensive to buy many of these superfood ingredients, but its well worth it and I find that they last me a a good amount of time. Buying online and using coupon and promo codes or when you see super foods on sale at the grocery store, don't hesitate to buy. Once you begin to start using these ingredients you'll realize there unlimited possibilities for including them in many of your recipes. You might even search new recipes to make that included superfood ingredients.

How do you cook with superfoods?

I always love experimenting with superfoods, and you can always use them in smoothies, oatmeal, when baking, cereals, oat and nut bars, homemade breads, and much more.

How does cocao taste?

Cocao nibs have a bitter flavor but add a nice chocolate chip crunch to your recipes, and you can also blend them in your smoothies so that aren't as crunchy. You can also buy sweetened cocao nibs if you prefer a bit of sweetness. They are natures chocolate chips, and when soaked in your smoothies or ice cream they become a little less crunchy and soak up some of the liquid.

This recipe is filled with chocolaty goodness and many of my favorite staple ingredients!

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients: 

Toppings:

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cocao nibs

1. Blend all smoothie ingredients together well, and top off with shredded coconut and cocao nibs. Enjoy!

Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl

You may be seeing a lot of turmeric infused items on the menu. It's become a super popular ingredient to use lately. Why? Because of its anti-inflammatory properties. This spice has been used for centuries, but it seems like in the US we are just catching on. 

I have been taking turmeric supplements every morning, to help relieve joint pains,  reduce puffiness after waking up, and help my digestive system work properly throughout the day. I take this first thing when I wake up in the morning on an empty stomach so my body absorbs the nutrients quicker. 

You can also add this spice to savory curries, sweet smoothies or smoothie bowls, homemade breads, and it would be great if added to homemade granolas or trail mixes. A little of this goes a long way. 

Turmeric is extremely rich in antioxidants which help to protect your body's cells and keep them intact, and stimulates your bodies antioxidant enzymes. A lot of studies and research has been done testing the effects of turmeric on patients dealing with depression, cancer and alzheimer's, and they've shown significant improvement and even the ability to ward off these diseases. Powerful stuff! 

All the more reason to take turmeric daily and add it to everything! Hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below! 



Makes 1 smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of  Shine Organics Elevate
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. maca powder (optional)

Toppings

  • Pistachios
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blood orange
  • Coconut flakes
  • Kiwi

Instructions:

1. Blend together all of the smoothie ingredients until smooth. 

2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings! Enjoy!


Asian Kale Salad


Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Garlic Ginger Dressing: 

  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 inch ginger (grated)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 cup tamari 
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar 

Instructions: 

1. Prepare salad by washing kale, and tearing the leaves off the stem. Roughly chop and place in salad bowl.

2. Thinly slice the carrot, and dice the yellow pepper and avocado. Add to the kale. 

3. Mix together all of the ingredients for the garlic ginger dressing. Add as much dressing as you would like and message kale. 

4. Sprinkle seasame seeds on top. Enjoy!





Tropical Smoothie

I usually make the same few smoothies at home, made with berries and cocao powder, but when I received my colorful box of Natalie's hand crafted juices I was immediately inspired to create something different!

I went with using their mango orange juice, because those are two of my favorite juices put together, so you can't really go wrong. 

Just because I don't live in a tropical paradise (which one day I hope to) doesn't mean I can't treat myself to the fruits that grow there. This smoothie celebrates all of those fresh, tart, and sweet flavors. Filled with coconut, banana, pineapple, mango, and fresh orange juice. 

Making something as simple as a smoothie can just bring you back to that time you were at the beach, and hey, if you're lucky enough to be living on a beach take this smoothie with you! 



Ingredients:



Instructions: 

1. Blend all of the ingredients together until mixture is smooth. 

2. Pour smoothie mixture into glass and top off with a few coconut chips. Enjoy! 



Infused Water

This recipe is part of Dig Inn's Wellness Series. Dig Inn is a farm-to-counter restaurant serving up real, good food here in NYC with a focus on seasonal, vegetable-friendly cooking.



Not only are these waters pretty to look at, but they are also flavorful and detoxifying. I recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day, about 9 glasses, and infusing your water adds a fun twist to an everyday routine. Getting bored of drinking plain old water every day?  Using fresh organic ingredients guarantees flavor and beneficial nutrients.

I decided to make 4 different recipes, although I wanted to make way more! The combinations are unlimited!

I used large 800 ML mason jars for this recipe. For more flavor allow these to infuse overnight. You can stir and drink them right away, but they will have more flavor the longer they sit. I also continue to refill them with water once I’ve finished drinking them, until the fruit doesn’t have any more juice to ad to the water. You can get about 2-3 servings per jar.


Pineapple Ginger Infused Water

My favorite flavor was the pineapple and ginger infused water. The pineapple adds a nice tart sweetness and the ginger adds a little spice. Pineapple is extremely rich in vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants. Did you know that pineapple contains half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C? Fresh pineapple is not only sweet and delicious, but it also aids in detoxing your body, thanks to the presence of bromelian, a powerful digestive enzyme. This enzyme has been proven to aid in digesting protein, breaking down fats, and reducing inflammation. Pineapple is also packed with manganese, which has been recommended by nutritionists as a way to boost your mood if you’re experiencing symptoms of PMS.  Ginger helps to alleviate pain and inflammation, stimulates circulation, and also settles your stomach if feeling nauseous.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced)
  • Water

Strawberry, Cucumber, and Mint Infused Water

The second recipe is infused with cucumber, strawberries, and fresh mint. Cucumbers are known to reduce your risk of cancer, fight inflammation, and the B vitamins found in cucumbers help to manage stress. Strawberries are an immunity booster because they are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also promote eye health, fight bad cholesterol, and aid in weight management. Mint calms indigestion, is a natural stimulant and fights against fatigue and depression. It also contains an antioxidant, which is known to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies. This mixture is super powerful!

Ingredients:

  •  ¼ cucumber thinly sliced
  • 5 strawberries
  • 3 sprigs of mint leaves
  • Water

Orange, Kiwi, and Blueberry Infused Water

The orange, kiwi, and blueberry infused water is citrusy and delicious! Oranges are full of vitamin C and great for immunity, and are full of beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from being damaged. Kiwi’s are rich is vitamin C and this helps to improve skin texture, prevent damage caused by the sun, and smooth wrinkles. The blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which are also great for your skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small orange
  • 1 kiwi
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • Water 

Melon Infused Water

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The melon water is infused with watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. This is rich in vitamin C and Vitamin A, and Vitamin A is important for healthy teeth, skin, bone and mucous membranes. It helps the vision system by promoting retinal health.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 chunks watermelon
  • 4-5 chunks cantaloupe
  • 4-5 chunks honeydew melon
  • Water 


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