Archive for Smoothies

Candy Cane Green Smoothie

So I’m going for healthy and festive here! Not only will this smoothie get you in the holiday spirit… it will freshen your breath. Come on, you may find yourself under the magic mistletoe with that special someone. The question is, does anyone even hang mistletoe anymore?!? 

I’ve been playing with this recipe and there are so many variations that there are no excuses not to partake! It first came about because I bought Westsoy’s Chocolate Peppermint Stick Soy Beverage. I used it in my smoothie and it was amazing. Then I went back to get more, the store was out and I couldn’t find it anywhere. So, I thought I would just make a similar smoothie from scratch so that my friends would be able to replicate it with ease.  I used Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate Milk out of laziness as part of my concoction, but there’s no reason you can’t use regular almond milk and add Cacao powder. Or skip the chocolate all together. There is no real reason for chocolate being involved other than an excuse for a treat! 

Let’s not forget my other favorite Holiday Nog Recipe. You will find me sipping on it at some point this weekend. So Delicious brand just came out with a version of Nog, I may have to try this! If I know them, my favorite nog drink now has the potential to turn out even richer. I’m all about that!

Oh yes, and the Christmas cookies. I haven’t started baking yet but I will be continuing where I left off last year, veganizing the family favorites. I am playing around with a raw/vegan almond crescent cookie, rolled in powdered sugar and our favorite traditional candy cane cookies! I found a similar vegan recipe I want to try. I may add almond extract too (per our original recipe) and add our famous touch, which is sprinkling real crushed candy canes and organic sugar on these cookies right when they are hot out of the oven. It sure makes them pretty! So that’s tomorrow’s project. Wish me luck…

Enjoy candy cane cookies along side your candy cane green smoothie. Hey, it’s the holidays! If you are feeling a little guilty just make your green smoothie even greener. Add my favorite green superfood powder. I am already on my third jar of this stuff!

I know the holidays are usually rushed and hectic. This year I have not forgotten about those less fortunate. I found an amazing program that makes it possible to help someone help themselves. The program is called Kiva. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. So this means that people who face poverty in the most remote places in the world can get the help they need to help themselves and others! How cool is this? The plan is to get your money back however there is a small chance that you may not. That doesn’t bother me. I never write off my tithing or giving on my taxes nor do I have plans to. It’s a gift. Read more about Kiva and how it works. What are some great giving ideas you have to help those less fortunate this holiday season? Please share in the comment section at the end of the post.

I had some fun with this photo shoot… check out the slideshow and recipe below!

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Candy Cane Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 large handfuls of organic Spinach
  • 1/2 of a large ripe Avocado
  • 1 cup cold non dairy Chocolate milk such as Almond Breeze
  • 1/4 tsp (give or take) pure Peppermint Extract
  • Agave optional

Directions

Combine all ingredients in your high power blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust if necessary, depending on how strong or sweet you prefer it!

May your holidays be filled with love, peace, joy and prosperity and that whatever you give from your heart comes back million fold!

Enjoy!

~The Karmatarian

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Plumberry Thyme Smoothie

Summer is winding down. Kiddos are going back to school. Although, you wouldn’t know Summer is on it’s way out with the heat wave we are experiencing here in Chicago today and tomorrow. I shouldn’t complain. I do a fair share over our brutal Winters. So let’s enjoy “Summer” while we can, shall we?

Now that I have my new Vitamix. Just call me smoothie crazy! Call me inspired. Call me what you will… as long as you call me healthy. The possibilities are endless with this mother of all blending machines! I am still in the process of setting up my my Karmatarian e-store again since Amazon booted us Illinoisans from their affiliate program. In the meantime, I am happy to let you know that I can offer you free shipping on your new best friend… the Vitamix 5200! I have been using in love with my new blender for about 3 months so far and I plan to share my thoughts in detail very soon. For now, I am being held hostage. I have to style tons of wedding hair, along with supplying cuts and organic colors to help beautify our world every single day of this holiday weekend. I’m happy to do it, really (you can’t see my facial expression right now). No break for Mommy!

I do have a fun smoothie to share while it’s still “summer”. It’s different. I like different. It’s certainly not hard to get more variety into your life with a good blender in tow. I recommend the Vitamix! Smile. I haven’t told you yet how awesome it is!!! Seriously, email me if you want more info on the blender of your dreams and free shipping!

Ok, back to my recipe. Fresh plums which are coming into their best early fall, frozen blueberries, thyme and agave help make up this fragrantly tasting smoothie.

Plums benefit us with their mineral rich content. Potassium, Fluoride and Iron. They offer B-complex vitamins. Vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber.

Blueberries are known as leaders in the antioxidant department and also contain vitamin C, Manganese and fiber. 

Fresh Thyme has a pretty impressive list of health benefits. It is part of the mint family and like all the members of the mint family, they possess terpenoids known for their cancer preventive properties.

Plumberry & Thyme Smoothie

What You’ll Need

3 Plums, dark purplish-red, ripe, pitted

1/2 Cup or so, Frozen Blueberries

1 Tbs chopped fresh Thyme  (extra sprigs to decorate if desired)

Handful of Ice

2-3 tsp Agave

Did you say you want to add Lemon? Go for it! Lemon compliments this quite nicely.

Directions

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until a smoothie like consistency. Add more agave and ice to taste.

Enjoy your holiday weekend everyone! I’ll be a workin’  :)

The Karmatarian~

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