Ginger Turmeric Chai Spice Cashew Latte

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My sister Jill came for a visit and around 8pm she was like…”I want something hot, rich and creamy, frothy and yum like sweet steamed milk but vegan”…in about 30 seconds flat, we had this major revelation in a  mug….SO DELICIOUS….SO GOOD. I make this in my Vitamix and blend it for at least a couple of minutes giving it a nice heady froth. I haven’t missed coffee since! I actually woke up this morning and CHOSE this over my brew. SO spicy and warming- I love it. Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial super root so ya, this is for your health. 😉

1/4c cashews

1″piece of ginger

1 1/4c boiling water

1/4t turmeric powder

Pinch vanilla powder or 1/2t vanilla

1/2t cinnamon

Pinch chai spice *opt

Pinch pink salt

Pinch nutmeg

2t agave or maple syrup

Combine all ingredients into a blender and process until well combined and frothy- about 2 minutes. Top with more cinnamon and nutmeg.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous.

Almond Kefir / Fermented Almond Milk

Almond Kefir/ Fermented Almond Milk

Almonds have an amazing nutritional profile, filled with protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. This is an easy, digestible way to get them into your diet and benefit your gut health as well. Because it is cultured, it is filled with probiotics, amazing to fortify your digestive tract when taken daily. Start off with small doses in smoothies, about 1/4c to start. It is sour in nature and adds this amazing yogurt sort of lassi flavor that pairs incredibly well with fruits such as strawberries, pineapples, and mangoes. For a creamier milk, you can remove the skins…I am too busy to add the step, I do not mind the skins!

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I keep mine in 2 cup ball jars for easy to measure to make 2 smoothies at one time. It is also easier to make different flavors with smaller portions!

1c raw almonds, sprouted (soaked overnight, drained)

8c water

4 capsules vegan probiotic, opened into the milk and stirred

In a blender, combine the nuts with the 1/3 of the water and blend until completely smooth. Add the remaining water and blend again until completely blended. Pour the cream though a nutmilk bag or through a fine mesh strainer into a glass pitcher or wide mout ball jar- discard the pulp or make use of it in smoothies, crackers etc.

Add in the probiotic and gently stir with a wood spoon. Cover with a cloth and place in a warm spot overnight to let the culture do its thing. When ready, the “kefir” will be under a layer of fatty almond cream- at this point you can separate the clearest liquid from the solids (Kefir) or you can combine it and use this for your smoothies (fermented almond milk). You can reserve about 1/4c of the kefir to use as a starter for your next batch, and you can continue to do so for 3-4 more batches.

The kefir can be flavored further. One of my favorites is to add orange slices and a little bit of sweetener and let that sit once again overnight- then refrigerated. This recipe can also be blended altogether and enjoyed as a orange creamsicle style smoothie.

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

*chia seed pudding

With its tapioca-like consistency, this recipe makes for a great tasting and deliciously filling raw food dessert or healthy breakfast. It is an amazing source of omega-3’s and beneficial energy nutrients.  Feel free to add more or less sweetener, vanilla, or other ingredients like hemp seeds, walnuts, fruit etc.

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups sweetened cashew nut milk:

    1/2c raw cashews

2c water

    2T coconut sugar or raw agave

    1t vanilla

    1T coconut oil

    Pinch pink salt

1/3c chia seeds

Pinch cinnamon *opt

DIRECTIONS

Make the sweet nut milk. In a medium sized bowl, add the seeds and pour the milk in, stirring every 30 seconds or so for about 5-6 minutes; the chia will begin to plump and swell. When all is well combined, let stand for 20-30 minutes stirring the mixture every 5 minutes or so until it thickens into a nice tapioca pudding consistency. I prefer eating this after at least an hour or even over night but is delicious and a bit crunchy earlier on. Serve on its own or with fresh fruit.

Cacao Super Smoothie

*cacao super smoothie

An amazing way to start your day energized and ready to go! Unlike coffee which is actually creating an energy deficit, this smoothie offers sustained energy backed with crazy antioxidants, beneficial omega 3’s, and hormone balancing deliciousness.

Cacao Super Smoothie

1c almond or cashew nut milk

1T hemp seed

2t raw agave, palm sugar or raw local honey

1T Maca powder

1t lucuma powder

1T chia seeds

2T cacao powder

1T goji berries

1T golden flax seeds

1t vanilla

1c scoop protein powder

Pinch salt

Pinch cinnamon

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1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie

*banana vanilla smoothie

Tastes more like a giant vanilla milkshake!!! Usually I am not a fan of bananas in my smoothies, this…is SO DELICIOUS.

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie

1c nut milk

1T hemp seeds

1t raw agave or raw local honey

2c chopped, frozen bananas

1 heaping T tocos

1T gold flax seeds

1T coconut oil

1t vanilla powder

1 scoop protein powder

1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

Cacao Maca Power Smoothie

*cacao maca power smoothie

LIKE THE BEST EVER. RAW. AWESOMENESS. Pre or post workout. Fricken phenomenal.

Cacao Maca Power Smoothie

1c almond or cashew nut milk

1T hemp seed

2t raw agave or raw local honey

1T raw coconut oil

1T Maca powder

1t lucuma powder

1T tocos

2T cacao powder

1T golden flax seeds

1t vanilla

1cscoop protein powder

Pinch salt

1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

Mango Recovery Power Smoothie- Omega 3’s

*mango recovery power smoothie

Mango Recovery Power Smoothie- Omega 3’s  

1c almond milk

1T hemp seed

1T Golden flax seeds

2t raw agave or raw local honey

1T chia seeds

1 generous cup of mango- or one smallish mango

1t vanilla

1T coconut oil

1 scoop protein powder

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1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

*optional 1T bee pollen

Mint Julep Coconut Power Smoothie- Omega 3 Blast

*mint julep omega 3 power smoothie

Mint Julep Coconut Power Smoothie- Omega 3 Blast

1c almond milk

1T hemp seed

1T Golden flax seeds

2t raw agave or raw local honey

1/2c raw Coconut

1T chia seeds

1/2t peppermint extract

1 generous handful of fresh spinach

1t vanilla

1T coconut oil

1 scoop protein powder

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1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

Strawberry Coconut Omega 3 Boost Power Smoothie

*Strawberry Coconut Omega 3 Boost Power Smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Omega 3 Boost Power Smoothie

1c almond nut milk

1T hemp seed

1/4c coconut meat

1t raw agave or raw local honey

1c strawberries

1t maca powder

1T chia seeds

1T golden flax

1t vanilla

1scoop protein powder

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1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.

Chocolate Cacao Maca Almond Butter Power Smoothie

CHOCOLATE ALMOND POWER SMOOTHIE

Chocolate Cacao Maca Almond Butter Power Smoothie

1c almond or cashew nut milk

1T hemp seed

2t raw agave or raw local honey

1T raw Almond Butter

1T Maca powder

2T cacao powder

1T golden flax seeds

1t vanilla

1scoop protein powder

pinch salt

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1c ice

Blend all ingredients together except the ice and process until smooth- taste and adjust if needed

Add the ice and blend just until smooth.