Juices & Smoothies

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Quick Delicious Shake

Published January 23, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I’ve run out of spinach!

Luckily, Mr H should be able to pick me some up at work tonight, but meanwhile… what can I put in my green smoothie? (I’ve taken to making sure I get a couple of pints of green smoothie every day because I feel better on it.)

Well, disaster averted because I have some standby Wheatgrass Powder; not as good as the fresh stuff, but not a bad substitute.

Wheatgrass powder is 21% protein, 22% carbohydrate and only 2% fat. It has lots of fibre and also contains plenty of magnesium and zinc, as well as a bit of sodium.

I made this delicious quick smoothie (which didn’t even need straining)

Wheatgrass & Blueberry Super-Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 pints Water Kefir (I always have some of this available!)

1 handful Blueberries (I used frozen)

1 dsp Wheatgrass powder

2 tsp Baobab powder

2 dsp Purple Corn flour

1 Banana

1 tsp Coconut oil

Agave nectar to taste

Blend everything together and enjoy

It’s a lovely dark purple colour, so my crown chakra is buzzing now!

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Almonds, Almonds, Everywhere…

Published January 22, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I have neglected my blog for the past week, but I’m back now and I do have a big bag of almonds

Almonds

Image by Shelby PDX via Flickr

I made this delicious milk when I came home from work today:

Strawberry Almond Milk

Equipment

Blender/liquidizer

Nut milk bag

Ingredients

1½ pints water

1 cup almonds

2 cups strawberries (I used frozen because it is January, but fresh is probably best)

Method

Soak the almonds overnight.

Place in blender with water and strawberries

Blend thoroughly

Sieve through a nut milk bag

Save the pulp to make Almond biscuits

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Having drunk half the milk, I made the rest into this: (this is what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow.)

Cheery Berry Chia

Equipment

Dry grinder (optional)

Mixing bowl

Ingredients

1 pint strawberry almond milk

4 dessertspoons chia seed

1 cup cranberries (I used dried)

1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)

3 teaspoons agave or maple syrup

Method

Coarsely grind the chia seeds (you could use milled chia seeds instead)

Mix all the ingredients together and leave overnight

Options

I added 1 teaspoon baobab powder and a multivitamin, because I like to get a powerhouse in for breakfast.

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 I wanted to use the pulp from the Strawberry Almond milk to make some biscuits (cookies), but I needed this first:

Almond Butter

Equipment

Food Processor

Ingredients

2 cups almonds

Drop hemp seed oil

Pinch salt

Teaspoon agave nectar

Method

Place almonds in food processor and process for several minutes.

If the food processor is powerful enough, it should eventually form nut butter, but I had to add a drop of help oil to get the blending underway. Finally, when you have a smooth butter, add salt and agave (optional)

Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Will last a few days.

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With all my ingredients to hand, I could proceed:

Almond Biscuits

Equipment

Food Processor

Dehydrator (or fan oven

Ingredients

2 cups almond pulp (I used almond & strawberry pulp)

6 dsp maple or agave syrup (I know, it’s a lot, but it’s worth it!)

2 dsp chia seeds

2 dsp almond butter

2 dsp coconut butter

Method

Process everything together until smooth and shape into small biscuits. I was able to make 36!

Dehydrate overnight on 115°F (45°C)

Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Will keep for several days.

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Melon Cake (not a cake; a smoothie!)

Published January 9, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I don’t know how I’ve done it, but I seem to have created a green smoothie that tastes a bit like a cake! (Well actually, I do… it’s like this:)

Melon Cake

Make approx 2 pints (depending on amount of water used)

Equipment: Blender, nut milk bag, bowl

Ingredients:

1/2 Honeydew melon

3 handfuls baby spinach leaves

1 banana

1 tsp lucuma powder

1tsp coconut oil (solid)

Water to blend (or coconut water)

Method

Blend the melon and coconut in just enough water to blend smoothly (you may not need water if you have a high-speed blender – I don’t, but water stops the smoothie being to strong. Go with your taste)The coconut will emulsify with the water, making the smoothie look milky.

Add the spinach and lucuma powder and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and strain into a bowl.

Rinse the blender and pour the juice back in.

Add the banana and blend smooth.

Enjoy you cake! =)

Now, that’s going to bead my winter baked food cravings!

If you don’t have any Lucuma, try a dash of maple syrup!)

Purple People Pleaser

Published January 6, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I’m really into eating foods of different colours. The brightly coloured foods are rich in antioxidants and eating a range of colours ensures a good intake of the range of vitamins. On a spiritual level, eating a rainbow diet nourishes the chakras.

Here’s one of my favourite ways to get purple foods – my special Purple Smoothie = Pure Bliss!

It is packed with superfoods and usually keeps me going for ages, on my little purple cloud…

PURPLE PEOPLE PLEASER

In a blender, mix the following:

1 banana

1 handful purple berries (eg Blueberries, Blackberries, etc)

1 1/2 pints water kefir

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup soaked almonds

1 tsp baobab powder

1 tsp xylitol (substitute agave or stevia if you wish)

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp lucuma powder

1 tsp purple corn flour

When everything is nicely homogenised, strain through a nut milk/ strainer bag and save it (keep reading…)

Pour into a large glass and enjoy… =)

Juice Feasting, Detoxing and New Year Cleansing

Published January 1, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

What better day than the 1st January to start a Juice Cleanse?

I’ve been planning this for a few weeks, since I found myself in bed for a week at the end of November with ‘flu.

I’m not usually susceptible to viruses, or at least, if I am, I tend to kill them off pretty quick. Not this time – I was clearly run down and needed to rest.

Trying to do any kind of cleansing/feasting on juices and raw nut milks over yuletide was a preposterous idea, especially with family visiting and copious amounts of food to prepare, so i waited until today.

My aim is to have a good detox and flood my body with nutrients. Since my initial foray into raw food in June last year, I have experimented with varying amounts and ratios of raw/cooked food, tried a number of foodstuffs I hadn’t previously eaten and removed a few which I didn’t feel were benefiting me, in order to find my balance.

Noting how I felt continuously, my main observation has been that a high raw diet suits me well, with only minimal amounts of cooked foods, very little soya, plenty of nuts and seeds, lots and lots of organic veg, some fruit, a fair amount of seaweed (will my obsession with the sea never end?) and miso. I swear miso saved me from the ‘flu! I’ve been having it every day for breakfast ever since I was ill, with a generous pinch of seaweed and nutritional yeast stirred in.

Now, Miso is not raw of course, but it is live. I always buy unpasteurised Brown Rice Miso and that really hits the spot.

That’s what I mean by finding my balance (and everyone’s is different) and discovering which foods are best for me.

But back to the New Year Cleanse. Today I deviated from my miso breakfast and went for juice, which I drank throughout the day.

It is now evening and I have moved onto nut milk before I go to bed later.

Here are todays recipes and nutritional information:

Beetroot, Orange, Apple and Cucumber Juice:

Beetroot Juice, made with 2 medium beetroots (known as “Beets” in the US)

Scrub and chop the beetroot.

Blend with 1 litre filtered water.

Strain through a nut milk/ strainer bag.

I made quite a bit of this and bottled it for future days. It won’t be quite as fresh, but it will be quick and convenient.

To 1 litre of beetroot juice I added:

300ml apple juice

300ml orange juice

1 cucumber.

I blended these and strained out the cucumber (my personal taste)

Beetroots are an excellent source of  vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, as well as calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium, iron, choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, fibre and carbohydrates in the form of natural digestible sugars. They also serve to “clear things out” somewhat in preparation for what’s to come.

The juice (2 litres) lasted me all day, mainly because I was very tired from last night and slept for most of the afternoon.

This evening I had a cup of herbal tea, which wasn’t doing what I wanted so I got the Brazil milk out.

I made Brazil milk this morning and bottled it.

1 cup Brazil Nuts, soaked overnight and blended with 1 litre of filtered water

Strain and bottle or use.

I had about 1  litres of milk and some pulp to add to my beetroot pulp for Beet Burgers (for Mr H, who needs his munchies!)

This evening I used  500ml Brazil milk and added the following:

1 banana

4 dried figs (mine were “ready to eat” and quite soft. You may want to soak drier figs)

1 tsp maple syrup (optional – I thought it would be less sweet than it turned out)

1 tsp lucuma powder

1 tsp ginger powder

I blended all these together, then transfered to a saucepan and warmed to blood temp before drinking.

I got 2 mugfuls out of this and it warmed me nicely on this chilly evening. I called this drink Figgy Puddin’

The drink has plenty of Calcium in it, which will please my Mum, who has been nagging me to get more calcium!

I also took some supplements today – vegan multivits and extra Vitamins B12 and D. Why the extras? Well, I seem to be one of those people who doesn’t absorb B12 very well, so I have to supplement my diet quite heavily. Being a vegan, I need to be extra careful and a couple of times in my life my levels have started to slip, so I go for overkill a bit.

And Vitamin D? Well, although Bognor Regis (my current abode) is widely touted as “the sunniest place in Britain,” in my opinion, the words “sunniest place” and “Britain” should never be used in the same sentence.

Rain is what we have in the UK. We are very good at it. Sun, less so. So everyone in Britain really needs a Vitamin D supplement, either in their food, or in a pill. When we get our 3 weeks of summer I’ll have plenty of supplemented Vit D3 stored in my body to convert with sunlight, as long as I brave the sun headache long enough to absorb it!

Now I’m done with the drinking and I’m off for a nice bath… and bed. Night night. =)

Tropical Bug Buster

Published November 1, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I have nearly had a cold for 2 days now and frankly, I’m fed up with it.

One of the benefits of being healthy and having a good immune system is that I don’t get ill very often. I do pick up viruses, but usually shift them within a few hours. Two days is too long for me to feel “not-quite-right.” Yes, I know, I’m a prima donna!

Anyway, my impatience got the better of me and I made this today:

Blend the following:

1 litre water kefir (drain out the grains and use them again!)

1 banana

1 inch slice of pineapple, chopped

1/2 mango

1 kiwi fruit

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp baobab

2 zinc tablets, crushed

Make a jug full. Drink as required.

I would have liked to put a teaspoon of local honey in this, but I don’t have any…=)

I’m drinking it now and I feel better already. I can assure you I won’t be putting up with an “almost cold” tomorrow!

One Potato…

Published August 2, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I fell right off the waggon this evening when Mr H bought me some chips on the beach!
Oh dear! But I gobbled them down like I was never going to eat again!
I have heard that potatoes are often very difficult to give up. They are so firmly entrenched in our culture.
Ever since Sir Walter Raleigh introduced them in the 16th century, they’ve made their way into so many thing we take for granted about British cuisine now.
Chips are the ‘national dish‘ apparently (together with, ironically, curry!) and just think how many potato products there are in the shops and on menus across the land!
But, of course, potatoes are not really very suitable to be eaten raw!
Kate Wood asserts that cooked food is an addiction and that there are five highly addictive foods. These are: Potatoes, Wheat, Soya, Corn and Rice and she reckons that these vary in how hard they are to give up, depending on your genetic make-up. My European ancestors must’ve enjoyed a lot of potatoes, that’s all I can say! I do crave the fluffy white carbs!
So I was eating my chips and for a while they seemed to be hitting the spot, but it wasn’t long before I felt full, still hungry, slightly sick and the tell-tale headache began prickling at my temples.
By the time we got home, I was really craving some green stuff!
I made this smoothie, quickly, to satisfy my body’s desire for chlorophyll:

1/2 melon, skinned and de-seeded
1 banana
2 handfuls baby spinach
250 mls filtered water

Blend everything together, (adding a bit at a time if you have a regular blender, as I do) until nice and homogenous. You can strain this through a nut milk bag or muslin if you want to, but I was desperate for the green stuff so I guzzled mine down. It made just over 2 pints which, being nice, I shared! =)

 

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

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