Pineapple Ginger Enzyme Blast!

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Enzyme-rich pineapple with the burning warmth of ginger make this drink the perfect aid to combating sluggishness and fatigue from the humid, rainy weather. Bee pollen is rich in all your B Vitamins and can help to alleviate Springtime allergies. Chia has some amazing benefits too:

  • high in fibre
  • high in minerals (manganese and phosphorous)
  • has tryptophan which helps you get fuller faster thus cutting down how much you consume

I’m sure there are lots more but let’s get on with the recipe.

Recipe

1 pineapple, peeled and chopped

2 tbls chia soaked in 3 cups of water (20 min – overnight)

10 cm – 15 cm length of fresh ginger

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Toss the whole pineapple into the blender and puree until smooth. Add chopped ginger and blend on high until incorporated. Pour the chia seeds and water into the blender and using a chopstick or the handle of a long spoon, mix it until evenly incorporated.

Pour into tall glasses and garnish with 1/2 tbls bee pollen in each glass. Before sipping, use a spoon and mix in as much of the bee pollen as you can.

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PS: That is local, unprocessed, organic pollen…sticky, sweet and gorgeous

 

Quickie-But-Goodie!

kombucha orange coconut oil pepper (4)Something wild happened in my kitchen today: This drink!!! I hate punctuation. I think it takes away from the pure expression of things but my word, this drink breaks the rules. The flavours are unexpected and shouldn’t really work at all, but they rock your palate out like nobody’s business.

Recipe:

2 oranges, peeled and de-seeded

2 cups of Kombucha

3 tablespoons coconut oil

a few healthy dashes of fresh black pepper

Blend on high speed for 1 minute until creamy and frothy then drink and marvel!

Expect: sour, tart, sweet, acidic and creamy with a slowly-rising heat from the black pepper.

PS: If you’re in Taipei and you would like some kombucha, please contact me. I have several cultures to share.

 

 

Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”

P1030240I’m actually smiling as I write this. Well no. I was smiling a few minutes ago. Now I’m just feeling like a trussed turkey in this heat. But the reason I was smiling is because I was sipping on this fantastic blended fruit tonic called Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”. It looks like a heavy smoothie but it has the lightest of textures and belly-feel. I can’t really handle milkshakes and smoothies. I’m too, uh, delicate 😉 So thus use of a non-dairy nut mylk is perfect for my kapha dosha constitution. Also, berries are constituted as an astringent, dry fruit which is also perfect for kapha types.

I found this gorgeous recipe from Meredith Baird, partner to Matthew Kenney, King of all raw foodists. In her description, Baird says about blueberries that they improve memory and stabilize the nervous system. They are also low in calories and sugar. The addition of probiotics gives it an extra digestive boost. She closes by saying that this is  a great smoothie to give to kids before school.

Before we go further, the question is, “What is kefir?” Very simply, kefir is a fermented drink made up of yeasts and bacteria, packed with nutrients and vitamins and good for your belly garden. The reason why kefir is in inverted commas ”   “, is because this smoothie simply has the probiotic powder and not the actual kefir.

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This is the dairy-free probiotic powder I use which can easily be bought at any organic store.

 

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 probiotic satchet

2 cups of your favorite nut mylk

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Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight then blend with 2 cups of water on high speed. Place a nut mylk bag in a measuring jug then pour the mylk out. Squeeze the excess liquid out through the bag. This is your nut mylk. Use the pulp to make cookies or dry to use as flour.

Blend the berries, probiotic, banana and mylk until smooth.

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“Get Your Sexy On” Maca Cacao Smoothie!

P1020618I must confess. I do sing that Justin Timberlake refrain after drinking one of those. Please, don’t judge it. It’s not me. It’s the maca. I swear! The maca! The magical, wonderful, sexy maca!

I don’t generally dig breakfast unless I haven’t eaten the night before. And raw cacao is too powerful for me in the morning so bear that in mind if you are a light eater in the morning. I made this on a day I had a serious hunger.

What’s in it?

  • maca powder
  • raw cacao powder
  • pumpkin seed milk
  • ba jiao (Japanese banana)

What is maca powder and how does it help you get your sexy on?

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Maca is a root vegetable, cultivated at high altitudes in Peru and Andean Bolivia. The root resembles a turnip and is known to increase vitality, energy and yes, libido.Maca is cultivated at altitudes high enough that there is no need for pesticides since very little else can survive up there. Farmers use potatoes to act as natural deterrents for root pests so maca is a very clean food. It is rich in calcium, potassium and contains essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese and zinc as well as fatty acids. Maca’s reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients. (Wiki)

Called an Incan Superfood can be a turn-off to the cynics out there (understandably – there is so much crap in the market out there) and indeed when I compulsively grabbed two bags whilst on holiday recently, I had no idea what maca was about, except for what a dear friend had previously mentioned, so I wanted to find out.

I included a teaspoon in my green drinks (spinach), my orange drinks (carrots) and my red drinks (beets) and found different experiences with all. First of all, I found that if I had one “heaped” teaspoon of maca, my belly became unsettled and I got diarrhea and nausea.It has to be one “level” teaspoon. Also, if I have it with sweeter drinks like carrots and beets, the taste is too overwhelming. Maca has  a sweet taste already, but it also has a subtle after taste which is not easy to palate. So, always level your teaspoon. Of course, it’s not the same for everyone. It does work really well for the more savoury green drinks I have. Also, if I include lots of squeezed lemon in my orange drinks, then it works well too.

After having every day for about a week, I started to feel a higher than normal level of sexual arousal. And it is constant and alive with me. It’s a great feeling. It doesn’t only relate to want to having sex, it also relates to a great feeling of self awareness and life awareness. I feel more sensitive to my surroundings, more energetic, a lot more focused (my friend who told me about maca also reported feeling the same focus). Since I started using it, there were days when I didn’t have my drinks or days when I was on my period and didn’t take it as is suggested. So I could feel the difference in my energy and sexual arousal.

It’s a great addition to your daily nutrition and I highly recommend it. Please note that you should not have maca while on your period. Also note that you should read up about iodine in maca and how it affects goiters. Finally, note that while it increased my sexual vitality, it may not necessarily have the same effect on everyone.

In this smoothie, we also have raw cacao. Another super food of note, please read all about it in my Raw Chocolate post.

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1. Pumpkin seed milk: soak a cup of pumpkin seeds for about 6 hours then blend with 3 cups of water until liquid. Pour into a nut milk bag and squeeze the milk into a jar. Dehydrate the pulp to make your own pumpkin seed flour or combine the pulp with other ingredients to make cookies.

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This is the pulp after blending.

You should get a thick, white milk like this

You should get a thick, white milk like this

2. Rinse out your blender, then throw in

  • two ba jiao
  • all the pumpkin seed milk
  • a few heaped table spoons of cacao (to your preference)
  • two level teaspoons of maca (this makes two large drinks)

Blend on high speed for a few minutes, the pour out into smoothie cups and enjoy. I slice my ba jiao and freeze them in ziplock bags to make a quick, easy, icy addition to my smoothies.

This is a powerful drink. Proceed with caution 😉

To buy Maca:

http://www.navitasnaturals.com

http://www.vitacost.com

Rooibos-Apricot Flurry

Growing up in South Africa, Rooibos (Red Bush) tea was something that was always around the house. My sister drank it religiously from childhood up till now and probably beyond. I always preferred Lipton with milk and two sugars. I found the flavour of Rooibos to be bland and unsatisfying – even when I added milk and sugar.

Now that I’m in Taipei, I have noticed over the course of the past few years what a trendy drink Rooibos has become and how exorbitantly expensive to boot. The packaging and description on the boxes almost make me laugh out loud. It’s like seeing your funny tomboy cousin from the countryside in a dress for the first time. Weird.

I guess us humans have a tendency to glorify nutrition these these, to espouse each food’s incredible life-saving, super-hero powers. This intellectualization of food has numbed our taste buds to a certain degree. Computers are to the mind what nutrition-obsession is to the stomach.

I still want my food to taste great. Heck, I want it to taste gorgeous. I want to feel in my mouth, what my toes feel when they step on soft, sun-kissed grass – excitement and joy, connection and contentment.

The Rooibos-Apricot Flurry I tried out, does just that. You can’t have early Summer without apricots and iced flurries.

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Here’s Ani Phyo’s Recipe:

2 Rooibos teabags in 2.5 cups of filtered water. Leave this in a sunny spot for 8 hours for a sun-cooked tea. I would add 4 teabags for a real kick of taste flavour as I didn’t feel it so much with 2 bags. If you don’t care for raw tea, boil your water and steep as usual for a few minutes then let it cool down to room temperature – or put it in the fridge. You damn city people and your crazy schedules.

Then pour the tea into a blender along with:

  • 1/4 cup of dates
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots or 1 cup of fresh ones
  • 1/2 cup of cashews (which have been pre-soaked for 8 hours)

Blend until smooth. Add ice then blend again. Drink immediately and watch your toes curl. Ah, Summer….